Three Ice Cool Videos – Wiley / The Kills / A Place To Bury Strangers

Hola wednesday warriors!

How you doin?

In the words of the great philosophers TLC (yes, Plato, Socrates, Descartes - whatevs – Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes knows where it’s at) your humble web monkey has three CRAZYSEXYCOOL videos to unveil today.

Without further ado nor waffle….

WILEY – ‘Boom Blast’ (taken from the album ‘Evolve Or Be Extinct’ – out now on Big Dada)

This tune has had the whole office bopping like maniacs. The video is so chockful of energy and exuberance that I am convinced that just by *watching* it, that i am actually burning up calories, they are exercising down the gym so that i don’t have to. Another pastry please monkey butler, Wiley is working out for me. The album is in the shops NOW!*

* ‘Evolve Or Be Extinct’ was released on January 19th as it was Wiley’s birthday. Shame on you if you forgot to send him a card this year. I’m reminding you now. Next year = you have no excuse.

Right, altogether now….

“D-d-d-d-down down d-d-d down down d-d-down…..”


THE KILLS – ‘The Last Goodbye’ (single, out 13th February on Domino Records) 

To cool down after all that exertion, and on a very different register, here’s the brand new single video from The Kills. In 2012 Alison and Jamie celebrate 10 years of ‘killing it’, and there’ll be a plethora of Kills-related activity happening to coincide. Here though, is the beautiful video for ‘The Last Goodbye’, directed by the beautiful soul that is Samantha Morton.

This, from the Domino website, elucidates further:

The Kills – Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart – will celebrate 10 amazing years with the release of the beautiful new single ‘The Last Goodbye’ on 13th February 2012. Directed by the Oscar nominated actress Samantha Morton, acclaimed for her directorial feature debut ‘The Unloved’, this is her very first music video. Shot in monochrome on crisp, silvery 35mm, the video reflects the beautiful simplicity of the track, with an old-school photo booth providing an intimate backdrop for Mosshart’s intense and heart-warming opening performance followed by a series of touching to-camera poses reflecting the musicians’ longstanding, spirited friendship.

“It was an honor to work with Samantha Morton on this Casablanca-esque, silent-film-esque, Americana photobooth Woolworth’s hay day period piece of surrealism/ realism/ story time tell-tale-ism, black and white 35 mm film, washed in strange light, over this love hate tune, heartbreak song, life-goes-on lullaby, The Last Goodbye. It’s a doorway into the future of the fatal past-tense. Get it?” – Alison Mosshart.

“I love the fact that when you used to go to a photo booth, you used to have wait sometimes a good twenty minutes. It could be 8 minutes, 9 minutes. Sometimes, I remember, if they were really crap, you’d have to wait forever and you’d go off for a cup of tea and you’d come back to get your passport pictures and they were there. Also, it was quite expensive when we were young. It was like a real treat but now, it’s still expensive but you just get these crap images of yourself. They’re just horrible and they won’t last in the same way. So in a way a think the song was incredibly nostalgic and I think made me feel nostalgic” – Samantha Morton.



A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS – ‘So Far Away’ (taken from the mini-album ‘Onwards To The Wall’, out in the UK on 6th February via Dead Oceans)

The nihilistic New York psych-Spector rockers APTBS return with a five track mini-album – out in the UK on 6th February via the Dead Oceans label. This video evokes life on the road perfectly (or maybe modern life itself?) through a series of rapidly flickering still photographs (possibly done on Hipstamatic?).

Probably not suitable for epileptics or the seizure-prone, perfect for the rest of us, short-attention-spanned as we are through prolonged exposure to the internet. Click click click click click.



More waffle later, ron.

Adieu for now!


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