The video for this Mumford and Sons song is perfect. I am not the chief cultural magistrate of all things cool, but for me hearing a song everywhere, all of the time is annoying as fuck and immediately de-legitimizes the song and the artist. Yeah, it’s a harsh policy but frankly it seems like awkward middle aged dudes all high-fived each other and got matching Mumford and Sons haircuts, and that is annoying-as-fuck too.
H8ters™ like me will high-five later and get matching Haim haircuts soon enough, but for now let me just say that this video is incredible. Self-satire is a really great tool for a band like Mumford, who have EXPLODED in the past 2 years. The neo-agrarian aesthetic touted by todays flavour-makers is a little bit less cool than the actual return to important and useful heritage practices that even 10 years ago might have seemed archaic or obscene, but this video parodies this sensibility perfectly. (Later today for instance, I will tan the hide of my deceased cat with its own brain, but not before pickling this years harvest of chioggia beets over an open fire.)
The “Hopeless Wanderer” video stars Will Forte, Ed Helms, and Jasons Bateman and Sudeikis, who are all really funny dudes. Whoever did the art direction and costumes nailed it, but also maybe didn’t know it was going to be a joke.
In closing, you guys, lets just ease up on the snap judgement ok? I’m probably not going to be paying hundreds of dollars to see these british nu-grass posers in a stadium any time soon, but I may very well design and market an ironic “Sons of Mumford Motorcycle Club” back patch to be sold at heritage fairs and community craft symposiums in the near future.
I have a certain kind of relationship with my good pal Cam Malcolm. It’s the kid of relationship where he texts me in the middle of the night asking me if I approve of a band called Haim. Truthfully I would do the same. We are together the stuff of dance party myth, and united we have our finger on the pulse of our generation’s musical sensibility.
Haim, as it turns out, is incredible. I have been familiar with their work for all of 20 minutes and the shit is so hot I can’t believe I dismissed the buzz for so long. I have no idea when I first heard whispers of these fascinating sisters. Frankly, that’s a stupid fucking question and I have no idea why such an inquiry is relevant. Immediate dismissal of popular music is part of existing in a post-Bieber world. I allow myself to be introduced to music as I stumble across it or as it is nudged under my face by a friendly Cam.
According to Wikipedia, I’m really not that late to figure out that Haim are the real deal. They only released their EP in July 2012, and the Days Are Gone LP which I am listening to right now and is the absolute BEST was only dropped at the end of September. How long after 36 Chambers did you learn about the Wu-Tang, bro? That is a joke, and also that is what I thought, bruh.
OK cool it you guys, this is getting a little passive aggressive for a band we both are just learning about. Let’s shift focus. For instance: It’s obvious these sisters have a shitty PR person right now because otherwise they would have a bespectacled goon squad watching their Wikipedia article like well bred falcons. Why is it necessary to immediately denote that these fine minstrels are Jewish, and in the first line? Actually that’s not the worst part. This is: “HAIM’s sound has been described as “nu-folk-meets-nineties-R&B” and “music that sounds like it was written on a lakeside retreat attended by Stevie Nicks, John Waite and En Vogue”. Fuck.
These grillz are up to some “hot new shit” as Cam so articulately declared. I seriously agree. They kind of hit that pop-nouveau high-five without crossing into blood pact territory. The hooks are undeniable, and everybody gets a piece of cake without getting too throwback-y. If you don’t enjoy a chorus of angels accompanied by tasteful synths and a perfect dose of low end, I can make some recommendations, but this record is not for you. I welcome inclusion of the above paragraph in the Wikipedia article BTW.
I will happily listen to Days Are Gone for the rest of the winter at least, or until these fine ladies do one of many minor things that would surely upset me. Examples of such things include but are not limited to: having any association with a band called “imagine dragons” which i learned about today via the Grammys; or failing to make fun of a band called “imagine dragons” while understandably storming the stage to steal the “record of the year” trophy from whomever might be awarded said prize.
I live in vancouver now. I can barely squeeze in a fart between never tweeting and drinking only the most obscure of craft beers. From my vintage british fixie conversion I scoff at threadless t-shirts and ios versions 5.1.1 and older. I’ve always enjoyed expensive haircuts, and raw limited edition japanese selvedge designer denim, but now that my head is officially so far up my own ass that I can see my genetic predisposition to colon cancer, I’m officially renouncing the backdoorsackville handle. I don’t live there anymore, you guys.
Thanks for reading, you can find me here from now on. @vestfriends on twitter and instagram.
I have a tweeter account, but never use it – follow me @vestfriends and I’ll start running my mouth. I also got Instagram a while ago ’cause I thought it was a utility for finding weed dealers. As it turns out, it’s actually a photo sharing application for fancy people to show off with, so I use it for this type of shit mostly. @backdoorsackville on Instagram.
The Beastie Boys are one of my all time favourite bands, and MCA’s death on Friday makes me really sad. If you haven’t seen “Fight For Your Right Revisited” yet, you can watch it at the bottom of this page. It is a short film written and directed by Adam Yauch (MCA), that was released in conjunction with “Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2” last year. Basically, it’s one of the best examples of how huge the Beastie Boys’ realm of influence truly is – EVERYBODY is in it.
Here are some videos I will watch forever:
I was checking out the new BOOOOOOOM Vimeo Channel and revisited some of my favourites from the past couple of months. Of these videos, 3 of 3 are set to music; 2 of 3 are animations involving animals; and all are violent to some degree. The odd one out is for sure Daniel Wolfe’s documentary on Jake Gyllenhaal’s fav. places to work out and eat, which was not even on the BOOOOOOOM Vimeo Channel, but was featured on BOOOOOOOM.com a month or two ago. This one is on some next level violence you shouldn’t watch if you are a mom, or have never seen a horror movie before.