11/28/2014

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Official Teaser Trailer #1 (2015) - J.J. Abrams Movie



Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Official Teaser Trailer #1 (2015) - J.J. Abrams Movie HD

A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).

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11/27/2014

UNICEF #Imagine - NA (Adam Lambert, Katy Perry, John Lennon, Bill Kaulitz...)



Today is BIG! Celebrate that #everychild has rights on Universal Children's Day & National Child Day! #Imagine

Celebrities cover John Lennon's #IMAGINE song as part of the UNICEF campaign - North America (Adam Lambert, Katy Perry, John Lennon, Bill Kaulitz, Dianna Agron)

More: http://imagine.unicef.org/en/

11/26/2014

Coldplay - “Ink” Interactive Video



Coldplay have released an interactive video of “Ink” from their latest album Ghost Stories. The Blind-directed video prompts you to choose and direct the course of your journey as you follow a man travels around the world to find his lost love. In the version I chose, he never found her — but there are more than 300 possible outcomes. The simple animated characters follow through with your choices of what objects to pick up and what paths to take, givng the viewer control of how the story will end. Check it out at Coldplay’s website.

Peanuts Official Trailer #1 (2015) - Animated Movie HD



For the first time ever, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang we know and love from Charles Schulz's timeless "Peanuts" comic strip will be making their big-screen debut; like they've never been seen before in a CG-Animated Feature film in 3D.

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11/25/2014

Sleigh Bells - “That Did It” (Feat. Tink) Video



Last week, Sleigh Bells teamed up with Tink, a brash and badass Chicago singer/rapper who seems poised to take over in 2015, for a Red Bull-sponsored one-off called “That Did It.” Grant Singer directed the brand-new video for the song, and it has Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss and Tink getting all dressed up and striking some serious tough-lady poses. Derek Miller doesn’t even appear in the video, as far as I can tell; this is a lady-solidarity scene. It’s a fun, charismatic video, and you can watch.

Llegas - "Tripulante" (Official Video)



Director: Martin Boulocq
Producción: Andrea Camponovo

EMA - “3Jane” (Official Video)



Earlier this year, EMA released the great album The Future’s Void, which explored ideas about technology and industrial music and where our privacy ends. She’s already made videos for the early singles “Satellites” and “So Blonde,” but her new clip for “3Jane” is something else: An illustration of the themes of both the album and of a feature film that she’s working on developing. The “3Jane” video, from director Y2K, is basically a William Gibson vision rendered as a music video. Anderson lounges about a retro-futuristic California mansion while a cyborg woman, who looks quite a bit like her, looks on. Everything is kept subtle and ambiguous.

Petite Noir - “Chess” (Official Video)



“Chess” is the lead single off of Petite Noir’s forthcoming debut EP The King Of Anxiety. Today Yannick Iluga’s project released a retro video by director Cieron Magat that emanates the dream-like, solitary quality of the song. Iluga sings in uncanny falsetto before his voice sinks to unimaginable depths about two minutes into the track.

Mogwai - “Teenage Exorcists” (Official Video)



Mogwai’s Music Industry 3: Fitness Industry 1 EP comes out next week, and they’ve shared a video for their new track “Teenage Exorcists.” It’s a pretty wild ride: we follow a girl who is suspended in mid-air as ectoplasm blasts through her skull and she travels through nothingness until she ends up trapped in a plastic wrapping that takes the shape of a hand. Light emanates from the hole in her skull, like you’re looking up from a well and all that you can see is a bright circle in this distance. The stylized video was directed by Craig Murray.

Steve Gunn - “Tommy’s Congo” (Official Video)



A lot of videos bill themselves as “short films,” but director Nikola Ležaić’s clip for Steve Gunn’s “Tommy’s Congo” can make a better case than most. Gunn is a meditative guitarist and Kurt Vile sideman who released a gorgeous album called Way Out Weather earlier this fall. (We posted his video for its title track.) “Tommy’s Congo” is a blissful seven-minute zone-out with a little Joy Division ominousness in its bones. And its video tells the story of a Serbian woman who attempts to get closer to a coworker and finds herself in increasingly desperate circumstances. It’s an absolutely absorbing piece of work.

Ho99o9 - “Da Blue Nigga From Hell Boy” Video (NSFW)



Noise-rap aggressors Ho99o9 dropped their Mutant Freax EP just in time for Halloween. Lead track “Da Blue Nigga From Hell Boy” does not exactly scream Thanksgiving, but they couldn’t exactly wait for next October to roll around, could they? In keeping with the band name (it’s pronounced “horror”), director Behn Fannin’s video is creepy, gross, and NSFW. It features the duo portraying priests who happen upon a possessed woman. Simulated sex, cannibalism, and blood-covered writhing ensue.

Jack Ü - “Take Ü There” (Feat. Kiesza) Video



Diplo and Skrillex recently hooked up to form a duo called Jack Ü, roping in the rising pop-house star Kiesza to sing on their big, bright, bouncy debut single “Take Ü There.” Their new “Take Ü There” video is really more like two videos in one: The straightforward people-rocking-crowds-on-tour video and the half-animated frantic-mugging video. The two visions bleed over into each other a lot, and the end result is a big chaotic sunburst of energy. Kyle dePinna, Dillon Moore, and Daniel Streit directed the video.

Twin Peaks - “Mind Frame” (Official Video)



Chicago-based Twin Peaks evoke the past in their new video for “Mind Frame.” The lazy garage rock track is accompanied by visuals the band riding on motorbikes behind a green screen filled with hazily retro backdrops, never quite hitting the road or getting in sync with their pretend surroundings.

Torn Hawk - “Because Of M.A.S.K.” (Official Video)



Torn Hawk, the bent electronic instrumental pop project from the experimental guitarist Luke Wyatt, just released the new album Let’s Cry And Do Push Ups At The Same Time; we’ve posted his songs “I’m Flexible” and “Acceptance Speech.” His new video for the pretty, meditative, glitched-out “Because Of M.A.S.K.” (which gets its name from an ’80s cartoon that I really loved) is a digitally distorted meditation on the image of one particular blonde lady with a sword. We see pictures of the lady everywhere, and when we eventually see her for real, she’s not quite what you might hope. Watch the deeply strange video.

Atmosphere - “Fortunate” (Official Video)



If you’ve ever been to see the Minneapolis underground rap duo Atmosphere — and you should; they’re a good show — you know that the line outside the club is a hotbed of a very specific kind of enthusiastic dorkery. That line is where the duo filmed its new video for “Fortunate,” from the recent album Southsiders. Directors Dan Monick and Vanessa Joy Smith film group members Slug and Ant as they amble, in bewildered slow-motion, alongside the many, many kids lined up to see them. Slug keeps his expression studiously blank and accepts random-ass gifts from the audience, and the kids’ faces when they realize what’s happening are pretty great.

Fifth Harmony - "Sledgehammer" (Official Video)



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11/24/2014

Eminem - ‘Guts Over Fear” (Feat. Sia) Video



Eminem and Sia’s single “Guts Over Fear” now has a video to coincide with the release of Eminem’s new Shady Records compilation Shady XV. The clip matches footage of Eminem rapping in a warehouse with a narrative about a boxer overcoming many life obstacles in pursuit of his dreams. He has fear, see, but what he has even more of is guts.

