New Aleks and the Ramps Video

It’s hard to talk about Aleks and the Ramps without using the Q word. Not because they wear fun socks, or exclusively play xylophone, but because you can never quite tell what they’re going to throw at you next.

The band have a new album due out  on the 14 of February and the first single Middle Aged Unicorn on Beach With Sunset outshines it’s terrible name by being ten types of brilliant. The lyrics are witty and the delivery could almost match Stephin Merrit on the sarcastic baritone front. And it’s catchier than herpes.

The video for the song features setting soft toys on fire, trampolines and smoke machines and was made by Aleks himself. Awesome? You bet it is.

 

Epic Video Post

There seems to be heaps of quality new videos out at the moment. Here are some of them.

The Decemberists always have fantastic videos and their latest, Calamity Song is no exception. Based heavily on the novel Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace it shows the band watching a game of tennis turn into a thermonuclear disaster. While it could have turned out horribly wrong, The Decemberists have enough charm and humour to make it compelling viewing.

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From war tennis to meteors.

I dare you to watch Ball Park Music’s clip for It’s Nice To Be Alive and not smile. It’s impossible.

It’s a universally acknowledged fact that Bon Iver is amazing. It is also well-known that Iceland has some of the prettiest scenery ever.Put them together and you get the video for Holocene.

The Rescue Ships are Brian Campeau and Elana Stone. Both are accomplished musicians in their own right with multiple albums and years of experience between them but put them together and you get something wonderful.

I saw these guys a few months ago and their live show is something special. They have a winning combination of hilarious banter and engaging music.

They’ve released a video for their single Up In The Air which was recently made Rage’s Indie of the Week. Brian broke his leg filming and both band members filmed videos about filming the video which are also recommended viewing.

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Monday Music Round-Up 08/08/11

It’s been awhile since Jens Lekman released new  music and this week he posted his latest track An Argument With Myself for free download on his blog. The Graceland style arrangement is tad cheesy and would fall flat had anyone else tried it. However everything Jens touches turns to gold and his description of Melbourne’s streets is spot on. The track is from the upcoming Argument With Myself EP which will feature live favourites including Song For Kirsten Dunst. He will also have an album out in the near future.

To say there was a fair amount of pressure of Washington to produce a decent second album is something of an understatement. After the massive success of I Believe You Liar, selling out The Corner five times and playing every single music festival in Australia, we have been given the first glimpse of her follow-up album.

Holy Moses is markedly different from her previous sound. While it’s still a little on the quirky side, the production is much fuller and I can see  commercial radio lapping it up. Still, aside from a kazoo solo it doesn’t really warrant a huge amount of listens. And the vide is just puzzling. It looks very inspired by the likes of Lady Gaga and doesn’t seem to fit her at all. Production wise however, it’s quite impressive.

Speaking of new videos, The Panda Band have one for 51 Swimsuits, from their upcoming album Charisma Weapon. It’s well worth a look, and not just because of the bikini-clad women.

New Bon Iver track

The words ‘long awaited’ don’t even come close to describing the upcoming release of Bon Iver’s second album, which is due to be released on 20 June. Since he released For Emma, Forever Ago, which was famously recorded in a log cabin, he’s toured the world, released a Volcano Choir album and an EP and has featured on Kanye West’s My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy. Despite all this, it will be the first time fans have heard a new  Bon Iver album in quite some time and all signs point to it being amazing.

The first track to be released from the album is Calgary. It’s been compared to Coldplay because of its bigger production and atmospheric synths, but don’t let that put you off. Justin Vernon’s falsetto is just as effective and the build up towards the end is nothing short of brilliant. You’ll soon find yourself hitting the repeat button.Multiple times.

You can download the mp3 here.

New Guillemots

It’s Sunday. It’s cold. And Easter is still two weeks away. So I thought it would be the perfect time to post some new Guillemots videos because if there’s one thing we could all do with more of, it’s Fyfe Dangerfield.

So far 2011 has given us new Decemberists, the long-awaited second album from Fleet Foxes, and The Mountain Goats released their 500th record (or something like that). On top of this Guillemots are releasing their third album Walk the River on 18 April.

Although Fyfe Dangerfield released a solo album last year, it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from the band. There are two studio tracks that have been unveiled in the last month or so and both continue the eclectic indie-pop sound of their last record.

The Basket is the first single and the video is quite trippy. If the album is like this, there will by no complaints from me whatsoever.

Walk The River is closer to Fyfe Dangerfield’s solo album. Which is not a bad thing at all.

*Swoons*

6 on the St Interview

At the moment I’ve been focused on my end of year film project (a documentary about Melbourne Zombie Shuffle), so it seems quite fitting that I recently got in contact with Sam Wright, who is part of the team that works on 6 on the St, a documentary series that focuses on Adelaide’s live music scene.  Each episode is six minutes long and features interviews and live performances by local bands in different parts of the city. While many Australians see Adelaide as a musically deprived hole, this documentary series completely disproves this and features some great local bands such as The Thieves and The Bearded Gypsy Band. New episodes come out on the 6th of every month and if you’re at all interested in hearing new Australian Music, I highly recommend you see them.

Electric Skeleton: What made you decide to create 6 on the street?

Sam Wright: During the Christmas of 2008, my friend in Canada introduced me to a whole lot of short music videos that were filmed on the streets of France. These films were done by Vincent Moon with Chryde from La Blogotheque. I drew inspiration from these films and moved forward in an attempt to create something that would be special for emerging Adelaide musicians.

ES: How long does it take to make each episode?

SW: Generally we will shoot an episode in an afternoon and have time for a snack and drink, so only a few hours really. For the 6 on the St team, it is like going to an intimate gig on the weekend. Kieran Ellis-Jones (Director) will then take a couple of days to edit out the material into an episode.

ES: Having bands play on the street is not something you see every day. How to the general public react to it?

SW: The general public are almost too polite. They walk around our filming. Rather than through it. However, we filmed in China Town last weekend around a Bubble Tea stall. I have never seen so many skate boarder kids attempting to video bomb a production. Which we were fine with. We want the public to become part of the videos as well, as they are just part of the city atmosphere that we are trying to capture.

ES: How do you decide each location?

SW: It is a mixture of places that our team likes, with places that are well known in Adelaide, with places that match the vibe of the artist that is performing.

ES: What makes Adelaide’s music scene different to anywhere else’s?

SW: It is hard to say, as I have not been able to participate fully in any other city’s music scene. All of them would be great I would imagine and unique in their own ways. What makes the Adelaide Music Scene unique to me, is that there are so many different bands (genre wise) that you can see in one night, but you really have to actually care about good music, to actually know where the good music can be found. If you don’t care, you will probably find yourself stuck in some boring Adelaide bar eating an overpriced schnitzel and listening to some terrible cover band.

ES: How do you  choose bands for the videos?

SW: We keep our ears and minds open to all particular styles. We scan friend’s Facebook pages for local bands they are seeing. We pay attention to the Triple J Unearthed charts. We read CD Reviews. We attend many gigs. We read our street press. We eavesdrop people at local pubs. We talk to friends about music. We talk to strangers about music. We take our headphones off and listen to people busking in the mall. We do our homework. Then we make a choice.

ES: Do you know which bands you’ll be featuring in future episodes?

SW: We have a few episodes locked in for the next couple of months, but we are keeping some episodes open for local acts that make it into festivals such as WOMADelaide and Big Day Out.

The latest video was uploaded today and features Spine, who aren’t a metal band. You can check it out below.