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Music Video: The xx – “Islands” by Barbecue Bros
April 28, 2010, 9:37 am
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The YouTube description for the official video reads: “The xx in video purgatory.” Keep watching, as the movements of the six dancers slightly change each time through.

Linkdown: 4/21/10 by Barbecue Bros

The random roles of Adam Scott, currently (for now) of “Party Down”

AVC: So are you done with Party Down?

AS: Well, if Party Down gets picked up for a third season, which I really hope it does, I can continue to do up to three episodes. I believe that’s what I’m allowed to do. So we hope that it gets picked up, but Starz didn’t pick up Party Down in time to save cast members. We gave them chances, but they wanted to wait to see how it does when season two airs. So we had to take other jobs. We couldn’t pass up these opportunities. I know Ryan [Hansen] got a pilot. So we’ll just wait and see. I think Party Down can easily survive without me in it, speaking as the least talented member of the cast. I think it, kind of by design, can withstand the revolving door of characters. I think it’s perfect for that.

– The deets on Todd Phillips’ next film have been revealed

– A few days old, but Aziz Ansari will host the 2010 MTV Movie Awards; he is definitely the only reason I would even consider watching this year’s awards

– Cinematical’s latest “Scenes We Love” is from the extremely underrated In Bruges

The latest promo poster for “True Blood” features a missing Bill Compton

– James Cameron reveals that Avatar 2 will take place in the ocean of Pandora

A new video from The xx for “Islands” can be found at Pitchfork

The National will curate some sort of event called the “High Violet Annex” which will take place the same day the album is released

Photos: The xx/jj, 3/25/10 by Barbecue Bros
March 30, 2010, 3:07 pm
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The xx/jj – 3/25/10: The xx, originally uploaded by twoguns.

The xx/jj
Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from jj, but playing over pre-recorded tracks with her home movies in the background (as well as a video highlight reel of swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic) wasn’t quite it. To her credit, she did come and play her first song with an acoustic guitar. She even tried to bookend the set with another acoustic song, but the mic guy had already cut off the guitar when the guy in the group who was obviously drugged out of his mind failed to play even a guitar chord during the set.

The xx are already pros in terms of lighting and mood during their shows. The songs sounded tight, and there was nary a stray note during their set of nearly every song from their debut album plus a cover (not the Florence + the Machine one, though). As long as the band is given a night time set (essential for their music and lighting), I look forward to checking them out at Bonnaroo again.

More photos from the show:

More photos can be found in my Concerts 2010 Flickr set.

Next up: Vampire Weekend at The Orange Peel in Asheville on 4/6

Linkdown: 3/24/10 by Barbecue Bros

Diplo on the new M.I.A. album:

“…It’s sort of like an Animal Collective/ gospel/ giant-drum record. And she’s singing on it. I think you might expect some rap/club music, but nothing on there. It’s more of a heavy record. All kinds of different sounds. We did, like, a punk thing. … It’s weird.”

Blitzen Trapper announce a new album, Destroyers of the Void, to be released on Sub Pop on June 8

Photos from the first show of The xx and jj‘s tour; will be seeing both of them tomorrow night and can’t wait

Ben Folds is not the Chatroullette piano guy (that guy’s name is Merton), but he did pay tribute to him at his recent show in Charlotte

An entertaining memo from David Mamet to writers from his now-canceled show “The Unit”

– Will Forte, Kristen Wiig and Jorma Taccone discuss MacGruber

The Strokes are recording music, just not with Julian Casablancas (yet)

The 10 most redundant things that are put on movie posters (via Vulture)

– The Ryan Adams unreleased album Blackhole is apparently finished

Linkdown: 3/9/10 mp3 edition by Barbecue Bros

MGMT‘s latest song “Flash Delirium” is available at and thankfully gets better a couple minutes in

– A new LCD Soundsystem song from the Greenburg soundtrack is available here (via Stereogum)

– Gorilla Vs. Bear has a new Washed Out song from his tour-only CD-R

A CHILLINGR remix of The xx‘s “Islands”

Mumford & Sons covered “Cousins” by Vampire Weekend and Ezra likes it

A new song from the We Were Promised Jetpacks EP The Last Place You’ll Look

– UO Blog has 5 free tracks to download

Music Video: The xx – “VCR” by Barbecue Bros
January 29, 2010, 4:07 pm
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Beautifully shot video.

Thursday Music Videos: 11/5/09 by Barbecue Bros

Florence + the Machine – “You’ve Got the Love (XX Remix)” – I don’t know much about Florence + the Machine, but I dig this very xx remix.

Built to Spill – “Oh Yeah”From the new album There Is No Enemy, a recent performance from Letterman.

Washed Out – “New Theory” – I believe this is a fan-made video for “New Theory” and its very cool and very fitting of the sound of the song.

Florence + the Machine – You’ve Got the Love (XX Remix)Florence + the Machine – You’ve Got the Love (XX Remix)