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Video Clip of The Week: Solids, “Blank Stare”



Regardless of how great a song is, I really need a video to grab my attention visually within a few seconds, or it’s not going to get in this here column. “Blank Stare,” by a band called Solids, won me over with its first images of tiny red and yellow houses, contrasted against a blindingly blue lake and an aggressively orange mountain range, which made my eyes almost start watering just from the sheer brightness of the colors. Because, acid.

Despite having a name that reminds me of milk (don’t ask) Solids are possessed of a sound that is just so wildly appealing on many levels: like Husker Du and Guided By Voices had a baby whose favorite was band was Bleach-era Nirvana. Or something. Surely I do not have to break it down any more than that, unless you are a bit of a simpleton, which is something I would never accuse you of being. And did I mention that the clip is animated? That’s always fun on a Sunday morning, amiright?

“Blank Stare” can be found on the band’s recently released EP, Else (out on Topshelf and Dine Alone Records) which has been called “a melancholic deconstruction of  ’90s slacker ethos, that also charts Solids’ transition into a wider and more experimental sound, borrowing strands from Dinosaur Jr., Hum and Unwound and coiling them into an anxious, alienated sound that’s all their own. The final product is a snapshot in 19 minutes of a band that’s traveled 5000 miles, having chained itself to the road in search of inspiration.” Enjoy!

Soilds Band

TOUR DATES

04.29.16 – Victoriaville, QC @ Salle des Scouts
04.30.16 – Chicoutimi, QC @ Sous Bois
05.05.16 – Boston, MA @ O’Briens *
05.06.16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades *
05.07.16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie *
05.08.16 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd *
05.09.16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge *
05.10.16 – Columbus, OH @ Big Room Bar *
05.11.16 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
05.12.16 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar *
05.13.16 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha *
05.14.16 – Montréal, QC @ Ritz PBD *
05.25.16 – Oviedo, SP @ Lata de Zinc
05.26.16 – Donosti, SP @ Dabadaba
05.27.16 – Madrid, SP @ Get Mad Festival
05.28.16 – Barcelona, SP @ La [2] de Apolo
05.30.16 – Heerlen, NL @ Nieuwe Nor %
05.31.16 – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown %
06.01.16 – Groningen, NL @ Vera %
06.03.16 – Bordeaux, FR @ El Chicho
06.04.16 – Poitiers, FR @ Less Playboy Is More Cowboy
06.06.16 – London, UK @ The Old Blue Last @
06.07.16 – Sheffield, UK @ The Picture House @
06.08.16 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope @
06.09.16 – Oberhausen, DE @ Druckluft
06.10.16 – Leipzeig, DE @ Zoro
06.12.16 – Darmstadt, DE @ Ottinger Villa
06.13.16 – Prague, CZ @ Cafe V Lese
07.08.16 – Halifax, NS @ Grid Lock Festival
07.09.16 – Halifax, NS @ Grid Lock Festival
07.11.16 – Moncton, NB @ Plan B $
07.12.16 – Charlottetown, PEI @ Baba’s $
07.13.16 – Sackville, NS @ Thunder & Lightning $
07.14.16 – Fredericton, NB @ ReNeu Boutique $
07.15.16 – Québec, QC @ L’Anti, Festival d’été de Québec
08.13.16 – Atlanta, GA @ Wrecking Ball Festival

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Video Clip of The Week: Creepoid, “Dried Out”



Wow! When was the last time you heard somebody compare a current rock tune to a track from Bob Mould’s 1994 masterpiece, File Under: Easy Listening (recorded with his band Sugar), or an infinitely less dreary version of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box”? Never? Yeah, probably. And yet, that is what we most want to convey about this week’s featured Video Clip, Creepoid’s “Dried Out,” off the band’s new album Cemetery Highrise Slum (what a great title!), which was just released on Collect Records. And that is high praise indeed.

The band explains that the video “was filmed the day after the last show of our US tour this Spring with A Place To Bury Strangers.” The Mitchell Wojcik-directed clip was shot on location at California’s Salton Sea (an enigmatic place of myth and legend if there ever was one) and features Kurt Heasley of Lilys playing a prominent role.

Maybe we’ve watched too much Breaking Bad, but what we can’t help but think of every time we see footage taking place in an arid, desert-like landscape are those scenes of Walt and Jessie meeting up with Gus and his various malevolent henchmen in a trailer out in the middle of nowhere. Much like those tenuous negotiations, the story told in this video doesn’t end well for anybody involved.

