March 31, 2008
Dr. Pepper is no doubt one of the greatest soft drinks of all time (Mr. Pibb is hard to find in NY/NJ). The sweet beverage has now announced one of the greatest promotions of all time. Dr. Pepper has challenged Guns And Roses front man Axl Rose to release his decade long delayed album 'Chinese Democracy' during the 2008 calender year. If the follicle challenged singer can step up to the task, Dr. Pepper will give a FREE can of soda to EVERYONE in America. Knowing Axl's history of canceling concerts, firing band members and general anti-social behavior, I'd say that pleasing the taste buds of the population at large is not one of his top priorities. Don't hold your breath, and don't get dehydrated banking on Axl 'Being A Pepper'.
CLICK HERE for the details straight from REUTERS.
Many people have tried to get this project in gear before, and all have failed miserably. An article from the New York Times states - "In 1997 Todd Sullivan, who was then a talent executive for the company, sent Mr. Rose a sampling of CD's produced by different people, and encouraged him to choose one to work on "Chinese Democracy." Mr. Sullivan says he received a call informing him that Mr. Rose had run over the albums with a car."
A true patriot.
In related news:
A similar offer may be needed from Schlitz beer before MURDERBELLY
releases any songs from his work in progress 'Siamese Theocracy'.
By now, every blogger and their mother has written about/linked to MUXTAPE, the user-generated mixtape site which offers streaming audio from your MP3 collection. In case you missed it, it's a pretty simple site to use, but you're limited to a dozen songs less than 10MB in size (so no "Stairway to Heaven," unless you get it down to a really low bitrate). There's also no volume control, comments, custom artwork, or search function (yet). But besides that, it's a nifty way to share some favorites with your friends. The site was having some server issues last week upon its launch, but I think they've gotten those worked out now.
My muxtape is at baconfat.muxtape.com. Feel free to share your muxtapes in the comments.
March 27, 2008
March 26, 2008
Title - The Rule of Thirds
Label - NER
Street Date - Out now
Hometown - UK / Australia
RIYL - Neofolk, post-industrial, masks, Smog, miltary symbols, Boyd Rice, dark wave, German fetishists, Wicker Man, MAZZY STAR
This brand new release snuck out there on March 3 and if my husband wasn't a closet goth doing his homework, this record would have slipped right by me.
In case you didn't notice, I added Mazzy Star to the RIYL list. I think one of the reasons why I love this band so much is because of the moody Mazzy Star like songs! Seriously if you like Mazzy Star you would probably like this band, especially this record.
Ok so this release is more like But What Ends When The Symbols Shatter/Rose Clouds of Holocaust: lush acoustic songs with brilliant hooks. Maybe I'm the only person who likes Death in June for their "brilliant hooks" but still.... This record sounds more happy than anything I've heard by them; less minor chords, more major chords, and butt loads of 7th chords. It still is gloomy and depressing but if you listen to it you will hear what I mean.Stand out tracks: Forever Loves Decay, The Rule of Thirds, My Rhine Atrocity, Their Deception
As always you can expect awesome and limited packaging from the queens... I mean guys from DIJ. 1500 2 x 10" pressed on black vinyl and 500 2 x 10" picture disc. You can also buy it on CD too. The cover art of this record is awesome!
For samples go to emusic.com (if you are a subscriber)
You can buy it at:
http://www.soleilmoon.com/ (they have an mp3 sample of one of the better songs on this record)
Here is a video of one of my favorite Death in June songs from NYC in 2002.
From the band's mailing list email:
"Archive has re-issued Nadja's long (well, a year) out of print album "Thaumogenesis" along with a companion live disc, "Thaumoradiance," from our performance at the Music Gallery in Toronto last October.
More info and orderable here:
I found this awesome picture of the band here.
March 25, 2008
Johnny Adams - Hell Yes I Cheated
O.B. McClinton - If Loving You Is Wrong
Eric Mercury - A Gift For You
Lou Johnson - She Thinks I Still Care
Margie Joseph - Touch Your Woman
O.B. McClinton - Talk To My Childrens Mama
Joe Tex - Trying To Win Your Love
Arthur Alexander - Everyday I Have To Cry
Vicki Vann - You Must Think My Heart Has Swinging Doors
Ike & Tina Turner - Don't Believe Nothing
Clarence Frogman Henry - I Told My Pillow
Joe Tex - King Of The Road
Sammy Davis Jr. - Smoke Smoke Smoke
Stoney Edwards - Honky Tonk Heaven
Clyde Mcphatter - I'm Movin On
Ruth Brown - Tennessee Waltz
Solomon Burke - He'll Have To Go
Bobby Womack - Point Of No Return
O.C. Smith - The Son Of Hickory Holler Tramp
James Brown - Three Hearts In A Tangle
Junior Parker - Walking The Floor
Joe Simon - Someone To Give My Love To
Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Amos Moses
The Morning Benders have also landed in the opening slot for The Kooks tour in May and June so there is no doubt in my mind that by late Spring we could have one of them there buzz bands on our hands.
