Friday, 23 September 2011
VIDEO VACUUM - Glenn Jones, Cuckoo Chaos, High Places, Future Islands
My first week of a "break", and how have I spent it? Doing this, mostly. Watching Breaking Bad. Seeing Lou Barlow, Sebadoh and Smudge kill. Buying a suit (as you do...). Drinking. Yeah, that's about it... So tonight I end the week by going on a boat cruise that holds the likes of Blank Realm, Cobwebbs, Nite Fields and Naked On The Vague. I may not come back alive. At best we will end up marooned on an island and revert back to the basest of the human condition, a situation William Golding foresaw aeon's ago. And at the end Charlton Heston will stumble across the Statue of Liberty...but that's my pop culture references getting confused. I think drinking copious amounts of alcohol and watching copies episodes of a show about meth cooks is doing its dastardly works... Time to get on the boat and sail to my destiny then? Ill leave you with these four videos as my last will and testament.
First up is guitarist Glenn Jones. His album The Wanting is just to be released on Thrill Jockey, and this video for 'Of Its Own Kind' reminds me of the Kelly Reichardt film Old Joy with Bonnie "Prince" Billy for some reason. Its a great little track anyway. You can pre-order The Wanting here - in the meantime, lose yourself in immaculate guitar and rustic vistas.
Next up, Cuckoo Chaos. This video for 'Jamb Song' is pretty goddamn ace of base. These San Diego kids really are coming along, surfing a wave of their own idiosyncratic making, and this comic-strip video is the perfect complement to their musical stylings.
Those two dazed kids that form High Places recorded this video at Spahn Ranch, the one-time home base for Charles Manson and the Family. It shows. This track is off the forthcoming Original Colors LP, on Thrill Jockey.
And because I love Thrill Jockey and cant get enough, here is the new Future Islands track, 'Balance'! As if I wasn't going to show this... Their newie, On The Water, is also due next month. TJ know no bounds...
NOW GET BACK TO WORK!