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33 – “Inside Stuff (Liars Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

33 is Los Angeles musician Mary Pearson, formerly one-half of Brooklyn tropical electronic psych experimentalists and old-school Band To Watch High Places. She released her debut single “Inside Stuff” earlier this month, and today fellow LA imports and basketball fans Liars have delivered a typically ominous remix. What had been a beat-driven minimal daydream i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 19, 2014 - 10:16 am

Beck, No Age, High Places cover “I Only Have Eyes For You”

“I Only Have Eyes For You” is a classic American song, a standard written in 1934 by Harry Warren and Al Dubin and most famously recorded by the Flamingos in 1959. And now a whole host of indie artists have recorded covers of the song for artist Doug Aitken’s installation “Song 1,” which comes to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 18, 2012 - 4:01 pm

High Places – “The Pull” Video

High Places have already released a bunch of videos for songs from their 2011 album Original Colors: “Altos Lugares,” “Sophia,” the great “Sonora.” And now here’s another one, for “The Pull.” This self-directed clip pairs dimly lit footage of the duo with images of flora. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2012 - 2:16 pm

The 10 Most NSFW Videos Of 2011

Almost none of us are at work this week, so almost none of us are getting fired. And with the holidays coming to an end, we don’t have to keep the good-cheer veneer up for much longer. So: Time to wade into some of the past year’s sickest shit!

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By: Tom Breihan / December 27, 2011 - 2:32 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Hey, no new Beyoncé video this week! Actually, this week’s list is pretty much entirely comprised of inventively low-budget indie rock videos (or, in a couple of cases, indie-dance videos that might as well be indie rock). They’ve got plots and costumes and ideas, and at least a couple of them were probably released right… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 4, 2011 - 5:11 pm

High Places – “Sonora” Video

L.A. synth-exoticist duo High Places have already dropped a couple of deeply weird and beguiling video for “Altos Lugares” and “Sophia,” two tracks from their new album Original Colors. But their new clip for “Sonora” is by far the strangest and the most watchable out of all of them. In director Keith Musil’s clip, bloodied… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 3, 2011 - 1:43 pm

High Places – “Sophia” Video

Busy Ganges of Telepathe works up a serious twitch — I guess you could call it a dance? — in High Places’ video for “Sophia.” High Places themselves direct. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 11, 2011 - 11:11 am

High Places – “Altos Lugares” Video

The L.A.-via-NY hazy new-wave duo High Places have a new album called Original Colors coming out; check out new song “Year Off.” In the video for “Altos Lugares,” another new one, the group, in ghostlike form, amble across a desert landscape. I have no idea how they can afford to become transparent in a video,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 9, 2011 - 5:32 pm

High Places – “Year Off”

BTW High Places just offered up “Year Off,” which is pretty accurate. It comes from the duo’s forthcoming, third full-length due 10/11 via Thrill Jockey. Continuing their sexier, dancier, darker mode. Grab:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 4, 2011 - 5:43 pm

Dunes – “Tied Together” Video

Here’s a video from Dunes, the LA trio featuring ex-Mika Miko member Kate Hall. The affiliation is relevant for purposes of fingering their track “Tied Together”‘s sound — female-fronted post-punk with less spike, more wooze — and the cameos in its iPhone-cam video, a Google+ circle’s worth of friends from Mika Miko’s old Smell-y scene… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 20, 2011 - 1:56 pm

The 20 Most Overlooked LPs Of 2010

There were more albums released in 2010 than could fit on all the lists released in 2010. (And there were many lists.) With that in mind, and certain ’10 records still ringing in our ears, we put our heads together and thought about some of last year’s favorites that, for some reason or other, didn’t… More »

By: Stereogum / January 13, 2011 - 1:11 pm

Rob Barber (High Places) Remixes Abe Vigoda

High Place’s Rob Barber sent along a remix of Crush standout “Throwing Shade,” a version he put together under the Urxed moniker for a “scrapped” “Throwing Shade” 12.” The trance-y excavation transforms the original’s cold wave-inspired pulses and chilly, jagged post-punk guitar lines into something ghostlier that still breaths steam. A good one for the… More »

By: brandon / November 8, 2010 - 2:49 pm

Deerhunter, High Places, Casino vs. Japan @ Music Box, Hollywood 11/1/10

Deerhunter is currently making the rounds supporting their texturally adventurous album Halcyon Digest. High Places and Casino Vs. Japan assisted in providing aural opening support. Photos above, and below is live video of Deerhunter’s take on “30th Century Man” by Scott Walker, live from Portland 10/28. More »

By: Andrew Youssef / November 2, 2010 - 4:03 pm

High Places – “The Longest Shadow” Video

When we brought you High Places vs. Mankind’s “On Giving Up,” Brandon said their second album would yield “their best, most complexly beautiful material to date,” and a commenter said the duo had gone from cute to sexy. Even without the video, “The Longest Shadow” many-textured percussion and glassy, echoed vocals would be pretty sexy. More »

By: jessica / March 18, 2010 - 4:37 pm

High Places – “Can’t Feel Nothing (Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Rob Barber and Mary Pearson are releasing their excellently chilled-down, darker, and percussively denser second album High Places Vs. Mankind at the end of April. This new track “Can’t Feel Nothing (Remix)” doesn’t show up on it — instead it’s part of the “Can’t Feel Born” 12″ being released as a part of Thrill Jockey’… More »

By: brandon / March 5, 2010 - 5:07 pm

New High Places – “On Giving Up”

High Places’ second album High Places Vs. Mankind goes to a darker place than their 2008 self-titled debut (and the tracks you heard on 03/07-09/07). From “The Longest Shadows” to the closing meditation on death called “When It Comes,” it’s also their best, most complexly beautiful material to date. When we posted the eerie desert-scape… More »

By: brandon / January 22, 2010 - 1:54 pm

New High Places Video – “I Was Born”

“I Was Born” feels like an especially personal statement from High Places. Mary Pearson loves the bassoon, her primary instrument: She spoke about taking classes and teaching lessons when we did a Quit Your Day Job in early ’08, but this is the first High Places song to feature the instrument. Rob Barber adds a… More »

By: brandon / October 30, 2009 - 9:51 am

New High Places Video – “Late Bloomer”

“Late Bloomer” is High Places’ 12-minute contribution to a longtime-in-the-making split 12″ with Soft Circle out now on Dean Spunt’s PPM. The video for the song opens on a woodsy trail, Rob Barber and Mary Pearson wandering back and forth, forward and backward. When the song shifts from atmospheric 4AD drone to something more percussive,… More »

By: brandon / August 24, 2009 - 9:06 am

Indie Rockers Eulogize The King Of Pop

It wouldn’t be all that risky to say everyone of a certain age has a Michael Jackson moment. He was a cultural phenomenon on a much larger scale than almost anyone else making music today (in some circles he’d get a little competition from sometime singing mate Paul McCartney, but not really). Most impressive, though,… More »

By: brandon / June 26, 2009 - 2:12 pm

High Places Visit Daytrotter

High Places, seemingly on tour for the last year, stopped by Daytrotter and performed four songs from their self-titled full-length. Mary Pearson’s song notes — including an Ursula Goodenough shout out — are also worth the trek. Listen. More »

By: brandon / March 26, 2009 - 10:09 am
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