Posts Tagged ‘Webcut of the Week’

Crystal Castles – Sad Eyes

By • Jan 23rd, 2013 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Crystal Castles go disco (mutated to CC standards but still disco) on “Sad Eyes”, the third track taken from their third album (III). The clip for “Sad Eyes” features live footage of the band performing mixed with shots of Alice Glass lip-syncing along and other randomness. The melodic synth lines of the track screams ABBA (no, seriously), and is another departure from the screaming and soundsystem destroying sonic meltdowns that Crystal Castles are notable for. Having just caught the band on tour in Australia last week, they were on their usual deafening form, working the writhing masses into a frenzy. Life’s got to be a gas in that band, I tell you.

The Dandy Warhols – Autumn Carnival

By • Nov 13th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

It’s hard to think of the alterna-rock landscape without The Dandy Warhols in it. They were the stoner Spacemen 3 of the 90’s/00’s — taking drugs to make music to take drugs to. Sure that gets old after a while and so did our favourite Portland four-some, but having returned with The Machine, their best […]

Fear Of Men – Mosaic

By • Nov 6th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

With its place secured as one of our favourite singles released in 2012, we’re only pleased to see that London/Brighton dream-pop quartet Fear Of Men have finally got around to making a video for it. Filmed in a church, the black and white clip for “Mosaic” has an arty French auteur feel about it, with […]

HTRK – Fascinator (Part-Time Punks Session)

By • Nov 1st, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Never has a name been so purposely utilised, like a badge of pride that has grown beyond its deferential snub. HTRK, or Hate Rock, have been pressing their minimalist and emotionless presence into our lives since 2003. Their music a disconnected soundtrack to electronic dreams, and not the kind you’d want to share. During a […]

Wild Nothing – Paradise

By • Oct 24th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

With an extensive European tour beginning in the UK next week, Wild Nothing have unveiled a video for new single “Paradise” starring Michelle Williams. The Three-time Academy Award nominee was brought onboard by director Matthew Amato who explains: “I loved Wild Nothing the moment I heard Gemini and I jumped at the opportunity to make […]

Drop Out Venus – Elastic Teen Rent

By • Oct 18th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Listen to those strings howl, the blues riffs unburdened then kicking and screaming, leaving such a satisfying boot-print on both sides of a piece of vinyl that an argument begins about which side is better, which side are you on? The video above tells only half the story, all of which isn’t true, only an act to accompany a song. South London three-piece Drop Out Venus have been around for a year maybe, counting a name change, releasing a couple of piano-courting, jazz-riffing, Cat Power-channeling cassettes and the odd online track (“Love In Vein”) that run the gamut of styles and emotions (their own take “three rocked and rolled kids playing junk jazz”, like listening to a band electrified with ideas and possibilities.

Deap Vally – End Of The World

By • Oct 8th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Before the dust has settled on their frazzled blues-rock stomp “Gonna Make My Own Money”, Lindsey and Julie of Deap Vally are back with… another frazzled blues-rock stomp. “End Of The World” is basically where the girls left off on “Money”. Now they got the cash, so let’s just kick it until the end of […]

Dum Dum Girls – Lord Knows

By • Sep 26th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Kinda getting the “Coming Down” vibe off this one (and Boys Next Door’s “Shivers” for that matter), which may have something to do with half of the tracks from the latest Dum Dum Girls EP End Of Daze being off-cuts from their last album mixed with 2 new tracks and a Strawberry Switchblade cover. Dum Dum Girls […]

Cat Power – Cherokee

By • Sep 19th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Looking like she just rolled out of Mad Max III, bleach-blonde and all dressed in black Chan Marshall aka Cat Power is hanging out in the desert waiting on a friend at in the new video for “Cherokee,” taken from her latest album, Sun (Matador). Then all choreographed hell breaks loose as weird zombie types […]

David Byrne & St.Vincent – Who

By • Sep 10th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Is it totally unreasonable (it is, trust me) to think of collaboration between St.Vincent and David Byrne to be akin to St.Vincent fronting Talking Heads? How gloriously bizarre and indefinably wicked would that be? Imagine Annie riffing on David’s clunky dance steps or fusing some of her schizoid guitar funk onto “Slippery People”? Well, you more […]

