Film At 11: Mazes

Mazes is an offshoot of Chicago band the 1900s, featuring that group’s Edward Anderson and Caroline Donovan. We highly recommend Mazes’ self-titled debut (on Parasol); “Love To Lay” is twee thundering down Laurel Canyon in a power-pop hovercraft, possibly driven by Nick Lowe.

Film At 11: “Jeffrey Lewis And The News” Episode 6

Since getting his start in the late ’90s in New York’s antifolk movement alongside the Moldy Peaches and others, Jeffrey Lewis has easily transcended any single musical scene. His inventive, irreverent songwriting has grown in tandem with creative forays into comic books and, now, ringleader of a variety show/news program called Jeffrey Lewis And The News. We really can’t explain it, but we’ll be debuting new episodes each night this week at 11 p.m. EST.

http://www.vimeo.com/4150670

Film At 11: “Jeffrey Lewis And The News” Episode 5

Since getting his start in the late ’90s in New York’s antifolk movement alongside the Moldy Peaches and others, Jeffrey Lewis has easily transcended any single musical scene. His inventive, irreverent songwriting has grown in tandem with creative forays into comic books and, now, ringleader of a variety show/news program called Jeffrey Lewis And The News. We really can’t explain it, but we’ll be debuting new episodes each night this week at 11 p.m. EST.

http://www.vimeo.com/4149788

Film At 11: “Jeffrey Lewis And The News” Episode 4

Since getting his start in the late ’90s in New York’s antifolk movement alongside the Moldy Peaches and others, Jeffrey Lewis has easily transcended any single musical scene. His inventive, irreverent songwriting has grown in tandem with creative forays into comic books and, now, ringleader of a variety show/news program called Jeffrey Lewis And The News. We really can’t explain it, but we’ll be debuting new episodes each night this week at 11 p.m. EST.

http://www.vimeo.com/4261028

Film At 11: “Jeffrey Lewis And The News” Episode 3

Since getting his start in the late ’90s in New York’s antifolk movement alongside the Moldy Peaches and others, Jeffrey Lewis has easily transcended any single musical scene. His inventive, irreverent songwriting has grown in tandem with creative forays into comic books and, now, ringleader of a variety show/news program called Jeffrey Lewis And The News. We really can’t explain it, but we’ll be debuting new episodes each night this week at 11 p.m. EST.

http://www.vimeo.com/4196365

Film At 11: “Jeffrey Lewis And The News” Episode 2

Since getting his start in the late ’90s in New York’s antifolk movement alongside the Moldy Peaches and others, Jeffrey Lewis has easily transcended any single musical scene. His inventive, irreverent songwriting has grown in tandem with creative forays into comic books and, now, ringleader of a variety show/news program called Jeffrey Lewis And The News. We really can’t explain it, but we’ll be debuting new episodes each night this week at 11 p.m. EST.

Film At 11: “Jeffrey Lewis And The News” Episode 1

Since getting his start in the late ’90s in New York’s antifolk movement alongside the Moldy Peaches and others, Jeffrey Lewis has easily transcended any single musical scene. His inventive, irreverent songwriting has grown in tandem with creative forays into comic books and, now, ringleader of a variety show/news program called Jeffrey Lewis And The News. We really can’t explain it, but we’ll be debuting new episodes each night this week at 11 p.m. EST.

World Premiere Video: Loxsly

Later this month (May 26, to be exact), Loxsly will release Tomorrow’s Fossils, the Austin band’s third LP of gently twanging, subliminally electronic pop of Grandaddy-ish proportions. (Tomorrow’s Fossils even has a Sophtware Slump-like concept involving technology and humanity.) Far be it for us to make someone else’s guest list, but we’d recommend giving Loxsly—along with similar-minded Austinites the Octopus Project—a slot at Spoon‘s three-day mini-festival in July. Here’s the world premiere of the video for “As The Constellation’s Arms Uncurled,” directed by Loxsly frontman Cody Ground.

Seen Your Video: Cursive

video3Your music video may have only played once or twice on MTV, but it’s on permanent rotation on YouTube. We watch videos and TV performances—the good, the bad, the hilariously dated and the brand new—with musicians to find out what they were thinking. MAGNET’s Robert Ham discusses Cursive‘s new video “From The Hips”—a sort of dating-meets-flash-mob plot starring members of L.A. comedy troupes—with frontman Tim Kasher.

Any band willing to name its album Mama, I’m Swollen indicates at least some sense of humor. Cursive amplifies that notion via this hilarious video that brings to visual life the health-class maxim: “When you sleep with someone, you’re sleeping with everyone they’ve slept with, too.” Kasher tells MAGNET how this ridiculous tale is the result of his band finally embracing the idea of making videos on its own terms.

Kasher:
In the past, we haven’t been as hands on when it came to our videos, so we wanted to make sure that we liked our videos more and wanted to play more of a role in them. Thankfully, we had the time to do it. It’s a pretty basic idea that when men and women go out on dates, they take their baggage with them from all their exes. So I set up a scenario where that was actually happening. Then it got a lot more absurd from there. Mostly, I had the idea of we even when you’re dating living in small town like Omaha, everyone kind of dates in the same dating pool. I was kind of commenting that we all end up having sex with each other, so maybe we should capture that on video somehow.

Michael Grodner, the director, had the idea to go to comedy troupes in L.A. to cast the video. It ended up working out really well. The main guy, David Neher is from the Honor Student comedy troupe and we also got people from the Groundlings and people from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in L.A. It was fun to watch them try and lip synch along to my song. I was often right behind the camera helping them when they were having trouble remembering the words, helping sing along with them.

We pulled it together pretty quick, actually, around the beginning of February. We got the treatment to the director, and he was really responsive, so we were able to shoot it later that month. We did it over two days in Los Angeles. We had a great time. It was great to be hanging out with a lot of new people. And they’re all funny people, so we just got to hang out, have some drinks and have a lot of fun.

Making videos was more of a self-conscious thing for us in the past. We always wondered, “Why is a band at our level making videos, anyway?” So instead, we just embraced it, figuring we could do videos very affordably, write them ourselves and surround ourselves with people who could get them made. Mostly we convinced ourselves that we’ve got to open ourselves up to the benefits of the Internet. A band with just about any measure of success can do a video and it’ll end up being shown somewhere. At least on someone’s MySpace page or something.

World Premiere Video: Hermas Zopoula

We’re psyched to premiere the following video from West African singer/songwriter Hermas Zopoula because: a) we get to mention that the capital of his native Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou; and b) we can further look down our noses at the weak afro-posturing of Vampire Weekend. Zopoula is the youngest of 36 children in his family (in your face, Octomom) and will see his first American release, the two-disc Espoir/Live In Ouagadougou issued by the Asthmatic Kitty label on May 19. “Pai Doun Yunai,” below, appears on the live album recorded in Zopoula’s back yard.