Monthly Archives: May 2012

Video: M83 – Reunion

The kids from M83‘s Midnight City video are back. And this time they’re running for their lives. I can’t help but think the little guy bears an uncanny resemblance to the child version of Anthony Gonzalez.

A word from Mute on the release:

Directed by Fleur & Manu and Produced by DIVISION,  “Reunion” is part two of the story that commenced with “Midnight City.” Together, these two tracks are the soundtrack for a pack of gifted kids with telekinetic powers who escape from an institution and run wild through a desolate cityscape. In the first video we witness their liberation, with “Reunion” we experience their defiance.

The Reunion EP is out now w/ remixes from The Naked and Famous, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Mylo and more. Check it out!


Introducing: Port St. Willow

Port St. Willow, Holiday, Nick Principe

Nearly home after walking through an ominous, post-rain mist, I found myself square in the middle of a breathtaking new album. I kept walking. Each step a result of the music unfolding between my ears.

Port St. Willow’s Holiday will remove you from the physical world and take you through lands of dark, misunderstood mysteries. It’s simple and at the same time a carefully developed complexity.

Nick Principe of Brooklyn, NY is the talent behind Port St. Willow. It goes without saying that Principe’s influence draws heavily from RIF favorite, The Antlers. Holiday is meant to be listened to as one, continuous song, front to back. Each track’s sound, as well as the lyrics, unfold as a  breathtaking story. Every listen takes on a new and more intricate definition.

Take a well-deserved 1 hr break with Port St. Willow. You deserve it and will be thankful you did. Chao.

Live studio performance after the jump…

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Concert Review: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros @ 9:30 Club

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros,  9:30 Club, Live, Concert

It was a night for dreamers. If you were there, you’re going to remember this show for the rest of your life (especially me, but more on that later). The crowd slowly trickled in to fill the sold out 9:30 club to the rafters. In the stilled moments leading up to Edward Sharpe, it was ass to ankles from bar to bar. You had your spot, your beer(s) and you weren’t going anywhere.

This concert developed with an air of mystery for me. I knew loved the hits and crushed Alex Ebert’s solo album. But beyond that, I was lost. In the end, none of that mattered. Edward Sharpe delivered an energy and sound that it is near impossible to match in a live setting. This can mostly be attributed to the twelve piece band that plays everything. Literally everything.

Together, their sound rose as a deafening crescendo that inherited the energy of everything in its path. My ears are still ringing with their sweet, beautiful melodies. The motion and power of the crowd was merely an extension of the stage itself. And I mean this quite literally. Alex came out into the crowd on multiple occasions to be with his people. The air surrounding Ebert’s performance transformed onlookers instantly.

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Reflections: One Year in the Books

Well, it’s been one year since Rarity In Form was born out of my love of music. One year since I took the leap and decided to see if I could make some noise as a music blogger. To say everything went as expected would be; well, not close at all. There have been amazing highs and scattered lulls throughout this year. The feedback I have received has been amazing. Whether it was being featured on a band’s blog, retweeted by artists, or friends and strangers alike complimenting Rarity In Form. The praise has kept me going and hugely appreciated.

This venture was originally for my friends, to share with them music that may have been outside their comfort zone. Once I got going, I quickly realized that this could be so much more. Rarity In Form has introduced me to some great people and great music that otherwise would have never been known to me.

Radiohead Coachella

Highlight of the Year: Radiohead @ Coachella – Weekend 2

So, one year later, the big question is, what’s next? Where do I take this? The quick answer, I keep going and see how big this thing can grow. It only took a few months for me to realize that my place belonged in the music industry. It is my dream/goal to use Rarity In Form as the stepping stone onto something bigger. This year, be on the lookout for artist interviews, exclusive content premiers, new contributors, and of course more new music.

The Rarity In Form Facebook page just launched and will feature all RIF posts and music news/updates across the industry. Make sure you “Like” the page to subscribe to updates. I would also like to explore creating an official logo for the blog, so if you or someone you know has any design experience and wants to help out, shoot me an email at

Thanks again everyone for your support, this has been a lot of fun. Drop a comment on this post with your feedback and let me know what you want to see this year.

Explosions In The Sky – Postcard From 1952 (video)

Finally seeing Explosions live last month at Coachella will easily be among the top highlights of my year. The pioneers of post-rock put on a mind-melting, emotionally charged performance that shook me to the core. Explosions have just recently ventured into creating videos behind their songs. What we have been given so far are extremely well produced music videos that pair harmoniously with their strangled momentum of sound. Postcard From 1952 might be the best yet.

Postcard From 1952 nearly brings me to tears each time I hit replay. The video focuses on the suspended motion of a photograph’s subjects during the seconds leading up to their capture. These are moments mobilized in time. Increasing light from the building flash highlights the exuberance waiting to be etched on a page in some book; only to fade quickly thereafter. Though, even with the fading light, emotion carries on.

The frolics of neighborhood children bring out raw, uncharted innocence. You can see the adventure develop in their faces as each scene unfolds. The unavoidable smile machine at 3:05 is enough to brighten any day.

Even though Postcard is set in a day and age far from my own, I feel its intended effect all the same. With every shot, the human situation unravels before our eyes as an unbridled adventure. There is joy and wonderment that resonates with every special memory that I have stored away for a lifetime. Each scene is a portrayal of love and passion that is the moment; everything all at once. This is a beautifully crafted masterpiece that enlivens the world captured within.

Explosions In The Sky will be kicking off their Summer tour later this month at Sasquatch Festival. Do not miss them if they grace your hometown.

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