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Heather’s Song of the Day: Dusk Till Dawn

It’s Friday the 13th, so I feel obligated to find a somewhat creepy video for my Song Of The Day. I think Ladyhawke’s “Dusk Till Dawn” fits the bill quite nicely.

Ladyhawke is a singer/songwriter from New Zealand. Her self-titled debut album was one of my favorites of last year and “Dusk Till Dawn” is my favorite track on the disc. Enjoy!

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Monsters Of Folk: “Say Please”

It sounded insipid and self indulgent at first. Especially the name- Monsters of Folk. But upon deeper listening I now know there is nothing wrong with some of today’s best indie-folk songwriters writing songs together and jamming. In fact, it is entirely right. Their self-titled album, released in September, is philosophical and dark, moody and beautiful. And even with all that it does not take itself too seriously as this new video for “Say Please” typifies:

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Um, roller skating in what appears to be the wild west? That’s what folk will do to you.

Okay, more please. I said please…

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Tz’s Daily Dose: In The Flowers

‘Tis the time of year when everyone starts to compile their ‘best of’s’. If one’s ‘best of’ is going to be of any merit, then it will have to include one of the first releases of the whole year. Animal Collective‘s ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion‘ is still hands down the favorite to top these lists, and for good reason. Just watch the new video and if it doesn’t weird you out, then you are among the flock. Here’s Animal Collective with ‘In The Flowers’

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Animal Collective will release a new five-track EP digitally on November 23, to be followed on CD and 12-inch vinyl on December 14.

In the meantime, let’s check out an oldie but goodie from the gang. Here’s ‘Who Could Win A Rabbit’ from the “Sung Tongs” album…

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Heather’s Song of the Day: Bad Romance

On November 23 singer/dancer/songwriter/performance artist Lady Gaga releases her new album. Well, it’s not quite “new” exactly. The Fame Monster is her debut album, The Fame, with eight new tracks. I just heard the new songs this morning and while they are up to par with some of her best songs from The Fame, the new tracks are decidedly darker than the dance-pop fare Gaga released last year. I have no doubt that they will be just as successful as her first batch of singles and if she continues to put out new material at this rate she’s going to continue to break records. Last week she became the first artist in history to have four #1 singles from a debut album.

Love her or hate her, Lady Gaga’s got some interesting ideas. Her videos and performances have become increasingly conceptual. The video for her new single, “Bad Romance,” was released just a few days ago and it has already been viewed nearly four and a half million times. I can’t stop watching it, so I have made “Bad Romance” my Song Of The Day. The editing is genius.

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Tz’s Daily Dose: “How Many Worlds”

Anyone who knows me knows that i am a Brian Eno-o-phile. But you know who is just as cool, maybe even cooler? Marianne Faithfull, that’s who. Earlier this year she released an album of covers titled, “Easy Come, Easy Go: 12 Songs For Music Lovers“. The whole record is fantastic, but i especially love her version of one Eno‘s most beautiful and epic tracks. Here’s Marianne Faithfull with ‘How Many Worlds’…

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I don’t think Brian Eno has ever made a music video (not the MTV-kind anyway), so it’s up to his fans to be visually creative with his music. Here is one such fan’s take on the original ‘How Many Worlds’…

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Heather’s Song of the Day: Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

I think it is awesome when artists’ singing voices are the complete opposite of their speaking voices and there is no better example of that then Susan Tedeschi. In the video of today’s Song Of The Day, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”, Susan introduces the Bob Dylan masterwork in her sweet and demure voice, then launches into the track with a voice that almost knocks you over. She sings in a soulful, raspy, powerful voice that is effortless and filled with emotional pain. Then at the end of the video as the final notes sound, she thanks the audience for their applause and again you think to yourself, “I can’t believe that those two voices exist within the same person.” Pretty cool. So enjoy the performance! I think I’ll watch the video again myself.

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Tz’s Daily Dose: Jill Scott

Jill Scott is one of today’s most talented and charismatic entertainers. Today’s video was the first time i’d ever heard of her and i was smitten right away. The way she moves and the way the words flow puts me at ease and if i ever got the chance, i’d take a long walk with her. Here’s Jill Scott with ‘A Long Walk’, and check out the DJ Jazzy Jeff cameo!

