Attention People Who Get High

I think I found a present for you.

N.A.S.A. — “Gifted (feat. Kanye West, Santogold & Lykke Li)”

Attention People Who Aren’t Afraid of Birds and Who Love Los Angeles (And I Think This Might Be Too Scary If You’re High)

Here’s yours:

N.A.S.A. — “Way Down (feat. RZA, Barbie Hatch & John Frusciante)”

And not a present, not a present, oh, God, I wish I hadn’t watched this video all alone late at night:

N.A.S.A. — “The People Tree (feat. David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift of Gab & Z-Trip)” AND RAPPING TREES AND SINGING CHILDREN AND DANCING BEARS AND BLOOD AND CORPSES RECEIVING PLEASURE AND NO SLEEPING FOR PAMIE EVER AGAIN SO THANKS, DAVID BYRNE.

[Maybe buy the album, Spirit of Apollo, so you won’t have to watch the scary videos.]

do gooder music

War Child presents Heroes: Various Artists — proceeds from this album help children in war-torn areas.

“We asked some of the biggest legends in music history (Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, David Bowie) to select a classic track from their own songwriting catalog, and nominate an artist from the next generation (Beck, The Hold Steady, Duffy, TV On The Radio) to create a modern reworking of that classic song.”

Stand-out tracks:

  • “Running to Stand Still” – Elbow
  • “Wonderful/Song for Children” – Rufus Wainwright
  • “Straight to Hell” – Lily Allen
  • “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” – Beck

sxsw alert

For those of you lucky enough to be in Austin right now: Jenn Grant is playing my old stomping ground, The Velveeta Room, tonight. Go drink a Shiner and shed a few tears for me.

Jenn Grant: “Where Are You Now”

Song Sung Blue

There are two things I know about Mark Blankenship.

One: When he plays Celebrity, sometimes there are crickets.

Two: I’m addicted to his Friday Music Quiz, where a reader shuffles his or her iPod and gives the first lines of the first thirty songs, and we spend a few days trying to name those tunes. I’m thrilled to be the host of this week’s quiz. Compared to the last couple of weeks, this one should be a breeze.

Noah and the Whale

Rocks and Daggers

I know, this place is becoming some kind of video blog. It’s because I’m having to write lots of words elsewhere (and I’m not just talking about the addictive Twitter account). The deadlines are approaching, time is marching on, and soon it’ll just be me and this laptop again. So, you know, I’ll see you soon.