Video: Black Lips – “Crystal Night”
From Satan’s graffiti or God’s art? out now on Vice Records. Produced by Sean Lennon.
Weird. It’s a dopey 50s love song pastiche, and also…it’s set during the event that kicked off the Holocaust, Kristallnacht. In the video, our protagonist gets kicked out of the prom by security (in brown shirts, of course) for spiking the punch. Ultimately, he’s thrown in the trunk of a BMW and driven away. If this is a reference to the historical “Night of Broken Glass” in 1938 when thousands of Jewish businesses, homes, and synagogues were ransacked and destroyed by nazis, it’s pretty tasteless. Tens of thousands of Jews were arrested within 24 hours and the Black Lips are joking about emptying your flask into the punch bowl?
We never said goodbye
Now you’re sent to die
On crystal night
It’d be pretty easy to argue that the Lips are trivializing the horrific pogrom against Jews for the sake of a goofy little ditty. And I’m guessing they might suggest that it’s only rock and roll and we should all lighten up. Part of what I love about this band is their snottiness and general DGAF attitude, so this is not necessarily “off brand” for them. (I suppose they did something similar with Hurricane Katrina ten years ago.) But this is pretty fucking odd.
Black Lips: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.
Video: Black Lips – “O Katrina!”
From Good Bad Not Evil, on Vice Records, 2007.
Video: The Black Lips – “Can’t Hold On”
From Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?, produced by Sean Ono Lennon and out now on Vice Records.
I love these guys. They all look like movie bullies from different decades. It’s a great look. And now they’ve added a saxophone player which is pretty cool. The sax reveals how much the Black Lips have in common with pre-Beatles rock and roll bands like the Sonics, and I hadn’t caught that vibe with them before. Dig it.
Black Lips: web, twitter, fb, amazon, wiki.
The fine folks at the Fork have been uncovering all kinds of new music for you to check out. But it’s impossible for anybody to listen to everything, so we handpick the best mp3s just for you. Listen for yourself and let us know what you think.
Here’s our roundup of stuff that Pitchfork posted from May through July on their Forkcast:
• The Black Lips: “Best Napkin I Ever Had”
• Chappo: “Come Home”
• Cloud Nothings: “Even If It Worked Out”
• Kite Club: “Going Swimming”
• Magic Kids: “Summer”
Lots more below…
Continue reading Forkcast Filter, Round 23
MP3: Black Lips – “Short Fuse” from 200 Million Thousand, out February 24 on Vice.
This mp3 ends with a British girl telling you to “get more music at vicerecords.com.” Normally, that would be the kind of thing to really annoy me, but actually it’s fairly unobtrusive, and really, who gives a shit? It’s not like we’re saving the mp3 to listen to repeatedly and put on mix tapes anymore. Promo mp3s are ephemeral.
This is the second mp3 Vice has given out in the past couple of weeks. I guess they realize they need something new for folks to listen to when they read about the band’s crazy adventures in India, where they barely escaped with their passports and their lives…
MP3: The Black Lips – “Starting Over” from 200 Million Thousand, due February 24 on Vice.
Sounds like Brian Jonestown Massacre doing one of their early Rolling Stones pastiches. Minus the sense of evil and danger. That, of course, is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s pretty good. Still, let’s hope the album has more muscle than this single. Good Bad Not Evil was a highlight of 2007.
The band is running a video contest through February 15, and the winning director will receive some signed schwag.
The Black Lips: Web, MySpace, wiki, Vice.
Continue reading Black Lips – Starting Over
It’s been several months since we’ve done a Forkast update. There are two main reasons for this. The first is, you know, who cares anyway? You have plenty of stuff to listen to without this. The second reason is that the Fork has been posting a lot fewer actual mp3s lately. They’re posting lots of videos and iMeem streams, but the mp3s have been few and far between. Here are the good ones.
• Matthew Dear – “Pom Pom” [fr0k]
• Throw Me the Statue – “Lolita” from Moonbeams. [fr0k]
• Augie March – “There is No Such Place” (acoustic version) from Moo, You Bloody Choir. [fr0k]
• Soulsavers – “Through My Sails” (Neil Young cover featuring Mark Lanegan and Will Oldham) from It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s the Way You Land. [fr0k]
• Schooner – “Carrboro” from Hold on Too Tight. [fr0k]
A bunch more after the jump, including Kanye West, Radiohead, Chris Walla, and Lou Reed…
Continue reading Forkast Roundup: Round VII
“Not a Problem” (live in Tijuana) by the Black Lips from Los Valentes Del Mundo Nuevo, due February 20 on Vice. This is good, scuzzy garage punk the way it’s meant to be.