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Small Black: A Musical Tour of 5 Beekman

Years ago when I saw my first Takeaway Show video of Arcade Fire performing in an elevator I was utterly shocked and amazed. It took the concept of the music video to a whole new level, and it quickly ushered in a new paradigm for Internet music videos. Since then many have sought to capture the intimacy, artistry, and spontaneity of the Takeaway Show produced, unfortunately most have fallen short. Today I was made a believer again.

This morning Gothamist in partnership with the team at Foglight Films released a series of two videos recorded with Small Black at the abandoned building at 5 Beekman street, a building that has taken on legendary proportions in recent years in New York. Shot in the building’s five-story open air atrium caped by a gorgeous glass dome, the setting for this shoot is both mysterious and magical, not to mention acoustically mesmerizing. Filling this amazing space with sound, Small Black perform a perfectly stripped down version of “Camouflage” before retreating into the building’s interior to perform “Light Curse” while sitting in the round. View the first video above and check out the second after the jump.

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Watch New Black Mountain Video for “The Hair Song”

Ahh: tender, young, punk love – is there anything better?

A sweet little Black Mountain love connection is made in the new video for “The Hair Song,” directed by Zoe Bower and Simon Chan. “The Hair Song” includes an extremely relatable plot line to any music fans whose coming-of-age years included being shut out of 21+ clubs and finding your crush at the show.

We have a very cool making-of video to share as well! Meet the cast and crew and see the micro-movie magic go down:

Remember, kiddos! Black Mountain’s “The Hair Song” appears on their upcoming album, Wilderness Heart, out on Jagjaguwar on September 14th in the US (13th in the UK). If you order it RIGHT NOW, you’ll get an instant digital download of the record as well as a nice poster. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER AND VASTLY IMPROVE YOUR LIFE.

Cave Singers Perform New Song, Head to China

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There is a particular “feel” to the music of Cave Singers. Certain acts have it and when you find one it’s best to hold on tight, because it is a rare talent. There is something in the way Derek’s guitar-picking blends with Pete’s vocals that creates a magic in the air that’s downright palpable. And Marty is so solid on drums and percussion. It’s not easy to find the appropriate fills for music with such a fragile beauty, a heavier hand and it could all go to pot. The above video is brought to us by the fine folks at KEXP and No Depression and was recorded during the No Depression Festival in Seattle just a few weeks ago. It’s a new song still in the works that for the time being is simply known as “new song,” but it sounds mighty heavenly to me. Watch and enjoy friends, there’s more on the way.

In other Cave Singers news, the band is about to embark on a week long tour of China! I for one can’t wait to hear what the Far East thinks of the Northwest’s best and brightest.

Cave Singers In China:

09/16/10 Beijing, China @ Kolegas
09/17/10 Wuhan, China @ Vox
09/18/10 Chengdu, China @ Little Bar
09/19/10 Chongqing, China @ CCD Club
09/21/10 Nanjing, China @ 61 Club
09/23/10 Shanghai, China @ Yuyintang


Peter Wolf Crier Cover Nick Drake

As Peter Wolf Crier’s summer tour with Heartless Bastards wound down the guys pulled into Madison, WI for a free university show at the Union Terrace. As the light in the western sky drew low and the stage became awash in a deep summer glow, Peter Wolf Crier launched into a brilliant cover of Nick Drake’s “Place To Be” and created one of those glorious moments where everything was in its right place. Luckily enough, Spencer Wells from Urban Agrarian ( urbanargrarian.com ) was in attendance and captured the moment on film. You can read Spencer’s review of the performance HERE, and check out the video below.

Small Black Give First Details of Recording Their New Record

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Last year Small Black released their debut self-titled EP that became a web sensation. Particularly the song “Despicable Dogs” became a golden gem in the pantheon of electro-pop, helped by a truly exceptional music video. Small Black toured the world before settling back to their east coast environs to begin the recording of their new album. The band escaped the hustle and bustle of their Brooklyn homes in favor of the sleepy suburbs of Delaware and proceeded to dive deep into the studio. Stereogum reports on the recording sessions today in the latest installment of their ongoing “Progress Report” series. You can get all the details on what Small Black have been up to and a few hints at the details of their first full-length album right HERE. Stay tuned for more news on the new album in the weeks to come.

How Can You Really by Foxygen
Cosmic Vibrations by Foxygen
Forever Dilating Eye by Sinoia Caves
Thousand Eyes by Lia Ices
Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten
Every Time the Sun Comes Up by Sharon Van Etten
Lines of Latitude by Small Black
North Hollywood Microwaves by Pink Mountaintops
Fire-scene by S. Carey
Crown the Pines by S. Carey

Coulda Been My Love by Foxygen

Thousand Eyes by Lia Ices

Tiderays by Volcano Choir

Forever Dilating Eye by Sinoia Caves

Foxygen
Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater  w/ Dub Thompson

Lia Ices
Washington, DC - 9:30 Club  w/ Phantogram

Sharon Van Etten
Atlanta, GA - The Earl  w/ Tiny Ruins

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