Brandon Soderberg

writer

Biography

  • peggy sue, idle, video

    See Peggy Sue's Unsettling 'Idle' Video

    Brighton trio Peggy Sue's "Idle" splits the difference between the lost soul tradition of country-blues and the self-loathing slacker vibes of indie rock, going so far as to mention troubled guitar legend Robert Johnson ("I will make like Robert Johnson swap the truth out for a song") and invoke the mythic, otherworldly influence of pop's menacing muse: "Let the devil make work for my idle hand s/ Let the devil teach his tune to my tasteless tongue." The found footage video for "Idle" sets the song to leering footage of women dancing, and cuts in conjunction with the track's rumbling drums and ringing guitars. It is fitting for a band who has scored Kenneth Anger's iconic, biker-themed underground film classic, Scorpio Rising, and even released an EP inspired by the 1964 short. "Idle" comes from Peggy Sue's Choir Of Echoes, out January 28 on Yep Roc Records.

  • twist, where to lie

    Watch Twist's Heartening 'Where to Lie' Video

    Laura Hermiston of jangly noise-pop group The BB Guns, and Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck and Dusted, are Twist, a lonely lo-fi duo creating drifting, sun-faded songs that suggest the psychedelic avant-folk of Lee Hazlewood. "Where To Lie" is based around a guitar riff that excitedly jumps forward (and then dejectedly falls behind) and Hermiston's naif, regret-filled vocals. "I'm not gonna hurt them again / And I'm not gonna be their friends," Hermiston sings. "Instead of my masterful lies / I'm gonna try and be more wise." The video, from William Eggleston-evoking director and photographer Brittany Lucas, puts the duo outdoors to timidly play the song, then interrupts the private performance with home video footage from the '70s that is heartening at times and haunting at others. See the clip above and grab a free download of the track below.

  • Stream Five Hours Of H-Town Hip-Hop Curated by 'Houston Rap' Author Lance Scott Walker

    Stream Five Hours Of H-Town Hip-Hop Curated by 'Houston Rap' Author Lance Scott Walker

    Sinecure Books' Houston Rap is a photographic dive into the city's close-knit, multitude-filled hip-hop scene, one that spends time with its rappers, producers, DJs, and community leaders, as well as the artists' family — in the studio, in their neighborhoods, and at the club. With text from writer Lance Scott Walker, and nine years worth of stunning, intimate photographs from Peter Beste (previously, he worked on True Norwegian Black Metal) the city's MCs are afforded an image beyond the conventional syrup and cars visuals that Houston presumably conjures up for those whose knowledge doesn't go quite so deep. (Though there's plenty of sizzrup and caddies, too; that stuff is important).

  • Rap Songs of the Week: Migos Step Into the '90s-Sports-Nerd Arena With 'Emmitt Smith'

    Rap Songs of the Week: Migos Step Into the '90s-Sports-Nerd Arena With 'Emmitt Smith'

    Caddy Bay, Gucci Mane vs. Boards of CanadaWell, we've gotten to the point in this Internet Rap thing where an album-length project that gently places Gucci Mane raps over Boards of Canada songs isn't even all that much of a WTF moment anymore. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. That said, Gucci Mane vs. Boards of Canada — released back in August, but discovered by come-lately dinks like me thanks to FACT posting it earlier this week — is actually really inspired. On some level, the move here is “cloud rap,” but it also highlights the blissy qualities of plenty of Atlanta production — most overtly, the Tim Hecker-like drone-swing of Rocko's “U.O.E.N.O.” Actually, I'll just defer to Soundcloud commenter 'astigmatic' on this one: “super fun, on some multidimensional pimp shit.” Of course, because no one can just let something be, Caddy Bay promises a Wu Tang vs.

  • Kim Kardashian in 'Bound 2'

    Kanye West's 'Bound 2' Video Is Better (and More Progressive!) Than You Think

    Let's not worry about whether Kanye West's video for "Bound 2," featuring our blue-screened hero sexing Kim Kardashian on a motorcycle amid SyFy Channel-grade special effects, is a visual disaster, albeit possibly an intentional one. Because more importantly, this very public love letter of a promotional device is a fascinating new chapter in how Kanye West, conflicted misogynist and dude who should just plain know better, presents women in his music videos.A walk through his videography offers a more sophisticated and nuanced presentation of Ye's conflicted feelings about the opposite sex than you can find in his songs.

