With his 24th album The Next Day (ISO Records/Columbia) released this year, David Bowie has brought his unique approach to music back to the masses that reflects the rich legacy and trail of greatness he had left behind up to this point. As the first album to feature new material in a decade, this reprise of Bowie has really become a high mark for this year. The Next Day has been accompanied by some really visual video work, leading to the recent official music video for the title track, “The Next Day.” Already climbing over a million views since its release on the 7th of this month, this is proof that David Bowie still reigns supreme in pop cultural influence and longevity. For all the audiophiles and collectors, make sure to grab a 2LP vinyl version of The Next Day as it contains the bonus tracks “So She”, “Plan” and “I’ll Take You There”. Check out the new video below.
Get David Bowie’s “The Next Day” at iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TheNextDay
Music video by David Bowie performing The Next Day. (c) 2013 ISO Records, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
The true and faithful Glenn Jones is back with Thrill Jockey this year, set to release his next full length record in My Garden State. Pristine guitar layering from the hands and soul of one of America’s most creatively gifted, every piece from Glenn Jones evokes a reawakening in the most ethereal of acoustic settings. This bar raises even higher with his new LP My Garden State, containing his most gorgeous set of songs ever presented under one roof. The LP version of My Garden State will come with an extensive inner sleeve that details the tunings and notes of each composition. The CD version will contain the same notes in a 12 page booklet that is housed in a 4LP mini style gatefold package. Thrill Jockey has sent us an advanced copy of the album and it’s been an emotionally uplifting gift. A must hear record for anyone who loves acoustic based rural music of America.
Glenn took on the banjo for recordings with the new record and has featured one of these tracks as the first official music video in “Across The Tappan Zee.” Directed by Jesse Sheppard and featuring Laura Baird, this is the first public presentation and window into his latest album that proves well worth the wait from his last record. Check out the official music video below for “Across The Tappan Zee.”
From Thrill Jockey Records | http://www.thrilljockey.com/
“Across the Tappan Zee” is named for that bridge in New York state that Glenn has crossed so many times in travel between his current home in Cambridge, MA, and his family home in New Jersey. The album was inspired and written while Glenn was spending more time back home, caring for his aging mother, as songs like “Going Back to East Montgomery” and “Bergen County Farewell” make clear. The album also features some of Glenn’s most ambitious and beautiful compositions to date. Glenn Jones and Laura Baird perform “Across the Tappan Zee” from Glenn’s new album, My Garden State.
Directed by Jesse Sheppard
Tuning: e, C, G, C, D
From the Liner Notes:
In early 2012, Caleb Smith invited Laura Baird and me to perform live to Buster Keaton’s silent film classic, Steamboat Bill Jr., at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg, Pennsylvania. This piece was played under the opening scene, as King’s fancy new riverboat (“a floating palace”) comes tooling around a bend in the river. I love Laura’s clawhammer banjo playing and was chuffed (as they say) when she agreed to accompany me on this track.
Don’t miss Glenn Jones performing live May, June and July in the United States this year. Full tour dates below.
Glenn Jones Tour Dates
- Wed. May 22nd – Somerville, MA – Johnny D’s
- Wed. June 5th – Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo
- Wed. July 3rd – Baltimore, MD – The Windup Space
- Thur. July 4th – Brooklyn, NY – Silent Barn
- Fri. July 5th – Harrisburg, PA – The Sanctuary at Second City Church
- Sat. July 6th – Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
- Sun. July 7th – Chapel Hill, NC – Nightlight
- Mon. July 8th – West Columbia, SC – Conundrum Music Hall
- Tues. July 9th – Asheville, NC – Apothecary
- Wed. July 10th – Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light
- Sat. July 13th – Iowa City, IA – The Englert Theatre
- Sun. July 14th – Chicago, IL – The Constellation
- Mon. July 15th – Lafayette, IN – Foam City
- Tues. July 16th – Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox
- Wed. July 17th – Lexington, KY – Natasha’s
- Thur. July 18th – Cincinnati, OH – The Comet
MOSQUITO – OUT NOW!
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Directed by B. Shimbe Shim. Crews: Byoungho Kang, Jaewan Park, Janelle Miau, Young Cheong, Calder Ludwig, Natasha Kline. Additional footage: KK Barrett
Chicago musical godfather Victor Villarreal releases brand new video for Suspended Nerve | Music Videos
Perhaps best known as the mastermind guitarist behind Cap’n Jazz, Owls, and Joan of Arc, Victor Villarreal is widely considered to be one of the most inventive and cutting-edge guitarists of modern indie rock. His unique guitar style includes elements of classical, Spanish, indie and even metal. Victor is in a world all his own. And unless a cantaloupe is involved, he is probably unaware of it. That is to say: Victor’s intentions are ingenuous, and his art is pure. Below is the video for his new material, this one called Suspended Nerve.
Learn more about Victor by clicking here.
Pharoahe Monch releases the brand new music video this month for the track “Haile Selase Karate”, produced by Brainfeeder recording artist Samiyam and features Denaun Porter. Found on his latest LP W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), Pharoahe Monch displays why his craft and ability is still among the best. Filmed in Mitchell’s Plain, South Africa last year from director Tim Gregory.
