Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was barely out of prison when musicians throughout Mexico began uploading hot musical takes about his (again) escape.
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Developer Ryan Trawick was so into Midnight Juggernauts' remix of Dragonette's "I Get Around" that he made a whole sort of-game video about it. It's odd—you wander around a parking lot with a baseball bat, smashing old TV sets while a neon yellow dog follows you around—yet as an experience, it's altogether perfect.
The premise, according to Trawick, is that you've just been invited to a magic 4AM parking lot after buying a Big Gulp from 7/11 (the Dragonette lyric "Here I come when I better go" sure does sound like "Here I come, with a Big Gulp" on the remix). And there you are, amid the manic joy of the six-minute song's insistent surges, bat in hand, bashing televisions to brightly-lit, utterly arbitrary scores.
The yellow dog stays close by, always behind you, and each area of the dark lot gets a Grand Theft Auto-style cursive caption. That single nod to our subconscious vocabulary for game space makes the music video parking lot feel suddenly bizarre, illicit, celebratory at once. The original song "I Get Around" seems to be about a narrator who can't help herself from having sneaky one-night stands, but the distinctly-dudely DOG WOLVE has fun with blunt perversions: beyond just hearing "better go" as "Big Gulp," it seems to imagine that "get me back down to street level" is about a parking garage, and sets the "tiptoe out of this mess" incongrously against the armed smash-em-up.
It's not an official video or anything, though I wish it was: it all just comes together with the song in a way you kind of have to try for yourself. It's free. Wear headphones.
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Best viewed after licking your pet Sonoran Desert toad. (Via Dose Nation)
Warning: Contains explicit/gross content, not for kids.
Watch for the not-Lady-Gaga cameo. Much about this will be controversial.
Music video + story concept by Ninja and Yo-landi Vi$$er. Directed by Ninja, Terence Neale and Saki Fokken Berg. DP: Alexis Zabe. Full cast/credits here, including details on the background artwork.
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Crash landed in the Louisiana swamp(Via Uproxx)
Shot up a horde of zombies
but I come out on top
The Official Music Video for "Do It Anyway," the first track from Ben Folds Five's much anticipated album THE SOUND OF THE LIFE OF THE MIND...featuring the Fraggles from Jim Henson's "Fraggle Rock"! Also starring Rob Corddry, Anna Kendrick & Chris Hardwick.
Moon Unit Zappa performs "Valley Girl" on Solid Gold, 1982. (like, for Sarah Ruxin)
Richard Metzger first turned me on to Father John Misty (the new project by J. Tillman), and writes about this video, "I have no idea what the fuck is going on here, although the final moments make the intention a little bit clearer...I think...but I like it."
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Via New Orleans native Clayton Cubitt, who says,
I'm gonna say this again, for those of you who yearn for the energy and danger and artistic vitality that NYC had in the 70s/80s, you need to drop everything and get yourself to New Orleans right now.
Shot in and around the Bywater in New Orleans, features friends of mine like Quack, and Rusty Lazer’s Swoon-festooned front steps and amazing art village, and local characters like Amzie Adams, this is your “must watch” of the week.
The album is available as MP3 download at Amazon.
(Video Link) Behold a terrifying new video for Here We Go Magic's new song "Make Up Your Mind". I'm not sure what's going on in here, but I'm positive I don't want it to happen with me. Please note that the video contains lots of ladies in distress in their underpants. Don't watch it if that bothers you.
Here We Go Magic are an intense and riveting live band. They're on tour in the US and UK right now and the show is worth seeing if they are in your town. Their excellent new album A Different Ship hits on May 8.