Category Archives: Music Videos

Sam Lachow – Dabbin’ Up a Storm

Hey there guys, good to see you. How you been? Well? Good to hear. We’re gonna do something a little bit different today (100% not different at all if you know anything about me).

For those of you that don’t know much about Sam Lachow he’s a classically hilarious white boy that grew up in the city. Starting his rapping career sometime in middle school Sammy was originally part of a rap group with his high school friends known as Shankbone. Not exactly a regular household name, but you’ll run into the rare Roosevelt or Garfield High graduate that saw Shankbone at some point. Fast-forward a couple of years, Sam Lachow is frequently releasing new music, producing his own beats, directing his own videos, and just killin the local rap game.

This song is a perfect example of why I love Lachow and his crew. Heavy thumping beats? Check. Trippy Stoner Lyrics? Check. Gorilla Suits? Check. The beat is powerful enough that you feel it, but not so overpowering that you stop listening to the lyrics. Lachow’s verse is exactly what I would expect from him with lines about weed, rap, and food (what can I say? it speaks to me). Long-time friends of Sam, Sky Blaow and Ryan Campbell come in for features that just feel like the 3 of them had a blast recording it all together. Wilson Luxurious (perhaps the flyest of the Avenue Music crew) features in the video as well with credit for collaborating on the beat. Coming out of no where (at least to me) is J. Bird with lines about drugs and girls like it’s just no thing. He’s got a nice drawling sound to his voice that says “of course I’m fucked up while recording this.”

Basically, you gotta dig this guy’s sound. Sam has been putting his heart and soul into his music for years and  his songs seem to keep finding their way into my Most Played songs in iTunes (“What a Night” By Shankbone is still my 19th most played). The video is directed and shot by Andrew Imanaka, another young talented artist in Seattle that clearly has some real talent judging by this video.

Hoping for more like this to be coming from Mr. Lachow. Check out his facebook page here (He’s about to start touring the Midwest!)


Call and Response – Bubba Fish, writer/director of YouTube smash “Workout Buddies”

It’s been a wild ride for Bubba Fish these past few weeks. Since the online premiere of his short film “Workout Buddies”, a sort-of sequel to an earlier film–“Day and Night“, which accumulated over 150,000 views on YouTube–with the same cast, crew and themes, the ‘bro love story’ has accumulated over 50,000 views on YouTube, been posted on TotalFratMove.com and even featured on Wesleying. So the reveal of the film’s humble beginnings came as a surprise to me.

“We shot this a while ago. In twenty-four hours,” said Fish, the co-star, editor, producer, co-writer and director of “Workout Buddies”, “right before break.” About to return home for a break from classes, Fish and his buddy Michael Steves, who co-wrote and co-stars in the short, decided to embark on a ridiculous 24-hour shooting spree. The entirety of the film was shot in that time period. Fish remarked, “I was thinking I should probably pack”. With a little help from their friends—Joe Snell, Melanie Avalon and Drew Sampson—they were able to finish and Bubba made his flight home.

Following the sprint, however, the footage languished on Fish’s digital shelves as he focused on classwork and other projects. After a few months, Fish contacted his friend Eric Radloff, lead singer of the USC band Bear Attack (recently featured multiple times on the ABC Family hit “Pretty Little Liars”, and right here on LifeAfterNirvana), who had composed the song for the short’s sort-of prequel. Fish gave Radloff instructions to “make something poppy”. Radloff willfully disobeyed, and Fish now credits the acoustic, falsetto-filled song for creating the wonderfully bromantic atmosphere of the film. (You can download it here.)

The creative process on “Workout Buddies” was unique, in that Fish and Radloff collaborated throughout the editing process. “We sent it back and forth. I’d do an edit of the film, then he’d edit the song, I’d do another edit, he’d do another edit…” Fish recalls.

Fish is quick to credit the bromantic nature of the film for its success. “A lot of the recommended videos on the side [of the YouTube page] are gay videos,” Fish says. The top comment on the six-minute video at the moment is: “Hot makeout scene starts at 6:01”. It has 32 likes.

According to Fish, the film was inspired by “traditional romantic comedy structure”, subverting the tropes by focusing on bros who work out together. The over-dramatic nature of the execution of these emotional beats creates a comedy worth watching, and, according to Fish, “universally relatable”.

From personal experience, I’d say he ain’t lyin’. Check out Workout Buddies here, and revel in all its bromantic glory.


