Eels - Baby Loves Me


The other day I ran into Mark Oliver Everett, AKA E, from Eels, at Trader Joe's. He recognized me from his past Sound appearance and couldn't have been nicer.

Eels have (has?) a new album, and this is the single - Baby Loves Me.

Ben Folds, Nick Hornby & Pomplamoose

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Our pal Nick Hornby and past guest Ben Folds are collaborating on an album that's out in just a couple weeks. They've released this lovely video, featuring backup vocals and drums by the indie duo Pomplamoose.

Ted Leo - Bottled in Cork



What's this? A new video from two-time Sound of Young America guest Ted Leo? Directed by two-time Sound of Young America guest Tom Scharpling? With special guest two-time Sound of Young America guest John Hodgman? And two-time MaxFun guest Paul F. Tompkins? And one-time Sound of Young America guest Julie Klausner?


Below: Ted performs "Bottle of Buckie" on The Sound a couple of years ago. Check out two more performances, plus the interview here.

All Killer, no filler.


Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin' (1957)

What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me)

She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye, (1983)

Dan Mangan - Robots


When we were in Calgary, we had the pleasure of meeting Dan Mangan, a Canadian singer-songwriter who's starting to make some inroads here in the States. He's exceedingly charming, and we managed to catch most of his set at the Folk Fest, too. Above is his single, currently burning up Canadian college radio, "Robots."

The AV Club on The Sound of Young America: June 2010

Kyle Ryan
Genevieve Koski

On this edition of The Sound of Young America, Kyle Ryan and Genevieve Koski from The AV Club meet with Jesse to talk about some of the "hip and happening" things going on in pop culture at the moment.

Film wise, Kyle and Jesse discuss the documentary Winnebago Man about... well the Winnebago Man. Next, Genevieve talks with Jesse about the direction of the Starz show Party Down.

On the musical front, Jesse and Kyle find relief in the latest release from the Roots, How I Got Over. And lastly, Genevieve chimes in about the new Robyn album, Body Talk Pt. 1.

Devo's Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Gerald Casale
Mark Mothersbaugh

Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh are founding members of the art-rock band Devo. They had remarkable chart success in the early 1980s, including the hit Whip It. Their philosophy of devolution, compelling videos and bold aesthetic presentation were as big a part of the band as their danceable rock music. Their latest record, Something For Everybody, is their first since 1990.​

Gerry and Mark talk with us about how they arrived at their theory that mankind was on an inexorable downward slide, and how playing rock and roll music in crazy outfits fit into that philosophical framework. They also chat about the philosophy behind their new project. On "Something For Everybody," every song has been focus grouped, and every element of presentation has been selected for maximum saleability. Also, they talk about that Swiffer commercial where "Whip It" was changed to "Swiff It."

Bilal Covers Led Zeppelin's "Since I've Been Loving You"


Along with upcoming TSOYA guest Jose James, Bilal is my favorite male vocalist around. He hasn't actually released a record since his debut, 2001's First Born Second, but the word is that his follow-up will come along this year. Check out this incendiary version of Led Zeppelin's "Since I've Been Loving You" for some evidence of Bilal's power. Click through for the Zep original.

(via Wale)

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