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New Flaming Lips video: At The Movies On Quaaludes

Video: The Flaming Lips – “At The Movies On Quaaludes”

The Flaming Lips - At The Movies On Quaaludes [Official Video]

Directed by Clark Duke. From American Head, out now.

Ludes, man.

Although methaqualone hasn’t been legally manufactured in the United States since 1982, the lore of Quaaludes has only grown. Maybe illicit disco biscuits are still around somewhere, but I’ve never seen any. But if anybody can hook you up, I’m guessing it would be Wayne Coyne.

But really, this song is probably more of a flashback to being a teenager in the 70s, remembering being young and super high and dreaming of being rich and famous some day.

As we destroy our brains
‘Til we believe we’re dead,
It’s the American dream
In the American head.

Dream on, little Wayne. Dream on.

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New Paranoyds video: Egg Salad

Video: The Paranoyds – “Egg Salad”

The Paranoyds - Egg Salad (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Directed by Nicole Stunwyck. From Carnage Bargain, out now on Suicide Squeeze.

Check out this great new, “Valley of the Dolls”-inspired video from Los Angeles garage rockers the Paranoyds.

The band says the song is “an homage to a spoiled brat from the Valley. She keeps sneaking cash outta mom’s purse, doesn’t have any ambition or goals in life, just wants to party, and keeps getting away with minor crimes.”

The video is a transatlantic trans-pacific production from Peruvian director Nicole Stunwyck with additional Los Angeles footage directed by Ambar Navarro. Stunwyck says, “The video presents the glitzy & glamorous world of a teenage girl who, after accidentally catching a beauty pageant on TV, dreams of her rise to stardom & subsequent downfall.” It’s well done and actress Natalie Molina perfectly captures the decadent glam of the zonked late-sixties teenager.

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New St. Vincent: Pay Your Way In Pain

Video: St. Vincent – “Pay Your Way In Pain”

St. Vincent - Pay Your Way In Pain (Official Video)

From Daddy’s Home, due May 14 on Loma Vista.

A new St. Vincent release is always exiting. Like, what’s she going to do to freak people out this time? You might have expected her to capitalize on the breakthrough success of 2017’s Masseduction by doing more of the same, but that doesn’t appear to be the direction she’s heading.

No more primary colored, robotic futurism. “Pay Your Way In Pain” is a funky jam about feeling rejected and wanting to be loved, and it’s our first peak into the world of Daddy’s Home. The album was inspired by “the vinyl her dad had introduced her to during her childhood. […] Music made in sepia-toned downtown New York from 1971-1975. Gritty. Grimy. Sleazy.”

Maybe, but the look of the video has more of a “Fantasy Island” dream sequence vibe and her styling is giving me flashbacks to “Love Boat.” So I don’t know. It’s not reading as gritty or grimy. But still: exciting and new.

To go along with the whole 70s show, the album is available on eight-track. And to think some people scoffed at the kids getting back into cassettes!

Come aboard. We’re expecting you…

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New Tristen: Complex

Video: Tristen – “Complex”

Tristen - "Complex" (Official Music Video)

From Aquatic Flowers, due June 4 on Mama Bird.

Tristen Gaspadarek’s Sneaker Waves was one of the best albums of 2017 with its jangly hollow-body guitars and clever lyrics. “Glass Jar” has earned a place on my list of all-time faves, showing up on countless mixes I’ve compiled for friends.

Aquatic Flowers comes out on June 4 and if leadoff single “Complex” is any indication, it’s going to be the shimmery soundtrack of the summer.

I’ve got a complex; it’s complex
I don’t know why I act this way
The things I do, the things I say
I really love you
I want to be with you, but I’m so scared

She invited a bunch of her pals including Alyssa Milano and frequent writing partner Vanessa Carlton to jazzercize with her in the video. So that’s fun.

Can’t wait to hear more!

Dinosaur Jr: I Ran Away ft. Kurt Vile

Video: Dinosaur Jr. – “I Ran Away”

Dinosaur Jr. - I Ran Away (Animation by Mortis Studio)

Animation by Mortis Studio. From Sweep It Into Space, out April 23 on Jagjaguwar.

