The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Are So F*cking Awesome They Shoot Videos on Top of the Empire State Building

Posted in Music on June 28th, 2013 by Nick

That was the longest headline ever, but it’s TRUE. Karen O, Brian Chase and Nick Zinner have transcended the ground us mere mortals traverse on, so they needed to do something that’s never been done before in a music video ever. Hellooooo, New York.

The track is for their new single off of this year’s Mosquito – “Despair”. The video follows the band through a melancholy evening on the top of one of New York’s largest building. As night turns into day, singer Karen O comes to terms with her despair and starts to view life and the world around her in a new light, hopping and skipping and clapping-it-up all around her. The video is artsy without being pretentious, and really does add to the song’s message, as a good video should.

Or at least that’s my interpretation of it.

Check this shit out. YYY or die.

We caught the Yeah Yeah Yeahs live at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Festival last weekend, and that full recap is coming soon!

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Music Monday: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Stream New Album ‘Mosquito’ in Full

Posted in Music on April 8th, 2013 by Nick

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ new album Mosquito hits stores (and Spotify) next week, but you can stream it today for free! The band’s fourth full-length is mellower than expected, but it’s still kooky as hell. It’s got a gospel choir on the lead single “Sacrilege,” sounds of a subway car thundering down a track on “Subway”, and a song produced by Mr. LCD Soundsystem himself, James Murphy, that also features Dr. Octagon.

In this video, Karen O, Brian Chase and Nick Zinner provide commentary for each song off the new record. Here are the time stamps for each track so you can skip ahead to your faves (which will clearly be “Mosquito,” “Area 52″ and “Buried Alive”):

1. Sacrilege (2:06)
2. Subway (6:44)
3. Mosquito (12:44)
4. Under the Earth (16:24)
5. Slave (21:34)
6. These Paths (26:43)
7. Area 52 (32:37)
8. Buried Alive (36:20)
9. Always (42:17)
10. Despair (47:04)
11. Wedding Song (52:33)

 

A new YYY album. Life is good.

The band played Webster Hall in NYC last night. Here’s the setlist. You can check out photos over at Brooklyn Vegan.

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Music Monday: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Sacrilege’

Posted in Music on March 11th, 2013 by Nick

This week’s Music Monday is from a band whose upcoming album is one of my most anticipated releases of the year: Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Info about the band’s fourth full-length Mosquito has been trickling in since the beginning of the year (you can read more here), and this single was released a few weeks back, but I can’t get the track out of my head. I wasn’t too impressed upon the first few spins, but it’s sticking with me – buzzing around my head and cementing itself in my brain with its sexy, subtle chorus-driven guitar riff and booming chorus explosion toward the end. This is a band that goes for broke every single time and is never scared of adapting and changing from album to album. Respect, YYY.

Mosquito comes out April 16, but lets abuse the shit out of “Sacrilege” now.

 

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Reveal Batshit New Album Art and Release Date

Posted in Music on January 15th, 2013 by Nick

Talk about a cover, man.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs fourth album, entitled Mosquito, is finito and set for release on April 16th through Interscope. The album was produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio and Nick Launay, and also features a song produced by James Murphy. Hell to the YES.

“The album is extremely lo-fi. We had a shitty drum machine, a shitty sampled keyboard, tons of delay on the vocals. There’s a real tone, character, and style to it,” Karen O tells SPIN. (Check out the rest of their interview here)

The band has already started previewing some of the new tracks live and more tour dates are forthcoming:

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Me likey the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs: 'It's Blitz!' is bliss

Posted in Music on April 2nd, 2009 by Nick

The new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album “It’s Blitz” has been released, and The Littlest Winslow gives it two very enthusiastic thumbs up.

If you’re not into YYY by now, I’m not sure if you ever will be. Karen O’s screeching, in your face approach, backed with Nick Zinner’s sometimes grungey/sometimes industrial guitar playing makes for quirky and acquired listening. If you get it, you get it. If not, these are a few reasons that might stop listeners at the door. But I assure you – “It’s Blitz!” is golden.

Three albums deep by now, the YYY definitely change their colors with each release. “Fever To Tell” was very upbeat and A.D.D., while “Show Your Bones” slowed the music down a bit, but kept the YYY edge. With “It’s Blitz!” the band touches upon many 80′s sounds and New Wave, and adds in piano, a cello, and a sax to round out the tunes. Definitely different territory for the band. (Note: Greg Kurstin of Geggy Tah and The Bird and the Bee appears on “Runaway” playing the piano!)

I admit – I don’t understand everything that this band does (“Dragon Queen” has me thrown) but everything they do is so interesting and so intriguing.

Check out my faves. Hear for yourself.

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Heads Will Roll

Dull Life

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