Videos Around Town Archive

  • I’ve been meaning to write about all three of these videos for a bit and I’m just now getting around to it. I tend to listen to music a whole lot more often than watch videos for it, but these are the videos that have caught my attention in the past month or so.  They also happen to be from three of my favorite local bands: Fairy Bones, Emby Alexander, and Captain Squeegee. So with out further ado, let us get to the vids. Fairy Bones – “Waiting” “Waiting” is the first of two new singles released to promote Fairy...

    VideosAroundTown: Three Recent Faves!

    I’ve been meaning to write about all three of these videos for a bit and I’m just now getting around to it. I tend to listen to music a whole lot more often than watch videos for it, but these are the videos that have caught my attention in the past month or so.  They also happen to be from three of my favorite local bands: Fairy Bones, Emby Alexander, and Captain Squeegee. So with out further ado, let us get to the vids. Fairy Bones – “Waiting” “Waiting” is the first of two new singles released to promote Fairy...

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  • It is with no hesitation that I can say that last years return from Captain Squeegee, To The Bardos!, was a masterpiece of psychedelic eloquence and one of the best albums of last year, if not the best. Since then they’ve been working on videos from that release and I didn’t think anything was going to be able to top the claypocalypse of their video for “Ineveitable”, that was until now. Matty Steinkamp has directed what I consider to be his video masterpiece thus far with “The Factory, which is also one of my favorite songs from Bardos. Last December...

    VideosAroundTown: “The Factory” by Captain Squeegee

    It is with no hesitation that I can say that last years return from Captain Squeegee, To The Bardos!, was a masterpiece of psychedelic eloquence and one of the best albums of last year, if not the best. Since then they’ve been working on videos from that release and I didn’t think anything was going to be able to top the claypocalypse of their video for “Ineveitable”, that was until now. Matty Steinkamp has directed what I consider to be his video masterpiece thus far with “The Factory, which is also one of my favorite songs from Bardos. Last December...

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  • I honestly don’t know what to make of Luna Aura’s music, this is not a bad thing, it’s because I find it utterly and uniquely fascinating. This makes me all the more excited to hear the rest of her self-titled debut EP that was recorded this Spring at Capital Records. I mean you’ve got trippy synths, crazy beats, it’s like techno fused power pop for people raised in space, the chorus is hooky as hell and there is of course the absolutely magnetic allure of her sultry vocals–it’s positively dreamy and this is the first taste of what’s to come....

    VideosAroundTown: “Too Young To Die” by Luna Aura

    I honestly don’t know what to make of Luna Aura’s music, this is not a bad thing, it’s because I find it utterly and uniquely fascinating. This makes me all the more excited to hear the rest of her self-titled debut EP that was recorded this Spring at Capital Records. I mean you’ve got trippy synths, crazy beats, it’s like techno fused power pop for people raised in space, the chorus is hooky as hell and there is of course the absolutely magnetic allure of her sultry vocals–it’s positively dreamy and this is the first taste of what’s to come....

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  •   I’ve been a fan of Former Friends of Young Americans practically since the start, back in the Black Cactus Records days, back when Marco and Dan were still alive. In fact, it was Dan Somers who handed me their EP in the parking lot of the Yucca Tap Room and said “You’re gonna’ love this.” I looked at the cover and the disc and said “There are no songs listed here anywhere!?” To which he replied, “Yeah, that’s Former Friends for you.” I was both amused and intrigued, so I had to play it right away and I was...

    VideosAroundTown: “Heaven’s Always Waiting” by Former Friends of Young Americans

      I’ve been a fan of Former Friends of Young Americans practically since the start, back in the Black Cactus Records days, back when Marco and Dan were still alive. In fact, it was Dan Somers who handed me their EP in the parking lot of the Yucca Tap Room and said “You’re gonna’ love this.” I looked at the cover and the disc and said “There are no songs listed here anywhere!?” To which he replied, “Yeah, that’s Former Friends for you.” I was both amused and intrigued, so I had to play it right away and I was...

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  • This is probably my favorite song by Japhy’s Descent, which means a lot because I loved the hell out of their last album Moon Noon. I am eagerly anticipating the release of their forthcoming effort based on The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff called Christopher Robin. The songs I’ve heard so far are amazing live (“Rabbit” may become my new favorite), but for the last year this has been my favorite song in their canon. They even recorded an acoustic version of it one time when I guesting regularly on Driving With Gass on KWSS. You can read about...

    VideosAroundTown: “Owl” by Japhy’s Descent

    This is probably my favorite song by Japhy’s Descent, which means a lot because I loved the hell out of their last album Moon Noon. I am eagerly anticipating the release of their forthcoming effort based on The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff called Christopher Robin. The songs I’ve heard so far are amazing live (“Rabbit” may become my new favorite), but for the last year this has been my favorite song in their canon. They even recorded an acoustic version of it one time when I guesting regularly on Driving With Gass on KWSS. You can read about...

