THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Specials Gangsters Saturday Night Live, 1980.
UNDER THE RADAR: Ty Segall – “Break A Guitar”.
The single, “Break A Guitar,” from his self-titled LP, out January 27th via Drag City,
Appropriately heavy on guitars, they are wild and explosive, and although the production sounds DIY.
THE CLASSIC L.A. PUNK TV SHOW ‘NEW WAVE THEATRE’ – Episode 10.
New Wave Theatre had an frenetic DIY vibe that perfectly mirrored the energy of the L.A. punk and new wave scenes.
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: DOLE – “Slumberland”.
SLUMBERLAND, issued by Belgian new wave band DOLE in 1986 on the PIAS label. Extract from the “Speed of Hope” album. Song produced by Adrian Borland (The Sound). Directed by Serge Bergli. Executive production by PIAS.
DOLE is a Belgian new wave pop-rock band. Formed in 1980, DOLE was the first artist signed of the PIAS label.
Based in Athus, a small town on the border of Belgium, France and Luxembourg.
UNDER THE RADAR: Oakland, CA band RAYS releasing debut LP on Trouble in Mind (watch “Made of Shadows” video)
Oakland, CA’s RAYS were born and bred in the city’s fertile underground scene. The group’s dystopian jangle has a lot in common with the first Modern Lovers LP, ’80s Flying Nun and the current crop of Australian bands that circle around Mikey Young. In fact Young mastered RAYS’ self-titled debut album which was produced by mid-fi maestro Kelley Stoltz and will be out March 30 via Trouble in Mind.
A good example of what RAYS do is “Made of Shadows,” a song that is both frantic and catchy, pulled along with warm, drony organ.
UNDER THE RADAR: Laura Marling – “Next Time”.
The UK folk musician Laura Marling seems to grow more confident and badass with each successive album. Next month, she’ll release the new LP Semper Femina, probably her best album yet.
She’s shared her self-directed video for the new album track “Next Time.” The song, built on a swirl of acoustic guitars and strings, is just suffocatingly lovely. And the video, like Marling’s clip for first single “Soothing” (which she also directed), is built heavily on thoughtful choreography. In this one, a woman dances around an ornate seaside room that she can’t seem to escape.
UNDER THE RADAR: Temples – “Strange Or Be Forgotten”.
UK psych-rockers Temples released last month the shimmery single “Strange Or Be Forgotten,” which is off the band’s forthcoming sophomore album Volcano.
Now the song gets a semi-meta video that depicts the band directing a video. The actual video was directed by James Beale, and features the members of Temples capturing footage of a diverse cast of characters, each of whom gets to posture uninterrupted as the camera slowly zooms into and away from them.
The striking attention granted to each subject makes for a visual of remarkable empathy.