Monday, June 10, 2013

Music Video Monday! Plants and Animals and Canadians, Oh My!

Man, it’s been a while since I’ve contributed a nice, fresh music video for you guys to enjoy and even though I urge you not to expect many more from me, I did discover a new (well, new to me anyway) band recently and I felt the glorious need to share them with you.  The song is called “The Mama Papa” from the Canadian indie-rock band Plants and Animals and it is a joyous delight.  My memory is shit, so where exactly I discovered these guys remains a mystery to even me, but I found them listed on a note from my phone, along with other band names that I happen across, when out and about, with the intention of looking them up for some new found fun.  When I previewed their latest album on iTunes, The End of That, I happened upon a shining relic.  The title track sounds like Lou Reed, during his early 70s heyday, time warped to Canada in 2012 and laid down a track for them.  The song is awesome, chock full of interesting lyrics, “. . . like some fucked up bumble bee/ heading for the potpourri / of the ladies’ room . . .,” a gliding melody and a classic rock sound that sadly isn’t prevalent by today’s standards anymore.  I encourage all of you to look the song up here (I couldn’t add the official video) and have the best four minutes you’ve had all day.  The video must’ve come from Lou’s 70s head as well since it looks like a re-recording of some TV show that aired during the decade.  It’s both funny and awesome as you will soon see. 

But before you do that, check out the song below.  Taken from their 2010 album, La La Land, “The Mama Papa” is a fun send-up of good old rock and roll.  It’s hard for me to listen to it without wanting to get off my ass and dance.  But for the sake of serious dancers and the craft they’ve perfected, I’ll do no such thing.  You’re welcome.  Once I discover a new, promising band, I’ll give my ears a taste of their entire catalogue and wait until I find a good deal on the entire album before buying all willy-nilly, but in this case, I found it absolutely impossible not to pay the $0.99 for the tune by itself . . . oh, who am I kidding?  I bought four tracks taken from the two albums I’ve mentioned here, including the title track mentioned above, after all, I am a Lou Reed fan.  I don’t have much to offer in the way of “detail” on this one, but it easily seems like these guys have a lot of fun when making their videos.  Both are nothing but creative by all means necessary and I dig throwback tunes, videos, music, books, etc. so these guys will be on my radar for a long time now that I’m aware of them.  I hope they remain on yours too.  Enjoy the tune, have a great week and an even better summer!  "Ooh La La."

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