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.)
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 [...]
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]
This is great and I have nothing to add, if you haven't clicked play already you have been wasting your time. [Via]
"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."
"Last week the reclusive singer-songwriter Kate Bush announced that she would play 15 shows in London between Aug. 26 and Sept. 19 – her first extended run of performances since her single tour of Britain in 1979, at the start of her career. Fascination with Ms. Bush, and the prospect of seeing her – the 1979 shows were lavishly staged and choreographed, and her music since then has retained its inventiveness and mystique – was sufficient to crash her website almost instantly. She quickly added another seven shows at the 3,500-seat Eventim Apollo, extending the run to Oct. 1. Tickets, priced at £49 to £135 (about $81.50 to $225.50) [...]
This is actually a rather pleasant diversion for an afternoon such as this one and I am fairly confident that you will find it as appealing as I have, so please do make sure to give yourself some time to enjoy it. [Via]
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.
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]
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 [...]
"We were largely inspired to write shorter songs by the work of San Francisco songwriter Tony Molina (as well as his old group Ovens), plus countless others ranging from the Beach Boys to the Minutemen to Heavy Vegetable. Pop and punk have always had brevity and catchiness as a common thread and so we see their self-imposed 'less than two-minute rule' as a challenge to write the most addictive songs possible; to try and express more with less," says one of the members of this band I've never heard of about their new video in the promotional copy that came with the [...]
I have got to say, not only did we already post this track a couple of weeks ago, this video here is "inspired by the culture of GIFs" and yet we are still putting it up anyway, which must mean that it is a pretty perfect song. Or that we're lazy. It could be both, you know. Anyway, everybody shut the fuck up and listen to this, it's great.
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]
"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.
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]
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]