Music // Monday, July 22, 2013
Kanye West, regardless of how you feel about him, is definitely in tune with proper art direction and collaborative efforts. For the video for this new track, "Black Skinhead," he enlisted director Nick Knight to create an interactive, dark, menacing visual treatment that allows the viewer to slow the track, slow the motion, all the while watching a CG-Kanye with massive necklace perform. Go have some fun...
Music // Monday, July 15, 2013
We don't know much about the band Small Feet, but first thing is first, their track "Rivers" is an eerie folk song in the vein of early Bonnie Prince Billy or Microphones. And the video, directed by Oskar Wrangö, is in the vein of a guy reverse running whilst on fire in the woods. It all works together quite well. Don't try this at home... or in your local wooded forest.
Music // Friday, July 12, 2013
In this rather fantastic video for Belgian star Stromae, a kid has a fake plastic dad and music and dance make things come alive but only for a short period.... The chorus, "Papa, où t'es?" means "Pa, where are you?" and we'd explain the rest of the lyrics to you if our French was better... The video is directed by Raf Reyntjens.
Music // Thursday, July 11, 2013
There isn't really anything dramatic that goes on in this Sophia Peer directed video for the new National track, "Sea of Love." It's just a good band, playing a good song, in a room with a clever edit and idea and a little kid playing air guitar in front of them. The track is from The National's new LP, Trouble Will Find Me, out now, and if you need a guide... we think this is the best track. Sometimes simplicity just pays off.
Music // Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Yo La Tengo is one of the last true American indie bands from the heyday of the 1990s that is still together, making excellent music and putting on a fantastic live show. They also have a bit of fun with their image, and recently had "Simpsons" writer Donick Cary direct an animated, bizarre video for the track "Ohm", with animation done by Sugarshack Animation. The video follows a classroom instructional on what Yo La Tengo is. And there seems to be psychedelics involved, but that is just a guess we have.
Music // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
The popular French band Pheonix's video for "Trying to be Cool/Drakkar Noir" is directed by Canada. Everything in the video is shot in-camera while crews rushed to make sure each cut flowed into the next. Watch it in awe after the jump...
Music // Wednesday, July 03, 2013
We aren't even sure what a Magna Carta Holy Grail is supposed to be, but it sounds like its competing with whatever a Yeezus is. If you have a Samsung Galaxy, maybe you are preparing for your July 4, 12:01am listening session with Jay Z's new LP of both religious and democratic implication (and for the record, we got thrones, yeezuses, Magna Cartas, and Indiana Jones over the past 18 months from Jay and West), but for the rest of us, we have to wait for the 9th of July. In the meantime, we can verify that indeed, street, skate and fashion photpgrapher Ari Marcopoulos has shot some of the imagery for Jay's album.
Music // Wednesday, July 03, 2013
No Kim Deal is a big DEAL, but the Pixies will live to see another day, mainly through a huge fanbase and the talents of Black Francis. So here comes a new Pixies track, "Bagboy" and a brilliant odd video of teen angst and summer suburban fun. It feels a little stadium rock, but the Pixies version. And Kim's vocals basically make this a fun romp. Oh, and the video is really well done, directed by Lamar+Nik.
Music // Monday, July 01, 2013
Throw some skate on it. We love a good Cass McCombs tune, and we love a good assemblage of skate footage put together by Patrick O'Dell any day of the week. And so here we are, on a Monday, and we are getting both together in one music video for McCombs' newest track, "Morning Star," which will be featured on his upcoming LP. Let us enjoy now...
Music // Sunday, June 30, 2013
By the way, we are again curating the art portion of the annual Outside Lands Music and Art Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this summer. We bring this up now because Nine Inch Nails, the comeback version, will be headlining one of the nights. So without further ado, we want to show you the new music video by NIN, "Came Back Haunted," directed by the legendary and consistently interesting and progressive David Lynch. This video could cause a seizure, dance party, industrial hangout session, or just plain listening pleasure. Trent Reznor never looked so blurry.