Video Vault Episode 65: Pavement

It’s still a tad chilly out there, but the warm days of summer are nearly upon us! To celebrate, here’s a video of Pavement performing “Shady Lane” live in 1999 for HBO’s now defunct Reverb. In my mind, no one understands the merits of lazy summer days better than Stephen Malkmus. And if you need a great book to impress your friends with at the beach, be sure to check out Bryan Charles’s 33 ⅓ on Pavement’s Wowee Zowee! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch6BMsGwkpY&w=420&h=315]

Video Vault 64: Madonna

Report from New York: it is now basically mid-April and still 40 degrees. Turn on your space heaters; pull out the wool blanket; guzzle steaming cups of tea; furiously re-evaluate your lives*—all will be to no avail. Winter has unconditionally won, and the only thing that can heal this late-stage frostbite in our icy hearts is Madonna. MDNA forever. —Michelle [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDwb9jOVRtU] *Do you think I can type in gloves? What would happen if I microwaved this hummus? Why did I ever leave Texas?

Video Vault Episode 62: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

I’ve been on a bit of a documentary kick as of late, and am pretty much always on a Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Kick.* And as you Wilco fans will know, YHF—arguably one of the most beautiful albums ever produced; seriously, it’s immaculate—caused quite a bit of tension during the process of its recording and after. The course of just one short year saw not only long-time drummer Ken Coomer fired mid-album and replaced by Glenn Kotche, but also the departure of song-writer and multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett, who left soon after…

Video Vault Episode 61: Tobias Jesso Jr. – “How Could You Babe”

Just last month a very tall, shaggy young man named Tobias Jesso Jr. stepped onto the stage of “The Tonight Show” and ran through a show-stopping, Randy Newman-indebted piano ballad called “How Could You Babe,” with The Roots as his backing band. Who was this guy? At that point he’d only officially released four songs. Two of them were lo-fi demos he’d recorded himself and uploaded to YouTube, and two — including “How Could You Babe” — were singles off his then-unreleased debut album, Goon.  Since the two demos surfaced…

Video Vault Episode 59: Don’t Cry Genocide

Like pretty much everyone else, I productively spent this past Sunday spiraling irreversibly into an abyss of House of Cards. Unlike everyone else (I guess?), I hadn’t been following the media frenzy leading up to Season 3, and so when Kevin Spacey uttered the words “those Pussy Riot girls” at the beginning of Episode 3, I sat up, bleary-eyed and dazed from having subjected myself to hours of Netflix, and lost it a little bit. As such, for today’s video vault I bring you the end credits of Season 3,…

Video Vault Episode 57: Porches – “Prism”

I first discovered Porches through a burned CD someone left in my glove box a few summers ago. The only other record I had in the car was Blonde on Blonde, and I’d listened to it on repeat for so many weeks that I figured the wisest move was to listen to something else. So I ejected Bob and put the mysterious CD in the deck. This decision bred a new musical infatuation. I became enamored by the ways in which Porches mainstay Aaron Maine explored the symbiotic merging of perspectives,…

Video Vault Episode 56: Blonde Redhead’s “Kazuality”

I don’t know if you gleaned from our post yesterday, but tomorrow is Valentine’s Day I guess. And while the music world has always been awash with power couples (Beyoncé and Jay-Z; Kathleen Hanna and Ad-Rock; Kellie Sutherland and Cameron Bird; the formerly Meg and Jack White, et al.), today I bring you noise-rock-y love pair Kazu Makino and Amedeo Pace. On that theme, here is a clip of Blonde Redhead performing “Kazuality,” Amedeo’s romantic homage to Kazu, in 1997. —Michelle P.S. If you thought you couldn’t love Blonde Redhead…

Video Vault Episode 55: Jenny Lewis in Troop Beverly Hills

Let me take you back to 1989. When Jenny Lewis was thirteen years old and starred in one of the greatest films ever made about young women fighting against stereotypes, or perhaps embracing them wholeheartedly in the name of satire. I bring you “It’s Cookie Time” by the lovely ladies of Troop Beverly Hills*! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJhchLeR1X0] Definitely the inspiration behind “Just one of the Guys” right? [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irvcf6dCk-k] *Shout out to the REAL Troop Beverly Hills: Troop 36!

Video Vault Episode 54: The Pixies’ “Hey”

1988 was a crucial year for the Pixies. In March, their debut album Surfer Rosa was released by 4AD. A feedback-choked, noisy collection of songs that lyrically dealt with everything from high school gossip to prison confessionals to surrealist film references, the album was met with high praise from critics, and firmly put the band on the map. They quickly followed the success of Surfer Rosa with their sophomore album, Doolittle, in 1989. Having shed the aesthetic morphia of their debut in favor of shorter, more propulsive songs, Doolittle was…