HAPPY 2011 ASSHOLES! To start the year off right, my bros over in Yip-Yip have sent a New Year treat for us all. For the first time, they’re debuting full-song vocals which they use to make Jane’s Addiction sound cooler than they have any right to be.
Their cover of “Been Caught Stealing” gives you a taste of what’s to come in the Yip’s future. If you follow them on Twitter, you know they’e been hard at work on a new album which will feature vocals. Let’s all hope we see the release of it next year because this song has made my appetite so whettttt. If you couldn’t hear the Devo influence before, there’s no denying it now. And that’s definitely a good thing. 2011 could us some de-evolution.
This song’s been around since 2006, on Johannsson‘s IBM 1401, A User’s Manual, but it just got my (and everyone else’s) attention due to it’s inclusion in the Battle: Los Angeles trailer. Check out the haunting song and it’s equally isolated video.
Trip out to the new single/video from techno-buzzstars Teengirl Fantasy, “Dancing In Slow Motion” featuring Shannon Funchess. And if you haven’t checked out their last video for “Cheaters,” do so here.
Stick around. It gets good.
Two weeks ago, I went to a screening of short films put on by CANADA called Pulsating Sunglasses. During the hour-long screening, curated by Allen Cordell (that’s a lot of l’s), I watched 18 shorts by 13 artists. What struck me about these films wasn’t the quality or narrative (most of them had no narrative), but the style and content. Almost every one of the films, clips, videos, and music videos employed the technique of cutting up found video footage, most of which was from VHS tapes of old TV shows, movies, and commercials. Many of these were also accompanied by strobing neon colors and repetitive, almost atonal electronic music. Now, none of the above are reprimands, critiques, or insults. I enjoyed many of the videos. In fact, most of the ones I hated were the ones that failed to use these techniques. It was the act of watching so many similarly styled films back-to-back that made me start thinking of a few things. Join me, won’t you.