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Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Meyhem Lauren & DJ Muggs’ ‘Street Religion’ (Featuring Roc Marciano)

The video for Meyhem Lauren‘s ‘Street Religion’ finds him and his crew politicking on the street with old footage spliced in, in an illuminated cityscape.

The track is taken from his DJ Muggs-produced album Gems from the Equinox, out on October 27 via Soul Assassins Records / Kobalt Music Recordings.

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Stream The Paranoid Style’s ‘Dominoes in Drag’ for Free

The Paranoid Style have shared a free stream of ‘Dominoes in Drag’ from their Underworld USA EP, out on October 27 via Bar/None.

It’s the follow-up to their 2015 release Rolling Disclosure.

“The title comes from this Van Morrison song ‘Madame George’ that I like a lot,” singer Elizabeth Nelson said in a statement. “I pretty much like all of Van Morrison’s stuff, but ‘Madame George’ is particularly poignant to me. Madame George is a drug addict and an outcast, but I always think she seems very beautiful to me and sometimes I have felt like maybe we could relate to each other. My song is more of a glam song though. I wrote it on the piano and I thought it’d be cool to have someone do like a rollicking Nicky Hopkins-style part, so I asked (bandmate) Peter Holsapple to play on it and he just killed it. We cut it live in maybe three or four takes. The lyrics are kind of about the days before I had a band or met my husband. I was a labor organizer, and that was and is a passion of mine. I traveled around a lot, saw so much of the country. I also got into a lot of mischief, a lot of late nights. I saw some stuff and did some stuff. I had so much energy. I was remembering that. And I was thinking to about how important the labor movement is and how much we’ve lost by betraying it. You know, it’s all bundled up in there. It’s a Paranoid Style song.”

The EP also explores the meaningless positive affirmations.

“Our country has a weird fetish for upbeat maxims that mean literally nothing. I first noticed this growing up in the 80’s where there was this bizarre, very artificial Reagan-era positivism that felt incredibly stage managed, and seemed to be barely masking a profound cultural despair. And that sense has only deepened and become almost omnipresent in our political culture. Trump is really kind of the apotheosis of this – having run an historically successful campaign that literally consisted of nothing other than vague slogans,” Nelson said.

“Some people thought Rolling Disclosure was too cynical, but I didn’t mean it to be cynical. I meant it to be alarming. I keep hearing about how we need all these punk rock albums now that Trump is in power. Talk about closing the barn gate after the cows are out! I mean, sure, we still need protest music. But where were these people before? Coachella?” she added.

The EP is an angry condemnation of the people Nelson feels are threatening America.

Underworld U.S.A. has two connotations,” she said. “One is the corporate criminal cabal of monsters and mobsters like Trump and the Wall Street hucksters and the pharaohs building up the temples on the backs of the people. And then the second meaning is a positive connotation: the underground of artists and freedom fighters and working people and lowdowns on the social hierarchy that ultimately invest our world with so much meaning. Some songs are about the former and some are about the latter. That’s what Underworld U.S.A. is about.”

01.  Underworld U.S.A.
02.  Dominoes in Drag
03.  Hawk vs. Prez
04.  I Believe You Believe You Can Fly
05.  Dedicated Glare
06.  Revision of Love


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Tusks’ ‘Dissolve’

Tusks, aka Emily Underhill, had this to say about the video for for the title track from her debut album Dissolve, due out on September 13 via One Little Indian;

“As soon as I wrote Dissolve, I had a really strong vision for the video of two people fighting on a dimly lit London street at night. We were so lucky with the amazing actors and production team that brought it to life and added in the ideas of shooting the whole thing in reverse in one shot with the changing lights – it adds such a dreamy quality to it,” Underhill said in a statement.

Dissolve follows her Ink and False EPs. She worked alongside long-time producer Brett Cox on the album.

“I’m a very visual person, I love being outdoors and surrounded by nature. I grew up by the sea and I’ve always tried to spend as much time outside and travel as much as possible – I think perhaps subconsciously that all influences how cinematic some of my music can be and why I love creating the artwork to go with it,” she said.

“I can have something going in in my life and listen to a song and totally relate that song to me – it’s like that artist is sharing that experience with me and creating a soundtrack to my life. I take a lot of inspiration from more cinematic music in the creation and production of my music and maybe that’s why that idea sits with me more – it creates a closer connection between the listener and the record,” Underhill added.

Catch Tusks on the following dates;

09 September, OnBlackheath Festival, London
15 September, Kamio at Red Gallery, London

For You
False
Last
Dissolve
1807
Paris
Ivy
Toronto
My Love
London Thunder


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Hundred Waters’ ‘Fingers’

Hundred Waters have shared the Allie Avital-directed video for ‘Fingers’ from their forthcoming album Communicating, out on September 14 via OWSLA.

The visuals complement the track’s hushed tones. They also shared a free stream of ‘Blanket Me’ from the album;

The vinyl version of Communicating will come bundled with their Currency EP.

“From a broad lens,” vocalist/songwriter Nicole Miglis said in a statement “The album is a breakup. It starts with a need for independence and it ends with an ‘all better,’ like we did it: we learned, we loved, we separated, and now it’s time for the next chapter.”

