A Good Read A Good Listen and a Good Drink: David Majury, Slomatics

It’s a simple yet sublime pleasure, and just thinking about it can make you feel a little calmer, a little more content. Imagine: You bring out one of the good rocks glasses (or your favorite mug or a special occasion tea cup) and pour a couple fingers of amber liquid (or something dark and strong or just some whole milk). You drop the needle on the jazz platter (or pull up a blues album on your mp3 player or dig out that mixtape from college). Ensconcing yourself in the coziest seat in the house, you crack the spine on a classic (or find your place in that sci-fi paperback or pull up a biography on your e-book reader). And then, you go away for a while. Ah, bliss.

In this series, some of NTSIB’s friends share beloved albums, books and drinks to recommend or inspire.

The Slomatics first formed in Belfast in late 2004, and since then have released several records. Recently they re-issued their first two albums, Kalceanna (2007) and Flooding the Weir (2005).

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Visualizer: PHASES, Betty Blue

Z Berg and Michael Runion, PHASES

PHASES, formerly known as JJAMZ, put out a new record called For Life a couple of months back. Below is the visualizer video for Betty Blue, one of the tunes on that record, which I like because it looks and sounds like TRON on acid.

Also, y’all should know that while they sound like synth-disco recorded, live they have darker, jagged edge.

PHASES – Betty Blue [Official Visualizer]PHASES - Betty Blue [Official Visualizer]
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Father John Misty: Live on KEXP

And now, an NTSIB Thanksgiving tradition: an extended session from one of our favorite artists. This year it is almost a full hour of one of the finest folk balladeers / shit-stirrers / magnificent trolls working today: Father John Misty, recorded live at KEXP in the summer of 2015. The songs are all from his latest, I Love You, Honeybear.

Happy Thanksgiving/Thursday, NTSIBberss.

Father John Misty – Full Performance (Live on KEXP)Father John Misty - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)
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Video: Family Force 5, Sweep the Leg

Family Force 5 are something of a chameleon, by which I mean every time I catch up with them they’ve changed their look. This year’s style appears to be a complex fusion of “video games” and “’80s nerd.” This time around there’s also been some line-up changes: their lead singer (Solomon Olds) retired, and their drummer, his brother Jacob, has assumed frontman duties.

The infectious jams are the same, though. I saw them earlier this year at Warped Tour, at the end of a long, hot day, in front of an impatient crowd awaiting headliners. Family Force 5 started with Sweep The Leg and never took their feet off the pedal. The thing that really stood out: despite the heat, and the impatience, they had ’em dancing all the way to the back.

Family Force 5 – Sweep The Leg (Official Music Video)Family Force 5 - Sweep The Leg (Official Music Video)
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Video: Dignitary, Demon Beside Me / Destiny’s False Turn

Dignitary, of Los Angeles, has what can only be termed a cinematic aesthetic, genre: punk noir. Mike Cuenca, their frontman, was at one time a filmmaker, so this is not an accident. The two videos below are for Demon Beside Me and Destiny’s False Turn, both from their recent EP The Tautology; together, they tell a creepy tale of love and murder.

Demon Beside Me: the tale begins, with a coven of witches, and a few of the seven deadly sins:

Dignitary – "Demon Beside Me" Music Video [Goth, Post-Punk]Dignitary - "Demon Beside Me" Music Video [Goth, Post-Punk]
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Destiny’s False Turn: things take a turn for the murderous at a Halloween party:

Dignitary – "Destiny's False Turn" Music Video (2015)Dignitary - "Destiny's False Turn" Music Video (2015)
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Video: Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams, WTF (Where They From)

As April tweeted a few days ago: The Queen is back.

Here are Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams with WTF (Where They From) and a video that includes a broad variety of hot dance moves, amazing costumes, and even some puppets. The parts of New York City visible in the background are not where I am from, but – those places, or places like them, felt like home for a long time.

Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) ft. Pharrell Williams [Official Video]Missy Elliott - WTF (Where They From) ft. Pharrell Williams [Official Video]
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Video: Brooks & Dunn, Boot Scootin’ Boogie

I’ve recently taken up square dancing, and, while Brooks & Dunn‘s Boot Scootin’ Boogie hasn’t been on during class (yet), it invariably serves as my internal soundtrack.

Also, check out that hair and . . . well, pretty everything happening in this video. The ’90s, it was a time, y’all.

Brooks & Dunn – Boot Scootin' BoogieBrooks & Dunn - Boot Scootin' Boogie
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Video: Seth Bogart (feat. Kathleen Hanna), Eating Makeup

Eating Makeup Seth Bogart feat. Kathleen Hanna

There are a few things to recommend this new tune from Seth Bogart, thee Hunx of Hunx and His Punkx, from his album due for release early next year:

1) it features hero Kathleen Hanna (BTW, if you haven’t yet viewed the documentary, The Punk Singer, about Hanna (currently available on Netflix streaming), it is not to be missed),

2) it has magnificent glitter eyeshadow,

3) it has a woman eating lipstick like it’s corn on the cob,

4) it is a fantastic tune to shimmy to when preparing for your weekend activities.


Seth Bogart "Eating Makeup (featuring Kathleen Hanna)" Official VideoSeth Bogart "Eating Makeup (featuring Kathleen Hanna)" Official Video
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Seth Bogart official website (check out that Pee-Wee’s Playhouse aesthetic)
Seth Bogart @ Twitter
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Johnny Cash and June Carter, Jackson

Dad would have been 74 today. Johnny Cash was one of his favorite singers, by himself and with others. I picked this one to play for him today because both June and Johnny are in such fine form, clearly enjoying themselves and the song. Happy Birthday, Daddy. Miss you.

Johnny Cash and June Carter – "Jackson"Johnny Cash and June Carter - "Jackson"
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Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind

This is the title track for Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell‘s most recent joint effort, The Traveling Kind. I had been listening to it somewhat obsessively just before I left New York – as anthem, as inspiration, as comfort, as reminder that I am the traveling kind – and a couple days ago, after a particularly long day, it popped up on shuffle while I was in the car, as if the universe wanted to remind me I really did take the right path.

And if I needed that reminder, maybe some of you fellow travelers do too. So here it is. Enjoy, darlings.

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling KindEmmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind
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