In case you weren’t still glued to your computer at 12:01 this morning, you probably haven’t yet feasted on Beyoncé’s newest release: a full 14-song eponymous visual album. On Bey’s site, you can watch and listen to 30-second previews of each.
For “Yoncé” Queen B brought in models Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, and Chanel Iman. Talk about the best modeling gig ever. Also featured? Matte and uber-lacquered red lips, grills, and bondage-inspired clothes hosiery and accessories.
Mysterious Tokyo shoegaze duo Ikebana have unconventionality built right into their name: it refers to a Japanese art of flower arranging that is not so focused on the blooms as it is on the stems and leaves, minimalist lines, and spaces. Their gentle aural equivalent is just what you need after that weekend debauch in the Hamptons.
Ikebana’s next album, When You Arrive There, arrives on July 8th, along with a remix from Yo La Tengo’s James McNew, which sounds very promising indeed. For right now, though, try “Kiss,” beggining with slow, deliberate chord-plucking and the intimate sensation of fingers sliding up and down a guitar neck. The second half opens up with a dreamy strum, filling in the anxious emptiness with reverb.
Then we have the barely-there video for "Alone," which operates on more of a minor, dissonant plane. The visuals are grainy shots of light and shadow, a city at night viewed from a copse of trees, and an insistent brightness not unlike what we imagine when thinking of alien abduction. Overall, a great way to ease into the madness of the work week—or stay cocooned in bed, whichever.
If there’s an otherworldly quality to Theresa Andersson’s video for “Street Parade,” the title track of the Swedish-born singer-songwriter’s latest album—premiering here for the first time—that’s because it was shot in a rather magical locale.
“I was so honored to shoot my new video at The Music Box and be a part of the historic art installation before it is dismantled after the final performances this weekend,” Andersson tells BlackBook. “Based in my current hometown of New Orleans and created by non-profit organization New Orleans Airlift, The Music Box is a collection of purpose-built shacks and miniature houses, each containing an instrument or having instruments built into its structure.”
Creation is something that was on Andersson’s mind when she was writing and recording this album, her sixth.
“There was a lot of slow growth going on when the songs for this album were written,” she says. “I was pregnant at the time and the album and the baby grew simultaneously. Creating a heart and an eyelash one day and a melody line the next. Inspired by marching bands I wrote the album for horns, drums and voice.” Andersson’s inspirations shine through on “Street Parade,” a gorgeous track with a matching video that you’re seeing here first.
Photo by Shervin Lainez.
Director/Producer: Alicia J. Rose
Cinematographer/Director of Photography: Bryce Fortner
With Lady Gaga in between albums–ergo, no singles; ergo, no music videos–the U.S. pop scene is devoid of female artists making over-the-top and off-the-wall music videos. Save for Nicki Minaj, of course (and probably a few others), whose new video for her latest single, "Starships" (from her new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded) is a colorful, frenetic hodgepodge of WTF.
For those who haven’t yet seen it, here’s the "Starships" music video:
OK, everyone all right? Any trauma, physical, mental or otherwise? Good. Let’s continue…
If you took scenes from Lost season 1, a piece of seaweed dipped in pink-dyed boric acid, a screen grab from a Pokemon porn, a candy raver’s cum shot, a print out from an Angelfire page devoted to Atlantis Cruises, costumes from the Exit to Eden wardrobe closet and stuffed them all into a kaleidoscope with a broken lens, this is what you’d see while looking into that shit. Nicki Minaj’s video for "Starships" is basically just a collection of random shit.
Today, over at Pitchfork, Perfume Genius (the stage name of solo artist Mike Hadreas) premiered the video for “Dark Parts,” a song off his excellent and most recent record, Put Your Back N 2 It. The video, below, is extra special because not only is it for a song about Hadreas’ mother, but it also stars her.
This isn’t the first time that a musician we love has penned an ode to dear old mom, however. Here are four of our favorite tracks, just in time for Mother’s Day.
1. Danzig – “Mother” Super spooky former Misfit Glenn Danzig’s pean to, well, someone’s mother has been a hard-rock mainstay for year, even if it might not be the type of tune that most moms want to listen to.
2. The Bouncing Souls – “I Like Your Mom” Sometimes you’re not the only one who thinks your mom is the best. From this poppy punk number from The Bouncing Souls, we learn that sometimes your friends can like her too—in a very, very different way.
3. Babes In Toyland – “Mother” The Minneapolis-based three-piece, one of the most ferocious acts of the ‘90s, were best known for a babydoll obsession, from the dresses they wore to the Cindy Sherman pictures of the creepy toys that graced some of their most memorable album covers. But this song, from 1992’s Fontanelle, isn’t about kids—it’s all about mom.
4. Fountains of Wayne – “Stacy’s Mom” You might very well think you’re all that, but in certain cases it’s actually your mom who’s really the main attraction. Poor Stacy might be young, but in this alt-rock classic, it’s her cougar mom that everyone really wants
Here’s the just-released music video for divisive plump lip-haver Lana Del Rey’s new single, "Carmen." Del Rey had previously stated that the video–which utilizes lots of spliced-together "home video" throughout–would be a sort of biopic. Which is great, but then should we also assume Del Rey was a stripper in a past life? After all, it wouldn’t be her first one (*cough* trailer park upbringing *cough*). Check out "Carmen" after the jump.