Welcome back to Pioneering, our new video (and event) series. We’re happy that some of you made it out to the first series of shoots, and here we present the next fruits of our labor: Protomartyr paying tribute to The Stooges. Above you’ll find two videos—the first a sort of documentary-style discussion about the band, their influence, and the particular song that Protomartyr chose to cover, “Down On The Street.” The second video is the band’s full performance of the song, recorded live at Michigan Union Ballroom in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This week’s song has a strong tie to last week’s: The Ramones song that The Mountain Goats covered, “Danny Says,” is about Elektra Records talent scout Danny Fields—who also signed The Stooges after seeing an early show at… Michigan Union Ballroom. And throughout you’ll find our host, Eef Barzelay, asking questions and hanging out with A.V. Clubbers. This is the second of eight episodes, to air every Monday until we’re done. Thanks for watching, and please check out the Pioneering social hub for bonus footage and other extras.
Here’s a video re-cap of our final Pioneering event
Pioneering Seattle: La Dispute covers Nirvana's "Polly"
Pioneering Seattle: La Dispute pays tribute to Nirvana
White Fence covers Gram Parsons's "Lazy Days"
Pioneering Los Angeles: White Fence pays homage to Gram Parsons
Shakey Graves and Eef Barzelay cover Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To Love"
Pioneering San Francisco: Shakey Graves pays homage to Jefferson Airplane
Pioneering New Jersey: Sharon Van Etten covers "Drive All Night" by Bruce Springsteen
Pioneering New Jersey: Sharon Van Etten pays homage to Bruce Springsteen
Pioneering Nashville: Those Darlins Cover Dolly Parton's "Jolene"
Pioneering Nashville: Those Darlins pay homage to Dolly Parton
Pioneering Ann Arbor: Protomartyr cover The Stooges' "Down On The Street"