Lana Del Rey – “National Anthem” video

Lana Del Rey’s love affair with America, money, and true love (possibly not in that particular order) continues with her song “National Anthem”.  The video, directed by Anthony Mandler, opens with a reenactment of Marilyn Monroe’s breathily sung, celebratory “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” tribute to John F. Kennedy, with Lana onstage in place of … [Read more...]

Collide – “Bending and Floating” video

KaRIN and Statik have had a long and active career as the DIY electro-industrial dream machine Collide, releasing their latest album Counting To Zero last autumn.  They hit a high point with the single “Bending and Floating” and its accompanying dreamily dystopian video directed by Edward Mavskegg. The video seems like it comes from a lost … [Read more...]

Lana Del Rey – “Born To Die video

As was mentioned in the two previous reviews of Lana Del Rey’s videos “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans”, Lana mania has been building up in the blogosphere for quite some time as the world awaits the imminent release of her album Born To Die.  In the meantime, a constrained Lana warbled through a couple of disappointing performances on Saturday Night … [Read more...]

Lana Del Rey – “Blue Jeans” video

Guess what?  Lana Del Rey has quite the backstory which is missing from her press releases… Née Elizabeth Grant, she released a 3-track EP titled Kill Kill in 2009 under the name Lizzy Grant, and also created an album called Nevada that was either put out and subsequently withdrawn (How does that happen?!) or never released to the public.  The … [Read more...]

Lana Del Rey – “Video Games” video

Now-ubiquitous YouTube sensation Lana Del Rey, who hasn’t even released a debut album yet, is shooting to fame based on the strength of the video for her song “Video Games”.  The self-made video, which has over 6 million-and-counting views on YouTube, features lots of close-ups of Lana intercut with California-centric found footage and faded home … [Read more...]

The serpent and the shadow – Film by Jeff Martin

As a post-script to my recent review of Idaho’s You were a dick, I’d recommend devoting a few minutes of your time to the short film, ‘The Serpent and the Shadow,’ which comes with it, and which is now available on the internet. It's written and directed by Idaho’s Jeff Martin, with beautiful cinematography by Kristina Schulte-Eversum. I’ve … [Read more...]

Robotanists – “On/Off The Ledge” video

  L.A.-based Robotanists finds out how much fun and destruction can be had at a rooftop party in the Tom Kenney-directed video for “On/Off The Ledge” from the band’s recent album Plans In Progress. The video commences with a shot that scales up a brownstone to find lead singer Sarah Ellquist perched on the roof’s ledge with one of her … [Read more...]

Keren Ann – “My Name Is Trouble” video

International singer-songwriter Keren Ann has released a video for “My Name Is Trouble”, a song off her latest acclaimed album titled 101.  In the video Keren Ann austerely vogues to a light dance-pop beat, surrounded by a bevy of ethnically diverse, but expressionless male beauties, vaguely referencing Madonna’s seminal “Vogue” video. The … [Read more...]

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy – “Close” video

Steve Kilbey of The Church and Martin Kennedy of All India Radio have collaborated again on a captivating second album titled White Magic which is out now.  The multi-talented Martin has created an illustration ‘n’ animation video for the song “Close” where he depicts Steve serenely riding a horse (that sports a near-continuously bemused smile) … [Read more...]

The Black Ryder – “Sweet Come Down”

Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper of Australia’s The Black Ryder showcase one aspect of their sound with the softly desolate, laconically-paced noir song “Sweet Come Down” that features Peter Hayes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on harmonica.  A quasi-duet is set in motion by picked acoustic guitar and the occasional pull of plaintive harmonica, while … [Read more...]