Like Passion Pit, if it Were 1983: Breakbot

Hey, remember when I talked about seeing Justice live? Or when I posted about Jamiroquai? You do?!?! Awesome, because this post is loosely related to both of those!

When I saw Justice live at the Paramount this past April another French electro artist opened up for them: Breakbot. Had I heard of him before? No. Was he amazing? I think so. It’s hard to remember to be frank. But that is probably more of an indication that yes, yes he was. After the concert, at some point I hopped on my handy-dandy laptop and scoured the internetz for more Breakbot. And I found this: 

A beautifully groovy song, Baby I’m Yours takes on a distinct 80s personality but still reminds you that it’s modern and most importantly, hip. Aside from this one song though, I couldn’t find a whole lot of other good Breakbot music. There were some 40+ minute long mixes on youtube but none of them really got me tapping my feet if you will. So, lo and behold here a mere 7 months or so later, I found myself googling “Breakbot” to find the song and listen to it (for the 200th time), only to find that he has in fact released a new album.

Absurd levels of excitement

By Your Side is all very similar to “Baby I’m Yours” but in a very non-repetitive way. Everything song has it’s own story to it, but they all revolve around sort of 80s pop meets electro meets romance. Romance is the key theme in this whole album. I can’t attest to it just yet, but I’d bet money that this album would be great to have sex to. Just sayin. As was referenced in the title, it sounds a bit like Passion Pit, with light synths and some mildly modified vocals. 

Here you can see a bit of the difference between the songs. Like I said, each song has a story told through the melody and lyrics. The whole album features some really interesting production and layering of sounds that’s very pleasing to the ear. Overall it’s just a great album that I highly recommend. Each song leaves you with a positive feeling and easily 75% of them make you want to dance in some way (the other 25% would be perfect for slow dancing). Breakbot’s really come out in an impressive way here and I’m incredibly pleased with the results. I’m looking forward to hearing more of his music and hopefully seeing him in tours to come.

Check out Breakbot on facebook
Buy and listen to By Your Side on beatport

 


West Coast Represent! HAIM’s “Don’t Save Me”

These three sisters, Danielle, Alana and Este Haim out of Los Angeles make up the nifty lil band that goes by their last name. And woo buddy do they sound gooood. Rocking a little bit of everything, sounding like some kind of nu-folk blended with some 90’s R& B, they bear a lot of resemblance to the former girl band, Those Dancing Days, but a bit different in the sense that the sounds of their songs change it up quite a bit. Releasing their EP “Forever” back in February, they’ve picked up quite some steam and are started to get pretty popular. I mean they got a Vevo and all…but in actuality, they have ties to artists like Julian Casablancas, Ke$ha, Florence + The Machine and some more, so it probably won’t be long until they’ll be established their own name in the music culture.

I want to give focus especially to their infectiously catchy pop tune “Don’t Save Me” and a fitting video for the song and its lyrics. Talking about not being saved and going up hard against some boys in B-ball? Pretty cool stuff. But the song is damn good. The chorus just croons and begs to be sung along with. I mean it’s just fun to say “Baby, don’t save me now” and dragging out the ‘now’. I’m glad they’re from the West Coast and bringing in another upbeat, catchy tune with this one. The thing that sets this song apart from their other ones is it seems to be the only fast paced one they have so far, but it’s damn cool and a perfect summer jam to look forward to being able to sing along with. Yo, ain’t no shame in singing along with girls. Keep an eye out for Haim. They’re gonna be something good.


The Variety Hour; Or A Couple Of Releases To Be Checking Out

Back again Gents (Presumptuous to think we only have male readers? Prove me wrong ladies). Was sitting here thinking about doing a review on two new Sam Lachow releases when I heard a voice: “Seth, there’s an awful lot of new releases in your Youtube history right now.” God… is that you? Nope just talking to myself again. To save you from more tempered senseless rantings, here are some new releases from a variety of artists to be checking out right now, bon appétit:

Sam Lachow & Raz

Young Seattle rapper Sam Lachow has teamed up with Raz Simone, another little-known rapper from the Seattle area on the “5 Good Reasons EP”, a collaborative release due 9/17/12. This recently dropped single off the album features a verse from both rappers that’s hopefully indicative of what’s to come, along with the heartfelt, raspy musings of hypeman B Skeez. Sam talked in an interview about how working with Raz who has a more serious, contemplative theme to his work, has really challenged him and forced him to explore a new “deeper” style to his own lyrics. Experimenting with new styles aside, this song is a charming listen with a nostalgic, feel-good vibe. It’s a little goofy, a portion thought provoking, and a lot sincere. It’s easy to get caught up in the bullshit when it comes to all this jibber-jabber about “The Town” but you can really hear that this city means a lot to these guys, not because it’s Seattle, but because it’s what they call home.

