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Friday, February 28, 2014

Austin Quartet Tele Novella Are on the Move with a New Single and an Upcoming Record

Posted by on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM

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  • American Laundromat Records
Although "Umbrella at the Station" has been out for two months, I just caught up with the song yesterday. I'm glad I did as I love the way guitarist Natalie Gordon's fluid, forthright vocals combine with the bittersweet organ and tambourine-drenched melody.

It marks the first single from Austin's Tele Novella, which counts members of Voxtrot and Agent Ribbons (the other players include bassist and vocalist Jason Chronis, keyboard player Sarah La Puerta, and drummer Matt Simon). For now, they've got a follow-up single, a full-length, and a spring tour—no Seattle date listed yet—in the works. I look forward to hearing more from them in the months to come.

Below: the black, white, and pastel-hued video. It's sweet with a side of kink.

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Billy Corgan's 8-Hour Synth Epic Siddhartha Is Streaming Live

Posted by on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Hurry up, Smashing Pumpkins fanatic: Time is running out.

Golden Gardens' Appropriately Chilly New Video For "Carmilla"

Posted by on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

You know what's bold? This typeface. You know what else? Beginning your new music video with 15 seconds of solid blackness. Seattle electro-goth duo Golden Gardens earns that darkness with their song "Carmilla." The whispery intro, pulsing cold bass line and bell tolling present a backdrop worthy of a miniature horror flick, and with a name like "Carmilla," what'd you expect?!

The song is from their Fall 2013 EP, Bellflower, which the group plans to commemorate with a DVD containing music videos shot by videographer Ariana Dominguez for all four songs from the release, in addition to "a featurette, live footage, special remixes of the songs, and more," according to the press release (check out already-released videos for "The Ghost Of A Total Stranger", and the exquisite "I'll Burn Alone" while you're in the mood). The DVD reportedly drops early this summer, but if you're still hankerin' for some Golden Gardens morsels, and don't feel like getting sand in your jorts, go ahead and stream their recent KEXP in-studio performance/interview right over-->here.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Karaoke Sky: New Video From Brent Amaker and the Rodeo

Posted by on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Brent Amaker and The Rodeo debuted a new video for the title track off their latest EP, Country Sky, over at PopMatters today. It features amazing sunglasses, Frida the dog, a karaoke restaurant, dancing girls (of course), and...roller blades?. Amaker looks dashing in street wear walking along the beaches of West Seattle while contemplating the open road and, you guessed it, country sky. Best of all, it's in karaoke vision, so you can sing along!

Also from the press release: On April 25, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo will headline a night at the Triple Door in Seattle that features a live set from The Comettes and DJ Greg Vandy, as well as a free after party featuring DJ Voxie (aka Vox Mod). Tickets here.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Coathangers Video for "Follow Me" Starring Mastodon

Posted by on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 2:20 PM

The dudes from Mastodon look very, um, nice in those dresses (and horse costume). This Coathangers song doesn't feature accordion, but I respect the artistic decision to include it in the video.

The Coathangers play Neumos on March 28 with Black Lips.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Local Video: RA Scion & Vox Mod "Fixed"

Posted by on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Sweet Mother Nature, this is a gorgeously filmed video. It makes me giddy (especially on a sunny day like today) to be a denizen of the Pacific Northwest. New RA Scion + Vox Mod album, coming soon...

Director: Casey Sjogren; Producer: Mariangela Abeo; Assistant DP: Christopher Ghazel; Production assistants: Mikail Van Maren, Janis Ghazel; Written and performed by: Ryan Abeo, Scot Porter & Daniel Blue; Featuring: Anthony Ghazel, Madison Abeo, Jacob Hansen, Abby Sale

Monday, February 24, 2014

Get "Caught Up" with Detroit Combo Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas in Their Latest Video

Posted by on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Instant Records
  • Instant Records
Normally, a video that plays like a series of selfies is not for me, but I found this black-and-white, Polaroid-like effort from Detroit's Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas too exhilarating to resist.

Wearing a curiously deadpan expression, Hernandez, who is of Cuban and Mexican descent, spends the entire song dancing on a bed while watching herself on an old TV set (a few of her Facebook posts are in Spanish). In reading up on the guitar and synth player, I found that her tastes range from Conway Twitty to Cannibal Corpse—let's hear it for range!

"Caught Up," which comes from 2013's Demons EP, plays like a cross between Amy Winehouse and the Detroit Cobras. Akin to the late Winehouse, Hernandez wields a bigger, more soulful voice than her petite stature would suggest.

In 2012, she signed to Blue Note-EMI Records, which seems like an odd fit. Near as I can tell, no recorded music resulted from that union. I don't know if she left or was pushed,* but she has since signed with Richard Gottehrer's Instant Records, where I hope she'll find a more supportive environment (the Sire Records co-founder has also produced Blondie, the Go-Go's, and the Dum Dum Girls).

