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"Bleeding Heart" Music Video by Burning Jet Black

BJBBlackBGLARGEWhen it comes to authentic rock ‘n’ roll, Burning Jet Black is the real deal. Just like dirty roadhouse regulars, the West LA-based quartet would never be caught dead onstage with beat pads or laptops. They just plug in, crank up, and rock out gritty blues covered in sweat and delivered with a heavy soul. Their debut EP, The Modern Egotist, was recorded at Studio Rev and released last year.


Their third single, “Bleeding Heart,” features a music video directed by Daniel Mercaldi as a follow-up to the very popular video for “Magazine Girl.”

Free Bike Valet wanted to know more about the making of the video so we asked Mercaldi a few questions:

How did you come up with the idea for this video?

“The idea for the ‘Bleeding Heart’ video was just a response to the guys wanting a simple concept that could showcase their energy and aggressive sound. I’ve known Burning Jet Black for a long time and their live shows are incredible. I wanted to capture the raw intensity of the band without letting the video get in the way. We did some takes with the song playback at 66% speed so the video could be sped up during the chorus while still staying in sync with the original recording. The guys hated pretending to play their instruments so slowly, but the end result actually looked pretty cool.”

Where was it filmed?

“We filmed at Burning Jet Black’s rehearsal space in Downtown LA. We transformed the room by hanging canvas drop cloths on the walls and painting words all over them.”

What are all the sentences and sayings written on the walls?

“The sentences on the walls are actually the lyrics to ‘Bleeding Heart.’ The idea was to make it look like someone had written different drafts of the song over a period of time while stuck in this strange room, perhaps on a spiral into madness… kind of like the typewriter in The Shining.”

Are they supposed to look like they were written in blood?

“Could be blood, graffiti, whatever’s your pleasure.”

Burning Jet Black will perform this Tuesday night at The Central for Rainbow Jackson‘s second residency night along with Levels and Act As If.


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"Waves" Music Video by Blondfire

231Eagle Rock‘s Blondfire created a music video for their second single “Waves” off their latest EP Where The Kids Are (Modern Art/Warner Bros. Records). Directed by the folkster Gus Black, the video follows vocalist/guitarist Erica Driscoll wandering around barefoot in the Death Valley desert –a bucket-list music video setting for every California band. What’s noticeable is the absence of the other half of the band (Erica’s brother Bruce Driscoll). But perhaps he was busy with his other project Freedom Fry.

Blondfire is now on tour with Foals and Surfer Blood.

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"I Was There" by Kid Cadaver

KC8A8339Kid Cadaver has been busy. With their dance-pop melodies and indie-rock alacrity, The Valley guys have managed to impress every band they’ve shared the stage with. This has led to more coveted opening spots, more exposure, and a little bit closer to their inevitable breakthrough. Listen to the track “I Was There” off their debut EP New Modern and embrace the grooves:

Free Bike Valet and Moheak Radio are co-presenting The Ross Sea Party‘s next March residency show at Harvard & Stone this Tuesday along with Kid Cadaver, The Lexingtons and John Graney (from The Californian).


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"Monsters With Misdemeanors" by Yellow Red Sparks

station_press2Irvine‘s Yellow Red Sparks was first conceived as the solo project of Joshua Hanson. He eventually recruited Darren “Goldy” Goldstein (drums, vocals) and Sara Lynn (bass, piano, banjo, and vocals) to become a true trio playing mostly acoustic instruments over sweeping ballads and western pop that they like to label as “cinematic folk.” Hanson moved from the ultra rural town of Yellow Pine, Idaho to SoCal when he was 12, and his songwriting soul is still lost in the misty forests of his hometown valley while his heart is still heavy with old feelings of melancholy. But every song carries a passioante bittersweet truth that everybody hurts and without it, life wouldn’t be complete. Yellow Red Sparks‘ self-titled debut album was produced by Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show), mixed by Ryan Hewitt (The Avett Brothers), and recently released by Org Music. Here’s the first single “Monsters With Misdemeanors”:

And a live performance video:

Yellow Red Sparks will perform  this Wednesday, February 13th at The Hotel Cafe along with The Ultimate Bearhug.

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