Today in Music: Hump Day Videos, Live & New

The pig man cometh — in Jose Gonzalez’s new video

While new CD releases have slowed a bit in the second half of the summer — even label execs need a vacation, right? — new videos have been pouring into the ‘Tube at an amazing rate, many in anticipation for an assault of new albums in September. Here are some of the highlights, including live clips from two very recent performances:

It looks like Kanye West made it happen. Joining him on stage at the Way Out West Festival was Sweden’s own Peter Bjorn & John, backing his version of “Young Folks”:

Believe it or not, through the years the Beastie Boys have been rapping, they had never actually performed in Brooklyn, so when trio hit McCarren Pool in the Borough last week, they ended their set appropriately with “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn.” Check it:

The nominally challenged (but amply hirsute) Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip have been getting a lot of love on KEXP, especially on the Morning Show (in fact, “Thou Shalt Always Kill” opens John Richards’ latest podcast). Now you can catch their latest single, “The Beat That My Heart Skipped,” due September 10, before it even hits our airwaves. (I mean it, we haven’t even got a copy ourselves just yet!) Watch it here:

There have been several fan-made videos of Beirut‘s “Postcards from Italy” circulating the ‘Tube, but now, finally, we have the real thing, a collage of old and new clips, some featuring band leader Zach Condon, in all of its under-saturated, hazy, nostalgic home video-styled glory, sent just for you:

The Go Team! have been very ambitious, following up the video for their first single, “Grip Like a Vice,” from their upcoming release Proof of Youth with two more videos for songs from the album. “Do It Right” has the familiar soul-meets-disco-by-way-of-a-pep-squad frenetics that you’ve come to love about The Go Team! …

while “My World” is a sweet acoustic number of the type often found in backwards-glancing video montages, the kind that the video mimics:

Remember Kramer’s pig man? Turns out he did show up and on an ATV no less — no word on whether it’s a two-seater — in this Andreas Nilsson-directed video for the new song “Down the Line”by Jose Gonzalez, from his forthcoming In Our Nature:

You’re not going to want to watch the latest video from The Shins in HiDef. The texture-iffic “Turn On Me,” brought to you by the directorial team of Michael (there are two of them), features more close-ups of weathered skin than you’d ever hoped to see. It’s a pretty song, but there’s not a pretty mug to be found here. Even the poor dog is ugly!

Canuck husband and wife team, Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and Alexei Perry are Handsome Furs, and “Can’t Get Started” is their second video from their excellent debut Plague Park:

Vocalist Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat just can’t seem to get into his own gig in the video for the fellow Canadian band’s first single from the upcoming Happiness Ltd., due on September 11. Here’s “Let Me In”:

To relieve all the angst and tension stirred up by the previous videos of pig men, squashed dogs, rejected bandmates, and melanoma-prone skin, we leave you with this meditative clip for “Photo Booth” by Ola Podrida. Enjoy your casual walk along the shore:

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