December 31, 2008
The band still has legendary status in the Baltimore area so needless to say the show at Ram's Head was well attended by screaming fans who knew all the words to every song (my friend included). I will be the first to admit that glam metal doesn't butter my biscuit but the crowd loved them. Where I winced in embarrassment for the band as they actually use props for certain songs (the same ones they have been using for a decade+) and changed outfits a little here and there (velvet hat and red round John Lennon glasses for one of the ballads), once again their fans loved every minute of it. One woman's trash was clearly a nearly sold out venue's treasure.
What I really want to know is how those band members stay so friggin skinny. They were nearly all as thin as pre-pubescent teen girls. I also have to applaud these men for single handedly keeping the vest look alive. Vest with long sleeves, vests with a short sleeve half shirt, vest with no shirt...viva the vest.
More importantly I heard just about the best statement ever from a woman standing next to me whose husband was trying desperately to drag her closer to the stage. She dug her heels into the ground like a stubborn mule and screamed at him "I don't fuckin' need to be up front for this, it isn't like this is a Kid Rock show!!!"
December 26, 2008
December 23, 2008
December 22, 2008
December 19, 2008
For instance the Austrian band who belongs to the logo this week has this to say about themselves.
"______ stands for death, madness and everything dark and evil that exists on this planet."
Can you imagine introducing yourself at a bar with a line like that. And who wouldn't crack a smile when you said it?
I heart metal. I really do.
December 17, 2008
It's almost absurd how excited I am for you to hear this band. Enjoy!
December 16, 2008
"GREYMACHINE: another project long in the works is the debut album from greymachine (justin broadrick, dave cochrane, diarmuid dalton, and myself), which is finally in the finishing stages. titled "disconnected", the album will be out on hydra head sometime in the first portion of 2009. in the meantime you can hear a track from the album here . there has been loose talk of live shows at some point in the future, but the only concrete plan at the moment is to get the album out, an event all the participants have been greatly anticipating to despite our inability to get it done in a timely fashion."
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And in other news check out this cool podcast of shoegaze gems.
Title: Terrific Seasons
Street Date: Out Now
RIYL: Sonic Youth having left a phone off the hook, The Liars (ex-Liars bass player Pat), Deathrock / No-Wave
The band may have given their genre of music a pet name of "ghost punk" but the only thing haunting this record is the spirit of very early Sonic Youth and the Birthday Party.
These Are Powers pay a decent tribute to decadent noise led by primitive beats but I imagine anyone who calls themselves a serious Nick Cave / SY / the more avante less melodic side of the Liars would rather revisit those records in their record collection than consider giving this band a place on the shelf next to them.
December 15, 2008
December 13, 2008
December 12, 2008
"We were so very much in love. Then one day he went away and I thought I'd die, but I didn't, and when I didn't I said to myself, "is that all there is to love?""
Yup. Life goes on and here I still am. Love or no love.
I am still DJing next week and I should remind you good people of this. It is next Thursday at Cous Cous (in RVA), Dec. 18th., from 10pm to 2am. It is FREE and I could use some love right now. Come visit me and lucky for you I will be playing some really fantastic records to make it extra worth your while.
December 8, 2008
December 4, 2008
The Mutators sound like a band that would be in the opening slot of a Sonic Youth / Bikini Kill tour in the early 90s. In fact I am pretty sure that Thurston Moore wishes he put out this record. Secret Life is P. U. N. K. A. S. F. U. C. K. with a female vocalist who is a master of the perfect and ongoing scream.
December 3, 2008
The Loft was one of the early bands on Alan McGee's Creation label. The band started out as the Living Room in 1980, with singer/guitarist Peter Astor, drummer Dave Morgan, bassist Bill Prince, and lead guitarist Andy Strickland as members. Upon realizing that they shared their name with a venue run by McGee, the Television-inspired band changed their name to the Loft. After meeting up with the club owner, they began playing there regularly and wound up on his label. The single "Up the Hill and Down the Slope" won the group and the then-fledgling label a good amount of attention, winning the group a spot on The Oxford Road Show, a television program on BBC2; along with the Jesus & Mary Chain's debut single, it also upped Creation's profile during their early lean period.