Hometown - Paisley, Scotland (1986-1989)
Label- Fire Records (primary label)
RIYL - C86 , The Smiths, jangle-pop, The Field Mice, early R.E.M.
Discography thanks to Wikipedia:
"Going To Heaven To See If It Rains" (1986, Fire) (#9)
"Never Seen Before" (1987, Fire) (#11)
"Let's Make Some Plans" (1987, Fire) (#17)
"What Is There To Smile About?" (1988, Fire) (#17)
Evening Show Sessions (1988, Night Tracks)
"Nature Thing" (1989, Fire)
"Just Too Bloody Stupid" (1989, Caff) CLASSIC TUNE
Foxheads Stalk This Land (1987, Fire) (#12) THIS IS THE RECORD TO OWN
Headache Rhetoric (1989, Fire) (#7)
The Close Lobsters have been a household favorite for about a year or so now. My memory is crap so I can't be certain how this band made it into my collection but I suspect it had a little something to do with the C86 comp I have somewhere in my CD collection. It's no secret, I am an Anglophile of sorts and the late 80's twee guitar pop is a genre I can't seem to get enough of. This whole style of music is the exact opposite of tough guy and is the perfect ying to all my black metal records yang.
And I know it is a terrible name for a group, you can move past it, I know you can. They couldn't decide between naming themselves with The Close or The Lobsters so the combined the two and well the rest is history. Bad band name history.
March 24, 2008
My Japanese copy of Peter Beste's very limited "True Norwegian Black Metal" book of photographs arrived in the mail today and this is a post to say it was worth the nearly 3 year wait! A friend had shown me his first pressing of the book a few years back but by the time I tried to order it, it was already out of print.
March 23, 2008
Thanks to Kendra and the whole Ipanema crew for hosting the night and for offering me a chance to share my records with a roomful of people. Being an obsessive record collector is finally paying off - YAY!
I had a blast and since everything went so well it looks like Yeah Yeah Girl will be a reoccurring event every other month.
Artist - Portishead
Title - Third
Hometown - Bristol, England
Street Date - April 29th, 2008
Label - Mercury/Island
After an 11 year break, Portishead are back with their 3rd studio album simply titled 'Third'. With such a long gap between releases, a shift in musical style and direction is to be expected. This album shows that shift. While Portishead's previous records were dark, melancholy and eerie, 'Third' leans more twords the sinister. As the record devolps there are some more aggressive tones than we are used to hearing from the group. There is a move away from the shadowy, late night vibe and a more devious approach arises. It seems more outwardly malicious. I was reminded at moments of Dead Can Dance, Swans (Jarboe of course), 4AD label acts and even Killing Joke (maybe it's just me?). However, 'Third' is not a huge departure from Portishead's well known trip-hop sound. This is still a Portishead record , but there are hints of those other things showing. It is a must for any fan, but I don't think this will see as much play as the classics did a decade ago.
There is only one song on their myspace page right now, 'Machine Gun', but it does show the industrial lean of the newer tracks. It sounds to me like a Trent Reznor version of Bjork's 'Earth Intruders' (whatever that means).
For truly hardcore fans, there is a box-set available with double vinyl , and a 'P' shaped USB memory stick containing the album and 5 'films' (videos?).
March 22, 2008
When I did my Sound post a few weeks back Tracy commented that she would like to see a Crispy Ambulance post in the future. Well, I had fully intended on granting her wish, and may still do so in the future,however, I have decided to drop this single by a much lesser known early 80's moody/dark wave bunch of bastards...SAD LOVERS & GIANTS , who existing from 1981 - 1984. Between these dates they released four singles and two LPs and recorded a John Peel session. The single I am presenting here is their 2nd single that was released in 1981. I hope you enjoy, and I hope this post does not disappoint Tracy. S L&G are no Crispy Ambulance, but they certainly hold their own and deserve a listen in my opinion. Dave G.
March 21, 2008
A ladies night! (and boys are welcome too, duh)
Tomorrow Night- Saturday March 22nd -11PM - 2AM
Featuring the DJ skills of LIGHTNING's GIRL!! (That's me!)
