MEAN VIDEO has just released the latest installment of their video mash-up series with The Soft Pack’s “Answer to Yourself,” directed by Kashy Khaledi.The new video stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Clark Duke from the movie Kick Ass as prep-school heroes defending the cafeteria against a gang of bullies.Enjoy at FILTERmagazine.com
Schocholautte don't care where they play- you give them 20 feet of space, and they'll make you pay attention to them. In this vein, the Brooklyn-based trio showcased their glam-infused rock all over Austin during SXSW 2010, even rocking street corners. The crazy kids over at Duke Street were fortunate enough to capture it, and gave us the killer clip of the band playing their track "Spilt Milk." Schocholautte are currently supporting their EP Oodles of Charm, out on Chocolate Brontosaurus Records. Lucky Brooklynites can catch their next show at Glasslands, on May 19th, with Pretty Good Dance Moves and The Art of Shooting. Wear brown!Enjoy at FILTERmagazine.com
The tour kicks off on Friday evening in Lexington, KY, but that's a full 12 hours from New Orleans (where we're from), so we'll have to leave on Thursday to get a little closer. We've attempted a 12-hour drive on the day of a show before. It was a bad idea. My sister lives in Nashville, so that's where we'll crash tonight. But before that happens, we have a ton of stuff to take care of at home.
For the last 24 hours, everyone has been doing laundry, sorting merchandise for the tour, packing the van and running other errands around town. We have to pay bills in advance and stay ahead of other deadlines before we leave, too. Leaving for a tour on tax day creates a lot of headaches. We had to make sure everything was done and filed well in advance. Can't be worried about stuff like that when there are set lists to be debated and bags to pack.
Our good friend Seth Kauffman will be joining us as a second guitarist on this tour. Seth is the leader of Floating Action; we've toured with his band for several weeks over the past year. Seth usually joins us onstage whenever we play together so he knows our material really well. Working him into the set was pretty effortless. We're just glad he had time to come on the tour with us.
Yesterday we headed down to Houma, LA, where our drummer Tess lives. She has a small apartment in the back of her house where we've been practicing. We're practiced yesterday and again today before we leave for Nashville. All the songs we'll play on this tour will come from our first and only record, Con Law, which came out in July, except "Trust" which is a new one that we haven't recorded yet. Here's the set:
1. Exterior Street Day
2. Nobody Could Change Your Mind
3. Our Time (To Shine)
4. Faces in the Dark
5. Wildlife Scultpture
6. When They Fight, they Fight
7. Angry Charlie
8. These Habits
After yesterday's practice, we took care of a few more loose ends, like getting an oil change for the van. We're practicing again today and hit the road for Nashville. Developing ...
For those heading out to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, today's pre-festival anticipation may last forever. Well, UK pop duo Slow Club are here to brighten the day a bit, with their catchy video for "Giving Up On Love," from their highly-praised full-length debut Yeah, So. Pop culture enthusiasts will enjoy the video, for it's star player. Shot at a carnival in Hampton Court Palace in London, the video is a single take shot of Mackenzie Crook (Gareth Keenan of "The Office" UK) riding on a ferris wheel singing along to their tune in a disaffected manner fitting with the defeatist lyrics of the upbeat song. Tired of riding the ups and downs of the wheel he gets off and walks away.Enjoy at FILTERmagazine.com
PEACE, a unique initiative co-produced by Buffetlibre and Amnesty International Catalunya, is finally available, including more than 180 exclusive and unreleased songs by artists from more than 50 countries. The compilation is digitally available worldwide here and can be downloaded after making a donation to Amnesty International Catalunya. The collected money will be used for AI’s investigation and action campaigns aimed at preventing cases of Human Rights abuses around the world.
Los Angeles indie rockers (and FILTER faves) Dawes made their late night television debut last night, performing the rockin' "When My Time Comes" on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The track is from their debut, North Hills, out now on ATO Records. If the performance so inspires you to catch the band in the flesh, be sure to check them out on tour with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.Enjoy at FILTERmagazine.com
Rough Trade have announced they will be releasing a documentary about Pantha du Prince later this year – discussing growing up in the mountain forests of Northern Hesse, and the extraordinary concept behind Black Noise. The soundtrack will, naturally, be taken from the album.
We seem to be writing about Pantha du Prince a lot recently but there is foundation to our excessive reporting. The truth is we just love his work and his latest album Black Noise – released rather unusually on Rough Trade records – is perhaps his finest work to date. PdP’s melancholic and dark interpretation of techno is right up Electronic Beats’ street. To quote my colleague Remo, “Black Noise manages to sound both warm and cold, familiar and alien, organic and mechanical, complex and clearly structured, all at the same time. A musical paradox that is as enjoyable as it is confusing.”
FACT Magazine has released a little short on their site as the latest in their new series of video premieres.