While on a tour opening for the Colour Field, a major rift between the group grew extremely deep; there was the Morgan/Astor half and the Prince/Strickland half. Perhaps, not surprisingly, the former half was the second half to join upon the band's inception. Prior to a major show opening for the Colour Field at the Hammersmith Palais, Astor informed Prince over the phone of his wish to sack him and Strickland and continue with Morgan under the same name. After Prince told Strickland of the call, Strickland demanded that Astor be present for the gig. Astor showed; prior to the final song of the band's set, Strickland foiled the singer and told the packed crowd that the Loft would be no more after that show.
Almost immediately after the dramatic public split, Astor formed the Weather Prophets with Morgan (he also released solo records and formed the Wisdom of Harry later on). Strickland and Prince went on to play in a couple of minor bands and also continued working sporadically as music journalists; Strickland also ended up managing the Dotmusic website. Once Around the Fair, a compilation of the Loft's material, was issued posthumously by Creation
Discography is here and I personally heart the LP Once Around the Fair.
More rainy day Brit Pop, The Weather Prophets - "Almost Prayed". Note the awesome hair of the singer. Actually if I am going to be honest here, the lad is pretty easy on the eyes in general.
December 2, 2008
Ra Ra Riot's The Rhumba Line kicks off with a stolen, okay maybe I should say borrowed riff from The Smiths song "Girlfriend in a Coma", by the second track they were copping a melody from The Clash's "Lost in the Supermarket" and it was right about there I stopped paying attention. I don't have any interest in a band who can't seem to right a riff of their own.
I made it through even less of Japanese Motors self titled release on Vice. The Heartbreakers, The Walkmen, Jonathan Richmond...again...nothing I haven't heard before and nothing I really LOVED in the first place.
Bahhh humbug. In fact I was apparently so disinterested I forgot to post this months ago.
This Black Tambourine video for Throw Aggie Off the Bridge will cheer me up.
November 30, 2008
November 27, 2008
November 26, 2008
Magnetic Morning is Adam from Swervedriver with Sam from Interpol who have added Jimmy from Album Leaf. They sound exactly like you think they would.
Touring to a city near you.
Oct 15 2008
Oct 16 2008
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Oct 17 2008
Rock And Roll Hotel
Washington, Washington DC
Oct 18 2008
Oct 20 2008
Oct 21 2008
Brooklyn, New York
Oct 23 2008
Oct 24 2008
The Grog Shop
Oct 25 2008
The Catus Club
Oct 26 2008
The Empty Bottle
Oct 27 2008
7th Street Entry
Oct 30 2008
Oct 31 2008
Doug Fir Lounge
Nov 2 2008
San Fran., California
Nov 3 2008
Nov 4 2008
San Diego, California
Nov 7 2008
House Of Blues
Nov 8 2008
Nov 10 2008
November 24, 2008
This is almost as good as any picture I could hope to paint plus any video that has a cameo of Bill Ryan - part owner of Pier Platters- is golden in my book. (door guy)
And to you Carl....I know you were more of a jazz guy...but you like the funny so maybe you would approve of this video in the spirit of the silly world of music you have left us behind in. Thanks for making me laugh and often.
November 23, 2008
My last memory of Nathan is talking together after one of his live performances. It was the first and only time I saw him play and I couldn't wait to tell him how much I liked his songs and how much they reminded me of Smog. He seemed to light up like a house with all its lights on when I told this.
Now Smog and Nathan share a spot on the same shelf inside my heead. I think he would have really liked that.
November 21, 2008
The McCain at EMI Music... Yes, There's a Relation
Politics are notoriously thick in the music industry, even in deeply disruptive times. But recently-promoted EMI Music executive Sidney McCain carries more connections than most. McCain is a common last name, though Sid is actually the eldest daughter of the recently-defeated presidential contender. "If I ever have to have Secret Service... they'd better be ready for a lot of late nights," Sid told the New Yorker in December of 1999.
