MIXING 8MM WITH 8 TRACKS.
It’s time for another edition of Grindhouse Grooves, showing the latest videos who take their cues from the more dingy side of the cinematic tracks. This time we’ve got Leland Palmer, more naughty puppets and assorted mayhem for your viewing and listening enjoyment.
Skoof – Spider Baby (Dir. Skoof)
Random images from oddball films and shorts (including ONE GOT FAT) backing a solid pulsating beat is generally a recipe for success, especially if you name your track after Jack Hill’s exploitation classic.
Soap and Skin – Sugarbread
(Dir. Anja Plaschg)
Another case of using vintage film clips of various types to compliment the music, though this one’s less of a catchy beat and more of a brooding, apocalyptic and downright spooky track.
Foals – Late Night (Dir. Nabil Elderkin)
The very NSFW video for Foals’s track follows four different groups of people and gets darker and more violent by the moment.
Public Service Broadcasting – Signal 30
(Dir. Alex Kemp)
The use of public domain ephemeral footage and sound isn’t surprising for a band named “Public Service Broadcasting,” but usage of the classic highway scare film SIGNAL 30 with music that sounds like Man… or Astroman? in their prime certainly warrants my attention.
Beach House – Wishes (Dir. Eric Wareheim)
It makes an odd bit of sense to cast Ray Wise as the singer of an anthem for a pastel-colored bizarro sporting event directed by TIM & ERIC AWESOME SHOW’s Eric Wareheim, as Beach House’s track wouldn’t feel out of place on “Twin Peaks.”
Infinity Ink – Infinity
(Dir. Dawn Shadforth)
Bathed in a crimson strobe light, the video for Infinity Ink’s song would seem club-ready if it didn’t feel so much like a bad drug trip in the best of ways.
Metz – Wasted (Dir. Scott Cudmore)
Sure, it’s faux-vintage “Awkward Family Photos” given a tweak and a deliberately staticy filter, but combined with the song, this really feels like something best watched in a pot-ridden basement in 1994 for maximum effect.
Acid Fascists – Up Against the Wall
(Dir. Gregor Fergie)
The video for Acid Fascists’s raucus song feels like a Saul Bass credit sequence come to life in animated form as sunglassed driver (based on a character created by Al Frank) is pursued by a skeletal cop and ends up in a world that looks suspiciously like the one in THEY LIVE.
Phoenix – Entertainment
(Dir. Patrick Daughters)
Phoenix uses Korean cinema as a launching point for their tale of several storylines, including a period piece and a gangster-tinged love triangle.
Froggy Fresh – Mike’s Mom
(Dir. Brett Caldwell)
The reveal of James as Michael Myers at the end of the former Krispy Kreme’s “Halloween” was no joke! JAMES IS A KILLER! RUN, YOU GUYS! NO, MONEY MAKER MIKE! DON’T TRY TO AVENGE YOUR MOM’S DEATH! You crazy kids.
The Belle Game – Wait Up For You
(Dir. Kheaven Lewandowski)
Two lovers try to escape from a creepy cult that has other ideas in this impressive little short with a vintage look that doesn’t feel forced.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra –
Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)
(Dir. Becky and Joe)
You can’t go wrong with naughty puppets, even if they’re too busy playing with themselves to notice.
David Bowie – The Stars are Out Tonight
(Dir. Floria Sigismondi)
David Bowie is one of the biggest icons of infusing psychotronia with music, so it’s great to see him come back with a genuinely amazing video, as he and Tilda Swinton play an older couple who become more than a little involved with androgyny and gender role playing that will probably rank as one of the best music videos of the year.
Be back when the jukebox has been restocked,
- Paul Freitag-Fey