Video: Sharon Van Etten – “Jupiter 4”
Directed by Katherine Dieckmann. From Remind Me Tomorrow, due January 18 on Jagjaguwar.
This song was originally written by Sharon Van Etten and given to Donna Missal, who recorded it and said, “The title of the song comes from the demo – originally titled Jupiter because the main synth sound that you hear driving the instrumental was recorded on a Jupiter synth.”
Van Etten’s version is a little slower and moodier than Missal’s. It captures the desperation of falling in love.
I’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting my whole life
For someone like you
It’s true that everyone would like to have met
A love so real.
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Video: Low Cut Connie – “Every Time You Turn Around”
Directed by Gaia Alari. From Dirty Pictures (Part 2), out now on Contender Records.
It’s an unexpected ballad from the sweaty Philadelphia rock and rollers.
Let me be free to treat you kind
Honey, let me have a chance to change your mind
Adam Weiner told AllMusic that “Every Time You Turn Around” is “probably the first full-on ballad that we’ve recorded as a band. I think that in your relationship with the listener, you have to get your footing before you can travel somewhere new. I always knew that I wanted to get to a place where I could get onstage or in the studio and sing with 100 percent conviction and without irony and believe every word I was saying, but it’s very hard to do that when you’re young. You do that when you’re a child, but then from adolescence on, we all cover up who we really are and how we feel, and we try different postures out for ourselves: ‘I’ll be cool today, I’ll be this today, I’ll be that tomorrow.’ It took me a while to get to where I was comfortable enough in myself to let it rip.”
Let it rip!
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Video: Dominique Pruitt – “High In The Valley”
Directed by Dana Boulos. Single out now.
If you don’t think Los Angeles can produce good country music then you haven’t really been paying attention to your music history lessons. “High In The Valley” features everything you could ask for from the place that put the “Western” in Country and Western: steel guitar, reverb, spooky backing vocals, and that woodblock sound from all the cowboy soundtracks. Plus, it’s got sacrilegious lyrics that reference marijuana consumption. Check, check, check.
Add to that a singer who dresses like a fifties pinup cow gal and you’ve got a recipe for mass appeal. Or at least appeal to the gang of dorks (like me) who enjoy these contrived signifiers.
Plus, Pruitt’s dad played with the Association, the Smothers Brothers and Engelbert Humperdinck. How’s that for a resume? Practically L.A. royalty!
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Video: Travis Scott – “Sicko Mode” (ft. Drake)
From Astroworld, out now on Epic.
Oops, this is kind of old news since this song has already been replaced at No. 1 by Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next,” but we missed it last week.
Travis Scott scored his first number one record with “Sicko Mode” which had 37.2 million U.S. streams and 24,000 downloads sold in the week ending Nov. 29, and 65.1 million in all-format airplay audience in the week ending Dec. 2.
A remix by Skrillex might have pushed it over the top, but who knows? Billboard lumps all versions together in its chart formulations.
It’s a weird song. 5+ minutes long with a bunch of unrelated sections. And of course it features Drake. Because no commercially aspirational rapper can hope to achieve mainstream success without the help of the Canadian Champagne Papi. (Unless you’re Cardi B. Which you’re not.)
So weird it only stayed in the top spot of the pop chart for one week before that coveted position was reclaimed by Frankie Grande‘s little sister.
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Video: Felines – “Too Tight”
Video by Michella Bredahl. From Saying It Twice Makes It Real, out now on Crunchy Frog and Burger Records.
If their previous single sounded like they’d been listening to the Velvet Underground, this new sounds like they’re fans of Ian Svenonius. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Cool, funky, Danish minimalism.
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Rolling Stone issue #23 had a cover date of December 7, 1968. 32 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Doug Sahm by Baron Wolman.
Features: “Dispossessed Men and Mothers of Texas” by Larry Sepulvado and John Burks; “Tex-Mex” by Barret Hansen; “Producing: Felix Papparelli Speaks his Mind” by H.A. Haffner; “Carl Perkins” by Michael Lydon; “Joan Baez” by John Grissim, Jr.; “Hair Rock” by Leigh Carney.
News: Beatles may do free concert tour in U.S.A.; Bill Graham Fights off the N.Y. Motherfuckers ‘Liberation’ Attempt; Jimi Hendrix Tits ‘n Ass LP Brown-bagged in England; A $4 Million Loser; Electrocution; Mick Begs Off On LP Cover; Lay Off Dylan’s ‘Tarantula,’ Lawyers Tell Straight; More Changes For the Byrds On 7th LP; Eviction Time For Family Dog.
Columns: From The Editor by Jann Wenner; Random Notes; Perspectives by Ralph J. Gleason (“Duck, Boy, When You Hear Flack”); Books by Greil Marcus (Norman Mailer’s Miami and the Siege of Chicago).
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Video: MF DOOM – “One Beer”
Directed by Distortedd. From MM.. Food (2004, Rhymesayers Entertainment).
Fourteen years after the release of the song on MM.. Food MF Doom has released a video for “One Beer.” And a t-shirt. Why not?
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Video: The C.I.A. – “Oblivion”
From The C.I.A., due December 21 on In the Red.
Their previous single focused on carnal comfort as a balm for existential crisis, while this new one suggests the pointlessness of getting wasted. Fair enough, but hey, whatever gets you through the night.
Every night the same routine
Going out just to be seen
The C.I.A. is Denée Segall on vocals, her husband Ty on bass, Emmett Kelly on another bass, and R.E. Carlos on drums. No guitar. And no nonsense. These guys aren’t messing around.
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Video: Jeff Tweedy – “I Know What It’s Like”
Directed by Mark Greenberg. From WARM, out now on dBpm Records.
I’m about 100 pages into Tweedy’s memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), and so far it’s really enjoyable. One of my favorite things about it so far is the antipathy he retains toward his classmates from high school. We all know we’re supposed to let that shit go by the time we’re grown up, but it’s comforting to know there are other people out there who continue to feel “alienated and irrationally repulsed by most of my classmates.”
When he bumped into a woman from his high school who told him she was sad he wouldn’t be attending their twentieth reunion, he writes, “I needed to catch up with her like I needed to sit down with Madonna and reminisce about all the times I watch the ‘Lucky Star’ video on MTV as a teen.”
I know what that’s like.
I wish Tweedy would put more of this kind of conversational humor into his lyrics. His songs used to be funnier…at least occasionally. I love sad sack dad rock as much as anybody (it’s my jam), but I appreciate getting a chance to smirk or even guffaw once in a while to moderate the tears in my beers. But it’s okay. Something else is taking shape, I guess.
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Video: Le Butcherettes – “father/ELOHIM”
Directed by Gus Black. From bi/MENTAL, due February 1 on Rise Records.
Your name is father, my name is Elohim
Let us start once where we finished off
Every night I praised you, carried you within a prayer
Found myself alone and so full of fright
and still they wanna fuck with us some more.
I can’t tell if this is sacrilegious or reverential, but either way it’s pretty powerful.
Teri Gender Bender says, “Essentially, this record was inspired by the death of a living mother but none of that matters anymore. A disconnection in itself is so ravage so confusing it leaves one feeling incomplete… Is there hope? Is there light? Maybe it all isn’t so black and white. In the end there is a Duality in All. Life is a cycle, the moon, the sun, the ocean waves transcending into sand. It will be okay.”
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