TIME Music

Watch First Aid Kit Travel the Country in ‘America’ Video

The Swedish folk rockers update the Simon & Garfunkel hit

First Aid Kit has been staging a slow invasion of the United States. Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg have been making inroads into American pop culture on the strength of songs like “My Silver Lining” and their sweetly retro sound, which recalls Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac.

As they criss-cross the country from coast to coast and everywhere in between, it’s no surprise that the band, whose sound harks back to the golden age of late ’60s music, has found solace in Simon & Garfunkel’s “America.”

“We who travel so much and have been around America so many times can really relate to it,” explained the girls of First Aid Kit in an interview with TIME. “We somehow can’t get tired of performing this song. It just won’t happen.”

The band has begun including the song in their sets: “It’s always a highlight at our shows,” they said. Now, they are releasing the track on 10″ vinyl for Record Store Day on Black Friday, Nov. 28. The album will feature the concert favorite “America,” plus the unreleased song “Brother” and acoustic versions of two tracks from First Aid Kit’s latest full-length release Stay Gold. In addition, the band put together a video documenting their travels across America and set to the sweetly haunting tune, which TIME is premiering today.

As they prepare for the special release of the song, the band emailed with TIME about the song:

How did you choose to cover this particular song?

In Sweden there’s this award called The Polar Music Prize that gets handed out to a popular music artist every year. During the award ceremony, they invite a bunch of Swedish artists to perform the winner’s songs for the winner. The recipient in 2012 was Paul Simon and we were asked to perform at the ceremony. We had about six months to prepare and we went through the entire Simon & Garfunkel catalogue. In the end, we felt strongly that America was the song we wanted to do, even though it was quite a challenge because we thought the original was so magical. To us, it stands out among the Simon & Garfunkel songs.

What made it resonate for you?

It’s an incredible tune in many ways. Even though we play it with only one acoustic guitar and some pedal steel, it’s very dynamic and builds up into a dramatic ending. The structure of the song and the melody just make for an epic journey. The lyrics are like a poem, without a single rhyme. It contains some of our favorite lines, like, “Toss me a cigarette I think there’s one in my raincoat,” and, “Kathy I’m lost I said though I knew she was sleeping.”

What was it like performing the song for Paul Simon?

Terrifying, but amazing. We have huge respect for Mr. Simon as a songwriter and performer. It’s very scary to go up in front of someone you admire and sing their own song to them. It’s such a huge honor. You never know what they will think of your performance. There was also some pressure for us because the year before we performed for Patti Smith at the Polar Music Prize and she cried – so everyone was waiting for Paul’s reaction! He did give us a standing ovation in the end so it was a good night.

Your cover of Fleet Foxes “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” helped establish your career. As artists, what is the difference between playing a cover as opposed to playing your own songs?

Our own original songs are, of course, more personal to us in a different way. For us songwriting is a way to connect with other people. When we sing covers of other people’s songs it is a great joy. You get to take something that isn’t yours and try to make it your own. It’s a challenge and it’s magical if and when you get there.

Have you seen people cover your songs?

Yes! We’re amazed by how many people cover our songs on YouTube. We watch those videos all the time. It’s inspiring and so flattering. It’s the biggest compliment you can get.

First Aid Kit America

First Aid Kit’s America 10″ will be available in record stores on Black Friday, November 28.

TIME viral

This Couple Tricked Everyone Into Being in Their Pregnancy Announcement

They created a brilliant keepsake

Katharine and Kris Camilli wanted to tell their friends and family that Kat was pregnant, but they didn’t want to send a boring old email or post a boring old picture of an ultrasound to Facebook and wait for the comments to roll in. They wanted real life human interaction and presumably, real hugs, not just the Facebook version of them.

The couple devised a clever, but simple scheme to capture that moment. They got their friends and family together and had them pose together for pictures, but instead of saying “Cheese!” they had them say, “Kat’s pregnant!” With a little sleight of hand, the cameras were set to video instead of photo and the reactions to the announcement were all caught on film.

Kat’s sister edited the various videos together and uploaded the completed clip to YouTube as an incredible digital keepsake for the family — and a great idea for other soon-to-be parents.

[H/T Uproxx]

TIME viral

Husband Secretly Tapes Wife Breaking It Down to Salt N’ Pepa

The flow is strong with this one

If you want to sing along to Salt N’ Pepa’s “None of Your Business” in your car and bust out a few dance moves while you do it, that’s nobody’s business but your own— unless it turns out your husband is secretly taping your expert flow, and then the video goes viral.

A woman was just trying to show off her secret rap powers and enjoy a little car karaoke complete with adorable shoulder-dusting maneuver and well-choreographed hand moves, when she realizes her husband is playing Candid Camera. The look of horror on her face when she realizes her husband has been secretly taping her is one everyone can relate to. At least her husband had the good sense to title the video, “the cutest gangsta I know. My wife.”

As the video goes viral, the couple may have lost some trust in their relationship, but they gained the knowledge that the world loves a respectable Salt N’ Pepa cover.

[H/T Digg]

Read next: This Couple Tricked Everyone Into Being in Their Pregnancy Announcement

TIME Videos

Baby Can’t Stop Dancing To Magical Birthday Card

Hamsterdancing all the way to nap time.

