Like outlaws, The Goodnight Darlings shot their newest music video (“July) in the same wild desert backdrop as the movies “No Country for Old Men” and the 1950s classic “Giant.” After touring their way down south, playing 13 shows culminating at SXSW – they took an exploration drive further west to the Marfa, TX desert.
They sped through pitch black desolate land under a legendary night sky. The stars seem to swim in mysterious order. The phenomena is called “The Marfa Lights.” And as Marfa approaches, the town lights rise from the horizon like strange UFOs in the distance..
When you arrive, it’s advised to shine your blue flashlight to warn yourself against the scorpion tails that could be at your feet.
They spent the rest of a late night at The Hotel Paisano, in the same room James Dean stayed in when he starred in the movie “Giant” with Elizabeth Taylor.
The opening image in the “JULY” video, you find Kat waking up in Dean’s room, switching on a retro radio with curlers in her hair. The shot was done quickly before check-out.
This was only the beginning of a magical day-long video shoot, equipped with just two iPhones, a guitar, a Mustang convertible, and Marfa (seemingly to themselves). The musicians filmed each other using one iPhone to record, and the other to play the song – the footage filtered through their favorite 8mm app, which had the right vintage grain and nostalgia for this beautiful place.
Locations include vistas of train tracks and tumbleweed, an abandoned gas station, classic cars, and even a PRADA sculpture. PRADA is also a fan of this visually stunning area. In 2005, they designed a sculpture of an abandoned Prada store, full of shoes and purses, behind a storefront of glass- with no working door.
Note** All dusty-stunt-driving was done by the band.
**Amazing Skull Dress done by Australian label, Premonition Designs
**Special Effects done by Austin, TX local artist Zero Libertad
Montreal-based folk pop violinist Eliza Moore has traveled the world playing everywhere from street corners to opera houses. She was classically trained by composers in Boston and London and has recorded albums with acclaimed musicians like Deron Johnson (Miles Davis) and Michael Valerio (film scores for Sin City, The Hurt Locker).
After taking some time to treasure thejoy of becoming a mother, Moore returns to the spotlight to exhibit “stately presence and crystalline delivery” (Boston Globe) on her new album Everything to Me.
With influences ranging from the Irish landscape to early choral music to the triumphant sounds of Arcade Fire and Sigur Ros, Moore has an old world style with a new twist.
Teaming up with sagely songsmith/producer Jay Nash, Moore achieves an exposed and authentic sound on Everything to Me that offers the most intimate experience of her “lovely, strong voice” (Portland Press Herald). From the intertwining melodies of “Everything to Me” to the dirty punk rock fiddling on “Humanity”, the songs on the album represent different facets of Moore’s faith in life, humanity, and love.
2013 has been an exciting year for Moore as she joined Jay Nash on an east coast tour, and fall 2013 will bring more solo dates.
It’s been a busy week for Auckland’s Ghost Wave. On the heels of the release of their “Bootlegs” video earlier this week, they now reveal the video for their third single “Country Rider.” The Fader says of the band, “Somewhere between garage rock and the best sounds of ’60s British pop, Kiwi (by way of Auckland) outfit Ghost Wave bangs out jangly tunes made for good company.”
The video was filmed and directed by Jacob Perkins of Ready Steady Shoot.
Flying Nun Records (The Clean, The Bats, The Chills) will release the band’s debut LP, Ages, on August 27th in the U.S.. Ages is the first new release since Flying Nun announced their partnership with Captured Tracks in America.
Ghost Wave will return to the U.S. in October for a full tour including performances at the Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles and the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. Dates will be announced soon.
“For A While”, August 27th, is the third official single from Alice Russell’s fifth album ‘To Dust’, which dropped in February to immense acclaim including BBC 6Music Album of the Day.
