Moby – Almost Home Directed by PANTOJA





A man reflects on his past as he takes his last ride “home” with his wife.

2014 Finalist – Moby Almost Home Music Video
2014 Staff Pick – Moby Almost Home Music Video

Husband: Josh Kroll
Wife: Lauren Maxwell
Paramedic: Shane Abell
Assistant: Misha Kidwell
Ambulance: Yellow Ambulance
Talent produced by: Alix Adams

Kindness, ‘Otherness’ – Awesome!

Kindness' new album, Otherness,  available now.

Kindness’ new album, Otherness, available now.

Pooneh Ghana/Courtesy of the artist

It takes audacity to name your debut album after the seismic Eddie Kendricks song “Girl You Need A Change Of Mind,” a seven-minute soul classic with an extended breakdown and build-up that made it one of the earliest disco records. But the lanky Brit Adam Bainbridge had a firm grip on his influences for 2012’s World, You Need A Change Of Mind, an album that touched not only on disco, but also on ’80s boogie and R&B, Frankie Knuckles-indebted house music, D.C. go-go, and even The Replacements (with a dance remake of “Swingin’ Party”).

Bainbridge doubles down on that ’80s sound for Otherness. “New feelings we begin again / Old endings we begin anew,” he sings in “World Restart,” which from its compressed drum machine to its honking saxophone sounds like a lost track from 30 years ago. Midway through, he’s joined by fast-rising R&B singer Kelela, who sounds like one of the Mary Jane Girls circa 1983’s “All Night Long.” But the feelings behind the song revive those staid sounds and make them sound refreshed.

From there, Kindness pulls from various earmarks of that era, be it the go-go bells that power “This Is Not About Us” or the elegant piano that flows through “I’ll Be Back.” Rapper M.anifest joins in for “8th Wonder,” name-checking Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” in his verse. And when Kelela returns in “With You,” the track at one point peels back to a synthesized breath, a brief homage to Art Of Noise’s classic single, “Moments In Love.”

Much like his musical compatriot (and fellow Brit) Devonté Hynes did on Blood Orange’s sublime Cupid Deluxe, Bainbridge draws on assists from friends. Beyond the album highlights with Kelela, the sputtering backbeat, rubbery slap-bass line and church organ of “Who Do You Love?” gets a big lift from Swedish singer Robyn, who infuses the song with her pop effervescence. Hynes himself lends a hand in “Why Don’t You Love Me,” which evolves from a heartbreaking ballad to sensuous R&B to great effect. It hints that Kindness might change and advance yet again.


Kindness – Otherness




Kindness – House








The Flaming Lips With a Little Help from My Fwends album mp3 download – watch



The Flaming Lips‘ new tribute to The Beatles classic album, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, is now available to stream. The album is dubbed With A Little Help From My Fwendz, and features guest appearances from a number of noteworthy musicians, including My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog, Phantogram, Grace Potter, Foxygen, MGMT, Moby, Miley Cyrus and more.

As was announced last week, the album will see an official release on October 28th. This is the second tribute album released by the Lips, as the band previously released a tribute to Dark Side of the Moon back in 2009. In an interview with Music Radar, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne talks about the decision to cover these two albums.

The Flaming Lips – With a Little Help from My Fwends (2014) Album download



Live in Concert

The Flaming Lips Present ‘Yoshimi’ Live In Concert

The fans who jammed into the Belmont nightclub in Austin, Texas, to see The Flaming Lips this past March probably didn’t know what hit them. The band was just weeks away from releasing a brand-new and highly anticipated record (The Terror). But instead of showcasing the new work, frontman Wayne Coyne and the rest of The Flaming Lips hit the pause button and used the intimate venue to reflect on one of their most beloved records: 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. For the first time ever, the band performed the whole thing live, from start to finish, giving hundreds of wide-eyed fans a rare treat.

