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Video Clip Of The Week: MGMT, “Little Dark Age”

MGMT is a band that Geoffrey and I love so much, and feel so protective about, that we still pronounce its name “Management” just to be dicks. The Brooklyn-based neo-dance-by-way-of-surf-rock duo won me over back in 2007 with their phenomenal debut album, Oracular Spectacular, and its follow-up, Congratultions, which was my favorite album of 2010. So, it was kind of inevitable they they would fall from grace with a hard and painful thud by releasing a third album which was their own personal version of Metal Machine Music via an eponymous 2013 release that just sucked irredeemably. Yet somehow, the band ‘managed’ to not get booted from their sweet major label deal, and they are still around to be releasing a fourth album in early 2018 — yay! Today, we bring you the video for that hotly-anticipated album’s title track, “Little Dark Age.” As you will see, it was worth the wait.

Visually and thematically, “Little Dark Age” hearkens way back to the Golden Age of MTV, when bands still gave a shit about making videos that looked crazy while adding a backstory to the song. Here, we find vocalist Andrew VanWyngarden channeling his inner Robert Smith amid a cinematic music video (think: The Shining as directed by Ken Russell) featuring sinister and surreal vignettes of VanWyngarden, partner Ben Goldwasser and a supporting cast of band members and groupies having adventures in an around a spooky haunted house, all while being stalked by the figure of Death. Very scary! The video was directed by the capable team of David MacNutt and Nathaniel Axel. Aurally, “Little Dark Age” sounds like MGMT dug out their catalog of old Cure and Tubeway Army records and just went to town. High fives all around on this one.

“Little Dark Age” was produced by MGMT, Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Kelela, Blood Orange), and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala) who I still love most for his work with Mercury Rev.  Enjoy!

MGMT Litttle Dark Age Still
Andrew VanWyngarden Channels his Inner Robert Smith

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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

Video Clip of The Week: Cotillon, “Before”



A former Bedroom recording project-turned-live band, Jordan Corso is the singer/songwriter behind LA-based Cotillon. Cotillon’s press release / bio explains that the project was “originally intended to illustrate the difficulty of maintaining relationships in LA in the spirit of the french new wave,” which I find fascinating.

Aurally, “Before” blends the wistful, lo-fi California sound of a group like Kid Wave with the minor chord gloom of The Cure circa 1982’s Pornography. The video, written and directed by Laura-Lynn Petrick, seems to switch between shots of a young lady aboard the Staten Island (or similar) Ferry, and old home movies of Southern California or Florida (some place where they have palm trees) shot on color stock that has now started to turn pale pink and blue, because that is what old color film does. It sets an appropriate mood to accompany the music, which will have special appeal for goths, and people on the verge of nodding out. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Cotillon’s self-titled debut album was released by Burger Records on January 26th, 2015. Enjoy!

Cotillon Cover Art

Video Clip of the Week: Eagulls, “Tough Luck”



Hello and welcome to the first entry in a full year of Worleygig.com’s Video Clip of the Week. It’s good to be back! This week we have a hard-to-top clip from Leeds UK-based Eagulls for the amazing song, “Tough Luck” — which I am am already in love with. Visually, we have live performance footage of the band diffused with a mix of black and white animation that includes images of biological cell division! Intriguing! Full of chiming guitars, driving drums and completely unintelligible lyrical delivery, “Tough Luck” manages to be both dark and exhilarating at the same time; not unlike Killing Joke crossed with Echo and The Bunnymen (comparisons to The Cure and Joy Division have been made elsewhere, so I know I’m not offtrack with that observation. Certainly, The Cure’s “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” springs immediately to mind). Without giving away the “surprise,” Eagulls‘ frontman, George Mitchell reveals that the song portrays “the gamble of trusting in something without knowing the true consequences.” This band is fucking awesome. Eagull’s self-titled debut album is due for release on March 4th, 2014 via Partisan Records, so watch out for that. In the meantime, Enjoy!

Eagulls Album Cover

Video Clip of The Week: Psychic Teens, “Less”


Do you think these guys are fans of Nick Cave? I sure do. There is not much not to love about Psychic Teens dark and lovely tune, “Less” — which is like a greatest hits collection of all of your favorite College Radio-Friendly ’80s band including the aforementioned Mr. Cave. I definitely hear The Misfits, The Cramps and Echo and the Bunnymen, all partying together on top of a bass line borrowed the The Cure’s “A Forrest”, a euphoric wash of minor chord, cascading guitars and…those awesome, growly vocals. Surely the number of nods and winks in this song would leave even the casual listener’s head spinning, but when you’re feeling it, who gives a shit?

