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Video Clip Of The Week: Kodiak, “Goodbye”


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again right now: I would rather listen than any ’80s Metal band for one hundred million billion years than listen to any artist currently on the pop charts for five minutes. Just being serious. For that reason, this week’s high energy clip from New Jersey-based rockers Kodiak is like a breath of fresh air in a vacuum. The no-frills clip for their single “Goodbye,” featuring footage from the studio and the band’s stage show, is a great introduction to this talented band, which includes brothers Pete (Drums) and Chris (Guitar) Biggiani, with Bassist TJ Haefner, and lead singer Eric Dalton. Plus, the group is co-managed by Warren Wyatt and drum legend Carmine Appice. So, props for that.

While “Goodbye” is a classic metal scorcher (comparisons to Van Halen are not unwarranted) Kodiak remind me most of bands like Winger and Dokken: groups with handsome, charismatic frontmen who achieved a crossover appeal by infusing their glam metal repertoire with a few well-placed “power ballads.” I can’t guess whether that will also be Kodiak’s approach, but the potential to stretch out is certainly there. In the mean time, Kodiak guarantee that feel-good, edgy hard rock is officially back in acton. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link. Enjoy!

Kodiak Band

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David Gilmour’s Guitar Collection Going Up For Auction at Christie’s!

David Gilmour Guitar Collection at Christies
All Photos By Gail

In a career spanning more than five decades — as guitarist, singer and songwriter of Pink Floyd, and in his solo recordings  and collaborations with other artists — David Gilmour has created a body of work that cements his legacy as one of the most influential rock musicians  of all time. If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to play one of Gilmour’s guitars, wonder no longer. Christie’s is preparing to bring to auction highlights from David Gilmour’s personal guitar collection on June 20th, 2019 in New York. Comprising more than 120 guitars, Gilmour’s collection focuses on a selection of his preferred Fender models including Broadcasters, Esquires, Telecasters and Stratocasters, led by a guitar as iconic and recognizable as the historic performances for which it was used – the 1969 Black Stratocaster (estimate: $100,000-150,000). Detailing the musical history of one of the world’s most influential guitarists, the sale will be the largest and most comprehensive collection of guitars to be offered at auction. Sale proceeds will benefit charitable causes. Estimated final sale prices range from $300 to $150,000, appealing to a wide spectrum of guitar aficionados, fans and collectors alike.

Electric Guitar Trio

Ovation Preacher 12 String Electric Guitar 1978
Ovation Preacher 12-String Electric Guitar (1978). Final Sale Estimate $2,000-$3,000

A global tour of the guitars arrived in New York City on June 14th for six days of press and sale previews, and I was lucky to be able to view highlights of the full collection on Monday, June 17th.  As a fan for over 40 years,  it was a thrill to be able to see these historic guitars up-close, to read their stories and to enjoy audio and visual clips of David Gilmour in action, provided by Sennheiser, which completed a full sensory experience.

Pink Floyd Video

Pink Floyd Video

Installation View

Fender EC 1989
Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton Signature Model in Custom Color Daphne Blue (1989). Final Sale Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Solid Body Electric Resonator Guitar (1991)
Solid Body Electric Resonator Guitar (1991). Final Sale Estimate $1,500-$2,400

Quote from David Gilmour: “These guitars have been very good to me and many of them have given me pieces of music over the years. They have paid for themselves many times over, but it’s now time that they moved on. Guitars were made to be played and it is my wish that wherever they end up, they continue to give their owners the gift of music. By auctioning these guitars I hope that I can give some help where it is really needed and through my charitable foundation do some good in this world. It will be a wrench to see them go and perhaps one day I’ll have to track one or two of them down and buy them back!”

Installation View

Gretsch Solid Body 6129 Silver Jet (1957)
Gretsch Solid Body Electric Guitar, 6129 Silver Jet (1957). Final Sale Estimate $6,000-$8,000

Kerry Keane, Christie’s Musical Instruments Specialist: “For the last half century David Gilmour’s guitar work has become part of the sound track in our collected popular culture. His solos, both lyrical and layered with color, are immediately identifiable to critics and pop music fans as readily as the brushstrokes of Monet’s water lilies are to art historians.