Melody’s Echo Chamber – I Follow You

By • Sep 3rd, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

It’s comforting to observe the steady re-emergence of shoegaze psychedelia aka dreampop into the musical mainstream. From London’s Echo Lake to Baltimore’s Beach House, there’s been no perfect a time to fall in line under a lazy strum of electric guitar and some soft-hearted harmonies. As much is waiting (and more) in Paris-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Melody Prochet […]

Palma Violets – Best Of Friends

By • Aug 31st, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

New Rough Trade signings Palma Violets haven’t exactly been keeping a low profile leading up to the release of debut single “Best Of Friends”. Coming off the back of a co-headline UK tour with Savages, a spot at the Reading Festival, and a nice ol’ leg up support slot with New Order back in May, serious moves have been made. And so, what to make of them? What to make of any band that has been scooped up in infancy? They bounce, they make music that is tuneful, youthful and enjoy the shit out of doing so (the alternative here being work-for-dole). “An exhilarating blast of primal rock’n’roll” — well, no, but that would mean a long-winded discourse in past proven makers of ‘primal rock’n’roll’ which would find Palma Violets fall embarrassingly short. No, it’s just the birth of a potentially endearing indie guitar band for the Club 18-21 Spector haters. Props for letting the bass player get first dibs. “Best Of Friends” will be in stores on October 22 on CD single and coloured vinyl. UK tour dates can be found on their website.

Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny – Dodecahedron

By • Aug 23rd, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Beth Jean Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny’s debut album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose arrived earlier this year heralding Houghton and the Hooves free-spirited carnival of psyche-folk-pop and Houghton’s own inimitable ignore-if-you-dare persona and style. It was one of a handful of releases this year that rose above expectation and threw the listener down a […]

Lower Dens – Candy

By • Aug 1st, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Baltimore’s Lower Dens have joined in with the summer of athletics, offering us an appropriately sporty video (or perhaps an outright strange team building exercise with aerial bass solo) for their next single, “Candy”. “Candy “is the third single from Lower Dens’ critically acclaimed Nootropics album and will be available digitally from August 13. At […]

Spiritualized – Little Girl

By • Jul 4th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Spiritualized release their new single, “Little Girl” on Spaceman/Double Six Recordings on August 6. It is the second single release from the acclaimed album ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light,’ out now on Spaceman /Double Six. The new video for the track is the second narrative installment from director Vincent Haycock, following the previous clip made for […]

Twin Shadow – Five Seconds

By • Jun 20th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Premiering this track on giant LED screens in New York City’s Times Square was a pretty ballsy move for George Lewis Jr., a man who isn’t backward when it comes to turning on the charm and making people listen. Which just happens to be fortunate for the fact that “Five Seconds” is the most upfront […]

M83 – Reunion

By • May 31st, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

M83 have just released a video for the new single “Reunion”. Directed by Fleur & Manu, it continues the storyline on from the video for 2011’s dance smash “Midnight City”, with the group of feral children this time using their supernatural powers as they head into battle. “Reunion” is the second single to be taken from the acclaimed (but over-cooked) fourth album Hurry Up We’re Dreaming. Released this week, the single comes with 6 exclusive re-workings of the track by Mylo, Sei A, The Naked And Famous, Polly Scattergood, We Have Band and White Sea. M83 is also on tour throughout the summer with a sold out show in London at Somerset House on July 16 and at Brixton Academy on November 8.

Civil Civic – Run Overdrive (live)

By • May 23rd, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Civil Civic, those mavens of mind-melting math-rock mayhem have been quiet for the better part of 2012 since the release of their self-titled, self-released debut album last year. An attempt to restake their claim across Europe was recently denied by UK customs officials who insisted that both Ben and Aaron’s torch-carrying Olympic duties carried precedence […]

Zoey Van Goey – You Told The Drunks I Knew Karate

By • Nov 17th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

As the year slowly winds down we get reminded, we being Webcuts, of the albums we just didn’t get around to reviewing. Either because our plate was too full or because well… yawn, where does the time go? So, look, we’d like to apologise to Scottish indie-pop quartet Zoey Van Goey who released their second album Propeller Versus Wings way back in February for not expressly recommending it’s quirky brilliance and tender moods (walking the same halls as Camera Obscura and early Belle & Sebastian). “You Told The Drunks I Knew Karate” is more of the former, an adorably perfect tale of a night out gone awry now made complete with its own karate-themed video. The track is being released as a single through Chemikal Underground on November 21. A digital single that is. Not something small, plastic, and awesome. Sigh.

