Welcome to your weekly dose of new and cool music videos. This refill contains audio-visual goods from the likes of Animal Collective, Jay-Z, Machinedrum, MGMT, Oneohtrix Point Never and many more. Have fun while watching my selection in alphabetical order below.
#1 Animal Collective – “Monkey Riches”, directed by Jack Kubizine
New video for “Monkey Riches” taken off Animal Collective‘s 2012 album Centipede Hz. Watch the miniature fantasy film above and maybe now’s a good time to revisit the album if you had not listened to it recently.
#2 Au Revoir Simone – “Somebody Who”, directed by Harrys
After an absence of four years here’s the stylish new video for the lead single off the Brooklyn trio’s fourth album Move in Spectrums, due September 24 via Moshi Moshi/Instant.
#3 Big Sean – “Fire”, directed by Matthew Williams
Miley Cyrus… You’re doing everything right in this video.
#4 Birdy Nam Nam ft. Teki Latex – “Cadillac Dreams”, directed by The Great Nordic Sword Fights
Video for Birdy Nam Nam’s sick track “Cadillac Dreams” off their 2012’s Jaded Future EP. Half GTA, half CGI-madness. Full fun.
#5 Ensemble Economique – “We Come Spinning Out Of Control”, directed by PɨK
Brian Pyle’s (Ensemble Economique) new LP The Fever Logicon was released via Not Not Fun last month. Now their “We Come Spinning Out Of Control” has received a nice video treatment with an outstanding edit.
#6 FKA twigs – “Water Me”, directed by Jesse Kanda
#7 Jay-Z – “Picasso Baby”, directed by Mark Romanek
Kinda next level shit, but I’m still unsure if I like this level or just want to go to the level after. I mean, Marina, what are you doing?
#8 Machinedrum – “Eyesdontlie”, directed by Weirdcore
Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum recently joined Ninja Tune’s roster and this is upcoming album Vapor City‘s first single treatment. It starts as an amazing trip through some urban nightlife landscape but it gets boring pretty fast. Also, male-gaze-gate?
#9 MGMT – “Your Life Is A Lie”, directed by Tom Kuntz
#10 Oneohtrix Point Never – “Problem Areas”, directed by Takeshi Murata
Oneohtrix Point Never’s newest album is set to be released on September 30th of this year via Warp Records—“Problem Areas” is his first single off the upcoming album. It’s very nice and fits perfectly along side the crisp visuals in the music video.
With the exception of certain sociopolitical strands of hip hop, electronic music, particularly dance music, is not something most people associate with protest song. But the times they are a-changin’, and so are musical focuses. While this issue of Electronic Beats Magazine features continued conversations with artists such as Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and Cluster, whose music has served as the basis of so much of today’s house, techno and synthpop, we’ll also be scrutinizing lesser known corners of the sonic jungle, from the low-end innovations of car audio bass and Holly Herndon’s interest in Bell Labs to contributions to queer discourse by the likes of Terre Thaemlitz, The Knife and Planningtorock. It’s this combination of under- and overground stories that we hope will provide insight into the fluid tendencies of artistic influence, as well as help describe the ever-shifting musical points of reference of artists today and tomorrow.
Here’s an overview to whet your appetites:
– Interviews with Dave Gahan, Karl Bartos, Bass Mekanik, and Andrey A. Tarkovsky
– Kosmische Musik legend Hans-Joachim Roedelius sits down for a chat with German experimental/industrial maestro Asmus Tietchens
– The Knife, Planningtorock and Terre Thaemlitz discuss electronic music as a vehicle of protest against heteronormativity.
– A look at Budapest’s artistic vanguard in its struggle to maintain creative freedom amidst Hungary’s current wave of reactionary politics.
– 100% Silk and Not Not Fun label co-founder Amanda Brown discusses her style icon, the late, great Tina Chow.
– Wired’s Steven Levy argues for the primacy of print.
– The alphabet according to DJ Koze.
– Sonic Boom takes apart My Bloody Valentine’s m b v . . .
As always, the future was yesterday. But you can read about it now!