Rick Ross - “If They Knew” (Feat. K. Michelle) Video



During most of the year, it’s extremely difficult for a major-label rap artist to get an album out. During the last six weeks of the year, though, those albums come fast and furious. I have no idea why that would be, but one of the biggest albums of this year’s fourth-quarter rap-album marathon is Rick Ross’ Hood Billionaire, his second studio LP of 2014. He’s already shared a bunch of songs, all of which feature somebody: “Elvis Presley Blvd.” with Project Pat, “Keep Doin’ That” with R. Kelly, “Nickel Rock” with Lil Boosie, “Movin’ Bass” with Jay Z. The latest single is “If They Knew,” a love-rap with the R&B singer K. Michelle. The new video, from Ross’ frequent collaborator DRE Films, has a sloppy soap-opera storyline and the deeply entertaining sight of Ross and Michelle looking glamorous in a laundromat for some reason.

The Decemberists - “Make You Better” Official Video (Feat. Nick Offerman)



The Decemberists’ video for What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World single “Make You Better,” Parks & Recreation stud Nick Offerman plays the host of a low-budget 1970s German TV show where Colin Meloy and company are undertaking a mishap-laden performance. Bill Fishman directed the clip.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - “Do The Damage” (Official Video)


 “Do The Damage” doesn’t appear on Chasing Yesterday, the forthcoming sophomore album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Instead, the peppy space-rock number is the B-side to “In The Heat Of The Moment,” the album’s first single. That didn’t stop Gallagher from making a video for it! Gallagher appears in director Mike Bruce’s new “Do The Damage” video, but only peripherally, as he watches the main storyline unfold on a retro-futuristic TV. In the main part of the video, two rival roller-derby teams take each other on, as Bruce goes nuts with the editing effects. Check it out at Consequence Of Sound.

Beyoncé - “7/11″ (Official Video)



The platinum edition of Beyoncé’s self-titled album drops next week, and the pop star has shared a video for “7/11,” one of two new songs that are included in the release. The video starts off with Beyoncé dancing on a balcony with a Kale University sweater on and follows her through some rooms in various states of disarray. Is this a rare peek at Château Yoncé? It twitch-cuts the whole time and gets progressively crazier as some backup dancers join her along the way. It’s a surprisingly low-key video for the biggest pop star in the world — especially considering the high-production values and opulence of the videos that accompanied the self-titled release — but it’s really effective.

T.I. - “We Want War” (Feat. Young Thug) Video



This year, the established Atlanta rap star T.I. and the young insurgent Young Thug have already teamed up on T.I.’s rap-radio hit “About The Money” and Young Thug’s hyperactive “Eww Eww Eww” remix. They also got together for “We Want War,” a track from T.I.’s Hustle Gang mixtape G.D.O.D. 2. In its new video, from director PhillyFlyBoy, the two, along with a crew of friends, play paintball, which is a pretty fun way to play on T.I.’s whole “guy who buys way too many guns and goes to prison for it” rep. The best thing about the video is that Tip and Thug sure seem to enjoy rapping next to each other a whole lot, and the second-best thing is that paintball masks look really cool. The worst thing is that all the cusses in the song have been blurred out, a sure sign that MTV needs to stop premiering rap videos online.

Watch 6 Songs From Showtime’s Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued Starring Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, & More



The all-star Bob Dylan tribute band known as the New Basement Tapes released Lost On The River, their album of refurbished Dylan songwriting scraps, earlier this month. Tonight at 9 p.m. EST Showtime will air Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, a special in which the band — featuring Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, and more — performs numerous songs. The film also features interviews, including one with Dylan himself. Watch footage of six full songs plus the trailer below.











Skrillex - “Fuck That” Video (Dir. Nabil)



Hiro Murai has been seriously challenging Nabil’s stranglehold on the whole Best Video Director In The World thing this year, but here’s another strong entrant from Nabil. Skrillex recruited the director to turn his minimal uptempo Recess (Stream) track “Fuck That” — OK, relatively minimal; the wub-wubs are barely perceptible! — into a street-fighting saga that ends with a firearm-heavy car chase interrupted by mystic desert druids. Your move, Murai!

Esmé Patterson – “The Glow” (Official Video)



Esmé Patterson – “The Glow” (Dir. Isaac Ravishankara)

Good music-video acting is its own skill, one distinct from good movie or TV or stage acting. It’s a hard thing to describe, but you know it when you see it. This is it.

Brodinski - “Can’t Help Myself" (Official Video)



Brodinski – “Can’t Help Myself” (Feat. SD) (Dir. MEGAFORCE)

This is probably supposed to serve as an allegory for something, right? The mutable male identity, maybe? The way drugs cam make us feel unstuck in time? It doesn’t really matter. What matters is the whoooooaaaa effect, and this video has that.

Watch The New Basement Tapes Play Two Songs On Kimmel



The New Basement Tapes — which features Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, and Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford, among others — is a supergroup that exists entirely to finish up unfinished songs from Bob Dylan and the Band’s Basement Tapes. The group released its own Lost On The River album recently, and they’ve already played their songs on Fallon and Ellen. Last night, they were musical guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where they played the smaller indoor studio. On the show proper, James led them through “Nothing To It.” As an online bonus, they also did “Duncan & Jimmy,” which works as a lovely showcase for the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens and which stands, right now, as the strongest thing I’ve seen from this band. That lady is a total star. 

The Hanged Man - “The Island” (Official Video)



The former Those Dancing Days guitarist Rebecka Rolfart now makes dark, churning synthpop as the Hanged Man. Along with directors Sheila Johansson and Michelle Claesson Eismann, she filmed her video for her great single “The Island” on an actual Island in Sweden. It’s a stark, ominous black-and-white clip in which Rolfart wanders an abandoned landscape and encounters what appears to be a doppelganger of herself. The directors go to great lengths to never quite show Rolfart’s face.

Watch American Horror Story‘s Take On Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”



The latest season of American Horror Story has been all about the music, taking a page from series creator Ryan Murphy’s other show Glee. So far this season, we’ve heard takes on David Bowie, Fiona Apple, and Lana Del Rey, and now cast member Evan Peters offers a rendition of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.” It’s not … terrible? Jessica Lange looks on crazily as his character sings.

Watch A Clip From The Documentary R.E.M. By MTV



MTV will be releasing REMTV, a six-disc retrospective chronicling R.E.M.’s legacy on the channel, later this month. One of the discs is the documentary R.E.M. By MTV, and today the band shared a five-minute clip from the film that discusses the succession of health problems that befell the band during their tour for 1994′s Monster. The documentary airs tomorrow on VH1 Classic and Palladia, but you can watch drummer Bill Berry, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe discuss what sounds like a fairly horrific tour.

Pianos Become The Teeth - “Repine” (Official Videos)



Baltimore post-hardcore outfit Pianos Become The Teeth released their third full-length LP, Keep You, last month, and today the band shared two videos for the song “Repine,” both of which were directed by Tyler Davis. The first video is more of a traditional “music video,” while the second is an artfully filmed performance. In an interview with NYLON Guys, lead singer Kyle Durfey commented that, “It should be looked at less as ’two versions’ for the same song and more like two perspectives taking place at the same time.” Pull up another screen to get the full experience.

