8/21/2014

Pink Mountaintops - “Shakedown” (Feat. J Mascis) Official Video



“Shakedown” is a jangly, propulsive, New Wave-influenced highlight from Pink Mountaintops’ recent Get Back. Stephen McBean sings about Fascination Street in a voice that could have been Robert Smith’s if Smith was from the South, and J Mascis plays a characteristically ripping guitar solo. The song’s video stars Mandy Lyn Antoniou as a hallucinatory wanderer drifting through this world while more focused on the one within her headphones. There are also random Pac-Man sightings, and both Mascis and McBean show up, though not as often as Pac-Man. Simon Chan directs.

High Pop - “The Twist” (Official Video)



On their Bandcamp page, High Pop declares, “I think we found rock ’n roll,” which is a bold thing to say, but one listen and it’s pretty hard to argue with them. There’s something about “The Twist” that’s utterly intoxicating, the way it unfolds in wave after wave of distorted guitars that eventually tower over the song until it all dissolves into itself. The video, made by band member Ryan Schnackenberg, feels like a frenetic take on a sleazy arthouse theater, where the smoke from the patron’s cigarettes clouds the screen and someone’s getting a handjob a few rows behind you. It’s the only place where “Please enjoy a refreshment in the lounge” sounds more like a threat than an invitation. The band says the video and song “obsess in kitsch and camp along with 70′s rock’n'roll aesthetic in a light-hearted exploration of the different dimensions of oneself, idol worship, and love/lust.”

8/20/2014

Barely Legal Pawn, feat. Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Julia Louis-Dreyfus



Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul go into business together and this time it's legal…barely. Find out what happens when Julia Louis-Dreyfus becomes a client, trying to offload television’s most coveted item, in this video starring three Emmy Award winners.

Watch the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards live Monday, August 25, 8pm EST/5pm PDT.

A PMK / Paulilu Production

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Written and Directed by: Paulilu (Paul W. Downs & Lucia Aniello)

Executive Producer: Joseph Assad, PMK•BNC

Producer: Jake Cassidy

DP: Chris Westlund

Zammuto - “IO” (Official Video)


Earlier this month, Zammuto released the new single “IO,” from his upcoming album Anchor. Now he’s got a video for the song, which shows us the construction of a massive catapult and then all of the things thrown from it. Those things include the camera at some points, which leads to some pretty cool — and dizzying — shots.

Trash Talk - "The Great Escape" (Official Video)



Sacramento hardcore band Trash Talk put out their uncompromising new album, No Peace, a few months ago. In the trippy, violent, animated new video for album cut “The Great Escape,” three cartoon delinquents who look kinda like Trash Talk swipe some psychedelic Satan-juice from a convenience store (naturally) and endure one hell of a bad trip. Jim Dirschberger — previously responsible for another ridiculous cartoon hallucination of a video for Trash Talk — directs.

Hooray For Earth - “Say Enough” (Official Video)



Earlier this year, Hooray For Earth released their new album, Racy, and we’ve already seen the video for album track “Keys,” which fetishized motorcycles with an intimacy and creepiness that blended Kanye’s “Bound 2” with that scene from Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child when that dude got turned into a motorcycle. Now they give us a video for the song “Say Enough,” which tells the very human story of a newly broken-up couple, following computer-animated characters drinking, having sex, and sadly remembering. It’s one of the only times I’ve seen the occasionally grotesque uncanny-valley effect of computer models used to increase emotional impact.

Nicki Minaj - “Anaconda” Video (Feat. Drake)



Nicki Minaj’s “Baby Got Back”-sampling new single “Anaconda” now has a provocative video to go with it. Alternating between a jungle and rave girl theme, Minaj makes it clear she’s queen of both realms. Featuring a healthy amount of twerking, some bananas spinning around on a turntable, and — in what’s becoming the norm for pop videos — some heavy Beats product placement, it’s a video you won’t forget anytime soon. Drake even shows up towards the end and Minaj shows him her moves.

The War On Drugs - “Under The Pressure” (Official Video)



The War On Drugs’ Lost In The Dream is one of the best albums that anyone has released in 2014, and the sprawling, gorgeous, nine-minute “Under The Pressure” might be its single greatest song. The new “Under The Pressure” video is a stark departure from the band’s last one, the knowingly goofy “Red Eyes” clip. This one is a somber zone-out that takes its time, with directour Houman alternating images of the band members playing alone in rooms with non-representational light-bending footage that seems to quote old experimental films.

Action Bronson - “Easy Rider” (Official Video)



“Easy Rider,” the badass Party Supplies-produced single from Action Bronson’s forthcoming album Mr. Wonderful, has Bronson going in over a fog of psych-rock samples. Given the acid-rock pedigree and the song’s title, it’s only right that the video has Bronson in a pastiche of the biker movies of the ’60s and ’70s. Bronson always came off something like a drug-gobbling Vietnam-vet drifter anyway. Tom Gould directed the fun, cartoonish video.

Alex Metric - “Heart Weighs A Ton” (Official Video)



Director:
Jack Wagner
Zach Shields
Producer:
Nav Singh
Cinematography:
The Endless Eye

Trans Am - “Insufficiently Breathless” (Official Video)



Old-school Maryland post-rockers Trans Am dropped a new album, Volume X, back in May, and today, they release a video for album track “Insufficiently Breathless,” which was written and directed by Andrew Paynter, and shot and edited by Wes Sumner. The video isn’t technically NSFW, but there’s some naked man-ass in there, in case you’re squeamish about such things. The song is a thing of gentle, immersive beauty, and the clip’s towering natural setting does a good job reflecting that beauty, as does the song’s title.

