Watch The Shins “Simple Song” video

The new Shins video for “Simple Song” is all about James Mercer’s death. It’s about a dysfunctional family, bad childhood memories and playing one last prank on your family after you’re gone. Posthumous pranks are the best pranks, probably.

Watch the teaser below. Download the whole thing for free from iTunes.

The new Shins record Port of Morrow is out next month on Columbia/Aural Apothecary.

CSS Release Video For “City Grrrl,” a.k.a. The Transplant Theme Song

I’ve got a special place in my heart for CSS — let it be known that little miss Lovefoxxx’s adorable Brazilian accent can be found bopping around on many a travel playlist in my phone. Why? Because the girl brings me right back to a careless age when everything seemed complicated but was way more simple than I would have ever admitted, especially to my parents or my probably totally confused and tortured boyfriend. CSS’s newest single, “City Grrrl,” off of La Liberacion is basically a play-by-play of a suburban teenager’s weekend, changing in the Penn Station bathroom and hopping in a cab Downtown. But just like the song says, when you’re 13 the idea of paying bills and living on your own in the “big city” is exciting… until you’re a 27-year-old blogger with $100 to spare each month on cheap whiskey.

That said, I think I finally figured out a way to create a wormhole into space and time, or whatever… I’ll be on the train in the near future bumping this song in my headphones while wrapped in six layers of winter clothes reminding myself why New York is and always will be where I call home, while the NYU girl at the end of the train is making her friend listen to the song going “Aren’t we totally City Grrrls!??,” and the gay goth (who’s shoes I’ve been eying for the last four stops) will be subtly voguing to the chorus in his seat, and before we know it our subway car will have vanished into thin air. Now remember, we all have CSS to thank for that.

Islands in the Stream: Neko Case and My Morning Jacket

Music video: Girls “Vomit”

Like fancy cars? Girls got your fancy cars. “Vomit” is first single from Father, Son, Holy Ghost, which is out next month. The video doesn’t have anything to do with the title of the track, but it’s got porny shots of an old Mustang, so it’s still pretty cool.

Music video: Theophilus London “Girls Girls $”

Remember when MTV used to show Liquid Television? This new Theophilus London video for the song “Girls Girls $” follows in the same style of pretty messed up cartoonography. It’s sort of reminiscent of the videos we’ve seen from Spank Rock and Das Racist, but bringing TL’s signature swagger to it, and pointing out what his main focuses are: 1) money, and 2) girls. (in no particular order)

New Of Montreal Video- “L’age D’or”

For you non-french speakers, the title of Of Montreal’s new song, “L’age d’or,” translates to “The Golden Age.” Though it’s not clear what the first single off the band’s thecontrollersphere EP is referring to, if it’s the amount of glitter used in their videos and live shows, then that sounds about right.
Their new video, featuring a camera shy Kevin Barnes and several face-painted females, is made up of fast moving, spliced images shot in day-glo color. At times the images are so bright it almost make your eyes hurt, but in typical Of Montreal fashion, the video is so mysterious and visually dynamic that it’s too hard to look away.

Barnes will be DJing at Brooklyn Bowl next month on August 6th under the pseudo-name DJ List Christee.

Drake is down with Brooklyn and the Kravitzes

Fader caught up with the super star at Southpaw in Brooklyn where he was seeing Zoe Kravitz’s band Elevator Fight and just straight chillin’ with Lenny.  Check out the short interview below (he gives some insight to his new album!):

Video: Fucked Up “Queen of Hearts”

I don’t know if this is a jab at the PS22 kids who sing indie songs, the coolest Kidz Bop  ever, or a thematic tribute to nostalgic young love that runs throughout Fucked Up’s David Comes to Life. But this video for “Queen of Hearts,” directed by Scott Cudmore, is amazing.