Video Premiere

Video Premiere: American Monoxide – “Sciatic Nerve”

We have the perfect video premiere today for our TFN readers that love music which lives on the edge. Tucson, Arizona’s American Monoxide brings you a lo-tech spastic jam called “Sciatic Nerve,” which will instantly get into your head with its groove and repetitive spoken title.

American Monoxide is actually the solo home recordings of Dimitri Manos. He is hard to place in one genre and offers mostly instrumental mixes which range from dance to trash to noise to novelty. The entire record is a fascinating listen but I think this video spotlights his focus and why you should check out American Monoxide!

“Sciatic Nerve” sticks with you visually as it feels like the alternate universe version to the Beastie’s “Sabotage.” It has a lot going on for only running 1:30 and that’s what makes it fun. What’s in the bag? Why is he smoking a cigarette now? Why did he just throw his hat? All questions with no answers – I guess you just need to enjoy the track and let your mind fill in the blanks!

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Video Premiere: Moa Holmsten – “You’re Missing”

Here is a twist today for you. A Bruce Springsteen cover from a Swedish recording artist that previously fronted a heavy metal band. Sound interesting? – you bet.

Moa Holmsten is the artist we are talking about and this video premiere for “You’re Missing” is from her recently released record of all Springsteen covers titled Bruised Arms & Broken Rhythm on Fill In The Blank Records. If you know any Springsteen history, this song was actually cut in 1994 and then revived and rewritten after 9/11, for his powerful 2002 album, The Rising.

With the help of Tony (the producer and co-creator of the album) this video pairs with Holmsten’s haunting and delicate vocals with his art project that was made several years ago filming himself when he was heartbroken. The song, the video and voice all connect with a core emotion we all have experienced which pulls you into the track.

With great starting material, “You’re Missing” is a solid representation from the record which features other great takes on “Dancing In The Dark,” “Badlands,” and “Born To Run” to just name a few. I have always been a sucker for covers and this project from Moa Holmsten takes a huge risk tackling Springsteen but I will tell you that she not only succeeds but will have you humming along to her versions in no time.

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Fill In The Blank Records

Trailer Premiere: Linear Downfall – “Sufferland”

I know – The Fire Note is not a movie site so why do we have a trailer premiere today? Well, the easy answer is that the film Sufferland was created by the Nashville experimental band Linear Downfall as an accompiment to their full length album of the same name that is set to release on November 6th.

The film is described as, “A walk through the many compartmentalized landscapes in the mind of a tormented girl who is under the control of a tormented man,” and was chosen to be a part of the 2015 Nashville Film Festival. It will not take you long into the trailer to feel and hear the intesity of this film and record!

The cool thing about this duel release project is that Linear Downfall did everything. They wrote, directed, edited and even built the sets at their house for this film. The trailer is intense and I will warn you that cutting meat will never be the same! It also won’t surprise you to know that a couple of influences for this film were David Lynch and Federico Fellini.

If this seems a bit far out for you it is important to know that this is not Linear Downfall’s first rodeo. The band has self-released three albums and one EP, extensively toured the U.S., and joined the Flaming Lips with their side project called the Electric Würms. Linear Downfall will be touring the film with a list of screenings across the US to promote the release and upcoming tour. Watch the trailer and then below you can hear “The Question,” which is also part of the project. Enjoy!

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Video Premiere: Company Of Selves – “Presidential Model”

After just featuring Fleeting Youth Records last week in our Indie Does It Best: Five Labels You Should Be Supporting and talking about their focus on indie, punk and garage genres, the label throws us a new one – escape rock from New York’s Company Of Selves.

The band’s debut record, Butterfly Handlers & Memory Travelers, is out this Friday and today TFN is premiering the video for “Presidential Model.” You only need to watch the video once to get a good feel of Company Of Selves – Their music (and video) is a mind bend! If you like that edge of rock, Company Of Selves is for you as “Presidential Model” pulses with an intensity that is about a woman beginning to awake from a world of mind-controlled imprisonment that is based on a book written by Brice Taylor. Deep stuff for a Monday I know but think of it as the perfect jolt to shake out the weekend cobwebs.

The band itself is comprised of a crew of friends that have been playing around New York for some time and is led by the multi-talented Christopher Hoffman. He currently plays in several other bands and also is a songwriter, composer, cellist, as well as working with such artists as Marianne Faithfull, Ryan Adams, Iron & Wine, Craig McDean and Michael Pitt.

The music and video today speaks for itself as I think the track is very Eels meets the apocalypse. You really can’t go wrong with that combo – so check it out and then head on over to Fleeting Youth and pre-order your copy today HERE!

Video Premiere: My Dead Air – “Easy To Believe”

My Dead Air is the moniker of musician Dan Ballard which was a member and guitarist of the band Until June. The group had success overseas with a #1 hit in Europe but never strummed the right chord here in the US. Ballard would like to change that with My Dead Air as he now is 100% committed to his once side project.

Today’s video premiere is for the track “Easy To Believe” which is off of his new self-released album The Thief Who Knows My Name. As you will see, the live in the studio video works for My Dead Air’s soft delivery as the laid back track shows his influences that include My Morning Jacket, Harry Nilsson, Glen Campbell and Bon Iver.

“Easy To Believe” really is the perfect beginning of a late night soundtrack that comes complete with low lighting and the occasional out of focus camera shot. Ballard’s effortless playing here is highlighted by his hypnotic vocal and the top end quality of musicians he has surrounded himself with as each individual artist here has a small solo moment within the song.

The Thief Who Knows My Name already hit the streets on August 14th so if you like what you hear (and see) make sure to support My Dead Air with an album purchase!

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