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NEWS : WED, JUL 27, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Clipping Share Details + Dizzying Visuals For Sci-Fi/Dystopian Full-Length ‘Splendor & Misery’

Last night, Clipping dropped these dizzying visuals for new track “Baby Don’t Sleep” and details of their new full-length Splendor & Misery, a Sci-Fi/dystopian concept album due out September 9th on Sub Pop/Deathbomb Arc.

Clipping are producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson, along with rapper/lyricist Daveed Diggs. [Yes THAT Daveed Diggs: Originator of the roles of the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton AND winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.]


“Baby Don’t Sleep” is Clipping’s collaboration with multi-disciplinary artist Cristopher Cichocki. The new video is an electrified vortex of visual art that jolts into the core of the group’s commanding noise-rap and musique concrete aesthetics. Captured within the industrial bellies of New York and Los Angeles, this meticulously detailed work is comprised from Cichocki’s visual experiments with interference static, oscilloscopic wavelengths, and flicker-frame animation.

Splendor & Misery is an Afrofuturist, dystopian concept album that follows the sole survivor of a slave uprising on an interstellar cargo ship, and the onboard computer that falls in love with him. Thinking he is alone and lost in space, the character discovers music in the ship’s shuddering hull and chirping instrument panels. William and Jonathan’s tracks draw an imaginary sonic map of the ship’s decks, hallways, and quarters, while Daveed’s lyrics ride the rhythms produced by its engines and machinery. In a reversal of H.P. Lovecraft’s concept of cosmic insignificance, the character finds relief in learning that humanity is of no consequence to the vast, uncaring universe. It turns out, pulling the rug out from under anthropocentrism is only horrifying to those who thought they were the center of everything to begin with. Ultimately, The character decides to pilot his ship into the unknown—and possibly into oblivion—instead of continuing on to worlds whose systems of governance and economy have violently oppressed him.          
 
The album is led by the highlights “Baby Don’t Sleep,” “A Better Place,” and “Air ‘Em Out,” was produced by the band, and mixed by Steve Kaplan in Los Angeles. The announcement of said album comes hot on the heels of the group’s just released Wriggle EP [see the GIFtastic title track video right over here].




Splendor & Misery will be available worldwide on CD/LP/DL/CASS, and is now up for preorder from Sub Pop and Deathbomb Arc.  Preorders through Sub Pop Mega Mart and independent retailers near you will receive the Loser edition on crystal clear vinyl (while supplies last).

 
Clipping’s current tour schedule in support of Wriggle and Splendor & Misery includes: August 4th in Seattle at Neumos (with Cakes Da Killa and Porter Ray); August 19th in Los Angeles for the Perpetual Dawn Anniversary; A hometown release show on September 8th in Los Angeles at Highways Performance Space* (with Busdriver and Pedestrian Deposit); And September 11th at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival.
 
*The September 8th show is presented by Highways Performance Space, Artistic Directors, Leo Garcia & Patrick Kennelly.
 
Additional tour dates will be announced soon. For now, please find a current list of dates below.





Tour Dates
Aug. 04 - Seattle, WA - Neumos*
Aug. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Perpetual Dawn Anniversary Show (venue TBA)
Sep. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - Highways Performance Space**
Sep. 11 - San Francisco, CA - San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
* w/ Cakes Da Killa & Porter Ray
** w/ Busdriver, Pedestrian Deposit

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Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, JUN 29, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Watch Clipping’s GIFtastic “Wriggle” video (directed by Rodney Ascher)

HI! 

Late last night, Clipping dropped their official video for “Wriggle,” the title cut from their just-released EP. (Which is out now and available for your purchasing pleasure here.) Hear the full EP here; see more of Clipping’s eye-assaulting visuals here

The frantic clip - directed by Rodney Ascher - pairs performance footage of Clipping’s Daveed Diggs edited into a barrage of GIFs and we CAN’T STOP WATCHING. 



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, JUN 14, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Clipping. Are Back Again w ‘Wriggle’ Digital EP + Daveed Wins A Tony Award!

The cup of Clipping runneth over in these past few days, and just last night the Los Angeles rap group - featuring Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes - announced their triumphant return to your ears with the new Wriggle EP, which is available digitally right here, right now. 

Wriggle highlights include the title track, “Back Up” (feat. Antwon and Signor Benedick the Moor), “Shooter,” “Hot Fuck No Love” (feat. Cakes Da Killa and Maxi Wild), and “Our Time” (feat. Nailah Middleton).  The EP was produced by Clipping, and is the group’s first release of new material since 2014’s CLPPNG, their acclaimed (and not at all coincidentally on-sale) second album and Sub Pop debut.  

