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Video Clip of The Week: Mew, “85 Videos”



What could be more appropriate for the Sunday morning of long weekend than a catchy tune that mines a rich vein of  ’80s Electronic Dance Pop, with lyrics that you don’t have to think too hard about, and a video that’s pleasantly akin to an acid trip blowing up in your face? Honestly, I can’t think of anything. This week we are featuring Danish art rock band Mew, and a clip for the song “85 Videos” — the upcoming single from the band’s seventh album, Visuals. New Things! Yay!

The hallucinatory visuals for “85 Videos” were directed by Mew’s front man, Jonas Bjerre — who made his debut in this capacity on the group’s 2015 album +- (plus minus). Speaking about the new clip, Bjerre reveals, “I’ve been working a lot with kaleidoscopes lately. You have an image, or a sequence of images, and you snip out an angle, mirror it, and repeat it in a 360-degree angle. It’s a beautiful thing, because almost no matter the state of the original image, it ends up a beautiful, symmetrical, indefinable something. A picture of your messy desk turns into a strange flower. I like that you can’t really envision what it will look like until you see it. I think our music is a bit like that too, even as we’re working on it.” Fascinating.

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Mew Are: Jonas Bjerre, Silas Utke Graaae Jorgensen, Johan Wohlert

He continues, “I made a bunch of sequences and crafted them into these ever-changing ‘faces’ that I then video-projected on to our actual faces. It’s like wearing a mask made out of photons. You can say a lot of philosophical stuff about masks – but don’t worry, I’m not going to.” Visuals is Mew’s first new music since their 2015 release. A press release calls “85 Videos” a “…dream-pop landscape of pop sensibilities enveloped in swathes of 80s-influenced synths.  From the outset, “85 Videos” exudes a familiar expansive backdrop, lush instrumentation coupled with rousing vocals and a euphoric pop brilliance that is part of Mew’s DNA. Twenty years into its career, Visuals sees the band retain the irrepressible ebullience of a band working on its debut album.” Nice. Visuals is set for release on April 28th, 2017 on Play It Again Sam Records. Enjoy!

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Video Clip of The Week: Daisy Jopling, “Country Hope”


In this time of darkness, it is important to always be moving towards the light. I’m very happy to share with you this week’s Video Clip, the uplifting and inspirational “Country Hope,” from violinist Daisy Jopling, who is joined here by a chorus of contributing female vocalists. Blending soft rock, modern classical, and lite country genres, “Country Hope” is both soothing and anthemic simultaneously; harnessing the momentum of the recent Women’s marches, remdinding us lyrically that “We Have It All,” and the power to shape our reality is within us. As a side note, if you live in an area that got pummeled by last week’s blizzard, you will surely also appreciate the conjuring of springtime and creative rebirth evoked by this gorgeous video, which is shot entirely outdoors.

For those in the NYC area, Jopling will perform music from her just-release album, The Awakening (her first album of original compositions), at Manhattan’s Cutting Room on Friday, February 18th, 2017 with a 7:30 PM set time. In concert, Jopling often switches between a 1778 Antonio Gragnani violin and her Yamaha electric violin, which sounds exciting! I can remember seeing violinist Lili Haydn open for Page and Plant at Madison Square Garden many years ago now, and she blew my mind, so this show should be pretty cool. The Awakening is now available on the Fleur De Son Classics label, as the first crossover signing on this classical music label’s roster. Enjoy!

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Video Clip of The Week: From Indian Lakes, “Blank Tapes”


Just lately, do you feel like the world is making your head hurt, like, all the time? I sure do, and I have chosen this week’s Video Clip with sweet relief in mind. It is my hope that From Indian Lakes’ new music video for the song  “Blank Tapes” will calm your brain and sooth your weary soul. The brainchild of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joey VannucchiFrom Indian Lakes has been praised for its music’s rawness of emotions moody indie-rock vibe. Directed by Joshua Halling, the video for “Blank Tapes” portrays two women living through both the ecstasy and the agony of a committed relationship, but the video is an allegory for more than the ups and downs of young love. Halling offers that he wanted to create an isolated world where the couple find themselves in a euphoric state, intoxicated with this image of how they wish things could be, and use it as a scapegoat to hide away from  confusion, frustrations and denial. I think you will enjoy how this love story is told in “Blank Tapes.”

