Yeah I know, I haven’t posted a Video Clip of The Week since before the start of Covid, and that was another lifetime ago. I admit I have not been listening to any new music, because I’m just not feeling it. But with the election coming up, and the stakes being as high as they are, I have started to revisit music that has influenced me deeply; particularly where the lyrics resonate with the current state of our society and our world. One of the classic songs that I just can’t shake free from my brain is “For What It’s Worth” written by Stephen Stills in 1966, and recorded by his band at the time, Buffalo Springfield. If you aren’t familiar with the song, take a look at the lyrics:
There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
A-telling me, I got to beware
I think it’s time we stop
Children, what’s that sound?
Everybody look what’s going down . . .
Yeah, heavy. It’s probably no coincidence then that musicians of a certain age are also feeling this song, and why The Wyld Olde Souls are back after a long hiatus with a faithful cover of “For What It’s Worth” that’s as relevant as ever in tumultuous 2020.
Please enjoy their modern take and vote in November as if your life depends upon it. Our future and core beliefs of who we are as Americans and citizens of the Universe are at stake.
Get more information on how to Register to Vote in Your State at This Link!
Adam Schlesinger, best known to most music fans as a member of the power pop band, Fountains of Wayne lost his life on April 1st of this year at the age of 52. One of the first musicians taken from us by the Corona Virus pandemic, Adam’s death is an immeasurable loss. In addition to founding Fountains of Wayne with Chris Collingwood, Schlesinger was a gifted and prolific songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who also recorded with electro-pop trio Ivy and ‘supergroup’ Tinted Windows (with Bun E. Carlos, James Iha and Taylor Hanson). Offstage, he had an impressive career writing music for film and television. I first met Adam in 1995, when I interviewed Fountains of Wayne during the press cycle for its debut album, and over the years I would see him occasionally at parties and industry events. He was a nice guy and an unbelievable talent. Everybody loved Adam.
It is in Adam Schlesinger’s memory that wide array of artists touched by his life pay tribute to the many musical projects of which he was a part via a Bandcamp-exclusive benefit compilation, Saving for a Custom Van. The 31-song collection features collaborators, tourmates, friends, and fans putting their own spin on songs spanning his entire career. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator, executive producer and star Rachel Bloom turns Fountains of Wayne’s “Stacy’s Mom” into a jazzy cabaret moodpiece, while Schlesinger’s Fountains of Wayne bandmate Jody Porter contributes a melancholy, shimmering take on Ivy’s “Four in the Morning.” Sarah Silverman — who teamed up with Schlesinger on the upcoming musical The Bedwetter — joins with songwriter Ben Lee for a gorgeous, folk-leaning take on “Way Back Into Love,” a Schlesinger song central to the 2007 film Music and Lyrics.
Other musicians on the compilation tackle Fountains of Wayne songs (Letters to Cleo’s Kay Hanley, “Radiation Vibe” — listen at This Link.; Motion City Soundtrack, “Dip in the Ocean”; Nada Surf, “Sick Day”; Vivian Girls/Upset member Ali Koehler, “Hackensack”), while Ivy songs are also well-represented (Belly members Tanya Donelly and Gail Greenwood, “Undertow”; Ted Leo, “Everyday”; HUNNY, “Tess Don’t Tell”).
Saving for a Custom Van, which takes its title from a lyric in Fountains of Wayne’s “Utopia Parkway,” is co-curated and co-released by Father/Daughter Records and Wax Nine, the label/journal run by Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis (who also contributes a FoW cover under her Sad13 moniker). One-hundred percent of proceeds will be donated to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, which is dedicated to helping music industry and community members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Download the full album for just $10 at Bandcamp via This Link!
Read The Full Track Listing After The Jump!
The illustrious legacy of country music’s leading lady, Lynn Anderson sparks an impression on a new generation while captivating long-time, dedicated fans as the Rose Garden Deluxe Collector’s Edition is made available on Pink Vinyl. This exclusive anniversary release contains never-before-seen notes written to Anderson from country music star Reba McEntire and legendary producer Clive Davis, while sporting a unique translucent pink color. The Lynn Anderson Rose Garden Deluxe Collectors Edition Vinyl will be released on June 13th, 2020, in coordination with Lynn Anderson Day on June 15th, when a few other surprises will also be revealed. There are only 1,000 vinyl records available, so be sure to get yours and join the celebration. Information on how to order your copy can be found at This Link!
“This has been such an exciting year for all things Lynn Anderson,” says daughter Lisa Sutton. “Mom’s career left a lasting mark on country music and this has truly been the year for her to shine. With the re-release of four albums, the 2020 Lynn Anderson Rose, the ‘Iconic Women of Country’ PBS special and the 50th Anniversary release of ‘Rose Garden’.”