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You can also check Jill out on my new favorite HBO show “The #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency“. Filmed on location in Botswana, it’s a fascinating and entertaining look at a part of the world that i have very little knowledge about. The acting is fantastic, and the storylines have the power to make you laugh AND cry. Check it out!

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Heather’s Song of the Day: Keep Fishin’

Weezer has been known for their clever videos from the very beginning. Their debut video was filmed in a single take and featured a bunch of dogs running through the set. I love Weezer’s second video, for the song “Buddy Holly.” It was filmed to look like the guys were in an episode of the TV show Happy Days. It is almost seamless, and features all of the Happy Days’ cast, including the Fonz.

Weezer have done a ton of other cool videos. In “Island In The Sun” they played with a bunch of baby animals. For “Pork and Beans” the guys wrangled a bunch of YouTube stars to appear with them in the clip, which turned the video into a YouTube sensation by proxy. But of all of the Weezer videos, I have one ultimate favorite. It’s for the song “Keep Fishin’” and it features the entire cast from The Muppet Show. Watching it is like watching a piece of my childhood. So here is the video for today’s Song Of The Day,

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Heather’s Song of the Day: Push It

Today Sandra Denton, a.k.a. Pepa of 80’s Hip Hop group Salt-N-Pepa, turns the big 4-0. Salt-N-Pepa’s song, “Push It,” became a worldwide smash in 1986. Earlier this year, the TV show Glee used the song in one of its early episodes. You can see it HERE. I think it was the hilariously provocative performance of the song that got me hooked on the show. I still love the original cut most of all, though, so it is today’s Song Of The Day. Enjoy, and Happy Birthday, Pep!

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Concert Review: Ghostland Observatory

In the starlit, smoke-filled red hazy darkness of The Triple Door main stage I anxiously awaited one of my favorite live performers to grace the stage. Ghostland Observatory always brings the energy, ambiance and perfectly unique beats to their shows. This weekend was no exception. Thanks to KEXP, The Triple Door and PlayNetwork, I was able to go to this short, private performance for KEXP donors. I went with my brother who had never seen them before nor is old enough to see most of their 21+ performances. I told him to prepare to be blown away.

DJ Michele Myers let us have a little sneak peak of the stage before hand and got us even more excited for the afternoon laser light show. After a fire alarm set back and a visit from the fire marshal, Ghostland was ready to go. We sat next to a couple of seasoned veterans and talked about how badly we want to see “Midnight Voyage”. Sure enough, Thomas Turner entered the stage through the thick fog in a baby blue cape and the crowd erupted in cheers when he started playing the first few electronic beats.

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Seattle Salsa Congress

The start of “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” always sets off an internal alert telling me to get back into shape and start dancing again. When I was younger I tried the traditional approach to dance, taking jazz, ballet, hip hop and a few dreaded tap classes. I even joined the dance team in high school. Partner dancing never occurred to me as something I could do. Not until a few years ago. I was walking around downtown Seattle and came across a studio not far from where I lived that held Salsa classes. I stumbled on in to an advanced class wearing jeans and flip flops hoping to get a little glimpse and some information. To my embarrassment, the instructor told me to step in because they were short one girl and I would be fine just following along. Needless to say, I struggled and continually apologized for not knowing what I was doing at all.

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A year later I found myself assisting classes and teaching some ladies styling, going social dancing at Century Ballroom,

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Heather’s Song of the Day: Fire Escape

Fastball is one of my favorite bands from the 1990s. They broke into the big time in 1998 when their second album, All The Pain Money Can Buy, was released to rave reviews. The lead-off single, “The Way,” hit #1 on the US Modern Rock charts and the follow-up single, “Fire Escape,” reached #13. Even though the band has released three more excellent studio albums since All The Pain Money Can Buy, “Fire Escape” is still my favorite Fastball song. I think it has a lot to do with the track’s video. Ten years before Lady Gaga’s chilling performance of her song “Paparazzi” at the MTV Video Music Awards, Fastball made their statement about the downside of fame in the clip for “Fire Escape.” It is one of my all-time favorite music videos and I have made “Fire Escape” my Song Of The Day. Enjoy!

