Guys, it's been quite a journey this past month (and change). We've filmed secret shows and album releases (sometimes both!), finding hidden gardens in the East Village, watching international stars grace our very own rooftop, and invading our customary haunts in the Lower East Side and Williamsburg. The past six weeks our catalogue has swelled with video from some of the most compelling artists we've ever had the privilege to work with. So today we're taking a look at our summer so far, feeling a wee bit reminiscent of our releases along the way, despite the fact that they're obviously still fresh and exhilarating. So here, we present to you: The Top Six Reasons Why We've Had The Best Six Weeks Ever.
Bloc Party's Kele Okereke Graced the Rooftop of the Guest Apartment
The crooner, the singer-songwriter, the
guy with the guitar: Kele took unlikely steps towards this terrain, and in doing so, shed his dynamic music in an earnest and endearing light, stripping two of his solo debut's cuts ("New Rules " and "Unholy Thoughts") down to their most skeletal parts and pieces.
Our "Wide Eyes" Were On Local Native's Performance at the Bowery Ballroom
Dramatic, endearing, energetic, and impressive, the synergetic spirit that binds Local Natives together is evident in this explosive concert video. Clearly, this is not a tribe who are comfortable with their work merely being good enough. Self confessed "control freaks", the band and their music is the result of a communal creative process.
Mumford and Sons Offered A Charming Concert Experience at the MHOW
Mumford and Sons' concert performance featured a sold-out crowd chanting every word before a band sporting a few coordinated vests...because, as they admitted to us a few hours before the show, they are just British. Add charming and humanizing to the list. The band was as humble as their lyricism, which seemed to effortlessly function as a empathetic connection to the audience in this awesome concert experience.
Our Personal Get Together with Secondhand Serenade
This segment of the Guest Apartment worked in surprisingly powerful ways. Here John Vesely's personal gaze, the lyrics that he's penned, even the answers to his questions...all ushered in a vibe that felt more like a personal get together than a video shoot. Sharing three songs from his new album Hear Me Now
, Veseley pit bright acoustic backdrops against the kind of melodies and lyrics that come with the subjects and listeners in mind. If it brought the musician himself a bit of joy and excitement along the way? Well, that's the welcome byproduct of his serenades...the secondhand effect.
Tokyo Police Club Invited Us To A Secret Show
Crammed into a hot and sweaty mess of a room in the basement of NYC's Webster Hall, Tokyo Police Club's concert video release shows TPC whirling through songs new and old before a happy gathering of friends and fans. It's as endearing and youthful of a performance as we've seen from these baby faced Canucks (regardless of the beard guitarist Josh Hook hides behind)...one that let's you know Tokyo Police Club have arrived on the door step of bigger and better things.
Yeasayer Let Us Release Their Awe Inspiring Record Release Show From The MHOW
The sound was bigger, the songs hit harder, and the energy blew away anything we've seen Yeasayer do before. The lighting was dubbed "alien game show"; an aesthetic that matched well with a set that consisted of mostly new jams, as well as some definitive favorites from the past. Throughout the performance Yeasayer basically took out their laser canons and fired awesome into the crowd.