June 11th, 2014 | Staff Blog

A lot of people recently on Facebook have been calling jean jackets the “Canadian tuxedo.” Is that a thing? I dunno… but there can be no doubt that down here in real America, the T-shirt with a clever graphic on it has firmly established itself as the basic warm-weather outerwear of our masses.

Singer-songwriter Alicia Murphy may not be as folky on her newer songs, what with the electrical beats interlocking with what might otherwise be purely acoustic chords. But her new video for this one, directed and edited by Gabriel “Gabotron” Gaete and L.A. RECORD’s own Sé Reed, points her words straight at the thin veneer us common folk use to cover our hearts! And she doesn’t just use words. In fact, she even chides us to “just ignore the wind, the roar, the thunderstorm inside my mouth… smart remarks don’t get you far!”

Nay, not conversation, but cotton is king here! As the video for “Be a Doctor” unspools, Murphy keeps a straight face even while clearly having a blast with the wardrobe department, putting on every t-shirt in her collection, one by one, dozens upon dozens, including a rare L.A. RECORD Christmas shirt that I don’t think I even have anymore.

As she cycles through all the tees (imagine how much cotton that must be!), look closely at her noggin. I think she’s got a headphone endorsement of some kind, and if she used those same headphones to record this ditty, they must sound pretty grand! But it’s not the headphones or how she wears T-shirts–it’s the lyrics, the simple, story-telling lyrics, that politely convey a confusion and forgiveness and frustration as old as time, one that can make you disarmingly SAD if you let it hit you from the wrong angle. And cotton will not cushion you.

(Well, maybe just a little bit.)

Well played, Alicia. If our website was a T-shirt, it would be a graphic tee. And that graphic on the T-shirt would be of a brain. And that brain would have a little word bubble coming out of it. And in that bubble, the brain would be saying “I LOBE you.”

-D. M. Collins