A Pinko in France, Gay Nups for Biden, New Animal Collective Tracks For All

Francois Hollande, a Socialist, beat tiny modelizer Nicholas Sarkozy in their race to the French presidency. Hollande, who has promised to tax those making more than a million euros a year at 75%, is known for saying ““Austerity need not be Europe’s fate.” France’s first elected Socialist president will take office May 15, right around the time we suspect Carla Bruni will develop a crush on him. [NYT

A new single from indie rock favorites Animal Collective won’t be available until later in the summer, but late Sunday night the band shared the 7-inch’s tracks, “Honeycomb” and “Gotham,” via their website. [Animal Collective]

During an appearance on Meet The Press Sunday, Vice President Joseph Biden revealed that he is “absolutely comfortable with…men marrying men, and women marrying women,” a stance that doesn’t exactly jive with the White House’s stance on marriage. Less progressive? Biden’s pop-culture knowledge. The Veep went on to say, “When things really began to change is when the social culture changes. I think Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anybody’s ever done so far. People fear that which is different. Now they’re beginning to understand.” [MTP]

Bloom, the new album from Baltimore’s own Beach House — a record we reviewed a week ago — has finally been made available to the listening public. Or at least the listening public that hasn’t yet downloaded a leaked copy. Check out the record our reviewer called “artful and captivating. [NPR]

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