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Sufjan/Son Lux/Serengeti “Museum Day” & Björk “Hollow (video)

7th Mar 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

As previously announced, Sufjan Stevens will team up with Anticon artists Son Lux and Serengeti under the name s / s / s for an EP, Beak & Claw, that will drop on March 20th (the vinyl is available for pre-order now).

Yesterday, they posted a song from the release called “Museum Day,” a slow-building jam with some big, auto-tuned hooks from Sufjan.

Hear it below:

Yesterday also saw the release of the official music video for Björk’sHollow” (from Biophilia)…quite colorful and science-y… HD video below:

Talking about the video, Björk says:

It’s just the feeling when you start thinking about your ancestors and DNA that the grounds open below you and you can feel your mother and her mother, and her mother, and her mother, and her mother 30,000 years back. So suddenly you’re this kinda tunnel, or trunk of DNA… All these ghosts come up so it ended up begin a Halloween song and quite gothic in a way… It’s like being part of this everlasting necklace when you’re just a bead on a chain and you sort of want to belong and be a part of it and it’s just like a miracle.

Which is what we were all thinking, of course.

~Dan – np: John ZornMoonchild: Songs Without Words

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björk “moon” (video)

25th Sep 11 (Sun) Leave a comment

Björk is being more and more assimilated into her Biophilia App… with the “Moon” video, directed by björk, inez and vinoodh, m/m paris and james merry:

The full-length album, Biophilia, comes out October 11th.  It’s available for pre-order now.

~Dan – np: ChromeoBusiness Casual

Michel Gondry 2 DVD

15th Apr 09 (Wed) 1 comment

SO… this is awesome…

MICHEL GONDRY 2: MORE VIDEOS contains the following videos:

MUSIC VIDEOS:
1.    Michael Andrews ft. Gary Jules “Mad World”
2.    Paul McCartney “Dance Tonight”
3.    Thomas Dolby “Close But No Cigar”
4.    Bjork “Declare Independence”
5.    Steriogram “Walkie Talkie Man”
6.    The Willowz “I Wonder”
7.    Beck “Cellphone’s Dead”
8.    The White Stripes “The Denial Twist”
9.    Donald Fagen “Snowbound”
10.  Cody ChesnuTT “King of the Game”
11.  Sinead O’Connor “Fire On Babylon”
12.  Queen with Wyclef Jean ft. Pras & Free “Another One Bites the Dust”
13.  Radiohead “Knives Out”
14.  Dick Annegarn “Soleil du Soir”
15.  Sananda Maitreya “She Kissed Me”
16.  Sheryl Crow “A Change Would Do You Good”
17.  The Black Crowes “High Head Blues”
18.  Leafbirds “It Can All Be Taken Away”
19.  The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter”
20.  Energy Orchard “How the West Was Won”

BEHIND-THE-SCENES:
1.    Behind-the-Scenes Of The White Stripes “The Denial Twist”
2.    Behind-the-Scenes Of Beck “Cellphone’s Dead”
3.    Behind-the-Scenes Of Paul McCartney “Dance Tonight”
4.    Behind-the-Scenes Of Radiohead “Knives Out”
5.    Behind-the-Scenes Of Steriogram “Walkie Talkie Man”
6.    Behind-the-Scenes Of Bjork “Declare Independence”

OTHER WORKS:
1.    The Simpsons Parody Of The White Stripes Video
2.    Booker T and The Michel Gondry’s
3.    Michel Gondry Solves A RUBIK’S CUBE With His Feet
4.    Michel Gondry Solves A RUBIK’S CUBE With His Nose
5.    Jack Black Beats Michel Gondry WIth His RUBIK’S CUBES
6.    Herve Di Rosa “Viva Di Rosa”
7.    Conan & The Big Head
8.    Paul Gondry’s The Willowz “Take A Look Around”
9.    How To Blow Up A Helicopter (Ayako’s Story)
10.  Forum Des Images “L’ Histoire De L’Univers”

Go get it now on Michel Gondry.com

~Dan – np: Circle of Dust / BrainchildMindwarp

a quad-shot of espresso [in music news format]

14th Feb 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

Four shots of espresso…

  • Dream Theater will have a new album out in the Summer.  My guess is that it’ll have long songs, some rockin’, some ballads, and it’ll mostly be enjoyable when there is no singing involved.  No title for the album yet.  My guess would be that it’ll be named after some obscure latin verb conjugated in a clever way, or some multi-syllabic extinct bird and/or fish.  They’ll be kicking off the Progressive Nation 2009 Tour.  Dates are not out yet, but I hope they swing through Portland, OR (or at a minimum, Seattle).  And… and… and…
  • Zappa Plays Zappa will be on the bill for that tour.  So will Pain of Salvation and Beard Fish, but that’s totally not as cool as Zappa Plays Zappa and Dream Theater in one night.  Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater drummer) is a huge Frank Zappa fan; so I bet it’s a dream come true for him as well… I’m more stoked for ZPZ than DT.  Eh, sue me.
  • Iron & Wine is releasing a b-sides / rarities double-disc set called Around the Well (May 19, Sub Pop), and he’s also heading out on an all-request tour.  Check out the tracklist for the double-disc as well as the tour dates over at Pitchfork (link).
  • U2 will essentially take over as house band on the David Letterman Show with five days in a row performances the week of March 2nd in support of their upcoming album, No Line on the Horizon.

