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Video Clip of The Week: Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, “The May Queen” (Live)


Do you like Led Zeppelin? I sure do. You may be excited to know that the legendary, and eternally soulful, Robert Plant, backed by his band, the Sensational Space Shifters, has released a new, live video for the song “The May Queen,” which is this week’s Sunday Jam. The video was shot during a performance at the O2 Apollo in Manchester, England, during the group’s sold-out UK tour in November of 2017. I’m not going to say too much else about it except to say that it is pretty sweet, and you can listen/watch and judge for yourself. Because Led Zeppelin! “The May Queen” is the fourth in a series of videos from the new album filmed at this same concert, and is directed by Ryan Mackfall while being produced by Crashburn Media.

“The May Queen” can be found on Plant’s latest album, Carry Fire</strong> released by Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records in October of 2017. Enjoy!

Robert Plant Carry Fire

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Video Clip of The Week: Arthur Buck, “Are You Electrified?”


Singer / Songwriter and fine artist Joseph Arthur and former REM guitarist Peter Buck are a couple of guys who don’t need a little blog like The ‘Gig to give them press, because they are both hugely successful in their own rights. But this space is never about obligation, but rather it is about what is desired in the moment when I go hunting through my ridiculously clogged in-box to pick out your Sunday Jam. Because I love Jospeh Arthur to pieces, and R.E.M. were a band of  immeasurable importance to me back in my college days, so it is my pleasure to turn you on to their new thing, Arthur Buck, and the paisley-powered-powered video for “Are You Electrified?”, which is all kinds of crazy great. In addition to live-action footage of Joe and Peter, the video also feature Joe’s original artwork!

The Arthur Buck collaboration was established after the pair met up in Mexico near the end of 2017. They wrote eight songs in three days and on the fourth day, performed them for a handful of Baja locals near Buck’s home. Arthur says, “My first thought was, ‘Hey, I’ll get Peter to play acoustic guitar on some of the stuff I’m working on!’ So I started showing him songs. But he was like, ‘That’s cool. Now check this out.’ And he started playing chords and whatnot. So I put my guitar down and began singing over his changes, and it was magical. It was easy. And these great songs just started popping out.”

Since their initial meeting, the pair have been steadily working on their debut with basic tracks being recorded at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, OR with Arthur producing at his studio in Brooklyn, NY. The vibrant collection captures the spontaneity at the heart of the project – right down to the 1-2-3-4 count off from Buck that begins the proceedings – with sounds and styles mashed together in a unique and interesting manner. “It was all new songs, and it was spontaneous,” Buck says. “And the great thing about working that way was that it didn’t have to be anything in particular. It was liberated from any expectation. It was free.”

The two musicians have a history that stretches back decades; among other pairings, Arthur opened many shows for R.E.M. in the early 2000s, while Buck has backed Arthur on numerous occasions. Both Arthur and Buck have said that these songs differ from their other recording projects and while speaking with Rolling Stone last month, Buck said “It was really spontaneous and kind of magical in its own way, as [being in Mexico] we were kind of disconnected from everything.” Arthur added, “All of a sudden it was like I had this musical partner and friend, and that relieved the music of the burden of the self, if that makes sense.” Of his new bandmate, Buck stated, “Joe is going through that searching period we all go through in life. And those experiences he’s having make this a very forward-looking record, lyrically. The music has a questing kind of feel. We were making it up as we went along.”

Arthur Buck will be released  on June 15th, 2018 via New West Records. Enjoy!

Arthur Buck 2

Video Clip of The Week: Skating Polly, “Hollywood Factory”

Here in NYC, it looks like we are going to go straight from Winter into Summer, and the warm (read: Hot) weather cannot come soon enough, I tell you. I love this week’s Video Clip, “Hollywood Factory” from the rad LA-based punk/pop trio Skating Polly because it reminds me of the endless summer that is life in Southern California. Sometimes I wonder why I ever left.

