Archive for the ‘video’ Category

Shoegazer Sunday: La Hell Gang’s “So High”

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

You don’t have to be a fan of drug-references to enjoy Chilian band La Hell Gang’s echoey, spaced-out “So High”.

They’re evidently on tour in the U.S. right now…

Shoegazer Sunday: Explosions in the Sky’s “The Birth and Death of the Day” Live

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

How do you feel about six minutes of intermittently pleasant guitar noodling?

Tough.

They’re an awful lot like a strictly instrumental version of Midsummer.

Shoegazer Sunday: My Violent Ego’s “Trail of Lights”

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

“Trail of Lights” is a lush, laid-back, multilayered Shoegaze piece from Scottish/Italian duo My Violent Ego.

Shoegazer Sunday: Black Hearted Brother’s “(I Don’t Mean to) Wonder”

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Black Hearted Brother is a project featuring Slowdive’s Neal Halstead. Here they are with “(I Don’t Mean to) Wonder”.

Also, evidently the Judge Dredd remake has some impressive slow-motion set-pieces…

Shoegazer Sunday: Skip Skip Ben Ben’s “Last Light”

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Here’s “Last Light,” a pleasant little ditty from Taiwan’s Skip Skip Ben Ben:

Bold New Frontiers in Cattle Rustling

Friday, September 5th, 2014

I think these guys could be in a Joe R. Lansdale story…

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…