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Music Video: Shout Out Louds – “Is There A Ghost” (Band of Horses cover) by Barbecue Bros
August 30, 2010, 9:58 pm
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An airy, dream-poppy cover of the Band of Horses track, but sung in Swedish (I believe). Really really nice, but doesn’t sound a ton like the original.

(via Stereogum)

Music Video: Cee-Lo Green – “No One’s Gonna Love You” (Band of Horses cover) by Barbecue Bros
July 7, 2010, 12:18 pm
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Sorry for all the videos I’ve been posting lately. Cee-Lo‘s voice sounds as great as ever on this Band of Horses cover and the production duties are handled by Paul Epworth, who I’m not familiar with but has worked with The Rapture, Primal Scream, Bloc Party and Florence and the Machine. The production itself is borderline rave-tastic, but manages to restrain itself. All in all, a worthy cover.

Linkdown: 5/27/10 by Barbecue Bros

Interview with Band of Horses singer Ben Bridwell

The latest flop examined by AV Club is Ricky Gervais’ The Invention of Lying, “[o]ne of the most promising, inspired, and disappointing comedies of recent years”

Details on the 12-14 “Lost” epilogue to be included on the complete series dvd set

“Dexter” gets a new cast member for season 5 in Julia Stiles

– Cinematical: Have Movie Titles Become Too Long?

– The new Arcade Fire album The Suburbs will be released in August

– EW: David Sedaris lends his support to National Audiobook Month

– Albums from LCD Soundsystem, The Black Keys, and Band of Horses all wind up in the Billboard top ten for last week

Linkdown: 4/14/10 by Barbecue Bros

– AV Club begins a two-part, four-film Linday Lohan retrospective today with Labor Pains and Just My Luck

Interview with Jónsi of Sigur Rós, who just released his solo album Go

Another AV Club interview with filmmaker Steve James, director of the great Hoop Dreams and the recent “30 for 30” documentary on Allen Iverson’s high school court case

– Vulture: Seven Things Conan Can Do on Basic Cable That He Couldn’t on NBC

– Speaking of which, it looks like George Lopez really is psyched that Conan is coming to TBS; also, this may be the only time I ever use the George Lopez tag

Interview with the director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the upcoming Get Him to the Greek, Nick Stoller

– New songs from The National and Band of Horses

Looks like Joss Whedon is set to direct The Avengers movie, which kinda seems ridiculously awesome

Music Video: Band of Horses – “Compliments” by Barbecue Bros
April 2, 2010, 11:43 am
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The first taste of their upcoming album Infinite Arms, which is out May 18 on Brown/Fat Possum/Columbia. So far, sounds good to me. About what you’d expect from BOH, albeit bit more on the pop side.

Linkdown: 3/3/10 by Barbecue Bros

– Vulture has an exclusive on how a Sacha Baron Cohen/Ben Stiller Avatar sketch was cut from the Oscars so as not to offend James Cameron on live tv

“Let’s just say that Cameron isn’t known to be, shall we say, ‘self-deprecating,’” explained one insider familiar with the decision to cut the sketch.

Interview with “Parenthood” actor Peter Krause on “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Six Feet Under” and his new Ron Howard/Brian Grazer produced show

Interview with Zach Galifianakis from the Details 10th Anniversary party:

Lupe Fiasco recently used your name in a rap lyric about his own greatness. How do you feel about that?
I heard that. I haven’t heard the song. I will be happy when Dolly Parton uses me in a song, then I’ve made it. There are a lot of rap guys out there.

“The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” will no longer be available on Hulu

“Michael and Michael Have Issues” has officially been canceled

Band of Horses has officially announced a new album due May 18, entitled Infinite Arms

Interview with James Murphy about the Greenberg soundtrack and the new LCD Soundsystem album

Top 5: My favorite albums from 2007 by Barbecue Bros

Since this is officially the last year of “the oughts” or “the oh-oh’s” or whatever you want to call it, that means only one thing: we now need to figure out what we call the next decade (the teens, I guess?). It also means I need to figure out my top 50 or 100 or whatever albums of this decade.

After a few weeks, I return this week with 2007. A little bit of mix up in the top 5 from my original list.

1. The National – Boxer (Beggars Banquet) – Two years later, still my favorite album of the year by far. And also my favorite album from one of my absolute favorite bands.

2. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (Capital) – This only gets better through the years. “Someone Great” and “All of My Friends” are two of the best songs this decade for me for you.

3. Radiohead – In Rainbows (ATO Records) – Sad to say, but I had nearly lost interest in the 4 years between Radiohead albums. However, In Rainbows completely sucked me right back in. Silly me.

4. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge) – I probably sound like a broken record/mp3, but Spoon was one of the most consistent bands of the 00s. Their four album run from Girls Can Tell in 2001 to 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga contained four of my favorite albums of the decade.

5. Band of Horses – Cease to Begin (Sub Pop) – Nice two year run for Band of Horses. Hard to believe it will be almost 3 years in their first album since Cease to Begin.

Others receiving votes: Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam (Domino), M.I.A. – Kala (XL), Explosions in the Sky – All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone (Temporary Residence Limited), Prints – s/t (Temporary Residence)