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Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Blitz! Bonus Tracks Are Great Too

We’ve already established the fact that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs tried something different with It’s Blitz! and it worked (way beyond my expectations, actually). Karen O recently took a victory lap around the block in the “Zero” video, but a Deluxe Edition acoustic version of “Hysteric” finds her in a quieter, more contemplative mode, transforming… More »

By: brandon / March 11, 2009 - 3:56 pm

New Yeah Yeah Yeahs Video – “Zero”

When we prematurely praised It’s Blitz!, we noted Karen O sounds more commanding than ever. The retooled instrumentation (icy and fuzzed analog synthesizers, skittering electronic beats) puts her square in the spotlight — a radio-ready post-punk diva, or whatever — and it works. The Barney Clay-directed video for first single Zero” makes good use of… More »

By: brandon / March 9, 2009 - 11:05 am

Premature Evaluation: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!

Major questions (and complaints) about Yeah Yeah Yeahs third full-length will undoubtedly center around the prevalence of synthesizers and various electronics and seeming lack of Brian and Nick’s standard drum and guitar blazes. Icy and fuzzed analog synthesizers and skittering electronic beats do appear on It’s Blitz!, and considering the emphasis usually placed on Zinner’… More »

By: brandon / February 24, 2009 - 10:34 am

New Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Heads Will Roll”

A few days ago we posted “Zero,” the first single from YYY’s forthcoming It’s Blitz!. This second track (literally, it follows opener “Zero” on the LP) is cut from the same new wave cloth. Layers of spectral synths, an urgent house beat, and Karen’s commands to “Dance, dance, dance ’til you’re dead” show how desperately… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 22, 2009 - 1:53 am

New Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Zero”

This next YYYs LP was bound to be one of the year’s most anticipated, regardless. Because the trio are true rock stars in a time where the “rock star” is a relic, because they are serious players, because Show Your Bones proved they were, at least, unafraid to be stylistically adventurous. But that’s bolstered by… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 17, 2009 - 9:29 am

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ It’s Blitz! Album Art

We told you the punk-ass name of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ third album at the end of last month: It’s Blitz! now has cover art to call its own. Beyond the packaging, the collection was produced by past collaborators Dave Sitek and Nick Launay and Nick Zinner showed up to the party with a pile… More »

By: brandon / February 12, 2009 - 1:18 pm

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Reveal Name Of New Album

Over at their website Y3 let us know it’s going to be called It’s Blitz. Maybe they were inspired by Ezra’s “Someone’s Gonna Die” cover with Fucked Up. The news is accompanied by a nice collage, so check it out. Release date TBA. More »

By: brandon / January 21, 2009 - 1:33 pm

TV On The Radio, Hot Chip, Beck Show Some Cover Love For The New War Child Compilation

Lots of artists you enjoy are covering lots of other artists you enjoy for another tribute album organized by and benefitting War Child, the “network of independent organisations, working across the world to help children affected by war.” The pairings are mostly logical — the Hold Steady covering the Boss, TV On The Radio covering… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 12, 2009 - 4:55 pm

The 20 Albums We’re Most Excited To Hear In 2009

There a few more days of pretending to look busy at work ahead, but as far as our iTunes are concerned 2009 can’t get here soon enough. We’re done with the lists. It’s time for the new. We pored over the album-release sheets, took myriad Progress Reports, and narrowed the field to a list of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 18, 2008 - 5:06 pm

New Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “All I Want For Christmas”

Get Mariah Carey far from your mind as you head over to YeahSpace for a listen of this charming little new seasonal stopgap tune. “My only Christmas wish is for you to be here,” Karen coos through the hook, punctuating her simple Xmas list with wants of warming kisses and holiday cheer and a festive… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 16, 2008 - 2:49 pm

Karen O Makes Native Korean Rock

In a move that echoes Jim James’s Asian country star Sec Walkin, Karen O has an Asian-themed project of her own, Native Korean Rock & The Fishnets. She explains the spare, lo-fi love songs at the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ blog:

