First, yes. Yes we have heard the new album. Is it as good as some people are saying it is? Depends, really. On its own merit, it’s an incredibly powerful piece of work–as personal as Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space–and some of Jason’s best songwriting. But compared to the rest of the catalog, it’s a bit different. Unlike the other albums, it actually sounds like it was written on Earth–sort of. A more accurate description would be “it sounds like it was written just as someone was leaving Earth.”

I tell my friends Songs in A+E sounds best if listened through the eyes of a man knocking on Death’s door. There are all sorts of themes related to death (and conversely, life) on the album, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Whether he’s pleading that he’s not ready to go yet or accepting of getting his wings and lyre (or horns and pitchfork), Jason Pierce takes a really long look at life and death and the result is brilliant.

There’s a fantastic (and ultra-fucking rare) interview with Jason from the middle of last month–a must read for Spiritualized fans–and he pretty much lays it out there when recalling his 2005 near-death experience with a rare form of pneumonia.

“Being in intensive care was actually OK for me. You just have to surrender yourself to the doctor. It’s hard to think about your own death so the concern is invested in the people around you, not your own kind of thing, ’cause you’re lying there thinking, ‘This is all right. Well, not all right but… I’ve been here before.’ In intensive care wards there’s five or six of you in the same room,’ he continues, ‘and everyone’s got optics and life support machines and they’re all bleeping at different times and different frequencies. The only things I can remember are the noises around me. The not-really-true memories, you forget all that kind of shit. One by one, everybody else in the room died and I remember thinking, ‘Well, somebody’s got to get out of here alive.'”

There’s a new BBC video with Jason talking about making the video for “Soul on Fire,” which was filmed in Iceland and–well why don’t you just watch him describe it himself.

Songs in A+E comes out in early June. Do yourself a favor and buy it.

Spiritualized–Soul on Fire (Acoustic Mainlines, San Francisco)
Spiritualized–Baby I’m Just a Fool (Acoustic Mainlines, San Francisco)

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Did you know that music videos still exist? I had no idea. I know at some point there was this one cable channel that used to show music videos…all day and all night. It was called something TV…may have begun with an 'M' or something.

As a young kitten, I used to stay up past my bedtime to watch this one program called "120 Minutes." It featured all this totally "alternative" videos, which at the time meant British music, I guess. It was then that I saw videos for stuff like Ride's "Taste" and The Pale Saints' "Time Thief," stuff like that.

I guess they're still making "alternative" music videos, they're ust not showing them anywhere on TV. Instead, they've found a home…ON THE INTRANETT!

I've always found most videos absolutely lame, and apparently nothing has changed since the days of being a youngster. I understand hip-hop videos. Show some motherfuckin' booty and bling. I get that. I understand all those diva songstress videos. Show some tits and pretend that they have talent. I get that. I understand shitty rock videos. Long and/or no hair, tattoos, some leather. I get that.

But one thing these guys share in common is they plan their video style before they even write the songs. So it makes sense for them to make videos.

However, most of the crap I listen to seems to like the whole "music" part of being a musician. So when they make videos, it's usually some failed film director/bullshit artist behind the camera who wants to bring out the "indie" in them. Needless to say, indie music videos pretty much suck. It's a fact.

The other thing thats hurts indie vids is the fact that people who listen to the music have their own ideas of the song, and (not to sound like a piece of shit–but here goes anyway) it brings out something different in each person. Ouch, that hurt to type that. So when you see a video of a song you like, it's akin to seeing someone who has a sexy phone voice for the first time. Sometimes you wish they stayed on the phone.

So after all that… here's some indie videos! And in case you like to make videos behind your eyelids, the almost appropriate MP3s.

Broken Social Scene – Fire Eye'd Boy


Broken Social Scene – Fire Eye'd Boy

Here's the short of it…it's some goofy high-school P.E. thing. Also, there's lots of dialogue, so if you wanted to hear the actual song, you're shit out of luck. Or I suppose you could click the link above. Smartass.

Stars – Your Ex-Lover is Dead

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Stars – Your Ex-Lover is Dead (Live on KEXP 2005)

Artsy, man. I didn't realize this song is about ice skating. Will give the director props for the back-to-back shot during the "Live through this" bit, it's spot on.


Mark Gardner (of Ride) with Goldrush – Taste (Live Boston 12-4-05)
Pale Saints – Time Thief

Note: This was mostly just a test to see how Hype-Machine handles linking…wish me luck!

Man – I hope it’s kosher to point to other blogs. It’s all love, right? We’re all cool cats in the same litter box, eh? And besides, hottie numero uno is involved. And besides again, we really haven’t posted anything in a while. And besides for the third time, video is the new audio, dig?

 So without further ado, here’s a link to Broken Social Scene’s video for 7/4 (Shoreline), a song that haters love to hate because it’s actually a fucking fantastic pop song. Hate to break it to you, Mr. Hater, but indie rock is pop. 

 Fair warning–it’s the Radio Edit, which screws all sorts of things up. And it’s really only so-so.


 Broken Social Scene – 7/4 (Shoreline)

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