Video: Sleater-Kinney – “Hurry On Home” Directed by Miranda July. Single out now. Normally lyric videos are pretty lame, but this one is great. It has a story! And how about the song? It’s been almost six months since we found out Sleater-Kinney was back in the studio and being produced by St. Vincent, and … Continue reading New Sleater-Kinney video: Hurry On Home
Video: Kinski – “Guest Girl Vocalist” Directed by Will Watts. From Accustomed To Your Face, out now on Kill Rock Stars. Kinski has been around for twenty years making noisy, mostly instrumental art rock. Much of it sounds like the middle part of an early Black Sabbath song. This cheekily titled single features bassist Lucy … Continue reading New Kinski video: Guest Girl Vocalist
Video: Wimps – “Insomnia” Directed by Stacy Peck. From Garbage People, out July 13 on Kill Rock Stars. Seattle’s Wimps are a catchy three-piece punk band consisting of grownups. Their latest single explores the debilitating heartbreak of insomnia. They told Tidal: “We used the latest brain-scan technology to process the actual thought-images that circle through … Continue reading New Wimps video: Insomnia
Video: Wimps – “Giant Brain” Directed by Mary Stone-Francois. From Garbage People, out July 13 on Kill Rock Stars. Like Elon Musk and Matt Sharp my first computer was a Commodore Vic 20. I never learned to do very much with that thing but it was a cool toy and it was fun to be … Continue reading New Wimps video: Giant Brain
Video: Cindy Wilson – “Brother” From Change, out now on Kill Rock Stars. Former B-52s singer who’s not Kate Pierson or the annoying dude releases a crowdfunded solo album on Kill Rock Stars. Whispery and psychedelic! In the scenes with the red gauze Wilson reminds me of Nikki Newman from “The Young and Restless.” Cindy … Continue reading New Cindy Wilson video: Brother
Either/Or was the first Elliott Smith album I bought. Like a lot of people outside the Pacific Northwest my first exposure to Elliott Smith was the movie Good Will Hunting. Or maybe a pal put something on a mixtape. I can’t remember why but at the time I was opposed to buying soundtracks, so I … Continue reading Remastered, expanded edition of Elliott Smith’s Either/Or coming in March
An upcoming compilation introduces the songwriter to potential fans.
Hear the new version of “Last Call” and read Larry Crane’s thoughts on the album.
And to celebrate, KRS offers free, unreleased MP3.
Over on NPR’s Monitor Mix Blog, Carrie Brownstein rounds up a bunch of people who run indie labels and gets them to talk about how the role of the record label has changed over the past decade. It’s a fascinating conversation that touches on everything from iTunes to filesharing to artist development to vinyl to … Continue reading Indie Label Roundtable