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New Margo Price: Letting Me Down

Video: Margo Price -- “Letting Me Down”

Margo Price - Letting Me Down (Official Music Video)

Directed by Kimberly Stuckwisch. From That’s How Rumors Get Started, out July 10 on Loma Vista.

“Everybody’s lonely / Aw babe, just look around.”

That’s true. Look around. Why else would a bunch of otherwise sane people risk their health to go out to a bar and drink with people whose very breath might contain invisible droplets of a virus for which there is still no known treatment? It’s tough out there.

The film crew on this video, though, knows a thing or two about resposnsibility:

“We bought a cheap ’80s travel trailer with a bathroom, kitchen, and a propane powered refrigerator, so we wouldn’t have to go inside anywhere for food or bathrooms. We were able to abide by the 6-feet social distance CDC recommendation as we set up a remote head for the camera that we operated from a closet outside of the room. We wore masks the entire time and Margo supplied us with multiple bottles of hand sanitizer and spiked seltzers. We parked our RV in her driveway and worked solely out of there and the room we were filming in. We wanted to speak to what was going on at that moment, to a world that was/is shut down, to the fear we all feel, and to the hope of breaking free.”

Here’s hoping!

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New Soccer Mommy video: Circle the Drain

Video: Soccer Mommy -- “Circle the Drain”

Soccer Mommy - circle the drain (Official Music Video)

Directed by Atiba Jefferson. From color theory, out February 28 on Loma Vista.

It’s another sad slow-burner from Nashville’s Sophie Allison.

Things feel that low sometimes
Even when everything is fine
Hey I’ve been falling apart these days

Yes, that’s a familiar sentiment. But you know what helps? Watching skateboarding videos on the internet. Works every time.

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New Soccer Mommy video: Yellow Is the Color of Her Eyes

Video: Soccer Mommy -- “yellow is the color of her eyes”

Soccer Mommy - yellow is the color of her eyes (Official Music Video)

Directed by Alex Ross Perry. Single out now on Loma Vista.

Hey didn’t Coldplay already write this song? Are the contrarian kids giving Coldplay a critical re-evaluation already? Or am I just being an ass?

I’m probably being an ass, since Sophie Allison says the song “was inspired by a time when I was on the road constantly and I felt like I was losing time—specifically with my mother. It’s also a song that I feel really showcases my writing when it comes to instrumentation, so it’s one that makes me really proud.”

Aw jeez, listening more closely and the lyrics are clearly about losing her mom so now I’m definitely an ass.

The tiny lie I told to myself is making me hollow
I’ve been choking on truths that I couldn’t swallow

But at least we no longer have to worry about the kids starting to like Coldplay. It’s still okay to hate them, right?

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New Andrew Bird video: Olympians

Video: Andrew Bird -- “Olympians”

Andrew Bird - "Olympians" (Official Music Video)

Directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin. From My Finest Work Yet, out now on Loma Vista.

Andrew Bird is having way more fun in his new video than the lyrics of the song might suggest.

Why don’t you come to bed
Instead of stumbling into the light
Of medicine cabinets?
Shaking out pills left and right

Looks like it was “take your kid to work” day on the set. Good times.

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New Andrew Bird video: Sisyphus

Video: Andrew Bird -- “Sisyphus”

Andrew Bird - "Sisyphus" (Official Music Video)

Directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin. From My Finest Work Yet, out March 22 on Loma Vista.

You know the story of Sisyphus: the Greek king condemned to to roll a big boulder up a mountain for eternity. As soon as he gets close to the top, it rolls back down.

Sound familiar? Sounds a lot like the whole goddamn world in 2019, doesn’t it? Feels like we’re all doomed to repeat the same mindless bullshit over and over, and the moment it seems like things might be getting better, we gotta start all over again.

Hopeful people say that the arc of the moral universe is long, and it bends toward justice.

Whatever gets you through the night, but it’s getting harder and harder to believe it.

History forgets the moderates
For those who sit
Recalcitrant and taciturn
You know I’d rather turn and burn than scale this edifice

Bird says the song “is about being addicted to your own suffering and the moral consequences of letting the rock roll.”

Keep pushing, people. It’s all we can do I guess.

Andrew Bird: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

New St. Vincent video: Masseduction

Video: St. Vincent -- “Masseduction”

St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

From MASSEDUCTION, out now on Loma Vista.

St. Vincent just won the Best Rock Song Grammy for “Masseduction” and now she released a video for it. She was up against songs by Greta Van Fleet and Ghost so you know this is a very good rock song. But you knew that already.

At the Grammys she performed a smokin’ mashup with Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss.”

