Category Archives: MUSIC

Broken Bells debuts short film starring Kate Mara, Anton Yelchin to accompany thier new album After the Disco

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After the Disco is Broken Bells ( James Mercer from the Shins and Danger Mouse from Gnarls Barkley’s) second album, due out January 2014 and to commemorate the release they’ve created a short film. This meditative joint, stars Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and is about two star-crossed lovers finding each other in the desert. The rest of the story you’ll have to deduce on your own. I can’t make heads or tails of it, but it appears to be a continuation, so usually that means some sort of resolve. Usually.

Watching this video it’s becoming increasingly clear that at least one of the members of Broken Bells suffers from an Astronaut Jones complex. He, and I’m not saying who, envisions himself stranded on a deserted planet with a martian girl. How do I know this? Remember their video for Ghost Inside starring Christina Hendricks? Yeah, sexy robot girl, deserted planet. It’s not just me yo! I swear!

Official Broken Bells Website

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Blink or you’ll miss Atoms for Peace’s new video Before Your Very Eyes

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Thom Yorke (Radiohead, Atoms for Peace), tweeted this morning: “Aaah Blinkin’ Hollywood :) Thanks to everyone who came last night. The message was to all those who attended their concert last night at the Hollywood Bowl, but it’s also giving us a clue as to how to watch this video. I tried it and I can say, that it smooths out an otherwise glitchy video. The question is “how fucking long can you blink your eyes without them getting really tired?” The answer is five seconds…I tried it and at a certain point, I felt like I had no control over my eye lids anymore. Like a person with nerve damage. Then the effect got harder and harder to see, so I quit, but I know you, our readers, have much more stamina than me. So, let me know how it goes. Remember…don’t hurt yourselves, it’s not worth it.

ATOMS FOR PEACE WEBSITE

 

Video for One by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

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This morning I woke up to take my dog out, came back and decided that I wasn’t going back to sleep and started browsing music videos online and came across this amazing one called One by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. Needless to say, I was blown away visually and aurally, so I had to do some research on this group and here’s what I found.

As suspected they are from Canada and are art students. Yamantaka‘s founding members are two girls Ruby Kato Attwood and Alaska B, the rest sounds more like rock opera, you’ll understand what I’, saying in just a second

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The supporting members are John Ancheta on bass and acoustic guitar, Ange Loft and Walter Scott on vocals, Shub Roy on guitar, Brendan Swanson on keyboards, Alana Ruth on lights, Daniel Ellis and Chase Lo as dancers and Aylwin Lo as a projectionist.

To answer your question, they are as much a performing troupe as they are, one hell of a rock band. The makeup they wear is worn to signify Ruby and Alaska’s “Asian/Canadian” heritage. I’m guessing Japanese heritage, to be more exact, since they call the style of music they do Noh-Punk, a term that blends the traditional Japanese Noh theater  with punk rock, but I’ve been wrong before.

I’ll admit, after seeing this video, that I thought they were First Nation. The Native American vibe runs strong through this track, bouncing of the skies like an ancient horn summoning the elders of their tribe. It’s  all too provocative, engaging and WHY AM I JUST FINDING OUT ABOUT THEM??!!

While writing this article, I’ve been listening to their self titled 2011 release and it’s nothing short of genius. Strangely enough, it reminds me of Genghis Tron, very complicated, but emotional. This could easily become one of my new favorite bands.

I couldn’t find this single anywhere, so this may just be a sneak peak on a new release, but there’s no info on …wait…I lied.

(via. http://www.ytstlabs.com)

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN have just announced UZU, the highly anticipated followup to the self-titled debut, YT//ST. Out October 29th on Suicide Squeeze Records (US) and Paper Bag (Canada), UZU exhibits a diverse range of influences, from bands like Sleep and Boris to art and cultural references like classical Japanese drama and the “nihilistic art-punk scene of pre-Giuliani New York City.”

“One” is a way to pay tribute to the extended group’s indigenous upbringing and leads off with a traditional Iroquois song. The introductory chant is a social song calling people together and is traditionally performed by people of the Mohawk tribe.

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN will be touring North America this fall. Dates will be announced soon.

So there you go, I found this band interesting, to say the least and well worth a listen or two. Let me know what you think.


Video for “Coup d’ etat” by G Dragon will get ripped off

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I’m not 100% on board with the hook, but that shits still bouncing around in my head after just one listen, so maybe it’s good? The video directed by Suh Hyun Seung (who G-Dragon worked with for BIGBANG’s “Fantastic Baby,” and solo singles “GO” and “One of a Kind”) certainly is. Coup d’etat, is an interesting yet very 30 Seconds to Mars, look at a pretty boy revolution. It’s an artistic directors dream or nightmare, depending on whose floating the bill. So much is going on in this video that it’s an easy target for industry heads out west to take a huge bite out of. Now what new American pop star can we mold into this androgynous K-pop wanna be?

G Dragon’s latest album Coup d’etat is G Dragon’s second release and it features a culmination of collaborations from various artists in the states like Diplo and Baauer whom he collaborated with on Coup d’etat, “Niliria” featuring Missy Elliot, “R.O.D.” featuring K-pop producer Lydia Paek, “Black” with Sky Ferreira and “Who You?,”

(Via.Billboard.com)

“My second studio album will be released soon,” he told the audience at Seoul’s Olympic Gymnastics Hall. “I wanted to hold a concert after the release of the album, but the release date was bumped because I kept editing the album. I’m now somewhat satisfied with it. It feels like I’m getting my homework graded from a teacher, but please just enjoy the new album without criticizing it. I feel brand new. I’m going to keep releasing new music without notice as the title of the album, ‘COUP D’ETAT,’ indicates. I’m anxious for the songs to come out so we can enjoy them together.”