F your I - Wriggle precedes a new Clipping full-length, coming this fall on Sub Pop/Deathbomb Arc.



[Pictured: Daveed Diggs with an actual fake Tony Award]

And just two nights ago, Clipping’s Daveed Diggs won an actual not-fake Tony Award for “Best Featured Actor in a Musical” for Hamilton. While promoting the musical (in which he plays the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson) he stopped by the Tonight Show for an interview. During the segment, the Roots play “Work Work” as his walk-on music, and he’s asked to prove that he is the fastest rapper on Broadway. Which he does. Watch his acapella performance (and Jimmy Fallon’s subsequent geek out) of “Taking Off” from their album CLPPNG via this link right here.



[Photo Credit: Sarah Sitkin]


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, DEC 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Meet the Director: Carlos Lopez Estrada, the Man Behind Many of clipping.’s Videos

Carlos

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.

Editor’s note: experience the brilliance displayed in the videos for ”Work Work”, ”Inside Out”, and ”Get Up” first!

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.

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 video treatments?

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.)





Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, DEC 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

See the New Clipping. Video For “Get Up”

The director behind many of Clipping.’s music videos, Carlos Lopez Estrada, in collaboration with the talented director, Cristina Bercovitz, delivered another thought provoking and memorable music videos with “Get Up”, an unsettling and insanely catchy track off of the band’s Sub Pop debut, CLPPNG. See the Stereogum premiere of the video in the embed. Pick up CLPPNG from us here at Sub Pop here. All orders $20 or more are 20% off through the New Year!



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, AUG 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Clipping. Respond to Events in Ferguson, MO w/ New Track “Knees On The Ground”

The following is a note from William Hutson of Clipping.

Our new track “Knees On The Ground” might benefit from an explanation. This is the most unguarded I ever intend to be when writing about Clipping.

What had happened was this: our very brief UK/Europe trip got called-off the day before we were supposed to get on a plane to London. Since we didn’t have any other plans, we met up in the studio with an idea to crank out a new track. On our list of songs to finish was one particular piece aimed directly at the club (or, at least, our twisted idea of what clubs should play). But none of us were in the mood for it. Each of us had spent the previous several days following the news of protests in Ferguson, MO. It was the only thing on our minds. We couldn’t bring ourselves to think about anything else, so we decided to direct our fear, our revulsion, our heartbreak into a new track.

The problem was that we’d defined our band — in interviews and to each other — as decidedly-not-an-activist-project. Diggs’s lyrics have been criticized for seeming apolitical, at least in comparison to what many listeners (perhaps rightly) expect to hear from an ‘experimental’ rap group. I have many times said (perhaps naïvely) that our politics lie in our structures, in our formal engagement with the rap genre. We love its conventions, its clichés, and we’re not above them. We see our participation in rap as something resembling an old punk flyer — an out-of-context collage of charged images with an fractured, contradictory, multiple point-of-view. I hope that our more dedicated listeners hear this and understand that we’re not interested in spoon-feeding them a position. At the same time, I’ve always assumed that they pretty much agree with us on most issues anyway. (We have yet to meet the misogynist, homophobic, white supremacist Clipping fan with an MBA and an NRA membership).

So what do we do when all we can think about, all we can feel, is a profound injustice — yet another young unarmed person of color is murdered by a police officer? How does a band, which overtly rejects affect and the emotions, address something that is, for its authors, a deeply felt, deeply affecting topic? Well, we don’t entirely know. But the fact is: there’s more truth in Diggs’s lyrics than we generally let on. “Inside Out” describes a drive-by shooting in Oakland, “Chain” is about three stick-ups. They are presented with a lot of detail and specificity (perhaps the result of personal experience). But at the same time, they represent archetypal scenarios within rap music. One trope we had yet to explore as Clipping was the anti-police rap — the lineage of Public Enemy, NWA and Paris, straight through The Coup, and all the way into the ‘stop snitching’ panic of the early 2000s. “Knees On The Ground” is a paradigmatic white-cop-kills-an-unarmed-black-kid-and-gets-away-with-it tale — a story that happens all the fucking time in the US. What we have learned — from our first hand experience in Oakland in 2009, and from the media coverage of Ferguson in 2014 — is that the second part of this story involves a police response better suited to a war zone than to an American city. Cops think they’re playing Call Of Duty when they’re supposed to be part of a community. If Ferguson were in Iraq, Obama would have sent in an airstrike already.

This is the least obtuse Diggs’s lyrics will ever get. We’re embarrassed by the timeliness of this track. We do not intend to capitalize on what is, undoubtedly, a terrible tragedy. But journalists make think-pieces and we make songs. Writers write what they know, and this is what we know right fucking now.

— William Hutson, Clipping.



Posted by Sam Sawyer