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Lana Del Rey premiered her 27-minute short film, Tropico (streaming below), last night in L.A. and subsequently released it worldwide today via Vevo. Pitchfork’s description of the film - which also stars model Shaun Ross - as “bonkers” is fairly apt.
It features a lot of strange imagery from various Bible stories spliced with poetry about and scenes of modern day Los Angeles, plus three songs by Del Rey: “Body Electric,” “Gods and Monsters” and “Bel Air.”
Before the premiere, the singer told fans, “I really just wanted us all to be together so I could try and visually close out my chapter before I release the new record, Ultraviolence.”
OK … so she’s making an A Clockwork Orange-inspired sophomore album? This short serves as an intriguing bridge between interesting works, to say the least.
The annual Austin Psych Fest - back for its seventh year in 2014 and its second run at the all-outdoor Carson Creek Ranch - just announced its initial lineup for May 2-4 … and already it’s a whopper.
Of course the bill is topped by the Black Angels, the independent fest’s founders and creators of sponsoring organization/record label, the Reverberation Appreciation Society. But there’s so many more from among psychedelic rock’s most talented ranks: Primal Scream, Loop, the Zombies, the Horrors, Of Montreal, Black Lips, Liars, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tobacco and a slew of others (full lineup poster above).
Weekend passes, starting at $126.69, camping passes, RV spots and “deluxe upgrades” - which include exclusive viewing areas, bar service, restrooms and more - are available now via Front Gate Tickets.
Rising guitarist and songwriter Gary Clark Jr. wrapped up his 2013 with a pair of sold-out, hometown shows at Austin, Texas’ Stubb’s BBQ (Friday, Nov. 29) and Antone’s (Saturday, Nov. 30). Check out our photos from the first night, which featured opening performances from fellow Texans Eve & the Exiles and the Moeller Brothers.
Oklahoma City’s Guestroom Records celebrated Record Store Day’s Back to Black Friday with the release of A Very Special Colourmusic Christmas, Volume 1 from Stillwater, Okla.-based group Colourmusic. Free beer was provided by COOP Ale Works. Check out our images of the daytime bash.
Popgun put on a punk-heavy show on Saturday (Nov. 30) at Brooklyn’s Glasslands. Check out our photos of the evening’s lineup, which also featured Hunters, Audacity and up-and-coming local outfit Big Ups.
Last week, toy company GoldieBlox - which designs to toys specifically “to inspire the next generation of female engineers” - released a video (streaming above) that turns the Beastie Boys’ classic (and totally sexist) tune, “Girls,” on its head by changing the lyrics to break down traditional female stereotypes.
The Beasties’ remaining members, Mike D and Adrock, weren’t in the slightest perturbed by the clip’s pro-female spin, but they were shocked that the company had used their music for advertising purposes without asking prior permission.
When the musicians pointed out the issue of copyright infringement to GoldieBlox, the company responded by filing a pre-emptive suit against the Beastie Boys, their record label and producer Rick Rubin, alleging that the video was merely “a parody” and seeking to “vindicate the rights” to use the tune of the “highly sexist song.”
Today the story took an interesting twists when Mike D and Adrock released an open letter to GoldieBlox:
"Like many of the millions of people who have seen your toy commercial "GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg & the Beastie Boys," we were very impressed by the creativity and the message behind your ad. We strongly support empowering young girls, breaking down gender stereotypes and igniting a passion for technology and engineering.
As creative as it is, make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads. When we tried to simply ask how and why our song “Girls” had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US.”
Quite the zinger. What do you think: harmless parody, or blatant copyright infringement?
Tyson Meade of the Chainsaw Kittens took the stage Friday at the Opolis in Norman, Okla. alongside some favorite hometown acts. Participating bands included Broncho, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Rainbows Are Free, Depth and Current and Applied Music Program. Read more about the event here.
A couple of weeks ago, Broken Bells - the duo comprising the Shins’ James Mercer and producer Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) - released a prologue video for short film After the Disco, which accompanies the Jan. 14 release of their upcoming sophomore album of the same name.
That video, dubbed “Part One: Angel and the Fool,” picks up again here with the official music video for “Holding On For Life” (above). The clip continues with characters played by Anton Yelchin and Kate Mara and premiered today exclusively via Entertainment Weekly. It’s a beautiful reel better experienced by watching than a written explanation, but here’s the background scoop according to director Jacob Gentry:
“The last video we had done for [2010’s] ‘The Ghost Inside’ was more like a narrative short film done in a similar way, so we thought this could be a spiritual sequel,” he says. ” But we wanted this to be more fantastical, psychedelic — like Logan’s Run and Barbarella – but still live in the Broken Bells universe. The vision for it is really a collaboration between Brian [Burton, aka Danger Mouse], James, the designer Jacob Escebedo, and myself coming together and vibing out on images and ideas that inspire the album and vice versa.”