Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, which just feels wrong. But you know what is just so right — your Video Clip of the Week: Special Halloween Edition! You’ll never believe what I found for you, because this clip for “1980’s Horror Film” from Southern California-based rock trio Wallows is just too perfect! Not only is the song a spot-on homage to classic ’80s MTV, when keyboard-driven New Wave bands ruled, but the visuals also provide an era-appropriate flashback. The fun video for “1980’s Horror Film” finds Wallows‘ lead singer Braeden Lemasters donning a Robert Smith fright wig as he recalls an elaborately romantic seduction scene waylaid by a girl who would much rather watch a horror movie than make out with him. Check it out now to relive all of your bittersweet memories of a summer romance that never was, because “1980’s Horror Film” (available via Atlantic Records on the band’s Spring EP) is just scary great! Enjoy!
Do you hate Donald Trump? I sure do. Are you also beyond sick of seeing his bloated, orange face on TV and hearing his racist /misogynist /xenophobic blathering? If so, then I am sure you will love this week’s Video Clip, “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmoke Crack” by Atlantic Records recording artist Ledinsky.
Making this video extra special is the fact that it was created by a contest-winning fan! Directed by Peder Bergstrand – who, like Ledinsky, is from Sweden — the video premiered just last Thursday and, as you can see, it is lots of fun! Get more info about how you can learn to create videos worthy of YouTube fame.
Fondly recalling of the Island vibe of a song like “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,““DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” is an addictive pop protest anthem inspired by the Swedish-born (now based in Los Angeles) indie singer/songwriter’s increasing desperation at our political climate. Upon release, “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” quickly took off; topping the Spotify Viral Charts in the USA, UK, Netherlands, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Columbia, Spain, France and Hungary. Wow! The entire world seems to hate Donald Trump! Because he is just fucking heinous.
“It’s more than being about Donald Trump,” says Ledinsky. “The song is about a love for America, my adoptive parent. Donald Trump is a symbol for a regression into darkness, the end stop of the Chicago model. The frontier was once the Wild West, then the moon. Now it’s a wall.” Right on. Ledinsky’s enthusiastic call for “Middle fingers in the air, if you’re feeling like I do” cannot be denied, and my only complaint about “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” is that it is not nearly mean enough. “DonaldTumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” can be found on Ledinsky’s recently released High Society EP — which includes guest appearances by Refused drummer David Sandstrom and TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, who contributes drums, guitars and keyboards while also assisting in the creation of the EP’s striking cover art. Enjoy! #ImWithHer
Yeah, I know it’s just a subway ad for Led Zeppelin Album Reissues that have already been available for over a month, but still, it’s Led Zeppelin! I actually hopped off the L one stop before I needed to, just so I could take this photo. Of course, I got back on once the next train arrived.
Photographed on the L Train Platform at Third Avenue, Brooklyn Bound Side.
This summer, I’ve forgone an extended vacation away from NYC in favor of taking Fridays off from my day job, and the shortened work week / extended weekend has added immeasurable value to my life. I highly recommended it.
As tempting as it is to just stay inside with the AC blasting and stare at my iMac all day, I make sure to plan a little urban adventure each Friday so I can get outside and enjoy the lovely sun and hot hot heat. Because if you are lucky enough to live in NYC, you owe it to yourself and your surroundings to cultivate an Explorer Mentality!
This past Friday, the stars aligned and I was finally (after three unsuccessful attempts) able to get my timing right and show up at the Mr. Brainwash Life is Beautiful exhibit when it was actually open (easier said than done, as there is no information anywhere on the website nor are exhibit hours posted on the door. More about that, coming soon). And since I was already in the Meatpacking District, I took a walk.
Just a couple of blocks southeast, at the corner of Washington and West 13th Streets, I strolled past the infamous (and unmistakably filthy exterior of) Hogs & Heifers Saloon, a long-standing Biker Bar which is closing its doors in August after having its rent hiked a gazillion percent by evil bastard landlords. I had no desire to go in, but I wanted to take a couple of photos, you know, to remember what was once here on this corner after they raze it to the ground and open another designer fashion boutique that I can’t afford to shop at.
I have been in Hogs & Heifers exactly one time, and that was in the late ’90s (best guess: 1997 – 1999) at an Atlantic Records-sponsored album release party for the band Fountains of Wayne – because record companies used to throw lots of parties like that, and I used to get invited to them at a pretty steady clip.
What I recall vividly about the Hogs & Heifers party is that the bar smelled like stale sweat and the Fountains of Wayne guys acted like smug dicks. I had fun though, because soft rock heartthrob Duncan Sheik was also at the party, and I had a little crush on him at the time. Later in the evening, on the sidewalk just outside the bar, the soon-to-be famous Sandwich Photo (me posed between Duncan and his adorable publicist, Ken Weinstein) was taken. Good times.
The World is a different place now, and nothing stays the same. You can read more about the closing and learn a bit of interesting trivia about Hogs & Heifers, including their legendary Bra Collection at This Link.
Photo added November 14, 2015: This is what the space looks like right now:
Led Zeppelin released its fifth studio album, Houses of the Holy, on this date, March 28th, in 1973! It is the first Led Zeppelin album comprised of all original material. While a song entitled “Houses of the Holy” was recorded during sessions for this album, the song actually appears on the band’s sixth album, Physical Graffiti.
In this exclusive interview for Ink 19, Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner talks to Gail Worley about his band’s emergence from the metal underground to land a major label deal with Atlantic Records, his surprising musical roots, and why the staff of any Holiday Inn might appreciate having Jason around if the drummer in their lounge band had a heart attack. Check it out Right Here!
Another little piece of the music industry as we once knew it (read: back in the ’70s) is lost forever with the passing of Ahmet Ertegun, founder of the once great Atlantic Records, who died on December 14th, 2006. Ertegun was 83 years old. In an added note of poignancy, he had been in a coma for weeks after injuring his head in a fall at a Rolling Stones concert on October 29th.
Not only did Ertegun sign Led Zeppelin, but Ahmet Zappa, Frank’s youngest son is also named after him. A couple of years ago, when I was temping to supplement my meager income as a freelance writer, I did a few days stint at Atlantic Records working their switchboard. A few times when Ertegun’s assistant was away from her desk and I had to cover his phone, I got to pick up his extension and say “Mr. Ertegun’s office.” It actually gave me a tiny thrill to say that. Sadly, I never got to meet him even though he was just down at the end of the corridor from where I was sitting.
Speaking from Los Angeles, singer Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates) had the following to say about Ertegun’s passing:
“Ahmet Ertegun was a giant in the record business. He cared first and foremost about the ARTIST and the MUSIC – much more than the business. He believed that if the Artist was true to him or herself, good business would follow. Sadly in today’s atmosphere, this isn’t the case. But, during Ahmet’s days of influence it was! He was one of the first people to realize our potential and supported us during our beginning – the most important time. We couldn’t have done what we did without Ahmet and Arif Mardin’s support and encouragement. He changed music and created what I consider its golden age. He will be sorely missed.”