Native Korean Rock is a side project of mine comprised of a body of… More »

By: brandon / July 18, 2008 - 11:49 am

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Working With Kitten On New Record

Over at their MySpace, under a post titled “Smells Like Record 3,” the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have given up some info about the secret weapon behind their newest outing. Under separate cover, we received this photo of them in the studio, Karen in full-on Mickey Mouse and bones gear, Brian and Nick (the latter fresh… More »

By: brandon / June 4, 2008 - 9:20 am

The Raconteurs Played Conan, Also Played With Nick Zinner

New York had a Raconteur parade this past week: three sold out nights at the much maligned Terminal 5 in Manhattan, two-song performance on the much beloved Conan O’Brien show at 30 Rock. The New York Times sent a critic to T5 who, along with noting that room’s sight/sound issues but generally giving props to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 3, 2008 - 9:42 am

Scarlett Johansson And Dave Sitek Premiere Tom Waits Tribute Album In NYC

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Only for the sexiest woman alive would we slosh around the East Village in this winter mess for a listening party. Last night at Joe’s Pub, Stereogum got a preview of Scarlett Johansson’s forthcoming Tom Waits covers album, a project we’ve been tracking for well over a year. Anywhere IMore »

By: Stereogum / February 13, 2008 - 12:37 pm

New Tiny Masters Of Today Video (Feat. Yeah Yeah Yeahs) – “Hologram World”

Ivan and Ada’s adorable punk stuff has had us thinking they were wise beyond their years, but that they already know “What’s your favorite blog?” is the worst party ice-breaker ever absolutely confirms it. Yeah Yeah Yeahs follow up their help in the studio (Karen on the hook and a verse, Zinner throughout) with a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 8, 2008 - 3:29 pm

New Karen O – “Highway 61 Revisited” (Stereogum Premiere)

Everything’s coming up Dylan. As mentioned, a lot of folks we like got together to cover the car salesman Mr. Zimmerman as part of the I’m Not There soundtrack. We pointed out streams for Dylan takes by Sufjan, Calexico with Jim James, and Cat Power and now we get a listen of Karen O’s bluesy,… More »

By: Stereogum / October 25, 2007 - 12:41 pm

New Celebration – “Hands Off My Gold (Ruby Beats Remix)”

We offered propers to Celebration for their big step-up album The Modern Tribe, so named for Katrina’s deep love for friends and musical collaborators. The afrobeat stomp/wicked chanting of “Hands Of Gold” are just one of the LP’s many highlights, and one of the best samples of Celebration’s collaborative spirit. The album cut of “Hand… More »

By: Stereogum / October 10, 2007 - 4:01 pm

Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Webster Hall, NYC 8/7/07

With the release of the killer Is Is EP (and its accompanying night vision videos), Yeah Yeah Yeahs are inspiring a lot of folks to discuss the band’s legacy, or how they’re bound to be the most enduring of the turn-of-the-millennium NYC scene (interesting ’cause, as good as Is Is is, these are songs from… More »

By: Stereogum / August 9, 2007 - 9:59 am

Select Clips From Virgin Fest 2007

No regrets choosing Lolla over the Virgin Fest: Karen O dressed to impress, My Morning Jacket got orchestral, and Dennis Rodman gave Pearl Jam a lift ? this year’s Lolla had some memorable moments. That said, Virgin Festival wasn’t without action: Baltimore might be all about Dan Deacon in our warped minds — in fact,… More »

By: Stereogum / August 6, 2007 - 3:03 pm

Lollapalooza ’07: Saturday In Photos

Saturday was full of tougher decisions than day one, not the least of which was Interpol vs. Muse vs. staying dry. Grant Park got its drizzle on during The Hold Steady; by the time Spoon took the MySpace stage, it was full-on downpour. Britt reminded us how to pronounce GaGaGaGaGa (like a machine… More »

By: Stereogum / August 5, 2007 - 3:01 pm
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