Dusty Rose Stratocaster Plus
Dusty Rose Fender Stratocaster Plus (1987). Final Sale Estimate $1,500-$2,400

These instruments are unique in that they are the physical embodiment of David Gilmour’s signature sound throughout his over 50-year career. Like palette and brush, they are the tools of the trade for an iconic rock guitarist.”

Ampeg Dan Armstrong Lucite Body Electric Guitar (1969)
Ampeg Dan Armstrong Lucite Body Electric Guitar (1969). Final Sale Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Two Guitars with Gilmour Backdrop

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS

David Gilmour Black Strat

Leading the Collection is David Gilmour’s 1969 Black Fender Stratocaster, purchased in 1970 at Manny’s on West 48th Street in New York (estimate: $100,000150,000). The Black Strat quickly became his primary performance and recording instrument for the next fifteen years and it was extensively modified to accommodate Gilmour’s evolving style and performance requirements. The Black Strat was played on Money, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and the legendary solo on Comfortably Numb. It was key to the development of the Pink Floyd sound and was instrumental in the recording of landmark albums such as Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977) and The Wall (1979), and of course Pink Floyd’s seminal 1973 masterpiece The Dark Side of the Moon, widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time. The guitar can also be heard on Gilmour’s critically acclaimed solo albums including David Gilmour (1978), About Face (1984), On An Island (2006) and Rattle that Lock (2015). After a period of temporary retirement while on semi-permanent loan to the Hard Rock Cafe, Gilmour reclaimed The Black Strat for Pink Floyd’s historic reunion concert at Live 8 in London’s Hyde Park on July 2nd, 2005, reinstating it as his guitar of choice for the next decade and firmly establishing its place in rock’n’roll history.

The White Strat

Another important guitar offered is Gilmour’s 1954 White Fender Stratocaster #0001, which has become one of the instruments synonymous with his long artistic career (estimate: $100,000150,000). Gilmour acquired The #0001 Stratocaster in 1978. Its use on several recordings, such as Another Brick In The Wall (Parts Two and Three), and on the concert stage, make it readily recognizable by both fans and connoisseurs.

Fred Gretsch White Penguin

An additional collection highlight is an incredibly rare Gretsch White Penguin 6134. With only 50 models ever produced, the White Penguin is one of the rarest America vintage guitars to exist in the market. Gilmour purchased this guitar (pictured above) for his private collection July of 1980 (estimate: $100,000150,000).

1984 Red Strat

Further Fender highlights include the 1957 ‘Ex-Homer Haynes’ Stratocaster, with gold plated hardware and finished in the rare custom color of Lake Placid Blue (estimate: $60,000-90,000); a Candy Apple Red 1984 Stratocaster 57V (estimate: $15,000-25,000), which became his primary electric guitar during the 1980’s and 1990’s, used during recording and touring of the Pink Floyd albums A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994): and an exceptionally early 1954 Stratocaster, (estimate: $50,000-70,000), believed to be one of a group of Stratocasters produced by Fender prior to its commercial production release in October 1954.

Acoustic Guitar Trio

Echoing Gilmour’s early musical influences of the Everly Brothers and Bob Dylan, the collection offers several acoustic guitars. Examples include a 1969 D-35 Martin purchased on the streets of New York in 1971, and used as both Pink Floyd and David Gilmour’s main studio acoustic, notably on Wish You Were Here (estimate $10,000- 20,000); and a unique Tony Zemaitis (1978) custom acoustic bass guitar (estimate $15,000-25,000).

Installation View
David Gilmour Guitar Backdrop

Update: To read an article on the results of this auction click Here!

