New Lauran Hibberd video: Hoochie

Video: Lauran Hibberd – “Hoochie”

Lauran Hibberd – Hoochie

Single out now.

Oh wow, what a great song. I was first tipped off to it by Jeremy at Fingertips who included it in his newsletter with a description that seemed to be written expressly to appeal to my personal sensibilities:

With satisfying, old-school crunch, “Hoochie” is the kind of song that reacquaints the ear with how simple and vital a rock song can yet be, here in our beleaguered 21st century: guitars still excite, catchy and uncomplicated melodies still delight, and can still be put in service of sardonic young folks, especially those possessed of the right combination of charisma and purpose, as young Isle of Wight singer/songwriter Lauran Hibberd surely is.

And now Hibberd has released a video that perfectly matches the tone of the song. The video is silly but charming with an undertone of sadness that belies the punchy fun of the delivery.

And if she was cool
She would probably dig me too
You’re gonna have to marry her in June
I guess that you lose

Can’t wait to hear what’s next.

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New Cat Power video: Horizon

Video: Cat Power – “Horizon”

Cat Power – Horizon (Official Video)

Directed by Greg Hunt. From Wanderer, out now on Domino.

Chan Marshall is back with another single from Wanderer. “Horizon” can be seen as something of a Mother’s Day message, all about the power of the close family unit. Even when — or maybe especially when — you’re not all together.

Mother, I wanna hold your hand
Father, I need you to be a man
Sister, if there’s any help in me, I’m always on my way

Take care of your family, everybody. Even when — or maybe especially when — they’re driving you crazy. They’re not going to be around forever.

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Old Michael Nesmith video: Propinquity

Video: Michael Nesmith – “Propinquity (I’ve Just Begun To Care)” (live in 1971)

Michael Nesmith (Monkees)- "Propinquity (I've Just Begun To Care)" LIVE 1971 [RITY Archives]

From Nevada Fighter (RCA, 1971).

“Propinquity” means being close to someone, and as is typical, Nez never says the title in his song. This was written before he joined the Monkees and he recorded a demo in 1966 and then a full band version during the famous 1968 Nashville sessions. That version remained unreleased until The Monkees Missing Links, Volume 3 came out in the 1996.

The first officially released version of “Propinquity” was by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their 1970 album Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy. Nez finally released his own version a year later with his First National Band on their third album, Nevada Fighter. That album flopped despite Mike promoting it with this solo television performance. The First National Band disbanded shortly thereafter.

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New Laura Jane Grace video: I Hate Chicago

Video: Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers – “I Hate Chicago”

Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers "I Hate Chicago" (Official Music Video)

Directed by Hannah Welever. From Bought to Rot, out now on Bloodshot.

Oh come on, lighten up, people. It’s funny. The video’s kind of dumb but the song is hilarious.

I hate the Cubs, the Sox, the Blackhawks and the Bulls
I couldn’t give a shit about the Pumpkins, Slint or Wilco

Meow!

Grace told Greg Kot, “While the song is meant in jest, Chicago prides itself in being a mean, nasty city — we’re jerks — and it’s a hard place to live. There is terrifying gun violence, government corruption, brutal winters. It’s strange being in a place you’re at odds with, but yet you live there. It’s also strange being a writer who’s identified with being from Florida. But I can’t write songs from Florida anymore, because I live in Chicago now. I finally wrapped my head around that idea. […] It speaks to what Chicago is about. People get it. It’s a hard city to live in, but we’re all in it together.”

And If I die in this shithole
Float my corpse down the Calumet
‘Cause I’d rather rot in Gary

Now that’s just crazy talk.

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New Culture Abuse video: Goo

Video: Culture Abuse – “Goo”

Culture Abuse – "Goo"

Directed by David Kelling and Barbara Georges. Single out now on Epitaph.

Culture Abuse won me over when I saw them on the small stage at Riot Fest in 2017. They’re a punk rock band on Epitaph but their songs have a pop sensibility and frontman David Kelling is charming and hilarious.

This 2018 Noisey interview conveys that charm, especially this bit about his mom: “My whole life she’s been like, ‘You have a beautiful voice. You need to sing!’ And I was like, ‘Mom, you don’t get it, I’m fuckin’ punk!’”

Seems like he’s been taking his mother’s advice because this new single is a pretty, acoustic love song with a woozy Mellotron line to keep things a little off-kilter.

Wish I could ride a bike
I’d ride it home to you
Cuz lately all my insides feel like goo

Ride on, brother. Can’t wait to hear what’s next.

