Leave it to the fellas in Drink Up Buttercup to make a video so outlandish as this. It has the same kind of intensity and insanity that DUB’s live show does which makes it a totally perfect video for “Seasickness Pills” even though it doesn’t really have anything to do with the lyrics. After putting out Born And Thrown On A Hook last year they’ve been touring a whole lot hopefully they’re making time to get back into the studio to give us another fix of their bawdy music.
Warning, do not watch this video of you’ve got a weak stomach.
[MP3] Gods And Gentlemen
I can’t tell you how much I love seeing a band I truly dig get the praise and attention they rightfully deserve. Savoir Adore is the most recent group to achieve wider acclaim. They’ve been popping up in conversations, play lists and even on TV (their track “Break My Stride” soundtracks a Chase Bank commercial) which delights me greatly. The only thing that matches that delight is the news that they’ve released new material. In the Wooded Forest, their first album, has been a fav of mine for a while and I have been anxious to hear what they would follow it up with. “Sparrow” is just a nibble at what the future of Savoir Adore may sound like. They’re currently in the studio exploring where their wonderful musical curiosity will lead. Hope post production goes quickly cause I want to hear more.
This is a new group to my ears and I quite like them. They have an alluring sound that includes elements of folk, country and indie pop which is probably drawn from a combination of musical backgrounds and their Portland OR roots. All seven members sing while playing their various instruments which lends a great gospelike delivery which is really at it’s best when playing off each other in rondo. They just released Alright You Restless five tracks of warm good energy tunes you’d be wise to add to your home library. AgnesandAgnes are on the road right now criss crossing the country so get yourself out to see them live if you can.
They’re playing at Kung Fu Necktie on Saturday April 28th with LAKE and Royal Shoals
[MP3] So So Freely
I am spending my evening catching up on some of the movies expected to get Oscar nods which put my in a visual frame of mind. Coincidentally, there have been a few cool videos to cross my path recently so I thought I’d share them with you real quick. Enjoy!
The XX -VCR
There have been some rather interesting videos in my in-box lately that I feel compelled to share with you if for no other reason than to loosen a smile or giggle from your lips.
First off, Edward Sharpe and The Magnificent Zeros (whom I adore and recently sold out the church) have created a 12 part music video series called SALVO! There is a rather epic sounding story line and from the looks of the production in the first two bits the full offering will play like a short film. It even has a stellar cast for a side project. David Straitharn and Dermot Mulroney both star in the second segment seen below. To get the full effect you should really start at the beginning.
This next video is fom Chris Garneau for his lovely little ditty Fireflies. Its based on Legend Of Zelda. Need I say more? Yes, actually… He is going to be in Philly on Friday at the Church for his only US performance amidst his busy European/Asia tour extravaganza.
Next up WHY? has released a twofer, one video for the first two track from Eskimo Snow These Hands & January Twenty Something. The visuals for each songs is succinct and fit neatly together yet still definitely make your head wander.
Beth Orton is one of many artists contributing to the Judee Sill tribute album Crayon Angel. And, if her rendition of Reach For The Sky is any indication it will be a perfect cozy into fall album. It is out now on American Dust.
Lake is another band with a rotating cast of characters but the ever present Eli Moore & Ashley Eriksson have a true talent for crafting a retro tune. With a hint of 70′s folk pop they are about to hit the road to support their recent release Let’s Build A Roof. Check out their single Don’t Give Up and see if its the kind of thing you might dig. I have a feeling they do quite the live show.
There are a few things that tend to get me really quick and Mumford & Sons possess quite a few in the highest of quality: breath taking harmonies, British accents, a stand up bass player and banjos. I came upon the new video for White Blank Page over at the superb Song By Toad and was excited to see they are finally releasing a full album. Sigh No More comes out on Tuesday and they will be doing a few shows in the States in the next few months. Here is another excellent video for the song Little Lion Man
The Eels released an album, El Hombre, earlier this year that was front man Mark Oliver Everett’s take on love in all its forms. True to their straightforward style the album is a very honest depiction of what, good and bad, love can bring. When this video was released I felt it was most appropriate. And, despite the fact that I am not the biggest Lakshmi fan I still feel compelled to share.
That Look You Gave That Guy
I am currently packing my bag and running around like a crazy person getting ready to leave for Denver tomorrow. These are four more acts I’m looking forward to seeing at Monolith. All of these performers (and most on my “must see” list) understand the importance of putting on a show vs. being on stage and playing instruments.
Here is a tasty treat, M covering Bowie’s classic Lets Dance on KCRW
In preparation for Monolith Music Festival next week at Red Rocks I have snagged videos from the acts I’m most looking forward to seeing. I’ll spread it out over the next couple of days for your continued pleasure. Enjoy the show!
Remix!: Before Tigers (CFCF)
Such a great video.
The Love Language
According to my insider sources there will be a CD released soon to support this project. I am really looking forward to hearing it.