Do you like to Rock? I sure do, and you know who else likes to Rock? Joe Elliott of Def Leppard. I love that band, but did you know that Joe brings The Rock with another band as well? That group is called Down ‘n’ Outz, and they are responsible for this week’s anthemic Video Clip, “This Is How We Roll. A little background: Elliott formed Down ‘n’ Outz in 2009 as a Mott the Hoople cover band of sorts, and he is joined by members of The Quireboys — including Paul Guerin, Guy Griffin, Keith Weir and Phil Martini. If you suspect that these guys rock hard enough to a crack skull, your suspicions would be correct
“This Is How We Roll” is an animated lyric video that follows the band’s tour bus down the highway enroute to a gig. Lyric videos are not generally my thing, but when you’re feelin’ it, who gives a shit? This song is like oxygen in a vacuum, and will remind you of the days when you used to stay home on Saturday nights to watch the original Headbangers Ball on MTV. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. Watch out for the David Bowie Bobblehead on the bus’ dashboard, plus a couple additional nods to the Thin White Duke, because Joe is a fan! “This Is How We Roll” is from the title track from the band’s third studio album, which is out now on UMe. Enjoy!
Do you like The Cramps? I sure do. While I don’t want to go so far as to claim that there is an heir apparent to that legendary band’s considerable Psychobilly throne, LA trio Tiger Army is certainly a contender. Flawlessly fusing the classic sounds of surf, punk and rockabilly, Tiger Army own this week’s clip with a Kenneth Anger-influenced visual scorcher, “The Devil That You Don’t Know.” Clocking in at just under two minutes, “The Devil That You Don’t Know” is the complete package, featuring go-go dancers and psychedelic, 60s-era lighting effects that enhance the take-no-prisoners fuzz guitar and air-tight rhythm section of a band that has honed its craft over a two-decade career. Lead singer / guitarist Nick 13 comes off like the Frank Sinatra of rock as he encourages you to harness your inner bad ass, along with bandmates Djordje Stijepovic — unequaled on the upright bass — and four-on-the-floor drummer Mike Fasano keeping it in the pocket at all times. Tiger Army are a force to be reckoned with that are just insane live. Tiger Army’s sixth album, Retrofuture, is out now on Rise Records, and the band is on tour everywhere through 2019 (Tour DatesHere), so check them out if they are coming to your town. Enjoy!
Whether he is making his own original music, collaborating with a fellow respected musician, or creating his unique visual artwork, Joseph Arthur brings a spark of understated genius to everything he touches. It just so happens that Joe is gearing up to release his first solo album in three years (wow!) entitled Come Back World, and that means it is my pleasure this week to give you a little taste, with the single and video for the sublime “Streetcar,” which features guest vocals by Ben Harper.
Remaining very much in Arthur’s wheelhouse while also showing a creative stretch, “Streetcar” is an upbeat, Dylanesque love song that speaks to the joy, emotional intimacy and promise of a new romance. Shot in various locations in NYC, the clip starts out with an interior scene, with Arthur and his lady love playfully boxing with each other as they hang a floor-to-ceiling wallpaper imprinted with the famous image of Led Zeppelin standing in front of the Rock Star Party Plane known as The Starship. The couple then proceed to embellish the wall with paint, effectively transforming it into one of Joe’s instantly recognizable paintings. The two then carry the fun out into a nearly-deserted subway car, which sits-in perfectly for the Streetcar of the song’s title. I’m sure that this video was as much fun to make as it is to watch!
Recently, Joseph Arthur also launched a new Podcast called Come To Where I’m From (after his sophomore album released in 2000), which to-date has featured celebrities, comedians and musician from across the board. All episodes can be viewed on his Youtube Channel. Come Back World drops October 11th, 2019, and fall Tour Dates are below. Enjoy!
