Friday, December 16, 2011

Arcade Fire Presents Sprawl II

Arcade Fire are pioneers of interactive music video.  First there was The Wilderness Downtown, and now, Sprawl II, which is a little weirder, but in a good way.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Year of Dangerous Ladies

Earlier this year, we looked EMA in the eye, as she morphed "butterfly kisses" with sinister wordplay into "20 kisses with a butterfly knife." (mp3)  

And now, here, Lana Del Rey's "Blue Jeans" turns images, innocuous alone, into the unsettled emissions of a tortured subconscious.

Nirvana's First Recording - (Rarest Early Live Video!) [Remastered - Pt...

Monday, September 05, 2011

Sunday, September 04, 2011

The Ettes' new video has all the makings of a major blockbuster, except...scenery.  But no matter.  As director Tom Scharpling suggests, its grandiosity shall match that of your imagination.  Then again, this song begs for volume, not scenery, so turn it up.  If Michael Bay made a rock song, it might sound something like this.  If he made a rock video, on the other hand, it might look a bit different.



The Ettes - Excuse (mp3)




Wicked Will was just released in August.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Next Time, I Won't Make That Mistake Again

It's well past the time that this town goes to sleep, and the heartbreak in this song is amplified by the surrounding silence.

Meredith Bragg - Next Time (mp3)





from Meredith Bragg's Nest



Thursday, September 01, 2011

Half Man, Half Biscuit - National Shite Day (mp3)

You know what the best thing is about the first day of September? Neither do I. The days are about to get shorter, and next summer is staggeringly distant. Let's celebrate anyway, shall we?

Half Man, Half Biscuit - National Shite Day (mp3)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Male Bonding - Dig You Out (LIVE video)

The stage is about the size of a D.C. parking space, a few inches clearance from elbow to elbow, and if you're lucky, you can see the Male Bonding drummer when a beer bottle-sized space opens between standing members. You can't make out a single lyric, but you can do a poignancy check later with the headphones. There's not much air in the little room, and every single molecule of it is bouncing around like a pinball. These beautiful clustered moments only happen before bigger stages give a band more room than they know what to do with. May they long live on YouTube.



Endless Now
fuzzes like a bridge. For example: Male Bonding - Bones (mp3)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Flesh Eating Night Dancers

"Night Dancers" depicts a contemporary belief in Uganda in abesezzi or night dancers. These are humans who become zombies after dark. They are said to strip themselves naked and dance feverishly in the slums or at the edges of the villages, their mouths filled with fire. They feast on the flesh of the recently buried dead. In Tabu-Flo's interpretation, two night dancers are confronted by the community after they eat a corpse. A struggle ensues and the night dancers are vanquished...

-"Hip-hop in Uganda: The Dance in the Night-Time," from The Economist.

Friday, February 11, 2011

ela orleans "light at dawn"

This is like sultry jazz from right around the corner of consciousness.

Just the thing.