Black and white? Check. Dark, mysterious, strange? Check, check, and check. Beautiful bodies touching and/or grinding up on each other in slow motion? Check. Insanely close close-ups of indistinguishable body parts? Check. A colorful and/or glittery substance falling from the ceiling and covering said bodies at the end of the video? Check.
Yep — it’s definitely a Banks music video.
And just like her lyrics suggest, Banks is not here to mess around. That’s why she has stuck to her proven and tested formula for visual elaboration and instead chose to surprise us with a slightly different take on her sound for the new track. “Beggin for Thread,” though still sultry and dark, is a little bit faster and a lot more danceable than what we are used to from the LA vixen. Which of course makes it the perfect track to angry-dance to in the bedroom at night while channeling one’s own inner warrior goddess. (No, I’m not suggesting that I did that…)
Watch the video below.
Banks’ new album Goddess is out on Harvest Records on September 8, 2014.
Larry Clark’s “they thought i were but i aren’t anymore…” @ Luhring Augustine 5pm (FREE!!)
Larry Clark, collaborator of Harmony Korine, (and the man behind the disturbing, disgusting, but still super unique and interesting Ken Park) also has a prolific photography career. Head over to Luhring Augustine to check out some of his work tonight.
Life Size Maps, Visuals, Onwe, Maxo @ Baby’s All Right 8pm ($10)
Life Size Maps played our recent showcase at Piano’s and Maxo played our party at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Now, they come together for another party. Get tickets here and be sure to check out our interview with Maxo, coming soon!
Sophie makes weird electronic music with names like “Bipp” and “Elle,” and most recently “Lemonade.” His music is usually released with an abstract image that he refers to as “Homemade Molecular Cooking,” which somehow makes complete sense. “Lemonade” is all squeaky voices and tempo changes and teasing build-ups sans traditional drops. Its fizzy and fun and I want to listen to it while riding down that homemade molecular cooked yellow slide.
SOPHIE’s new full length will be available digitally and on limited edition 12″ via UK label Numbers on August 4.
Front woman extraordinaire Karen O has just released “Rapt,” the first single from her upcoming solo album Crush Songs, a collection of lo-fi songs centered around her experiences with love at the beguiling age of 27. Along with the single, O has released a simple but tremendously effective video that finds her completely underwater, dolled up in lipstick and a bright red sequined dress, swirling through the weightlessness.
The track is as vulnerable and bare bones as you’d imagine, with only O’s tender voice and some chords from an acoustic guitar driving the mood. It’s a quick confession — clocking in just shy of two minutes — but in that time O manages to encapsulate the contradicting tenderness and pain of love, and with uncensored honesty. Like she says, “Love is soft / Love’s a fucking bitch.”
In early 2013, a confident four-piece emerged from London with an arsenal of haunting, skeletal dream-pop. In less than a year, they had successfully put out singles on Parlour and Luv Luv Luv Records, before signing with Secretly Canadian for the recent release of their debut LP. Woman’s Hour, spearheaded by brother-and-sister duo Fiona and William Burgess, is a dynamic, all-encompassing project with equal nods to both the past, present, and future of indie rock. The UK group has a strong grasp on their brand and creative direction and, while they appear incredibly sparse and mysterious, their lyrics keep them entirely transparent. They’re a band with something to say, so we sat down with lead singer Fiona to unmask a bit of the mystery.
Your band has an aesthetic sensibility that almost meticulously matches its sonic palette. Was that the plan from the beginning?
No, it wasn’t until after we released our first single that we realized we wanted to control the visual side of our work. We felt very vulnerable after that experience and realized we wanted to feel ownership and creative control over every aspect of our work and for everything to reflect our musical style. It was around that time that we were lucky enough to meet and collaborate with the artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin who helped us to create our artwork and videos from that point onwards. We’ve loved being able to be playful with our artwork and using it as another way to communicate.
