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Video Clip of The Week: Pussy Riot, “Refugees In” (Filmed Live at Dismaland)

Today’s Europe faces a big new challenge. The current refugee crisis will become a defining issue of our generation. Pussy Riot feels this European challenge as their own. Over 750,000 refugees have arrived in Europe so far in 2015. Many more are coming. They are mostly escaping from war or persecution in Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan. Thousands are dying on the way. In the UK, for example, refugees cannot apply for asylum from outside the country – so they are forced to travel there illegally.

Why can’t we live in a truly global world, not one with locked borders, razor wires and refugee camps? History has shown that migrants can be innovative and entrepreneurial. Look at the US for an example of a whole culture built on the input of immigrants and migrants. Thousands of ordinary people across Europe are trying to help, but most governments are not matching their efforts. We believe in solidarity with human beings in need, wherever they are from, whatever their background. This is not a question of politics or nationality, but of saving human lives. The music video “Refugees In” is dedicated to the refugees. Thia powerful piece was filmed on September 25th, 2015 during the Pussy Riot performance at Banksy’s Dismaland with the generous help from director Ralf Schmerberg and music producers bretonLABS, Ten Ven and Alexandre Parsons.

Pussy Riot have joined forces with London-based art-group The Connor Brothers (Mike Snelle and James Golding) who have started the NGO “Refugee Response Foundation” to help the refugees in Calais. Pussy Riot will visit Calais in January 2016 to build shelters in association with students from the architecture department at Cambridge University to help the housing problem. If Europe closes the borders hundreds of thousands of Muslims, putting on the line everything they have to escape radical Muslim state, will never be able to see another world. Some of them will join that very ISIS, being embittered and disappointed in the good will of European states. We should accept and save those who flee countries occupied by terrorists. The time of grief for the dead should not become a time in which we betray the belief of millions in the humanity of the European world. Our grief should not teach us to aim for revenge, war and hate. It should teach us to help and show real compassion for each other.

Pussy Riot is now recording several pieces of music, the main idea is to oppose the right-wing conservative curtain that seems to be falling globally, no longer just affecting Russia but countries across Europe and the US. Neo–facist parties in Europe, Donald Trump in the US, the rise of Germany’s AfD; it’s fucking scary. And it’s the reason and it’s the time to be loud and proud of your feminist, LGBTQ and pro-refugees values.

Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot concludes, “We are planning to release a lot of disturbing videos next year. We hope that you will not like them.”


Pussy Riot at Dismaland

Video Clip of The Week: Princess Century, “Sunrise 101/Last Disco”

Most of the time, when I listen to music on a Sunday morning, I don’t want to have to think too hard about what it all means. I’m just looking for a beat or a groove or some kind of aural hook to move me. That’s it. I’m not demanding. Because Sunday is a day of rest, and that rest also applies to my brain.

What I do imagine when I listen to, and watch the video for “Sunrise 101/Last Disco” from Princess Century (AKA prolific remix artist, DJ Maya Postepski), is that the couple shown are contestants on The Amazing Race, but have gone rogue and decided to turn the Race’s various Road Block and Detour challenges into a combination Vacation/Art Project. Being a song without any lyrics, also known as an instrumental, “Sunrise 101/Last Disco” provides an ideal sound track to your leisurely Sunday Brunch and post-Brunch impromptu Dance Party. Listen and tell me you don’t agree.

“Sunrise 101/Last Disco” can be found among other awesome tunes on Princess Century’s latest CD, Progress, released October 16th, 2015 on Paper Bag Records. Like her on the FaceBook at This Link Right Here. Enjoy!

Princess Century CD Cover

Video Clip of The Week: Destroy This Place, “The Bees”

While it cannot be denied that this week’s featured Video Clip “The Bees,” from Detroit-based quartet Destroy This Place, is an homage to the classic Beehive hairdo — which was popular throughout the 1960s — and a show of old school punk rock force, it also serves as a supportive anthem for the Save The Bees worldwide cause! And for this, I salute them! Save The Bees!

During this frenetically edited, high energy clip, you will flash back to famous Beehives worn by the likes of Elvira, Barbra Streisand, Audrey Hepburn, Priscilla Presley and even Diana Ross, among many other icons of pop culture and fashion! The video is shot in glorious Black & White for period accuracy!

“The Bees” is the scorching lead single from Destroy This Place’s new album, Animal Rites, which was released on October 23rd, 2015 via Forge Again Records. Warning: Not hangover-friendly. Enjoy!

Destroy This Place Band
Destroy This Place Band Photo By Brian Rozman

Video Clip of the Week: The Mantles, “Doorframe”

Hey, did you remember to set your clocks back one hour before you went to bed? I sure did. Because an extra hour of sleep is an extra fucking hour of sleep, bitches. I do not like to miss out on that, even if it only happens once a year, and the price paid by those of us with day jobs is having to wake up in pitch black darkness every weekday until April. You can’t fight it, so you just have to go with the flow.

