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Video Clip of The Week: Blaire Alise & The Bombshells, “Rolleiflex”

It’s so funny that I was just talking with a friend on the FaceBook about the Girl Groups of the ‘50s and ’60s, and the next thing I knew, I was clicking on the link to “Rolleiflex”, the wildly nostalgia-inducing new video from 20 year-old Detroit native Blaire Alise and her band, The Bombshells. OMG, this video amazing!

Shot on Super 8 film, the video will feel instantly familiar to viewers of a certain age: like a collection of memories in a visual scrapbook, or even like a favorite dream. While watching it, I felt at times like I was back in junior high school again. This song captures a magic that has been missing from music for a long time. It’s lyrical content, melody, and multi layered harmonies are first rate, and her vocal delivery is so heartfelt that it transports the listener to a time in life when, as unbelievable as that may seem in the present time, happiness was unquestionable. Production values are excellent as well. Blaire admits that “Rolleiflex is about memories, specifically, “It’s about trying to capture all of the moments you can, with the fear of not being able to take all of them in.” I think she succeeds beautifully.

Blaire Alise is currently based in New York, where she and The Bombshells regularly perform. “Rolleiflex” can be found on their new album, My Eye, which is out now. Enjoy!

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Video Clip of The Week: Vundabar, “Shuffle”

This week’s Video Clip, “Shuffle” by the Boston-based band Vundabar, sounds to me like an obscure indie rock song that you might have heard on an early ’80s college radio show playlist that included tracks by Pere Ubu, Bauhaus and Julian Cope. If you enjoyed that last sentence, by all means, read on.

The accompanying, and undeniably creepy, black-and-white video features a protagonist (antagonist?) wearing a mask that makes him look like Punch from the classic and uber violent Punch and Judy puppet shows. Punch walks the streets harassing people and  gazing almost incessantly into a handheld mirror.  When he runs into his significant other, she appears equally mirror-equipped and selfie-absorbed. We all know too many folks like this, amiright?  Later, Punch falls in love with his own reflection, and meets a violent end at the hands of a distracted motorist who can’t stop preening in his rear-view mirror. Art imitates life! Not surprisingly, the band offers that the video “deals with themes of interpersonal self infatuation.” No kidding! This is why I don’t have a smart phone. Shot by George Watts (Holler Productions) the video’s script was written by Vundabar’s own Brandon Hagen.

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Band members make cameo appearances in the video! Look for them! (Photo By Rider Doolittle)

“Shuffle” can be found on the band’s sophomore album, Gawk, recently  re-released (as of March 10th), in preparation for their third album, which will be released later in 2017. To end on another positive note, all Digital Sales of “Shuffle” will benefit Planned Parenthood. Spring Tour Dates are below. Enjoy!

Vundabar Tour Dates:
3/16 – Hamden, CT @ The Outer Space*
3/17 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong*
3/18 – Richmond, VA @strangematterrva*
3/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian w/ Jacuzzi Boys
3/30 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre ^
3/31 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen ^
4/01 – Montreal, QC @ Quai Des Brumes ^
4/02 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha ^
4/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn ^
4/08 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs ^

* w/ Sports
^ w/ Horse Jumper of Love

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Video Clip of The Week: Jason Achilles Mezilis, “Tokyo Drift”


As a musician known for his original compositions and fluid playing style, as well as a skilled producer/engineer who is just as comfortable behind the board as he is on the stage, LA-based guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis returns to the Video Clip of The Week, this time to showcase his latest solo effort, the moody, emotionally evocative instrumental, “Tokyo”Drift.”

Filmed entirely on location in Los Angeles, and starring a young actress (Annette Diana Walter) who reminds me very much of Scarlett Johansson, the transcendent melancholy of “Tokyo”Drift” soundtracks one young woman’s solitary night out, lost amidst the glitz of the boulevard and the din of the dance clubs. Is she running from, or looking for, something or someone? The visuals certainly encourage imaginative extrapolation as you follow her on a journey that has no definitive resolution. The video’s pacing and visual effects also recall Gaspar Noé’s hallucinatory, experimental film Enter the Void, in case you’ve seen and enjoyed that very trippy film. And, since Enter the Void also takes place in Tokyo, perhaps the similarity is not unintentional. Enjoy!

Catch Jason On Tour in March:

3.07 Rogue Bar, Scottsdale AZ
3.09 Golden Moon Speakeasy, Golden CO
3.10 Tommyknocker Tavern, Creede CO
3.11 High Desert Brewing Co, Las Cruces NM
3.12 The 806 Coffee + Lounge, Amarillo TX
3.14 Super Happy Fun Land, Houston TX
3.15 Notsuoh, Houston TX
3.16 SXSW, Austin TX
3.17 SXSW, Austin TX
3.18 The Prophet Bar, Dallas TX

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Video Clip of The Week: Black Mirrors, “Funky Queen”


Oh boy, here’s a good one! This week’s Video Clip, courtesy of Belgian rockers Black Mirrors will coax you right out of any residual funk, because it is called “Funky Queen” — and it kicks ass all over the place! If Janis Joplin, Jack White, Anouk, Nirvana and Queens Of The Stone Age ever had the chance to breed, Black Mirrors might have been their very attractve spawn. Black Mirrors is Belgium’s answer to pretty much every rock band out there: fronted by the stunning vocalist Marcella Di Troia, these guys manage to gather an endless amount of influences which have been ruling the rock n’ roll universe for decades, combining them seamlessly into Black Mirrors‘ very own addictive sound.