Watch Foo Fighters Spoof Carrie In Their Elaborate ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video



The Foo Fighters have accepted Zac Brown Band’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and decided to go all out. In their video they recreate the climactic scene from Brian De Palma’s Carrie, with frontman Dave Grohl playing the part of the titular character in a lovely dress. It is shot and edited to mirror the film, and when the Foos aren’t on screen, the action cuts to actual footage from the original. It’s very funny, but two of the three people Grohl calls out to go next — Jack Black and Stephen King — actually already did it.

HAIM - “My Song 5″ (Feat. A$AP Ferg) Video (Feat. Vanessa Bayer, Ezra Koenig, Kesha, Grimes, Big Sean)



We warned you that it was coming, and now it’s here: HAIM’s ridiculous and cameo-packed video for the Days Are Gone highlight “My Song 5.” The video turns out to be for the remixed A$AP Ferg version of the song, and it takes place on the set of The Dallas Murphy Show a fictional and ridiculous daytime-TV talk show. SNL/Sound Advice star Vanessa Bayer plays the show’s host, and the video features a parade of high-profile cameos, many of them so quick and deep in the background that they’re hard to catch: Ezra Koenig! Kesha! Grimes! Big Sean! Superproducer Ariel Rechtshaid! Haim’s parents are in there too. Watch the Dugan O’Neal-directed video.

Ex Cops - "Black Soap" (Official Video)



Brooklyn duo Ex Cops are preparing to release Daggers, their latest set of sleek, shoegaze-inflected urbanite pop. Lead single “Black Soap” now has glamorous yet ominous visuals shot on 16mm film that look as much like a fashion shoot as a music video. It’s as appealing to the eyeballs as the song is to the eardrums, which is to say, very. Here’s what director Philippe Grenade had to say about it:
In a world where DSLR videos are a norm, it’s refreshing to return to the now archaic format of 16mm film, not only for its beautiful granular structure and ’70s cult cinema aesthetic, but also because there is no magic in instant gratification. Lacking the ability to playback a take and then sending off a can of undeveloped film to the lab without an inkling of an idea if what you’ve shot is absolute gold or absolute shit or if a light leak ruined all your fantastic images is the most excitingly anticipatory feeling as a filmmaker.

Taylor Swift - “Shake It Off” (Official Video)



Taylor Swift hosted a live webcast this afternoon from a studio at the top of the Empire State building, during which she announced three not-that-surprising surprises. The first was the debut of her new single, a haters-gonna-hate anthem called “Shake It Off” produced by Max Martin and Shellback; she danced with her studio audience while the minimalist dance-pop tune played. The second “surprise” was that her fifth album, 1989, which she described as “my very first documented official pop album,” will be out 10/27. She says it was inspired by the “bold” risk-taking of ’80s pop. The deluxe version will include three voice memos from Swift’s phone, and the album cover is the Polaroid picture above. There will also be a “Swiftstakes” that will dole out 1,989 prizes including 1,000 tickets and 500 meet-and-greets. Lastly, she debuted Mark Romanek’s video for “Shake It Off,” which finds Swift poking fun at her own much-maligned dancing skills in myriad costumes and contexts.

The New Basement Tapes - "Nothing To It" (Official Lyric Video)


Bob Dylan wrote over a hundred songs during the legendary Basement Tapes recording sessions, which took place in the summer and fall of 1967, eight years before the album itself was released. Those sessions would produce some of Dylan’s most enduring songs, including “I Shall Be Released,” “The Mighty Quinn,” and “This Wheel’s On Fire.” Recently, lyrics that Dylan wrote during that period were rediscovered and put to music by an all-star cast. Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is a collaborative project featuring Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Marcus Mumford, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, and Carolina Chocolate Drop’s Rhiannon Giddens and produced by T Bone Burnett. The group congregated for two weeks at Captiol Studios in Hollywood to record music for the lost lyrics. “What transpired during those two weeks was amazing for all of us,” Burnett said in a press release. “There was a deep well of generosity and support in the studio at all times, which reflected the tremendous trust and generosity shown by Bob in sharing these lyrics with us in the first place.” The group (which also features Johnny Depp on “Kansas City”) recorded 20 new songs put together from the lost Dylan lyrics. You can hear one of those new songs, “Nothing To It,” below, accompanied by a lyric video featuring Dylan’s actual handwritten lyrics.


Absolutely Free - “Beneath The Air” (Official Video)



Last month we premiered “Beneath The Air” by Absolutely Free. It was a bright and breezy psych-pop song that has now been given an animated video that fits the same description. The video is a constantly morphing series of simple painted images that grow and shrink with the endlessness of a fractal.

WIFE - “A Nature (Shards)” Video



The great industrial-tinged black metal band Altar Of Plagues broke up last year, and since then, former AOP frontman James Kelly has moved on to make atmospheric electronic music with his project WIFE. Now you can watch the video for “A Nature (Shards),” a track from WIFE’s Tri-Angle debut, What’s Between. The Fernando Vallejo-directed video is built of impressionistic shots of two women walking ominously through city streets at night, but its creepy Under The Skin vibes fit the song just right as it moves toward its mysterious conclusion.