It was meant to be. Of course it was. Why wouldn’t Kurt Vile co-produce the upcoming Dinosaur Jr album? It just makes sense.

Hear for yourself on the leadoff single, which features Vile on 12-string.

J Mascis says, “Kurt played little lead things, like 12 string one at the beginning of ‘I Ran Away.’ Then I ended up just mimicking a few things he’d done. I was listening to a lot of Thin Lizzy, so I was trying to get some of that dueling twin lead sound. But the recording session was pretty well finished by the time things really hit the fan. So I just ended up doing more things by myself. Like the mini digital mellotron on ‘Take It Back.’ Originally I’d thought I’d have Ken Mauri (who has done keyboard work for Dino in the past) come in and play piano. But when the Lock Down happened in March, that meant I was on my own. But it was cool.”

It’s going to take more than a global pandemic to keep Dinosaur Jr down!

New Iggy Pop video: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Video: Iggy Pop – “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

Iggy Pop - Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (Official Video)

Directed by Simon Taylor. From Free, out now on Loma Vista.

I wonder if Iggy Pop was inspired by a recent episode of “Jeopardy” in which all three of the contestants tried and failed to remember the exact wording of the first line of this Dylan Thomas villanelle. Probably not, but who knows? This reading comes from Ig’s 2019 album, Free.

It’s a classic poem about getting old and kicking the bucket, and the older you get the more powerfully it speaks to you.

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

I think I first heard it via an inappropriately jaunty version by fellow Welshman John Cale that my homie PLP was prone to including on mixtapes for a while there in the beginning of the 90s. Maybe I read it in school before that but I doubt it. We didn’t cover a lot of poetry in my suburban Michigan high school. The Cale version is goofy yet still pretentious enough to ruin the vibe of any mixtape.

Iggy’s version is appropriately morbid and defiant. It’s also helped by its brevity, under two minutes long.

Dylan Thomas died in 1953 at 39. He drank himself to death. So he never even got to see the old age he wrote so eloquently about.

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New Paul Weller: Cosmic Fringes

Video: Paul Weller – “Cosmic Fringes”

Paul Weller - Cosmic Fringes

From Fat Pop (Volume 1), due May 14 on Polydor.

Paul Weller has made his bones as a man looking forward and back. The Jam was a “youth explosion” built on riffs and themes of a Britain ten years in the past. Style Council was neo-soul, with not a lot of emphasis on the neo. So it shouldn’t be a surprise when the Mod Father dabbles a bit in some vintage sounds. But this? Erm…

Layered synths and throbbing bass float this song along with punches of distorted guitar. Should Gary Numan make a cameo, I’m not sure anyone would notice. I get that the kids are all gaga for the 80s, but I’m not sure if this is the modern world I was hoping for.

New Bill Callahan and Bonnie Prince Billy: The Wild Kindness (ft. Cassie Berman)

Video: Bill Callahan & Bonnie Prince Billy “The Wild Kindness” (ft. Cassie Berman)

Bill Callahan & Bonnie Prince Billy "The Wild Kindness (feat. Cassie Berman)" (Official Music Video)

Directed by Ben Berman. Single out now on Drag City.

It’s David Berman week, apparently. Yesterday, we featured the video for a song by a member of what was supposed to be Berman’s touring incarnation of Purple Mountains, and today we have a cover of a Silver Jews classic by his Drag City labelmates and his widow.

Bill Callahan and Will Oldham have been releasing covers of classic tunes throughout the pandemic. My favorite of these has been their version of Steely Dan’s “Deacon Blues” but this one’s pretty good too.

They recruited an army of singers for it. In addition to Cassie Berman, they’ve also got Elisa Ambrogio, Meg Baird, Ben Chasny, Bill MacKay, Haley Fohr, David Grubbs, Cory Hanson, Emmett Kelly, Matt Kinsey, Sean O’Hagan, David Pajo, Todd Rittmann, Alasdair Roberts, Matt Sweeney, Mick Turner, George Xylouris, Azita Youssefi. That’s like half the Drag City roster!

