Coma Cinema – Business as Usual + free download

Coma Cinema – Business as Usual from Micah Van Hove on Vimeo.

It’s like the Tree of Life previews met drugs.

Also, Coma Cinema is currently offering free downloads for four of their albums. Go crazy.

Brooklyn’s Happy New Year release party wednesday at Glasslands

Happy New Year is the glo-fi side project of Brooklyn-by-way-of-Australia musician Eleanor Logan and this Wednesday August 3rd she will celebrate her second 7-inch release, “Gold Medallion / And…Begin!”, at Glasslands Gallery.  Since her first release in October, she has garnered much well deserved blog love from the likes of Impose, YVNYL, and Altered Zones and the hits are bound to keep on coming. Single,  “Gold Medallion” is the dreamiest of tracks, pairing Miss Logan’s smooth and buttery vocals with a romantic bass-line and semi industrial synth rhythm.  Check out the fantastic new video for the single where a hazy and overcast Coney Island becomes Happy New Year’s own personal playground equipped with pastel balloons, cartwheels and the Wonder Wheel.  Also those cue cards will make it easy for you to sing along!–practice those skills and show ’em off at Happy New Year’s release party where Life Size Maps, Hunters and Antimagic will also play.  Pre-order the 7″ from Crikey Records.

Cults Base First Music Video on a Real Cult

Befitting their name, the video for Cults’s  “Go Outside” centers around the story of the People’s Temple cult lead by Jim Jones in the 1970’s. It features both kitschy and haunting original footage from daily life in the cult before the infamous 1978 Jonestown Massacre.

Already in heavy rotation on our summer playlist, after seeing the unique video for this song, we like it even more. We’ve drank the Kool Aid and it tastes good.

Go Outside, by Cults from Boing Boing on Vimeo.

The video’s director, Isaiah Seret, included this statement with the video:

To tell the story of Cults’ hauntingly beautiful track, “Go Outside”, I was inspired to bring the band inside the world of Jim Jones’ famous religious cult, Peoples Temple, and the eventual tragedy in Jonestown. Fortunately, when exploring the feasibility of this video I became acquainted with Fielding M. McGehee III, an expert on Peoples Temple history and the primary researcher for the Jonestown Archive. It is thanks to him and his encouragement that I was able to take on this project and through his support gained access to over two and half hours of home videos showing Peoples Temple in Jonestown. For this music video we didn’t want to put a spin on the footage or the peoples lives—instead we wanted to re-tell and humanize their story. In order to achieve this we used a combination of stock footage, visual effects and other tricks to embed the band into the historical footage. This was achieved through my collaboration with my visual effects supervisor Bill Gillman and my cinematographer Matthew Lloyd. Lastly, I am moved to say when we completed the video we were able to preview it for some of the survivors of the Jonestown Massacre, who expressed their appreciation of our focus on the lives of the People’s Temple members as opposed to exploiting the graphic images of the final tragedy.

In History and Memory,
Isaiah

Matt & Kim Mob NYC

Brooklyn duo Matt & Kim are known for their wild New York-centric music videos, and their latest, “Block After Block,” doesn’t disappoint. The band, accompanied by a roving moshpit, created flash mobs all over the city, taking over an intersection in Chinatown, a bodega in Queens, a subway car, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Though they definitely broke some laws laws in this video, authorities should be happy that they at least managed to keep their clothes on this time.

BON IVER: “CALGARY” VIDEO

The music video for “Calgary”, Bon Iver’s first single off their new self-titled album is … inscrutable, to say the least. Written by lead singer Justin Vernon, the concept is vague, but there does seem to be one clear message to take away here: Don’t wear white when performing mystical Druid-like ceremonies in the forest. Now that’s just solid advice.
Bon Iver will be performing a sold out show in Brooklyn on August 10, at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

Woodkid – Iron

Best video of the year so far?

Woodkid – Iron from WOODKID on Vimeo.

What a breath of fresh air after drowning in a avalanche of found footage music videos. Not a bad jam either.

Tame Impala – 'Lucidity'

Watch this video from Australia’s Tame Impala and try to not feel sick – we dare you! The footage was filmed using weather balloons to launch a camera into space, in a single shot.