The latest from Jack and Jack - Groove

Jack and Jack music video Groove

Groove is the latest single released by the comedy duo (Nerd Vandals) turned music duo known as Jack and Jack. Still in their teens, Jack Johnson and Jack Gilinsky's bond and friendship dates all the way back to the first day of kindergarten.

They have released several single songs. In 2014, their single titled Wild Life (2nd video below) hit #2 on iTunes and #87 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Groove seems to have various quintessential contagious hit pop song qualities going for it and it does indeed groove hard enough that it might just deserve to surpass their previous chart records. The video for the song, below, was directed and edited by Andre LaDon. For those interested, LaDon was kind enough to share the details of how he used used a green screen along with which effects and backgrounds he used to finish the video.

Jack and Jack - Groove


Jack and Jack - Wild Life


Connect direct with Jack and Jack at jackandjackofficial.com and at each of the guys on Twitter at twitter.com/jackjackjohnson and twitter.com/jackgilinsky

Connect direct with director Andre LaDon at Twitter.Com/AndreLaDon

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This post was created by Gregory J. Chamberlain on June 20, 2015, with subsequent edits and updates by Mariana L. Villanueva

Muse - Defector

Music Television presents MUSE and a song from their new album titled Drones

Today, Muse released their latest video to their song titled Defector, a single from their upcoming album titled Drones. Drones will be released on June 8, 2015.

The content of the song Defector and the title of the album is very timely, considering the U.S. and the world now lives under a police state that JFK, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George Orwell, Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Ron Paul all have warned us about.

Muse has taken off in a new direction with another fresh approach. Their last two albums were self produced.  This time they collaborated with legendary producer Mutt Lange. If you are not familiar with Mutt, here is a listing of his top 10 albums according to Eduardo Rivadavia of UltimateClassicRock.Com.

It would be nice to see other music acts of substance devote more albums to such topics, rather than singing songs that are morally empty but full of great bling. Are we drones or are we defectors? That's a good question we should all ask ourselves.

Muse - Defector


Just in case you missed it, here is one other single/music-video titled Psycho from the upcoming Drones album. This song could not more perfectly frame how our military molds the minds of kids who enroll.

Muse - Psycho


Connect direct with Muse at Muse.Mu and at Twitter.Com/Music and at Facebook.Com/Muse

Muse has been featured on our network two other times in the past. Long ago on our blog archive, we featured a nice live take at filmed at Wembly of the group performing the Nina Simone classic titled Feeling Good, where the audience was singing along. That was heavy. And, in October 2012 on our sister site TheIndies.Com, we featured one of their music videos titled Madness.

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This post was created by Gregory J. Chamberlain and Mariana L. Villanueva on June 3, 2015.

The latest from Kraak & Smaak - featuring Keyhole

MusicTelevision.Com presents Kraak & Smaak featuring Keyhole

Just below is the latest song and music video from the electronic production trio which sister site MusicLoad featured here back in February 2012.

Kraak & Smaak's core trio members are Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug. They are based in the Netherlands. The guest vocalist, falsetto and all, is known as Keyhole.

This most excellent music video comes complete with a set up story to read before commencing to watch:
On the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, a lovelorn young gentleman lets an opportunity to chat with a fancy dame slip. In his moment of dismay, he's taken under the wing of a swag-tastic homeless man who teaches him the power of dance to Kraak & Smaak's classy disco tune. 
Flash forward a chorus or two and homeboy's got moves like Prince and is downing strange chemicals in the LA river. By the time he runs into the object of his affections again, he's a crotch-thrusting lothario and she can't resist the power of his discotheque maneuvers. That is, until she gets swooped by the homeless guy.

Kraak & Smaak - All I Want Is You - (featuring Keyhole)


Connect direct with Kraak & Smaak at KraakSmaak.Com, on Facebook.com/KraakAndSmaak and on Twitter.Com/KraakSmaak

Connect direct with Keyhole at KEYHOLETheMusic.Com, at Facebook.Com/KEYHOLETheMusic and at Twitter.Com/KEYHOLETheMusic

The above music video was released in association with Thump, which is part of the edgy media group known as VICE. Thank you to both for making the above video available.

