Everyone’s favorite indie sweetheart, Zooey Deschanel, belted out her rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at Game 4 of the World Series last night. Giving a very serious performance, an initially fidgety Deschanel quickly eased into the big notes with her signature charm, all a flutter of doe eyes and half smiles. Keeping her hands firmly folded in front of her throughout the entire performance, we’re thinking Deschanel’s stoicism and poise had something to do with wearing high heels on grass ? a girl’s got to balance, after all! And matching her red pumps, Deschanel’s dress was a show stopper in itself: Half candy cane, half flower bed, and appropriately festive.
No stranger to vocal gymnastics, we’ve been fans of Deschanel ever since she saved Christmas with her whimsical voice in Elf. Promoting her new show, New Girl, Deschanel’s World Series performance has transformed her from a manic pixie dream girl to pop culture’s newest darling. Not to mention a sporting hero. Indeed, as star of her own TV show and fronting indie pop band She & Him, it seems like there’s nothing the girl can’t do these days (especially now that she’s added “patriot” to her resume). And now we’re just wondering if her new crown as the World Series’ favorite anthem singer will be stripped tonight by our recent Posted artist, Demi Lovato, who will be following Deschanel’s performance with her own interpretation at Game 5 of the Series.
We’ve been slightly (if justifiably) Beyoncé-crazy here lately, but don’t think it’s escaped our notice that her friend Kelly Rowland is keeping at least as busy promoting Here I Am. In the last week Rowland released two videos: “Lay It On Me,” featuring Big Sean, and “Down For Whatever.” The collaboration is the bigger-budget affair, not least because it’s already been a somewhat successful single already. In addition to Big Sean, the video features a Slinky, a chaise lounge made up of shirtless men, and an elephant. “Down For Whatever” is darker and much clubbier, with visual and electronic strobes and back-up dancers. Rowland will also be appearing in a video next week: she has a cameo in Beyoncé’s “Party,” which premieres on BET’s 106 and Park on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6PM ET. Also in the video: J. Cole, who replaces André 3000 on the single remix.
To provide a decent and affordable dine-in meal experience for his home peeps of New Jersey, this week Jon Bon Jovi opened up The Soul Kitchen: A ?pay-what-you-can? restaurant that also doubles as a volunteer-based community project.
In celebration of its grand opening, here are my favorite music videos set inside a restaurant:
5) Cee Lo, “F*** You”
Usually when a man screams ?F? YOU!? inside a diner, he is asked to leave; Cee Lo was asked to play the Grammys.
4) Radiohead, “High And Dry”
Back in the day when Radiohead made music for the masses, they also crafted some really good music videos. This classic includes a brief case, a time bomb, a key hidden inside a cup of mayonnaise, and Thom Yorke impatiently shuffling around the restaurant because he couldn?t fit into a booth with the rest of his band mates.
For the second time in less than three months, Terius Nash has announced, via Twitter, the release of a new album prior to his fourth (and possibly final) Def Jam album as The-Dream. “I am personally pushing Love IV back to drop a [sic] international album this winter,” he tweeted. According to follow-up tweets, the album, to be released under his given name, will be called 1984: Persona Of Love and will contain ten tracks, three of which Nash claims to have written today while in Paris. Normally we’d be skeptical of this sort of announcement-via-Twitter, but this is exactly how Nash announced 1977. As for the Love IV delay, he had hinted as much in a Rolling Stone interview, but there’s been no word yet from Def Jam (not that he’s given them time to respond). We look forward to any kind of new music from Nash, but we would like to hear a new The-Dream record, and we suspect Def Jam would too. Until then, we’re going to revisit one of his under-heralded tracks, a single he co-wrote with Yung Joc for the rapper’s second album Hustlenomics. Listen to “Coffee Shop” after the jump. Read more…
MTV Hive’s Live in NYC series, which has hosted You Oughta Know alums Two Door Cinema Club and others over the past few months, is graduating to the big leagues: a CMJ Music Marathon showcase. This Saturday night, a four-band show will be streaming live at MTV Hive: Walk The Moon at 7:30pm ET, Memoryhouse at 8:15, The Stepkids at 9pm and Mr. Dream at 9:50. The whole shindig will be hosted by Matt Pinfield, and attendees will also receive free tacos. (We think that last bit is just to make those of us watching from home that much more jealous.)
After the jump, watch the Stepkids’ video for “Legend In My Own Mind,” directed by Tom Scharpling and featuring Kurt Braunohler as a guy whose acceptance of a Stepkids CD-R from Wyatt Cenac sends him into a Kangol-hat dream world. Read more…
MUTEMATH had already come through New York City on their fall tour when we selected them as the latest You Oughta Know artist, so we felt a bit guilty making them go out of their way to come to our offices, thrilled though we may have been. The band didn’t seem to mind in the slightest, though, laying down a killer You Oughta Know Live set for us, including an Alicia Keys cover that surprised us with its unique interpretation. After playing the two singles from their new album?”Odd Soul” and “Blood Pressure”?they launched into a Southern blues-rock version of “Fallin’” that sizzled. Maybe it was the Hammond B3 organ Todd Gummerman played, or perhaps Darren King’s substitution of snare for hi-hat on the double-time beat, but this cover worked in every way that “Southern blues rock” covers almost always don’t. This was “Whipping Post,” not Blues Hammer. Even the band was visibly pleased with how they sounded; frontman Paul Meany let out a deserved “Alright” when they finished.
Coldplay visited The Colbert Report yesterday before returning to the UK before their album release next week. After Chris Martin subjected himself to a one-on-one interview, in which he claimed that Thom Yorke’s wriggling performance on a previous episode was actually the Radiohead frontman’s mastery of a style of dance taught in all British schools, the band performed their new single “Paradise,” though not in costume as elephants. Only one song aired during last night’s half-hour episode (as Martin quipped of Coldplay, in comparison to Radiohead, whose episode extended to a full hour, “We’re not as good musically, but we’re much more attractive”) but the band did perform another track from Mylo Xyloto?“Up In Flames”?as a web exclusive. Read more…
VH1 announced earlier this week that MUTEMATH is the latest You Oughta Know artist. We weren’t deeply familiar?though we were impressed with the video for “Blood Pressure”?so we did a little investigating. Their latest record Odd Soul came out on October 4, and it’s got a definite New Orleans funk feel at points?unsurprisingly, the band cites the Meters as an influence?but the overwhelming feel is of a band whose members are deeply in tune with one other. Read more…
In Coldplay’s new video for “Paradise,” Chris Martin escapes imprisonment in Britain, busks for a bit, then stows away on a flight to South Africa, and rides a unicycle out into the country to reunite with his bandmates for an outdoor jam followed by a stadium show. Oh, also, he’s dressed in a giant elephant costume.
Hot on the heels of “Countdown”?which we’re still watching plenty?Beyoncé premiered a video for “Love On Top” earlier this week. As teased, the video begins with an homage to Brook Payne’s iconic New Edition choreography, but that’s only the half of it (literally). The video edit drops a verse from the song so that the video’s back end is devoted to the four key-change chorus repetitions. For these, she and her back-up dancers doll up in a series of era-evoking costumes, though the costumer must have made some sort of mistake, because they always end up short one dress shirt. Not to worry, though: Beyoncé takes one for the team every time. “Love On Top” may be miles apart from “Countdown,” but it’s no less the jam, and we’ve got no complaints about the video either.