Archive for the ‘video’ Category

Jellybelly Cover’s Slowdive’s “Machine Gun”

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

And the Slowdive cover kick continues, with Indonesia’s Jellybelly doing their cover of “Machine Gun” in a jangly live performance.

RIP: SNL Announcer Don Pardo, 96

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Longtime Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo has died. I think he was the last person who worked on the inaugural season of SNL who stayed on with the show for it’s entire run. (Lorne Michaels went away for five years before coming back to the show.)

He was a great announcer, and he did a lot of work in radio and on TV game shows like Jeopardy.

Here he is on why script writers should use short words:

Shoegazer Sunday: Slowdive’s “Golden Hair” Live

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Since their reunion, Slowdive seems to be a vastly better touring band than they were in their heyday. I think it helps that they’ve brought on more touring musicians to fill out the sound. According to the band on Twitter, it’s just the original five members.

Here they are covering Syd Barrett’s “Golden Hair” (from that post-Pink Floyd recording session here he never played anything the same way twice). The Barrett original is some two minutes long, and the original cover Slowdive did was four minutes long. This version is eight minutes long, and ends with one of the most beautiful, multiguitar Shoegaze solos ever recorded. (No wonder that one woman in the audience looks like she’s having a religious experience…)

This was recorded at the Best Kept Secret festival in The Netherlands on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Shoegazer Sunday: Alcian Blue/The Antiques Cover Slowdive’s “Primal”

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

The sound quality is not the best, and the vocals pretty much suck, but this cover by Alcian Blue (AKA The Antiques) is still the best live cover of “Primal” I’ve heard from anyone (including Slowdive, who only played it at early shows, and not particularly well).

Like I’ve said before, anyone doing good cover of “Primal” will get linked in this space.

As for Slowdive, their new tour shows their live shows have improved considerably, as we shall see next Sunday…

Weird Al Brings The Grammar

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

I bet every high school English teacher in America will be showing this to their class come September…

Shegazer Sunday: Tripwires’ “Cinnamon”

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

For your Sunday dose of Shoegaze, here’s UK psychedelic shoegaze outfit Tripwires (not to be confused with Midwestern frat rock band Tripwire) with the short, high octane “Cinnamon.”

I think the video features footage from Alejandro Jordowsky’s Holy Mountain, which includes some very brief nudity.

Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

The auteurs of The Asylum are Roger Cormen is at it again. Are you ready for Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda?

Coming August 2nd to (of course) The SyFy Channel.

At this point I’m thinking I ought to file a trademark for my Slothacconda idea…

Shoegazer Sunday: SPC ECO’s “Fallen Stars”

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

For your Sunday dose of Shoegaze, here’s another shot of SPC ECO with “Fallen Stars.”

This is off their new album Sirens and Satellites, which I liked enough to buy. The overall sound features very pretty, very spacey background synthesizer washes with poppy tunes and understated female vocals somewhere between Florence + The Machine, Sarah McLachlan, and Tori Amos, with a dash of Yoko Kanno. The emotional feel of the album is a lot like Malory’s Outerbeats.

Pixels…

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

OK, this was moderately amusing, especially the chicken…

Shoegazer Sunday: Bertoia’s “Snow Slide”

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

How long has it been since I featured an obscure Japanese Shoegazer band? Well that’s too long!

Here’s Bertoia‘s “Snow Slide,” which proves once again that low-rent costumes and dreamquest fantasies are a fine hook to hang a music video on…