The Ting Tings

The Year in Controversial Album Covers [NSFW]

It’s not a year in music without at least one good bout of hand-wringing over someone’s controversial album cover, and 2012 has been no exception. The album cover is something of a dying art form these days, although the return of vinyl in recent years has revived it somewhat — but still, in an age when we get more and more of our art in a digital form, it gets harder and harder to attract people’s attention. If nothing else, the covers in this feature most certainly do the attracting-people’s-attention bit just fine — whether they’re actually any good or not is a judgement we’ll leave up to you. (Warning — one of the images that awaits you below is pretty spectacularly NSFW, and if you’ve been following the ongoing shitfight between Death Grips and their former label Epic, you can probably guess what it is.) … Read More

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5 Albums You Need to Stream for Free This Week: VCMG, Lee Ranaldo

Mondays are difficult enough without being robbed of an hour of sleep along the way, eh? If you’re anything like us, this morning’s a bit of a struggle, but nevertheless, we’ve found our regular selection of five excellent and/or noteworthy records streaming for free across the vast echoing expanses of the internet. This week, we’re particularly excited about Lee Ranaldo’s new record, along with Vince Clarke and Martin Gore’s first collaboration in 30 years. There’s also new records from the Decemberists, Lucero, and, um, the Ting Tings. Click through and get listening. … Read More

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12 Great Musical Performances from Yo Gabba Gabba

Indie rock and children’s television came together this morning, when The Flaming Lips performed on the ground-breaking Nick Jr. show Yo Gabba Gabba. In its three seasons, the series has featured some surprisingly hip bands. For one of the show’s segments called “The Super Music Friends Show,” bands usually compose a song specifically for the series, in part because the lyrics to their hits may not be appropriate. (Fun fact: The Killers had to be introduced as “Brandon, Ronnie, Mark and Dave.”) To celebrate yet another awesome guest spot — and because even the biggest music fans might have missed them when they aired — we’ve compiled 12 of our favorite performances from the wacky kids show so far. … Read More

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The Flavorpill Mixtape XXXIX: of Montreal, Naked and Famous, Ting Tings

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the steady stream of delectably seasonable jams will be drying up any time soon. In addition to impressive Interpol and Neon Indian covers, this week’s mixtape features fresh cuts from of Montreal, The Ting Tings, and up-and-comers like White Arrows and Egyptian Hip Hop. Don’t forget to Right Click + Save As. … Read More

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Illustrating the Ting Tings and Other Thing Things

Once upon a time a Brit-pop duo known as The Tings Tings was discovered by music producer Rick Rubin, which led to some appearances on MTV and ended with a hit song called “Shut Up and Let Me Go.” Apparently everyone lived happily ever after. The group, who just released their sophomore LP, is nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy, and this weekend they’ll take their irreverent antics to Saturday Night Livein an episode hosted by Sigourney… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The 2010 Grammy nominations were announced last night. We’re still scratching our heads over MGMT, Silversun Pickups, and The Ting Tings receiving nods for Best New Artist.
2. A dozen U.S. Marshals and police officers seized paintings by Fernand Leger, Joan Miro, Edgar Degas, and Yves Klein following an insurance dispute between… Read More

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Photo Gallery: Music Conquers Mud at All Points West

This past weekend brought the second-annual All Points West music festival to New Jersey’s Liberty State Park — along with a healthy dose of rain to provide the traditional mud-drenched festival experience our friends across the pond know so well. Jay-Z stepped in on Friday night to save the day after the Beastie Boys’ last-minute cancellation, performing to a crowd willing to brave thunderstorms for his high-energy set; both Jay and Sunday headliners Coldplay paid tribute to the Beasties by covering their material, with Chris Martin’s solo piano version of “Fight for Your Right” coming across as especially… Read More

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