Gosh Sampha has a gorgeous voice. You may know the soul singer (because that’s really the best way to describe him) from his recent feature on Drake’s new release, Nothing Was The Same, or from his work with SBTRKT on songs like “Something Goes Right” and “Hold On”. It’s positively glorious to see the artist embark on his own work, though. “Happens” sums up everything to love about Sampha: smokey tone, British accent, exhilarating range, and heartbreaking phrasing. He’s a man that makes beautiful things in a beautiful way. And that’s more than worth your time.
When was this made, the ’80s? I mean no, but kinda yeah. We’ve got the all-white jumpsuit and piano combo plus mirror choreography. I’d say we’re there. Blood Orange’s video for “Time Will Tell” is just gloriously nostalgic. It’s all about reliving the glory days when Prince could release a whispery love ballad like this one and the whole world would worship the ground he walked on (not that they’ve stopped). Blood Orange captures those fond memories perfectly with the video for “Time Will Tell” and it’s over the top choreography. Because, really, what more do you want with this jam?
Blood Orange’s new album, Cupid Deluxe, which features “Time Will Tell” as the closer, is out now.
MIA is one hell of a Mamma; and a conspiracy theorist, an artist, musician, and metaphysical philosopher to name a few things. If there is one human I could chill and chat with (other than the child of Alec Baldwin and Zach Galifianakis) it would be this badass chick. She seems like the type of girl I could go to an industrial metal concert with, fly with to South America in pursuit of DMT, and upon our return home, discuss Machiavellian ethics over a free-trade mug of coffee. Thank you MIA for NOT straddling a large concrete ball naked and gyrating for all eyes of the world to see. Thank you for serving as an empowering role model for women of the future by expressing your intellect and creativity through music.
The song Y.A.L.A you always live again is bursting with political and social commentary like every song MIA produces and speaks to the overused, misused, and misunderstood term Y.O.L.O., you only live once. MIA was raised in a Christian household and on her own explored the Hinduism expressed lyrically, musically, and visually in her songs.
In Y.A.L.A. she references the Hindu concept ‘Karma’ lyrically and visually. She seems to suggest that life decisions should be considered with the concepts of YALA, an incarnation of Karma, instead of the principles of YOLO. The cycle of life, death, and rebirth never ends until we leave behind the system of Samsara on earth and ascend to Moksha.
MIA proposes that with YOLO comes a mentality unfettered by consequence: drink, smoke, snort, rave, spend, eat, and waste on repeat. MIA asks us to delve into the crevices of lifestyle and revaluate. How do you live with the surrounding world and maybe more importantly, yourself?
This year’s Bankrupt!, the latest effort from French alt rock act Phoenix, has spawned a few great hit songs for the group. Their last single, “Trying to Be Cool,” utilized the end of “Drakkar Noir” to close its video (as they have performed the former live). On the album, “Drakkar Noir” transitions into the song which is the subject of their latest video, “Chloroform.”
The black-and-white piece was directed by Sofia Coppola, sister of frequent Phoenix collaborate Roman Coppola and wife to Phoenix lead singer Thomas Mars. Coppola released “The Bling Ring” earlier this year, but her last music video credit was a decade ago: The White Stripes’ “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself.” The video sets the scene at a Phoenix concert but doesn’t focus on them. Instead, it moves the camera on a track to focus on a few girls attending the concert, all of whom are crying. Why are they crying? In an interview with MOMA, Coppola said the video captures “a fantasy of young girls fixated on a band they love” and “that feeling you have when you think a band is romantic.” The black-and-white photography helps capture the contrast, and it is especially beautiful when the lights fade down but you can still see a twinkle reflecting off the tears in their eyes. The video perfectly complements the sonic aesthetics of the song and pining subject matter of the lyrics.
Is it possible to get a contact trip? The latest from NYC’s Rathborne has us thinking the answer is ‘absolutely.’
