What do you do with a vintage synth keyboard collection but not enough ways to make use of them all? Well, if you're Graham Massey, and you stumbled across the forgotten history of Women's Organ Quartets who might have overwhelmed the senses of audiences with their weird electronic music, you put together a four-woman keyboard band, and you take up the drums. Read on, for the story of the Sisters of Transistors
, "a tale which wanders between truth, history and myth, and involves panic in America, army issue organs, a Derbyshire pub and a member of 808 State!
" [more inside]
Looking for some instrumental, funky, downtempo and slightly sinister soundtrack music? Klint, who as worked on soundtracks before, including Snatch
, has released his own soundtrack album, Nothing Left Of Us
(stream and download for a limited time from Soundcloud). News of this new album comes from Cheap Thrills Music
, a label run by Joshua 'Hervé' Harvey. Both Cheap Thrills
have more tracks and mixes up on Soundcloud, including plenty of streaming sounds a few free downloads from each, though that's more of deep and dirty house, as heard in Hervé's Hate On Me mixtape
(stream/dl), and from the "Tear The House Up" from Hervé x Zebra Katz
(Official Music Video, NSFW lyrics).
NOLA bounce artist and rapper Nicky Da B is dead
. Nicki was best known for his colorful, aggressively infectious music and videos, including Hot Potato Style
), Express Yourself with Diplo
), and his collaboration with photographer Clayton Cubitt Go Loko
(NSFW, strobe and flashes warning)
Meghan Trainor - a primer
: "How many of you have no idea what we're talking about? Follow-up question: How many of you have looked at the iTunes chart and felt old recently? Come, let's learn together about Trainor, 'All About That Bass,' and the problematic nature of this song.
"Weird Al" Yankovic
is back with his new album "Mandatory Fun". To help with the launch, he's releasing a video a day for eight straight days
starting today with "Tacky"
, which captures the infectious fun of of Pharrell's "Happy" with a suitably Weird Al twist.
Dancing in the Street with all music removed.
A musicless musical video, with some interpretive dubbing.
Every year students at Madonna University's Sign Language Studies program create ASL music videos of popular songs
, incorporating elements of ASL poetry and storytelling. Each video comes with a comprehensive guide explaining the translations and artistic choices behind each line of the video. Some examples: Pompeii by Bastille
, Four Women by Nina Simone
, and of course Bohemian Rhapsody
) is "basically ... the story of Drake and Lil’ Wayne
[as told with an anthropomorphic banana, hot dog bun, and stick of butter]. ButterKrust is 100% based on Wayne – Nana Splits isn’t based on anyone real but his relationship to ButterKrust is based on Drake’s relationship to Lil’ Wayne. The most important thing I wanted to express in this video is the relationship between them, how tight they are and how much Nana Splits looks up to ButterKrust.
" That's the story from Julian Petschek
, who is studying at The California Institute of the Arts. [more inside]
The video for Perturbator's (previously
) She is Young She is Beautiful
is an amalgam of Gothic horror, cyberpunk science-fiction, late 80s anime aesthetics, post-apocalytpic Miami and the best parts of b-movie cinema. All done up in a pixel art style reminiscent of the classic Out of This World (recently
) series of adventure games.
Already being hailed by some as maybe one of the best music videos of the year
, Sia's Chandelier
, featuring 11-year old Maddie Ziegler, is by turns haunting, beautiful, strange and frisson inducing. [more inside]
Christian Zander may have a commercial design background
, he has a significant amount of work in a more abstract, generative style, as seen in his House and Bike blog posts
, and strewn among his work portfolio
. He has also worked with animations, both live (Kiss Kiss Kiss - "Ponte 25"
) and recorded (Kenton Slash Demon - "Ore"
/ I Got You On Tape - "Run From The Rain"
Chad VanGaalen animates a surreal drive through Hollywood in the video for Timber Timbre's Beat the Drum Slowly
. VanGaalen also produces animations for his own music: Molten Light
, Flower Gardens
, Clinically Dead
, Peace on the Rise
and Red Hot Drops
. Some imagery slightly NWS.
A camera attached to weather balloons touches down in a farmer's field, revealing shocking footage. The year is 1991, and Hard Copy is mad at Trent Reznor.
It is a fact universally acknowledged that White People Crazy
dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip : Stunner
- You Will See Me
- Gold Teeth
Behind the scenes footage
of the filming of the music videos for The KLF's 'Justified and Ancien
t' and 'What time is Love?
