Owen Pallett has had a busy year working with the Arcade Fire on the Oscar nominated HER score but now he’s ready to focus on his own material with his latest solo record, In Conflict which comes out May 13. Today, we get videos for two songs featured on the upcoming release. "On a Path" is a lyric video made by artist Steve Kedo who apparently photographed every object in Pallett’s home while staying with him for a week and "The Riverbed" which was directed by Eva Michon and stars Owen's uncle Jim Pallett. Both songs also feature contributions from Brian Eno.
Friday, February 28, 2014
A new short documentary has been released called "Life After Pi" that follows the bankruptcy of VFX studio Rhythm & Hues 2 weeks before winning the Oscar for their work on Life of Pi. More specifically it looks at the crooked state of VFX studios trying to survive against unrealistic and self serving business models made by movie studios, thus ultimately possibly crippling the movie effects industry forever.
The 30-minute film directed by Scott Leberecht, a employee of Rhythm & Hues, is actually a "trailer" or Chapter 1 of a much larger documentary entitled "Hollywood Ending" . The movie hits home to those not just in the movie industry but highly relateable industries such as video games, the music industry and contractor/freelance workers.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Following our first taste of EMA’s new LP, The Future’s Void, in December of last year comes “So Blonde”, a much more poppy affair then the awesome “Satellites”, but of course with a real raw energy none the less. The video was directed and edited by Vice Cooler with the gifs coming from Molly Soda. The Future’s Void is out April 8th.
Cloud Nothings are drawing ever closer to the release date of their next LP, Here and Nowhere Else” We already shared the very strong lead single “I’m Not Part of Me” and today the band has let go another song from the record, "Psychic Trauma". Listen below and look for Here and Nowhere Else to drop on April 1st.
Bike For Three! Describe themselves as a well-lucked and mysterious cross-continental duo. But many know them as Canadian indie-rap legend Richard Terfry (Buck 65) and budding Belgian electronicist Joëlle Phuong Minh Lê (Greetings From Tuskan). The duo is gearing up to release their sophomore album on March 11th via Fake Four Inc, entitled So Much Forever, check out “Sublimination” now below…
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Matthew Barnes’ Forest Swords project has shared a new video from his fantastic 2013 LP, Engravings. The striking visuals for “The Weight Of Gold” feature dancer Billy Barry and were directed by Natalie Portman’s husband, Benjamin Millepied, on location in Israel by the Dead Sea.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Vice’s Epicly Later’d has been one of my favorite series from ever growing multimedia company and the latest episode is an inside look at skate (and art) royalty Ed Templeton. In this first part Ed speaks on his life growing up in Huntington Beach and the beginnings of his skateboarding career, specifically key influences and the people and places that left a strong impression. We also get some guest appearances from the likes of Jason Dill, Dave Carnie, and Justin Regan among others and some rad 80’s and 90’s video footage of people who went on to be massive in the sport.
I am always a fan of odd animation and try to seek it out as much as possible. I can't remember how I came across Australian filmmaker Heath Bradley's Bangers series but it has its moments of genius. It originally started off in B&W as a way to test his composition & animation skills and now after a number of episodes is in color and loosely follows a storyline. Not all are winners but this particular episode caught my eye.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
While it is commonplace for a band to re-shoot an existing video when more success has come I find it strange that Chvrches re-released an alternate video for an already pretty well known single. While the original clip wasn't the most exciting video ever it most certainly was more innovative then the remixed visuals for single “Recover” which is made up of tour footage, thing is it's a great song so who cares?
So I’ve Been pushing Perfect Pussy on friends and family for a moment now, no one seems to be biting but I’m used to that and sometimes it can take a second for people to appreciate something that’s artsy fartsy and noisy like the Syracuse outfit. Sometimes people just don't like what they are hearing regardless of what I feel, so your loss if that's the case. Obviously by the statement above you can tell that I love them and had a chance to see them on their most recent tour where they continued to impress me. What’s this all add up to you ask? Well the band released a new video for "I", a blistering track from their demo EP I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling that you might find at the end of a certain playlist. The video is a mix of live-performance footage and clowning around, shot and edited by Lukas Hodge.
More Sufjan Stevens related content today. St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, who has worked with Stevens a-many-o-times in the past, is releasing her third LP on February 28th. We've shared the video for lead single “Digital Witness” a couple weeks back and there are most certainly other tracks floating around out there, actually the whole album has been floating around out there for a minute now but for those who don't chase down leaks here is a full stream of the anticipated record via NPR which you can pre-order now...
Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti have changed their name to Sisyphus and with that will be releasing their self-titled debut album on March 18 to accompany an art display by Jim Hodges. The album is reportedly partially influenced by Hodges’ work, which should be pretty clear once you’ve seen the video/lyric video for album closer “Alcohol”. While the track starts off in a pretty straightforward and minimal manner it never the less kind of gets stuck in your head and by the end of the tune’s five-and-a-half minute running time Ryan Lott goes all out with the production.
While browsing the internet over the long weekend I ran into a new video from S. Carey for “Fire Scene”. The track is set to appear on Sean’s forthcoming sophomore LP, Range Of Light out on April 1st via Jagjaguwar. For those not familiar with the man he spends a good chunk of time in Bon Iver and the vibe most certainly carries over into his solo work although this first taste seemingly has fewer electronics touches in it than Carey's last EP. The visuals come from Joe Baughman.
It’s been sixteen years since the Afghan Whigs, one of my all-time favorite bands, released a new album. But on April 15 that will all change when the Cincinnati group drop, Do to the Beast, via Sub Pop. Of course we get a great lead single and video to go with the release and you can now check out both below for track number 4 on the record entitled "Algiers". The violent Western movie-themed visuals were directed by Phil Harder, who worked with a band quite a bit between 1989 and 1994, it was shot on location in Agua Dulce California.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Perhaps in the spirit of the day hip hop legends De La Soul will be making their entire catalog FREE for download via their website starting Friday (2/14) at 11am and continuing until Saturday (2/15) at noon. There is an interview with the band right now over at Rolling Stone worth checking out that goes into some further details on why they are doing so.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Death Grips just shared a new video for "No Love", off their 2012 release NO LOVE DEEP WEB. The clip was directed by the band and features the characteristically harsh camera and graphic work displayed on much of their work, this time in Christmas colors and accompanied with some PSA type announcements describing how much they care..
Say what you will about the absolute onslaught of independently minded pop tunes that have been flooding the music scene in the last couple of years, it most certainly can be a time consuming task to navigate through all of it to find something worthwhile but it’s important to note that there can be no doubt that collectively these sounds are slowly but surely chipping away at the subconscious of the mainstream listener and blurring the lines of the easily accessible and a more avant-garde approach.
L.A. band Kitten shared some new music and visuals for a tune called “Money” which exemplifies my thought process above, clearly pulling influences from people like Arca and the rest of Kanye’s Yeezus production team, the tune incorporates a pretty accessible beat with some touches of noise to satisfy both parties. Ariel Pink is also featured in the clip which see’s Kitten's Chloe Chaidez hanging out in a L.A. hotel getting wet, smoking, drinking and having some fun. Directed by Kaitlin Christy on a shoe string budget of $300.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Kentucky’s post-punk trio Young Widows are gearing up to release LP number four, Easy Pain, on May 13th via Temporary Residence Ltd. What’s that mean for us? Well it means that we will be hearing streams of new songs leading up to the drop and the first one the band has decided to share is a menacing track called “Kerosene Girl.” If you haven't liked us on Facebook yet maybe now is the time as I often paste small extras on the wall that don’t make it up here on the blog including a full performance from the band from two weeks ago where they played Easy Pain in its entirety.
Norway’s Cashmere Cat officially dropped his Wedding Bells EP yesterday and as luck would have it today we get some visuals to coincide with the title track. The short love story, which is made to look like a movie preview, was directed by Peret Marsden and also features some funny quotes about Mr. Magnus August Høiberg and his music.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Phantogram is set to drop their latest LP, VOICES next week, we have shared a handful of audio streams from the record and now we got some black and white visuals for lead single and video “Fall In Love”. Check it below and if you like the tune and want to listen to it again and again it might even appear on our last playlist.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Pulled from The Acid’s self titled ep from last year comes a mesmerizing video for EP cut “Basic Instinct” created by filmmaker Dugan O’ Neal and performance art group WIFE. The clip acts as a perfect compliment to the breathy unnerving eeriness of the tune with striking costumed performers being captured in slow-motion in front of gorgeous natural landscapes. Enjoy the video and four-track EP below who’s members and resumes include RY X, Adam Freeland and Steve Nalepa, who has worked with the likes of Drake and The Weeknd.
The Acid: Basic Instinct on Nowness.com
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Phantogram has shared the latest cut off their new album Voices, called “Bill Murray”. They most certainly aren’t the first band to re-appropriate the famous actors name as a song title but the New York electro-pop duo said the song was actually influenced by him and would love to use him in the video. Voices is out on February 18th.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
I grew up skating in Athens, it was a HUGE part of my childhood so I was pretty excited to see a new beautifully shot 60-minute documentary about the Athens skate scene with a focus on how the current economic crisis has affected the people, sport, and city as a whole. Directed by Kostas Mandilas and staring Vagelis Markogiannakis, Mike Vasilakis, Giorgio Zavos, Chris Loupis, Dicky Bury, Thomas Kolousis and Giotis Gordios.
The ATH Documentary from kostas mandilas on Vimeo.