Pianos Become The Teeth - "Repine" (Performance)

Beverly - “Madora” (Official Video)



Drew Citron’s indie-pop project Beverly released the debut album Careers earlier this year, and they’ve already made videos for a bunch of its songs: “Honey Do,” “Out On A Ride,” “All The Things,” “Yale’s Life.” And now the Breeders-esque “Madora,” possibly the best Beverly song to date, also has a video. It’s an animated clip in which a little girl rides a big wheel across an increasingly surreal landscape. The whole thing is hand-drawn, which adds a nice tangible quality to all the dreamlike imagery. David Lamain and Martine Rademakers of Alpaca Animation & Sound directed the video.

Jacques Greene - “After Life After Party” (Official Video)



We wrote about the Montreal-based producer Jacques Greene’s stuttering dance track “After Life After Party” yesterday, and now there is an exceptionally awkward video to accompany it. Watching people dance by themselves can be uncomfortable and cringe-worthy, evoking the “I’m embarrassed for you,” kind of feeling. At the same time, there’s something endearing about watching manic ravers in slow-motion, their gum chewing just barely matching the beat.

11/20/2014

Iceage - "Against The Moon" (Official Video)



Iceage have shared a sexually-charged, noir-inspired visual for "Against the Moon", taken from their recently-released album Plowing Into the Field of Love. It was directed by Martin Masai Andersen and Kim Thue, and stars German actor Dan van Husen, known for his roles in Federico Fellini's Casanova, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, and other films. The video details the anguish of van Husen's character, intercut with ominous scenes in back alleys and bedrooms with characters played by German actress Missa Blue and model Louis Blackhouse.

Lana Del Rey in Sexual Assault Scene in Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video Directed by Eli Roth


Footage from an unreleased Marilyn Manson video starring Lana Del Rey has surfaced online, Teco Apple points out. The footage was directed by Eli Roth (Hostel), and depicts a series of dark scenes. There's a bloodied woman dunking her head in water, a birthday party stocked with misfits, a debauched dinner party, and a scene in which Del Rey is sexually assaulted. You can watch the NSFW clip below, via Teco Apple.

Last year, Roth was interviewed by Larry King, and said he'd shot the video with Manson and Del Rey. "The footage is so sick, it's been locked in a vault for over a year," he said.


Run The Jewels - “Blockbuster Night Part 1″ (Official Video)



Run The Jewels, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P, released their monstrous RTJ2 album a couple of weeks ago, and now they’ve made a video for “Blockbuster Night Part 1,” the hard-pounding first single. In the video, Mike and El play fuckup emergency medical technicians, piloting an ambulance through a foggy Atlanta night. The video has some of the dark, hallucinatory qualities of Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out The Dead, but it’s also got some Stripes in it: A couple of misfits fucking around and bungling an important job. The concept is fun, but the real draw is the chemistry between these two. They’re just so much goddam fun to watch. Trevor Kane directs.

Lana Del Rey ft. Marilyn Manson - "Pretty When You Cry" (Rape Scene Video Full)



Lana Del Rey/Marilyn Manson Video from 2012-2013 with Pretty When You Cry, from her newest album "Ultraviolence" featuring Full Rape Scene in High Quality (HD/HQ)

Original Full Video: http://vimeo.com/71951642

Cinematography, color, FX, and edit by Sturmgruppe

She & Him - “Stay Awhile” (Official Video)



She & Him will release their Classics covers album in a few weeks, and they’ve just shared a video for their take on Dusty Springfield’s “Stay Awhile.” M. Ward does a pretty impressive job pantomiming guitar playing, and Zooey Deschanel dances around with a ghost and gets carried off into the clouds. The whole video is set in a fancy retro-chic home.

Elvis Depressedly - “No More Sad Songs (N.M.S.S.)” Video



Elvis Depressedly come out of Columbia, South Carolina, and make the kind of lo-fi, meandering tracks that anyone not listening carefully enough would automatically assume to be a total downer. Up until now, the Matt Cothran-fronted project has self-released their material, but yesterday they announced that they’ll be joining bands like Little Big League, Crying, and Pity Sex on the Boston-based label Run For Cover. New Alhambra will be out next year. Along with the album announcement, Elvis Depressedly released a video to accompany the record’s lead-off single “No More Sad Songs (N.M.S.S.),” which was directed by Delaney Mills (who also plays in the band). The video features Elvis Depressedly and friends driving and taking detours off of the fogged-in Blue Ridge Parkway, the pointed fragility of Cothran’s voice accompanying them along the way.

11/19/2014

Viet Cong - “Continental Shelf" (Official Video) (NSFW)



Next year, Viet Cong, the new band from the former Women members Matt Flegel and Mike Wallace, will release their self-titled full-length debut. Their new video for first single “Continental Shelf” is an ominous and creepy thing, a collection of context-free shots of masked women and angry dogs and disembodied werewolf hands. There’s nudity in there, too, so be advised. Yoonha Park directed the clip, which plays like a supercut of scenes from undiscovered Italian horror movies from the ’70s.

Kevin Gates - “Out The Mud” (Official Video)



Next month, the fearsome Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates releases his new Luca Brasi 2 mixtape out into the world, and he’s already shared early tracks “Reasonable Suspicion,” “Crazy,” and the August Alsina collab “I Don’t Get Tired.” Now Gates has a video for another new song, the full-bodied drug-dealing anthem “Out The Mud.” Jerome D directed the clip, which gets a lot of atmosphere from Gates’ broken-down Baton Rouge hometown. Gates raps in an abandoned house, an apartment-building courtyard, and an actual swamp.

TOONS - “Sittin’ Back” (Official Video)



The New York-based band TOONS released their self-titled debut earlier this year, an undeniably sunny collection of tracks that re-imagine goofy rock tropes. TOONS are fronted by Lost Boy?’s Davey Jones, accompanied by members of BOYTOY and Baked. The video for “Sittin’ Back,” directed by Séamus McGuire, is a semi-sarcastic, endearing homage to The Brady Bunch. Watch.

Deerhoof - “Paradise Girls” (Official Video)



Deerhoof always know how to put together a thoroughly weird and idiosyncratic video, which is exactly what they did for their latest single “Paradise Girls” off their recently released album La Isla Bonita. For much of the video, an energetic dancer’s face is the only one you see — everybody else is wrapped up tightly in a costume that looks like a cross between some cow udders and a pink ghost. Slowly, their faces start to emerge in an oddly gross birthing sequence, and then they dance around a lot. It’s a really fun video.

Kim Deal - “Biker Gone” (Official Video)



Kim Deal, of inimitable Pixies and Breeders fame, has been releasing a solo 7″ series all year. Her latest is “Biker Gone” b/w “Beautiful Moon,” which she’s just put out today along with a video for the A-side. The video was directed by Lance Bangs (who also directed the Slint documentary Breadcrumb Trail) and was shot in Dayton, Ohio. Deal plays with her sister Kelley and drummer Britt Walford (who recorded drums on the Breeders’ 1990 album Pod) at a biker funeral.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow - “Crushin’” (Official Video)



Two new developments from A Sunny Day In Glasgow today: First, the band has released a video for Sea When Absent track “Crushin’.” Directed by Herb Shellenberger and Michael Thomas Vassallo, it stars Jordyn Karpinski as a woman in the wilderness who’s haunted by cut-out faces.

