Off Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s new album Sex & Food (Jagjaguwar) comes a song inspired by frontman Ruban Nielson’s daughter. “Hunnybee” is a fan favorite, and the new video for the track goes along with the past themes of UMO’s clips. Watch the video below, and look out for UMO on tour this summer and fall.
Read our 120 Reasons To Live on the Housemartins’ “Caravan Of Love”:
Boston “supergroup” E—guitarists Thalia Zedek (Come, Live Skull) and Jason Sidney Sanford (Trunk Federation, Neptune) and drummer Gavin McCarthy (Karate)—just released sophomore album Negative Work (Thrill Jockey). The 10-track LP is full of angular, aggressive punk-inspired tracks including “Hole In Nature,” inspired by interdisciplinary Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti. The video for the song is completely in black and white, capturing the dark, thriller felt of the song. Check it out now.
The Magic Numbers just released the video for their empowering “Ride Against The Wind.” The clip features a group of women breaking free from their traditional roles, accompanied by frontman Romeo Stodart’s relaxed-yet-carefree vocals. Outsiders, the London quartet’s first album in four years, is available now via Park The Van. Stodart and bandmates—bassist sister Michele and fellow siblings Angela (keyboards) and Sean (drums) Gannon—will be touring the East Coast in July. In the meantime, hop on and “Ride Against The Wind” right now.
The Nude Party is getting ready to expose its self-titled debut album to the public on July 6 via New West. First single “Chevrolet Van” heralded the North Carolina six-piece (which contains a pair of brothers as well as a pair of step brothers) as one to watch, and follow-up “Records” only ups the au-naturel ante. As both song and video, “Records” has a vintage feel, the same of which could be said of the Nude Party in general. Check out the 6mm-film-shot “Records” now, and try to catch the band live this summer—clothing optional.
Wooden Shjips just released their highly anticipated V (Thrill Jockey). The seven-track album features more of its trademark spacey, slow-jam goodness—full of some much-needed positive energy—which the band is showcasing on its current North American tour, with European dates set for September. The video for “Already Gone” delivers even more good vibrations, with the band enjoying the sun, the musical camaraderie and the hacky sack throughout the clip. Fear not, MAGNET readers: The members of Wooden Shjips come in peace.
1984 has already been quite a year. The Donald, now a father for the third time, has finally seen Trump Tower up, running and open for business, and he’s in the middle of rebuilding the skating rink in Central Park. The Soviet army is on alert after President Reagan joked that we’re gonna begin bombing them in five minutes. 46-year-old Jack Nicholson won his second Oscar, for Terms Of Endearment. Apple dramatically introduced the Macintosh computer to the world with an Orwellian commercial directed by Ridley Scott, hot off his success with Blade Runner. And British new-wave outfit A Flock Of Seagulls released The Story Of A Young Heart, which—following 22-year-old guitarist Paul Reynolds leaving the group after it hit record stores—has turned out to be the last LP by the band’s original lineup.
That is, until now. (OK, we’re back in 2018, McFly.)
With Ascension (out June 29), Reynolds, Score brothers Mike (vocals, keyboards) and Ali (drums) and bassist Frank Maudsley have gotten the original band back together—with a little help from the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The 12-track LP features A Flock Of Seagulls symphonically redoing all the hits—”I Ran (So Far Away),” “Space Age Love Song,” “Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You),” “Telecommunication,” “Nightmares,” “Transfer Affection”—plus other fan faves, primarily from 1982’s self-titled debut and the following year’s Listen.
Given that A Flock Of Seagulls had two members who were hairdressers with a taste for the theatrical (and, kids, this is the early ’80s we’re talking about), videos played a big part of the band’s success in the U.S. thanks to frequent airplay on MTV. So it’s not surprising that the quartet already has a new clip from the new album, for the new “Space Age Love Song,” a 1982 top-30 smash in the U.S. that’s still essential ear candy from the greed-is-good decade. And if you don’t believe us, just ask Mike Score: “I knew when I wrote ‘Space Age Love Song,’ it was perfect,” he says. “And it was far beyond what any other new-wave band could do.”
Unlike during the new-wave era, however, these days band members don’t have to all be in the same studio to make a record. Or, even, the same country. So shooting the video for “Space Age Love Song” also marked the true reunion for the foursome. “We made the record in separate studios around the world,” says Score. “So when we made the video, it was actually the first time we had been all together since 2004. It was a good feeling. That Seagull magic is still there.”
What isn’t still there, though, is that patented A Flock Of Seagulls hair—hair so groundbreaking and unforgettable that it’s been referenced by name in films like Pulp Fiction and The Wedding Singer. These days, instead of that physics-defying waterfall that resided on top of Score’s head, he’s now rockin’ the cue-ball look. But like they say: Hair today, gone tomorrow.
We’re proud to premiere the video for “Space Age Love Song” on magnetmagazine.com. Although it took a while, it will make you smile.
Okkervil River just released a video for “Love Somebody,” off the excellent new In The Rainbow Rain (ATO). The surreal, use-your-delusion clip—directed by Juliana and Nicky Giraffe of Giraffe Studios Imagination Emporium—shows a therapist appointment that takes Will Sheff into a whole new state of mind. Okkervil is currently on tour, with more dates scheduled for September and October. But for now, your therapist awaits: Check your head with “Love Somebody.”
GospelbeacH’s second album, Another Summer Of Love (Alive Naturalsound), will bring you back to the summer days of the past, thinking about cruising around the beaches of sunny California. The carefree, vintage-vibing video for “California Fantasy” takes this even further, capturing a ’70s feel as GospelbeacH frontman Brent Rademaker (of Beachwoood Sparks fame) and bandmates skate, surf and do all the other things good beach boys do. Let GospelbeacH and its Steve Hanft-directed clip fulfill all your California fantasies. Fun, fun, fun, kids.
You’re in luck, Mitski fans. The indie-rock sensation just released a sneak peek into her upcoming album, Be The Cowboy. Lead single “Geyser” gives a nice introduction to the 14-track LP, which portrays a woman’s battle with staying in control. The song’s Zia Anger-directed video takes place on a peaceful shore side, featuring a woman in distress, struggling with her inner feelings. Check out the clip for “Geyser,” and if you’re so inclined, pre-order Be The Cowboy (out August 17 on Dead Oceans). You can also catch Mitski on tour this month:
6/9 – Bozeman, MT @ Rialto Bozeman
6/12 – Fort Collins, CO @ The Armory
6/14 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
6/15 – El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace
6/16 – Marfa, TX @ Crowley Theater
6/20 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
6/22 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive
6/23 – Savannah, GA @ El Rocko
6/30 – Woodstock, NY @ Colony