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Eoin But­ler’s guide to down­loads, sin­gles and free au­diostreams

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC -

OK GO The Writ­ing’s on the Wall

Para­cadute Un­der­achiev­ing GAA Ju­nior B sides around the coun­try are of­ten sub­ject to jibes about be­ing a “drink­ing team with a foot­ball prob­lem”. In a sim­i­lar vein, OK Go are a tal­ented group of stunt vi­ral video spe­cial­ists with a quaint side­line in for­get­table in­die pop. To give them their due, they’ve re­ally raised their game with this lat­est video of­fer­ing, which con­sists of a metic­u­lously chore­ographed se­quence of op­ti­cal il­lu­sions that must have taken thou­sands of man hours to as­sem­ble. But the song it­self is a non-event.

ROBIN THICKE Get Her Back In­ter­scope

Thicke’s new­est video is a grov­el­ling and, at times, un­com­fort­ably per­sonal apol­ogy to his es­tranged wife, ac­tress Paula Pat­ton. The Blurred Lines singer ap­pears naked, which is in­tended to sig­nal his hon­esty and vul­ner­a­bil­ity. (But not sur­rounded by leer­ing, fully clothed mem­bers of the op­po­site sex, paw­ing and call­ing him a “good boy”, be­cause that would just be de­mean­ing to the guy.)

LADY GAGA Do What U Want

In­ter­scope Upon its re­lease last year, many crit­i­cised this Gaga sin­gle’s du­bi­ous mes­sage about fe­male sub­mis­sive­ness and male grat­i­fi­ca­tion. So, when it came to the video, who would be the most glar­ingly in­ap­pro­pri­ate col­lab­o­ra­tors she could have en­listed? Well, as­sum­ing Larry Mur­phy was un­avail­able, it would have been hard to choose worse than R Kelly and Terry Richard­son. (As many have stated, this is akin to Brit­ney re-record­ing Hit Me Baby One More Time as a duet with Chris Brown.) The re­sult­ing video was qui­etly shelved and re­mained un­seen un­til por­tions of it leaked on­line last week. Truly, this is The Day the Clown Cried for the TMZ gen­er­a­tion.

CONOR FUR­LONG Alive

Af­ter four years of ra­dio si­lence, and one near cat­a­strophic lap­top mal­func­tion, Dublin singer-song­writer Conor Fur­long re­turns with a new sin­gle. Alive is home­made and sounds it, but epic in its own way. conor­fur­long.com

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