Quasi's new music video for "Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler" was directed by Wallingford animator Clyde Petersen, who's also done videos for Deerhoof and Laura Veirs. "Laissez" is one of my favorite tracks off Quasi's new record, American Gong. It's sweepingly, achingly melancholy, and this tragic little clip fits that mood exactly. It's a stop-motion video of a paper steamship, complete with dipping seagulls, tiny portholes, headless waltzers in a ballroom, and looming white icebergs. If you saw a certain 1997 James Cameron blockbuster, you can guess what happens in the end.
Quasi plays Sasquatch on May 31. Drummer Janet Weiss has also got a new project with an old friend in the works - read about it here.