It Pays To Be A Nada Surf Fan

Music videos are rife with clichés and often bore the tears out of anyone with even a remotely discerning taste. Nada Surf solved this problem by opening up a YouTube contest to their fans to make the music video for their song “Weightless” from Lucky . The band and Barsuk made two very talented fans $3,000 richer in exchange for their incredible videos. Directors Richard Card and Austin Trotter walked away victorious with a video that focuses on transitions and dream-like experiences, both ordinary and surreal. Not to discredit the runners up, Sean P. Rogan and Sam Kuhn received a copy of the Nada Surf vinyl box set, Nada Surf t-shirts and CDs and some gear from the good folks at You can snag your own box set on Nov 25th. It’s packed with all five studio albums on vinyl, an exclusive repressing of the first 7″ single, full-color 24-page lyric and photo book, download codes for MP3 versions of The Proximity Effect, Let Go, The Weight Is a Gift, Lucky , and a collection of rare and out-of-print bonus tracks and b-sides…whew!

Be sure to check out those great music videos HERE !

Selection of Album Newcomers

Cut Off Your Hands Happy As Can Be (Frenchkiss Records) – Taking hints from the Klaxons and The Pigeon Detectives, these Auckland boys are bringing up the front with spot on dance driven new rave. A dervish of post-punk pop is being released on their new six-track EP.

The Raveonettes Beauty Dies (Vice Records) – The third installation in the noir garage-pop duo’s four EPs to be released this year, Beauty Dies brings us more of the Raves’ signature gauzy distortion, reverb-soaked percussion, and velvet dark melodies.

The Holloways Sinners & Winners (The Orchard) – Brought to you by yours truly, The Orchard, this scrappy lil’ gang from North London will make you bounce to their catchy rock songs with charming accent-heavy vocals. Let our commitment be a testament to their hopelessly catchy riffs.

Bohren & Der Club of Gore Dolores (Ipecac Recordings) – The juxtaposition of sultry jazz sax croons, ambient synths , and simplistic percussion paint a landscape of a dark bleak doom that’s strangely beautiful. The dignified and foreboding minimalism of Dolores will spur images of a slow torture, and we mean that in the best way possible.

Brendan Campbell Burgers And Murders (Everybody’s Records) – A brilliant songwriter from Scotland, young Mr. Campbell and his trusty acoustic display a great level of passion and authenticity on the new record Burgers And Murders. While the influence of such icons as Jim Morrison and Leonard Cohen clearly shine through, this is not just another folk rocker.

Darkthrone Dark Thrones and Black Flags (Peaceville) – This long haired Norwegian duo grind away in their scuffed black boots to whiskey-fueled black metal. Constantly evolving with each new album, these crusty blasts are stripped down with an irreverent punk aggression… black’n’roll metal to the core.

HR Hey Wella (DC Hardcore) – The legendary Bad Brains frontman HR combines his distinct influences of hardcore, reggae and punk for an album that truly pushes genre boundaries. This fusion of sounds on his tenth record offers new perspectives without alienating fans, making for a strong record throughout.

Finnish Experimental-House Producer Luomo Releases Convivial to Rave Reviews

Coming from a Convivial atmosphere certainly seems to be working well for Finnish experimental house producer Luomo, as the release of his fourth album has the web atwitter. For his latest on his own Huume Recordings, the man born Sasu Ripatti expanded his horizons beyond his usual vocalist, jazz singer Johanna Iivanainen, and enlisted a load of guest artists to join her. Some of the voices lent to Convivial include Sascha Ring (Apparat), Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) and a “secret guest” who simply calls himself Chubbs. The result is probably Luomo’s most diverse, danceable and exciting album yet.

While firmly rooted in the house/club genre, Luomo is a restless composer whose music is full of dark chasms and sharp edges, setting him apart from the pack. He is always looking for more ways to bend the pop music rules, deconstructing melodies and putting them back together in a way that captures tension and romance in shards of polished disco.  It is with that determined experimentalism that Ripatti approached Convivial.

Check out the synth-pulsing ballad “Love You All” below to hear it for yourself.

MP3: Luomo feat. Apparat – Love You All

Her Space Holiday Release XOXO, Panda, Stream Album on AOL Spinner

Taking the past two years to get back to his musical roots must have been good for Her Space Holiday mastermind Marc Bianchi, because his new Mush release XOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival sounds like he’s having an awful lot of fun. Blogcritics says, “ ‘The Boys and Girls’ just might be the best pop song you’ll hear all year.” And now you can check the album out for yourself all week on AOL Spinner!

Stepping back from the computer that’s been such a huge part of Bianchi’s Her Space Holiday career has made room for him to experiment with loose and carefree arrangements of guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, shakers, glockenspiel, and drums – all of which lay the foundation for his vocal storytelling. XOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival is a brilliant calling card for Her Space Holiday’s newly awakened alter-ego, and a watershed moment in his growth as a songwriter and performer.  Check out the ultra-catchy “Sleepy Tigers” below!

MP3: Her Space Holiday – Sleepy Tigers

Bohren & Der Club of Gorgeous!

After ditching their hardcore roots in skuzzbucket bands like 7 Inch Boots and Chronical Diarrhoea (yeah, you read that right), the German gents of Bohren & Der Club of Gore tried something totally new, totally different, and, as far as the Rind is concerned, totally fucking awesome. Emerging in 92, the crew offered up a bewitching genre-slay of music they rightly called, “an unholy ambient mixture of slow jazz ballads, Black Sabbath doom and down tuned Autopsy sounds.” And over fifteen years later, they’re still at it, re-shaping and refining their brand of blackened death jazz on their latest Ipecac release, Dolores . If there’s a remotely adventurous musical bone in your body, we highly reccomend checking this out.

MP3 : Bohren & Der Club Of Gore – Still Am Tresen