Today’s video of the day is the stunning New Zealanders Miss June’s latest release, ‘Anomaly’. Textbook melodic punkrock here: catchy AF hooks, fast to get to the power chorus, gorgeous vocals. We’ll be rocking to this for many years to come.
European and UK tour coming up in October – dates here!
And now for something completely different … today’s video of the day is from Kansas City’s HXXS. While you’re arguing over how that’s pronounced, get yourself throughly drawn into this moody lofi track and video to match, and see if you can stop your hips wiggling.
HXXS, aka Jeannie Colleene and Gavin Neves, say
“‘Learner’ is about adaptability and looking within yourself to do whatever you need to do in order to survive. A mantra for moving forward. Whether the devil is inside of you, or someone else. Coming to terms and being able to see that and adapt as necessary as part of survival.”
A stunning video of the day today from Canada’s Sarah Jickling: Villian. The song is an instantly engaging triphoppy journey, and the beautifully animated video needs a deep breath and a cup of tea before watching. (Seriously, content warning for childhood trauma and mental illness.)
‘Villian’ is from Sarah Jickling’s new album The Family Curse, which explores mental illness within families and intergenerational trauma, and documents her childhood experiences and revelations about her family’s history of bipolar disorder. ‘Villian’ taps into a particularly destructive time in Sarah’s life.
“There was a period in my life where I felt like I was watching myself from far away, totally out of control,” says Sarah. “Depression and anger had turned me into someone I didn’t recognize, and I remember thinking over and over, ‘this time I’m the villain.’ I had a habit of smashing all of the dishes in my house, so for this song we used samples of actual plates smashing as percussion. I worked on this song with Laura Smith (Rococode), Carol Lynne Quinn (High Love) and Greg McLeod, and they all pushed me to go places that were scary and uncomfortable at first but ultimately powerful.”
Today’s video of the day is an instant ear-worm from Brisbane-via Yokohama’s Jaguar Jonze: ‘Beijing Baby’. Dreamy indie rock with more than a passing hint of Bond theme.
Jaguar Jonze is the musical project of Deena Lynch – also an accomplished visual artist. See also her narrative illustration project Spectator Jonze based on mental health, and her gender-norm-subverting photography project Dusky Jonze. In her own words:
“Everything I do stems from the need for dialogue – Jaguar being an internal dialogue with my subconscious, Spectator being an external dialogue with others on mental health and the mind and Dusky being a dialogue with the body.”
Would you like some unsettling, melodic post-punk with your video of the day? Course you would. Here’s the delightful Gold Dime from NYC, with Hindsight II.
Hindsight II is the first single from the band’s forthcoming release My House via Fire Talk Records (pre-order). Frontwoman Andrya Ambro says of the video,
“Sometimes we better understand the past if we just talk to it. So this is just the rhetorical me talking to the past through Hindsight personified. Also I think I had The Velvet Underground’s ‘Hey Mr. Rain’ rattling around in my head when this all went down. There is a ‘Hindsight’ first edition on Gold Dime’s debut album Nerves. It’s basically the haiku version of ‘Hindsight II,’ only on piano and much more austere.”
Gold Dime Tour Dates
10.09 – New York, NY @ Alphaville, Record Release w/ Wume + P.E. (mems Pill & Eaters)
10.11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Jerrys on Front
10.12 – Baltimore, MD @ True Vine
10.14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski’s
10.15 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s Locker Room
10.16 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
10.17 – Detroit, MI @ Trumbell Plex
10.18 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Comet
10.19 – Columbus, OH @The Summit
10.22 – Boston, MA @ Dorchester Art Project
For all those who support putting women on stage, and turning up the volume