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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

You See It All in 3-D


Two "making of" videos of two very different bands:

1) As much as music videos can cement associations between meaningless images and otherwise meaningful music, it's nice to get a behind-the-scenes glance at a band, especially one that presents itself as obliquely as TV on the Radio does (view their blog for evidence). The new album, Return to Cookie Mountain, retains much of the brooding, churning, industrial grit of Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes or Young Liars but with slightly slicker production. Hard to imagine the MTV crowd digesting this alongside the pop flavors of the month. Nonetheless, check out "Making Of the Video" for "Wolf Like Me" (the actual music video is here).

2) On Aja in 1977, Steely Dan hit their stride with a well-produced, synthy blend of contemporary jazz and rock and quirky tunes that endeared them to fans who generally stayed fans (as their sound rarely wavered over the years). "Peg" has long been a favorite of Dan fans with its "pocket" groove and bright chords, not to mention some signature close, crunchy vocal harmonies. Check out the song's ingredients in this video from the Aja DVD which includes interviews with frontmen Fagen and Becker plus Michael McDonald, bassist Chuck Rainey and drummer Rick Marotta.

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