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On the heels of Ages and Ages' news about their upcoming album, here's a video for teaser single "Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)." Here, we examine the tumultuous ecosystem of teens and pre-teens, in a Lord of the Flies-esque evolutionary battle for supremacy. A group of younger kids exacts revenge on a group of older bullies, but as the band's Tim Perry says, "a bunch of young kids... set out to make things right, but lose a part of themselves along the way. They may have started off on the same path, but their struggle reveals varying agendas and leads them in very different directions." Ages and Ages play an album release show for Divisionary on March 1 at Mississippi Studios, and it's recommended that you leave the super-soakers at home.
At the recent benefit show at La Carreta, Eyelids delivered a sterling, full-volume set of guitar-spangled power pop, and their debut 7-inch contains more of the same. Here's the video for "Seagulls into Submission," the A-side of the 7-inch, which comes out on Off Records on February 18. It can be pre-ordered on Eyelids' site, and you should at least take a trip over there to see the single's cover, a tangled genealogy of all the bands that Eyelids' members have been part of: The Decemberists, Guided by Voivces, Sunset Valley, and dozens of others. This video is made from footage of the earliest animation from Art Clokey, creator of Gumby. Meanwhile, Eyelids play a release show for the 7-inch at the Doug Fir on Friday, February 7 with 1939 Ensemble and Verner Pantons. A split with Woolen Men and a full-length from Eyelids are both due later this year.
Broken Bells, the double-stuf Oreo of the Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse's Brian Burton, have a promising new album due out February 4. Early previews of After the Disco suggest a glimmering, cushy, sugar-rush of an album. Here's the flipside, a stripped-down session with La Blogothèque with Mercer on acoustic and Burton on piano. They play a song called "The Changing Lights," which will appear on the record; go here to see them do "October," a song from the last Broken Bells album that sounds pretty Shins-y in its stripped-down shuffle.
Modern Kin and a barnful of KEXP sessions from Portland bands, after the jump!
For their video for "Abandon," Modern Kin and director Janet Weiss recreate the famous Madison dance scene in Jean-Luc Godard's Band of Outsiders. (This scene was also revisited in the underlooked Oregon-shot film The Go-Getter a few years ago.) This dance scene is a treat; let's be grateful they didn't decide to "cover" the minute-of-silence scene from the same movie. Modern Kin plays Sunday, January 26 at Rontoms and Tuesday, February 4 at the Red Bull Sound Select thing at the Doug Fir, with the Helio Sequence and Genders.
KEXP has just released a bounty of video from sessions the Seattle station hosted last year. Typhoon visited them back in September to promote the release of their fine album White Lighter. That video's finally been posted online—watch "Young Fathers" above, or go here to watch the entire performance.
And the same goes for Portland singer/songwriter Vikesh Kapoor. This KEXP session dates from October, and this is "Searching for the Sun," from his excellent The Ballad of Willy Robbins album. Go here to watch the full thing.
One more: Wampire doing "Trains" (and other songs from last year's Curiosity—the full session's here).
We'll close today with the fetchingly surreal video for Wooden Shjips' "Everybody Knows," the heartfelt closer to their new Back to Land album. This video made the blog rounds back in December, but on the heels of last night's show at the Doug Fir, it's nice to look again at this lovely, horsey, mysterious, Austin Will-directed clip, which has garnered some apt if easy comparisons to Game of Thrones and The Song Remains the Same. (What's that? Oh, right. Wooden Shjips' KEXP session is posted here.)