We’re not usually the biggest fans of the Grammy, an organization that seems hellbent on honoring whatever acts, regardless of genre or era, most closely resembles The Eagles. But with this years nods to M.I.A., Hot Chip and Daft Punk, it seems as if the Grammys might be getting just a little bit cooler—even though Metallica’s crap album is sure to win.
Radiohead lead grouse Thom Yorke has offered up his visage, plus a story about Bowie’s ‘Ashes to Ashes’ video for use in a commercial for the Grammys. The familiar flying text visual is Graffiti Research Labs, who already used this look for Jay-Z and Santogold’s ‘Brooklyn Go Hard‘ video. A song from the Notorious soundtrack that I don’t recall hearing in the film.
For the most part, we’ve stayed out of the media scrum surrounding Animal Collective’s new album, Merriweather Post Pavilion. Not because we don’t think it’s an excellent record, but largely because after being features on ABC News and The New York Times, there didn’t seem to be much more to say. Spin writer Matt Kiser makes a good point:
‘Last time I remember hearing an album this far in advance and unexpectedly, perhaps irrationally, thinking that it was a semi-historic reinvention, was Moby’s Play in 1999.’
If he’s right, then prepare to hear a lot more about AC this year.
[Read the whole thing @ Spin.com]
The Manifest Hope: DC Gallery Opening and Private Press Viewing is this Friday, the 16th, from 6-9PM. It is a celebration of artwork from people who use this to express their own voice in grass roots progressive movement. All the proceeds from purchased art will go to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. The art was carefully chosen by such judges as Spike Lee and Shepard Fairey, who will help host the event.
But wait…don’t stop there…the following Monday a special invite-only party will be held after the Inauguration, featurning URB fav’s Santogold, De La Soul, and Moby. The party is hosted by moveon.org, SEIU, OBEY/Giant, Shepard Fairey, Rasario Dawson, Michael Stipe and Heather Graham. It will be a special weekend for Obama’s election, and definitely one not to be forgotten. For more information go to …