November 2010

Spike Jonze has directed the just-released video for the title-track off of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs”.  It’s a really polished and beautiful film that is sure to remind viewers who grew up in the suburbs of their childhood.  Well at least some of the video does – I certainly have clearer memories of endless bike riding than I do of paramilitary night raids…

Hint: switch to 720P and full-screen to experience the HD version of the video and better audio quality


I must admit, I wasn’t fully on the Chromeo bandwagon until seeing them live at Lollapalooza this year.  But their show made a believer of me, and now, like Depeche Mode, I just can’t get enough.

Their latest video might be a heartwarming tribute to those who serve and protect… but is more likely just an opportunity to show hot women barely clad in uniform.

G.O.B.: These guys are real dancers. You know, they’ve never done any “hot” policing.

Crystal Castles: Experimental electronic band.  Known for thumping, danceable, mind-melting beats.

Robert Smith: Pentagenarian front-man for The Cure.  Known for dark, post-punk, mildly depressing songs written in the 80s.

Up until a few weeks ago, I don’t think I could have told you what a combination of these two would sound like.  Luckily for us, “Not In Love” by Crystal Castles features Robert Smith, and the result is more like “Peanut Butter and Chocolate” than “Peanuts and Gum”.  Take a listen and let the dark beats envelope you.  Brilliant.

[mp3] Crystal Castles – Not In Love (ft. Robert Smith)