I will be spinning all sorts of vinyl gems but you can expect to hear some bad ass old school girl pop from every decade and from all over the world!!!!
"IPANEMA - THE PLACE THAT BROUGHT YOU THE FIRST BOLLYWOOD DANCE NIGHT AND THE BEST SOUL DANCE PARTY!!!ITS OUR BRAND NEW EVENT!!! Hurry up and make your plans now"
Here's the Kicker!!
Discount drinks for Ladies! From 11 until 2.
Artist - V/A
Title - Messthetics #104 D.I.Y. '77-81 South Wales 1
Hometown - Wales
Street Date - NOW
Label - Hyped to Death
Before I write a review of a record I like to scan what's out there already so I don't repeat what has already been said to death. Then I came across this EPIC REVIEW of the record and thought there was no way I could possibly come close to giving this genius collection of obscure punk from Wales nearly as much love.
Just when I think I have a slight knowledge of underground weirdo post punk - a record like this comes out and makes me realize how little I actually know. My only complaint about the record is as detailed and full of facts the booklet is - all 22 pages - it doesn't read in track listing order so you have to flip around if you are listening to the disc and trying to match the liner notes to each new song. Not a big deal but a flaw to me none the less.
You can hear a few tracks here as well as read another review of the comp.
March 20, 2008
1. Pier Platters (RIP) It was the best record store ever, the first place I drove to when I got my driver's licence in high school, and was last record store job I ever had. I am very saddened that there isn't some sort of memorial site to this legendary indie record store. There really should be)
2. Maxwell's - My favorite venue and my favorite place to play shows - ever.
3. Yo La Tengo (Though once upon a time I think both Sonic Youth and Pavement had practice spaces there.
4. Piccolos steak sandwiches - take that Philly.
5. The gold medal parallel parking skills I now have as an adult is thanks to the nearly impossible task of finding street parking in this mile by mile, very compact and crowded city. You think that space is too small for my car? Wrong! And I will park it with no more than three turns of the wheel. I am that good.
6. Benny Tudino's / 7 Star - Pizza - slices the size of your friggin' arm. Two slices fit into a to go box.
7. The view of Manhatten.
8. My friends who call this city home.
9. Louise & Jerry's - for drinky drinks.
10. Jon Chang who has a new recording project called Hayaino Daisuki out on Hydra Head right now. He is the vocal Speed Racer of grind.
Your hint: They are from San Diego and sound like backwards belching rioting in slow-motion yet the group is still considered death metal / grind. Way to break down those genre walls guys and relieve yourselves of those pesky intestinal discomforts through the mouth.
Second hint: This group likes to form complicated song titles which contain 15 syllables and up. for example "Antiquity Of Intergenerational Copulation". I am so not playing Scrabble with these dudes.
This amazing footage of a semi-"Freewheeling" set comes courtesy of the good people at Other Music. They're not sitting, but they are using the stripped-down stage setup. The Portastatic song is pretty sweet, too. If the entire set was recorded like this, I don't see why the band shouldn't at the very least release the audio portion of it as a download or limited-edition CD release or something like that. I've asked the band on more than one occasion about the lack of an official live release in the YLT discography, and I always get stonewalled.
Title - The Wallabee Champ
Label - Full Clip Media
RIYL - Wu-Tang Clan, Hip-Hop, classic NYC flavor
Street Date - 3/25/08
It seems like evertime you turn around Ghostface is hitting the market with some new product. The thing is, it's all good. His last album, 'The Big Doe Rehab', hit the shelves on 12/4/07 and was heating up the winter. Now that spring is on the way, Ghost is back with another full length called 'The Wallabee Champ'. This time around its a collection of rarities and unreleased tracks, but don't let that keep you from spinning this. In fact, you should grab this up before it gets pulled because theres some samples on here that I can't imagine are cleared, including 90% of 'A-B-C' by the Jackson 5. True Wu aficionados might recognize a track or two from some previous J Love mixtapes, but this record is sequenced well and flows from top to bottom. It's always good to hear from Ghostface as he is one of the most clever, sharp lyricists in the game and he keeps it interesting at every turn.
-"Niggaz want me dead, but they scared to step to me
I rip their guts out like a hysterectomy" - P. Tone.
On the subject of Ghostface Killah (a.k.a. Pretty Toney) product, theres a few items that deserve a mention.
