Archive | April, 2012

CINEMATIC MUSIC VIDEO: Stay+ — “The Buzzer” [directed by DEERHEAD]

April 16, 2012


Stay+ (pronounced Stay Positive) was our first installment of our version of Best New Music, PHIEND. As I’ve noted earlier, Stay+ is like a never-ending musical art installation, merging visual aesthetics with musical overtones.

Stay+ is intriguing by itself, the music can stand alone, but when they team up with visual artist DEERHEAD for the 18 minute short film, “The Buzzer,” all hell breaks loose. With deeply rooted thematic elements, ideally beautiful cinematography, and stunningly gorgeous actresses, “The Buzzer” uses Stay+’s ultra-cinematic music throughout the film to convey his highly-awaited EP, Arem. “The Buzzer” is the first track off the EP due out April 30 through RAMP Recordings.

Noisey, who premiered the video earlier today, describes it like this:

London director DEERHEAD (Stay+’s longterm visual collaborator) has worked on a film entitled ‘The Buzzer’, an 18 minute montage depicting a possessive force named Arem. Broadcasting over Russia’s UVB-76 frequency, Arem influences the owner of the Tricorn Club to confuse and abuse his dancers. (via YouTube).

WATCH: Stay+’s “The Buzzer” [directed by DEERHEAD]

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STREAM: Here We Go Magic — “How Do I Know?” [w/ tour dates]

April 11, 2012


Here We Go Magic have released their second single off their newest LP, A Different Ship.

According to the Brooklyn five-piece’s record label, Secretly Canadian, “How Do I Know?” is the center piece of their third full-length.

Luke Temple is always at the forefront of any discussion on Here We Go Magic, but soon there has to (and will) be a large epiphany that besides the front-man’s eclectic guitar and sun-shine Paul Simon vocal abilities, bassist Jennifer Turner, drummer Peter Hale, and keyboardist Kristina Lieberson have just as much as an importance in the emergence of one of the most elaborate psychedelacoustic bands since The Shins’ released Oh, Inverted World.

On “How Do I Know” Turner & Hale never stagnate, brimming with sheer will while Lieberson teams up with Michael Blotch, electric guitar to float around Temple’s bright acoustic and courageous vocals.All together, the track to be released as a 7″ featuring an outtake fromA Different Ship’s recordings as the b-side, “How Do I Know” contains layers upon layers of coalesced fine-tuning.

Here We Go Magic will go on tour to showcase A Different Ship, where they will touch the corners of the United States, as well as playing such events as George WA’s Sasquatch Festival, London’s Field Day Festival, Manchester, TN’s Bonnarroo, and Bilbao, Spain’s BBK Live Festival.  The closest they’ll be to West Michigan is in Chicago at the Empty Bottle on Thursday, May 17. A Different Ship is in stores May 8 and is available for pre-order with an instant digital download here.

  / STREAM / Here We Go Magic — “How Do I Know?”

04/22/12 – North Palm Springs, CA – Desert Days Festival
04/26/12 – New York, NY – Knitting Factory w/Glass Ghost
05/04/12 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
05/05/12 – London, UK – The Sebright Arms
05/06/12 – Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute
05/12/12 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
05/14/12 – Washington, D.C. – Black Cat
05/15/12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox*
05/16/12 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop*
05/17/12 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle BUY TICKETS
05/18/12 – Milwaukee, WI – Stonefly Brewery*
05/19/12 – Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar*
05/21/12 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive*
05/22/12 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up*
05/23/12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge*
05/24/12 – Boise, ID – The Linen Building*
05/25/12 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar*
05/27/12 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival
06/02/12 – London, UK – Field Day Festival
06/04/12 – Newcastle, UK – Evolution Festival
06/10/12 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/12/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
06/14/12 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
06/15/12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
06/16/12 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
06/18/12 – Dallas, TX – Sons of Hermann Hall
06/19/12 – Austin, TX – The Parish
07/05/12 – Liège, BE – Les Ardentes Festival
07/13/12 – Bilbao, ES – BBK Live Festival
07/14/12 – Oeiras, PT – Optimus Live

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VIDEO: Cadence Weapon — “Conditioning”

April 5, 2012


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WATCH: Cadence Weapon — “Conditioning” 

Edmonton’s Rollie Pemberton used to write for Pitchfork after releasing his first album Breaking Kayfabe under the moniker Cadence Weapon. . . and then he took another job: poet laureate of Edmonton. Now, in late May, he’ll be releasing his third LP, Hope In Dirt City. A versatile rapper, C. Weapon has recently worked with uber-beautifully-awesome-French-Canadian Grimes on the short – but sweet – “88.”

Now, he teams up with another Grime’s associate on the video for the first track off we’re able to hear from Hope In Dirt City. Evan Prosofsky, the director for Grime’s uniquely idiosyncratic video “Oblivion,” also took the reigns for “Conditioning.” The song’s anthemic, soulful, and the video screams vibes. Hope In Dirty City is due out May 29 via Upper Class

DOWNLOAD: Cadence Weapon — “Conditioning”


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April 3, 2012

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Manchester four-piece Money know a little thing about pushing the envelope in terms of blending music and film into one coalesced, aesthetically pleasing artistic venture. In 2010, out of nowhere, they created a true masterpiece with their first video, “Goodnight London.” Using black & white found-footage focusing on the oddities and obscure of booming Coney Island, Money tingles the spine with balladic piano that looms like an empty funeral. No Fear of Pop‘s Tonje Thilesen, who premiered the video for “SO LONG (GODISDEAD),” said “Goodnight London” was so hauntingly beautiful that it “put a tear in [her] eye.”

My second experience with Money was with the triumphant video for “The Sea.” Once again, using black & white found-footage of naval expeditionism, “The Sea” was heroic, yet melancholy seeped through everywhere, like watching a child jumping on a trampoline in slow-motion, knowing they’ll never be happier bouncing just a few feet high, eventually to a height they’ll one day stand. On “The Sea” we notice a glimmer of accompaniment for Jamie Lee’s wallowing piano and voice; cacophonous guitar and percussive attitude fade in and out like a tidal wave.

Now, with the video for “SO LONG (GODISDEAD),” Money have created one of the greatest allusions to cinematic allure than I’ve seen in some time (ever?). Not only is the track easily one of my newest favorites, the video is unbelievable. With unique editing, crazy vantage points, and thematic elements that range from self-inflicted injury, eroticism, “SO LONG (GODISDEAD)” feels like a transient moment of lambasted dawning of the coming age: where religious jargon separates the whoevers from the whatevers instead of adjoining them together. Jamie Lee croons, And I feel like the one it’s a call / the mind will save us all / so long, so long, so long / You could come down.

What’s so amazing about “SO LONG (GODISDEAD)” is Money’s use of full-blasted musicians. It’s marvelous, and they’re one of the most anticipated bands anywhere who have yet to release a full-length.

The 7″ for “SO LONG (GODISDEAD)” can be pre-ordered via the French label Almost Unique.

POSTED BY: Aaron Geer

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