Hello, friends. Back again to throw a light on some terminal favorites of mine, as enabled by the fashionable (some might say "trendy") streaming video format. As such, I am proud to offer the following musical-visual detritus for this week's show and tell session:
Reports of Lee Hazlewood's widely anticipated death began hitting my inbox yesterday morning, so a video highlighting the late songwriting legend's genius seems like an appropriate launchpad for this week's collection. This performance from '68 (above, left) features Lee's appearance on the Swedish TV show "Love and Other Crimes", where he performs the song "First Street Blues". Tragically beautiful in all elements of its delivery. R.I.P Lee, and thanks for all the great sounds. (This video was made available thanks to YouTube user Uwilkens). At the polar opposite of all available spectrums, we have a promo video from the local ensemble known as the World/Inferno Friendship Society. Their video for the song "Brother of the Mayor of Bridgewater" (above, right) is an epic example of the kind of first class punk brass they've made a name for themselves with, thanks to a string of great records and unbeatable live shows.
Switching from big bangs to big beats, the multi-city Hip-Hop collective known as Shadow Huntaz first caught my ear with 2004's deeply futuristic "Vampire" EP. More recently, they've released a double CD of instrumentals called "Valley of the Shadows", and this fiery track (below, left) of broken beats and staccato rhymes. (Thanks to YouTube star Kolano34 for shedding light on this one). Wrapping up this weeks' picks are the power and fury of Portland, Oregon. Nope, not the Greasy Kid Stuff crew, but Poison Idea, who many in the know regularly refer to as the second coming of Darby Crash's Germs. Indeed, P.I.'s distinctly menacing lordship over much of the 80s hardcore underground speaks volumes of support for that claim, and this clip for the song "Lifestyles" (below, right) pretty much seals the deal. (Thanks to YouTube's own Seedtosser).