The week in music videos, late night TV and online performances, featuring clips of Washed Out performing on an iPad, Jack White, A$AP Rocky, Tennis doing Twin Peaks and finally, the polarity of conventional and unconventional covers of Arcade Fire and Bon Iver songs. (Use the arrow buttons to navigate through the videos)
Washed Out Plays "New Theory" on iPad in the Back of a Cab
For the excellent Black Cab Sessions, chillwave pioneer Washed Out performs an nearly unrecognizable rendition of his breakout hit "New Theory" on an iPad, all in the back of a moving car. If you're interested in making your own stellar, shimmering bedroom synthpop on an iPad, Washed Out is using an app called NanoStudio. (Caution: talent not included.)
If you want to compare, here is the original:
Jack White UNSTAGED
To promote his first solo outing, Blunderbuss (which went #1 this week, by the way), Jack White got together with screen actor and director Gary Oldman, American Express and YouTube to broadcast his (fantastic!) show at New York City's Webster Hall. Unfortunately, YouTube seems to have taken down the full concert replay and instead uploaded certain clips. Here's the one for "Freedom at 21," one of White's angriest songs on his really angry album.
A$AP Rocky - "Goldie"
There hasn't been a rapper quite like A$AP Rocky that understands how to toy with the notion of decadence while still remaining wholly singular; at least not since Kanye West's debut as the Louis Vuitton Don. Rocky directs this clip for his major label debut "Goldie" and enlists acclaimed designer Alexander Wang as stylist; gigantic fur scarf swag, anyone?
Tennis goes Twin Peaks
David Lynch's stamp on female indie pop runs deep. We'd go as far to say that it's actually harder to come up with a list of noteworthy chanteuses in 2012 who aren't directly inspired by Lynch's seminal Twin Peaks, and Tennis––whose music is typically sunny and not harboring any dark secrets––isn't about to be left out of the fanclub. Cue new video "My Better Self" –– David Lynch would be proud.
Arcade Fire and Bon Iver Covered
Alright, so these two covers have nothing in common, other than we happened to notice them this week. The first one is a truly original take on Arcade Fire "Rebellion (Lies)," the second is an uninspiring but faithful rendition on Bon Iver's "Skinny Love." Can you guess which one was performed in front of an audience of millions?
Trampled By Turtles - "Rebellion (Lies)"
Lindsey Pavao - "Skinny Love"