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Tz’s Daily Dose: Primal Scream

Some exciting musical events have been happening so far this Fall. To name 2, Kraftwerk has remastered/reissued 8 of their albums & i’ve just seen the trailer for a documentary about Creation Records, called ‘Upside Down’…

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This next video is what happens when you combine those 2 things! Here’s Primal Scream with ‘Autobahn 66’ from their “Evil Heat” album…

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Tz’s Daily Dose: “Will Never Marry”

Morrissey released yet another compilation this week, titled “Swords“! What makes this one special, and better actually, is it’s a collection of his b-sides over the last 7 or 8 years. There is some fantastic stuff on there, not least of which is ‘Friday Mourning‘, and if you buy it on iTunes you get bonus b-sides & live tracks. However, for today’s dose I’m presenting Morrissey‘s best-ever b-side (and that includes The Smiths) ‘Will Never Marry’. I was lucky enough to see this tour in ’91 and all other Morrissey tours pale in comparison. Oh, and is that Ringo announcing?

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Heather’s Song of the Day: You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)

The summer after I graduated from high school I got a job working in the Junior’s section of a department store. Every couple of months we would receive a new video tape from our corporate headquarters that we would show on TVs mounted around the department. The two hour tape contained music videos and ads on a loop that would run continuously all day long, which means that I saw the tape in its entirety about four times a day, five days a week, all summer long.

You might think that after seeing and hearing the same music videos over a hundred times I would be so sick of them that I would never want to see or hear them ever again and for the most part, you’d be right. To this day I still can’t listen to “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” by Backstreet Boys, “Men In Black” by Will Smith or “How Do I Live” by Leann Rimes. There were a couple of songs on the tape that I still love however, and one of them is today’s Song Of The Day, “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” by Dead Or Alive.

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Tz’s Daily Dose: “Straight To You”

I resisted the wonderful Nick Cave for years. I’m not sure why, but i guess i just wasn’t ready, the way one has to be ready to love Johnny Cash or even Bob Dylan. However, years ago I saw this next video on TV and thought to myself, “why do i not own everything this man has done?” That was remedied immediately, and i’ve come to realize that there is very little that this man puts his hand to that i do not like. I can even tolerate his duet with P.J. Harvey, but i won’t bore you with that nonsense. Here’s a classic Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds video, directed by none other than Anton Corbijn, ‘Straight To You’…

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Speaking of Johnny Cash, let’s listen/watch his version of one of my favorite Nick Cave/Mick Harvey songs. It’s funny the way an artist can take a song and completely change the perspective without changing the words. When i hear the Bad Seeds’ version, i’m convinced the storyteller did the crime,

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Glee(k)

Lately my Wednesday nights have been completely consumed with this new show and I have become a self-proclaimed “Gleek”. This show is full of everything I love: music, comedy, drama and dance. Ever since the pilot episode of Glee premiered last spring, I have made a point of watching every single episode (multiple times), listening to soundtracks and keeping up with the rapidly expanding Glee community. I used to live in the Midwest and compete in junior high show choir competitions hoping that, as an upperclassman, I would make the “10th Street Edition” show team. Before that was even a possibility, I moved to Washington where jazz choirs replaced show choirs. While both are fun, I’m hoping that the popularity of the show might bring more show choirs out west!!

Much of the cast has appeared on Broadway which adds to the excitement. I just about had a heart attack when Kristen Chenowith made a guest appearance. Just yesterday ‘Glee The Music: Volume 1’ went on sale! Even though the show has been on hiatus for the World Series you can get your fix by streaming or buying the soundtrack HERE: Not only can you buy the soundtrack,

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Heather’s Song of the Day: Don’t Give Up

I have been waiting, (mostly patiently), for Noisettes to tour here in the US. I have loved them since What’s The Time, Mr. Wolf?, their debut album, was released in 2007. I heard the very first track, “Don’t Give Up,” and I was instantly hooked, which is why I made the song today’s Song Of The Day. If the band is even half as energetic on stage as they are in this video, they must put on an amazing show. Unfortunately, the only gigs currently on their calendar are for a UK tour in March 2010, but I am keeping my fingers crossed in the hope that they will take a leap across the pond and play some US dates next year as well. Enjoy!

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Heather’s Song of the Day: Goody Two Shoes

Back in 1982, English singer/songwriter Adam Ant disbanded his band Adam and the Ants and released his first solo album. He scored his biggest hit in the US with today’s Song Of The Day, “Goody Two Shoes.” It hit #12 in the States but it was a #1 smash in his home country.

