Death Grips – Come Up And Get Me (2013)

As revealed in Christopher R. Weingarten’s Artist of the Year feature on Sacramento noise-rap kings, Death Grips, when the duo found themselves at a low, they regrouped and headed for high ground: Los Angeles historic celeb haven of a hotel, the $435-a-night Chateau Marmont. It was there that they hatched a nigh-diabolical plan to leak their own album, NO LOVE DEEP WEB, the opening track of which was presciently titled, “Come up and get me.” [Source]



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Darkstar – A Day’s Pay For A Day’s Work (2012)

London may not have a glut of post-dubstep psych-pop trios, but if they did, Darkstar would be the kings of the scene. After planting a flag for their distinct sound back in 2010 with debut LP on Hyperdub, North, the fellas signed to Warp for their upcoming album News From Nowhere, due February 5. We’ve heard the lush cybernetic garden that is first single “Timeaway,” plus toyed around with the abstracted song loop snippets “News #1-10” and their corresponding GIF-like clips, but in the new Yours Truly-directed video for “A Day’s Pay For A Day’s Work,” we get to see a rarer side of this already uncommon group. The camera opens on the three discussing a clutch change: translating their studio-born songs into something playable in person. “It’s all kind of backwards,” says singer James Buttery, “in that we write, produce and make an album, and then we deconstruct that and figure out how we can make it work in a live setting.” Backwards perhaps, but they make it work, with pensive piano play setting the scene for a highly emotive, harmonically sound trip through digitized music that moves to a genuine human heartbeat. [Source]



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Depeche Mode – Wrong (2009)

The music video for “Wrong” was filmed in December 2008 and directed by Patrick Daughters. It debuted on the band’s MySpace page on 20 February 2009. The video depicts a Ford Crown Victoria rolling backwards down a Los Angeles downtown street, seemingly with no driver at the wheel. A shot inside the car reveals a man in a latex mask lying unconscious in the front seat. When the car bumps another car (but keeps rolling), the man is jolted awake. As he tries in desperation to stop the car, it becomes apparent that he is bound and gagged. The car rolls past the band (watching from a sidewalk) and hits a pedestrian, trash cans, shopping carts, and traffic cones. A police vehicle begins pursuing the car. When the man finally manages to free his wrists and remove the mask, a white pickup truck crashes into the side of the car, bringing it to a halt. On 3 December 2009, it was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Short Form Video.” On the same day, Sounds Of The Universe, the album of which the single appears on, was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album. The “Wrong” video is 2nd in Time (magazine) in the “Five best videos of 2009” and was one of “the 20 best videos of 2009” according to Spin Magazine, the position in the list is 10.