“We’re kind of nervous,” Coyne told the crowd from a stripped-down stage. The rest of the group sat huddled together with spiral notebooks, following their own notations for each track. Gone were the band’s usual props: no dancers or spectacular lights, no giant balloons or confetti cannons, and no human-sized hamster ball for Coyne to roll around in over the audience. It was just the unadorned band and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, from the bittersweet opener “Flight Test” to the beautiful (and wildly popular) “Do You Realize??” to “Are You a Hypnotist,” a song Coyne said The Flaming Lips had never played live at all before.

The next night, at a massive outdoor venue many times larger than the Belmont, The Flaming Lips did showcase The Terror. But this chilly night was all for remembering — and celebrating — how the band got here in the first place.

This video comes courtesy of The Warner Sound, South by Southwest and The Belmont.

Watch interview with frontman Wayne Coyne



Whether you get them, or not, The Flaming Lips are an interesting vehicle to experience music. They have amazing live productions, out of this world videos and their music speaks for itself. Wayne Coyne shares his thoughts on drugs as a muse for creativity and what it is like to experience life from a much different perspective.


China ‘close to buying $4 bln worth’ of Russian top interceptors

Sukhoi Su-35 fighter (image from

Sukhoi Su-35 fighter (image from

Russia and China are close to signing a US$4 billion arms contract, according to a media report. Beijing wants to purchase 48 Sukhoi Su-35 super-maneuverable multi-role interceptors, which are among most advanced Russian combat aircraft.

Most of the terms of the prospective contract, which may become the biggest arms deal between Russia and China in a decade, are already agreed upon, reports Kommersant daily citing sources close to the talks. The price for the jets will be around $85 million apiece, but may yet change.

China’s interest in Su-35s was first hinted in 2008 during the Air Show China exhibition. Insider information that talks on such a deal may start surfaced in 2010, but only in February 2011 was it confirmed officially. Back then Aleksandr Fomin, deputy director for the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said the offer to buy the aircraft was put on table in 2011.

Kommersant says the biggest obstacle to sealing the deal now is Russia’s insistence on a legal guarantee that China would not try to reverse-engineer the technology used in the aircraft. China already did this with Su-27, Su-30 and Mig-29, making them into domestic analogues called J-10, J-11 and FC-1 respectively. They also used a test version of Su-33 obtained through Ukraine to create their J-15 jet. The latest such incident is the copycatting of Su-30MK2 into the J-16 aircraft, the newspaper says.

The Sukhoi Su-35 is a 4++ generation long-range interceptor jet. It has maximum speed of 2,390 km/h and range of 3,400 kilometers. It is armed with 30mm cannon and has 12 wing and fuselage stations for up to 8,000 kg of ordinance, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, rockets, and bombs.

China’s imports of Russian arms have been decreasing over the years, as the country developed its own defense industry. Moscow is concerned that Beijing could soon become a major competitor in the traditional markets like Middle East and Latin America.

Chinese copies of the Russian aircraft may be technically inferior, but are sold several times cheaper than the originals. For instance, in a 2009 tender from Myanmar, Russia offered Mig-29s for $35 million apiece, while China offered FC-1s at $10 million. The contract however went to Russia, but the trend cannot but worry Moscow.

State Dept. accuses Russia of firing artillery into Ukraine, refuses to provide any evidence




Government officials in the United States said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery across the border into Ukrainian territory, but refused to provide any evidence when grilled by an Associated Press reporter.

Matthew Lee, a veteran AP journalist known for his frequent showdowns with spokespeople during US State Department briefings, raised questions about the latest claims during Thursday’s scheduled press conference.

“We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters during the Thursday afternoon briefing.

When asked by Lee for any evidence, however, Harf said the State Dept. is unwilling at this time to disclose further details because doing so could expose the secret intelligence operations involved in making such claims.

“I would like to know what you’re basing this new evidence that the Russians intend to send any heavier equipment,” Lee asked.

The details, Harf responded, are “based on some intelligence information.”

“I can’t get into the sources and methods behind it,” Harf insisted to Lee’s chagrin. “I can’t tell you what the information is based on,” she said at one point during the back-and-forth.

According to Lee, previous allegations made by the Department of State have, to some, fallen short of being considered “definitive proof.”

