"Can't Stop Loving You" works as a triumphant fade-out on True Neutral Crew's latest EP #Poppunk which we covered earlier. This song/video is too good to not share as a stand alone single piously struggling under the weight of slowmotion, cavernous punk. TNC's pairing with Venezuelan musician Algodón Egipicio and I.E's ode to falling straight in love like consecrated fire with director Joshua Studham's blaringly beautiful use of gold palate and visceral overlays is a fine thing of beauty. Plus, however he got I.E to stand still enough to deliver her rhymes in a deadpan, upper-torso isolated movement is beyond me. 

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

This immersive, creationist video of first-person astral-tripping is one of the best videos I have seen all year. From this video's first tell to the deconstruction of our observed world, the first-person/fourth-wall breaking schema is breath-taking, totally erasing any separation from this glitched computer-generated landscape. Being in it creates a sense of empathy as an active participant/avatar in this birth/destruction of this world inside. Rumble seats would be the only improvement. Oh yeah, and these fully fleshed drones by Braeyden Jae (WYLD WYZRDZ, Weighted Pines, Braden J. Mckenna) are the ascension soundtrack guiding dying circuits to their home in this CG heaven. Enjoy.

Friday, June 20th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

A little bit on this tape/video from our friends at Moon Glyph: "Cleansing fire, tranquil water, biting air, silent earth; the musical message of 555′s Nine Gates is a prismatic open system of transcendent progressions, a hyper-stellar collapse of past and future time, and a psychedelic investigation of digital technology and analog imperfection. Devotional in the sense of a total spectrum—from ecstatic to contemplative—Nine Gates inhabits transition as metaphor and process to meld billowing ambient form to holographic drum science, synthesizing a composite that is as introspective as it is bombastic. Truly music for the Now Age."

The video for "Som Hassel" hearkens back to a time when it seemed like computer generated imagery really had the potential to restructure our relationship to our existing world, creating a world where we could "hang out" at digitally recreations of national monuments, forever-respawning maps and planned/thought-out aesthetics of landscape where our real world is so many rocks thrown on top of each other. That world never materialized for some. Others never found their way out.

555 is Chris Farstad from Food Pyramid showing off some fancy footwork and strangely elegiac synth pulls with a righteous trap beat. Fantastic stuff coming out of Moon Glyph these days. 

 

555 - Som Hassel from NNNIC WILSON on Vimeo.

Monday, June 9th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

Could you imagine accidentally walking onto this shoot? A one-take from a topless, contorting Sean Nicholas Savage's spooked eyes staring piercingly into your soul dancing like a combination of Michael Jackson and that kid from the Aisha video. The jazzy, piano-driven melody with that New Jack Swing backbeat and falsetto voice belie some of the more unsettling elements of this song/video pairing. The monochrome grayness of this video provides no stark contrast. Savage's shirtless torso somehow blends in effortlessly into the brick alleyway he has slunk into. Meanwhile, the lyrics meditate on some nameless menace stalking from the shadows. Pretty incredible stuff coming out of Montreal these days.

This Videodrone brought to you by Ryan H. 

Friday, May 30th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

Beautiful film destruction in this incredible pairing of the newly formed Hiss Tracts (David Bryant from Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Kevin Doria from Growing, Total Life) with Canadian Filmmaker Karl Lemieux. The result is a meditation on the static charge of a gathering storm cloud. Pretty terrifying/beautiful gathering on the horizon. Love the way the stuttering film strips are overlaid right before they are destroyed by some sort of freak heat distortion. Reminds me of watching an extremely deconstructed nuclear blast test from the 1950's. The oscillating synths match this incredibly heavy film in the way they are at best predictors of something awful coming. Harbingers at the most.

Hiss Tracts "Halo Getters" from Constellation Records on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

The opening track off of Symbol's excellent debut called Online Architecture on Holodeck is pure analog shred on infinite loop. Given the ultimate visual companionship, this eight minute spectral equivalent of pressing your hands against your eyes, really, really hard. It is more like pressing your hands through your eyes and tracing the crooks and crevices until you put your finger close to whatever cluster of nerves this video lights up like a pachinko machine every time I watch this full-screen, headphones on. 

Symbol - Tracer (from Online Architecture HD022/LLR009) from HOLODECK on Vimeo.

Friday, April 18th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

Cincinnati, OH has been my home for a little under a year at this point. While there have been a smattering of bands that have really captured my heart (here's looking at Gazer, Mardou, Zijnzijn Zijnziijn, Mephetic Husk and the indomitable Pete Fosco) nothing quite captures the burnt-over core of the Queen City (who has recently been wearing lipstick again with some large scale gentrification projects) as the latest local-band-makes-good trio Tweens. Following a tour with the Breeders fueled by a word of mouth recommendation to Kim Deal, Tweens have released their proper debut on Frenchkiss. The record is full of these unabashed brawny, saccharine power-pop tunes that create new neural pathways for command hallucinations. Triggers include: Tweens. Symptoms include: involuntary fist-pumping, recreating adolescent deviant behaviors while over 30. 

Bridget Battle sells me records at Black Plastic.

How could you listen to this song and NOT imagine a prom-like setting?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)