Ben Gibbard is really into running, so much so that he agreed to be interviewed for an hour about it. Gibbard and Ethan Newberry (BKA “The Ginger Runner”) discuss everything from how Gibbard got his start as a running enthusiast in an effort to kick his unhealthy young adult lifestyle to his preferred pair of sneakers. Around the 51:50 mark, Gibbard briefly addresses Death Cab For Cutie’s forthcoming album, which is due out in the spring of 2015. “I’m really proud of this album,” he says. “I think it’s the best one we’ve made in awhile.” Otherwise it’s entirely about running. Watch below.
A lot of videos bill themselves as “short films,” but director Nikola Ležaić’s clip for Steve Gunn’s “Tommy’s Congo” can make a better case than most. Gunn is a meditative guitarist and Kurt Vile sideman who released a gorgeous album called Way Out Weather earlier this fall. (We posted his video for its title track.) “Tommy’s Congo” is a blissful seven-minute zone-out with a little Joy Division ominousness in its bones. And its video tells the story of a Serbian woman who attempts to get closer to a coworker and finds herself in increasingly desperate circumstances. It’s an absolutely absorbing piece of work, and you can watch it below.
Earlier this year, EMA released the great album The Future’s Void, which explored ideas about technology and industrial music and where our privacy ends. She’s already made videos for the early singles “Satellites” and “So Blonde,” but her new clip for “3Jane” is something else: An illustration of the themes of both the album and of a feature film that she’s working on developing. The “3Jane” video, from director Y2K, is basically a William Gibson vision rendered as a music video. Anderson lounges about a retro-futuristic California mansion while a cyborg woman, who looks quite a bit like her, looks on. Everything is kept subtle and ambiguous. Check it out and read a statement from Y2K below.
Hooray For Earth have announced their breakup. The New York indie-rockers opened for the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart last night at Glasslands, and a few hours before the show they tweeted that it would be their last performance.
Last year, Louisville post-hardcore trio Coliseum gave the world a shot of adrenaline in the form of their best LP yet, the ferocious Sister Faith. And now, in December, they’re putting out a remix 12″ of Sister Faith lead single “Black Magic Punks,” featuring reinterpretations by the likes of Cold Cave, Atsuo of Boris, and Jawbox’s J. Robbins, who also produced the album. The first cut we’re hearing from that release is “White Magic Punks,” billed as a “Sorcerer” remix from Justin K. Broadrick of industrial metal titans Godflesh (who just put out an album of their own for the first time in 13 years). In Broadrick’s hands, the energetic stomp of the original becomes a slow, pummeling beast, a towering, continuously cresting tidal wave of sludge that doesn’t let up until its four minutes are over. Let it wash over you below.
If you care about metal, you really should subscribe to Decibel, because as far as I’m concerned, it’s not only a source of great writing — not only a place to discover new music and have new light shed upon familiar music — but a barometer for the genre. It’s the authority, the standard, the publication of record. In many ways, all other metal journalism today is either a reaction or alternative to Decibel. That’s not to say I agree with everything written in its pages, but I never feel like anything written in its pages is wrong. Anyway, Decibel’s Best Of 2014 issue dropped in my mailbox last week, and that issue included the magazine’s list of the year’s 40 best albums. I’m gonna go ahead and spoil that list below, so if you’re still waiting for your copy and you want to initially experience the list as it was intended to be read (counted down from #40 to #1, on glossy pages, with writeups for each record), then you should close this page right now, and come back when you’ve had a chance to peep the magazine. (You can buy the print edition here.) But I like to talk about lists, and so do you, so let’s talk about this one:
“Chess” is the lead single off of Petite Noir’s forthcoming debut EP The King Of Anxiety. Today Yannick Iluga’s project released a retro video by director Cieron Magat that emanates the dream-like, solitary quality of the song. Iluga sings in uncanny falsetto before his voice sinks to unimaginable depths about two minutes into the track. Watch below.
There have been more than enough unauthorized documentaries and biographies about Kurt Cobain. Next year, though, HBO will release the first fully authorized Cobain documentary. The film will be called Montage Of Heck, and its executive producer is Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean. It will be written, directed, and produced by filmmaker Brett Morgen (Crossfire Hurricane, The Kid Stays In The Picture). Said Morgen in a statement, “I started work on this project eight years ago. Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth. However, once I stepped into Kurt’s archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media.” Here’s something that’s maybe worth mentioning, too: The name “Courtney Love” does not appear once in the Montage Of Heck press release. Here’s the important stuff that does appear in that release: