Earlier this year, Hooray For Earth released their new album, Racy, and we’ve already seen the video for album track “Keys,” which fetishized motorcycles with an intimacy and creepiness that blended Kanye’s “Bound 2” with that scene from Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child when that dude got turned into a motorcycle. Now they give us a video for the song “Say Enough,” which tells the very human story of a newly broken-up couple, following computer-animated characters drinking, having sex, and sadly remembering. It’s one of the only times I’ve seen the occasionally grotesque uncanny-valley effect of computer models used to increase emotional impact. Watch it below.
Deerhoof have a tremendously admirable work ethic. As a fan, you’re almost guaranteed a new album every year or two. Their last, Breakup Song, came out in 2012, and now, right on time, Deerhoof have announced that their new album, La Isla Bonita, will be released in November. The album is produced by Nick Sylvester (of the late Mr. Dream as well as Godmode Records), who also produced Courtship Ritual’s recent Album Of The Week, Pith. Below you can hear La Isla Bonita’s first single, “Exit Only,” which is a crunchy, stomping rock song led by Satomi Matsuzaki’s sugar-rush vocal delivery. Basically it’s classic Deerhoof, and it feels good to have them back.
Back in July, Jack White had a shitload of fun putting on a secret show in London built like a piece of interactive theater (and done in collaboration with the acting company that does Sleep No More, that interactive-theater thing everyone has been telling me to see since I moved to New York). It played around with the theme of lazarettos, which were basically leper colonies. Those shows were originally hinted at by a fake pharmaceutical company called Vescovo (who still have their website up here), and now a new video has come out teasing more.
Yeah it’s such a good combo. Kind of reminds me when Sigur Ros played the sold out Madison Square Garden show and chose Tim Hecker for their opener.
Thanks for the kind words man. Covering this strange scene throughout the year has been so much fun.
We thought the video had value because there was a really entertaining animation made with it. If it were just a song as you said, it wouldn’t be as newsworthy.
Secondly, DuckTales and Mega Man 2 are namedropped frequently because they are that great, but they’re also so iconic which is why they seemed to fit better. Personally I like Mega Man 3 more than 2 as a score (and a game, but that’s neither here nor there), and Kirby’s Adventure is just below Metroid for my favorite NES music.
I actually do know some things about video games! You implied as much a couple weeks ago when I was talking about Grim Fandango in a post and I was very happy someone appreciated that!
two albums in TWO YEARS. Sorry about that typo, my excitement got the better of me.
And yeah while I was writing the post in the office I was saying what you said almost verbatim! I had just the slightest misgiving, but now that it’s clear this was written by Walker (and just as importantly it’s co-produced by Peter Walsh who has been so essential to making Climate Of Hunter, Tilt, The Drift, and Bish Bosch what they are in terms of sound design) I’m so much more excited about this.
Also I couldn’t agree more about the live performances. I’ve got very high hopes that this will be the album he’ll be able to actually play. I can’t even imagine what it would be like. I’m not sure if you’ve seen Sunn O))) play live but it’s one of the most overwhelming things I’ve ever experienced.
You’re right, I had KISS’ solo series on my mind, but just fixed it. Thanks for pointing that out.
And hey, don’t beat yourself up about misspelling “they,” everybody makes mistaks!
I needed to maintain a somewhat professional tone in the post but….OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST NEWS.
I appreciate that. I thought it was best if I was the one to post it though. They’re a band I really loved writing about, and it’s nice to do something on them one last time (though I’m hoping these guys will be making music in other ways).
I like Salad Days! There’s just other stuff I liked this year more.
That said – as a fellow fan of pinball I’ve really respected Mac DeMarco since I saw him mention his love for Simpsons Pinball Party, which is like a Top 5 (maybe Top 3) table for me.
FTFY: “This wait will be unPallbearerable”
The person who bought the record was Notch, who designed the indie game Minecraft. I don’t think the price must have been too big a deal for him since he’s made about $150 million since his game launched a couple years ago. Still, he must be a pretty big Aphex Twin fan.