5/28/2015

The New Pornographers - “Champions Of Red Wine” (Official Video)



Last year, Canadian power-pop all-stars the New Pornographers released their Brill Bruisers album and made excellent, eyeball-grabbing videos for their songs “War On The East Coast” and “Dancehall Domine.” Their new clip for “Champions Of Red Wine” is a different sort of thing. It’s a character study about a middle-aged man, lost and drunk and horny and alone, staggering around Havana and getting himself in trouble. Directors Leblanc + Cudmore, who also did the “Dancehall Domine” clip, filmed the video on location in Cuba, and despite everything that happens to this one bum, the video will make you wish you were there. Watch the video and read some words about it from co-director Scott Cudmore.

Cudmore writes:
Obviously there’s a debt to the Paris, Texas locale of peep shows here and that was sort of the jumping off point for the video. I had this idea of a rambling, drunk loner in a foreign environment – somebody who can’t really connect to anything except for on a very superficial level. All the interactions he has are forced, more like transactions than anything. It’s a portrait of this guy, a few hours, a couple of days, in his life as he flails wildly around – his only means of communication being physical. The video is a fragment of this character. We only know him in the moment, not where he comes from or where he is going.

Owen Pallett - “The Passions” (Official Video)



“The Passions,” a song off of Owen Pallett’s 2013 full-length In Conflict, is a song about forbidden desire and passions falling to ruin. It’s a stunning, spine-chilling piece work that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand-straight if you listen to it alone, without distraction. Now, Pallett has shared a visual interpretation of the track that seamlessly integrates his words and fragile arrangements with its imagery. Created by Brian Vu, it’s a nuanced and subtly sexual abstraction that he says was “filmed by friends and I in familiar places.”

Kevin Morby - “Parade” (Official Video)



In the time since he left chilled-out folk-psych experimentalists Woods to strike out on his own, Kevin Morby has solidified his reputation as one of the most consistently winsome songwriters in the underground. Dead Oceans has noticed: The Indiana label, home to prominent modern folk-rockers ranging from Strand Of Oaks to Ryley Walker to the Tallest Man On Earth, has signed Morby and will release his third solo LP next year. In the meantime, Morby is still kicking out videos from last year’s Woodsist release Still Life, including today’s clip for lead single “Parade.” The song is built around an exultant yet comfortable groove worthy of the Band, accented by pretty piano lines, soulful backing vocals, and occasional flurries of surprise sax. As director Elise Tyler explains, her visual accompaniment functions as a documentary of Morby’s version of NYC:
The process was a complete collaboration with Kevin. He wanted to document the people and places that make up his New York, and I had the honor to capture it for him. I wanted to feature the quieter places and moments that can sometimes get lost in the noise of the city, which I think also reflects Kevin’s nature as an artist and individual.

Faith Healer - “Canonized” (Official Video)



Jessica Jalbert makes meticulous brocade psychedelia as Faith Healer, and her debut album under that name, Cosmic Troubles, is one of the year’s most cohesive records. Today we’re premiering the video for “Canonized,” a clip that features half of the tight-knit Edmonton music scene holding a Tarot reading and drinking wine spliced with shots of a lone figure trying to start a fire in the Mill Creek Ravine. It includes Caity Fisher (of Tee-Tahs and Caity Fisher & The Wastoids), Ian Waddell (of Diamond Mind), Mitch Holtby (Mitchmatic, Faith Healer), Layne L’Heureux (Maude), Ben Crossman (Ben Disaster, Love Electric, Tee-Tahs), and of course, Jessica Jalbert herself. It was directed by Mike Robertson and you can watch the whole crew’s oddball debauchery unfold.

5/27/2015

Nocturnal Sunshine - “Believe” (Feat. Chelou) Video



The UK producer Maya Jane Coles, so good at making sparse and haunted dance music, just released her self-titled debut under her Nocturnal Sunshine alias. On the early single “Believe,” she teamed up with the London indie band Chelou to make something cold and despondent. In the track’s new video, from directors the Fashtons, a girl sits alone in a white room, lip-syncing the song, as effects erupt all around her.

Django Django - “Shake & Tremble” (Official Video)



Scotland’s Django Django released their sophomore LP Born Under Saturn at the beginning of the month, and as Tom pointed out in an earlier post, the band has skirted their post-punk roots in favor of psychedelia-tinged, jangling instrumentals. In short: they sound a lot more like what their name suggests. Pete G.D. directed a new video for the song “Shake & Tremble,” featuring the guys performing in a plastic rainforest made to look low-budget.

Jenny Lewis - “She’s Not Me” (Official Video)



Just yesterday, Jenny Lewis and Vanessa Bayer were joking about Troop Beverly Hills, the 1989 kids movie that Lewis appeared in when she was a child actor. Turns out the movie was on their mind for a reason: Lewis’ new self-directed video for “She’s Not Me,” the most absolutely magnificent song on her 2014 instant classic The Voyager, features an arrested Lewis hallucinating parodies of her various acting roles including The Golden Girls, The Wizard, Hellville, and, yes, Troop Beverly Hills. A bunch of Lewis’ celebrity friends including Bayer, Fred Armisen, Leo Fitzpatrick, Zosia Mamet, and Feist show up to bring the dream sequences to life.

