Video: Alex Lahey – “Every Day’s The Weekend”
From I Love You Like A Brother, out October 6 on Dead Oceans.
Another cool Australian, Alex Lahey was born and raised in Melbourne. She made a funny video where she explorers a number of terrible career choices before ending up with the coolest job ever.
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Video: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – “The Punishment of Luxury”
From The Punishment of Luxury, out September 1 on White Noise.
I loved OMD in high school. Specifically, I loved the album Crush. I also loved “If You Leave” from the Pretty in Pink soundtrack, but Crush was the soundtrack to my junior year. I remember finding the Crush – The Movie VHS tape at my local video rental place and thinking it was the coolest thing ever to watch those guys actually play those songs.
The other dishwashers at my job back then tried to convince me that their earlier stuff was more important and less poppy, but I didn’t care. I hadn’t been exposed to Kraftwerk yet, so it all sounded kind of pointless to me. (My tastes have evolved over the ensuing years.)
In college I got a chance to see OMD in concert in Aberdeen, Scotland while I was studying abroad for a semester, but that was after Paul Humphreys had left the group. It was still cool though. Andy McCluskey held his own.
They’re back together again and making music that would be a little too arty for 15-year-old me, but grownup me likes it plenty.
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Video: Jessica Lea Mayfield – “Sorry Is Gone”
From Sorry Is Gone, out September 29 on ATO.
I really dig the easy-breezy americana vibe of this song. The lyrics are playful (“It’s nice to have a guy around for lifting heavy things and opening jars / But should we really let them in our beds? / Chain them to a little house outside”) but the message is serious.
Mayfield told NPR, “I spent the majority of my life around people who treated me like I wasn’t important, leaving me with the feeling of needing to constantly apologize. This song represents my last apology, an apology for no longer being sorry.”
NPR notes that she wrote the album “while separating from her husband and co-producer.” That would be bassist Jesse Newport. The NPR story originally named him (according to the Google cache) but has since removed his name. NPR has not yet replied to a request for clarification.
On July 10 Mayfield posted a message to Facebook and Instagram: “Last week, I had a surgery for a broken shoulder related to a domestic violence incident. I had been suffering with this injury (and others that still require surgeries) for 3 years. […] My silence helps no one except the person who did this to me.”
Three years ago she was married to Jesse Newport.
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Video: Elf Power – “All Things Combined”
From Twitching in Time, out now on Orange Twin Records.
This is the third “single” (i.e., video) from the band’s thirteenth album. That’s crazy, right?
“All Things Combined” has an insistent sense of melancholy that reminds me a bit of Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979” with its chugging lead bassline. In a more just alternate reality, Elf Power would be half as big as those guys.
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Video: Feist – “Century”
From Pleasure, out now on Interscope.
It’s a cross between “Beat It” and sumo wrestling. Or something. Whatever’s going on here, it’s kooky and fun. And stick around until the end, because the guy from Pulp shows up.
A century, how long is that?
Three billion, one hundred and fifty five million
Nine hundred and seventy three thousand, six hundred seconds
Eight hundred and seventy six million hours
Or thirty six thousand, five hundred days
Almost as long as one of those endless dark nights of the soul
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Video: Shout Out Louds – “Jumbo Jet”
From Ease My Mind, due September 22 on Merge.
More dreamy acoustic pop from the Shout Out Louds. The video follows the loveable Swedes on their adventures across various tours, including home movies from Germany in 2004, Nashville in 2005, Tokyo in 2008, and Spain in 2010. “This is just the beginning / This is just the start.”
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Video: TORRES – “Three Futures”
From Three Futures, out September 29 on 4AD.
In the last video from Torres we saw our hero walking around your Aunt Phyllis’ basement with a guitar. This new video is set upstairs in the same house, and this time Torres’ Mackenzie Scott is cast as three separate characters: the foxy housewife, the grumpy husband, and (once again) the cool guitar player. I.e., the participants in the love triangle described in the chorus where the narrator describes her three potential futures: “One alone and one with you / And one with the love I knew I’d choose.” It’s a new twist on the classic cheatin’ breakup song.
While the lyrics don’t offer much hope for the jilted lover, at least the video features a happy ending!
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Video: Run The Jewels – “Don’t Get Captured”
Claymation El-P and Killer Mike sock it to the capitalist skeleton Man in the latest video from RTJ3. I’m hoping this ride is coming soon to Disney World. I’d totally use a Fast Pass on that!
Good day from the house of the haunted
Get a job, get a house, get a coffin
Don’t stray from the path, remain where you at
That maximizes our profit
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Video: Tristen – “Got Some”
From Sneaker Waves, out now on Modern Outsider Records.
Last month Tristen’s song “Glass Jar” totally took me by surprise with its jingle-jangle guitars and cool backing vocals from Jenny Lewis. I like this new song even better, and the video’s more fun as well. Who doesn’t love a slumber party? Pillow fights, negligee, talking to boys on the phone! Good clean fun.
“I think you’re pretty cool but as a general rule / I’m gonna hang back here in the atmosphere.”
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Video: Thunderbirds Are Now! – “Outsiders”
Mostly dormant for ten years Livonia, Michigan’s Thunderbirds Are Now! just released two new songs to benefit the ACLU. This is one of them.
“We are the outsiders that you don’t represent / Not my chosen leader, not my president.” I suppose times like these don’t really call for subtlety, and that’s okay. Sometimes it’s fine to be hit over the head with a message as long as it’s got a good beat and a catchy melody. The band reworked the lyrics to a couple of older, unfinished songs and recorded them at Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor in one day. Good for them.
You can get both new songs on Bandcamp.
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