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New Sleater-Kinney video: Hurry On Home

Video: Sleater-Kinney – “Hurry On Home”

Sleater-Kinney - Hurry On Home (Official Lyric Video)

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 “Hurry On Home” was the worth the wait. It’s everything you could have hoped for in a collaboration like that.

And that’s not the only development in S-K news. Filthy Friends, Corin Tucker’s supergroup with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey, has a new video as well. “Break Me” is a jangle pop classic with Tucker’s super dry vocals right up front in the mix. It’s fascinating (for nerds like me) to compare the way different collaborators bring out different elements in the sound.

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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 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 Tiny Desk Concert

Video: St. Vincent: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

St. Vincent: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Via NPR Music. MASSEDUCTION is out now on Loma Vista.

This is so good. I really like MASSEDUCTION but I’d love to hear her do the entire album like this. Although she’s known for shredding her electric guitar, the latest St. Vincent album subverts those expectations to a certain extent by burying her guitars under programmed beats.

And this Tiny Desk Concert goes in the opposite direction entirely. No pre-recorded beats, no electric instruments at all. Just Annie Clark and an acoustic guitar. She’s awesome. And that Elvis snarl? 100% badass.

Set List: “New York,” “Los Ageless,” and “Slow Disco.”

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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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New St. Vincent video: Los Ageless

Video: St. Vincent – “Los Ageless”

St. Vincent - "Los Ageless" (Official Video)

From MASSEDUCTION, out October 13 on Loma Vista.

That’s Spanglish for “ones who don’t age” in case you were wondering. In her previous single, Annie Clark warned us that she was going to “trade our hood for some Hollywood,” and now here she is: in the city where “the winter never comes.” Boo!

L.A. sucks and everybody knows it. But if it’s inspiring this kind of material then I’m happy she ended up there. Because “Los Ageless” kicks ass.

The last days of the Sunset superstars
Girls in cages playing their guitars
But how can I leave?

There’s not a ton of Clark’s distinctive guitar on this track, but what’s here is badass. Fuzzed out beyond recognition and gnarly.

And how great an actor is she! There’s more subtle expression in her eyelids and brows than I’ve seen in Oscar winning performances. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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New St. Vincent video: New York

Video: St. Vincent – “New York”

St. Vincent - New York (Official Video)

From MASSEDUCTION, due October 13 on Loma Vista/Concord.

People seem to love this but on first listen it sounds way too much like Jack Antonoff and you miss Annie Clark’s guitar. Jack’onoff is the guy from Fun who’s been working with Taylor Swift and Lorde lately. Can’t you hear Fun doing this song? I can.

Oh well, it’s pretty at least, and the video’s cool. I like the line, “you’re the only motherfucker in the city who can handle me.” And I can certainly appreciate the loneliness of living somewhere after your old crew has left town, but the idea of anybody choosing to move to Los Angeles grosses me out.

Repeated listens reveal more of its charms, but I’m hoping there are more guitars and less Jack Antonoff on the rest of the album.

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Album Streams: Depeche Mode, Jane's, Sinead, more

Tune in!NPR is streaming St. Vincent’s Actor for two weeks (MP3).

Over on Spinner, it looks like it’s the “I Love the 80s edition” of their album streams with new releases from Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys, a box set from Jane’s Addiction, and reissues from Sinead O’Connor and XTC-offshoot Dukes of Stratosphear.

Depeche Mode, ‘Sounds of the Universe’ (video)

Jane’s Addiction, ‘A Cabinet of Curiosity’

Sinead O’Connor, ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got’

Pet Shop Boys, ‘Yes’ (video)

The Dukes of Stratosphear, ’25 O’Clock’ (MP3)

The Dukes of Stratosphear, ‘Psonic Psunspots’ (MP3)

Lots more, including bands that formed less than 30 years ago, after the jump…

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