Sleeper have shared the video for the first single to be taken from their forthcoming album, The Modern Age. In“Look at You Now” the band have chosen to forgo the standard mimed performance, instead offering up a timely 50’s and 60’s inspired protest video.
Describing the track and inspiration behind its video, the band said: “It’s a song about feeling disenfranchised. Politics, on every side, is pushing to the extremes, ideas we thought we’d left behind in the 20th century.
“When we were putting together the artwork for our new album we got really into film footage from the 1950s and 60s: political rallies, crap B movies, and public information films.… Read the rest
Surprising all with the glowing reception (except for us Australians who knew it would be soar) for Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, a full album of Olivia Newton-John covers, the ever restless Hatfield follows that up in 2019 with Weird, a new self-produced album of 11 original songs.
“I often feel cut-off from other people, from my feelings, from technology, from popular culture. I feel weird, I feel like I’m dreaming my life and that I am going to wake up some day,” Hatfield explains. “I wanted to make an album about the contentment of being inside an apartment and living inside a very small radius.” Weird encompasses both the negative and positive sides of radical solitude, the disconnection and the “desire to keep a barrier between me and other people who are trying to get inside of me.”
Weird is released on January 18 through American Laundromat Recordings.… Read the rest
Having quietly released their debut EP for Heavenly over the last week, new duo Audiobooks share the video for their debut single, ‘Gothenburg’ and announce their first headline performance at the Sebright Arms in London on June 19th.
“We went to beautiful Gothenburg to film this video,” the band say of the self-directed clip. “It has special light there, and everything tastes delicious because the air is so pure and salty. We both hate being on ships but had accidentally booked hotel rooms on an actual ship.”
A new project from David Wrench and Evangeline Ling, audiobooks released their debut EP last month.… Read the rest
With the release of their new album, Sparkle Hard, heading our way on May 18th, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks have shared an eponymous documentary short film shot on-location in Portland, OR this past January, directed by Brook Linder. It’s an intimate and brilliant glimpse into the quotidian world of Stephen Malkmus – songwriting legend, tennis champ, horseback rider, band-leader, and all-around charming goofball. “Since watching this doc,” says Stephen, “I’ve improved my tennis game immensely… I’ve shortened my follow through on the forehand and made progress on a buttery topspin backhand.”
Director Brook Linder has shared his inspiration, explaining “I have long been a Malkmus fan, and for years have thought very hard about what I would make with him given the opportunity.… Read the rest