This single comes amid a worldwide surge in attention for Alice Russell. Still fresh in the minds of thousands, the feted singer’s triumphant Friday evening set on Glastonbury Festival’s West Holts Stage was filmed by the BBC for high billing online and on the Red Button, as well as being recorded for 6Music . Commanding a huge crowd with her inviting charm, stunning soul vocal talent and rock star energy, alongside her eight-strong posse of musicians and backing singers, the diminutive diva won over a new fanbase to add to her already high renown. Her visit to the festival also saw her in demand for major interviews including The Guardian and Virtual Festivals.
In combining the vocal prowess and raw emotional potency of classic soul with a forward-looking and experimental openness, Alice Russell has become known as a true breath of fresh air.“For A While” sees Russell and producer TM Juke drawing on their eclectic influences for a song that pushes the boundaries of soul music. Introduced by a lilting keyboard bassline, the attention-grabbing, boogie-inducing track builds with multi-layered vocals and a volley of melodic hooks, calling to mind gospel choirs and ‘90s R ‘n’ B groups in equal measure.
In addition to the original “For A While”, this single also brings a Radio Edit and a weird and wonderful, synth-heavy newremix from rising LA based producer Lost Midas , whose inventive, shifty layering of myriad sonic textures – from thundering bass tones to playful bleeps and beeps – remakes the track for a whole different dancefloor. The release will be accompanied by a promo video, following the great clip for first single “Heartbreaker”, which starred long-time Alice fan Harry Shearer(The Simpsons/Spinal Tap) and has gained200,000YouTube hits.
‘To Dust’ has attracted a slew of positive media coverage, and heavy airplay on BBC 6Music,Radio 2, KCRW and beyond. Numerous live radio sessions include turns for Gilles Petersonand Craig Charles in BBC6Music Live At Maida Vale; as well as Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2), Robert Elms (BBC London), The Selector, Loose Ends (BBC R4), and interviews includeHuey Morgan (BBC 6Music),the 6Music Lunchtime Show, Echoes, DJ Mag, Blues & Soul and more. In addition to her aforementioned TV debut, Russell’s recent US tour saw her performing a host of major radio sessions, and fuelling demand for a much larger-scale tour this Autumn (dates to be announced).
‘To Dust’ marks the next step forward in a remarkable career which has seen Alice Russell universally acknowledged as one of the best voices of our time. Highly in demand,she has guested on Talking Heads leader David Byrne’s solo LP, to add to work with Mr Scruff, Quantic, DJ Yoda and Nostalgia 77.But it’s the solo records with TM Juke that she is best known for. Tru Thoughts signed ‘To Dust’ for territories including the UK, Americas, Australasia and Japan; reuniting AliceRussell with the label that introduced her to the world, where shereleased her first three albums plus many collaborations (including the 6Music Playlisted“Look Around The Corner” with Quantic in 2012).
Catch Alice Russell at more festivals this Summer including WOMAD and Shambala; Autumn tours TBA soon.
From the band: “Directed by acclaimed photographer Allen Clark, the video is yet another exercise in minimalism for us. Something we dwell in often, in regards to our music. We wanted the video to create a modern twist on classic film noir by evoking dusky and stark black and white contrasts, but yet filming it all in color. The obvious and natural yin and yang symbolism could then shine through… the interdependence of light and dark, male and female, the sun and the stars. The bulk of the challenge in filming this video fell on Kim and her acting performance, as she had to delicately emote and be able to engage the viewer for nearly the whole song. “Something I Said” is definitely the black sheep of our new album, 2 Guns, in which it is the only song that Kim takes the vocal completely solo, abandoning our signature two part arrangement. Scott does his “singing” through guitar only and Kim does not play an instrument, as she normally would.”
A personal note on the video from Kim:
“It’s an emotional song and has deeper meaning to us now, being that we filmed it during my battle with breast cancer. The opening verse lyrics are eerie because the song was written before my diagnosis, but say everything in those first two lines. Also, the chorus says everything about how I needed him by my side during the ordeal. Scott watching “over me” during his solo is directly linked to how we were feeling at the time. I chose the all white, pure, no make up, no jewelry (sans nose ring!) look because of the open honesty of the song and the meaning in which it eventually came to mean to me. And to Scott.”