Find Creepoid’s US summer tour dates listed below. Enjoy!

Creepoid Band
Creepoid photo by Jammi York

Creepoid Tour Dates

Video Clip of The Week: Minor Alps, “I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands”

Confession: the primary reason I started this Video Clip of the Week series several months back is because I needed an excuse to force myself to write about new music. Pop music has reached an absolute nadir to the point where I’m 1000 times more excited to write about Food these day than I am to even listen to any new band. And that’s just a shame.

So, nobody was more surprised than me to discover a new group comprised of seasoned musicians who, rather than harnessing a retread, have dug deeply into their roots to unearth a vibrant-yet-comfortingly-retro sound. Minor Alps is the collaborative vision of Juliana Hatfield and Paddle Board Mania Matthew Caws; two songwriting-based, music industry veterans who helped to blaze the trail for what became Alternative Rock Music back when Nirvana was still in its infancy. This week’s featured Video Clip is the duo’s “I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands,” the latest single off their debut album, Get There (just released October 29th, 2013 on Barsuk Records).

With a refreshing and understated, artsy video directed by Animator/Musician Clyde Petersen “I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands” is a remarkably strong track that harkens back to a time before American Idol, Emo and Autotune ruined 99.9% of all pop music. Caws’ guitar playing is as original and compelling as anything on a 90s-era Bob Mould record, while the 20 intervening years since Hatfield fronted The Blake Babies has allowed her vocals to mature into a rich and sweet aural nectar with just enough bite in it to favorably recall The B52s’ Cindy Wilson.

Minor Alps will be on tour across the US during the month of November. Enjoy!

Minor Alps Band
Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws are Minor Alps

Recommended Viewing: Color Me Obsessed, A Film About The Replacements

A Guest Blog By Warren Bobrow

I saw Color Me Obsessed, The Replacements’ documentary, last night and really enjoyed it. It was a good-sized crowd in the theater, though probably with the narrowest age range you would ever see at a movie (from about age 45 – 55 ). First and foremost, Color Me Obsessed is a movie for fans only. Each story about a particularly awesome or atrocious gig was met with knowing nods and laughs from the crowd. I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t know about the band enjoying it. And, with no music from them included in the film (more about that later), it doesn’t expose them to a new audience.

The film offers a great chronology of The Replacements and features lots of back-story on what was happening in the Minneapolis punk scene of the time. Interestingly, it has plenty of interviews with members of Husker Du (though not Bob Mould), but not with the other big TwinTone band of the time, Soul Asylum. It does offer profiles of the surviving band members with an emphasis on the late Bob Stinson, who Director Gorman Bechard sees as the core and spirit of the band.

All of the talking heads (including Tommy Ramone, Peter Zaremba, Jessie Malin, John Rzeznik and Steve Albini, among numerous others) are clearly hardcore fans. It’s interesting that almost none of them are upset that Stinson left/got fired from the band because of alcohol abuse, showing a lack of concern about his health, but others felt that it represented the band “selling out,” which pissed them off. This sentiment contrasts with how much affinity these fans/friends had with the members because they were “regular guys.” In some ways the film (inadvertently) shines a bright light on the indie scene. Everyone’s favorite record was the one they heard first (Let it Be being the exception for some of those there at the beginning), which tends to reveal how hardcore fans can have problems changing with the band.

The central question is whether The Replacements made records their fans loved because they were fuck ups (and we saw their zenith) or whether, had they not been fuck ups, they would have reached a wider audience. The answer is, of course, unknowable, but after the first few laughs of them doing something stupid to either just be assholes or sabotage their career, it just gets sad. Plenty of bands cleaned their act up and made great records. Why not them?

Director Gorman Bechard was present at the screening to talk about the film and why he decided to not use any of the band’s music, etc. As he explained it, he likened it to faith. Bechard proposed that if people can believe in god by only reading about him, then they could do the same about The Replacements – and he believed in The Replacements.  I reasoned that there were licensing issues as well, though you would think that, since the movie was a love letter to the band, the record companies would have licensed the music without a problem. NBC letting them show the SNL performances; well, that’s probably a different story. One thing giving credence to his explanation is that the film used very few pictures of the band as well (and most of those were at the very end). I’m assuming those would be plentiful and inexpensive. The bottom line is that if you are a fan of the band you’ll like the movie.

Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars. To find a screening of Color Me Obsessed in your area visit This Link.

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