ok, i'm pretty hammered. another one of those drunken posts, ha ha....was downtown in DC at this yuppie, faux irish pub called Fado's. chatting with a coworker when all of a sudden i hear "Achin' to Be" over the PA system.
It';s pretty noisy and i was surprised that i out of the din, i could hear that it was the Mats comiong in over the pa system. very cool....i don't know how the hell i detected the song over all that bar patron noise and all....
Saw this brief write up in local Chicago paper - one of the local bands who sent in tape to the music guy, Jim DeRogatis...
Crap Engine, "Crap Engine"(www.crapengine.com)
You have to be intrigued by a band with a name like this -- or at least I was -- but the quartet's straightforward, vaguely Replacements-inspired Midwestern punk is a bit of a letdown; only a third of the 15 tracks stand up to repeated spins. Memo to young bands: Better to release a killer EP than a mediocre album. The group tries a little to hard to sound drunk and disorderly in the venerated Replacements tradition. Like I said, it's a great name, though.
My little brother got his arm stuck in the microwave. So my mom had to take him to the hospital. My grandma dropped acid this morning, and she freaked out. She hijacked a busload of penguins. So it's sort of a family crisis. Bye!
Post by cellarfullofnoise on Jan 29, 2005 8:14:46 GMT -5
Fri, January 28, 2005 Winnipeg Sun Oscar snubs By Ace Burpee Every year there are some notable Oscar exceptions, especially if your taste in movies doesn't necessarily jive with what the critics deem good art. A five-pack of past films and performances overlooked by the Academy:
3. 1992-- Music (Original Song). Winner: A Whole New World (Aladdin). What should have won: Anything from the Singles soundtrack. I've never heard, nor even heard of this song from Aladdin. Smashing Pumpkin's Drown, The Screaming Trees' Nearly Lost You, Paul Westerberg's Waiting For Somebody ... take your pick. Arguably the greatest soundtrack in movie history.
Post by allshookup on Jan 31, 2005 12:28:13 GMT -5
More from Kill Your Idols:
There's no question that rock music can tackle important issues - even heady religious and philosophical ones - and sustain a focused argument over the length of a full album. Tonight's the Night says better than any rehab brochure how heroin can f*ck you up, quick, two times; the Replacements' Let It Be chronicles the brutal, confusing years between adolescence and adulthood so accurately that it's remained timeless.
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Muswell Hillbillies sank without much of a trace on its arrival, and characteristically, the band self-sabotaged the entire proceedings by mounting a drunken and debauched world tour. But as joyously misguided as all this tomfoolery may have appeared to many circa "Rocket Man," make no mistake that future alt hillbillies like Steve Earle, Paul Westerberg and most certainly Ryan Adams were paying extremely close notice indeed. "God Save the Kinks," as I believe the olde saying goes.
From the book Lost in the Grooves, with muchas gracias to kgp...
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There's a local blues-rock band around these parts called The Heartless Bastards. They are pretty good, having opened for The Black Keys and Drive by Truckers. Anyway, they have their first CD coming out, so the local rag did a nice article on how the band was formed, etc. The name of the article? You guessed it....Bastards of Young.
Of course the title of the article had nothing to do WITH the article except the use of the word bastard. The other groups that were name-dropped were the Breeders and GBV, due to location.... no quote saying they were inspired by the Mats, or that they were sons of no one...nada. Just a cheap tie in by a lazy writer..
Walking down La Rambla in Barcelona last week, heading for the Hard Rock Cafe for some "American food" (as the guide books put it) and what do my weary ears pick up? "Eyes Like Sparks" wafting out from the open window of a passing Mercedes A190. Pure bliss for this weary traveler.
Someone owns Stereo/Mono in Spain. I warmed up all over.
'course, not finding any 'mats or PW stuff in the Hard Rock (not in Barc or Madrid) disappointed me - though Kip Winger's signed guitar is on prominent display in the Madrid bar.
btw, I was disappointed simply because I have seen 'mats stuff in other Hard Rock's - the Edinburgh HRC on Rose has a copy of Tim in a nice frame.
Post by FirstAveFiend on Feb 1, 2005 18:57:49 GMT -5
Practically EVERYBODY with a raspy voice and a pretty sounding acoustic guitar gets those comparasions.
Of course, I could be just deeply cynical and wrong.
I couldn't agree with you more. I'm so sick of journalists comparing so many people to Westerberg or Dylan because they're male and have an acoustic guitar. Half the time they don't even need a raspy voice. People need to learn how to write more creatively, actually listen to the music they're critiquing and what they're comparing it to. Saying someone sounds like Westerberg, Dylan or Parsons is not good writing. Its a cop out and a way not to actually have to describe the music they're listening to.
College Radio Grows Up; Nine Inch Nails Returns By TOM CALDERONE
Published: February 6, 2005
ACK when U2 and R.E.M. were struggling to get on the radio, Tom Calderone was there making sure people tuned in. As a student at Buffalo State College in the mid-1980's, Mr. Calderone was WBNY's program director at a time when college radio was waging a rock insurgency, broadcasting artists who were ignored by commercial stations and establishing a new radio genre: alternative rock. He went on to program and consult for alternative rock stations in Washington, Seattle and New York City. In 1998 Mr. Calderone traded radio for video and joined MTV, where he is executive vice president in charge of video programming and artist relations. In response to questions from Joel Topcik, Mr. Calderone spoke about what he's been listening to and why.
'Left of the Dial'
Rhino Records just put out a four-CD box set called "Left of the Dial: Dispatches From the 80's Underground," with everyone from the Pixies, the Replacements, Killing Joke, Husker Du and my all-time favorite, Sonic Youth. The packaging's great - it's rich in information with original artwork and cool posters. These are the bands that were coming out when I first got started in college radio, and the box set shows how so many of them really stand the test of time.
The New Alternative Rock
I think everyone needs to hear the Secret Machines record "Now Here Is Nowhere" (Reprise) - it's that important. It came out last year and didn't get the attention it deserved. It's sort of Pink Floyd meets the Jesus and Mary Chain. I've also been a huge fan of Mercury Rev for a long time. They're hard to put your arms around, but their new album, "The Secret Migration" (V2), has some true hooks on it. It's really the first one where, if you don't know them, you can say, "O.K., I get it." And the new album from And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, "Worlds Apart" (Interscope) is deep and lyrically strong. All this stuff is generally guitar-driven, but not in the power punk or classic rock way. It's in the production - these albums sound really big. You have a sense of swirling, almost hovering around the sound. The drums are somewhat tribal. It's truly alternative rock.
Nine Inch Nails
Labels present a lot of rough material to us. It's really important for us to hear music early because it helps us decide how we're going to use bands in our programming - we're already starting to make a list of artists to play at the video awards later this year. I heard a rough track from the new Nine Inch Nails album, "With Teeth" (Nothing/Interscope), which should be out in May. It's always hard to get back into the public consciousness when there's so many years between albums, but this is just as pounding and passionate and lyrically strong as ever. Trent Reznor really stepped up his vocals - I don't want to offend him by saying he's actually singing more, but his voice sounds great.
I was listening to Ryan Adam's cover of Wonderwall and it stirred up this memory.
Several years ago, Whiskeytown made their L.A. debut on a No Depression-sponsored tour. They played two nights, and I went to the second night with some friends. During Whiskeytown's set, I looked at some guy standing next to me and said, "Hey, these guys are pretty good!" He replied, "At least tonight they're sober. Last night they were drunk and played all Replacements covers."