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Video Clip of The Week: Cyclone Static, “Company Man”


In this barren musical wasteland of conveyor-belt acts that is all but completely devoid of anything even resembling Rock ‘n’ Roll, I’ve become so uninterested in what the pop charts have to offer that I never even considered the wildly nostalgic potential pull of a band that is willing to revisit the grunge rock era. And then I heard this week’s video clip, which is “Company Man” from New Jersey power-rock trio, Cyclone Static. And this was a reminder to me to never, ever underestimate the pure joy that comes from music that does not sound like it came from a can. Cyclone Static are not magical Wizards. They are not from Outer Space. They are simply three guys who love music, and it shows.

Cyclone Static manage to make it look easy as they harness the grunge rock power of both Alice in Chains, owing to vocalist/guitarist James Salerno’s ability to channel the late, great Layne Staley, and Nirvana. “Company Man” shows off this band’s melodic-punk prowess in a song armed with sharp power-pop hooks galore, anchored by Salerno’s buzzsaw guitar, bassist Danny Patierno fiercely holding down the bottom end, and hard-hitting drummer Jonathan LeVine who is, as they say, ‘in the pocket’ at all times. Rock Lives!

Visually, “Company Man” delivers vibrant, clip-art based animation informed by today’s street art sensibitlies with a deep bow to surrealism and comic book art. Perhaps LeVine’s background as a respected NYC Gallerist had something to do with that. “Company Man” can be found on Cyclone Static’s upcoming debut album, From Scratch, due out on February 8th, 2019 via 400 Mint Records. You can order your copy now at This Link! Enjoy!

Cyclone Static Band

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Chris Cornell Memorial Video Clip of The Week: Soundgarden, “Outshined”


I got up feeling so down
I got off being sold out
I’ve kept the movie rolling
But the story’s getting old now, oh yeah
I just looked in the mirror
And things aren’t looking so good
I’m looking California and feeling Minnesota, oh yeah

So now you know, who gets mystified
So now you know, who gets mystified

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies, gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Yeah I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling outshined, outshined, outshined, outshined

Oh yeah
Yeah
Someone let the dogs out
They’ll show where the truth is
The grass is always greener
Where the dogs are shitting, oh yeah
I’m feeling that I’m sober
Even though I’m drinking
I can’t get any lower
Still I feel I’m sinking

So now you know, who gets mystified
So now you know, who gets mystified

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Oh I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling outshined, outshined, outshined, outshined

Oh yeah, hmm

Outshined, oh oh

Oh, so now you know, who gets mystified
Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Oh I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Oh, I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling
Outshined, outshined, outshined, outshined

Chris Cornell
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Chris Cornell: July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017. Rest In Peace.

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

Video Clip of The Week: Psychic Teens, “Less”


Do you think these guys are fans of Nick Cave? I sure do. There is not much not to love about Psychic Teens dark and lovely tune, “Less” — which is like a greatest hits collection of all of your favorite College Radio-Friendly ’80s band including the aforementioned Mr. Cave. I definitely hear The Misfits, The Cramps and Echo and the Bunnymen, all partying together on top of a bass line borrowed the The Cure’s “A Forrest”, a euphoric wash of minor chord, cascading guitars and…those awesome, growly vocals. Surely the number of nods and winks in this song would leave even the casual listener’s head spinning, but when you’re feeling it, who gives a shit?

“Less” is found on Psychic Teens’ 2013 full-length CD, Come, which was released in August, 1021 via SRA. You should buy it. Even if this song succeeded on no other level, it sure does make you realize what a huge debt Grunge still owes to Punk Rock in its purest form. In a word, “Less” is More. Visit Psychic Teens FaceBook Page at This Link. Enjoy!

Psychic Teens Band
Psychic Teens: The Band!

Morrison Hotel Gallery Presents Kurt Cobain By Jesse Frohman

Kurt Cobain Singing Pink
Kurt Cobain (Singing Pink) By Jesse Frohman

The Morrison Hotel Gallery is proud to present the premiere exhibition of Kurt Cobain By Jesse Frohman in conjunction with the 18th anniversary of Cobain’s passing on April 5, 1994. The exhibit will be open to the public from April 6th through April 22nd at the 124 Prince Street gallery.

These iconic images of Kurt Cobain in his final days are a testament to Grunge and pop culture in the ’90s, and the worlds of art, fashion, music and celebrity collide in this distinguished portrait series. These are some of the most sought after pictures of Cobain and The Morrison Hotel Gallery is thrilled to present them to the public in this unique exhibition.

Jesse Frohman’s insightful portrait of an idol transcends the nature of celebrity photography. The pictures are as humanizing as they are glorifying. Cobain appears as a goofily provocative iconoclast, with his vintage air force cap, Jackie O. sunglasses and leopard jacket, while revealing a more depressing side of the life of a great artist dependent on drugs. Like Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain died both at an early age and at the pinnacle of his career. These photographs, captured near the time of his death, provide a fascinating insight into the end of the life of a rock star.

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Nirvana Release Nevermind

On this Date, September 24th, in 1991: Nirvana released its sophomore album, Nevermind — a record that was inarguably responsible for bringing alternative rock into the mainstream. Nevermind would enter the Billboard 200 album chart at 144, peaking at Number 1 in January of 1992.

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned To Love Justin Bieber: A Music Industry Insider Ponders The Decline Of Popular Music

(A Guest Blog By Terry Douglas)

I really think the moment the “music died” (popular/rock based music) was the day that Kurt Cobain (or whoever killed him!) blew his brains out. Now, allow me a moment (hopefully not being too long winded and redundant) to give you an abbreviated, yet somewhat concise opinion of how we got to where we are now…

If you look at rock and roll as a genre, I think it’s safe to say that 1955 was year zero. There was Elvis (the big bang) who took hillbilly and black R&B/blues and sex appeal and changed the world. It was great and it was popular.

Then the Beatles did a few things that some people kinda liked and KA-BOOM – an evolutionary shift of such seismic proportions in popular (remember that word as it is crucial to this whole discussion) music splintered into a million different vibrant, psychedelic and wonderful directions. So many bands and artists were inspired and an industry (music bizness) that up until that time had treated popular/rock music as a fad (only to be exploited for teenage $ and quickly discarded) woke up to the fact that:

A: This shit is blowing up on a world wide basis and influencing all the other arts!

B: It looks like it just might be around longer than an early 60’s “dance craze”!

C: Serious people (critics, writers, social observers etc.) were treating this popular music as a legitimate art form!

Music then became big business… but the business side (while always a necessary evil for funding/distributing this terrible “noise” to the kids) was always a step behind what was happening (hey HEY hey) NOW. And it was kinda hard for record companies to prefabricate music for this culture of DFHs (dirty fucking hippies) who were young and growing (wild in the streets).

Sure, there was disposable crap (our current morass) that was cheesy and cynically devised to “move units.” The Archies (not even a real band!), The Monkees (almost a real band!), The Osmonds (ironically, the Jonas brothers of their time with Donny O. being the “Bieber” of his time) and other bubblegum stuff. Catchy and fun, but ultimately not cool. And the kids? Well most of them wanted to be cool! This was their culture. They were cynical of anyone over 30 and demanded unique and diverse sounds to boogie and get high to.

Oddly, all this cool recorded music wasn’t just in the underground, buried away on late night FM stations. It was in the charts! Top 40! Mainstream! No sh#t! The Doors, Marvin Gaye, Janis, Hendrix, Dylan and on and on – great songs with depth and meaning (not always, but that was cool too because the music had passion) that sold and was popular. How in the hell did this happen?

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