The song in the video clip was about the best thing on here for me.
Of course the video made no sense, but maybe it did to whoever made it.

Grade - 1.4

released Nov 2nd, 2010

from the album - Kiddie Hypnogogia - grade 2.0

from all music


Mini Mansions is the dark psych-pop project of Los Angeles-based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Michael Shuman (also of Wires on Fire and bassist for Queens of the Stone Age), vocalist/bassist/keyboardist Zach Dawes, and vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Tyler Parkford. Shuman had known Dawes since childhood, and Dawes met Parkford when they went to school in Santa Cruz, CA. Dawes sent Shuman some of Parkford's songs in 2005, and when Parkford returned to Los Angeles in 2008, they made plans to make music together. The trio officially became Mini Mansions in 2009 after Queens of the Stone Age finished touring in support of Era Vulgaris. Shuman and Tyler picked the best of the songs they had already written and made those into a self-released EP they released later in 2009. Mini Mansions continued recording, with QOTSA frontman Josh Homme mixing some tracks, and readied their self-titled debut album. The single Monk, which featured a slow-motion cover of Blondie's “Heart of Glass,” arrived in June 2010 on Psychedelic Judaism, and Mini Mansions was released by Ipecac Records and Homme's Rekords Rekords imprint that November.

Album Review

It’s not a surprise that Mini Mansions, the warped pop project of Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman and friends Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford, released their self-titled debut album on QOTSA frontman Josh Homme’s label Rekords Rekords (with a co-release assist from Mike Patton’s imprint Ipecac Records). To a certain extent, the trio also keeps it in the family musically: the tension between their insistent melodies and bad attitude suggests a lighter version of Homme and company’s more whimsical moments (particularly on the excellent “Monk”) and their vocals, at their brassiest, recall Patton’s bravado. The band’s knack for hooks and harmonies puts them in the realm of power poppers like Fountains of Wayne -- though Shuman and friends are much, much less chipper -- and their fondness for molesting a singalong tune with plenty of aggression occasionally recalls Nirvana. However, the single biggest influence on Mini Mansions, and Mini Mansions, is John Lennon circa The White Album. These songs are steeped in the same druggy whimsy that made “Glass Onion” and “I’m so Tired” at once snide and vulnerable: “Vignette #2” and “Girls” have the kind of winding melodies at which Lennon and the rest of the Fab Four excelled, while “Wünderbars” is made all the more trippy by surreal wordplay like “bruised pornographic double hex.” Though Mini Mansions still have the tendency to ramble like they did on their first EP, when they focus, they really focus. “Kiddie Hypnogogia” and “The Room Outside” juggle jaunty melodies and heavy codas but never sound scattered. Meanwhile, “Crime of the Season” and “Seven Sons,” with their horror show organs and prickly harpsichords, are more haunted house-pop than chamber pop. A funhouse mirror of an album, Mini Mansions is a few shades lighter than Rekords Rekords’ usual output, but it’s still twisted and catchy enough to win over those more familiar with Shuman's day job.

Track Listing

1 Vignette #1 Mini Mansions 1:27
2 The Room Outside Mini Mansions 4:20
3 Crime of the Season Mini Mansions 4:44
4 Monk Mini Mansions 4:03
5 Wünderbars Mini Mansions 3:03
6 Seven Sons Mini Mansions 3:06
7 Vignette #2 Mini Mansions 2:16
8 Kiddie Hypnogogia Mini Mansions 2:56
9 Majik Marker Mini Mansions 4:04
10 Girls Mini Mansions 3:24
11 Vignette #3 Mini Mansions 2:00
12 Thriller Escapade Mini Mansions 4:29