Catch Hundred Waters on the following dates;

9/23 – San Diego @ The Casbah *
9/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
9/26 – Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court *
9/27 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird *
9/28 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar *
9/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
9/30 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
10/2 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe
10/3 – Montreal, QC @ SAT +
10/5 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall +
10/6 – Washington D.C. @ U Street Music Hall +
10/7 – New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg +
10/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts +
10/10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl +
10/12 – Orlando, FL @ The Social +
10/13 – Miami, FL @ iii points festival
10/23 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
10/24 – London, UK – Village Underground
10/26 – Brighton, UK – The Haunt
10/27 – Brussels, BE – Autumn Falls @ Botanique
10/28 – Namur, BE – Autumn Falls @ Beautes Soniques
10/30 – Amsterdam, NE – Paradiso
11/1 – Paris, FR – Pitchfork Avant Garde @ Badaboum
11/3 – Zurich, CH – Rote Fabrik
11/4 – Lugano, CH @ Studio Foce
11/5 – Luzern, CH @ Sederl
11/8 – Hamburg, DE @ Haekken
12/2 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
12/7 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
12/8 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
12/9 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret
* w/ Lafawndah
+ w/ Kelsey Lu
1. Particle
2. Wave To Anchor
3. Prison Guard
4. Parade
5. At Home and In My Head
6. Firelight
7. Re
8. Fingers
9. Communicating
10. Blanket Me
11. Better

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Mocky’s ‘Problematic’

Berlin-via-LA artist Mocky had this to say about ‘Problematic’ in a statement; “I woke up really early before the city was awake and in the silence I heard the whole tune complete in my head…when that happens you just get out of the way and do you.”

The Vice Cooler and Rand Sevilla-directed video is taken from his fourth release in his Moxtape series titled How To Hit What And How Hard. The project collects Mocky’s studio experiments.

It follows his work producing Feist‘s latest album Pleasure and writing five songs for Kelela‘s debut album Take Me Apart.

He started building a studio in early 2017 and recorded songs between working on the space. The first six recordings became How To Hit What And How Hard. Though he plays all the instruments on a majority of the songs, Chilly Gonzales and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson lent a hand on ‘Desiree’.

“Nothing began with the computer or a click track. Everything began with me hitting something, and during the process, I realized that in the modern musical environment, ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘how hard’ you hit something make all the difference,” he explained about the laidback iPhone-recorded vocals on ‘You Can’t Rush the Funk’.

1. Put it in a Song
2. Problematic
3. How it Goes
4. Desiree
5. You Can’t Rush the Funk
6. Stop Time (feat. Nia Andrews)

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Kelela’s ‘LMK’

Andrew Thomas Huang, the director of Kelela‘s ‘LMK’ had this to say in a statement about the video, which finds the singer moving through hazy club-like environments;

“We wanted make a video that showcases the multiplicity of who Kelela is and who she has the potential to be. The video is essentially a grand unveiling featuring Kelela wearing different wigs and guises as she pushes through the club with her friends, ultimately revealing herself at the end of the video. The message of this video is empowerment: it’s for the girls, for anyone whose heart has been trampled on and deserves to go out and feel good about themselves. It’s a call to action, demanding to be taken and to be quick about it. This is the reason why we love Kelela – she’s making herself vulnerable and kicking down doors in the process.”

The track can be found on Kelela’s debut album Take Me Apart, due out on October 6 via Warp Records.

It’s the follow-up to her 2015 EP Hallucinogen. The New York Times named the single ‘Rewind’ as one of the “25 songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going”. She’s shared the stage with The xx and guested on a series of albums including Solange’s A Seat At The Table, Danny Brown‘s Atrocity Exhibition and Gorillaz’s Humanz.

“Despite it being a personal record, the politics of my identity informs how it sounds and how I choose to articulate my vulnerability and strength. I am a black woman, a second-generation Ethiopian-American, who grew up in the ‘burbs listening to R&B, Jazz and Björk. All of it comes out in one way or another,” Kelela said in a statement.

The recording process found her deconstructing collaborations with peers and building them back up again.

“It’s this tapestry I’ve knitted together that attracts different types of listeners and challenges them at the same time, often within the same song. That’s what I want to bring to my entire catalogue,” she said.

1. Frontline
2. Waitin
3. Take Me Apart
4. Enough
5. Jupiter
6. Better
7. LMK
8. Truth Or Dare
9. S.O.S.
10. Blue Light
11. Onanon
12. Turn To Dust
13. Bluff
14. Altadena

 


Lowest of the Low Share Lyric Video for ‘Powerlines’

Veteran Toronto indie rockers Lowest of the Low have shared the lyric video for ‘Powerlines’ from fourth album Do the Right Now, out on September 8 via Pheromone Records.

“‘Powerlines’ is a song about my experiences writing the first Low album, Shakespeare My Butt. I had recently broken up with a long time partner and moved into a punk rock squat with some crazy characters I called friends. Every day I walked through the city with a notebook and drank in bars and went to galleries and shows and hung out in my little bohemian circle of anarchists, punks and poets. I became the protagonist in the movie of my life and the city was a cinematic sidekick and factored into the lyrics like a companion,” frontman Ron Hawkins said in a statement.

The vid is a collaboration with photographer Tom Ryaboi, a pioneer in the art of roof topping. The video reflects Hawkins’ changing relationship with his hometown of Toronto over the years.

Catch Lowest of the Low on the following dates;

July 14 – Guelph, ON – Hillside Festival
July 15 – Ottawa, ON – Hope volleyball Summerfest
Sept. 09 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
Sept.16 –  Prince Edward County, ON – Sandbanks Music Festival
Oct. 01 – Sydney, NS –  Mary Winspear Centre,
Oct. 05-06 – Vancouver, BC –  The Commodore Ballroom (w/ 54-40)
Oct. 28 – Hamilton, ON – Collective Arts Brewery @ Guitars Strings And Kidney Things
Lowest Of The Low - Do The Right Now - Digital Cover
  1. Powerlines
  2. Gerona Train
  3. Do The Right Now
  4. Saint Spurious
  5. Minuteman
  6. The Hard Way
  7. Something To Believe In
  8. Don’t Let it Lay You Low
  9. Sister Jude
  10. Infinite
  11. Immortal
  12. California Gothic