Culture (and TV)

Jamie xx, "Sleep Sound"

This works either with or without visuals, but if you watch the video make sure to read the intro on the clip, which gives things an entirely different dimension. [Via]


Danny Brown, "25 Bucks"

That collaboration between Danny Brown and Megan James from the Purity Ring has a video, which means we are obligated to post it, because Danny Brown.


Girl Talk & Freeway Featuring Jadakiss, "I Can Hear Sweat"

This record seems like it is going to be pretty good. [Via]


Sharon Van Etten, "Taking Chances"

There's all sorts of information on the inspiration for this video here, but watch and listen first before you go fill yourself in. It's pretty incredible on its own, even if you don't get the reference at first. (I know because I didn't. I'm ignorant, sorry.) Anyway, give it a go.


Wye Oak, "The Tower"

If you were listening to this one in another tab and came back unexpectedly to watch the actual video content you might be somewhat surprised by the seeming disparity in tone. But it's those kinds of difference that make the world go 'round. Enjoy! [Via]


Icona Pop Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, "It's My Party"

You have to laugh, mostly because you have lived long enough for this to be more or less unremarkable as an example of modern-day popular music, but also because you don't actually hate it. It's a funny old world. [Via]


Explosive Space Between Surreal And Concrete Apparently Adjacent To Intersection Of Art And Violence

"Created in the explosive space between the surreal and the concrete, The Good Inn follows Solder Boy—the lone survivor of the explosion of the battleship Iéna—as he wanders aimlessly after the accident, falls deeply for an innkeeper's daughter, and even more deeply into a bizarre, alternate universe he discovers through a hole in his bedroom wall. The world he finds exists at the intersection of art and violence, and introduces readers to the very real (and surreal) characters who created the first narrative pornographic film." Black Francis [...]


Lykke Li, "No Rest for the Wicked"

2014's album of the year comes out on May 6th and I for one cannot wait.


Walter Martin Feat. Matt Berninger, "We Like The Zoo ('Cause We're Animals Too)"

Apparently everyone from The Walkmen has a solo record coming out (see also) and I have not been disappointed by any of them thus far. We're All Young Together "drops" next month. The title track with Alec Ounsworth sounds like a terrific Andrew Bird outtake, the Karen O. number is great… I cannot ever remember being less antagonistic to "family-friendly folk music." It's really something.


The Emperors Of Wyoming, "Rebirth Of The Cool"

You don't have to know the original track from the Afghan Whigs' Uptown Avondale EP to enjoy this countryish cover from Butch Vig's new band, but why would you want to remain unaware of something that will so clearly make your life a little bit better? WHY I ASK YOU? [Via]


Hamilton Leithauser, "11 O'Clock Friday Night"

If you know the right places to go it's always 2002 somewhere. (Cf.) [Via]


Spiritualized, "Always Together With You (The Bridge Song)"

"It was set up by Fat Possum, who I'm signed to, so there was no thought in getting me involved, really. Plus I was broke. That was my main motivation. They said they've give me $1,500 to do a drone, which I can do in my sleep. And they got lucky, because I didn't go in to write a tune, but I came out with that song, so it kind of worked out." —Spiritualized's Jason Pierce discusses inspiration.


Peter Matthew Bauer, "Latin American Ficciones"

New ground is not broken, new pathways are not forged, nothing about this song or its video will particularly strike you as stunningly original or unique and yet there is something about it that kept me watching and listening all the way through, which will just have to be enough. Sometimes things just need to be okay. It doesn't all need to change your life. [Via]


Black Lips And Keys

I kind of aged out of "liking new things" a few years back and, as a consequence, stopped caring before I was able to make concrete distinctions between the Black Lips and the Black Keys, which means now I can never keep them straight in my head. So just to be on the safe side, here is something from each of them. If there are other bands with the Black Something in their names let me know and I will iterate this post. [Via]


Chance The Rapper, "The Writer"

"Oh, wait! I just got it! Like… 'chants."

"Uh huh."

"I will never be able to hear his songs the same way again."

"You're an idiot."



Thee Oh Sees, "Drop"

Okay, I am officially sold on Thee Oh Sees. Also this morning you should be listening to the new tUnE-yArDs number, which sounds to me like a less jaggedy, more soulful Max Tundra track. (That is a compliment to both of them.)


What You Did Instead Of Learning French

This one has been going around the last couple of days, but in case you missed it, here is "a tool… that tells you how much of your life you've spent watching TV." It's not in any way a full accounting, since it only works based on the number of seasons of specific shows you've seen, but if you have, say, watched the entire run of "Cheers" three times (to pick a totally random example that would not at all reflect the viewing patterns of a man of my demographic) you have spent around 27 of your days with the show, which makes the time [...]


Throwing Muses, "Clark's Nutcracker"

There is something very soothing about the music and accompanying animation in this video. I am not sure what kind of morning you're having, but for me "soothing" is about the highest accolade I can award to anything right now. I'm tense, I tells ya. Anyway, enjoy. [Via]


Girl Talk & Freeway Featuring Waka Flocka Flame, "Tolerated"

This is great and I have nothing to add, if you haven't clicked play already you have been wasting your time. [Via]


Matrix Matrixy

"And the damn thing still holds up…. It’s a mystery in which the object of pursuit is not a priceless antique or the solution to a murder but the human condition. It skips genres with the kind of ease with which its characters leap across buildings. Its heroes turn the hard noir angles of this world into liquid ripples of possibility. Chiaroscuro lighting gives way to blank white fields, cold green clutter and chaos to warm, clear-eyed symmetry. The movie hacks itself."