I heard this song on my alt. rock radio station today. Perhaps it was the melody, or the vocals, but I was transported back to the ‘80s. I would have closed my eyes and relished the moment, but I was driving in my car. Some people think the song sounds like something from U2, or Bob Seger. I’m not sure I agree, but I am comforted by the strangely familiar voice that, ironically, I have never heard before. The band has been criticized for going mainstream, much like No Doubt or Fall Out Boy. However, I know a catchy song when I hear one, and this song has stayed on repeat for about 20 minutes, and I probably won’t be able to get it out of my head for the next couple of days.
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Del Marquis, the guitarist for the tirelessly glamorous Scissor Sisters, makes a sharp turn to the dark side with “Character Assassination”, the title track from his forthcoming EP of the same name. We here at PopMatters are thrilled to be able to present the world premiere of the video for this track.
Over doomily cascading Gary Numan-style synths, Marquis explores the extremely thin line between delight and despair. As for the video, it’s as if Nine Inch Nails had Philip K Dick direct a video using only the cover of Peter Gabriel’s Shock the Monkey as inspiration. It’s moody stuff, but he can’t be all gold lamé bikini briefs all the time.
Benbecula is one of the most exciting labels in Scotland. Since 1999, they have delivered to the area and, thanks to the internet, the world some of the finest downtempo, ambient, experimental, glitch, folk, and all electronic variations of each. Not that they only deal with Scottish music, mind you. The electronic free-jazz of Brian Ellis comes from California, while Phrizzm’s IDM flows from Ontario. These six videos will give you a sense of their style. Two of them are from my personal favorite Christ. (pronounced like Christopher), who was an early member of Boards Of Canada.
Christ. - “Happyfour Twenty” from Blue Shift Emissions
Brian Ellis - “Para Ti” from The Silver Creature
Genaro - “Suspicions” from Genaro
Phrizzm - “Minutae” from Phrizzm EP
Christ. - “Always to Play” from Metamorphic Reproduction Miracle
Brian Ellis - “Say” from The Silver Creature
Five years ago this week, critical faves TV on the Radio dropped Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes on the greatful indie masses. Our very own Tim O’Neil said of the record: “Every once in a great while, something comes along that knocks you off your socks and restores your faith in the healing power of rock and roll. Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes is just such an album, a dynamically different and radically invigorating shot of intellectual rigor into a moribund retro-rock scene.” “Dreams” was the video off this release.
TV on the Radio - Dreams
TV on the Radio - Bomb Yourself (live)
TV on the Radio - The Wrong Way (live)
I think Ghostly International described the latest video from 2008’s Alpinisms best themselves:
“In School of Seven Bells music, a human element lurks behind a veil of technology and noise; Toby Holbrook’s video for the Brooklyn trio’s ‘Half Asleep’ follows suit, depicting real-life twin vocalists Alejandra and Claudia Deheza as earthbound beauties, while complicating their image through sped-up film, gauzy overlays, and brightly colored, weather-like disturbances. The clip conjures a sad, surreal feeling that sticks with you long after the images fade.”