November 11th, 2009
Finally! A band has chosen to name their album after my favourite NES game Contra. Vampire Weekend is that band. Says frontman Ezra Koenig, “Look, I was born in 1984, so I’m not going to name an album Contra and not think about that video game.” All that’s left to say is Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start.
Just weeks after releasing a new Atlas Sound album, Bradford Cox proves he’s still prolific by giving away a new single. You can grab “Doctor” and its B-side “The Screens” for free over at his blog.
Jay-Z has signed the Ting Tings to his Roc Nation label. Yeah, we’re surprised too! We assume it’s all part of Jay’s plan to make indie rock popular. Oh wait, it already is…
Ladytron are turning ten and you know what that means? Greatest hits. Actually, it’s a “best of” since they didn’t exactly light up the Billboard charts. Multi-instrumentalist Rueben Wu says “Since we’ve done four albums, I think it would be time to put something like that together.”
And Julian Casablancas says he never really wanted to make a solo album, but felt he needed to because of those other Strokes. He tells the Orange County Register, “ I feel like I was kind of forced a little, to be quite honest. The band wanted to go do their own thing, and that’s cool — I respect that they need to go do that. But I didn’t want to sit around.”