We Can't Stop
and Wrecking Ball
in G-Major. Maybe not G-Major, but at least pitched down and edited. As not-work-safe as the regular versions. [more inside]
’ (NSFW lyrics) is the brand new single
from Berlin based Denitza Torodrove AKA DENA
, released worldwide on 23rd November
. The tongue and cheek lyrics offer a poignant juxtaposition to the political message of the single
which addresses immigration control issues in her native Bulgaria. The video, also shot in her homeland...provides a suitable backdrop to DENA’s unique brand of pop, 90’s inspired hip-hop and Balkan beats
. ‘Guestlist’ follows singles ‘Thin Rope
’ and ‘Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools
" which came out on French label Kitsune earlier this year
, rapidly reaching more than 800,000 views on Youtube
. [more inside]
Yoko Ono's new single Bad Dancer
has a video which involves Ira Glass, Questlove, Ira Glass, and other cool people dancing, well, poorly.
Alison Gold's Chinese Food
is the latest "pop" "hit" out of ARK Music to be making the rounds, following the footsteps of Nicole Westbrook's It's Thanksgiving
and, of course, Rebecca Black's Friday
. Beyond its hilariously forced lyrics and meter, which are par for the course, Chinese Food is being roundly criticized
for being more than a little bit racist
—and its racism is hardly culturally accurate, either: subtitles are shown throughout the song which shift to a number of different non-Chinese languages, including Hebrew and Arabic, and the song's climax includes a number of women dressed as geishas. But ARK Music's Patrice Wilson, aka Fat Usher
, is more self-aware than he's sometimes given credit for, and his music comes close to Tim and Eric territory at times (Eric Wareheim's music videos
have also been called out for dealing with race in highly problematic ways
). In a little-seen but very funny response to Friday, his song Happy
, Wilson lampoons both his own approach to songwriting, and the response Friday received afterwards. Another Alison Gold song produced by Wilson and ARK, Skip Rope
by "Tweenchronic", that might be the proof that ARK is cleverer and more deliberate in its approach than its millions of anti-fans recognize. (Wilson was interviewed by Gawker
and the LA Times
in the wake of Friday; his recent defense of Chinese Food
was either disingenuous or really dumb, depending on how much credit you're willing to give him.)
"Our brother asked us to be his best men for his wedding. We knew the hardest thing would be doing a traditional best man’s speech, because we would cry too much. So instead, we made a music video - a plea not to leave us! Which he did, regardless.
" Presenting We Are Brothers
by Baddy Paris and Rufus Starlight in the tradition they know best, 80s glam rock.
Dog goes woof
Cat goes meow
Bird goes tweet
And mouse goes squeek
Cow goes moo
Frog goes croak
And the elephant goes toot
Ducks say quack
And fish go blub
And the seal goes ow ow ow
But there’s one sound
That no one knows
What does the fox say?
is a lovely, minimal music video by Michinori Saigo, from the new record Repave
by Justin Vernon and Collections of Colonies of Bees collaboration Volcano Choir.
Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Will Forte & Ed Helms made the new Mumford & Sons video. The results are.....amazing.
I played this song to my Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll class in Caboolture, and it sure attracted some extreme (negative) reactions. “This is shit,” was the common consensus… all except me and this one girl sitting at the back who the previous week had revealed herself to be a Royal Headache fan and was sitting there with her jaw dropping, like me. It was the first time she’d heard it too. “I’m going to be buying the album tomorrow,” she said. More hardcore than Throbbing Gristle, more extreme than most ‘extreme’ punk hardcore and metal hardcore I’ve heard, and… wait. The video to ‘Stupid Hoe’ has been watched by 71 million people? What the fuck is going on? The alternative and underground is getting seriously left behind by this wanton and determined deconstruction of sound happening within the ‘mainstream’.
— Everett True [more inside]
While they were dating back in the 90's, Paul Thomas Anderson directed
several of Fiona Apple's videos including "Across the Universe"
, "Paper Bag"
. Though they have long since broken up, he recently came back
to direct the video for "Hot Knife"
off of her most recent album. The result is hypnotic.
is probably most widely recognized as a child star of the 1980s, but since then he has branched out into music. Yet with two group albums and two solo albums
, his only music video appearances have been cameos (Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night"
[Funny or Die] and Mac Miller's "S.D.S."
