MOKB Video Premiere : Blackbird Blackbird : “Tangerine Sky”

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Honolulu, Hawaii’s Mikey Maramag’s aka Blackbird Blackbird released his fantastic psychedelic poptronica LP, Tangerine Sky, midway through 2015 through OM Records full of tranquil lo-fi layering. As sort of a year end cap, he is offering up a new video for the title track to the LP directed by Jeff LaPenna. The visual aligns with the song’s fluorescent, winding synths and acid-drenched textures. Watch it below and revisit the entire LP here. You can also catch him playing San Francisco’s The Independent on December 30th with STRFKR.

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Video : Alex G : “Harvey”

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When we unveil our best of lists for 2014 next week, young newcomer Alex G is sure to turn up on them. His album, DSU, has been in constant rotation on our turntable for several months. In the meantime, today, he has published a new video for his song “Harvey” which is created around the 1950 movie of the same name that also loosely inspired one of our favorite cult-classics Donnie Darko. Watch below and pick up the album here.

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Song : Twin Shadow : “Turn Me Up”

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After releasing the very polished “To The Top” last year and signing to Warner Bros., Twin Shadow has begun the march towards his yet-to-be-named new LP due out sometime in the spring. “Turn Me Up” maintains the brooding moodiness of his prior output, but has continues the cleaner quality that has music has started to lean more towards. It is an enjoyable track, but we are unsure where we fall on the more accessible production. Like we said when we wrote about “To The Top”, we can’t hate for a guy going for it and seeking out a wider audience. Listen below.

Video : Father John Misty : “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”

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Josh Tillman will be releasing his sophomore LP, I Love You, Honeybear, under the Father John Misty moniker on February 10th via Sub Pop. We have already heard the satirical “Bored In The USA” from it, now we get the lovely “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)” with a kaleidoscopic video that, according to Tillman, he made “on an iPad on my wedding anniversary with the one I love. We ate pancakes.” Watch below and read more about the story behind the video and the label’s displeasure with it here.

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Song : Gangly : “Fuck With Someone Else”

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We must say, this is a pretty great way to start off a Monday. Gangly, who we know nothing about except hailing from Iceland, dropped an absolute beauty of a song “Fuck With Someone Else”. If you like JJ or any other music that comes from Iceland or the Scandinavia countries, you will immediately fall for this one. We are pretty sure this is a project we will be hearing more of as we get into 2015. You can find both the song and a video for it below.

Song : VIMES : “Ential”

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It has been a minute since we last heard from Cologne, Germany duo VIMES, more precisely fall of last year with their song “Celestial”. Since then, members Azhar Syed and Julian Stetter have been hard at work in the studio prepping their debut album. Their newest creative product is the expertly crafted “Ential” and according to Syed, touches upon the moment “you transcend your own perspective and leave things behind in order to evolve.” The song does have a meditative quality about it painted in darker, sometimes cold tones. It will be officially available on December 12th via via Humming Records. Listen below.

Song : Blooms : “Lust” (Ellie Herring Remix)

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Two of our favorite women in music at the moment connect up as Lexington, KY producer Ellie Herring reworks the sexy track “Lust” from London’s Louise Cunnane aka Blooms. Ellie takes covers the sensualities of the original and creates more of a flirty, computerized head-bouncer. Find it below and you can check the original we posted back in March here as well as Blooms’ most recent song “Guilty” here.

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Song : Alice Smith x Sam Dew x Dave Sitek : “Shell Shock”

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No matter where you stand on the killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and the countless other similar incidents that have happened over the past year, it is easy to understand that our society still is not where we may want to believe it is at regarding racial and economic differences. Music is slowly starting to reflect these differences with soulful new protest song “Shell Shock” created by the collaboration of D.C. vocalist Alice Smith, Chicago songwriter Sam Dew, and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. The “statement of truth”, as Smith calls the song, came with the above photo from the civil rights movement back in the 60s and the following quote from writer and activist James Baldwin:

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”