Music Video

Harriet Releases Debut Album ‘American Appetite’

By Will Oliver, February 2nd 2016

Harriet - American Appetite

We’re only 33 days into 2016, but we’ve already been graced with some awesome albums. This includes American Appetite, the debut album from Los Angeles band Harriet, a release four years in the making.

You see, I first posted about Harriet late in 2011, after becoming fascinate with their debut single “I Slept With All Your Mothers.” It was included on their debut EP, and had me readily waiting to see what they had up their sleeves for their debut.

Only, aside from founder Alex Casnoff (who formerly played piano with Dawes and Papa) and drummer Henry Kwapis, the lineup kept changing and time went on and the wait for the album continued. This wasn’t a bad thing, as Casnoff and the rest of the group smartly took their time with the release, carefully putting together all the right ingredients and pieces, releasing songs and videos one by one, and signing to the small but impressive roster of Harvest Records. Ultimately this helped them to prepare for the release of American Appetite, doing it their own way.

I got to watch the band grow in real time, so it’s almost hard for me to believe that their album is actually here. But it is indeed a real thing, and as great of a first document of the band as I could’ve hoped. At their core, Harriet is built around the songwriting prowess of Casnoff. But they’re far from folk or an americana rock band, even if those elements are found throughout the 12 songs that make up American Appetite. As the years passed, they evolved as a band, showing an ability to take these songs and add a shiny pop or even dance guise, as evident on “Ten Steps” the unshakeable second track on the album.

All in all, the debut offering from Harriet feels far too polished and readymade to be a debut. They group have managed to do the unthinkable and deliver a first time release that seems like it has come from seasoned veterans. It may have been a long time coming, but American Appetite was well worth the wait, and is proof that Harriet are very much a band to watch in the future. Big things are on the way.

Today they released a brand new video for ““Inheritance,” which serves as a short heist-film with some messages about the music industry that are pretty clear. Check it out via Billboard.

American Appetite is available to purchase right here.

[music video]: Bitter’s Kiss – “No One Will”

By Will Oliver, January 29th 2016

bitter's kiss promo

Last year up-and-coming New Jersey singer-songwriter Chloe Baker released her self-titled debut album as Bitter’s Kiss, gaining many news fans along the way. We were one of them, sharing the albums stunning single “The Rope” last summer.

She kicked off the new year with a brand new video for the equally impressive “No One Will.” Showing off her impressive vocals, she gives off a Regina Spektor vibe and a feeling of positivity and elegance. The video was shot in Cork, Ireland and produced by EPIC Productions Ireland.

Enjoy the video below.
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R.I.P. David Bowie

By Will Oliver, January 11th 2016

Legendary artist David Bowie has passed away, losing an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69. This sad news comes just days after Bowie’s 69th birthday on Friday, which also saw the release of his fantastic new, and now final album, Blackstar.

The shocking news was revealed today through his facebook page:

January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with…

Posted by David Bowie on Sunday, January 10, 2016



In all honestly, there’s not much I can say to truly capture the essence of what Bowie meant to so many people. He wasn’t just one of the greatest musicians of all time, but one of the great visionaries and artists in so many different fields and mediums.

He will truly be missed. Blast Bowie loud and proud today.

R.I.P. David Bowie

[new]: The Last Shadow Puppets – “Bad Habits”

By Will Oliver, January 10th 2016 — with 1 comment

The Last Shadow Puppets - Bad Habits

This year brings the long-awaited reunion of The Last Shadow Puppets, the glorious team-up between Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and their unofficial 5th member, Miles Kane. Their only release was their 2008 debut The Age of the Understatement, so fans have been eagerly awaiting their return for some time.

They’ve been hinting at a new record for months now, releasing short teaser videos as well as an inclusion on this year’s Coachella lineup. Tonight they took a big step towards the new album with a surprise release of a new song by the name of “Bad Habits.” No one was expecting to hear a new song so soon, let alone late on a Sunday night, but new music from these guys is certainly most welcome.

A few early spins to “Bad Habits” and I wasn’t quite sure how I felt. It seemed more of a Miles Kane solo song with The Last Shadow Puppets orchestrated string-section. It’s a dark and gritty track that digs a little bit deeper under the fingernails, really letting Miles Kane shine. At first I didn’t quite love it as much as I expected, but it seems like with every listen it’s starting to have its way with me. It may be a bit of a future grower that may work a lot better under the context of the rest of the eventual sophomore release. But one things for sure, this one is going to kick a lot of ass live.

Stream “Bad Habits” below with it’s official music video, which was directed by Ben Chappell.
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Premiere: Sam Seeger – “Empty Mind Man” Music Video

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2016 — with 1 comment

Sam Seeger - Empty Mind Man Video

Today I have the honor of having the exclusive premiere of Sam Seeger’s new music video for “Empty Mind Man.” The thunderous cut of garage rock is taken from Seeger’s debut solo EP Coffin Fashion, which we shared with you guys in the introducing feature on Sam that we posted last month.