[YouTube]). That is, until now
: "Ascension Millennium
" (YT) is the first song off his forthcoming album, and it's "a musical journey through his 'Feldmansion' in this Day in the Life Adventure," complete with an appearance from his pal Sean Astin from "The Goonies" and tributes to Michael Jackson. [more inside]
I'm Waiting Here
is a bonus track off of David Lynch's forthcoming album. The video pairs the dreamy vocals of Lykke Li
(reminiscent of the sound work on Twin Peaks
) with a visual of rolling desert landscape (reminiscent of Lynch's Lost Highway
). [more inside]
"So many people think they can improve the situation or collaborate. I think that's very wishful thinking in this political structure. It makes people not very conscious of what's happening," he said
YouTube user AKAcronny
has an interesting animation style, which he applies to making fan videos for They Might Be Giants songs:
Can't Keep Johnny Down ( <-- best, watch this one)
- Certain People I Could Name
- Everything Right is Wrong Again
English singer-songwriter Keaton Henson
's video for Small Hands
, directed by Joseph Mann. [more inside]
The music video for "I Don't Wanna Dance" by Alex Gaudino ft. Taboo takes the form of an aerobics class for kitty cats.
Beach House, Ray Wise, fireworks, and horses: [SLYT]
"Beach House have shared a very surreal video for their Bloom single "Wishes", directed by Eric Wareheim (of "Tim and Eric") and starring Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks", "Mad Men"). Wise peforms at what looks like a very, very strange half-time event during a football game." [via: pitchfork]
Heartfelt Minneapolis punks Off With Their Heads
have just revealed Start Walking
, the first video from their upcoming album Home
. It follows on from the sound of their last album, 2010's In Desolation, and it's songs like Drive
Vincent Belorgey, known as Kavinsky (or KΔVINϟKY)
is a producer who is fixated with a stylized version of 1986, from his first single and video, Testarossa Autodrive
, to his new (and first) album
(Grooveshark stream). If that's not enough of retro neon French electro-house, you can stream his other four singles/EPs on Bandcamp
, and see the videos for Dead Cruiser
(animated sequel to Testarossa Autodrive), ProtoVision
(live-action sequel to Dead Cruiser), Nightcall
(as heard on the Drive soundtrack, and seen in the international version of the trailer
"THIS is my favorite video on the internet.
I insist that you watch it!!!! ... Generally what the vid is about is training girls to be an Amazoness. GOD IT’S SO GOOD." Mildly NWS. From the same animation studio who brought you Gal-O
Welcome to mcbess
, a land of odd illustrations
in black and white*, something of a dark and dingy take on Merry Melodies
, where the men are bearded
, and the ladies are toothy, busty (and often topless, in a vaguely NSFW cartoony way)
. There are also some large-scale illustrations
with all those elements, and more. Matthieu Bessudo, aka mcbess, is also in a band, The Dead Pirates
, and his art and music met with the video Wood
(Vimeo; also on YouTube
; more info here
). [more inside]
began her career as Keith Caputo, founder of the heavy metal band Life of Agony
. In the early 1990s the band became huge in Europe, and the teenage Caputo found herself trapped in the life of a macho metal superstar when what she really wanted was to be a nice young lady attending Julliard. She performed as Keith for over 20 years, then in 2010 Niko Bikialo
's quietly devastating music video for Caputo's song Got Monsters [brief nudity]
put the viewer inside the mind of a transwoman
as she struggles to find her place in the world and make a friend of the stranger she sees in the mirror. A year later, Caputo shocked metal fans when she officially announced she was transitioning
. [more inside]
, the first video from the fantastic Dutch musician Junkie XL
's new album Synthesized
, is a deadpan love letter to the cheesy music videos of the late '80s, early '90s. [more inside]
Disney meets Dada: Intensive Gaston Unit
It has been 30 years since it was first recorded, and almost that long since it was released as a single
and a extra-long music video
(alt. link: YT
), but Thriller
has remained at the top of lists for best Halloween songs
) and best Halloween videos
). You know the dance
, and you've read Vanity Fair's extensive Thriller Diaries
), or at least Los Angeles Times' 25 Thriller facts
, but have you seen the almost hour long making of the video
? Have you heard the voice-over session with Michael and Vincent Price
, with the bonus unreleased "rap" vocals by Price? You remember that Vincent did Thriller just to make fun of himself
, like he did when he worked with Jack Benny
and Red Skelton
, right? Or maybe you're in the mood for more of the comedic horror that Michael liked, such as his collaboration with Stephen King
, Michale Jackson's Ghosts
(HD, with Japanese subtitles and intro). [more inside]
is a rap duet between the insouciant twentysomething Kitty Pryde
and the cartoonishly vivid RiFF RaFF
. The two styles contrast each other hilariously.