Tag Archive | New Wave

Video Clip of The Week: The Shins, “Cherry Hearts”


Welcome back, Earthlings. In this week’s Video Clip, The Shins draw on their finest influences of the ’80s British New Wave (see The Human League, Heaven 17, Gary Numan) with an enchanting stop-motion animated video for “Cherry Hearts.” The Stefano Bertelli-directed clip, made entirely out of folded paper here, takes place inside an amusement park, so enjoy the ride!

“Cherry Hearts” can be found on The Shins’ fifth album, Heartworms, which is available everywhere now via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records. Check them out on tour (dates below) right now! Enjoy!

The Shins On Tour:
10/08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
11/02 Washington, DC The Anthem
11/03 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
11/04 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
11/05 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theatre
11/07 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
11/08 Columbus, OH Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
11/10 Dallas, TX House of Blues
11/11 Houston, TX House of Blues
11/12 McDade, TX Sound on Sound Music Festival
11/14 New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre
11/15 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
11/16 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
11/17 Atlanta, GA Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
11/19 Ciudad de Mexico, MX Corona Capital
11/30 Auckland, NZ Powerstation
12/04 St. Kilda, AU Palais Theatre
12/05 Brisbane, AU QPAC Concert Hall
12/08 Newtown, AU Enmore Theatre
12/12 Honolulu, HI The Republik

Cherry Hearts Cover Art

Chris Stein Presents Blondie 4(0) Ever at The Dream Hotel

Debbie Zebra
Debbie Harry Photographed By Chris Stein (All Event Photos By Gail)

The Morrison Hotel Gallery, in conjunction with the Dream Downtown Hotel is currently presenting a collection of fine art photographs by legendary Blondie guitarist Chris Stein. A student of NYC’s School Of Visual Arts, Chris started taking photographs in 1968. In 1973, he met and began working with Debbie Harry and together they founded the band Blondie. Chris was always taking pictures in the environment that surrounded Blondie and, lucky to be on the inside, was able to mingle with many pioneers of the new wave and punk music scenes.

Debbie with Shades

Stein’s photos of Deborah Harry helped establish her as an international icon. This exhibit, celebrating Blondie’s 40th year as a band, focuses exclusively on his photos of Debbie; some that will be familiar and others that we are seeing for the first time.

Debbie and a Car

Last Friday, the Dream Downtown Hotel hosted a fun party to kick off the exhibit the night before its official opening on Saturday, May 10th, and what fun time it was! Here are some photos of the evening.

MHG Table Top

Awesome DJ

This awesome DJ warmed up the room with an incredible set of classic punk and new wave that included bands like The Clash, X-Ray Spex and The Buzzcocks. As his song selections advanced through the years, at one point he played The Smiths’ “This Charming Man” followed by The Charlatans’ “The Only One I Know” and Blur’s “There’s No Other Way,” at which point my head exploded.

Bar

There was an open bar for at least part of the evening, which served a very potent Texas Cherry Limeade.

Texas Cherry Limeade

My friend Jamie and I toast to a fun evening!

Rational Animal Booth

The Rational Animal charity organization had a Booth where they sold raffle tickets to win a guitar, with proceeds going to help Animals. They also gave away these cute and yummy dog cookies (Clarification: Cookies shaped like Dogs, not Cookies for Dogs) which Jamie and I played with before eating. The frosting had a bit of orange zest in it – very tasty!

Dog Cookies

Here are some more pictures of Debbie.

Debbie on The Bridge
Debbie on The Bridge

Debbie in the Subway
Debbie in the Subway

Debbie at the Airport
Debbie at the Airport, she looks amazing!

The light wasn’t great in the space, but you work with what you have.

Debbie in Undies
Debbie in Her Underwear

Chris Stein is releasing a book of photography later this year and you’ll be able to own it and have these photos (and others) of Debbie all to yourself.

I’m not sure how long Blondie 4(0) Ever will be on exhibit, so you’ll have to investigate further on your own to find out. Here is where you need to go:

The Dream Hotel Downtown is Located at 355 West 16th St, Just East of 9th Ave, New York, NY.

Recommended Listening: Palmyra Delran, You Are What You Absorb

You Are What You Absorb

Well known on the NYC rock scene as the guitarist and primary songwriter behind retro garage-pop quartet The Friggs, Palmyra Delran is a bit of a local music icon. While The Friggs never broke commercially, they opened for legendary bands such as The Ramones and Cheap Trick, earning a devote regional following as well as solid professional props for being an “all-girl” band that could rock as hard as any group of guys. In her second solo venture, Delran stays close to the layered pop sound she helped to hone in The Friggs, while continuing to demonstrate innovation with regard to arrangements and intriguing personal storytelling in songs that draw the listener into her very relatable world.

If Palmyra Delran isn’t the coolest chick on the block, I don’t know who is. Seamlessly blending the guitar rock grit of Joan Jett with the pop sensibilities and subtle humor of Blondie, You Are What You Absorb will feel instantly familiar to fans of the classic Girl Groups, Sixties Psychedelia, Surf Rock and the very best of the early eighties New Wave movement. There’s not a lot of timeless music being made today, but the twelve memorable tracks on You Are What You Absorb certainly qualify as such, being packed with lyrical hooks sharp enough to draw blood and retro musical flourishes, such as sitar and organ, that establish Palmyra’s reverential connection to the past while bringing her music into the present.

