Archive for September, 2008

23
Sep

Turn Me On Dead Macca

Last Wednesday was, according to most time-lines, the 39th anniversary of the start of all those news reports of Paul McCartney’s death and subsequent replacement by a look-alike. To mark the occasion I played a few segments of a 1979 radio documentary written by Beatle expert Joel Gasiler (sp?) and hosted by Dave Fox on my regular radio show on KALX. Since it got more phone calls than any piece of music I’d played in months  I figured it deserves airing here:

Is Paul Dead? Turn me on dead man

I only have about 37 minutes of the original hour long program but it’s more than enough minutia to satisfy the diehard Beatles fan and Fox’s flare for melodrama is hilarious. My favorite part is when they play all those tracks backwards to reveal alleged clues behind one of the more famous hoaxes in rock history. Wikipedia has a very detailed account of the whole conspiracy theory. Be sure to check out the exstensive list of external links at the bottom.

And I thought I had too much spare time…

22
Sep

Spoon live in ’05

Spoon starts a three night run at the Filmore tonight. I came to the Spoon party well beyond fashionably late so this will be my first time seeing them. I know, I don’t get out much. But since falling hard for Gimme Fiction (made my best of 2005 list) forces have conspired against me finding myself in the same room.  Their latest effort Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is just as strong, making my best of ’07 list. Barring any further twists of fate I’ll be catching the closer Wednesday. I’m also really looking forward to opening act Heavenly States. Kudos to Britt & Co. for giving a fine local act an opportunity like this!

The Sly Oyster has posted a couple of new songs (one featuring Janet Weiss) from frontman Britt Danile’s solo set in Portland earlier this month. Check them out here. Unless his long rumored solo debut is actually going to happen it’s very likely these will show up on the next Spoon album proper.  Here’s hoping they pull these out for the Fillmore run but what would really make my life complete (for the next couple of weeks anyway) would be seeing their killer cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Rocks Off”.

Rocks Off (from their set in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park back in July thanks to the bottomless well that is the Internet Archive, the whole show is here.)

Since Gimme Fiction will always have a special place in my heart I thought I’d post this live set from 2005.

Spoon live at Village Studio, L.A. 5/13/05 (broadcast by KCRW)

The Beast And The Dragon, Adored

The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine

I Summon You

Sister Jack

Utilitarian

Everything Hits At Once

Someone, Something

My Mathematical Mind

Here’s the whole deal in a zip file if you want to save time (caveat: lesser quality mp3′s but the interview in the middle is included…)

19
Sep

The best stage invasion video EVER

By now many of you’ve probably already checked out the video of that crazy guy shoving Noel Gallagher to the ground near the end of Oasis’ set in Toronto a couple weeks ago. If not check it out here (be warned, you have wade through a minute and a half of “Morning Glory” first). I’m sure many of us have felt like doing the same at some point but you’ve gotta give kudos to Noel for coming back and playing six more numbers with a pair of broken ribs. Brother Liam appears to think better of delivering a haymaker to the intruder’s kisser which brought to mind one of the best stage invasion videos I’ve ever seen. Just don’t f*@k with Keefus is all I have to say:

Check out NME’s marvelouse When Fan’s Attack blog entry for more (yes the Jeff Tweedy incident is in there too).

18
Sep

New music

Paul Weller – 22 Dreams

The first lock for my Best Of The Year list. The Modfather takes a bold, audacious step outside the comfort zone that dulled his last couple of albums and succeeds in spades. Solo record #9 is his most varied yet, touching on Brit folk, blue eyed soul, jazz, crunching rock, driving psychedelia, Middle Earstern grooves and piano ballads. So inspiring to see an artist still able challenge himself after 30+ years. Guests include Robert Wyatt, Noel Gallagher, Graham Coxon (on drums, only Weller could bring together the Hatfield & McCoy of Brit rock), Gem Archer and Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Cradock is all over this (he also gets a production credit).

Buy it at Yep Roc records.

22 Dreams

Cold Moments

Blitzen Trapper – Furr

Another record that’s definitely made my Best Of The Year short list. The finest 6 piece band in Portland delivers an adventurous stunner on their fourth record. There’s so much going in every song I feel like I’ve heard a whole record’s worth of ideas after two or three tracks. Where do I start? It’s the Kinks meets Of Montreal, early Dylan meets Wilco, After The Gold Rush era Neil Young meets Beck.  And I’m diggin’ the 80′s hair metal logo!

Fire + Fast Bullets

Gold For Bread

Furr is out this Tuesday on Sub Pop.  BT will be playing at the Independent in SF with Parson Red Heads December 2nd. Click on the cover or head over to their myspace page for more tunes plus videos & tour dates.

All Girl Summer Fun Band – Looking Into It

Speaking of bands from Portland with records coming out Tuesday (am I the king of the segue or what?), The All Girl Summer Fun Band has been making the same playfully punky pop we’ve come to love for almost ten years. Think the grittier side of Stereo Total meets the Shangri-La’s and you’re close. I am utterly unable to stop smiling, tapping my toes & bopping my head from side  when these ladies come skipping out of my speakers. Their 3rd record  will be on their own AGSFB label.

Something New

This Will Never End

09
Sep

new single from The Last Shadow Puppets

The Last Shadow Puppets are a collaboration between Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and Miles Kane (Little Flames, Rascals). Discovering a shared appreciation of early Bowie the two devised an ambitious take on 60′s symphonic-pop whose best moments bring to mind Love meets The Yardbirds with Enio Morricone and John Barry flourishes without sounding pretentious (despite the presence of 22-piece London Metropolitan Orchestra). At it’s worst it sounds like the Arctics with strings, still an interesting proposition. To his credit Turner retains his boyish, angry young Brit vocal style rather than trying to mime early Scott Walker. The second single from their fabulous debut, The Age Of The Understatement, features 2 non-album tracks. My favorite of the two, “Hang The Cyst”, has a nifty psych guitar freakout tacked onto the end that stretches it to twice the length of anything else they’ve recorded so far.

Give it a listen:

Hang The Cyst

Check out a live video of “Standing Next to Me”

You can find more live & promo videos here.

The next single, “My Mistakes Were Made For You” will be out October 20th and will feature an exclusive live orchestrated version of the band’s “Separate And Ever Deadly” plus live cover versions of the Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra classic ‘Paris Summer’ and the Burt Bacharach penned, Love covered ‘My Little Red Book’.

My Mistakes Were Made For You

All this fabulous music is available on Domino Records.




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