Duck Sauce – Big Bad Wolf (2011)

“Big Bad Wolf” “is pretty simple, and it can mean anything, really, so we wanted the video to have its own narrative,” says A-Trak, one-half of the dance duo Duck Sauce, along with DJ Armand Van Helden. “Remember when dance music videos used to actually be creative? Like when you think back to Aphex Twin, Fatboy Slim and Daft Punk… I don’t know why the genre’s videos became so generic in recent years. [Source]

[via Nils Lassen]

Depeche Mode – So Cruel (U2 Cover Version) (2011)

U2 were awarded the Greatest Act Of The Last 25 Years at this week’s Q Awards. The mag lovefest continues today with the newsstand release of issue #305, which is mounted with AHK-toong BAY-bi, an original tribute CD to Achtung Baby. We’ve heard cuts from Garbage, Damien Rice, and Jack White. Now take a listen to Depeche Mode’s take on “So Cruel.” [Source]

Sean Ono Lennon & Rufus Wainwright – Material Girl (Madonna Cover Version) (2011)

Weird stuff keeps happening down at Occupy Wall Street (or doesn’t keep happening, ahem ahem, Radiohead) so why not add a Wainwright/Lennon Madonna cover into the mix? Let’s do this, for the 99%. Also: they needed a lyrics sheet?! “Hey, do any of you guys have a laser printer in your tent?” [Source]

Marshall Crenshaw – Cynical Girl (1982)

Marshall Crenshaw is the debut album by Detroiter Marshall Crenshaw. It featured his breakthrough classic hit, “Someday, Someway”, which reached #36 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the summer of 1982, as well as #31 on the Cash Box singles chart. The album spent over six months on the chart, peaking at #50, and eventually sold close to 400,000 copies in the United States. It has never been out of print.

[via Mats Drougge in Stockholm, Sweden]

The God Machine – Home (1993)

Scenes from the Second Storey is the debut album by The God Machine released in 1993 by Fiction Records / Polydor. It peaked at #55 in the UK Album Chart. The album opens with a sample from the movie adaptation of The Sheltering Sky (the same sample also opens Neurosis’ Enemy Of The Sun, an album released in the same year as Scenes from the Second Storey), while the single Home contains an intro consisting of the beginning of the track Pilentze Pee by the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir from the album Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares. The single peaked at #65 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1993.

And Also The Trees – So This Is Silence (1984)

And Also The Trees is the first album released by, English, Post-punk group, And Also The Trees. It was released in February, 1984. The album was produced by The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst and portrays the band in similar musical fields of other Post-punk contemporaries like The Chameleons, The Comsat Angels, Echo & the Bunnymen, Sad Lovers and Giants and The Cure. Although their sound stands out of the rest of the aforementioned bands, as it was extremely influenced by the rural surroundings of Worcestershire (tha band’s place of origin), Poetry (on the lyrical side) and Old England. Even John Peel had described their sound as being, “too English for the English”. The album was re-issued in 1992 on the German Record Label, Normal Records.

[Dedicated to Ichiro Isaka in Nagoya, Japan]

Goodbye Ivan – Anxiolytics (The Visit) (2011)

With Goodbye Ivan’s second album release, Intervals, Arnaud Sponar once again takes us on a journey: first across the Atlantic to a brave new metropolitan jungle (L’Ennui, East River, Brooklyn Bound) and redneck refuge (Hollidaysburg), then back around through the melancholic humor of the Eastern Bloc (Na proschanie, Shutka) and finally nestling in a cozy Icelandic fjord (Strokkur, Lónsfjörður) creating the rich feeling of movement found on this record. The eerie spaces in between on Anxiolytics (The Visit) and Left Wind give the feeling of being utterly lost amidst moments of discovery and great confidence. [Source]