The Kills Release ‘Icy, Paranoid’ Video for ‘Siberian Nights’

The Kills have been rolling out an impressive range of visuals for their highly anticipated, forthcoming sixth studio album Ash & Icefirst with lead single, “Doing It To Death,” and following with, “Heart of a Dog.” Ahead of Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart’s comeback on June 3, the collaborative duo has shared a third music video, this time for buzz single, “Siberian Nights.”

According to director/actor Giovanni Ribisi (Lost in Translation, Boiler Room, Avatar), he directed this video to reflect Hince’s “icy, paranoid” lyrics, which muse about the musician’s solo journey on the infamous Trans-Siberian Express:

“I’ve always looked at videos from a cultural perspective whether it’s about a single, cultural event or some facet of the band,” Ribisi said. “Over the course of making this video, what was there evolved into being something more abstract. However, during its early conception, I was enamored with a John Houston film called The Misfits. Ernst Haas was there during the making of it, taking photographs. His pictures were some of the many references for the video.” Watch, below:

Exclusive: Nur Khan on Guns N’ Roses Show at Hiro Ballroom, Burlesque King Ivan Kane On Revel Resort

I wouldn’t recognize Fashion Week if Nur Khan wasn’t presenting one or more serious Rock and Roll shows. Fresh off The Kills‘ 10 Year Anniversary party hosted by Lovecat Magazine the other night, Nur throws Guns N’ Roses into the Hiro Ballroom. Talk around town has Mark Packer soon converting the space into a Tao Downtown, gobbling up Hiro and Matsuri in the process. Nur was the hero at Hiro when it was what it was. He is seriously happy about sending his old turf off with a bang. I caught up with him and gave my regrets.I cannot attend, as I will be DJing with Kelle Calco at Hotel Chantelle while all the hoopla is hooplaing. I asked Nur all about it.

