Posts tagged ‘videos’

May 23, 2013

Video Raid: Generationals, ‘Spinoza’

Last month, New Orleans-based indie rock duo Generationals released their third full-length album, Heza. This week, they debuted a video for “Spinoza,” featuring vocalist Ted Joyner dashing through the streets of NOLA while Grant Widmer rides around in a truckbed struggling to play his guitar as he slides all over. If there’s a point to it all, I’ve missed it, but it’s certainly a delight to bask in the sights of one of my favorite cities — vendor booths in Jackson Square, iron-fenced balconies throughout the French Quarter, horse-drawn tour carriages. For more views of The Big Easy, check out the band’s video for Heza‘s lead single, “Put a Light On.”

May 9, 2013

Video Raid: Cossbysweater, ‘Stagnant’s Fine’

Pop culture aficionado and singer-songwriter Allie Goertz released her debut full-length album this week. Cossbysweater is a fan-funded collection of send-ups to “Freaks and Geeks,” “The Simpsons,” “Arrested Development,” Dungeons & Dragons and other geek faves. Goertz’s new music video for “Stagnant’s Fine” seems to stand apart from the rest, seemingly without any blatant pop culture references. Just a nonchalant song about being stuck in place and apathetic. Most of Goertz’s songs are presented beneath a sheer shroud of melancholy, with “Everything’s Coming Up Milhouse” serving as a candid look at the blue-haired character’s pathos, or “Tonight” emphasizing a D&D campaign as an escape from the drudgery of real life. And I’m okay with that, because it’s a strangely beautiful and unexpected perspective.

July 5, 2012

Video Raid: Daydream Vacation, ‘Feeling that I’m Floating’

I’ve been looking forward to the collaboration between Dave Einmo of Head Like a Kite and Asya Smoosh for a long time, as I’ve adored both of them (and their bands) since I discovered them several years ago, when Asya was just a wee girl rocking out some pretty impressive jams with her sister, Chloe. And, thankfully, I’m really happy with the results. The video for “Feeling that I’m Floating” above is pretty silly, but I’m down with that. Einmo has become known for his fun stage antics and costume changes, so I’m glad to see that reflected in the video too.

Daydream Vacation is definitely a lot more pop-dance-y and electronic-y than I expected, which is refreshing to hear — since most CDs I get tend to either land in the Fleet Foxes sound camp, or claim they sound exactly like Death Cab for Cutie. I’m working my way through their first full-length album now, Dare Seize the Fire (released on 6/19), and I’m liking what I hear so far.

As I’m dancing along in my chair (I think I’ve hit play at least 5x), I’m thinking that this single would be right at home on a “Summer Jams 2012” mix — right?

April 25, 2012

A Million Ways to love OK Go — A Video Retrospective

I’ve been an OK Go fan since I saw them play with Arlo and Fountains of Wayne at the old Crocodile — which I guess must have been at least 10 years ago. Wait. WHAT? Maybe more like 8, I dunno. I’m old and can’t keep track of stuff like that.

Anyway. I was also lucky enough to see them at The Croc again when they were performing the “A Million Ways” dance LIVE on stage. Which was AWESOME. OMFG you guys. Seriously, so awesome. The next best thing though, is the video for it, which they filmed in Damien’s sister’s backyard:

Adorable, right? Love, love, love it. They followed that viral masterpiece up with a couple more traditional videos for “Don’t Ask Me” and “You’re So Damn Hot,” which were also great, but not as great as their dance-fest. So for “Do What You Want,” they came up with this crazy blend-in-to-the-walls concept:

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