Video Premiere: Seez Mics "Serotonin Sweepstakes"

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This week marks the release of rapper Seez Mics' new album Cruel Fuel. You may recognize Seez as part of Educated Consumers or his years on the high profile freestyle rap battle circuits. Seez's new album, released on the late underground rap icon Eyedea's Crushkill Recordings, features as much traditionally sharps lyricism as it does innovative genre bending over production that's almost entirely beatbox based by producer Max Bent.

We're premiering Cruel Fuel's newest video "Serotonin Sweepstakes" and spoke to Seez about the making of the video as well as how he first met Eyedea and the bonds that underground hip-hop forms.

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Songhammer's New Music Video is So Damn Epic

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Songhammer posing with Michele Boyd, aka "The Madge."
Songhammer is a band that makes epic music for epic people. Inspired by the fantasy and mallet-wielding glory of World of Warcraft, their shredding, melodic metal and love for the PC game franchise have united metalheads and nerds alike. This year, the band is gunning for a second round of awards at BlizzCon (held at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 8-9) for its latest song/music video, "Death is on the Way."

The IE-based duo of ShredHammer (Ben Stewart) and CroonHammer (Dustin Miller) just unleashed their new video on the masses yesterday and if you're a WoW fan, or just someone who'd like to witness a quality tale of bloodshed, heroism and jazzy choreography before your lunch break, this video is for you. Well, at least it pulled us in--literally. You may remember this reporter somehow found his way on the set as an extra after one cast member fell off her horse and needed a replacement. Glad to oblige, you're sure to see me for all of two seconds (literally skip to 2:07-2:09 and you'll see me get knocked out with a giant hammer).

See also: The Time Songhammer Kicked My Ass on the Set of Their World of Warcraft Music Video

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A Look Behind the Making of "Luna Lovers," Las Cafeteras' New Video!

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Las Cafeteras, a seven-piece son jarocho inspired ensemble from East Los Angeles, are beaming after the release of their latest music video "Luna Lovers." Our sister blog over at the LA Weekly had the honors of exclusively premiering the social media exploding effort last Thursday. The song is the second single off the band's It's Time debut. Directed by John Cantú, "Luna Lovers" goes into general release on Vevo today. As eyes fixate on the dreamy imagery of the video, we take a behind the scenes look with Cantú and jaranero Hector Flores on how it all came together!

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Cham Kerem Salutes the People of Cherán, Mexico in New Music Video

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Cham Kerem have always described themselves as 'low-budget revolutionary peoples hip-hop' since emerging on scene.The group, comprised of members from Anaheim and SanTana, released Visions of the Sun last year. The rough-edged rebel raps weren't always the most studio polished, but remained unapologetic and militant so just the same.

The revolutionary sentiment remains on their debut music video "Canto Para Cherán" a salute to indigenous people in the Mexican state of Michoacán. With an assist from documentary filmmaker Simón Sedillo, whose previous music video credits includes "Medios" by Krudas Cubensi, Cham Kerem takes their message to a higher level.

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Latin Grammy Nominated and Sin Papeles: The Story of La Santa Cecilia's Pepe Carlos

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La Santa Cecilia's music video for its latest single "El Hielo (ICE)" premieres today, but this writer got a sneak peek two weekends ago! With Chris Newman of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) present in Anaheim for an event in celebration of jornalero Jose Ucelo, he took the occasion to screen the video before an audience of activists.

The Los Angeles-based Latin Grammy-nominated Latin Alternative band powerfully illustrated the anxieties of living in fear of deportation in the effort directed by Sleep Dealer's Alex Rivera. By the music video's end, the undocumented cast members featured in it were highlighted, including the band's very own requinto and accordion player Pepe Carlos.

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How I Ended Up In He's My Brother She's My Sister's New Music Video

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Sarah Dougherty
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Los Angeles buzz band He's My Brother, She's My Sister joined the ranks of True Blood and Tenacious D and filmed their new music video for "Same Old Ground" at Alex's Bar in Long Beach on Tuesday. The song from their latest album "Nobody Dances In This Town" came to life thanks to a semi-surrealist vision, the acting chops of band and a group of fans and friends who served as extras. They even let yours truly join in on the fun. Here's a look at what went into filming.

