Here’s a music video I made with my friend Shruti Ganguly. The song is from my upcoming EP, and was produced by Charlie Klarsfeld, mixed by Ron Shaffer Chananun Chotrungroj was Director of Photography. Production Assistants were Nikki Hall & Paula Espinosa. Olga Miasnikova helped with props. Text from NYLON interview with REBECCA WILLA DAVIS: If the opening shots of the music video for Jordan Galland‘s “Wind-Up Rabbit” look familiar, well…that’s because it might be. “When I pitched the idea to Shruti Ganguly, who co-directed the video, it was more of a spoof on the Energizer Bunny commercials. I remembered them as a bunny just going through various everyday scenarios, and disrupting people’s lives,–like knocking over the Christmas tree or spilling coffee,” explains the New York-based musician-filmmaker.
“But then as we considered the logistics of recreating those commercials, I realized those were more about setting up something huge, like thinking you’re on the Death Star with Darth Vadar, and the punchline is the bunny comes through with the famous tag, ‘It keeps going, and going…’ We didn’t have that kind of budget. We were left with an idea that was closer to a Toy Story scenario: a Toy Rabbit lost, and wandering the city.”
What comes after is a series of hijinks–from spilled picnic wine to a sniff of illicit drugs–soundtracked by Galland’s singing about technology making us all feel even less connected. “It’s not just blatantly about the media age, but has layers of nostalgia, and some sense of humor,” Galland says. You hear it in lines like, “Every little thing / I don’t need to know,” and “How did I end up with these bad habits?” The track, a charming, meandering indie pop ditty, comes off of his upcoming EP Wind Up Rabbit, out July 23. (He’s also got a new movie project that’s “my own take on an exorcist/demon possession film that starts where most demon films end.”)
Though the two-day shoot in lower Manhattan brought about its own surprises–Galland remembers bumping into business colleagues who “saw me holding this toy rabbit taped to a skateboard, running down the street like a maniac”–that energy is captured perfectly in just three minutes. And you can see exactly what we mean–we’ve got the exclusive premiere of the video! Take a break from your phone, pause your tweeting, and watch “Wind Up Rabbit” above.
Forget how this song got called “Lucky Acres” but I think Timo Ellis was probably behind the naming of it, and there are probably some real silly jokes behind that name. Song is very Beck inspired if you can’t tell by the lyrics: “My heart’s just a raccoon / under a full moon.” Written and recorded in 1999, I think. Around the same time I drew this.
Music produced & engineered by CHARLIE KLARSFELD Mixed & Mastered By RON SHAFFER at ATLANTIC WEST STUDIOS Drums & Bass on A.KA. Love, Hearts On Ice, Leave My Friends Alone & Go 2 engineered by JIM BERTINI at GALAXY SMITH STUDIO. All Instruments played by JORDAN GALLAND, CHARLIE KLARSFELD except drums by KYLE OLSON vocals on A.K.A Love by CHARLOTTE KEMP MUHL, guitar on A.K.A love by Sean Lennon - backing vocals by SISSY CLEMENS & ANNA NORDEEN percussion on A.K.A. LOVE by JESSE BRICKEL “Hearts On Ice” video directed by LEAH TEPLIN cinematography TYLER RIBBLE Gaffer EDUARD ORDONEZ grip & electric ROB SUDANO Makeup & Choreography TIFFANY CASTILLO dancers: MADDY REECE white JORDY CASTILLO & MARRON MARTINEZ green SAMANTHA PAWLUCK red CLIFTON BROWN blue JESSICA WEST pink JENNA ORTIZ catering SABRINA TEPLIN All songs written by Jordan Galland Copyright 2013
Some phone photos I took from the set of the shoot we did for the trailer for my new record, back in February. Some of the same crew from my video for Rival Schools “Wring It Out.” Lea Teplin was directing this time, and Tyler Ribble was shooting. Out in Oyster Bay at Lea’s grandparents’ house. The body paint was messy and the dancers were real champs about wearing it for what turned out to be a 16 hour day. Frying pan, pillow and tape for a prop weapon.
”Video Game” is one of my first hit songs, from 1999, very much pre Lana Del Rey. Coolest thing about this track is that the inspiringly talented Miho Hatori is on backing vox singings the “oohs” during the incarnation of Dopo Yume when she was also playing drums with us. David Muller on bass. Pic is from a Mercury Lounge show, where there was no one in the audience except Ad-Rock and I was very nervous.
This ‘punk’ song I wrote and recorded in 1999 is called Garbage Pale Kids and is from the record I released only on cassette called ‘Tape Juice.’ The song is about the summer circa 1986 that I spent in Westbrook Connecticut, that my rap song Slush Puppies is also about.
The 2003 European heat wave was the hottest summer on record in Europe since at least 1540 according to Wikipedia. And I was in Paris, staying at my friend’s apartment, writing and recording on this little Zoom Rhythmtrak 123 that I bought at a music shop in Pigalle. It’s been sitting on my shelf for almost 10 years. During that hot summer in Paris, I wrote “Can’t Say Why” and “Desert Flowers” but I also wrote and recorded a handful of songs with Yaroslav, a Russian art student I met who became a good friend. Yaroslav did the vocals and I wrote some riffs to go along with his lyrics and played this little blue drum machine. The apartment was on a such a quiet street - Rue Mayet - I remember recording really late at night and being able to hear someone “shushing” us from a few windows away. Here’s one song we did called “My Love Is A Dead Cat.”
“Two Cats” is song by James Levy who I first met in 2001. He’s a moody and soulful songwriter I’ve always admired and always been a bit jealous of. My band mate David Muller (from Dopo Yume) produced the track. This recording was a big inspiration for me. One of my all time faves. It’s available on itunes.