Josh Tillman says of the video, “A few months ago, I had an idea for a music video. I was going to rent a wedding chapel, get a dozen kittens and stage a kitten wedding, over which I would preside and intercut with performance footage of me lip-syncing the song which you’re hearing today, “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”.
great, right? It may have even gone viral because kittens. If a video
goes viral, that means you’re reaching a wider audience, and you might
even get on a chart. If you get on a chart that means you’re streaming more records, and the more records you’re streaming the more money you supposedly have for hiring kitten wranglers.
“Aside from the fact that kitten wranglers are considerably more expensive than you may realize and that said-kitten wranglers all informed me there was no way we were going to be able get the outfits I
had mocked up onto said-kittens, there was another extenuating factor
involved in the decision to abort this music video concept and ruin the
slim likelihood that I might ever get to see the Huffington Post
entertainment headline “EX-FLEET FOXES DRUMMER WEDS CATS”.
“That reason is that the song actually means a great a deal to me.
got the #4 on it because this iteration Chateau Lobby was the 4th
attempt at arranging and producing the song that did not turn out
perversely sentimental. Sentimentality brutalizes emotion. Much like ironic music videos.
“I don’t care all that much if you like the music video or not. The label isn’t crazy about it. Management isn’t crazy about it. I have been informed I’m basically kissing an MTV “Woodie” award goodbye forever. I made it on an iPad on my wedding anniversary with the one I love. We ate pancakes.
“I love you,
I Love You, Honeybear will be available February 9th in Europe from Bella Union and February 10th for the rest of the world from Sub Pop. The album, featuring “Bored In The USA,” “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins),” “True Affection,” and the title track, was produced by Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson, mixed by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Preorders for I Love You, Honeybear are now available from us here at Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes and Amazon.
Noise rap trio, clipping, debuted their latest video this week for the CLPPNG track “Get Up”, the third for the group from director Carlos Lopez Estrada (and in this case, co-director Cristina Bercovitz). We here at Sub Pop HQ have been blown away by the quality, creativity, and ingenuity displayed by Estrada and clipping in the videos that they have worked on together, first “Work, Work”, then “Inside Out”, and now with “Get Up”, that we decided we wanted to hear from the director. We sent him a few questions and he was kind enough to answer them.
Sub Pop: Tell us a bit about
how you became the sort of guy who makes music videos for experimental noize
rap trios like clipping.. Like, did you go to school for film? Are you friends
with the clipping. dudes? How do I get your job? Ignore any and or all of that,
Carlos Lopez Estrada: I’ll try to answer
all of your questions here. I’ll try my best. I did go to school for film, and
that is precisely how I met Jonathan (1/3 of clipping). He scored one of my
short films and we somehow managed to stay in touch through the years. I knew
he made weird music but I somehow never heard any of it until clipping came to
be. Of course, it blew my mind. The rest is history? I guess you get my job by
having friends who make weird things and convincing them to let you make weird
things with them. In terms of being friends with the dudes, I like to think
that is the case, but you should probably confirm with them. (Don’t think I won’t check on this – Ed)
SP: Do you typically collaborate with the artists you work with when creating music
CLE: As much as they let
me. Making videos for clipping is a complete unorthodox experience, though.
Working with them has been a true blessing because the guys are extremely
intelligent, absolutely fearless and always appreciative of the work that goes
into their videos. We met once for coffee and they were very specific about
what they *didn’t* want in their videos, then they pretty much trusted me to do
whatever I wanted. It was quite remarkable.
SP: The videos for
“Work Work” and “Inside Out” seem to follow the same
character through a linear timeline. Was this intentional when you initially
created the treatment for “Work Work” (the first of the two), or did
the idea come later? Will there be a future installment of the headless MC?
CLE: It is all part of a
master plan that I am unfortunately not able to talk much about, for both yours
and my safety. All I can say is that those 2 videos are the top of the tip
of an iceberg; and it is actually more like a glacier, rather than an iceberg.
(Sounds juicy. No, sounds icy. - Ed)
SP: Your visual
interpretation of clipping.’s “Get Up” is both heavy and beautiful
and feels like it makes the song even more culturally impactful than it already
was. What brought you to gunshot wound on the street?
CLE: Well, thank you very
much. Cristina Bercovitz deserves as much credit here because the idea was
hers as much as it was mine (we co-directed the video). The guys knew that “Get
Up” was our favorite track in the album so rather than asking us to pitch
against each other, they thought it would be a good thing for us to work
together on the video. That is how magical Clipping is. Now, this is one
of those songs that should perhaps not ever have a video, so agreeing to move
forward was difficult, to say the least. We went through many many
potential ideas and ended up with the most simple of them all, which seemed to
do justice to the way the band approached the music. Our only goal was to
present an absolute honest representation of how we interpreted the song, both
musically and emotionally. Hopefully someone out there will agree that we did.
