Sculpture paints the turntable as a roulette wheel as a rotary phone as infinite other things as the hypnotic spinning plates drive sensory overload into your frontal lobe. The music by Dan Hayhurst is an unstable mix of percussive loops and ramshackle found sound completely in line with the visuals. It’s pretty bold to call your outfit Sculpture, but in this case it seems pretty apt.
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Lady Gaga is back, touring with her Monster Ball extravaganza. This time, she’s armed with a much-talked-about new single, “Born This Way,” which is sure to be a highlight of her updated set list.
We’ve seen her Grammy performance and off-the-wall music video, and we’ve debated the song’s possibly purposeful aping of Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” But how does it compare — in both effectiveness and cheesiness — to other self-empowerment anthems that have come before it? Read on.
—Hunter Hauk - The Dallas Morning News (MCT)
It’s hard to knock the National for milking their 2010 release High Violet for all it’s worth since the album is so damn good. The Brooklyn-via-Cincinnati band just released yet another video for the LP, this time up the track “Conversation 16” gets the short film treatment.
You can check out the video, which features Mad Men star John Slatterly and Kristen Schaal from the The Daily Show, below.
The former Skull Disco co-founder Shackleton has always been a figure whose music seemed to bubble under the skin as much as rumble along the surface, so soundtracking a series of flies circulating around the studio of German artist Juergen Boettcher aka Strawalde, seems creepily fitting. I’m not particularly flummoxed by the footage, which seems like leftover scraps, but the utilization of a Shackleton soundtrack could mystify even the most mundane scenery.
Just like Viktor Krauss and Marc Johnson before him, Kermit Driscoll is a versatile veteran jazz bassist making a debut album after many years of service as a session musician. And like the aforementioned musicians, his debut sounds an awful lot like an album made by his sometime-boss Bill Frisell. Is this such a bad thing? Hell no. Besides, it certainly helps that Driscoll’s originals are powerful enough to stand erect with any guitarist at the helm. Kris Davis and Vinnie Colaiuta fill out the ensemble on piano and drums respectively. Davis in particular goes above and beyond her call of duty with rolls and trills, and preparing the piano. And Colaiuta.. .well, Sting doesn’t hire just any old chump.
Reveille won’t drop until April, but it will be worth the wait.