The rumor was that the show was going to be at The Electric Room but it got too big a thing and now it’s at Hiro. In the future, you plan on doing a lot of shows at The Electric Room. How do you shows there….logistically?
I just did my first show there the other night. I remove furniture in front of a fireplace and half of the room. Set the PA and backline up in front of the fireplace – very similar to what I created with the Rose Bar sessions. You get the idea. You were at some of them. I see The Electric Room as a better fit for emerging bands. I’m doing this at Hiro; it’s sort of my two cents into the goodbye. The town is losing another rock and roll room. I’m going to have to build another. We’d still be at Don Hill’s if he hadn’t died. This show at Hiro is all out …confetti canons, arealists. It’s the last hurrah before Mark Packer takes Hiro and Matsuri over and does what he does to it.  
I know why you, me, and everyone and their brothers want these shows …how about the bands…what’s in it for them? Why do they want it?
For the most part, the bands are friends, so relationships are important when it comes to these…  everyone loves these intimate shows. It feels very special and inclusive, like the band is playing in my loft. It’s also a slightly different PR angle for the bands; there’s different press attached to these shows than, say, perhaps a Madison Square Garden show. They get reviewed differently from a different demographic that they don’t get from just a regular concert.  Because the shows are so small and private, they generate a lot of interest. I have gotten bands a lot of editorial work and exposure/campaigns sometimes etc., so the bands benefit from it being a very special show. A lot of VIPs and NYC tastemakers, and just an overall different experience that’s fun to do once in a while. I’m sure at one point all these bands were playing in a garage or something in their early days. They like the fact that these shows are a little "out of the norm" and, like i said, it’s usually friends and family so everyone’s happy to do the shows regardless….
What are you up to?
I am so busy just focusing on Fashion Week right now. I’m swamped with events this week. Task #1 is trying to keep up with an email every 30 seconds this week !!
Another Fashion Week frenzy….what’s driving you these days, besides money…besides being surrounded by fast woman and gallant men?
Haha. That’s funny!!!  What’s driving me?? I enjoy what I do and as you know, I am super passionate about music (and design, like yourself)… I really am thrilled with the way The Electric Room came out…  I just finished having another custom- designed mirror today – big clockwork orange eyes, back painted on glass behind the whole DJ area. What drives me is to create something new, designing the clubs, and I like to shake things up when I can and go in different directions when there is a trend happening in town. If everyone is going right,  I like to go left!!!  But always stay consistent with my music programs, which are geared for a musically literate clientele!!! Please!!!!  Come to the Guns N’ Roses show I’m doing tonight. It’s gonna be a full-on electric three-hour set!!!
Ivan Kane headshot
I am a regular visitor to Atlantic City and it makes me happy that the resort Revel, for so long an empty monolith on the beach, is getting geared up to open. Previews begin April 2nd, and the opening is on May 25th, kicking-off Memorial Day weekend.  One of the entertainment editions to speak of is Burlesque Maestro Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly Nightclub. I asked Ivan to tell me all about it:
This isnt my dad’s AC and the Revel figures to take it to another level. What is AC 2012? Where is it going and what does the Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly Nightclub do to the AC game?
I have always been known for expanding the genre of burlesque and creating a unique, sexy, and sensual vibe.  It’s a bigger experience than one usually finds in a nightclub environment.
Royal Jelly sounds sticky and sweet. Where does the name come from?
Queen bees are made, not born, and Royal Jelly is the key ingredient to the burlesque royalty found only at Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub.  
Burlesque in NYC has become a staple, yet only a couple of years ago it was relegated to off-nights in out of the way places. Now, it’s a boom town with serious shows almost nightly. NYC is enjoying a burlesque renaissance. Will this renaissance translate to South Jersey and Vegas by the beach?
Burlesque entered the pop culture lexicon with the phenomenal success of Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce in Hollywood and at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. Now I am bringing my burlesque to the east coast with an unparalleled nightclub experience that I created exclusively for Revel Atlantic City.
Revel has been a long time coming. When did the idea of your joint form and what will it look like?  
I am very excited to be a part of Revel; it has been a long time coming. Royal Jelly is a nightclub-in-the-round, where the DJs and dancing are complemented by the drama and excitement of the burlesque shows. Royal Jelly was designed to be exciting no matter where you turn, with multiple stages and flying catwalks that drop from the sky, animating the entire space.
How do you clone yourself? Will you always be around or sometimes in LA or NYC or Vegas? What capable person or persons will spot you when you’re afar?  
I touch everything Royal Jelly, but I surround myself with incredibly talented, able, and creative people. Because we are producing highly produced shows every night, I am never too far away for too long a period.  

From Avenue to Bantam to the Diner: The Never-Ending Night

I try not to write too much about what you already know. Everyone knows the bottle clubs, the scene clubs, the celebrity, the jet-set joints where money is no object – but then again, it is the object. These places are often considered commonplace by the common man who dwells in hipster havens and dive bars. That perception is wrong. There is validity to what these operators offer, although they aren’t all things to all people. Most people can’t afford to party there or they lack the looks or connections to pass through their velvet ropes. Once inside there is always action. Although the bottom line is the bottom line, as it is in most businesses (including the nightclub business), these clubs deliver a quality good time to their often well-know audiences. The DJs often play a set that contains crowd-pleasing, familiar tracks, but the DJs themselves are great DJs and giving the people what they want makes it fun -and what in the name of God is wrong with pleasing a crowd?

Last night I whisked myself to Avenue for club mogul Noah Tepperberg’s birthday. He co-owns a lot of places. Off the top of my head, he has pieces of Marquee (NYC, Vegas, Australia), Lavo (NYC, Vegas), Tao (NYC, Vegas), Marble Lane, Ph-D Rooftop, the aforementioned Avenue, Artichoke Pizza. There are all sorts of pool entities and spin-offs of these places now. He has many reasons to be cheerful, despite being half the man he used to be. Well, not exactly half, but he has lost a lot of weight by watching what he eats and drinks, and working out with a new trainer who Noah introduced to me last night. Avenue was packed with the beautiful, the rich, and the famous last night. The energy was through the roof. I’m not going to mention the celebrities that I saw, as that comes with the no price for admission. Avenue is a gossip-free zone and those that go know that.

