1) Even though I've known Ilya, one of two lead singers and guitarist from Young Hunting, for years, I've only seen them play once, and only after years of him encouraging me to come to one of his shows. This experience, as one might predict, filled me with regret, as I could not help but remark on what a talented band I had on so many occasions missed. Here's a neat live recording/video they shot "at dusk on a hillside" in Lincoln Heights (an area I've known from past experience to be the source of good music video). The song is called "Ride On". They have a digital single out called Rust, and if plans are kept, Ilya will be guest hosting VFSL in about a month. My expectations are already raised:
3) Army Navy's new video for "Ode to Janice Melt" begins with a couple affectionately kissing each other goodbye, as the female half of the couple leaves for a trip. The male half of the couple then proceeds to make out with his hand, which also turns out to be the lead singer of a band. It kind of acts like a hand puppet, without the puppet part! Things get awkward when the girlfriend returns. The video is directed by by Jeremy Konner (of "Drunk History", one of my favorite all time web series') and stars Jason Ritter.
4) Skyline Drive is an alt-country band from L.A. (Venice actually...) who have just recorded a new live HD video for their song "The Switch" in a studio (or web series?) called Jam in the Van (which I promise has nothing to do with pornography, really). It's a nice song, got some slide guitar as you might expect. Reminds of say...Townes Van Zandt?
5) Hello Echo is a three-piece from L.A. with a new video: "Birdbeat" from their recent full length debut Hello. Is it me or are more and more of the videos I'm posting filmed outdoors on hills, or driving around in cars around the streets of L.A.? According to the press release, this was filmed during Memorial Day weekend, the weekend most often confused with Labor Day weekend. I don't want to sound like I'm complaining though -- the video is unusually joyous, and the drummer is wearing a pair of sunglasses with green frames, which reminds me...where are my sunglasses?
6) Bear with me this week, because I'm getting so excited about going to the sold out Iceland Airwaves Festival (October 11-16, in Reykjavík -- HEY, ANYONE WANT TO LEND ME A CAMERA TO BRING?????) that I'm going to post THREE Iceland related videos this week. First is a live performance by Sin Fang (side project of SeaBear) in Paris. Sin Fang's Sindri Már Sigfússon is one of the bigger non-Sigur Ros names coming out of Iceland these days so watch out for him.
7) What a jerk I am! I've somehow managed to ignore the hype about Washed Out, so much so as to have had absolutely no idea what it sounded like, even though "everyone" seems to like them, and even though it seemed to me like they came out of nowhere, I've already heard other bands describe themselves as sounding like "Washed Out." But listen, they discovered my weak spot, and like a lot of other bands lately, decided to film a music video in Iceland. I particularly like this one in that not only does it cover the obligatory shots of mountains and the sea, and the striking landcapes, it also captures a gas station (I've affectionately named these "Pissa Og Pylsas", because typically you stop for either a hot dog and/or an opportunity to pee), a party, a campfire, a bus stop, and what I'm pretty sure is Askja (a caldera located about 100 kilometers of gravel road into the interior, and one the most exciting places I visited in the country). All and all a fairly accurate depiction of a someone having a fabulous trip. Oh, and Washed Out apparently are great sounding. The song is called "Amor Fati". And dude, I'm not the only one who thinks the star of the video (Luke Rathborne -- not Washed Out's Ernest Greene) looks a lot like Elijah Wood.
8) Finally, a new video from Iceland's folk music hero Snorri Helgason (he seems to take a lot of queues from Paul Simon, maybe Neil Young, Dylan possibly?) It's taken me a while to get into it, but I think I'm sold. Here's another video showcasing Icelandic landscapes, but tends to focus on one particular mountainside and cave. The song is called "River".
Tell me, tell me, tell me what you want me to post next week. I'll be around. At RFSL Jed at gmail dot com.