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“They Got the Steely Dan T-shirts. . . .”

A friend who moved out of state keeps tabs on what’s going on in Michigan as those moving from one place to another are wont to do. Whenever I’m in a hotel and get a copy of USA Today outside the door I always look at the weather for Illinois, even though it has been a long time since I lived there and I’m not likely to go back, so the climate is irrelevant. But still. . .

She sent me an email letting me know that Steely Dan is scheduled to play at the Meadowbrook Amphitheater this summer, which is north of Detroit.

My response to her, which will come as no surprise to anyone who has been reading what I’ve been writing here for quite some time, was simply: “Steely Dan no longer exists.”

When Walter Becker died on September 3, 2017, the proverbial last nail in the coffin of the band was hammered in place: requiescat in pace.

Of course, as seems to be de rigueur for musicians who were once on top of the world and are now trying to desperately stay at least near the bottom, Donald Fagen is having none of that, so he sued Walter Becker’s estate, and the band, such as it is, continues on. If “Steely Dan” was Becker and Fagen, and there is no Becker, then how is that still the band? Certainly it can be labeled as the band—unless that lawsuit comes out against Fagen’s wishes—and let’s face it: nowadays truth and falsehood seem to be exchangeable.

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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 32

Rolling Stone issue #32 had a cover date of May 2, 1969. 32 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Stevie Winwood by David Dalton.

Features: “Vacationing in Palm Springs: A Real Lark” by Jerry Hopkins; “Traffic” by David Dalton; “Traffic Interview” by Jonathan Cott; “Johnny Winter Fiasco Goes On” by Paul Nelson; “Moog Synthesizers” by Edmund O. Ward.

News: Beatles: No Discernible Pattern; Aretha Heads Up Soul Bowl ’69; Has Graham Lost His Mountain?; Tom Donahue Departs KSAN; Mamas &amp’ Papas’ Brand-New Bag; Beach Boys Sue Capitol Records; The Dear John Letters; New York Pot; Electric Factory Ordered Shut; Memphis to Host Blues Festival; Morrison Hands Himself Over; Cl’pt’n-W’w’d-B’k’r Coming to Town; Random Notes on John and Yoko, Salvador Dali, Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, and Van Dyke Parks.

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Old Emmylou Harris video: I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight

Video: Emmylou Harris – “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” (live in 1970)

Emmylou Harris- "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" LIVE 1970 [Reelin' In The Years Archives]

From Gliding Bird (Jubilee Records, 1969 or 70).

This Bob Dylan cover was Emmylou’s debut single, released years before she met Gram Parsons. The album, Gliding Bird, came out on Jubilee Records, which folded soon after. Emmylou subsequently “disowned” the album, but these days she links to a reissue on her website. And really, what’s not to like? Sure, it’s juvenilia, but it’s not without its charms. She’s more of a singer than an artist. But hey, she was just a kid.

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New Negativland video: More Data

Video: Negativland – “More Data”

Negativland – More Data

Video by Ryan Worsley. From an upcoming pair of interconnected albums.

Happy May Day. What better way to celebrate our day of international workers than with a new jam from copyright anarchist legends Negativland?

“More Data” explores the complex relationships between privacy and convenience, big data and big ego. And it’s got a funky beat. Seems purposefully designed to mess with folks gobbling edibles and watching youtube. Which can be an interesting experience, I suppose. Kinda reminds me of the Emergency Broadcast Network back in the day.

Somebody always had a VHS dub of that stuff. Where did it come from? Who had the original tape? Who knows? Somebody. Somebody knows. We just need more data.

I was just reminded that Bono took EBN on the Zoo TV tour. Which is hilarious considering U2’s relationship with Negativland. Oh, the singularity. The 90s were ridiculous.

When did online life become a non-stop Turing test? And when did humans become the ones who are failing it? It began nearly two decades ago, when advertising models staked out their territory over the data used to structure our online lives. Without a legal recognition of the right to digital self-ownership, this ‘person’ must not exist. A video single taken from the second of two forthcoming & interconnected albums, produced in collaboration with director Ryan Worsley.

Right on. I’m happy Negativland is still around, doing their thing. Hopefully, there are a bunch of stoned college students sitting in a shitty apartment having their minds blown by this stuff. Good times.

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New L7 video: Stadium West

Video: L7 – “Stadium West”

L7 "Stadium West" Official Video

Directed by Rob Sheridan. From Scatter The Rats, due May 3 on Blackheart.

What more is there to say about L7? They are back and they are kicking ass.

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