Shatner of the Mount" has hit 1 million views on YouTube). They are brilliant remixers of kitschy movie gold. They played indieWIRE's Rooftop Films birthday bash (which I unfortunately missed)...and raised the...sky...playing before a sneak preview of a film they scored, Kitao Sakurai's Aardvark. As they continue to get work on commercials and films, keep an eye on these astute entertainer-musician-multimedia artists and check out their short form work on their site. While Fall on Your Sword was on a rooftop in the LES, I was in LA, where I got to see Hi Fashion $9.99, a band whose short set was accompanied by a troupe of Cousin It's performing lyrical dance to the band's technofunartmusic (how's that for "there aren't words?"). Irreverant yet thoughtful, the L.A. band will become a YouTube sensation when they make their first video, or if more people take cameras to their live shows.
Arielle's Pick: Marina and the Diamonds' videos:
Mowgli's Road") a ridiculously catchy track that perfectly shows off Marina's versatile voice (the screechy bit at 2:20 is probably my favorite part) - is so simple yet totally mesmerizing. There's something about those accordion legs that won't let me turn away. And then there's her latest video, this one for "Oh No!" a slightly more straight forward pop song but with deeper lyrics than your regular pop fair. The combination of bright colors, cheesy comic book graphics and insane fashion choices reminds us that while Marina and the Diamonds has some important things to say (songs on the album cover everything from girl power to American greed) Marina always remembers to do it with a shifty smile and a wink.
Landon's Pick: School of Seven Bells, Disconnect from Desire
one of the best debut albums of the tail end of the past decade with Alpinisms, and last year I saw the band play magnificently despite their Austin venue’s clear technical setbacks, so it comes to no surprise that, with the release of their second LP Disconnect From Desire, SVIIB remains one of the most fascinating bands to watch flourish and create. The difference is a give and take when compared to Alpinisms as Disconnect From Desire doesn’t contain quite as strong a sense of collective wholeness between songs, but their approach to the construction of individual songs shows no threat of losing its luster. I wish I could put it more eloquently, but it stands to fact that songs like “Heart is Strange” and “Babelonia” kick epic ass, containing an addictive energy molded by Benjamin Curtis’s irresistible guitar hooks and the stream-of-consciousness lyrics and angelic, ethereal vocals of the sisters Deheza. There’s no experimental exploration of new territory here, just a building and improving upon what was already a wonderful and unique sound, and in Disconnect From Desire SVIIB has found a way to let their songs build, transcend, and ultimately breathe with an elegance and an energy that’s hard to compete with. The music here is better honed yet still comfortably familiar. It’s exactly what one both wants and expects to hear from this band. Disconnect From Desire is improvement where one thought it was neither needed nor possible.
-- bryce, arielle, and landon palmer
landon's blog can be found at http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/author/landon