The Beatles are credited with being the first to do many things such as printing lyrics on a pop album, creating music videos and holding a stadium concert, but most bizarre is their role in the “devil horns” hand gesture taking off. John Lennon’s cartoon figure on the Yellow Submarine cover is apparently the first time the symbol was on the cover of an album and is one of the earliest instances associated with a rock band, ever.
I propose that there are two ways that one might feel about San Francisco quartet Melted Toys’ animated music video for “Always.” Either you could be compelled to not think too hard about it, because the song is fucking amazing and the visuals are wildly hypnotic and pleasing in a “unquiet dream” sort of way, or you are going to be obsessed with figuring this shit out, because it is impossible to understand the lyrics being sung and what the hell is going on in this video anyway? If you watch a lot of programming on Adult Swim, you will know what I mean.
Directed by Anibal Bley from Santiago, Chile, “Always” depicts the adventures of an anthropomorphic, burning apparition driving a red car across a colorful, psychedelic landscape all presented in a palette of reds, pinks and oranges. I love the little burning guy (so cute!) and although it seems that by the video’s end he might have been up to some “very extreme nastiness” (to quote dialogue from A Clockwork Orange), I don’t feel bad about it. I just want to play the video again and again. Also, the band’s music has been described as “plaintive pop with psychedelic electronica.” To me, it sounds like the kind of music I want to hear more of but never, ever do.
Anyway, Video Clip of The Year!
Melted Toys released their self-titled debut album on July 15th, 2014 via Underwater Peoples, with a Vinyl Release due some time in August 2014. Enjoy!
Choosing “The Flop” from Austin’s The Black Angels for today’s Video Clip of the Week was a no brainer, to say the least. The awesome clip, which meshes a live performance of the song with hypnotizing graphics, reminds me of an obscure tune from an under-loved 60s band that’s been used to great effect as the soundtrack for the drug / orgy scene from a Mario Bava film. If you know what I’m talking about, great; if not, it doesn’t matter.
“The Flop” comes from The Black Angel’s latest 7-track offering, Clear Lake Forest (on Blue Horizon) which enjoyed a limited vinyl release on Record Store Day, but is now available in a variety of formats, including 12″ clear vinyl, CD and digitally. Visit the band’s webstore at This Link. Enjoy!
I wonder if Cincinnati’s Tweens realize how much their awesome song “Be Mean” sounds like 1979-era Buzzcocks as fronted by Lydia Lunch. Does vocalist/guitarist Bridget Battle even know who Lydia Lunch is? Who Cares?! These kids rock!
Tweens embrace a BubbleGum Punk ethic that resists any trace of smarm, which I appreciate. Fleshed out by Peyton Copes on bass and Jerri Queen on drums, the trio’s self-titled debut album, from which “Be Mean” is culled, was produced by Eli Janney, whom I still associate more with being the bassist for Post-Hardcore band Girls Against Boys than for his long-standing reputation as a studio genius, so what does that say about me? I haven’t heard the full record yet, but just based on this one song and that Eli Janney association, I am going to guess that it is amazing.
Check out Tweens’ bitchen website at This Link and buy the album on April 8th! Enjoy!
Led Zeppelin released its fifth studio album, Houses of the Holy, on this date, March 28th, in 1973! It is the first Led Zeppelin album comprised of all original material. While a song entitled “Houses of the Holy” was recorded during sessions for this album, the song actually appears on the band’s sixth album, Physical Graffiti.