CLPPNG officially dropped yesterday via Sub Pop.
We’d been skeptical of Jack White’s solo career since the bit-too-familiar Blunderbuss back in 2012. But he really had us reconsider his solo potential with “Lazaretto,” the lead single and title track of his new album – a flashy track laden with organ, horns, some glitchy synths, and it even had a freaking fiddle solo! He reached a new level of ambition with this track, but still reveled in a bit of (I’d call deserved) self-celebration.
And now we have a video fittingly as flashy and self-celebratory to the max. Every bad-ass thing White could think of is here: shattering glass, guitar-playing shadows, audacious floral-print suits, sports cars, bucking bulls, and Jack White chest pieces. Wait, what the fuck? OK, you might argue he went too far there, but hey; it’s still a killer song and a fun enough set of visuals. Enjoy!
Lazaretto‘s out tomorrow via White’s Third Man Records. Try getting your hands on one of these crazy-ass “ULTRA LP“s!
Beloved New York lyricist YC the Cynic drops a new single and music video under the title “Night Thoughts.” It’s an eerie instrumental with lyrics set to the theme of a relationship that I don’t think is going too well.
Check out YC’s last album, and cross your fingers for a new project very soon.
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib drop some visuals for “Deeper,” which was one of the lead singles off their new full-length together, Piñata. The video basically goes through the storyline Gibbs is rapping about in the song itself–except it doesn’t really look like that guy’s trying to be an astronaut. Enjoy!
Baltimore duo Wye Oak just released their fourth album, the subdued Shriek, which dropped all the guitar and swapped it for bass, accompanied by the usual (but toned down) drums and keys. Now, the duo have done a live cover for The AV Club of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”. It’s been covered many times, but the pair make it a slow and slinky little jam, with just enough sensuality to sell it. Front woman Jenn Wasner bursts into a short, distorted bass bridge and sings it with that little twinge of soulfulness she’s always had lingering in the back of her throat, while Andy Stack keeps pace and lays out the chilly synths nicely. It may not quite reach the heights of Bush’s seminal single, but it works well as a companion to their recent shift in sound.
Shriek is out now via Merge.
Xenia Rubinos’ sleeper/stunner debut album, Magic Trix, came out last year, but she’s still churning out videos for it, including this new (and supposedly final) one for “Let’s Go Out.” On the album, the track works as a sort of deflated reprise of the great single “Hair Receding”, but taken alone, the song takes on a sadder, eerier, more eccentric tone. Accompanied only by a plinking synth and a slow, defeated-sounding drum, Rubinos delivers perhaps her most understated vocal take on the record. As such, it only makes sense that the video is similarly slow, minimal, and bracing. Featuring a single man half-dancing amidst bushes and grass, the clip is shot in stark, beautifully lit black and white. A couple closeups of a spider preparing his dinner are particularly stellar (if a little queasy). “Let’s Go Out” may be a weird song choice for a video – leaving people like me to wonder why she didn’t finally give a proper video to “Cherry Tree”, one of the best songs of last year – but the end result is sort of awesome.
Magic Trix is out now.
Merrill Garbus’ tUnE-yArDs project just released one of the best records of the year so far in Nikki Nack. And now, to our glorious benefit, she has done a KEXP session. The video includes four of the best songs on the record, including “Water Fountain” and “Real Thing”, and finds Merrill and bassist Nate Brenner accompanied by passionate backup singers and percussionists. It’s a little different than the extremely loop-centric one- or two-person performances Garbus was once known for. But it’s nonetheless a gleaming delight to see the group perform these weird, catchy, sunny pop songs in the KEXP studio.
Watch it above, and if you haven’t listened to Nikki Nack yet, go do that, ya weirdo.
Well, here’s an unforeseen development: Usher just earlier this month dropped one of the hottest songs of his career. Immediately distinguishing “Good Kisser” as such a killer track is its beat - underlying the verses is a simple yet funky bass and drum kit groove. Frankly, it’s a pretty organic-sounding instrumental for a piece of radio-pop. Moreover, Usher’s voice here is just incredibly commanding and soulful; his adept falsetto leading into a staggeringly grand refrain. It’s great to hear him achieving these new passionate heights, especially at this point in his career.
Funky, soulful, largely organic, and as tasteful as a song about oral sex ought to be, “Good Kisser” is a truly great pop tune. If Usher’s gonna be turning out earworms like this, maybe losing your SO to him wouldn’t be such an unbearably embarrassing thing … Nah, of course it still would be.
Hellfyre‘s Open Mike Eagle drops some visuals on a brand new single titled “A History of Modern Dance.” The track features an eerie-ass beat from Jeremiah Jae, and some understated bars from Mike himself. This track is off Mike’s upcoming MMG album Dark Comedy. Keep an ear out for more info!
The sound of Timber Timbre’s latest and greatest LP Hot Dreams calls to mind the visuals of either a Lynchian Western or vintage film noir. This Tyler T. Williams-directed video for album highlight “Curtains?!” delivers on the latter, starring Williams collaborator Joel Kliebe as an apparent hitman just released from prison and getting back to business. The stark, shady atmosphere here is (in my opinion) a much better fit for Timber Timbre’s sonic direction than Chad VanGaalen‘s trippy animation for “Bang the Drum Slowly,” although give that one a chance too, if you’ve yet to.