The new video for the Buddhist groove "Machines" by Obits is made up of stop-motion mechanical stock footage and Sohrab Habibion playing guitar in his apartment. The track's off last year's Bed & Bugs, available via Sub Pop.
One of the most interesting bands I stumbled across this year at POP Montreal was Brooklyn-based Celestial Shore. The trio tried to jump the shark with every song, and while that might seem like exhausting listening, it created a unique (and highly-structured) framework for their guitar-driven pop songs. There was nothing stiff about their live show either, despite all the time changes and harmonies. They all looked pretty young — I think their potential won me over as much as their set did.
Here's "Hour Minute", off their record 10x.
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New York-based producer Devonté Hynes A.K.A. Blood Orange scored the film adaptation to James Franco's book Palo Alto that hit U.S. theatres last month. Franco of course stars in the film, with a cast that includes Val Kilmer (who apparently took some time away from his hobby of taking depressing selfies). Palo Alto was published in 2010, a collection of short stories about kids in (you guessed it) Palo Alto, and is the directorial debut for Gia Coppola, a third-generation Coppola filmmaker with some pretty big shoes to fill.
Cave In guitarist/singer Stephen Brodsky and Converge drummer Ben Koller have found a home for Mutoid Man's sludgy, metal grooves. The Brooklyn shredders announced today that they've signed to Sargent House (formerly Hella, Red Fang, currently includes Tera Melos, Russian Circles, Fang Island). Find the label's full roster here.
They have an album in the works for next year, but for now here's their crushing EP Helium Head, released last fall on Magic Bullet Records.
Your Sunday morning smooth bass is brought to you today by The Antlers. Here's "Hotel," a single they posted earlier this month off Familiars, out June 17 on ANTI- Records. It's produced by Chris Coady, who has production credits on the last two Beach House records (not to mention the excellent Singles from Future Islands). The Beach House warmth shines right through in this slow soul jam.
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