Monthly Archives: May 2015

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Daybehavior’s ‘Change’

Swedish electro-pop duo Daybehavior have shared the video for ‘Change’ from their forthcoming fourth album Based on a True Story, release date TBA.

They also unveiled free streams of the track in both English and Italian;

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Swervedriver’s ‘I Wonder?’

Swervedriver have unveiled the video for ‘I Wonder?’ from their new album I Wasn’t Born to Lose You, out now on Cobraside.

The reunited British band have also announced that they’re touring North America in support of the album in the late summer/early fall;

08/28 Denver, CO – National Western (Riot Fest)
08/29 Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
08/30 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
08/31 Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall
09/01 Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
09/02 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
09/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
09/04 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
09/05 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
09/06 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
09/08 Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room
09/09 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
09/10 Ann Arbor, MI – Bling Pig
09/12 Chicago, IL – Douglas Park (Riot Fest)
09/14 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
09/15 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
09/16 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
09/17 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
09/18 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues  – The Parish
09/19 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
09/20 Houston, TX – House of Blues – Bronze
09/21 Austin, TX – The Parish
09/23 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
09/24 Las Vegas, NV – Bunkhouse Saloon
09/25 Costa Mesa, CA – Maison
09/26 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy and Harriets (Desert Stars Festival)
09/27 Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
09/28 San Diego, CA – Casbah
10/01 Honolulu, HI – The Replublik
1. Autodidact
2. Last Rites
3. For A Day Like Tomorrow
4. Setting Sun
5. Everso
6. English Subtitles
7. Red Queen Arms Race
8. Deep Wound
9. Lone Star
10. I Wonder?

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: High Functioning Flesh’s ‘Mistakes Were Made’

LA EBM duo High Functioning Flesh have unveiled th video for ‘Mistakes Were Made’ from their album Definite Structures, out now on Dais Records.

The duo of Gregory Vand and Susan Subtract also announced tour dates;

7/24 – Calgary, AB – Terminus Festival
9/26 – Chicago, IL – Cold Waves Festival
9/27 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon Hollywood#
10/2 – Boston, MA – Voidstar 25th Anniversary Fest
(#) w/ Front 242​

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Raider Klan Records’s Behind the Mic Episodes 1 – 3

Raider Klan Records has given fans an exclusive behind the scenes glimpse into the creative process of their artists and affiliates such as Robb Bank$, Stro Corleone, and Camp Lo.

The label also announced the dates of its tour of Texas;

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: The Very Best’s ‘Makes a King’

The Very Best has shared the video for the title track from their new album Makes a King, out now via Moshi Moshi Records.

The album was recorded in frontman Esau Mwamwaya’s homeland of Malawi and features Ethiopia Skate; an organization for young skateboarders in Ethiopia.

The Very Best began their journey when Johan Hugo stayed in Malawi’s capital to record some demos following the Lake of Stars festival. Though the initial sessions went well, he felt like he needed a change of scenery.

“When we were ready to get into writing and production we wanted to get away from Lilongwe and city life,” he said in a statement. “We found a house about five hours drive from the capital in a village called M’dala Chikowa. It was an amazing experience recording there, especially because the community is half Christian, half Muslim. In a world often divided between the West and the ‘other’ it was amazing to see people living in peace and harmony despite differences in religion and culture.”‘

Moving to M’dala Chikowa fed into the creative process with local choirs and musicians showing up to play with Hugo and Mwamwaya. The album also features cameos from everyone from Malawian band Jerere, Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio and Senegalese singer Baaba Maal.

“This time we really wanted to make a record that could be played by a band,” Hugo said. “Something really organic, so there’s not as many electronic instruments on Makes A King. As well as the sounds of the lake.”

“The songs are pretty diverse in terms of what’s being said,” Johan admitted. “But it does get harder to ignore problems in the world. ‘Hear Me‘ was a very personal song for Esau and he wanted to express his frustrations about the lack of progress in Malawi since independence. We’ve always felt our purpose in music is to be a positive force and Esau’s voice touches people without going too deep into political issues. So Makes A King is about celebrating the positive and the negative in life – and striving to stay happy through it all.”

“We’re constantly evolving,” he says with a laugh. “Not just in the sense that we’re trying to change our sound. But we’re constantly on a new journey which colours the music we make,” he said.

Catch The Very Best on the following dates;

01 Nkhondo
02 Hear Me
03 Let Go
04 Guju Guju
05 Bilmankwe ft. Jerere
06 Sweka
07 Mwana Wanga
08 Mariana [ft. Seye]
09 The Dead and the Dreaming [ft. Seye]
10 Kanyale
11 Umasiye [ft. Baaba Maal]
12 Uhumu
13 Makes a King [ft. Jutty Taylor]

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: The Rural Alberta Advantage’s ‘Not Love or Death’

The Rural Alberta Advantage have shared the Sam Wainsteim-directed video for ‘Not Love or Death’ from their latest release Mended With Gold, out now on Paper Bag Records.

