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Video Clip of The Week: Andrew Bird, “Manifest”


Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird has been doing his own thing under-the-radar in various bands, collaborations, and solo efforts — across multiple genres — for two decades. He may not be a household name — unless you know him from his tenure with Squirrel Nut Zippers — but those who seek true ‘artistry’ in a music artist continue to pay attention to his prolific body of work. Today it is my pleasure to give Bird his inaugural exposure on The ‘Gig with the song “Manifest,” from his latest recording.

With playfully colorful animation by Andrea Nakhla, the video for “Manifest” is an ideal accompaniment  to this somewhat wistful song that delivers an urgent call to action regarding not just defending, but actively saving our environment, wildlife and natural resources. There’s never been a better time than now to wake up and own your destiny, even if it means acknowledging that we’ve  got our work cut out for us. “I’m interested in the idea that our enemies are what makes us whole,” Bird explains. The song’s lyrics are direct and risk-taking, cutting to the quick of what’s happening in our world. The message is that it’s not too late to turn things around.

With all of his many talents, at his core, Andrew Bird is a gifted storyteller whose turn of phrase and instrumental arrangements remind me of greats like Leonard Cohen and James Taylor. He is certainly a unique and welcome voice in today’s cultural climate. “Manifest” can be found on Andrew’s brand new album, My Finest Work Yet, out now on Loma Vista Recordings. Enjoy!

Andrew Bird CD Cover

Video Clip of The Week: Neko Case, “Last Lion of Albion”


At a time when the reigning administration has zero regard for the environment: dismantling the EPA, selling off our public lands, aggressively polluting the water and air through the abolishing of regulations meant to protect the health of all citizens, and expediting the extinction of endangered species, this week’s anthemic Video Clip, “Last Lion of Albion” from Neko Case, is a call to action, in case you aren’t paying attention.

Brough to life visually in an animated clip by artist Laura Plansker, “Last Lion of Albion” is a requiem for the magnificent landscapes and creatures that have been erased from our planet by the effects of humans. Case explains, “I’m very honored and excited to debut this video by one of my very favorite artists. I’ve loved her work forever; she‘s so skilled at using handmade figures and props to create surreal worlds. Her work perfectly balances humor and darkness in a way that breaks my heart. Laura has a way of making something so artificial [feel] so very alive. The turning of the lion’s head to look at the sky, or its own reflection, makes me cry my eyes out. There is so much straight ahead compassion in Laura’s work, there’s no need to manipulate emotion of the viewer, it is the perfect balance. I’m so happy to share it here with you!“

“Last Lion of Albion” can be found on Case’s recently released album, Hell-On, which includes contributions from some three dozen guest performers, including k.d. Lang, Laura Veirs, Beth Ditto, and Robert Forster on backing vocals, Joey Burns of Calexico and Doug Gillard of Guided by Voices on guitars, and Barbara Gruska and Matt Chamberlain on drums. Enjoy!

Neko Case Hell On Cover

Video Clip of The Week: Gorillaz, “Tranz”


Hello and welcome to the rockin’ start of a brand new week! You know, I usually like to use this space for showcasing an indie or lesser-known band that doesn’t have major label backing behind it; but in the sprit of the weekend-morning cartoons of my long lost youth, an animated clip always gets preferential treatment. This week let’s all turn on to “Tranz” from Gorillaz, who are also making their debut on The’Gig. Marking the band’s first ever live performance video — and only live performance since 2010’s highly memorable MTV EMA performance — this visually eye-popping clip sees Gorillaz’ charismatic front man2D command the stage against a backdrop of mind-altering visuals. Joining him are bandmates Noodle and Russel Hobbs, with Gangreen Gang’s Ace on bass standing in for the temporarily incarcerated Murdoc Niccals. “Tranz” can be found on the band’s latest album, The Now Now, which is out. . . now. Tour dates starting in October are below. Enjoy!

Gorillaz Tour Dates

Video Clip of The Week: Super Whatevr, “Telelelevision”


Top Ten Things I Like About This Weeks’ Video Clip, “Telelelevision” By Super Whatevr

1. Superwhatevr are a band from Orange County, California, which is where I am also from. Represent.

2. This song is called “Telelelevision,” and watching Television is in my top three favorite things that I like to do! Yay!

3. On weekend mornings, we should get to watch cartoons, right? This clip is animated, so that’s like a cartoon. Win Close enough!

4. Musically, “Telelelevision” sounds like it could be a lost Pixies‘ song. I like The Pixies.

5. Also, back in the ’90s there was a one-hit wonder, post-Grunge band from California called The Flys, formed by a couple of brothers who were most famous for making sunglasses and surfing. I am pretty sure I interviewed them at one point. Anyway, their hit was called “Got You Where I want You,” and “Telelelevision” sort of reminds me of that song.

6. Pink is my favorite color, and this video features lots of pink, and various shades of pink, so I enjoy watching it, as it pleases my eyeballs.

