Laura Veirs has a terrific new video from her terrific new album, Warp and Weft. The song's called "America," and the video was directed by Whitey McConnaughy, who directed all those Red Fang videos you kids love so damn much. The clip contains a simple but powerful idea, in which Veirs and her band (which includes Lewi Longmire and members of Blind Pilot/Hook and Anchor) perform alongside images of homespun Americana, with a bit of a dark twist. I'll let you figure out the rest for yourself. Veirs will play tunes from the truly splendid Warp and Weft at tomorrow night's show at the Doug Fir (Saturday, October 5).
Shy Girls' "Still Not Falling" also premiered this week. The video, directed by Chris Cantino, matches the song's sultriness and its smooth, glamorous photography evokes the videos of the late '80s/early '90s when it seems like literally every video was shot in black and white. "Still Not Falling" comes from Shy Girls' upcoming EP Timeshare, which comes out October 29. Shy Girls travel to New York for CMJ this month, but they'll be back for an EP release show on Thursday, October 24 at Holocene—where scenes for this video were shot.
Lots more cool vids after the jump!
Rags & Ribbons have this cool new video for the choppy, slightly militant, and marvelously catchy "Rubikon," from their new EP Magnesium Dreams, which comes out next week (October 8). With director Corydon Wagner and choreographer André Zachary, the band enlisted a group of New York dancers to make this video, using water, paint, and modern dance. The band will play slightly drier climes, I assume, when they play the Doug Fir on Wednesday, October 16.
Muscle and Marrow are a local self-described "atmospheric doom duo" and let me tell you, that description totally works for me. "Golden Sun" is a dark, banshee-like number of rumbling tension, fueled by Kira Clark's haunted wail. This performance was captured live and appears on their new EP, which you can check out over on Bandcamp. They're playing the Know on October 18 and the Blue Monk on October 19.
Here's a video of Eyelids performing at the Doug Fir during MusicfestNW, joined by Jerry A of Poison Idea and Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate. They're doing a cover of Gun Club's "Sex Beat." As Eyelids' Chris Slusarenko tells me, "My teenage brain exploded with two of my heroes up there with us!" Eyelids play Saturday, October 12 at the Know with Death Songs and Woolen Men, and also open for Sean Nelson at Mississippi Studios on Friday, November 15.
We'll end today with this goofy, charming interview with drummer Janet Weiss (Quasi, Sleater-Kinney, Jicks, etc.), conducted by Fred Armisen for Tom Tom Magazine. Armisen keeps the jokery down for a genuinely inquisitive interview into Weiss' style, technique, and equipment. Drummers will dig it; non-drummers will, too. Weiss' band Quasi just released their Mole City double album this week and have just kicked off a national tour that will bring them back home for a show at the Doug Fir on November 23. Meanwhile, Weiss' debut as a producer, Modern Kin's self-titled album, comes out October 22 on Amigo/Amiga.