How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart? Music Video Trilogy (w/ Interview)

“It’s all about how to live and love and die right, in a world that makes these things so difficult.” - Tom Krell, on the What Is This Heart? music video trilogy

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Adult Jazz – Gist Is Album Review (Spare Thought)

What’s in a name? When they say Adult Jazz, are they referring to the easy-listening, dulcet sounds of Chuck Mangione or Kenny G? A brief observation of the knotty tones and convoluted song structures of Gist Is, the debut LP from the Leeds quartet, Adult Jazz, suggests this is not what they are aiming for. So we turn to a second possible definition: that of a grown-up and evolved jazz music. Gist Is is a world unto itself: 9 tracks, subscribing to their own inner logic, as beats, broken synthesizers, horns, and weightless vocals rise and fall, like buried memories, or half-remembered dreams.  

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Bear In Heaven – Time Between Music Video (Interview w/ Jon Philpot & Director Nick Bentgen)

For the “Time Between” music video, Bear In Heaven enlisted the help of director Nick Bentgen, who spent long nights hanging out with strangers and visiting the homes of acquaintances in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, to collect what must have been hours of observational footage. He then wove together an abstract piece of visual poetry, which plays off of the track’s dramatic percussion to create a striking portrait of the beautiful and bizarre nature of New Yorkers.

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Pickathon Festival 2014 Live Show Review (w/ Mac DeMarco, Diarrhea Planet, Parquet Courts & More)

Although bands like Nickel Creek, The Barr Brothers, Shakey Graves and Della Mae hearkened back to the Pickathon Festival’s old style, a surprisingly rock-heavy lineup was the face of the festival’s 2014 version. Bands like The War on Drugs, Foxygen, Mac DeMarco and Brownout/Brown Sabbath were the big draws — but looking back at it, you couldn’t really tell much of a difference in the end. The 2014 version of Pickathon was still the excellently curated, family-friendly (and even more adult friendly) affair that the 2013 Pickathon, and every year before that, was.

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Craig Leon – Nommos/Visiting Album Review: Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music, Vol. 1 (RVNG Intl.)

The origins of Craig Leon’s Nommos/Visiting lie in the ancient art of the Dogon tribe from Mali, who worshipped a race of amphibious extraterrestrials, known as the “Nommos”, who were said to come from the distant star supposedly known as Sirius B. The strange thing about Sirius B is that it is invisible to the naked eye, and science only verified its existence in the 20th century, long after the Dogon tribe had already established a deep mythology around it.

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Brian Reitzell Retrospective Feature: From Film Soundtracks to Auto Music

Kraftwerk’s 1974 album, Autobahn, was inspired by the feeling of traveling freely along the open German motorways it was named after. Forty years later, a different driving journey serves as a guiding force behind Brian Reitzell’s debut album, Auto Music: Reitzell’s commute to and from work in Los Angeles. Its motorik kinship with other Krautrock greats is keenly present on tracks like “Auto Music 1″, echoing as it does Can’s formative free-form instrumentation and the metronomic pulse of Neu!. In that sense, the song and album’s influences feel expertly curated–which isn’t surprising, given that Reitzell is the same man who is responsible for the Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Just Like Honey” playing over the closing scene in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation–as well as getting My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields to contribute to that film’s soundtrack after a long spell out of the spotlight.

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