In the comments section there’s a request for these storyboards, and the band has offered up their breezy song “Is That Enough” as background. The videos are directed by Donick Cary with Sugarshack Animation, utilizing an angular edginess. (Stay tuned for a special cameo at the end!)
Earlier this year, when PopMatters spoke with Josh Ritter, we noted that the “more plain-spoken lyrics and stripped-down musical arrangements” from his new album Beast In Its Tracks are “winning Ritter new fans”.
So if you haven’t heard him before, get a taste via this legal download of a live show recording from earlier this year. You can listen to and download a recording from Hamilton College at Archive.org. Once you do, you’ll probably want to see Ritter right away, so we’ve helpfully posted his remaining Summer tour dates, plus his stretch of acoustic shows in the Fall, below. If a whole download isn’t appealing and you only have time for one song, I highly recommend “A Certain Light”—a video with a live rendition and the song’s lyrics are posted below.
The Baptist Generals’ Chris Flemmons won’t just be coming to a venue near you, but he’s planning on bringing the show right to you, if you win a contest to have him play an acoustic set in your very own home. Running from September 16 through October 15, 2013, the Baptist Generals Living Room Tour is a collaboration with the Undertow Music Collective, which has sponsored similar events with likes of David Bazan, Damien Jurado, and Califone. For details on how to host your very own Chris Flemmons performance, visit the Undertow site.
What Julia Holter calls the “heart” of her third record (and Domino debut) Loud City Song, third single “Maxim’s I,” starts in a mass of cymbals and blossoms into a fecund, organic piece of slow-moving, ever-ascending classic pop. The dramatic, six-minute song (compulsively repeatable, due in part to its Ouroboros-like structure, with those same cymbals closing the track) gives Holter space to showcase her already strong vocals in a less claustrophobic environment. The track’s live instrumentation lends lines like “What of hearts, and diamonds?” a vocal pop bigness unusual to much of her older material, and the strength of her unlayered, all-but-effects-free voice shows a growing sense of artistic confidence. Here’s hoping that Holter took as much care with Loud City Song‘s other organs as she did with its heart.