Black 2 Comm 20th July 2014 featured The Rolling Stones, Melt Banana, Nitzer Ebb and much more. Check out this cool karaoke version of Robert Plant’s Addicted To Love performed by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. It was recorded at the Make Your Own Music Video booth in Macy’s department store in New York City and was released as part of The Whitey Album by Ciccone Youth. The side project featured all the Sonic Youth members along with former Minuteman Mike Watt. The original idea was to cover the entire White Album by The Beatles but eventually morphed into a Madonna tribute featuring versions of Burnin’ Up and Get Into The Groove. Kim is looking well detached in this, dancing about in her crop top and cut off jeans. If only all music videos were this cheap!

Black 2 Comm 13th July 2014 featured Adam and the Ants, Trouble Funk, PJ Harvey and many others. Check out this early black and white footage of Led Zeppelin performing live for the Danish television station TV-Byen in 1969. They start the set with the straight up rocker Communication Breakdown, the riff that inspired Johnny Ramones down stroke guitar style. Things get really interesting once they launch into

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Black 2 Comm 6th July 2014 featured Ozzy Osbourne, The Undertones, Muddy Waters and plenty more. Check out this pitch perfect rendition of The Load Out by Jackson Browne recorded at The Shepherd’s Bush Theater in 1978. The track was written as a tribute to Browne’s hard working roadies (a bit like a singer / songwriter version of Motorhead’s We Are The Road Crew). The track segues seamlessly into a

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Black 2 Comm 29th June 2014 featured The Slits, The Abyssinians, ESG and lots more. Check out this footage of The Chameleons performing Second Skin at the Camden Palace in November 1984. The venue started life in 1900 as a theater, then became a cinema before reopening as the Music Machine in 1979 and eventually the Camden Palace in 1982. By ’84 the vastly under rated band had released their

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Black 2 Comm 22nd June 2014 featured Grace Jones, Judas Priest, Shocking Blue and plenty more. Check out this great quality clip of British beat group the Troggs performing their 1966 hit “With A Girl Like You”. Its worth it just for singer Reg Presley’s cool stance alone! The band are looking great too, decked out in matching suits with bassist Pete Staples’ guitar slung over his right shoulder in the style of blues

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Black 2 Comm 15th June 2014 featured Neil Young, Slayer, Yellow Magic Orchestra and plenty more. Check out this clip of the U.K. Subs performing their debut single C.I.D. to a packed crowd in 1979. The group were initially based around singer Charlie Harper’s hairdressing salon in Tooting Broadway which can be seen at the beginning of the clip. The footage comes from Julien Temple’s wartime documentary spoof

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Black 2 Comm 1st June 2014 featured Leonard Cohen, Aphex Twin, Chuck Berry and lots lots more. Check out this promo for The Fall’s 1983 Rough Trade single Kicker Conspiracy. The low budget video was filmed at Burnley football club and features the sports writer Martin Samuel phoning in his copy from the press box. Mark E. Smith’s new girlfriend and future wife Brix can also be seen in the clip even though she didn’t

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Black 2 Comm 25th May 2014 featured David Bowie, Alien Sex Fiend, Pink Floyd and plenty more. Check out this video for Erik B. & Rakim’s “I Ain’t No Joke” directed by British music journalist Vivien Goldman in 1987. The footage was filmed in the crew’s local playground and outside an electronics store up on 125th street in Harlem. The boys are looking super fly, chillin’ with their homies in their tracksuits and fat gold rope

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Black 2 Comm 18th May 2014 featured Sly & The Family Stone, The Uniques, The Move and many others. Check out this footage of Negative Approach performing on the public access television show “Why Be Something You’re Not” in 1982. The video starts with an awkward interview in which vocalist John Brannon explains that his lyrics are about people and things that he hates. Once that’s over the band take the

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Black 2 Comm 11th May 2014 featured The Byrds, Jimmie Rodgers, The Birthday Party and much, much more. Check out this vintage footage of Jerry Lee Lewis whipping a crowd of British teenagers up into a frenzy on his 29th birthday in September 1964. The performance was part of a UK television program called Don’t Knock The Rock which also featured The Animals and Gene Vincent. Things go up a

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