The Secret Service issue is now off the table, though the close relationship to John McCain could spell baggage among certain artists. Musicians mostly rallied behind Obama, and many - including will.i.am, Common, and Nas - recorded songs to celebrate the Senator-turned-President-Elect. Others will undoubtedly react differently, especially given the extreme military sacrifices and public service record of McCain. Either way, Sid McCain now faces serious challenges of her own, particularly given the distressed position of EMI. On Wednesday, EMI named McCain to the post of Vice President of Label Services for North America.
November 20, 2008
November 19, 2008
November 18, 2008
November 14, 2008
Their name and the link to the MySpace page is in the comments section.
November 13, 2008
Liquorice Flavour is The Creepers' final record (1987) and is arguably their best. While the instrumentation is absolutely more melodic and straight rock rock than his previous band, The Creepers vocals see saw between spoken word through what sounds like a telephone and flattened half melodies. There are Fall-esque moments to be found on this record but I can't help but be reminded of Sonic Youth minus the chaotic guitar acrobatics (add sax and accordion).
Last but not least there is a stellar Pretty Things cover of "Rosalyn" which is worth the price of admission alone. The Creepers are a weird combination of commercial and cool - Hoodoo Gurus meets the Television Personalities on steroids and there you have it, The Creepers and a great record from front to back.
The Creepers do Eno:
November 11, 2008
November 10, 2008
Flipside Records is a legendary New Jersey record store that has a bounty of used records - the kind of records you just don't find anywhere else no less at a decent price. As you can see, it is sort of a free for all so it takes a little digging but it is always worth the trouble. There is always something ridiculously weird or cool to discover there although it may be hidden under scattered beer bottles or next to a zucchini in a birdcage.
WILD COMBINATION is director Matt Wolf’s visually absorbing portrait of the seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, and disco producer Arthur Russell. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Arthur prolifically created music that spanned both pop and the transcendent possibilities of abstract art. Now, over fifteen years since his passing, Arthur's work is finally finding its audience. Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur's family, friends, and closest collaborators—including Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg—to tell this poignant and important story.
Jens Lekman cover's A. R.'s A Little Lost
November 6, 2008
Ooops. I gave away the band's name. Oh well.
They are called Satan and I am pretty stoked that their simple band name has a complex logo.
These dudes are from Mexico and are face painting black metalers. My favorite part of their MySpace page is the super cute adopt a pet cartoon ad on the left side. Maybe this is why I am drawn to the band. They appeal to both my love of corpse paint and Hello Kitty.
When the weather gets cooler I tend crave hearing her songs so here is a clip from The First Unitarian Church Sanctuary - Philadelphia, PA, November 16th, 2006
November 5, 2008
The DC party in the streets.
November 3, 2008
"Director Michael Tully’s documentary, Silver Jew, chronicles the three-day life-changing visit to Israel in the summer of 2006 of “born-again” Jew David Berman, front man for the band The Silver Jews.
Although the band had been together since 1992 and had recorded many albums in that period, it had never toured. But that changed with a European tour that Berman made sure included Israel where he discovered that he had many many fans he never knew about.
Silver Jew includes scenes from concerts in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in which the lyrics are often hard to understand in the din of nightclub noise. Intercut with these concerts are visits to Christian and Jewish holy places, as well as shots of everyday street scenes in those cities, giving a feel for ordinary life there. There also are scenes in which Berman rambles on and on philosophically about his feelings toward Judaism. This, for him, is a sort of rock tour pilgrimage in which he gets to connect to his roots. The emotional high point of Silver Jew comes when he recites a prayer handed to him on a flyer at the Wailing Wall and breaks down in tears."
I can only hope the movie is better than this preview.
For those of you who are reading her name and thinking you don't know her, watch the video which has many of her record covers pictured. Surely you have seen her records in used bins...10"ers and 12 inches alike.
And I know, don't call you Surely.