Triptykon - “Tree Of Suffocating Souls” (Official Video)



Thomas Gabriel Fischer once led the legendary Swiss underground metal band Celtic Frost, and now he’s the main man in Triptykon, a band that’s made one of this year’s best metal albums with Melana Chasmata. Triptykon’s new video for the punishing, heaving eight-minute song “Tree Of Suffocating Souls” (which really seriously has the best title) is just a performance video, but it’s one of the best, most fully realized performance videos I’ve seen in a long time. The clip is shot in harsh, oppressive black-and-white, and it’s got the members of the band shrouded in shadow, looking like wraiths.

First Aid Kit - “America” Video (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)



Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit have already covered Jack White and R.E.M. this year. Now they’re covering another tune from the modern American songbook — a song about America, in fact. The Söderberg sisters recorded Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” and teamed with Simon Gozzi to direct one of those videos that ties together scenes from on tour (from American tour, specifically, because “America”).

Nothing - “Chloroform” (Official Video)



Nothing’s split EP with Whirr is out this week, and to mark the occasion the band has shared a video for “Chloroform.” The track finds Nothing at their poppiest, but Don Argott’s clip matches footage of the band performing with scenes from a campy kidnapping.

Belle & Sebastian - “The Party Line” (Official Video)



Belle & Sebastian have shared the video for their lead single “The Party Line” off of their forthcoming new album Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance. The video is an exploration of partying through the decades, told in three acts: it starts in fuzzy black-and-white before transitioning to living color, and the whole video replays similar scenes at the same pregame and club while revealing a little more of the story each time. It’s directed by duo LeBlanc + Cudmore and features some impressive dancing that was choreographed by Robert Binet.

Angel Olsen - "Windows" (Official Video)



Today, Angel Olsen releases the deluxe edition of Burn Your Fire For No Witness, the great album she released near the beginning of the year. She’s chosen today to share her slow, surreal video for “Windows,” the last song on the album. The Comedy director Rick Alverson made the video, and the whole thing plays out like an extended daydream: Olsen watching kids play in a field, Olsen letting kids smear gunk on her face, Olsen dressed up like a noblewoman in the Renaissance. Of the video, Olsen says, “I gave [Alverson] total freedom to set the tone and I wanted only to be present within it. I wanted to make something cinematic and forward, and I believe he did that here.”

11/18/2014

Blonde Redhead - “The One I Love” (Official Video)



For the video to Barragán’s whispery chamber-pop ballad “The One I Love,” Blonde Redhead turned to their old friend Jem Cohen. The director painted a moody portrait of a rainy day in Manhattan that expertly complements the song’s understated beauty. Here’s what singer Kazu Makino had to say about the collaboration:
We used to be very close with Jem when we started playing shows and following Fugazi around with our blue van. What we have here in “The One I Love” video embodies who Jem is. You see what he sees, what he feels, and what he sees in us.

Amen Dunes - “Lonely Richard” (Official Video)



Hazy New York psych project Amen Dunes released a new album earlier this year, and have just shared a video for “Lonely Richard,” a song that features vocals from Iceage frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt. It’s a grainy slo-mo video consisting of shots of an idyllic-looking New York City and the nature that surrounds it. It was shot on 16mm film by director Kenneth Zoran Curwood, who told Fader that the video is meant to “channel the land from which [the song] flows.”

Desperate Journalist - “Control” (Official Video)



London quartet Desperate Journalist play powerful guitar pop that hits like the Smiths amped up to Savages’ intensity level. “Control,” from the band’s forthcoming self-titled album, is a ceaseless onslaught of riffs, rhythms, and Jo Bevan’s commanding microphone presence. Director Jason Weidner’s video is wisely minimal, mostly just putting the band in moody lighting and getting out of the way. I advise you to watch.

Dizzee Rascal - "Pagans" (Official Video)



The sometimes-great London rapper Dizzee Rascal celebrated his Halloween by gruesomely chopping up young women in his “Couple Of Stacks” video, so that was pretty gross. But his new video for the bouncy single “Pagans” more than makes up for it. In the new Emile Sornin-directed clip, Dizzee plays a ninja master with lightning powers, and if that’s not enough to get you to click play, I don’t know what is. He spends the first half of the video teaching his troops in the mountains and doing the (presumably CGI-assisted) Van Damme splits. And he spends the second half on an urban revenge quest that ends with him finding the most overblown possible way to kill someone. It’s awesome.

Sonny & The Sunsets - “Cheap Extensions” (Official Video)



The Bay Area lo-fi pop group Sonny & The Sunsets announced today that they’ll follow up last year’s Antenna To The Afterworld album with a new one called Talent Night At The Ashram, set to arrive early next year. Restless frontman Sonny Smith originally envisioned the album as a movie made up of a bunch of song-length short films. But the scripts turned into songs, and the movie became an album. First single “Cheap Extensions,” is a mumbling, shambling tune. Its new video, scrappily animated through underground-comics graphics, tells the story of a man who falls for a girl with multicolored hair extensions and then fights to get those extensions back when thieves steal them. Teppei Ando animated the video.

Watch The Pulp Documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets


Pulp was arguably the greatest band to come out of Britpop, and when they reunited in 2011, it was a big deal. In 2012, they played Sheffield, their hometown, for the first time in years, and that show became the subject of the documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets. And now, the kind souls at Pitchfork have posted the whole entire movie on YouTube; you don’t need a Netflix password to watch it or anything. As a matter of fact, you can watch all 90 minutes of it below.

11/17/2014

Arca - “Xen” Video (NSFW)



Arca’s “Xen” video is a continuation of director Jesse Kanda’s instant-classic “Thievery” video, in which a naked CGI character’s posterior morphed and stretched its way through some otherworldly twerking in much the same way Arca’s album has been stretching listeners’ imaginations. Arca calls the character his gender-ambiguous alter ego, but with nude female breasts on full display we’ll go ahead and call this one NSFW.

Philip Selway - “Around Again” (Official Video)



Radiohead drummer Philip Selway released his second solo album, Weatherhouse, earlier this year, and today Selway shares a video for “Around Again.” Selway’s music has shown notable growth since his 2010 debut, Familial, the product of increased confidence in his own voice as a solo artist, something he told us about when we interviewed him. The “Around Again” video moves in a loop, showing a dark room filled with random clothes, a wheelchair, and other obstacles that are captured like photographs so even after they are moved, the original image remains; the dancers’ movements are frozen as they run through the circular set. The eerie repetition builds anxiety in the video that suits the increasingly grim feel of the moody track.

Mark Ronson - “Uptown Funk” (Feat. Bruno Mars) Video



Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars will cap off this week by playing their excellent new single “Uptown Funk” on SNL, and they’ve started it off by releasing the song’s incredibly fun video. The Morris Day-meets-Trinidad James jam is the lead single off Ronson’s new album Uptown Special, but Mars is the star of this particular production. Don’t believe me? Just watch.

