Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 20 years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, and B-movies. Part time ninja. Kicked cancer’s ass. My memoir, ChemBro, is out now!
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This week’s NYC Scene Report features a dinosaur-filled adventure with R&B duo Fake Dad, videos from EXNATIONS and Sophie Colette that will make you want to dance, and a collaborative EP from hip-hop artist Ciphurphace that crosses borders.
* Brooklyn-based R&B duo Fake Dad recently released their latest single, “What’s Wrong? Pt. II,” and the video for it is seriously old school. How old school? Try the Jurassic era!
Directed by Evan Schwartz, the clip was filmed gonzo-style at the infamous Jurassic Boat Ride in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, an attraction that has a cult following due to its B-movie-like qualities.
Check out the video, and ride along with Fake Dad.
* When Brooklyn-based indie pop band EXNATIONS were conceiving the video for their latest single, “John Hughes Movie Soundtrack,” they knew they needed one thing – dancing. According to the band, however, this is where their plan hit a temporary snag, as they note, “None of us can really dance all that well.”
Enter Zoe Allocco, who the band hired to star in the video as their lead dancer, and choreographer.
With Allocco in the fold, the members of EXNATIONS’ jobs became pretty easy. “All that was left for (us) to do was stay generally in rhythm and play the occasional air guitar solo.”
Additionally, with dancing no longer an issue, they say they, “romped around the wet streets – jumping over giant puddles, scattering from cars, and generally having the time of our lives.”
Check out “John Hughes Movie Soundtrack,” and if you’re a fan of John Hughes movies, look for a few homages to some of the dance scenes from his films.
* Speaking of clips that will make you want to dance, indie pop singer-songwriter Sophie Colette recently released a video for her latest single, “Would You Like It?” and it features some boogying by a bridge.
The song is a classic tale of the internal struggle many of us experience when we discover we like someone, but aren’t sure if the feeling is reciprocal, and anguish over whether or not we should reveal how we feel.
Click play, and continue to get your groove on.
* If you’re in need of some fresh new hip-hop for your headphones look no further than longtime column favorite Ciphurphace, who recently joined forces with ATN Prime for a four song EP titled Korada.
Going by the name PrimePhace, the teaming is a border-crossing one, as Ciphurphace is a Korean emcee who resides in Jersey City, NJ, while ATN Prime is a Canadian hip-hop artist based in Toronto.
The EP was produced entirely by Kollectiv, and you can hear it in its entirety right here.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.