I doubt I ever would have seen some very cool subway art if I hadn’t gotten confused and walked west instead of east out of the Bryant Park station. My errant sense of direction lead me down the transit corridor that connects Sixth Avenue with Times Square station, and that’s where this exciting art installation by Nick Cave — entitled Each One, Every One, Equal All — can be found.
I have no problem admitting that I am almost always disappointed in any act that relies on the presence of dancers on stage with them in order to perform. This includes all urban acts and pop solo-singers, who are the absolute worst offenders. I enjoy dancing as much as the next person, but if you need dancers jumping and humping all around you to make your music palatable, then just give up now because I am already over it. Now that my rant is out of the way, let me tell you that this week’s video, which is Danko Jones‘ “Dance Dance Dance”, is not like any other dance-centric music video with that you’ll see. Because “Dance Dance Dance” is not about the band playing with dancers; it is about a group of women dancing to the music because they are feeling it. And that is very different. Amir Chamdin, an award-winning Swedish filmmaker who has previously directed videos for take-no-prisoners headbangers like Ghost and The Hellacopters, shot “Dance Dance Dance” this past January in Stockholm, and created something truly unique by combining two vastly different art forms – Danko Jones‘ signature style of fist-pumping rock with an incredible, single-take dancehall-inspired clip. Watch these three ladies tear it up and tell me it doesn’t take you back to the days of dancing in your bedroom to your favorite rock albums back when rock albums were still made. If you’re not that old, ask your parents what it was like. “Dance Dance Dance” can be found on Danko Jones‘ upcoming new album, A Rock Supreme, due for release on April 26, 2019. Enjoy!
Hey Bitches, everyone’s Favorite Thing, The Video Clip of The Week, makes a hard comeback for Spring with an awesome tune to get you movin’ and groovin’ on a Sunday morning — and if you don’t quite feel like moving just yet, you have something cool to look at — with Djustin’s neon-infused video for their uber hot synth-pop dance track, appropriately entitled “Dancing”! Because, Dancing!
Djustin is an unstoppable power duo comprised of Sweden’s Johan Angergård and his American partner, Rose Suau, and together they create something truly primal. “Dancing” wastes no time at all getting right to the heart of the club experience, putting the transcendent power of dance floor right in your head. Lyric videos have never looked as spectacular as this visual bombardment of Hot Pink and Bright Turquoise Neon signage delivering the message directly to your cerebral cortex against a backdrop of mirror-ball rays and tiny reflective shards of glittery stuff, all buoyed by Suau’s seductive vocal hooks reminiscent of Shannon’s 1983 smash hit, “Let The Music Play.” Resistance is futile.
“Dancing” can be found on Djustin’s upcoming full-length album Voyagers, which will be released on May 5th, 2017. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link! Enjoy!
There were a number of years in the early to mid-nineties when British Pop band Blur were my very favorite band in the Universe and, in fact, I got quite obsessed and silly over them. But I don’t regret any of that, because back when Blur and their perceived musical nemesis, Oasis, were duking it out in the British press for Band of the Century or whatever, Blur were undeniably the shit. There are tracks off of Park Life that I’d put up against anything in The Beatles‘ catalog any day of the week. Just being serious.
Well, the big news is that, after years and years of being broken up, Blur have recorded a new album together, which is called The Magic Whip, and it is quite good. A few videos for various songs are already on the YouTube, but I like this one for the song “Lonesome Street” which features what could become a viral dance craze as far-reaching as that pony dance they do in the video for the mystifyingly popular “Gangnam Style,” but that is just my opinion. The Magic Whip is released April 27th, 2015. Enjoy!
The antique velvet chair seen above is part of the exhibit Maira Kalman Selects, on now at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. Embedded in the seat back of the chair is a small tablet screen which shows videos of dancing ballerinas. Thus the work’s title, Velvet Chair and Dancing Videos. Clever.
For this exhibition, the author, artist and designer has filled the former first-floor Drawing Room of what was once the Carnegie Mansion, with 40 objects from sources including the Cooper Hewitt, the National Museum of American History, and her personal collection to suggest the journey of a life story, from birth through death.
Kalman is best known for her whimsical take on modern life. Here, she explores the human condition, presenting objects that create a picture of daily life as she sees and lives it. In her words, the exhibition is about “falling in love with a group of objects”; “the preciousness of time”; and the realization that “many of the most important memories in your life will be populated by the most seemingly unimportant objects. A chair. A bowl.”
And what does she suggest you do when you enter the exhibition? Just look. And listen. “To wander about in a room in a museum and to have the fluttery feeling of discovery and potential,” she says, “is a great feeling.”
Maira Kalman Selects will be on View Through June 14th, 2015 at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Located on Fifth Avenue at the Corner of 92nd Street.