GusGus – Obnoxiously Sexual (2014)

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Tourdates
August 30th — Studie 2, Copenhagen, Denmark
September 16th – Basen, Warsaw, Poland
September 17th — Studio, Krakow, Poland
September 19th — B90, Gdansk, Poland
September 20th — Eskulap, Posnan, Poland
September 21st — Eter, Wroclaw, Poland
September 23rd — Berghain, Berlin, Germany
September 24th — Werk2, Leipzig, Germany
September 25th — Strom, Munich, Germany
September 27th — CBE, Cologne, Germany
September 28th — Mojo Club, Hamburg, Germany
October 2nd — U Street Music Hall, Washington DC, USA
October 5th — Double Room, Chicago, USA
October 6h — The Highline Ballroom, New York, USA
October 8th — The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, USA
October 9th — Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, USA
October 11th — Corona Capital Festival, Mexico
October 29th — Loft, Krasnojarsk, Russia
October 31st — Tele Club, Ekaterinburg, Russia
November 2nd — Ogni Ufy, Ufa, Russia
November 3rd — Glav Club, Moscow, Russia
November 4th — A2, St. Petersburg, Russia
November 6th — Arena Hall, Krasnodar, Russia
November 7th — Tesla, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
November 11th – Koko- NME Party, London, UK
November 29th – Explore the North Festival, Leeuwarden, NL
November 30th – Botanique/ Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium
December 01st – MeetFactory, Prague, Czech Republic
December 03rd – Paris, La Maroquinerie, France
December 04th – Rondel, Bern, Switzerland
December 05th – Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Austria
December 07th – Star Trznica, Bratislava, Slovakia
December 08th – Aquarium, Budapest, Hungary
December 11th – Terminal 1, Sofia, Bulgaria
December 12th – Palatul Ghika, Bukarest, Romania
December 13th – Stage Volume One, Athens, Greece

[Dedicated to Jonas Hz and Lars Skovgaard]

Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough (2014)

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For the 18th video in the UO Music Video Series, Gia Coppola jumps into the control room to direct this dance video for Blood Orange, partly inspired by daytime television performances.

This music video follows the release of Palo Alto, Gia’s motion picture directorial debut, which features a dreamy soundtrack by frontman Dev Hynes. For a closer look at the making of “You’re Not Good Enough”, follow Dev, Gia, and the rest of the crew behind the scenes here: blog.urbanoutfitters.com/bloodorange

Gramercy Arms – Beautiful Disguise (2014)

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Gramercy Arms and director Tryan George have teamed up to create a haunting and gorgeous video for the band’s second single “Beautiful Disguise” from their second album “The Seasons of Love.”

Featuring performances from Lloyd Cole and Joan Wasser (Joan As Police Woman) who sing a duet on the recording, the experimental short film evokes comparisons to “Lost Horizon”-era David Lynch and even Grey Gardens.

[via Peter Krogh - Dedicated to Henrik Moltke]

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay (1980)

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“Enola Gay” is an anti-war song by the British synthpop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD). It was the only single from the band’s 1980 album, Organisation.

Written by Andy McCluskey, it addresses the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, during the final stages of World War II, and directly mentions three components of the attack: the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, which dropped the nuclear weapon Little Boy on Hiroshima at “8:15″.

The song is named after the Enola Gay, the USAAF B-29 Superfortress bomber that carried Little Boy, the first atomic bomb to be used in an act of war, dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, killing more than 100,000 of its citizens. The name of the bomber itself was chosen by its commanding pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets who named it after his mother, Enola Gay Tibbets (1893–1983), who herself had been named for the heroine of the novel Enola; or, Her fatal mistake.

The lyrics to the song reflect on the decision to use the bomb and ask the listener to consider whether the bombings were necessary (“It shouldn’t ever have to end this way”).

The phrase, “Is mother proud of Little Boy today?”, is an allusion to both the nickname of the uranium bomb, as well as the fact that pilot Paul Tibbets named the aircraft after his mother.

The phrase, “It’s 8:15, and that’s the time that it’s always been”, refers to the precise time of detonation over Hiroshima at 8:15am JST; as many timepieces were ‘frozen’ at this exact moment by the effects of the blast, it becomes ‘the time that it’s always been’.

The song was also released during a major controversy surrounding then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s decision to allow US nuclear missiles to be stationed in Britain.

The music video begins by showing sped-up footage of clouds passing through the sky. After the opening riff, which is shown as just the keyboardist’s hands playing it whilst being animated using digital rotoscoping, it shows a transparent video image of McCluskey vocalising and playing a bass guitar. The still photo from the album cover is taken from the video.