A favorite track among many is the single “Shy Boy” – an endearing love song to a reluctant wallflower that will melt the coldest heart. I also dig the way that the propulsive drumbeat and furious guitar outtro of “Lies For You” dig deep to fondly recall the Nick Lowe-penned Elvis Costello classic, “(What’s So Funny About) Peace, Love & Understanding.” Bringing other unexpected influences the forefront, Delran’s expert guitar playing on “Never to Be Back Again,” especially, recalls Jeff Beck’s distinctive riffage on The Yardbird’s “Heart Full of Soul,” and I don’t think there is much higher praise to give than that. Palmyra also shows her stylistic versatility on “The Turtle,” which successfully flirts with sixties lounge jazz.

Although it’s still pretty chilly on the East coast, as New York fights hard to break into spring, you need to grab a copy of You Are What You Absorb right away, so you can get ready to take it to the beach with you, add it to Party Mixes and slap it on the car stereo for long drives with the car top down as these songs become the soundtrack to your Best Summer Ever.

Palmyra Delran’s You Are What You Absorb is out now and available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon.com and wherever quality rock is procured.

Grade: A

View the acclaimed video for “You’re My Brian Jones” Below:

Happy Birthday, Thomas Dolby!

New Wave/Electronic music pioneer Thomas Dolby (Born Thomas Roberston) was born on this day, October 14th, in 1958. Favorite Thomas Dolby song: “Europa And The Pirate Twins.”

Happy Birthday, Gary Numan!

Electronic rock pioneer Gary Numan (born Gary Webb) was born on this day, March 8th, in 1958! Happy Birthday, Gary!

Classic New Wave Single of the Day: The Normal’s “T.V.O.D.”

On This Date, April 6th, in 1978: The Normal released its only single, “T.V.O.D.” backed by “Warm Leatherette” – which, at least in the circles I ran in back in the day, was as big a “hit” as the A side. The Normal was really just a solo project by London film student Daniel Miller, who went on to form Mute Records. Distinguished by Miller’s monotone vocals and minimal, electronic beats, both songs deal lyrically with fairly bizarre fetish behaviors. “T.V.O.D” tells of a person who inserts a Television aerial (antennae) into his veins, literally overdosing on TV signals. “Warm Leatherette” – like David Cronenberg’s 1996 film, Crash – is about a guy who gets off by having sex in the aftermath of a fatal car crash. If this post has piqued your curiosity at all, you can download a ringtone of “Warm Leatherette” at this link.

Thanks to The P5 Blogspot For The Tip!

Classic New Wave Single of The Day: OMD’s “Red Frame/White Light”

On This Date, February 1st in 1980: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (generally known simply as OMD) released the awkward dance single, “Red Frame/White Light” from the group’s self-titled debut album. The song’s title refers to old school UK based telephone booths.

Thanks to Your Prime Source For Eighties Music Knowledge, The P5 Blogspot for the Tip!

Red Frame, White Light

Classic Post-Punk Single of The Day: Thomas Dolby’s “Europa And The Pirate Twins”

Europa

On This Date, September 15th, in 1981: Thomas Dolby released his second solo single, “Europa And The Pirate Twins,” from his debut album, The Golden Age Of Wireless. The single reached the #48 spot on the U.K. singles chart and the #67 spot on the U.S. singles chart. In “Europa And The Pirate Twins” Dolby makes use of a fantastic word economy to tell the story of a man who pines for a long-lost adolescent friendship with a woman who has grown up to become a famous starlet. For my money, it is one of the most gorgeous and painfully sentimental songs every written.

Lyrics of the Day: "Beat Boys in the Jet Age" By The Lambrettas

Lambrettas

Dormant for a decade now
We’re back to take another bow
You’ve heard us on the radio
Patched in though the years
And so you’d best be well prepared for us
Cos we can’t be ignored
It’s just modern music that we play
Tomorrow’s sounds from yesterday

Beat boys in the jet age
So sure in what we do
Beat boys in the jet age
And the beat is aimed at you

Foundations have been carefully laid
The preparations all are made
we’re sweeping all in front of us
Re-cycling the vinyl dross
You’d best believe we speak the truth
A finger on the pulse of youth
You’ll hear it in the pubs and parks
The rhythm of a nation’s heart

Beat boys in the jet age
Too restless to contain
Beat boys in the jet age
And the songs remains the same

Re-makes of a time goes by
Your contributes will testify
That this time round won’t be the same
This year’s chance your claim to fame
Concern yourself with making ground
Old and new has been re-found
You’ve seen the writing on the wall
You’ll soon discover that we’re all

Beat boys in the jet age
So sure in what we do
Beat boys in the jet age
And the beat is aimed at you

(Album released on this Date, Jun
e 28th in 1980!)

Classic Post-Punk Single of the Day: “Everywhere That I’m Not” By Translator

translator heartbeats cover
“Yeah, You’re Everywhere That I’m Not…”

On this Date, June 23rd in in 1982: Translator released their debut album, Heartbeats And Triggers. The album included the single, “Everywhere That I’m Not,” which was such a guilty pleasure of mine back in the day, when it used to get played once every 90 minutes on KROQ FM. I especially loved the walking bass line and the parts where the guy singing would mention all of the places that his girlfriend/love interest was that he was not. What a fun song!

Thanks to The P5 Blogspot: This Day in 80s Music for the tip!