-The World According To Pretty Toney - BOOK! Thats right, a Ghostface book. This book is amazing. The people I have showed my copy to have said that it might be the greatest book ever. It's advice on life from Ghostface himself. It's sort of like a self help book and a book of quotes written with a healthy dose of comedy and amazing, surreal photos from Dave Hill. He drops wisdom on all y'all smart dumb cats. Oh, did i forget to mention that each pages quote is acted out by none other than 'Ashy Larry' actor Donnell Rawlings. AND, to top it off, it comes with a CD of Ghostface laying it down verbally. Cop this book, you will be a better person for it.
The book was based on a series of commercial bumpers that were run on MTV2 a while back.
Here is a collection of those gems:
Finally, would anyone like to contribute to my
Ghostface Killah Doll collection fund?
Because there is no way I can shell out $300 for a doll,
but I'll be damned if i don't want it.
Peep the commercial and you too will be wanting one:
Artist - The Gutter Twins
Title - Saturnalia
Label - SubPop
RIYL - Screaming Trees, Afghan Whigs
Street Date - 3/4/08
Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) and Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) have been hinting at this collaboration for close to 10 years. Both of them boast incredibly robust resumes and undeniable talent as musicians and songwriters. Anyone familiar with the Screaming Trees or the Afghan Whigs will realize that this team could write nothing but perfection. These songs drone, twist and build in dark, somber, late-night spirals. I can't find any mention of other band members so I assume they handled all of the musical duties themselves. This could explain some of the overall tone of this record. It has a lush sophistication, while retaining a stripped down simplicity. You wont find a note out of place on this record.
March 19, 2008
Arist - Glorytellers
Title - S/T
Hometown - UK (1991-1998)
Label - And Then
Street Date - Out Now
RILY - 90's post hardcore emo with a shade of math
Karate? Is that who they remind me of?
Nub sound like the best of the emo post hardcore bands my old band Dahlia Seed played with during the ealy to mid 90's. Had we played a show with this band I probably would have begged to trade merch with them and I am certain their tape would have been played to death in our tour van.
You know, if they had a tape and stuff.
As far as I can tell Nub only had some singles out on Rough Trade and Flowershop and I had never heard of this band until a few days ago when I was breezing through the reviews in the back of the most recent MOJO magazine.
Aereogramme? Gravenhurst? Wedding Present? Death Cab? (Dave, help me out here!)
It's good stuff, that's what you really need to know and if you are wondering if their music held up to the test of time, this debut record 16 years after the fact sounds a lot better than most of my records from that same time period. Maybe even better than a few Dahlia Seed records, ha!
Rather than waste your money on a disappointing watch - watch this instead.
Released today (18th March ’08) on Avalanche Recordings
FINAL - ’INFINITE GUITAR 1 & 2 / GUITAR & BASS IMPROVISATIONS VOL 1 & 2’
4 X CDr SET [AREC011].
All four of the highly limited and now sold out FINAL ’..guitar..’ CDr’s (see : AREC003-006) in one 4XCD-R set, packaged in a 4-way DVD case, pro pressing. In a hand numbered limited edition of 150 copies only.
Jesu - ’Pale sketches’, Jesu - ’Heart Ache’ and Final ’Afar’ vinyl editions on Avalanche Recordings are all being pressed/manufactured now. Pre orders will begin in mid April, shipping will then begin early May.
Current and upcoming Justin K Broadrick related activities :
PYRAMIDS - Remix
GALLHAMMER - production and mix of Live DVD ISIS - production and mix of ’Oceanic’ Live DVD
J2 - production and mix of Jarboe Mini LP (out now) GENGHIS TRON - Remix JESU / BATTLE OF MICE - split EP on Robotic Empire JESU - EP on Caldo Verde JESU - ’Why Are We Not Perfect’ (HHR) songs from split with Eluvium on CDEP with bonus mixes.
GREY MACHINE - ’Disconnected’ LP - The debut album coming soon...
JESU / ENVY - Split EP on Daymare Japan
VIDNA OBMANA - jesu Remix & Final Remix
FINAL vs FEAR FALLS BURNING - LP on Conspiracy Recs FINAL - ’The Apple Never Falls Far From The Tree’/ 2x Vinyl LP on Tone Float
FINAL - CD on Utech Recs. artwork by Stephen Kasner FINAL - Vinyl LP on No Quarter N.I.C - Mix & production of forthcoming new album N.I.C - Remix/dub on ’N.I.C in dub’out now
March 18, 2008
As far as I can tell this is brillant slang relating to a weapon that can't fail thanks to the addition of a second barrel. It swings faster, the action can't jam, and it has the abilty to to shoot past a broken lock or dead round. Bad ass indeed.