October 30, 2008
October 29, 2008
"They don’t get much stranger than this one. Canadian animation studio Nelvana and director Clive Smith began this 1983 project as a humorous family film called “Drats!,” but it somehow evolved into a post-apocalyptic tale of satanic magic and the rock and roll lifestyle among mutated, extremely anthropomorphic, cats, dogs, and rats -- with music by Cheap Trick, Lou Reed, Deborah Harry, Iggy Pop, Earth, Wind & Fire and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (okay, we made the last one up). The film was plagued with endless problems, including (what even the film’s biggest fans admit is) a less than logical storyline, a lawsuit brought by Mick Jagger (the villain’s name: “Mok Swagger”) and the ongoing financial troubles of MGM, its disastrous first release was followed by a drastically recut, retitled version which, naturally, didn’t do any better. Just to add spice to the whole mess, the original negative was supposedly lost in a fire and the film appeared to be heading toward oblivion. Still, as is sometimes the way in the world of geek cinema, because of its animation (pretty terrific by the standards of the time) and the involvement of some of the most important figures in pop music history, the film has found a small cult following. “Rock & Rule” fans were rewarded for their patience in 2005 with a fully restored deluxe two-DVD boxed set with tons of extras. See, some post-apocalyptic tales of mutated, rock ‘n’ roll-playing cats and dogs do have happy endings. "
More info on WIKI
Terrin was a ridiculously nice guy, I loved his music and well as his whole band. Many a Dahlia Seed tour was spent listening to their records in our van and I have both wonderful as well as comical memories of playing house shows with them.
My love goes out to Terrin's friends and family.
October 28, 2008
By Kamau High, N.Y.
Starting in November consumer electronics brand Memorex is going to be outfitting cabs in San Francisco and Chicago with karaoke systems and encouraging people who get into the cabs to sing in exchange for a free ride, Billboard has learned.It's part of an advertising campaign by Colorado based ad agency TDA Advertising & Design to promote Memorex's SingStand, a full sized microphone, stand and speakers that allows users to sing along with music. There will be six cabs in high foot traffic areas of the cities, each of them wrapped in an ad for SingStand.People who agree to sing for their spin will be filmed and clips of the footage will be uploaded to Mykarokecab.com, a site that will not be live until next week. Memorex, which is owned by Imation, is not the first company to encourage off-key singing in a moving vehicle. Kansas City, Kan., has cabaraoke.com, while Dallas has a Karaoke Yellow Cab.In December the campaign will come to New York. While the song list is still being finalized it will include holiday perennials such as "White Christmas," said Deborah Hernandez, marking communications manager, Memorex.
October 27, 2008
This past weekend Coheed And Cambria finished the first part of an epic undertaking. For those unfamiliar with the bands history, there is a storyline running through all four of their albums. Singer/guitarist Claudio Sanchez is the author of a series of Sci-Fi themed graphic novels, and Coheed and Cambria's albums follow the same storyline as the books. Their latest release, No World For Tomorrow, is the final chapter in the saga. With the storyline being complete the band decided that it would serve the loyal fans well to be able to see the entire catalog preformed live. Yes, every song, from every album, in order!! Recently many bands have been preforming entire albums on tour but I have yet to hear of anyone else doing four complete records. This was obviously a massive undertaking. When it was all put together it turned out to be FIFTY songs, played over four nights, for a total of six hours. This is a feat that demands respect. All four shows sold out NYC's Terminal 5 very quickly and die hard fans were able to get four day passes before the other tickets went on sale. The band is now doing what has become known as 'The Neverender' in Chicago, then they are off to repeat the performances in Los Angles and London. The amount of rehearsal, and the level of dedication required for this undertaking is remarkable and their fans honor and respect the effort.
On night four in NYC the band was joined onstage for their encore by guitar legend Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band/Government Mule. They played the Bob Dylan classic 'I shall be released', followed by Warren joining the band on one of their better known songs 'Welcome Home'. Here is a video of the blazing guitar solos from that song:
And yes, I am laying claim to the new terminology for music with a running storyline:
October 24, 2008
This band is a Bergen, Norway "supergroup" featuring members of Immortal, Gorgoroth, Sahg, and Enslaved but to my ears are not nearly as good as any of those other bands. I feel like these kinds of bands are never as good at the bands thee members come from. Can someone name a supergroup that is actually as good or better than the bands they stem from?