Callahan says, “The infrastructure of this song should set an example to politicians of all type—everybody sings of wild kindness.”

Not sure it can hold a candle to the original but it was probably cathartic to record and maybe even fun. The video is hilariously silly.

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New Cassandra Jenkins video: Ambiguous Norway

Video: Cassandra Jenkins – “Ambiguous Norway”

From An Overview on Phenomenal Nature, out now on Ba Da Bing.

It’s been a while since an album hit me this hard this quickly. I hadn’t heard of Cassandra Jenkins before Friday, the day An Overview on Phenomenal Nature was released, but I’ve been listening nonstop since then.

The album’s short. Seven songs totaling under 32 minutes and the last song is a seven-minute instrumental. So every moment is important.

“Ambiguous Norway” is near the end at track five, but it was the first Cassandra Jenkins song I heard. It explicitly deals with the subject of grieving that the rest of the album builds up to.

A little backstory is enlightening: Jenkins was set to tour as a member of David Berman’s post-Silver Jews project Purple Mountains, but then Berman committed suicide shortly before the tour’s first date. In “New Bikini” Jenkins tells us, “After David passed away / My friends put me up for a few days / Off the coast of Norway.”

“Ambiguous Norway” reveals what happened on that trip and it’s raw and heartbreaking.

No matter where I go
You’re gone, you’re everywhere.

That’s as eloquent a description of the early phases of grief as anything I’ve ever heard. And while I’m not privy to any personal details, the way Jenkins writes about loss suggests a more intense relationship than just a hired bandmember.

In an interview with Our Culture, Jenkins shares the story of meeting a stranger who tells her, “You know, in Denmark, it’s a very flat landscape, but we have giant cloud formations, they’re giant cumulus clouds. And we call them ‘Denmark’s mountains’ because we don’t have mountains, so we need to find them in other ways.”

Who knows how geographically or meteorologically different Denmark is from its neighbor to the north, but that stranger’s story ended up informing the lyrics of “Ambiguous Norway.”

Farewell, Purple Mountains
I see a range of cumulus
the majesties transmutation
distant, ambiguous
The skies replace the land with air.

So even though, like a three legged dog, part of you may always be looking for what you’ve lost, there’s a chance you will find it in unexpected places. On the other hand, clouds are ethereal and ephemeral and don’t really do much for you. But I suppose if they provide a little comfort when you need it, sometimes that’s good enough.

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New Christian Lee Hutson: Betty

Video: Christian Lee Hutson – “Betty”

Christian Lee Hutson - "Betty"

From The Version Suicides, Vol. 1, out now on Anti-.

Christian Lee Hutson’s Beginners was one of my favorite albums of 2020. Taylor Swift’s folklore was another. In a bit of pop culture synchronicity Hutson has just released an e.p. of cover songs, including a version of Swift’s song sung from the point of view of the boy in the love triangle that is explored in a trio of folklore songs along with “Cardigan” and “August.” I can geek out all day on these three songs but I’ll spare you.

“Betty” is my favorite though. It’s the one that sounds most like a real teenager. The other two songs have references to “downtown bars” and bottles of wine, but the narrator of “Betty” talks about homeroom and his skateboard and dances in gyms and it just sounds like a dopey kid who messed up and really, really regrets it.

But if I just showed up at your party
Would you have me? Would you want me?
Would you tell me to go fuck myself
Or lead me to the garden?

In The Long Pond Studio Sessions documentary Swift says something about how she’s written so many songs wishing the boy would apologize and with “Betty” she finally gets her apology. I sincerely hope Betty gives him another chance. He’s only 17, after all. He’s doesn’t know anything.

Hutson plays it straight. He doesn’t amp up the drama but he can’t bury it. On The Version Suicides, Vol. 1 he also covers Abba and Vanessa Carlton. I’m a sucker for acoustic folkie covers of pop songs. Not sure that “Betty” required this re-imagining but it’s not bad. Just not particularly necessary. The original is perfect as it is.

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