Title – Double Barrelled Soul (The cover has Barreled spelled incorrectly)
Label – Atlantic
Year – 1968
Record Line Up: Jack McDuff ( Hammond B-3 organ); David Newman, Danny Turner (alto & tenor saxophones, flute); Leo Johnson (tenor saxophone, flute); Melvin Sparks (guitar); Abe Blasingame (drums).
Hand clapping, ass shaking, amen hallelujah swingin’ Sunday morning hard bop- soul- jazz at its best. This comes highly recommended.
Title – Double Barrel
Label – Big Tree
Year – 1972
Dave Barker was a session vocalist for Lee Scratch Perry and Ansel Collins was a keyboard player for many greats including the Upsetters, The Mighty Diamonds, and Jimmy Cliff.
So it's on people. Willie -v- Lou. Who wins?
March 17, 2008
The band line up:
Rick Froberg–guitar, vocals Sohrab Habibion–guitar, vocals (Edsel) Greg Simpson–bass
March 21: Washington DC at Comet Ping Pong with Orphan & The Points
March 22: Baltimore at The Talking Head Club with Orphan, Ratsize & Love or Perish
Support your local record store while you still have one,
It's a little dry at times and the volume is frustratingly low, but if you're into American history at all and can tolerate Marcus' sometimes reaching prose, it's an educational and musical treat.
Fields, everyone's favorite English / Icelandic band has three, count em' three (!!!) new demos up on their myspace page.
March 15, 2008
March 14, 2008
It was in the background and thought nothing of it. Then in succession I had the following thoughts:
1. This is pretty good. (always a nice suprise from an unknown quantity)
2. Hey they are covering Low!
3. Hey this sounds a lot like Alan Sparhawk.
4. HEY! This IS Alan Sparhawk.
5. (After picking up the cd and looking at the track names) What the hell? These are all Low songs!
6. Why is there a whole album of Alan Sparhawk doing new versions of his own music? What is the meaning of this? Why? Why?
So that is where i am now. Like i said these are all Low songs, not exactly 'stripped down' cause how do you strip down Low? They are more rocked out however. It is really good, but i love Low and its more or less alternate versions of their songs. I am so confused.
PS it would be great if Retribution Gospel Choir opened for Low, kind of like how Wire used to have that cover band open for them
March 13, 2008
Darn it though, the cover art and photo showed so much potential.
What a tease.
In theory The World of Good & Plenty has a few things going for it:
1. The cover (front and back)
2. The promise of spectacular girl / boy vocal teamwork dressed in far out mod goodness3. The production / songwriting team of Wes Farrell and Tony Romeo. Wes was both a songwriter and a producer giving the world such hits as "Boys" which appeared on the first Beatles record and "Hang on Sloopy" made famous by the McCoys. Wes was also them man behind all the Partridge Family music. He wrote the massive hit "I Think I Love You" as well as the iconic theme to the TV show, and produced most of if not all the Partridge Family recordings. I can't be 100% certain but I believe Tony was a co-writer and co-producer for some of the Partridge Family music as well.
The problem here is Good and Plenty can't really sing which is a shame because you can hear the decent songwriting at work. There are terrific pop keyboard heavy songs dressed in horns and all sorts of other fun layers but the vocal performance kills anything happening behind the singing. Knowing this history of Wes Farrell I have decided this was his test run for the Partridge Family. Love or hate that swinging 70's family of singers, they were candy coated pop personified. The actors had the star power to make those songs work and well sadly Doug and Ginny, no matter how fantastic they look, don't have the musical talent to make these pop songs pop. Their voices (really Ginny is mostly to blame here) quiver, whistle and swerve as if the love generation was drunk driving through a world of rainbows and Doug sounds more asleep at the wheel than anything else.
The back of the LP asks Who are Douglas Plenty and Ginny Plenty? "Children of the World". (Gag) Where do they live? "Life." (No bong in the world could make that sound clever) Where are they going? "Into the hearts of the people" (Umm, no.) What do they offer? "A world of beauty. " (Ummm, no again. Boooo-ty ...maybe.)
I have placed the one and only decent song "She Is the We of Me" here. The first song "Children Dreamin' " was the official single but there aren't enough seagull cries, ocean waves crashing, or chimes to make that song work for me.
March 12, 2008
Title - Do the Earthquake 7"
Hometown - Vancouver, Canada
Label - Nominal Records
The Runaways + The Stooges + something better than all the old school American Riot Grrrl bands combined = Vapid.