Real Estate – It’s Real

By • Nov 6th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

New Jersey outfit Real Estate’s shares their first music video from their album Days for the lead single “It’s Real”, filmed in Ridgewood, New Jersey and directed by Weird Days. Days was recorded over the course of five patient months in a remote New Paltz, NY barn-cum-studio, and is a coming of age moment for childhood friends Martin Courtney (Guitar and Vocals), Matt Mondanile (Guitar) and Alex Bleeker (Bass). A gorgeous suite of guitar-pop songs, Days is a testament to the sonic formula developed on their 2009 self-titled debut album, heralding the arrival of a new, genuine and enduring group of voices in American independent music. Days sees the band tighten and refine their brand of timeless, melodic and genuine music – consolidating the breezy sketches of their earlier work into considered, graceful pop songs.

Okkervil River – Your Past Life As A Blast

By • Nov 3rd, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Given the dream-like quality of the music and the wide scope of the title for visual artists to work with, Okkervil River have unsurprisingly released a second video for the song “Your Past Life As A Blast” taken from I Am Very Far. How do you capture a memory? This is the main question director […]

Summer Camp – Better Off Without You

By • Sep 26th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

London-based swoonsome twosome Summer Camp have just released the first proper single “Better Off Without You” from their forthcoming debut album Welcome To Condale (don’t look for it on a map, it doesn’t exist). There are those amongst us no doubt chowing down on Elizabeth’s brownies or Jeremy’s um, book collection, from participating in their Pledgemusic fundraising campaign. As you can see, your money has been put to good use in this no-expense-spared, home-shot video clip. “Better Off Without You” shows Summer Camp doing what they do best, making bright n’ cranky little pop songs in the “I want you. Nope, changed my mind” vein, which’ll make Welcome To Condale all that more a trick-or-treat surprise when it’s released on October 31.

Okkervil River – Your Past Life As A Blast

By • Sep 25th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Okkervil River‘s Will Sheff has taken the literal approach while assembling a video for the track “Your Past Life As A Blast” by using home movies of the Sheff family shot by his father. Sheff said about the clip — “Like many kids of the late 70s and early 80s, my dad was often hovering around with a Super 8 camera, filming my mom and me and – as time passed – my younger brother and sister. I remember him projecting these movies on a bare wall and, eventually, the movies becoming as much a part of my memory as the original events he had filmed. I thought it would be cool to use actual footage of those memories in the video itself, to make a really personal kind of rock video”. Soon to be traversing the globe taking in shows in Australia and Spain throughout October and November, the band will be rounding out a busy year touring I Am Very Far with a final batch of shows in UK and Ireland, culminating in their largest London show to date at Koko on the 22nd.

Manic Street Preachers – This Is The Day

By • Sep 21st, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

It’s a rich Richie-remembering, good times documenting, trip down memory lane for Manic Street Preachers with their video for their cover of The The’s “This Is The Day”, taken from the forthcoming complete singles collection, the wryly titled National Treasures. It’s been a good long while since Manic Street Preachers last released a cover version […]

Wilco – Born Alone

By • Sep 13th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Following their self-titled grammy-nominated 2009 album, alt-country icons Wilco return with their eighth studio album The Whole Love released on September 26 through their dBpm Records label. The second single taken from the album is the idiosyncratic rocker “Born Alone”, filmed by
Chicago-based videographer Mark Greenberg. Greenberg, who was on hand during the The Whole Love sessions created the video for the Chicago band as “a super fast-paced scrapbook of the band’s studio loft and the sessions that went into the recording of the new album,” said Greenberg. “For the “Born Alone” video, I wanted to capture as many of the beautiful little details of the loft and all its contents — bits and pieces of the art and the creature comforts that help create their beautiful little hideaway”. Wilco will be touring the UK in late October, culminating in two dates at the Roundhouse in London on the 28th and 29th.

