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OH SNAP! UberNews for 11/5

Posted in UberNews by theuberpop on November 5, 2009

No Doubt sue video game company Activision over Band Hero avatars, specifically Gwen Stefani‘s avatar being manipulated to sing other people’s songs in a male voice. (NME)

SAY IT AIN’T SO!  Flight of the ConchordsJemaine Clement doubtful about a third season. NOOOOOOOOO!!! (Paste)

Julian Casablancas releases SNL Christmas song cover on Myspace, check it out. (Pitchfork)

Norah Jones and Ryan Adams collaborate!  Check it out at NPR!  Thanks SPIN!!!

Paste Magazine talks to Tegan Quin about electronic sounds, Leonard Cohen and video editing…seriously, it’s a killer interview. (Paste)


Public Figures and their Opinions

Posted in UberArticles by theuberpop on November 5, 2009

I recently posted a link to Billy Corgan‘s now-infamous blog Everything From Here to There, specifically a post about his own misgivings about the H1N1 virus and the possibility that said virus was engineered by man.  You can read that here, just as a reference.  I’m pretty sure that one post generated more traffic through my page than any other in my blog’s very brief existence (and by brief I mean a week and a half.)  I understand that the “swine flu” is a hot topic these days and a very real concern, but I do feel that people should be a bit careful about the voices they allow to influence their stance and actions regarding such delicate issues.

This isn’t an entirely new concept, celebrities and other public figures leveraging their position to express their views and opinions.  Names like John Lennon, Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Bono, Chris Martin and Thom Yorke come to mind.  I don’t necessarily think that these people set out to shove their beliefs down the throats of thousands of people or subvert anyone’s thinking, but it seems that an unfortunate curse of notoriety is that the general public may view actions like these as mere publicity stunts.

I’m not implying that Mr. Corgan or any of the other names listed here are guilty of such things, many names on that list have results to back up their very public humanitarian exploits, but I do think that people should take the opinions of public figures and celebrities with a grain of salt.  People have a right to formulate their own opinions on any issue and take actions based on those opinions within reason, but in the world of Twitter and celebrity blogs I fear that people may be inclined to think or feel a certain way simply because Miley Cyrus or Jon Stewart tweeted or blogged about it.  The fact of the matter is that we know too much about celebrities and put far too much stock in what they think, say and do.  They’re just people, you know.

I guess what I’m getting at here is simply a question, what do we do with all of this?  In theory, the public figures bold enough to put their views out there have done their homework (kudos to Mr. Corgan for providing links and sources), but sometimes you wonder if people are just hopping on the controversy train in hopes of some press (usually bad, which in this day and age seems to be the best kind.)  The stock solution here would be to tell everyone to research and decide for themselves, but it’s more complex than that, now isn’t it.  Telling people to shut off and pay no attention would be almost impossible because it’s everywhere, telling anyone with any sort of notoriety to keep their mouth shut is a blatant violation of their rights.  It’s a bit of a conundrum with no easy answer, thoughts?

GET DOWN! UberNews for 11/4

Posted in UberNews by theuberpop on November 4, 2009

READ THIS: SPIN interviews New Moon Soundtrack and Gossip Girl music supervisor, Alexandra Patsavas to find out how she determines what the kids will and should be listening to.  Check it!

DOWNLOAD THIS: New Them Crooked Vultures song available for FREE DOWNLOAD!!! (Pitchfork)

Dave Grohl talks Greatest Hits release, calling it “premature” and likens such compilations to an “obituary” (NME)

SPIN: Tegan and Sara sonically assault The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, check it out.

More Tonight Show news, Pixies to play Conan TONIGHT!!! (Pitchfork)

The Beatles to release all 14 classic remasters and mini documentaries on “apple-shaped” USB stick. (NME)


UberNews for 11/3

Posted in UberNews by theuberpop on November 3, 2009

Dane Cook gives his list of 10 things to NOT do at a rock show…this is actually pretty accurate. (via SPIN)

Oh, Tuesday: New releases from Foo Fighters (I suppose a “Greatest Hits” record counts as a new release), Say Anything and Julian Casablancas…this marks the end of much anticipation and speculation surrounding yet another Strokes member’s solo effort and thus heralds in a new era of much anticipation and speculation surrounding a new Strokes album.  Also, apparently it’s “concert movie” week with releases from The Killers (live at the Royal Albert Hall), Kings of Leon (Live at the 02 London, England) and Nirvana (live at Reading).  At least none of those films are in 3-D. (Amazon)

New Beck and Charlotte Gainsbourg duet, “Heaven Can Wait”.  Thanks, Stereogum!!!

UberNews for 11/2

Posted in UberNews by theuberpop on November 2, 2009

Paste Magazine lists their top 50 albums of the decade (2000-2009), topping the list are Sufjan Stevens, Wilco, Arcade Fire, Radiohead. (Paste)

Grizzly Bear plays Halloween show with The London Symphony Orchestra. (SPIN)

New Liars album on the way, complete with creepy website. (Pitchfork)

More to come…

Weekly Mixtape for 11/1-11/7

Posted in Weekly Mixtape by theuberpop on November 2, 2009

It’s the first week of November, and it seems that we here in America have skipped right over Thanksgiving and are diving straight into Christmas.  I for one refuse to listen to Christmas music until AFTER Thanksgiving (and even then only in small doses).  So here’s what I am listening to, maybe you’d like to join me on this little sonic joyride? (Click the band names for links to their respective websites):

1) “I’m a Wheel” Wilco, A Ghost is Born (2005, Nonesuch): Overrated?  Underrated?  Who cares, I’m pretty sure this is one of the coolest rock and roll songs I’ve heard in the last decade.

