M. Ward: The First Time I Ran Away

M. Ward: The First Time I Ran Away

The First Time I Ran Away is a beautifully animated music video for M. Ward’s new solo album, A Wasteland Companion, set for release on Merge April 10th. The “Him” from the indie music group She & Him is Matthew Stephen Ward, known by his stage name M. Ward, a singer-songwriter and guitarist who rose to prominence in the Portland, Oregon music scene. The delightful animated video was directed by Joel Trussell and his team of animators, who use M. Ward’s lyrics as a basis to tell the three-part story following a girl who’s run away with her pet llama and fish. The soft, pastel colors are a perfect companion to M. Ward’s soothing voice.

M. Ward: The First Time I Ran Away

(Best Watched in HD Full-Screen Mode)

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Rock Photographer Autumn de Wilde: The Decemberists in Polaroid

Rock Photographer Autumn de Wilde: The Decemberists in Polaroid

Rock photographer Autumn de Wilde and The Decemberists have teamed up with The Impossible Project to create a deluxe box edition for the band’s new album, The King Is Dead. Autumn de Wilde was joking when she first offered to take a couple thousand Polaroid shots of her friends in the folk-rock band the Decemberists. But they called her bluff, and a few months later she’d accumulated more than 2,500 single- and double-exposed photos of the five band members, which were taken during recording sessions for the new album and around their hometown haunts in Portland, Oregon. All of the pictures were taken on Polaroid Type 100 peel-apart film provided by The Impossible Project, a group of former Polaroid employees who banded together in 2008 to rescue the beloved instant cameras from total obsolescence.

Here’s a video-montage of de Wilde’s Polaroid photographs, accompanying the band’s new song from their album, Down by the Water. Then take a look through the slide show presenting more of de Wilde’s unique and dramatic Polaroids.

The Decemberists: Down by the Water

Slide Show: The Decemberists in Polaroid

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Lookout, Lookout: The Heartfelt Sounds of Forgiveness

 

Lookout, Lookout: The Heartfelt Sounds of Forgiveness

Mary, Mary-belle within a bird-cage cell,
All your neighbors know what your mother sells,
But you carved out a name;
You carved out a name for yourself.
Look out, look out,
Look out, Look out,
There are murders about.

Lookout, Lookout is the heartwrenching, honest and unabashedly sad music video from the astonishing debut album by Seattle-based singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius).  Learning is a devastatingly lovely premiere album, a collection of songs that starkly explores the dark and melancholy world of drugs, depression, suicide and abuse.  Hadreas has described the songs as having been written in an attempt to gain some understanding of his own troubled life, and they were originally intended to be heard by only his closest friends.

When close attention is paid, the music here is gut-wrenching, sad and fearlessly honest, while at the same time maintaining a dignified sense of resigned acceptance.  Perfume Genius has managed to craft some of the finest heartfelt, new indie-music this side of the millennium, with sounds and plain-spoken lyrics that can tap into your inner emotions.  Hadreas’s voice stands out with a  soft-spoken tenderness and ethereal quality on the track Gay Angels, which switches from piano chords to minimalistic organ drones.  Lookout, Lookout can push you to the point of possibly offering empathic, compassionate forgiveness to anyone who you feel  has done wrong to you over the past few years.

Lookout, Lookout: The Heartfelt Sounds of Forgiveness

Gay Angels: Hearing and Seeing Them (Perfume Genius)

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Tatooine: The Entire Star Wars Trilogy in a Two-Minute Paper-Toon

Tatooine: The Entire Star Wars Trilogy in a Two-Minute Paper-Toon

Tatooine is a wonderful remake of the Star Wars Trilogy, a two-minute paper-toon created by Jeremy Messersmith and Eric Power.  Messersmith sings the tune, and Power did the adorable paper-animation.  Messersmith’s song light-speeds through the first Star Wars Trilogy with its interstellar heart at one with the Force, mashing more than six hours of sci-fi legend into two-minutes of poignant animation.  Be sure to watch it now, before George Lucas slaps them with a cease and desist order!

Tatooine: The Entire Star Wars Trilogy in a Two-Minute Paper-Toon

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Man in the Moose Suit: Waitin’ for the End to Come

Man in the Moose Suit: Waitin’ for the End to Come

Man in the Moose Suit is the seemingly wacky, psychedelic music video created by Ryan Glenn for the international debut of indie-pop singer Andrew Collberg.  Collberg’s warm voice touches and seduces the heart, resurrecting the sounds of John Lennon, The Band, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.  But beneath the disarmingly melodic music of Man in the Moose Suit is a message that’s both quirky and raw.  The fellow who’s waiting for the end to come in this video is confronted with images of birthdays gone terribly wrong; an elementary school uprising; tattooed, smoking and gun-toting nuns; and the town beauty queen festooned with raggedy toilet-paper decorations.  He watches the heart-rending parade of everyday life going berserk, waiting for the end to come.  And when the last of the sideshows has finally passed him by, the poor man is left sitting all alone on the dusty curb, a single tear running down his cheek.

Man in the Moose Suit: Waitin’ for the End to Come

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Hot Black: But Honey, It’s Not What It Looks Like!

Hot Black: But Honey, It’s Not What It Looks Like!

Took a big trip
With your old band
To your homeland
For the wrong man

Hot Black is the hot new animated music video that was written and hand-drawn by Ofir Sasson for HotBlack, a track  by Ontario’s indie band Oceanship from their eponymous debut album.  Starring Little Sheep and Big Wolf, the animation sadly confirms the poor wolf’s most terrible fear, namely that it’s not what it looks like…it’s even worse!  Furthermore, you should set your sights very carefully when aiming for revenge, otherwise you might end up losing everything you had.

Hot Black: But Honey, It’s Not What It Looks Like!

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The First Days of Spring: A Requiem on Love and Loss

The First Days of Spring: A Requiem on Love and Loss

The First Days Of Spring is a painfully beautiful movie by Charlie Fink, a film that sings to anyone with a broken heart.  It’s a visual-musical reflection on love and loss, originally created to accompany the new album by London’s indie-band Noah and the Whale.  The film can be seen as a companion piece to the album, as a visual version of it, or as a piece of work in its own right.  That decision is very much up to the listener and viewer. The musical journey the film takes you on, from the ominous drum tattoo and string swell on the opening title track, right through to the strummed acoustic guitar, pedal-steel keening and massed voices that bring My Door is Always Open to its devastating close, is an experience quite unlike that offered by most music and musical films being made today.

The First Days of Spring: Reflections on Love and Loss

(The Complete Film: Best Viewed Full-Screen)

The First Days of Spring: A Short Trailer

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