I have decided to start an occasional series that spotlights an 80’s video. The videos spotlighted will be rare, unusual,creative or ones that are well-known. So to start off not only the series but the year is, appropriately enough, the video “Theme From 2010” by The Police member Andy Summers. The song is an updated version of “Also Sprach Zarathustra”. The movie which the theme was taken from is the sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001”. The music video incorporates scenes from “2010” and of Andy Summers in a great way. Enjoy!
this song is off of the 2003 album, “Deep Cuts”. i think you can buy it on their website.
the knife is a brother/sister duo from sweden. they don’t like mainstream music, and although they’ve won multiple awards for their music, they refuse to take part in all the crazy shinanigans that come along with it. examples: they avoid public appearances, refused to play live until recently, and wear masks in most of their promotional photos. they also boycotted the 2003 grammys, where they won best pop group of the year, sending in their place two people wearing gorilla costumes. supposedly this was a protest against male dominance in the music industry, but i’m not sure i understand what gorillas have to do with that. regardless… i support this anti-social behavior.
this is off their first full length (self titled). you can buy it on their website
the good, the bad, and the queen was formed in 2006 and is a bit of a SUPERGROUP with frontman damon albarn (blur, gorillaz) playing keys and singing, paul simonon (the clash, havana 3am) playing bass, simon tong (the verve, the shining) playing guitar, tony allen (co-founder of the AFROBEAT genre) playing drums, and danger mouse (gnarls barkley, dangerdoom) producing and playing random percussion/synths. albarn describes this album as “a song cycle that’s also a mystery play about London”.
The National is an indie-rock band from new york. they formed back in 1999, and have toured with modest mouse and R.E.M.. blah blah blah. i saw them at the pitchfork music fest a couple years ago, and i have to say that they were the best act there. well… them and aesop rock.
the manic street preachers are some silly socialists from wales. they’ve been around since the late 80’s and have a new album coming out in 2009 (produced by Steve Albini). “the holy bible” was released in 1994, and is the last album to include lyricist/guitarist richey james edwards, who disappeared in ’95. (like true socialists, the remaining members continue to put 25% of all the earned royalties into an account in richey’s name)
andrew bird is an american singer-songwriter well known for playing the violin and whistling a lot. his early albums were more jazz/folk influenced, while his more recent work could be lazily described as “indie rock”. he’s performed with both the squirrel nut zippers and dosh, as well as played shows entirely by himself and a couple of loop pedals.
he has a new album coming out in january called Noble Beast. you can listen to a couple tracks, and pre-order it, on his website.
"Being Strangled" b/w "Us Mere Mortals" (02/08/11)
"Billy and the Black Spot Under an Ugly Moon" (01/11/11)
"Radio Prohibidas" b/w "Never Know" (01/11/11)
"Merry Christmas (Don't Forget To Write)" (12/25/10)
"I'll Take The Bullet For You" b/w "Zenith/Nadir" (12/14/10)
"Warholism (Is Polaroiding)" b/w "Among The Saints" (11/09/10)
"Frantic Prayer" b/w "Kicking The Tires" (10/12/10)
"Gravitational Collapse" b/w "Carcinogenic Kiss" (9/14/10)