We bolted into the night and popped by 1OAK, which was just getting started. A late-night rush comes from sister space The Darby Downstairs which closes early by NYC standards. The Butter Group operators, which own these properties and Butter, understand that after a while, crowds want to hop, skip, and jump elsewhere, so they engineer that hop-over to another one of their spaces. Thus, 1OAK gets a big late boost. We chatted up a looking-real-good Richie Romero and said hello to all the familiar faces of the vibrant staff as we headed into the night. We strolled to No. 8, where Amanda danced with Amy Sacco who was simply being wonderful. I hadn’t been before, as I rarely get over to this hood during the week. Currently, they aren’t open on Saturdays, but will be when the summer spins away. I loved No. 8. The music was amazing. Amy, one of the best operators in this business, was an active part of the action. At 8, I saw countless familiar faces. The crowd was mixed and adult and I loved it.

Still, the night had me moving, and we headed to The Electric Room, where Angelo made sure we were happy. Nur Kahn is in Italy with The Kills. In the past, when Nur traveled, The Electric Room often lacked…electricity. He and I talked about that a couple months ago. Last night, the place was pumping. Amanda said, and I quote, "The thing about this place is that it never compromises. When you walk in the door, you always hear great music and find yourself amongst a cool crowd.” She isn’t taking over this column, but she is spot-on about this spot. The Electric Room was fabulous.

Outside we ran into pal Dean Winters who was out causing mayhem but not as seen on TV. We chatted him up in front of the Dream Hotel, where we also ran into Limelight producer Jen Gatien. Jen, me, and mine spent an hour trading war stories and catching up. I told her she gave me yet another 15 minutes of fame as Limelight is now On Demand on Showtime. I am getting stoppedeverywhere. Someone asked me who I wanted to play me in the sure-to-come epic movie about my life, and as I looked at this silly person, I reached into my bag of stock answers for occasions like this and deadpanned the answer: “… Denzel.”

After the very brief chuckles, we headed to The Darby. I just wanted to see it in action. I occasionally pop in to see how it’s wearing and tearing. Designers do revisit their babies just to see how the fabric is holding up. Design is theoretical until a place opens. I like to see what I could have done better and what is working just fine. Dean Winters joined us at the bar and we toasted to something important to that moment. I stopped by Bantam as I headed to the Bridge. It was a classic 3am crowd of revelers enjoying the moment and the sticky liqueurs. Bantam is great for that first stop or that last stop, and not bad if you’re caught in between.

After we left and had our late-night meal at a diner, we arrived home just as the sun was coming up. We got the leash on Lulu and went to stock up on diet sodas and popcorn and such. As usual, my head hit the pillow at 6am and here I am at 10am talking to you. Someone told me yesterday that not needing sleep is the sign of a genius. I don’t know if there’s any truth to that, but if it is true I suspect that he’s a very tired genius.

A Vaguely Filthy, Totally Catchy Playlist by ‘Happy Endings’ Star Eliza Coupe

ABC’s hit show Happy Endings is like a deeply dysfunctional Friends. It’s also much darker, smarter, and funnier. As it heads into its third season, the sitcom’s most crowd-pleasing character is the competitive and neurotic Jane, played by Eliza Coupe. Jane is, as Coupe puts it, “a total nutbag—and not nuts as in food from the tree. She’s nuts as in a sack of nuts—as in balls.” Speaking of double entendres, we asked the extremely funny star to create a soundtrack to accompany a “happy ending,” or at least, a nice climax.