Sam Lachow, Kung Foo Grip, BFA, and Gift uh Gab

A quick paced, independent release from Sam features an array of young and upcoming Seattle area rappers. Sam picks up the beat with a classic, no-worries verse that calls back to his high-school debut group: Shankbone. The next verses to follow come from Kung Foo Grip and Brothers From Another. KFG’s boys bring smooth verses that hugely understate there real talent. They definitely have some room to improve with their flow/lyrics, but those two know how to go hard. They played at Cascadia Community College for a crowd of probably 100 or so (aka not very big) but still went nuts on stage and gave us a hell of a show. BFA hail from the Eastside here (Kirkland I believe? Fact check anyone?) and present themselves with some silly lyrics about being a teenager and partying, which IS the meaning of life after all. Joking aside, to contrast the youthful, still developing lyrics of these 4 guys Gift uh Gab (aka Gabby Kadushin) quite remarkably murders this track with her verse. Not that I have anything against girl rappers, but quite frankly most of them don’t really have the talent and presence needed for being truly admirable. This is not one of those cases though. Gabby’s flow is warm and buttery, and her lyrics have a depth that almost jabs you at the end of each line. She’ a regular feature on Sam’s work (check out Goldschlaggers) and I’m thinking she could sport some bomb solo work. Sam’s paying his dues here, and I love it. It’s encouraging to see local artists work with each other and really contribute to the Seattle music scene as a whole.

Mellowhype

The Odd Future crew sort of disappeared this summer but Mellowhype is back with their video for La Bonita, the first single off the upcoming album Numbers (or at least the first official single? 64? 65? 45? Wikipedia needs to get it’s shit straight…). Truthfully, it’s groovy. The whole Latin style to the song is provocatively intoxicating. The marimbas (feels like sixth-grade music class) bring in a sweet-sounding melody that isn’t often heard on Odd Future tracks because it’s not Tyler’s production style. It’s a welcome change that is definitely setting Mellowhype aside as it’s own entity. Unlike most of their songs where Hodgy is solo rapping over Left Brain’s beats, Mr. Brain comes in with his own verse and various vocals. It’s awesome. He’s got a gravelly, welcomingly menacing voice that sounds just fucking boss on this. Hodgy’s stellar as usual with the same kind of impressively rhymed lines that have been bolstering him this whole way. As for the video it’s just cool. There really isn’t another way to describe hot latin girls (is that Rihanna?) dancing, badass gypsy makeup, huge speakers, oversized coats, a mariachi band, and a motherfucking trained, smart ass capuchin monkey chillin out on Hodgy’s motherfucking shoulder like it’s gonna jump off and spit it’s own verse. Go get your own capuchin, then talk to me about cool. Look out for Numbers coming 10/9/12.

Deadmau5

Look which mildly irate, minecraft addicted, Nyan Cat sporting nerd DJ is back. This song has been out for a couple weeks now in a couple different versions but this recently released video features the official mix off of Deadmau5’s soon to come album >album title goes here< (Coming 9/25/12). The song has a strangely fitting mix of heavy guitar sounds with the classic mau5 synths and heavy bass kicks. Professional Griefers also features the vocal talent of Mr. Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. Boy, my middle-school self is squirming in my too-big-clothes and too-long-hair with excitement. But for real, Gerard (may I call you Gerard? Okay, thanks) adds a new dynamic to the mau5 song. Although Dr. Mau5 has his merits, sometimes his music needs that extra kick, and these almost slam-poetic vocals give it just that. The video’s humorous as ever with Joel and Gerard facing off in a giant-remote-controlled-mau5bot UFC match, only to be foiled by a robotic Professor Meowingtons (I promise I didn’t make that up).

Honorable Mentions?

•Macklemore’s Thrift Shop, has everyone in Seattle buzzing about like it’s the second coming (still waiting…). Call me cynical… I am, but meh. I like the saxophone and the vocals coming from Wanz but I’m not sold on the verses. Slash the video’s hilurrious, I’ll give it that. Check out Kevin’s post on it if you’re looking for a more favorable opinion.

•Madeon’s The City, also covered by KPham, is an uplifting and thrilling electrogasm of keyboard, bass, beats, and singing. That being said, I feel like it’s release has unfairly shadowed his only month-old release of Finale, which is the superior track in this blogger’s opinion.

