28/04/14

1 of 3 OFFICIAL WINNERS of the TMBG “Am I Awake?” music video contest!

Writer - Paul Swiatek
Producer - Mike Swiatek
Locations - Josh Swick
Director - Joe Cuomo
Cinematographer - Kelsey Talton
Set Dresser - Bridget Topp
Editor - Jesse Newman-Lindorf
Actors - Leah Huebner & Nate Weisband

Preorder “Am I Awake?” on the brand new release “Idlewild: A Compilation” 

28/04/14

1 of 3 OFFICIAL WINNERS of the TMBG “Am I Awake?” video contest!

Jack Fields: Writer, Director, Fabricator, Compositor, Roto, Performer
Hannah Miller: Co Writer, Fabricator, Assistant Director, Lead Performer
John Regan: Director of Photography
April Tennyson: Performer, Fabricator
Dan Ballard: Fabricator, Performer
Rachel Wayne: Fabricator, Performer

Get “Am I Awake?” on the brand new release Idlewild: A Compilation

25/04/14

25/04/14

The Lost Brothers on tour with The Delines in June!
June 3 - Errigle Inn, Belfast
June 4 - Whelans, Dublin
June 10 - The Lexington, London
June 11 - Railway, Winchester
June 12 - St. Bonaventures, Bristol
June 13 - The Maze, Nottingham
June 14 - Art Bar (Bullingdon), Oxford
June 15 - The Greystones, Sheffield
June 17 - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham 
June 18 - Night and Day Cafe, Manchester 
June 19 - Brudnell Social Club, Leeds
June 20 - Oran Mor, Glasgow 
June 21 - Jumpin Hot Jamboree, Newcastle
June 22 - Palmeria, Brighton

The Lost Brothers on tour with The Delines in June!

  • June 3 - Errigle Inn, Belfast
  • June 4 - Whelans, Dublin
  • June 10 - The Lexington, London
  • June 11 - Railway, Winchester
  • June 12 - St. Bonaventures, Bristol
  • June 13 - The Maze, Nottingham
  • June 14 - Art Bar (Bullingdon), Oxford
  • June 15 - The Greystones, Sheffield
  • June 17 - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham 
  • June 18 - Night and Day Cafe, Manchester 
  • June 19 - Brudnell Social Club, Leeds
  • June 20 - Oran Mor, Glasgow 
  • June 21 - Jumpin Hot Jamboree, Newcastle
  • June 22 - Palmeria, Brighton

25/04/14

whatevs:

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a video that’s as affecting as Nina Persson’s “Animal Heart.” I concede that the one-shot concept is a bit gimmicky and not quite executed to perfection, but those minor flaws are easily eclipsed by the emotional heft that the video carries on a conceptual level.

The song finds Persson feeling a bit adrift in the emotional straits that many married folk find themselves in. On top of a bed of icy synths, she opens the track by confessing that “My animal heart’s telling me to flee,” a desire that she immediately recants in the song’s next line by pleading “Baby, bail with me.” You see, she’s attempting to work out some issues, the kinds of ish that rear their head when the weight of responsibility —to your partner, to your children, to your family unit— begins to feel unbearable. These kinds of outward pressures can result in questioning your partner’s role in your life (“You can blink like a star, or sink like a stone in the sea”), but despite feeling somewhat unsure about the current status of her relationship, Persson ultimately wants her man to act like a beacon during these rocky times. “Come be my man, baby bail with me / Come be my man, babe hang on to me,” she pleads in the song’s chorus. In the context of the water-y metaphor of the song, it’s unclear whether or not Persson or her man is the buoy, but either way, she wants them to float or sink as a unit.

The stroke of genius about the video, though, is that this entire emotional debate occurs during the time it takes Persson to walk to the corner store to pick up a fresh quart of milk and back. The need to temporarily get out of the house in an attempt to clear one’s head during times of relationship upheaval is something that everyone, regardless of where they call home, can relate to. However, anyone who has spent time in an urban environment (like, in this case, New York City) can uniquely identify with just how weirdly cleansing a quick bodega run can be. The pairing of sheer convenience (a quart of milk in your hand in 4 minutes!) with the inescapable velocity of the city (traffic! blind people! the mini-rush that comes when you magically sync your trip perfectly with the flow of stoplights!) is what this video captures, a distinct and very specific feeling that I have never seen presented in a video before.

In the four minutes and thirty-two seconds that elapse during this video, Persson runs the full gamut of emotions as somewhat heavy-handed but easily identifiable visual cues (clear skies, impending storm clouds, even a brief rainstorm) complement the song’s lyrical trajectory. It’s not the kind of thing that will blow you away on either the first listen or first view, but repeated viewings strike a definite chord. “Animal Heart” certainly wasn’t conceived in an attempt to garner VMA nods, but nonetheless proves itself to be a winner simply by being moving and relatable in a way that not many other videos in recent memory have been able to match.

24/04/14

butchwalker:

This is how we do… Me and Alison Mosshart gettin’ down (and up) at the Metro in Chicago last night. #pettyfest  Steal-a-Gram and Photo credit: @kal0psiaa

butchwalker:

This is how we do… Me and Alison Mosshart gettin’ down (and up) at the Metro in Chicago last night. #pettyfest
Steal-a-Gram and Photo credit: @kal0psiaa

23/04/14

Nina in Plugged Magazine, France.

Nina in Plugged Magazine, France.

22/04/14

Interview with Sally Seltmann on the AU review.

22/04/14

Here’s a new song from the forthcoming EP by Gareth Dunlop & Kim Richey. Fans of the TV show Nashville might recognise it as it was sung by “Deacon” (Chip Esten) in an episode of the current series.

All songs written and performed by Gareth & Kim, “The Nashville Sessions" EP features another song featured in Nashville ("Falling”) and another that was in Bones (“One and The Same”). The EP is completed with “Buyer Beware" and "Anywhere You Go”.

The duo are touring the UK together next month:

  • 06 MAY 2014 Clark’s On Lindsay Street, Dundee
  • 07 MAY 2014 Woodend Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, Glasgow
  • 08 MAY 2014 Polish Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Kirkcaldy
  • 09 MAY 2014 The Institute, Kelvedon*
  • 10 MAY 2014 Seven Artspace, Leeds
  • 16 MAY 2014 The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-sea*
  • 17 MAY 2014 Water Yeat Village Hall, Ulverston*
  • 20 MAY 2014 Cafe D’Art, Liverpool
  • 21 MAY 2014 Half Moon Putney, London
  • 24 MAY 2014 Maidstone House Gigs, Maidstone
  • 29 MAY 2014 Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry
  • 30 MAY 2014 The Strand Arts Centre, Belfast

*Kim only

18/04/14

Just 300 copies on white 7” vinyl of Nina Persson’s “Sometimes” for #RSD2014 tomorrow! 

Just 300 copies on white 7” vinyl of Nina Persson’s “Sometimes” for #RSD2014 tomorrow! 

17/04/14

17/04/14

Dismiss the cynically overpriced major label re-issue cash-in this weekend. Support your local indie store AND indie labels. #indie #independent #vinyl #RSD #recordstoreday

Dismiss the cynically overpriced major label re-issue cash-in this weekend. Support your local indie store AND indie labels. #indie #independent #vinyl #RSD #recordstoreday

16/04/14

Nina Persson - Clip Your Wings (official lyric video)

From Nina Persson’s new album Animal Heart. Stop-motion animated lyric video by Simon Hjortek.

www.simonhjortek.com

16/04/14

#tmbg #idlewild

16/04/14