Friday, April 11, 2014

Ghiant - Elemental Functions (video)

Ghiant is a guy named Donald Ian Black who makes music and lives in L.A.  Using a variety of instruments, he writes catchy pop songs.  Bill Dewald is a guy that I went to school with here in Baltimore, but he ran off to L.A. and is now a successful editor and general movie-type.  You may remember Bill's name from Hummercatz - which you need to watch immediately if you haven't seen it yet.  The track Elemental Functions is off of Ghiant's new release, his third LP, A Discussion of Head Noise.  This delightful video was painstakingly rendered in the old AutoDeskAnimator program that is as old as it looks.  I love everything about this video - from the earnestly corny yet slyly composed animated sequence to the ruminations upon the big-picture explored in the vintage film footage.  Watch below...
GHIANT "Elemental Functions" (OfficialVideo) from INFINITE CRUX on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Future Islands - Time For the Show (Yours Truly)

This blog has been looking a bit like a Future Islands fanpage lately, but they are just killing it.  Still touring in support of Singles, their recently released LP, the band played a well-liked warehouse in Baltimore in February.  Yours Truly posted last week a short video with a few words from Sam Herring, vocalist of Future Islands, and some really nice footage of the show.  The sound is exemplary and makes me want to listen to the whole recording from that evening.  Check it out below.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wye Oak - "The Tower" (video)

AB Video Solutions, the dynamic duo of Alan Resnick and Ben O'Brien, have come up with another great video for another great Baltimore band.  The song The Tower is off of the soon-to-be-released new Wye Oak album Shriek and follows the new guitar-less form of the album.  The video, directed by O'Brien and starring himself and Cricket Arrison, features two painters and a lot of really great choreography.  The video's upbeat nature and the downbeat feel of the song create a nice see-saw of energy and the results are very fun to watch and listen to.  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Matt Reed VJ's OCDJ!

Last Summer OCDJ rocked the house at the former Coward Shoe and this blog managed to record and post the set.  Since then it has gone on to be one of our most popular posts and now it seems it has inspired a video.  Animator and video artist Matt Reed just sent me a link to a trippy, colorful VJ set he uploaded. set to OCDJ's amazing 33 minute mix.  Now your eyes will melt along with the rest of you to this chip-tune sample-riddled banger.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

TT the Artist & Mighty Mark - Big Dope P, Bird Flu (remix)

Spring is here, but I'm already thinking about the Summer.  Overcrowded warehouse parties with Baltimore club making the kids shake is right around the corner.  If you want to hear the soundtrack now, here's a taste.  TT the Artist and Mighty Mark (formerly Murder Mark, but thankfully in a city with too many murders in general Mark changed the name as a statement of positivity) dropped this remix of last year's trap epic Big Dope P's "Bird Flu" in January.  I may have missed it then, but I'm listening now.  The video is a fun, colorful backdrop for the most upbeat verbal abuse you've heard in a while.  Shot by Big G Productions (you may remember some of their work with Lor Deshaun) and edited by TT the Artist herself, which is awesome.

Just for fun here's another TT the Artist video.  Also produced by Mighty Mark, this banger was one of last year's anthems.  The video is truly a gem, but don't watch it at work.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Future Islands "A Dream of You and Me" / "Seasons" (videos)

Today is all about Future Islands on this blog.  No sooner did I post below about their triumphant Letterman appearance, but then a new video hits the tubes for the song "A Dream of You and Me".  Directed by bassist Will Cashion and his girlfriend Elena Johnston, this stop-motion animation has the signature look and feel of much of Johnston's work.  You may recall her artwork on the cover of the album "On the Water", as well as various shows in the Baltimore area.  The animation is a nice, if simple, distraction.
In January 4AD uploaded another new Future Islands video worth watching.  This time by Jay Buim, whom you may remember from other videos such as Balance and We Miss You Beau Velasco.  A rodeo provides the stage for Seasons, the content an overtly sincere and disarmingly "red state" exercise.  Masterfully shot with heavy-handed juxtapositions that hint at statements without passing judgement, this video manages to walk a fine line of empathy and expectations.

Future Islands on Letterman! (video)

From the sidelines, as we watch our better bands lob themselves over the cultural commodification fence in attempts to make a living making music, there emerge identifiable rites of passage.  Spots an artist must perform, routes a band follows on the way to the big time.  So it is with late night talk shows, and Baltimore has graced a couple of the shows with its best.  Wye Oak on Jimmy Fallon.  Beach House on Letterman.  And now, again on Letterman, Future Islands stole the show.

The performance was perfect.  With Gerrit Welmers and Will Cashion creating the sonic platform upon which singer Sam Herring could stand tall, the band looked and sounded amazing.  The addition of drummer Mike Lowry (Mt. Royal, Big In Japan) makes Future Islands look more anchored and active while rounding out the music.  Letterman and Paul Shaffer were enthusiastic about the act, and there's little doubt everyone at home was as well.  The song Seasons (Waiting on You) is off of their new album Singles.  Watch Future Islands make a stop at Letterman on their way to stardom below, and know it couldn't be happening to a nicer bunch of guys.  Congrats boys.

Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You) [Live... by eidurrasmussen