Feature: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Saves Us from Glenn Beck, Endears Us to Doom

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, armed for the coming battle.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor are performing tonight (Wednesday) at the Music Box. Sneak in if you don’t already have tix. This was a fun one to write. Part essay, part report on the state of post-rock’s greatest band. Plus, everyone’s favorite arch-conservative blowhard, Glenn Beck, makes a cameo. What more could you want out of an alt-weekly article?

Read: With Godspeed on Our Side (via LA Weekly)

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Q&A: YouTube Phenom ‘The Napkin Holder’ on Covering Gaga, Wayne, Taylor and more

Napkin Holder plays "Single Ladies" using a single lady.

Weirder things have happened, but corresponding with a guy who calls himself “Napkin Holder” is medium-high on my long-running personal list of journalistic strangeness (doing the “Humpty Dance” with Digital Underground and going on a “groove cruise” with the Flaming Lips currently holding spots number one and two, respectively). Odder still, this piano-playing, pop-covers YouTube phenom is decidedly unweird as an interview subject — basically, your reserved virtuosic nerd type (with all due respect). He’ll be performing at the Space 15 Twenty, er, space across from Amoeba Music in Hollywood on Saturday evening. Read all about it via our Q&A on LA Weekly‘s West Coast Sound.

OK Go to EMI: ‘Okay… No’

OK Goin' for dolo.

Another EMI band breaks rank. West Coast Sound weighs in

“Last week, West Coast Sound published an interview with the executive producer of the band’s incredible Rube Goldberg-inspired new promo clip, ‘This Too Shall Pass.’ […] Couple the details of the clip with the title of the featured song, and it’s not hard to imagine that incredibly complicated R.G. machine — which involves the destruction of a piano an ends with the band facing an automated firing squad — as metaphorically representing the hulking old industry.”

Did YouTube Celebrities Hijack Krautrock Icon For Their Evil Ends? Damo Suzuki Responds!

The topsy-turvy World of Teh Internets has at last collided with the far more sensible, yet still totally futuristic, Land of Legendary Krautrock. Damo Suzuki, singer of the seminal ’70s German band Can, has had his name sullied by the dirt-lovin’ “celebrities” who populate YouTube — or shall we call it, DamoTube. Read about the whole weird thing here.

Impishly evil? Maybe. Tech-savvy? Not a chance.