Well, MTV might have just made itself cool again. It’s rolling out MTV Music – a free, searchable database of nearly every video in their vault. My only question is, what took them so long? It has a slick interface, the site runs quickly and the video quality is much better than the user-submitted videos on YouTube. Sorry if we just ruined your work day, but we’ve already spent hours looking at some old favorites.
Everyone’s favorite new Brooklyn band, MGMT, just did a pretty sweet in studio set for the AOL Interface. Watch the videos or even download the thing in fancy video podcast form from iTunes.
The good folks at Peppermill Records have a new sampler for you to download and enjoy. The sampler features an astounding 42 tracks that you can download in zip form or individually. Let us know which tracks are worth gettin’!
Seems like the live video/audio this week has been really solid for you music junkies. The goodness today comes from the LaundroMatinee website, who bring us some live video featuring an in studio performance by Oxford band Supergrass. Watch it now.
Nashville based outfit, The Bird Ensemble, have a brand new album you can download for free from their website. Don’t have much info to give out on these guys, but the album is worth your time. Download the new one The Last Song Book now.
Matador Records has a pretty sweet fall sampler you should download and enjoy. The free compilation features killer tracks from Shearwater, Lou Reed, Pavement, and some other fine artists.
Vinyl collectors consider yourselves lucky! Tomorrow, seminal North Carolina label, Merge Records, will be re-issuing some of the great hits from their catalogue on vinyl. Some of these albums have been out of print for a long time, so this might be your first chance at grabbing them. Click here to pre-order Camera Obscura, The Magnetic Fields and Polvo or hit up your local record store.
In a time when every artist is more political than they should be, David Bazan (Pedro the Lion/Headphones) thought he’d follow the trend. Mr. Bazan has a new song streaming on his myspace page entitled “American Flags” and I bet you can’t guess what it’s about. This is the first new music we’ve seen from The Lion himself since his 2007 release Fewer Moving Pieces. Listen to the new song now.
If you haven’t seen the video yet of Bloc Party performing an acoustic version of “This Modern Love” behind a bar in Paris, I suggest you watch it now. The video was shot and produced by the La Blogotheque website as part of their excellent Take Away Shows series. The older tune is a reminder that Bloc party wrote some outstanding songs for Silent Alarm and their new album pales in comparison. Maybe they should’ve just made an acoustic album and not the techno/dance rubbish that is Intimacy?