I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that MTV doesn’t play music videos anymore, I can remember physically holding my eyes open when I was a teenager in the 90s to watch videos from underground bands late at night on programs like Alternative nation, 120 minutes and Headbanger’s Ball – and you watched whatever the hosts or guests wanted you to. In the old-timey days as well though, if you wanted to watch videos of someone crushing their nuts on a rail grind, you got a skate VHS – and if you wanted to see a dog say “I’m Hungry” or a cat chase a laser pointer through a screen door, you watched AFV. ‘Dem days are over and naturally we have YouTube – but now there is so damn much new music out there that I just panic when it’s my turn to play a video that I just stick on “Eye Of The Tiger” or a Buck 65 song from 2005 and ‘drop the mic’ like I just blew everyone’s mind. Then all this good shit pops up and I forget about it or accidentally share it on my Google+ account.
Fret no more – here is a trio of great moving pictures with audio to check out – they all have ties to Aarhus (I think) and they are all great and short.
Jakob Bruno – I Don’t Know Where Time Goes”
This fantastic video and song are out today. Jakob and I must have mind melded or something in a past life – because with everything he comes out with – I’ve felt like I was either there or he was looting through my mind like a hungry raccoon looking to yum-yum the trash of my mind. “I Don’t Know Where Time Goes” is a song you can play your dad when he says “Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Donovan….kids today just don’t know how to make music like that anymore”, well dad – here you go – a simple and elegant folk song that sits right up there with anything those guys did 50 years ago. When I first met my wife I quoted a Jakob Bruno song in one of the first messages I sent her on FB. It turns out that they grew up just a block away from each other and she now may or may not work in the hospital this may or may not have been filmed in. This film – about slacking off at work maybe, is called “Nightshift”, and filmed by Mathias Peterson for Badmuthafucka productions. Check out Jakob’s Soundcloud for more great music.
Emma Acs – “Magnetic Field”
Remember Emma Acs? When I first started coming to Denmark years ago – she was playing everywhere and she was the coolest thing in Denmark since people in these parts discovered Ray-Ban Wayfarers. Ray-bans are still around and so is Emma apparently – and she’s back with this great little new wave-cum-psychedelic tune, hopefully from an upcoming album that sounds more like this. This video has everything that an indie video should have in 2015 – VHS effects, blowing smoke, water, and the singer painted blue with a pixelated face…and that’s all in the first 10 seconds. In fact, the video goes on to see Acs sitting beside a blue screened coy pond, smelling her sleeve, time-lapse clouds and smoking someone else’s cigar. Whatever kind of storyboard meeting they had must have just gone something like “sure, fuck it, put that in!”. Nonetheless, it’s a great song and a new sound for Emma Acs, it’s just good to see a young Danish woman not hell bent on making boring urban-pop and hopping around in gym clothes like some kind of ironic white trash Fraggle hooped up on Verdi and Skittles. It looks like she’s been on the road with Brian Jonestown Massacre all summer – lets hope she said “no” to crack and continues pumping out sure-footed tunes like this RIGHT-HUR! Follow some links somewhere for more info.
The Libertines – “Gunga Din”
What am I doing putting up a Libertines video you say? Well, as some of you may know already, founding member and bassist, John Hassall calls Aarhus home with his family – so there. It’s not a big secret – you might have seen him around – and you might have seen a couple of shows with his other band – The April Rainers, which as luck would have it, features Jakob Bruno on drums. Hassall also christened one of our favorite venues, Headquarters, with a solo performance on their opening night. Anyway – The Libertines are properly back now, and their new album drops Friday and this is my favorite tune on there. It looks like a great time – it features a very healthy and happy looking band walking around some Asian city or other, having a great time and generally looking like a bunch of Mormon elders that have gone off the rails. I mean – it’s great to hear Doherty sing about rehab in his first bar of “Gunga Din” – it’s great to see Bârat dropping his verse too – fuck – it’s great to see all the guys together on such a great lil’ song looking all mature, healthy and happy. Unlike most reunion albums from bands – this is actually dare I say – as good or even better than the first time around. We should be really honored that one of the Libertines calls Aarhus home, and I’m gonna be first in line to grab this when it finally comes out.
So there it is – our favorite videos this week – who knows if we’ll meet again?