Nick Hakim - “The Light” (Official Video)



When conceiving the video for “The Light” from ethereal soul man Nick Hakim’s EP collection Where Will We Go Pt. 1 & 2, Hakim and director Terence Nance embarked on an improvisational collaboration they described as “jamming.” They came up with an alluring collage of images that mirrors the song’s gentle deployment of deep grooves. It’s an appropriate look for a song that sounds like waking up from a good dream. Here’s what Nance had to say about the process:
“The Light” is the result of a sort of “jammin” process between Nick and I during which we tried to be as improvisational as possible when constructing the visual accompaniment for WWWG. This sort of free associative visual exercise looked like he and I trying to allow our subconscious to dictate what to shoot and how to cut it together. The result is a little movie that obeys dream logic and hopefully flows out of impulse instead of strict thematic or conceptual intention.
Hakim shared some thoughts too:
I feel blessed to have been able to work with Terence Nance and everyone else involved on this. He heard the two EPs this past winter and thats when we started to play with visual ideas for WWWG. The whole process felt like an improvised jam session, throwing our ideas back and forth at each other which eventually resulted in this short film.
The resulting video is a pleasure.

The Very Best - "Hear Me" (Official Music Video)



The Very Best, the duo of singer Esau Mwamwaya and producer Johan Hugo, have announced plans to follow up their last album, 2012′s MTMTMK, with an as-yet-untitled new one next spring. They recorded the new LP in Mali’s M’dala Chikowa Village, on the other side of Africa from Mwamwaya’s Malawi homeland. First single “Hear Me” is a beautifully percolating track with bass from Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio, and it comes with a music video that Hugo directed. He filmed the village where the duo recorded in time-lapse, showing clouds blowing across the desert and bug carcasses rotting. It’s a weirdly beautiful piece of work, and you can watch it and read statements from Hugo about the video and the song below.

Girlpool - “Blah Blah Blah” (Official Video)



Watching Girlpool play together live is a real treat — the interplay between Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker is magnetic, and that’s captured well in their new video for “Blah Blah Blah,” which sees them playing at L.A. venue the Smell where the duo first met. The video was directed by Sini Anderson, the director of the Kathleen Hanna documentary The Punk Singer.

Phantoms - “Broken Halo” (Official Video)



Phantoms – “Broken Halo” (Dir. Ace Norton)

One of the nicest things about getting old: No more nights like this one.

The Vaselines - “Crazy Lady” (Official Video)



Reunited twee legends the Vaselines released their V For Vaselines album earlier this fall. And now they’ve followed up their charming “High Tide Low Tide” video with a new clip for the album track “Crazy Lady.” Director Jim Lang has made a black-and-white film noir pastiche with a narrative that frankly makes no sense at all. Singer Frances McKee plays a lethal femme fatale who somehow escapes from every possible scrape.

Quantum Keys - “Grow” (Official Video)



Earlier this year, California-via-Baltimore artist Quantum Keys released two incandescently sunny tracks — “Grow” and “Keep Good Habits” — that were in constant rotation on my summer playlist. Now that warmer days have given way to the cold (and snow) here on the East Coast, the video for “Grow” serves as a reminder of better times. It was shot on friends’ cellphones over a few weeks in John Gudenzi’s home state. Here’s what he had to say about it in an email: “It chronicles life in the Maryland suburbs, featuring family, friends, and the nature that is essential to keep in contact with. I got a haircut in the middle of shooting.” It also features some singalong-style lyrics overlaid on the footage.

Clark - “Winter Linn” (Official Video)



The British electronic producer Clark just released a new self-titled album, and now he’s got a video for the dense, crunching, apocalyptic instrumental “Winter Linn.” The the dark, abstract video, we see objects spinning through a black void, often so quickly that you can barely make out what they are. Watch it by yourself in a dark room for the full impact. Christopher Hewitt directed the clip.

Quilt - “Mary Mountain” (Official Video)



Psych-rock trio Quilt have been described as wanderers — they call Boston home, but their videos tend to illustrate them as traveling folk, the kind of people who, when asked, will say they’re from “all over.” Their new video for “Mary Mountain,” a track off of this year’s Held In Splendor, was shot by photographer and filmmaker Laura-Lynn Petrick while the band was on tour in the American Southwest. Not everyone has been in a touring band, but anyone who has gone on a road trip with good friends knows how nostalgic those memories can be. The “Mary Mountain” video is a hazy reminder of the freedom that comes with a really good soundtrack, a lack of plans, and an open road.

Total Control - “Flesh War” (Official Video)



Total Control’s video for “Flesh War” reminds me of those nights when you drive around at night just for the sake of it. Whether it’s because you don’t want to be home or need some time to think or need to blast music as loud as you possibly can (or all three at once), it’s something I think mostly everyone does. It’s a way to wander aimlessly with purpose: you’re still “going” somewhere, but it’s easy to zone out and forget about whatever is troubling you, or at least work through it without any outside distractions. The video for “Flesh War” is simple enough: it starts out with 45-seconds worth of silence, watching as someone leaves their apartment and gets into their car. The music starts when the car does and, even though there’s someone with a camera in there the whole time, our protagonist still feels as though he’s completely alone. Blurry, out-of-focus shots make up most of the video, shooting the streetlights and the tree-lined roads from a rain-stained window.

David Bowie - “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)” Video



David Bowie is about to release the new greatest-hits collection Nothing Has Changed, and it includes a new song in the form of the intense, jazz-inflected “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime).” Bowie also made a video for the song. Directors Tom Hingston and Jimmy King shot the whole thing in a back alley, using inky, foggy black-and-white cinematography that reminds me of The Third Man. A shadowy figure lurks in the background while images of Bowie in the studio, and the song’s lyrics, appear on brick walls.

My Brightest Diamond - “Lover/Killer” (Official Video)

Shara Worden’s art pop project released the album This Is My Hand a couple of months ago, and the LP has already yielded a video for Pressure.” Today we get a video for “Lover/Killer,” and it is different. Director Jean-Paul Frenay’s hallucinatory clip tells a dark, intense crime story that involves bitterly estranged friends and guns raised in anger and an evil-looking crow man. Watch it below, and see if you can figure out what the fuck is going on.

Bully - “Brainfreeze” (Official Video)



Bully are a fuzzed-out, fired-up indie rock band from Nashville, and we’ve already posted their “Milkman” single. “Brainfreeze” is another tune from their new self-titled EP, and in its lovably low-budget new video, we see the band members eating ice cream and knocking out songs. David Kleiler directed the video, and it’s about as no-frills as it can possibly be.

Painted Zeros - “Too Drunk” (Official Video)



Back in July, the New York-based band Painted Zeros released their EP Svalbard, a collection of tracks that, despite their sing-along quality, are inundated in the kind of dark sentiments that come with being a young person trying to figure your shit out. The opening lyrics of “Too Drunk” are as follows: “Every night is a Friday night with a handle of gin/ It’s okay to black out, babe, if we just stay in/ It’s not any fun going home with someone when I wake up the next day.” The song’s video, directed by Robert Kolodny, presents a somewhat grotesque solution to this problem: Why make out with a stranger at a show, when you can just make out with yourself? Featuring cameos by the members of a handful of local bands (including LVL UP, Crying, and Porches), Painted Zeros perform while the audience falls into a drunken stupor — making out with the air and showering the venue in champagne.