St.Vincent – Cruel

By • Aug 30th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Having reeled us in with the provocative teaser track “Surgeon”, we’ve now been given “Cruel” the first proper single taken from Strange Mercy, Annie Clark aka St. Vincent‘s third studio album due out September 12 on 4AD. Directed and produced by long-time collaborator Terri Timely, the video provides the perfect visual accompaniment to the sinister lyrical themes that cut through the song. Seeing Annie Clark situated in various stages of domestic anguish, the video evokes the off-kilter suburban ennui of The Stepford Wives, and is proof positive that Strange Mercy will be St. Vincent’s most memorable work yet. She’ll be touring the UK with a full band this autumn, starting November 10 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and finishing up on the 16th at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.

Still Corners – Cuckoo

By • Aug 23rd, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

What is it with twee pop types and ‘going cuckoo’. Is it something in the music? Should people be warned? Back In July we announced the release of cinematic psychedelians Still Corner‘s debut album Creatures Of An Hour and gave away the first single “Cuckoo” as a free download, which as you can see now, has its own suitably shimmery video. “Cuckoo” shines in its simplicity, a single drumbeat, ghostly guitar, and distant organ highlighting Tessa Murray’s haunting soprano as she asks, “I’d like to read your mind/can you read mine?” “It’s about confusion,” explains bandleader Greg Hughes. “It’s about being confused. Am I going crazy? Does this person like me? What’s happening? That’s the vibe of the whole record really”. Now it all becomes clear. Creatures Of An Hour will be released on October 10 through Sub Pop.

I Break Horses – Winter Beats

By • Aug 16th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Since giving away “Winter Beats” as a free download last month and backed by regular spins of their forthcoming debut album Hearts at Webcuts HQ, we’ve become quite fond of this track. In making the video, director Alex Southam captured the feeling of I Break Horses lush electro-shoegaze perfectly with stark and hypnotic imagery, including a cameo from actor Cillian Murphy. Described as invoking memories of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive as well as the emotional synth-pop of M83 circa Saturdays = Youth, Swedish duo I Break Horses are clearly hitting every mark. For those just tuning in, I Break Horses is the nom de plume of Maria Lindén and her musical partner Fredrik Balck. Residing in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, the duo have spent the last two years meticulously crafting the nine tracks that make up debut album Hearts released on August 22 through Bella Union.

Fucked Up – Queen Of Hearts

By • Aug 10th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

For some reason Fucked Up‘s recently released punk opera David Comes To Life (American Idiot it ain’t) went unheralded by the powers that try to be at Webcuts, which was a dick move if I may say so. As ungainly as the thought of sitting down to a hardcore-delivered tale about a guy who works in a lightbulb factory is, while being liberally shouted by the physically daunting, but incredibly charming man known as Pink Eyes. Over the course of 80 minutes, Fucked Up have in their own small way redefined the genre and recorded their ultimate statement. Where they go from here is anyone’s guess, but where they will be soon, is in London at XOYO on August 25 just ahead of their appearance at the Reading and Leeds Festival. We will be there. You should too. “Queen Of Hearts” is a taste of what to expect from David Comes To Life and this is clip is one of the best we’ve seen all year. Out now on Matador records.

Twin Sister – Bad Street

By • Aug 1st, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Long Island’s Twin Sister channel a little Tom Tom Club on “Bad Street”, the first single taken from their forthcoming album In Heaven due out September 26 on Domino Records. We gave away this track as a free download not too long ago, but the band have since shot a video clip shot at lead singer Andrea Estella’s family’s house in Long Island, populated by her bandmates, friends and family, giving off an 80’s suburban house party vibe to match the track’s carefree summer bounce. Webcuts totally fell for Twin Sister’s 2010 double-EP combo Color Your Life / Vampires With Dreaming Kids, in particular the exquisite dreampop shimmy of “All Around And Away We Go”, so it’s only expected that we’ll excitedly prick up our ears at the sound of fresh rumblings from their camp and report on. Twin Sister have also just announced a 10 date UK and Irish tour for the autumn, kicking off at Cargo in London on October 25 and ending at The Grand Social in Dublin on November 12.

