When Garbage and Screaming Females team up, they can rip guitar solos and belt out choruses right on par with Patti Smith. This black and white music video is primo. What begins as a shaky, DIY, handheld camera home video picks up as these girls begin to sing and play Because the Night. Like what […]
The video for Entertainment, the first single from Phoenix’s album Bankrupt!, is a dozen Asian soap operas mashed together to create the most epic visual experience possible. I love all the colours and confusing drama. Even though the song lyrics are in English, Phoenix masterfully creates the feeling of confusion typically experienced while watching a foreign film.
This is four minutes in the mind of a mad genius. Between the abstract color display, the hidden, changing track titles at the bottom, and the constantly changing melodies, this album preview of the Flaming Lips’s latest release, Terror, is all the glory of the full length set packed into only 4 minutes. When I watch this […]
We recorded our debut album in Mark’s parents’ garage at home in Ballarat. After initially recording the bulk of the album in expensive studios in LA and Sydney, with producers like Mickey Petralia (Ladytron, The Dandy Warhols) and Scott Horscroft (The Preserts, Silverchair, The Sleepy Jackson), we realised that what we were doing wasn’t us. […]
I came across this Ontario band thanks to NPR’s awesome Tiny Desk concerts. Built around singer and songwriter Tony Dekker, this is music that really touches the soul. This video is a three-song set which includes Everything is Moving So Fast, Pulling on a Line and Various Stages. His voice and music makes me wonder […]
Andrew Wyatt (from Miike Snow) enlisted the entire Prague Philharmonic Orchestra for his new album. It’s amazing. It feels vintage and cinematic, yet new and fresh all at once. The album, Descender, won’t be released until April 30 in the States, but in the meantime, you can stream the full saga in all its glory here.
The Staves are three sisters, singing folk. It sounds great, and the advantage of sisterly proximity whilst growing up really shows in their gorgeous harmonies. There’s some lovely instrumentation going on, too, as well as some fine songwriting. Perfect for these chilly days we’re having here in Blighty at the moment.
Written in collaboration with my long time music collaborator Lawrence Folvig, the songwriting process for You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine began back in 2009 and ended in early 2011. In July 2011 with my band and sound engineer in tow, we travelled to the beachside town of Blairgowrie, Victoria, to lay down the […]
This French duo, Couboyz, consists of a graphic designer and a photographer. In this music video for the band, Husbands, there is little or no digital intervention, just a handbuilt set and some old-fashioned electronic wiring.
Meshuggah sure make some interesting music. It’s great to see a band really exploring what they can do within the framework of a certain style, pushing themselves and the genre whilst remaining true to what makes metal great. Utilising crazy timings and rhythms and 8-string guitars, it’s all decideldy experimental but never lets up on […]
British Sea Power’s new music video for their song Machinery Of Joy is everything I want right now as spring fever begins to hit where I live. The relaxing shots of a sweater-wearing, dark haired girl riding through the country side makes me want to stop being productive and go for a long bike ride. […]
I just can’t get enough of French turntable group C2C’s song (and accompanying video) Happy!The video is directed by the talented Wendy Morgan, who has previously brought us clips like Gnarls Barkley’s Going On and Janelle Monae’s Tightrope (you can tell that Ms Morgan likes a good dance!)
Joshua Glenn is probably one of my favorite songwriters ever. Based somewhere on the Southeast Coast, Glenn travels in search of the loneliest, saddest songs and captures them in little jars for us. This is the music I crave when I just want to sit alone, wrapped in a quilt and cry my heart out. His music feels like […]
This isn’t so much about the Wildlife album as it is about my recent and rapidly growing love for La Dispute in general. Easily this record has pushed itself in to my all time top 10. Simply, ultimate purge. Vocally, they are brutal, musically they are less so. They sit in that fairly unspecific post-rock or […]
Recorded in one take one late night near the old Echo Park stomping grounds of Tom Waits and Bukowski (Alverado and Temple, LA street fans), Greatest Unknown came out as I think it was meant to be. I tried to re-sing the lead vocal a few times, but we just decided to keep the first […]