VIDEO: Murder By Death “White Noise”

The video for Murder By Death’s “White Noise” was created by Australian animator/design team of MaricorMaricar based on a storyboard by cellist Sarah Balliet. The song is a standout on the band’s fifth long-player, Good Morning, Magpie out now on Vagrant Records. It’s a bit more spacious and ominous than anything on the last record, recalling the dark overtones of Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them? The new record took a few listens for me to sink my teeth into it, but it’s turning into one of my favorites of the year so far. These guys are always way more aggressive and intense live, so try to see them when they hit your town. And, trust me, they will. Murder By Death’s touring schedule is unceasing.

VIDEO: Foals “Miami”

Uhh. This is an odd video treatment for Foals. Lots of sunshine and brightly colored outfits certainly tie in with my preconceived notions of Miami. And, I guess, if I think about it really hard, so do oiled up bodybuilders, some of whom may or may not be trannies. Still, a totally weird aesthetic for a Foals tune. Can’t say I’m going to return to this clip, though.

New Land of Talk LP, Cloak and Cipher, due in August

Following up 2008’s wildly underrated Some Are Lakes LP, Montreal’s Land of Talk returns this August with its second full-length, entitled Cloak and Cipher. The album was produced by the Besnard Lakes’ Jase Lacek and features a host of guests, ranging from members of Arcade Fire, A Silver Mt. Zion, Stars, and Esmerine. The album is due out August 24th, once again, via Saddle Creek.

Cloak and Cipher:

1. “Cloak and Cipher”
2. “Goaltime Exposure”
3. “Quarry Hymns”
4. “Swift Coin”
5. “Color Me Badd”
6. “The Hate I Won’t Commit”
7. “Hamburg, Noon”
8. “Blangee Blee”
9. “Playita”
10. “Better and Closer”

Tour dates:

5/28 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*
5/29 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*
5/30 Cambridge, MA – TT the Bears*
5/31 Portland, ME – Space Gallery
7/1 Montreal, QC – Club Soda (Festival International de Jazz de Montreal)
7/18 Quebec City, QC – Festival d’été de Québec

* with the Besnard Lakes

STREAM: Deftones’ cover of Drive Like Jehu’s “Caress”

I’ve never really considered myself a Deftones fan, although I’ve never actively disliked them either, mainly because I have often been intrigued, if not even wholly impressed, by a few of their cover choices over the years.

They’ve re-stylized Duran Duran’s moody masterpiece, “The Chauffeur”:

And Sade’s “No Ordinary Love”:

Both covers are faithful yet heavily emphasize the darker aspects of each song. The deluxe edition of the band’s new album Diamond Eyes on iTunes features yet another cover, which has completely blown my mind. Showing immaculate taste, Deftones try their hand at Drive Like Jehu’s “Caress” off that legendary band’s self-titled debut. This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill-do-it-justice type cover, either. Deftones completely tear this song to shreds, capturing the impossibly frenetic energy of the original, while somehow rocking the bejesus out of it. I am beyond impressed. Stream it over at Buzznet. It is amazing.