Canadian indie-rock musician Rich Aucoin made a simply great video for his new song 'Walls' with a simple idea - he recreated 20 of the most iconic music videos of all time, including Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', Prince's 'When Doves Cry', Jamiroquai's 'Virtual Insanity', Beyonce's 'Single Ladies', Radiohead's 'Just', Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody', Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic', Run DMC & Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way' and other. At first, they're separate, but by the end of the video Beyonce ends up with OK Go, Madonna with the Beastie Boys etc.

Tyrese returns with his most powerful record to date, and his first song in over 5 years - 'Legendary', featuring CeeLo Green. The song depicts an “artist's response" to the unfair deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police officers. It is paired with an equally powerful visual directed by Deon Taylor, who’s seen and been through the worst of the worst coming up in Gary, Indiana. Tyrese strayed from his signature R&B ballads, and got into hip-hop/soul territory, with CeeLo Green adding his signature voice and gospel undertones.

Excalitwig
August 28, 2020

A pretty video: FKA twigs' 'Sad Day'

FKA twigs has released the video for 'Sad Day', directed by Hiro Murai; this is his first music video since directing Childish Gambino’s 'This Is America'. In the six-minute video, twigs engages in sword combat with dancer Teake, and her swordsmanship is the result of three years’ training in the art of Wushu under the guidance of Master Wu of the Shaolin Wushu Centre. “Everything I’ve previously done with my body, all the training and dancing, has led to this point” says twigs.

Land of the rising drum
August 19, 2020

Awesome: 10-year-old girl drummer plays Rush's 'YYZ'

10-year-old Japanese drum prodigy Yoyoka released a drum-cover of Rush classic 'YYZ'. Born in 2009, Yoyoka started playing drums at the age of two, appeared live at the age of four and formed a family band at the age of two. Her first CD was released at the age of six, and she not only plays drums but has written songs, sung and played piano. She has previously covered Rage Against the Machine, Led Zeppelin and Nirvana (Yoyoka's YouTube channel).

Certainly sounds different from what it looks like
August 18, 2020

This is awesome: A bunch of teenagers play Fugazi

Well, this is a surprise - a group of ordinary-looking students of the Cleveland, Ohio School of Rock aka "The Jazz Band Rejects", performed 'Waiting Room' by Fugazi in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. No disrespect, but this just might be the most passionate performance of the song in years!

Electronic duo Darkstar have shared a simple yet moving tribute to UK venues. The video accompanying their track ‘Blurred' compiles Google Earth footage of music institutions across the UK, reflecting on the ongoing loss of public space and cultural venues.

Beck released space-themed videos to his 2019 album 'Hyperspace', made in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Space.com. The 'Hyperspace: A.I. Exploration' visual album incorporates videos from NASA missions and artificial intelligence, with music from the latest Beck album.

Tim and Fred Williams are twenty-one-year-old twins from Gary, Indiana, who make videos of themselves listening to famous songs for the first time, and release those on their YouTube channel TwinsthenewTrend. They've uploaded dozens of songs, mostly rock - Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Johnny Cash - and their most popular one is Phil Collins’s 'In the Air Tonight', with over 4 million views. The New Yorker likes the naivety of the two...

Bridge over troubled bathtub
August 04, 2020

Great new video by Phoebe Bridgers

'I Know the End' is the closing song from Phoebe Bridgers' new album 'Punisher', but it sounds, and especially with the new video, it looks more like a transition. The video finds Bridgers in her now-trademark skeleton onesie sunken in a bathtub, running through an empty football stadium, finishing with a kinda strange makeout.

Contemporary classical ensemble s t a r g a z e released video album accompaniment to 'Instruments', an abstract orchestral reimagining of Fugazi's 1993 album 'In on the Kill Taker'. The good-spirited video works as a pandemic lockdown diary, with all the musicians involved filming themselves over the last few months, with footage from all over the world.

African-Australian rapper Sampa the Great released her new video 'Time’s Up', a short song that deals with the way the music industry seeks to exploit Black art without supporting Black artists - “I seen the industry scheme / and it’s a killer”, Sampa says. Directed by Sampa’s longtime collaborator Sanjay De Silva, it culminates with a sequence that features "an impeccably well-timed usage" of the ARIA Award that Sampa won last year.

Ten-year-old Nandi Bushell performed Audioslave hit 'Cochise' on a guitar Tom Morello has gifted her. She also rocks the drums and bass in the impressive new YouTube clip. Audioslave/Rage Against the Machine guitarist gave her the Fender Soul Power Stratocaster after he saw her play Rage Against the Machine’s 'Guerrilla Radio'.

Dixie report
July 17, 2020

Awesome and cool Chicks on Colbert

The Chicks appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to perform their new protest song 'March, March', from their new album 'Gaslighter'. Texan group also spoke with Colbert about how they decided to lose "Dixie" from their name.

"This is a really odd meter they are starting with. This is complicated" - vocal coach Ken Lavigne said in reaction to 'Pneuma' by Tool, watching it for the first time. Coach was watching and reacting mostly to drummer Danny Carey whom he called "a wizard around all these cauldrons... brewing potion”. At the highpoint of the song he stopped and said "I'm new to Tool...and I feel like I have wasted my life", , whereas actually, he should be happy about living in a time when there's so much great music, including Tool, who are great again.