Joseph Arthur Fall Tour Dates
Oct 7 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 8 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 10 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
Oct 12 Portland, OR Bunk Bar (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 15 San Francisco, CA The Chapel (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 16 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 17 San Diego, CA Soda Bar (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 19 Tucson, AZ 191 Toole (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 21 Austin, TX Stubbs Jr (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 22 Houston, TX Continental Club (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 23 Dallas, TX Three Links (w/ Jesse Malin)
Oct 26 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
Oct 29 Boston, MA City Winery
Oct 30 Pawling, NY Daryl’s House
Nov 1 Philadelphia, PA The Locks at Sona
Nov 2 Vienna, VA Jammin Java
Nov 3 Baltimore, MD Rams Head (Matinee)
Nov 5 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
Nov 7 Detroit, MI Magic Bag
Nov 9 Evanston, IL SPACE (Late Show) (w/ Jesse Malin)
Nov 10 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry (w/ Jesse Malin)
Just when I think there are no bands left that can rock hard enough to crack skulls wide open, along comes Crobot, with their wildly compelling video for an uber-contagious tune called “Low Life,” and I know that such a band still exists. Hallelujah! Not only does “Low Life” come on like rolling thunder, but the video plays out like a TV miniseries on ass-kicking. Did you ever allow yourself to wonder what would happen if Motorhead and Tenacious D had a baby? You are about find out.
The clip for “Low Life” captures Crobot front man Brandon Yeagley as he navigates multiple inter-personal settings while exhibiting questionable ‘Low Life’ behavior towards the various characters he comes in contact with. But is he being a jerk, or is he simply reacting to the jerkiness he sees in the world? The multi-chapter video somehow manages to be both badass and delightful simultaneously, and that ls no easy task to accomplish. Accompanied by a high-energy band performance, Crobot have completely mastered the art of creating compelling, entertaining music videos, because this one truly mind blowing. The clip was directed by David Brodsky, and produced by Allison Woest for My Good Eye Music Videos (Clutch, Queensryche, GWAR). Based on the Crobot’s unparalleled heavy metal chops and Yeagley’s irresistibly charismatic swagger (Take Note: This is what a Rock Star looks like) I can only imagine that Crobot would literally be the Best Band You’ve Ever Seen live. I know that I would like to find out.
“Low Life” can be found on Crobot’s upcoming new album Motherbrain, due to drop on August 23rd, 2019. Recommended If You Like:Monster Magnet, Motorhead, The Hellacopters, Soundgaren. Enjoy!
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!
Ladies and Gentlemen: It’s finally Summer! So, consider this clip starring legendary actress and sex-goddess Raquel Welch performing the classic medley from Hair, “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In” to be my official launch of what I hope will be a Summer of kick ass videos, as well as a salute to this being Pride Day here in NYC! Certainly there has never been a more appropriate time to open ourselves up to this song’s lyrical prophecy of “Harmony and understanding, Sympathy and trust abounding” etc etc. I’m sure you will agree.
But just where the Hell did this video come from, you may ask; and understandably so. A little bit of digging around on the Google reveals that this performance was originally filmed to endorse the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, believe it or not; though its very ‘70s variety-show-feel makes sense when you know that it eventually became part of Raquel! — a multimillion-dollar, made-for-TV song and dance extravaganza, starring Welch and many other uber-hot celebrities of that era. Raquel! was filmed in various exotic locations around the world, and aired on CBS in April of 1970. It’s all been immortalized on DVD somewhere, if you can find a copy. Just in case you’re curious, the Signs of the Zodiac costumes were designed by Bob Mackie.
As a location for what could be called Raquel Goes to Burning Man, Teotihuacan never looked better, nor is there a more appropriate setting for Raquel and company’s obscure mystical rite (see if you can identify the solar and lunar pyramids)! Ah, the Seventies; creativity was so unrestrained in those days. It’s all pretty silly, but when you’re feeling it, who gives a shit?
Here’s another fun fact, though Raquel was occasional known to sing, here it’s actress and singer Tina Cole (My Three Sons, The King Family Show) who is actually singing most of the song, while Raquel expertly lip-syncs. Nevertheless, there is no denying that Raquel has the moves. Happy Gay Pride Everyone! Enjoy!
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 Voidz2018 release, Virtue. Tristate area residents can catch The Voidz (andThe Strokes) performing on May 31st and June 2nd, 2019 at New York’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Enjoy!