There’s an old truism that babies usually prefer playing with the wrapping paper to the actual present, but some kids never even make it to the gift.

Take the tiny tyke in this video, who seemingly never quite got around to opening the present, because she is too darn busy busting a move to the chipper tune blasting out of the birthday card.

As “The Hamsterdance” plays from the musical card, the baby shows off her diaper-shaking dance moves until she gets a little too exuberant and accidentally causes the card to close. She quickly figures out what needs to happen to keep the party going …at least until nap time.

TIME Music

Azealia Banks Releases a Barely SFW Video for ‘Chasing Time’

Banks' album Broke with Expensive Taste is out now

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Azealia Banks released a black-and-white video for her break-up track “Chasing Time,” one of the more noteworthy songs on her newly-released, long-anticipated album, Broke With Expensive Taste. The bittersweet and breezy dance-rap track, which was released as a single a few months ago, serves as a great reminder that when Banks is good, she is very very good.

The beautifully minimalist clip features Banks dancing through the drama in an ever-changing wardrobe, including one Lil Kim-worthy ensemble that leaves little to the imagination while remaining firmly PG-13. In the post-Kardashian era, it’s hard to know what’s SFW and what’s NSFW anymore, so watch at your own peril.

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Watch 10 Hours of Princess Leia Walking in NYC

"Hey your worship..."

It wasn’t a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but recently, right here in the streets of New York City that Princess Leia silently walked the streets for ten hours and recorded every catcall, every “Hey Princess….”, every attempt to introduce her to an “aid” named Lobot that was flung at her.

It’s the latest parody of the Hollaback! PSA, which captured the experience of a woman walking the streets of NYC and getting catcalled to raise awareness about street harassment. The spoof manages to be fun to watch without making too light of the original video’s serious message.

As Leia drifted down the street wearing a conservative ankle-length, turtleneck white tunic and simple ear buns, she was called after by everyone from Darth Vader to creepy hooded Jawas to supposed good guy Luke Skywalker and even Boba Fett, who just walked silently along side her for several minutes. While obviously noted sleaze-ball Lando Calrissian hollered at his girl, even Jedi Master Yoda couldn’t help but shout-out to the princess who was just trying to mind her own business (and probably save Alderaan).

 

TIME viral

A Supercut of Fake Ads From Movies

Watch mock ads from Ghostbusters to Toy Story to Happy Gilmore

If you want to visit Big Al’s Toy Barn, have a sip (or a slug) of a Dunk-A-Cino or order in some ghostbusting, you’ll want to watch a new supercut of fake ads from real movies.

The new video from Screen Junkies showcases the ads used in movies to sell a product like Al Pacino’s Dunkin Donuts coffee drink, remind viewers to tune in at 6 to catch Anchorman‘s Channel 4 news, erase memories with Lacuna Inc, or buy a Buzz Lightyear doll at the local toy shop.

The video features ads from movies like Lost in Translation, The Wolf of Wall Street, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Beetlejuice.

Pour yourself a glass of Suntory whiskey and watch.

TIME viral

This Local News Reporter Dancing to T.I. Is Everything

"Where They At Doe" is unstoppable.

Local news is a treasure trove of incredible moments. Like this or this or this or this video of West Virginia news anchor Dan Thorn busting a move to T.I. at the news desk.

WVNS 59 News was on a commercial break, but the cameras were still rolling when the reporter started getting down to T.I.’s “Where They At Doe,” proving you don’t have to be in the club to drop it low.

While this video would seem to prove the theory that when T.I. plays, you dance, Thorn’s co-anchor Sarah Pisciuneri was clearly not impressed with his iPad-wielding dance moves. Her disinterest was explained when she tragically announced that she just can’t dance on camera. Seems like she could pick up a few pointers from Thorn on that front.

As for Thorn, now that he’s practiced dancing alone to T.I., we’ll look for his appearance on dancing alone to Pony.

H/T Tastefully Offensive

TIME animals

Charlie the Beagle Will Trade You His Toy for Your Breakfast

It's only fair.

Charlie gets it.

He may be a dog, but he understands that in this life, nothing is free and good things — like a human-sized breakfast — only come to those who work for it. After all, everyone, even pets, need to contribute. (Hence with Charlie’s whole helping change the baby’s diaper thing.)

In the latest video from the lovable canine YouTube sensation, Charlie quickly realizes that if he wants his human’s sausage and egg breakfast, he’s going to have to do some serious bartering. Luckily, he has a plan and quickly suggests a trade.

This isn’t Charlie’s first time at the swap meet, after all. A few months back, the usually well-mannered pup tried to entice his human sister into a generous, if guilt-ridden, trade when he swiped the toy she was playing with at the time.

TIME animals

Deer Spotted With Doughnut on Antlers

The unusual sight was captured on video

When nature calls, sometimes it brings doughnuts.

A camper in the Wyoming part of Snake River Canyon was surprised when a mule deer casually walked up to him across a creek. The animal had a mini powdered doughnut hanging off of its antler, much like the fuzzy dice on the rear view mirror of a Camaro.

The deer did not seem to react to the camper’s pointing and laughing.

In the YouTube video description, the camper surmises that another generous camper shared the doughnut with the deer.

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