Music Video

The Airborne Toxic Event

Tomorrow night The Airborne Toxic Event return to New York City for a smaller performance at Brooklyn venue Warsaw. The show is a part of a set of intimate-tour dates that the group are playing in support of their two new albums, Dope Machines and the online-only acousic album Songs of God and Whisky.

Tickets for the show at Warsaw tomorrow night are still on sale, but I got a pair of tickets to give away to one of you guys right now. To win, email me at weallwantsomeone@gmail.com with “The Airborne Toxic Event Contest” as the subject. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow and notify them around 3 p.m.

Good luck!
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Best Coast - California Nights

Best Coast have announced that they will release new album California Nights on May 5 via Harvest Records. The duo (Bethany Cosentino + Bobb Bruno) recorded the album at WAX LTD in Hollywood, California, working with producer Wally Gagel. It’s described a “brighter, more sparkly, more sophisticated, more psychedelic Best Coast album across the board, embodying the rich lightness and stinging darkness of a California state of mind.”

Here’s what Cosentino said about the album:

If you have ever lived in California, you know what nighttime here feels like. You know what the sky looks like when those epic sunsets begin, and you understand that feeling and the way things change when the sun finally sets. In LA, or maybe just personally to me, when the sun sets – I feel like there is a large sense of calmness in the air, and I feel like everything that happened to me prior in the day, whether crappy experiences or good ones, at night, it all goes away and I sink deep into this different kind of ‘world.’

It also ties in with the idea that, in LA, there’s a real darkness that you don’t see unless you know where to look. That’s a theme we very consciously decided to explore and play with when making this record. We related to the idea that things may LOOK or SOUND fun and upbeat, but they may not actually always BE that way – much like our songs. A lot of the writing for this record consisted of me getting to know myself again and remembering where Bethany ended and Best Coast began. I took a much needed step back and I was able to breathe deep for a moment and really focus on what I was doing. The end result of all of that, is California Nights. It’s about a journey, accepting the things you have no control over; it’s about dealing with life like an adult, and at the end of the day, reminding yourself that there really is no reason to be sad, and you have every right to feel okay.

Based on first single and title track “California Nights” the album will be their biggest yet. It captures something personal, yet you feel like you’re hit with this giant wave of melancholy. It reminds me a great deal of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” another California band. I mean that as a compliment, of course.

I’ve fully embraced this version of Best Coast, and this song is currently paying off dividends.

Listen to “California Nights” below by watching it’s very California music video, directed by Adam Harding.
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Color Collage – 2048

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

Color Collage

You may remember an artist by the name of Lean Grimes who we posted around here a couple of years ago. The project was initially based on sampling mp3’s of brand new indie music that Conerty found on blogs and making his own unique remixes through them. Well the project is now known as Color Collage and has shifted gears into something much more.

He’s released a new single called “2048” that has garned titled such as “electronic doo wop.” It features a beachy old-school sound, blended tightly with electronic elements that create a wonderful new world. It instantly works its magic on you, sounding embedded in the past, but also focused on the future. It will be included on Shane’s debut album as Color Collage Pieced Together which will be released via Paper Garden Records.

He’s released a video for “2048” which has plenty to say about the effects of technology on our society, including at shows. Find that posted below along with the regular stream.

“2048” Music Video:

[new]: Harriet – “Irish Margaritas”

By Will Oliver, March 3rd 2015

Harriet EP

Los Angeles band Harriet have been a band we’ve been watching for some time on this blog. So we are proud to learn, and announce, that the group has signed to Harvest Records, who released their new self-titled EP today.

In celebration of the release of the EP, and the signing, the group have released the official music video for single “Irish Margaritas.” It was directed by the band’s singer Alex Casnoff and premiered earlier today over at The Fader. Here’s what the band had to say about the video:

The LIME, our video’s hero, is the mascot for our drink sponsor (our “beats pill” if you will). Irish Margaritas // A video about object glorification and rampant/overbearing product placement–trying to give some sort of spiritual importance to a meaningless thing: LIME WORSHIP. The LIME is benevolent. The LIME tastes good. The LIME welcomes you. Heed its call.

As for the track itself, it’s got a bouncy synth-beat, along with a big folk-rooted chorus that creates a scattered electronic-rock jam that sort of sits in its own genre completely. Harriet always have had a knack of creating songs that sound huge, and Irish Margarita” is no different.

Enjoy the video below (if you have Epilepsy, you probably shouldn’t watch) and head to iTunes now to pick up the EP.
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[music video]: LA Priest – “Oino”

By Will Oliver, March 3rd 2015

La Priest

LA Priest (pronounced ‘Lah Pree-st’) is the project of elusive electronic musician Sam Dust. It’s his first bit of new music since the hiatus of his previous band, Late Of The Pier.