A few fun facts about Adam Ant:

1. Adam’s first ever band was called Bazooka Joe. Adam played bass. In November of 1975, the very first Sex Pistols gig was as the opener for Bazooka Joe.

2. In 1977, Adam formed Adam and the Ants and asked Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren to manage the band. Malcolm then stole all of the other “Ants” and hired singer Annabella Lwin to front the new band, Bow Wow Wow.

3. Today is Adam’s 55th birthday.

Happy Birthday, Adam! Enjoy the Song Of The Day!

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Tz’s Daily Dose: The Clash

When i was a kid, Punk scared me. That’s what it was supposed to do, right? However, people are usually fascinated by that which they fear and i was no exception. The Sex Pistols never really scared me though, they just seemed at once dirty and hyper-colored. The Clash on the other hand, i was very frightened of. They looked and sounded like outlaws; a modern-day band of brothers that would lay waste to anyone that dared get in their way. Now that i’m older, i know how important and influential they are, yet, they still frighten me a bit and they are as cool as ever…

Here’s ‘Rock The Casbah’, which was the first thing i’d ever heard by The Clash. Now watch this video and tell me it wouldn’t scare a 10 year old…well…maybe these days it wouldn’t as the real world is much closer and much more frightening than 4 men with guitars…but it shouldn’t be…

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Sometimes on the Dose, one is not enough. So here’s my fave Clash song ‘Bankrobber’.

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CMJ: The XX & Fool’s Gold

The 29th annual CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival was held two weeks ago in New York. CMJ is one of the longest running music industry events and is known for showcasing non-commercial, independent, and trend-forward music. Although I wasn’t able to attend the festival I have been scouring blogs, and the CMJ website for highlights and reviews. Two bands seemed to have risen to the surface of buzz post CMJ: The XX and Fools Gold.

Fool’s Gold is a Los Angeles based big band, propelled by African beats. Their sound encompasses cross-cultural grooves from Africa and the Middle East enhanced with lots of percussion. If you’re a fan of Vampire Weekend’s sound be sure to check them out.

The touring band ranges in size from four to eight members and can be caught at Neumos in Seattle on December 5th.

Check out some pics from their live show HERE, or check out the video for ‘Surprise Hotel’

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The XX are four 20-year-olds from South London who met at the Elliot School,

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Heather’s Song of the Day: Olive Eyes

Ben Garrett, a.k.a. frYars, released his debut album Dark Young Hearts in the UK this past September after a single became big in Japan a few years ago. The success of “The Ides,” a song that was released digitally and made waves online, prompted a second EP, Perfidy to be released in Japan as well. Finally, frYars recorded an entire album and it features today’s Song of The Day, “Olive Eyes.” I can’t wait to hear the rest of the CD. Enjoy!

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Heather’s Song of the Day: Come Undone

Simon Le Bon, lead singer of pop supergroup Duran Duran, celebrates his 51st birthday today (Oct 27th). Duran Duran, along with Madonna and Michael Jackson, really embraced the music video format and were pioneers of MTV at it’s inception. They were the masters of music videos and the clip for today’s Song Of The Day only proves my point. “Come Undone” is a great song and the video showcases the song perfectly. Happy Birthday to you, (was created for ya) Simon! Enjoy!

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Concert Review – Mika, Seattle, October 26, 2009

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Last night singer/songwriter Mika played to a sold out crowd at Seattle’s Moore Theatre. The show was all-ages, which was a good thing considering all of the kids in attendance who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to see their hero in action. I had no idea that Mika’s fan base ran so young, but I shouldn’t be too surprised. The first single from his new album, “We Are Golden,” is a teenage anthem that practically begs to be sung while dancing around in one’s underwear. Funnily enough, that is exactly the theme of the song’s video.

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On Valentine’s Day last year Mika played a gig at the Showbox Sodo and last night he mentioned that show, saying that he had played “in a barn-like structure” (which was true) and that he had lost his voice (which was definitely not.) No one in the audience for that concert had the foggiest idea that he was not at his very best. He still hit all of his high notes perfectly and moved about the stage with the liveliness and swagger of a young Freddie Mercury.

