The Gummy Awards rollout continues today with Your Top 10 Music Videos Of 2011, and while there’s not a lot of surprises here, it’s a strong list capped by a beyond-worthy champion. There’s a little overlap with yesterday’s Top 10 Tracks list, but not a lot, and if you have any reason to complain tha… More »
Today we begin rolling out the results of this year’s Gummy Awards: The only set of lists which are perfectly impervious to comment section backlash as they are voted upon by you, the esteemed Shut Up, Dude/Monsters’ Ball electorate. Up first is 2011’s Top 10 Tracks. The results may shock you! And they may not! More »
On last night’s episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, M83 rolled through to perform their spiraling-skyward monster jam “Midnight City.” Watching the band work the song out live, it’s pretty amazing how precisely all the members hit their marks, with nearly every member playing a couple of different instruments. Plus: So many electronic… More »
The hottest ticket in Los Angeles last night was M83’s super sold out show at the Music Box in support of their double album opus Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. It was an evening full of soaring synthesizers, gauzy guitars and guest appearances by Zola Jesus on “Intro” and producer/Beck bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen on guitar for… More »
Neon Indian’s “Polish Girl” soundtracks the latest Victoria’s Secret ad, which you know, is a pretty sweet placement for the Brooklyn-via-TX band even if Alan Palomo doesn’t get to lurk around the commercial leering like some others got to do. Watch the spot below.
The two highest-profile videos of the week were almost certainly Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and Coldplay’s “Paradise.” I didn’t put either video on this list. I didn’t leave them out because they’re pop videos; I’m absolutely happy to show love to a great pop video. But both of those videos seemed forced, in opposite directions. More »
PROGRESS REPORT: Anthony Gonzalez talks touring, music biz, and recording his excellent new LP, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.
The video for M83’s skyward synth epic “Midnight City” concerns an X-Men-esque school for kids with glowing eyes and freaky special powers, and what happens when a group of those kids escapes and has a telekinetic break-stuff party in an empty building. Fleur & Manu direct, and it’s awesome. Watch it below, and shout out… More »
M83’s epic synth-fanfare double-album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming leaked a few weeks back, and we already ran our Premature Evaluation of it, but the whole thing is now streaming online, so you can hear it legally and not worry about hurting Anthony Gonzalez’s feelings. Listen to the whole album at the Urban Outfitters website. More »
Anthony Gonzalez has spent the better part of three years working on the grand, expansive double LP Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, and it shows. The new M83 album sounds incredible, and it sounds incredible in the sort of way that lets you know real work went into every single synth-plink in the album’s 1.2 hours. More »
The swirling, spiraling “Midnight City” is our first taste of M83’s forthcoming double album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (10/18, Mute). The record was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, The Mars Volta, Goldfrapp) and features Medicine’s Brad Laner on guitar, Saturdays=Youth vocalist Morgan Kibby, and a guest vocal spot from Zola Jesus. Gonzalez had thi… More »
Last week the Animal Collective bros released an official mixtape for their new … sneakers. That is a thing now. Gotta keep fans on their toes (ouch, sorry). The shoes which you can see here benefit the Socorro island Conservation Fund, and they are cruelty free, except to your eyes.
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Moby, Boys Noize, and The Crystal Method are some of the artists who appear on Tron: Legacy R3CONFIGUR3D, the companion remix album to Daft Punk’s Tron soundtrack. M83 and Big Black Delta handle this remix of “Fall,” which was originally written for the scene where the film’s heroes plunge down an elevator shaft. Pitchfork quote… More »
In an interview with Pitchfork, M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez, newly relocated to L.A., said to expect his sixth album/followup to 2008’s Saturdays=Youth to be “very, very, very epic,” “very orchestrated,” very long, very cinematic, and (very?) “dreamy, powerful, intense.” (He’s also “singing much more”on it.) As far as templates, he’s looking back to 2005’s excellently… More »
While Anthony Gonzalez’s compositions always had a filmic quality to them, 2008’s Saturdays = Youth went a step further, at times sounding like a straight up soundtrack to John Hughes classic ’80s coming-of-age flicks. But M83’s graduated from merely movie-like to officially OST, contributing two original tracks (and five priors) to the score for L’Autre Monde… More »
Digging into M83’s past, the new webOS Palm Pre smartphone ad gets its soundtrack from a section of Before The Dawn Heals Us closer “Lower Your Eyelids To Die With The Sun.” It was directed by Tarsem and features 1000+ orange-clad martial arts folks choreographed by Sun Yupeng in a large green field backed by… More »
Once you strip White Lies’ “Nothing To Give” to its core components, there’s no question the band picked the best possible artist to remix it. There’s Harry McVeigh’s aching, echoing vocal; that overarching adolescence to its “When you said goodbye, I almost died” emotion; even the synths, and strings, and stadium guitars — all perfectly… More »
Call it fansourcing, call it laziness, but the “make our music video!” press releases that flood Stereogum’s inbox make me yearn for the days of “Scream.” Of course labels have no money and MTV/VH1 only programs videos for insomniacs, so I empathize with artists forced to support homemade garbage. But sometimes inspiration strikes and everybody… More »
With Saturdays=Youth, Anthony Gonzalez melded his shoegazey synths and electronics to John Hughes era, Pretty In Pink-tinted nostalgia to sweeping effect and face time with Brandon Flowers, Kimmel, Conan, and the LA Philharmonic. So that is a lot of disparate reference points. Next on the docket for M83 is an EP release around “We Ow… More »