We always have time for two of our favorite weirdo outsider darlings: 100% Silk honcho Amanda Brown (here in her LA Vampires guise) and avant-pop starlet Maria Minerva. This video, composed of footage shot by Benjamin Shearn on the 100% Silk live tour and shot through with neon light, is a triumph of basement DIY aesthetics gone HD-slick. The clip partners the rough textured and incantational “End of the World” single taken from their collaborative album The Integration LP and reaffirms what we always suspected: that 100% Silk and Not Not Fun rarely put a foot wrong these days. We’re already looking forward which releases and tunes will come to light next year. Until then, enjoy their latest chapter right here on Electronic Beats.
Dylan Ettinger‘s new record Lifetime Of Romance is about to drop on Not Not Fun. We met up with the prodcuer whilst he was touring Europe to talk about Arnold Schwarzenegger, new-age music and how Chris Carter is now using an iPad.
What’s your favourite Arnold Schwarzenegger movie?
Definitely Commando! It’s the perfect 80s action film. It’s so ridiculous, it doesn’t even try to be realistic at any point. The movie starts up with Arnold and his daughter, up in the mountains feeding deer and then immediately it just devolves into chaos. He has to fire off all those Latin-American Terrorists in his house, jump out of the plane … all this stuff’s at the beginning and then it just gets more and more ridiculous as the movie goes on until he literally fights the entire army of a Latin-American island-nation – and wins.?
He always ends up winning, but in Terminator 2 the ending was a bit sad . . .
That’s one of the few movies where he’s the bad guy though. He won but he had to sacrifice himself to save John and Sarah. It’s touching.
I was reading somewhere you wanted to tell a particular story with your last album New Age Outlaws . . .
Yeah it’s based loosely on a cyber punk science fiction story I was developing as I wrote the songs. I started off just as a way to help me make it happen, like a soundtrack, but gradually as I was working on the recordings, the stories started to become more concrete, and you know, there’s a lot of characters and locations and stuff. But I’m not a good writer and I was frustrated and quit. Music is what I do.
But you have lyrics in your track. ‘Lion of Judah’ for example?
That’s the first recording where my main effort was to sing. Usually if I use any words it’s just random. I enjoyed playing the song with lyrics and singing it so I decided to do it more. Also the whole idea for the next record makes more sense with lyrics.
Your next record is called Lifetime of Romance. I saw pictures of the video shoot on flickr, pictures of Synths lined up pretty smooth and cold in a static room. What does that have to do with romance?
The concept I had, was to write a record about my personal failures with relationships, like fucking it up all the time with girls. So I use these really cold and analogue synth-sounds and try to adjust the position between the heavy personal lyrics and the sound. It works on two levels. There is this simple straight forward pop-song with simple sounds and this very personal meaning. That’s the idea for the video: me performing a song with two girls as a backing band. So I lined up all three synthesizers and then there is this shoot of me playing and they are totally disinterested. The idea was to switch it around, the synths are the stars in this video and the girls are the instruments.
I saw a short clip of the album recording on YouTube and the voice totally reminded me of Daniel Johnston.
Really? He’s really good, one of the best. I mean, most of his songs where written about that same girl who turned him down when he was in high school. I’ve been a big fan of Daniel Johnston for years.
How did you come up with the whole new age thing?
I’ve always taken the idea of new age as how it was done by Ash Ra Temple back in the 70s. Not so much like the late 80s and early 90s transcendental or spiritual New Age. The way I’ve always kind of embodied any sort of New Age vibe was more in a traditional synthesizer out of space kind of transcendental music way. It’s not a spiritual thing for me.
I can also hear a lot of Krautrock influences.
Yeah especially an album I did called Cutters. That one was very influenced by Kraftwerk and Cluster. Also Ash Ra and of the 70s German synthesizer stuff.
I saw your live set and that was pretty straight forward compared to your record. How come?
Even when I was doing really long form pieces, recording New Age Outlaw and stuff, my live sets were always very short and to the point. I think that comes from my experience playing in punk bands in high school and being part of the noise scene. Everyone plays really short sets there – usually 20 minutes. I feel that’s about as far as people’s attention span can really handle so I’ve always done as much as I can in that short amount of time. So when it comes to playing live, if you play too long, people get turned off. They loose interest and you think “oh I should’ve stopped a while ago while it was still cool”.
What’s your live set-up?
I’ve been just using Moog Rouge synthesizer and an Alesis Micron. I run both through a Boss loop peddle so I can just liven up the synthesizers on top of the beats. Usually I use more gear. I have a home made Oscillator, a Dave Smith Instruments Prophet and a Moogerfooger Filterpaddle. But on this last European tour I had to pack light.