And a note to The Donnas - please stop making records. Vapid makes your very existence pointless.
Title - 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons
Hometown - Montreal, Canda
Label - Constellation
Street Date - 3/25
Bands that crossed my mind while listening to this new record: Lungfish, PIL, Trail of the Dead, and The Black Heart Procession and sure, Godspeed. 13 Blues is tense, seductive, and surprisingly ROCK. The record starts with 12 tiny instrumental bits and finally gets going on track 13. The final 4 songs clock in together at just shy of an hour - the kind of 60 minutes you may want to pass drinking whiskey to calm your nerves as the band drags you through the most beautiful and tender beating to date.
March 11, 2008
Title - Hello Voyager
Hometown - LA, CA
Label - Constellation
Street Date - 3/11
Evangelista is Carla Bozulich's new moniker and this record features most of Thee Silver Mt. Zion.
I can't get enough of the song "Truth is Dark like Outer Space" and lucky for us it is the first song on her MySpace page right now so be sure to check it out...just be patient... it takes about 45 seconds for it to really kick in and explode.
And no, Evangelista has nothing to do with the supermodel who shares the same name.
Taken from the Hydra Head blog:
Extracted from the dank and murky swamps of south Florida, Laid Insignificant is brought forth anew, resplendent in all it's misanthropic glory. With remastered audio and added tracks from the original session, herein is a document of paroxysm of the aural variety, sounding just as virile and ornery as it did the day it was birthed. While the climate of any Cavity album could be considered hostile, Laid Insignificant has proven to be the most unhinged and ferocious occupant in the Cavity stable in the 10 years subsequent to it's original release. With added emphasis on faster tempos, layered chordal discordance, and an overall air of frantic desperation, this may stand if not as Cavity's best album, then certainly as their most furious and scathing.
Now, while *VERY* limited quanitites last, get yer new Cavity CD with a limited-edition, 11"x14" Lambda print that is signed and numbered by Dan of Cavity. The print is of a photo Dan took for the CD layout, and will only be available as part of this pre-order deal. As if there was anything that could make this deal any sweeter, we've also been told that everybody who orders this print will get a little extra surprise with their order. We're not going to tell you what it is ('cause then it wouldn't be a surprise, silly), but you're gonna love it if you get it / be very sad if you miss out.
What's more, until March 30th you can add a limited-edition t-shirt or hoodie to your Cavity CD + print order. fter March 30th, you'll still be able to buy the CD + Print (if any are left), but NOT the Cavity shirts or hoodies. Sorry! No, Really...
9 Fingers on the Spider
I May Go
A Bitter Cold Spell
March 10, 2008
Or maybe music journalists stateside don't find this story newsworthy. Oh the humanity!
"Post-punk cult legends Robyn Hitchcock (The Soft Boys) and Andy Partridge (XTC) are working on a collaborative album together.The duo are currently recording songs together in Partridge’s shed in Swindon, reports Billboard.Hitchcock explained the reasons behind their collaboration, saying: “I think it’s good for me to be brought up against somebody else, another songwriter. I really think about how everything fits together.“[It’s] a self-generating project. I write the words on the train going up to Swindon and then, bang, we record it in his shed.”
Li is cavity inducing with a touch of dirty girl tossed in. Meow!
March 9, 2008
While the rest of the hipster world will be blabbing on about These New Puritans who have a new record coming out on Domino in a few weeks and might be the best thing to happen to hip hop since Mark E Smith, I will blog about the band who sits among TNP's top friends on MySpace - The Violets.
Thanks to Wikipedia here is their discography:
2007 The Lost Pages (Angular Recording Corporation)
2006 "Feast On You/Come Home" (Filthy Little Angels)
2006 "Mirror Mirror" (Angular Recording Corporation)
2006 "Hush Away" (Angular Recording Corporation)
2006 "Descend/Carnival " (Angular Recording Corporation)
2007 "Foreo" (Angular Recording Corporation)
2007 "Troubles Of Keneat" (Angular Recording Corporation)
The Foreo single was a favorite of mine last year and did I mention they sound like Siouxie?
"Beatles' engineer, Pink Floyd producer and solo artist, Norman "Hurricane" Smith, has died at the age of 85. Smith recorded every Beatles session, from their very first test in 1962, until Rubber Soul in 1965. EMI then promoted him from engineeer to producer.He was instrumental in signing Pink Floyd, and produced their first, second, and fourth studio albums - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets, and Ummagumma.He enjoyed chart success of his own in 1971 with his debut 'Don't Let It Die' followed by a string of UK and US hits."
and a clip from Mojo goes on to say:
"he had also produced The Pretty Things’ landmark 1968 album, SF Sorrow, and would continue to produce the band for the next five years, while striking out as a solo artist in his own right."
