Category Archives: Audio-Visuals

Anything focused on Audio-Visual elements… YouTube, etc.

Rise Above :: Mirage The Gr8 Drops ‘Level Up’ Video

My continued working relationship with Mirage the Gr8 has really and truly been beneficial for both parties.  Mirage gets to see his ideas come to fruition, and I get to sharpen my tools as an editor.  One of the pieces of work I’m most proud of is Level Up, a collaboration between MirageTerrence Side Effect‘ Wood and Chip Lurk.  Originally, this video was meant to be exclusive content for an upcoming project we are working on, but in spite of everyone practicing social distancing and staying home, Mirage figured that now was the time to drop the video.  All parties involved are proud of this work, so definitely check it out, leave a like and a comment, and spread it around for others to do the same.

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Rising Above :: J-Kline And D.D.I. Drop ‘Feet Above Water’ Video

The constant discovery that being a blogger provides me is truly a gift that keeps on giving.  Luckily, I’m blessed enough to know so many talented people that I’m never at a need or want for content, but every once in a blue moon, I like to step outside of the circle.  This go-round, I discovered J-Kline via the I Support ATX Hip-Hop, Do You? group, specifically his collaborative video with guest vocalist D.D.I. and producer Wave titled Feet Above Water.  Director Tommy Kastro caught the collective in a very straight-forward, candid manner as they drop science about keeping your eyes on the prize over Wave‘s bouncy and driving production.  The track is a solid piece of motivational and inspirational art about being aware of the both purposeful and accidental trappings that present themselves to an artist on the rise.  Definitely check it out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for everyone to experience.

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Everyday People :: Moodie Black Drop ‘No Mames’ Single In Anticipation Of ‘FUZZ’

With each passing album, Moodie Black has perfected the rollout for the independent, DIY artist.  KDEATH maintains a proper level of profile on social media, interacting with the masses while she and Sean toil away in the studio.  As the projects come together, seeds of anticipation are woven into the normal flow of conversation.  As it starts to hit the 30-45 day mark, starts dropping visuals that open further avenues of anticipation and discussion, as the succinct ideas are intriguing enough to raise wondrous thoughts of how they will fit into the bigger picture.  After dropping the stellar Jesus Bound lead single recently, Moodie Black has come with the two of the one-two punch with No Mames, a very personal and artistic statement from that scratches the surface of her day to day experience of trying to exist as a trans, gender-fluid woman in an uptight, judgemental society.  FUZZ drops this upcoming Friday, and after these tastes, I’m certainly ready to hear the full project.  Like, comment and share the video, and keep your eyes on Moodie Black for the bomb drop that FUZZ will be.

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Giving Back :: Rusty Dusty Performs New Album ‘Cleanse’ Live At FetSounds

FetSounds has very quickly established itself as a full-service recording, performing and documentation space in the few months it’s been in San Marcos.  Many bands have utilized the space for album release parties and special events, including local favorites Rusty Dusty.  In collaboration with Possum Trot Studios, the band decided to use the performance space to document the first official live performance of their recent release Cleanse.  With a handful of cameras, some dramatic lights and their deeply diverse and moving sounds, Rusty Dusty charged through their new project much to the delight of those in attendance.  If you’ve not had a chance to sit down and listen to Cleanse yet, this might be a great way to get familiar with the project.  Check out the video, leave a like and a comment, share it around, and find Cleanse on your favorite streaming site or store front to support!

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Sensory Blitz :: BLXPLTN Releases New Video For ‘ZZEERRO (Dying For You To Get Rich)’

I’ll let BLXPLTN tell you about ZZEERRO (Dying for You to Get Rich) :

‘Punk has always been a warning about how much worse things could get, and now?  We’re there – and Austin‘s BLXPLTN are weaponizing their visceral, needle-burying proto-rock bursts to deliver the huge, nasty truth that the unthinkable is the new normal.  They’ve soaked in the history and sonics of their chosen genre, echoing the political and musical bent of the likes of Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, and Fear.  But as acolytes of genre-benders like Ministry and Big Black, the need to kill convention poisons the blood of TaSzlin Rico Muerte and Jeremy Wolfe Kivett.  In place of duct-taped guitars and banged-up kits, the two push drum machines and synths to within inches of their lives.  ZZEERRO (Dying for You to Get Rich) is the latest case of what Fader calls “working-stiff punk… that makes me feel like punching someone in the face.”
There’s a live-wire immediacy to BLXPLTN because they tend to assemble these Molotov cocktails the second they get their hands on some gasoline.  One morning, TaSzlin woke up and saw something terrible on the news.  What was it?  Take your pick of all the horrifying things we now choke down on the regular.  He went into the studio and wrote this, the PhlegmTV LP’s first single.  The two kick out an unforgiving feedback squall, a primal beating with megaphone vocals chanting anti-mantras, as if from a Unabomber shack behind a burned-out factory.  But when the chorus hits, they manage to gouge out some serious melody amidst the chaos.  When the nearly unfazeable Noisey tells you, “BLXPLTN are going to burn down the stage, the crowd, and your house,” pay attention: this tune is what they’re talking about.  If you’re not already banging your head, a track like this will gladly bang it for you.’

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Sacred Texts :: Mad1ne Releases ‘Dusty’ Visuals

After releasing the aptly named Impressive Hate PoemsMad1ne has enlisted the help of Sol Cinematics to drop the first music video for the project, Dusty.  This one is reminiscent of the 1990s hip-hop music videos that made me love the culture, where a black and white filter and grounded, gritty locations allow those with flow to address viewers directly and do what they do best.  A couple of cameo appearances can be found in the run of the video as well.  Mad1ne has always held it down for that era, and over the years, his work just keeps getting stronger and stronger, and this video continues the trajectory in the right direction.  Check this one out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around so those numbers can rise!

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Upward Movement :: Moodie Black Preps ‘Fuzz’ Release With ‘Jesus Bound’ Video Premier on Dead End Hip Hop

Moodie Black is about to knock the dust off of 2020, and if Jesus Bound (the first single from their upcoming Fake Four release Fuzz) is any indication, their going to do it with a sense of urgency and immediacy that the era has not only created, but demands.  K is no stranger to confrontation, and with hip-hop already being a firestorm of a breeding ground for transforming turmoil into art, it comes as no surprise to me that Jesus Bound plays as her unapologetic clapback to all the real-life and social media misgendering and misidentification of her art.  Add to that her penchant for stark and striking visuals, and it makes sense that Dead End Hip Hop would jump at the opportunity to premier the video, hopefully allowing avenues of discussion to open up as a result.  I’ll be ready for when Fuzz drops at the end of March, and if you’re smart, you’ll keep your eyes and ears open as well.

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