From Indian Lakes takes its name from a small California community outside of Yosemite National Park where Joey Vannucchi grew up on 40 acres of land with no electricity aside from a sparely used generator. “Blank Tapes” comes from the recently released album, Everything Feels Better Now (on Triple Crown Records). Enjoy!

From Indian Lakes Upcoming Tour Dates Below:

February
28 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
March
02 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
04 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe
05 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave/Eagles Club
06 – Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop
08 – Toronto, ON – The Velvet Underground
09 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Club at Stage AE
11 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
12 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
14 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits Live
15 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
16 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
18 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
20 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole

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Video Clip of The Week: Cameron Avery, “Wasted on Fidelity”


Worleygig,.com is happy to share Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Cameron Avery  new video today for the song “Wasted on Fidelity” from his solo album Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams. Known for his work as the touring bassist for Tame Impala, Avery offers an ornate yet gritty sound driven by his soulful wit and sweeping arrangements. With his deep, husky baritone, Avery harnesses the dark power and humor of artists like Nick Cave, Scott Walker, and Tindersticks. On Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams, Avery channels train-wreck romanticism into timeless music for the modern age.

Avery explains, “I’m in my mid 20’s, I play in a band, I’m ripe to dream. But the pipe dream, the underlying theme of the album, if you really listen, is that all I really want is to have someone in my life and to be in love.”

Based in New York City and originally from Western Australia, Avery had a longtime stint as the drummer for psych-rock band Pond. After joining Tame Impala in 2013, he continued shaping his singular identity as an artist and recorded solo material whenever and wherever he found the time.  Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams will be released on March 10th, 2017. Enjoy!

Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams Track List:

1. A Time and Place
2. Do You Know Me By Heart?
3. Dance With Me
4. Wasted On Fidelity
5. Big Town Girl
6. Disposable
7. The Cry Of Captain Hollywood
8. Watch Me Take It Away
9. An Ever Jarring Moment
10. C’est Toi (extended)

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Cameron Avery Photo By Christine Morales

The Occasionalists Present: Post-Inauguration Live Karaoke to Benefit Planned Parenthood

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Hey, do you hate Donald Trump? I sure do. I hate him sooo much, just being serious. If you feel like I do, and you also enjoy performing Karaoke, let me tell you about a fun event happening this Friday. On January 27th, The Occasionalists, a wildly talented, Brooklyn-based cover band will be hosting Post-Inauguration Live Karaoke at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Tickets are only $10, with all  proceeds benefitting Planned Parenthood, and other Rights organizations.

The Occasionalists will play all of the songs live and then you can just sing along – super fun! Come let your voice be heard — on stage, in the crowd or at the bar! Have some fun and relax in safe place filled with other sane people who didn’t help to get us into this mess!

Proposed Set List for the Evening Will Feature All of Your Favorites, Including:

It’s the End of the World As We Know It – R.E.M.
Revolution — The Beatles
Get Up, Stand Up — Bob Marley
Refugee — Tom Petty
Life During Wartime — Talking Heads
You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
Crazy Train — Ozzy
Freedom 90 — George Michael
London Calling — The Clash
I Will Survive — Cake
Eve of Destruction — Barry McGuire
Should I Stay or Should I Go — The Clash
Creep — Radiohead
Seven Nation Army — White Stripes
Anarchy in the U.K. — Sex Pistols
Come Together — The Beatles
Won’t Get Fooled Again — The Who
Highway to Hell — AC/DC
Fight the Power — Public Enemy
Road to Nowhere — Talking Heads
These Boots Were Made for Walking — Nancy Sinatra
Say It Ain’t So — Weezer
Hallellujah — Leonard Cohen
Psycho Killer — Talking Heads
Redemption Song — Bob Marley
What I Got — Sublime
Sympathy for the Devil – Stones

The Dirty Waltz Band will warm up the house starting at 7:30 PM, with The Occasionalists hitting the stage at 8:45 PM. Union Hall is located at 702 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11215 (N R Q 4 And 5 Trains). If you happen to get hungry, Union Hall also serves delicious food! Further show details can be found Here, and on the FaceBook event page Here. Purchase Tickets in advance Right Here.

