1) In the past several years, I have been as impressed by few acts as L.A.'s Deep Sea Diver aka Jessica Dobson. I'm excited to post this new video for DSD's song"NWO" (it stands for "New World Order"). Dobson's an excellent guitarist, pianist and vocalist, as well as songwriter, and seems ready with this single to hit the BIG TIME as a lead (she has backed up many high profile bands: The Shins, Beck, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs). The video was filmed in Golden Gardens Park near Seattle, near Dobson's new home.
3) I'm a huge fan of Billy Bragg's "A New England", as well as all covers of it (e.g. those by Kirsty MacColl and Kate Nash). Adding themselves to the list of quite fine artists who have covered the song, see here L.A.'s The Henry Clay People performing it on the streets of Baltimore.
4) L.A.'s Salt Petal's new video for "Songs I Used to Love" is almost entirely filmed as a single shot (except for the special effect laden surprise ending) and features bird puppets, paintings, some Graceland/Fool's Gold/Vampire Weekendesque guirars, and a starry wall. The band seems to be having a great time.
4) Afro-beat inspired The Stepkids will be playing on Thursday, July 5 and Saturday, July 7 at the Echo, and on Friday at San Diego's House of Blues (supporting the always adorable Mates of State). Check out this video (subtitled "Jean-Claude Van Jam") of "I Feel Free", performed acapella in a car.
5) Just this morning, L.A.'s ART ROCKERS bikos released their 1960's black and white sci-fi movie themed video for "Make Your Sound Sound." It hilarious features lead singer and mastermind Gabe fleeing from masked aliens...whose identities are revelealed at the end of the video. There's some great footage in the beginning of the video of him running from a train, which you are sure to enjoy.
6) L.A. band, Brooklyn animator come together for this fine pschedelic video for American Royalty's new song "Blood Keys." American Royalty will be playing every Monday at the Echo.
7) Rather than the typical video from Iceland, this week we are featuring a live performance by Faroese singer/songwriter Guðrið Hansdóttir. The song is "Morgun Í Mars" (Morning on Mars), one of the few songs from her recent album Beyond the Grey sung in her native Faroese, and performed in Brattleboro, Vermont at a Fire Keeper Productions Fundraiser.
Have a video you'd like posted next week? Email me at RFSLJed at gmail dot com.