Remember when Radiohead played that awesome version of House Of Cards on Conan doing it all green by not flying all the way to NYC to just play one song. Well that performance must have had them thinking because now they’ve done away with cameras and lights for their new video for House Of Cards. Instead, 3D plotting technologies collected information about the shapes and relative distances of objects. The video was created entirely with visualizations of that data. It was directed by James Frost. Check the making of it after the jump. Enjoy!
Tonight in Philly, Johnny Brenda’s has Jay Reatard, Dark Horse & The Carousels, and The Tough Shits while Circle Of Hope has Baltimore’s Wye Oak and Titus Andronicos. Finally down in Virginia, Galaxy Hut has Matt Keating and Crowd Scene.
Good god there’s some shows tonight! Here in Baltimore the Ottobar has Langhorne Slim, Scruggs, and our friends The Red Vines. Over at the Talking Head Jeremy Jay performs with A Cat Called Cricket, Pepi Ginsberg, and the lovely Abby Mott opening. Right next door to that is Jay Reatard playing Sonar with Vincent Black Shado and Ratsize. In DC the Velvet Lounge has Imaad Wasif with Two Part Beast, Jason Simon, and The Dustys. Finally in Philly, Johnny Brenda’s has Cheers Elephant, Elf Power, and Ham1 while The Fire has The Bloodsugars, Anna Christie, Cowmuddy, Frontier Ruckus, and Hoots & Hellmouth. Photo by Emily Rawlings
A while back I heard through the grapevine that the next Beck album was being produced by Danger Mouse. I almost had a heart attack. I’m a pretty big fan of Beck and Danger Mouse, so to hear they were joining forces was quite an elating moment. Now that I hold Modern Guilt in my hands I can honestly say they didn’t disappoint. Is anyone surprised that Beck did something different on Modern Guilt? Of course not because he’s the master genre splicer. What’s amazing about this most recent change is that Beck has crossed the bridge to creating deep emotional pieces as he did on Sea Change, but utilizing his trademark experimental sounds (Guero, The Information, Odelay, etc.). Maybe this is the influence of Danger mouse. DM shines all over this album with his patented rhythms, but also with his astounding ability to sense the mood and dynamic of each Beck song and mature it to another level. I can’t say this is a classic Beck album yet, but I pretty sure that will come. It hasn’t quite sank in yet.
Clock Work Army was a good indie band. But sometimes the fall of one thing brings the rise of something greater. Clock Work Army faded, but singer and co-songwriter Emily Neveu and guitarist Scott Wheeler set off on their own path of Calico Horse. On June 24th they released their debut, Mirror, on Banter Records. With the help of Paul Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession) as producer, Neveu crafted a set of songs that recalls early Death Cab For Cutie, but also works in timely industrial backgrounds to shift your focus a bit while taking in their soft pop delight. Calico Horse doesn’t try to create an overpowering force to wow you. They smoothly pick their poisons and lull you into their unique hypnotic world. image from seizo.org