TVOTR releases hour-long album film

Our Friday headliner, TV on the Radio, released their new album Nine Types of Light today, along with this hour-long film. No doubt inspired by Kanye’s half hour-long version of Runaway, TVOTR calls this a “visual re-imagining of the record”.

The video incorporates ten music videos of all the songs in the album and was directed by friends of the band as well as filmmakers that they admire.

Students who do cool things: Spring Weekend mash-up

Spring Weekend Artist Mashup 2011 by spoletto

Getting tired of waiting for April 15 to arrive?  Check out this mash-up of music by Spring Weekend artists TV On The Radio, Diddy-Dirty Money, Das Racist, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Rebirth Brass Band, Lissy Trullie, and Nicolas Jaar by Stephen Poletto ’12 (a.k.a. DJ Spoletto).

TV on the Radio delivers at SXSW

For those of you who are still a little skeptical about the Friday night headliner, look no further than the credible critics at the AV Club for some positive reinforcement. In his reaction to TV on the Radio’s set at Stubb’s last week, Sean O’Neal gave the band his highest praises: “The group turned in easily the best set I’ve seen all week.” At a festival packed with an obscene amount of musical talent, this really means a lot. Moreover, O’Neal mentioned a “newly forged arena rock assault” and “never once waning energy”–both good signs for Spring Weekend Night 1. Even for those who don’t know TVOTR very well, high energy and upbeat songs tend to make everybody happy. Need proof? Just try and recall how many songs Diplo played out (besides ‘Pon de Floor’) that you recognized, and then remember how much fun you had. If the music’s fun, the crowd has fun. It’s (dear) science.

TVOTR bassist diagnosed with lung cancer

Smith (far right) diagnosed with lung cancer // Pitchfork

Sad news for one of our Spring Weekend headliners. TV on the Radio recently posted an announcement on their official website that bassist-keyboardist Gerard Smith is currently undergoing treatment for lung cancer and thus will be unable to join the band on tour this spring. Despite the circumstances, the band has faith in Gerard’s resilience and determination, claiming that “it might just be cancer who has the problem.” We, the staff of BlogDailyHerald, send our deepest sympathies and wishes for a speedy recovery to Gerard.

TV on the Radio release new single; Diddy new video

Our Spring Weekend headliners have been pretty busy over the past few days.

On Wednesday, Diddy-Dirty Money released a brand new video for the track “Yesterday” featuring Chris Brown.  The video shows Diddy and Chris Breezy dramatically performing in an oasis of swirling Earth! Fire! Wind! Water! and Heart!(?).

Then, on Thursday, TV on the Radio released the track “Caffeinated Consciousness” for free on their website.  It is the first single off their upcoming album Nine Types of Light (which is slated to drop April 12th, three days before Spring Weekend).  Like many of the group’s past singles, “Caffeinated Consciousness” is percussive, melodic, and awesome. You can download the track for free after the jump. Continue Reading