MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Jeanne Vomit-Terror’s “Tiger Training” Video

Back in July, we premiered “Jokes Come True” off Jeanne Vomit-Terror’s debut LP, Empire Waste (Desperate Spirits). Now we’re the first to bring you the video for the album’s second track, “Tiger Training.” Like all things Vomit-Terror, it’s usually best to have the chanteuse explain what’s going on, first about the song itself:

“‘Tiger Training’ uses sound as a synecdoche for its own lyrical conceit, Pynchon’s corruption of the trans-marginal inhibition state known as the ultra-paradoxical phase where, irrespective of Pavlov, he holds that responses come to precede stimuli: the lurching triplet bass line de-locates the ‘one’ and the exponential layering of patterns throughout seeks to disrupt the shut-down process common to organisms when overwhelmed by sensory information, liberating the listener to re-inhabit her primal state.”

Lucky we asked, as we thought the track was about Siegfried & Roy. But obviously Vomit-Terror’s explanation makes far more sense. Which brings us to the video for “Tiger Training.” Back to you, Jeanne:

“The film is of a lovely little parlor game in which iconoclast-cinéaste Danny Coy, my electrostatic dance troupe the Illuminatrices, the famous puppeteer of light Robert Beatty, my dear compatriot Lux Elite and—naturally—me, Jeanne, sought, via our respective avocations, to unyoke stimulus from response and permit pleasure to flower into its own reward.”

Lucky for you, dear MAGNET reader, you’re also invited to partake of this reward as well. And not only by watching the clip for “Tiger Training,” but also by catching Vomit-Terror live on New Year’s Eve at the Green Lantern Bar in Lexington, Ky., with Long Jumper, PezHed and the aforementioned Beatty (DJing). Trust us, you will be lost in luxury.

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of The Flesh Eaters’ “My Life To Live” Video

It’s been 40 long years since the release of the Flesh Eaters‘ self-titled debut EP and 14 years since their last album. But on January 18, Chris D. and his supergroup backing band—guitarist Dave Alvin and drummer Bill Bateman (both Blasters), bassist John Doe and percussionist D.J. Bonebrake (both X) and saxophonist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos)—will release new album I Used To Be Pretty via Yep Roc. Not only did all the participants co-produce the LP, all of them will be touring together in support of the album. (If you’re up on your L.A. punk history—and of a certain age—you’ll no doubt notice this version of the Flesh Eaters is the same exact one that recorded the band’s 1981 masterpiece, A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die.)

But back to the future—and the past as well. The Flesh Eaters just made a video for I Used To Be Pretty track “My Life To Live.” If longtime fans think that song title sounds extremely familiar, they obviously have some brain cells still working after all these years. We’ll turn it over to Chris D. to explain.

“I originally wrote ‘My Life To Live’ back in 1982, that version appearing on the third Flesh Eaters album, Forever Came Today,” he says. “It’s a love song, but it’s coming from a fierce place, full of contradictions. I wrote the lyrics about someone I was deeply in love with then and for several years thereafter. She would come to every Flesh Eaters show and even now is still a fan and a friend. At the time, she had another boyfriend, but there was a window of time where she seemed poised to get together with me. I got conflicting signals and behavior from her about the situation. Most of her girlfriends saw me as the dark, intellectual weirdo and the other guy as a more agreeable, normal choice. So it was a frustrating situation for about six months or so, before she gravitated back to him exclusively. When you’re in your late 20s/early 30s, I think some of us have a more straightforward, direct approach to going after who we want as a mate, ignoring certain perspectives on personality and relationship ‘wisdom’ acquired from experience that we might solidify later. The video is aimed at a younger generation, but it still gets that feeling across of holding on uncompromisingly to an ideal or a dream, no matter what the cost. Sometimes—like at the end of the video when an older embodiment of the character has to let go of his beloved truck—we don’t always have a choice, and dreams are destroyed by forces beyond our control. This whole idea also fits in the with the I Used To Be Pretty album title, aging physically, but still emotionally in a ‘younger,’ more idealistic place.”