Video Clip of The Week: The Voidz, “Permanent High School”


Hey what’s up? Does it feel like summer yet where you live? Here in NYC, not so much, but I can tell it’s on the way! After taking a couple of weeks off from this column, I was all ready-and-set to post a completely different band for this week’s Video Clip, but then I read about their stupid personal politics and was compelled to make an abrupt about face on that decision. And that’s too bad, because the song was excellent, but the lead singer sounded like a dick, and I just can’t even with that. Anyway, no loss to you, because look what I found instead? It’s this crazy great video for the tune “Permanent High School” from the Julian Casablancas-fronted band The Voidz!

Soundtracked by Casablancas‘ rather intoxicatingly druggy vocals, watching the video for “Permanent High School” feels like being dropped into a dream-in-progess.  As the band and its entourage load into a waiting van and head to the gig, two attractive female fans steal clothes from random dryers in a laundromat that is thoroughly bathed in glowing pink light. The now-well-dressed, obviously quite avid fans manage to outsmart club security and hustle their way into the show, squirming all the way to the front of stage, where the band is already in the midst of their set. And then . . . one of the ladies gets a little over zealous, shall we say. From there, it’s like the best night of your life, hanging with your best friend at a show by your favorite band! If these ladies look familiar to you, it’s because they are played models by Suki Waterhouse and Theodora Richards (daughter of Keith Richards). Pretty cool!

Aurally, “Permanent High School” (which has nothing to do with High School) is a sublime mix of psychedelia and garage rock, with probably the best lyrics that Casablancas has written in his entire career. “Permanent High School” can be found on The Voidz 2018 release, Virtue. Tristate area residents can catch The Voidz (and The Strokes) performing on May 31st and June 2nd, 2019 at New York’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Enjoy!

The Voidz Governors Ball

Video Clip of The Week: Topless By Tops


I’m sorry to be week late to share this fun video in time for Easter (for reasons which will become obvious once you start watching), but better late than never. This week’s Video Clip comes from Montreal four-piece Tops, sharring a new video for a song from their recent archives. “Topless,” taken from their 2017 album Sugar at the Gate, captures lead-singer Jane Penny as she walks around Berlin at dusk. From quiet moments on her phone to a street orchestra of bunnies, Penny takes in the romance of the Berlin streets as she laments on missing her lover.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the video, Penny says:

“I really wanted to make a video for our song ‘Topless.’ It took a little longer than I anticipated (ehem, about a year longer) but it’s finally here for you. I ended up going for a walk in the neighbourhood where I’ve been living in Berlin, at dusk, and over several days we caught the nicest lighting we could find and some very strange bunnies on display at the local mall. There’s a romantic greyness to Berlin when the leaves are gone, I think the moodiness of the city at the end of winter compliments the song, and my mood that day, quite well. It’s getting harder to remember that feeling now that the leaves are out and the sun is shining, it’s nice to have this remind me.”

The video comes ahead of Tops‘ upcoming North American tour. Beginning May 13th, 2019 in Las Vegas, the group will play 16 shows across the U.S. with a stop in Mexico for Corona Capital Guadalajara Festival. Check out Tour Dates below. Enjoy!

5/9 – Ciudad de México, MX @ Galera
5/11 – Guadalajara, MX @ Corona Capital Guadalajara
5/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
5/14 -Tuscon, AZ @ 191 Toole
5/16 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
5/17 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
5/18 – Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar
5/20 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
5/21 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolfe
5/23 – Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHo Music Club
5/25 – Santa Ana, CA @ La Santa
6/13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
6/14 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
6/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – Purgatory
6/17 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
6/18 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
6/19th – Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
6/20 – Miami, FL @ Perez Art Museum

Tops Band Photo By Marius Knieling
Tops Band Photo By Marius Knieling

Video Clip of The Week: WARGIRL, “How You Feel”

When a song instantly conjures a mental movie, on whose soundtrack it fits perfectly, from the very first time you can hear it, that song possesses a cinematic quality that’s been missing from music since the seventies. Just being serious. The transcendent power of the one-song soundtrack hit me as soon as I watched this week’s video clip, “How You Feel” from the southern California-based, mixed-gender sextet, WARGIRL. Blending sixties psychedelia together with seventies funk until it is oh, so smooth, “How You Feel” could have been lifted from a key scene in almost any early James Bond thriller, or perhaps something a bit more exotic, such as Mario Bava’s Danger: Diabolik. If reading that sentence doesn’t get you excited to hear this band, you are dead from the neck up and there is no hope for you. Visually, the accompanying video is a Mondrian-esque, color-block title sequence to that very same movie in your head. It’s two minutes and thirty-five seconds of pure, cinematic perfection.

