John Maus’ eagerly awaited album We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves drops next week and the artist has lined up a host of US dates to promote his new work (listed below). This week Maus gives us the Jennifer Juniper Stratford-directed video for “Head for the Country” that features the chilly visual climes of his native Minnesota blended with the warm electronic tones of his music. The giant satellite dish actually sits in his hometown Austin, Minnesota.
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Grouper’s latest video from their A I A double LP is a horror show of partially realized fears, part Ed Emscwiller, part Ingmar Bergman. The song starts off as experimental sound collage with unexpected, seemingly indeterminate punctuations before drifting off into the buzzing hazy angelic coos we’ve come to expect from Liz Harris. A rare beautific blend of sound and vision.
Linsdey Buckingham, the Fleetwood Mac leader and guitar virtuoso, has been downright prolific this decade. After managing three solo albums between 1981 and 1992, he’s just announced his third since 2006. Seeds We Sow will be released September 6. It will be the first Buckingham album not to be released through Warner Brothers. Instead, Buckingham is doing it all himself.
On his official website, Buckingham says, “[Seeds We Sow] might be the best work I’ve ever done. I think it’s an excellent representation of what I do…This is very much from the inside out and I hope I never stop doing that.” Judging by this live version of first single “In Our Own Time”, Buckingham may have more than cliches up his sleeve. The song starts at 1:40.
Buckingham has also announced a 31-city North American tour, which begins in September. Here are the dates.
A few years ago I had the misfortune of witnessing Kevin Costner’s band perform. But the experience wasn’t all for naught. Coy opener Lindi Ortega, who played about five songs, stole the show. She plays goth-pop or alt-country material mainly, and her new album is entitled Little Red Boots. Her video for “Little Lie” is most remarkable, as is her bedroom cover of Janis Joplin’s classic, “Mercedes Benz”.
Psych-folk rockers Yellowbirds released a new music video for their third single “The Reason”. Directed and animated by Yellowbirds front man Sam Cohen, the video employs stop motion collage animation, featuring 10 years worth of notebook drawings and sketches by illustrator Michael Arthur. “The Reason” is off the band’s February 2011 release The Color.