Video Clip of The Week: Cloud Nothings, “Internal World”



Via a top-loading VHS cassette player and a 13-inch-screen TV that looks like it’s from the 1970s, Cloud Nothings bring us their fun and informative video for the uber-catchy pop tune, “Internal World. Cleverly disguised as an Etiquette and Manners educational film, the band themselves appear in vignettes offering sensible tips on personal hygiene, the correct use of a space heater, how to dress, the power of positive thinking, and the de rigueur dating tips, among other useful scenarios. Thank you! Aurally, it sounds (just like) “Buddy Holly” by Weezer — and you know, that can’t be bad.

“Internal World” can be found on the band’s fifth album, Life Without Sound due out January 27th, 2017 — just a few days away! Cloud Nothings are currently tour now in the US and elsewhere (scroll down for dates), so check them out when they come to your town! RIYL: Foo Fighters, Weezer, The Beatles. Enjoy!

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TOUR DATES
1/26 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
01/27 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
01/28 Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
01/30 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
01/31 Boston, MA – Paradise
02/01 New York, NY – Webster Hall
02/03 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
02/04 Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
02/06 Grand Rapids, MI – Calvin College
02/07 Detroit, MI – El Club
02/09 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
02/10 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
02/11 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
02/12 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
02/15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
02/16 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
02/17 Seattle, WA – Barboza
02/18 Seattle, WA – Barboza
02/20 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
02/22 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
03/01 Copenhagen – Loppen
03/02 Malmo, SE – Babel
03/03 Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand
03/05 Oslo, NO – Parkteatret
03/06 Hamburg, DE – Knust
03/07 Berlin, DE – Bi Nuu
03/08 Munich, DE – Kranhalle
03/09 Cologne, DE – Luxor
03/11 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
03/12 Brussels, BE – Botanique
03/14 Paris, FR – Petit Bain
03/16 Bristol, UK – Thekla
03/17 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
03/18 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
03/19 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
03/21 London, UK – Koko
03/22 Birmingham, UK – The Hare & Hounds
03/23 Brighton, UK – The Haunt
05/12-14 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
07/30 New York, NY – Panorama Festival

Video Clip of The Week: Lisa Prank, “Luv Is Dumb”

Nothing in the Universe has yet made me happier than my now decade-old decision to stop having romantic relationships. Because relationships blow, and, as musician Lisa Prank so concisely states is this triumphant return of the Video Clip of the Week, “Luv is Dumb.” Prank, also know as Robin Edwards, has a lot fun with this video, which goodheartedly parodies the iconic, 1992 Romantic Comedy / Grungesploitation film, Singles. If you’ve never seen it, I enthusiastically encourage you to add it to your Netflix queue immediately. I’ll wait.

Aurally, “Luv is Dumb” recalls the ecstatic power-punk tunes of the Buzzcocks, one of the greatest bands to emerge from British First Wave Punk Rock — and surely there is no higher praise than that. It doesn’t even matter than the song is about the living hell that is dating, because it just makes you want to rock. Visually, “Luv Is Dumb” features appearances by friends of Edwards‘ who are all in bands that I’m not even going to pretend to have heard of, including Tacocat, Chastity Belt, Dogbreth and Happy Diving, so if you enjoy those bands already, you have even more reason to check this shit out!

“Luv Is Dumb” can be found on the album, Adult Teen, which, I can already tell just from the title, must be excellent. Like her on the FaceBook at This Link!Enjoy!

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Lisa Prank Fulfills her Dream of Flight in the Video for “Luv is Dumb”