Video Crush: TEBOWIE


Captivated by the Denver Broncos’ awe-inspiring quarterback Tim Tebow and their miraculous winning streak, “Ziggy Stardust” reemerged on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week with his new side project, TEBOWIE. Ziggy has not yet commented on what prompted his reemergence after so many years, but rumor has it that Jesus Christ had a hand in his return.

Video Source: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Video Crush: Talking Heads Were Signed


On the balmy night of December 6, 1977, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein stood outside of CBGB’s chatting with Patti Smith Group’s guitarist, Lenny Kaye, when he heard the opening chords of a tune that absolutely “riveted” him.  Stein quickly shuffled inside to check out The Ramones’ opening act, a then unknown band that referred to themselves as Talking Heads. Thanks to the restoration magicians over at NPR, the endearingly sloppy, acoustically driven performance of “Psycho Killer” that was captured on film that night was released last week to promote the band’s new music documentary, Chronology

If you listen closely, you just might hear the click of a ballpoint pen as Stein feverishly scrawled out a draft of the contract that welcomed
Talking Heads to Sire Records.

Video Source: NPR

Video Crush: Catherine Feeny “Mr. Blue”


We discovered Catherine Feeny’s video for her single “Mr. Blue” merely by accident, while scanning through one of our favorite blogs, Color Me Katie.  Although this is an older track, found on Feeny’s 2007 release, Hurricane Glass, the Michel Gondry-esque video concept is not only visually impressive, but the melody (quite possibly a modern echo of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky”) is so catchy, you’ll find yourself humming the chorus long after that last balloon has floated up into the atmosphere.

Happy Birthday, Paul Simon!


Hey Paul Simon, it’s your 70th birthday today!

Remember that time you hung out with David Bowie, Art Garfunkel, Yoko Ono, and John Lennon at the 1975 Grammy Awards? I don’t, because I wasn’t born yet, but this picture is sweet:


Also, thank you for featuring Chevy Chase in one of Tour Death’s favorite music videos of all time:

Photo Credit: My Family Album

Video Crush: Case Studies – “Lies”


After nearly a year-long hiatus from his former Seattle folk outfit (The Dutchess and the Duke), Jesse Lortz swung the cabin door of his Sequim, WA refuge open and unveiled The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night. Although Lortz’s familiar, wise-beyond-his-years lyricism rings clearly through tracks like “Texas Ghost Story” and “Silver Hand,” The Duke proves that you can teach an old dog new tricks, weaving old demos with new tracks with the help of Greg Ashley of The Gris Gris and Crystal StiltsKeegan Cooke.

Case Studies’ first single, “Lies,” caught on film by Seattle photographers-turned-videographers Kyle Johnson and Andrew Wait, encapsulates the excitement of Lortz’s newfound appreciation for songwriting through a summer dream sequence set in America’s Northwest corner. 

Case Studies’ The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night is available now through Sacred Bones Records.

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