Thursday, June 30, 2005

Why Why Whys

I guess it pays to check Pitchfork several times throughout the day because they're now fond of putting up more news stories and today's latest made me anxious.

They've reported on some new information about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I know a lot of people may hate them, but they have incredible stage shows and I just like all three members of the band. I've been interested in what they've all been doing since they released Fever to Tell.

Nick Zinner became a star player on Bright Eyes' Digital Ash in a Digital Urn and continued to work on his photography skills by releasing some books of photography books. I picked up two he had with them when I saw the YYY's play a long time ago in Oklahoma, and he's a generally all around cool guy.
He and Karen had a side project called Unitard but the only thing I ever heard of them coming up with was an acoustic version of "Year to Be Hated" for Vice Records' Yes New York compilation

Feeling excluded from Unitard, Brian began to spend more and more time with his other band The Seconds (who are on 5RC). They have an album called Y and a split 7". The Seconds also features members from Ex-Models.
Say Hey
The Right Way
Mommy Mommy Mommy (live)

Karen made an Adidas commercial with her current beau Spike Jonze. Karen and Squeak E. Clean did a beautiful song for it called "Hello Tomorrow".

Adidas ad by Spike Jonze
Squeak E Clean ft. Karen O-Hello Tomorrow

The Pitchfork article mentions the fact that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs may be heading towards a folkier direction. This would be a giant departure from most of the work off of Fever to Tell except perhaps the last three or four songs including MTV's favorite "Maps."

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs hinted at a softer side on a performance on Seattle's The End. On this End Session, they play a beautiful cover of Bjork's "Hyperballad"which they say they had mailed to her on a tape but never heard back from her.

Hyperballad Live on The End

And this is a new song they've been playing around, except this is an acoustic version on an AOL Session. Could this be the new sound of the YYYs?
Cheated Hearts Live on AOL

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