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  • In late December my ex-laptop was breaking up with me and I wasn’t online a lot and I wasn’t writing at all. I missed out on a lot of great stuff because of the issues the breakup was causing both personally and professionally. Luckily, in this instance, I caught The Thin Bloods in my feed on Valentine’s Day and love was in the air. They posted their video for “Marty” which is one of my favorite songs from Twin Tumors Vol. 1, their most recent cassette release on Rubber Brother Records. I was glad that this popped up in my...

    VideosAroundTown- “Marty” by The Thin Bloods

    In late December my ex-laptop was breaking up with me and I wasn’t online a lot and I wasn’t writing at all. I missed out on a lot of great stuff because of the issues the breakup was causing both personally and professionally. Luckily, in this instance, I caught The Thin Bloods in my feed on Valentine’s Day and love was in the air. They posted their video for “Marty” which is one of my favorite songs from Twin Tumors Vol. 1, their most recent cassette release on Rubber Brother Records. I was glad that this popped up in my...

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  • The Prowling Kind was one of the best debut acts of 2013, their blistering blend of rock, blues and Americana was some of the finest music I witnessed live on several occasions last year. Sadly, I never got to review their brilliant debut album Tennessee, I never picked up a physical copy and all I had was a soundcloud link that I couldn’t download, I kept meaning to pick it up, but alas never got around to it somehow. I’ll probably correct this soon and write a belated review, because it was one of my favorite albums of last year and...

    VideosAroundTown: The Prowling Kind “Melted Together”

    The Prowling Kind was one of the best debut acts of 2013, their blistering blend of rock, blues and Americana was some of the finest music I witnessed live on several occasions last year. Sadly, I never got to review their brilliant debut album Tennessee, I never picked up a physical copy and all I had was a soundcloud link that I couldn’t download, I kept meaning to pick it up, but alas never got around to it somehow. I’ll probably correct this soon and write a belated review, because it was one of my favorite albums of last year and...

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  • By now, everyone should know that Banana Gun is readying to release and unleash their third album Love.Instinct on the world, what you may not know is that it’s their best album to date–a rocking album from beginning to end without apology. For the first time they have a studio recording that truly represents their electrifying stage show and much of that is due to recording live in the studio with Curtis Grippe at STEM Recordings. Yesterday, the world got their first taste of the new album in the form of a video directed by Roland Wakefield for the first single...

    VideosAroundTown: Banana Gun “Mirror, Mirror”

    By now, everyone should know that Banana Gun is readying to release and unleash their third album Love.Instinct on the world, what you may not know is that it’s their best album to date–a rocking album from beginning to end without apology. For the first time they have a studio recording that truly represents their electrifying stage show and much of that is due to recording live in the studio with Curtis Grippe at STEM Recordings. Yesterday, the world got their first taste of the new album in the form of a video directed by Roland Wakefield for the first single...

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  • It was a moment of happiness when Toby Fatzinger came to the rescue about a fifth video for this week (yes, I sort of cheated yesterday, but so what). He sent me a message about the new video for Former Friends of Young Americans for “Sea & The Land” the lead off track from their amazing eleventh hour album of 2013 Dives Like A Fool, Swims Like The Dead. This was my feature album in the January 2014 issue of JAVA Magazine, and one of a few of my favorite albums from last year that I didn’t get to write about...

    VideosAroundTown: Former Friends of Young Americans “Sea & The Land”

    It was a moment of happiness when Toby Fatzinger came to the rescue about a fifth video for this week (yes, I sort of cheated yesterday, but so what). He sent me a message about the new video for Former Friends of Young Americans for “Sea & The Land” the lead off track from their amazing eleventh hour album of 2013 Dives Like A Fool, Swims Like The Dead. This was my feature album in the January 2014 issue of JAVA Magazine, and one of a few of my favorite albums from last year that I didn’t get to write about...

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  • (Author’s Note: About a month or so ago I found out that two of the most talented people I know would be moving to LA, I’ve met this kind of news before with a certain sadness mainly because I loathe LA. In this case it happens to be two of the founding members of one of my top five bands in town, Eric Palmer and Tristan Dede of Future Loves Past. I know this week I’ve been showcasing only videos, do not fear there is a video below, but due to timing and a “sort of” going away show tomorrow...

    All The Pretty Things…

    (Author’s Note: About a month or so ago I found out that two of the most talented people I know would be moving to LA, I’ve met this kind of news before with a certain sadness mainly because I loathe LA. In this case it happens to be two of the founding members of one of my top five bands in town, Eric Palmer and Tristan Dede of Future Loves Past. I know this week I’ve been showcasing only videos, do not fear there is a video below, but due to timing and a “sort of” going away show tomorrow...

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