Anyway, I hope you had a fun Halloween. This week’s Video Clip features the Bay area psychedelic pop band, The Mantles. I’m not going to overthink this one too much, because it’s Sunday after all: a day of rest. And I admit that I originally thought the band’s name was The “Manties,” which is hilarious. You can see I am already in a relaxed state, so please chill with me as we enjoy the Brit-Pop-y sounds of a song called “Doorframe — Brit-Pop-y, I say, because its hypnotic, chime-y guitars and laid back vibe remind me very much of a less megalomaniacal version of The Stone Roses. Visually, The Mantles throw in a few Inflatable Palm Tree props for effect as they perform outdoors on what looks like boardwalk area, which I am sure was freezing. The post production adds layers of kaleidoscopic textures to an overall carefree video, emphasizing the fact that, while spring is still six months away, it can live forever in our minds.

The Mantles latest CD, All Odds End (Slumberland Records) was released on October 16th, 2015 and is available on iTunes and wherever fine music is procured. Enjoy!

Mantles Band
Mantles, Photographed by David Armstrong

Video Clip of The Week: Wand, “Sleepy Dog”

I’m always endlessly delighted when I can find an animated clip for the week’s featured video, because it reminds me fondly of watching my favorite cartoons on weekend mornings as a child (though I admit that this mostly took place on Saturdays). Nostalgia! This week’s video, “Sleepy Dog” is the masterstroke of a band called Wand. Directed by Meghan Tryon and Garrett Davis, the visual odyssey of this adorable little black dog comes on like a reined-in version of a monochromatic R. Crumb-induced hallucination. And since we already know that the dog is sleepy, it is pleasing to imagine that his many otherworldly adventures — which include a visit to an art museum — are, in fact, just a fever dream of sorts. There are also enough creepy, nightmare moments to make this choice appropriate for Halloween, which is just a few days off at this point. Nice.

Wand Sleepy Dog Still

Aurally, “Sleepy Dog” pays homage to the very best of ’60s garage rock psychedelia. Nothing more need be said. “Sleepy Dog” comes to us from Wand’s latest album, 1000 Days, which was released on September 25th, 2015 Dragcity Records.

Check out Wand’s North American Tour Dates after the jump. Enjoy!
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Video Clip of The Week: The Verve Pipe, “Hit and Run”

Although it is a band that currently has but one of its original members — that being lead vocalist Brian Vander ArkThe Verve Pipe is a group that has remained near and dear to my heart for nearly 20 years. The band’s amazingly underrated 1996 album, Villains, is still one of my favorite albums of all time, and I have very fond memories of seeing the band live at places like Irving Plaza, and hanging out with them and another favorite, ill-fated RCA signing, Thin Lizard Dawn, many times. Those were the days. Which reminds me of an industry joke that, while somewhat dated, still makes me chuckle:

Question: How do you stop the spread of AIDS?

Answer: Let BMG distribute it.

If you get that, great. If you don’t, doesn’t matter.

At any rate, I’ve continued to pay attention to Brian Vander Ark’s post-Verve Pipe solo career, seeing him live when he plays NYC and buying his albums, because he’s a pretty decent songwriter and his voice will always, always remind me of Genesis-era Peter Gabriel. In fact it still does, even in this newfangled version of The Verve Pipe that has very little to do with the band that recorded This Fucking Awesome Song, but got popular singing a song about a Fucked up shit that happens to you when you are in college, or whatever.

Verve Pipe Video Still

The animated video inspired by this week’s tune, “Hit and Run,” (off their latest album release, Overboard) was created by Ofir Sasson, an independent animator and illustrator from Tel-Aviv. As an inspiration for his visual style, Ofir points to early animation and film works of the 30’s through 50’s and an illustration style characterized by simple geometrical shapes and lines, together with dark and gritty themes. This explains the dark sensibility that jibes with the essence of The Verve Pipe’s best material. Because happy music is for idiots. Just kidding. Sort of. Not really.

Meanwhile, the band is undertaking an experiment that shows you just how much Vander Ark has learned over the years from having taken (and survived) a near-fatal music industry beat-down: beginning with the September 25th release of the track “If I Could Make You Feel,” the band will release a new single digitally every two weeks for download (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) or streaming (Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Pandora, etc.), That’s right, only available digitally, this new music will not be available on CD. Genius.


Christian Marclay Surround Sounds Video at Paula Cooper Gallery

Please enjoy this short clip taken from Christian Marclay’s Surround Sounds Video Installation. Surround Sounds, (2014-15) consists of animated onomatopoeias projected onto four walls of a darkened room, each running 13:40, and shown on a continuous loop.

To make the work, Marclay drew from a collection of comic books, cutting out sound effects and animating them in a choreography that suggests the acoustic properties of each word. “Whizz” and “zoom” speed across the walls; “beep” blinks persistently, while “thump” falls rhythmically onto the floor. Though silent, the work plays like a musical composition, merging the aural with the visual and providing an immersive perceptual experience.

The visuals above end at the 1:32 mark, but I kept the camera going for nearly 30 additional seconds, in case more fun stuff might come up. Sadly, we were at the end of the loop at that point, so, my bad. The video is 100% worth checking out if you happen to be in the area before the exhibit closes. Details on that are below.

Christian Marclay’s  Surround Sounds Video is On View Thr0ugh October 17th, 2015 at Paula Cooper Gallery, Located at 534 West 21s1 Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Christian Marclay Video Screen Shot