Lynn Anderson is featured in a special program on PBS, ‘Iconic Women of Country,’ which premiered May 31st. The program is co-produced by Transform Films and TH Entertainment, LLC and depicts a detailed look at the legendary female artists that shaped an era of country music and their stories and songs that have weathered decades of storms. Original interviews and classic recordings dive into the sweet southern sense of Lynn Anderson and pay tribute to other icons of country music including Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee and more. ‘Iconic Women of Country’ features live footage of Anderson’s hit single, “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden,” and testimonies from modern female country stars who speak of these legendary women as a great source of inspiration. Check local PBS listings for details.
Sony Legacy Recordings recently re-released four digitally remastered albums of Lynn Anderson’s: ‘Cry,’ ‘Listen To A Country Song,’ ‘Singing My Song’ and ‘Stay There ‘Til I Get There.’
To keep up with all other events and announcements visit LynnAndersonRoseGarden.com!
About Lynn Anderson:
Lynn Anderson’s six-decade career charted 12 #1 singles and a total of 18 Top 10 hits, with more than 50 Top 40 hit singles total. Aside from being named “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music twice and “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Country Music Association, she also won a Grammy Award for her signature song “Rose Garden.” Anderson later won a People’s Choice Award, and was the very first female artist to win an American Music Award. In 1974, she became the first female country act to sell out Madison Square Garden. Record World, a major music trade magazine of the 1950s to the 1980s, honored Anderson as ‘Artist of the Decade’ for 1970-1980. Anderson’s memory continues to live on through her legions of fans from around the world.
In this age of downloading all music purchases from the Internet, it’s easy to forget how much fun it can be to browse the weird, music-related shit that can be found in a good, old fashioned record store. I was wandering aimlessly in Rough Trade Records of Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn when I spotted this neato- thing that exists: a Residents Classic Eyeball Limited Edition Bobblehead! Yes, I just typed that.
The backstory, for those not in-the-know, is condensed as follows: The Residents are an American art collective best known for their avant-garde music and multimedia works. Since their first official release, Meet the Residents (1974), the group has released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs. Throughout its existence, the individual members have ostensibly attempted to operate under anonymity, preferring instead to have attention focused on their art output. In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tails — a long-lasting costume now recognized as its signature iconography. This figure, fabricated of high quality polyresin, and standing 7.5-inches tall, is available in an edition of just 1,000 hand-numbered units. You can get yours for just $26.99.
Nothing says ‘Have a Glam Holiday” like a couple of David Bowie ornaments on the tree. I spotted these beauties last summer at the NY Now gift show and have been holding onto them since then, just waiting for the seasonally appropriate time to share! The ornament above depicts Bowie in his “Life On Mars” Suit. Designed by Freddie Burretti, Bowie’s go-to fashion designer (as well as lover and protege) between 1970 and 1974, this turquoise “ice-blue” suit was featured in the music video for “Life On Mars” from the album Heroes in May, 1973. You can watch the video here. It’s a bit lame that the ornament’s designer has added the facial lightning bolt from Aladdin Sane to this piece, but I guess they were going for maximum icon appeal.
On the far left in the photo above, you’ll see another ornament that’s a bust-only attempt at a likeness of Bowie where he’s probably meant to be wearing the “Space Oddity” space suit, with its flared shoulder pads. Bowie wore that suit in the early days of the 1972–73 Ziggy Stardust tour. Once again, they added the lightning bolt adornment to Bowie’s face, which is historically inaccurate, but kind of necessary for identification purposes, since the face looks nothing like Bowie at all. These ornaments are available from Cody Foster & Co on Amazon Dot Com for $24.99 each.
Do you like to Rock? I sure do, and you know who else likes to Rock? Joe Elliott of Def Leppard. I love that band, but did you know that Joe brings The Rock with another band as well? That group is called Down ‘n’ Outz, and they are responsible for this week’s anthemic Video Clip, “This Is How We Roll. A little background: Elliott formed Down ‘n’ Outz in 2009 as a Mott the Hoople cover band of sorts, and he is joined by members of The Quireboys — including Paul Guerin, Guy Griffin, Keith Weir and Phil Martini. If you suspect that these guys rock hard enough to a crack skull, your suspicions would be correct
“This Is How We Roll” is an animated lyric video that follows the band’s tour bus down the highway enroute to a gig. Lyric videos are not generally my thing, but when you’re feelin’ it, who gives a shit? This song is like oxygen in a vacuum, and will remind you of the days when you used to stay home on Saturday nights to watch the original Headbangers Ball on MTV. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. Watch out for the David Bowie Bobblehead on the bus’ dashboard, plus a couple additional nods to the Thin White Duke, because Joe is a fan! “This Is How We Roll” is from the title track from the band’s third studio album, which is out now on UMe. Enjoy!
