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Video Clip of The Week: Saint Etienne, “Dive”

Hey whats up. You may have noticed (or not) that the Video Clip of The Week took a break last Sunday because I was at sea on a leisurely cruise vacation to ports in Canada and New England. I’m back now, and have admittedly been feeling wistful about the end of summer and the return to the soul-sucking day job. Coincidentally, what I love about this clip from ’90s alternative rock darlings Saint Etienne is how much it reminds me of a travel film for the exact type of holiday I just enjoyed. Because, Lighthouses.

Speaking of the inspiration behind the video, director Esther Johnson said:

“Dive” is such a summery song, and when I first heard it I was reminded of days at the seaside, with fish & chips and milkshakes. I chose to shoot the video in Scarborough, because many of the locations and features I loved there as a child are still intact: the ice-cream parlours, the funicular railway, the (now derelict) Futurist theatre, the signs. These features also link with another of my loves as a filmmaker: French New Wave cinema of the late 1950s and 1960s. The song’s immediacy and in-the-moment-ness suggested that the video’s story should take place in a single day. The boy visits the girl from across the sea; they spend the day together; they part. The various recurring motifs were inspired partly by my own memories, partly by the New Wave, and partly by the history and iconography of Saint Etienne.”

“Dive” can be found on the band’s most recent album, Home Counties, which came out on Heavenly Recordings in June of this year. Enjoy!

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Video Clip of The Week: The Coathangers, “Perfume”


The end of summer is always bitter-sweet. *Sigh*. So, let’s liven the mood a bit with this a softly rocking tune from Atlanta-based garage rockers, The Coathangers, who are making an encore appearance on this here rad blog with their thematically seductive video for “Perfume.”

As the beguiling Coathanger ladies lounge and frolic on the beach, or cruise leisurely down an inlet canal, the lyrics, “Summer stole the perfume from my eyes” tells you all you need to know about the seasonal transition that leaves us all feeling a bit wistful. The Coathangers have been descirbed as Stiff Little Fingers on Diazepam, meets the Pixies, meets the Dandy Warhols. I cant really do better than that, so let’s just let that smoldering ember sit a bit, and cool off. Hit me!

“Perfume” can be found on the band’s latest EP, Parasite, which is out now on Suicide Squeeze Records! Enjoy!

Coathangers Press 2017

Video Clip of The Week: The Big Moon, “Pull The Other One”


OK, here’s a fun song by a band of British Ladies that I can just listen to over and over again. “Pull The Other One” from Londoners The Big Moon embraces a sassy-guitar-rock, Shirley Manson-fronting-Veruca Salt vibe that makes me wish the nineties had never ended, and that we didn’t have to deal with people trying to convince us all that Taylor Swift’s horrible ear garbage is somehow “good music.” Kill me.

The Big Moon’s video for “Pull The Other One” was filmed on a day off during the bands’ recent North American tour with Marika Hackman, who makes a cameo as the villain. In a Pink Panther-meets-Austin Powers search for their captured pup, The Big Moon take down Hackman using a fidget spinner as their weapon of choice, and are reunited with their beloved dog. “Pull the Other One” is from The Big Moon’s debut album, Love in the 4th Dimension, which is nominated for a Mercury Prize recognizing the best British album of the past year. I hope they win! Enjoy!

Big Moon Band

Video Clip of The Week: The Shins, “Half a Million”

Hey what’s up? Summer is on the way out (Wha!) and I’m in the lovely Berkshires for the weekend, relaxing as much as possible, and eating almost non-stop. Which means that this week’s awesome jam, “Half a Million” from The Shins, is just going to be presented here without much comment. Maybe I’ll come back and add some insightful commentary later. But probably not. “Half a Million” can be found on The Shins fifth album, Heartworms, which is out now. Enjoy!

The Shins Album Art

Video Clip of The Week: Steelism, “Eno Nothing”


It’s always an extra-special treat when I can find an animated clip for the weekly Sunday Jam, because it brings the whole concept that much closer to a ‘Weekend Morning Cartoon’ vibe, which I secretly live for. You’re Welcome.

Today we have an instrumental clip with the enigmatic title “Eno Nothing,” from Nashville’s Steelism — a group comprised of core-members Jeremy Fetzer (guitar) and Spencer Cullum (pedal steel player). “Eno Nothing” kicks off with our fearless duo leaving the house, embarking on an existential journey, and getting beamed aboard a drone-like craft. After stopping at an inter-galactic gas station to fuel-up, they visit many, many strange planets where they encounter such creatures as a gigantic purple tortoise, a Cthulhu and one of the benevolent aliens from Star Trek (I think). Later, they drop in on avant-garde composer and bonafide music legend Brian Eno, before ending up back where they started. Musically, “Eno Nothing” is The Toadies meets Steely Dan. Trust me on this one. It’s like Flight of The Conchords are writing the soundtrack to an imaginary sci-fi/fantasy flick!

