Friday, February 27, 2015

Jam of the Day: Algiers - "Blood"

Atlanta via London and New York trio put forth some intense gospel-tinged drama in this intense track.

Videos of the Week

Longest week ever! Let's at least go out with a grouping of great videos:

Futuristic clip for this collaboration between Madeon and Passion Pit.

Fun clip from TCTS and Aniff Akinola.

Hyper-surreal video from Body Language.

Gorgeous track from Kaki King is paired up with some lovely, artistic musings.

Intense track from Georgia band Algiers.

Art-pop track from Dutch Uncles get a puppet-lead video.

Trippy clip from WIN WIN.

Beautiful video from Django Django.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

20th Anniversary: Tricky - Maxinquaye

Hard to believe Tricky's stunningly masterful debut album Maxinquaye is now twenty years old. Menacing, dark, sensual, and foreboding, it still sounds as brilliant now as it did then.

Jam of the Day: SOAK - "Sea Creatures"

Quirky and cute pop song from 18 year old Irish singer SOAK (nee Bridie Monds-Watson). Expect big things from her.

Videos of the Week

It's cold! Here are some videos to warm you up:

Taylor Swift attempts smoldering in this well shot clip.

18 year old Irish singer SOAK brings three narratives together in this somber video.

Intense performance clip from Ex-Cult.

Romare uses a split-screen narrative to provide two tributes, one to John Lennon and the other is to the spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child."

Sleek nightclub video for this disco track from Montreal trio Le Couleur.

Pompeii put forth this video which captures the feelings of being young with nothing but languid days before you.

Gorgeous track from S. Carey is paired with stunning visuals of Alaska.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

New: Róisín Murphy - "Gone Fishing"

First single from Róisín Murphy's upcoming album Hairless Toys, her first record in over 8 years.

Passion Pit - "Lifted Up (1985)"

Here's the first single from Passion Pit's upcoming record Kindred.

Jam of the Day: The Soft Moon - "Far"

Intense, jittery track from The Soft Moon that sounds like something that could easily fit on The Cure's album Pornography.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Jam of the Day: Death Cab for Cutie - "Black Sun"

Moody, synth-driven track from Death Cab for Cutie's upcoming record Kintsugi.

Videos of the Week

Thank Jebus it is Friday. Here are the videos of the week:

Intense clip from Florence + the Machine. Clip is slightly NSFW.

Big budget clip for Death Cab For Cutie has leader Ben Gibbard playing the part of a film director on the set of an action film.

Moody black and white performance clip from Scottish gloom rockers The Twilight Sad.

Gorgeous jangle-pop track from Twerps gets a lovely little stop-motion animated clip featuring a Play-Doh man looking for a little love.

This video is all about Tinashe. As it should be.

Stunningly shot clip from Big Noble, a project featuring Daniel Kessler from Interpol.

New clip from Hot Chip focuses on a light installation from Robert Bell.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Jam of the Day: Sia - "Elastic Heart (Clams Casino Remix)"

For me, a good remix transforms a track, taking it to a different place. Sia's "Elastic Heart" in original form is an intense emotional track, with the music keeping up with Sia's tortured vocal delivery. Cloud-rap producer Clams Casino goes in the opposite direction, providing a counterpoint to Sia's strong voice, enveloping it with pillowy synths and muted percussion. You feel the struggle more acutely now. It is a stunning remix.

Florence + The Machine - "How Big How Blue How Beautiful"

Orchestral track from Florence + The Machine's upcoming new album. It is likely just a teaser of what is to come as it only features Florence's vocals in limited amount.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Jam of the Day: Shy Girls ft. Antwon - "Xhampagne"

Dan Vidmar's R&B project Shy Girls recently released a mixtape entitled 4WZ, which you can download here. I really like the track "Xhampagne" which details a late night booty call, with both parties getting what they want from the situation.

Videos of the Week

Friday! Here's your videos of the week:

Batshit crazy video from Skrillex.

Kaleidoscopic video for this collaboration between Giorgio Moroder and Kylie Minogue.

Interestingly weird collage-like video from Torn Hawk.

Starry-eyed clip from Danish band Mew.

This forlorn synthpop track from S gets a suitable low-fi video treatment.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Jam of the Day: Nite Fields - "Prescription"

Gorgeous and gothy single from Australia's Nite Fields. If you love the whole 80s 4AD aesthetic you will fall head over heels for this band.

New: Mew - "Satellites"

It's been almost 5 years since we last heard from Danish rockers Mew. From their upcoming record +- comes this swirling track.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Jam of the Day: Lower Dens - "To Die in L.A."

On their new single, Lower Dens add some synth pop sheen to their Krautrock tendencies, and the results are sleek and wonderful.