1. Kanye West - New Slaves
2. Arcade Fire - Afterlife
The backlash surrounding Thicke's summer hit has nearly made people forget how big of a hit the record was. As unfortunate as some of the lyrics may have been to some, the record was a bonafide smash and you could not avoid the record if you tried during Summer 2013.
2013 saw thousands of music video’s released, some traditional, some abstract, and some short-film, and with many lists selecting video’s based on views and chart position, we ignore all that and select our Top 20 based on quality. Joonbug’s list mixes genres and exposes some of the best video’s that have gone under the radar, along with the undeniable clips of the year. Check out our list below, and see if you enjoy them as much as we did.
The video for the first single from the second Blood Orange album, makes the list not so much for its technical prowess, but more for the story within the video. Dev Hynes’ took a trip to Guyana to meet his grandfather for the first time, and the meeting was encapsulated in the minimal clip. Dev’s dance moves within the video also make the clip likeable, and would set up what would be a great year musically for him.
Whoever said that the best things in life are free, must really have loved music...Maudlin Strangers, the brainchild of Jake Hays, has released their new EP, Overdose,for FREE on Bandcamp! Hays, son of former Runaway Cherie Currie and actor Robert Hays, demonstrates an astounding depth of musical knowledge on the EP, while playing, writing, and producing the entire album on his own. Overdose is masterful (you can check out our track-by-track review here); it is a carefully crafted collection of rockin’ music. We at Joonbug reached out to Hays to ask him about the album, how a compilation like this is done, and of course, Friday the 13th…
Since its formation in 2000, Austin alt-quartet Quiet Company has been loudly clawing its way into the scene with its dynamic stage shows and energetic approach to indie rock. With the success of its latest EP, A Dead Man On My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited, Quiet Company has been compared to the likes of Arcade Fire and Weezer, in addition to playing shows with legends such as Cheap Trick and The Toadies, and is well on the way to becoming a household name. Joonbug had the opportunity to speak with the band’s hilarious frontman, Taylor Muse, on grape jelly, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more:
Arcade Fire are great, we can agree on this, but after taking three years off to work on 'Reflektor' would they be able to maintain their critically acclaimed flare? Below is our track-by-track rating of the Canadian band's fourth album.
“Reflektor” – This is up there with best opening tracks for an album this year. As the first single of the album, the band unveiled their disco inspired sound, and like essentially everything they make, it’s damn good. What is fascinating about the record is the authenticity of it. It still feels like an uncompromising Arcade Fire record while deviating from their traditional sound. 9/10
With the release of their new album 'Reflektor' right around the corner, Arcade Fire have unleashed their new single "Afterlife" via BBC Radio 1 today (October 21). The record is classically Arcade Fire, and meets the high quality standard we've come to expect from the band. "Afterglow" is an instant hit, and is pretty much perfect. Check out the radio rip of the record here, and let us know if you're as excited about this song as we are! Reflektor is out October 29th on Merge.
Grammy Award-winning indie rockers Arcade Fire look set to play two dates at an as yet unnamed venue in Brooklyn on October 18th and 19th. Posters advertising a show by "The Reflektors" - an alias that the group used for their shows in Montreal last month - have been spotted in the city and the news was confirmed via Arcade Fire Tube. So far the band has stayed mum about the details, however we do know that audience members will be required to show up in formal attire or a costume and that prizes will be given for the best outfits.
Arcade’s first EP release defined a generation of frustrated and restless indie listeners. Their songwriting throughout the rest of the discography stuck with ambivalent themes like the unsettling need to escape in “Keep the Car Running” and the mockery of frivolity in “Rococo”. The Canadian sextet optimized various instruments lending to a big sound and intensity that flowed through each of their tracks.
YouTube has announced today that they will hold their first-ever YouTube Music Awards on November 3rd. The event, which will take place at Pier 36 in New York City, will be hosted by actor/musician Jason Schwartzman. This first-of-its-kind event has set it sights on shaking up the traditional awards show format, and will surely be a captivativing event to experience. The 90-minute event, produced by Spike Jonze, will live stream on YouTube, and will award winners in six categories that will be solely based on viewer votes. Headlining the inaugural show will be Lady GaGa, Eminem, and Arcade Fire, along with more to be announced later. Check out the video below with host Jason Schwartzman detailing the November 3rd event.