memory tapes releases video from yesterday for song about today

chillwave heros from 2009, memory tapes, have resurfaced with a new song called “today is our life” (download) from the forthcoming album, which is expected to drop this year.

the track is accompanied by a video of old timey footage culled from busby berkeley, man ray, and herman.c.weinberg works.

is this video meant to appeal to the retro sensibilities of the hipster movement? flappers are chill right?

Memory Tapes : “Today Is Our Life” from Jamie Harley on Vimeo.

is the music industry in danger of running out of band names?

in these modern times of fail whales, groupons, social graphs, and cell phone providers still sucking ass, there has been an abundance of too-similar band names colliding in my itunes library (ALL legally acquired of course)…

twin shadow/twin sister/eagle twin, deerhunter/the dear hunter/deerhoof, the black keys/black lips/black mountain/black kids/black angels/black rebel motorcycle club, neon indian/neon trees/neon neon, crystal castles/crystal antlers/crystal stilts, memory tapes/memory house/beach house, sweet cobra/black cobra, black breath/death breath, gold panda/hot panda, etc. etc. etc.

this collision course has paved the way for bands to come up with names that are entirely unpronounceable, sometimes containing characters that may not even exist on your regular qwerty computer keyboard like SUNN O))), oOoOO, !!!, ///▲▲▲\, SLEEP ∞ OVER, †‡†, ℑ⊇≥◊≤⊆ℜ, etc…

are we running out of band names? are bands fucked? our music fans fucked? is the music industry fucked (up)?