Bongo Boy TV is now into its twelfth season and episode 2 has just been broadcast. This episode premiered on Tuesday March 7 on Channel 21 in Portland, OR. and is in heavy rotation on 72+ terrestrial TV channels nationwide. Today we’ll be taking a detailed look at the fine talent that was featured in this latest iteration.
First up are The NEW Bardots and their video for Corporation Businessman – a song we had the pleasure to review in depth last year. Elusive as always, the band don their signature masks and dress up in suits in ironic imitation of the corporate types they wrote this bluesy track to chastise.
Dwight & Nicole’s song HiLo is a stomping, bluesy number from their album Electric Lights. There are no chord changes – it vamps on Bb the whole time but it has a super catchy chorus and some ferocious electric guitar playing. The video contains some great footage of the band hanging out, riding together, and getting set up for a performance.
Jasmine Crowe is next in the proceedings with her video for Breaking Things. The song has a clean, modern pop sound and is clearly directed at the nightclub scene. The music video is polished and includes some beautiful desert footage of a glamorous Crowe singing her song with cutaway flashbacks to an abusive relationship that was the inspiration for Breaking Things.
From Toronto, Canada comes Les Stroud and his video for How Long. This mellow rock number has an important message; time is no longer on our side and the health of the planet is deteriorating. The video is shot entirely in black and white in an artful allusion to the bleak disposition of the song and blends footage of Strough with images of slow-moving gears in reference to mankind’s industrial preoccupation.
The smooth, neo-soul sounds of Haley Reinhart greet us next, in the video for her tune, Last Kiss Goodbye. The video has a warm, vintage tone which suits the sparse, jazzy arrangement of this gorgeous love song. It follows Reinhart around a variety of sunny, Los Angeles locations, smiling, and posing for the camera in summery dresses.
Christopher Shayne serves up some righteous alt-rock with his song Burn Me Down. The video has a rebellious slant to it, cutting between scenes of Shayne playing his guitar on top of a battered old car, and a man sticking it to his boss. It’s a perfect fit for the song, which highlights some of society’s absurdities and suggests that sometimes you just have to let loose and be bold.
And last but not least is Radiator King’s music video for their song, So Long (Charlie). This brilliant folk song is written from the perspective of a man in jail reflecting on his past. The video is a nostalgic, era-piece and provides a nice visual component to the story, showing the protagonist being escorted away, locked behind bars, and eventually walking out of jail as a free man.
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