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Video Clip The Week: Jon Spencer, “Do The Trash Can”


My favorite memory involving Jon Spencer (he of the eponymous Blues Explosion) goes back to the time that I was assigned to write a cover story about him for a now long-defunct Rock magazine, whose editors would not allow writers to use the word “that” in any articles. Just being serious. For the interview, I arranged to meet Spencer at a Starbucks in the neighborhood where we both live, assuming it would not be impossible to settle in at an empty table and just chat over the reasonable din of people getting coffee and taking up space. When no tables were free at Starbucks, we attempted to find another nearby restaurant or bar to duck into, but there were no viable options, for some mysterious reason. I then suggested that perhaps we could just go to his apartment that he shares with wife Cristina Martinez, but Spencer said no way in Hell was that going to happen. Lovely. We ended up doing the interview while sitting on a bench in Union Square Park. Whatever. He was a decent interview, and now I have been able to share this fun story with you, so it all worked out.

This brings us to our featured video clip, with Spencer flying solo for “Do The Trash Can” – which was described to me as being “a Molotov cocktail of sound,” so I am just going to go with that.  If you are already a fan of the kind of take-no-prisoners,  eardrum-excoriating noise rock that Spencer is, dare I say it, the absolute best at churning out, then you will go crazy over “Do The Trash Can.” It’s a Jon Spencer song, what can I say? If you have no previous exposure to this true garage rock legend, consider this a test drive. Your mileage may vary.

Visually, “Do The Trash Can” is a bit of a softer sell, because this video ranks as a Work of Art.  “Do The Trash Can” rates up there in the top five or so “most fun to just look at” video clips I’ve featured in five years of running this column. With Spencer dressed up as a vendor of the kind of fast food that you might find at, say, Coney Island, the video focuses on artfully directed images of him interacting with hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, french fries, and pop corn, while also introducing The Trash Can as some kind of minimal dance, and of course playing guitar. This is all presented against the most highly-saturated palette of primary colors that I can recall seeing in a video since DEVO’s “Whip It,” which everyone agrees was ahead of its time. I’m hungry and I want to go to an art gallery, just thinking about it.

As an aside, it has also never dawned on me how much Spencer’s guitar playing sounds to have been influenced by that of the late, great George Harrison. For a point of aural reference, revisit the breakdown in The Beatles’ “Tax Man” and tell me I’m not on to something. “Do The Trash Can” can be found on Spencer’s first ever (no kidding) solo album, Spencer Sings The Hits!, which is out on November 9, 2018 via In The Red Records! Enjoy!

Spencer Sings The Hits

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Video Clip of The Week (Christmas Edition): Kissing Party, “Warren City Christmas”



Merry Christmas, and welcome to our Holiday-themed The Video Clip of The Week! Denver-based quintet, Kissing Party‘s brand new video for “Warren City Christmas” is here to get you in the spirit. Imagine Charles Dickens venturing into the Brit Pop genre to create a full album – think melancholia you can dance to. With origins and inspirations from the gray bleakness of Pennsylvania and Ohio in the winter months, Kissing Party serves up boozy ballads about memories in Midwestern basements, jingling and rebellious carols for drunken gutter punks, mini pop symphonies contemplating the overwhelming grayness of the season, and heartbreaks and hangovers. The band’s new album Winter in the Pub (out now via Northern Transmissions) is an ode to December as the month of alt-cheer!

When you’re ready to move past the typical, uninspired cover collections this holiday season, when the awkward nostalgia of being in your hometown starts to sink in, Kissing Party’s Winter in the Pub has got your back. Kissing Party is: Gregg Dolan, Deirdre Sage, Shane Reid, Joe Hansen and Lee Evans. RIYL: The Wedding Present, The Smiths and The Sundays. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

Kissing Party CD Cover

Video Clip of The Week: Empire of The Sun, “High And Low”


Geoffrey has been a fan of Empire of The Sun for a million billion years, it seems, but I never heard their music until the sublime “Walking On A Dream” was used to great effect (i.e. millions of cars and records, sold!)  in a Honda Civic Commercial. So, it is my pleasure to finally introduce this fine electro-dance-rock duo to the Video Clip of The Week with their latest, “High And Low.”

Moving seamlessly from scenes found in nature to futurist imaginary landscapes, the video for “High and Low” is a trippy garden of unearthly bliss; a psychedelic journey through space and time, through a waterfall of dreams, beyond the white light of an ice curtain wherein lies a lush, green world. Here, an intricate living forest and ancient wisdom form to create an out of body experience.  Says frontman Nick Littlemore of the song and its accompanying video, “Imagination is something that we’ve always nurtured and promoted, and however one achieves that ecstatic madness of being is fine. It can be love to some people, it can be taking a walk in nature, or it can be scaling the heights of a psychedelic experience. As artists, we like to live on the edge. I guess this song is about finding some equilibrium there.”

“High And Low” will be included on the duo’s forthcoming third studio album, Two Vines, set for release on October 28th, 2016 via Astralwerks. Enjoy!

