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Deerhoof Unveil Crazy 'Paradise Girls' Video, Kick Ass at the Troubadour

Posted by Billy Gil, November 18, 2014 11:25am | Post a Comment

deerhoof troubadourDeerhoof played a typically destructive set at the Troubadour in West Hollywood last night, starting off with tracks from their excellent new album, La Isla Bonita. Satomi Matsuzaki irrepressibly chanted to the cute “Paradise Girls” (“Girls…who play the bass guitar!”) and skronky “Last Fad” (“Baseball is cancelled!”) while John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez braided sneaky guitar lines around her. “Exit Only” sounded a lot fiercer live, while drummer/madman Greg Saunier traded instruments with Matsuzaki for La Isla Bonita’s pulsating, chaotic closer, “Oh Bummer.” A well-selected sprinkling of older material meshed well with the newer stuff, from the crashing “Dummy Discards a Heart” (from Apple O’) to the thumping “Twin Killers” (from The Runners Four) and riff-stuffed “Fresh Born” (from Offend Maggie). Saunier’s drumming remains a barely contained tornado to which the rest of the band somehow hangs on; the band stays tight even when he flies off the rails, making everything exciting, unpredictable and yet always masterful. Matsuzaki let loose for insane closer “Come See the Duck” (from the Green Cosmos EP), goading the audience into an off-beat call-and-response of “Come! Come! Come see the duck!” and teasing us when we got it wrong. Who can guess how 12 albums and 20 years in, Deerhoof are as energetic and thrilling to experience as ever. If you’re in S.F., they’re at the American Music Hall tonight with Crystal Skulls and Go Dark. Don’t miss it.

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A Sunny Day in Glasgow Release Dust-Kickin' Video for One-Minute "Double Dutch"

Posted by Billy Gil, September 23, 2014 10:29am | Post a Comment

a sunny day in glasgow sea when absent lpA Sunny Day in Glasgow's Jen Goma wanted "Double Dutch" to be a single from the band's extraordinary new album, Sea When Absent.

"I wanted it to be a single but, everyone said we couldn't have a one minute single," she says in a press release. "So now we have a single, one minute video instead."

The video for "Double Dutch," as you might guess, features some fancy footwork as Keds kick up dust and things go in and out of focus. It feels like a dream you have after waking up and trying to fall back asleep. The clip was directed by Goma and bandmate Luisa Conlon, who also made the documentary series "The Working Life," says Pitchfork.

See the clip below:

 

Interpol Hits "Twice as Hard" in New Video

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 03:37pm | Post a Comment

interpolInterpol’s new video for “Twice as Hard” has the feel of the training scenes in Rocky, as various boxers train and get into shape while Paul Banks sings “I give it right back to you … twice as hard.” It takes what we assume is a metaphor for the vocal sparring that happens in relationships and puts a more literal face on it

Banks himself directed the video. The song comes from the band’s excellent new release, El Pintor. Check it out below:

 

 

 

The War on Drugs Release "Under the Pressure" Video

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2014 10:53am | Post a Comment

the war on drugsThe War on Drugs have released a video for their song “Under the Pressure” that somehow visually conveys exactly what it feels like to listen to the band’s music. You can’t help but picture being driven through soft-focus sleepy Middle American towns and suburbs passing by as the band’s dream-pop version of AM radio jams filter through the speaker and you drift in and out of consciousness. I also love the shots of the band quietly playing in a room, as if capturing the moment when a song comes through from some unknown place and lands on your guitar.

“Under the Pressure” comes from Lost in the Dream, which has already been called one of the best albums of the year by a lot of people.

 

Move Over Cats: It's Time For Mice To Star In Popular Videos

Posted by Billyjam, May 20, 2013 10:52am | Post a Comment

Orchestra Da Camera from Quiet ensemble on Vimeo.

As witnessed by the positive reaction to the YouTube cat videos and the recent Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival clearly felines (as well as canines) have been hogging the popularity polls when it comes to viewer hits of online videos of creatures. But that stronghold by kitties may soon witness some competition if mice videos, like the one above uploaded a couple of months ago by the Rome, Italy based Quiet Ensemble, start to gain in popularity. That video above is the intricate Orchestra Da Camera musical installation that shows the "forty elements of the chamber" - mice running on their wheels with each wheel connected to a carillon.  When the wheel turns (activated by each mouse) it in turn triggers the carillon to begin playing its corresponding musical note. As the Vimeo video description for the video notes, "The great number of carillons and the random actions of the living creatures makes unrecognizable the melodies (lullabies by Brahms, Schubertand Mozart) creating an unexpected musical carpet determined by the mice."

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