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Video Clip of The Week: Cold Showers, “Plant Life”

I’m going to say it: Everything Old is New Again! If Southern California-based band Cold Showers‘ primitive CGI video for their distinctively 80s New Wave Dance track, “Plant Life” doesn’t make you jones for the early days of MTV, absolutely nothing will. Maybe you weren’t even born when Dire Straights‘ then-groundbreaking video for their hit, “Money For Nothing” encapsulated an entire generation’s feeling of ennui (look it up), but I remember it like it was yesterday — and it was thirty fucking years ago. Wow. Nostalgia can be so bittersweet.

But I digress. visually, “Plant Life” is the modern-day companion to “Money for Nothing” with a not-unwelcome aural nod to The Human League, One-Hit Wonders Animotion, and decidedly gloomier synth-drenched bands of that era, such as Killing Joke, that you had to perhaps be a bit more into the underground to know about.

The “Plant Life” video thrills me in a way that only animation that looks like it came from a 8-bit Nintendo game cartridge can thrill a Luddite. The unfortunate protagonist of the clip spends most of his time running between the floors of his split-level luxury loft in a futile effort to keep the plants sufficiently watered; a ritual that quickly becomes a waking nightmare. Believe me, I can relate. I take care of maybe a dozen plants in my office, and if I go away on vacation for a week, they are dead when I come back. It is so frustrating. The fact that the “Watering of the Plants” motif is a blatantly obvious metaphor for keeping a romantic relationship alive is beside the point. The feeling of existential dread is what matters.

In the end you just want to burn it all down, right? Pay close attention to that Red Gas Can. It will be important in the final act.

“Plant Life” is the first single from Cold Showers‘ upcoming album, Matter of Choice, due out on Dais Records on August 28th, 2015. Enjoy!

Cold Showers Matter of Choice COVER ART
Matter of Choice Cover Art!

Abbey Road Bananas

Abbey Road Bananas
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Dutch artist Stephan Brusche makes fun art on and with the skin of the delicious Banana. Here, he has demonstrated his technique with a rendering of the famous cover of The Beatles’ album, Abbey Road. So clever!

See more of Stephan’s banana art at This Link!

Video Clip of The Week: Moondy, “Boo”

Created and directed by Provoke Films, the animated video for “Boo,” from Atlanta based solo project Moondy makes me wish this year’s Halloween wasn’t already behind us — because what a fitting soundtrack it would be! Part Industrial Dirge, part Psychobilly Rave Up, “Boo” follows a post-apocalyptic gladiator, who looks an awful lot like Trent Reznor, as he does battle against monsters and assorted zombies in the arena of an evil King. Feel the satisfaction as Trent kicks undead ass repeatedly until the only remaining opponent is the king himself. You’ll have to watch to find out what happens next.

“Boo” comes from the Moondy’s most recent album, Puffers, which was released on August 5th, 2014. Buy it at This Link! Enjoy!

Oasis Definitely Maybe Cover Recreated as a Cake

Oasis Cake
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From NME:

Oasis’ Definitely Maybe was released 20 years ago this [past] weekend – and what better way to celebrate the birthday of this great British debut? A cake, of course. Baker Adam Cox said: “Creating a cake to mark the anniversary of this album was a must. It remains as one of my favourite albums and I wanted to celebrate it in the only way I know how to.”

Oasis Definitely Maybe

I think the only thing missing is the globe?

John Lennon Throws Metal on Cover of Yellow Submarine Album

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Snagged this one from the Huffington Post

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.

Video Clip of The Week: Melted Toys, “Always”

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!

Melted Toys Cover Art

Video Clip of The Week: The Black Angels, “The Flop”

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!

Black Angels CD Cover