Sims – “LMG”

This song is the third single off of Sims’ latest album Bad Time Zoo and was arguably one of my favorites. This music video is very fun and animated, it’s hard to turn your head away from it.

Here’s some info on the video and why they chose the route they did with this one:
“Doomtree’s SIMS “LMG” video exclusively premieres on Consequence of Sound today. The third single off of Bad Time Zoo, released earlier this year, showcases SIMS in a new way, animated. SIMS explains how the video came to be by saying, “I usually have decent ideas when it comes to conceptualizing music videos, but this one was a challenge. The song itself is borderline cheesy as is, which is why Beak and I love it. We knew the video couldn’t be too cutsie and could absolutely not take place in a bar. After those parameters, we were out of ideas so we enlisted the services of Matt Scharenbroich, a really talented visual artist and the drummer in Beak’s old band TPC.

Created in director Scharenbroich’s studio over the course of an icy winter in Minneapolis the “LMG” video is the end result of more than 1600 individual drawings, 400 cups of coffee, 60 markers and two ecstatic hands. The video was made using a technique called rotoscoping, which is “the tracing of live-action film frames in order to capture a more realistic movement. It has an immediate kinetic energy that results from the inevitable variation of the tactile mediums used throughout. Markers smear and fade, graphite scratches into the page, and ephemeral, singular ideas punctuate single frames in the rhythm of the process.” Sounds simple right?

The video highlights the contrast between the confessional, dark narrative of the verses and the overjoyed, positive message of the chorus. The diaristic song felt sincere and energetic, and rotoscoping “captures SIMS’ performance and catapult it into another more joyful sphere where fingers transformed into bottle rockets and fireworks emerged from palms.”

 

Catch Sims and Doomtree pals Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter and Paper Tiger on the “Good Time Zoo” tour this fall:

9/17/2011 – Kilby Court (early show) – Salt Lake City, UT
9/17/2011 – Urban Lounge (late show) – Salt Lake City, UT
9/19/2011 – Crocodile Cafe – Seattle, WA
9/20/2011 – Branx – Portland, OR
9/21/2011 – Tonic Bar – Reno, NV
9/22/2011 – Brick & Mortar – San Francisco, CA
9/23/2011 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
9/24/2011 – The Central – Santa Monica, CA
9/26/2011 – Chasers – Scottsdale, AZ
9/27/2011 – Moonlight Lounge – Albuquerque, NM
9/29/2011 – Beauty Bar – Austin, TX
9/30/2011 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX
10/1/2011 – Mojo’s – Columbia, MO
10/2/2011 – Cicero’s – St. Louis, MO
10/4/2011 – DC9 – Washington, DC
10/5/2011 – North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
10/6/2011 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
10/7/2011 – O’Brien’s Pub – Allston, MA
10/8/2011 – Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
10/9/2011 – The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
10/10/2011 – The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/15/2011 – Fine Line Music Cafe – Minneapolis, MN

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Atmosphere – The Family Sign

So being a huge midwest based hip-hop fan, I follow the scene pretty closely. Many of you have probably already heard of Atmosphere’s new album set to release April 12th, 2011, so I’m a little late on the subject. They just dropped their first single from the album called “Just for show” on the Current last night, and seeing as the Current is so awesome when it comes to local music and it’s dedicated fans, they’ve got the single online streaming to listen to for the next week. You can listen to that here. Along with the single they’ve release album artwork:

Cover of "The Family Sign"

They also made a press release for the media:

Atmosphere returns with their 7th official studio album and the newest addition to their unparalleled body of work. The Family Sign comes from a place well refined and firmly planted, from a universal perspective. It’s about being okay with losing friends and strengthening your bonds with others, celebrating the person who’s been the most positive in your life, your kids, your homies, leaving the people you need to behind, and bringing the ones you love with you. It’s about your family, your time and the time you have with them. It’s about living and dying. It’s the truth about family, that it comes from loyalty as much as biology. It’s about breaking down your perceptions of family and really appreciating the people who’ve made you who you are and continue doing so.

The Family Sign is Atmosphere’s most personal and intimate album yet; it involves and engages the listener like never before. Slug’s signature voice weaves in and out of Ant’s ASR-born production, Nate Collis’ bluesy guitar riffs and the sound of Erick Anderson’s unmistakable keys giving The Family Sign a fresh, unique edge without sacrificing Atmosphere’s signature sound. Join the Family April 12th, 2011.

1. My Key
2. The Last to Say
3. Became
4. Just For Show
5. She’s Enough
6. Bad Bad Daddy
7. Millenium Dodo
8. Who I’ll Never Be
9. I Don’t Need Brighter Days
10. Ain’t Nobody
11. Your Name Here
12. If You Can Save Me Now
13. Something So
14. My Notes

Along with the artwork, single, and press release they’re doing a tour with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz to promote the album. Unfortunately they won’t be making their way through the Twin Cities, but they’ll be all over the country. Here’s a list of the tour dates and locations:

04.20.11 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.21.11 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.22.11 – S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.23.11 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.24.11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.26.11 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.27.11 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.28.11 – Richmond, VA @ The National – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.29.11 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel – Buy Tickets | RSVP
04.30.11 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.02.11 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.04.11 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.05.11 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.06.11 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.07.11 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre ^ – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.09.11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.10.11 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.12.11 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.13.11 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.14.11 – Saskatoon, SK @ The Odeon – Buy Tickets | RSVP
05.17.11 – Boulder, Co @ Fox Theatre – Sold Out! | RSVP