by charles poladian

As the week turns to the weekend, the sun comes out and all is right in the world. That’s the way it should work, right? Let’s talk about confessions, man it’s always hard to look back and go “What was I thinking?” as a wee lad, only 5 or so, I remember being fond of Vanilla Ice. Man that was dumb. Over time, my palette has actually become a well honed tool of discovery and understanding. Probably not, but that’s what I like to think. Ok, ok I’m making you read too much. Let’s roll the Reel.

Artist: The Builders and The Butchers
Song: The Coal Mine Fall


Bat For Lashes Has “Pearl’s Dream”

Is it the inherent duality of man inside all of us? Rivals, completely opposite, yet the same all at once, paradox personified. I don’t know about you, but the video has it all, including a wolf. I’m sold. The song has its strengths too, including a dreamy vibe, vintage pop, and some great hooks.

Regina Spektor is “Laughing With”

Me? You? A close friend? Who knows! The video has Spektor going through an Escheresque portrait, through little black portals, on to her trusty piano (now matching the sky). Everyone is stoked about the new album, and either you’re in love with her or you don’t know it yet. “Laughing With” is vintage Spektor, with rolling lyrics that dip and rise, clever insights using obscure imagery.  You know, the usual.

Dan Auerbach is Torn Apart, Feels all “Heartbroken, In Disrepair”

The Black Keys are one of my favorite bands of all time, and any time I hear that sound, it makes me happy. So of course I’m a big fan of Dan Auerbach’s solo work. It sounds just like the Keys but with a couple of dabbles of pop. The video is nothing to write home about, just a bunch of dudes in the field, kicking up dirt. I call that Saturday.

Hearts Revolution Make Me Feel Whimsical

Their latest video is just a simple story, of a young boy tending to the only other thing on his tiny tiny planet, a little rose with an even tinier person inside. This is like cotton candy wrapped in an even ligher and fluffier cotton candy to the point where he air becomes the essence of cotton candy. Something to that effect, anyway. The song is good, and I think you’re going to hear a lot of it over the summer.

Hecuba Give Their Version of “Suffering”

I held off on this video just to get a feel for it. I was leaning on liking it, but wanted more time. I tend to give my heart too quickly to videos inspired by greasers and the rockabilly scene. Well, I’m on the side of putting my faith into it. Don’t do me wrong Hecuba.

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