“Love Lust” by King Charles
I am obsessed with King Charles. Obsessed! If you watch the video for this song, the guy is tall and lanky and pale and has dreads and I am so fucking attracted to him! I want him to “love lust” all over me. There’s just something about that song—I blast it when I’m doing anything. It’s a beautiful little journey of happy sex. Operative Lyric: “For the sun on my skin / as the morning begins / I’d die in the dark just to feel / your skin on my skin.”

“Starz In Their Eyes” by Just Jack
My brother Thom introduced me to this song when he first moved out to L.A. We played it when we were driving around with the windows down. But then you listen to the lyrics and think, “Oh, how ironic—we’re listening to this in L.A. and I’m an actor.” The song is basically saying, “Don’t become a weird, creepy, drug-addicted, narcissistic, asshole starlet.”
Operative Lyric: “Remember they said you’d show them all / Emphasize the rise but not the fall / And now you’re playin’ a shoppin’ mall…”

“What You Do To Me” by BlakRoc featuring The Black Keys
I’d never heard of BlakRoc before, but I love The Black Keys. It’s so sexy, and you feel like you’re part of the group when you’re playing it in your car. And the line, “Give me mouth-to-mouth or even give me south-to–mouth”—it’s so dirty. Of course I love it. Who doesn’t want that when you’re getting a happy ending? Let’s just spell it out.
Operative Lyric: “Give me mouth-to-mouth or even give me south-to-mouth / Damn ‘cause you don’t know what she do to me.”

“Under Your Spell” by Desire
Drive, the soundtrack of which contains this song, made want to have an insane amount of sex with Ryan Gosling. It’s carried over to this song! Whenever you listen to it you feel a little bit dirty but at the same time sexy. I feel like I have a dirty, sexy secret. I like things a little bit sleazy.
Operative Lyric: “I don’t eat / I don’t sleep / I do nothing but think of you.”

“Last Day Of Magic” by The Kills
I’m straight and I’m married, but I have a real girl crush on [Kills lead singer] Alison Mosshart. My husband has a crush on her, too. I even started dressing like her for a bit. When I lived in New York, I would walk and listen to this song on repeat. When it left me hanging at the end, I would just keep going. I made my own happy ending.
Operative Lyric: “I’ll be the man with the broom / If you’ll be the guts of the room / And there’s only so much you can hide / Before I corner you.”

“A Matter Of Time” by The Leisure Society
The song is like six minutes long, and it almost seems like two different songs. When I’m hiking, I time it out perfectly so right when I get to the top of the mountain the song peaks. While I’m up there, I’m looking out over L.A. and I’m thinking, “I hate you Los Angeles! And I love you at the same time!”
Operative Lyric: “The fever comes, it never dies / It burns my brain and blurs my eyes / Although I wasn’t born to fight / I know I’ll find it in me.”

“Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Every time I hear the song, I pretend it’s my husband and me doing a duet. My husband is a horrible singer—I love him to bits, but he is off–key in every direction. But we sing it together, and I don’t even care if he sounds like a cat in heat.
Operative Lyric: “Well, hot and heavy, pumpkin pie / Chocolate candy, Jesus Christ / Ain’t nothing please me more than you.”

“Baby Beluga” by Raffi
My mother was an early childhood development teacher for a while when I was growing up, and we listened to Raffi so much! We had a cassette of his songs and when it broke and we all freaked out—even my parents. As I got older I realized this old guy was singing this song to a bunch of children. What is he doing? What is he after? What really is going on with that “little white whale on the go?”
Operative Lyric: “Way down yonder where the dolphins play / where you dive and splash all day / Waves roll in and the waves roll out / See the water squirting out of your spout.”