Blood Orange – Sutphin Boulevard

By • Jul 26th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

A once Test Icicle and with two albums to his name as Lightspeed Champion, Devonté Hynes has remained constant with his musical outpourings. Residing in New York City for the past three years, Hynes has been concentrating on writing and producing for other artists (Solange Knowles, Bleeding Knees Club), while continuing to work on new songs, compiling them onto mixtapes that he would listen to while travelling around the city at night (a process adopted by Wes Eisold of Cold Cave for their second album). Informed by such diverse artists as Chris Isaak, Billy Idol, 80’s Japanese pop such as Yellow Magic Orchestra and French singer F.R David, Hynes gave this new project a fresh name Blood Orange and took the songs that form Coastal Grooves on a trip to the West Coast where he started turning the ideas into an album in which the Prince-like, Twin Shadow-echoing urban groove of “Sutphin Boulevard” is the first taste of what to expect.

Warpaint – Warpaint

By • Jul 19th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Is it me or do Warpaint have a thing about water/the ocean/drowning, or perhaps they’re just big fans of The Little Mermaid and just want to live under the sea? In this new video clip for their own self-titled theme song, they manage to do just that, albeit in a world where bassist/vocalist Jenny Lee Lindberg looks like a suicidal fisherman and drummer Stella Mozgawa is a parking inspector, about to shed their shackles. This is what the band had to say about the clip: “We’ve always had the idea to do a video underwater, and were excited when our friend Ted Newsome sent us a treatment, which involved just that. It was an opportunity to create a fantastical world where oxygen, time and style were simply not an issue. Turned out to be far more challenging than we had initially expected, but we pulled through”. “Warpaint” appears on their impressive Rough Trade debut album of 2010 The Fool, and the band are set to appear at the Field Day Festival in London on August 6.

The Kills – Future Starts Slow

By • Jul 7th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Congratulations are in order for The Kills Jamie Hince, who became Mr. Kate Moss this weekend and was serenaded down the aisle by the sultan of suave, Bryan Ferry (the ‘down the aisle’ bit, not entirely true). One wonders what he sang to the happy couple…. “Let’s Stick Together”? “Kiss And Tell”? More importantly, just how much does it cost to hire the Ferry? Getting back to business, The Kills have just released the echo-chamber stomp of “Future Starts Slow” as the next single from Blood Pressures. The accompanying video directed by Philip Andelman follows the band on their travels from earlier this year, with a few sweet kissy-kiss and hand-holdy moments thrown in to make you go ‘awww’. The single is released on 7″ this week (July 11) and is backed with the new track “Blue Moon”. The Kills are set to tour Australia in late July with shows scheduled in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, including an appearance at the Splendour In The Grass Festival.

Sloan – Cars

By • Jun 29th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Like a lucky dip of all the great hooks and melodies in the history of song, the Canadian pop/rock quartet Sloan have been consistently, effortlessly, wonderfully, making music together since 1991. Over the years, Webcuts have been great patrons (who could forget our roadtrip through the US in 2000 following them supporting legendary Ohio rock n’ roll alcoholics Guided by Voices? Not us) and have enjoyed our encounters, be it Sydney, London or New York. Mind you, a gig in the UK right now would be a sight for sore eyes considering they last played here in January of 2006 (please, somebody have a word). Currently touring the US in support of their 10th album, the 8.5/10 awarded The Double Cross, they recently dropped into the AV Club studios to pick out a cover from a dwindling list to choose from and decided on Gary Numan’s 1979 hit “Cars”. Suffice to say, we dig it. Go Canada.

Bon Iver – Calgary

By • Jun 16th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Subtle and beautifully and unexpectedly intriguing is “Calgary”, the first single to be lifted from Bon Iver‘s long-awaited (and due any day now) follow-up to For Emma, Forever Ago out June 20 via 4AD. With a little surrendering of your digital details, you can download the track now from The physical format will be released on July 4 on 12″. Exclusive to this release will be a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’. Also confirmed is Bon Iver’s first UK tour dates since 2009. For the shows, Justin Vernon will perform with an 8-piece band that feature many musicians who contributed to the album, including regular Bon Iver contributors Sean Carey (piano), Mike Noyce (guitar) and Matt McCaughan (drums), as well as a well-travelled band of supporting players who’ve done time in Anthony & The Johnsons, Arcade Fire and Sufjan Stevens. The UK tour starts on October 19 at Manchester Apollo, with a show in London at the Hammersmith Apollo on October 24.

