Remember that Spike Jonze-helmed video for Wax’s California with the guy on fire? It’s like that, but with zombies. And the music’s as slow as the pan too. And prettier.
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With a new album dropping in November, Minneapolis rap stalwarts Doomtree have unleashed the single “The Grand Experiment”. This first taste of the upcoming long player No Kings follows relatively hot on the heels of the group’s Wugazi release and sets the tone for what will surely be an autumn filled with Doomtree activity. All of it is a celebration of sorts of the group’s first decade as a collective.
If the message behind the new release is a bit confusing-a call for both rebellion and respect(?) while “[obeying] no kings” and “seeking no thrones”, then at the very least the music is straightforward and filled with standard Doomtree touches. Other titles from No Kings include “Punch-Out”, “Little Mercy”, and what may or may not be an ode to the fashion industry, “Bolt Cutter”.
Best of all, this was all meant to be played loud.
If you were a fan of The Fling’s LP When the Madhouses Appear from earlier this year, then you’ll be excited to know that there is yet another release upcoming, complimented by a rather extensive US tour. What I’ve Seen will be released November 1, and their tour started October 18 in California. The rest of the year will be spent on the road in promotion of their new disc, so keep an eye out. Dates below the jump.
Attention connoisseurs of hip kids’ music: Elizabeth Mitchell of Ida fame has released a new song for free downloading called “Rollin’ Baby”. All you have to do is fork over your e-mail address and it’s yours. It’s actually written by her sister-in-law Anna Padgett, aka The Good Ms. Padgett.
According to Mitchell’s website, her follow up to Sunny Day is “coming soon”.
Last year, It’s a King Thing released Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo, which was one of the best pop/rock albums of 2010. What’s more, the band made the album available free of charge, only asking listeners to share it with others. Many months later, this set of songs still hasn’t grown old, and new music videos continue to appear. The latest is Vincent DiCostanzo’s video for “Number One Option”. Mainly consisting of one shot, the video is a fitting vehicle for the band’s uncomplicated but effective approach to pop songcraft.