7. The video was animated by Eat The Danger, who has done the videos for “Lisbon” by Wolf Alice and Courtney Barnett’s “Dead Fox.”

8. The fluid nature of the animation makes the video especially optimal for watching while you are high on any kind of even mildly psychedelic drug.

9. I like the part where the protagonist rides a big Rubber Duck.

10. “Telelelevision” can be found on Superwhatevr’s debut full-length, Never Nothing, out now via Hopeless Records. Enjoy!

Super Whatevr.

Video Clip of The Week: Perfect Beings, “Mysteries, Not Answers”

Happy New Year and welcome to the first Video Clip of The Week for 2018, which we are getting back to with great enthusiasm after taking an extended break over the Christmas holidays.  I hope everybody had a good one. This week’s Sunday Jam comes from LA progressive rockers Perfect Beings, who offer up a curious but engaging animated clip for their song, “Mysteries, Not Answers.”

Fitting snugly in the cerebral twilight time between consciousness and sleep, “Mysteries Not Answers” is a soothing, minor chord lullaby that recalls Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson at his best. Visually, the story of an anthropomorphic Fox who falls asleep in front of the TV and dreams himself into a state of  suburban fugue strikes the perfect balance of amusement and disquiet.

“Mysteries, Not Answers” can be found on Perfect Beings’ third full length release, Vier —  a double album which is split into 4 distinct compositions (so prog), due out via  Inside Out/Sony Music on January 19th, 2018. Enjoy!

Perfect Beings Band Photo 2017

Video Clip of The Week: Dhani Harrison, “All About Waiting”

To many of us, Sunday morning means listening to the syndicated radio program, Breakfast with the Beatles, so it is appropriate to use this space to debut a new video by Dhani Harrison — the son of my favorite Beatle, George Harrison — whose song “All About Waiting” soundtracks an engaging, animated Sci-Fi mystery.

This fantstic-looking music video depicts a futuristic world, overly developed with machinery and computers, echoing Harrison’s contemplative lyrics “revolution, evolution, patience, revolution, evolution, wasted,” in a setting filled with scenes of both natural and human-influenced disasters impacting the landscape. The protagonist of the video, a DNA scientist, reaches an apparent point of opposition to her colleagues upon the realization that her efforts may be causing more harm than good, and then pursues an ill-fated attempt to bring her discovery to light with her colleagues and team leaders.

You’ll have to watch the video — which was directed and animated by Adam Osgood, with additional illustrations from A. D’Amico and hand-drawn animation by Sarah Schmidt — to find out what happens next!

“All About Waiting” can be found on Harrison’s latest album, In Parallel, which is out now! Enjoy!

Dhani Harrison

Video Clip of The Week: GoldFish, “Talk to Me”

Few things fill me with a degree of ecstatic delight to rival that of finding an excellent animated clip for the weekly jam, because it brings us all closer to the gleeful vibe of the weekend-morning cartoons that many of us were addicted to as kids. Today, I invite you to enjoy a flight through space courtesy of the track “Talk to Me” from San Diego-by-way-of-South Africa electronic dance duo, GoldFish. Speaking about the track, This Song Is Sick offers that the group’s “unique style of house is apparent with a dance-driven approach making use of bouncing, deep basslines, jazzy and bright melodies with uplifting vocals while sax lines are thrown in perfectly.” “Talk to Me” is visualized by the familiar style of animator Mike Scott (Disney/ Nickoldeon/ Cartoon Brew).

“Talk to Me” can be found on the duo’s fifth studio album, Late Night People, which is out now via Armada Music. International tour dates for GoldFish are below. Enjoy their casino free spins!

Tour Dates for GoldFish Live:

Date   Location      Venue
SUN  10/8/17         Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival
SAT   10/14/17       San Diego, CA The Music Box
SUN  10/15/17       Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival
WED 10/18/17      BRISTOL UK Cirque du Soul
FRI    10/20/17      Amsterdam, Netherlands ADE at MELKWEG – Sold-Out
SUN   10/22/17     PARIS, FR Nouveau Casino
MON  10/23/17    NOTTINGHAM, UK Cirque du Soul
WED  10/25/17    Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
THU  10/26/17     New York, NY PlayStation Theater
FRI    10/27/17     New York, NY Terminal 5
SAT   10/28/17     Boston, MA House of Blues
SUN  10/29/17     Live Oak, FL Hulaween
SAT   11/11/17       Sao Paulo, Brazil Music Motion Presents GoldFish
SAT   11/11/17       Itu, Brazil Anzu Club
WED 11/15/17      Praia Brava – Itajahi, Brazil Habbitat
FRI   11/17/17       Haras Manoel Leão, Brazil TBA
SAT  11/18/17       Belo Horizonte, Brazil Só Trak Boa
SUN  12/10/17     Capetown, South Africa Submerged w/ GoldFish

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