Whew, that was an ordeal. Go show some love on the artist’s facebook pages if the mood strikes you. Tell me why my music taste is shit or why I’m wrong on our own facebook page


[Must Listen] Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Going Harddd – “Thrift Shop” ft. Wanz

I’m sure y’all have heard of Macklemore, one way or another. He’s good huh? Yeah he doesn’t dissappoint with this fresh, new track called “Thrift Shop”. He’s been preforming it for a while now if you’ve seen any videos of live performances on youtube. But now we actually have the track and an awesome music video to go along with it. This track is a bit different from what we’ve gotten from Macklemore of late (especially his track regarding same-sex rights “Same Love”) but I dig this shit all the same. For real, on this one, Macklemore goes fucking HAAM y’all. Hard as a motherfucker. And hot damn is it flippin’ cool to listen to. Rockin’ the jazzy, horn beats gives you a different feel this time around. I actually prefer listening to this over his other songs to just kind of chill and groove to a beat. Enough about that though, it’s a fresh track, with Ryan Lewis always doing his thing and Wanz providing a nice lil chorus bit. Macklemore just does what he does best. Represents ALL of Seattle now. I mean it’s for all the hipsters out there. The lyrics are talking about thrift store shopping. The music video is just absurd as the concept of the song, but it’s still awesome and hilarious as shit. Macklemore just bounces around in those thrift stores doing whatever the hell he wants? haha. Best part has to be when he’s rocking the Batman onesie.

I can definitely dig the lyrics as well. They’re so insanely unique. Just fits exactly who Macklemore is. The part about the “cold ass honky” was freaking funny. Oh and did you catch that refrerence to R-Kelly and his pissing story? hahaha lyrics on this one are just so damn great. This is a track you HAVE to listen to. Way too easy to loop over and over.


The Latest Internet Craze: PSY “Gangnam Style”

If you haven’t seen this, prepare to be bewildered and entertained. I cannot think of a better way to be introduced to Korean Pop, however I doubt that many of you will venture off and check out other Korean songs simply because you’ll be stuck pressing the replay button again and again.

Here’s the info attached to the music video: “The album’s weighty title song ‘Gangnam Style’ is composed solely by PSY himself from lyrics to choreography. The song is characterized by its strongly addictive beats and lyrics, and is thus certain to penetrate the foundations of modern philosophy.” I cannot believe the audacity in the claim of impacting “modern philosophy”. Utterly absurd, but so right in its mesmerizing content (Who the heck creates a dance that is based off riding a horse)? International media like CNN have covered this song because of its bizarre video, along with many Youtube videos getting thousands, even millions of hits of Westerners (Americans) growing more and more befuddled as they watch the music video. Before I go on, let’s take a look at the video shall we?

So here’s the biggest question: What the hell is Gangnam Style even mean?

Read this article off the blog My Dear Korea to be enlightened. Prepare for some real philosophy.  A quick overview:

“In Korean society the term “gangnam style” has come to represent an aspirational nouveau riche mindset among the affluent residents of the area south of the Han river. Psy’s lyrics are a send-up of the typical expectations of that lifestyle skewering the image-conscious habits of male and female residents such as the doenjangnyeo or “soybean girl” who spends more for a trendy cup of Starbucks coffee than for her entire lunch. The music video is particularly rife with ironic imagery accessible to viewers who cannot understand the Korean lyrics. Jea Kim, blogger and social commentator on Korea writes:

“The music video begins with PSY seemingly sunbathing on sandy beach, being fanned by a hot chick, but it turns out he is surrounded by little kids playing in the playground. There’s PSY walking together with two hot girls just like P. Diddy walking on the red carpet but in fact, he and the girls are in an outdoor parking lot and instead of confetti… trash is thrown at them. He looks like P. Diddy sitting in a luxurious chair, it is actually the toilet he’s sitting on.”[54]

Each of Psy’s pursuits of the luxurious lifestyle ends with a sardonic twist: a closeup of Psy in a clubhouse sauna has him sharing a steam not with the rich and beautiful but lowlife Korean gangsters. His lap in the pool reveals to be in a public bathhouse. His horseback ride at the country club ends up being a merry go round at the amusement park.

The video has Psy searching for the “classy and luxurious” girl mentioned in his lyrics “in irrelevant places such as under the bridges over the Han River or in the Han River Park and eventually finds his ideal woman on the subway and dances with her and others there, not in one of those Gangnam nightclubs”

In the end, I leave you this: http://imgur.com/a/kXkeY#12