Music Video Spotlight: Dandy Warhols

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I'd be lying if I told you that I was aware of the Dandy Warhols before Veronica Mars used their song "We Used to Be Friends" as its theme, but in my defense I've followed their career rather attentively ever since. Now granted, that means I arrived pretty late to the Dandy Warhol-ian party and that represents an almost willful ignorance of the Portland group's previous hit "Bohemian Like You" which at the time of its release was rather widely played. For that I apologize. Moving on to the present day, the Dandy Warhols released their ninth studio album This Machine back in April, and stands like (yet another) testament to the band's ability to maintain itself and refine their sound to fit a number of different genres while still maintaining their signature energetic mellow through the last 14 years. Below you'll find the music video for "Sad Vacation" off the new album, along with a few of the videos for older tracks.

Also, the Dandy Warhols are currently on tour, and if you're here in New York you can catch them tomorrow night at Irving Plaza. Check out the tour dates at the bottom of the article.

Jun
04
2012
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Music Video Spotlight: Letterist

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For me, the biggest draw to any band or solo act is the vocals. Until a few years ago, the emergence of talented vocalists seemed far rarer than it should have been, with the likes of Eric Sean Nally coming along as more the exception than the rule, though in the last few years it seems they're coming out of the woodwork (and that's of course discounting the one's cheating entirely with autotune). Pamela Bell of Letterist, though not quite one of the best yet, has vocals caught somewhere in the spectrum between Metric's Emily Haines and Kylie Minogue, with a flair for electronic beats to match. There's a lot of promise in Bell, and excellent instrumental support from Rammy Yogendra and Alex McCown only combine with the full vocals for a well-rounded sound of electronic light rock.

Their sophomore album Solace and Gold releases soon and in honor of that we've included their music video for "100 mph", which leaves no question as to its Brooklyn setting.

May
18
2012
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Music Video Spotlight: Alphanaut

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Every now and then we here at JustPressPlay stumble across a music video that's both acoustically pleasing and aesthetically mesmerizing, and when we do we like to share it with our readers. This time around that "distinction" belongs to Alphanaut, the one-man act of songwriter Mark Alan, and his entrancing, cosmic daydream video for his single "Back to the Stars". The sweet melancholy tune affords a great background for the beautifully rendered animation of dogs in space. That's right, dogs in space. "Back to the Stars" is the kind of easy listening that makes quick fans of people who stumble across it, and it's likely to stay in your head for a few days (if not musically, then at the very least visually).

We've included the video for "Back to the Stars" below, along with the ethereal "The Innocence of Time".

May
15
2012
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Thrice Says Farewell to Tulsa

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It wasn't long after the release of Thrice's 8th album, Major/Minor, that the band released a statement explaining that they would take an indefinite hiatus after one final farewell tour. However upsetting this news was to legions of Thrice fans, myself included, I guess it's no wonder that the members of Thrice would want to take a break. The band has been playing together since 1998 after all, back when founding members Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi were still in high school. A lot has changed since then, over the years Thrice has undergone the transformation from a virtually unknown hardcore band to one of the most respected hard rock acts in the land.

May
10
2012
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Shel Live at the Five and Dime

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Samuel H Kress opened his first store in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania in 1887. Though the concept of a five and dime, or a store in which everything costs either a nickel or a dime, didn't originate with Mr. Kress, S.H. took the idea and ran with it. By the turn of the 20th century, Kress stores littered main streets across America. Mr. Kress passed away in 1955 and less than ten years later, S.H. Kress and Co. would abandon their main street mentality and move into suburban shopping malls. In their wake, stood often beautiful downtown buildings, abandoned just like department stores and other businesses that left quaint down towns for miles of asphalt parking. Thankfully, a recent renaissance has seen businesses move back to historic down towns and in response has seen the restoration of many historic buildings that had stood either abandoned or underutilized for years. The small northern Oklahoma town of Bartlesville, former home to both Phillips 66 and a busy Kress five and dime, is experiencing this renaissance first hand.

