For the time being Coldplay is giving away a live album that they just recorded. The album is called LeftRightLeftRightLeft, and includes a very enjoyable track selection that ranges from A Rush of Blood to Prospekt’s March but mostly includes songs from Viva La Vida. Honestly I didn’t really expect much from it when I downloaded it. I’ve never been a big fan of live albums. But this has been really enjoyable so far. I especially love “Strawberry Swing”, a song that I hadn’t really gotten into yet. It really opened up a lot of songs for me, a lot like my first experience seeing them play live did. And other than the little chorus sing-a-long, I thought “Fix You” was fantastic.
So this week’s selection isn’t technically a “music video.” But it is a video that has music in it. And it was createad by none other than our very own music video contributer Justin MetCalfe. This short film entitled “This Camera Is Lovely,” stars Nathan Hollis and Suzanna Green and features the music of Charles Mingus. I did a quick iTunes search to see if I could figure out what song Justin used for this video. Although I couldn’t figure out what it was, I did learn that I really enjoy this Mingus fellow. It is funny how a genre can just slowly creep up on you. I am finding more and more Jazz music slip into my music library these days. Well I hope you enjoy the video, and I encourage you to take the time to explore the Charles Mingus catalog. It will be well worth the trip.
I’m a big fan of the work of Calvin Harris. I’m also a follower of Passion Pit. Put them together, and I’m going to have something that definitely peaks my interests.
The remix retains a lot of the feel of the original, basically retaining the same overall structure and order. About thirty seconds in, a bass line that just screams Calvin Harris reminds me why I wanted to listen to this. The song runs at a much softer, more low-key, tone that the original.
All in all, this is a different view on the original, that if you like Passion Pit, or Calvin Harris is sure to brighten you wednesday a little more.
So I know I’m a little late on sharing this song with you, but I thought today, Music Video Monday, would be a good day, since they just released a video for it over the weekend that you can watch right here. While the Kevin Willis directed video is interesting and a bit creepy, the song itself is sort of blah. It’s not horrible and has some amusing lyrics, but it’s uncharacteristically bland for a Modest Mouse song. It is void of energy, as you can see from there performance on Letterman several weeks ago. I feel like you can skip around to any point during the song and it will sound exactly the same. It starts off fine, but then it goes nowhere. There is no crescendo, no building on itself, just blah. Hopefully the rest of the forthcoming EP will have a little more passion and zeal.