Azealia Banks - “Chasing Time” (Official Video)



Last week, Azealia Banks surprise-released her long-awaited debut album Broke With Expensive Taste and generally reminded the universe that she can be really good at making music. Today, she gives us her video for “Chasing Time,” the breezy dance-rap single she released a couple of months ago. Like a lot of Banks’ videos, it’s a slick black-and-white affair that recalls the whole early’-90s house-pop aesthetic. It also makes some nice use of strange and alien-looking CGI effects. Be advised, though: A couple of the outfits in this thing move it into verging-on-NSFW territory.

Meatbodies - “Rotten” (Official Video)



Recent Band To Watch and likable L.A. garage rockers Meatbodies have put out a video for “Rotten,” a song off their recently released self-titled debut. Lead singer Chad Ubovich skates around some sunny locales, getting beat up by a bunch of different people and even having Mexican food shoved in his face. The video’s also pretty trippy, utilizing some disintegrating psychedelic effects that give everything an anxious and hazy quality.

Les Sins - “Why” (Feat. Nate Salman) Video



Toro Y Moi side project Les Sins earned Album Of The Week honors for last week’s idiosyncratic dance-R&B experiment Michael. Now, he’s shared a video for album highlight “Why,” which features vocals from Nate Salman. Both Salman and Toro Y Moi mastermind Chaz Bundick appear in the video — the former dances around in the streets and on public transportation as color bleeds into the area around him, and Bundick shows up as an angular animatronic figure dancing on a plane of ever-changing patterns and colors.

Jawbreaker - “Boxcar” (Official Video)



No, it’s not a Jawbreaker reunion (at least not yet, anyway), but the band has shared a video for “Boxcar,” a track off their third LP 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, which turned 20 earlier this year. The video is made up of unreleased footage shot by one of the band members in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1992. Here’s what the band had to say about it: “In 2013, I found an unprocessed Super 8 film cartridge of footage I shot in 1992. I had no idea what it was. This is it.” (The “I” in that statement is a little unclear — there’s no indication as to which of the band members runs their social media accounts. UPDATE: Commenters have pointed out that it’s drummer Adam Pfahler, so he’s the one that directed the video.) According to a Facebook comment, the footage was edited together a few days ago by an intern. It’s not much, but it’s new!

Medicine - “Move Along - Down The Road” (Official Video)



Today Medicine release a video for “Move Along – Down The Road”, the second single off their new LP, Home Everywhere. The shoegazy track has a fittingly trippy video that shows purposefully low-quality graphics of monuments around the globe. It kind of looks like what you’d see if you were to play Tomb Raider with prism glasses on. Watch.

Primitive Parts - “TV Wheels” (Official Video)



Male Bonding-affiliated London fuzz punks Primitive Parts have a limited edition 7″ coming out two weeks from now. We’ve already heard the B-side, “The Bench,” and today we present the A-side. “TV Wheels” is a frantically buzzing pop-rock tune that could pass for Blur at their most playful. The song’s barebones video finds Primitive Parts rocking out in close confines.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy - “New Black Rich (Tusks)” (Official Video)



The video for “New Black Rich (Tusks),” one of the originals from Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s mostly self-referential Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues, finds Will Oldham rocking an exceptionally long walrus beard, donning a suit and top hat, strolling through town, dancing mystically, and romancing a lounge singer in a dive bar. It’s eerie, entrancing, and deeply sentimental. The song itself has a Magnolia Electric Company tinge to it and is one of the prettiest Oldham’s ever done. Watch the Claudia Crobatia-directed clip.

Watch First Aid Kit Play “Stay Gold” On Conan



First Aid Kit came all the way from Sweden to bring their brand of blustery folk-pop to Conan last night. They performed the title track from their third studio album, Stay Gold, which was released earlier this year. The drums are a lot lower in the live mix than they are on the album, which allows the duo to really highlight the impressive harmonies they’re able to do.

Carl Barât & The Jackals - “Glory Days” (Official Video)



Carl Barât of the Libertines has announced the release of an album with his new band, Carl Barât & The Jackals. Let It Reign will be out early next year, and consists of WWII-themed tracks with titles like “Victory Gin,” “Summer In The Trenches,” and the lead single, “Glory Days.” And today, the band release a video for that single. The clip is a grizzly and grainy story of a soldier who cracks under pressure, hiding during a battle. It ends with a dedication: “Dedicated to the 306 who were shot at dawn for ’Cowardice’ and ’Desertion.’”

Lion Babe - “Jump Hi” (Feat. Childish Gambino) Video



Lion Babe is quite the duo. Consisting of sassy, lion-maned songstress Jillian Hervey (daughter of Vanessa Williams) and producer Lucas Goodman, the group boasts a unique, appealing chemistry. It shines through in the new video for “Jump Hi,” a danceable track that features Childish Gambino. In the clip, which was co-directed by Lion Babe and Kate Moross, Hervey and Goodman frolic around their home base, New York City, playing basketball and challenging each other to jumping contests (hence the name of the song). Hervey’s brassy vocals and eccentric aesthetic (e.g., the colossal amount of hair that bounces atop her head) paired with a leather-wearing, shyer-seeming, beat-making dude is what establishes the contrast that gives Lion Babe their appeal. Hervey is the face, the attitude, the lion of Lion Babe, while Goodman’s smart production bolsters the pair’s rhythmic infrastructure.

11/12/2014

AC/DC - “Play Ball” (Official Video)



AC/DC have shared a video for “Play Ball,” their new single from their first album without co-founder Malcolm Young. It’s also the first thing the band has put out since news broke that drummer Phil Rudd was charged with threatening to kill and drug possession. Bob Richards, who has played with Shogun, is on drums for the video, though that switch happened before the arrest because Rudd was a no-show for the video shoot at the beginning of October. The video sees the band playing against a really cheap-looking green screen intercut with clips of sports where people … play ball.

Field Report - “Wings” (Official Video)



The first song we heard from Field Report’s Marigolden (Stream) was “Wings,” which I described as “a midnight-black digi-folk tune in which synthesizers sound like blinding lights.” Back then, Chris Porterfield told us the song “uses altitude as a metaphor for strength of belief in a reckless higher pursuit,” and indeed, Blackbox Visual’s animated video traces a risky expedition into outer space. It looks as hauntingly pretty as the song sounds.

Charlie Cunningham - “Lights Off” (Official Video)



Young Oxford singer-songwriter Charlie Cunningham plays a version of folk-rock steeped in the ethereal solemnity of Jose González with flickers of wrenching emotion akin to Frightened Rabbit or Damien Rice. The video for “Lights Off” from Cunningham’s upcoming Outside Things EP intersperses shots of the singer with a simple, touching character portrait. A young father cares for his young daughter, passes her off to her mother, and goes to work as a night custodian; that’s all that happens, but the expert cinematography, an understated performance by Rómulo Zambrana, and Cunningham’s equally sparse, beautiful music imbues the clip with a humble grace. Murat Gökmen and Lydia C-S directed the video.

