Actress Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine, Dawson’s Creek) stars in the latest music video for “Paradise” by dreamy shoegaze band Wild Nothing. Directed by Matthew Amato, it was filmed in Niagara Falls and Los Angeles and, according to a press release, “chronicles “travel by plane and the paradise found just beyond the window”. It also features a special edit of the song that includes a voiceover of Williams reading an excerpt from A Word Child, a ’70s novel by Iris Murdoch.
“Paradise” is off Wild Nothing’s sophomore album Nocturne, which is out now via Captured Tracks.
Since our lives are ever-changing, making plans and sticking to them can sometimes be an impossible feat. The tiniest ripple of change can throw a wrench your game at any moment. So while you frantically attempt to pencil in a schedule to conquer the rest of your life or if you decide to fly by the seat of your pants to wherever the wind may guide you, make sure you sharpie in a weekly stop at the Indie Dojo. The road trips of life are better with a mix tape to play…
Having lived in New York City all my life, I’ve seen my fair share of unique venues, but Wednesday night, Day 2 of CMJ, the Ghostly International/Cascine Records showcase went down at Le Baron, a place I could only describe as a very stylish burlesque club meets torture chamber. The small space was dressed in red and black, with images of octopus and the silhouettes of voluptuous women climbing up and down the walls. At times it was a bit claustrophobic, especially when the crowds started to turn out, making it nearly impossible to leave. But overall, it was a chic environment and the lineup represented well the electronic-rock niche that the two labels have expertly cornered.
I caught Rush Midnight, suave new wave-ish pop act and former bassist for Twin Shadow. He had a coolness about him and kept the audience in his attention, despite his live show only featuring himself and a drummer. He played a few tracks, including “The Night Was Young Enough” which we featured here not too long ago, most off his upcoming EP +1, scheduled to drop October 30th. I wasn’t entirely convinced by his vocals, which sometimes seemed strained, but the music itself was as cool and silky smooth. Next up was Brooklyn-based Selebrities, an synth-rock act steeped in reverb and some droning vibes. Cue in the fog machine and it was full on hypnotizing, especially with Maria Usbeck’s lilting, luring vocals. The best was when she’d hop around on the tiny stage. The last act I saw (as I had to leave early) was Erika Spring (of the band Au Revoir Simone) and thankfully I caught enough of her breathy, dark electro-pop to be made a fan. She had lovely stage presence and wooed folks with songs off her (what I’ve now decided is a great) self-titled EP. I missed out on headliner Chad Valley, but heard amazing things about his set, as well as his other CMJ performances. He’s no stranger to The Music Ninja, be sure to check out our previous coverage: “I Owe You This” feat. Twin Shadow, “Fall 4 U” feat. Glasser, and “Tell All Your Friends“. His debut LP Young Hunger drops October 30th, but is streaming in full on HypeMachine right now.
Over the weekend, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear released this acoustic demo from 2009 on his Soundcloud, claiming it was “too old to work on anymore and won’t see the light of day in any other format.” Call it a demo, but it’s still got all the makings of a quality track: it’s sparse, light, but delightfully touching — much like Rossen’s work on his excellent Silent Hour/Golden Mile EP that he released earlier in the year. Check it out below.
California’s TRAILS AND WAYS released a brand new track today. Titled “Border Crosser,” it’s a dreamy, weaving indie rock track with haunting whistles and keen, cutting beautiful guitar work during the chorus. According to the band, it’s about their immigrant grandparents and “dedicated to immigrants everywhere.” It’s a moving subject — and one that almost all of us can relate to — and the four-piece portray it well, with sounds of howling, chugging trains, lyrics sung in a different language, and lines about an immigrant’s complex journey of leaving home for an unfamiliar place: “Will you follow me across? / You know I have to think about it.”
“The Baddest Man Alive” gets an action-packed video featuring bluesy indie rockers The Black Keys and hip-hop’s RZA. But it’s not quite like the fights you’d see in the film The Man With The Iron Fists. It involves a fish, fortune cookie, lettuce, and a healthy dose of humor. See how these guys throw it down. The track is also streamable below.
Sisterly synth pop duo Tegan and Sara, after gracing us with the catchy killer track “Closer,” are back with another taste of their new, highly anticipated album. “I’m Not Your Hero” is a bubbly dance-worthy treat equipped with one of those huge choruses that you can’t shake off, even days after the first listen. Start the work week on a good note and check it out below: