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Video Clip of The Week: Greta Van Fleet, “Highway Tune”


Do you like Led Zeppelin? I sure do. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Queen are pretty much where it’s all at in the Holy Trinity of Rock & Roll as far as I’m concerned. And while there is always room for originality, even Kevin Parker of Tame Impala knows that if your going to borrow shit, you want to borrow from the best. This is why I have no problem with the completely obvious fact that Greta Van Fleet — which is a rock band comprised of four dudes: three of whom are brothers — sound pretty much just like Communication Breakdown-era Led Zeppelin on this week’s video clip, “Highway Tune.” Because Led Zeppelin! It just does not get any better than that. Thank you drive through.

“Highway Tune” can be found on Greta Van Fleet’s brand new four-song debut EP, Black Smoke Rising, which was just released this past Friday, April 21st, 2017 (on Lava Records). Enjoy!

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Video Clip of The Week: Ride, “Charm Assault”



Hey, did you know that ’90s British Alt-Rock sensation Ride has reunited with all four of the original members? This actually happened a few years ago, but I am not exactly in the loop of the hipster music nerds when it comes to ‘whats going on’ with bands from back-in-the day, so I just found out when I got the rad link to a new Ride video called “Charm Assault.” It may have been a long time coming but, trust me, this one was worth waiting for.

Aurally, “Charm Assault” is pure sensory bliss, filled with chiming guitars and locomotive drums that will cause a tingling in the nether regions of anyone who gets a little stiffy when they hear The Smiths or Stone Roses. The lyrics, which are just fluid enough to allow for personal interpretation, find Ride railing at the “focused, raw, reptilian ambition” of certain unspecified people in power, who “set fire to your world, and let it burn.” Yeah, I think we all know someone whom may apply to, although I hardly find him charming.

Directed by Jean de Oliveira, the clip was conceived by infamous acid casualty Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre), so the engaging visual bombardment of muted psychedelia is fully appropriate to the pastiche. Well-played.

“Charm Assault” can be found on Ride’s upcoming, first album of new material in 20 years, Weather Diaries (due out on June 16th, 2017 via Wichita Recordings). The album was mixed by studio legend Alan Moulder, so you know it sounds amazing, because the magic is in the mix! Enjoy!

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Video Clip of The Week: Jonny Polonsky, “Lay Down Your Arms”

If Trent Reznor were to endeavor to make a ‘pop’ record in the style of Paul Westerberg, the result might be an album that sounds something like The Other Side Of Midnight, from multi-instrumentalist wunderkind, Jonny Polonsky. Though he is hardly a kid anymore, Jonny’s professional journey is one of the more fascinating True Stories in the music business. He was signed to Rick Ruben’s American Recordings at 21, and his debut album, Hi My Name in Jonny released in 1996, became the most-well-reviewed album of that year (yes, that is a thing). Two decades later, Jonny continues to record and release his own original material, while writing songs for, touring with, and recording with artists as diverse as Frank Black, Neil Diamond, Reeves Gabrels of David Bowie’s Tin Machine, Pusicfer, The Dixie Chicks, and he also played on posthumous releases from Johnny Cash. Wow, Jonny Polonsky is amazing!

The Other Side of Midnight is a couple of years old now, but I just discovered this crazy-stylish video for the track “Lay Down Your Arms” last week, when Jonny sent me the link, and I think it shows a Beatles-esque growth curve not only in his sound and but also his rock persona, and so it deserves some love from the Gig. The video’s desert setting is the perfect place for this song that tells the tale of a long dead love affair from which both sides are still seeking an armistice with regard to what went down, and what needs to happen in order to move forward. Have most of us been there? I think so. Try not to fall in love with Jonny’s aching, emotionally-rich vocal delivery over a seductive, tribal beat, languid flow and a killer ’80s-reminiscent keyboard hook that is sharp enough to draw blood. I dare you.

The Other Side of Midnight (available on iTunes) was written, produced and recorded entirely by Jonny, and then mixed at David Lynch’s Asymmetrical Studios by Lynch’s longtime Collaborator/Engineer, Dean Hurley (Twin Peaks). Enjoy!

Jonny Polonsky Lay Down Your Arms

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Video Clip of The Week: Djustin, “Dancing”


Hey Bitches, everyone’s Favorite Thing, The Video Clip of The Week, makes a hard comeback for Spring with an awesome tune to get you movin’ and groovin’ on a Sunday morning — and if you don’t quite feel like moving just yet, you have something cool to look at — with Djustin’s neon-infused video for their uber hot synth-pop dance track, appropriately entitled “Dancing”! Because, Dancing!

Djustin is an unstoppable power duo comprised of Sweden’s Johan Angergård and his American partner, Rose Suau, and together they create something truly primal. “Dancing” wastes no time at all getting right to the heart of the club experience, putting the transcendent power of dance floor right in your head. Lyric videos have never looked as spectacular as this visual bombardment  of Hot Pink and Bright Turquoise Neon signage delivering the message directly to your cerebral cortex against a backdrop of mirror-ball rays and tiny reflective shards of glittery stuff, all buoyed by Suau’s seductive vocal hooks reminiscent of  Shannon’s 1983 smash hit, “Let The Music Play.” Resistance is futile.

