1) Fleet Foxes aren't from L.A., but I like them, and I think you like them, the new animated video for "The Shrine/An Argument" is pretty cool, both visually (there's some neat images of some animals killing and eating some other animals) and sonically (by that, I mean the song is pretty), and it picks up pretty big time half way through and goes totally Native American style dancing on us.
3) One of my favoriter L.A. (pop) bands Walking Sleep have released some videos from their now world famous Tarp Sessions. Here, enjoy the Sara Radle directed "Have and Hold". They are playing on Friday, November 25 at the Satellite. See a tour of the space here. And some behind the scenes "tone-scaping" by guitarist Adam Schary.
4) I've been holding on to this video by Jamuel Saxon for "Planetarium" for almost a week, and it was not until I started typing the name that it crossed my mind that it is a play on words. Like the last video teaser, it prominently features masks. It is directed by Anthony Levas and Mike Brown, and does much to celestialize the live performance of this San Diego band. Jamuel Saxon is one of the many bands of the last 10 years that have either migrated from pure electronica to something appropriately called "rock", or in the other direction. They sound vaguely like Death From Above 1979?
5) The extremely prolific and often "experimental" sounding Pizza! have released a kaleidescopic video for "Big Mammoth Skull", which as far as I can tell, is uncharacteristically UN-experimental. Although, I must admit that the speak-singing about skulls does remind me of They Might Be Giants. And the leotarded dancers (played by director and collaborator Caitlin Craggs) remind me of my other favorite, Kate Bush. Click here to see the video' premiere on NY-based arts and culture blog Arcade 44, which features a short feature and interview with the band and director.
Pizza!'s new video for "Jeremy" (which seems to be a play on the Pearl Jam song) is more typically Pizza!-style bizarre.
7) I write enough about Iceland's FM Belfast that I think here they need no introduction. Here is their new video for "Vertigo" (directed By Máni M. Sigfússon) off their latest and terrific album Don't Want To Sleep. The video depicts a play datedate between two small children. They are almost as adorable as the band.
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