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Video Clip of The Week: Holiday Mountain, “Motion Sickness”



Heading up to the fabulousness that is Christmas, we are continuing in a Holiday celebratory mood here at The Gig, and thus feel it appropriate to introduce Holiday Mountain, a dance-pop trio from Austin, Texas, who bring on the drug-free hallucinogenic effects with their new video for “Motion Sickness.” Let the Acid Flashbacks begin!

“Motion Sickness” propels itself along aurally on a throbbing, undeniably funky beat that recalls George Clinton’s truly seminal “Automic Dog” – and you can’t lay claim to a much more authentic pedigree than that! I also noticed that, starting at around the 2 minute mark, a bit of what sounds like the theme from the “Inspector Gadget” cartoon works its way into the mix. That may be unintentional, but it totally works.

Holiday Mountain Tree

This clip features the band performing the song inside shifting triangles of light as the camera shifts from zooming close-ups to distant shots, while vocalist Laura Patino cuts a striking figure with her sassy pink tresses and vibrant, original since of festive fashion. For best results, Youtube recommends that you watch the video in full-screen. Be sure to focus your eyes on the center of the screen starting at about 2:40, and the swirling shapes and colors will have an effect on your eyes that lingers for several seconds after the video ends.

Patino offers that “The concept [for the video] was that this would be the first video that makes you trip for free.” She credits the idea to one of the band’s managers, whose film and TV production company, Onion Creek made the clip. Patino’s bandmates are Zander Kagle (Drums/Electric Percussion) and Bradley Will (Electric Bass/Synths).

“Motion Sickness”comes from the band’s upcoming album You Be You, which is due out early in 2015. Enjoy!

Holiday Mountain Band

Video Clip of The Week: Straight No Chaser, “Text Me Merry Christmas” Featuring Kristen Bell

I figured it was about time I posted an “official” Christmas-Themed Video Clip of the Week, so that we all have time to enjoy it before Christmas has already come and gone — because, I swear, it gets here faster every year! This week’s clip is “Text Me Merry Christmas” by the a capella group Straight No Chaser, featuring the guest vocals of actress Kristen Bell. I loved her so much in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but she certainly has shown her range with her turn as Jeannie in Showtime’s House of Lies, and now I find out she can sing! I guess it was not really a secret, but I had no idea!

Anyway, not only is this animated video for “Text Me Merry Christmas” adorable as heck, but the song, with its super clever lyrics, is just fantastic and will stick in your head like a holiday ear worm! To create this fun music video that’s sure to become a modern Christmas classic, Straight No Chaser partnered with YouTube comedy-collective and branded content company JASH, and award-winning songwriters Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) and David Javerbaum. Visually inspired by beloved Rankin-Bass Holiday specials like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, JASH collaborated with their animation partner, Toronto based Cuppa Coffee Studios to help create a music video in a similar style. High Fives All Around on this one! Enjoy!

Text Me Merry Christmas
Here is Kristen taking a Selfie with Santa!

Video Clip of The Week: Sonny & The Sunsets, “Cheap Extensions”



Sonny & The Sunsets’ Talent Night at the Ashram, the album from which the above clip, the mesmerizing, “Cheap Extensions” was culled, has a fascinating back story. To give you the Reader’s Digest Condensed version of that story, the record began as a film project in which each song was originally a short film that, when strung together, formed a feature-length movie. I enjoy the late night, Adult Swim vibe of the rough animation and also got hooked pretty quickly on this very fun tune that sounds like Tame Impala, only on slightly more effective drugs. The band’s press release claims that, “Talent Night at the Ashram is cinematic in its storytelling and kaleidoscopic in its mixing and merging of musical genres.” Sounds good to me.

Talent Night at the Ashram will be released on Polyvinyl Records on February 17th, 2015 on CD/LP/Cassette/ Digital. Vinyl will be 180 gram limited edition of 500 exclusive to the Polyvinyl webstore on light blue. There will also be an unlimited version on red vinyl. Preorder the format of your choice at This Link. Enjoy!

Sonny and the Sunsets

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!

Video Clip of The Week: The One and Only PPL MVR, “People Mover”


If there is one thing I really love, it’s a song that reminds me of Tim Curry’s cover of “Brontosaurus”, originally by The Move. Therefore, it is impossible for me to not to dig this crazy clip, “People Mover” by a trio of rock dudes dressed like Big Foot, or something, whatever. And there is no denying that The People Mover, an awesome ride at Disneyland, figures heavily into the song’s lyrics: “Stand to the right / walk to the left / when you get off / better watch your step.” So, win-win!

“People Mover” delivers four-on-the-floor kick-assedness that rocks hard enough to crack a skull, and it holds up well even without the trippy video. I could live without the auto-tuned vocals, but I accept that use of this horrorshow of modern recording techniques is what attracts the youngsters. So, maybe it was a major label compromise, you know: “If you must dress like the Yeti, we insist you auto-tune your vocals, for the Kids.” (Me: Fuck the Kids.)

Sign up for PPL MVR‘s mailing list (painless) at This Link and get a free download of the song! See them live at the Echoplex in Los Angeles tomorrow — November 10th, 2104! Enjoy!

PPL MVR

Video Clip of The Week: Tijuana Panthers, “Torpedo”


This week, The Worley Gig is happy to present our second-only-ever encore appearance by a band in the Video Clip of The Week spot as Tijuana Panthers once again grace us with their most rocking performance for “Torpedo.”

One thing is certain, Tijuana Panthers not only know how to bring the rock, but this LA-based trio also know it’s important to keep things simple and focused without a lot of bells and whistles. The big drums sound of “Torpedo” is going to incite a hip shake while the frantic, Black and White visuals of Vintage Race Cars, Destructive Flooding, Submarines, Plies of Alligators, and the Great White North will make you wax nostalgic for whatever it is you get nostalgic for. Highly entertaining! As an aside, we hope you remembered to set you clocks a back one hour!

“Torpedo” hails from the band’s recent release, Wayne Interest, available now via Innovative Leisure records. Check out Tijuana Panthers west coast tour dates below. Enjoy!

Tijuana Panthers Tour Dates

Video Clip of The Week: Black Belt Karate, “Transformer”


At a time when I can’t even bear to turn on the radio for fear of being exposed to whatever mortifying horrorshow that’s passing for popular music, LA-based rock quartet Black Belt Karate are like oxygen in a vacuum. Being schooled veterans of many and varied rock projects (guitarist Jason Mezilis also plays in Owl with Cult bassist Chris Wyse) BBK deftly blend power pop hooks with a classic rock edge to deliver addictive tunes that will appeal to fans of Sloan, Green Day, Foo Fighters and Cheap Trick.

The very fun clip for “Transformer” — a buoyant anthem with a positive message of self-realization — sees the band auditioning for a casting director in front of a backdrop that makes it look like they’re part of a police line up. Interesting! The video takes on a bit of a “Sharp Dressed Man” feel with its interspersing of sassy video babes and clips of the band rocking out. You can see that lead vocalist Ryan Hanifil is just dripping with Rock Star charisma. Rumor has it that they also occasionally perform as a Doors Tribute band. Excellent.

Keep up with Black Belt Karate’s music, news and live performances by following them on the FaceBook at This Link. Enjoy!

Black Belt Karate Band

Black Belt Karate Are: Ryan Brown (Drums), Harry Ostrem (Bass),  Jason Mezilis (Guitar) and Ryan Hanifil (Vocals).