Erykah Gets Buck Naked for “Window Seat” Video

[Update: Universal Motown has pulled the video from Youtube. Watch it HERE instead.]

This weekend, Erykah Badu released a video for “Window Seat.” We think you’ll like it. Click over to @fatbellybella to join the discussion about the video where Erykah walks down the streets of Dallas and strips off all of her clothes. Directed by Coodie and Chike, the video shouts out to the Brooklyn indie rockers Matt & Kim for their similarly themed video.

The video takes place in the location where JFK was assassinated, starts with the radio broadcast, and the ending reveals more meaning when Erykah drops at the sound of a gunshot, in the exact spot where Kennedy was shot. CNN sums it up as “The R&B singer said she was making a statement against “groupthink,” which she tweeted was an “unwritten rule” that “i will not express my true opinion if it opposes those i love and fear.” More tweets from the video shoot include “they were yelling, ‘THIS IS A PUBLIC PLACE : YOU OUGHTA BE ASHAMED : PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON : DAMN GIRL! etc,” and “the people caught in the shot were trying hard to ignore me.” She also said that when the camera stopped, they ran.

New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh comes out tomorrow.
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Stay tuned for pictures from Saturday’s show at Good Units!

Sonnymoon’s Golden Age

What would Drake’s “Housoatlantavegas” sound like minus the swagger and autotune? Like this!

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The name Sonnymoon is a reference to the legendary jazz saxaphonist Sonny Rollins. The band, like the tradition of jazz, is a progressive, boundary-crossing fusion of musical elements. Their music draws noticeable influence from artists like Bjork and Flying Lotus.  

As graduates of the Berklee School of Music, Dane Orr and Anna Wise are well versed in jazz concepts, but are also, like jazz musicians of the past, forward thinking in their approach to their own music. The duo’s sound consists of head-nodding drums, synthesizer ambiance, drones, glitches, and vocal harmonies that are a bit avant-garde, but still draw attention from a wide array of listeners. They are a part of a new school of artists that are continuing the legacy of music scenes that once seemed distinctly separate.  They join bands like Little Dragon and Electric Wire Hustle in continuing to bridge the gap between electronic, hip-hop, and rock, much like PPP did in the mid 2000’s, and Portishead did in the 90’s. There is nothing unique about bringing separate music scenes together, as there are countless others who are more or less known for similar practices. What’s important is, does it sound good? The answer is YES.   -L.E

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VV Brown’s Yellow Cab Sessions + N. American Tour

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Now that she’s making it in the US, VV Brown took the Black Cab Sessions idea and brought it to New York, hence the Yellow Cab Sessions. Enjoy, and find her remaining US tour dates with Little Dragon after the jump.  [Read more...]

Jamie Lidell – “The Ring” Video

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From Jamie Lidell himself: “Jamie and fellow musicians including Chilly Gonzales and Dan Rossen (Grizzly Bear) lift their hammers in this Anvil blues, whose lyrics describe a bedraggled beachcomber as he is seen desperately searching for his lost gold. The video, shot by Lindsey Rome in double vision through the barrel of a dusty camera’s sights finds Jamie returning to the songs birthplace, the beaches of Western Australia, to shout it out from the sands.”

Taken from the forthcoming album Compass out May 18th on Warp Records.