What do you think about all the stuff that’s coming out for the iPad right now?
I’ve seen my friend the other day who was DJ’ing with an iPad and it’s actually pretty cool. Lots of synthesizers that have come out for iPad so far are all just like an emulator of classic synths like the MS20. Korg has this classic software line just like built specifically for touch screens. You know they should just engineer for the iPad which is interesting because there’s a lot of visual touch controls. When I saw Chris & Cosey playing, Chris Carter had his iPad on stage. It’s pretty funny to see all these dudes that are known for classic analog and home-made synthesizers, and now they use mass produced Korg software and stuff. It make sense though if you think about it. Chris Carter and Throbbing Gristle were always on the cutting edge and they were always a step ahead from everyone else and now they are the first people to adapt this new technology.
So are you going to tour with an iPad?
I don’t think it’s my style. I like to do things pretty traditionally mainly because I don’t feel like learning how to use software to make music. I’ve always used whatever shit I can get a hold. I’m not that kind of guy who always gets excited about new gear. I guess to start using computers to make music and perform live I have to make too much conscious effort in that direction for it to make much sense. I do things pretty naturally. I’m not gonna rule it out for the future.
What stuff you listen to right now, besides Kraftwerk?
I’m really into Peaking Lights. Of course! Wet Hair are great. Rene Hell, that’s Jeff Witscher’s newest project, is amazing and I just love L.A. Vampires. Clams Casino. That one track “Motivation” is the shit.
Photos: ©Taylor Swaim
New videos with Egyptrixx, Peaking Lights, Marie Dior, Gullfisk and many more.
#1 Marie Dior – Fortress (directed by Tiago Rodrigues)
#2 Danny Brown – Blunt After Blunt (directed by ASAP Rocky x The ICU)
Sick beat! Harlem newcomer A$AP Rocky directs this smoky new clip from Detroit’s Danny Brown. ‘Blunt After Blunt’ is taken off Danny Brown’s XXX mixtape, still free to stream/download here.
#3 Me Succeeds – Our Charm (directed by Mörtl, Lohmann & Bienert)
Our friends over at spex.de premiered this video for Hamburg’s Me Succeeds last friday. Today we pass this beautiful clip to you. The album Rongorongo will be released on the 1st of December 2011 via isawmusic.
#4 Work Drugs – Physical Acts (dir.?)
Philadelphia’s very own Work Drugs’ LP Aurora Lies is finally out and you can stream and purchase this delightful LP over at Bandcamp! Here’s a video-taste of one damn good track ‘Physical Acts’. Enjoy!
#5 y/y – PlayPlay (dir.?)
LO-Fi still exists! Layered with interwoven psychedelic atmospherics, ‘PlayPlay’ is a great listen from beginning to end.
#5 Visionquest – Fabric 61 (directed by Marco Mucig)
Seth Troxler just threw up the artwork for the cover of Fabric 61 coming from the Visionquest boys. This is the first official mix release from them and given the past couple of Fabric release – out December 5th on Fabric.
#6 Egyptrixx – Old Black feat. Ohbijou (direcetd by A.N. Fischer)
This cool animated music video was made by A.N. Fischer of datdatdat.org, while the tacky track is an Earth-cover by Toronto-based Egyptrixx and features vocals from fellow Canucks, Ohbijou = Jenny and Casey Mecija.
#7 Peaking Lights – Hey Sparrow (directed by Cam Archer)
PEAKING LIGHTS "Hey Sparrow"
Peaking Lights have a brand spanking new video for ‘Hey Sparrow’, directed by Cam Archer. Their album 936 was one of my favorite releases last year and this song is the stand out track. Watch it.
#8 Daytime Television – My Sorrows (dir.?)
Don’t know much about Daytime Television, never was a big fan of watching television during the day – besides the Tour de France of course. This jam is from DT’s upcoming split with Orange Blossom Flyover 23 ? 45 on I Had An Accident Records.
#10 Gullfisk – Move Me (dir.?)
Smooth bass music from belgian-boy Gullfisk, who uses some gorgeous vocal sampling techniques that will have you meltin’ on the floor. Track is off his soundcloud, more to come soon via Hot N Heavy Recordings.