Recently, local magazine owner Chris Oldroyd purchased the Bartlesville Kress building and quickly orchestrated its renovation. The two story building featured an upstairs stock room which was turned into a living space, while the bottom floor was transformed into a meeting area. The space was recently shown off to a crowd of nearly 200 when the Colorado based band Shel was invited over for a house concert. Though the renovation was surely impressive to all who attended (I overheard many patrons expressing their praises throughout the night), it was Shel that stole the limelight that evening.

May
07
2012
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A Couple Dystopian Decemberists Videos

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It's no secret that my favorite album of last year was The Decemberists' ode to REM and American roots music, 2011's The King is Dead. It's an album that saw the band move away from the epic prog-rock that they had been leaning towards and delving into some good old fashioned, steel guitar and harmonica filled Americana. Last year the band released two critically acclaimed music videos to accompany a couple of the songs off of The King is Dead. Both videos were vastly different, but both shared a common theme - dystopian futures.

May
04
2012
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The All-Star Collaboration of Spectrum Road

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It seems like supergroups are constantly popping up to the delight of hardcore fans and websites that are looking for some big music news scoop. Mainly these supergroups fall apart with much less media attention than they get when they're formed. Still it's always fun to hear about a group of well known artists getting outside of their comfort zone and collaborating with other established artists. Recently four rather well known musicians, from differing musical backgrounds, have announced an upcoming collaboration going by the name Spectrum Road. The headliner of this group is former Cream frontman Jack Bruce, who will play bass and lend his voice to the musical odyssey.

Mar
02
2012
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Music Video Spotlight: Voltaire Twins

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Though twins Jaymes and Tegan Voltaire take eponymous billing in their group, the Voltaire Twins would be nothing without the strong instrumental backing of Jack Doepel and Matt Gio who provide the darker, ominously moody tones the twins' vocals play off of so well. For having cultivated a fantastical sound that lures the listener into a sort of nightmarish but soft trance, the hooks for songs like "Animalia" off their latest EP of the same name stick in your head for days. The echoing "Ooooh"s of "Animalia" will bring you back to the song over and over thanks to their hauntingly beautiful melody. On top of that, the video is just downright eerie with bird-people and singing corpses undergoing surgery.

Check out their music video for "Animalia" below...

Feb
24
2012
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Music Video Spotlight: Kimbra

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Kimbra's crooning vocals and eclectic rhythms bridge the gap between funk and Bjork, and spill from speakers like heated, bubbling honey. Quickly mellifluous with quick pops of sound. Her music is not only pleasant to the ear, but it's just all around fun to listen to. The Kiwi's album Vows debuted last September and she recently collaborated with Gotye on his track "Somebody That I Used to Know" off his album Making Mirrors that came out on January 31st. Her music is well worth seeking out, and to help get you hooked, we've included the music video for her hit "Settle Down", "Cameo Lover", as well as a radio recording session of Kimbra's mash-up of Grizzly Bear's "Two Weeks" and Tears for Fears' "Head Over Heels", and finally the music video for her collaboration with Gotye "Somebody That I Used to Know".

Feb
23
2012
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Music Video Spotlight: SolarSolar

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Yesterday, SolarSolar released their freshman album "Pilot" which features tracks like "I Can't Find You" and "Walking Like Children". The two tracks are perfectly representative of their sound and both feel like the audio equivalent of walking out into your backyard after a heavy snow and finding a whole new world. The light, airy sense of wonder SolarSolar imbues into their music makes it incredibly easy to listen to, and their video for "I Can't Find You" captures that perfectly. "Walking Like Children", while still quite mellow, has a stranger vibe to it, and much like the would-be magician featured in it, the listener follows along not knowing where it's going. The song and the video both meander along melodically over the unsettling but absorbing synth line running throughout the song. We've included the videos for both songs below, so check them out, and if you like what you hear, support SolarSolar by buying their album.

Feb
22
2012
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