Toro Y Moi
South Carolina man Chaz Bundick’s project displays a dizzying array of styles on his debut album Causers of This. From glo-fi ambience to keyboard-led dance-pop to bumpin’ hip-hop jams, it’s exhilarating and it’s out now digitally. http://www.myspace.com/toroymoi
M.I.A. debuts new song via Twitter
In response to the New York Times declaring Sri Lanka one of the best places to travel in 2010, M.I.A. debuted a homemade video of the Rusko-produced Space Oddysey on Twitter in response. Listen/Watch at The Fader
The Horrors remix Florence and the Machine
Proving that Florence Welch’s music is the perfect remix material once again, Tom from goth-rockers The Horrors twists Hurricane Drunk into a magically atmospheric interpretation.
The Ambience Affair debut material
Taken from the Dublin band’s second EP out this month, Devil In The Detail showcases the duo’s penchant for rich instrumentation and the furthering of their unique folk-rock style. The Patterns EP is out tomorrow. Listen at Nialler9
People of Walmart
The shoppers of Walmart featured here are a microcosm of everything that makes the USA so weird, hilarious and interesting all at once. http://www.peopleofwalmart.com
A former Hot Press photographer and keen champion of Irish alternative music, Naomi McArdle has opened a blog to continue to spread the word about Irish bands who you have to hear. http://harmlessnoise.wordpress.com
A browser-based application for people who are always losing their “to do” lists which were hastily written on scraps of paper in the office in the first place. http://teuxdeux.com
We could make some kind of astute point about how the positive message of this ‘mash-up’ promotes old-fashioned fun-having and dancing in the slightly austere current economic climate. Instead we’re just going to say ‘ZOMG’ and ‘awesome’ at regularly spaced intervals. Make of that what you will.
Zach Galifianakis hosts a Funny or Die talk show where he is rude to celebrity guests like Natalie Portman, John Hamm (of Mad Men), Charlize Theron, Conan O’ Brien and Michael Cera. In an awkward exchange with Portman, Galifianakis asks the question “You shaved your head for V for Vendetta, did you also shave your V for vagina?”