Do you like The Cramps? I sure do. While I don’t want to go so far as to claim that there is an heir apparent to that legendary band’s considerable Psychobilly throne, LA trio Tiger Army is certainly a contender. Flawlessly fusing the classic sounds of surf, punk and rockabilly, Tiger Army own this week’s clip with a Kenneth Anger-influenced visual scorcher, “The Devil That You Don’t Know.” Clocking in at just under two minutes, “The Devil That You Don’t Know” is the complete package, featuring go-go dancers and psychedelic, 60s-era lighting effects that enhance the take-no-prisoners fuzz guitar and air-tight rhythm section of a band that has honed its craft over a two-decade career. Lead singer / guitarist Nick 13 comes off like the Frank Sinatra of rock as he encourages you to harness your inner bad ass, along with bandmates Djordje Stijepovic — unequaled on the upright bass — and four-on-the-floor drummer Mike Fasano keeping it in the pocket at all times. Tiger Army are a force to be reckoned with that are just insane live. Tiger Army’s sixth album, Retrofuture, is out now on Rise Records, and the band is on tour everywhere through 2019 (Tour Dates Here), so check them out if they are coming to your town. Enjoy!
If you can make it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art before the October 1st, 2019 closing date of its attendance record-setting exhibit, Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll you will find that it is so much more than just a collection of famous guitars. For me, the Oh, Wow factor is summed up in the true work of art that is Keith Moon’s Pictures of Lily Drumkit circa 1967. Jesus god, look at this beautiful thing. Just look at it.
Inspired by the song of the same title, Pictures of Lily is nine-piece Premier kit — comprised of a snare, two bass (or kick) drums (which are reproductions of the originals), three floor toms and two mounted (rack) toms, with two Paiste cymbals, which appear to be one ride and one crash — with custom artwork.
Keith Moon received this drum set at the beginning of The Who’s 1967 U.S. Tour and used it extensively for the performances that followed. The artwork features nude photos of Lily Langtry, the subject of the single “Pictures of Lily.” The psychedelic design incorporates a Union Jack and the text “Keith Moon Patent British Exploding Drummer,” a reference to Moon’s tendency to pack his drums with shells and flash powder in order to detonate them onstage.
The two original bass drums are lost, possibly destroyed by Moon’s pyrotechnics.
Photographed as Part of Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll, on Exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum Art in NYC Through October 1st, 2019.
Whether he is making his own original music, collaborating with a fellow respected musician, or creating his unique visual artwork, Joseph Arthur brings a spark of understated genius to everything he touches. It just so happens that Joe is gearing up to release his first solo album in three years (wow!) entitled Come Back World, and that means it is my pleasure this week to give you a little taste, with the single and video for the sublime “Streetcar,” which features guest vocals by Ben Harper.
Remaining very much in Arthur’s wheelhouse while also showing a creative stretch, “Streetcar” is an upbeat, Dylanesque love song that speaks to the joy, emotional intimacy and promise of a new romance. Shot in various locations in NYC, the clip starts out with an interior scene, with Arthur and his lady love playfully boxing with each other as they hang a floor-to-ceiling wallpaper imprinted with the famous image of Led Zeppelin standing in front of the Rock Star Party Plane known as The Starship. The couple then proceed to embellish the wall with paint, effectively transforming it into one of Joe’s instantly recognizable paintings. The two then carry the fun out into a nearly-deserted subway car, which sits-in perfectly for the Streetcar of the song’s title. I’m sure that this video was as much fun to make as it is to watch!
Recently, Joseph Arthur also launched a new Podcast called Come To Where I’m From (after his sophomore album released in 2000), which to-date has featured celebrities, comedians and musician from across the board. All episodes can be viewed on his Youtube Channel. Come Back World drops October 11th, 2019, and fall Tour Dates are below. Enjoy!
Joseph Arthur Fall Tour Dates
Oct 7 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 8 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 10 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
Oct 12 Portland, OR Bunk Bar (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 15 San Francisco, CA The Chapel (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 16 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 17 San Diego, CA Soda Bar (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 19 Tucson, AZ 191 Toole (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 21 Austin, TX Stubbs Jr (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 22 Houston, TX Continental Club (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 23 Dallas, TX Three Links (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 26 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
Oct 29 Boston, MA City Winery
Oct 30 Pawling, NY Daryl’s House
Nov 1 Philadelphia, PA The Locks at Sona
Nov 2 Vienna, VA Jammin Java
Nov 3 Baltimore, MD Rams Head (Matinee)
Nov 5 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
Nov 7 Detroit, MI Magic Bag
Nov 9 Evanston, IL SPACE (Late Show) (w/ Jesse Malin)
Nov 10 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry (w/ Jesse Malin)