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Video Clip of The Week: Tame Impala, “‘Cause I’m A Man”



Confession: While I’m not immediately crazy about the fact that Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker has been made to sound like Michael Jackson on this ridiculously amazing tune, the fact that “‘Cause I’m A Man” aurally draws on the dizzily addictive vocal hooks from ’70s soul classics like The Delfonics’ “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time” and The Stylistics’ “Betcha By Golly Wow, more than makes up for any perceived slight. Because, Michael Jackson. Geez.

On Tame Impala’s third album, Currents, Parker’s approach to making his version of modern psychedelia boosts the recording quality and accessibility of these tunes while preserving its intelligence and amazing melodic richness, which makes for a sonic transition as profound as when Guided By Voices let Rick Ocasek produce Isolation Drills. If you know what that means, great. If not, it doesn’t matter.

Visually, this highly abstract computer animated  video is simply mind blowing and makes me want to eat handfuls of acid, while also allowing a feeling of vulnerability that something resembling “Romantic Love” is perhaps truly possible. It’s a heavy turn on when men sing about how manly they are, but here Parker puts his heart on the line by confessing his shortcomings as being owed to the fact that he’s, well, just a man. Also, why has no one up to now thought of making an animated video where a Plasma Ball Sphere substitutes for man’s head? I ask yez…

On Currents (says the album’s press release), Kevin Parker “addresses a blindingly colorful panorama of transition in the most audacious, adventurous fashion he’s yet to capture on record. Dense with heady lyrical introspection, musically the most playful, bold and varied Tame Impala record to date, Currents is Parker putting down his weapons and embracing change as the only constant – sonically, thematically, and personally.” Currents is released on July 17th, 2015. Turn on, tune in, trip out. Enjoy!

TAME IMPALA CURRENTS Artwork

Video Clip of The Week: DTCV, “Radio Drive”



French American Power Duo DTCV sound like Debbie Harry fronting Wire. If that sentence doesn’t give you a stiffy, then you are dead inside and cannot be helped. Comprised of Guylaine Vivarat (AKA Vivarock, a native of a small village in the French alps), who writes, sings and plays guitar/ bass and keyboards on the majority of the band’s songs, and Guitarist James Greer (AKA Fiat Lux) who (according to their intriguing Bio) “adds his own mostly lit-and-cinema inspired influences,” DTCV makes a significant aural impression with a deep cache of well-integrated influences that just take to long to talk about. For the single, “Radio Drive,” visual effects-drenched clips that switch between live performance shots, driving at high speed through a tunnel, and hanging out in a fancy hotel bathroom tell you all you need to know about a band that apparently has their shit together on every level.

The band’s latest offering, Uptime! (Unsatisfied Records) was released on April 7th, 2015, so you can own it right now via all of the usual channels. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link. Enjoy!

DTCV Album Cover

Video Clip of the Week: Talk in Tongues, “Still Don’t Seem To Care”



What I love about this first-ever music video clip by LA-based, psychedelic pop band Talk in Tongues is that “Still Don’t Seem To Care” sounds to me very much (i.e. exactly) like a Tame Impala tune. And you know how I feel about Tame Impala.  In this clip, we see a nuclear family experience a paranormal phenomenon as they are frozen and scanned by what we can only assume is our soon-to-be alien overlords, or possibly amplified sun rays. And then every thing catches fire. FIRE!

Talk In Tongues will release their debut LP, Alone With a Friend, on May 19th, and if you Pre-order it digitally now, you’ll get “Still Don’t Seem To Care” and another single release, “While Everyone Was Waiting” instantly! Like them on the Facebook at This Link. Enjoy!

Talk in Tongues Video Still

Video Clip of the Week: Erik Hassle, “No Words”



My friend Geoffrey turned me on to Swedish Soul Sensation Erik Hassle, whose fun and (appropriately) soulful dance song, “No Words” is this week’s featured Video Clip! “No Words” is maybe the only upbeat pop song I’ve heard where the singer starts out talking about a bummer subject like a funeral, but it turns out he’s going somewhere with it, so pay attention.

