Compiled by Ryan

The links:

Important Things with Demetri Martin premiered this week, and New York Magazine had a nice cover story about the alternative comedian.  If you’ve never heard Martin, I highly recommend renting/Netflixing Demetri Martin. Person. or picking up his album These Are Jokes.  If you like Steven Wright or Mitch Hedberg (and who doesn’t), you’ll love Demetri.

-I’ve really been enjoying the new Swan Lake record, so it was really enjoyable to read Carey Mercer’s recollections of recording the album.  If nothing else, read part four of that entry.

The White Stripes will play live for the first time since mid-2007 on the finale of Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

-Aww.  Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams are getting married.

It’s Santigold now.

The YouTube highlights:

Incredibad, the first album from comedy trio The Lonely Island came out this week.  Here’s the video for “I’m On A Boat” featuring T-Pain:

And here are some classic Lonely Island clips:

If you haven’t been following it, Joaquin Phoenix maybe retired from acting to apparently pursue a career in hip-hop, but it may all be for a film he’s doing with Casey Affleck, or maybe it’s just a dose of old-time crazy.  Hoax or no hoax, his appearance on Letterman cannot be missed:

 New music spotlight:

Dan AuerbachKeep It Hid

If you know Dan Auerbach at all, it’s as the leadman of The Black Keys, a garage rock band from Ohio.  That band gets compared most often to The White Stripes, which is perhaps a bit unfair; Auerbach’s re-appropriation of blues rock takes a decidedly less punk approach than Mr. White’s.  Still, for folks unfamiliar with the band, it’s a nice stepping stone.  This album should sound pretty familiar for fans of The Black Keys, as Auerbach doesn’t stray much from his favorite sounds.

Dan Auerbach – “Trouble Weighs A Ton” from Keep It Hid, out now on Nonesuch

PhosphorescentTo Willie

Let’s be clear: I like Matthew Houck and the music he makes as Phosphorescent; I do not like Willie Nelson.  Cue up the cognitive dissonance scale, because the latest effort from Phosphorescent is an entire album of Willie Nelson covers.  Imagine a dude whose music falls somewhere between slower Bonnie “Prince” Billy stuff and Iron and Wine.  Got it?  Now imagine that dude covering Willie Nelson songs.  It is what you think it is.

Phosphorescent – “Reasons To Quit” from To Willie, out now on Dead Oceans