Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Music Video Playlist: Sites and Sounds of Fall

Since I can’t include all of the wonderful music o that sits in my inbox in my Soundcloud playlits, I have created playlists on YouTube. I highly recommend you take a moment now and then to check out the music videos and let your eyes AND ears enjoy what’s happening.

Poignant music video from Unknown Mortal Orchestra: “First World Problem”

On the tail of the release of Uknown Mortal Orchestra’s newest album, Multi-Love in 2015, they’ve released a “stand-alone” single titled, “First World Problem.” The video depicts what appears to be a disputing couple who find themselves stretched between home and a barren land. They communicate through dance: violent, beautiful and raw.

The dancers are Kiani del Valle and Derek Schiesel, with Kiani del Valle as director along with James Lees. About the video del Valle says:

“With First World Problem, I aimed to create a dialogue between both art forms. I wanted the video to be the response to Ruban’s lyrics and musical melodies rather than showing literally what the song is saying. There are always two sides to one story and the video piece is her side of the story. I am a heavy fan of silent films and how unspoken language could add a second layer to the one we speak. The directorial collaboration with James Lees came really organically as we have been planning for a while to do something together. James is really good at storytelling and has a great eye, while I am more abstract and conceptual. Producer Jason Baum was the key element of magic, making everything happen gracefully.”

 

Catch the band touring this summer:

Wed. July 27 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Thu. July 28 – Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
Sat. July 30th – New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage
Sat. Aug. 13 – Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires Festival
Wed. Aug. 17 – Paredes De Coura, Portugal @ Paredes de Coura
August 18-21 – Wales, United Kingdom @ Green Man Festival
Fri. August 19 – Hamburg, Germany @ Dockville
Fri. Aug. 26 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Sun. Aug. 28 – Portland, OR @ MusicFest NW (Project Pabst)
Tue. Aug. 30 – Petaluma, CA @ Lagunitas Brewing Company
Thu. Sept. 1 – Santa Monica, CA @ Santa Monica Pier
Fri. Sept. 2 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre – UC Berkeley w/ Tame Impala
Sat. Sept 3 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre – UC Berkeley w/ Tame Impala

 

Playlist: Spring and Summer Sounds Vol II

Here it is! Volume II – 30 songs deep and over 2 hours long. Hopefully you find something in there you like.

 

Cartoon music video for Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s track “Unnecessary Evil” premiers on Adult Swim!

And a premiere on Adult Swim is justified! The music video totally endearing but equally as bizarre and off-kilter as all of the shows on Adult Swim. Directed by Sean Solomon the cartooned characters are players in an “abstract love” story whose faces melt and change shape all the while other strange and interesting things are happening….just like love.

About the video Solomon said:

“The video is an abstract love story about two characters whose insecurities and paranoia eventually drive them apart. I tried to show both character’s perspectives using elements from the lyrics. I had a team of amazing animators and friends.”

The video will premiere live on air during the “Toonami” block on Adult Swim on Saturday November 21st.

And one more exciting bit of news before I throw some tour dates at you. Ruban and brother Kody Nielson won their home country’s most sought-after musical award, the APRA Silver Scroll, for co-writing “Multi-Love” together. Congrats, guys! Catch Unknown Mortal Orchestra at any of the locations below but be quick because they’re selling out!

Nov. 14 – Porto, Portugal @ Hard Club – SOLD OUT
Nov. 16 – Istanbul, TR @ Salon Iksv – SOLD OUT
Nov. 18 – Tel Aviv, IL @ Reading 3
Dec. 3 – Perth, AUS @ Astor Theatre
Dec. 4 – Sydney, AUS @ Metro Theatre – SOLD OUT
Dec. 5 – Berry, AUS @ Fairgrounds Festival
Dec. 6 – Brisbane, AUS @ Triffid
Dec. 8 – Melbourne, AUS @ Corner Hotel – SOLD OUT
Dec. 9 – Melbourne, AUS @ 170 Russell – SOLD OUT
Dec. 11-13 – Meredith, AUS @ Meredith Music Festival
Dec. 12 – Auckland, NZ @ St. James Theatre
Dec. 14 – Wellington, NZ @ Bodega – SOLD OUT
Dec. 15 – Christchurch, NZ @ Allen St
Dec. 16 – Dunedin, NZ @ Chicks Hotel – SOLD OUT
Dec. 17 – Dunedin, NZ @ Chicks Hotel – SOLD OUT
Dec. 18 – Wellington, NZ @ Bodega – SOLD OUT
Jan. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre* [tickets]
Jan. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune* [tickets]
Jan. 30 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall* [tickets]
Feb. 1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore* [tickets]
Feb. 2 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory* [tickets]
Feb. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre* [tickets]
Feb. 5 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace* [tickets]
Feb. 6 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger* [tickets]
Feb. 7 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s* [tickets]
Feb. 8 – Houston, TX @ Numbers* [tickets]
Feb. 9 – Dallas, TX @ Trees* [tickets]
Feb. 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic New Orleans* [tickets]
Feb. 12 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn* [tickets]
Feb. 13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In* [tickets]
Feb. 14 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel* [tickets]
Feb. 16 – Richmond, VA @ The National* [tickets]
Feb. 17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club* [tickets]
Feb. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer* [tickets]
Feb. 19 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza* [tickets]
Feb. 20 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza* [tickets]

