“You’re livin’ it like it’s all the movies, still killin’ shit on Call of Duty…”
Is it somewhat of a paradox to call one of Australia’s most successful acts underrated? Yes, Bliss n Eso have broken through to the mainstream with gold albums, sell-out shows and popular singles… and yet they are just so often maligned, insulted, thrown to the proverbial wolves. It’s just so utterly uncool to like these guys now – and, although I can see why (their ratty fanbase constantly starts fights at their shows and give the band a bad rap), I truly don’t think they deserve it. I’m not their #1 fan or anything, but sometimes they just know how to deliver the goods for some fun, interesting hip-hop.
Take this whole dealio for example, which samples from the Bluejuice hit from a couple of years ago, Act Yr Age. Thankfully, BnE haven’t decided to replicate that video… however, we do get ourselves a nice wild party from the crew. There’s a stack of random people in there, like the little boy from Channel [V] with the afro and that guy from YouTube, Alex Williamson; who recently got called out by Briggs for a racist Tweet and proved to be a bit of a coward in the whole thing. As such, I’m less cool now with him than I ever have been – and I found his comedy to be overrated in the first place. But we’re getting sidetracked. When there’s as much fun to be had here, you don’t want to get distracted. There’s pool partying, there’s wild dancing… and, naturally, Jake and Stav from Bluejuice end up with their shirts off. It always ends with that. At least, it bloody well should.
“I’m in love with two, but I could never tell you…”
Yeah yeah, been sick and busy. Not a good combo. As a result, I’m late to yet another party – this time the brilliantly weird new video from Kirin J Callinan. This sonic adventurer has been a guest on the blog before, but we’ve never actually had the time to feature one of his videos. Which is a shame, and a total oversight on my behalf – especially considering how much I am loving his debut solo album, Embracism. It’s an incredible-sounding record, brimming with fearless concepts and ideas, mixed in with jarring noise and abstract lyrics – he’s definitely the kind of artist that enjoys clearing the room of squares as quickly as possible.
He even manages to do so here, which is arguably the most “conventional” – or, dare it be said, “pop” – song that he’s released under his solo moniker to date. The song becomes the opening credits to a midday soap opera, in which KJC plays every single character. There’s something quite fascinating about watching him go from bumbling waiter to bikie thug to innocent schoolgirl and back again. It’s all just a bit of low-budget fun with costumes, really. How much enjoyment you get out of it will really just come back to your degree of comfort with the man, his music and the frequent cross-dressing. Can’t please everyone, but I can’t imagine that would be very far up Kirin’s to-do list.
Tim Hart is an Australian singer-songwriter, best known as the
drummer and vocalist of Boy and Bear.
His favourite video is Always by Junip.
For me, when I look at film clips, I like to see something new and fresh, rather than the age-old band performance clip. Because, let’s face it… they’ve been done to death. Having said that, I’m aware that I’ve been part of such clips; but, for my 2 cents this one is a cracker. It was shot mostly at the Air Guitar World Championships in Finland and it’s weird. I guess, at a stretch, it is technically a performance clip; but the way that it’s done is great.
It starts in a dingy bar with what we assume is a covers musician playing in the corner of a pretty empty bar. There is one rather intense, slightly creepy guy drinking and smoking in a booth. He is staring at the guy playing covers he reaches his hands towards him and miraculously the guitar disappears. The covers musician doesn’t seem to notice and keeps playing. The weird guy then walks in to a room where the three members of Junip are sitting around playing the song together and he performs the same transformation on them, before taking them to air guitar school.
I think this video is great because it has a narrative and it manages to convey it effectively (something that so many videos attempt to do and fail at). The culmination of the video is the band been wheeled up on to stage at the air guitar world championships and sitting on the stage in the same very understated formation they were playing in when Weird Creepy Guy discovered them. I love that the director was clearly taking a shot at the overly serious “trying to be rock and roll” videos, and I think he nails it. In the end, creepy guy doing weird dance moves+ air guitar + Junip = my favourite film clip.
Boy and Bear‘s new album, Harlequin Dream, is in stores August 16th.
You can pre-order the album here (physical) or here (digital).
The band are also headed out on a national tour in support of the record.
All tour dates can be found on their official website.
Tim Adderley is an Australian musician, who is the drummer for post-rock legends sleepmakeswaves.
His favourite videos are Windowlicker by Aphex Twin and Everlong by the Foo Fighters.
Video clips were probably one of my first introductions to music along with my parents’ records. When I was about 5 years old, I lived in an area that only got (bad) ABC reception. I watched Rage every Saturday morning. I probably shouldn’t have been allowed to watch half those clips at that age, but for whatever reason, I got a real buzz out of it. Alice Cooper‘s Poison was a standout. Pretty risqué for a 5 to 7 year old at the time.
Later on in high school, I stayed up late to tape my favorite bands’ clips on my VCR and these days, I often watch them online with my girlfriend and/or friends over a few drinks at home. I still wake up on weekend mornings, turn on the TV and hope to catch an hour or so of new clips over coffee. I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite. I enjoy so many for all kinds of reasons, whether they’re clever, beautiful, shameless or just a band I really like.
Sometimes they’re just so bad, I can’t look away! I am however partial to a clip that’s a bit weird and makes me laugh. So based on that, I would pick the extended version of Windowlicker by Aphex Twin and Everlong by the Foo Fighters.