As a pair of sassy young ladies jam out in their jammies while making what appears to be an ambitious breakfast in their tiny kitchen (are they roommates or a couple? Either works for me) Erik appears at their dining table, and the ladies aren’t quite sure if they should, you know, stab him with a large kitchen knife, or just ignore an apparent home invasion and continue to groove. Clearly it is bit of a conundrum.

It isn’t long before they are charmed and seduced by Erik’s sweet dance moves, as he boogies into their kitchen and not only destroys their breakfast in-the-making, but also makes quite a mess of the place. Will they be left to clean up the considerable detritus? No doubt.

But they are likely OK with that, because “No Words” is just that kind of compelling and contagious tune about loving who you want while you can. When Erik sings the lyrical hook, “No one knows what tomorrow holds / All we’ve got is here and now,” he makes this relationship song the flip-side of “The Living Years,” and turns deep regret into a celebration of possibility. Because the only thing that matters is what we do with the “Here and Now.” Heavy.

See Erik Hassle on Tour through the end of April if you can (dates below). Enjoy!

04/19 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO
04/21 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake, UT
04/23 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
04/24 – Imperial – Vancouver, BC
04/25 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
04/27 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
04/29 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
04/30 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

Erik Hassle No Words

Video Clip of The Week: Blur, “Lonesome Street”



There were a number of years in the early to mid-nineties when British Pop band Blur were my very favorite band in the Universe and, in fact, I got quite obsessed and silly over them. But I don’t regret any of that, because back when Blur and their perceived musical nemesis, Oasis, were duking it out in the British press for Band of the Century or whatever, Blur were undeniably the shit. There are tracks off of Park Life that I’d put up against anything in The Beatles‘ catalog any day of the week. Just being serious.

Well, the big news is that, after years and years of being broken up, Blur have recorded a new album together, which is called The Magic Whip, and it is quite good. A few videos for various songs are already on the YouTube, but I like this one for the song “Lonesome Street” which features what could become a viral dance craze as far-reaching as that pony dance they do in the video for the mystifyingly popular “Gangnam Style,” but that is just my opinion. The Magic Whip is released April 27th, 2015. Enjoy!

Blur Lonesome Street Still

Video Clip of The Week: They Might Be Giants, “Underwater Woman”



Hey, Happy Easter! Since I didn’t have an appropriate Easter-themed music video to post for today, instead I offer up this fantastic clip from one of our very favorite bands to see live, They Might Be Giants! “Underwater Woman” uses incredible word-economy with Leonard Cohen-quality lyrics (“Brushing her hair/Eating a pear/No one can tell when she cries”) to relate the melancholy-yet-captivating tale of a solitary, seemingly human woman who is somehow able to survive living at the bottom of the ocean. Gradually, she completes a psychical metamorphosis to better acclimate to her surroundings. So Sad! So Fascinating!

Animation for “Underwater Woman” is by Mark Marek, whose credits include album covers for Cyndi Lauper and the Rolling Stones as well as Lauper’s “She Bop” video.

TMBG Underwater Woman Still

TMBG are also celebrating the return of their wildly popular Dial-a-Song service with a new song every week by dialing the toll-free number of 844-387-6962 as well as via the web at Dial a Song Dot Com. A new album, Glean, will be released on April 21st with two additional new albums to follow this year! Yay!

TMBG National Tour Dates Through May 31st, 2015 are below. Enjoy!

4/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
4/17 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
4/18 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
4/19 Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
4/21 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
4/22 Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
4/23 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
4/24 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
4/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
4/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Dial-A-Song Show)
5/1 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
5/2 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
5/3 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
5/5 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
5/6 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
5/7 Seattle, WA @ Neptune
5/8 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
5/9 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
5/10 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
5/13 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
5/14 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
5/15 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
5/16 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
5/17 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
5/31 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (The Else Show)