Let’s be blunt. It’s unlikely that Plaid’s debut single from their forthcoming album Scintilli will become as anthemic or well-known a tune as “Eyen” or their remix of Björk’s “All Is Full of Love”. However, there is a beauty to the abstract tendrils of their freeform sound here, which veers far closer to avant-classical than their previous melodicisms. This is reinforced by the video, featured an anachronistic Chinese mistress submerged in water, twisting and dancing in sensual parallax to a wafting octopus.
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Sole aka Tim Holland recently released his third album with the Skyrider Band titled Hello Cruel World, which seems particularly apropos to reference on a day following a 500-plus drop in the Dow. But really this is not as cynical as it sounds. In fact Sole sees his current music as fully embracing the artistic possibilities of the DIY sensibility and all of the personal freedom and responsibility that DIY implies. On Hello Cruel World, he and his band have teamed with a number of indie’s leading lights, including Xiu Xiu, Pictureplane, Sage Francis, and more. This new tune “Immortality” features a collaboration with animation artist, Dave Lando. Sole said of the video, “It’s a song about futurist/inventor Ray Kurzweil and the modern search for immortality, we teamed up with Decadence Comics artist Dave Lando to create a pretty interesting ‘hard science fiction’ animation.”
Just a couple weeks after their acclaimed performance at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival, tUnE-yArDs made their national television debut (Monday, August 1) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. With the addition of ?uestlove on drums and Black Thought even rapping a verse near the end of the tune, this song is brimming with unbridled energy. Let’s hope the spontaneity and utter joy of this performance will bring Merrill Garbus’ insanely creative music to a larger audience. It deserves to be heard by everyone.
Watch below as Explosions in the Sky blow the roof off Letterman with an abbreviated version of the song “Postcard from 1952” off of their latest album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care.
New York has had it good concerning Shakespearean theater recently, given that The Merchant of Venice, which starred Al Pacino as Shylock, was successfully produced. This summer, New York is presently hosting a six-week residency from England’s prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, which the New York Times has called one of “the most famous classical theater companies in the world.” The R.S.C. will produce five plays in 45 performances, until 14 August. The plays are as follows: As You Like It,Julius Caesar,King Lear,Romeo and Juliet, and The Winter’s Tale. Don’t miss any one of them!