The artfully-shot-in-black-and-white performance-based video for “Funky Queen” was filmed and edited by Van’s Ography and it perfectly showcases Di Troia’s incredible vocal chops, on-stage charisma and undeniable sass! “Funky Queen” is the title song from Black Mirrors‘ upcoming 4-song EP, due out on March 3rd, 2017 via Napalm Records! Like the band on the FaceBook at This Link! Enjoy!

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Video Clip of The Week: Mew, “85 Videos”



What could be more appropriate for the Sunday morning of long weekend than a catchy tune that mines a rich vein of  ’80s Electronic Dance Pop, with lyrics that you don’t have to think too hard about, and a video that’s pleasantly akin to an acid trip blowing up in your face? Honestly, I can’t think of anything. This week we are featuring Danish art rock band Mew, and a clip for the song “85 Videos” — the upcoming single from the band’s seventh album, Visuals. New Things! Yay!

The hallucinatory visuals for “85 Videos” were directed by Mew’s front man, Jonas Bjerre — who made his debut in this capacity on the group’s 2015 album +- (plus minus). Speaking about the new clip, Bjerre reveals, “I’ve been working a lot with kaleidoscopes lately. You have an image, or a sequence of images, and you snip out an angle, mirror it, and repeat it in a 360-degree angle. It’s a beautiful thing, because almost no matter the state of the original image, it ends up a beautiful, symmetrical, indefinable something. A picture of your messy desk turns into a strange flower. I like that you can’t really envision what it will look like until you see it. I think our music is a bit like that too, even as we’re working on it.” Fascinating.

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Mew Are: Jonas Bjerre, Silas Utke Graaae Jorgensen, Johan Wohlert

He continues, “I made a bunch of sequences and crafted them into these ever-changing ‘faces’ that I then video-projected on to our actual faces. It’s like wearing a mask made out of photons. You can say a lot of philosophical stuff about masks – but don’t worry, I’m not going to.” Visuals is Mew’s first new music since their 2015 release. A press release calls “85 Videos” a “…dream-pop landscape of pop sensibilities enveloped in swathes of 80s-influenced synths.  From the outset, “85 Videos” exudes a familiar expansive backdrop, lush instrumentation coupled with rousing vocals and a euphoric pop brilliance that is part of Mew’s DNA. Twenty years into its career, Visuals sees the band retain the irrepressible ebullience of a band working on its debut album.” Nice. Visuals is set for release on April 28th, 2017 on Play It Again Sam Records. Enjoy!

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Video Clip of The Week: Daisy Jopling, “Country Hope”


In this time of darkness, it is important to always be moving towards the light. I’m very happy to share with you this week’s Video Clip, the uplifting and inspirational “Country Hope,” from violinist Daisy Jopling, who is joined here by a chorus of contributing female vocalists. Blending soft rock, modern classical, and lite country genres, “Country Hope” is both soothing and anthemic simultaneously; harnessing the momentum of the recent Women’s marches, remdinding us lyrically that “We Have It All,” and the power to shape our reality is within us. As a side note, if you live in an area that got pummeled by last week’s blizzard, you will surely also appreciate the conjuring of springtime and creative rebirth evoked by this gorgeous video, which is shot entirely outdoors.

For those in the NYC area, Jopling will perform music from her just-release album, The Awakening (her first album of original compositions), at Manhattan’s Cutting Room on Friday, February 18th, 2017 with a 7:30 PM set time. In concert, Jopling often switches between a 1778 Antonio Gragnani violin and her Yamaha electric violin, which sounds exciting! I can remember seeing violinist Lili Haydn open for Page and Plant at Madison Square Garden many years ago now, and she blew my mind, so this show should be pretty cool. The Awakening is now available on the Fleur De Son Classics label, as the first crossover signing on this classical music label’s roster. Enjoy!

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Video Clip of The Week: From Indian Lakes, “Blank Tapes”


Just lately, do you feel like the world is making your head hurt, like, all the time? I sure do, and I have chosen this week’s Video Clip with sweet relief in mind. It is my hope that From Indian Lakes’ new music video for the song  “Blank Tapes” will calm your brain and sooth your weary soul. The brainchild of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joey VannucchiFrom Indian Lakes has been praised for its music’s rawness of emotions moody indie-rock vibe. Directed by Joshua Halling, the video for “Blank Tapes” portrays two women living through both the ecstasy and the agony of a committed relationship, but the video is an allegory for more than the ups and downs of young love. Halling offers that he wanted to create an isolated world where the couple find themselves in a euphoric state, intoxicated with this image of how they wish things could be, and use it as a scapegoat to hide away from  confusion, frustrations and denial. I think you will enjoy how this love story is told in “Blank Tapes.”

From Indian Lakes takes its name from a small California community outside of Yosemite National Park where Joey Vannucchi grew up on 40 acres of land with no electricity aside from a sparely used generator. “Blank Tapes” comes from the recently released album, Everything Feels Better Now (on Triple Crown Records). Enjoy!

From Indian Lakes Upcoming Tour Dates Below:

February
28 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
March
02 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
04 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe
05 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave/Eagles Club
06 – Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop
08 – Toronto, ON – The Velvet Underground
09 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Club at Stage AE
11 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
12 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
14 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits Live
15 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
16 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
18 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
20 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole

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