I also can't wait for you to check out these band's MySpace page. They must be sponsored by a leather company.
(The name of the band is in the comments section)
October 23, 2008
Hooray! I not only have a brand new DJ night called "Le Garage"at a new location but I am also fortunate enough to have a DJ partner in crime this time around so no more 4 hours straight for this little lady.
And hi-five to my friend Daniel for working some major flyer magic in a matter of 24 hours.
This is happening next Thursday so I will re-post this again as a reminder mid next week.
October 22, 2008
Here are three of the four sections (the 4th one has been pulled from YouTube)
Consider yourself warned - this is the exact opposite of a pick me up.
Title - Star
Hometown - UK
Label - Artpop! / Cherry Red
Street Date- Out Now
RIYL : What is an artist still riding the MBV wave. Ca-ching!
The Hits - Inner Space, A Dream with a Dream, Love is Blue
Richter Magnitude Rating Scale - Moderate
I can't wait until My Bloody Valentine puts out the new record shoegaze fans have been waiting for since the early 90s so the press and everyone else can go on with their lives. Thanks to this never ending renewed interest in shoegaze and now shitgaze I really can't take any more MBV talk or reissues of bands using quotes from MBV members to hype the "relevance" of their release.
Wanna be hipsters might try and tell you this reissue of the 1992 'Lift Off Mit Der Teenage Filmstars' is better than anything by MBV but this is just their elitist cranky way of trying to make you feel like you should know this group when in all honesty, Teenage Filmstars should be more like a footnote to the pysch-drone with buried vocals movement.
Don't believe the hype.
On Star you will find looped layered fuzzy songs that are frustratingly repetitive and drag on for too long. Every song is a little too busy for my taste - as if Teenage Fanclub is wailing out guitar solos over Loveless as performed by T Rex. Most every song is over stuffed, beaten to death and drowned in reverb. Rather than layer after layer working together to form a gorgeous heavy blanket of noise they compete and fight scream like cats in heat.
If you really want to pull some old band out of the hat that deserves more attention I will forever sing the praises of The Swirlies. And no I don't like them because not as many people seem to know about them, I loved them more than any other shoegaze band back then and still do now.
The most exciting thing about TF for me is that main member of the group Edward Ball was not only an executive at Creation Records but was also a founding member of the Television Personalities who played on the first three classic TP records.
And Don't the Kids Just Love It (1981, Rough Trade)
Mummy Your Not Watching Me (1982, Whaam!)
They Could Have Been Bigger Than the Beatles (1982, Whaam!)
There is also a brand new reissue of Ed's other band The Times which you can read about here. This band was Ed's post TP project and as you might expect, there are hints of TP minus the crazy.
Ed recently revived his old label Artpop! (which is quite a nice name for the genre he romps around in) and it is Cherry Red who has taken it under their wing and given it proper distribution world wide.
This is the video for "Kiss Me" by Teenage Filmstars.
And here is a video for The Swirlies' "Bell" :
October 20, 2008
Title - The In Hour
Label - Woodsist
Street Date - Out Now
RIYL - Danielson Family, Sebadoh, Pavement, GBV, Awesomeness
The Hits - Everything but "Oakland, NJ" which makes me sad since I am a Jersey girl and all
Richter Magnitude Rating Scale - Strong
I am crazy about this record in a mid 90's classic indie rock sort of way. Listen to these songs and tell me the don't rule.
For those of you from Richmond was it was a hometown surprise to park a block away from the club and realize you are in front of the new Sticky Rice location. So that's where it is!
I unfortunately missed most of Cloak Dagger so it wouldn't be fair to review their portion of the show.
While I like the Vivian Girls on record, live I continue to be left not unimpressed but not exactly wowed either. The songs are great but their stage presence is a flat line experience.
