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Video Clip of The Week: Monster Magnet, “When the Hammer Comes Down”

If there is one band that can always be relied on to deliver the goods when you just want to Rock Out, that band is Monster Magnet. This week’s featured clip is a performance-based lyric video for the group’s current single, “When the Hammer Comes Down,” and it does not disappoint in its delivery of the relentless heavy metal Sturm und Drang that defines iconic front man Dave Wyndorf and his head-banging bandmates.

Visually, this clip reminds me of classic Black Sabbath, with its film negative imaging and minimal, but signature, visual effects. Though not an overtly political song, I’m pretty sure that Wyndorf is opposes the current Administration, which makes me love him even more. Point being that the basic titular theme, and the song’s refrain, “The Universe will do you right/ when the Hammer Comes Down,” can certainly be embraced by the Resistance movement going surging in this country. It could not come at a better time.

The video release of “When the Hammer Comes Down” coincides with the kick off of Monster Magnet’s North American Fall Tour, dates for which are below, in support of their most recent album release, Mindfucker. Enjoy, bitches!

10/8: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/9: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/10: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/12: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
10/13: Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival*
10/15: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/16: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/17: Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
10/19: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
10/20: Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
10/21: Houston, TX @ White Oak (Upstairs)
10/23: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/24: Nashville, TN @ Basement East
10/26: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
10/27: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
10/28: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

Monster Magnet 2018

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Video Clip of the Week: Killing Joke, “I Am The Virus”



When it comes to making dangerous music that reliably brings the Sturm Und Drang while also maintaining a tenuous grip on melodic pop sensibilities, nobody beats Post Punk/Industrial legends, Killing Joke. While we are not super fond of the current phenomenon known as the Lyric Video, when you have a chance to post new a Killing Joke video, you put your personal preferences slightly off to the side, just as we have long since forgiven Jaz Coleman for allowing one of his band’s most menacing anthems to be used as the theme music for a Short-lived TV Sitcom. Yes, it happened.

I don’t know what to say about “I Am The Virus” except that it provides solid evidence that Killing Joke refuse to compromise on their sound, ever. There is no rap/metal Killing Joke and there is no EDM Killing Joke; there is only hard, fierce aural terror that comes from guys who also know how to play their instruments. What other band that’s been around for over 3o years can you even say that about? I ask yez.

“I Am The Virus” comes from the group’s sixteenth studio album, Pylon, releasing October 23rd, 2015 via Spinefarm Records. Enjoy, bitches.

Killing Joke 2015
Still With All Original Members! Geordie, Jaz Coleman, Youth, and Big Paul

Video Clip of The Week: David Poe, “When I Fly”

David Poe – When I Fly from David Poe on Vimeo.

I’m really excited about this week’s clip, “When I Fly” by singer/songwriter David Poe, an artist I first wrote about way back in 1996. Poe’s music reminded me then of serious 1970s-era performers like James Taylor but also Art Garfunkel and the great Tim Moore (who, as far as I know is still alive, but hasn’t recorded an album in almost 30 years, WTF?). Anyway, “When I Fly” reveals evidence of those same types of seventies-ish influences. This says two things to me: 1. That, musically, David Poe knows his shit, and 2. Poe understands that if it works, don’t fix it.

Thematically, “When I Fly” is a 2014 version of Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky.” If you know what that means, great. If not, it doesn’t matter. Aurally, the song is an acoustic guitar accompanying pristine word economy in a song that anyone who has lived a life will be able to relate to. Visually, this clip looks like the home movies of someone who has had an awesome life. I know that “Lyric Videos” are all the rage these day and usually they put me off, but I like this one. Pay special attention towards the end for a montage of subliminal images that includes Ronnie James Dio. Excellent

“When I Fly”
is from the not yet released album God & The Girl, which David calls “a quiet record of new songs I recorded last year in Los Angeles.” The full album will not be generally available online or in stores until much later this year, but for now, it’s available exclusively through his website, accessible by clicking This Link. Purchase, Download, Listen and Enjoy!

David Poe CD Cover