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VIDEODRONE: ‘Cause we all miss music videos

In Art Consortium on August 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Welcome to VIDEODRONE, where I won’t ask you to get your body parts sucked into an uncomfortable television orifice, but will simply toss you 3 music videos I’ve been watching this week.

Here is A Place to Bury Strangers’ latest single “I Lived My Life,” one of the better tracks on their second full-length, Exploding Head. Though I’ve publicly declared my love for APTBS (read my SPIN Artist of the Day from ’07), it’s tough to follow up all the noise from a debut which got them the “loudest band in New York” title. Enjoy an abundance of double exposures and lens flares from footage filmed at the APTBS Heaven gig in London (could it be the same gay dance club I remember going to in 2005?). Directed by Ben Crook, Sian Alice Group’s guitarist.

In order to quell a recent obsession with my new favorite art-pop-rock foursome Wild Beasts, here’s a video from their early days, where frontman Hayden Thorpe was sporting an unflattering handlebar stache. Here is “Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants” off 2008’s Limbo, Panto. The art style reminds me of early 2000s Radiohead music vids. Don’t get too dizzy–the whole video is an Escher “Droste Effect.” Directed by OneInThree.

And lastly we have Yeasayer’s latest “Madder Red,” a meditative tonic on the otherwise tribal Odd Blood, directed by Andreas Nilsson (MGMT, Fever Ray, Moby, José González). Be warned: the video stars Kristen Bell (meh, Sarah Marshall) and a potato/alien/E.T. pet. You tell me.


LOLLA 2K10: Top 10 Breakaway Indie Gems

In Art Consortium, Teleportation on August 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Lollapalooza came and went, the GAG (the newest Lady Gaga nickname) cried about a dozen times onstage, and I have since taken a massive road trip from my Chicago apartment to the homeland of Los Angeles.

The Big Pink has to be my personal pet performance, though I had to be legit and consider their place within the other daytime openers. Here they are in their full photogenic glory:

Initially I was furious to have missed the Strokes and Arcade Fire, opting instead for Gaga and my beloved Soundgarden. The Lolla crew more than made up for the scheduling conflicts this year, however, going green in booking talent as much as it did with its abundant recycling bins and free water fountain refills.

Here follow the Top 10 Lollapalooza Breakaway Indie Gems, my Maximum Performance blog recap for Yahoo! Music. I hope you enjoy my roundups as much as I loved seeing them perform.

And no worries, guys…there are plenty of outtakes and photos of Chris Cornell to follow this post. Look out for them when I return to Chicago at the end of the month!

In the meantime, you can check out my extensive day-by-day roundups of last summer’s festival: Holla If Ya Lolla!

Forevz yours from HEL-L.A.,

Taleen Kalenderian