Retro Music Video Review of the Day: Placebo – Running Up That Hill

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This is one of my favourite music videos because god damn, Placebo fans put in some effort here. Why don’t more bands crowdsource their videos more?

There’s some major dramatic fan contributions here, let’s grade them because i’m bored.

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I think this guy thought he was submitting this to a 98 Degrees video – F

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Is this person cosplaying as Brian Molko? – A+

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Does it get more early ’00s than this haircut? All he’s missing is a nose ring – B

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This girl filmed it against a moving backdrop somehow – A+ for effort

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Points for creativity, but kinda dangerous to suspend recording equipment above a tub of water, no? I have to take points away for that – C

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This girl is too pretty and living in a way too scenic place to be participating in this video – D

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I think this guy’s late for his Tiga concert – C

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How humid is the place where this girl lives? 150%?

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Dude looks like he’s doing facetime, but actually singing Placebo in public – A

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“Then you really might know what it’s like”

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Why is this kid here?? What parent subjects their kid to this? F

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I mean this was Tik Tok before Tik Tok right?

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This was a good angsty move – I like it.

All in all, solid effort – fans!

This song was also in The OC season 4 episode 1, when Ryan decided to take up bare knuckle fighting in some illegal underground restaurant in Newport (????) after Marisa died in the previous season. No jokes.

Album Review: Jason Molina – Eight Gates (2020, Secretly Canadian)

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“The perfect take is just as long as the person singing is still alive. That’s really it.”

Those words, spoken by Jason Molina at the beginning of “She Says” were certainly meant to be a joke aimed at those with perfectionist tendencies, but they take on another, darker meaning when you remember that the person speaking them (and singing these songs) has not been alive for several years now.

Eight Gates is the last collection of solo studio recordings Jason Molina made before his tragic death in 2013 and while the above quote might suggest that this album is simply a collection of unfinished sketches, the reality is that they’re much more than just that. While the arrangements on many of the tracks are relatively sparse and straightforward, with most of them coming in under the three minute mark, there’s still a fair bit to unpack behind the seeming simplicity.

Though brief, the songs unfold at a languid pace and draw the listener in with evocative lyrics such as “I feel the dread as you re-read my palms” and “Whose wilderness has my heartbreak wandered through?” And at the centre of it all is Molina’s beautiful, haunting voice.

Jason Molina may have left us too soon, but his music lives on, and with Eight Gates, we thankfully have nine more of his songs to appreciate.

Eight Gates is out on August 7 via Secretly Canadian.

Song Of The Day: Cherry Pickles – Out Of This World

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I’ve been digging a lot of the stuff coming out on PNKSLM Recordings over the last few years and “Out Of This World”, the new single from Birmingham’s Cherry Pickles, is no exception. The duo, made up of Priscila B and Mimi B, released their debut album (the evocatively titled Cherry Pickles Will Harden Your Nipples) just last year and are back again with their upcoming sophomore release, The Juice That’s Worth The Squeeze.

While the band’s music is fairly stripped down, they manage to pack a rather effective punch with their minimalist yet catchy sound. Check out the video for “Out Of This World” below.

The Juice that’s Worth The Squeeze is out October 23 on PNKSLM Recordings.

Song Of The Day: David Newton & Thee Mighty Angels feat. Eddie Argos – The Songs That Changed Our Lives

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Can a song change your life? We’ve all got songs in our lives that we might consider life changing. Songs that mean something to us, songs that define a certain time in our lives, songs that stand the test of time and will be forever ingrained in our memories. So yeah, I’d say it’s pretty fair to say that a song could quite possibly change one’s life. David Newton and Eddie Argos would certainly agree. During their time in, respectively, The Mighty Lemon Drops and Art Brut, both have written a few songs themselves that have probably had a big impact on many.

“The Songs That Changed Our Lives”, the new single off of David Newton & Thee Mighty Angels‘ upcoming album A Gateway To A Lifetime Of Disappointment, has a simple, but strong premise – it’s lyrics are a laundry list of the songs that had an impact on Newton throughout his life (though far from a definitive one – Newton admits that he “just picked the ones that rhymed”). That those lyrics are delivered by Eddie Argos, the same man who once enthusiastically shouted out “Modern art makes me want to rock out!” only helps to seal the deal.

Check out the video for “The Songs That Changed Our Lives” below. And then go check out all of the songs referenced in the lyrics. You’re welcome.


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