The crafty and stylish video features Seeger along with drummer Rosie Slater (of New Myths) and was directed by Seeger, allowing him to perfectly capture the dirty, gritty feel of the song. Seeger swiftly proves that not only is he a talent behind the guitar, but also behind the lens (along with his brother Ben Seeger). As the director and artist himself, he’s able to capture and fine tune his aesthetic as an artist, building something memorable along the way.

Enjoy the music video below, and be sure to catch his upcoming free performance at Pete’s Candy Store next Saturday, January 16 at 8 pm and find his EP available for purchase on iTunes.
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[music video]: Sunflower Bean – “Wall Watcher”

By Will Oliver, December 15th 2015

Sunflower Bean - Wall Watcher

2016 is right around the corner. As scary as that is, it helps knowing that a few great records are already waiting for us. One of these is Human Ceremony, the debut record from New York trio Sunflower Bean. It will be released on February 5 via Fat Possum Records. Today they shared the music video for the records first single “Wall Watcher,” which premiered via Noisey.

The video was shot with Roger Sargent during a rare day off on tour in London an old buckle factory. The clock concept from the album cover comes into play during the video. It’s well shot, and fits the vibe of the song all too well.

Tickets are still on sale for their homecoming show at Bowery Ballroom on February 25. Find their full list of tour dates posted after the video as well.

Tour Dates:

2/2/16 Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
2/3/16 Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
2/6/16 Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label
2/8/16 Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar
2/9/16 Berlin, GR @ Berghain Kantine
2/10/16 Hamburg, GR @ Molotov Bar
2/12/16 Brussels, BE @ Botanique
2/13/16 Lille, GR @ LA Peniche
2/15/16 Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
2/16/16 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
2/18/16 London, UK @ The Dome
2/19/16 Brighton, UK @ Bleach
2/25/16 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
2/26/16 Hanover, NH @ Bones Gate Fraternity
2/27/16 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Club Upstairs
2/28/16 Montreal, QC @ Quasi Des Brumes
3/1/16 Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
3/2/16 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café +
3/3/16 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern +
3/4/16 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes +
3/6/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie +
3/10/16 Washington D.C. @ Black Cat *
3/15-3/20/16 Austin, TX @ SXSW 2016
* w/ Mass Gothic
+ w/ Honduras

[music video]: Day Wave – Come Home Now

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2015

Day Wave

Day Wave continues his wonderful year with a brand new music video for his current single “Come Home Now.”

The home-movie style video features footage from their fall tour through the U.S. as well as in the U.K. and Europe. The single is out now via House Arrest Records. The physical 7″ is sold out, but is currently on sale at their shows.

Enjoy the video for “Come Home Now” posted below.
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Felice Brothers - Felice Navidad

Are you feeling the Christmas spirit yet? You better hurry up, the holiday season is already here, and Christmas is just around the corner. Even if you’re not feeling the spirit, maybe The Felice Brothers can help you out with that. In late November the group release the appropriately titled Felice Navidad EP, featuring five brand new Christmas-themed songs.

Best of all, the proceeds made from the EP (priced at $5.00) will all be donated to the Food Bank of The Hudson Valley. Some Holiday songs for a good cause. What’s not to love?

Get a taste of the EP via EP cut “Country Ham” and it’s music video which urges us all to give back in anyway that we can this Holiday season. Not a bad message, and song. Find it posted below.
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Harriet – Bent

By Will Oliver, December 4th 2015

Harriet

I’ve been sharing the songs of Los Angeles quartet Harriet for some time now, but it’s not until the early days of 2016 that we get to hear their first official full-length album, American Appetite (January 29 on Harvest Records to be exact) .

The group have recently shared the beautiful and sprawling album cut “Bent.” It doesn’t take long for it to create and maintain a feeling of atmosphere, keeping the mesmerizing feeling and sense of place until the very last second. It’s a wonderful listen, the sort of song that will act as a warm comfort during these upcoming chilly months. If the rest of the album can deliver in such a way, it will be one of the first can’t miss records of the year.

Stream “Bent” below, and check out the home-movie style music video that the band release as well. It was directed by the band’s very own Alex Casnoff.
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[music video]: Hinds – “Garden”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2015

Hinds - Garden Video

Madrid-based four piece Hinds will unleash their debut album Leave Me Alone on January 8, 2016 via Mom + Pop Music/Lucky Number Music. The record may not come out until next year, but the group are currently touring across the United States, sharing tracks from the new album. This includes the joyous summer vibes given off by current single “Garden,” which had its video released today.

Directed by Pedro Martin-Calero, and filmed in Madrid, the video was inspired by legendary French director Jean-Luc Godard, and more specifically his 1965 film ‘Pierrot Le Fou.’ The colorful and lively video is a joyous occasion to behold, just like the bands music and live show. Find the video below and catch the group in Brooklyn next week at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are currently still on sale.

Find the video for “Garden” posted below.
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