Monday, 18 February 2008

VIDEODROME



Hey. So We've not posted in a while. And for that i'm sorry. The past 4 months has pretty much consisted of non stop running around trying to get everything finished for the new record. Actually I am happy to say i think were pretty much there.
And I'm pretty fucking exited.

Very soon I will be able to shed more light on what you can expect to hear from us over the next two or three months, and indeed exactly where we will be. And When.
In the meantime heres some cool shit Ive come across over the past couple of weeks.


KING CRIMSONwere the first band I truly fell in love with. In fact the first LP I ever owned was a chrome cassette tape of their 80s stuff. It had things like 'Frame by frame' and 'discipline' on it as well as a couple of songs from their first record, 'In the court of the Crimson King' weirdly tagged on at the end.
"Elephant talk" is a completely revolutionary piece of music. It features an instrument called the Chapman stick, played by a big scary bald guy called Tony Levin, who also played with Peter Gabriel throughout the 80s. This song is out there. And this performance is unbelievable. Robert Fripp, who was the brains of the band right from the start is the guy on the right hand side, playing fingerpicked guitar at an unreasonable speed. Just look at the guy.
Thats' somebody's dad. And probably someone else's only child.

King Crimson - Elephant talk (live on American Television circa 1981)



MGMT are a band I know little about, but their single 'Time to pretend' is being caned pretty heavily on the radio right now in the UK. And I like it. Just check the lyrics.

"I'm Feelin rough I'm Feelin raw I'm in the prime of my life.
Let's make some music make some money find some models for wives.
I'll move to Paris, shoot some heroin and fuck with the stars.
You man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars."

So they've got a knack for the written word. But have you seen their video?
Apparently Someones blocked youtube from allowing people to share it, but I found a link to a high resolution version somewhere else. And I urge you..NO, ACTUALLY I PLEAD WITH YOU TO WATCH IT.
Anyone who saw Klaxons' original 'Gravity's Rainbow' video will notice similarities, but I mean this is other level shit.

SEE IT HERE


If you agree with me and you also believe that this is indeed the greatest thing ever made, then you might also like the next video. If you disagree, then you suck.

ENCYCLOPEDIA PICTURA
are a video collective from San Fransisco. Well in fact I think it's just a couple of young dudes, but since they started making short films a couple of years ago, they've been getting their fair share of attention. I heard they are working with Bjork, though i don't know when or what exactly on. Actually little while ago I posted the video they did for Grizzly bear . Most things they do involve sickening amounts of animation and make up but Its really hard to tell how much is real and how much is mouse magic.

I don't even think this technically counts as a music video as theres only a bit of harp being strummed here and there, but I think its amazing.

'Tactical Advantage' by Mangello Tipperary/Encyclopedia Pictura



Far out!

NACHO ALEGRE



I first came across Nacho Alegre a couple of months ago when we started looking for artwork to use on our new record. I wrote to him initially just to say how much i loved his work and to see how he would feel about other people (like us) possibly using his photographs on record sleeves in the future. It turned out he was delighted and in no time at all, flights were booked for him to come over and shoot the band. He spent a week with us, sleeping at our houses and flats and basically capturing each of us in our own environments.
We were so pleased with what came out of the whole thing that we decided one of his shots should be on the album cover and the others should also be used on every single released off it.
He told me he started taking photos because he felt like his youth was slowly slipping from under his feet and he wanted to have a record of all his friends and of everyone he shared experiences with. Which kind of felt to us a lot like the reason we started making music in the first place. And that's exactly how i think his photographs look, like memories. Some have an eeriness to them , some are blurred and others are just photographs taken of his hot girlfriends while they were sleeping.
Nacho is the man, basically. To see more of his work, here is his PHOTOJOURNAL.
The Mystery jets journal should be up there any day soon.




JAN KOUNEN
is a film maker from France. He doesn't sound french with a name like that, but he is. He made an ultraviolent movie called Doberman with Vincent Cassel in it in the late nineties and also made the 'lay all your love on me' video for Erasure in the Eighties. I read somewhere he is really into a cult called 'Shipibo-Conibo' and is also obsessed with shamanism. Well, watching this short film, all of that would make sense. Its basically a bunch of wizards chasing each other on petrol fuelled broomsticks around a deserted business park.
I believe all the flying sequences were constructed from stills which is pretty cool when you consider these wizard dudes would have had to have been jumping up and down about a hundred times a minute for it to look real. That's like one and a quarter jumps every second. Shikes.



AND SO TO END...A CLASSIC.
Everybody saw Donnie Darko and everybody knows the 'Mad world' song. Don't get me wrong, I like the tune a lot, and the guy who did the cover does Micheal Stipe better than Micheal Stipe.
But It's far from Tears for Fears' best song. This is.



Love Blaine X

10 comments:

erol said...

best t4f song? its close.. check this one out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTn4o2Z-vZU

maybe the tunes weren't as great as in 85, but you have to admit, their hair certainly was.

lov
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x

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Anonymous said...

Young Love is brilliant and the video is genius. Nice to see the truck wrist band on the artwork too! Brilliant to have you boys back xx

Anonymous said...

I heard some track from "21" and i love all of them. However, i do STILL love "Making dens"!

Jase n Tonic said...

I wish I could open my mind up to understand the creative direction behind the t4f video.

Genius?

Anonymous said...

MGMT are a great new band. My father insists that they are a blantant 'Sparx rip-off' but I like them. Though I must admit Electric Feel is a bit of an 80s mainstream re-hash, the rest of the album is pretty good. Young Love is brilliant by the way, I love the fact that you got Laura Marling in for it. I think she's the best songwriter to emerge for years, the haunting beauty of her music is endless. It would be great if you got together with her again, it works well.

Anonymous said...

i choked on the pip of my mandarin while looking at nacho alegre's work..i think that sums up how amazing i thought it was...! and nice to see that photographers arent affraid of using the old disposable camera's, £1.29 from savers!!

Mai said...

oh dude, watch the MGMT video in 3D, even better.

Anonymous said...

Show in Singapore last night was great ! As per envelope message, really hope you guys do make it to Benicassim in 2009.

Lynda and Andrew

Paige said...

I know that this is an old postand I've just read it but I just got very excited when I saw the end of this post! I totally agree with you, I think it's the best Tears For Fears' song too. I like " Shout " as well. Tears For Fears are awesome, MJ too! ^^

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