“Shape Of My Heart” by Noah and the Whale
When I first heard this song I thought the singer’s voice was horrible, but I ended up just absolutely loving it. It’s really emotional for me and I don’t quite know why. I did a movie in China, and when I was over there I kept putting my iPhone on shuffle and that song kept coming up. I was alone a lot while I was there, and this song just made me think of all the people I love.
Operative Lyric: “For your heart is like a flower as it grows / And it’s the rain, not just the sun that helps it bloom / And you don’t know how it feels to be alive / Until you know how it feels to die.”

Concerto No. 1 for Mandolin, Strings, and B.C in C Major by Antonio Vivaldi, performed by Jörg Faerber, Paul Grund, & Württemberg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn
I grew up in New England. My dad read me bedtime stories from Ernest Hemingway and Raymond Carver, and my parents only played classical music in the house. We listened to Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, but we never listened to this song. I randomly came on in my car recently, and I had it playing so loud. I thought, Oh! I could actually rock out to this.
Operative Lyric: N/A 

BlackBook Tracks #13: High School Called, It Wants Its Music Back

Maxïmo Park played in New York last night? The Killers are putting out an album next week? It’s time to reflect on the recent past. It seems like just yesterday that Brandon Flowers was perfecting his glossy pout, but that was 2005, or 16 blog years ago! Here are some other memories from my time as an entry-level alt teen, putting posters from imported copies of the NME on my bedroom wall.

Maxïmo Park – “Graffiti”

Back in the day, Maxïmo Park’s Paul Smith was probably the smartest guy in British rock music. He might still be!

Hot Chip – “Over and Over”

Hot Chip had already released debut album Coming On Strong in 2004, but “Over And Over” was their breakout single in 2006, and for good reason. It’s got all the wit and tension that has led to their success since then.

The Lovemakers – “Prepare For The Fight”

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the sexed-up Oakland duo was always on heavy rotation on the alt-rock station LIVE 105. To this day, I’m not really sure how far outside the region they made it, but they had a good run while they lasted.

The Kills – “Love Is A Deserter”

The Kills have been going strong for ten years now, and “Love Is A Deserter” was the first song I remember hearing from them. They’ve mellowed out a little with age, but this cut from 2004’s No Wow shoots to kill.

Arctic Monkeys – “Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?”

Remember the halcyon days of Myspace, when bands like Arctic Monkeys could suddenly rise to international stardom? Well, now it’s 2012, and high school girls are cyberbullying each other on Tumblr instead.

The Rakes – “22 Grand Job”

The now-defunct favorites of Hedi Slimane were angular and anxious, loaded with sharp everyman observations.

Beck – “Girl”

Do you want to feel old? Guero was the Beck album that came out when I was the right age to get into his work.

The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”

Remember when Brandon Flowers wanted to be Morrissey instead of Bruce Springsteen?

The Futureheads – “Hounds Of Love”

When the Kate Bush classic got this barbershop-inspired treatment, it was a big deal, or so I read on the internet.

Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”

I’d be amiss if I didn’t include the song that completely changed my ideas about what music could be. While it hasn’t quite been canonized the way, say, Modest Mouse’s “Float On” has, there’s still plenty to look back on and love.

The Kills Take the Stage in a New Photo Exhibit and Book

British/American rock duo The Kills just celebrated ten years together earlier in 2012. Now, selected moments from that decade have been compiled in a new book, Dream & Drive, from photographer Kenneth Cappello. Through this weekend, photographs from the book are on display at New York City’s Milk Gallery.

It’s an intimate look at a band that’s always accompanied their razor-sharp songs with an aggressive sense of cool, featuring raw, candid portraits taken both on and off-stage. Yesterday, Milk opened the exhibit with a Q&A with The Kills’ Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince and Cappello, who has followed the band for the better part of its career. The trio talked about the early days in their careers and the origins of their relationship, as well as the compilation of Dream & Drive. Here’s to ten more years.

The Dream & Drive exhibit runs through August 19. Milk Gallery is located at 450 W. 15th St.

