Xiu Xiu has made plenty of videos in support of their great (but naturally polarizing) new album Angel Guts: Red Classroom – lead single “Stupid in the Dark” first got a really gritty one, followed by a Pornhub-hosted one for “Black Dick,” another NSWF, S&M-themed one for “El Naco,” and then two surprisingly inoffensive ones for “Lawrence Liquors.”
Thankfully, Xiu Xiu have continued going in a safe-for-work direction with their latest video, for the warm, oddly triumphant penultimate track “Botanica de Los Angeles.” It features twitchy, cubistic animation and it kind of reminds me of David Lynch’s early animation. It’s really neat!
I’ve been fine with the band’s more explicit, on-the-nose expression of Angel Guts‘ unsavory subject matters – although the visuals are repulsive, Jamie and co. are displaying a level of commitment to direction and aesthetic I’ve always wanted to see from them. Still, it’s nice seeing them get back to the more creative and abstract approach to conveying these themes, as they’ve done to fine effect for past projects. However, they hinted a while back at a video for “Adult Friends,” and things could get NSFW with that video real fast – let’s hope nobody gets down and dirty with a pig for it.
Angel Guts: Red Classroom is out now via Polyvinyl. Check out our review of it below:
Finnish rock group The Scenes evidently feel anorexia is boring, but thankfully their music is anything but. This song is catchy, catchy, catchy. The “twiggy” guitar tones, that “woohoo-ooh” falsetto vocal, and my gosh that finale! – they all add up to an unlikely earworm. And of course there’s a good, powerfully-delivered message here: anorexia blows; lead a healthy lifestyle and be cool with your body, y’all. Check the track and its simple B&W music video out above.
“Anorexia Is Boring” is taken from the band’s upcoming LP Beige, which is due out in April via Sound of Finland. Be on the lookout for it!
OK, A$AP Ferg’s “Let It Go” music video: Mutants! Ninjas! Teleportation! Damsel! Distress! Rocket arms! Explosions! AAHHHH! All of the explosions! TRAPLORD to the freaking rescue! Praise his name!
The videography here calls to mind any number of crummy (in the best way) 80s sci-fi crime films, mostly Scanners for some reason. But that movie could have benefited from more rockets and this video could have benefited from a head explosion. Then it would have been perfect.
Scope this thing above via VEVO. Also, a reminder that Trap Lord is a grand ol’ time:
Parker (a.k.a. Dumbfoundead) put out a new album last year called Old Boy Jon that you should totally check out if you want to hear one of alternative hip hop’s most charismatic and forceful voices. The LP’s penultimate track and highlight, “Ganghis Khan,” recently received a video and it’s properly bonkers. Parker et al.’s performances are off-the-wall and are aided by hilarious VFX courtesy of David Wright-Spaner. Strap yourself in, press play and enjoy!
We’re digging the new single from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, “Little Fang,” quite a bit. Now some visuals have been attached to the song, and they’re simultaneously adorable and terrifying. The video is drenched in psychedelic effects, mixes black and white and color photography, and stars a cute little cat puppet named Little Fang, courtesy of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Follow Little Fang as he drives through the countryside to the fairgrounds, going on a merry-go-round and eventually venturing into the most happening funhouse you’re likely to ever see. Remember that carnival sequence in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? It’s weirder than that…but cuter, too.
“Little Fang” appears on Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks’ forthcoming debut album Enter the Slasher House, due out April 8 via Domino.
OFF! drops a new video for “Hypnotized,” which features a comedic altercation between two patriotic superheroes in ridiculous costumes. While the storyline is pretty zany, it’s really the antics and food-for-thought lyricism of frontman Keith Morris that make me wanna jump out of my chair and put my fist through my computer screen. UGH!
Look for OFF!’s latest album, Wasted Years, on Vice Records this April.
This passionate, smooth little piece of indie rock comes courtesy of Future Islands. Their new single “A Dream of You and Me” has a really appealing sensitivity to it, especially in the lead vocal’s just-on-the-brink-of-quavering sincerity. The bright guitar, bass, and keyboard tones add a playful element to the proceedings, everything combining to make an emotive, catchy track. It’s accompanied by some slightly abstract images that move along in what looks like stop-motion.
Future Islands’ new record Singles is out March 25 via 4AD.
Lykke Li’s sophomore record might have been somewhat infamously spurned here at TND, but we are pretty stoked for her new one! Li has just announced her third LP, I Never Learn, and has released this gorgeous, heartbreaking video for album track “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone”. The track features nothing but Li’s voice and a simple acoustic guitar, but that’s all she needs for this one. The melody slowly ebbs and flows into these painfully emotive peaks, culminating in the glorious climax around the 3 minute mark where she takes what seems like a natural, unplanned pause. The sadness in that rest is palpable. This song is all about Li’s passionate vocal. Simplicity has worked for her before (especially on tracks like “Silent My Song“) and it serves her very well here. Li claims this new record is comprised almost entirely of “power ballads”, and if they are all of this caliber, I think we are in for a (wrenching) treat.
I Never Learn is out May 6 via LL/Atlantic.