Animated Watercolor Dance Party, “It’s All Over”

The Vimeo Staff Pics are always a great scroll. Quality and inspiring shorts, docs, animation, and stop-motion stories abound – often leading you down internet rabbit holes to explore director reels, illustrator portfolios, and animators’ work you quickly fall in love with.

This time around a music video immediately caught my eye and had me crawling the web to learn more about the artist and production team. It’s called “It’s All Over” for Madrid producer Pional and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. It’s kind of like Waking Life meets Dazed and Confused meets my Aunt’s watercolor sketchbook, with a lot of car fires thrown in.

Turns out the video is inspired by a movie called Ruta Destroy, a documentary about the clubbing and party scene and overall effect of electronic music culture in Spanish cities, mainly Valencia, during the 80s and early 90s. Here’s the trailer.

Directed by duo Manson, with artwork by Paul Lopez, “It’s All Over” is a flickering, hypnotic sequence of watercolor party people dancing, driving, and crashing cars. Digging around for some more info around the production methods, I read on Dazed that the team “edited 2000 images together, printed each frame, applied watercolours, scanned them and then re-edited them all together.” Clearly a laborious process with amazing results.

Rotoscoping, watercolors, party, tragedy, dance music. What else do you need?

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On Madness…

My mom used to sing a disturbing song called “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” to my three sisters and I when we were younger and probably threatening her sanity on a daily basis. It popped into my head recently and, thanks to the wondrous interwebs, I tracked down this trippy/Norman-Bates-themed music video for the tune made by some random Dutch guys. Oh, and a puppet cover.

The original 1966 novelty record was performed by Napoleon XIV, known in regular life as songwriter/record producer Jerry Samuels. The tune quickly climbed the charts and inspired a mental-illness-themed LP with song titles like “Marching Off To Bedlam,” “I Live In A Split Level Head” and “Let’s Cuddle Up In My Security Blanket.” It also quickly bombed back down the charts when DJs began banning it from airplay, afraid that listeners would think it an affront to the mentally unstable. A perfect track for parenting!


Twin Sister’s Dream Groove

Twin Sister is a Long Island-based band making luscious, lazy disco-dream gems. I finally picked up their second EP called Color Your Life and can’t seem to let it go.

Certain tracks are all spacey and mellow – while listening I immediately long to be floating in water somewhere. It’s quite lovely. Then there’s “All Around and Away We Go” – a magical, get-up-and-get-swaying tune that would put the most hardened, washed-up disco queens back out on the dance floor. It makes me want to move like this:

Stereolab covering “Heart of Glass?” I think Abba even flashed through my brain at one point.

The EP has been out for some months, but here’s a sweet trailer they put out to announce it’s arrival. I put some tracks below but you can download both EPs (for FREE!) on the Twin Sister website.

From Color Your Life:


All Around and Away We Go

Plus my favorite track from their first EP, Vampires With Dreaming Kids (2008):



The Black Angels’ Death Songs

Austin-based act The Black Angels have been unleashing their hypnotic, neo-psychedelic music upon the masses for a while now, but I’m just getting caught up. Fuzzy, bluesy songs about death, destruction and isolation pepper their first 3 full-length releases – all striking a seemingly perfect balance between vibes both primitive and polished.

The self-proclaimed ‘Native American Drone n’ Rollers’ have a new album called Phosphene Dream due out on Blue Horizon Records in September. Here’s a taste called “Bad Vibrations.” I’m obsessed with the basslines.

Here’s video for the being-badass track “Black Grease,” off their debut LP Passover. It’s all swagger.

“So just kill kill kill kill!”

ONE MORE: Loving this collaboration they did recently with UNKLE called Natural Selection. A little more playful.

Go to their awesome official site for trippy video footage and a ton of other live tracks and photos.


I Just Died A Little Inside

Liz Phair has a new album out. It’s called Funstyle. Not that I expected much, but this one hurts. Perhaps I’ll put a more coherent review together when my brain recovers from listening to a former idol rapping self-deprecatingly over Indian-themed beats. And I GET that it’s a joke and that she’s making fun of her has-been record-industry status. But that still doesn’t mean I like it. Listen for yourself:

Here is the album cover. So stupid.



Saw an amazing band about a month ago that I still can’t get out of my head. They are Jail Bait. And they rocked pretty hard.

The lineup: rowdy frontgirl channeling Karen-O, on the constant verge of totally losing her shit; bookish, mellow lead guitarist shredding harder than I’ve seen in years; plus two old men playing bass and guitar. Ok, the ‘old men’ are Matt McAuley & Brian McPeck of the infamous underground synth-rock act A.R.E Weapons, and they’re really just old in the context of the term ‘jailbait.’

Did some proper internet scouting on guitarist Alex Neimatz, who’s been gnarly since birth apparently. The girl won NYC’s “Shred For Your Life” guitar battle when she was only 16! She is by far the most talented female guitarist I’ve ever seen live. Period.

Totally blew us away. Raw energy. Sick riffs. Each song is 2-plus minutes of high-pitched punk meets 70s rock meets party hop meets who knows what. Run, go see them fast.

Grabbed some live footage from a show this winter off the Stupid Girl blog. More video there

Sick cover of Elvis’ “Don’t Be Cruel”:

wait for the 1:50 mark:

Shot from the Secret Project Robot show I saw (photo not taken by moi):