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This post was created by Gregory J. Chamberlain on May 29, 2015

A Kraak & Smaak Flashback

Music Television presents Kraak & Smaak

From the town of Leiden in the Netherlands, Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug make up a music production trio known as Kraak & Smaak. This song below is one of their many mixes and creative music videos from several years ago that still has legs. It features the vocals of Ben Westbeech. Enjoy!

Kraak & Smaak - Squeeze me


Connect direct with Kraak & Smaak at KraakSmaak.Com, on Facebook.com/KraakAndSmaak and on Twitter.Com/KraakSmaak

In February 2012, the above music video with three additional songs was originally featured Music Television's sister site, MusicLoad at this link.

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This post was created by Mariana L. Villanueva on May 29, 2015

Pops Staples - Don't Lose This

Music Television presents Pop Staples - Don't Lose This

Can't not post this video of Mavis Staples telling a little bit of the story about her father's final record titled Don't Lose This.

She tells about how Pops asked to hear the recordings when he was not feeling good near the end of his life, months after they recorded it. She took it up to his room and he heard it, smiled and said "... don't lose that". It was the final recording that the Staple Singers ever recorded together with Pops in 1998 through mid 1999. Unfortunately, Robuck "Pops" Staples died in December of 2000 after a concussion he had suffered from a fall in his home. This was a very emotional project for Mavis to help complete, as you will see. But she finds joy in it all.



The album is a true delight and should be enjoyed with the volume turned up enough to hear more of the detail and intricacies of Pops technique. It was recorded in 1998 at the Hinge Recording Studio & The Loft in Chicago, Illinois. But, on some of the songs there is some additional production that was recently added by Jeff Tweedy of the band Wilco. Lucky guy got the gig because he had worked well with Mavis on her solo albums.

The entire record is brilliantly minimalist, so soulful and funky in mostly a subtle way. It's old school. Absolutely love track 3: No News is Good News and track 7: The Lady's Letter, but all the songs are a real good dose of authentic from a true pioneer.

Thank you to Anti- Records, a division of the indie label known as Epitaph Records for providing the Full Album Stream featured below.



Connect direct with the Staples' family legacy through Mavis Staple's website at MavisStaples.Com

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Dylan re-interprets Sinatra hits

Music Television presents Bob Dylan's re-interpretation of The Night We Called It A Day

Just below is Bob Dylan's latest music video directed by Nash Edgerton (see full video production credits at bottom of post). The video is to Dylan's recording of The Night We Called It A Day. The song was written by Matt Dennis and Tom Adair in 1941 and covered by numerous artists including Frank Sinatra.  All the songs on Dylan's most recent ten song album titled Shadows In The Night were songs handpicked by Dylan as a tribute to Sinatra and songs he had recorded at some point in his career.  This extraordinary video for The Night We Called It A Day is more like a classic gangster film, than a music video, depicting the genre films from a period in the Sinatra era. It's the kind of work that music lovers expect from greatness, and no less. Enjoy! GC

Bob Dylan - The Night We Called It A Day


Connect direct with Bob Dylan at BobDylan.Com and Facebook.Com/BobDylan and Twitter.Com/BobDylan

Just below is a nice interview of one of the most legendary music engineers of all time, Al Schmitt. He had the privilege of working on this Dylan project and talks about how it came together and how it was recorded. Music producer and journalist Stephen Peeples is the host of the interview.



Full Credit List for Production of Music Video for The Night We Called It A Day
Production Company: The Directors Bureau
Director: Nash Edgerton
Executive Producer: Sue Yeon Ahn
Producer: Benjamin Gilovitz & Kimberly Stuckwisch
Commissioner: Bryan Younce
Director of Photography: Morgan Susser
Production Designer: Toby Corbett
Stylist: Francis & Pereira
Editor: Luke Doolan & Nash Edgerton
VFX Artist: Denis Sharabarin
VFX Producer: Kevin Cornish
Color & Conform: Bonch
Colorist: Bill Pollock
Cast: Bob Dylan, Robert Davi & Tracy Phillips.

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