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Governors Ball, Day 1: Lots of weather, some music, no Kings of Leon


The British have a lot of weird old traditions, but perhaps the most peculiar one is their annual insistence on hanging out in the rain and mud to listen to music. Every year, thousands of otherwise normal-seeming Britons convene in the farms and parks of Reading and Leeds with the knowledge that they and their loved ones have a high chance of getting soaked. And the sick part is, they seem to enjoy it.

From what I could tell, the majority of people at the opening day of the Governors Ball Festival on New York City’s Randall’s Island were not British, and did not enjoy it. Yet amid a relentless battery of heavy rains and high winds courtesy of Tropical Storm Andrea, the festival did its best to keep calm on and carry on by sticking to their schedule of artists, which included Erykah Badu, Local Natives, Young the Giant, Best Coast, and more. At a certain point, though, you gotta know when to call it, and the Gov Ball organizers were forced to cancel the party before the night’s headliners, Kings of Leon and Pretty Lights, had a chance to take the stage. (To make up for it, Kings of Leon is now scheduled to play this evening.)


New Beach House video featuring Ray Wise -- Watch it here


Eric Wareheim (of Tim and Eric), is responsible for executing the trippy pep rally for Beach House’s ‘Wishes’ music video. Off of their 2012 album Bloom, the video stars the always delightful Ray Wise (Leland Palmer from Twin Peaks, also, Robin Scherbatsky Sr. from How I Met Your Mother). It is bizarre and completely captivating.

As far as the collaboration, it’s not as random as you might think. Wareheim has been a fan of Beach House for a while, and he also directs music videos occasionally, including one for HEALTH’s “We are Water” and a few Major Lazer videos. And Wise has appeared on a few episodes of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, and then again in Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. Wareheim also tweeted this, Thursday, to announce the debut.

In the video, Wise saunters out on a football field to lip sync ‘Wishes’ to a captive crowd, while cheerleaders and performers dance and grind around him. He’s wearing a sateen jacket and pants with the school’s stallion mascot embroidered on the back, like a deranged knock-off of Ryan Gosling’s Drive jacket.

There is too much awesome in this music video. Check it out below.


Album Sales: Adam Lambert tops the Billboard charts, beating out Adele and Carrie Underwood

An American Idol runner-up replaced an Idol winner atop the Billboard 200 this week, as Adam Lambert dethroned Carrie Underwood with his sophomore album Trespassing, which sold 77,000 copies in its first week.

With his No. 1 debut and 77,000 copies sold, many are touting that this makes Lambert the first openly gay artist to ever top the albums chart (another gay Idol contestant, Clay Aiken, topped the Billboard 200 with Measure of a Man, which debuted with 613,000 copies sold in 2003, but he didn’t come out until 2008). Still, it’s a landmark achievement.

Other Top 10 debuts included Tenacious D’s The Rise of Fenix and Beach House’s Bloom, but despite the newcomers, overall sales were relatively soft.  Check out the full Top 10 below: READ FULL STORY

Our weekly Spotify playlist: Beach House, Adam Lambert, Killer Mike rub elbows

Things kick off this week with Baltimore’s organ-happy indie duo Beach House’s dreamier-than-thou “Wishes,” one of our favorite tracks on their new album Bloom. Rye Rye (with teammate M.I.A.) take the baton from there with the Go! Pop! Bang! highlight “Sunshine,” while pop maven Adam Lambert, rappers 2 Chainz and Killer Mike, and indefatiguable Alanis Morissette each hit us with their own new cuts.

Also on deck this week: shiny-haired Malibu songstress Colbie Caillat, ’90s indie-rock revivalists the Cribs, and not one but two excellent U.K. soul imports, Alex Clare and Cold Specks. Check it all out by streaming the playlist below:


What's on 'Cougar Town' star Busy Phillips' iPod? Beach House, Sufjan, The Band, and more

Fun fact: The lady who plays Cougar Town’s delightful wackjob Laurie Keller—that would be Freaks & Geeks and Dawson’s Creek alum Busy Phillips—goes big at the Coachella Music Festival every year. (In fact, she’s probably rolling up there right about now.)

So considering that fact, and the fact that Cougar is returning from hiatus this coming Tuesday, April 18 in a special, we-need-viewers timeslot after Dancing with the Stars, we thought it more than high time to see what trips her fine-tuned musical trigger. (Surprise: She’s got a taste for indie rock!) Here’s what’s on Philipps’ iPod:


Coachella 2010 Saturday: Muse and the Dead Weather rock very differently, plus MGMT, Dirty Projectors, and more

Muse-CoachellaImage Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesSeveral ardent fans have already pre-emptively chastised me for underrating Coachella 2010’s night two headliners. As one commenter on yesterday’s Jay-Z post put it, “Muse will be by far the best act all weekend, learn about something before you talk about it.” Well, I’ve just come home from seeing Muse perform, and I can say I’ve learned that the British rockers might very well be the biggest, loudest, showiest act all weekend. But the best? That’s another question. Read why after the jump — plus my full report on seven other notable acts from Saturday afternoon and evening.


Beach House debut 'The Arrangement' for Sirius XM: Hear it here!

Beach House’s Teen Dream is a huge leap forward for the Baltimore indie-pop duo and an early contender for album of the year. (Can you tell that I love this record?) Good news for fans: There’s even more amazing Beach House music in your near future! The band’s four-track Zebra EP arrives on Record Store Day, which falls on April 17 this year. Along with remixes of Teen Dream highlights “Zebra” and “10 Mile Stereo,” the EP also features two new songs. One of them is called “The Arrangement,” and that’s the one you can hear them performing below.

This performance of “The Arrangement” comes from Beach House’s upcoming stint as co-hosts on Sirius XM satellite radio’s SIRIUS XMU. In addition to hosting that channel all next week, Beach House has recorded a “SIRIUS XMU Session” which airs March 3 at 9 P.M. Eastern.

As you’ll see below, “The Arrangement” is perfectly lovely and thoroughly Beach House-y. What are you waiting for? Get your weekend started in style and click “play” already! Then let us know how you like this tune.

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