Adam seems to be having a blast down at SXSW so far. I've heard he's already gone through all of the stickers I sent him. Umm, shit. Well, he's checking out fun. right now and just sent in this video of them playing "Carry On." Nate sounds so spot on, I'm bummed it's cut short.
In other, totally relevant, news: Lueda's officially in the USA and on her way down to Austin. Make sure you've RSVP'd so you can hear her DJ at our party Friday night.
The new version of The Sims 3, called Showtime, will feature a variety of songs sung in "Simlish." The Acceptanceversion from an old version of the game, remains my favorite. This time, Fun. and Patrick Stump are both going to be included. You can listen to Patrick’s single "This City" and fun.'s "We Are Young" -- in "Simlish" -- in the replies.
Fun. debuted at #2 on Billboard’s "Top Current Albums" chart and at #3 on the Billboard 200. Some Nights also topped Billboard's "Vinyl Albums" chart. Furthermore, "We Are Young" has claimed #1 on Billboard’s "Digital Songs" chart, #6 on Billboard’s "Hot 100" chart, and is #3 at Alternative Rock radio with over 1 million single sales to date.
fun.sold over 69,000 copies of their new record, Some Nights in its first week of release. That was good enough to land them at #3 behind Adele and Whitney Houston. Congrats to the guys for their much deserved recognition!
Yesterday we posted about fun. doing an audio commentary on all the tracks from their new album for Spotify. A bunch of non-US readers wanted to know if they could hear it too, and with that, someone posted it up for download.
When our parents were growing up, "pop" music was the norm. For the most part, it was really good too. Besides the obvious Beatles and Beach Boys catalogs, there were also bands like The Kinks and The Zombies making great strides in keeping that three letter term more refreshing than the processed and stale state some of us see it as today. I remember buying The Format's Dog Problems and remembering how it pulled me out of the general radio gutter. I might be connecting the dots too much seeing how frontman Nate Ruess is the only line between his former band and fun., but Some Nights is one of the best tastes of the genre I've heard in some time (no pun intended). Like most of what Ruess...
Jack Antonoff(fun., Steel Train) has posted an op-ed titled "Straight Allies: The Importance and the Realities" at The Huffington Post. If you've got some time today, check it out, please share it - and all that.
fun.'s new album has been getting a lot of discussion over the past 24 hours on this site. As I've browsed around the net, I've seen similar comments here that also showed up on Facebook and Last.fm, all in relation to the band's use of "autotune" on the album. Now, the discussion around whether you thought the band's artistic decision to use the tool was successful or not is a different topic (one worth having here, if interested). What I want to focus on, for a moment, is the difference between autotune and a vocoder. Like many, I've spent a good time just using the phrase "autotune" anytime I hear an electronic vocal. It's the go-to response because it's the phrase most commonly...
fun.'s new album will be unveiled to the world today, having made it to "stream day" without leaking. That's quite an accomplishment in this day and age. When the album goes up for stream we'll post about it on the homepage for a full discussion and lovefest, but in the meantime - the album thread is a really great place to hang out with fun. fans anticipating the new album. Just thought I'd toss up a quick article to point fans that way.
Update: Some songs are going up now.
Update #2: It's up. Go in with an open mind ... and enjoy!
Today we've got an exclusive peak behind the scenes with fun. as they record their new song "All Alright." Check the replies for the video. We're now a little less than a month away from the new album release - the excitement is definitely building.