VIDEO: White Reaper’s “Cool”

The epitome of cool can be desribed in a number of ways but for the band known as White Reaper, this is what they are describing as “Cool”, and it’s a whale of a song complete with a garage rock feel and masks. It may sound confusing but sometimes music videos can be that way, and White Reaper make it that way because it’s fun. You’ll find more fun on their self-titled debut EP, released last week on Polyvinyl Records.


BOOK’S JOOK: The Black Crowes’ “Remedy”

  • Book’s Jook is a column dedicated to placing a record within my dream jukebox, if I were to have one. The Seeburg jukebox shown below is similar to the one I have wanted since I was a kid. To read more on why I started this column, click here.

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    Shake Your Moneymaker (Def American) may have been the album that introduced the world to The Black Crowes, but the album I loved the most was their follow up, The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (Def American), primarily because of the first single and video for it. “Remedy” just hit me in the right way, as the song was a sheer rocker, Chris Robinson had the right attitude vocally, and the whole attitude of the band in the song and video just made it sound right for me, if “sounding right” can actually exist. It felt right to me, and the video was easy going, laid back, and just felt like a party video, or at least you’d wish to be in the room with these guys to watch and listen to them right out. The strut from Chris Robinson, barefoot and all, was awesome, and the man had a bit of swagger, however nerdy it might’ve seemed.

    The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion also had great songs like “Sting Me” (the B-side to “Remedy”, along with the two videos that came along with it, “Thorn In My Pride” and the awesome “Sometimes Salvation”. In fact, I would’ve loved it if “Sometimes Salvation” and “Remedy” existed as the perfect A/B but by 1992, major record labels were no longer waiting around to release oldies-but-goodies singles, where they could put out back-to-back records. In fact, “Sometimes Salvation” was not released as a vinyl single in any country, which is mind blowing considering how great this song was and still is.

    Years later, I realized “Remedy” sounds a bit like Chicago’s “Feeling Stronger Every Day”, at least the initial hook before Chris Robinson starts the vocals. I had wondered if I had liked “Remedy” because of the similarity to “Feeling Stronger Every Day” and decided that no, I love “Remedy” as is. I’m also glad that this is one of the Black Crowes songs that gets a lot of classic rock airplay today, twenty-two years after the fact.


  • SOME STUFFS: clipping. has summer plans on tour

    clipping. – Body & Blood [OFFICIAL VIDEO] — NSFW — from Sub Pop Records on Vimeo.

    Now that clipping. has a new album on Sub Pop (I hope to be able to review it very soon) and a brand new video for the song “Body & Blood”, they’re going to have some adventures on the road, with Signor Benedick The Moor coming along for the ride:

    June 30… Sacramento, CA (Witch Room)
    July 1… Arcata, CA (Jambalaya)
    July 3… Seattle, WA (Columbia City Theater)
    July 5… Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge)
    July 7… San Francisco, CA (Brick & Mortar Music Hall)
    July 17… Los Angeles, CA ((the) Handbag Factory Factory)


    SOME STUFFS: Oddisee takes it to the state with a band

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    This week, Oddisee will be braving the days of summer with a tour, and he’s doing it with a live band, Good Company. He’s doing it all this week, so head out if you can:

    June 29… Nashville, TN (12th & Porter)
    June 30… St. Louis, MO (Venue: The Demo)
    July 2… Chicago, IL (Double Door)
    July 3… Toronto, ON (The Garrison)
    July 4… Montreal, QC (Montreal Jazz festival)
    July 5… Quebec City (Festival D’Ete)

    The Beauty In All is his latest album, out now on Mello Music Group.

    SOME STUFFS: Field Mouse to release debut album in July

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    It has been Field Mouse released one of their first records. The duo has now expanded to a quartet and they’re about to release their first full length album on July 22nd called Hold Still Life (Topshelf). Their style of pop is still dreamy and ethereal, but it’s not as simple as just that. You can hear more of what “that” exactly is by playing “Everyone But You”. The album can be pre-ordered on MP3, LP, or CD directly from Topshelf Records.

    SOME STUFFS: A “Magazine” to you, courtesy of The Proper Ornaments

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    Get ready for The Proper Ornaments, if you haven’t already become familiar with them. This duo (Max Claps and James Hoare) are originally from Argentina but moved to London for perhaps a bit of fame and fortune, but primary to make some good music and see how successful they’re able to get with it. They’re now signed to Slumberland Records and will be coming out with an album on July 8th called Wooden Head. After four years of releasing their debut single, The Ornaments are ready to test their limits and fans who are willing to challenge themselves with their brand of pop and rock, from musicians who care about playing as much as the songwriting aspect. Find out by having a look at “Magazine”, which is reminiscent of early jingle-jangle pop on MTV.

    VIDEO: Lil Wyte’s “Soon You’ll Understand”

    For those who are fathers, fathers-to-be, or those who miss their own fathers, Lil Wyte has a song that will make you think called “Soon You’ll Understand”. It is taken from his latest album No Sick Days (Phixieous Entertainment), which is out now.


    FREE DL: Has-Lo & Castle’s “D​.​L​.​S.”
    Mello Music Group are releasing a new track, a collaboration between Has-Lo and Castle that will be a part of their album due on July 29th (a month from now) called Live Like You’re Dead. From it comes a song called “D.L.S.”, which will make you wish more mainstream hip-hop was on this level. You can also thank producer Arcka for putting this juicer together.

    FREE MP3 DL: Ambassadeurs’ “Do U Right”

    Electronic music is far from dead. No sir or madam, it is not, and Ambassadeurs is going to let you know how with his (yes, Ambassadeurs is one man) moving efforts in musical creativity. If you’ve heard him before, you may not have heard this brand new one just yet, so listen to “Do U Right” and hear how he would like to do you. Right. Right now. I hope this will develop into something much more in the next five years.