Video: American Football – “Silhouettes” Directed by Shawn Brackbill. From American Football, due March 22 on Polyvinyl. I just recently moved to Michigan from Oregon, where I lived for almost ten years. It’s still my favorite place in the world. It’s a place of incredible natural beauty and Oregonians love to get out in it. … Continue reading New American Football video: Silhouettes
Video: Anna Burch – “With You Every Day” From Quit the Curse, out now on Polyvinyl. I’ve loved Anna Burch ever since I saw her hula hooping in the video for “2 Cool 2 Care.” I recently sent that song to a friend of mine with two daughters who play guitar and drums. Her kids … Continue reading New Anna Burch video: With You Every Day
Video: of Montreal – “Plateau Phase/No Careerism No Corruption” Directed by Christina Eleni Schneider. From White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, out now on Polyvinyl. Sometimes I worry about Kevin Barnes. I realize it’s not right to try to read too much into the personal life of an artist based on their creative work, but yowza. I … Continue reading New Of Montreal video: Plateau Phase/No Careerism No Corruption
Video: of Montreal – “Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia” From White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, out March 9 on Polyvinyl. Good old Kevin Barnes, prancing around in his grandma’s clothes, singing to his love: “You’re the only one who’s worthy of my concentration.” Barnes said it’s “a song about panic, fear, insecurity, misanthropy, self-loathing, vanity, lustfulness, arrogance and … Continue reading New Of Montreal video: Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia
Video: Anna Burch – “Tea-Soaked Letter” From Quit the Curse, February 2 on Polyvinyl. There’s no hula hooping in this one, but the song is just as good as Anna Burch’s previous single. She’s got such an easygoing, effortless delivery, and her rhythm guitar reminds me a bit of early Liz Phair. I swear I … Continue reading New Anna Burch video: Tea-Soaked Letter
Video: Anna Burch – “2 Cool 2 Care” Single out now on Polyvinyl. It’s important to know how to hula hoop. It seems impossible at first, but keep trying. You’ll get it. Don’t try to go too fast or else you’ll just look like spaz. Another tip: learn on a good quality, heavier hoop. You … Continue reading New Anna Burch video: 2 Cool 2 Care
Video: Beach Slang – “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas” [Quiet Slang] From the We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags EP, due October 20 on Polyvinyl. An acoustic reworking of a song from A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, rebranded as Quiet Slang. It’s pretty. Beach Slang plays Riot Fest at 12:40 PM on Sunday, … Continue reading New Beach Slang video: Bad Art and Weirdo Ideas
YouTube: Of Montreal – “It’s Different For Girls” Innocence Reaches is due August 12, 2016 on Polyvinyl. “It’s Different For Girls” sounds like Kevin Barnes is back to embracing electro-disco pop again, so that’s fun. But it’s also serious if you listen to the lyrics: “It’s different for girls. From when they are children they’re … Continue reading New Of Montreal video: It’s Different For Girls
Video: The Rentals – “It’s Time To Come Home”
I love the Rentals. I still think Return of the Rentals is an underrated 90s classic. Maybe “Friends of P” had “one hit wonder” written all over it (one minor hit, of course: it peaked at No. 82 on the Hot 100), but it works great in the context of a perfectly conceptualized and executed album. Neither Return of the Rentals nor its 1999 follow-up Seven More Minutes charted on the Billboard 200 but they both rank pretty high on my personal all-time Top 200 Albums chart.
This site’s first real interview was with Cherielynn Westrich back in 2001, and we caught up with Matt Sharp himself in 2003 while he was doing his solo project. The Rentals released an EP in 2007 and some kind of multimedia project in 2009, but just last year they released their first full-length album since 1999: Lost in Alphavile on Polyvinyl. I pre-ordered it on Coke bottle colored vinyl.
And it’s good. None of the people from the first two albums other than Matt Sharp have anything to do with it, but the guy from the Black Keys plays the drums on it, so that’s kind of a big deal, right? It came out last August, but they finally got around to making a video for it, and it looks like a bunch of semi-futuristic, quasi-scientific mumbo jumbo, so it’s pretty much perfect!
Japandroids – Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl) The most frustrating thing about Japandroids is that there is barely a hint of complexity, and within the first minute or so of any random song of theirs–be it from Post Nothing or their new sophomore effort Celebration Rock–you’ll have these guys completely figured out. Distorted guitars, driving drums, anthemic … Continue reading Japandroids – Celebration Rock