Well, there you have it, kids of all ages. No matter how old or young you are, it’s your life to live. So act accordingly.

We’re proud to premiere the video for “My Life To Live” today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out now, pre-order I Used To Be Pretty, and catch this twice-in-a-lifetime lineup of the Flesh Eaters on tour starting in January.

Film At 11: Patrick Watson

Patrick Watson’s self-directed video for latest single “Melody Noir” (Domino) looks like a dream. The song was inspired by the music of Simon Diaz, a Venezuelan artist. What came out of this inspiration was a new kind of love song, one “dedicated to the hole inside you,” says Watson. The clip was shot in Montreal and is heavily focused on dancing and the meaning behind the song. Watch the video for “Melody Noir” now, and look out for Watson on tour in November, December and January.

Happy Labor Day From MAGNET, Billy Bragg, Wilco And, Of Course, Woody Guthrie

“I Guess I Planted”
I guess I planted some long lonesome seed of a song
Way down inside me long ago
And now I can’t remember when it was
But it joined up with the rest of them and grows
It’s such a little song it don’t compare
With all your big ones you hear everywhere
But when it dawns way in the back of your mind
The big ones are made up of the little kind
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
I can’t even start to look around me here
Without hearing this song
And seeing all of us first separated
Hurt apart and afraid
Hungry for the union
And so we kept on
Singing and working, fighting till we got it
And this is the big union song I guess I hear
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
We fought there at your place
We fought there on your ship
And I guess if you missed out on
The fight for our union
You missed out on one awful big step
Us people took
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now

Film At 11: John Prine

When you’re living legend like John Print and you want to shoot a video at your favorite spots in Nashville, a lot of local friends will jump at the chance to be a part of it. Since Prine has been cooler than you for about half a century now, his Music City pals include the likes of Dan Auerbach, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Amanda Shires, Dave Cobb, Elizabeth Cook, David Ferguson, Jeremy Ivey and Margo Price. The David McClister-directed clip for “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door” features all of them and more. The song is off latest album The Tree Of Forgiveness (Oh Boy), which Prine is supporting on tour for the rest of the year starting next month. Catch him live them, but for now, check out “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door.”

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Sevi Ettinger’s “Salty Water” Video

While most 14-year-old, music-obsessed girls sit in their bedrooms making playlists, Sevi Ettinger was instead writing songs to fill these playlists. And not just tunes about boys and, well, boys. No, Ettinger—an American living in Shanghai—was penning tracks like “Salty Water,” which addresses the Syrian refugee crisis that was upsetting her so much that she felt the need do something about it. So she picked up her smartphone and recorded “Salty Water” via an app and utilizing a backing track she found online that was written by Texas musician Nate McCray. Within an hour, the song was done.

After her father posted the track online, it was discovered by Phillip Jarrell, who co-wrote ’70s smash “Torn Between Two Lovers” (ask your grandparents, kids) and helped the now-15-year-old Ettinger make a video for “Salty Water.” Jarrell introduced Ettinger’s music to Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bova (Celine Dion, Cyndi Lauper, Katy Perry), who signed on to make a record with her. The result is the four-song Salty Water EP, out August 24 via Sevillana.

We’re proud to premiere the remarkable video for “Salty Water” by this up-and-coming talent today on magnetmagazine.com. Says the wise-beyond-her-years Ettinger, a successful fundraiser for UN refugee agency USA For UNHCR, of “Salty Water,” “I create music to give others a chance to be heard. When I was sitting in my room watching the Syrian refugees fleeing their homes, leaving everything behind, I knew they needed to be heard. My hope in writing the song is to share their voice, express their pain and show their tears. My dream is for all people to be free—to be who they want to be.”

Mission accomplished, Sevi.