Wild Flag Dons Creepy Masks In ‘Romance’

There’s just so much to like about this Tom Scharpling-directed video of Wild Flag’s “Romance.” 1) Carrie Brownstein complaining about square-shaped pie charts; 2) Janet Weiss vacuuming in janitorial jumpsuit; 3) creepy masks; 4) knocking over all the Merge albums off the shelves; 5) a bucket full of coffee; 6) dreamlike midday work excursions. On top of all that, it’s a well-crafted performance video. And it rocks.

Wild Flag – Romance from Merge Records on Vimeo.

Reblogging: NPR’s Decade In Music ’00-’09

Last week we at NPR Music launched a two-week long jaunt looking into the decade in music from 2000-2009. Focused primarily on Carrie Brownstein’s awesome blog Monitor Mix, we delve into all sorts of topics regarding the most important news events, recording industry and business issues, technology changes, the relevancy of labels, big overarching trends and most important recordings of the decade…oh yeah and ‘American Idol.’ Plus so much more, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Here are a few of my own personal contributions:

Interactive Multimedia Timeline: The Decade In Music

— Song Of The Day: The Decade In Music: OutKast’s ‘So Fresh, So Clean’ (2001)

— All Songs Considered: The Decade’s 50 Most Important Recordings (Here I write about TV On The Radio, The Flaming Lips and Animal Collective.)

— Monitor Mix: The Decade In Music Timeline: What Did We Miss?

— All Songs Considered: Missing The Cut: More Important ’00s Music (Here I nominate Girl Talk’s uber-mashup, Night Ripper)

— A Blog Supreme: The Decade In Review: Jazz And The Mash-Up (In which I considered Norah Jones, Ornette Coleman and Floratone — among others — as helping define the decade in jazz.)