I have a recurring dream where I am a Rōnin Samurai: traveling through the countryside of ancient Japan, usually drunk, dressed like Tuxedo Mask, and without fail, The Plastics debut album, Welcome Plastics (1978) plays wherever I go, to the utter confusion of everyone I encounter, as I also yell about my eating fish, in English, a language that will not touch their shores for another few hundred years. I have clocked the era of my visits at around 200 hundred years before Tom Cruise.
Having shared all of that, Welcome Plastics reaches the height of New Wave music and its silly charm that guarantees its relevancy for this era and more to come. A few years ago, Stereo Total, covered one of the albums tracks, “I love you, oh no!” which caused the band to have a small resurgence, at least among my friends and I.
As the DIY story goes, Sebastian Nehen recorded, mixed, and mastered Silent Kid’s recently released, self-titled debut ten years ago in his home in Berlin. Then — life, that funny thing that doesn’t stop happening. And so these pop gems proceeded to sit in a dusty computer in Nehen’s basement, until Portland’s Breakup Records was able to help revive and release this stellar collection.
Now, hot of the release and songs that might have never seen the light of the day, we ask Nehen what are some of the things that keep him going when the world won’t stop spinning.
Sometimes life is boring. Sometimes things get weird and you need a fresh new perspective. So I have compiled a list of films that will make you laugh, want to crawl out of your own skin, or make you reevaluate things. Either way, if you need to switch things up, watch one or all of these films.
1. Withnail and I
This is one of the funniest dark comedies I have ever seen! First, the British roadie from Waynes World 2 is in it. He plays a drug dealer with one of the best lines from someone who is about to shake hands with the devil after smoking too much weed: “Find your neutral space. You’ve got the rush. It will pass. Be seated.” I could have used that a few times. He also rolls a joint that he calls the “Camberwell Carrot” (its name coming from the location of its inception — Camberwell — and its similarity in size and shape to a carrot). Watching Withnail and Marwood have panic attacks, avoid assaults, rapes, and starvation all while being on a bender is comedy genius. If you need more of a reason to check it out, the role of Withnail is played by Richard E. Grant, who also plays Jessa’s rehab friend and coke sniffing partner Jasper on Girls.
Scottish DJ Rustie AKA Russell Whyte – not to be confused with the fictional drug kingpin Walter White – teamed up with Detroit rap sensation Danny Brown for his latest single “Attack.” The track is Rustie’s second release off his upcoming album Green Language, which drops August 26. His first single “Raptors,” which sounds like a psychedelic amalgamation between Passion Pit and Diplo, earned a ‘best new music’ award from Pitchfork, but he definitely changed things up with ‘Attack.’ The track masterfully fuses trance-esque synth melodies and ear-shattering beats with Danny Brown’s lyrical genius and flow. If “Attack” was intended to build the hype around the upcoming album and attract a broader audience, the move was definitely successful. In the first four days since its release, “Attack” received over 15,000 likes and 317,000 plays on SoundCloud. The song appeals to both rap and electronic fans alike. But be warned: The song subconsciously begs listeners to crank the volume all the way up, so be prepared to buy some new speakers after blowing out the old ones with this banger.
I’m starting to get that itch of obsession that comes after watching an irrationally beautiful Gondry film, and ends with me making a blanket fort in my bedroom and watching his films all over again. Most of us found out about his surrealistic majesty after seeing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, followed by my favorite of his films, The Science of Sleep, but then we all sort of forgot about him after Be Kind Rewind. Well, he’s back, and all is right with the world.
His latest film, Mood Indigo, is an adaptation of Boris Vian’s novel, Froth on the Daydream, which I had not read but probably will at some point after seeing Gondry’s take on it. It tells the story of a rich bachelor, who has a great life, a neurotic friend, and an awesome cook. He soon meets the girl of his dreams and the movie takes off from there. I’m afraid if I give any more plot than that, I’ll have given away the film.