Do those last few sentences even make any sense? Probably not.
SP: Any advice for aspiring filmmakers and/or video directors?
CLE: Don’t do it! (Sounds like someone’s afraid of a little competition - Ed.)
You can now watch Luluc’s sublime new video for “Tangled Heart” from Passerby. NPR Music says of the video, “A montage
of mostly black-and-white found footage, people come and go, shuffling
to work or school, or wander the streets as nameless faces. They’re
anonymous on their own, but collectively offer a breathtaking and
prosaic portrait of humanity. Zoë Randell and Steve Hasset, the
beautiful voices behind Luluc’s acoustic ballads, appear as silhouettes
over the cityscape. “By the window in the afternoon,” they sing, “I sit
and watch the kids leaving from school. Little packs falling down their
backs.” It’s a simple, relatively small moment that pulses with life
(see “First Watch” December 3rd).”
Luluc has also added more dates to their 2015 tour schedule in support of Passerby.
The new dates include a UK tour supporting J Mascis January 7th-18th
and a southern U.S. run April 22-25th supporting Father John Misty.
Luluc also have scheduled a series of Australian dates which include
shows with Sarah Blasko (February 6th) and First Aid Kit (March 6th,
10th & 11th). Please find a complete list of tour dates below.
Dec. 04 - Newtown, AU - Newtown Social Club
Dec. 05 - Newcastle, AU - Ca,bridge
Dec. 10 - Perth, AU - Four5Nine
Dec. 11 - Fremantle, AU - Mojo’s
Dec. 12 - Adelaide, AU - Jive
Dec. 13 - Hobart, AU - Grand Poobah
Jan. 07 - Bristol, UK - The Marble Factory*
Jan. 08 - London, UK - Scala*
Jan. 09 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt*
Jan. 10 - Manchester, UK - The Ruby Lounge*
Jan. 12 - Dublin, IE - Whelans*
Jan. 14 - Cardiff, UK - The Globe*
Jan. 15 - Cambridge, UK - The Junction 2*
Jan. 16 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms*
Jan. 17 - Leeds, UK - The Brudenell Social Club*
Jan. 18 - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - The Cluny*
Jan. 19 - Glasgow, UK - Glasgow School of Art*
Jan. 24 - Beechworth, AU - Beechworth Music Festival
Feb. 06 - Melbourne, AU - Zoo Twilights^
Feb. 13 - Mosman Nsw, AU - Twilight at Taronga ^
Mar. 06 - Melbourne, AU - Palais Theatre^^
Mar. 10 - Brisbane, AU - The Tivoli^^
Mar. 11 - Sydney, AU - Enmore Theatre ^^
Apr. 22 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater**
Apr. 23 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds**
Apr. 24 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek**
Apr. 25 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater**
*w/ J Mascis
** w/ Father John Misty
^ w/ Sarah Blasko
^^ w/ First Aid Kit
Seattle! The insanely memorable and very worthy charity concert event, SMooCH, is happening once again this year, and it features a number of Sub Pop acts both past and present: Iron & Wine, Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), THEESatisfaction, and Shabazz Palaces, as well as the Seattle band STAG.
This year’s show is only a few days away and it’s going to be amazing! We can’t wait to see you on Saturday. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet there’s still a chance to do it now! It’s going to be an amazing night and we don’t want you to miss it!
VIP’s don’t forget that this year’s event is a bit different, ONLY YOU will be allowed early access to the Showbox with VIP doors opening at 5:30pm. You won’t want to miss this part of the night as only VIPs will get the chance to bid on all the amazing silent auction items this year.
Here’s what you can expect with your VIP ticket:
5:30pm VIP doors open and Silent Auction begins. Your ticket includes dinner, drinks and dessert until 8pm
7 pm short program and Raise the Glass opportunity
7:30pm Silent Auction will close (make sure you’re there to get your bid in!)
While you’re bidding, raising your paddle and mingling you’ll enjoy authentic cajun food from Jemil’s Big Easy (it’s the real thing y’all), a special dessert created just for this event from Trophy Cupcake, fantastic wine from Purple Star, (free beer, wine and well drinks until 8pm) and great music from KEXP DJs. Once the general admission doors open at 8pm all of this magic will dissapear so don’t miss out on this special part of the night we’ve got set aside just for you!
For all of our SMooCH guests, bands will begin taking the stage with:
STAG at 8:30pm
Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction at 9:10pm
Iron and Wine at 10:30pm
Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses at 11:25pm
around because we’ve got a special treat at the end and you won’t want
to miss any of the music! Everyone will have a chance to give, buy
raffle tickets, listen to awesome music and enjoy the party!