G-Dragon’s “GO,” along with “Niliria,” which he performed with Missy Elliot at KCON 2013, as well as two bonus tracks, “Window” and “Black” featuring Sky Ferreira, will all be included in the full album release on Sept. 13. The record also features music stars like Boys Noize, Korean singer Zion T and current K-pop trainee Jennie Kim.

It’s all fine and dandy until Kim Jong decides he’s had enough and let’s one fly…fart that is…whaaaaa???!!!!


Stream Janelle Monae’s new album The Electric Lady

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She’s hip, she’s got a funky beat and I can bug out to her. That’s right, Janelle Monae is back with her sophomore release The Electric Lady. Previously we heard little snippets from this album like Dance Apocalyptic and the Erykah Badu track Q.U.E.E.N, but to start this latest off, the first track on the album (Give em What they love) is a song she sings with F**king PRINCE. I’m feeling everything so far, I sure hope you will to.

The Electric Lady drops September 10

YOU CAN STREAM THE NEW ALBUM HERE

Checkout this amazing trailer for a new radio show based on PINK FLOYD’s Dark Side of the Moon

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Tom Stoppard the writer of amazing stories as Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are DeadArcadia and the screenplay to Shakespeare in Love, has written a story called “Darkside” loosely based on the Pink Floyd album. The radio play, which aired on BBC Radio 2 August 26th, was commemorating the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’sDark Side of the Moon” (history’s second highest selling record, after Michael Jackson’s Thriller).

(via. The Line of Best Fit)

Speaking to the BBC, Stoppard said that he ”didn’t try to make a story that was the album writ large in any way,” but rather to invent “a little story in the spirit of the album, taking a cue as to what level of reality this story might be on.”

The show features instrumentals from the album and voice narration from actors like Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell, and Iwan Rheon of Game of Thrones and Misfits.

This amazing trailer for Darkside was created by Aardman Animations the people behind Wallace and Gromit.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE

Check out this trailer for Muscle Shoals featuring Mick Jagger, Bono and Aretha Franklin

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Muscle Shoals…heard of it? Probably not and yet it is the birthplace of some of the most iconic rock songs in history. Directed by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier, Muscle Shoals is a heartfelt tale of ambition and overcoming all odds to bring the world the best of R&B, Blues and Rock N Roll.

Strange how one finds out about all these amazing music houses, it wasn’t too long ago that I learned about Sound City through the documentary film, then there was the documentary The Wrecking Crew and now this. All these films do an excellent job of peeling away the grime that tends to build up on stories such as these. Whether bias or not, inside all these tales I’m sure is another side of the story, but stories worth listening to are never without it’s controversy.

The film contains interviews with Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards and Percy Sledge.  The film releases October 4, 2013 .

Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals is some of the most important and resonant of all time. “I’ll Take You There”, “Brown Sugar”, “When a Man Loves a Woman”, “I Never Loved A Man the Way That I Loved You”, “Mustang Sally”, “Tell Mama”, “Kodachrome”, and “Freebird” are just a few of the tens of thousands of tracks created there.

At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white musicians together to create music that would last for generations while also giving birth to the unique ‘Muscle Shoals sound‘ and the rhythm section ‘The Swampers’.

In this movie legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Steve Winwood and others bear witness to the magnetism and mystery of Muscle Shoals and why it remains a global influence today.
‘Muscle Shoals comes from the heart – not only the film but the entirety of the tale itself’ – Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier, Director

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NOISEY gives us the lowdown on Hair, Style and Music

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How much does your look determine how well you will be accepted by the masses? That’s one of the questions, I think, NOISEY tries to ask, as they interview the likes of Sleigh Bells, Tegan and Sara and Rye Rye.

From David Bowie to Karen O , the image of the Rock Star has always played a pivotal part in the commercialization of rock, whether you suck or not. Plus it’s a security blanket for a lot of artists, as you’ll find out. I will say this, watching this video is like sitting in a hair salon filled with annoying people talking about themselves. Good Luck guys and I apologize ahead of time.

BTW…anyone else think these artist are too sober?

Beautiful new video for Washed Out’s “Don’t Give Up”

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Washed Out’s Ernest Greene continues his mission of bringing the world dreamy beach-like vibes in his latest single “Don’t Give Up” off his sophomore release Paracosm. Don’t Give Up was directed by Kate Moross whose made quite a name for herself in the commercial world working for heavy hitters like Apple and Nike. Her Nat-Geo approach to this video, almost warrants watching it in IMAX, it’s vivid and her subtle use of color changing is highly imaginative. I must admit having to take a step back from this video when I first started watching it. It was almost too pretty for this song, but toward the end the merriment between Washed Out’s blissed out vibes and the majesty of G-d’s creatures made for a nice experience. One I hope, you will agree, is worth watching a couple of times.

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Video for Daughn Gibson’s “Kissin on the Blacktop”

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I purchased Daughn Gibson’s latest album Me Moan recently and was tickled shitty by it’s fresh spin on country/bluegrass/electronica…and those are just the genre’s I think of when listening to him, truth is it’s a whole lot more. His new single ” Kissin on the Blacktop” is in a word “fresh”, as for the video, directed by Jeremiah Rouse…well it does what one might expect for such a seedy sound, but it works. Check it out and pick up this cats album “Me Moan” is refreshing…just like I said.

Official Daughn Gibson Website

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