Vampire Weekend on SNL This Saturday

Woah nelly! Was anyone watching Wilco trying out their new songs playing songs off their latest album, Sky Blue Sky, (which some people have described “Hate It Here” in particular as sounding like “house band music”) last night on SNL?

Relive the horror of the first song (vid via Stereogum):

Also, download MP3s of the performance here.

Oh, if anyone can find a good screen cap of Tweedy wearing that white and red nudie suit during “Walken”, I’d love to put it next to a photo of Jack White for a good ol’ “Who Wore It Better?” contest. This image is not big enough.

Did anyone else’s jaw drop when they saw that Vampire Weekend is going to be the musical guest on next weekend’s Saturday Night Live? (Guest host is Amy Adams.)

Ryan Adams, Beck, and Razorlight Cover Book Jackets

Long-time reader Beat Royalty sent over these rad links to custom book covers that musicians have done of some of the world’s most famous pieces of literature. It’s all part of a campaign to promote the “My Penguin” book series in which you can design your very own book cover to the book of your choice.

Says Ryan Adams about his version of Bram Stroker’s Dracula, “[It represents] how suffocating the Victorian times were. The bonus is, you get vampires! I can’t reveal my secrets but I can reveal no garlic was harmed in the making of this cover.”

Check out his cover version:

ryan adams bram stoker dracula

covered The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes) by Alain-Fournier:

beck le grand meaulnes

And Kirsten Dunst’s boyfriend, Johnny Borrell from Razorlight, “designed” a cover for The Great Gatsby:

razorlight the great gatsby

Tune In Tonight: Liveblogging the MTVU’s Woodies

Tonight I’m going to be liveblogging directly from Roseland Ballroom, location of MTVU’s Woodies Awards. The fun starts around 8pm. Here’s a preview of what I’ll be talking about:

TV on the Radio*
Gym Class Heroes*
Imogen Heap*
Lupe Fiasco
Ghostface Killah
Lady Sovereign
30 Seconds to Mars
Angels & Airwaves
Plain White T’s
The Academy Is
Gogol Bordello
The Subways
Nightmare of You