Published Feb 21, 2011Today is President's Day in the U.S. and a holiday in much of Canada, meaning that most of North America is taking the day off. Here at Exclaim.ca, however, we're keeping the new music coming, and our Click Hear roundup has once again brought together the latest in new music streams, downloads and videos.
One of last week's biggest stories was Arcade Fire's underdog victory for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards. It's only fitting that this week's roundup begins with the band's performance from the ceremony, where they tore through the songs "Month of May" and "Ready to Start." Many Twitter users were baffled by the supposedly unknown Arcade Fire's victory, and their meme-worthy quotes were collected on the blog Who Is Arcade Fire??!!? Songwriter Jonathan Mann then turned some of the best of these quotes into a hilarious folk pop tune.
On a more unsettling note, Canuck folk outfit Timber Timbre unveiled the first single from their upcoming LP Creep on Creepin' On. It's called "Black Water," and it's another eerie offering from the ghostly trio, although the major-key chorus offers some comfort after the skulking verses. If you need a pick-me-up after that downtempo offering, be sure to check out the new single from Acid House Kings. Entitled "Would You Say Stop?", it's a bouncy bubblegum tune from the Swedish popsters' upcoming Music Sounds Better with You.
For the lovers out there, we have the saxophone-laden "Fortune's Window" from the Paint Movement. The song manages to be rocking, sultry and atmospheric all at once, meaning that we should all keep an eye out when its officially released next month via Nevado Records.
After all that ear candy, we're going to end things off on a video: Lil Kim's diss track "Black Friday," which attacks Nicki Minaj and her recent Pink Friday. According to Kim, Minaj has been ripping off her style. Judge for yourself after you watch this almost seven-minute video, which shows a Minaj lookalike scouring YouTube for inspiration from Lil Kim clips.