Icelandic post-rock legends Sigur Ròs released their latest album,kveikur, this week. It is, no joke, their best in years. Their fanbase agreed vociferously, taking to a revamped pageof the band’s website to stream the new music early and react in real time, posting rapturous Instagrams, Vines, Tweets, and videos with the hashtag #kveikur as they enjoyed their first listen. Today, something even cooler is going down.
At 2:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, aim your web browser at sigur-ros.co.uk/kveikurlive360, and prepare yourself for a genuine treat. Sigur Ròs will be playing “a selection of songs from the record live during a special 360-degree interactive webcast from Dresden, Germany.” What this means is that “fans will be able to take control of the 360-degree cameras that will be placed around the stage,” zooming around the event however they please.
Pretty nifty, no? I wouldn’t mind remotely taking control of a camera in Dresden, Germany, even if I were just filming a parking lot. But with Sigur Ròs yowling their epic dark fairytale ballads, it’ll be more like you’re filming your own overpriced concert DVD. Hey, if Martin Scorsese can do it … right? To tide you over, here’s “Ísjaki,” a definite album highlight.
Want to brunch with Tumblr founder David Karp? Split an omelette with Vimeo founder Jake Lodwick? Have an espresso with the lead singer of OK Go? Yep, so do I. And maybe someday we will, but for now, we’re getting the next best thing: a video from GE’s two-hour Brilliant Brunch at SXSW, when eight leading creators of all things tech, media, & music came together to dine on waffles, sip Bloody Marys, and tackle how they got started, what challenges them, and how they stay on top.
In this video, the innovators discuss their “Path to Creativity.” Check out the full list of videos, sit back, grab a coffee, and get instantly inspired. Or at least hungry.
Hey. Hey you, over there. Yeah, you. Kreayshawn has a question for you. "Ay bitch," she addresses her public on new track "Go Hard." "Do you really, really, really wanna go hard? Go in the crib, steal your stepfather’s credit card? Take the car and do donuts in the parking lot?" As with "Gucci Gucci," Kreay delivers an insanely addictive earworm of a track despite that same mostly-matter-of-fact delivery.
This time, the subject of her deadpan dismissives works not at Arby’s but at Forever 21, and Kreay encourages her to "get off the floor and go hard," which is perhaps something we should all take to heart, especially with this video as visual aide. Comic book effects, bloodshot-eye wallpaper and dancing wolf creatures are all present. Somethin’ Bout Kreay drops August 14th, but in the meantime, here’s the "Go Hard" video:
Fans of the Shins have eagerly been awaiting mercurial frontman (and only member?) James Mercer to release a video from the new album, Port of Morrow. Hold your breath no more, fans of hyper-literate emotionally trenchant pop music! The video, directed by Hiro Murai, combines a boy in a cape (natch) playing in the woods (double natch) in Portland, OR (triple natch!) with mysterious creatures (natch times four.) Enjoy.
Country music singer and former television personality Glen Campbell is no spring chicken. But the 76-year-old singer, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, is still at work.
Today sees the release, at Spinner, of what’s being billed at Campbell’s last music video for a track called “A Better Place.”
The video features a cameo from Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme, a longtime Campbell devotee. The video’s directors, Jason Trucco and Kii Arens, reportedly knew of his affinity and asked him to take part. "I believe his exact words were, ‘Do you want to play the bartender from ‘The Shining’ in the last Glen Campbell video,” Homme told Paste, “and mine were, ‘Of course I do!’"
Even if you’re not a lifelong Campbell fan like Homme, check out the video below. It’s a touching swan song from a great American performer.
The Pet Shop Boys have long been known for their videos. In the 1980s, the band started a collaboration, with the “It’s A Sin” clip, with cult-favorite director Derek Jarman, who would later provide projections for their live shows and would stage their tours.
It’s been a while since that happened, though. And while the Pet Shop Boys aren’t the cultural force they once were, the band’s still active. In fact, September will see the release of Elysium, their 11th studio album, produced by Kanye West collaborator Andrew Dawson.
And to preview the album, the band has released the video for “Invisible.” It might not be the ‘80s anymore, but from what we can see, The Pet Shop Boys still have it
“Sometimes life gets complicated,” says the band’s Johnny Solomon, formerly of Friends Like These. “I used to play in a band in the Twin Cities for a while in the 2000s, but my life kind of went off the deep end with personal disasters and drugs and jail. I was a wreck and I thought giving up on music and moving to a small town to start over would change all that but it just followed me there. Despite all of that I started writing songs again for some reason, mostly overnight or in binges, or I would entertain the idea of having some of my friends down to play through some demos.”
He goes on, “I met Molly [Moore] in that small town and she sang on some of the recordings, and we got to be pretty close, she said she couldn’t see herself with me cause I was a drug addict. So I swore to get sober, and things just started to roll.”
Now their band, Communist Daughter, is about to release their second record, Lions & Lambs. And while that won’t be out until July 10, we’ve got the premiere of the Mike Mineheart-directed video for the album’s first single, “Speed of Sound,” right here.
“I get a little wary of being too open about what the songs address because my natural urge is to want to show you everything and I don’t know if that’s good for people,” says Solomon. “That being said, [this song] is about growing up and what that means. It’s about second guessing your choices, it’s about how everything that has a good also has a bad to it and about piling both of those up. When you go in one direction, you lose the chance of going in the other direction. It’s about how music changes as you get older cause it stops being a promise of what’s to come and starts being a reminder of what was.”
The British electro-rock group Hot Chip might still be best known for their output in the earlier part of the aughts, with rock-club dancefloor tracks like “Ready For The Floor,” but there’s increasingly proof that the band shouldn’t be remembered as one that had a moment, but paid attention to as one having a string of them.
June will see the release of In Our Heads, the band’s addictive fifth album. Today we’re treated to the first video from the record, a strange, monk-filled joint for the driving banger “Night and Day.” And if the song wasn’t catchy enough, the dancing is amazing enough to inspire Filipino prisoners.
Canada has a national treasure and his name is Nardwuar the Human Serviette. For years, Nardwuar has been conducting trademark interviews — with his invasive mic techniques, screechy voice, and that plaid hat — with some of the music industry’s biggest stars. (Here he is interviewing Lady Gaga in a stairwell before she was a megastar.) What separates Nardwuar from other great interviewers is his extensive research and his ability freak out his subjects by producing rare and sentimental gifts.
Everyone is, of course, spilling their seed over rap/skate/art collective Odd Future. Their performances and interviews are being relentlessly watched, read, and catalogued by music sites and blogs (guilty!), and their sudden appeal and popularity endlessly scrutinized. Their music is incredibly dark, their members intentionally mysterious. But below, watch Nardwuar deconstruct Odd Future members Tyler the Creator and Hodgy Beats by giving them things like bacon soap and an Eminem urinal mat, thus rendering them into giddy little children. It’s fun stuff.