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PREMIERE: Rookie "I Can't Have You But I Want You" Music Video

Earlier this year, Chicago music scene veterans Joe Bordenaro and Max Loebman decided to put aside their separate musical projects and join forces to form ROOKIE, along with musicians Dimitri Panoutsos and Kevin Decker. The new group quickly took the city by storm, performing everywhere from house shows and dive bars to The Empty Bottle, Lincoln Hall, and Thalia Hall. Chances are, if you’ve caught one of ROOKIE’s live shows around Chicago this year, you’ll remember them performing “I Can’t Have You But I Want You”— with its belt-along chorus and relatable sentiment, it’s hard to forget. Today, the setlist staple finally gets a proper release with a music video and a physical release from Treehouse Records.

Recorded live to tape at the Treehouse Records studio by engineer Barrett Guzaldo, with assists from Elan Frankel on Rhodes, Steve Kostakes on organ and Chris Kulwin playing a Les Paul, the track keeps all its same character as when it’s performed at a ROOKIE show. The video for the song, filmed and directed by Tim Nagle, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process. Check out the premiere of the music video below, and if you like what you hear, pre-order the record from Treehouse here— which includes a B Side of “The Move.”


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You can also snag your copy of “"I Can't Have You But I Want You"/ “The Move” at Virgin Hotels for a release show on December 1st with Ovef Ow, Glyders, and Knox Fortune & Friends. 


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Front Cover acknowledgements: Photography by Alec Basse and design by Yasmine Sayre

PREMIERE: "Knockout" by Seasaw Music Video

We’re bringing you the first look at Seasaw’s brand new music video for “Knock Out,” just in time for the ANCHR Showcase this Friday.

Meg Golz and her photo-collaged twin

Meg Golz and her photo-collaged twin

The video stars Seasaw’s Meg Golz and Eve Wilczewski, and the duo describes the video as a visual examination of a battle taking place within one’s psyche. “The song is an arresting narrative of a person dealing with depression and the video that accompanies the song brings the reality of that fight to life,” they say. In the video, Golz is seen boxing a life-sized, photo-collage replica of herself, fighting to reveal the beauty within. Eve Wilczewski sculpted the replica herself, and was able to make the collage using large format newsprints printed by Parabo Press. Leading up to the filming of the video, Golz was kept in the dark about what the finished project would look like, and the fight scene with the replica was all shot in one take.

Talking about her experience filming the video, Golz says, “In order to prepare for this role, I took an hour long one-on-one boxing lesson (at Canvas Club Boxing in Madison - where we shot this video), where I did high intensity training, along with learning the correct form and pattern for boxing sequences. I'm not an athlete, so it was truly one of the hardest athletic experiences I've had. At one point in the class, I was running back and forth across the gym with a medicine ball and my coach shouted ‘I know you can do better than this! GO! GO! GO! GO!’ He told me after the fact, that he wanted me to have this experience to really understand how hard a boxer trains every day. It was seriously so intense, but definitely made me feel ready and comfortable to box in the ring!”


Now that you know the background, check out the music video below, which was filmed by Mike Palzkill and directed and edited by Nate Chappell.

Get your tickets to see Seasaw in Chicago this Friday, along with Dream Version and Uma Bloo here.

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Post Animal Release "Gelatin Mode" With Hilariously Weird Music Video

Today, Chicago's Post Animal finally released the studio version for their track "Gelatin Mode," which has proved to be a crowd favorite during their live shows. Along with releasing the song on all streaming platforms, the band also put out a hilariously weird video that goes hand in hand with the band's quirky personality. The video features the band members all taking on eccentric roles; Javi Reyes is a magical elf wizard dad, Jake Hirshland and Dalton Allison share a sweet fake nose boop, Matt Williams takes Dalton and his sword out with just a hat, and Wes Toledo proves that lime green really is his color. And there's more...Check out the whole surreal video below to see it all. 

Post Animal will be on tour throughout the summer following the April 20th release of their debut album When I Think Of You In A Castle, via Polyvinyl. Pre-order the album here, and see all of their tour dates here. If you're in Chicago, do not miss their show at Lincoln Hall. Grab tickets here. 

Thumbnail image by Pooneh Ghana

Former Faces Music Video Feature: "Forc# Fi#lds"

Los Angeles' Former Faces have just released their new single "Forc# Fi#lds," along with an accompanying music video. Talking about the song, the band say it is "about reconciling the past and opening up to the future. It’s about letting your guard down and being wide awake to new relationships, ideas, and endeavors." The band's vocalist and frontman Ryan Parmenter adds, "It’s among the first we crafted as a band and is steeped in sentimentality. The imagery in the Forc# Fi#lds music video was originally featured in Gerald McDermott’s 1966 animated short, ‘Sun Flight: the Myth of Daedalus and His Son, Icarus.’ Upon first viewing, I became an instant fan of McDermott’s unique style. Tailoring his brilliant vision of the classic myth to our song was an honor."

In honor of their new music video, Parmenter and the band put together a list of some of their favorite music videos from the past and present. Check them all out and read a bit about why these videos are engrained in Former Faces' minds below!

Photo by IAN FLANIGAN

Photo by IAN FLANIGAN

5 favorite music videos between the 90's - early 2000's

Fiona Apple - Criminal (1997)

To say teenage me had a crush on Fiona Apple would be a grave understatement. This video is so damn sexy and dirty. Watching it now makes me miss being young.

Guns N' Roses - November Rain (1992)

My next door neighbor growing up was a huge Guns N' Roses fan and brought me along for the ride. I distinctly remember watching this video with him when it premiered on MTV.  It's fantastically melodramatic, over the top, and just perfectly early 90's. Watching Slash rip that solo outside the church remains a religious experience.