Half and half…

(image by burntwoodstudio.com)

  • Maynard James Keenan and his Puscifer project’s three nights of shows at the Palms in Las Vegas is underway now.  Feb 13, 14, 15… anyone go?  Got a good review?  I’m totally jealous.

The “don’t burn your hands” sleeve that goes around the cup…

  • Björk is re-issuing the underwhelming Volta in a special 4-disc edition that I may actually spring for (i.e.- I never bought Volta, but this version looks great).  It’s called Voltaic, and it’s the Volta CD (billed as “Songs From The Volta Tour Performed Live At Olympic Studios”), a CD of the official remixes, a live DVD from Paris & Reykjavik, and a DVD of the Volta videos.  Quite frankly, the DVD of the videos is what piqued my interest (see gif to the right).

Hmmm… now I’m craving a venti americano with room for cream.

~Dan – np: Wynton MarsalisFrom Plantation to the Penitentiary

when björk meets yorke (redux)

25th Oct 08 (Sat) Leave a comment

The last time Björk and Thom Yorke (of Radiohead) got together was “I’ve Seen it All” on the 2000 EP/soundtrack Selmasongs (for the movie Dancer in the Dark).  That was a pretty good pop affair (for a pretty dreadful movie, IMO).

This latest Björk and Thom Yorke collaboration produced a fun, cluster of sound that fits better within the experiment that is… Björk and Thom Yorke’s current musical psyche.  One may say that their output doesn’t put any sense of “boration” in “collaboration.”  But that may be considered a stretch; so let’s never say I tried to pull that off as a legit pun. Anyway, their new song is called “Náttúra.”  It’s available on iTunes and other online outlets…

Náttúra is dedicated to the Náttúra Campaign in Iceland.  You can find it at nattura.info and at nattura.grapewire.net.  From Björk’s webpage

The single was composed specifically to encourage active support for the Nattura campaign, which aims at collating and providing sustainable and eco-friendly options suitable for Iceland, and generating alternative ways to utilize it’s natural resources. People will be able to submit their ideas on the website for sustainable green workplaces for Icelanders. According to Björk, “It is now more important than ever before to emphasize a respect for nature…I believe that profits, technological advances and working together with nature can all go hand in hand. None need to be sacrificed at the expense of the others.”

The new single is written and produced by Björk and features Radiohead’s Thom Yorke on backing vocals, Brian Chippendale (Lighting Bolt) on drums, Matthew Herbert on synth/bass, and Mark Bell on additional electronic beats. Opening with a huge elemental swirl, “Nattura” then fires up an incendiary and fierce tribal rhythm. The song sees Björk firmly on the march in celebration of her homeland, in hopes that Icelanders harness its energy in a sustainable way.

Skerik’s McTuff bring his groovy, jazz combo to Eugene tomorrow at Sam Bond’s Garage… yay!

~Dan – np: Noctaluca –

Michel Gondry

9th Jan 08 (Wed) Leave a comment

Well, I’m excited about his upcoming Be Kind, Rewind with Jack Black and Mos Def. I loved what he did with Björk’s latest video for “Declare Independence” (as I was with his prior work with Björk and others). I’ve loved his prior movies (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep to name a couple). Now he’s already working on a new one…

Although his latest film hasn’t been released yet and he already has several projects in the works, Michel Gondry told the MTV Movies Blog that he’s currently writing The Return of the Ice Kings. Gondry’s still at work on the screenplay, but the name alone sounds fascinating, and the content, well: “I’m writing a story about kids who invent a water that makes you hear music when you drink it,” Gondry said. “It’s going to be a scientific story, but completely unrealistic.” Sounds more whimsical than scientific, but Gondry would probably be the expert on these matters, as he spent last year as MIT’s artist in residence and has come up with some fantastic technologies before.

~Dan – np: Explosions in the SkyAll of a Sudden I Miss Everyone

\\\the future of electronic improvisational music///

17th Dec 07 (Mon) Leave a comment

This is wicked

Reactable Demo 1

Reactable Demo 2

Reactable Live in Berlin

Being a fan of improvisational, sound art… this is the good kind of wicked.

~Dan

PS- Bjork Live using a Reactable (2007 Volta Tour)

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