This week we break from tradition a bit by, rather than featuring a new video clip, reaching back into the archives for a clip from Christmas 2007, from the late, great UK band, Kula Shaker. We discovered the fantastic clip, “Drink Tea (For the Love of God)” while effing around with friends on You Tube at 3 O’clock in the morning a few Saturdays ago. This anthemic song brings a pro-brewed tea drinking message to Monty Python-esque animation, and Kula Shaker’s signature psychedelic rock feel. Enjoy! And have some tea!
This Week The Worley Gig is on Vacation in lovely Bermuda and doesn’t want to have to think too much. That is why we are bringing you the first-ever Video Clip of The Week encore appearance from a band Previously Featured here on the site, that band being the electronic duo Night Club. You’re welcome.
With Night Club, featuring Keyboardist Mark Brooks and gorgeous singer Emily Kavanaugh you know you are going to get a knock out performance with dynamite visuals and the duo’s spot-on cover on the INXS hit, “Need You Tonight” delivers on all levels.
Watch for more new music from Night Club coming in September! Enjoy!
As someone who goes out of her way to live in the past, I am always intrigued by bands whose members could not possibly have been alive when the groups whose songs their music reminds me of were cranking out the chart-topping hits. That means either I’m so out of touch with what’s popular that I miss all the contemporary references (likely), or the guys in Woods are raiding their (Grand)parents record collections (also possible). Either way, all that matters to me is that I can connect a song like “New Light” with The Byrds’ “My Back Pages” and any Beatles or Rolling Stones song from the mid-sixties that threw a little then-revolutionary backwards-recorded guitar into the mix. Because that is how I roll.
This fun animated clip for “New Light” seems like it would be ideal for viewing on a Sunday morning (check) when you are just waking up from an Acid Hangover. Ask me how I know. The lo-fi animation is inspired by the cover art from Woods new album, With Light And With Love (released July 8th, 2014) – clever and relevant!
Woods is on tour across the USA into late August, and then they take off for Europe through September 27th. Consult the Google to find tour dates in your area. Enjoy!
Escape Music Festival, a highly anticipated live electronic and indie rock music festival, is proud to announce its first interactive concert experience October 11 – 12, 2014 at Pier 9 in Brooklyn, NY. The festival plans to showcase 30 performances and attract a crowd of more than 16,000 people over the course of two days. Featured artists include Placebo and Yeasayer, along with Ra Ra Riot, Bakermat, ASTR, Tesla Boy, Basecamp and Follow Me, as well as DJ sets by The Crystal Method, Neon Indian and STRFKR.
The Festival will also host North America’s first El Row performances from resident DJ’s Oscar Aguilera, Marc Maya and more. Coming off its extremely successful summer residency at Space in Ibiza, Spain, the experience-based performances will combine top-notch underground talent along with interactive art, roaming theatrical performers, and a fully immersive state-of-the-art production design.
The full lineup, along with more information about the interactive elements will be released over the next few weeks leading up to Escape Music Festival. A limited amount of Early Bird 2-Day weekend passes for Escape Music Festival will be accessible to those ages 19 and up and are available now at Escape Music Fest Dot Com for $80.00 while tickets last.
Escape Music Festival will be providing ferry service from Manhattan and shuttle service from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For more general and transportation information and to purchase tickets, visit: Escape Music Fest Dot Com.
Choosing “The Flop” from Austin’s The Black Angels for today’s Video Clip of the Week was a no brainer, to say the least. The awesome clip, which meshes a live performance of the song with hypnotizing graphics, reminds me of an obscure tune from an under-loved 60s band that’s been used to great effect as the soundtrack for the drug / orgy scene from a Mario Bava film. If you know what I’m talking about, great; if not, it doesn’t matter.
“The Flop” comes from The Black Angel’s latest 7-track offering, Clear Lake Forest (on Blue Horizon) which enjoyed a limited vinyl release on Record Store Day, but is now available in a variety of formats, including 12″ clear vinyl, CD and digitally. Visit the band’s webstore at This Link. Enjoy!
I’ve got a story about the band Big Wreck – specifically involving lead vocalist/ guitarist Ian Thornley — and it goes all the way back to 1997. In those glory days, I was writing about Rock music exclusively and interviewing bands at a pretty steady clip. Big Wreck had signed to Atlantic Records and their debut, In Loving Memory Of… was creating a pretty respectable buzz (radio hits, etc), so I was assigned to Interview Ian for I don’t even remember which outlet. Since Big Wreck had a gig booked at NYC’s Irving Plaza, the interview was scheduled to take place at the venue during sound check the evening of the show. Pretty standard procedure.
Aside from the fact that Ian was a cool and candid guy who did a hilarious Eddie Vedder imitation (plus, I was a fan of the record), what makes this incident stand out in my memory from hundreds of other interviews is that it took place in the ladies restroom. This was pre-renovation Irving Plaza, so the place still had tons of character and the Ladies Room had a big, antique velvet sofa, so we had a nice, quiet and comfortable place to chat. Plus the acoustics were insane. Ah, Big Wreck. What a good Rock band.
Big Wreck has been through some changes in the 17 years since Ian and I hung out together in the bathroom. The group’s original lineup disbanded in 2002. Ian went on to have a very successful career in his native Toronto with his band Thornley, and in 2010 he and original Big Wreck guitarist Brian Doherty reformed the band, absorbing the members of Thornley into the new Big Wreck.
Big Wreck’s fourth album, Ghosts, was just released in the US on July 15th, 2024 (on Rounder Records) and the biggest compliment I can pay it is to say that Ghosts – represented here by this amazing performance of “Come What May” – proves that Big Wreck is still a force to be reckoned with, both in the studio and live. Obviously, Ian Thornley knows that he can let the music do all the talking. Enjoy!
In a word: Smooth. Bart Devenport’s “Fuck Fame” harkens back fondly to the music of The Fixx, a band that was certainly one of the classier acts of the eighties new wave scene. And doesn’t Bart even look a little bit like The Fixx’s lead crooner Cy Curnin? I think so. I hear a little Paul Weller in there also. All good.
The story of “Fuck Fame” is a ridiculously tongue in cheek ode to the power of the almighty dollar with Bart, looking dapper in his Tuxedo, taking a trip to the supermarket with his “assistant,” where he laments that he never asked for Fame, but “We can talk about money.” Because, yeah. we can all relate, Bart. Later, the video switches to Black & White for Bart’s adventure in a swanky cocktail lounge where he appears to be the only patron. And then: Surprise ending (which I won’t spoil)!
“Fuck Fame” is taken from Bart’s latest CD, Physical World, which is out now on Lovemonk / Burger Records. Like him on FaceBook at This Link. Enjoy!