together PANGEA released their new LP, Badillac, at the very beginning of this year. Songs from that album have been paired with some pretty sweet music videos, such as “Cat Man” and “Offer.” Now, together PANGEA have given us a new clip for Badillac’s title track. Directed by Ryan Baxley (who gave us the Nick Offerman public-urination perfection of FIDLAR’s “Cocaine” video), this one plays with classic horror-movie tropes. There’s some good old-fashioned Frankenstein in there, with just a dash of the The Wolfman, but eventually it shifts gears with an homage to The Amazing Colossal Man … though that fighter plane swatting gives the thing a nice King Kong vibe, too. It’s a ton of fun. Watch it below.
Conor Oberst is such a big deal that he can summon two different buzz bands to back him up at will. Or at least that was the case when he recorded a recent live session at the Haldern Pop Festival. Performing lazily luminous acoustic version of his 2005 Bright Eyes song “Lua,” Oberst recruited both members of First Aid Kit to sing backup and Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith to help him out on guitar. Watch the performance below.
Greylag recently released the excellent folk-rock single “Another,” and now, rather than pairing the song with a traditional music video, they give us this new live performance clip. The video is directed by Lymay Iwasaki, and if the single had us excited for the album, this video has us excited to see the band live. Watch it below.
In the spring, Atlanta brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy, AKA Rae Sremmurd, released an ecstatic rap track called “No Flex Zone” with a beat by Atlanta superproducer Mike Will Made It and his Eardrummers team. (Rae Sremmurd, incidentally, is Ear Drummers backwards, which might help you spell it going forward.) Now the duo is back with another Mike-Will-made single, “No Type,” and like the last one, it’s jittery, giddy, and sing-songy despite some melancholy undertones. It’ll be included on the group’s upcoming #SremmLife EP. Listen below.
Earlier this year, the label Light In The Attic unearthed and reissued L’Amour, a pretty and mysterious 1983 album from a completely unknown artist named Lewis. Soon after, another Lewis album, this one from 1985 and titled Romantic Times materialized. Just a few weeks later, the label found that Lewis, whose real name is Randall Wulff, is alive and well, with no real interest in his past musical life. But for someone who no longer makes music, it appears that Lewis may be the most prolific artist of 2014. As Pitchfork points out, a third Lewis album has been unearthed. This one is called Love Ain’t No Mystery, and he recorded it in the early ’00s under the name Randy Duke. Below, listen to two songs, “Heartbreak” and “It’s A Frail Thing.”
Whirr conjure up some of shoegaze’s loneliest vibes. The first two singles from their upcoming album Sway, “Mumble” and “Heavy,” were as bummed-out as they were beautiful, and after a fragile intro, their newest, “Lines,” blows up to the same big proportions. Listen to it below.
Earlier this summer, the Scottish duo Honeyblood released a self-titled debut full of toothy, spirited, tough-minded DIY indie-pop. And now, for a sort of victory lap, Rookie has convinced them to cover the slinky “Mesmerizing,” which only emerges as one of the highlights of Liz Phair’s classic-upon-classic debut album Exile In Guyville after you’ve been listening to that album for at least a few years. The former Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur produced Honeyblood’s cover, which juices the original with some impressive guitar fuzz and makes me wonder if the world would be a better place if Liz Phair had a Scottish burr. Listen below.
Earlier this year, alt-rock lifer buddies Aimee Mann and Ted Leo teamed up to form a new duo called the Both and to release a profoundly catchy self-titled power-pop debut. Both Mann and Leo had been funny in music videos before, and they’re just as funny together. Director Daniel Ralston, who previously did the band’s “Milwaukee” video, returns for their new “Volunteers Of America” clip, which takes place at a raucously drunken back-yard wedding. It gives us a rare opportunity to see Leo do the worm. The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs, Samhain’s London May, and the veteran character actor Russ Tamblyn all appear. Watch the video below.