“This was the first song we wrote and recorded for Mended With Gold,” The RAA’s Amy Cole said in a statement. “It’s hands-down my favourite song from the record, and I think it’s one of the best songs we’ve ever done.  The whole thing sounds like it’s seconds away from totally spiraling out of control and crashing hard, which is pretty much our sweet spot as a band.”

“Part killer band performance, part experimental narrative, the video for The Rural Alberta Advantage’s ‘Not Love or Death’ explores ideas of time, memory and space through the lens of one girl reflecting on her first relationship,” Wainsteim said in the same statement. “Taking place entirely in her bedroom, a roving camera drifts through moments of her past that begin to bleed together and eventually overlap.

“This video was a massive technical challenge. The goal was to create a camera that moves independent of any set narrative but give glimpses of scenes as they unfold in one space. We designed and constructed a set with moving walls for our camera to explore.”

Catch The Rural Alberta Advantage on the following dates;

June 20 Banff, AB Performance in the Park
June 27 Ottawa, ON Dragon Boat Festival (Free)
July 25  Oro-Medonte, ON Way Home Music & Arts Festival
Aug 1 Montreal, QC Osheaga
Aug 8 Squamish, BC Squamish Vallye Music Festival
Sept 5/6 Edmonton and Calgary, AB Sonic Boom Festival and XFest

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Mocky’s ‘Whistlin”

Mocky has shared the video for ‘Whistlin” from his album Key Change, out on June 30 on Heavy Sheet.

The Vice Cooler-directed video follows him as he was crafting the album.

He also shared a free stream of ‘Living in the Snow’;

And also unveiled the dates of his upcoming tour;

07/08 – Havn Gallery – Hamilton, ON

07/09 – The Drake – Toronto, ON

07/10 – Resonance – Montreal, QC

07/11 – Ace Hotel – New York, NY

07/17 – The Lyric Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Daktyl’s ‘Cyclical’

The video for the title track from UK producer and multi-instrumentalist Daktyl‘s album Cyclical matches the song cycling back and forth between love and pain. It features vocals from Texas singer SPZRKT.

He’s also offered a free stream of the album, out now on Mad Decent;

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Julian Casablancas + The Voidz ‘Human Sadness’

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz have shared the video for ‘Human Sadness’ from their 2014 album Tyranny.

The short film features the band performing the track live. Casablancas worked with director Warren Fu  (Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Weezer, The Killers) and shot the video over the course of 10 months in New York and LA with each member of the band performing in individual vignettes.

The concept for ‘Human Sadness’ is based on the final moments of the Titanic and “the band played on.”

“(W)here at some vague future date everything is going to hell and we just decide to play in our modern-retro rehearsal space as everything is falling apart around us….and so it ends with the earliest form of music video (the ancient greek ‘zoetrope’ of the leap-froggers) symbol of man endlessy copying each other, trying to get by and out-do each other and survive….we create, desire, seek to be entertainment, and destroy, all while experiencing, propagating and trying to escape pain of some kind,” Casablancas said in a statement.
“The overriding concept that when you see a video it can somewhat taint your imagination and personal connection to a song (similar to a movie with a book), but watching a live performance of a song can be exciting and lives separate from (your private meanings of) the album version…” he said about the performance used for the video.
The band came together four years ago through different musical connections in NYC and LA, bonding over their love of everything from the avant-garde to beat-driven music. Tyranny was recorded in Casablancas’ hometown of LA.
Catch the band on the following dates;
5/29 Barecelona, Spain- Primavera Sound Festival
5/21 Paris, France- We Love Green Festival
6/2 Klosternbeuberg, Austria- Arena Vienna
6/4 Zurich, Switzerland- X-Tra
6/6 Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic- Rock For People
6/8 Zagreb, Croatia- Culture Factory
6/9 Bologna, Italy- Vivoloa Bolognetti
6/11 Tel Aviv, Israel- Barby Club
6/14 Istanbul, Turkey- One Love Festival
1. Take Me In Your Army
2. Crunch Punch
3. M.utually A.sssured D.estruction
4. Human Sadness
5. Where No Eagles Fly
6. Father Electricity
7. Johan Von Bronx
8. Business Dog
9. Xerox
10. Dare I Care
11. Nintendo Blood
12. Off To War…

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Mick Jenkins’ ‘P’s & Q’s’

Mick Jenkins has shared the Nathaniel Smith-directed video for ‘P’s & Q’s’; the second track from his forthcoming album Wave(s) out this summer on Free Nation/Cinematic Music Group, release date TBA.

Jenkins also joined forces with painter Hayveyah McGowan, who created a unique 30×30 painting for each of the tracks in Wave(s). Check out an example of the art below;

Catch Mitch Jenkins on the following dates;

6/10 – Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
6/11 – Observatory – San Diego, CA
6/12 – Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
6/13 – Fonda – Los Angeles, CA
6/16 – Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
6/17 – Regency – San Francisco, CA
6/18 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
6/20 – KUBE Radio Show – Seattle, WA