Andrew Bird’s video for Eyeoneye premiered over at Etsy and it’s an animated interpretation of that magic that goes on inside (and outside) the human body. Director, Yu “Ewan” Morita was inspired by elements of texture, black and white and spaces inside and outside the body. Towards the end it gets trippy, watching how everything becomes interconnected, the Universe is in Andrew Bird and Andrew Bird is in the Universe. Think about it.
I’m such a sucker for videos featuring kids that can dance. This tUnE-yArDs video for My Country features kids being weird, or rather – kids being kids. Remember being one? Crazy. It kind of reminds me School of Rock – which makes sense because this video was just launched in support of the SF Rock Project Lending Library to help fund new instruments for students.
The SF Rock Project got it’s start with the help of Kickstarter and now it needs donations to help it grow. It’s a non profit music school that helps develop young tUnE-yArds-in-the-making. Investing in young, aspiring rock musicians is a no brainer, because let’s be real – you can’t pick up a guitar in your twenties and think you’re going to be a rock star. Gotta start ‘em young.
Watch the video, below and donate here.
Toronto’s The Wooden Sky are known for the cinematic videos that accompany their music. Their recent project, Grace On A Hill, is a 5 part visual EP that has bits of fictional narratives mixed in with a live performance.
Each piece begins with an unknown woman talking in French on the phone to a friend about a storm keeping them inside a church, leading to haunting performances of new songs off their album Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun. Watch the latest one below and get caught up with the previous episodes here and here.
Shaking Through, a project that showcases artists’ process while recording one song from start to finish, just put out their latest session with Mike Fiore of Faces on Film. This Boston-based band is one of those wonders, because anyone who discovers them instantly loves them yet they’re still relatively unknown. Little known fact, my blog is named after one of his songs. Mike’s contemplative lyricism is filled with dreamlike imagery, narratives that seem mysterious and familiar all at once. The context never matters as much as the content.
The session was curated by Marissa Nadler who has collaborated with Faces on Film in the past – and like the rest of us, has a deep appreciation for the songwriting. Watch Mike perform ‘Waiting for GA’ below and download the track for free, here.
Minneapolis music & film collective MPLS.tv just premiered a beautiful video for Andrew Bird’s “Danse Caribe” on Pitchfork.tv for Bird’s upcoming full length, “Break It Yourself”. Director Dan Huiting – the man behind many Bon Iver videos took sweeping arial shots of the Midwest wilderness. If you enlarge the video on your screen you can almost get the sense that you’re flying. Which I will not do, because I’m afraid of heights. Watch below.
San Diego-based orchestral outfit The Tree Ring hosted a hike-in show in the woods off Big Laguna Trail, in a place only reachable by foot. The video was shot by filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton whose film “I Am Not A Hipster” premiered at this year’s Sundance. The film itself loosely follows the story of Tree Ring frontman Joel P West and includes original score by Joel P as well. These guys really like to keep it in the family. Watch, below.