Massive Attack have released a new EP called 'Eutopia', featuring Algiers, Saul Williams, and Young Fathers, tackling three of the most immportant issues of our time - climate emergency, tax haven extraction and Universal Basic Income. The songs also feature three political speakers: Christiana Figueres, who wrote the UN Paris Climate Agreement; universal basic income theorist Guy Standing; and Gabriel Zucman, the professor behind the “wealth tax” policy in America.

Iggy Pop is taking his song back - he shared the music video to ‘The Passenger’, 43 years after the song has been released, and covered numerous times since. In the visuals, black and white photos of a young Iggy Pop fade into view over vignettes of night-time motorway driving (watch below). ‘The Passenger’ was the B-side to Pop’s song ‘Success’, the first single released from his second solo studio album ‘Lust For Life’ (1977).

Fugazi in 1987

Sohrab Habibion, staple of post-hardcore, punk, and indie rock for over 30 years, filmed dozens of punk and hardcore shows in the DC area in the 1980s. With the help from Roswell Films and the DC Public Library's Punk Archive, many of those classic videos have been digitized and are now available to watch on YouTube, including full '80s-era sets by FugaziDag Nasty, Government Issue, Moss Icon, Shudder To Think, Scream, 7Seconds, Descendents, Marginal Man, Gray Matter, One Last Wish, Soul Side, Half Japanese, Fire Party, D.O.A., Saccharine Trust, Doughboys, GWAR, Gang Green, Jerry's Kids, The Lemonheads, and whole lot more. Watch the videos at Sohrab Habibion's YouTube channel.

Corona-death
July 09, 2020

Funny: Death metal song 'Wear a Mask'

YouTuber Vance Kotrla has made a hilarious black metal song 'Wear a Mask' that explains why everybody needs to wear masks. The video starts out with him holding an acoustic guitar standing, saying he is in a folk band, so he decided to write a song encouraging people to wear masks. So he did - a short and funny black metal banger, with lyrics like "Wear a mask / Over your nose and mouth / Wear a mask / To stay above the ground". Watch below.

Curtis Waters was in a bad mood, "trying to make some stupid shit and cheer up", and made 'Stunnin'', a moody song with a laid-back, appealingly shabby dance routine. It suddenly picked up hundreds of thousands of views overnight, and last week, 'Stunnin'' became the fastest unsigned record to go into Spotify’s flagship playlist, Today’s Top Hits, since Arizona Zervas’ 'Roxanne'. But unlike Zervas, who inked a deal with Columbia Records, Waters is choosing not to sign with a major label - "I felt like I was being treated like a commodity, like I was just a product”. So he wrote another song, 'System', a brittle, declamatory punk missile with a blunt message - “I’m boutta fuck the system up”.

Less sunday service, more Kanye
July 01, 2020

Kanye West is back, with a - good song, 'Wash Us in the Blood'

Kanye West has shared a song 'Wash Us in the Blood', mixed by Dr. Dre and features Travis Scott, with video directed by Arthur Jafa. It goes back to West's raw sound, but it keeps the Christian narrative and gospel undertones. The video features plenty of protest footage, and some from West’s Saint Pablo Tour and Sunday Service rehearsals. The new track is set to feature on an album presently titled 'God’s Country'. Vulture has an interesting perspective on the song - "On one level, the song is a return to form and a smoother pairing of West’s newfound faith and existing politics. It’s also motivational boilerplate. But that’s to be expected. The sneaker man does not want you so free that you stop wanting sneakers”.

K-pop girl band Blackpink has set a new record for the biggest music video premiere on YouTube with a total of 1.65 million fans tuning in for the unveiling of their new song 'How You Like That'. They broke a record set by fellow K-pop stars BTS in February, Soompi reports. Last year, the Blackpink became the first K-pop group to have a video reach a billion views on YouTube.

Twenty One Pilots have released a new video that bears the promise of being endless - 'Level of Concern (Never Ending Video)' starts the music anew every three minutes and 40 seconds, but there’s a constant stream of new imagery submitted by fans of the duo, interspersed among occasional shots from Twenty One Pilots’ original 'Level of Concern' music video. The group has a submission page for fan footage of anywhere from 3-30 seconds up at https://loc.twentyonepilots.com/.

When Johnniqua Charles, 27, was detained in front of a strip club for, as she believes, no reason at all, she sang the officer "You about to lose your job", while dancing. Her detaining routine was taped, released on social media, and has inspired several remixes, memes and dance videos. It has since become a chanting regular at protests. Charles told the NBC "It feels so overwhelming to me. It’s just heartwarming to know that my song is being used for something so powerful". But it has also changed her quality of life for the better - Charles' sister, Andrea, created an Instagram account for her and is helping her trademark "You About to Lose Your Job". Charles, who has a 3-year-old son, said that she was struggling with homelessness and addiction before the video went viral, and that she is planning to use the money people have donated to her via GoFundMe to rent an apartment and start her own business.

The third episode of Drillosophy - video blog where philosophy meets drill-rap - covers the topic of surveillance. Authors Ciaran and Reveal explain how English philosopher Jeremy Bentham's "panopticon" design can be used to understand systems of control in modern society. They also dissect the lyrics of M1llionz and M Huncho to explore why some UK rappers cover their faces. This episode features drill artists S1, F2 Anti, and RoadWorks ambassador, Demetri Addison.

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