Stream Fleetwood Mac Tribute Album ‘Just Tell Me That You Want Me’ In Its Entirety

Are you tired of us talking about That Fleetwood Mac Tribute Album yet? No? Probably? If you are, that’s okay. But now you can hear the whole damn album of Just Tell Me That You Want Me via SoundCloud a week before the official release. In addition to the tracks that have gradually been released over the past several months, from The New Pornographers’ joyous "Think About Me" to Karen Elson’s mostly-true-to-the-original "Gold Dust Woman" to Best Coast’s far more upbeat and less mysterious take on "Rhiannon," a host of artists of different styles and eras take a crack at some of Fleetwood’s greatest hits.

Highlights include a haunting, distorted "Sisters of the Moon" from Craig Wedren and St. Vincent, The Kills’ sultry "Dreams," Antony Hegarty’s goes-down-smooth "Landslide" and perhaps best of all, Marianne Faithfull’s "Angel," which might just make you whip out a lighter and start waving it. Give it a listen below before it drops next Tuesday, complete with an online listening party, trivia and prizes via Shaker.

New Pornographers, Best Coast, The Kills on Fleetwood Mac Covers Album

Fleetwood Mac, everyone’s favorite incestuous pop band from the ’70s, have several albums in their multi-line-up career, although it’s probably their albums from the Me Decade that featured the band’s most recognizable tunes, from the oft-covered "Landslide" to the witchy "Rhiannon". And that’s why the band is long-due for a cool indie-rock tribute album, right? 

Featuring Marianne Faithfull, The Kills, Antony, recent Fleetwood Mac coverer Best Coast, and Lykke Li, among others, the album has a pretty stellar tracklisting. It’s going to be hard to wait until August 14, which is when the record drops. I mean, look at this heavy list of wannabe Stevies and Lindseys!

  1. “Albatross” – Lee Ranaldo Band Featuring J Mascis
  2. “Landslide” – Antony
  3. “Before The Beginning” – Trixie Whitley
  4. “Oh Well” – Billy Gibbons & Co.
  5. “Rhiannon” – Best Coast
  6. "Think About Me” – The New Pornographers
  7. “Angel” – Marianne Faithfull
  8. “Silver Springs” – Lykke Li
  9. “Gold Dust Woman” – Karen Elson
  10. “Storms” – Matt Sweeney And Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
  11. “Straight Back” – Washed Out
  12. “That’s All For Everyone” – Tame Impala
  13. “Sisters Of The Moon” – Craig Wedren with St. Vincent
  14. “Dreams” – The Kills
  15. “Gypsy” – Gardens & Villa
  16. “Tusk” – The Crystal Ark
  17. “Future Games” – MGMT 

Jeeeez, who tapped into my brain and created the tribute album of my dreams? Christopher Nolan, is this your handiwork? 

If you are also salivating at the idea of very Fleetwood Mac-y band New Pornagraphers (well, without the fucking, I guess) covering the song from the fantastic Tusk, you’re in luck! Pitchfork posted a recording of the song today, which I will now proceed to listen to on a loop for the rest of the day. Join me, won’t you?

Watch The Kills Kick Off New York Fashion Week

It’s been a year since The Kills released Blood Pressures and excitement over the album hasn’t waned. Celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band this week they’ll play a show at NYC’s Terminal 5 tonight, but have already given the city’s elite a preview.  On Thursday, they gave an ultra-private performance at the swank Top of the Standard to help kick off Fashion Week.  Take a look.

Presented by DeLeon Tequila as part of their music series, the show was billed as the bands “final private concert,” before taking time off to record a new album. Penn Badgley, Alexa Chung and your run-of-the-mill scensters were in the crowd along with Lindsay Lohan, in town for Fashion Week. According to Gatecrasher the peroxide blonde  was “really irritated by photographers asking for pictures and people making comments.”  Of course. 

For those who can’t get enough of The Kills, here they are playing "The Last Goodbye" on Letterman the other night.