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18-04-2009
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^and letterman always has the best guests.
i just ordered their new album. excited

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yeah i saw their performance on letterman on youtube and they also did jools holland here a week ago, they were so much better on letterman!

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they are ALWAYS on letterman!

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Heads Will Roll on Fallon
[youtube]Y-zQnvp3iBc[/youtube]

Zero on Letterman
[youtube]OIyvw6vwqkM[/youtube]

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They sounded amazing on both Letterman and Fallon,Karen has great voice,I love listening her

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always thought she sounded a lot like chrissie hynde.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Reveals Her Soundtrack for Where the Wild Things Are

After several stops, starts and delays there's growing anticipation for the October release of Where The Wild Things Are. For the past two years, the music world has been buzzing about the movie too, specifically about its soundtrack.

Karen O, the arty and brash lead singer of Brooklyn-based rock trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs, has been writing and recording new songs for the movie with a rumored list of respected indie rock musicians. Last week details about the film's soundtrack were finally revealed further fueling the anticipation.

Where the Wild Things Are is directed by O's ex-boyfriend Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) who also co-wrote the screenplay with novelist Dave Eggers. It's based on the popular 1963 children's picture book by author/illustrator Maurice Sendak. In the story, a boy named Max is sent to his room without dinner. He then runs away to the fantasy world of the Wild Things -- a place full of gargantuan creatures and beasts -- where he's named their king. In 2008 Jonze told Rolling Stone he wanted his version of the classic story to be true to his own experiences as a child, saying, "Basically, I wanted to take this nine-year-old kid seriously as a person who is trying to understand the world and himself."

Choosing the right musician to channel both the serious and childlike elements of the fantasy storyline into the film's soundtrack was key. According to DGC/Interscope Records, Karen O was the right fit to craft songs for the movie because she and "her music possess something of a child-like innocence, a guileless charm that put her exactly on the right emotional wavelength to sonically capture the film, be it a tender moment or a wild rumpus."

O didn't put the soundtrack together by herself. She collaborated with film score composer Carter Burwell (No Country for Old Men, Twilight) and wrote songs with a who's who of the indie rock world. In 2007 news of her new project spawned numerous postings wondering who she was working with and what kind of songs they were recording.

We know now the group she put together, dubbed "Karen O and the Kids," includes members of Afternoons, Deerhunter, Queens of the Stone Age, The Greenhornes, Gris Gris, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, New Folk Implosion, Liars, The Bird and the Bee, and her YYY band mates, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase.

"I didn't want to make music that was hammering you over the head or go for some kind of pushbutton emotion," O said in a statement. "What I initially wanted to do was close to Cat Stevens in Harold and Maude, really simple, but memorably and seamlessly woven into the movie." She even enlisted an untrained children's choir to round out some of the tracks.

Last year Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox, a member of Karen O's "Kids," told music website Pitchfork that the songs she wrote were "radical and honest." He added, "I've never had a better time in my life playing music with people. The audiences for the music and the movie should be stoked because it's going to blow them away."

In an interview this year with MTV News UK, Karen O raved about the soundtrack project and Jonze's movie, saying, "It was a really amazing experience and I think what [Jonze] has accomplished with the film is basically the impossible."

This isn't the first time that Jonze and O have collaborated professionally. In 2004 he directed Yeah Yeah Yeahs' creepy, yet oddly comical, Children of the Corn-ish music video for "Y Control." That same year Jonze directed the band's visually stunning and trippy performance of their hit "Maps" at the MTV Movie Awards.

The following year Jonze directed an Adidas commercial, "Hello Tomorrow," using a song written by his brother Sam Spiegel, aka Squeak E. Clean, and sung by Karen O. The commercial won the Gold Lion award for Best Use of Music at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in France, known as the "Olympics of Advertising."

Over the years Jonze has created eclectic and groundbreaking music videos for artists like Beck, Kanye West, Bjork, The Notorious B.I.G., Ludacris and The Chemical Brothers. In the video world, he's known for classics like Beastie Boys' "Sabotage," Weezer's "Buddy Holly" and Fatboy Slim's "Praise You."

Where The Wild Things Are is not Karen O's first foray into the soundtrack world. In 2006 she recorded "Backass" with potty-mouthed electronic artist Peaches for the soundtrack to Jackass Number Two. She followed that with a Bob Dylan cover on the soundtrack to I'm Not There, the 2007 Dylan biopic starring Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Richard Gere and Heath Ledger.

"All Is Love," the first single by Karen O and the Kids from the Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack, debuts today on digital services. The album drops on Sep. 29; the movie arrives in theaters on Oct. 16.

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17-09-2009
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only 9 pages for this band! I got to see them play at Pomona, Karen O is the most charismatic frontwoman I've seen! The whole show was an experience! If anyone has a chance to catch them, go see them-THE most fun live show I've been to

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AMAZING at reading festival.. Karen has such awesome stage presence..

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs announce new album 'Mosquito'

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced that their new album 'Mosquito' will be released on April 15, 2013.

'Mosquito' will be the band's fourth LP and the follow-up to 2009's 'It's Blitz'. It sees the band again working with long-time producer David Sitek and Nick Launay, and was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, where 'It's Blitz' was recorded.

One track is produced by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and features Dr Octagon. The artwork was designed by Beomsik Shimbe Shim.

Speaking exclusively to NME about the album in this week's magazine, which will hit newsstands on Wednesday (January 16) and will also be available digitally, singer Karen O said "Well…it’s definitely different from the last album. So I guess you could say that hasn’t changed about us! It’s all over the place. The sound of the record is, I guess, a bit more lo-fi sounding and slightly more influenced by roots reggae. There's a lot of delay on stuff and there’s a more raw sound to it than there was last time."

She added: "There's probably more bass on this record than all the other records combined. But there's also plenty of guitar. It's a bit more tripped out than our other records." Scroll down and click to see a video teaser for the album.

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Wow this is great news! I hope they tour with this album so I can finally see them live.

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Music video for the first single Sacrilege is out featuring Lily Cole




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I LOVE it!

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They were featured in the New York Times yesterday, with a stream of another song from the new album 'Under the Earth':
http://nytimes.com/2013/03/31/magazi...pagewanted=all

Sounds amazing, psyched for the album!

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^gah i love that track more than sacrilege!

they just keep getting better and better though no? i thought it's blitz was their defining moment but i thought too soon apparently. to me that's what seperates the flavours of the moment from the true artists.....how they evolve and push their boundaries. that's why sonic youth,bjork and pj harvey have remained so relevant and vital.

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