Ian Curtis and Nick Cave were once peers, so Iceage trading their scorched-earth nihilism for a soused cowpunk is actually a lateral shift rather than a bold leap forward. The more striking change manifests in Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s lyrics. He plays out his own version of the National’s smirking send-up “All the Wine”, presenting himself as god’s gift and, as such, entitled to caricatured spoils of hetero privilege: “100 euro wine”, women in smeared makeup and five-inch heels.

Ian Cohen on the video for Iceage’s “The Lord’s Favorite”

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"Our Love" is the latest single from Are We There to receive the music video treatment. For this installment, Sharon van Etten worked with Karen Collins.

Working with Karen was a dream.  We sat together and talked about imagery and feeling and distance versus connection. Lightness versus darkness.  Referencing directors like Tarkovsky to articulate the beauty in the understatement and slowness. ‘Our Love’ is about someone acknowledging that having loved and letting it be over can be just as beautiful as being in love. It can also be a form of rebirth and renewal and inspiring and uplifting, even in the darkness and sadness.  I think Karen captured that really well.

Are We There is out now via Jagjaguwar. 

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Braid is back after 16 years with their a new LP, No Coast, released by Topshelf Records. NPR’s ‘All Songs Considered’ describes it as “a blueprint for the elder statespersons of emo returning to the fold. The music video for single “Bang” is directed by Max Moore.

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"In Your Home" is off White Lung’s Deep Fantasy, out now on Domino. The video was created by Justin Gradin and Ben Jacques.

Justin has done all our album art since our first LP so “In Your Home” is funny, demented and uncomfortable, it’s perfect. The star of the video is my dear friend Christina Kenton who pushes the baby cart and smiles at the end. She’s an incredible artist herself. This video is filled with people way more talented than the four of us.

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This very long video which I haven’t actually watched is apparently a press conference in which Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus announces a new 7” single series. The first single will be released on July 7. The band is having a release party that day at 7pm, supported by Wicked Kind. Titus Andronicus have released 7 7”s over the past 7 years. All the singles except the first will feature one brand new Titus track on the a-side with contributions by various other bands on the reverse. The first single is a reissue of two songs from their first record, “Titus Andronicus” b/w “Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, New Jersey.” It also comes with a bonus disk with “Arms Against Atrophy” and “Oral Fixation Blues”

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Asthmatic Kitty has released Sufjan Stevens’ 2001 LP Enjoy Your Rabbit on vinyl for the first time. Select copies of the LP come with fortune cookies. Stevens has also released a brand new music video for Enjoy Your Rabbit cut “Year of the Tiger.” The video is directed and animated by Geoffrey Hoskinson.

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