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More Music @ The Moore 2010

Seattle Theatre Group is looking for young musicians ages 14-21 interested in a career in music. ALL music styles are welcome, especially original works. Selected musicians/groups will perform in two shows at The Moore Theatre on March 12, 2010. They’ll also work with industry leaders such as violinist, conductor and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, jazz singer Bernadette Bascomb, Dave Dederer from The Presidents of the United States of America, the band School Yard Heroes and the original drummer of Santana, Michael Shrieve among others.

More Music @ The Moore is a training and performance program for selected young artists representing diverse music genres. The program provides young artists training and rehearsal time with professional musicians; production and promotional support; recording experience; and the opportunity to perform live in concert at a professional venue, The Moore Theatre. Artists are selected through a curated process, recommendations and/or submissions.

Know anyone who’s interested in this amazing opportunity? Auditions will be held November 17, 2009 from 4-9 pm at The Moore Theatre (1932 2nd Ave,

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Heather’s Song of the Day: Carnival

Today is Natalie Merchant’s 46th birthday. I listened to a lot of Natalie’s music in my junior high and high school years. In junior high she was with the 10,000 Maniacs and in high school she had gone solo. While I like the 10,000 Maniacs a lot, I LOVE Natalie’s solo work, particularly today’s Song Of The Day, ‘Carnival’. ‘Carnival’ was Natalie’s first single from Natalie’s debut solo album Tigerlily. The album was a huge success, selling over 5 million copies. This video is from a live performance, which seems to be where she is at her best. Enjoy!

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Tz’s Daily Dose: Last Night On Earth

Well, i’m about to get on a plane to go see U2 in my hometown of Las Vegas! So, i thought that today’s blog could combine my fear of flying with my excitement to see one of my favorite bands. This song comes from the much maligned and severely underrated ‘Pop‘ album, which is a shame as it’s just 1 of the many great songs that the album contains. And although i have no idea what’s going on in this video, it’s aesthetically pleasing to me, and hey, is that William S. Burrows? Here’s U2 with ‘Last Night On Earth’

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Did that video confuse you? Maybe try it on live for size, as it is a much better version! From the Popmart Tour, in Mexico City!

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Heather’s Song of the Day: The Power Of Love

Today, actor extraordinaire Christopher Lloyd turns 71 years old. He has had a lot of famous roles, playing Professor Plum in Clue, Reverend Jim Ignatowski in Taxi, Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and of course, Emmet “Doc” Brown in the Back To The Future trilogy. What better way to celebrate Mr. Lloyd’s birthday than to feature the song that is linked forever with everyone’s favorite time-travel movies? Today’s Song Of The Day is “The Power Of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News. The video features Christopher Lloyd as a special bonus. Happy Birthday Mr. Lloyd!

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This Is It

I remember when Michael Jackson’s tour was announced.

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This concert was going to be the hugest spectacle of a concert anyone has every seen. And that’s exactly what MJ wanted. My sister’s friend had booked the tour as a back up dancer. He mentioned to her that he would never have to work for the rest of his life. It can’t get any better. He also said, “As a dancer, Michael is one of the most amazing improvisational artists I’ve ever seen in my life…. it seems like he’s never done the same exact set of things twice.

Now all that’s left of the tour are broken hearts, millions of dollars in debt and video footage of the rehearsals. A huge bidding war erupted over this now sacred footage which Sony ultimately won. And people where lined up for days before tickets went on sale September 27 to reserve their seat for the October 28 release of “This Is It”. Kenny Ortega is sure to do the movie justice. He’d been the director of the concert and has been involved with some of the most well known dance movies including ‘Xanadu’ ‘Dirty Dancing’,

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Heather’s Song of the Day: First Train Home

Today’s Song Of The Day has not one, but two accompanying music videos. “First Train Home” is the first single from British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap’s third solo album, Ellipse. Imogen is perhaps best known for her work with Guy Sigsworth in the band Frou Frou, but her last solo album was quite successful as well. In fact, Imogen was nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy when that album, Speak For Yourself, was released, and Jason DeRulo is currently hovering near the top of the charts with the song “Watcha Say” that sampled “Hide And Seek,” Imogen’s breakout single from that album.

Imogen hired British stage designer Es Devlin to direct the video for “First Train Home,” but was ultimately unhappy with the finished clip so she filmed a second version of the video on her own. Now you can be the judge. Which video is the best? Discuss and enjoy!

“First Train Home” official video:

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“First Train Home” Immi’s Party Version

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