Johnny soul

If you’ve ever wondered what a day in the life of a whiskey bottle might look like (and if you have, you probably have way too much free time on your hands) look no further. Oakland-based Johnny Soultrain has released a music video depicting just that, a Bukowski-esque, darkly comic, sordid tale full of dysfunctional families, bums and a drowning clown. Yup, you read that right. A drowning clown.

The music fits perfectly, sounding like a sonic hangover with its raspy vocals, a horn arrangement that recalls The Band, a scorching guitar solo, and lyrics ripped from the Hank Williams songbook. No, this one’s not a party song. It’s an antidote for the day after when your head is burning and your heart is full of self-loathing. When the only thing that can save you is the blues. Cheers.