From the W.A.R. album. Shot in 2012 in Mitchell’s Plain South Africa.
W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) available https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/w.a…
Directed by Tim Gregory. Produced by Samiyam
2011′s Dive on Ghostly International has become a very influential record for the modern age, bringing a delicate and gorgeous approach to producing in the electronic spectrum that is still unparalleled. With time, the voice of Tycho will surely take stronger hold on future sounds. Until then, we can all enjoy the work he has been putting out, especially with the arrival of visual projects such as the brand new music video for the track “Ascension”. Taken from Dive, “Ascension” stars a strikingly beautiful Anna Martin with director Charles Bergquist fitting the aesthetics to the album design and aura of the music very well. We can only hope that Tycho releases new material this year.
A vivid, hypnotic clip from Tycho, the ambient/electronic project of San Francisco graphic artist Scott Hansen.
Director / DP / Editor : Charles Bergquist
Talent : Anna Martin
Wardrobe / Stylist : Katrina Adair
Camera Assistant : Brian Williamson
A multi-layered stop-motion journey.
Directed by Kijek /Adamski (http://kijekadamski.blogspot.com)
Celebrating their 10th year as one of independent music¹s most substantive bands, Louisville¹s Coliseum return with their fourth full-length, the stunning Sister Faith, to be released on April 30 on Temporary Residence Ltd. Expanding on the anthemic direction the trio veered toward on 2010¹s highly acclaimed House With a Curse, Sister Faith¹s 13 songs are the most dynamic and immediately captivating of the band¹s career, bristling with galvanizing melodies at the collision point between punk and noise-rock. The first album to be recorded in producer J. Robbins recently relocated Magpie Cage Studios, Sister Faith is also the first Coliseum recording to feature new bassist, Kayhan Vaziri, in addition to contributions from some of the groups closest friends and musical peers: Wata of Boris, J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), and Jason Loewenstein (Sebadoh, The Fiery Furnaces), Jason Farrell (Swiz, Bluetip) all make small but memorable contributions. – Temporary Residence Limited
Coliseum US Tour Dates
5-10 Louisville, KY- Zanzabar *
5-11 Columbus, OH – Double Happiness
5-12 Chicago, IL- Empty Bottle
5-13 Detroit, MI- Magic Stick
5-14 Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
5-15 Toronto, ON- Silver Dollar ^
5-16 Ottawa, ON- Mavericks ^
5-17 Boston, MA- TT and The Bears ^
5-18 Montreal, QC- Drones Club ^
5-19 New Haven, CT- Cafe Nine ^
5-21 Brooklyn, NY- Knitting Factory +
5-22 Philadelphia, PA- Kung Fu Necktie +
5-23 Washington, DC- Black Cat +
5-24 Baltimore, MD- Sidebar Tavern (Maryland Deathfest Afterparty) +
5-25 York, PA – The Depot
5-26 Asheville, NC- Static Age Records #
5-27 Durham, NC- The Pinhook $
5-28 Birmingham, AL- the Forge
5-30 Atlanta, GA- The Earl
5-31 New Orleans, LA- Circle Bar
6-01 Austin, TX- Chaos in Tejas %
6-02 Dallas, TX- Doublewide Bar
6-04 Lawrence, KS -Granada Theatre %
6-05 St, Louis- MO- The Firebird %
6-08 Grand Rapids, MI- Pyramid Scheme %
6-09 Madison, WI- The Majestic Theatre %
6-10 Dubuque, IA – Eronel
6-11 Indianapolis, IN- Deluxe @ Old National Theatre %
6-12 Cincinnati, OH- Taft Ballroom %
6-14 Pittsburgh, PA- Mr. Small’s %
6-15 Huntington, WV- V Club %
= w/ Narrows
* w/ Anwar Sadat, Tropical Trash
^ w/ California X
+ w/ Red Hare
# w/ US Christmas
$ w/ Brokeback
% w/ Baroness
Louisville, KY’s Cheyenne Mize is getting very close to the release date of her forthcoming album Among The Grey on Yep Roc Records. Premiering the title track earlier this year, the official music video has finally been released and it’s a wonderful display of 16mm film hand tinted frame by frame from the hands of cinemanonymous aka Ryan Daly. This is a lovely song and one that we love even more with the accompanied video.
“Among The Grey”
form the album Among The Grey, available 6/23/13 on Yep Roc Records
Directed by Ryan Daly
Shot on location in Louisville, KY.
Philadelphia and Boston based trio Drull are making a name for themselves with their advanced approach to EDM. Technically fastened down with a grip that doesn’t let go, the sonic complexity is out-shined by the gorgeous and infectious melodies. The official music video for “Crimson” was released in the last month of 2012 and is a video we are absolutely floored by. With a new single being offered last month, we felt it was a good time to post the video “Crimson” along with the streaming Bandcamp player for the new single “Trapdoor Coda”.