He already shared the futuristic and funky debut single “Oino,” a electronic wonder whose entertaining video was released earlier today. It was directed by Sam’s brother Isaac Eastgate (who directed Adult Jazz’s “Am Gone” video) a wild video that was shot during a recent trip they took together and was ““inspired by a story our grandad told us about a man imprisoned in the desert who escapes by singing to a wizard.”

Find the video posted below.
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The Cribs – “Burning For No One”

By Will Oliver, March 3rd 2015

The Cribs

British trio The Cribs will release their new album For All My Sisters on March 24 via their new label, Arts & Crafts. They recorded the album in New York at The Magic Shop along with producer Ric Ocasek.

The new label marks another shift in the bands decade-long career, and the change is evident in the tracks we’ve heard so far. Take the first song released from the record: “An Ivory Hand.” It comes off as a very 2000’s Weezer track with a relaxed California vibe. This vibe is also found on current single “Burning For No One,” and visualized for the music video, which finds the band of brothers stranded on a desert island. If the rest of the album sounds as laid back and easy going as this, we may have our first summer record of the year.

Find the video for “Burning For No One” posted below, and find the stream for “An Ivory Hand” right after.
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[new]: Palma Violets – “Danger In The Club”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2015

Palma Violets

Brit-rockers Palma Violets will return with new album Danger In The Club on May 5 via Rough Trade.

They’ve let go of the first single and title track “Danger In The Club” in the form of a rather epic music video shot showing the band playing in a rowdy pub. This is a rowdy little anthem that quickly builds up steam and lets loose in a big, big, way. I’m already looking forward to hearing this one live when they return to New York for a show at Baby’s All Right, which tickets are still on sale for.

Check out the video below and check out their mini leg of U.S. dates and the album’s tracklisting.

Tracklisting:
1. Sweet Violets
2. Hollywood (I Got It)
3. Girl, you couldn’t do much better (On The Beach)
4. Danger in the Club
5. Coming Over to My Place
6. Secrets of America
7. The Jacket Song
8. Matador
9. Gout! Gang! Go!
10. Walking Home
11. Peter and the Gun
12. No Money Honey
13. English Tongue

Tour Dates:

March 16th – NYC – Baby’s All Right
March 18th-21st – SXSW
March 24th – SF – Rickshaw Stop
March 25th – LA – Echo
March 28th – Burgerama Fest

Keygrip

New York City-based band Keygrip have released their brand new single “Dancing On A Wire,” set to appear on their new album The Unaimed Arrow Never Misses

The song has already seen an amazing amount of success prior to it’s release, having been used on shows such as Supernatural and Skins over in the UK. The song caught the attention of major Hollywood director and writer David Koepp (Secret Window, Premium Rush, Ghost Town), who signed on to direct the video along with co-director Derek Ambrosi, wonderfully bringing the song to life for the band.

Michael DiLalla, Keygrip’s lead vocalist, as well as the owner of RRMC Recordings, shared a great deal of excitement when asked about collaborating with Koepp:

It’s been an honor to work with some of the music industry’s best producers and mixers. Now working with David Koepp is so far beyond what we could have hoped for. The video is just an incredible representation of the band’s creative voice.

Today I have the honor and privilege of premiering the music video for “Dancing On A Wire.” The video is a smooth visual representation of the band’s performance along with animation down electric circuits, living up to the song’s title. It works wonderfully alongside the instantaneous nature of the song, which will win you over right from the get-go.

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Interview: Olivia Merilahti of The Dø

By Will Oliver, February 16th 2015

The Dø

Last week French- Finnish duo The Dø finally released their new album Shake Shook Shaken here in the states (it was released in Europe last fall and was #1 on the Album Chart on iTunes in France). On top of that, they were just awarded the honor of rock album of the year at Les Victoires de la Musique (the French equivalent to The Grammy’s). So they have plenty to celebrate at the moment, but now have their sights set on capturing audiences stateside.

Back in December I had a chance to chat with The Dø’s Olivia Merilahti about the new album, their new approach to recording music, as well as tackling the U.S.

Find our interview posted below, and be sure to buy the album on iTunes or stream it on Spotify.
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Hot Chip

Oh yes. Hot Chip are back, set to release a brand new album titled Why Make Sense? on May 18 via Domino Records.

It’s the sixth album, and their second released with Domino. The band recorded it in both Oxfordshire and London, producing it themselves, along with producer Mark Ralph (who also helped them with 2012’s In Our Heads)

Along with the announcement came the music video for the album’s opener, “Huarache Lights.” The video is based around a light installation by artist Robert Bell and filmed in one take by director Andy Knowles. As for the song, it see Hot Chip dive deeper into the murky waters of synths, finding a new avenue for their always welcome dance-rock infusion. This one has a different feel to it, a little bit darker, but still very much Hot Chip. I can’t wait to hear this one played at Governors Ball.

Check out the video below.
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