My neutrality towards this band has evolved into disdain post SNL appearance. I am sure they are nice guys and all but they're like staring at the squares in Cry-Baby had the group entered into Columbia University. And as far as cycles in music go I guess it has been long enough since Graceland's release or the last rise of Ska / African hybrid music for Vampire Weekend to sound like a breath of change in the Indie 2.0 scene no less to kids who aren't old enough to have lived through this stuff the last time around.
March 7, 2008
Our heads were then placed on pillows and eyes were closed. We were that much closer to sleep when Sam blurted out into the black "The Big Bang Theory is BULLSHIT!" This is a strangely typical kind of declaration I can expect from him in our home so instead of sitting up in bed with eyes glaring towards the crazy man in bed next to me and asking what the hell??? I remained stationary, silent, and all accepting. This is actually a typical night in our life.
There was a slightly delayed follow up statement from his lips regarding something about trends in science and then within seconds Sam was sound asleep.
More of the usual, I am now wide awake. My brain is easily pushed into action and presently I am pondering the rest of the songs found on The Queen is Dead, what other fads in science are in need of a verbal smack down and if Keats, Yeats, Wilde, or Morrissey would write any of this down.
March 6, 2008
Title - Feather and Stone
Label - At A Loss
Street Date - Out Now
RIYL - Two piece metal bands ala Godhead Silo but they sound more like Karp or Torche.
March 5, 2008
Artist: The Notwist
Key Back Catalog:
1992 : Nook - (Community Records)
1995 : 12 (Zero Hour)
1998: Shrink (Zero Hour)
2002: Neon Golden (Domino Records)
2008: The Devil, You + Me is due out on Domino Records later this year.
RIYL : There have been many stages for this band musically so depending on the year they could have sounded like Slayer (metal), Swervedriver (shoegaze), Sunny Day (heavy but beautiful), Drive Like Jehu (angsty guitar goodness), glitchy indie-tronica, jazz, and everything in between. No matter what style we are talking about here they have always had an overwhelming essence of something deeply sad.
My introduction to the band came from an ex-boyfriend who was working at Sub Pop in the early 90s. He was digging through the demo box at work and stumbled across the Notwist CD Nook. The label wasn't interested in the band but he became obsessed with them; playing them for anyone who would listen. It was perhaps one of the first bands I had ever heard cross two very different genres, taking something like chugging blazing metal and covering it up with tender dark vocal melodies and wait, is that a banjo I hear? In 2002 that sounded incredibly new and never done before. Even the CD booklet was unusual -it had a different piece of art per page to accompany the lyrics. This was not your typical metal record nor was it overtly emo or sappy. At the time I couldn't begin to guess what the hell The Notwist were all about (pre-internet days) but I fell in love with their sound and have followed them loyally ever since.
I will interject here with an urban legend AKA something I can't swear to be true. It has been said that the band Sunny Day Real Estate (some of whom were renting a house with my ex at the time) was so moved by The Notwist cd booklet that they were inspired to have unique art to coincide with every song on their album too. I also have to thank Thurston Moore here because a mutual friend tipped me off that Thurston was selling some of his records at the time which included nearly all of the early Notwist rare LPs and 12"ers. My Notwist collection is complete thanks to Thurston's purging. Yay!
As I grew up and out of grunge and into more varied forms of music like electronica, I would have never guessed Notwist, who could thrash with the best of them, would end up traveling down a glitchy and a much more delicate musical path. Once again ahead of their time they dared to mix indie rock and electronic music when few people were doing it, no less gracefully or successfully. The leader aspect of a band isn't nearly as important as the quality of the music they produce but Notwist are leaders of the best kind. Their art is always impeccable, well thought out, and carries the emotional weight of marble. If six years is what it took the group to make a new record then I have high expectations that it will be well worth the wait. Or weight if you will.
I can't say enough good things about The Notwist and if I had to name one band I am consistently inspired by as a musician (like CRAP WHY COULDN'T I HAVE WRITTEN THAT SONG!!!!), Notwist is and will probably always be my band of choice.
March 4, 2008
Here is the scoop:
*The label is Magic Bullet.
*The official street date is March 25th 2008
*You can buy it from Magic Bullet direct as well as Interpunk and I think Dischord direct.