* She recounts the full story here; apparently, label head Don Was did the right thing.

Demons is out now on Instant Records (orig release date: Nov 12, 2013).

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Menzingers Release Great New Song; Announce Upcoming Record

Posted by on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Happy Tuesday! Did you think today was just going to be like any other day? Well you are WRONG. Today is special! Today is GREAT! Because the Menzingers have released a new song via Noisey to let us know about their upcoming record, Rented World (due April 22nd). Best day!

The Menzingers have a lock on the East Coast melodic punk rock sound—if you haven't listened to their 2012 release On the Impossible Past, run don't walk! And while they haven't changed up their formula much for this new song, "In Remission," I can't complain because what they do, they do so well.

If you're having a hard time shaking the sleepy fog from your brain this morning, give this anthem a loud listen—it'll wake you up:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Notwist's New Single, "Kong," May Be Their Most Upbeat Song to Date

Posted by on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Were into trains, scarves, and spectacles / Sub Pop
  • We're into trains, scarves, and spectacles / Sub Pop
When I think about Germany's the Notwist, "Pick Up the Phone" and the title track to their 2002 breakthrough album, Neon Golden, are the first songs that come to mind. They're delicate and dreamy, like Arthur Russell with glitch in place of cello, but not exactly upbeat. It remains to be seen whether "Kong" is representative of their upcoming album as a whole, but I've never heard the band sounding quite so buoyant. Is it because they now have a contract with Sub Pop?

Honestly, I was a little skeptical of the signing at first, because I was thinking that they had already peaked—like, over a decade ago—and they've mostly been concentrating on side projects since then, but this song bodes well for their association with the label. It's also nice to see Sub Pop signing more European acts, though I wish so many people hadn't slept on last year's debut from Italy's His Electro Blue Voice, one of the finest noise-rock records I've heard in ages.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New Local Video: Hobosexual "Sex Destroyer" Live at the Neptune Theater

Posted by on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM

New footage, new song—filmed live at the Neptune Theater. And if you haven't listened to the Hobosexual II yet, what are frickin' waiting for? Read this short interview, with singer Ben Harwood about the new album here. "The deep dark drag of jean jacket swagger!"

The Hobos play March 6th at the Nectar Lounge, and May 24th at the 2014 Sasquatch Music Festival.

Quilt Channels Traffic on "Tie Up the Tides"

Posted by on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM

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  • ...and then there were four / Mexican Summer
Though I've praised Quilt a time or three over the past few months, I missed their show on Monday due to a deadline. I also missed their in-studio performance on KEXP, since I was working at the time. Story of my life. (I missed Mutual Benefit's January show, too, for similar reasons.)

Fortunately, KEXP archives in-studio performances here, and the Boston outfit has just released a montage-filled video for the very groovy "Tie Up the Tides." Bathed in jewel tones, it neatly syncs up with the song. Though I have no idea whether or not they had Traffic in mind when they wrote it, the line "find my golden home" makes me think they did—I realize that "Can't Find My Way Home" comes from the Blind Faith catalog, but Steve Winwood sang for both bands—and I love the way Traffic infused folk with pop, jazz, and a deeply pastoral form of psychedelia, so I consider this a very good thing indeed. (Did I mention that I love Traffic?)

Held in Splendor is out now on Mexican Summer (orig release date: Jan 28).

"Feel the Trees Breathing": Laraaji and Iasos' New Age Summit Meeting

Posted by on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 9:55 AM

In the aftermath of Light in the Attic and Ethereal Sequence’s massive I Am the Center compilation of New Age music, Dublab arranged for genre all-stars/seers Iasos and Laraaji to meet with Carlos Niño to discuss their creative, spiritual, and personal lives, the Eternal Now (which includes a refutation of the Big Bang), and much more. Experience the serenity and depth of feeling and the magic of Iasos’ shirt.

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Local Video: WIMPS: "Dog Pills"

Posted by on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

"When you've ran out of human drugs, where you gonna go?" Please note the *GREAT BIG BAG OF COKE* at the 0:31 mark. DRUGZZZZZZ! Wooo?

Directed and Edited by Matt Nyce. WIMPS Party at the Wrong Time available on vinyl and digital, too.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Local Video: Chastity Belt: "Full"

Posted by on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Chastity Belt—who are just announced they’re playing Sasquatch!—have a new video for their song, “Full.” It doesn't seem to be as hard-smirkin' as some of their other songs, and I really love all the woozy black and white...