“When I first met with Kim and Scott, they brought the idea of Yin & Yang as a visual idea ….and I remember thinking that I didn’t want another stereotypical video of an Americana/Folk act . So I thought…I want to get as far away from that as possible and see where this takes us. I was hoping to make Kim’s “world” bright as if she was standing on or in front of the sun to represent the white part (or utmost part) of the Yin and for Scott to be either in the dark or on the surface of the moon to show how cool and solid he is. This really represents both of their personalities and I think it goes so well with the song and what they are saying in it . I also love how simple this whole video is …I just wanted it to be about the performance and how they are with each other . If you know these wonderful people or even if you don’t – you get it…..
I am very proud of this video and I’m so happy they asked me to direct it.” ~ Allen Clark
“Something I Said”, from the album 2 Guns, written and performed by The Smoking Flowers, co-produced and recorded by Adam Landry (Cosmic Thug Productions) in Nashville TN.
As NYC-based singer-songwriter David Bronson completes work on The Long Lost, the second half of a 22-song, two-album collection titled “The Long Lost Story,” he is also closing in on completing a video for each track from the Story album, released earlier this year. Previous videos from Story have been variously featured by Under The Radar, Baeblemusic, My Old Kentucky Blog, and others, and now Bronson is offering up the video for “Us,” the album’s most ambitious clip to date.
“I met choreographer Genevieve Ferron after deciding that a two-person dance would make a great video for this song,” Bronson explains. The beautiful result features the performances of Joannie Douville and Milan Panet-Gigon as directed by Ferron, cinematographer Pier-Luc Latulippe and editor Joshua Sandler.
Of the song, Bronson says, “’Us’ is kind of a crucible to me in that there was a kind of sound I was building towards in my writing, and with ‘Us,’ I remember feeling instantly that this was a special point in my development as a writer.” Bronson believes the song represents the heart of the two records that comprise “The Long Lost Story,” explaining that “It deals with some of the most central themes of the project: severance, isolation, history, and ultimately accountability, forgiveness, and hope.” David Bronson’s Story is out now. The second album in the cycle, The Long Lost, is scheduled for release on September 17th.
In addition to his solo work, Bronson also composes instrumental, ambient soundscapes for filmmaker Jennifer Elster’s “In The Woods,” which is the first installment ofElster’s film series entitled “The Being Experience.” The project is an unflinching look at existence, featuring a cast of actors, thinkers, and musicians including Dave Matthews, Moby, Questlove, Rufus Wainwright, and Yoko Ono among many others.
“I am inspired by the odd characters that I call my acquaintances,” 18-year-old singer-songwriter Andrew St. James explains. The colorful cast that inhabits his music hails, like St James, from the fog-enshrouded misty hills of San Francisco’s Twin Peaks.
“I recorded ‘Cassidy’ within twenty minutes of writing it,” St James says of the personal song about a former lover who returned to town, but didn’t want to see him. The track is the first single from his upcoming debut album Doldrums, out on Sept. 24th.
The video for “Cassidy” was shot at a variety of gigs around San Francisco, and neatly captures St. James’s raw energy at the Regency Ballroom on Van Ness, Brainwash Cafe, a little bar in Marin County, and on Valencia Street where he spots suspicious street folk and bike lane life-stylers.