Filmed in various southland locations that include Hollywood Blvd, someone’s backyard pool, and a soundstage where you get to witness Skating Polly rocking out in all of their their glam punk glory, this vibrant take down of the Star Making Machine will appeal to fans of mixed- gender combos from Hole to Kenickie. Not to mention, but you can see I am about , drummer Kurtis Mayo is playing an Amber Vistalite kit, and we know who else played that same kit, don’t we?  Hint: he was in LED ZEPPELIN, bitches!

“Hollywood Factory” can be found on the Skating Polly’s forthcoming studio album The Make It All Show, due out May 4th, 2018 (aka Star Wars Day!) on El Camino Media. The album was produced by the legendary Brad Wood, who’s worked with everyone (Google him). Tour dates are below! Enjoy!

Skating Polly Band

Skatin Polly Upcoming Tour Dates!

May 2nd @ The Camel in Richmond, VA
May 3rd @ Kings in Raleigh, NC
May 4th @ Tin Roof in Charleston, SC
May 5th @ Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, FL
May 6th @ Vinyl in Pensacola, FL
May 8th @ Stubb’s Indoor in Austin, TX
May 9th @ Three Links in Dallas, TX
May 11th @ Marquis Theater in Denver, CO
May 12th @ Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO
May 14th @ RecordBar in Kansas City, MO
May 15th @ Raccoon Motel in Davenport, IA
May 17th @ Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL
May 18th @ Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI
May 19th @ Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
June 1st @ Opolis in Norman, OK
June 2nd @ Replay Lounge in Lawrence, KS
June 3rd @ Monocle in St. Louis, MO
June 5th @ High Watt in Nashville, TN
June 6th @ Milestone Club in Charlotte, NC
June 7th @ DC9 in Washington, DC
June 8th @ Mercury Lounge in New York, NY
June 9th @ Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA
June 10th @ Once Lounge and Ballroom in Somerville, MA
June 12th @ Funhouse at Mr. Small’s in Pittsburgh, PA
June 13th @ Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH
June 15th @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis, MN
June 16th @ Reverb in Omaha, NE

Video Clip of The Week: Neighbor Lady, “Let It Bleed”

Sometimes, the only quality a song needs to make it into this column is that I like the way it sounds, and the way the video makes me feel. If you’ve ever tried to imagine what Echo and The Bunnymen’s “Killing Moon” would sound like reimagined as a country song, I suggest it might sound a lot like Neighbor Lady’s “Let It Bleed” — a minor chord masterpiece that captures and conveys a lifetime of memories in under four minutes. Wow.

Visually,“Let It Bleed” (which has nothing in common with the Rolling Stones‘ song of the same name) follows a lonely little robot who attempts to integrate with society, but eventually self-destructs, Or something like that. The story is definitely open to interpretation, so individual mileage may vary.

Atlanta based Neighbor Lady is comprised of vocalist / songwriter Emily Braden, Jack Blauvelt (Guitar), Merideth Hanscom (Bass), and Andrew McFarland (Drums), and the band (which began as began Braden’s solo project) has been called a missing link between indie-rock and classic country western. Braden reveals that, lyrically, her songs chronicle events in her personal life and her emotions surrounding those events. I feel her.

“Let It Bleed” can be found on Neighbor Lady’s debut album, Maybe Later, out May 11th, 2018 on Friendship Fever. Enjoy!

Neighbor Lady Band

Video Clip of The Week: The Cuckoos, “Heartbreak Paradise”


Looking back, I could say it was all a dream, except that I have hard evidence of a time in ‘popular music’– between the Rock of the ’80s (aka Butt Music) and Grunge — during which it was possible to still hear some straight-forward classic rock with an alt edge (bands like The Church come to mind) that didn’t conform to any uber-twee sub-genre. You know, like music sounded in the ‘60s and ‘70s: when there were maybe 5 genres of music, tops. This week’s Sunday Jam, “Heartbreak Paradise” from Austin Texas-based rockers The Cuckoos, takes me back to that simpler, vastly superior time.  Nostalgia!

