White Lung – Bag (2012)

The members of White Lung get dragged into playing a private show.


Jonathan Richman – I’m So Confused (1998)

No doubt that playing the minstrel in There’s Something About Mary gave Jonathan Richman the greatest exposure of his career. But don’t expect success to spoil him: I’m So Confused–which includes that movie’s “True Love Is Not Nice,” if not the title song–finds the charming if offbeat pop-folkie singing the same simple-minded odes he’s been doing since disbanding the Modern Lovers way back when. Produced with negligible effect by Ric Ocasek, Confused is mostly of a romantic nature, although with the occasional surprise. “The Lonely Little Thrift Store,” for one, digs deep with arresting lines like “The avocado-green appliances with the smell of domestic violences.” Perpetually quirky, Richman is nearly the definition of cult artist. No role in any blockbuster film’s going to change that. [Source]

White Rabbits – Heavy Metal (2012)

What would happen if you combined the murderous elements of The Shining with the good-old fashion polygamy of Big Love? Twice the work for Jack Torrance? An even creepier version of the Henrickson clan? How about White Rabbits’ music video for “Heavy Metal”, the first track off their third album Milk Famous. [Source]

Recoil – Inheritance (2012)

Official video directed by Dmitry Semenov, as featured on ‘Spirit of Talk Talk’ tribute album – featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson and Paul Marshall on vocals. Recoil is the project of Alan Wilder, formerly of Depeche Mode. [Source]

Tom Waits – Hell Broke Luce (2012)

Like many in the music media, we’ve spent the last few weeks puzzling over a string of curious press releases from Tom Waits’ people — pictures of Waits menaced by a shark or wearing an eye patch, emblazoned only with the words “AUGUST 7.” They looked funny, odd, portentous, utterly Waitsian. Was it a long-awaited tour announcement? A speedy follow-up or companion piece to last year’s terrific Bad As Me? Some sort of crazy multimedia stunt allowing fans to burrow into Waits’ mysterious and inscrutable brain? The possibilities dazzled. When the big reveal finally hit this morning, I immediately moaned to Bob Boilen, “A video?” For a song we’ve already heard? Yep: A four-minute video for “Hell Broke Luce,” the bracing, stomping, grunt’s-eye view of war that so stood out on Bad As Me last year. A tour or new album would be terrific, sure, but that video — conceived and directed by Matt Mahurin — is pretty damn remarkable in its own right. [Source]

Antony and the Johnsons – Cut the World (2012)

Antony and the Johnsons: CUT THE WORLD is a collection of live symphonic performances of songs from the band’s 4 full length albums (SWANLIGHTS, THE CRYING LIGHT, I AM A BIRD NOW, S/T). Recorded in Copenhagen, DK with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, CUT THE WORLD features arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, Maxim Moston and Antony. Additionally the title track “Cut The World” is featured here for the first time. It is one of Antony’s new songs for The Life and Death of Marina Abramovi directed by Robert Wilson and staring Antony, Marina Abramovi and Willem Dafoe. CUT THE WORLD was recorded live on September 2nd and 3rd, 2011 at the DK Concert Hall in Copenhagen, DK and represents Antony’s continued meditation on light, nature & femininity. Antony discusses his ideas on the track “Future Feminism”, a speech he made during one of the concerts. Addressing the affects of patriarchy on the global ecology, Antony explores the possibility of shifting towards feminine systems of governance in a gesture to restore our world. [Source]