Exclusive: Watch a song from Leonard Cohen’s new live DVD



Leonard Cohen is 80, sure, but it’s not like he needs to be young and spry to deliver some of popular music’s deepest, darkest songs. Cohen has been more active than he had been in years recently, releasing a pair of critically acclaimed studio albums—2012’s Old Ideas and this year’s Popular Problems—and touring the world, or at least the parts he can stand. On December 2, Cohen will release Live In Dublin, a three-CD plus DVD or Blu-ray set of a complete concert recorded in September of 2013. (In Dublin, in case you didn’t piece that together.) We’ve got an exclusive first look at “Everybody Knows,” a classic Cohen song from 1988’s I’m Your Man that has been covered dozens of times, by everybody from Don Henley to Concrete Blonde. But nobody delivers its bleak message—“Everybody knows the war is over / Everybody knows the good guys lost”—better than Cohen himself.

11/11/2014

Deerhoof - "Exit Only" (Official Video)



Deerhoof have just shared a wildly entertaining video for La Isla Bonita (Stream) standout “Exit Only” starring Michael Shannon. Shannon plays two versions of himself sitting across a table from each other; one Shannon puts on headphones and listens to Deerhoof, which seems to give him some kind of torturous voodoo power of the other Shannon. Eventually Deerhoof guitarist Ed Rodriguez blasts through the wall like the Kool-Aid man to save the day.

Director, Producer + Editor: Vice Cooler

Starring Michael Shannon Ed Rodriguez Greg Saunier John Dieterich Satomi Matsuzaki

Director of Photograsphy: Dalton Blanco
Assistant Camera: Brian Glenn
Additional Footage: Stephen Turselli, Becky James
Gaffer: Zafer Ulkucu
Production Design, Set Design, + Costume Design: Maya Peterpaul
Makeup: Erika Diehl
Makeup Assistant: Christian Marcus
Head Carpenter: Kevin Sundeen
Additional Carpenters: Heather Foley Brunk Charles Herrera
Color: Bossi Baker
VFX: Tony Stockert
DIT: Sam Farzin
PA: Beth Russoniello

RiFF RAFF - “TiP TOE WiNG iN MY JAWWDiNZ” (Official Video)



RiFF RAFF has shared a characteristically ridiculous video for “TiP TOE WiNG iN MY JAWWDiNZ,” a track from his debut studio album NEON iCON. The video starts off with a British woman asking, “Tiptoeing in one’s Jordans? What on earth is all this riff raff about?” Enter RiFF RAFF in an ice palace, sitting on a throne and surrounded by girls in fur bikini. The rest of the video is intercut with shots of iguanas, owls, grasshoppers, and RAFF playing around with a dog. The video was co-directed by Mickey Finnegan and RiFF RAFF.

Kindness - “Who Do You Love?” (Feat. Robyn) Video



The last time the disco-pop auteur Kindness made a music video, it the dance-centric clip for “This Is Not About Us,” and it was great. For the next video from his new album Otherness, Kindness has gone a radically different direction while still working with the same director, Daniel Brereton. The new clip is for the Robyn collab “Who Do You Love?,” and it’s a series of simple, intimate black-and-white portraits of some of Kindness and Robyn’s family members and closest friends. There’s nobody famous in there — or nobody I recognized, anyway — but there’s still a lovely warmth to seeing all these people in this sort of context. It’s the sort of thing that forces you to imagine what your version of the video would look like, and that’s a nice thing to imagine.

Rustie - “Lost” (Official Video)



Scottish producer Rustie has shared a video for “Lost,” a track from his sophomore LP Green Language (Stream), which was released earlier this year. The video, directed by Adam Hummel, is a subdued affair that sees a figure trapped in a tangle of metal pipes that light up to illuminate smoke and water underneath, and eventually reveal a full-blown forest of plants. A press release describes the video as “the real-world, physical iteration of his 3D video work for Rustie’s new AV live show.”

Watch A Meteor Fly Over Modest Mouse Playing “Dark Center Of The Universe” At Fun Fun Fun Fest


During Modest Mouse’s set at Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend, a meteor flew over the stage while the band was playing “Dark Center Of The Universe.” A pretty cool confluence of events given the song’s title. The American Meteor Society reports that the meteor in question was “at least four feet wide, weighed about 4,000 pounds and burned five times brighter than a full moon,” though the San Antonio branch of the National Weather Service say there’s no confirmed reports of the meteor actually landing anywhere. Watch video below.


WATERS - “I Feel Everything” (Official Video)



Crunch-rock group WATERS have shared a video for “I Feel Everything,” a track off their It All Might Be Okay EP that came out last month. The video was shot at skeevy L.A. haunt The Pink Motel and follows frontman Van Pierszalowski wander in and out of rooms where various deplorable things are going on while the rest of his band plays in the parking lot. “It reflects the perfect combination of lost romance, grim present, and slightly hopeful coloring that the song is about,” Pierszalowski told Billboard. “I’m tired of music videos with rock bands featuring smiling happy people with nice perfect haircuts. I wanted this video to be uncomfortable, and for the viewer to be filled with emotions, both positive and negative, because that what the song is about.”

Dougie F & DJ Fire - “Back Up On It (Jasmine)” Video



The latest local music scene Diplo seems primed to shine a light on is the Jersey Club music of DJ Sliink’s Newark-based Cartel Music crew. The song we’re given as a gateway into that world is “Back Up On It (Jasmine),” a minimal sing-song banger by Dougie F & DJ Fire. Riding that slinky, ominous 6-5-1 minor-key progression that has become DJ Mustard’s signature, it goes to show that the sound of the West Coast has fully infected regional scenes all the way across the country. The melody throughout is reminiscent of “Drank In My Cup,” the lean anthem that put Houston Drake-biter Kirko Bangz on the map. This subgenre is its own beast, though, a version of ratchet music slowed down slightly and laced with traces of four-on-the-floor dance music. @LILINTERNET directed the video.

The Lox - “All We Know” (Official Video)



It’s been a while since Yonkers goon-rap veterans the Lox recorded anything as a unit, but all three members — Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch — recently reassembled on their new EP The Trinity: 2nd Sermon. Their new video for the EP track “All We Know” is commendably guttural old-school New York hoodies-and-Tims stuff, with all three guys and assorted hangers-on prowling sidewalks and highway underpasses, rapping hard and mean-mugging. If you belong to a certain vintage of rap dork, this sort of thing will always make you happy. AllCity Smitty directed the video, and you can watch it below.

11/10/2014

George Ezra - "Listen To The Man" (Feat. Ian McKellen)



George Ezra - Listen To The Man [Dir. Rob Brandon]

Below is the music video for "Listen to the Man," a new song by British singer and songwriter George Ezra. For the the video, Ezra enlisted the help of geek superstar Ian McKellen.

What Ezra didn't expect was that McKellen would try to take over the video. Who's the star? McKellen thinks that he is.

Their interactions are especially funny at the 2:19 mark. Ezra stops the music to confront McKellen about his on-camera antics.

