The Brits are Alright: New Supergrass, Radiohead, The Twang, Drive-By Argument
*Radiohead posted two videos from its "thumbs down" webcast, "Bodysnatchers" and "Jigsaw Falling into Place." Watch on the band's YouTube channel. The discbox version of In Rainbows is also out in the ether now; disc two is already being furiously file-shared as we speak.
*Thanks to a pal, I discovered a UK band called The Twang last week. Think a hardscrabble U2, with a vocalist with a Mike Skinner-like brogue singing, and touches of the Stone Roses in there. Very epic and beautiful stuff.
*Drive-By Argument is one of my other favorite new finds. Here's the video for "Sex Lines are Expensive Comedy" -- a song which, bizarrely enough, was popular with the New York Islanders. They remind me a lot of At The Drive-In, what with the kinetic keyboards and throttling guitars, as well as Maxeen (so, by corollary, a young Police).
"Sex Lines are Expensive Comedy"
-- Annie Zaleski