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New Lia Ices Video for “Daphne” !



Lia Ices’ “Daphne,” directed by L.A.-based director Aaron Brown (Focus Creeps) was shot in Sonoma, California. Opening in a lush, mysterious, pastoral setting, Lia is joined by a falcon and a young boy.  At first the three remain separate yet appear unified in some undisclosed way, with Lia at the center and the bird and the child acting as extensions of her. The song is Lia’s personal reflection of the ancient myth of Daphne, describing one woman’s transformation into a tree. It is a story that challenges our concepts of flight and attachment, transformation and rootedness, desire and captivity.

It was important for Aaron and Lia that these images and themes be revealed symbolically like a myth or a fairy tale. The video goes from a supernatural, sylvan world and spirals into a Fellini-esque nighttime revelry. The young boy is the unexpected master of ceremonies at an unconventional gathering of friends and animals who all evoke the approaching event.  Abstracted by super 8 footage, Lia reveals herself as the empowered and expressive storyteller, until she, like Daphne makes her final transformation.

“Daphne” is from the recent Jagjaguwar release by Lia Ices, Grown Unknown, and features a duet with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.

Starting next week, Lia Ices will begin performing a short European tour that includes La Route du Rock’s Winter Collection on Thursday, February 17th. That evening’s lineup includes Glasser and Pitchfork-favorite James Blake! Basically my dream show, happening in France, thousands of miles away.  Click here to check out the tour dates.

Small Black Release New Video, Tour to South By Southwest

Check out the new video above for Small Black’s “Photojournalist” from their latest album New Chain. While filming the video, Small Black and director Yoonha Park, played with the idea of photo vs. memory. The band and director spent a full day shooting with one actress and followed up a few weeks later with a different actress, attempting to recreate the exact same shoot from memory without referring to the earlier footage.

In other news, Small Black is heading to South By Southwest this year, and will be playing dates with Cults, Sun Airway, and Toro Y Moi on their way to the festival. Check out the full tour dates after the jump.

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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


Boys Life by Small Black
No One Wants It To Happen To You by Small Black
Back At Belle's by Small Black
Words by Sharon Van Etten
Druganaut by Black Mountain
Black Mountain (Demo) by Black Mountain
Surrender by Briana Marela
I Don't Want to Let You Down by Sharon Van Etten
Just Like Blood by Sharon Van Etten
Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Can't Keep Checking My Phone by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Continental Shelf by Viet Cong
Silhouettes by Viet Cong

Can't Keep Checking My Phone by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Ur Life One Night by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Surrender by Briana Marela

Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Angel Olsen
San Sebastian, ES - Kutxa Kultur Festibala

Briana Marela
Toronto, ON - Drake  w/ Jenny Hval

Viet Cong
Geneva, CH - La Batie

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