"So we played on the radio today"
Other band member: "What?"
Repeated: "We played on the radio today"
Other band member: Oh yeah, we played on the radio today."
At another point people in the crowd were noisy between songs and one of the VGs overheard a girl call a friend next to her a dickhead which she then seemed stoked on - enough to comment on from stage. So yeah, even the band themselves seemed to notice the audience was giving a more captivating show than they were. Anyhow, a new song was played which sounded darn good (more Sonic Youth than Shangri-las) and my favorite of the night was their Beach Boys cover of "Girl Don't Tell Me".
Fucked Up played mostly material from the new record on Matador and while I like the new record for the craziest mix of Poison Idea vocals meets the most epic massive non sounding hardcore music ever, I wasn't really feeling their live show. It isn't to say they weren't good but after a really long week for me (and the band....see below) it seemed like we all weren't at our best. I know I felt tired but wanted to make the effort to be at the show - it seemed like the band was on the same page.
Here are some links to their 12 hour show in NYC on 10/14. Guest appearances all day included Moby doing all Ramones songs with the band, Jon from the Cro-Mags, J Mascis, singer guy from Vampire Weekend, Tim from Les Savy Fav, Matt Sweeney...the list goes on.
October 16, 2008
The Burger Menu:
PANTERA BURGER 10oz. burger served with Roasted Pablano Pepper, Bacon, Cheddar Cheese and Monetary Jack Cheese Ranchero Sauce and Tortilla Strips
FUMANCHU BURGER 10oz. burger served with Grilled Japanese Eggplant, Teriyaki sauce, Wasabi Mayo, Frizzled Daikon Radish
“OUR FAMOUS KUMA BURGER” Bacon, Cheddar, Fried Egg
KAIJO Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Frizzled Onions
BLACK SABBATH Blackening Spice, Chili, Pepper Jack, Red Onion
YOB Smoked Gouda, Bacon, Roasted Red Peppers, Roasted Garlic Mayo
IRON MAIDEN Avocado, Cherry Peppers, Pepper Jack, Chipotle Mayo
SLAYER Pile of fries topped with a ½ lb. Burger, Chili, Cherry Peppers, Andouille, Onions, Jack Cheese, and Anger
NEUROSIS Cheddar, Swiss, Sautéed Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Horseradish Mayo
METALLICA Buffalo Sauce, Bacon, Bleu Cheese Dressing
MELVINS Fresh Basil, Prosciutto, Mozzarella, Tomato, Onion
CLUTCH Cheddar, Swiss, Jack, Smoked Gouda
MASTODON BBQ Sauce, Cheddar, Bacon, Frizzled Onions
LED ZEPPELIN Pulled Pork, Bacon, Cheddar, Pickles
JUDAS PRIEST Bacon, Bleu Cheese Dressing with Apples, Walnuts, and dried cranberries
MOTORHEAD Goat Cheese, Kalamata Olives, Oregano, Tzatziki, Onion, Tomato
MAYHEM Sliced Jalapenos, Pancetta, Pepper Jack, Gardinera Mayo
DARK THRONE Chipotle Peppers, Goat Cheese, Fresh Pico de Gallo
GOBLIN COCK Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, ¼lb. Vienna Hot Dog, Tomatoes, Onion, Neon Green Relish, Sport Peppers, Pickles, Celery Salt Mustard
MINSK Pastrami, Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut, Brown Mustard
FU MANCHU Grilled Japanese Eggplant, Teriyaki sauce, Wasabi Mayo, Frizzled Daikon Radish
PLAGUE BRINGER Roasted Garlic Mayo, Tortilla Strips, Chicago CO-OP hot sauce, Fresh Garlic, Pepper Jack, Sliced Jalapenos
HIGH ON FIRE Siracha Hot Chili Sauce, Prosciutto, Roasted Red Pepper, Grilled Pineapple, Sweet Chili Paste
LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR Caramelized Onions, Pancetta, Brie, Bourbon Soaked Pears 12
October 15, 2008
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