Thursday, November 21, 2013

What's New(s)?

Pharrell releases 24-hour video

Besides apparently being immortal, the Neptunes' Pharrell is also omnipresent in the year 2013. Between appearances on Daft Punk's endlessly grooving Random Access Memories, hooks featured in the Billboard-conquering "Blurred Lines", mixtapes with Ray Lewis, and severely slept on partnerings with 2 Chainz, Pharrell's dominated the music landscape in 2013. And now you can add to that already exhaustive list: 24-hour music video. The clip, which is for "Happy" (from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack) is interactive and features non-stop footage of people dancing which users can flip through or share particular moments from via Facebook and Twitter. If you have time to sit through the offering, you find more than a few celebs making appearances including: Magic Johnson, Steve Carrell, Tyler, the Creator and others. Also if you managed to make it through, Pharrell in effect owns one day of your life.

Watch the video here, or if you don't have time for that check out one of the "scant" four-hour clips featured below.

Oneohtrix Point Never announces tour dates



In support of his excellent October release R Plus Seven, Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never is taking his brand of dark, shadowy ambient out on the road for a string of dates starting next year. Lopatin will be joined on tour by frequent video collaborator Nate Boyce, who he recently collaborated with at the MoMA PS1, as part of Pitchfork's form series. Check out the video below, along with the tour dates (one of which will feature Instrumental Tourist collaborator Tim Hecker).

Tour Dates:

1/16 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (w Tim Hecker)
1/17 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
1/19 Washington, DC - Atlas Performing Arts Center
2/3 Vancouver, British Columbia - Fortune Sound Club
2/4 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
2/5 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
2/6 San Francisco, CA - 1015 Folsom
2/7 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
2/8 San Diego, CA - The Irenic

Arcade Fire releases "Afterlife" video


One thing that gets lost in the mix of the Arcade Fire's relentless promotion for new album Reflektor is the sense of humanity they've imbued the work with. Hidden underneath amidst all the discussions of dress codes, secret shows, and disco grooves there's a living beating heart. Today's release of a second video for "Afterlife" (the first being a live feature directed by Spike Jonze) has that heart beating as loudly as anything the band as done before. Opening on a cowboy-hat wearing man selling flowers, the clip moves through scenes of the man (a widower) eating a meal with his children, before the eldest eventually sneaks out to attend a friend's party and the others are left at home. While they sleep, we're privy to their dreams where: the father searches for his lost wife, the older brother sees visions of baptisms, and the youngest imagines rolling through a laundromat. The whole thing is deeply affecting and hard not to shed a tear during.

You can see the video below, along with tour dates for the band's Reflektor tour; tickets for which go on sale tomorrow at 10am.

Tour Dates:
3/6 Louisville, KY - KFC! YUM Center
3/8 Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
3/10 Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/12 Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
3/13 Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
3/14 Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Tire Centre
3/16 Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
3/17 Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
3/18 Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena
4/9 Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
4/10 Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater
4/23 Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
4/26 Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
4/27 St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
4/29 Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
5/1 Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
5/2 Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/30 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/8 Seattle, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
8/11 Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place
8/12 Calgary, Alberta - Scotiabank Saddledome
8/14 Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre
8/17 Washington, DC - Verizon Center
8/19 Boston, MA - Comcast Center
8/22 Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
8/23 Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
8/26 Chicago, IL - United Center
8/30 Montreal, Quebec - Parc Jean-Drapeau

Check back in tomorrow for more of the newest in new(s), and visit @AllFreshSounds on Twitter for additional news updates.

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