Empire of the Sun Band

Video Clip of The Week: You Me At Six, “Night People”



OK, bitches; it’s time to wake up! Coming on with no nonsense sturm und drang, and a lead-heavy groove reminiscent of Soundgarden or Alice in Chains in their prime, You And Me At Six bring us the visually seductive clip for “Night People” — the eponymous track off the British band’s upcoming fifth album. This is our first exposure to this excellent band — who’ve mastered the elusive art of making heavy music that doesn’t lose sight of the melody — but apparently they’ve been making an impact across the water for years now; having already scored three Top 5 albums, including a UK Number 1 on their last release, Cavalier Youth. Well-deserved, from the sound of it.

While “Night People” seems to be thematically celebrating the power and the pleasure of nighttime activity (let your imagination fill in the blanks), we would certainly love to see them make a million dollars/pounds and score a sweet licensing deal in which this song is used as an integral soundtrack element in any quality vampire flick. #MakeItHappen.

You And Me At Six will release Night People on January 13, 2017 through BMG.  We can hardly wait. Enjoy!

You and Me at Six Band
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The Damned Documentary, Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead To Be Released May 20th!

Don't You Wish That We Were Dead Damned Doc

One year after it first debuted at SXSW 2015, director Wes Orshoski’s long-awaited documentary on British Punk Rock legends The Damned is finally coming out on DVD May 20th, 2016, and all I can say is it’s about fucking time. I can’t wait to own it, and I will be writing a full review for you once it is in my hot little hands! In the meantime, please enjoy my amazing and hilarious interview with Captain Sensible from August 2001 at This Link, and watch the trailer below!

Video Clip of The Week: Eagulls, “Skipping”



It’s always fun to have a favorite band return for an encore appearance, and today we are featuring a brand new clip from Leeds UK-based badasses, Eagulls, who made their first appearance here in the Video Clip of The Week way back in January of 2014! It literally seems like just yesterday, because we have no sense of the passage of time!

Aurally, Eagulls still embrace all of the very best and most menacing components of vintage Cure (circa Boys Don’t Cry, Seventeen Seconds and Faith), when the latter were primarily a favorite band of College Radio nerds, sad Goths, and people with a self-harm fetish (just being serious). The lyrics for “Skipping” are loaded with sharp metaphors, comparing the pitfalls of vinyl record ownership to existential issues, evident in lyrics like, “All I ever wanted was an answer / But all I ever got was just a broken record skipping.” If I have to explain what that means, I don’t want to know you.

Speaking about the equally enigmatic video, director Matthew Michael John Tully (so many names!) said: “The concept evolved into the idea of working around a central character that exists in an environment that has been fabricated solely to fulfill an almost ritualistic act in an isolated space, distant from everyday reality and routine. I liked the idea of the act being fetish like in its portrayal, communicating the feeling that the character was using it as a form of private escapism, a premeditated means of release, disconnected from any day to day role and, of course, [depicting] monotony.” Wow! Sounds like a great, twisted plot for an indie horror film!

“Skipping” comes from the group’s latest release, Ullages, which is due out on May 13th, 2016 on Partisan Records. US-based fans can check out Eagulls on tour starting in May (see dates below the photo). Enjoy!

Eagulls Band

US Tour Dates

5/9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
6/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
6/11 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
6/13 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
6/14 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room
6/15 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
6/16 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
6/17 – Davenport, IA @ Daytrotter
6/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
6/20 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
6/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
6/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teregram Ballroom
6/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill

Video Clip of The Week: Xu Xu Fang, “I Crave”



Ah, sweet nostalgia. This week’s Video Clip, “I Crave” by Mar Vista, California’s Xu Xu Fang, takes me right back to my glory days as a recovering goth, and many, many blissful Saturday night’s spent in the vault-like confines of the late, great NYC dance club The Bank. There, I danced until dawn to classic, spooky tunes by Bauhaus, Ministry, NIN, The Cure and others, while my eyeballs were nearly seared shut by thick clouds of acrid cigarette smoke, and boys in makeup up were just everywhere. Good times. “I Crave, with its chugging industrial guitar, insistent, electronic drum beats and ethereal, siren-like vocals is exactly the kind of song that would have packed The Bank’s tiny dance floor. God, I miss that place.

Visually, it’s the dry-ice fest that allows me to easily imagine Xu Xu Fang right on The Bank’s stage as well, in a live performance that seduces both aurally and visually, while compelling you to wonder just why in the hell the band members are wearing those…rubber masks? Who else reading this sees rubber masks and automatically thinks of  the Keanu Reeves / Patric Swayze Bank Robbing Surfer adventure classic, Point Break? It can’t be just me.

“I Crave” comes from Xu Xu Fang’s wildly anticipated debut full-length album, Daylong Secret, which will be released on March 4th, 2016 via The Sound Ranch. Trivia: Michael Shuman of Queens of the Stone Age joined the band in the studio, recording bass and duet lead vocals on several new songs! Enjoy!

Xu Xu Fang Band
Xu Xu Fang Band Photograph By Piper Ferguson