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[EDIT: you gotta just go to her site now to see the video]
I am sort of in shock with the reference/inspiration for Erykah Badu‘s video for the first single off New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh). I thought Matt and Kim‘s “Lessons Learned” video was ballsy and possibly the best video featuring continual shooting since The Pharcyde/Spike Jonze’s “Drop.” I would never have expected it to hit Erykah’s radar, but who knows… maybe Brooklyn ends up being a small community music-wise… or maybe the accolades and awards it received gave it more exposure than I realized. Clearly she saw a message of empowerment in the public disrobing; confidence and strength seem central themes. Her video is transported from Times Square to her hometown of Dallas, and is blurred and overexposed to make reference to the Kennedy assassination films. I’d be curious to read about the making of the video… Matt and Kim’s was shot pretty guerrilla-style amongst an unknowing public. Hers appears to be staged at the site of JFK’s assassination; my guess is that it is at least semi-orchestrated with extras. [EDIT: she says no extras… badass] Oh, and wow, does Erykah have a body, by the way. Lucky Jay.
Spike Jonze’s new short film, I’m Here, was released to the interwebs on Monday. I recognize that this is really a music site, but the short is so music-centric that I think it’s fair game. Plus it’s awesome and I like writing about awesome things. Luckily there are many of them. Oh and one of them is that Annie Hardy of Giant Drag-fame plays one of the robots. Yeah, Annie Hardy who was the focus of the first-ever Hearsay post. “Hey where’s the party, brah? The party where you’re going to invite your pants down to meet your feet.”
I was really disappointed to hear last night that Mark Linkous, the man behind Sparklehorse took his life yesterday. Although it was always the band name I was always least proud to mention that I was a fan of, his music was diverse and engaging, often delicate but not depressing. Sparklehorse easily eclipsed their start as a Cracker offshoot, and It’s A Wonderful Life is a perfect album that I could listen to for days on end. Oh, I also learned the word “fecund” from one of his lyrics.
I’m not sure exactly what’s going on in this mix… that it starts off with electronica, get’s kinda folksy before finishing on some southern soul. Washed Out makes a second appearance in a row, this month for their remix of Small Black, a band that had just hit my radar a couple months back on a completely different level. They’re on tour together and I suspect this remix speaks to what a good pairing the two will be. I guess I’m dyslexic because I almost accidentally went to a Wavves show last week before realizing that I had their names mixed up. I’m excited for the March 26th Washed Out/Small Black show in L.A.