  • Riffin' and Samplin': Danny Brown Raps Bob Dylan, and Jimmy Page Remixes Biggie

    Riffin' and Samplin': Danny Brown Raps Bob Dylan, and Jimmy Page Remixes Biggie

    On Friday, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page released “Ramblize,” a remix/mashup of the Notorious B.I.G.'s “Hypnotize" and Led Zep's "Ramble On," with Page's guitar and Robert Plant's vocals sliced up into little pieces to make a lithe, serviceable, boom-bap-suggestive hip-hop beat, with scratching and everything. But given the famous name involved, no one is willing to state the obvious: It stinks. Soundcloud is filled with these sorts of slightly-above-amateur remixes.Then again, whether or not “Ramblize” is any good is besides the point: The very idea of a world-famous Guitar God rearranging one of his own songs and sticking a classic rap a cappella over it is still a pretty big deal in terms of how and where hip-hop can stick its head.

  • Juicy J in Los Angeles, August 2013

    Rap Songs of the Week: Juicy J Goes Back to His Roots on Da Mafia 6ix's 'Body Parts'

    CREEP ft. Dark Sister, "Jessica King"Echoes, the way-too-long-in-the-making album from Brooklyn cool-goth duo CREEP, finally arrived this week, and woah, it kind of sounds like a melted Popol Vuh record remixed by two Kate Bush fans and assisted by every dark-arts-dabbling Brooklynite! That's a good thing, by the way. On "Jessica King," they're paired with Memphis white-girl rap group Dark Sister, unabashed KORN fans and period-blood provocateurs doing their own take on the evil-whispering flow of Satan-summoning hometown heroes Triple Six Mafia, here delivering an obsessive, incantation-like, astral-plane-traveling rap from the beyond the grave that imagines Christina Rosetti ghostwriting for Gangsta Boo.

  • G-Side at SPIN@Stubb's, Austin, March 16, 2012

    G-Side Reunite on New Track, 'Forever'

    G-Side, the Huntsville, Alabama regular dude space-rap duo of ST 2 Lettaz and Yung Clova are back together. Last fall, they announced their break-up days after ST appeared at the Hopscotch Music Festival performing solo. Interviews with SPIN suggested that the split seemed fairly amicable. The group had hit something of ceiling in terms of success ("It was time to go elsewhere creatively," ST explained), especially because they seemed unwilling to sign to a major label. "It seemed like we were close to a deal," Clova told SPIN, a little frustrated. The grind of generating a steady amount of press (like a feature in SPIN's November 2011 "hip-hop issue"), doing plenty of shows, and still not exactly making enough money to rap full-time can be frustrating.

  • Rap Songs of the Week: Eminem Turns Joe Walsh into Slim Shady on 'So Far...'

    Rap Songs of the Week: Eminem Turns Joe Walsh into Slim Shady on 'So Far...'

    Brenmar & Matic808, "High Art"Mykki Blanco beatmaker and all-over-the-place producer Brenmar here joins Matic808, the Baltimore club kid who remixed the entirety of Kanye West's Yeezus and made it even more noisy and frenetic, for this ripped-apart remix of The-Dream's "High Art." Changing shape every 30 seconds or so, it begins as an Art of Noise "Moments in Love" homage (and adds some of Jay Z's dorky aww exhortations), then bloops and slinks along at a Terius pace, then quickly turns on the nitro-boosters Stallone-in-Cobra style and embodies big dumb corporate Bmore club by way of Las Vegas, then downshifts into a typical Bmore remix — which of course isn't typical at all, all malfunctioning stutters and apocalyptic cries. And then, just when you think you've figured out its rhythms, it stops for a moment and returns as something just shy of twerk-friendly.

  • Action Bronson Keeps the Trashy-Yet-Classy Foodie-Rap Ball Rolling on 'Blue Chips 2'

    Action Bronson Keeps the Trashy-Yet-Classy Foodie-Rap Ball Rolling on 'Blue Chips 2'

    My job in high school involved driving from shithole supermarket to shithole supermarket with my supervisor, Mark, a husky, thirtysomething bruh with a big, red mustache and a chip-on-his-shoulder gait. He claimed that he had spent too much time in school "fawkin' 'round with puss-eee" to get a better job; he cat-called "hot moms," laughed at his own jokes (and laughed harder if you didn't), took frequent sushi breaks, loved David Lynch and Charles Bukowski, and once burned down his own sun porch when he fell asleep holding a lit cigarette (he laughed hard at that, too). I have no idea whether he's an Action Bronson fan or not.

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