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The vid for “The Body” from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is pretty nostalgic and summery. Good stuff for an overcast “summer” day like today.

 

My cable/internet went out last week and I popped in my The Work of Director Mark Romanek DVD from the Director’s Series. I have the full series, with the exception of Chris Cunningham, (his vids are too creepy to watch repeatedly,) and it was a fantastic flashback. This led to a conversation later in the week with a co-worker about the genius that is Rick Rubin, then RHCP let loose their first single from their next album, I’m With You, which also happens to be produced by Mr. Rubin. Full circle – you like that? Anyway, you can check the track over here. If you liked them before, you will probably still like them, despite the latest of their guitarist change-ups.

Pictureplane is one of those acts that sounds like a band, but is actually just one guy. His last album, Dark Rift, was solid and his new album, Thee Physical, comes out on Tuesday. I highly suggest you scoop it up in your preferred format. It is, as they say, “good shit”.

 

Hot damn, I wish Big Freedia actually did a Bounce class. The way she shakes it seems to defy the laws of physics and she passes along her sweet skill set in the vid for “Excuse”.

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I am, admittedly, a bit late to the Big Freedia party. But really, if you are throwing an event where you want people to leave completely drenched with sweat from shaking their ass all night, put on some Big Freedia and consider your mission accomplished. You know how Andrew W.K.’s songs are 98% about partying hard? Big Freedia is kind of like that, except ass-shaking instead. The genre of music Freeedia is pioneering is termed, “Sissy Bounce” which arose out of the housing projects of New Orleans. You can read more about that in her bio, which is actually quite interesting. I remember the booty era of music in the early 90’s and I was staunchly not in favour of it because it felt cheap and demeaning. Bounce, however, feels more like a celebration. And despite the many, many asses, (amongst other things,) you will see in these vids, I think you’ll agree – no one shakes it quite as well as Big Freedia herself.

This one is video shot of a live performance in a strip club called Little Darlin’s in New Orleans. So yeah, it’s NSFW for most people.

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It’s great to see the Human League still at it, some 30-plus years in. They recently released their latest album, Credo, overseas at the beginning of the month and along with it, came this trippy video. Mirrors, man… mirrors…