Getting my face melted off again by this band next week!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I'm feeling all sappy-like, so this one is going out to all of the couples in bands together, past and present.
Neil Hagerty & Jennifer Herrema ~ Royal Trux
Georgia Hubley & Ira Kaplan ~ Yo La Tengo
Amadeo Pace & Kazu Makino ~ Blonde Redhead
Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin (weren't technically a band but fuck it..)
David Berman & Cassie Berman ~ Silver Jews
Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore ~ Sonic Youth
Damon Krukowski & Naomi Yang ~ Galaxie 500 / Damon and Naomi
Tina Weymouth & Chris Frantz ~ The Talking Heads / Tom Tom Club
Alexei Perry & Dan Boeckner ~ Handsome Furs
Laetitia Sadier & Tim Gane ~ Stereolab
Paul Mccartney & Linda Mccartney ~ Wings
Siouxsie & Budgie ~ Siouxsie & The Banshees / The Creatures
Lux Interior & Poison Ivy ~ The Cramps
Bilinda Butcher & Kevin Shields ~ My Bloody Valentine
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
"Rock Music in the Seventies was changed by three bands- The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, and The Saints." Bob Geldof
Not that I give two shits about what Bob Geldof thinks, but he was correct about one thing in that quote: The Saints changed things up. This Australian group refused to be marketed and pinned down by the Punk/ New Wave label that a lot of bands were cast into at the time. And I'm not going to do that to them now in trying to explain their sound. All I'll say is that It's eclectic, good and timeless, just how I like my jams.
Check out the albums Eternally Yours and Prehistoric Sounds.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
The heavy garage revival of the last and current decade is reaching it's ceiling. With independent bands becoming indistinguishable from each other again. It happens with every headlining genre, in ever period. Those of us able to look beyond all the pretension and hip dribble being shlocked online(ha, ha,) and printed know about this mapping. It's just human nature. And when that's all understood it's much easier to find and enjoy artistic works that actually have some long lasting worth. I consider these three recent albums a part of that class.
They each have individual spirit:
Thee Oh Sees - Castlemania
Recorded almost entirely by the prolific John Dwyer alone, this album is full of sweet 60's call and response harmonies and sloppy hip shaking anthems. There's also a nice sense of closeness in John's Surfing Bird on acid vocal style. You can here him counting off time before a song or apologizing to himself, giving the sense that he's performing in your house/bedroom/head just for you.
King Khan & BBQ Show - Invisible Girl
A bit more polished than their previous albums but just as vulgar.
Sounds like Frankie Valli huffing mountains of zombie powder and amphetamines. Can't really detail it any better than that.
Crystal Stilts - In Love With Oblivion
This Brooklyn, NY band hopped right over the sophomore slump with this album. Droney, strummy, good. Most of the tracks flow nicely within the pop formula and make me want to skip around the astral plane.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Ever wondered what the story was behind the Canadian band's name? Apparently the members were fans of this cult classic. Just as the punk movement was being birthed in New York and London in the mid 70's, Japan saw the rise of the young biker gang, Bosozoku, culture. This 16mm documentary, shot in 1976, follows the Black Emperor gang and their interactions with the law, families and the rest of society. There are a lot of wasted scenes of random conversation and members meandering, but there are a few gem scenes dispersed throughout that make watching worthwhile. The music and overall look are also aesthetically pleasing. There should still be a subtitled version of this flick up on youtube, unless those license enslaved bastards removed it. Check it.