Tuesday Music Thing: Steve Jobs Tribute Video; The Hawk In Paris; Cast

PantslessKnightsImage Thanks to the fine people at Mashable I found this video from the group Pantless Knights. It’s a fun little Jay-Z rip that pays tribute to Steve Jobs through a variety of people in Jobs-esque garb – black mock turtle necks & wire rimmed glasses and a nice shot of his grey New Balance sneaks. Not only is it a fun clip but I like that they even apologize for the bragging toward the end. Keep it light, knights!

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Today also saw the release of a free 3-song EP by a new band called The Hawk In Paris. If you like alterna-synth type stuff that has some inspiration in the ’80s (New Order, Depeche Mode, etc.) but is firmly entrenched in new music like Friendly Fires and Boards of Canada, then you’re going to enjoy this stuff. And for a grand total of $0, just an email address and ZIP, the folks at NoiseTrade have done a fine job of letting us discover new music.

The NoiseTrade fellas also have a nice retrospective sampler from Nova Scotia’s finest exporters of classic power pop, the band Sloan. Don’t sleep on that one, either.

Today also saw the release of a free 3-song EP by a new band called The Hawk In Paris. If you like alterna-synth type stuff that has some inspiration in the ’80s (New Order, Depeche Mode, etc.) but is firmly entrenched in new music like Friendly Fires and Boards of Canada, then you’re going to enjoy this stuff. And for a grand total of $0, just an email address and ZIP, the folks at NoiseTrade have done a fine job of letting us discover new music.

The NoiseTrade fellas also have a nice retrospective sampler from Nova Scotia’s finest exporters of classic power pop, the band Sloan. Don’t sleep on that one, either.

Cast: Magic Hour

Finally, it seems that my iTunes has a thing for the British band Cast‘s 1999 album Magic Hour. The band is led by John Powers, formerly of The La’s, and is as fine an example of rollicking Brit-rock from the mid to late ’90s as anything I can think of. I was lucky enough to find Magic Hour on a trip to the UK in ’99 and not have to pay insane import prices. This record continues to stand up and sound as good today as it did when I first got it. Fire up the Spotify or Slacker or YouTube or whatever you use and check out a great record. Enjoy, and have a great week with music.