Last month, my brother was telling me about this PSY guy with his music video "Gangnam Style". I didn't think much of it, except I started seeing a ton of parodies on the music video when I started watching loads of YouTube videos on my PS3. Personally, I think the best one is the "Gundam Style" with Gundam heads (I believe YouTube has banned the video as I write this.)
Since then, "Gangnam Style" got over 100 million views, which is safe to say, the most views for a K-pop song. Hot off his success, he's signed to Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun and has agreed to appear on the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday.
Expect the horse dance to become a party favorite, but is this a one-trick pony? Will "Gangnam Style" end up like a one-hit wonder?
Originally called Pivot, this Sydney band decided to be known as PVT because of legal claims from an American band of the same name.
The band will be releasing a yet-to-be-titled new album on the Brooklyn label Felte. Since there's no cover artwork or title, the cover you see is from their previous album, Church With No Magic. Anyway, you can get a sneak peek at "Shivers" via Soundcloud:
In late September, PVT will be heading out on tour with Menomena, a band that we previously mentioned.
09/26 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club*
09/27 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey*
09/28 San Diego, CA – Casbah*
09/29 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom*
10/02 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater*
10/03 Austin, TX – Parish*
10/04 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s*
10/05 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks*
10/06 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade*
10/09 Washington, DC – Black Cat*
10/10 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer*
10/11 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*
10/12 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg*
10/13 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*
10/16 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa*
10/17 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern*
10/18 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom*
10/19 Chicago, IL – Metro*
10/20 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock*
10/23 Boise, ID – Neurolux*
10/25 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore*
10/26 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market*
11/03 Nantes, FRANCE - Le Stereolux+
11/04 Lyon, FRANCE - Le Transbordeur+
11/05 Bordeaux, FRANCE - Le Rocher de Palmer+
11/07 Toulouse, FRANCE - Le Bikini+
11/08 Milan, ITALY - Alcatraz+
11/11 Hamburg, GERMANY - Docks+
11/12 Stuttgart, GERMANY - Theatrehaus+
11/13 Dresden, GERMANY - Eventwerk+
11/15 Munich, GERMANY - Tonhalle+
11/18 Copenhagen, DENMARK - Vega+
11/19 Stockholm, SWEDEN - Munich Brewery+
11/20 Oslo, NORWAY - Rockafeller+
12/06 Adelaide, SA - Adelaide Ent Centre^
12/08 Melbourne, VIC - Sidney Myer Music Bowl^
12/12 Brisbane, QLD - Riverstage^
12/14 Sydney, NSW - Sydney Ent Centre^
* w/ Menomena
+ w/ Bloc Party
^ w/ Gotye
DFA (Death From Above) announced that they've signed Sinkane. His debut album, Mars, will be out October 23rd, 2012. You can check out "Jeeper Creeper" via soundcloud:
The name, Sinkane, is a weird homage to Kanye West, who sang "I want to give us 'Us Free' like Cinqué" (referencing to Joseph Cinqué, leader of the Amistad Rebellion.) Gallab misheard this as "Sinkane."
Look for Sinkane's Mars on DFA. If you're in the UK, the album will be out on City Slang.
"Shout to the Top" is a new BBC Radio 2 production about a fictional all-female band to air on September 25th. The star of the program, Shane Richie, described the musical drama as "Glee for an older audience."
Music Weekly described the program as a "'Britpop Glee", because creator Jeff Smith was quoted to say, "Attempts like Britannia High didn’t quite get it right. Ours is grittier [than that] but is still a British take on Glee, for an older audience."
Britpop fans will notice that "Shout to the Top" is co written by ex-Sleeper's Louise Wener and former The Farm's drummer Roy Boulter.