Today the band premiered their latest video laced with plenty of psych visuals and shaggy dirty hair swinging. Has the idea been done? Sure. Does it make us love it any less? Hell no. We will happily fall down the rabbit hole with Luke and his anti-boner jam any day. The title track off his latest album SOFT feeds the need for that fuzzy stoner rock sound, but the album proves Rathborne are men of varied tastes and influences. From that gritty garage sound, to tight hooks and upbeat melodies, the album is a solid investment from start to finish. Check the video, check out SOFT, no need to thank us for the heads up.
(P.S. Special shout out to all who came early to see them open for Travis at Lincoln Theatre)
For all those who bash rap and it’s misogynist, materialistic, and violent sentiments: I hear ya. It’s not warm and fuzzy to think about the abuse and misuse of people and ideas in society. If you discard rap as a lesser art form, you are ignoring a blatant part of reality. Instead we need to ask: why is there such a culture of music about drugs, murder, death, hate, and drowning to death in money. How about we take a step back and ask ourselves, what the hell is going on.
Since I first heard Duffle Bag Boy a few years back, it was obvious that 2 Chainz has lyrical depth and can spin a metaphor. This former SEC basketball player has seen luck in his lifetime and recognizes that his path could have easily turned out differently. ‘Fork’ gives us a taste of fears that manifest when we think about the past, loosing the present, and the threats of the future. He gives us a peek into the lives of people who didn’t escape stovetop crack brewing.
Prepare to swoon for the cutest dancing senior citizen couple since the Swiffer commercial came out in Butch Walker’s new video for ‘’Coming Home.” The entire video gives off a nostalgic vibe that meshes perfectly with Walker’s music and begs you to sing-along. You’ll fall in love with this older man the second he tosses his newspaper for a chance to talk to his lady. You may feel a little bit lost when he is left alone, but the combination of a little pixie dust and Walker’s catchy melody will leave your heart swelling nonetheless.
VOTD: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - ‘Feeling Kind’
I dare you not to smile as you watch Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s new video for their song "Feeling Kind." Lead singer Thao Nguyen’s infectious spirit as she walks across the new Bay Bridge in San Francisco fits perfectly with the indie-pop track. As the video goes on, she’s joined by her band mates, Adam Thompson, Frank Stewart, and Willis Thompson as well as a woman decked out in Vegas show girl attire. Nguyen’s marching mixed with flashes of people and traffic on the bridge, as well as her growing parade of followers, make for a fun video that you can’t help but tap your feet to.
The new Washed Out video for the gorgeous sunny-stoner tune ‘All I Know’ seems to follow the recent film trend that has male youths finding themselves in a coming of age tale. In it, a couple of 19-ish year olds go on a found footage cross-country road trip after one lad’s girl leaves him to live with some older dude. The video is an exhilarating vignette of the freedom of the big adventure, and there are plenty of gorgeous midwestern landscapes. In the end, we all want to run away from our lives, travel to the opposite side of the continent… and exact revenge on an ex.
It’s about time is right. Ever since Young the Giant released their self-titled debut in 2010, we’ve been eagerly awaiting to see what the California natives are going to do next. The boys just announced that their sophomore album, Mind Over Matter, will be released in January 2014. They knew we couldn’t wait that long, so they did us a favor and released a track of the album, aptly titled It’s About Time. Between the high-energy song, the simply cool music video, and the intricate cover art, Young the Giant shows that they’re back and better than ever.
The new track is like My Body’s older brother; still a catchy indie rock tune but more mature that some of the hit tracks off the debut album. It starts with a solid guitar riff, more hard rock that what we’re used to. But around the one minute mark, we’re introduced to intoxicating harmonies that prove remind us why we love Young the Giant so much. The song just cohesively comes together so well. Let’s not forget the uber cool to accompany the track. The famous visual artist David Vincent Wolf made the video, with starts out as simple black and white shot of the band performing but quickly transforms into a quirky visual masterpiece that needs to be seen.
The sophomore slump may be an uphill battle for some, but Young the Giant seems to be having no issues at all. Welcome back, boys.