From Drull | http://drull.bandcamp.com/
Directed By: Dylan Knight http://www.dylanknight.com + @DylanKnight
Album: Hear No Evil
Check out the trio’s latest single in “Trapdoor Coda” below
Warp Records Bibio is gearing up to launch his newest full length album Silver Wilkinson on May 14th and has released the first visual project with “À tout à l’heure”. Bibio collaborated with director Russell Weekes for the creative direction of the new official music video, creating post production visual enhancements over 8mm footage from the collection of Bibio, Barry Newman and Tom Warren.
Bibio’s last full length Mind Bokeh has remained a record full of inspiration for us and we are absolutely thrilled to get our hands on Silver Wilkinson. Check out the new music video below along with a full statement from Bibio. To hear a non album exclusive track “Bequeath” along with the single “À tout à l’heure” on 7″, order a copy of the very limited release from Warp Records by clicking here.
From Bibio | http://mrbibio.tumblr.com/
Many years ago I was in Wolverhampton library looking for music to take out. I was in the cassette section and there was an album cover which stood out to me – it was the self-titled album by ‘Free’. The cover is of a blue sky and a naked woman’s silhouette striding over the camera. Her silhouette is transformed into a hole in the sky showing the stars, or perhaps a ‘window’ onto the heavens. This beautiful image was created by Ron Raffaelli.
I’ve been in love with this image ever since. I’ve wanted to try out techniques to achieve things similar to that album cover for a long time, such as layering negatives – which is how I imagine that image was created… although I could be wrong.
I love the idea that the silhouette of the woman is a ‘window’ onto the stars, it got me thinking that any silhouette could be used in a similar way.
I created a variation on this idea for the cover of my album ‘Mind Bokeh’. I wanted to create an image of bokeh inside my head. I tried techniques such as layering medium format negatives but the result wasn’t quite what I had hoped for. I ended up using a mirror cut out into the shape of my profile, this mirror was then hung on a wall in my living room. On the wall on the other side of the room was a large black sheet of wool which I pinned fairy lights to. I then took a photograph of the head-shaped mirror hanging on the wall reflecting the fairy lights on the opposite side of the room. Due to the type of lens I used, the mirror and wall appeared in focus, whereas the fairy lights appeared as bokeh. This image achieved what I wanted to achieve – a head full of bokeh.
The mirror and lights technique looked and felt quite different to the silhouette image on the ‘Free’ album cover, which was still an area I wanted to explore. I thought that it would be interesting to explore a similar look to Raffaelli’s image in moving images. I had the first ideas for this music video in autumn 2011. The first ideas involved footage of me spinning or rotating in some way, I then combined those ideas with the idea of using my silhouette as a window onto other scenes.
When I finished Silver Wilkinson and the artwork, it was time to start work on the video. I contacted Russell Weekes to ask if he would be interested in collaborating with me. I had previously worked with Russell in 2011 when he directed the music video for ‘K is for Kelson’. I really enjoyed the ideas he came up with for that video, he’s a very witty and imaginative artist who doesn’t need to rely on huge budgets and pricey gimmicks – he is also a pleasure to work with and a very interesting chap. I told Russell about my ideas and he liked them, so we met up for a pint in the Southampton Arms near the Warp offices when I was down in London. We discussed ideas and techniques and at that point I realised he was definitely the right man to work with on this project.
We hired a studio in Birmingham so we could easily transport my gear from my home in Wolverhampton. We also hired a turntable for me to stand on so I could be videoed rotating. We shot all the silhouette footage against a white wall on my DSLR. Russell’s imagination really shone through here because he seemed to have all sorts of wonderful ideas on tap. I recall him going to a local shop to get us biscuits for our tea break and came back having thought of even more quirky ideas. We shot lots of variations of the silhouettes with different instruments. After the shoot, I then made necessary adjustments to all of the clips and sent them to Russell to cut to the music. Russell then sent his edit back to me – again, his talent shone through with his imaginative editing and comping – layering silhouettes to create new strange figures and shapes.
The next stage was to replace the background and silhouettes with 8mm film footage which I had shot over the last 13 years. I sent off all of my reels of film to be transferred to a digital format and when I got them back, I worked them into Russell’s edit using luma key and chroma key techniques. One thing I love about Raffaelli’s image is the warm, grainy 60s psychedelic look to it, so I decided that my backgrounds and silhouette ‘windows’ should be looking onto warm fuzzy scenes captured on genuine film – I’m not a fan of fake film filters, when you see real super 8 footage you realise what those filters lack. I was super happy with the result, it felt like a long-term ambition fulfilled, but not necessarily a closed book.
Diving back three years and Blockhead had released one of the most mind blowing animation based music videos we have ever seen in “The Music Scene”. Pulled from the album of the same name that was released with Ninja Tune in early 2010, it’s a perfect vehicle for the complex style of animation pulled off from animator and director Anthony F. Schepperd. A must see music video from the 21st century and a feet of artistic accomplishment from both visual and sonic entities that well never go unnoticed by the staff at SCV.
From Ninja Tune | http://ninjatune.net/
Taken from Blockhead’s album ‘The Music Scene’ – released 18 January 2010 on Ninja Tune.
Animated/Directed by Anthony F. Schepperd.