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Video Clip of The Week: “Highway” By Solemn Meant Walks



When I say that something reminds me of “back when I was in college,” it’s almost universally meant to be a compliment. In this case, the song “Highway” — and its accompanying video — by Solemn Meant Walks recalls fond college-era memories in two ways. First off, the creative video, based on the tale of Resurrection Mary (a well-known Chicago area ghost story) embraces the best aspects of a enthusiastically produced student film, which means it was made with sincerity and love. And when it comes to effective storytelling, you’ll “get it” right away: Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts, or something, whatever. Scary!

Secondly, as a recovering goth, I appreciate this band’s rich and evocative sound, which recalls bands like Siouxsie and The Banshees jamming with the Cocteau Twins — two seminal groups that were playlist staples during my tenure as a College Radio DJ. Ah, sweet nostalgia. The debut from this Chicago-based, mixed-gender quartet was co-produced by Ashkelon Sain of Portland’s Trance to the Sun (a legend in the American Dark Wave scene) and front-woman Ami Gloria. Gloria, who also writes the majority of the band’s music, plays keyboards and guitar and is joined by bandmates Allie Frost on bass and vocals, Doug Tompkins on guitar and Andrew Sole on drums. I bet they kick some ass live.

Find out more about Solemn Meant Walks and download their self-titled debut album — released on March 27th — for just $7 at This Link. Enjoy!

Solemn Meant Walks Band

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Video Clip of The Week: Baby Guru, “Especially When”



There is so much to love about the video for “Especially When” from retro-rock trio Baby Guru, who come to us from Athens, Greece. If you’re all about a cohesive storyline, I’m not sure what images of a fast girl driving a fast car, a wall of flame and troops in gas masks — interspersed with performance shots of individual band members filtered through 80′s-era kaleidoscope special effects — is supposed to say. But the song is a stone groove of surf rock with discernible time changes and a prog rock keyboard solo that just doesn’t quit. Win Win!

Baby Guru’s third album, Marginalia will be out on Inner Ear Records by the time you read this. Visit their website at This Link for more information on the band! Enjoy!

Baby Guru Marginalia CD Cover

Video Clip of The Week: Tweens, “Be Mean”

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!

Tweens Album Cover

Video Clip of The Week: GHXST, “Dead Town”



Hey what’s up, I think I just coined the label for a new music genre: Death Grunge. Has it been taken yet? Find out and let me know, otherwise I’m claiming ownership. NYC based rock trio, GHXST’s new clip for “Dead Town” fits right in with the vibe of Video Clip or of the Week for reasons that take too long to talk about. But what I will offer is that this song sounds just like the haunting soundtrack to 3-minute movie of the same name, and it definitely would have been ideally suited for coloring the oh-so-darkening mood of HBO’s recently completed crime drama series True Detective. “All Night Dead Town.” I love it. Visit GHXST’s FaceBook page at This Link. Enjoy!

GHXST Band

Video Clip of The Week: The Griswolds “Red Tuxedo”



This song reminds me of going to Prom if Prom had been a halfway decent memory for me. See how many pop culture icons you can spot in this lovely and whimsical video by The Griswolds for their very sweetly romantic and nostalgia inducing song, “Red Tuxedo.” Find out more about The Griswolds at their FaceBook page, found at This Link! Enjoy!

Video Clip of The Week: Painted Palms, “Forever”



This here is what you call a Guilty Pleasure, because while the song “Forever” is super groovy in an electronic-version-of-The Beatles kind of way, I also just like looking at this guy’s face. I enjoy watching him dip his arms shoulder-deep in black paint and fling it all over — sexy — and cavort with an antlered deer skull. Plus the cheesy Tron-esque video effects evoke a profoundly nostalgic feeling for that seriously underrated film. But mostly, it’s about his ridiculously kissable mouth. Painted Palms are the duo of cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme (hot singer seen in above video), who collaborate across long distances and expand to a five-piece band for live shows. Worleygig.com votes them Band of The Year for 2014. No further applications for this title will be accepted.

“Forever” is taken from Painted Palms’ LP of the same name, which is out now and can be purchased at This Link. Enjoy!

Painted Palms Band

Video Clip of The Week: Tough Age, “I Waste Too Much Time on Myself”



Wake Up! Who says that instrumental tracks have to be mellow?  Bah! Canadian garage rockers Tough Age know how to bring in a classic Psychobilly edge to propel the sonic locomotive that is “I Waste Too Much Time on Myself” — a song with no discernible vocals that manages to rock like a bastard while entertaining visually with ghostly images of figures performing martial arts moves, accompanied by instructional messages written in Japanese Kanji. Somehow, it all works!

Tough Age’s debut, self-titled LP is out now on Mint Records. Enjoy!

Tough Age Cover Art

Video Clip of The Week: Howler, “Don’t Wanna”



Minneapolis-based rock quartet Howler is the kind of band that gives me hope for the future of music, and that is just too rare these days. Melodic garage punk with a solid “Just Be Yourself” message is how I’d describe this outstanding track, “Don’t Wanna” from the band’s second album, World Of Joy (due for release on March 25, 2014). And while I’m sure this was entirely unintentional, this tune calls to mind a wildly nostalgic amalgam of The Las “There She Goes” and Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction” that works aurally on every level.

World Of Joy is available for pre-order through Rough Trade at This Link and iTunes at This Link. Enjoy!

Howler Band
Howler

Fun Video: Ithaca Ice Wars Competiton!


Every winter, world class carvers travel to Ithaca, NY to show off their sculpting skills in a national ice carving event known as Ithaca Ice Wars. Sculptors spend an entire day transforming giant blocks of ice into breathtaking pieces of frozen artwork. You can see how the entire town gets involved in the spirit of finding a way to have a good time while freezing your butt off.

The event at which the above video was filmed took place in late December of 2013. So, while it doesn’t get really freezing in Manhattan until at least January, you can see that folks upstate are already finding ways to turn their suffering into wild adventure at least a month ahead of us.

This looks like an amazing event.

Ithaca Ice Wars 2013

Video Clip of The Week: David Poe, “When I Fly”

David Poe – When I Fly from David Poe on Vimeo.

I’m really excited about this week’s clip, “When I Fly” by singer/songwriter David Poe, an artist I first wrote about way back in 1996. Poe’s music reminded me then of serious 1970s-era performers like James Taylor but also Art Garfunkel and the great Tim Moore (who, as far as I know is still alive, but hasn’t recorded an album in almost 30 years, WTF?). Anyway, “When I Fly” reveals evidence of those same types of seventies-ish influences. This says two things to me: 1. That, musically, David Poe knows his shit, and 2. Poe understands that if it works, don’t fix it.

Thematically, “When I Fly” is a 2014 version of Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky.” If you know what that means, great. If not, it doesn’t matter. Aurally, the song is an acoustic guitar accompanying pristine word economy in a song that anyone who has lived a life will be able to relate to. Visually, this clip looks like the home movies of someone who has had an awesome life. I know that “Lyric Videos” are all the rage these day and usually they put me off, but I like this one. Pay special attention towards the end for a montage of subliminal images that includes Ronnie James Dio. Excellent

“When I Fly”
is from the not yet released album God & The Girl, which David calls “a quiet record of new songs I recorded last year in Los Angeles.” The full album will not be generally available online or in stores until much later this year, but for now, it’s available exclusively through his website, accessible by clicking This Link. Purchase, Download, Listen and Enjoy!

David Poe CD Cover