DJ Shadow feat. Nils Frahm – Bergschrund (2017)

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Don’t get between a man and his beer. That’s (maybe) one of the lessons in a comical new video from DJ Shadow, for the Song “Bergschrund.” It’s the middle of the night as a drunk man, played by Matthew Sunderland, staggers through an empty parking lot, cradling a six-pack of beer. Suddenly a brilliant light shoots down from the sky, illuminating the man with some sort of tractor beam. It seems he’s about to be carried away. But, with beers tucked under his arm, he doesn’t go quietly.

“To me the [song] has a really cinematic and also science fiction tone to it,” says director Matt Devine. “I wanted to make a film that really worked with this visually but also had a humor to it. It is also my favorite track from the album so I was honored to be asked to make something for it.”

“Bergschrund” was co-created by composer and experimental pianist Nils Frahm. It appears on DJ Shadow’s latest album, The Mountain Will Fall. “Nils Frahm is an insanely smart composer,” says DJ Shadow. “He created a sinewy, gated vintage synth line which I then expanded upon, hopefully to complimentary effect. ‘Bergschrund’ is an obscure German word for a particular type of crevasse, or ice cliff, usually found on mountains at very high elevations.”

Pavo Pavo – Ruby (Let’s Buy The Bike!) (2016)

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Brooklyn experimental pop band Pavo Pavo — whose stunning debut album Young Narrator in the Breakers was released on November 11th, 2016 through Bella Union— releases the track “Ruby (Let’s Buy The Bike)” as a music video. The track, a song about stumbling across a motorcycle named Ruby at a bike show and falling in love, comes at the helm of the band’s debut UK tour and appearance at Iceland Airwaves. The band will also played a free show at Rough Trade NYC in November.

Anohni – Obama (2016)

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ANOHNI implores President Obama to free Chelsea Manning, who Obama’s administration has locked in solitary confinement for 35 years for blowing the whistle of US war crimes.

America’s number one political prisoner is a transgendered soldier
who sits in solitary confinement for revealing the US drone execution
of Reuters journalists.

“OBAMA,
I voted for you, I campaigned for you across Europe,
Like thousands f others, I beat the drum for you in the newspapers and on TV, telling European press that you were
a feminist, a kind an reasonable man, a just and fair man, that you would rescue us from the hells of the previous administration.

OBAMA, Please let Chelsea Manning out of prison.
Recognize her tremendous sacrifice, and her vulnerability.
With Trump incoming, if you leave her there
She will never see the light of day, or worse,
and you send a final message to the nation
That the Obama administration brutally punished moral courage
in these unforgiving United States.

She has suffered Enough, President Obama
She poses no threat.

The election is over.
There is no political advantage left in allowing Chelsea to perish in prison.

Have mercy on her, Obama,
friend of the trans community:
I implore you to Free Chelsea Manning.”