The extended intro to Windowlicker cracks me up every time. However it’s pretty extreme, so folks who’re easily offended should avoid the start (and probably the whole clip for that matter). From there, there’s a slick solo dance routine… and then it just keeps getting creepier in true Aphex Twin fashion. Everlong has always been a favorite Foo Fighters song of mine, and the clip is just great from start to finish. In particular, the giant telephone, the giant hand and when the characters morph into the band members, a guitar appears from under Pat Smear‘s costume and (the best bit of all) the bed turns into a drum kit!
Both these acts have other great clips as well. These are just a couple that came to mind. Overall, both had me hooked straight away and they’re both cool songs.
sleepmakeswaves are currently in the midst of a national tour. Tonight, they play the first of two shows at the Annandale Hotel. Tickets are available here.
The band are also hitting up Newcastle, Melbourne, Port Macquarie, Brisbane, Fremantle, Perth and Adelaide on their “…and so we played everything” tour. For a full run of dates and ticket info, visit the event page here.
“My boss is such a jerk, he makes me work-work-work…”
What are you looking at me like that for? Oh, yeah. That. Yes, friends, I – in all earnestness – am here to deliver a song called Turdburgers by an actual band that is actually called Shit Sandwich to your various orifices. I have already anticipated the questions from the floor, so I will delve directly into the most-common FAQ: YES, the video for the song called Turdburgers by the actual band that is actually called Shit Sandwich is 100% as ridiculous as you would expect.
So, some quick background: Shit Sandwich are a comedy-rock/garage-rock band based in Wollongong. Their pedigree is bands like Slow Waves, Carpet and the just-as-charmingly-titled Kitten Death. Some context for the video: As has been documented on this blog, DZ Deathrays released a video a few years ago for The Mess Up. Earlier this year, Dune Rats caused a frenzy when their video for Red Light, Green Light was an homage to the aforementioned clip, trading in beer for bongs. Okay, up to date? Great.
Now, SS have decided to replace beer and/or bongs with their own turdburgers – McDonald’s cheeseburgers. Watching drummer Nik Russo attempt to mime along to the song is hilarious enough, but with a mouthful of burger it just gets all the more ridiculous and entertaining. Definitely not one for the squeamish, but definitely one of the funniest clips I’ve seen in awhile. Shit on!
“Close the blinds and lock the doors, those outsiders have thieving paws…”
Okay, I’ll admit. I’m a busy dude. I have places to be, people to see, songs to sing, articles to write, Tweets to send to random YouTube celebrities, videos to watch… there’s a lot on my plate. So, sometimes, I let things build up. I’ve been sitting on this new video from David Bridie, the veteran Australian songwriter behind bands like Not Drowning, Waving and My Friend the Chocolate Cake for a couple of weeks now. I just hadn’t gotten around to it until this week. It was at the top of the pile of roughly a dozen video clips and I only JUST watched it. This week.
Why am I telling you all this? More or less just to establish that yes, I am indeed a fucking idiot sometimes.
Delegate, the first video from David’s most recent solo album Wake, is one of the best Australian filmclips I have seen in a very, very, very long time. It’s a confronting, eerily beautiful and profound video. The likes of which haven’t been seen in quite some time. It’s a bold statement wrapped in cryptic messages and surrealism. The dialogue is displayed, rather than said out loud. It would disrupt the flow of the song. We find ourselves in an office, where an employee simply looking out the window and daydreaming turns into something gravely serious. This might take a few views to get your head around. It certainly did for me. I wouldn’t recommend you watch it at your own work, either; or if you’re somewhat sensitive. In any and all other circumstances, however, Y,WGAV! gives you a big, bright green light. Watch this by any means necessary. It’s vital that you do.
“I’m employing every method you’ve ever heard of, I won’t be the victim…”
Straya! Have you guys ever come across Ben Salter? Dude is one of this fine country’s most underrated troubadours, formerly a geet-slinger for The Gin Club and now an endearing lone ranger. It’s a mix of warm folk and dark alt-country, a sound that’s at once uniquely harmonious and obliquely jarring. I really dig this guy, and now I finally have an excuse to be writing about him in this territory. I love it when a plan comes together, don’t you?
A couple of weeks back, he dropped a very nice video for his brand-new single, Semi-Pro Gamer. A collaboration with filmmaker Ian Powne, the video features starkly-shot, red-heavy footage of Ben himself, presumably from the perspective of his computer or console that comes into the equation via the lyrics. Blended in is stock footage of what appears to be both the creation of weaponry and the creation of vintage video games. I could have that all twisted, though; so take my analysis with a grain of salt. Whatever the case, I can assure that this is another great independent Australian clip that is just the right mix of darkness and light. I can’t wait for more of the same.
Hey, look who it is! It’s them crazy kids from March of the Real Fly! Good to see these uke-swingin’ cutie pies at it again. They dropped another clip late last year, but it sadly came during our break period and I never got around to it! To quote Eminem: “Don’t think I did that shit intentionally just to diss you!” Anyway, I’m glad I took the 83 seconds it took to watch this video, and the several further 83-second blocks that it would subtract from my life there on out. Once again, these creative little dorks are on to an absolute winner.
The video revolves around the clothes-based antics of keyboardist/vocalist Anita Miles. She recklessly throws her washing on the line and it forms into her ratty bandmates, spreading their boy germs all over the place! She recklessly throws her washing into her local laundromat and it forms into a trio of singing socks! Can our damsel ever catch a break? Who’s to say, really. Anyway, for another tiny-budget affair and with such a limited timeframe to work within, I’d safely say that MotRF have done it yet again. Bless their cotton socks – although preferably not the singing ones. Fuck knows where they’ve been…