The Horrors – Still Life

By • Jun 8th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

A little disappointed that this isn’t an actual Horrors video clip, just the tune with a revolving psychedelic advertisement for their record label XL, but after the critical acclaim (and deserved apologies for years of Webcuts mockery) of Primary Colours, do you really need some preening boys in skinny black jeans to make up your […]

Austra – Lose It

By • May 21st, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Infectious Canadian electro-opera outfit Austra released their latest single “Lose It” in the UK last week, and have made this rather bizarre video to accompany it. One of the stand-out tracks played on their recent UK tour, (especially that galloping Kate Bush cat-call chorus…) it’s the second track taken from the Toronto band’s forthcoming debut album, Feel It Break, following the dark dancefloor incantation of “Beat And The Pulse”. I don’t quite get this video clip. Is it some weird bandmates-as-art installation piece or something more? Is there meaning attached to the bloody noses and half-submerged people in the carpet? At least there’s a sub-conscious distancing of the ‘goth’ tag and the nsfw nudity present in their last clip. The single is backed with a “quietly euphoric, surprising reworking” of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” on 7″, with Austra’s debut album Feel It Break being released this week through Domino Records.

Cold Cave – Villains Of The Moon

By • May 11th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Cold Cave‘s debut album of 2009 Love Comes Close was a unique display of synth-oriented mood disorder, venturing out from the bedroom to the dancefloor, full of tales of veiled seduction and bleak vicissitudes. Songwriter and vocalist Wes Eisold’s spin on the world appeared to share a voice (in both dour baritone and content) with Stephin Merritt if he’d spent his adolescence listening to The Cure and Depeche Mode instead of showtunes. On their second album, band leader Wes Eisold has taken the testing of the waters that was Love Comes Close and turned its successor Cherish The Light Years into his dark dream made manifold. The clip for the album closing, New Order channeling “Villains Of The Moon” showcases the new and improved Cold Cave, Eisold rising out of the gloom like a new goth messiah to lead the fold, all the while enjoying a pleasant afternoon’s Staring At The Sea moment down the beach. Cherish The Light Years is out now through Matador Records and the band are currently on tour in the States with The Kills.

The Rifle Volunteer – General Drought

By • May 2nd, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

With a ball and chain campaign to release a single every month for year, The Rifle Volunteer have been steadfast in honourably sticking to the plan. Single number 8, “General Drought” was released last week and was given the honour of its own video clip, showing the boys decked out in their regular Edwardian finery, […]

The Decemberists – This Is Why We Fight

By • Apr 21st, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Let it not go unsaid that The Decemberists not only make great music, but they also go the extra mile to make great video clips too. Who can forget the epic Wes Anderson styled 10-minute “I’m in love with the crime bosses daughter and we’re on the run” death and melodrama of “O Valenica”, or the uh…. Wes Anderson styled Rushmore-borrowing schoolhouse United Nations chicanery and debate of “Sixteen Military Wives”? If you haven’t watched either in a while, go back and do so, they’re a hoot. This time around, the ante has been substantially upped in their apocalyptic teen warrior drama a la Beyond The Thunderdome meets Lord of The Flies in “This Is Why We Fight”. It’s the latest track released from the Portland, Oregonians sixth album, the sterling and in no way related to The Smiths, The King Is Dead, released on Rough Trade Records and available practically everywhere.

Kurt Vile – Jesus Fever

By • Apr 13th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

On his fourth go-round, Philadelphian Kurt Vile has turned in a seamless collection of songs that rise above the simple singer/songwriter tag. Backed by his band, The Violators, Vile takes an even, melody-driven, lo-fi approach to his songs. That’s what we said a few weeks ago in our review for Smoke Rings For My Halo, and that’s exactly what Kurt does on his latest single, “Jesus Fever”. Losing ourselves in Vile’s care-free stoner-lackadaisia, we frankly can’t get enough of this, him, or his record. Currently on tour with J Mascis in the US, Kurt Vile and his band are scheduled to tour the UK and Europe in May. They will appear as part of the Animal Collective curated All Tomorrow’s Parties and in London at Corsica Studios on May 19 (sold out, kids). Fear not, Kurt is scheduled to play a free lunchtime set at Rough Trade East on the same day. That sounds like a double invitation too good to refuse. Smoke Rings For My Halo is out now through Matador Records.

Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High

By • Apr 5th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Thru the flowers go leather jacketed 60’s pop darlings Dum Dum Girls with their first new material since 2010’s I Will Be with this dreamy little 4 track EP entitled He Gets Me High. Produced once again by lead Dum Dum, Dee Dee with Richard Gottehrer, they have also enlisted the help of The Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner (a match made in Ronettes heaven, I’m sure). This time around the Dum Dum Girls have taken a more 80’s UK guitar pop turn, angling towards the jangling guitars and sweeping harmonies of The Primitives and Strawberry Switchblade. The EP features 3 new songs as well as a cover of The Smiths classic “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”. Always a dangerous move to meddle with a Smiths song, but Dee Dee and the girls pull it off with nary a feather ruffled or a quiff out of place. He Gets Me High is out now through Sub Pop and the band are touring the UK as we speak with a date in London at Dingwalls tonight (Tuesday April 5).

Duran Duran – The Man Who Stole A Leopard

By • Mar 29th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

It’s impossible to imagine the 80’s without Duran Duran as they were a defining influence for anyone who came of age in those decadent days. Having struggled to find relevance in their post-80’s heyday, they were dropped from their label in 2008 after the Timbaland-produced Red Carpet Massacre failed to meet expectation. Finding a friend in dj/producer, Mark Ronson, he encouraged them to make the back-to-basics album fans had been calling out for. Released last week (March 21), All You Need Is Now entered the UK charts just shy of the top 10 and showed a renewed confidence in the band, reflected in the new material. Filmed by David Lynch to celebrate the release of the album, Duran Duran performed a special online concert with some surprising guests (Beth Ditto, anyone?) with the clear highlight being a track from All You Need Is Now featuring Kelis, the stirring “The Man Who Stole A Leopard”.

British Sea Power – Who’s In Control?

By • Mar 21st, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Any band who writes a protest song and uses the word “control” in the title knows they’re entering The Clash territory, so it better be damn good. British Sea Power, I’m looking at you. Perched as the lead track on their Webcuts approved 9/10 album, Valhalla Dancehall, “Who’s In Control?” is a politically charged, apathetically raging anthem that hits like the proverbial brick through a shop-front window, while also appearing to presciently describe the December student tuition fee riots in London. With lyrical asides like “sometimes I wish protesting was sexy on a Saturday night”, the film-makers have contrived to take on the sex and protest angle residing in the lyrics and create something that is akin to watching an episode of Skins. A little bare flesh, partying and placard waving. Just an ordinary day in the life of a student. Released through Rough Trade records, Valhalla Dancehall is out now.

The Primitives – Rattle My Cage

By • Mar 11th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Our excitement at the return of this beloved 80’s jangle pop band has already been well documented. With the release of their first new recordings since 1992, The Primitives are well and truly back. Following the successful comeback tour of the UK in 2010, the band wisely decided to write and record some new material. With a clear 60’s inspired sound, the four tracks on the new EP light the way forward with the delectable garage stomp of lead track “Rattle My Cage”, the Velvets bliss of “Never Kill A Secret”, while paying tribute to their influences with some obscure 60’s covers of Suzi Jane Hokom’s Lee Hazlewood-penned “Need All the Help I Can Get” and Toni Basil’s Northern Soul classic “Breakaway”. Released on Fortuna Pop!, Never Kill A Secret is out now and the band will be touring the UK throughout March.

Ladytron – Ace of Hz

By • Mar 3rd, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

There have been few bands in history as stylish and effortlessly cool as Liverpool’s Ladytron. Arriving at the birth of the briefly celebrated electroclash scene in 2000, Ladytron’s mix of new wave and electronica received widespread acclaim with a sound that evolved and updated itself album to album, giving out such defining electro-pop specimens as “Playgirl”, “Evil”, and “Destroy Everything You Touch”. It’s been two years since the release of their last album, Velocifero, but while they band are putting the finishing touches to their fifth album, they’ve seen fit to bookend their first decade together in the form of a compilation album entitled Best Of: 00-10. To bring things up to date, the band recorded two new tracks for the album: their current single “Ace Of Hz” and a cover of folk industrialist’s Death In June’s “Little Black Angel”. Best Of: 00-10 is due for release on March 28.