Directed by Shaun Libman, and filmed by Eleanor Petry. No Regerts is out now via Help Yourself.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ben von Wildenhaus: "World Best"

Posted by on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Ben von Wildenhaus, aka Ben Wildenhaus of Federation X and countless other musical projects, just released a video for "World Best." It was filmed by Danny Boulet last November in a Georgetown warehouse. Boulet is part of the Mod Carousel troupe, which you may know from around here, or from their "Blurred Lines" parody that's currently clocking nearly 5 million views. Check out the DIY stage lighting midway through von Wildenhaus's shoot—IT'S GONNA BLOW YOUR MIND. (Probably not really but it's fun in its simplicity). If you are interested in more information, I wrote about von Wildenhaus approximately one million years ago right here.

The other night I just happened to catch Wildenhaus with a late-night e-mail, because I am the kind of cool blogger that casually catches musicians with late-night emails, so I asked him a few questions about the video. He wrote things about being an art mover in Seattle and sitting on that stack of pallets for six hours, then said that he's gearing up for a new studio record in May, and then attempted to bribe me with a free cassette tape.

Listen to another favorite, "The Limping Axeman," of of 2012's Great Melodies from Around, after the cut.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Art Reflects Life in New Holly Herndon Video

Posted by on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

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  • RVNG Intl.
Electronic artist Holly Herndon spends so much time staring at a computer screen that she decided to produce a video that uses her laptop as the primary visual motif.

Art reflects life and function becomes form as director Akihiko Taniguchi reconfigures images of Herndon's workspace, much as Herndon uses that space to assemble her collage-like compositions.

Just as the song "Chorus" incorporates her voice, Taniguchi's video incorporates Herndon's visage (both Herndon and Taniguchi add outside voices and images).

The end result could have been scary, like the nightmarish man-meets-metal scenarios David Cronenberg depicts in Videodrome and eXistenZ, except this piece is both more quotidian and more abstract than that. Says Taniguchi in the press notes, "One of the most striking contemporary images is that of the desktop capture, which is seen commonly on YouTube as part of software tutorials." As one YouTube commenter puts it, "Kinda schizophrenic, but I like it!"


Herndon's "Chorus" EP is out now on RVNG Intl. (orig release date: Jan 21).

Way to Vertigo: Shinji Masuko's Remix of Mark McGuire's "In Search of the Miraculous"

Posted by on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Mark McGuire (ex-Emeralds guitarist) has a track from his new album, Along the Way (out Feb. 4 on Dead Oceans), remixed by Shinji Masuko. (The latter released one of 2013’s best albums under the name Moan, about which you can read here.) Shinji’s remix of McGuire’s “In Search of the Miraculous” scuffs up and thickens the original’s plinking, Manuel Göttsching-lite prettiness and sends it soaring to vertiginous heights. But the real revelations of the song are the visuals, which McGuire himself conjured. It’s like a highlight reel of your 10 best acid trips.

As for McGuire’s Along the Way, my initial impression is that it’s too glossy and overly sentimental compared to his earlier solo releases and Emeralds' output. Undoubtedly, critics will dub it “his most personal artistic statement to date,” and that’s fine, but the music here sounds too pastel and drippy to my ears. Nevertheless, MM will likely be placing some of these songs in TV shows and movies in the near future—bank on it.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cool Hand Juke: Tyler Swan's Beat + Melody

Posted by on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Cover art (photo by Kelly O)
  • Cover art (photo by Kelly O)
Tyler Swan, of legendary local patriotechno band Truckasauras, lo-fi beat team Linda and Ron's Dad, psychedelic dub fusion experts Flexions, jazz/beat luminaries Foscil, and "The Rolling Stones" (you should probably just read this Moorman/Swan interview), is an interesting fellow, and mighty talented. His most recent project is a four-track beat tape called Beat + Melody, for which he's chopped a sterling selection of piano riffs, short-cut vocal samples and phone rings, and layered them in snappy fashion over some heavy juke-styled rapid-fire drum machine beats. The result is pulse-revving dance goodness. Brush up on that footwork.

It's pretty great front-to-back, from the extra-hard "Piano Bars," to the neck-snapping dreaminess of "Remember," to the twitchy "Lizard Juke," and the closing title track, which features a couple of soundbites from local hiphop super-vet Specs Wizard. If that wasn't enough, Swan put together a great video (below) with the help of videographer Robin Stein, featuring a rarer-than-rare vintage Seahawks sweater, which Tyler's brother Adam claimed on Facebook today to be only one of two ever made, the other having been given to former Hawks coach Chuck Knox. Now that's ballin'.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Now This Is How You Make a Music Video: Black Lips "Boys in the Wood"

Posted by on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Sometimes a simple video works (like this excellent one for Lonesome Shack's "Wreck") and other times, well, other times you make a epic-style mini-movie. Like this ATL Twins/Matt Swinsky co-directed new video for "Boys In The Wood." It's a story of the backwoods: of booze, drugs, fist-fighting, MURDER, golden showers, FIRE, and even a sponge bath in a coffin. Check it:

New Black Lips album Underneath the Rainbow is still only available on pre-order. They play Neumos, with the Coathangers, on March 28th.

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