“Dancing” can be found on Djustin’s upcoming full-length album Voyagers, which will be released on May 5th, 2017. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link! Enjoy!

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Photo By Bengt Rahm

Video Clip of The Week: Blaire Alise & The Bombshells, “Rolleiflex”

It’s so funny that I was just talking with a friend on the FaceBook about the Girl Groups of the ‘50s and ’60s, and the next thing I knew, I was clicking on the link to “Rolleiflex”, the wildly nostalgia-inducing new video from 20 year-old Detroit native Blaire Alise and her band, The Bombshells. OMG, this video amazing!

Shot on Super 8 film, the video will feel instantly familiar to viewers of a certain age: like a collection of memories in a visual scrapbook, or even like a favorite dream. While watching it, I felt at times like I was back in junior high school again. This song captures a magic that has been missing from music for a long time. It’s lyrical content, melody, and multi layered harmonies are first rate, and her vocal delivery is so heartfelt that it transports the listener to a time in life when, as unbelievable as that may seem in the present time, happiness was unquestionable. Production values are excellent as well. Blaire admits that “Rolleiflex is about memories, specifically, “It’s about trying to capture all of the moments you can, with the fear of not being able to take all of them in.” I think she succeeds beautifully.

Blaire Alise is currently based in New York, where she and The Bombshells regularly perform. “Rolleiflex” can be found on their new album, My Eye, which is out now. Enjoy!

Blaire Alise and The Bombshells Cover Art

Video Clip of The Week: Vundabar, “Shuffle”

This week’s Video Clip, “Shuffle” by the Boston-based band Vundabar, sounds to me like an obscure indie rock song that you might have heard on an early ’80s college radio show playlist that included tracks by Pere Ubu, Bauhaus and Julian Cope. If you enjoyed that last sentence, by all means, read on.

The accompanying, and undeniably creepy, black-and-white video features a protagonist (antagonist?) wearing a mask that makes him look like Punch from the classic and uber violent Punch and Judy puppet shows. Punch walks the streets harassing people and  gazing almost incessantly into a handheld mirror.  When he runs into his significant other, she appears equally mirror-equipped and selfie-absorbed. We all know too many folks like this, amiright?  Later, Punch falls in love with his own reflection, and meets a violent end at the hands of a distracted motorist who can’t stop preening in his rear-view mirror. Art imitates life! Not surprisingly, the band offers that the video “deals with themes of interpersonal self infatuation.” No kidding! This is why I don’t have a smart phone. Shot by George Watts (Holler Productions) the video’s script was written by Vundabar’s own Brandon Hagen.

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Band members make cameo appearances in the video! Look for them! (Photo By Rider Doolittle)

“Shuffle” can be found on the band’s sophomore album, Gawk, recently  re-released (as of March 10th), in preparation for their third album, which will be released later in 2017. To end on another positive note, all Digital Sales of “Shuffle” will benefit Planned Parenthood. Spring Tour Dates are below. Enjoy!

Vundabar Tour Dates:
3/16 – Hamden, CT @ The Outer Space*
3/17 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong*
3/18 – Richmond, VA @strangematterrva*
3/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian w/ Jacuzzi Boys
3/30 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre ^
3/31 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen ^
4/01 – Montreal, QC @ Quai Des Brumes ^
4/02 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha ^
4/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn ^
4/08 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs ^

* w/ Sports
^ w/ Horse Jumper of Love

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Video Clip of The Week: Jason Achilles Mezilis, “Tokyo Drift”


As a musician known for his original compositions and fluid playing style, as well as a skilled producer/engineer who is just as comfortable behind the board as he is on the stage, LA-based guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis returns to the Video Clip of The Week, this time to showcase his latest solo effort, the moody, emotionally evocative instrumental, “Tokyo”Drift.”

Filmed entirely on location in Los Angeles, and starring a young actress (Annette Diana Walter) who reminds me very much of Scarlett Johansson, the transcendent melancholy of “Tokyo”Drift” soundtracks one young woman’s solitary night out, lost amidst the glitz of the boulevard and the din of the dance clubs. Is she running from, or looking for, something or someone? The visuals certainly encourage imaginative extrapolation as you follow her on a journey that has no definitive resolution. The video’s pacing and visual effects also recall Gaspar Noé’s hallucinatory, experimental film Enter the Void, in case you’ve seen and enjoyed that very trippy film. And, since Enter the Void also takes place in Tokyo, perhaps the similarity is not unintentional. Enjoy!

Catch Jason On Tour in March:

3.07 Rogue Bar, Scottsdale AZ
3.09 Golden Moon Speakeasy, Golden CO
3.10 Tommyknocker Tavern, Creede CO
3.11 High Desert Brewing Co, Las Cruces NM
3.12 The 806 Coffee + Lounge, Amarillo TX
3.14 Super Happy Fun Land, Houston TX
3.15 Notsuoh, Houston TX
3.16 SXSW, Austin TX
3.17 SXSW, Austin TX
3.18 The Prophet Bar, Dallas TX

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