Nevertheless, Harf responded that evidence so far has suggested that Russia has indeed played a role in the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine, where militia have taken up arms against the Kiev government spawning an international incident. Now one week after Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over the region in the midst of the uproar, the State Dept. says weapons are “continuing to flow across the border.”

When Lee questioned the State Dept.’s decision to withhold any evidence to support the spokesperson’s allegations, Harf asked: “If I can’t give you the source and method, would you prefer that I not give you the information?”

“I think that it would be best for all concerned here if when you make an allegation like that you’re able to make it up with something more than just ‘because I said so,’” Lee countered. “You guys get up at the UN security council making these allegations , the secretary [of the State Dept., John Kerry] gets on the Sunday shows and makes these allegations, and then when you present your evidence to back up those allegations, it has appeared to, at least for some, fall short of definitive proof,” Lee continued.

For now, Harf said, “the rest of the world… has seen these separatists shot down a dozen planes,” and can rely on the admission of a militia leader who took credit for downing a Ukrainian plane as being among the “preponderance of evidence” available to the public.

Previously, the US ambassador to the United Nations said “it is impossible to rule out Russian technical assistance” with regards to the surface-to-air missiles blamed for taking down MH17 last Thursday. In the week since, however, the Obama administration has been unable to directly link Moscow to the event.

During a highly publicized intelligence briefing where US officials were expected to present an assessment of MH17 downing on Tuesday, government representatives were forced to admit that no evidence currently points towards any Russian involvement.

“[W]e don’t know a name, we don’t know a rank and we’re not even 100 percent sure of a nationality,” one official at the briefing told the AP this week.

Other evidence touted by the administration as supposed proof of Russia’s involvement in the crisis has turned out to be inaccurate, including images purported to show the Russian military fighting alongside an anti-Kiev militia printed by the New York Times later reported to be an “incorrect” representation.



Ukraine Used Cluster Bombs, Evidence Indicates – The Times

A casing carrying cluster munitions that landed in a shed. Press officers for the Ukrainian military denied that their troops had used cluster weapons in the conflict.Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

A casing carrying cluster munitions that landed in a shed. Press officers for the Ukrainian military denied that their troops had used cluster weapons in the conflict.Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

The Times finally admits that “The [Ukrainian] army’s use of cluster munitions, which shower small bomblets around a large area, could also add credibility to Moscow’s version of the conflict, which is that the Ukrainian national government is engaged in a punitive war against its own citizens.”

DONETSK, Ukraine — The Ukrainian Army appears to have fired cluster munitions on several occasions into the heart of Donetsk, unleashing a weapon banned in much of the world into a rebel-held city with a peacetime population of more than one million, according to physical evidence and interviews with witnesses and victims.

Sites where rockets fell in the city on Oct. 2 and Oct. 5 showed clear signs that cluster munitions had been fired from the direction of army-held territory, where misfired artillery rockets still containing cluster bomblets were found by villagers in farm fields.

The two attacks wounded at least six people and killed a Swiss employee of the International Red Cross based in Donetsk.

If confirmed, the use of cluster bombs by the pro-Western government could complicate efforts to reunite the country, as residents of the east have grown increasingly bitter over the Ukrainian Army’s tactics to oust pro-Russian rebels.

Further, in a report released late Monday, Human Rights Watch says the rebels have most likely used cluster weapons in the conflict as well, a detail that The New York Times could not independently verify.

 Rebels extracting a casing that was carrying cluster munitions in Ilovaysk, Ukraine, on Monday. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

Rebels extracting a casing that was carrying cluster munitions in Ilovaysk, Ukraine, on Monday. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

The army’s use of cluster munitions, which shower small bomblets around a large area, could also add credibility to Moscow’s version of the conflict, which is that the Ukrainian national government is engaged in a punitive war against its own citizens. The two October strikes occurred nearly a month after President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine signed a cease-fire agreement with rebel representatives.

“It’s pretty clear that cluster munitions are being used indiscriminately in populated areas, particularly in attacks in early October in Donetsk city,” said Mark Hiznay, senior arms researcher at Human Rights Watch, in emailed comments after the report was completed. “The military logic behind these attacks is not apparent, and these attacks should stop, because they put too many civilians at risk.”