The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl (2002)

The White Stripes were the epitome of cool in the early 2000s. Their music was raw, their persona was mysterious, and their videos were unique and memorable. Plus, Meg gave me bedroom eyes at Cha Cha Lounge in 2005 ;)

Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al (1986)

I know this came out in the 80's but I first viewed it in the 90's so I'm taking some liberties and including it on my list! The odd couple pairing of Simon and Chase is brilliant and cracks me up every time. This song is just so fun and still gives me a feeling of pure nostalgic joy. And that bass line... are you kidding me?! 

Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood (2001)

Gorillaz are one of my all-time favorites. They created a unique sound seemingly effortlessly that has aged incredibly well. This video introduced them to the world and we remain grateful.

5 favorite videos of the last ten years

Fever Ray - When I Grow Up (2009)

Karin Dreijer is one of my favorite aliens. I'm glad she chose to land her spaceship on Earth and make music here. I'd never heard a song like this before it came out. The video, while simple, is very impactful. A mysterious young conjurer summons life from the depths of a pool. I can relate...

Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (2012)

I love visceral, visually stimulating music videos and Tame Impala has no shortage of them. I've dabbled in collage art over the years and marvel at the time and focus directors Joe Pelling & Becky Sloan must have put into creating this aesthetic. Coupled with Kevin's uniquely cool vibe, this video narrowly edges out The Less I Know the Better as my favorite of theirs.

Chet Faker - Gold (2014)

Fluid perpetual motion and beautiful women roller skate dancing? Yes please. Simple, sexy, and mesmerizing, this video flies by every time. Oh yeah, and dude can siiiiing!

Portugal. The Man - Sleep Forever (2011)

A dog's gotta eat... I love this band, love this song, and love this video. The homage Portugal. The Man pay to their homeland Alaska and the fable-like theme of this short film make it a memorable and impactful work of art.

David Bowie - Black Star (2015)

The most epic of swan songs, a powerful and profound goodbye. As beautiful, haunting, and iconic as David Bowie himself.


Last but not least, check out the video for "Forc# Fi#lds" below!

 

 

 

 

PREMIERE: Thompson Springs Veltway Sessions

The Chicago-via-Madison trio Thompson Springs released their new EP Fond Regards on August 10th. Grooving guitar riffs and infectious rock melodies guide the five-track EP, which features Wilco's Pat Sansone and was mixed by Rob Laakso of Kurt Vile and the Violators. The trio, composed of Matt Smith, Andy Goitia, and Jacob Bicknase also recently recorded a live version of one of the tracks, "Overloadin' My Heart," at a Veltway Session. To celebrate their European tour, we're bringing you the exclusive first look at their session here. 

 

Thompson Springs' European tour starts Wednesday. See all of the dates below.

10/11 Cologne, DE  Kulturcafe Lichtung
10/12 Berlin, DE  Artliners Berlin w/ Rosie Haden
10/13 Copenhagen, DK  Studenterhuset
10/14 Svendborg, DK  Spillestedet Harder's
10/15 Malmo, SE  Folk å Rock (Official)
10/16 Breda, NL  Sofar Sounds Breda
10/18 Aachen, DE  Langer Turm
10/19 Luxembourg City, LUX  Crossfire - The Nordic Bar
10/20 Brussels, BE House Show
10/22 Utrecht, NL Tivoli


Last week, we also caught a live set from Thompson Springs at Subterranean. Check out some portraits and live shots from that show here. Photos by Catalina Florea


Thompson Springs will return for a hometown show on November 5th and Schubas Tavern. Grab tickets here. 

Friendship, Relationships, and Memory: Bastille Drop Their Highly Anticipated Video For New Single "Glory"

"Friendship, relationships and memory is the ball park we're aiming for," Bastille's frontman Dan Smith tweeted in early April, revealing his take on the band's brand new video for "Glory," out today. 

Filmed in Texas while Bastille brought their "Wild, Wild World Tour" to America this past Spring, the video for Bastille's fifth single from Wild World evokes a strong sense of nostalgia using the themes that Smith set up. Playing on the lyrics "stories told to me, and stories told to you," the video depicts the common narrative of two people in a relationship, be it platonic or romantic, recalling the same memory from varying perspectives. Starring Smith and May Daniels, the five minute clip begins with Daniels and Smith sharing a drink and reminiscing while they lay on the hood of a car, watching planes fly by above. The story line unfolds in subtitles; As the pair recall partying in a dive bar, stealing a car, and jumping into pools, viewers see these flashbacks of the relationship between Daniels' and Smith's characters from both of their points of view. 

As with most of Bastille's work, Smith's appreciation of film shines through in this music video, from the layered story line down to the camera shots that add such a depth to the song. The music video comes across as more like a trailer for an indie drama, holding more weight than most music videos these days.  Never a band to do things the traditional way, Bastille also teased the video for days before the release, with Smith posting polaroids taken on set, which further evoke a sense of nostalgia and memories. 

Image Courtesy of Bastille

Image Courtesy of Bastille

With every listen of "Glory," I've always been reminded of memories of friendship and late nights, which ties in so closely to the story portrayed in the music video. To Smith's point in his tweet, they have definitely done it justice. Watch the video below.


 

 

New This Week: Alex Lahey Shares Quirky Video For "Wes Anderson"

With her indie rock sound and lighthearted story-telling lyrics, Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lahey sort of sounds like a combination of Courtney Barnett and Ladyhawke.  Earlier this week, Lahey released a video for her single "Wes Anderson," taken from her debut EP B-Grade University. Equally as funny and lighthearted as her songwriting style, the "Wes Anderson" video definitely has some nods to its namesake's film styles.  Check it out here:

You can also listen to the full EP B-Grade University below:

Thumbnail Photo by Kane Gibbered