Two Sheds - “You Get To Me” (Official Video)



Two Sheds released their lovely sophomore record Assembling yesterday, and today, they’re sharing a video for album highlight “You Get To Me.” The video, which is beautifully shot and framed by director James Niebuhr, provides a small glimpse into the lives of a number of different characters. You can feel the aching and longing coming from each one, as they look off into the distance, unsure what to do next. But slowly, they’re overcome by the restorative power of music, letting all their worries melt away for just a few minutes. Two Sheds is good music for that kind of emotional drifting — the band has also put together an interactive website for their album that operates in a similar vein, as you get to explore Hotel Two Sheds while different tracks from the record play in the background and provide an immersive experience. You can check out the website here and watch the “You Get To Me” video.

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - “Human Sadness” (Official Video)



After months of teasing and a trailer a few weeks back, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz have finally unveiled the video for their Tyranny opus “Human Sadness.” The 13-minute-long short film, which was directed by Warren Fu and Nicholaus Goosen, features hot rods, seedy motel rooms, a war zone, a hurricane, and even more forms of destruction. It’s epic and a little all over the place.

Ariel Pink - "I Need a Minute" (Official Music Video)



Ariel Pink recently contributed the zooted, staggering pop song “I Need A Minute” to the soundtrack of Heaven Knows What, a new movie about heroin addiction based on Mad Love In New York City, a memoir from Arielle Holmes. Holmes stars in the movie, and she also stars alongside Pink in the new video for “I Need A Minute.” In the clip, Pink and Holmes make a grand tour of New York’s public bathrooms, using the fleeting privacy they offer to snuggle up. Pink recorded much of the video on his phone, holding it vertical like a savage. I sincerely hope that nobody was waiting to piss while they were filming this.

The Weeknd - “The Hills” (Official Video) (



A bunch of new Weeknd tracks leaked yesterday that pointed towards a bigger, glossier sound for Abel Tesfaye, with songs produced by Max Martin and a decidedly Michael Jackson-inspired bend. “The Hills” — a song that he debuted at Coachella in April — is not from those sessions, and instead falls right in line with his most recent singles like “Often” and “Earned It.” It’s big-budget R&B with a flair for melodrama, and the new track is accompanied by a video that follows Tesfaye out of a crashed car and into an empty mansion.

Gold Star - “Learning The Blues” (Official Video)



Learning The Blues was produced and mixed by Nicolas Jodoin (BRMC, The Morlocks) in Los Angeles and mastered by Pete Lyman (No Age, BRMC, White Fence)

Watch A 10-Year-Old Tinashe Sing “The Times They Are A-Changin'” To Bob Dylan



Before she broke through as an airy R&B star, Tinashe was a child actress. Quite recently, in fact, she was playing the kid’s girlfriend on Two And A Half Men. And as it turns out, one of her early roles offered some indication of the singer she’d become. Tinashe had a short appearance in Masked & Anonymous, the strange and deeply indulgent movie that Bob Dylan made in 2003. (Dylan didn’t direct the movie, but he starred in it and wrote it, and it seems safe to say that nobody involved in making the movie told him “no” at any point.) At one point in the movie, a creepy Southern-accented John Goodman introduces a little girl to Dylan, and that little girl sings him a fairly lovely a cappella version of his iconic song “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” That little girl is Tinashe.

5/25/2015

Nicki Minaj - “The Night Is Still Young” (Official Video)



Nicki Minaj has been teasing the video for one of The Pinkprint‘s few club bangers “The Night Is Still Young” on Instagram and Twitter for a while now, and today she’s released it exclusively to Tidal. Just like the “Feeling Myself” video, though, it quickly made its way onto the internet. I still wish she would give “Four Door Aventador” a slick car video with tons of dancing, but I’m into her Eurodance vibes too. She’s sporting the same outfit from that incredible Instagram from the other night, and this video is chock full of kitsch that’s reminiscent of dear old Nicki’s technicolor alien-pop asethetic.

Watch Paul McCartney Play “Temporary Secretary” Live For The First Time, “I Saw Her Standing There” With Dave Grohl



Paul McCartney played the first of two shows at London’s O2 arena last night, and he had a few surprises in store for the audience. One of them was the live debut of “Temporary Secretary,” one of the singles from his 1980 album McCartney II. And another was Dave Grohl himself, who came out during McCartney’s first encore to duet and play along with “I Saw Her Standing There.”

Hear Another Preview Of Eminem’s “Phenomenal” In Draymond Green Beats Commercial



Eminem seems to have settled comfortably into the habit of debuting new music via commercial. He used a Beats by Dre commercial to announce his return in 2013, and he recently debuted a new song in a trailer for the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring boxing movie Southpaw. Today, he’s returned to the Beats format, sharing a clip of “Phenomenal” in another Beats ad that features Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors.

Juicy J - “Already” (Feat. Rae Sremmurd) Video



The kids in Rae Sremmurd weren’t born when Juicy J started his indestructible career, but somehow it makes perfect sense to hear them on a song together in 2015. Rae Sremmurd guest on “Already,” an ode to being faded and horny from Juicy’s solid Blue Dream & Lean 2 mixtape. And in the video, the rap elder and his young friends spend time with a bunch of women and a few hilariously expensive-looking motorized vehicles. Gabriel Hart directs.

Towkio - “Reflection” (Official Video)



Towkio is the latest member of Chicago’s SaveMoney crew to pop off. His new mixtape .Wav Theory is a turbulent mix of cascading, joyful tracks and tense downers. “Reflection” is one of the latter, as I noted when the song itself dropped, and now it’s gotten a video to further explore all that sadness. Directed by Peter Collins Campbell and Towkio himself, it follows a very familiar cast of characters through a drug-addled house party. I’m pretty sure there’s a Chance The Rapper cameo in there too if you watch closely. Given that the chorus references cocaine, it’s no surprise to see the drug show up in the clip. Trigger warning: The very end of the video also alludes to rape.