Tighter melodies, three-piece power
Colorful song gets a colorful clip
When I reviewed Paramore's new self-titled album, I referred to their pop-punk beginnings as their bread and butter. The colorful new music video for their rock 'n' roll song "Anklebiters," I'd say, is their peanut butter and jelly.
The animated clip has fun with the track's high-energy pace, with dancing fingers and 2-D contraptions, in full color. It bounds along with Hayley Williams' ever-bettering vocals. Bouncy!
Dipping bass and twerking in the mirror
I'm getting a late '80s rump-shaker, bass-looping, neon colors vibe from this "reprogramming." More snaps, more tambourine, take out the melody and hone in on the hard "Humpty Dance" hits. The Purple One has a way...
Prince appears on Monae's next album, "The Electric Lady," due out later this year. Miguel will be on there, too, in case your day wasn't going well enough.
First single from 'Matangi': Is she a lord of music?
M.I.A.'s acclaimed video for single "Bad Girls" charmed viewers by combining visuals of the West with East (more specifically, Middle East); now the dancehall/pop/noise/hip-hop artist has done it again with her fresh "Bring the Noize," crowning herself a goddess in a temple of dance.
"Bring the Noize" is a nod at the Public Enemy song of the same name, a good descriptor of its sound and is also the intro to "Matangi," M.I.A.'s next album. Matangi is a Hindu goddess of music and word. It's also M.I.A.'s real name -- Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam. A fertile combo -- political songwriting, spiritual maxims, pop cultural context.
All interesting stuff, following a week filled with Kanye West proclaiming himself "Yeezus."
M.I.A. has spent her career on sensational, radical, halting, genre-bending and political statements, some coherent, others not nearly. In the video for "Bring the Noize," she uses familiar symbols in Hindu that are, without coincidence, less familiar to Western audiences. It starts with devotional singing, chopped and screwed into the noisy beat, and looped around images of sacred cows; breaking coconuts; the OM symbol in brilliant colors; ritual "washing" from holy fire (with smoke machines, natch). She dances, bejeweled around rows of mostly male worshipers, who have removed their shoes and dressed all in white.
There's a holy purpose in all the topis, turbans, and the wild Western spin on traditional fashion: in the words from her Facebook page, "GODDESS OF WORD BITCHES IMA KEEP IT BANGING." Crudely, she's co-opting those "sacred cows" to establish herself with a whole new swagger, or at least the kind that Interscope or any other major label has yet to push large-scale.
Co-owner of Canadian label sounds off on Feist, Broken Social Scene and Spotify
Earlier this month, the Canadian indie label Arts & Crafts celebrated its 10 years of existence by combining its biggest assets -- its artists -- on stage at the Field Trip Festival in hometown Toronto and on a genre-spanning compilation "X." A reunited Broken Social Scene performing classic "You Forgot It in People" headlined the former, while BSS and its members, Feist, Ra Ra Riot, The Hidden Cameras and other A&C acts collaborated for the latter.
Arts & Crafts has survived these 10 by expanding outward from "You Forgot It in People," starting with BSS and its solo and reformed offshoots, then to new original artists, then into different mediums and revenue sources. It's not just a label, but a management firm, merchandiser, and publisher; A&C has segued through the tumult of digital retail, the resurgence of vinyl and the advent of streaming services like Spotify to find new music audiences. But it doesn't stop at audio: they've partnered with visual artists like photographer Norman Wong and fashion designer Jeremy Laing for unique presentations of their artists' unique brands of indie rock.
Check out the clip for 'LoveHate Thing' feat. Sam Drew
Wale's new album "The Gifted" -- out tomorrow -- is looking to be fairly eclectic. As evidenced by three recent videos, he's gone the ratchet route, the comedy route and the soulful route.
We'll start with the first, the loveable and articulately cross-bred "LoveHate Thing," featuring crooner Sam Drew. The singer is the anchor for this Wale's cool-headed sonics and personal reflections.
And check out the Bruno Marsian influence on that instrumental ensemble:
Watch: 'Despair' gets an aerial view
Apparently, no music video has ever been shot on the top of the Empire State Building. Until now.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the New York band, took to a New York icon for their new clip for "Despair," the second single from their latest album "Mosquito."
Patrick Daughters -- who's totally our favorite -- shot the clip, which has the band meeting at the peak of the 102-story building in parts, with Karen O's vocal track starting out a capella. It crescendos to the rising of the sun at the same time as O sings (you guessed it) "my sun is your sun."
It only took three years, but Robyn's "U Should Know Better" featuring Snoop Dogg finally has a music video.
The "Body Talk Pt. 2" track sends the viewer into a bizarre weed warehouse, and the bedroom of a male child who strongly resembles Robyn herself. Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg (before he made his conversion to Snoop Lion) is cast into a child's doll. Robyn stars as the world's hippest mom, and gender-bending and air-punching abounds. Y'know, typical.
I've already addressed my full-on Lady Crush on Robyn with the recent release of Lonely Island's "The Wack Album," further solidified by "Go Kindergarten," also below. It is for this reason stacked Timbs, Docs, platform and other manner of shoe will never die, even if I refuse to wear them.
Sing, as you apply hand lotion
Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch and producer/songwriter Dev Hynes combined last month in New York, to benefit the Human Rights Campaign’ Equality Rocks project at Le Poisson Rouge.
Video from that event just hit last night, of Welch singing Icona Pop's hit "I Love It" and further proof that Welch can make even a line like "I put your sh*t into a bag and pushed it down the stairs" into something very so serious.
And, thus, watch Welch suck all of the fun out of "I Don't Care." But of for a good cause!
What's with all the hand lotion movements?
Michael Einsinger, Mac Davis and Nile Rodgers guesting
Avicii is ready to release his first full-length studio album this year and is leading off with its first single "Wake Me Up."
The track doesn't start off exactly how fans of the EDM would expect: the folk and acoustic based track ultimately makes its way to a cheesy dance floor beat, but you can tell the young star has a smile on his face as he produced this one all the while. It guests Aloe Blacc on vocals, and he is exceptional at taking on this little hybrid.
Speaking of guests, you can bet there will be plenty of them on Avicii's album Sept. 17-due "#TRUE." (Yes, that's another damn hashtag title. May they all burn.) Michael Einsinger from Incubus, country music's Mac Davis and recent Daft Punk‘s collabo Nile Rodgers are along for the ride.