Video: Gerard Way – “Dasher” (ft. Lydia Night)
Directed by Aaron Hymes. Single out now on Reprise.
‘Tis the season.
Last time we checked in on Gerard Way he was getting spooky for Halloween. Now he’s got a Christmas song. Did we miss his Thanksgiving single? Can we expect a New Years song next?
Turns out Way’s been playing “Dasher” live since at least 2014, but he finally got around to recording a studio version. And he recruited Lydia Night from the Regrettes to call in for a spoken interlude in the middle.
When you go, can you come
‘Cause I feel safe in your arms
And she’s got dashes in her stars
Nothing better than a melancholy holiday jam.
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Video: Juliana Hatfield – “Lost Ship”
Directed by Rachel Lichtman. From Weird, due January 18 on American Laundromat.
Cool original new song from Juliana Hatfield fresh on the heels of her Olivia Newton-John cover album. She never stops working!
Hatfield told Vanyaland, “Rachel Lichtman of the awesome Network 77 hipped me to this place called Deer Island in Winthrop, Massachusetts and we shot the video there. It’s right in my backyard, practically, but I had never been there before. It was such a cool sci-fi setting, with the wind and those gigantic egg-shaped structures which are part of the waste treatment facility out there. Rachel made this a beautiful haunting video.”
Directed Lichtman added, “I feel like Juliana and I created something that so beautifully captures the powerful freedom of the chosen isolation described in ‘Lost Ship.’ Juliana seems a futuristic goddess, luxuriously alone, atop what looks like the remnants of the industrialized world; she’s not bothered or indebted or compromised. We shot it just the two of us on the last warm day of summer, and I think that energy translates through and captures the essence of this brilliant song.”
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Video: Chuck D – “TiredOf45”
Directed by David C. Snyder. From Celebration of Ignorance, out now on SpitSLAM.
Like Chuck D, I too am tired of our orange fuhrer…to put it mildly. But I don’t quite get why Chuck is putting it as mildly as he is in this song. He’s no stranger to bold statements, so why’s he going soft on the most dangerous president this country has seen in our lifetime?
I guess it’s more a celebration of Lebron James than it is a condemnation of Trump, but still. Even the chorus (“Lebron building schools, 45 building walls”) is too easy. I mean, come on, he was harder on Elvis who never hurt anybody than he is on the man who is undermining democracy. Maybe things are so awful right now that even the great Chuck D has a hard time articulating it?
Now we missin Obamas
Now this guy 45
I wanna rush em like Thurman Thomas
Because I am a dork I had to google “Thurman Thomas” who turns out to be an NFL running back known for his rushing in the 1990s.
So let’s all hope we can make it through the current administration’s defensive line and move the ball of justice forward! Or something like that. Anyway, fight the power.
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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).
Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 23
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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