1) Here is a new video for "Let's Win" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Alexander Ebert. It was video filmed at a protest in Utah for Tim DeChristopher, an environmental activist who took a rather unusual and brave risk in an effort to save some previously protected federal land. As I understand it, at an auction for said land, he bid -- and won -- on a decent chunk of land (thus preventing it from being purchased by energy companies), but without the funds or intention to follow through on his sale. He was subsequently prosecuted for this, and the protest in the video relates to said prosecution. The video itself is a little bit hippy-dippy (as much as my politics lean solidly left, I tend to cringe a little at the street demonstrations that purportedly represent my end of the spectrum), but I like the spontaneous feel of it.
3) Anyone going to see John Prine at the Orpheum on the 10th? Have you heard his song "Hello in There?" Famously covered by Bette Midler? It's SO SAD! Why does this song about growing old still make me feel so choked up? I'm still young, right? From the same concert as below, also check out this duet with Iris Dement (when is SHE going to play in L.A.....) of "In Spite of Ourselves".
4) It's possible that you haven't heard yet about the Belle Brigade. Yes, totally possible. They've been getting a tremendous amount of buzz lately (I heard KCRW plugging them yesterday morning), but don't let all this buzz discourage one. They're actually QUITE good (especially if you like that smartsy sort of self-aware country music that's okay for folks like you and me to admit to liking) and playing at The Satellite on June 10. FULL DISCLOSURE: MY YOUNGER BROTHER PLAYED DRUMS IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ORCHESTRA WITH BARBARA FROM THE BELLE BRIGADE AND ONE TIME I WENT TO SEE ONE OF THEIR CONCERTS. Enjoy this bathtub version of "Losers".
5) New song from Björk, released on her newly constructed (and not viewable on anything short of "very fancy" web browsers -- thus I can't view the site from work) website. The song is previewed in this short, and kind of strange video of Björk driving in the rain on an apparently Icelandic road, with her new song playing on the radio. if I were half the Björk fan now that I was as a freshman in college, I'd be jumping up and down.
6) I think this is hilarious:
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