THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Sufjan Stevens, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith – “People Have the Power” (Tibet House Benefit).
At 2017 Tibet House Benefit Concert, also featuring Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Philip Glass, members of New Order, Ben Harper, Laurie Anderson, and more.
UNDER THE RADAR: Iggy Pop shares evocative video for “American Valhalla”.
Post Pop Depression visuals tap into the “last man standing” notion.
Iggy Pop has shared a new video for “American Valhalla”, off his Josh Homme collaboration Post Pop Depression. The song see its narrator in search of an American Valhalla — a “hall of the fallen” according to Norse mythology.
In the video, directed by Jamie-James Medina, model Ruth Bell fidgets on a stool while a video box covers most of her face. The video flashes between a boxing match and images of Pop.
The video box becomes full-screen and shows one of the boxers celebrating victory, though the cheering cuts off and Bell.
Medina explained the inspiration for the video (via Nowness): “I was listening to ‘American Valhalla’ and was reminded of this very low-key but classic fight between Dick Tiger and Gene Fullmer, which took place in Nigeria in 1963 and for whatever reason I found a connection there,” he said.
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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: IGGY POP AND RYUICHI SAKAMOTO’S ‘RISKY,’ A VIDEO TRIBUTE TO MAN RAY.
Pop recorded an amazingly powerful vocal track for Sakamoto’s song “Risky,” which became a single. The award winning video, directed by Meiert Avis, is a lush visual tribute to the art of Man Ray, among others, and features loads of tropes from Ray’s work, notably the words drawn in light to an open camera shutter. Per Wikipedia:
The ground breaking video explores transhumanist philosopher FM-2030‘s (Persian: فریدون اسفندیاری) ideas of “Nostalgia for the Future”, in the form of an imagined love affair between a robot and one of Man Ray’s models in Paris in the late 1930s. Additional inspiration was drawn from Jean Baudrillard, Edvard Munch’s 1894 painting “Puberty”, and Roland Barthes “Death of the Author”. The surrealist black and white video uses stop motion, light painting, and other retro in-camera effects techniques. Meiert Avis shot Sakamoto while at work on the score for The Last Emperor in London. Sakamoto also appears in the video painting words and messages to an open shutter camera. Iggy Pop, who performs the vocals on “Risky”, chose not to appear in the video, allowing his performance space to be occupied by the surrealist era robot.
‘THE BIGGEST THING SINCE WORLD WAR III’: LOU REED, DEBBIE HARRY, AND IGGY POP TALK ‘ROCK AND RULE’.
The 1983 animated rock and roll movie Rock and Rule was a failure at the box office but found its audience on cable TV a couple years later. Produced by the Canadian animation studio Nelvana, the movie is a sci-fi rock and roll allegory between good and evil, pitting a rock band of cute mutants called the Drats against an ageing, Mephistophelian rock star/sorcerer named Mok who is intent on securing a special voice capable of unleashing a powerful demon from another dimension who will make Mok immortal.
UNDER THE RADAR: Iggy Pop – “Sunday”.
Iggy Pop and Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal) have released a third track from their upcoming collaboration Post Pop Depression. “Sunday” follows “Gardenia” and “Break Into Your Heart.” Post Pop Depression is out March 8 on Loma Vista.
Iggy recently revealed to Beats 1’s Matt Wilkinson that Post Pop Depression could be his final record.
Photo: Iggy Pop 1973, at New York’s punk mecca Max’s Kansas City, by Lynn Goldsmith.
Photo: Iggy Pop, “Double Vision”, 1972, by Mick Rock