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New Andrew Bird video: Bloodless

Video: Andrew Bird -- “Bloodless”

Andrew Bird - "Bloodless" [Official Music Video]

Directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin. Digital single out now on Loma Vista. 7″ vinyl due Decemeber 14.

Andrew Bird always sounds cool and calm. Even when he’s scared and angry.

They’re profiting from your worry
They’re selling blanks down at the DMZ
They’re banking on the sound and fury
Makes you wonder what it all’s got to do with me

“Bloodless” has a jazzy, mellow vibe but its message is hardcore.

Bird says, “We find ourselves in a cold civil war. Everyone is playing their part too well. Certain actors are reaping power and wealth from divisiveness. Echoes of the Spanish civil war when fascists and clergy win because they put up a united front against the individualistic and principled (yet scattered) left. We can turn this ship around but need to step back and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still relatively bloodless.”

It’s an uncivil war. Bloodless for now…

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New St. Vincent video: Savior (piano version)

Video: St. Vincent -- “Savior” (piano version)

St. Vincent - Savior (piano version) Official Video

Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. From MassEducation, out now on Loma Vista.

This is nuts. When I first heard the new version of this song I doubted that it was just Annie Clark’s voice and a piano. You can clearly hear a plucked bass and strummed guitar chords. Or can you?

As this video makes clear all those sounds are created by pianist Thomas Bartlett using a technique called palm muting where he reaches his left hand inside the grand piano and presses on the strings while he plays notes with his right hand. It looks bonkers and sounds incredible.

This was filmed at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on earlier this month by none other than Bobcat Goldthwait. Clark looks and sounds stunning. She’s got an almost Winona Ryder vibe going on with her hair and makeup.

“Savior” is a song that didn’t make a big impression on me on last year’s MASSEDUCTION, but this new piano version reveals that I clearly wasn’t listening. It’s freaky. And dope.

Adore you to the grave and farther
Honey I can’t be your martyr
Maybe it’s just human nature
But honey I can’t be your savior
But then you say, “Please”

Damn!

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New St. Vincent video: Fast Slow Disco

Video: St. Vincent -- “Fast Slow Disco”

St. Vincent - Fast Slow Disco (Music Video)

Directed by Zev Deans. Remix out now. The original “Slow Disco” is available on MASSEDUCTION.

“Don’t it beat a slow dance to death?” I love that line. “A slow dance to death” is a pretty apt metaphor for the mundane experience of adulthood. We’re all racing toward death, some more slowly than others. Who wins? What changes do we need to make to get more out of life?

But that line also works as a commentary on the remix itself. It’s way more fun to bug out to a banger than to sway in place to a slow jam. Isn’t this version a lot better than the original version? Yes, it beats it to death.

Of course, in the context of the song, it’s pretty clear that the death in question is the end of a relationship.

there’s blood in my ears
and a fool in the mirror
and the bay of mistakes
couldn’t get any clearer

Annie Clark told Pitchfork that it’s about “how the life you’re actually living and the life that you should be living are running parallel, and how one haunts the other.”

And in a recent Beats 1 interview she credits Taylor Swift for inspiring the remix: “I don’t want to start a weird rumour or anything, but I swear to God, you know because Jack Antonoff’s bros with Taylor Swift because they work together a lot, and I feel like Taylor was like, ‘You should make this a pop song.’ I know that she wholeheartedly supported that idea and I think the genesis of the idea was her.”

The video features our hero grinding around a sweaty club with a bunch of hunky bears. And nobody’s ghosting anyone on this dance floor.

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New St. Vincent video: Pills

Video: St. Vincent -- “Pills”

Pills (Official Visual)

From MASSEDUCTION, out now on Loma Vista.

Annie Clark once again proves she’s the freakiest rock and roller of our time. The chorus jingle is a little grating, but that’s probably the point. She told Pitchfork:

“This song is super personal for me, a little snapshot of a small period of my life. I was having trouble sleeping and I had taken a sleeping pill. As I was popping it into my mouth, I was like, [sings] ‘Do-do-do, do-do-do, pills, pills, pills, every day of the week—oh, maybe that’s so jingle-y that it’s good.’ Just using that language of advertising.”

I can’t even swim in these waves I made
From the bath to the drain, and the plane to the stage
To the bed, to give head, to the money I made

Additional vocals are by Jenny Lewis and Cara Delevingne. Kendrick Lamar’s producer Sounwave (Mark Spears) programmed the drums and gets a co-writing credit (along with Jack Antonoff). Spears previously worked with St. Vincent on her cover of the Rolling Stones’ disco jam, “Emotional Rescue.”

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