This week Gang Gang Dance released the second free MP3, “MindKilla” from their upcoming album Eye Contact, which is slated for release May 9th in the UK and May 10th in the US. Also, in a busy week for the band, they have unleashed the new video for “MindKilla” directed by Shoji Goto. Check out upcoming tour dates and the video after the jump.
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British producers Eclectic Method have been pushing the boundaries of music and video during a long career in which they’ve worked with music from diverse artists like U2, Phish, Fatboy Slim and now Chuck D. Ian Edgar, Jonny Wilson and Geoff Gamlen aren’t your average DJs or producers, as they think as much visually as aurally, and blend both into their audio-visual mixes. After their recent SXSW appearances, Eclectic Method took the stage of the Jimmy Fallon show with Copyright Criminals (video below). Their latest work is “Outta Sight”, a collaboration with hip-hop legend Chuck D that includes some self-referentiality to the artistic method in lines like “it’s not audio-visual, we living in the visual-audio age”, suggesting that imagery is now the most potent cultural form. Kotchy’s remix of the tune gives the song more of an electro edge. Contrast that with the more spare and direct original in the video below.
Julie Taymor’s experimental film adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest was quite unfortunate and problematic. Helen Mirren as the female Prospera (not the male Prospero, as in the original play) was brilliant but too underused. The comic bits, which could have been well-performed, basically ruined the film. But “Prospera’s Coda”, a song that immediately followed the film, was most touching, dark, and brooding. Shakespeare wrote the lyrics, and Beth Gibbons of Portishead fame took over on vocals. Beth Gibbons did an excellent job at illustrating loss, despair, and, finally, retirement, via her singing.
Chris Tarry is internationally recognized for his bass playing and composing, but as his new release, Rest of the Story, proves, he’s an author, too. Tarry has been publishing fiction in Canadian and American literary journals. His smartly titled new CD for Nineteen-Eight Records is a piece of hybrid art that includes 100 pages of his writing. Described on the website as a product “that speaks to a time when album design still mattered”, Rest of the Story is an exercise in the art of the CD from one of jazz’s top band leaders.
Australian ambient outfit All India Radio has just released their new album The Silent Surf. Its digital companion has been available since before Christmas though, available for download from Bandcamp here. All you have to do is fork over your email address and you get 15 minutes of music for free. It shares the same first track as The Silent Surf, “The Bomb” featuring Steve Kilbey of the Church in a brief spoken word part. There are two unreleased songs, “Stage” and “Twisted Metal”, and a remix of “Hotel Madras”, which originally appears on All India Radio’s 2000 album The Inevitable.