Press officers for the Ukrainian military denied that their troops had used cluster weapons during the conflict and said that the rocket strikes against Donetsk in early October should be investigated once it was safe to do so. They also said that rebels in the area had access to powerful rocket systems from Russia that could fire cluster munitions.

However, munition fragments found in and around Donetsk and interviews with witnesses indicate that the cluster munitions that struck Oct. 2 and Oct. 5 were most likely fired by Ukrainian troops stationed southwest of the city, according to Human Rights Watch and a review by The Times. Witnesses there reported seeing rocket launches from those troops’ positions toward the city at times that coincide with the strikes.

Human Rights Watch says in its report that cluster weapons have been used against population centers in eastern Ukraine at least 12 times, including the strikes on Donetsk, during the conflict, and possibly many more. The report said that both sides were probably culpable, in attacks that “may amount to war crimes” in a grinding conflict that has claimed at least 3,700 lives, including those of many civilians.

The report, which included incidents uncovered by The Times, says there is “particularly strong evidence” that Ukrainian government troops carried out the two October attacks against Donetsk.

An August cluster-munitions attack on the village of Starobesheve, which was in Ukrainian Army hands, was probably carried out either by pro-Russian rebels or by Russian troops, the report says.

Beginning in October, a series of strikes against Donetsk using certain cluster weapons fired from Uragan rockets came from the southwest of the city. The timing of at least two rocket launches from the same location corresponded to cluster munition strikes that hit Donetsk from a southwesterly trajectory, according to Human Rights Watch and The Times.

Shelling of cities has been common in the conflict, and the cease-fire agreement has not ended the violence. A chemical plant on the outskirts of Donetsk was struck Monday, and the resulting shock wave shattered windows for miles around.

A rocket with an intact payload of cluster munitions lies in a field in Novomikhailova, Ukraine.Credit Andrew Roth/The New York Times

A rocket with an intact payload of cluster munitions lies in a field in Novomikhailova, Ukraine.Credit Andrew Roth/The New York Times

On the morning of Oct. 5, Boris V. Melikhov, 37, was chopping wood outside his house in the Gladkovka neighborhood of Donetsk when he heard the loud clap of an explosion from the street.

His first sensation was “a strong push in the back,” and he sprawled onto the grass. More explosions followed, showering Mr. Melikhov with dust and dirt. Unable to stand, he crawled toward a spigot in the garden, bleeding profusely and desperate for water.

“I felt the blood running down my back, down my leg,” he recalled in an interview last week from his bed in a hospital, where his uncle took him after the attack. Doctors there found several identical metal fragments in his leg, chest, shoulder and hand.

Hundreds of such fragments, each about the size of a thumbtack, were sprayed out by at least 11 cluster bomblets that exploded on Mr. Melikhov’s street that morning. The 9N210 bomblets are carried in surface-to-surface Uragan (Hurricane) rockets that are fired from the backs of trucks and have a range of roughly 22 miles.

Part of one of the rockets smashed into a street a few blocks away, and the impact crater indicated it had come from the southwest.

The same morning, sunflower farmers near Novomikhailovka, a small village about 20 miles southwest of Mr. Melikhov’s house, saw rockets sailing almost directly overhead toward Donetsk. Local people said in interviews that the army had been launching Uragan rockets from there for more than a week.

“Trust me, when it is day after day after day, you get to know your Grad launches from your Uragan launches,” said one farmer, who asked not to be named for fear of retribution for discussing Ukrainian military positions. Grads are another kind of rocket used by both sides.

Villagers said they had also seen rockets with cluster bomblets up close. They said several of the rockets misfired on Oct. 3 and landed in the sunflower fields south of the village with their payloads intact.

A reporter photographed three malfunctioned rockets there, and two of them contained submunitions like those that injured Mr. Melikhov. The same type of weapon struck the Donetsk headquarters of the Red Cross on Oct. 2 in an attack that killed an administrator, Laurent DuPasquier, 38.