Video: "4 ton mantis" by Amon Tobin (NinjaTune/Outside), video by Shanx Productions.
Brazilian, now in Montreal living Amon Tobin (named himself after a Stephen King novel) makes his electronic jazz/bossa-nova/jungle music with a harmonica and sampler.
The Ninja Tune musician's track 'Always' (2008) was used for the soundtrack of '21' (great movie with costumes by Luca Mosca who worked as a couture designer for the Italian fashion houses Romeo Gigli and Callaghan fashionoffice.org/film/2008/213-2008.htm).
Video: "Le Café" by Oldelaf & Monsieur D from the album "L'album de la maturité" (released 3 May 2006).
The humorous group for French chansons, Oldelaf et Monsieur D., is on tour in France. You can hear the mélange of slam and pop on 23 Jan at La Glacerie, 30 Jan Beauvais, 17 Feb Amiens, 14 March Lyon, 21 March Orsay. Details, videos ... on the bands website www.legrosours.com.
Video: The humorous, folk-like "Resistance Song" by Jill Sobule, still an underground artist who is known to play for fans across the United States in personal settings. The cabaret-like 'Resistance Song' is about a waitress who dreams of being in the French resistance.
“Jill Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade. Topical, funny and more than a little poignant...grown-up music for an adolescent age.” Jon Pareles, pop music critic from the 'New York Times'.
The US singer/writer (born 1961) - she became successful for the then-controversial song 'I Kissed a Girl' and for 'Supermodel' from the soundtrack of the hit 1995 film Clueless - sings satirical about sexuality, depression, war ...
Video: "I Know Kung Fu" by the UK (Glasgow, Scotland) disco-house/punk band Shitdisco from the debut album 'Kingdom of Fear' (released in 2007 on Fierce Panda Records).
In 2003 they met while studying at the Glasgow School of Art. The band members are Joel Stone (Bass, Guitar, Vocals), Joe Reeves (Bass, Guitar, Vocals), Jan Lee (Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Jan Lee has left the band in 2008 to concentrate on his career as an illustrator), Darren Cullen (Drums).
The band is known for organising and playing free parties and raves on streets, abandoned railway tunnels, club toilets... Shitdisco is on tour: 17 Jan Portugal, 24 Jan Japan, 27 February United Kingdom ... Check out details, videos, tracks ... last.fm/music/Shitdisco.
Video: "Halo" by the UK electronic band (since 1980) Depeche Mode who derived their name from the title of a French fashion magazine which means as much as "Fashion Telegram"; the video is part of the documentary "One Night In Paris" (2002, available on DVD) directed by Anton Corbijn, filmed at the Palais Omnisport in Paris during the 2001 Exciter Tour.
Pop- and lifestyle photographer Anton Corbijn (born 1955, Netherlands) worked for Elle, Rolling Stone, Harpers Bazaar, W,... His videos such as about Nirvana "Heart Shaped Box", Metallica "Hero of the Day" and Depeche Mode (with whom he collaborates since 1986) are legendary. Anton Corbijn's work is strongly influenced by the music of Joy Division. "There's a lot about records that you cannot feel from a CD. I know that's an era that's gone, but for a lot of people my age, it was a very important thing. How a record slips out. The crackle when it plays. It's lovely, very alive. CDs are not alive. ..." Anton Corbijn, source imdb.com/name/nm0179221/bio
By the end of this year Depeche Mode are finalizing their new album. "Next year will be a very busy one; once we complete the final mixing of the album, it’ll be mastered and prepared for release. Our recording sessions have been unfolding smoothly and productively - in fact, we have a few extra tracks that won’t appear on the album but we’ll update you with more info on that soon," Depeche Mode. On 27 December Depeche Mode is playing in Wrocław, Poland. Check out the dates for the "Tour of The Universe 2009" (Israel, Greece, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia ...) depechemode.com
Video: "Just Got To Be" from the album "Magic Potion" (2006) by The Black Keys, directed by Peter Zavadil / Taillight TV.
The Black Keys are singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney. One of their trademarks is that they refuse to use big-name studios, and do most recording, producing, and mixing themselves.
You can hear their music such as ‘Set You Free’ on the soundtrack of the movie "School of Rock" (2003), ‘Girl is on My Mind’ in a Sony Ericsson advertising (2006), ‘The Desperate Man’ in a Victoria’s Secret commercial (2006) featuring Heidi Klum, their song “Your Touch” was used in a Lee jeans commercial (2007) ...
On 1st April 2008 the two musicians released their new album "Attack & Release".
In December and January (29 Dec Fremantie, 30 Dec Melbourne, 5 Jan Brisbane, ...) you can visit their concerts in Australia. On 29 Jan The Black Keys begin their US tour in Detroit, followed by Philadelphia, New York, ... Check out tracks, more videos, tour dates last.fm/music/The+Black+Keys
Video: "Downtown" by Peaches (aka Merril Nisker, born 1968 in Toronto, now living in Berlin) from the album "Impeach My Bush". Peaches composes, sings, plays the instruments, programs the sampler and produces the records by herself.
You can hear her songs in movies such as "Mean Girls", "Lost in Translation", "Jackass: Number Two" ... and her (guest-)voice in the song “Oh My God” by Pink (album "Try This" last.fm/music/Pink/Try+This).
The punk-feminist artist's songs are about - what else! - sexuality, especially the distinction between male and female, such as in the video above.
She identifies herself as a sexual being "... although she rejects the sanitised portrayal of women in popular music". Read more about her view on male and female, listen tracks, details about her tour (5 Jan in Munich/Germany; 23 Jan Paris/France) on last.fm/music/Peaches.
Video: "Morning Hero" by the alternative psychedelic band Izabo from their debut album "The Fun Makers" (released in 2003 in Israel); realised by Julien Rocher and Thomas Leonard.
The first tracks of the new album 'Superlight' (will be released in 2009) are out now. In August 2008 Izabo presented some tracks of 'Superlight' on their tour through Europe as a preview. It will be available in France on 2nd March 2009
(ROY Music roymusic.com/distribution EMI).
The funk-disco with orientalique touch comes from three men and one woman: Ran Shem Tov (Vocals & Guitar), Jonathan Levy (Bass & Backing Vocals), Nir Mantsur (Drums & Backing Vocals), and Shiri Hadar (Keyboards & Backing Vocals).
Izabo is on tour in Israel: 19 Dec Tel-Aviv, 27 Dec Kfar Sava. For 2009 a concert is scheduled in Paris (2 April). Check out tracks, details on myspace.com/izaboband.
Video: "Another World" by Antony and the Johnsons (out since Oct 2008); directed by Colin Whitaker, dance by Lola Naisse, backdrop by Nick Mauss. In “Another World” the singer express his despair in the face of a vanishing landscape.
This is the first track of the new album "The Crying Light" (will be released in early 2009). In the new work Antony reflects upon the momentous changes that we are facing, within each of our private worlds as well as collectively, and how we are summoning the courage to start moving through them antonyandthejohnsons.com.