Stereo MCs Video Trilogy

I love slow-motion, gritty, British slice o’ life dramas, so maybe this mini-trilogy by the UK hip-poppers Stereo MCs is a bit dull for some viewers, but it’s a really nice unison of the three individual songs off their new album with a rather tender overarching storyline. They’re like Andrea Arnold-via-Lynne Ramsay-crossed with Tricky music videos. Superb.

Part 1 – “Boy”

Part 2 – “Tales”

Part 3 – “Far Out Feeling”

All songs are from the MCs’ forthcoming album Emporer’s Nightingale. Find out more about the band and the album (plus download a new mixtape for free!) at their website.

Liam Bachler

Filmmaker Liam Bachler’s videos are gloriously soft focus 70s throwbacks with pretty women doing mischievous things… What’s not to love!? Check out the best below and as soon as I can find his short film Time Machine I’ll be sure to put up a review and/or post it here.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra “Little Blu House”

Computers Want Me Dead “Letters and Numbers”

Still from Time Machine

The State of Music Videos Today

I can’t wrap my mind around this new music video. The artist’s name is SBTRKT and the song is titled, “Wildfire.” It’s stylistically like a blend of Asian horror and David Lynch, topped with homages to Barton Fink and Apocalypse Now. I want to like it, but I feel like maybe I’ve just been tricked when it’s over. Music videos these days all have this thing now where they want to build you up to something without ever giving you a payoff.

On the other hand, not too long ago there was a superb video which had much of the same style and feel (maybe even storyline?) which also had a pretty big (however, depressing) payoff.

Next up is Zola Jesus’ “Night.” Let’s be honest, this is essentially a music video remake of Jean Cocteau’s Blood of a Poet crossed with Orpheus (oh, if he only had access to color film back then).

Lastly, there’s the new video for the Girls’ track “Vomit.” Seriously? I shot stuff like this when I was in high school and first started driving – I just didn’t have the HD camera and rock music score. How is it that a music video for a rock band can actually be boring? Don’t get me wrong, I like a shiny ’68 Mustang just as much as the next guy, but I don’t need three minutes of slow dolly shots around the fender. This is just an abomination. Hey Christopher Owens, next time you want a music video, give me a call and I promise I’ll give you something more exciting and original than whatever this drivel is. It almost hurts me to repost it here, but here goes…

Why does nobody make music videos that are original or inspiring anymore?

The Prolific Mr. Reznor

I’ve been on about the debut EP from Trent Reznor’s new band How to Destroy Angels for most of May now, and finally you can download the whole record for free from the band’s website! A tangible, hand-holdable copy will be available to purchase on July 6. This is what the electronic copy’s cover art looks like:

This is what the physical copy’s art will look like:

In other Reznor news, he’s apparently working on new NIN music, and has also just released (rather late) a theme for the newest addition to the metallic and violent Japanese cult-horror franchise Tetsuo, this time called Tetsuo: The Bullet Man. You can download it here. Trailer below. Probably not suitable for the kiddies.

How To Destroy Angels Debut Video

Not for the faint of heart, the first music video the new post-NIN band How to Destroy Angels is quite disconcerting.

The problem is it’s got a vaguely familiar visual style similar to a post-90s Depeche Mode video, and then the whole burning-people-in-slow-motion concept just reminds me of that Spike Jonze Wax video. What HDTA needs here is some Mark Romanek back on the job. Or just for the sake of “angelic” irony: Peter Christopherson.

First Track from Reznor & His ‘Angels’

As I’ve previously reported, Reznor’s got himself a new band and it’s got his new wifey in it too. They’re called How to Destroy Angels (a reference to a band that inspired him: Coil). Anyway, for a while there all that was being made available was some 40 second teasers of their new sound and glimpses of the members. Now we have a whole song!

Pitchfork got the exclusive and is streaming it here. You can also buy it from Amazon for $.99 here. Reznor has stated the track will not be made available in a physical copy. Their new six track, self-titled EP though is set to drop later this summer in the… package, so to speak.

From the 40 second clips, I was under the false impression that this was a new sort of sound for Reznor, but after listening to this great, mellow electronic track from How to Destroy Angels, I now think it sounds a lot like a new NIN song only with female vocals. This is not a bad thing, I’ll be the first to admit, but I guess I was excited at the prospect of the unknown. Honestly, I’ve never disliked a piece of music I’ve heard was attached to Reznor somehow.

The cover art for the new track is a diversion from NIN though, that’s for sure. Never before did I think I’d find a woman’s face adorn a sleeve of a Reznor record. Especially not a face that looks oddly close to Catholic religious iconography. This makes sense on one level though since Maandig is Filipino and therefore it’s highly likely that if she follows a religion, it would be Catholicism.

Gillian Anderson Flashback

So I was doing some online research today on a new film coming out called Boogie Woogie starring Gillian Anderson. As I dug around I came across an old music video by obsolete, obscure electronica mavens HAL in which Gillian Anderson is not only featured rollicking in a big white bed and with robots, but singing. Anyway, it flashed me back to my high school days when I used to play this one electronica compilation “Future Fantastic” over and over which just happened to contain the ethereal track “Extremis.” Delighted in my retro-discovery today, I just had to share… enjoy.

For more insight and information into why Gillian Anderson, and who the electronic band HAL (now defunct) were, click here.