“Eno Nothing” can be found on Steelism’s sophomore album, Ism, released in June via the band’s own imprint, Intoxicating Sounds (distributed by Thirty Tigers). Ism marks the first time the band brings featured vocalists into their instrumental canon, with guest appearances from Tristen, Ruby Amanfu, Andrew Combs and Jessie Baylin. Enjoy!

Steelism Album Cover

Video Clip of The Week: Quiet Riot, “Can’t Get Enough”

In today’s lesson on Rock & Roll Evolution 101, we find Quiet Riot, the once quasi-notorious, eighties glam-metal band re-imagined for 2017 as a swaggering, super-tight, blues-based rock outfit in the style of, say, The Black Crowes, Blackstone Cherry, and other bands that may or may not have the word ‘Black’ in their name. It’s been ten years since the tragic death of Quiet Riot’s original, inimitable front man, Kevin Dubrow, and in that time the Sunset Strip legends have also parted ways with guitarist Carlos Cavazo and bassist-hunk Rudy Szarzo, leaving powerhouse drummer Frankie Banali as sole survivor of the band’s classic line-up. They aren’t very sentimental in Hollywood.

But if anyone has earned the right to reinvent this band, it’s Banali, who is playing better than ever, and looking ten years younger today than he did when I met him in person in 2001. Amazing. Banali’s fellow Riot-eers are veteran bassist Chuck Wright, guitarist Alex Grossi, and new vocalist James Durbin, who might look familiar to you because he wailed his way to a fourth-place finish in the 2011 season of…wait for it…American Idol! See, Adam Lambert isn’t the only AI alum with the nads to front a classic rock band, I tells ya.

Aurally, “Can’t Get Enough” gains momentum right out of the gate, with Durbin delivering a familiar vocal hook borrowed from Foo Fighters “Learn to Fly, and rapid-fire lyrics about the irresistible appeal of life on the road, rocking our for the fans — because Quiet Riot sings about what it knows. Bang Your Head, again! Visually, this is a classic performance piece which keeps you entertained with a few changes in scenario; from a pleasingly pink-lit studio to everyone’s’ favorite outdoor venue: under a freeway overpass somewhere in LA. Certain things should never change. “Can’t Get Enough” can be found on Quiet Riot’s new album, Road Rage, due out later this week on August 4th, 2017, via Frontiers Music SRL. Enjoy!

Quiet Riot 2017

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Video Clip of The Week: Cut Copy, “Airborne”

Wow, it’s mind-blowing to realize that almost four years have passed since Cut Copy last graced The Gig’s Video Clip of the Week column — and yet, that is the case. Too long, I say! So, it is our pleasure to host the Australia-based, electronic dance band’s triumphant return to our select Sunday Jam with the track “Airborne” — which a press release confirms is the first single release from Cut Copy since 2013! As you will soon see, it was worth the wait.

This ambitious and visually engaging video (directed Gerson Aguerri of the Barcelona-based production company Canada) begins with a mysterious shooting star cascading across the sky, which goes unnoticed by Cut Copy lead vocalist Dan Whitford, who is deeply-immersed in composing a new song on his keyboard. What does distract him though is an attack of the midnight munchies and, upon finding nothing appealing in the fridge, he heads out for a late-night snack. Whitford’s quest turns cosmic as he hits the city streets, where a trip to the local diner turns into an episode of Twin Peaks before you can say “This Ketchup is Stuck in the Bottle!” — which nobody actually says, but you’ll get my meaning when you see the clip. My favorite parts are during the chorus, where Whitford sings the line “That don’t stop me!” while moving through a corridor of colored light bars that looks like an elaborate Dan Flavin installation. Excellent. Aurally, the track is more guitar-driven than material found on their 2013 release, Free Your Mind, but is still a distinctly Cut Copy creation.

Whitford reveals that, “The video for ‘Airborne’ is probably the most interesting and most challenging that I’ve ever been involved in. It was shot in Barcelona, all through the night for three days running and culminated with a final scene with me having not slept for 24 hours, and playing a piano on the back of a moving truck. To say it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience is no understatement! Despite the sleep deprivation, Gerson and his team at Canada did a fantastic job bringing this surreal story to life.”

Initially Whitford’s a home-recording project, Cut Copy now includes Tim Hoey (guitars), Ben Browning (bass guitar) and Mitchell Scott (drums). “Airborne” is Cut Copy’s first release on the Astralwerks label. Enjoy!

Cut Copy 2017 Press Image Mirror