WATCH: Tobacco – “Streaker”
Thanks to Eric Wareheim of “Tim and Eric” fame, the new Tobacco music video is one of the most twisted things I’ve seen in a long time. Disturbing masks, nudity, overwhelming edits, and freakish effects are among the many things that make this video a weird watch. All I can say is people are kinda weird.
Look out for Tobacco’s next album, Ultima II Massage, on May 13th.
Oh, did I mention this video is SUPER FREAKIN’ NSFW!!???! Unless you work at the massage parlor featured in this video, I guess…
West Coast rapper SPEAK has always been a little hit-or-miss despite a confident flow and lyrics that could border on absolute nonsense. However, on his new track “Mazda Blues” he goes in with some of his his best verses yet.
The lyrics here are still mostly punchlines, but they all hit and leave an instant mark. SPEAK doesn’t really leave listeners wondering, “what exactly does that mean?” What makes this song even greater is the absolutely huge beat from producer MMAC coming in with a great sample and a kick heavy beat that’ll knock you off your chair; it also compliments SPEAK’s style extraordinarily well.
Up-and-coming rapper Herbal T comes through with some top-notch verses on this Kinda Neat video for “That’s It.” The dude’s too clever for his own good, hah! The second verse on this thing is especially hilarious.
T strings together a series of lines that revolve around death–especially sudden death. I guess it’s just a little reminder that the end can come at any moment. However, the final verse tries to keep a positive mindset, acknowledging that there are ways to “live on,” and that one person’s positive impact on the world can last past their death. I’d say that’s worth a collective “awwwwwww,” right?
HAH! Jack really came through on this new one. At first, I was a little on the fence about this whole solo thing, but he’s really starting to convince me on this latest single of his, “Lazaretto.”
Yeah, I understand that his voice, guitar tone, songwriting style hasn’t exactly done a 180 since the demise of the White Stripes–which you could argue he had an incredible amount of control over, making it a solo project in a sense–but I think Jack comes through with a decent track and some flashy accompaniment from organ, horns, and some glitchy synths as well. Since going #1 with Blunderbuss, he’s obviously making more instrumental strides and sending that ambition through the roof.
And that fiddle solo? Don’t even hate.
If you didn’t already know, Mr. White has a new album titled Lazaretto dropping on June 10th.
Another stunning set of visuals from Japanese pop phenom Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and her genius(es) who direct(s) her videos. With “Family Party,” Kyary progresses through a series of competitive challenges where she’s faced against a robot. Is this some kind of warning? Is this some kind of subliminal preparation for the impending human vs. robot wars that’ll most likely be starting in the next two decades?
Nah, I think it’s just a cute video, and an irresistibly sweet song, too. Enjoy!
Be sure to check out this beautifully shot music video from White Hinterland for her song ”Ring the Bell.” The Baby highlight is set to imagery of her doing such things as traversing a snowy and icy landscape, dressing and making herself up completely in white in a pure white room furnished with only a mirror, and standing in front of a wall of skulls. Watch it above and enjoy!
Baby is out now via Dead Oceans. It’s pretty stellar:
“Facts Are Fiction”
In the first music video in support of Mess, Liars reduce, deconstruct, and distort reality via a repetitious, cycled sequence of the trio, placed in the midst of an anarchic situation, slowly retreating backwards up a set of steps. With the end of each cycle comes some form of camera trickery, whether it be a different viewing angle, different computer-generated surroundings and props, or the blurring together of previously-seen elements in a sort of glitchy artifact soup. It’s a genius concept that perfectly matches the amped-up aesthetic of the album. It doesn’t do much good trying to explain it, though; so go on and press the play button right up there – and be prepared for the ensuing perceptual overload.
“What A Mess”
Mess is out now, and in case you haven’t heard, or forgot, it’s awesome:
Recent Secretly Canadian signees Dub Thompson drop a new track and music video that reminds me of a more lush, psychedelic take on Odelay-era Beck. Really enjoying the band’s approach to groove, vocal delivery, and the slightly lo-fi tone of the recording. Not only that, but the marching theme melody of this track, strangely enough, is incredibly fun. If every track is this good on the band’s forthcoming album, 9 Songs, the only disappointment will be that it’s, well, 9 songs. Enjoy, and look for this album on June 10th!
Chromeo drops some visuals on one of the catchier singles from their forthcoming album, White Women. Look for the album on May 12th. You might remember my fandom for the synth funk duo after the release of their last album. Admittedly, that was quelled a bit after they released a relatively weak song with Toro Y Moi; however, “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” has my excitement back in full gear–especially since its pairing with this incredibly clever, well-shot video. Enjoy!