Trailer: “Mood Indigo” (dir. Michel Gondry) Watch the delightful new trailer for Michel Gondry ’s upcoming film, Mood Indigo , which promises a return to the whimsical visual style and heartfelt storytelling of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Science of Sleep . And as if that doesn’t sell you, it stars Amélie herself, Audrey Tatou . Yay!
This spring, L.A. beatmaker Baths will be dropping Obsidian the follow-up to his sublime 2010 debut album, Cerulean. The album’s lead track “Miasma Sky” is a lush, gorgeous electro-pop track that takes Baths to some darker territory lyrically. Obsidian is out 5/28 on Anticon .
In honor of Josh Ritter ’s lovely yet heartwrenching new album , inspired by the tragic disintegration of his marriage, I’ve compiled a mix of some of my favorite breakup songs. To keep this at a reasonable number, I’ve limited it to songs from the last 15 years (apologies to Bob Dylan , Nilsson , Sam Cooke , Love , and The Cure , among others). Click here to download the mix / listen on Spotify . 01. Stars - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead [...]
I didn’t realize that Smith Westerns had a new album coming out this year, but after listening to their brilliant new single “Varsity” a couple times it’s already high on my anticipated list. These guys are really good at writing melodies that instantly get stuck in my head. Soft Will is out 6/11 on Mom + Pop Records .
I came across this infectious electro-pop gem from L.A.’s DWNTWN today while I was perusing turntable.fm (which I’m slowly getting back into after a long hiatus, and will probably frequent more often if I keep finding great tunes like this one). Listen to DWNTN’s The Red Room EP at Soundcloud .
Here's the top 5 videos (plus honorable mentions) featured on Seen Your Video during the month of February. 5. James Blake “Retrograde” (dir. Martin de Thurah) 4. Justin Timberlake “Suit & Tie” (dir. David Fincher) 3. Bat For Lashes “Lilies” (dir. Peter Sluszka) 2. Darwin Deez “You Can’t Be My [...]
Now Playing: The Decemberists - The Crane Wife #vinylsunday #ohvalenciafilter
Shout Out Louds fourth album, Optica came out this week and is quickly becoming one of my favorites of 2013. As good as the singles are though, I’m digging the deep cuts on the album even more, especially “14th of July” which may be the most rousing, anthemic track these Swedes have made yet. Optica is out on Merge Records now.
Trailer: “Inside Llewyn Davis” (dir. Coen Brothers) Not sure how I missed this one, but here’s trailer for the Coen Brother’s Greenwich Village / 60’s folk scene film, Inside Llewyn Davis starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman. I’m a huge Coen fan and with this promising teaser (plus the amazing cast / subject matter), this is definitely one of my most anticipated films of the year.
David Bowie “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” (dir. Floria Sigismondi) [NSFW] Probably the biggest / most welcome surprise in the music world this year, is the return of David Bowie . His first single, “ Where Are We Now ” was a beautiful, contemplative ballad, and now we have a second taste of his upcoming LP with the infectious rocker “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”. The track was released with a typically strange music video starring Bowie’s doppleganger, Tilda Swinton , and helmed by veteran director Floria Sigismonidi .
With new albums from Sally Shapiro and Shout Out Louds dropping tomorrow, it’s a great week for Swedish indie pop. Shapiro’s album includes one of my favorite tracks of 2013 thus far, the addictive, pulsating electro-pop track “Starman”, which would have fit perfectly on the Drive Soundtrack (fittingly enough, the track was co-written by “A Real Hero” guests, Electric Youth ). Somewhere Else is out tomorrow on Paper Bag Records .
Now Playing: STAR WARS - Original Soundtrack by John Williams #vinylsunday #oscarnight
UK trio London Grammar turned a lot of heads last year with their debut track “Hey Now” and their latest single, “Metal and Dust” (the title track off an upcoming 7” ) is definitely helping to solidify their their next-big-thing status. It’s an exquisitely performed trip-hop ballad (shades of Jessie Ware) that builds to a beautiful, string-laden climax. Metal and Dust is out 2/25. Pre-order at Bandcamp .
Alexis Taylor, lead singer of first-class electronica band Hot Chip , teams up with German techno producer Justus Köhncke on this brilliant 7-minute synth-pop disco jam, “A Stone In The Ground”, which they’re releasing under the moniker Fainting By Numbers. The gorgeous single will be released on Moshi Moshi records as a double A-side along with a cover of John Lennon’s “Watching The Wheels”.
I went through some music submissions from my nifty tumblr contact form today and stumbled across this delightful tune from Berlin-via-New Zealand duo Charity Children . “Elizabeth” builds from a simple ukulele melody to an exuberant indie-folk romp, complete with harmonies, trumpets and handclaps. Watch the music video and download the MP3 here .
Iron & Wine will release their fifth album, Ghost On Ghost this April and Sam Beam has already unveiled first single “Lover’s Revolution” as well as non-album track “Waves of Galveston”. Both are great tunes, but I prefer “Galveston” (and not just because it’s named after the city I lived till I was six). It’s a lovely tune and the acoustic, finger-picked performance is reminiscent of the hushed, lo-fi work of Beam’s early days. Also, Iron & Wine are my wife’s favorite band so Happy Valentine’s Day, sweetie!
Since we're in the middle of awards shows / Superbowl season, advertisers have had lots of opportunity to fill their ads with hip, indie bands, which of course brings us to another edition of Commercial Watch (as Sufjan puts it "selling out never looked so good" ). Watch / listen below: 2012 World of Red Bull MP3 Sufjan Stevens - Redford (For Yia Yia & Pappou) *** Hyundai Santa Fe: Epic Playdate [...]
Youth Lagoon ’s new single “Mute” dropped today and it’s an absolutely fantastic, beautiful tune. After a few listens, it’s is already up there with “Cannons” and “July” as one of my favorite YL songs, as well as one of the best tracks of the year. If he keeps this up, Wondrous Bughouse is going to be positively mind-blowing. Wondrous Bughouse is out 3/5 on Fat Possum Records .
Now Playing: M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (nominated for best alternative album) #vinylsunday #grammys
Iceland’s Sin Fang will release his third album of experimental indie pop later this month . “What’s Wrong With Your Eyes” is the second track on the album (named Flowers ) and it’s a beautiful introduction to the artist’s lush orchestral arrangements and ethereal harmonies. Flowers is out 2/19 on Morr Music .