Tim Woulfe - "Abide (Throughout)" (Official Video)



“Abide (Throughout)” is a great song to space out to: it has a gently shimmering ambiance that floats past you, grounded by mournful vocals that thread in and out of the track like an apparition. The song appears on Providence-based musician Tim Woulfe’s Presence EP, a collection of ambient tracks that wash over you like a wave in slow motion, a feeling that’s replicated in the Max Bayarsky-directed video for the song. It turns grainy footage at the beach into an elegiac experience: the visuals stutter and decompose, faces leave their bodies and are multiplied in the ether. The video feels like an old home movie, unearthed and watched on a projector while surrounded by your loved ones. Woulfe’s music matches that feeling: it’s warmly nostalgic and familiar, a glimmering flash of light looking out onto a void.

DJ Drama - “Right Back” Video (Feat. Jeezy, Young Thug & Rich Homie Quan)



A couple of months ago, DJ Drama shared “Right Back,” the star-studded, propulsive lead single off of his upcoming Quality Street Music 2. Although there’s still no word on a release date for the album, there’s now a Be El Be-directed video, which shows the Atlanta crew having a good time as only those starring in a hip-hop video can — meaning dancing, gambling, champagne, and lots of flashing lights. Watch the video below, and watch out for some cameo appearances by T.I., Birdman, Big Sean, and more.

Big Noble (Interpol’s Daniel Kessler) - “Peg” (Official Video)



Following Interpol’s latest LP, El Pintor, the band’s guitarist Daniel Kessler has shifted attention to his new side project, Big Noble. Kessler is working with sound designer Joseph Fraioli, and the duo currently have a sound installation at New York City’s Sonos Studio called “Sounds Of NYC,” which is an interactive map of the city. Today they release a video for “Peg,” the first track off their forthcoming debut LP, First Light, which is out in February 2015. The track is a calming and ethereal instrumental piece that fits well with the serene yet gloomy snowy mountain scenery.

Pink Floyd - “Louder Than Words” (Official Video)



Pink Floyd’s new album The Endless River only has one song with lyrics: “Louder Than Words,” an elegy to late band member Richard Wright written by David Gilmour’s wife Polly Sampson. The song’s new video is about death, too, as far as I can tell. It builds on the album cover, showing a figure piloting a boat through the sky, as well as the families back on the ground. Director Po Powell filmed the video at the dried-up sections of the Aral Sea, between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, mixing that footage with black-and-white images of the band in the studio.

Mitski - “Townie” (Official Video)



Mitski’s marvelous new album Bury Me At Makeout Creek comes out tomorrow, and she’s shared a video for smoldering lead single “Townie.” Directed by Allyssa Yohana for Rookie, it’s a simple visual: Mitski lays in bed looking contemplative as glitter and tinsel are poured over her off-screen. It’s shot in grainy footage through an old-school television that’s tinged with shades of red and pink. It’s a low-key concept, but one that lets you ascribe your own meaning (and that allows you to focus on the song which is really fantastic).

Taylor Swift - “Blank Space” (Official Video)



Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 is — in this writer’s opinion, anyway — really, really great. But I can agree with the anti-Swift brigade on one point: “Shake It Off,” the album’s first single and video, was straight trash when viewed from pretty much every conceivable angle. She’s now made another video, for the cheeky, hard-glinting album track “Blank Space,” and I’m delighted to report that the video is a vast improvement. Music-video veteran Joseph Kahn directed the clip, and it plays on Swift’s public persona in the same way the song does, portraying her as a hopeless romantic who turns psychopath man-eater at the slightest provocation. The clip also fills the frame with white horses and expensive vintage sports cars and other little-kid trappings of luxury at every available opportunity. She has a live deer just hanging out in her hallway! In fact, the whole thing basically works as a parody of Swift’s own “Love Story” video, from 2008. Watch the “Blank Space”.

The Who Announce Virtual Reality App



This year, the Who, one of the greatest rock bands of all time, celebrate their 50th anniversary. They’re marking the occasion by releasing the new collection The Who Hits 50!, which includes the not-good new song “Be Lucky.” And they’ve also announced plans for something that’s both backward- and forward-looking in some profoundly weird ways. The much-hyped virtual-reality headseat Oculus Rift will apparently be ready for commercial sale next year, and when it drops, the Who will have an app for it all ready to go. Before we see the Oculus Rift version, the app will be available as a smartphone and tablet app for Android and iOS. As The Guardian reports, the band and developer Immersive have teamed up to build a 3D world out of the band’s iconography, including its logo and old photos and images. Apparently, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to buy the band’s music while wandering around this environment. I hope this thing sells some music, since I can’t think of any other reason for it to exist.


Alt-J - “Left Hand Free” Video (Version 2)



Alt-J already released a video for their blooz-rockin’ This Is All Yours single “Left Hand Free.” But now that the song is getting an official radio push, the band have shared a second video. This one is by Leblanc + Cudmore, the team behind great recent clips from Lucius and the New Pornographers. It’s set at a decadent pool party that’s under protection by men in suits armed with assault rifles. Hedonism and chaos ensue.

Coldplay - “All Your Friends” (Official Video)



The members of Coldplay don’t appear in their video for “All Your Friends,” a softly sweeping bonus track that appeared on some editions of their newish album Ghost Stories. Instead, the entire video is made up of what appears to be World War I-era stock footage of soldiers at war. What does it all mean? No idea. But whatever the band’s point may be, the video is below.

Nicki Minaj - “Only” Lyric Video (Feat. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown)



Nicki Minaj has shared an animated lyric video for her new single “Only.” The video leans heavily on World War II imagery, posturing Minaj as a dictator-like figure in a new regime. Animated versions of Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown also show up during their guest spots on the track.

Chance the Rapper Stars As Bob Marley, Erykah Badu As Rita Marley in Adult Swim's "Black Dynamite"



Chance the Rapper and Erykah Badu were both featured on the latest episode of Adult Swim's movie-inspired crass cartoon series "Black Dynamite". In the episode, Chance plays Bob Marley, who emerges from the sea. Badu plays Rita Marley and a prostitute. Watch it below; with a cable/satellite subscription, you can watch the official stream here.

Bobby Shmurda - “Bobby Bitch” (Official Video)



20-year-old Brooklyn-based rapper Bobby Shmurda does not want you to forget his name, and his new video for “Bobby Bitch” — the follow-up to viral top-10 hit “Hot Nigga” — should help you remember. In “Bobby Bitch,” Shmurda spits raps about the joys of wielding guns over a dirty trap beat, but mostly he just repeats his name over and over. For the video, Shmurda is surrounded by voluptuous women clad in leather who are shooting each other (they don’t ever seem to hit their targets) as well as his crew of boys who all gesticulate violently and excitedly at the camera. The entire track almost exclusively rhymes with the repeated phrase “Bobby Bitch,” but it will burn Shmurda’s name into the mind of anyone who listens.

Snootie Wild - “Made Me (Remix)” Video (Feat. Jeremih & Lil Boosie)



“Made Me,” from the previously unknown Memphis rapper Snootie Wild, was a serious windows-down banger even before the Chicago R&B singer Jeremih and the wiry, emotive Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie threw great verses on the remix. Both of them show up for the new “Made Me (Remix)” video, as does Snootie’s label boss Yo Gotti. The whole thing takes place at one of those studio-backlot-looking alleys where there’s just nondescript graffiti everywhere. It’s nothing much, but the clip has some charismatic performances. Mr. Boomtown directed it.