Exlovers – Blowing Kisses

By • Feb 22nd, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Nothing gets us more excited than the sound of perfectly executed bittersweet guitar pop that entwine boy/girl vocals around tales of jealousy and woe. Broken hearts are the stuff of great pop songs… a never-ending well of spite and inspiration that begs you to pick up a guitar and let loose. “Blowing Kisses” is the fourth single from London’s Exlovers, and it’s two minutes of harried drums and guitars with guitarist Chris and vocalist Laurel softly intoning “Keep your secrets to yourself/I know you’re waiting for someone else”. With a sound reminiscent of 90’s guitar pop, “Blowing Kisses” comes across like Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher from My Bloody Valentine fronting Ash. Easily one of the stand-out singles for 2011 and a promising start for Exlovers, having just finished recording their debut album with Jimmy Robertson (Florence & The Machine, The Big Pink). The band are on tour in the UK as we speak, previewing tracks from the album with a date in London set for February 28 at The Lexington.

The Kills – Satellite

By • Feb 15th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Now that Alison Mosshart has extricated herself from the clutches of Jack White and The Dead Weather, The Kills have made a timely return with the slow-motion fuzzed-out skank of “Satellite”, the first single taken from their forthcoming fourth album Blood Pressures, due out May 4 on Domino Records. The accompanying video clip charts a seedy late night ride through The Specials “Ghost Town” against the backdrop of the faded glamour of a seaside town, in this instance, Canvey Island, just outside of London. As conspicous as a couple of jailbirds, co-Kill-conspirator Jamie Hince has taken to dressing like a young Johnny Cash, while Mosshart vamps it up in her Wednesday Addams chic. Recorded in Michigan and produced by Hince, Blood Pressures looks set to take things down an even darker road than 2008’s Midnight Boom. In the meantime, the band have scheduled a pre-release show in London at Heaven on March 31 and will be touring the US throughout April with synth-mavens Cold Cave.

Hesta Prynn – Turn It Gold

By • Feb 8th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

The best way to sell anything to Webcuts is to package it with a suggestive, yet tasteful video clip that involves eating ice-cream and writhing around in bed in a wife-beater. It’s a no-brainer for us no-brainers. So welcome aboard NY-based sugar-junkie Hesta Prynn (aka Julie Potash) with the release of her latest single “Turn It Gold”. Prynn got her start with all-girl hip-hop act Northern State in 2002 before going solo in 2010, releasing a succession of smart indie/dance vinyl singles. Visual manipulations aside, there’s no ignoring the addictive lose-your-inhibitions party jam of “Turn It Gold” . It’s the kind of music that would sound great going toe-to-toe with our other fave master-mixtress MNDR. What’s more, it just another slice of 7” magic from the taste-makers at the Too Pure Singles Club. Subscribe here. If you‘re feeling Hesta‘s vibrations, come join Webcuts as we get our freak on at the “Turn It Gold” single launch at the Old Blue Last this coming Thursday 10th February.

PJ Harvey – The Words That Maketh Murder

By • Jan 28th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

“The Words That Maketh Murder” is the first single taken from PJ Harvey’s forthcoming album Let England Shake. It was released digitally this week by Island Records with a 7″ single due out February 7 backed with an exclusive track “The Guns Called Me Back Again“, recorded during the Let England Shake sessions. With every new PJ Harvey album, she sheds her skin and adopts a new face, with a completely new style and focus falling into place. With almost 20 years making music under her own name, still no two albums have sounded quite the same. Mixing gospel with reggae and a big band sound, “The Words That Maketh Murder” sees PJ Harvey playfully pushing the eccentric envelope and coming up with her most extraordinarily offbeat single to date. Let England Shake is sure to follow the same genre-defying path. Look for the album, amidst the love-sick and love-less, on February 14.