Will Butler has a vision of what family life will be like once it takes precedence over music. That vision? His kid's gonna grow up to be a bratty teen. (Don't they all?) Starring Will's family as themselves and Zack Willis as "The Brat"; directed by UCB comedian Jo Firestone.
What is life like in Tennessee and many of its neighboring, Appalachian states? Speaking from experience, it’s much like the time spent in this video: freeways and gas stations, bars and bowling. For “The Sleeping Prophet,” Elise Tyler films her brother William carrying about his business while not on the road.
If nothing else, this new Ex-Hex video presents a believable origin story for The Ramones: A UFO came and zapped otherwise ordinary folks into punk rockers. "Waterfall" does more than that, of course, presenting a lo-fi War Of The Worlds vibe that's colorful, fun and laced with just enough go-go and iconoclasm to make all the punk rocker cameos ring true.
The second annual Prism Prize, celebrating the best Canadian music videos, took place last night in Toronto.
Director Emily Kai Bock took home the $5,000 Grand Prize for her masterful narrative Arcade Fire "Afterlife" video. Director Kheaven Lewandowski won the audience prize via online voting for The Belle Game "River" video.
Creative team Scott Cudmore and Michael Leblanc received the inaiugural Arthur Lipsett Award, established to recognize an innovative and unique approach to music video art; Director Floria Sigismondi received the inagural Special Achievement Award.
Because everyone loves ham and deviled eggs. And because Mary Timoney's old band Helium is severely underrated. And lastly, because Hidden Valley Ranch is so delicious that money ain't necessary for product placement.
He sells flowers on a streetcorner all day, comes home for a spaghetti dinner, prodding his youngest son to speak spanish and his eldest to spare him a drive to his friend's house. At nightfall they all mine different dreamscapes, but she's at the center of all of them — only existing in their thoughts until they hopefully meet on the other side.
“I’m working on a really great song at the moment: Arcade Fire’s new single. The song is called ‘Reflektor,’ and you’ll be able to see it Monday evening. I can’t say much more than that, because it’s all a surprise."
Music won't save your life. And that's OK. Take it from Superchunk, the pioneering indie band that's celebrating 20+ years with new album I Hate Music and this anthem about coming to terms with the powers and limitations of music. The video itself is a more direct love letter, paying tribute to the music (and specifically, the vinyl) that people hold close to their heart.