1) Weren't the Monolators lovely last month as featured band for RFSL's Tuesdaily residency at Labrie's? (yes) This month's resident band is the Western States Motel, supported on their first residency night (February 1) by WALK and Burial at Sea (formerly the Temporary Thing). As usual (or at least as often as I am disciplined enough to remember to post) I'm going to post videos from the bands featured at the upcoming residency show. The purpose of this is to 1) give you all a sense of what they sound like, 2) persuade you that these are people that are worth watching and 3) provide entertainment. Please enjoy the following, and see you next Tuesday!
Here's "Powerlines", the smash single from the Western States Motel:
Burial At Sea (when they were still the Temporary Thing" playing "Awakened By a Dream" live at the Hotel Cafe:
3) Les Savy Fav are playing at the Echoplex on January 28 in support of their new album Root For Ruin which came out over the summer. I'm going to this one. I mentioned my plan to go to my friend, a big LSF fan. Before agreeing to go with me, he provided this warning, with implied conditions: "so you know, i usually go up front & center for them and get into it. are you a brave or timid concert-goer?" I am a brave concert-goer. The sweat will surely descend upon us.
Here's "Let's Get Out of Here", the big video being promoted on the album:
And a live version of "Sleepless in Silverlake" from ever reliable KEXP:
4) New video for "Crazy For You" from Best Coast, apparently the breakout L.A. band of the moment. Sometimes I'll be in a coffee shop and I'll hear a song and I'll say "Hey, is this the Vivian Girls?" and then someone else will say "No, it's Best Coast." Or sometimes I'll be in another coffee shop and I'll say "Hey, is this the Dum Dum Girls" and someone else will say "No, it's Best Coast." I feel really stupid sometimes. This video takes influence from the world famous I Can Has Cheezburger site.
5) As I have previously noted, Nada Surf is one of the more underrated bands of the 90's, their credibility partially ruined by a semi-stupid sounding hit. From their cover's project If I Had a Hi-Fi, here is a new video from Nada Surf for their cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence, composed of concert footage from their 2010 European Summer Tour. Directed by Jan-Ole Gerster, the video was shot in Nuremberg, Munich and Dresden.
Okay, while I'm at it and listening to this cover, I started thinking to myself "Gosh, Nada Surf sure sounds a lot like L.A's Division Day sometimes." And then I started thinking to myself "Wait a minute here, didn't Division Day also do a cover of 'Enjoy the Silence'?" And then I thought, wouldn't it be fun to compare the two side by side? (Answer="Yes")
6) Los Angeles sextet Alright Alright sent me a video a few days ago for "Resurrection Mary" that I liked, so I'm going to post it. They describe it as "b-movie inspired", but it should be noted that they are referring to b-horror films, because all this sort of scary stuff happens in the video. GOOD ACTING BY THE BAND!
7) I have no idea how new this is, but I enjoyed this video here suggesting the theory that Ferris Bueller's Day off is actually a fantasy concocted by Cameron:
Here's a more thorough explanation of the theory.
8) Icelandic music video of the week is the Sugarcubes' "Cold Sweat", one of my favorites. Some nice footage of Björk walking backwards through what I can only imagine to be Reykjavík:
9) Finally, to all you unhappy people out there, here's a little Jack Lalanne to cheer you up:
Anything to add? Something you want posted next week? Email me at RFSLJed at gmail dot com.