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Welcome back! This week, Media Candy is all about the visual with more videos than you can shake a stick at. We’ll kick things off with news and streams from the Antlers, followed up with fresh baked videos from the likes of Common, the electro-weirdness of Salem, the black-and-white corrupt fantasies of the Black Lips and sandwich it all with some more hip-hop from the likes of Kid Sister and Danny Brown. Plugging in your headphones and tuning out the office in t-minus ten seconds…
Antlers Premiere Track, Prep EP Release
After the Antlers released “Burst Apart” to widespread acclaim earlier this year, we’re sure they sat down and asked themselves, “Well, what the fuck now?” And in the spirit of b-side friendly bands before them, they went the “check out this sweet selection of b-sides, remixes, alternate takes and covers” route. Well played, you charming Brooklynites!
The “(together)” EP will be released via Frenchkiss Records (owned and operated by Les Savy Fav’s Syd Butler) on November 22. The Antlers cover of the xx’s “VCR” has already hit the web waves, but now you can stream / download the PVT remix of “Parentheses” below.
Common Makes Media Candy Proud By Getting “Sweet”
Common has a lot going on. Two weeks ago, the Chicago rapper’s latest acting venture -- AMC’s dark western “Hell On Wheels” -- premiered to 4.4 million viewers (for cable, that’s red hot). Now, Common is focusing in on his first love -- the gift of gab. On December 20, his latest LP “The Dreamer, The Believer” hits the shelves. Judging from his single and video for “Ghetto Dreams (featuring Nas),” this might be the return to form that diehard Common fans have been waiting for. The No I.D.-produced “Sweet” reinforces that wishful thinking. Shot on location in Haiti, the video also serves as a fundraising effort for the Sean Penn-founded J/P Haitian Relief Organization.
Salem Share New EP Details & Video
There isn’t much you don’t know about an emerging artist in 2011. Within weeks of a name brand remix or viral single, their backstory and opinions on ‘getting out there in the digital age’ are pretty easy to come by.
Salem represents the complete opposite. Sure, they’ve done the obligatory Q&A here and there. But with few frank interviews, we’re left with names -- John Holland, Heather Marlatt and Jack Donoghue -- to complement the trio’s sparse imagery and well-received variety of disorienting electro-gaze. And it’s absolutely refreshing not to know much else.
That trend continues with their latest video for “Better Off Alone,” a hardly recognizable re-imagining of Alice Deejay’s trance hit of the same name. The video, which features “found footage” of a startled supermodel Gisele Bündchen evading paparazzi, is a lead for the group’s EP, “I’m Still In The Night,” due November 22 (pre-order here).
The Black Lips Play Cops & Robbers
We can’t imagine a video that better suits the personalities of the Black Lips. In their new video for “Arabia Mountain” track “Raw Meat,” the flower punk boys from down south take on the role of corrupt cops (with vintage uniforms!) and hit the streets of New York to shake down hookers. The beautifully shot black-and-white footage directed by Phil Pinto features cameos from Leo Fitzpatrick (Kids, The Wire), Tennessee Thomas (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and model Janell Shirtcliff. The video was made in partnership with Urban Outfitters, who brought us streams, videos and other exclusive goodies from bands like The War On Drugs earlier this year.
Kid Sister Preps “Kiss & Tell” EP
Back in October, we shared a new track from Flosstradamus with Kid Sister. At that time, we made a promise to keep you updated when we heard more on Kid Sister’s new EP. We wanted to keep that promise.
On November 29, Fool’s Gold will put out her new EP, “Kiss & Tell.” Considering that the young MC has been actively recording her new full-length all year, consider this a 4-track teaser of things to come. In between the release of the EP and the announcement of the LP, we’ll give you the video for “Gucci Rag Top (Remix),” which features that fabulously uninhibited Danny Brown.
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