British indie-rockers Alt-J released the video for the song “Tessellate” off their 2012 debut full-length album An Awesome Wave. Named after the Mac command to type the delta symbol (∆), the mysterious Alt-J have been compared to Radiohead, The Antlers, and early Patrick Wolf. On “Tesselate,” their intricate and complex songwriting, as well as their love of geometry (“Triangles are my favorite shape.”), is at it’s finest. The video, which pays homage to Raphael’s “The School Of Athens,” replaces philosophers with gangsters, and throws in some sharks for good measure. An Awesome Wave is set to release on July 16 on Infectious Music, but the entire album is available online at Soundcloud. Check out the video below:
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah bassist Tyler Sargent and multi-instrumentalist Robbie Guertin have both announced that the band’s NYC show this Saturday will be their last with the group. In his statement, Guertin announced that he will be leaving in order to focus on his side project Radical Dads, while Sargent hinted at a possible run for the presidency. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah still plan to tour with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on their upcoming tour and have released no statement regarding possible replacements for the two members. Check out Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s performance of their song “Same Mistake” live on KEXP during CMJ 2011 below:
- A day after rapper Big Boi announced he would be releasing his own line of designer socks, M83 have released their own limited edition Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars, which are now available for purchase at Converse’s website. Converse is also sponsoring a Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming art contest where fans submit their own art inspired by the album for a chance to have their own work featured on a limited run of M83 posters. For more information on the art contest, head here. M83 is certainly not the first artist to release their own pair of kicks. For an in-depth look back at sponsored sneakers through the years, head over to Stereogum.
Rising rap star Kenrick Lamar released the video for his song “The Recipe” off his full-length debut good kid, m. A. A. d city. The video, shot live at the 2012 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, also includes a fair amount of behinds the scenes and studio footage and features guest appearances from Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and of course, holographic Tupcac. For more information, head over to Prefix, and be sure to check out the video from the L.A. rapper below:
- Although he passed away in 1967, the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s birth on July 14, 1912 is fast approaching. To celebrate the life and legacy of the folk hero, The GRAMMY Museum and the Guthrie Family/Woody Guthrie Publications are teaming up for the centennial celebration which will span across several festivals and events and last the entire year. For more information, head over to Brookyln Vegan.