“Less” is found on Psychic Teens’ 2013 full-length CD, Come, which was released in August, 1021 via SRA. You should buy it. Even if this song succeeded on no other level, it sure does make you realize what a huge debt Grunge still owes to Punk Rock in its purest form. In a word, “Less” is More. Visit Psychic Teens FaceBook Page at This Link. Enjoy!

Psychic Teens Band
Psychic Teens: The Band!

Kickstarter Campaign: Mr. Smith, Spinning on a Dizzy Edge

Robert Smith Figure
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Everybody and his brother has a Kickstarter campaign these days, but on occasion, one of them catches my eye. I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for The Cure, from the time of Three Imaginary Boys, even. So it’s understandable that I would be charmed by this fantastic, hand-crafted resin Bobblehead figure of Robert Smith, which represents the Cure front man at his most adorable.

Created by New York-based artist Derrick Cruz, Mr. Smith: Spinning on a Dizzy Edge is the 3rd and final chapter his Musical Muses Series. According to Cruz, this triptych is an idolatrous effort to immortalize the musicians who’s sincerity and courage helped him survive the 80’s as a teen. I’m sure many of us can relate.

Read all about the genesis of this campaign and see a fun video of little Robert being put together at This Link.

For a $75.00 pledge, the first 100 backers will be guaranteed a handcrafted and painted Mr. Smith figure to be shipped by Christmas 2013, although the 7.25″ tall Robert Smith figure will be available in both painted and unpainted versions. This project will only be funded if at least $12,000 is pledged by Friday November 22nd, 2013 at 5:40PM EST, so all of you Cure collector completists will want to get on it! Visit Kickstarter at This Link to donate and get some rad swag!

Thanks to Pastic and Plush For The Tip!

Rock Stars as Superheroes Mash Ups!

Rock Stars As Super Heroes
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Artist and social satirist, Butcher Billy, has created a spot on selection of posters featuring very hilarious mash ups of DC Comics Superheroes modeled after iconic 1980’s Pop Stars. Check This Out:

Super Morrissey

Robert Smith Plastic Man

See more squeal-inducing cleverness at This Link!

Thanks to Geoffrey for the Tip!

OFS: Occupy Fascination Street


Steven Kasher Gallery Presents Rude And Reckless: Punk/Post-Punk Graphics, 1976-82


Killing Joke, Gang of Four, Bauhaus, Et Al (This Photo by Geoffrey Dicker)

Walking into the Steven Kasher Gallery last night for the opening reception of Rude And Reckless was very much like flashing back to my teenage bedroom, whose walls were plastered floor to ceiling with Punk Rock posters, show flyers, stickers and album cover art until I moved out of my parents house to go to college. Punk Rock – at a time when Punk Rock was really something vital and alive – was everything to me at that time, and I was an avid collector of 7” Punk singles (which I’d pick up by the dozens at Zed Records in Long Beach, California) and punk/new wave badges. A lot of what I collected, and probably still have, seems to have been magically curated into this amazing collection of memorabilia that is sure to delight anyone who has fond memories of the British, New York or LA/Orange County punk scenes in the late ‘70s to early ‘80s. Good times.


Poly Styrene
X-Ray Spex, Oh Bondage Up Yours!, 1977

Rude and Reckless: Punk/Post-Punk Graphics, 1976-82 is the first New York exhibition surveying the extraordinary diversity of Punk and Post-Punk graphic design. The exhibition showcases a wide range of American and British artistry, with influences that include the Bauhaus, Futurism, Dadaism, Pop Art, Constructivism and Expressionism. The exhibition features over 200 rare posters, along with fanzines, flyers, clothing, badges and stickers.


Malcolm Garrett & Linder Sterling
Buzzcocks, Orgasm Addict, 1977
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Rude and Reckless documents an era that produced a great burst of applied graphic-design creativity, one of the most subversive of the 20th Century. Vivid, violent and frequently acid-tongued, the works in this exhibit represent one of the truly authentic DIY youth culture movements of the Western World. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 35th anniversary of Punk Rock; both the release of the first Ramones album, and the mythical (and notorious) Anarchy in the UK Tour were seminal punk events in 1976. The exhibition is based on the collection Andrew Krivine, who began collecting in 1977. Curated by Krivine and Steven Kasher, the selection comprises the rarest and finest examples culled from an archive of more than 800 punk/new wave/post-punk posters and ephemera.

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