The second new video from Sub Pop this week – this one a “short film” that portrays a fever dream induced by the music of Shabazz Palaces. Directed by Kahlil Joseph. Black Up is one of my most listened to records of the past 2 or 3 months.
MP3 :: An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum
MP3 :: Swerve…the reeping of all that is worthwhile (noir not withstanding)
(from Black Up. Buy here)
That’s how people in China brush their teeth? Eek. Directed by Han Xia. Via.
MP3 :: What About Us
MP3 :: Repatriated
(from Sound Kapital. Buy here)
Here’s an Adam Kurland-directed video for “Keep Me Waiting”, one of the tracks off Cymbals Eat Guitars’ excellent new album Lenses Alien.
MP3 :: Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name))
(from Lenses Alien. Buy here)
Here’s another video from one of my favorite albums of the year (soon to be made official). Built, shot and edited by Craig Murray.
MP3 :: Mtns Are Mtns
(from Staring At the X. Buy here)
Forest Fire’s Staring at the X has asserted itself as a Top 10 contender around here over the past few weeks, and today comes a weird-as-all-hell video for “The News”. I’d try to explain, but I’m pretty much at a loss for words after watching this one. Highly recommended album, anyway.
MP3 :: Mtns Are Mtns
(from Staring at the X. Buy here)
An accomplished noise/pop expedition, David Shane Smith’s Controls SM houses a bunch of songs that dissect the careless indifference most of us have towards the natural world. Originally one of the centerpieces of that album, and then the title track of a summer EP (with a new, fuller mix), “Shampoo” now has an official video.
MP3 :: Shampoo
(from the Shampoo EP. Download here)
Hot on the heels of Howth’s new free EP comes this video for “Needles and Pins” from their self-titled debut. It’s got some very cool animation and visual effects from director Michael Pisano, but seriously guys the next time you make a video with topless people in it it would be better if wasn’t the bearded guitar player and a bunch of limbless mannequins. You follow? Howth have been rolling out the goods all year, and hopefully news on their next official release (which will feature the stunning “Deep in my Heart”) will be forthcoming. Until then just scroll through some of my back pages and get caught up.
MP3 :: Needles & Pins
(from Howth. Buy here)
Another hilariously irreverent video from The Black Keys was posted on their Youtube page earlier today. “Lonely Boy” will be included on the blues-rock duo’s upcoming album El Camino, the follow up to last year’s excellent Brothers. The new record drops 12/6 through Nonesuch.
Already having delivered an excellent full length record earlier this year (not to mention contributing to PHW with this guest column), Dirty Beaches has a new 7” coming out next week on Suicide Squeeze. The cinematic sounds of Alex Zhang Hungtai are brought to life in this subtly unnerving clip from director Kevin Luna for A-side “Lone Runner”.
MP3 :: Lord Knows Best
MP3 :: Sweet 17
(from Badlands. Buy here)
One of my most anticipated releases of the fall is On the Water, the upcoming record from Baltimore-based art/pop romantics Future Islands. I’ve been listening to the shit out of last year’s In Evening Air since seeing the band open for Okkervil River/Titus Andronicus back in June, so to be getting a brand new album so soon after discovering their last is a nice treat. Check out “Balance” below. The album drops next Tuesday, 10/11, through Thrill Jockey. (via Pfork)
MP3 :: Balance
(from On the Water. Buy here)