This video from Le Guess Who? May Day is making me so nostalgic! Taking place on the 26th of last month, I once again had the most splendid time in the lovely city that is Utrecht. I just wanna watch this over and over until November 29th when the full version of the festival starts again.
PS: find me enthusiastically headbanging at around 01:58. I reckon this was during Cloud Nothings who played a stellar set. Such awesome times!!
Two random, completely beautiful in their own way, videos I’ve been watching a lot lately.
The first one by Keaton Henson not just for the song, but for the stunning, heart wrenching stop motion animation. Never thought stuffed puppets could translate this much emotion and be a metaphor for life itself. The song is equally haunting.
(thanks to Jacoba for this)
Next up is the amazing Chad VanGaalen who’s pretty much a hero to me and one of te nicest people I’ve ever met. Here he does a live rendition of Weighed Sin, off a split with Xiu Xiu. So much raw emotion in his voice, stunning to watch. Beautiful beyond words.
I always try not to post the same kind of things (videos, songs, articles on artists etc) after each other but for this I’ll make a little exception.
Me and My Drummer are a German / Berlin based duo an do something quite special. If you click through to the Vimeo page of this video you’ll be able to read more.
I have to say, the lyrics aren’t something you shouldn’t pay much attention to cause they feel a little weird / nonsense-y – mostly because of the language barrier I think. But the feel‘s really good and I haven’t been able to get the tune out of my head. Also the video is beautifully made. I think Me and My Drummer are headed in the right direction, they just need a little steering here and there.
Molly Nilsson Molly Nilsson Molly Nilsson. That’s all you need to know. Thank you Nils & Antonio for mentioning and reminding. The possible prospect of seeing her live in the near future is making me very, very excited. Molly sounds detached and distant yet very warm. It’s a difficult balance but she’s as balanced as it gets.
See what she looks like and hear an old(er) tune here:
Then listen to the best song off her latest, History (buy it here), which is actually a cover. I don’t think the original could live up to this though, but props to the original for the great lyrics.
Molly Nilsson – You Always Hurt The One You Love [mp3]
Molly’s making me wanna go back to Sweden more than ever. Miss you, Sweden. Might go visit Hermine in Copenhagen soon though!
I like this U.S. Girls song A LOT and the video is beautiful so I thought I’d share. That’s all there is to say really. Go watch!
I might go see U.S. Girls play in Brussels in two weeks, I’m excited about how that’ll sound live. You can too, she plays the Autumn Falls festival on November 23 at Magasin 4 alongside Anika (also recommended) and Slim Twig (not listened to this yet).
Oh God oh God oh God oh God. I’m not sure how I missed this but one of my all time favourites Eugene McGuinness (still wanna marry you, Eugene, call me) released a new song on Monday and the accompanying video is rather captivating, see:
A huge, huge step up for Eugene who’s been playing with his pal Miles Kane for the past couple of months. However, Eugene does much more amazing stuff on his own and if this is anything to go by, the new album’s gonna kill. Man, I am SO excited like I cannot tell you. I haven’t been this excited for any artist in a long time. Every couple of months I give his debut a relisten and realise how much I want him to come out with new stuff. IT SEEMS THAT TIME IS UPON US!!!
Looking at the title, you can guess that this video won’t be too cheerful. A murder ballad is too heavy a description but however you’d describe it, it’d need the adjective ‘murderous‘. I’m talking about Craft Spells‘ new video:
How old are these guys by the way? They look 15! I recently turned 23 and feel very old looking at them. Anyway, if you’d like to look at them a little more, here’s a drawing my friend Eno did of them for Subbacultcha! magazine. Pretty freakin’ awesome.
2. Art Thoughtz with this crazy dude that likes rap music and likes art. He’s like a walking art history encyclopedia and makes art sound like so much fun AND has original thoughts. If only all art history teachers were like this, kids would love art a lot more I reckon!
This episode where he compares Beuys with Jay-Z is real good!
If you follow this blog then you might’ve noticed that I have a thing for the nineties. So much good music came of that decade and I’m especially inspired by the riot grrrl movement. During that era so many girl groups emerged and Sleater-Kinney were one of the later and more succesful ones. Some of you might’ve seen Carrie Brownstein star in the, at times very hilarious, comedy series Portlandia – where she starred alongside Fred Armisen.
And I’m sure some of you must’ve heard of Wild Flag, her most recent project. Yup, a band, even though Carrie waved music goodbye a couple of years back. Not that I’m complaining. Mary TImony, Janet Weiss and Rebecca Cole are the other women part of the line-up and, fuck me, they are just as awesome (and legendary)!
Now, of course, I missed out on the announcement of them playing The Lexington in London (the city I’m soon moving to!) early December and haven’t got tickets. Major sadface. I’m not completely persuaded of the brilliance of their debut just yet but man, I would’ve grabbed the opportunity of seeing these kick-ass women live directly! History in the making!
So yeah, I’m pretty bummed out. Good thing that I can watch this hilarious / awesome / amazing video for the punch in your face of a song that is Romance:
I swear, I really am trying not to post everything Veronica Falls does but the past month they’ve had a treat for us in store almost two times a week!
This is one of my favourite tunes off their stunning debut that’s far exceeded my expectations (and those were very high). The video’s pretty damn lovely too. Trust me, they may look a little violent and agressive in this, but they’re one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.