— Remember a couple months ago when we told you that you could enter a video contest to be featured in the latest Yeah Yeah Yeahs video, ”Cheating Hearts”? Well, either we have faithful readers in Poland, Italy, Belgium and Kansas City (we like to think global here at e dubs dot com), or a lot of fans saw the invitation on the YYY’s own website and answered the call. You can see the results, featuring everything from Karen O manqués in drag to vogueing eight-year-olds to the band themselves, at Yahoo Music, or that international clearinghouse of all that is good, bad, and worktime-wasting, YouTube. And a special, all-caps note for those who didn’t make the cut, from the band’s website: ”To all the fans who submitted videos but don’t see themselves in the video: WE LOVE YOU JUST AS MUCH AS THOSE YOU SEE IN THE VIDEO.”
— Video bonanza! You can also go to the Domino Records website (or, of course, ye olde YouTube) for Franz Ferdinand’s latest, ”Eleanor, Put Your Boots Back On,” a psychedelic, Edward Gorey-esque ode to, one assumes, singer Alex Kapranos’ girl, Fiery Furnaces vocalist Eleanor Friedberger. Also, a seriously great new Cat Power video, for the song ”Lived in Bars” (something singer Chan Marshall is no longer doing, by the way; she says she’s happily celebrating sobriety these days). See it here.
— Step away from the eyeliner, pretty kitties, and git yourself a sleeveless flannel: the latest inspiration for the feuding new-wave glamour boys of yesteryear (by which we mean early 2005), is the Boss. While the Bravery are in and out of Atlanta for sessions with former Springsteen producer Brendan O’Brien — ”It’s more organic, less synthetic, with more acoustic instruments,” frontman Sam Endicott told England’s NME — Killers leader Brandon Flowers is singing pretty much the same song on their new single ”When You Were Young” (which is streaming here). He claims he’s found both a new direction and a new muse in Bruce, an epiphany he recently described to MTV as a sort of religious experience. Then again, he also said the band are recording ”one of the best albums in the past 20 years.” Ah, humility, thy name is Brandon.
— A quick congratulations to Avril Lavigne and Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, who made it legal this past weekend in Santa Barbara. Their punk-as-heck first-dance song? The Goo Goo Dolls’ ”Iris.”