Comprised of guitarist Matt Wignall, lead singer Samantha Park, bassist Tamara Raye, keyboardist Enya Preston, and dual percussionists Erick Diego Nieto and Jeff Suri, the various members’ diverse backgrounds allow WARGIRL to effortlessly cross and combine genres. I know it’s often said, but WARGIRL truly is a band that sounds like no other, and that’s a very good thing. “How You Feel” can be found on WARGIRL’s self-titled debut album, which is due out on April 19th, 2019! Enjoy!

Wargirl Album Cover Art

Video Clip of The Week: Andrew Bird, “Manifest”


Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird has been doing his own thing under-the-radar in various bands, collaborations, and solo efforts — across multiple genres — for two decades. He may not be a household name — unless you know him from his tenure with Squirrel Nut Zippers — but those who seek true ‘artistry’ in a music artist continue to pay attention to his prolific body of work. Today it is my pleasure to give Bird his inaugural exposure on The ‘Gig with the song “Manifest,” from his latest recording.

With playfully colorful animation by Andrea Nakhla, the video for “Manifest” is an ideal accompaniment  to this somewhat wistful song that delivers an urgent call to action regarding not just defending, but actively saving our environment, wildlife and natural resources. There’s never been a better time than now to wake up and own your destiny, even if it means acknowledging that we’ve  got our work cut out for us. “I’m interested in the idea that our enemies are what makes us whole,” Bird explains. The song’s lyrics are direct and risk-taking, cutting to the quick of what’s happening in our world. The message is that it’s not too late to turn things around.

With all of his many talents, at his core, Andrew Bird is a gifted storyteller whose turn of phrase and instrumental arrangements remind me of greats like Leonard Cohen and James Taylor. He is certainly a unique and welcome voice in today’s cultural climate. “Manifest” can be found on Andrew’s brand new album, My Finest Work Yet, out now on Loma Vista Recordings. Enjoy!

Andrew Bird CD Cover

Video Clip of The Week: Band Of Skulls, “We’re Alive”


I can’t believe it’s been five whole years since UK Rock Duo Band Of Skulls made an appearance in this space; and yet, it is so. Needless to say, they’re back with a vengeance with this week’s video clip for “We’re Alive.” While this anthemic song ushers in a poppier sound for Band of Skulls, the heavy baselines, rich vocals and hooks galore haven’t gone anywhere. Shot entirely in tones of red and black, the video not only looks great, it also has an intriguing message.

As the band — comprised of Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals) and Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) — explains, the video is the second installment of a trilogy that began with “Cool Your Battles” (released in February), “using the same central characters who are losing themselves to the music. The song is life affirming, cutting through the mundaneness of modern life to proclaim ‘We’re Alive.’” Director Nate Camponi adds that he “wanted the video for ‘We’re Alive’ to be a vision of a surreal cult, built from this crazy cross section of characters, all dancing in sync. Where did these characters end up after they raved together at the end of ‘Cool Your Battles’?  Well, they ended up getting seduced into following this strange Guru character, who hypnotizes them with a bizarre dance. Ultimately, it’s a tongue-in-cheek study of power and brainwashing, and how we’ve seen countless historical figures stand up and assume total control. It’s a deep concept but hopefully it’s still lighthearted enough to get your foot tapping.” Mission accomplished!

“We’re Alive” appears on the band’s fifth album, Love Is All You Love (produced by Richard X), which is set for release April 12th, 2019 via So Recordings. Enjoy!

Band of Skulls 2019 Photo
Band of Skulls!