Archive for November, 2008
Dir: Ace Norton
This is that futuristic 80’s synth-pop. You know that shit that immediately reminds you of the 80’s and the year 2000 at the same time. Like Back to the Future or that amazing TV Show “Out of this World.” Both of these dudes are the shit. There has been a ridiculous 80’s revival over the past few years and these guys are fond supporters.
A-ha – Take on Me (1985)
It’s been a full week and it’s still all America can talk about. Barack Obama is going to be our next President. As exciting as that is, I’m also excited that our boy Jeremy’s T-shirt made it all the way to Barack Obama himself. The story goes that Obama saw the T-shirt, recognized it from Golden Bloggen and said I must have picture of it. You believe that right?
“This t-shirt is dedicated to the national mood” – Jeremy (aka Rejemy aka J-Remy)
Fiona Apple – Never is a Promise (1997)
Dir: Stephane Sednaoui
My friend Erin thought I should do a Music Video Monday about one of my favorite genres, Slow Girl, and I should compare the new videos to the old ones. I said great idea. If you’re not familiar with the genre, it’s simple: Slow Girl is just like it sounds, female vocals over slow melodic music. Most SG artists are categorized as electronica, dream pop, or indie rock, but Slow Girl is an inclusive genre for artists that transcend genres.
Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos are maybe the two most pivotal artists in bringing the Slow Girl sound into mainstream pop. A lot of shit gets talked about Sarah McLachlan. She’s become somewhat of a joke because she started Lilith Fair, but I thought Lilith Fair was cool as hell. A bunch of hot chicks making cool ass music. This was her follow up to her blockbuster single “Building a Mystery.”
Sarah McLachlan – Sweet Surrender (1997)
Dir: Floria Sigismondi
Of course everyone knows Natalie’s song “Torn” but she also had this really good single from the same album. Legendary fashion photographer Matthew Rolston made a really slick looking music video for her.
Natalie Imbruglia – Smoke (1998)
Dir: Matthew Rolston
This is something you don’t see very often. A legitimate Slow Girl artist from the early 90’s. A little electronica, a little foreign, and an early video directed by Michel Gondry. What else you need?
Stina Nordenstam – Little Star (1994)
Dir: Michel Gondry
And here is that indescribable, slow, sexy, smooth sound that is Mazzy Star. It was bands like this these that started that whole slow girl sound. But no other slow girl artist could ever make a song so sweet as this.
Mazzy Star – Fade Into You (1993)
Dir: Merlin Rosenberg
In 1991 Massive Attack released Blue Lines and invented a new genre, Trip-hop. More importantly they helped start a trend of making electronica music with female vocals, with guest appearances by artists like Sinead O’Connor. This would lead to the creation of so many other genres like chill-out and eventually Slow Girl. Tons of electronica artists since have adopted that impossibly sweet combination. Morcheeba, for all intensive purposes, is an electronica group but fit the mold for a great Slow Girl artist.
Morcheeba – Otherwise (2002)
Best known for doing the opening credits on Grey’s Anatomy, Psapp is the epitome of slow girl. They have that perfect blend of electronica and acoustic girl rock. Not only do they make amazing music but they make such great videos to go with it. I dont know what it is but SG and animation just fit so well together.
Psapp – Hi (2007)
Dir: Thorsten Levin
This is one of the best videos I’ve seen recently. It’s so simple and cool. Great cheoreography and such a great song. I think this band will do great things in the future.
Bat for Lashes – Whats a Girl to Do (2007)
I love Cat Power’s raspy voice. She can make anything sound good. Also check out her “Living Proof” video directed by Kids and Gummo creator Harmony Korine.
Cat Power – He War (2003)
Dir: Brett Vapnek
There’s tons of small European SG acts out there. Hanne Hukkelberg is an indie artist from Norway. She makes great songs and here’s another cool animated SG video.
Hanne Hukkleberg – A Cheater’s Armoury (2006)
As this is a Versus their must be a winner. And the winner of this week’s MVM battle is….. NEW Slow Girl. Slow Girl has just grown into its own so much in the past few years. It’s becoming a very strong genre in both pop and indie culture. Especually recently with artists like Ingrid Michelson, A Fine Frenzy, Colbie Caillat, and a ton of others breaking through.
So the prize is an extra video. Who else but the SG Queen … Feist. This is her most recent video off her amazing album “The Reminder” and what do you know, its animated.
Feist – Honey Honey (2008)
Dir: Anthony Seck
First off I have to talk about the election last night. Yes We Did! I can’t believe Obama is our new President. I have to agree with all the texts I got last night saying “I’ve never been so proud of our country.”
I also want to post the link to my review for the HARD Haunted Mansion Halloween concert I wrote for the LA Weekly.