*Retailers - Mordam / Lumberjack should also have this record for sale.
*The cover wrap is 12.5" x 19" - silver ink silkscreened on black stock.
*We pressed 500 LPs total - 251 red vinyl and 249 black. Technically that makes the black more rare!
*The record sits in a white dust sleeve which has then been inserted into a black jacket.
*The center label: all black and each one has been hand marked in silver ink to say Ringfinger /Decimal and Magic Bullet Records on all copies.
*Each record is hand numbered on the inside of the cover flap.
*There is a lyric sheet with full liner notes.
*The record and jacket are in a clear plastic sleeve which carries a silver sticker that reads Ringfinger Decimal because the front cover does not have any words on it at all.
Hooray!!!! And thanks to Magic Bullet!
I say himself because there is a dead person involved, a man, and while I don't actually believe in spirits, his memory makes his way to me time and time again.
For the purpose of this story I will call my friend Henry Nurse. Henry and I met at a CMJ showcase for the Peechees in NYC at a venue called The Cooler in 1996. I was taking pictures of boys I thought were cute and well, he was. We became fast friends and for the week we ran into each other several times a night. He was an avid music fan and had made a mecca like trip from Ohio to see as many of his favorite bands as possible.
There is one important thing to note here. Modest Mouse was his favorite among favorites.
He had befriended the band the last time they played his hometown and he in turn made it a point to travel to see them a few times a year, usually in NY. For the bulk of, if not for all of these trips, he stayed with me while I was living in Hoboken, NJ.
As it worked out, I was an old friend of Modest Mouse (back when I called Seattle my home in the early 90's) so together Henry and I made his East Coast visits about spending time with the band and pursuing his second greatest passion, thrift store shopping for tee-shirts with stupid phrases on it.
Henry and I also traveled to Seattle for a week together to spend time with the band on their / my old stomping ground. One of my favorite memories of this trip is Henry, Jeremy Green, and I climbing around the base of the famous waterfall from the TV show Twin Peaks and then being introduced to Jeremy's parents for the first time. They proudly showed off their dining room which had become a shrine to their son and his musical accomplishments in Modest Mouse. Seeing the pride in Jeremy's parent's face and hanging all over their walls framed was a truly sweet private moment among friends that has stayed with me all these years.
A year or so later an old roommate of Henry's called me out of the blue. It was strange enough she was calling me, no less at work (how did she even have my number I wondered?) and her small talk was curious at best. Within minutes she quietly questioned out loud how she could tell me the news.
Our friend Henry was dead.
This was the first time I had ever received a call about a friend dying and it was also the first of many friends of mine to come whose name would be followed by "died of an overdose." The news was especially shocking because Henry didn't drink and he wasn't known to be much a drug user no less a hard drug user. He was a healthy, athletic, vibrant, positive guy and suddenly he was gone. I was in utter shock.
The story goes that he fell in love with some junkie girl and she shot him up with too much heroin his first time out. I still don't have a clue how true this part of the story is but it doesn't really matter much. Henry was gone and it was my turn to call our mutual friends including the Modest Mouse crew. It was a nearly impossible call to make but I choked out the words. It was also the last conversation I had with any members of the band or their housemates.
I couldn't bring myself to listen to their records for years no less see them live. It seemed all wrong without my friend Henry to share the pleasure with and rather than their music bringing me comfort, it made me sick to stomach. The Moon & Antarctica sat on my record shelf collecting dust waiting for the day I was ready to face it and now nearly a decade later my computer has decided for me that the time is now.
Anyone who knew Henry equated him with music and I have wonder how someone who dated him, had private moments revolving around his passion for music and then proceeded to kill him accidentally lives not just with themselves, but with the records he loved. If I am haunted by one band and silly shirts with pointless quotes like "I like it Fresh" I hope this woman is haunted by hundreds of records that are as real as Henry once was.
March 3, 2008
Well according to Rebecca's myspace page this is the answer:
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Subject - such n such
been recording in montreal with joe adamik (califone) and also thierry amar, jessica moss, rebecca foon from thee silver mt. zion memorial orchestra and tra-la-la band. no shows til the spring.
Do yourself a favor and track down LWB's Any Other City or their live cd Live at the Annandale Hotel sooner rather than later.
March 1, 2008
I have a hard time chewing gum and walking let alone playing two instruments simultaneously (though I've seen Janet Weiss do this in Quasi as well as a drummer who plays with Why? and Andrew Bird). Take that Jens Hannemann.
If you like the drumming, you can download the track (with guitar and vocals even) at Merge Records.