1) L.A.'s Bronski Beatish Active Child (don't I now regret missing them during their Echo residency?) was the hit of Iceland Airwaves, and appear to have more and more coming to keep us entertained. The LIne Of Best Fit's new live video for "Hanging On" was filmed in Reykjavík, during or around the time of the festival. Click here for a great (and much briefer than mine) account of the festival.
3) The Van Allen Belt are from Pittsburgh, but I'm posting their "Out to Lunch" video anyway (I'm a sucker for the line "I enjoy your blog", regardless of the sincerity). To be honest, I"m a little confused as to what is going on visually in the video -- it vaguely reminds me of those posters on the walls of the hallways in my middle school where you'd stand and stare at it for 5 minutes, trying to unfocus your eyes in order to see the 3-D image, instead of going to class. But it isn't exactly that either. There's something kaleidescopic going on, but again, the effects are more complicated than that. Just watch it, and email me or comment if you have a theory. The VAB played a big show at Occupy Pittsburgh on October 15, and they may be coming to a Rust Belt city near you! J/K I love Pittsburgh...Primanti Bros. sandwiches no. 1! Whoo hoo! Pittsburgh is on the move!
4) Back in the early 2000s, I went to law school with a girl who was in the One AM Radio, and I saw them play at a small bar in Hollywood that I'm not even sure exists anymore. Since then (and the handful of songs I downloaded at the time), I haven't paid them much attention. And they've turned into a completely different sort of, much poppier, lighthearted band. And I love it. Their new video for "In a City Without Seasons" is (according to the band) a "homage to our neighborhoods." (Fun Fact: I didn't start pronouncing "homage" correctly until a few years ago).
5) I'm not falling for any obvious title jokes based on PYYRAMIDS new video for "That Ain't Right" (mostly because I couldn't think of anything funny). I know band press releases sometimes get a tough rap, especially after a recent scandal involving purported reporters who repeated the contents of press releases as fact, but I love how bands interpret their songs/videos in ways I never would have imagined. Check this out: "the video for 'That Ain't Right' takes a unique approach in literally visualizing lyrics about heartbreak while displaying them through an equally glitchy and psychedelic lens." I love it!
6) Multi-instrumentalist Delicate Steve will be playing in L.A. on November 10th at the El Rey with Ra Ra Riot. Here's a recent live-ish video he recorded for “Don't Get Stuck (Proud Elephants)”. Speaking of fake press releases, read this NPR story about the greatest fake press release of all...for none less than Mr. Delicate Steve.
6) I'm seeing Weird Al play on Saturday night at the Pantages Theatre. Chances that I'll run into anyone I know? Low.
7) I talk quite a lot about Iceland's Retro Stefson, and always in a positive way. In fact, their daytime performance at Airwaves was one of my favorites of the whole festival. KEXP, once again, did a spectacular job capturing live video of the bands featured at the festival, and no doubt I will be posting more of their videos in weeks to come. Here is Retro Stefson playing "Velvakandasveinn" at the KEX Hostel on 10/12/11 (aka "Day 1" of the festival).
8) And finally, do not miss this Pink Floyd/Bill Withers/Neil Young medley performed by the Lonely Wild on Halloween. In costume.
Have I forgotten you? Your band? Your favorite color? Email me at RFSLJed at gmail dot com and let me have it.