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I just recently found out about this Baltimore two-piece that has their third album coming out on Sub Pop in January. I can’t exactly recall where I heard of them first, but I think it was SPIN Magazine. Today’s Spotlight, “Norway,” is the first single from their forthcoming album Teen Dream. The duo is based in Baltimore, but recorded in a converted church in upstate New York. They’ll be on Jimmy Fallon January 22nd and performing at Sundance Film Festival on January 24th.

Reaction to the song was pretty much split 50/50. Brian called and said, “I didn’t really like it. It sounded like was singing off key.” Jeff said, “I really love that sound. That’s an awesome song.” Amy and her office, “hated it.” Jessi nearly yelled, “loved it!”

If you missed today’s Spotlight, you can hear “Norway” on the band’s MySpace page. You can also find Beach House on Facebook, Twitter and their official website.

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Sorry Nintendo 64 Kid, you’ve been upstaged.

The N64 Kid didn’t have a dog barking at him, or that banshee wail. You’ve been relegated.

I wonder if Daniel Tosh knows about this video yet?

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When I first saw this single, I thought “Ugh, ‘twilight’?” and stacked it with the rest of the t0-be-filed CDs. Then a listener who follows me on Twitter (@velofreak) suggested this song for the Spotlight. I gave it a listen and it really fit the mood of the day with the snow falling and the office here completely empty. So I decided to share it with you.

Reaction was pretty much 100% positive for the song. Kortni called in and said the singer reminder her of Bono, which was a theme of the phone calls, and some texts. Chase called in to say he like the song and that it reminded him of U2, “when they were good.” Craig texted in with, “Nice. Keeper.” Natalies text read, “that song was really good! Two thumbs up!”

If you missed today’s Spotlight, check out “Letters From the Sky” on the band’s MySpace page. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and their official website.

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The last time I played Vampire Weekend on the New Music Spotlight, I received great reaction to this same song, “Cousins”. The band’s sophomore album, Contra, is due out January 12th and early reports are that it is pretty dang good. I’ve played another song from this album, “Horchata,” on the Spotlight as well, and together they make for a great tease to what I expect will be a great album.

Reaction was mostly positive, but not quite as overwhelmingly so this time around. Nicole said, “I love vampire weekend! We need more of them on this station!” And Meredith said, via twitter, “I liked the NMS. More please.” Conversely, Maddie exemplified the other point of view saying, “i didnt really like it. It seemed like there was just too much going on. It did get better at the chorus though!”

If you missed today’s Spotlight, you can check out the video for the song posted right here on grantruby.com. You can catch up with Vampire Weekend on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and their official website.

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I love the song from the Strokes front-man Julian Casablancas, “11th Dimension”. Though I don’t care for much else on his recent solo album, this song is legit. The video is just what one might expect from the almost kitschy, very retro-sounding first single from Phrazes For the Young.

Check out the video below, and peep that Tron looking suit!

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Tori Amos is an artist that everyone is familiar with, but she put out a new Christmas album this year, Midwinter Graces, that you may not be familiar with. Amos recorded several traditional songs like “Star Of Wonder” and “Emmanuel,” and she also recorded some new songs, including today’s Spotlight “A Silent Night With You”.

Reaction to the song was very meh. Some people loved it, some people hated it, but mostly people just thought it was okay. Mindy called in and said, “it sounds like a Dolly Parton song!” Angie, a known Amos fanatic, called and said, “You know I loved it.” Jake called to say, “Please do not play that, please. It sounds like she’s dying or something.” Texts were similar with Jason saying, “not a big tory fan. Blah.” Natalie texted, “i liked it well enough” Karissa commented, “No way! that song made my ears bleed.”

If you missed today’s Spotlight, you can hear “A Silent Night With You” on Amos’ official website. You can also find Amos on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

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Coldplay have collected some interesting items over the past decade, and they want to share some of these items with you, their fan. The band is auctioning off instruments, platinum plaques, costumes and other memorabilia.

And the best part? The money you spend will go to Kids Company, a charity that helps underprivileged youth in London.

The band made a brief promotional video for the auction event:

To find out more about the auction items, and to place a bid, visit coldplay.com.

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Zee Avi (born Izyan Alirahman) was born in Borneo, but was discovered after she moved to Kuala Lumpur. In 2007, Avi posted a video to YouTube for a friend that wasn’t able to attend Avi’s first show. She left the video up and eventually added other videos, too. Her videos caught the eye of Patrick Keeler of the Raconteurs who showed it other people and eventually Emmett Malloy, co-owner of Brushfire Records, saw the vids. He signed Avi to the label, and featured the artist on This Warm December, A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 1. Her song “No Christmas For Me” is today’s Spotlight.

Reaction to the song was very positive. Steve called in and said, “I like that song, good sound.” Chase said that he liked Avi’s “classic sounding voice.” Brady said it reminded him a lot of Jack Johnson. Via text we got a lot of feedback. George said, “Sounds a lot like Lily Allen. It’s cool.” Jeff said, “its awesome way cool!” Joel’s text read, “very simple but very good. I dig her voice.” An anonymous text read, “love it love it love it’ play it all the time!”

If you missed today’s Spotlight, you can hear the song on Avi’s MySpace page. She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and her official website.

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Wilco released their 7th studio album, Wilco (The Album), in June and toady’s Spotlight song comes from that release. “You and I” features Feist, an artist that rose to popularity after her song “1, 2, 3, 4″ was featured in an iPod commercial in 2007. When I played this song in September, the reaction was split. But it seems times they are a changin as people generally felt much more positively toward the song this time around.

Several people called in to tell me the liked the song. Adam said, “It was alright. Maybe it would grow on me if I heard it a few more times.” Marcus said, “I loved it. It made my heart warm up a little bit.” Brian exclaimed, “It was pretty good! I like that one!” And Aaron assured me, “I liked it, I really did.” Texts were in line with the callers, too. Angie said, “I like it a lot.” Jodie deemed the song, “Excellent!” While Rick said, “I liked it. Wouldn’t mind hearing that more often.”

Catch up with Wilco on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and the band’s official website.

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A new compilation of Christmas songs came out earlier this fall. Hope For the Holidays is a benefit album for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and includes Weezer, Collective Soul, Creedence Clearwater Revival and several more artists. JDRF is a group that is close to my heart as my nephew is diabetic. Proceeds from the sale of this album go directly to finding a cure for diabetes. Weezer’s contribution is today’s Spotlight. Originally released on the band’s Christmas With Weezer EP last year, “O Come All Ye Faithful” is a rocking version of a traditional Christmas classic.

Reaction to the song was very positive. Kristen called in to say she loved the song and was going to buy the album. Chase said, “I liked it, it was nice to have something a little different.” McNeil sent a text that read, “I liked it i love how weezer sounds different in every song”. Another text read, “Weezer Is always a good idea. Good song!”

If you missed today’s Spotlight, you can hear it on Weezer’s iLike page. You can also find Weezer on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and their official website.

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