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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)

Video Clip of the Week: Turbowolf, “Nine Lives”



Caution: Heavy Rock Action Ahead! While I was initially drawn in by this video’s surreal, cut out animation, which reminds me so much of the mind blowing collage art of Fred Tomaselli, it’s the song’s relentless aural ass-kicking that keeps me clicking on the repeat button. With a solid ’70s vibe that cannot be denied, “Nine Lives” from British Rock Powerhouse Turbowolf also adheres to what I’d call “Classic Contemporary” Rock influences to sound something like Monster Magnet meets the original band called Alice Cooper with a T Rex chaser. Eeeexcellent.

According to vocalist Chris Georgiadis.”‘Nine Lives’ is a song about making the most of our limited time; about living with no regrets; about changing our attitudes towards death and about life. It’s a celebration of the known, unknown and everything in between.” The band’s new album, Two Hands, is out on April 6th, 2015 on Spinefarm Records. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link. Enjoy!

Turbowolf Band
Turbowolf: The Band

Video Clip of The Week: Grounders, “Pull It Over Me”



I’m definitely not what you would call a “Cat Person,” but I sure do love watching a life-size Garfield wander the streets of an unspecified suburban landscape in this charmingly morose video for the song “Pull It Over Me” by Toronto based band, Grounders. In case the minor chord wooziness didn’t give it away, “Pull It Over Me” is a break up song, the occurrence of which puts Garfield in a deep enough funk to, it appears, spontaneously murder someone on the beach and get away with it. Hilarious!

But seriously, you can tell these guys have a deeply-rooted love of pop music that, according to their bio, ranges from “David Bowie and Devo, to The Velvet Underground, Neu! and The Zombies.” They sound like guys I would want to be friends with. Surely, there is no higher praise that can be offered than that. RIYL: The Kinks, Weezer. Grounders‘ eponymously titled debut album will be released on Nevado Records on May 12th, 2015. Enjoy!

Grounders Video Still

Video Clip of The Week: Badflower, “Soap”

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Finally, here’s an authentic, hard rock track that possesses serious balls in an otherwise nearly neutered aural wasteland. Badflower are a kick ass band from LA who seem too young to have integrated such classic, bulletproof rock influences into their high energy sound, but just listen to a few bars of “Soap” (see what I did there?) and tell me you don’t want to high-five them all around for delivering a wildly contagious burst of melodic noise that only continues to grow on you with repeated listenings.

This performance clip not only showcases drummer Anthony Sonetti’s righteous Pink Glitter Drum Shells, but demonstrates that Badflower can deliver the goods live, which is what you want. Lyrically, “Soap” has its finger on the pulse of what is going on, as singer/songwriter Josh Katz explains, “‘Soap’ is inspired by a social experiment I saw online. It followed a girl around the city and recorded multiple men cat calling her, and I thought it was interesting how something so insulting could be socially acceptable. The song is an oversimplification of the culture of male dominance and disrespectful behavior. I wrote the song from the perspective of that type of character – I enjoy writing about bizarre human tendencies, especially ones I don’t agree with or understand.”

Aurally, I love the way that “Soap” builds a slow-rolling intensity that favorably calls U2’s “Bullet The Blue Sky,” while rocking hard enough to crack a skull. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link! Enjoy!

If you’re headed to SXSW, I recommend that you check Badflower out while you’re down there:

March 17th at Austin, TX @ Bat Bar
March 2oth at Grand Prairie, TX @ South By So What
Mar 21st at Austin, TX @ Bat Bar

Badflower Band

Video Clip of The Week: Ex-Cult, “Clinical Study”



I understand that Memphis-based Ex-Cult were once called Sex Cult, but received some kind of cease and desist order from a New York label with that name, so had to change the band’s moniker to Ex-Cult. It all worked out for the best, I think. Ex-Cult is a much better name anyway, as Sex Cult just sounds like you are trying too hard. And that is never good.

Anyway “Clinical Study” is a fantastic song served perfectly by a very understated video accompaniment. No bells and whistles needed, just a super-tight delivery that is inherently menacing but still melodic — maybe a little bit like Eagulls with frenetic, Buzzocks-y guitars. Singer Chris Shaw, strikes a charismatic figure on stage and reminds me in equal parts of Ian Curtis and The Fall’s Mark E. Smith. At just 2 minutes 14 seconds, this (mostly) black and white performance video tells you all you need to know. I bet these guys are amazing live. RIYL: Black Flag, Joy Division, The Fall. Enjoy!

Ex Cult Cover Art