The band met with Motion Sound Group, who filmed the spectacle, just the day prior with a few loose ideas. They reconvened Tuesday at 7 a.m. at Alex's Bar and began filming. I rolled in about 1 p.m. Alex's Bar's signature decor was left intact, save for the vibrantly-dressed group of gypsies and misfits. Bold patterns, wild hair and bright makeup were abound.

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Time and Energy Premiere Trippy New Video for 'Hot Air' on Heard Mentality

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Though they've been playing together for about about 10 years, multi-instrumentalists Brennan Roach and Jorge Rios didn't find their true groove as a duo until the creation of Time and Energy. Together, they create a kaleidoscopic mesh of angular rhythms, poetic road diaries and layered loops of guitar, keys and drums. The sound is closely personified in the title of their album "Strange Kind of Focus," out Nov. 16. They definitely took the concept  of the album title very literally for their new, self-directed music video for the lead single "Hot Air." The video premieres today on Heard Mentality. Before you decide to watch it, understand that if you've never done acid before, this is probably the next best thing. 

Creating a psychedelic  world of tie-dye, paper mache and banana slugs, Rios and Roach provide a colorful, puzzle-like pop mosaic for you to trip out on. In addition to releasing the new album next month, you can also look out for a full story on the band when they land in our Local's Only section next week. Get a rainbow spoonful of the band in their new video after the jump.

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The Black Keys and RZA's New Fish-Slapping Music Video Directed By OC Native

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On Nov. 2, Man with the Iron Fists directed by RZA will head to theaters infused with so much unnecessarily/necessary violence and highly choreographed fight scenes, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino will just have to tip their hats. The movie stars Russell Crowe, Cung Le and Lucy Liu as they fight over gold.  And as much anticipation there is surrounding RZA's tribute to Kung Fu, there is just as much excitement around the soundtrack, which features The Black Keys, RZA, Kanye West and Talib Kweli.  

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"They say sex is a weapon," spits Talib Kweli, "so when I shoot, it should last more than eight seconds."

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MTV VMAs 2012: The Highlights and Lowlights


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By now we've all pretty much come to know what to expect out of the annual MTV Video Music Awards show. Picture the drunkest moments of your high school prom, add a shit ton of today's hottest music acts, drizzle in some dueling red carpet looks and a couple gallons of spray tan, multiply that by 20,000 commercial breaks and bam! You've pretty much got the whole show. 

 So yeah, the 2012 VMA's went off last night at  the Staples Center live here in LA, and while there was plenty of fresh commotion to report (The Bachelorette's Rebel Wilson rocked out on stage with bushels of pubes on her shirt and a bag of chips, host Kevin Hart opened the show by asking Chris Brown and Drake to squash their bitch fighting beef ), there were also some super fails on deck worth mentioning (the missing MCA tribute, Rihanna's matronly red carpet get-up that made her look less like a young pop diva and more like Gabrielle Douglas' mom-ager, One Direction beating out Frank Ocean and Fun. for the Best New Artist award). 

What's that? You're over 17, so you didn't care to catch the show because you were too busy watching President Obama explain to American voters how he needs four more years to finish fixing the clusterfuck of problems Bush left behind accomplishing his goals for the nation during the last night of the DNC? Not to worry! We've got the skinny on what you missed. Read on for a full run-down of last night's VMA's highlights and lowlights. 


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Marilyn Manson's 'No Reflection' Latest to Mirror Images of Violence Against Women

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As agent provocateur Marilyn Manson prepares for the May 1 release of his latest album Born Villain, a recently released music video "No Reflection" by the rocker is ghoulish and controversial. The scene is a dinner party and Manson plays host to women clad in white. Something goes terribly awry as everyone toasts and imbibes on a toxic drink. The women begin vomiting up blood and turning violent. The one closest to Manson throughout drinks again from a cup as he tries in vain to stop her. Once the fate is sealed, a gooey kiss is given and the rocker proceeds to drown her head in toilet water. The dinner party literally turns dead as all but Manson lie motionless.

Is the whole music video a metaphor for addiction, as some have interpreted? Or the latest in a series of releases fetishistic of violence against women? More »

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