We’re super pumped to be premiering the music video for “La Dah” from Texas singer/songwriter Cas Haley. Check it out below, and pick up Haley’s new LP, La Si Dah, available now on Easy Star Records.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
6/29 – Angels of Care Benefit Concert – Granada Theater Dallas, TX
7/11 – Innsbrook After Hours w/ Sheryl Crow – Glen Allen, VA
7/12 – Triebguet Frischluft Bar – Baden, Switzerland
7/13 – Kulturwerkstatt Forum – Neustadt, Germany
7/14 – Cafe Instinkt – St. Peter Ording, Germany
7/16 – Qbus – Leiden, Netherlands
7/17 – Living Room Concerts – Winterswijk, Netherlands
7/18 – Platenhuis’t Oor – Almere, Netherlands
7/18 – Bruine Kip – Beusichem, Netherlands
When Cas Haley set out to make the follow-up to his successful 2010 release Connection, one thing drove him in the writing and planning for the sessions. “I kept thinking,” says the Paris, TX-based singer/songwriter, “if I died tomorrow, and my kids had only one musical statement through which to know me, what would I want that record to be?” The resulting record, La Si Dah, is packed with what makes Cas Haley who he is: personal lyrics, musical diversity, outstanding musicianship and authenticity. Adding to this unique vibe is the manner in which the recording sessions were financed; working with the crowd-sourcing website Pledge Music, Haley was able to raise money through his fans (many of whom are thanked in the record).
La Si Dah, out May 28, 2013 on Easy Star Records, was produced by Haley himself, with consultation on the recording by his good friend, the Grammy-Award Winning Producer/Engineer Rob Fraboni, best known for his work with Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Keith Richards and The Rolling Stones. When it came to the recording process, the above principles driving Cas led him to aim for a more authentic sound, in line with the honesty and integrity he tries to live by in his daily life. As Cas so passionately states, “Being in a world so heavily influenced by commercialism and the expectations of perfection paired with the technology and tools to synthesize that perfection, in my opinion, has zapped the very essence out of the majority of music today. The last two years I have been searching for the solution to this problem. With the guidance of my great friend and mentor Rob Fraboni, this album is my attempt to find the spirit of music.” La Si Dah’s pure sound and vibe was accomplished by using the recording techniques of Rob Fraboni. “The first thing we did was take away all elements of separation. All the instruments and most of the vocals were recorded in the same room at the same time with no isolation and no headphones. Fraboni is from the day when capturing the sound of the performance was the goal versus manipulating them,” Haley enthusiastically adds.
The 13 tracks on La Si Dah continue Cas’s ability to mine his own personal narrative for poignant and catchy songs. First single “La Dah,” came from a dream Cas had about his grandmother, where she helped him to forgive his father for things he had never done for Cas. (You can stream “La Dah” for free at https://soundcloud.com/caspromo/la-dah.) “Wait For Me,” a powerful ballad, reads like a personal love letter to his wife from the road. “Let Her Go,” a slow burner steeped in old R&B, came out of a weekend spent with his father, jamming together and discussing his parents’ marriage. The nyabinghi-drum inflected “Tally Tally” grew from ongoing conversations with his manager, where the two of them had to come to terms with their own personality differences to further Cas’s career goals. Just as important to the record are three instrumentals (“Jackson,” “Capricorn,” “Trash Day”) that help show off Cas’s natural abilities as a musician, since the focus on him is most often squarely on his powerful voice.
For Easy Star Records, a leader in independent reggae, La Si Dah is an exciting addition to their tastemaker catalog. Easy Star CEO Eric Smith says, “All of us at Easy Star were captivated by the songs Cas created for Connection and were so thankful to be a part of that album. But it has been especially gratifying to be able to continue that partnership with La Si Dah and witness first hand the beautiful evolution of Cas’ tremendous talent.” While the record is obviously not strictly a reggae recording (though it does feature some great straight-up reggae tracks in “Mama,” “Slow Down,” and “Crazy Good Woman”), Easy Star is still a great home for the release, considering it has always tried to connect reggae to a broader musical spectrum, from classic rock to salsa to Ethiopian jazz.
In the three years since the release of Connection, Cas Haley has kept busy with plenty of touring, as well as the release of a holiday EP (Gifts To Give). He continues his time on the road with a number of college shows as a solo acoustic act, followed by a number of club shows and festivals where he will team with his band members to perform much of the La Si Dah album. In July, he’ll make his first appearances in Europe, including a solo acoustic set at the Mighty Sounds Festival in the Czech Republic.