Thursday, May 7, 2015

WUME - Ostinaut (video) & Live Vid!

WUME is the collaboration of April Camlin on drums and Al Schatz on synths.  Their music is sometimes dancey, sometimes full of math, and always enjoyable.  April, a member of Baltimore art collective WHAM City, moved to Chicago and met Al.  Now back in Baltimore they are honing their sound and about to release their first LP on EHSE records called "Maintain".  The release party is May 24th at the Metro Gallery.

The band just released a couple of videos.  The first below is a video by their Chicago-based video-artist and friend Andy Ortman for the track "Ostinaut".  It is pretty trippy with some great analog-synth visuals.

The second video just got released today.  WUME played a show at the Metro Gallery just last month and I was there to catch it on video!  Here's a couple of tracks from that performance, starting with "Ostinaut" and followed by "Gold Leaf".  Go to the record release May 24th at Metro Gallery!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Horselords "Macaw" / Dan Deacon "When I Was Done Dying"

Sometimes a music video is a collaborative effort.  Weeks ago a couple of great videos were released, and if you haven't caught them they are worth watching.  Alt-kraut-psych-jammers Horse Lords released a video for the track "Macaw" off of their LP "Hidden Cities".  With video from 8 different artists, mostly from Baltimore, it is a rare visual exploration into the layered sounds of Horse Lords.

Dan Deacon released a video made in association with Adult Swim for the track "When I Was Done Dying".  Nine animators flex their superior talents in a dizzying array of vignettes, all more or less following Deacon's lyrics.  A great video for a great song.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

OCDJ - Live @ The Crown (audio)

OCDJ continues to be one of my favorite forces in Baltimore, and its great to be able to share another mix from this chip-tune cowboy!  Dan Gaeta, a.k.a. OCDJ, the self-described purveyor of "candy crunk" mashups, took a turn at the regular party Kahlon.  A regular affair at The Crown in Baltimore, the crowd was an enthusiastic one and the music was addictive. This set has a few new ones, a few you'll remember from the last mix OCDJ was gracious enough to allow me to post, and a couple of classics.  Since we're all snowed in let's listen to square-waves that will shake the snow off!  Recorded January 31st, 2015.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Diplo - F1ORIDA (documentary)

This came out at the beginning of the year, and I should have posted about it then.  10 years ago Diplo released the seminal album F1ORIDA and with it there was an amazing 30+ minute video mash-up that accompanied the CD on a DVD.  The video was a product of System D-128, and remains one of my favorite visual explorations.  To accompany this year's reissue of F1ORIDA, Duey has once again composed an assemblage of video that titillates the eyes with Diplo's early music as the soundtrack.  This time the label applied to this video mix is "documentary", and it is indeed a document of a time, but stretches the definition far beyond the typical.  Part music video, part mix-tape, part documentary and all good, this 20 minute joint is worthy of watching.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"To Die in L.A." - Lower Dens (video)

Cody Critcheloe (of SSION fame) directs this 80's wet dream of a video for Lower Dens.  The song "To Die in L.A." is silken and neon, with singer Jana Hunter's voice more prominent and clear and the band sounding more like synth-pop than ever before.   This video is an arresting, hypnotic rush of glam-pitched iconography and the freedom of doomed youth.  Lower Dens' new LP Escape from Evil is out the end of March.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Roomrunner - Karn (video)

This video is ridiculous!  The second video for Baltimore grunge-rockers Roomrunner by director Peter Binswanger is another serving of blended pop culture references and amusing animation.  Starring David Plascencia, this mash-up of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and Bill & Ted set to grunge is a 90's kid's dream come true.  The song Karn is off of their 2014 EP "Separate" out on Accidental Guest Recordings.