Earlier in the week Carl took to facebook to field questions, survive accolades and pleading to visit everyone's town to play. He posted a couple of pics and the link to his latest. It's much more "Libertine-esque" than his last album. Check it out:
How do they remain so consistent? Few artists who have existed as many decades can say as much. Listen here and feel free to post your first impressions of the track.
Here’s a broad look at recent music news for the middle of January:
- Jonesy to appear on ‘Californication’ [via K-Earth]
- Camper Van Beethoven’s 10th album + interview [via SPIN]
- You know ‘em, you luv ‘em – Get to know Japandroids [via Consequence of Sound]
- Sneak peek at The Replacements’ upcoming ep [via Paste Magazine]
I am looking forward to the ‘Mats material – especially ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’. And here’s more new music to try out:
Luv the fact he referenced “Diary of A Rock And Roll Star”! Billy, you’re aces.
Play it big. Play it loud. Just PLAY it!
When I read this statement I knew I had to check out this band: “Our record reminds us of Bobby Gillespie and Joe Strummer in a fist fight.”
Not quite sure where the Joe Strummer part comes in, but this LA-area band definitely digs Primal Scream. Think dirty, LA signature sound with a hint of the ‘Scream mixed in. I listened to the full album (titled “Near & Undear”) tonight. There are clear UK influences yet it contains more hard-edged rock than one would expect. The band takes notes from their influences and makes them their own.
A couple of things worth noting -1) I really like several songs deep into the tracklisting. In fact, I would recommend “Waking Up The World” (via Spotify) and “Want It All” if you only listen to 2 tracks. 2) Solid songwriting. I think there’s some promise here.
If their vibe is a little too hard for your taste, give the track “Sister Anne” a try.
Mountain Picnic Blues will be available in March (of course it’s going to be released in March along with every other cool album I’m looking forward to) and highlights all things related to their work on “Tellin’ Stories”. Fifteen years on I’m sure the band’s perspective dealing with the loss of Rob and realizing what a once-in-a-lifetime album they had created will make for a great retrospective. Beautiful album that’s worth a full listen now and then.
BTW, has anyone checked out Tim’s latest album?
Feels good to be talking (and hearing) new Black Rebel Motorcycle Club music. During my week off at the folks over the holidays I was excited to hear Robert’s Dad’s band, The Call on one of the hometown radio stations. I think the last time I heard “Let The Day Begin” was when I had learned of Michael Been’s passing. It was refreshing to hear the track. As I got back to my place this weekend (and to my laptop rather than using Mom’s iPad) I was blown away to see the playlist for their recent Troubador show. Top of the list was “Let The Day Begin!”
And it’s one of the tracks off the new album to boot. Double treat: Tom Ferrier of The Call guested on the song during their Santa Cruz gig. I tell you, BRMC always hits it right. I don’t know how they do it, but why question it. Enjoy the tracks below and here’s a link to a blog review of the Slim’s show via 402 Productions.
The “Six Barrel Shotgun” performance 402 Productions writes about:
Cleanest version of “Let The Day Begin” I can find (Troubador):
While I was roaming around the net checking out missed releases I came across a release from Starship’s Mickey Thomas from 2011. Marauder is a wide-ranging collection of cover songs; originals from such artists as The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Snow Patrol and even AC/DC. Yes, it’s scattered, but who doesn’t enjoy the odd cover now and then? You can listen to samples at AllMusic.com or Spotify.
I have to say Thomas still has his chops (check the video below). But you really should at least track through the samples – I just don’t see where a Beatles’ track, Muse and AC/DC fit together. You gotta check it out!
Gimme Shelter – Bluesy rendition of the Stones’ tune
I realize a good number of my music friends read The Guardian regularly and perhaps you already read this in-depth article by Tom Lamont posted over the weekend. It’s a great read and as we just had “Small Business Saturday” in the ‘States I thought it was especially appropriate. We often read about the stuggles artists have as well as streaming media outlets; and some come out better than others. The issues venues deal with aren’t written about nearly as often.
The author follows the people who make the Forum in Tunbridge Wells (located somewhere between London and Brighton from what I gather) tick as best it can given various circumstances. What’s amazing is we’re talking a night when Palma Violets were playing (heavily-tipped by NME) and the venue had been called one of the best small venues to catch bands. All the right ingredients one would think.
Anyway, below is a picture of the crew who love live music and here is the link to the story. If you’ve ever done something purely for the love of it, you should take the time to read it!
Time to feature some of my favorite music of 2012. There is usually a band with connections to Scotland on my YE list and this year will be no exception. Thanks to the most awesome music blog, 17 Seconds, blogger Ed gave me a fantastic tip to check out Laurence and the Slab Boys. “Laurence” is from The Cinematics, with whom you may be familiar.
I’ve hesitated a few times since getting hooked on their album, Lo-fi Disgrace, on how to (or how not to) describe their sound to friends. There’s a shoegaze vibe, but for a couple weeks it really bugged me whose voice he reminded me…it really drove me crazy. I hate to say that for fear if you’re reading this you might write them off as not having their own merit. In reality I would say they’ve created a hybrid sound. For several reasons I find the album a nice collection of familiarity. Deep into the album I hear Joy Division and there are a couple other singers that come to mind – I’ll let you decide. All are good traits and the songwriting is solid.
The youtube track I’ve chosen is more on the dreamy, shoegaze spectrum. The song doesn’t represent the whole album; it’s intended just to give you a taste. Let me know in the comments if you hear any other famous-sounding voices that I haven’t mentioned. (The album is available via their Bandcamp store.)
You can watch the band perform “Mushroom” via YouTube.