Today Jack White hit us all hard enough to leave us black ‘n’ blue with double vision as he unleashed the brand new Dori Oskowitz-directed video for “I’m Shakin‘”. Jack’s cover of Little Willie John‘s classic “I’m Shakin'” is the fourth single from his universally acclaimed debut album Blunderbuss (Third Man/Columbia).
They say that Robert Johnson went down to the crossroads and sold his soul to the devil. If he did, then quite possibly he has been reincarnated as a white man from New Zealand. If you think that this sounds like the ravings of a madman, wait just one moment and let me introduce you to Willy Moon.
In 1950, The Saturday Evening Post published a short story by legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury called “The World The Children Made” which eventually came to be known as “The Veldt.” Its futuristic storyline is the inspiration for the song “The Veldt” by electronic music producer deadmau5 featuring Chris James. It pays homage to the recently deceased novelist in its music and lyrics, as well as its accompanying video, made available today by deadmau5 and Ultra Music.
A new mini documentary highlighting songwriter/guitarist/producer Blake Mills has just been released. This is the 4th episode in a series that celebrates the individual stories of emerging artists. The video introduces the 25-year old artist, and features commentary from Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers), James Valentine (Maroon 5), Tony Berg (producer), Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Jackson Browne, Kid Rock, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and more.
French artist Anthony Gonzalez, better known as M83, just released a brand new video for his song “Reunion“. Directed by Fleur & Manu and produced by Division, “Reunion” is part two of the story that commenced with “Midnight City.”
Together, these two tracks are the soundtrack for a pack of gifted kids with telekinetic powers who escape from an institution and run wild through a desolate cityscape.
Jack White‘s self-directed video for “Love Interruption,” from his upcoming debut album Blunderbuss, out April 23/24 on Third Man Records, debuts today, and we are fortunate enough to have it right here for you. As on the single, the video features back-up vocalist Ruby Amanfu, clarinet/bass clarinet player Emily Bowland and Brooke Waggoner on Wurlitzer electric piano.
UK electronic artist Chad Valley aka Hugo Manuel has debuted a brand new video for “Reach Lines,” taken from his Equatorial Ultravox EP, available now on experimental pop label Cascine. Manuel, who also fronts UK calypso-pop quartet Jonquil, embarked on a North American tour this past fall with Active Child and Com Truise and played a number of celebrated sets at NYC’s CMJ as both Chad Valley and as part of Jonquil. Both acts look forward to sharing new material this year, with Jonquil on the helm of releasing their new LP, Point of Go due out on February 21 with Dovecote Records.
On August 5th 2010, New York Artist Bon Jane submitted a video treatment proposal to Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys for the song ‘Ten Cent Pistol‘ from their latest album, Brothers. In communication thereafter Jane was informed by Auerbach that, “the record label did not want to pay for the production of the video.” Later that year, The Black Keys commenced to produce a song off the same album, ‘Howlin’ for You‘, directed by Chris Marrs Pilliero, that went on to be nominated for Best Rock Video of the Year by the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, bearing striking resemblance to the treatment provided to The Keys by Jane.
Brooklyn-based We Are Augustines have just released a brand new music video for the band’s new single, “Book Of James”. Directed by Matt Amato, the video stars young actor Brady Corbet and was filmed this summer in and around the boroughs of New York City. Taken from the band’s debut album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships, “Book Of James,” a track produced by Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene), is singer Billy McCarthy‘s gripping eulogy for his deceased brother James, a once-resilient spirit who succumbed to the pressures bearing down on him.
After a sold-out spring tour this year, Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter, Chris Cornell, has announced fall and winter tour dates for the second run of his acoustic Songbook tour. He will be making stops across the country including the Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami, FL, Carnegie Hall in New York City, Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the Orpheum in Los Angeles.
With its play on words, Vice Verses, the title of Switchfoot’s new album, coherently suggests the album’s theme: everything has two sides. “Every blessing comes with a set of curses,” singer-guitarist Jon Foreman sings on the title track, all the while wondering if “there’s a meaning to it all.” That theme runs through the album’s 12 songs and is even reflected in the album’s black and tan cover.
America, we’d like to introduce you to a very special new band. Their name is WIM, they hail from Australia, and their songs are the instantly familiar kind – a swoon-worthy mix of classic melodies, lush harmonies, reverb-drenched guitars and colossal choruses. Their self-titled debut will be released November 15th, 2011 on Modular Recordings.
Moby’s new single “Lie Down In Darkness” is out now! The digital only remix bundle comes with the original album version along with an array of remixes including Paul Van Dyk, Photek, and Michael Mayer, in addition to others. An achingly soulful track of sublime melancholy and symphonic grandeur “Lie Down In Darkness” is taken from Moby’s most recent studio album, Destroyed, out now. An accompanying video for “Lie Down In Darkness”, was recently shot and directed by acclaimed UK filmmakers Institute For Eyes.
FreeSol is a progressive and unique hip-hop, rock, and soul infused band from Memphis, Tennessee. They started in 2003 when the lead singer/rapper, Free, decided to move beyond the basic hip-hop formula of “two turntables and a microphone” and formed an actual band with the addition of Elliott Ives on guitar/vocals, Premo Danger on the keyboard, and Kickman Teddy on the drums. Growing up surrounded by the rich musical landscape embedded in Memphis’ history, FreeSol is naturally influenced by a variety of sounds from blues to rock to hip-hop.
It’s been just a couple of weeks since the world got its first breathtaking taste of Laura Marling’s forthcoming third album, A Creature I Don’t Know (Ribbon Music) in the form of “Sophia”, available now from digital retailers. Ms. Marling is now pleased to present the visual accompaniment with the premiere of her stunning music video.
Grieves is a new generation of hip hop artist.
You won’t find any of the typical hip hop stereotypes, either underground or mainstream. Instead, you’ll discover a musical mastermind, confronting you with his poignant voice and original beats. With disarming charisma, Grieves is able to engage the entire audience in his music. Whether you discover him in the venue or over the radio, you’re going to wish the experience lasted longer.
Singer/songwriter Ariana Delawari debuted her liberating new video for “Be Gone Taliban” this week Directed by Delawari herself, the video served to be both a fantasy and allegory for the plight of women under the radical Islamist group’s oppressive belief system. “When we recorded this song I imagined it as a modern ballet.,” Delawari said, “I wanted the video to celebrate everything the Taliban has attempted to destroy — music, art, women, dance, and the future of Afghan girls.”
The iconic independent rap group Atmosphere releases a new video for their song “The Last To Say” off their latest album, The Family Sign. The video deals with the very serious and all too common subject of domestic violence. Victims of abuse include women, men and children, but all are affected by it’s wrath. Nearly three out of four of Americans personally know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence. On average more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country everyday. A refreshing departure from the typical rap video, “The Last To Say” advocates positive treatment of women and focuses on the struggle many victims face – how to escape the abuse in their home so it doesn’t continue to be passed down.
To all of our east coast viewers – the Welsh indie-rock trio, The Joy Formidable, has announced a string of tour dates in support of The Foo Fighters. The band will tour with the legendary alternative rock giants in November for a number of East Coast dates, from Duluth, Georgia to Boston, Massachusetts. The band will also be returning to the U.S. for some brief headlining tour dates in August, including a stop at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago on August 7.