Visually, “Heartbreak Paradise” features pink-hued performance footage over tropical snippets from the band’s time at Carnaval de Bahidora in Las Estacas, Mexico. According to the groups vocalist/keyboardist Kenneth Frost, the video represents the ‘heartbreak paradise’ described in the song. “It’s about a place for all the people that have fallen in and out of love,” Frost explains, “a place that serves as a temporary fix for those longing for love but who are unable to move on from what they’ve lost.” We’ve all been there, right?

I don’t want to spend too much time fellating “Heartbreak Paradise” with an excess of lofty praise just because it gives me a stiffy for decent music. Watch the video for yourself and thank me later. “Heartbreak Paradise” is the latest single from The Cuckoos self-titled 2017 EP, which I’m guessing you should probably pick up. Catch The Cuckoos on tour by consulting the tour dates below. Enjoy!

The Cuckoos Spring Tour Dates
Apr 13 – The Electric Church, Austin, TX
May 4 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
May 6 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock N Roll Chicken Shack
May 7 -Nashville, TN – The End
May 8 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
May 10 – New York, NY – Berlin
May 11 – Baltimore, MD – Windup Space
May 12 – Providence, RI – Alchemy
May 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
May 14 -Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
May 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
May 17 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
May 18 – Cleveland, OH – The Foundry

The Cuckoos Band

Video Clip of The Week: Super Whatevr, “Telelelevision”


Top Ten Things I Like About This Weeks’ Video Clip, “Telelelevision” By Super Whatevr

1. Superwhatevr are a band from Orange County, California, which is where I am also from. Represent.

2. This song is called “Telelelevision,” and watching Television is in my top three favorite things that I like to do! Yay!

3. On weekend mornings, we should get to watch cartoons, right? This clip is animated, so that’s like a cartoon. Win Close enough!

4. Musically, “Telelelevision” sounds like it could be a lost Pixies‘ song. I like The Pixies.

5. Also, back in the ’90s there was a one-hit wonder, post-Grunge band from California called The Flys, formed by a couple of brothers who were most famous for making sunglasses and surfing. I am pretty sure I interviewed them at one point. Anyway, their hit was called “Got You Where I want You,” and “Telelelevision” sort of reminds me of that song.

6. Pink is my favorite color, and this video features lots of pink, and various shades of pink, so I enjoy watching it, as it pleases my eyeballs.

7. The video was animated by Eat The Danger, who has done the videos for “Lisbon” by Wolf Alice and Courtney Barnett’s “Dead Fox.”

8. The fluid nature of the animation makes the video especially optimal for watching while you are high on any kind of even mildly psychedelic drug.

9. I like the part where the protagonist rides a big Rubber Duck.

10. “Telelelevision” can be found on Superwhatevr’s debut full-length, Never Nothing, out now via Hopeless Records. Enjoy!

Super Whatevr.

Video Clip of The Week: Monster Magnet, “Ejection”

Do you like to Rock? I sure do, and one band that can always be relied upon to bring the Rock is Monster Magnet, fronted by one of the last great American rock gods, Dave Wyndorf! It is true that this particular Sunday morning is kind of a suckfest, because it’s the first day of Daylight Saving Time, which blows, because that means we have lost one hour of precious weekend sleep. Lame City. So, let’s focus instead on how much better this morning will be, now that we have a new Monster Magnet tune and video to kick our asses into a waking state. You’re welcome!

This rad clip, “Ejection,” is actually a smokin’ hot, rocket-fueled cover of a tune by Lemmy’s old band from the ’70s, Hawkwind! Fans may recall that Monster Magnet previously covered Hawkwind’s “The Right Stuff” on 2004’s Monolithic Baby!, so you know that Dave is a big fan. The original song is a true ’70s classic and couldn’t be a better indication of what to expect from the new album! I also enjoy the visuals of what looks like the band performing while floating across the vast cosmos as a volcano erupts in the  background. Or something like that.

“Ejection” is the second single from  MindFucker — Monster Magnet’s eleventh studio album  — which will be released on March 23rd, 2018 via Napalm Records. Enjoy!

MindFucker Album Cover