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New Titus Andronicus video: Number One (In New York)

Video: Titus Andronicus – “Number One (In New York)” From A Productive Cough, out March 2 on Merge. There’s a thin line between pretense and ambition and anybody shooting for the latter risks ending up with the former instead. I mean, how many 10-minute epics can one band record? Then again, no score and seven … Continue reading New Titus Andronicus video: Number One (In New York)

New Escape-ism video: Walking in the Dark

Video: Escape-ism – “Walking in the Dark” From Introduction to Escape-ism, out now on Merge. Escape-ism is Ian Svenonius. I first heard him way back in 1999 when downloading songs from the Internet was brand new and Svenonius had a band called the Make Up. I probably read something about them in a Greil Marcus … Continue reading New Escape-ism video: Walking in the Dark

New Shout Out Louds video: Jumbo Jet

Video: Shout Out Louds – “Jumbo Jet” From Ease My Mind, due September 22 on Merge. More dreamy acoustic pop from the Shout Out Louds. The video follows the loveable Swedes on their adventures across various tours, including home movies from Germany in 2004, Nashville in 2005, Tokyo in 2008, and Spain in 2010. “This … Continue reading New Shout Out Louds video: Jumbo Jet

New Coco Hames video: I Don’t Wanna Go

Video: Coco Hames – “I Don’t Wanna Go” From Coco Hames, out now on Merge Records. A charming slice of Memphis garage pop from the former frontwoman of the Ettes. “Doesn’t matter what they say / ’cause I’m gonna get my way / if I don’t wanna go.” Right on. Coco Hames: twitter, fb, amazon, … Continue reading New Coco Hames video: I Don’t Wanna Go

New Waxahatchee video: Silver

Video: Waxahatchee – “Silver” From Out In The Storm, due July 14 on Merge. Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield’s says “Silver” is “about self-examination and the different shapes that takes, good and bad. I wanted it to be abstract and poetic, but I also wanted to align it with the other songs on the album, since they’re … Continue reading New Waxahatchee video: Silver

New Shout Out Louds video: Oh Oh

Video: Shout Out Louds – “Oh Oh” In the video for their first new song since 2013, our Swedish heroes explore the joys of breaking and entering into a villa on a Spanish island. If you like crafty, jangly pop music, you’re probably already familiar with these guys. Their fifth album is due later this … Continue reading New Shout Out Louds video: Oh Oh

New Mountain Goats wrestling video featuring Chavo Guerrero

Video: The Mountain Goats – “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero”

The Mountain Goats "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero" (Official Music Video)

Just like every middle school aged boy in the early 80s, I got into professional wrestling for a while. It probably started with seeing Hulk “Thunderlips” Hogan in Rocky III, but who knows? Wrestling was booming with Cyndi Lauper videos featuring Capt. Lou Albano and Hulkmania spreading everywhere. My pals and I would attempt figure-fours and piledrivers on each other in our basements. I can no longer remember who was a good guy and who was bad, but they were all impressive characters: Andre the Giant, Junkyard Dog, Rowdy Roddy Piper, the Iron Sheik, King Kong Bundy, Brutus Beefcake, Big John Studd, Sgt. Slaughter. Very exciting stuff when you’re a kid.

I’d never heard of Chavo Guerrero. As John Darnielle admits, Guerrero was “almost completely unknown outside of Texas and the west coast.” But I love him now because of this video. By now, we all know Darnielle’s back story as covered on 2005’s breakthrough album The Sunset Tree: his stepfather was abusive and cruel, but also intellectual and complex. “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero” rises above being just a tribute to a childhood hero in the verse where Darnielle directly addresses his stepfather:

He was my hero back when I was a kid
You let me down but Chavo never did

At this point in the video, JD has one hand on Chavo’s shoulder and points straight at the camera with his other hand. In the previous verse Darnielle admitted, “I hated Chavo’s enemies, I would pray nightly for their death,” and in recent interviews he has said that his stepfather always rooted for the heels. So the next lines are even more powerful:

You called him names just to get beneath my skin
Now your ashes are scattered in the wind

Chavo makes a “Whoa!” face in the video, sort of like “Dude, did you just say that? Did you just suggest that your prayers were answered? That your stepfather was my enemy and you prayed for his death and now he’s dead? Whoa, dude!”

It’s awesome.

Beat the Champ is out now on Merge Records.

New Mountain Goats video: Cry for Judas

Video: The Mountain Goats – “Cry for Judas” Looks like Merge Records gave the Mountain Goats a video budget! Peter Hughes plays the dad and he has two daughters, one with a bloody nose and one who worships Satan. His wife apparently once cheated on him in the garage with Jon Wurster, the very same … Continue reading New Mountain Goats video: Cry for Judas

Mountain Goats releasing 100% analog 7-inch

In his characteristically verbose new album announcement, the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle revealed a pretty exciting bonus item for those who pre-order the album: On this last tour that I just got home from, I went into Cloud City with Brandon and recorded four more songs by myself directly to 1/2″ tape without overdubs, and … Continue reading Mountain Goats releasing 100% analog 7-inch