Published Feb 14, 2011Love is in the air today, and whether you are in or out of love, there's no doubt you will love at least something in this week's Click Hear roundup, which as always, has gathered up the latest in new music streams, downloads and videos.
The Strokes return from their five-year vacation with what sounds like a return to form. Check out "Under Cover of Darkness," the first track off their long-awaited and teased album, Angles (due March 22), which sounds a lot like the skinny-tie boogie bounce of "Last Nite," which won the band a place in our collective hearts. Next, Canuck power poppers the New Pornographers either have really famous friends or really famous fans in Hollywood. Their latest video, "Moves," off last year's Together, features about a dozen cameos from comedians, including Paul Rudd and Bill Hader, in what is conceptualized as a biopic about the band.
On the hip-hop side of town, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is attempting to solidify his place in the genre with a remix of Kanye West and Jay-Z's single "H.A.M." The track will be featured on Barker's upcoming mixtape, Let the Drummer Get Wicked, set to drop February 21. And what do Barry Manilow and Rivers Cuomo have in common? If you said practical insurance coverage and an ability to push a product, you are correct. Weezer recently unveiled a video for their jingle "Like a Good Neighbour, State Farm Is There," which was originally written by Manilow in 1971.
Where some bands need years to release new material, Lil B has been releasing tracks left, right and centre lately, including the 676-song mixtape Free Music: The Complete Myspace Collection. Better start cleaning out your hard drive, the release takes nearly 2.5 gigabytes of space. Finally, if you ever wondered what Joy Division's video for "Transmission" would be like if performed by Playmobil figurines in stop-motion, today is your lucky day. The figures and set creepily resemble the band's performance on the UK television program Something Else, including frontman Ian Curtis's famous dance moves. Next, Barbie and Wolverine performing "Love Will Tear Us Apart."
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