Vevo documented Phosphorescent’s performance from Bonnaroo, and now we can relive the band’s ferocious performance. Watch five songs from the band’s set right here. Phosphorescent have just a few shows left in 2011, including a performance alongside My Morning Jacket and Neko Case at Tuscaloosa Amphitheater for a Tornado relief benefit on August 19. In September Phosphorescent will be visiting the Austin City Limits festival, while Matthew Houck has a special solo Phosphorescent set at End of the Road Festival in England.
This afternoon Stereogum premiered the new, animated video for Frog Eyes’ “The Sensitive Girls” by London-based, Russian artist Marsha Balaeva. For Balaeva, “what attracted [her] most was the theme of urban gloom and despair, where everything you look at is palpably wrong and menacing, yet fascinating in some way.”
The animation itself is fully hand-drawn and is made from just under a thousand drawings in ink and pencils. This was the first animation project Balaeva has done in color. At the beginning of the collaboration, Carey Mercer outlined his vision of this song, a mixture of “street despair”, faux-religious imagery, and the dream of fleeing dark places. This loose outline gave her the main theme for the storyline. He also came up with the finishing sequence, when the bird is flying out into the light of a crystal pyramid.
The majority of the city backdrops are based on actual streets and buildings of Liverpool, Manchester and London. A lot of the characters and objects can be traced back to various religious cults and practices, like the dog with the pins. In Kongo, wooden figurines of dogs and men were used by ‘baganga’ (healers) to perform rituals, and if themagic was successful a nail was added to it, so the most powerful objects were studded with nails.
For more information on Marsha Balaeva’s artwork, please visit visit her site here.
One of our favorite Canadian music channels, AUX.TV, recorded a great in-depth interview with Carey Mercer in which he discusses music, poetics, and where Frog Eyes fits in the artistic spectrum. The second video features an incredibly moving, acoustic version of “Violent Psalms.” Both videos are part of AUX.TV’s interview and performance series “What You See Is What You Get,” and you can see those and more here.
This video originally appeared as an extra on the DVD edition of the film All My Friends Are Funeral Singers. Using footage culled from film screenings and a live performance at the Mohawk at SXSW 2010, director Kevin Ford weaves together the surreal images of the film with a raucous set from the band. It feels like opium drenched dream sequence of the band and film blurring into one.
The Tallest Man on Earth’s wildly successful European tour just wrapped up last week, and we are already able to share the next round of live dates. The Tallest Man on Earth has confirmed shows in Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, London and Paris, with more to be announced soon.
Check out the two videos from The Alternate Side, recorded when The Tallest Man on Earth visited WFUV’s studio back in the fall. Above is a fantastic rendition of “The Dreamer” and after the jump watch a performance of “Tangle in This Trampled Wheat.” You can also read an interview with Kristian Matsson at The Alternate Side. Read the rest of this entry »
A Christmas miracle? Whatever you want to call it, we are thrilled to report that Phosphorescent’s stolen van and gear was recovered last night by NYPD. We really appreciate all of the kind words that have been sent our way over the past few days — the endless support has been simply amazing. The band will be refunding any donations in full ASAP.
We are happy to put this behind and to be able to focus on the tour ahead. Phosphorescent are hauling to Columbus as I type this, and are thrilled for their upcoming shows. Don’t forget, joining Phosphorescent will be Doug Paisley (7/13-7/18), Shiny Around the Edges (7/21-7/24) and J. Tillman (7/27-8/15). Phosphorescent will also be performing at the Treasure Island Festival in San Francisco on October 17.