The New Pornographers

February 24, 2011

The REAL Pornographers

I am sure that Canadian super-group The New Pornographers have a tough time coordinating schedules. That’s the trouble with being ultra-productive and creative, I guess. Too many solo careers! Too many side projects!

So when it comes to shooting a video for new material, why not pick a bunch of other celebrities who aren’t actually in the band, but who also likely have insane schedules, and have them film a fake movie trailer for a made-up movie? (Complete with an additional fake promo for another fake movie?) Sure! Pure genius.

Watch Tom Scharpling’s clever take on The New Pornographers and “Moves,” from their latest offering, Together, out now on Matador Records. It features a laundry list of funny people cameos including: Jon Wurster, Julie Klausner, Kevin Corrigan, Wyatt Cenac, Horatio Sanz, Ted Leo, John Hodgman, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Todd Barry, Donald Glover, Esther Crowe, Michael Lisk, Gabe Delahaye, Max Silvestri, Jay Norton, David Rosenblatt, Terre T., Anna Copacabana, Rob Cuthill, Brian Turner, Alex Scordelis, Jonathan Fernandez, Therese Mahler, Candace Mills, Christina Stanley, Christine Tadler, Owinema Biu, Chris Spooner, and Jacob Wolk.

Watch: The New Pornographers – “Moves”

Then, read Pitchfork’s interview with director Tom Scharpling.

NB: Expectant Dads plot synopsis. Hilarious.

Kanye West

February 24, 2011

Love to hate him. Hate to love him. The talented and outspoken Kanye West’s most recent offering, My Dark Twisted Fantasy, has raised some eyebrows since its release with its cover, its perfect 10 rating on Pitchfork, and its accompanying long-form video for “Runaway.” Sure the whoopla has been next to nothing compared to past Presidential accusations or award show microphone stealing moments on national television, but nonetheless, random shit keeps public opinion divided on Kanye.

The latest in the mini-saga of stupidness happens to be the new video for the song, “All of the Lights.” The song itself is one of the standout tracks on the album, maybe bested only by “POWER.” The video in question is directed by Hype Williams, who apparently is a big Gaspar Noe fan.

And the controversies continue! As in: Can anyone actually hear all (any more than two) of the guest artists credited on the song? Does Enter the Void actually merit an homage in the first place, and if so, does this qualify? As you ponder away, searching for meaning in the machine, here’s a suggestion:

If you haven’t seen the original video, watch it here. (Though it seems to have been largely wiped from the free flowing internet at this point, you shouldn’t deny yourself your daily dose of Rihanna’s hotness). Then, I suggest playing the intro to Enter the Void on mute (below), with this handy-dandy sort of grime-dubstep-esque remix of “All of the Lights” playing along (way below). A perfect compromise for both lovers and haters.

Watch: Enter the Void (Gaspar Noe)… loop it twice.

Listen: “All of the Lights” (Dubstep remix)

TV on the Radio

February 23, 2011

Signs of life and creative good health from Brooklyn’s TV on the Radio: a new track from their newest album, Nine Types of Light. The new record will reportedly be out on April 12 via Interscope Records.

Listen: TV on the Radio – “Will Do”

PJ Harvey

February 21, 2011

PJ Harvey’s eighth record, Let England Shake, is out now. Hallelujah. It’s an eerily beautiful rumination on a world at war written over the last several years, reflecting both our current and past bloodied status as a civilization at large. One might file it under the category of an important work from an important artist. (Just a guess.)

Once again, Harvey is accompanied by her long-time compatriots John Parish and Mick Harvey, but on the record Harvey finds a new voice and affinity for autoharp among other things, which makes the record stand out from much of her already extraordinary catalogue. Listen and be moved.

Watch: “Let England Shake”

Watch: “The Words That Maketh Murder”