2) “The Neighborhood is Bleeding” Manchester Orchestra, I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child (2006, Manchester Orchestra):  Atlanta heroes Andy Hull and co. released this “is this emo or just really really expressive rock and roll?” record in 2006, garnering numerous comparisons to Death Cab for Cutie and sparking a new direction in the Atlanta scene.  This song in particular is a shimmering example of Hull’s lyrical chops, covering a touchy subject like AIDS spread through dirty needles through the eyes of one of the infected.

3) “Fine for Now” Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (2009, Warp): I know, I know…you can smell the hype around this band from seven miles away.  But I’d like to submit that a song that covers a haunting tension-and-release form like this with such grace and ease warrants that kind of attention.  These guys can appear on as many teen vampire movie soundtracks as they want as far as I’m concerned.

4) “Lake Michigan” Rogue Wave, Asleep at Heaven’s Gate (2007, Brushfire Records): I’m a sucker for a catchy tune, and this song is beyond catchy.  From the opening drum-line to the lilting guitar parts and the grove that swings in perfect 6/8, this song was built for consumption without being pretentious or overdone.  Congrats, guys.

5) “Hospital Beds” Cold War Kids, Robbers and Cowards (2006, Downtown):  Last year’s Loyalty to Loyalty was a disappointment, but let’s not be too hard on these Californians whom everyone thought were most assuredly from somewhere deep in the bayou.  How else do you follow a record like Robbers and Cowards, a record that was drenched in enough raw soul and guitar reverb to forgive the Kids’ offering-plate-stealing antics.

6) “Weekend Wars” MGMT, Oracular Spectacular (2007, Columbia): As the rumors swell about this Brooklyn duo’s followup Congratulations, I’m inclined to sit back and soak in these guys’ best satanic-era Stones/early-Bowie impersonation.  Yeah, they sometimes wear their influences on their sleeve, but they do it with such bravado that you’d be upset if they didn’t.

7) “Django” Modern Jazz Quartet, Django (1987, Fantasy): Yep, I’m playing the jazz card, it’s definitely a mismatch for this particular list…but this is my playlist, right?  Enjoy the ominous intro, the sweet solos of Vibe-legend Milt Jackson, the precision of pianist John Lewis and the air-tight rhythm section including drummer Kenny Clarke and bassist Percy Heath.  You’ll be a better person for it.

So give these songs a listen, feel free to tell me what you think.

Super RAD UberNews for 10/30

Posted in UberNews by theuberpop on October 30, 2009

Very sad news, Copeland announces break-up after their spring tour. (Alternative Press)

LOOK AT THIS: A cake made to look like Lil Wayne‘s head!!!  Very spoooooky stuff indeed. (Pitchfork)

Continuing with some mildly amusing rock and roll caricature: Blur, David Bowie, and Iggy Pop are set to appear in the forthcoming Lego Rock Band video game.  Check it out here. (NME)

John Mayer wears a hip pack, not a fanny pack. “Full disclosure, I’m wearing a hip pack. Needed a place to keep my magic tricks, my gum, my flashlight and my pen and paper.”  Tweeting an hour later, “Tons of responses claiming my hip pouch is a fanny pack. They’re like night and gay.”  You be the judge. (Twitter)

More to come…

THINK FAST!!! UberNews for 10/29

Posted in UberNews by theuberpop on October 29, 2009

The Low Anthem release now stop-motion video for “Charlie Darwin”, check it out here. (SPIN)

Switchfoot posts preview to their forthcoming album Hello Hurricane (

Billy Corgan vs. Swine Flu, the former Pumpkin Smasher hates on H1N1 and questions its origins, thanks Pitchfork! You can read Corgan’s rant in its entirety here. (Pitchfork)

Here’s a Pick-Me-Up for you, NME lists the “Worst Ever Onstage Banter”, enjoy.

Google Music launched today, Stereogum gives a great description and trial run of it.  Check it out here.

Pointless and macabre: Michael Jackson, Elvis Presly, John Lennon make‘s “Dead Rich List”: NME

R.E.M release new 39-Track live album, read Matthew Perpetua’s very thorough review here. (Pitchfork)

LOOK ALIVE!!! UberNews for 10/28

Posted in UberNews by theuberpop on October 28, 2009

NME: Julian Casablancas performs, by performs I mean sings and dances (sort of) on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien: NME Video Blog

UberTweet: Buzz Aldrin @therealbuzz “Met Bono @ U2 show last Sunday. Great guy. He called out my name in “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” Someday we’ll find Mars.” Twitter

Michael Jackson‘s final film This Is It, premiers worldwide, check it out here

SPIN: The Killers announce concert film Live at the Royal Albert Hall, check it out here

Pitchfork: The Dead Weather release live EP, check it out here

More to come…

CHECK IT: UberNews for 10/27

Posted in UberNews by theuberpop on October 27, 2009

Pitchfork: Ted Leo debuts new song in acoustic set: Pitchfork Video

SPIN: More Oasis drama, frontman Liam Gallagher plans to start new band: NME

Video: Weezer & Lil’ Wayne Collaboration hits the internet via Idolator

SPIN: Dave Grohl/Josh Homme/John Paul Jones project Them Crooked Vultures leak “New Fang” on Myspace

Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois talk with Pitchfork about U2‘s The Unforgettable Fire 25 years later: Pitchfork Interview

Videos:Tegan & Sara, Vampire Weeked, The National and Sondre Lerche teach you guitar via Stereogum: “How To” With Q Videos

More to come…

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