Wintry Music Videos: White Hinterland – Ring The Bell & S. Carey – Fire-Scene

This past winter season has been sheer insanity in North America, with overwhelming snowstorms galore, polar bears being taken indoors, and more, more, more. What better time, then, to use music videos to explore the beauty of wintry landscapes? In Dan Huiting‘s work for White Hinterland‘s “Ring The Bell”, Casey Dienel can be seen tunneling through ice caves and fascinating skull-lined passageways; Joe Baughman‘s work for S. Carey‘s “Fire-scene” is a naturalistic treat that shows off the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, as he captures what winter looks like in the desolate spaces where the waters and deserts of Eastern Washington State merge.

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Plastic – I Want U Music Video (MV of the Week)

Focus on Plastic‘s groovy basslines and the squishy sonic silliness underlying this track, as colorful animations weave through neon worlds at hyperspeed. A curious cast of characters emerges to dance and swing around the occasionally displayed lyric, and this playfully psychedelic music video, illustrated by Dawid KrÄ™pski, is all too fun a journey. It pays homage to classic animations such as The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”, working well with every element of the song’s quirkiness, even when it breaks down into its killer sax solos. Anything goes in this twirling dancey tango.

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Connan Mockasin Band Interview: Caramel Dreams of an “Oddball”

Like a shiny unicorn of the indie pop world, Connan Mockasin is the type of musician who has earned himself a number of adjectives and associations, often whimsical and colorful in nature. His 2011 record, Forever Dolphin Love, set the precedent for this; it was full of unconventional words, strange voices, and fictional characters, giving one the impression that he is one who floats off early and often into the ether, with one foot grounded in this world and one in another. As a result, media and press often generalize Connan Mockasin to be an “oddball” — an assertion that he finds “kind of a bit weak”, for he doesn’t in fact feel odd…

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Outlands – Love Is As Cold As Death Album Review (LebensStrasse Records)

We all come from somewhere. Outlands, the duo of Melissa Smith and Mark Arciaga, are obviously more concerned with where they’re going than where they’ve been, as evidenced by the fact that they hail from Virginia but currently reside in LA. They’re willing to travel thousands of miles to find somewhere that suits them, somewhere they belong. And you can hear this same sense of adventure, this quest for self, for something unique and personal, on Outland’s debut LP for LebenStrasse Records.

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Remembering Freedom Fighter Leroi Jones & Examining His Recorded Output as Amiri Baraka

On January 9, 2014, we lost one of the most eloquent voices of the freedom fight, Imamu Amiri Baraka, the man formerly known as Everett LeRoi Jones. Amiri Baraka was one of the most published and respected artists of the Black Arts Movement, and his work had an extreme polarizing effect. He was made the Poet Laureate of New Jersey, only to have that title stripped away because of his poem “Somebody Blew Up America”, was a controversial statement about 9/11. He was a lifelong advocate for equality, but has been accused of anti-semitism, misogyny, and racism. He was a contradiction. Amiri Baraka was an artist at the crossroads: between pre-war and baby boom; between black and white; between free-jazz

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Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You Music Video (MV of the Week)

One-upping his quirky reputation with some tasteful humor, Connan Mockasin plays the lurking lover in this music video for “I’m The Man, That Will Find You” off of his latest record, Caramel. In it, he executes humorously sensual moves galore, with the major winner being a well-timed tumble down a mega-miniature set of stairs. Get your smile tickles on and stay tuned with an interview with Connan Mockasin, coming next week. Caramel is out now on Mexican Summer.

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