It’s pretty much impossible to escape the brouhaha of the CMJ Music Marathon right now. Every day there’s new gigs, panels and parties and whilst I should be watching closely it’s just too bitter a pill to swallow. Instead I bought tickets to Pitchfork Paris and that’s managing to soften the blow quite nicely. This week there were a number of interesting and unexpected releases, HitBoy gets into character(s) whilst The Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye fights narcolepsy. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Bon Iver – Beth/Rest (Dir. Justin Vernon)
Upon the release of Bon Iver, Bon Iver almost a year and a half ago, the album closing Beth/Rest received a lot of attention, primarily for all the wrong reasons. Critics called it cheesy and uncool for its unabashed embrace of 80s Pop Rock. This video could be interpreted as a big ‘Fuck You’ to said critics with its otherworldly and undeniably 80s vibes.
The Pass – Without Warning (Dir. Zach Hart)
‘Without Warning’ is the first single from The Pass’ new album, Melt. This set of visuals has got us excited, impressed and kinda tripping balls.
HitBoy – East vs. West (Dir. Fredo Tovar & Scott Fleishman, Video Produced By Tim Cairo)
This is an ode to the two Godfathers of rap – Biggie and Pac. With the majority filmed in Backside Records in Burbank, HitBoy dons both the Biggie Coogi and Tupac’s Blood bandana in a video which remembers the two Hip-Hop legends. With an unquestionable talent for production, HitBoy proves that he’s more than capable of spitting over his beats. As Kanye puts it “Guess I’m gettin high off my own supply.”
The Weeknd – Wicked Games (Dir. Abel Tesfaye)
The video for the smoother remastered version of the Weeknd’s hit “Wicked Games” was released early this week. It features Abel in a typically blazed state, cotching in front of flashing headlights and a dancing Lana Del Rey lookalike as he struggles to avoid a (presumably) drug-induced slumber.
Death Grips – True Vulture (Dir. Galen Pehrson)
In true non-conformist style, Death Grips have teamed up with Galen Pehrson for the visuals to a song that isn’t even on their new record. Pehrson’s digitally hand-drawn animation is the kind of thing you might conjure up if you were to read The Illustrated Man after a couple of shroom shakes. Look out for the Nietzsche-quoting crow.