Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron + Angel Olsen + Girls’, Jemima Kirke

When I saw these three names appear together in one email, I immediately stopped what I was doing. Who wouldn’t want a music video directed by and starring the lovely Jemima Kirke, set to the tune of the one and only, Alex Cameron and featuring siren songstress, Angel Olsen? The video not only features Cameron’s exceptionally eccentric dance moves but Kirke’s interpretation as well. Cameron’s lyrics, gyrations, and overall musical intellect is bizarre, undoubtedly from another time and so inexplicably delicious.

 

 

Cameron’s upcoming record, Forced Witness, is out September 8th via Secretly Canadian.

Top 5 album picks of 2016

As each year comes to a close, I’m left to reflect on the incredibly rich plethora of music that has graced my ears. This music reaches my ears in many ways. It comes from friends, acquaintances, musicians I’ve never heard of whom I hope to meet and hear live someday, and PR agents from all over the world, to name a few. Just like last year, I reached out to two of my favorite similarly music-adoring fanatical friends: Mark Levy of Bozeman’s own Ranges and Brian Haviland, a decade long friend who still finds time to talk music with me despite our geographical distance, his demanding job and his new (more?) demanding job as a father.

A little late this year but better late than never, here are the top 5 albums (5.5 from Mark because he can never stick to only 5) and the greatest song from each album, according to Deann Snyder (MFL), Mark Levy (Ranges) and Brian Haviland (Alaska-based music-loving smarty pants father).

Here is a playlist of all the favorite tracks as well:

 

Brian Haviland (from favorite to 5th favorite)

1.Teens of Denial by Car Seat Headrest

Fav track: “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales”

2.The Hope Six Demolition Project by PJ Harvey

Fav track: “Orange Monkey

3.Human Performance by Parquet Courts

Fav track: “Human Performance”

4.A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead

Fav track: “Burn the Witch”

5. Next Thing by Frankie Cosmos

Fav track: “If I Had a Dog”

Mark Levy (in no particular order)

1. Hypercaffium Spazzinate by Descendants

Fav track: “Shameless Halo”

2. Magma by Gojira

Fav track: “The Cell”

3.Real by Lydia Loveless

Fav track: “Out on Love”

4.United Crushers by Polica

Fav track: “Someway”

5. The Impossible Kid by Aesop Rock

Fav track: “Blood Sandwich”

5.5 Heaven or Somewhere In Between by Kitten

Fav track: “Knife”

MFL (in no particular order)

1. Beneath a Yellow Moon by I Have a Tribe

Fav track: “La Neige”

2. Jumping the Shark by Alex Cameron

Fav track: “Holding Roses”

3. Dance Sunshine, Dance by Another Juggle

Fav track: “Not Now”

4. Shoo by Lionlimb

Fav track: “Just Because”

5. Feet First by Nive and The Deer Children

Fav track: “Are You Ready”

 

New music video from Alex Cameron: “The Comeback”

Once again, I find myself stumbling for words to describe what it is about Cameron’s music and the simplicity of his music videos that attract me so much. There is sense of integrity and sincerity in his music that is nothing but genuine. The pattern of his music videos is Alex Cameron alone, dancing, swaying, performing for no one but himself, shamelessly. There is a fire behind Cameron’s music, a slow burn that seems it will go up in flames at any moment but Cameron remains stoic and composed but bursting with quiet passion.

In his newest single which is part 3 of a series of music videos/songs about show business, Cameron addresses the topic’s core: trying to keep your place in the business amongst all the greed and egotism.

 

“The Comeback” is off of Alex Cameron’s upcoming record, Jumping the Shark, which is due out August 19th on Secretly Canadian. He’ll be touring in support the new album this fall:

Fri. Sep. 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West %
Sat. Sep. 10 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In %
Sun. Sep. 11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theater %
Mon. Sep. 12 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre %
Wed. Sep. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer %
Thu. Sep. 15 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club %
Sat. Sep. 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall %
Sun. Sep. 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw %
Tue. Sep. 20 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair %
Fri. Oct. 21 – Lisbon, PT @ ZDB
Mon. Oct. 24 – Bordeaux, FR @ lboat
Tue. Oct. 25 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Avant-Garde
Thu. Oct. 27 – Antwerp, BE @ Autumn Falls (Trix Club)
Sat. Oct. 29 – Ghent, BE @ Autumn Falls (Charlatan)
Mon. Oct. 31 – Namur, BE @ Beautés Soniques
Tue. Nov. 8 – Copenhagen, DK @ Huset KBH
Wed. Nov. 9 – Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
Thu. Nov. 10 – Berlin, DE @ ACUD
Fri. Nov. 11 – Leipzig, DE @ UT Connewitz
Mon. Nov. 14 – Bristol, UK @ Start the Bus
Tue. Nov. 15 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
Wed. Nov. 16 – London, UK @ Moth club
Thu. Nov. 17 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Sat. Nov. 19 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
Sun. Nov. 20 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Fri. Nov. 25 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
Sat. Nov. 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre *
Tue. Nov. 29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel *
Wed. Nov. 30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel *

% with Angel Olsen
* with Thee Oh Sees

New music video from Alex Cameron: “Take Care of Business”

Sydney’s Alex Cameron announced he will be releasing his debut record this August 19th on Secretly Canadian. He has already stunned music lovers with his first single the dance-worthy track, “She’s Mine.” Cameron recently released his latest single, “Take Care of Business” along with another simple but poignant music video. There is an honesty and shamelessness that comes from Cameron when he sings and performs in his own music videos. It translates through the recording and through the lens of the camera, directly to you, the viewer/listener. The result is raw, unadulterated.

