Video premiere: Ex-Magicians “We Talk Jazz,” starring Paul Westerberg (the cat)


We don’t talk jazz, but we definitely talk cat. So when it came time to premiere the brand-spanking-new music video from Boston guitar-pop quartet Ex-Magicians, all we had to do is look to the Replacements.

“We Talk Jazz,” the first cut off Ex-Magi’s new EP Elegant Bastards, shows the band chilling in a library, reading books and doing funny dances, but also stars bassist Jon Meyer’s cat named Paul Westerberg. Now that’s a pretty great name for a cat, and a perfect video mascot for a band that feeds on ’90s pop-rock and ’70s classics. The clip was co-directed by Eric Campana and Pat Breen, who has also been at the music video helm for Young Adults’ “Let Us Out” and “Taxi Driver” by Colleen Green.

Elegant Bastards, out this Saturday at Great Scott on a double-release bill with Sinnet (whose own Year of the Whale 7-inch also washes ashore) and the Luxury, is Ex-Magicians’ third release and first with new drummer and Man About Town Mikey Holland of Mean Creek and Trabants.


The EP was recorded by Marc Valois at Starlab and mastered at New Alliance East, and if “We Talk Jazz” is any indication, it’s another high-powered twin-guitar batch of joyride music. The band first revved our engines with January’s single “Adirondack Bound,” a favorite of the old Boston Accents radio show on WFNX.

Check out the Vanyaland premiere of the “We Talk Jazz” video up top, scope the Bandcamp clip below, and check out the rad flyer serving as the foundation for this entire post.

EX-MAGICIANS + SINNET + THE LUXURY | Saturday, August 17 @ Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston | 9pm, 21-plus, $8 | 617.566.9014 | facebook event page


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