The Wrap-Up: This Week in Music + 12 Cuts
The Wrap-Up brings you the 5 largest music news stories of the week as well as information about new album and music video releases.
HEADLINES OF THE WEEK
1. New Interpol video and 7″ announcement
Interpol’s video for “Everything is Wrong,” off their most recent album El Pintor, came out this week, directed by Carlos Puga and frontman Paul Banks. Shot in beautiful black-and-white, it shows the band members wandering in slow motion through New York City, doing good (and not so good) before a show. Interpol also recently announced a planned 7″ release for Record Store Day in April that will feature “Everything is Wrong” and “What is What.” Shepard Fairey (of local RISD fame) designed the cover art, pictured above.
Check out the video below and our interview with Interpol HERE:
2. Sultry, sappy Karen O video released
The singer/songwriter of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs just released her first solo album in September (Crush Songs) and this week came out with the music video for “Day Go By.” The video, directed by Vanessa Hollander and Wilson Philippe (a.k.a. Wiissa), shows “a day in the life” of two young people in love, complete with all the hipster graininess, lens flares, and faded colors that an angsty heart could desire. Karen O says she wrote the song in the depths of winter when she and her boyfriend were on opposite coasts. The video’s mid-summer vibe is the perfect antidote for any wintertime blues.
3. Blood Orange, St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, and more will compose music for David Byrne’s color guard event
Pursuing a newfound interest in Color Guard, David Byrne (known for his work in Talking Heads) plans to stage Contemporary Color as part of the Luminato Festival in Toronto in June, which will feature artists like St. Vincent, Blood Orange, tUnE-yArDs, Ira Glass, Kelis, and Byrne himself. He became enamored with color guard after composing a piece for a performance in 2008 and subsequently has partnered with Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Luminato Festival to organize a group of 10 artists and bands to compose musical accompaniment for Contemporary Color. For those who don’t know, color guard is a type of synchronized performance mixing dance, marching, and choreography with flags and rifles. Byrne describes it as “the biggest glitter cannon show of your life” in a press release. Check out the promotional video for Contemporary Color (stylized as a high school newscast) below:
4. Parquet Courts recorded a new live album at Jack White’s studio
Last June when Exposure artist Parquet Courts was in Nashville they took advantage of Jack White’s hospitality and recorded a show at his label, Third Man Records. They’ve just announced a live album from that show, Parquet Courts: Live at Third Man Records, set for release in March. You can see the full 11-song track list below, plus listen to two songs from the album, “Sunbathing Animal” and “Vienna II” on SoundCloud.
5. New video from Fences
The Seattle-native band Fences (most recently known for their collaboration with Macklemore on the song “Arrows” in 2014) plan to release their second LP in March, but have rewarded our wait with the music video for their single “Sunburns.” Former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla produced much of the album but worked most closely with “Sunburns.” Fences frontman Chris Mansfield said Walla inspired them to really embrace the spirit of the song, which evokes the fear of stepping out of what is comfortable. The video itself uses black and white footage to suggest a heated, bright environment, both emotionally and physically, using much outdoor footage from LA where it was filmed.