Here is what Cameron has to say about himself and Jumping the Shark:

My name is Alex Cameron and I won’t waste your time. You talk about my business partner, Roy Molloy, and me, you’re talking about the online cowboys in the wild-west days of the World Wide Web. If you want to know what we’re really about, the elbow of the whole scenario, just look at all the things you wish you’d done differently. All the things you stopped yourself from doing on account of the fear of failure, or rejection. Weigh that up against your ambitions. Think about your work ethic. We’re reclaiming failure as an act of progress. An act of learning. Something to celebrate.

A word’s meaning can change depending on who utters the thing; and so we present characters – shapes are morphed and stories are delivered. And I’ll be frank – some of my stories got some low themes and some low tragic figures.  Not tragic figures like Hamlet (I ain’t no Willy Shakespeare), but modern tragics.  I got sex addicts, internet addicts, love tragics. I got villains, cheats, violent guys flooded with hormones and false bravado.  They’re all in there. Good stories need em.. Some of these characters do and say things that I never would.  Shameful things.  But that’s what villains do.

This is a collection of 4-minute tales written to provide you with insight into the inner workings of failed ambitions and self-destruction. Unedited, uncensored, and without inhibition. I’ve learned to reveal what I want to unlearn. I cast a light on the darkness and in doing so understand love and compassion. Fear is to be confronted, and to learn strictly requires failure – over and over. Celebrate failure with Jumping The Shark.

I await Cameron’s debut record, Jumping the Shark, with great anticipation. Tour dates below:

Mon. June 20 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo *
Tue June 21 – Cambridge, UK @ Junction *
Wed. June 22 – Liverpool, UK @ East Village Arts Club *
Tue. June 28 – London, UK @ Koko (Sold Out) #
Wed. June 29 – London, UK @ The Waiting Room
Thu. July 7 – Hungary, HU @ Akvárium #
Fri. July 8 – Zagreb, HR @ Mocvara Backyard #
Sat. July 9 – Vienna, AT @ WUK #
Sun. July 10 – Kutna Hora, CZ @ Creepee Teepee Festival
Tue. July 12 – Munich, DE @ Technikum #
Wed. July 13 – Luxembourg, LU @ Rockhal #
Thu. July 14 – Amsterdam, NL @ De School
Sat. July 16 – Saint-Aubin-sur-mer, FR @ Pete The Monkey Festival
Fri. Sep. 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West %
Sat. Sep. 10 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In %
Sun. Sep. 11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theater %
Mon. Sep. 12 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre %
Wed. Sep. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer %
Thu. Sep. 15 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club %
Sat. Sep. 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall %
Sun. Sep. 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw %
Tue. Sep. 20 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair %

% with Angel Olsen
* with Unknown Mortal Orchestra
# with Mac DeMarco

Something truly delicious from Sydney’s Alex Cameron: “She’s Mine”

“She’s Mine” is the first single floating about the musicsphere from Alex Cameron and his saxophonist side kick, Roy Molloy. In the music video, Alex lives out everyone’s secret fantasy (dancing on top of a beater of a car, singing into a mic plugged into the shabby vehicle) while the most popped up beats and candy sweet synths you could ever imagine bob and bounce between your ears. The concept of the video is simple but the simplicity is captivating.

 

Catch Alex Cameron touring this summer with Mac DeMarco, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Kevin Morby!

Thu. May 5 – London, UK @ Oslo %
Fri. May 6 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie %
Sat. May 7 – Brussels, BE @ Atelier 210 %
Sun. May 8 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord %
Fri. June 3 – Belgium, BE @ Homeplugged
Sat. June 4 – Berlin, DE @ Torstrassen Festival
Mon. June 20 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo *
Tue June 21 – Cambridge, UK @ Junction *
Wed. June 22 – Liverpool, UK @ East Village Arts Club *
Wed. June 29 – London, UK @ The Waiting Room
Thu. July 7 – Hungary, HU @ Akvárium #
Fri. July 8 – Zagreb, HR @ Mocvara Backyard #
Sat. July 9 – Vienna, AT @ WUK #
Sun. July 10 – Kutna Hora, CZ @ Creepee Teepee Festival
Tue. July 12 – Munich, DE @ Technikum #
Wed. July 13 – Luxembourg, LU @ Rockhal #
Thu. July 14 – Amsterdam, NL @ De School
Sat. July 16 – Saint-Aubin-sur-mer, FR @ Pete The Monkey Festival

% with Kevin Morby
* with Unknown Mortal Orchestra
# with Mac DeMarco