* w/ Lower Dens supporting

Ruban Nielson (Uknown Mortal Orchestra) reworks Kody Nielson’s song, “Cellphone”

OK, let me break this down. Ruban Nielson is one of the masterminds in Unknown Mortal Orchestra. His brother, Kody Nielson is in a musical project called Silicon. Ruban reworked his brother Kody’s (aka, Silicon) song, “Cellphone.” Got it? Good. Now listen:

Like it? I did. The original is it’s own beautiful beast, though. I dug around on the interwebs and couldn’t find a YouTube video or anything for it so, I’m going the old fashion way (my favorite way) and buying it. The preview I heard totally sold me. In fact, it’s sold me on the entire record. “Cellphone” is off of Silicon’s debut record called Personal Computer. It’s a playful record that embodies the title of the record. You feel like you’re running around inside the intertwining electronics of a computer while listening without the intensity of Tron. It’s fantastic.

AND, who can resist sibling teams? I adore seeing families/siblings/spouses come together for musical projects. It rocks! This is what Ruban said about collaborating with his bro:

“My brother was an important part of the recording process of Multi-Love, especially with the drums and keyboards. Kody’s SILICON album, God Emoji, extends a lot of the tones and ideas we put into Multi-Love, so I think you’ll enjoy it a lot.”

Catch Unknown Mortal Orchestra this fall of 2015 and the start of 2016:

Oct. 29-31 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Nov. 1 – Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
Nov. 2 – Brussels, BE @ AB Box
Nov. 3 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU @ Kulturfabrik
Nov. 6 – Zurich, CH @ Aktionshalle
Nov. 7 – Ravenna, IT @ Bronson
Nov. 8 – Geneva, CH @ Usine
Nov. 9 – Lyon, FR @ Le Marche Gare
Nov. 11 – Barcelona, ES @ Apolo
Nov. 12 – Madrid, ES @ Penelope
Nov. 13 – Lisbon, PT @ Armazem F
Nov. 14 – Porto, Portugal @ Hard Club
Nov. 16 – Istanbul, TR @ Salon Iksv
Nov. 18 – Tel Aviv, IL @ Reading 3
Dec. 3 – Perth, AUS @ Astor Theatre
Dec. 4 – Sydney, AUS @ Metro Theatre
Dec. 5 – Berry, AUS @ Fairgrounds Festival
Dec. 6 – Brisbane, AUS @ Triffid
Dec. 8 – Richmond, AUS @ Corner Hotel
Dec. 9 – Melbourne, AUS @ 170 Russell
Dec. 11-13 – Meredith, AUS @ Meredith Music Festival
Dec. 12 – Auckland, NZ @ St. James Theatre
Dec. 14 – Wellington, NZ @ Bodega
Dec. 15 – Christchurch, NZ @ Allen St
Dec. 16 – Dunedin, NZ @ Chicks Hotel
Dec. 17 – Dunedin, NZ @ Chicks Hotel
Jan. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre* [tickets]
Jan. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune* [tickets]
Jan. 30 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall* [tickets]
Feb. 1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore* [tickets]
Feb. 2 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory* [tickets]
Feb. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre* [tickets]
Feb. 5 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace* [tickets]
Feb. 6 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger* [tickets]
Feb. 7 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s* [tickets]
Feb. 8 – Houston, TX @ Numbers* [tickets]
Feb. 9 – Dallas, TX @ Trees* [tickets]
Feb. 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic New Orleans* [tickets]
Feb. 12 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn* [tickets]
Feb. 13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In* [tickets]
Feb. 14 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel* [tickets]
Feb. 16 – Richmond, VA @ The National* [tickets]
Feb. 17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club* [tickets]
Feb. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer* [tickets]
Feb. 19 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza* [tickets]
Feb. 20 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza* [tickets]

* w/ Lower Dens supporting

Portland’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra on Late Night With Seth Meyers!

Last night, Unknown Mortal Orchestra performed the title track from their newest record, Multi-Love, on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Though it’s a slightly more stripped down version compared to the version on the record, it works perfectly with the intimacy of the performance. Lead singer, Ruban Nielson, parks atop a white grande piano for the entire performance. Check it:

http://www.nbc.com/late-night-with-seth-meyers/video/unknown-mortal-orchestra-performance-multilove/2890887

Multi-Love,Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s third full length, came out May of this year and like their other work, is packed with the unique psychedelic-electrofunk-rock (there’s even a hint of disco? they’ve claimed as their own.