Friday, July 31, 2009

The Posies tell how to make a living from music

An interesting link from Aussie musician James Dilger of The Reactions and The Sole Stickers.

"The Posies' members were barely out of their teens when they got a major-label record deal and saw their power-pop records storm commercial radio. But that was 15 years ago, and they've been absent from the airwaves for a while now. Still, they've managed to continue making a living with music, even through fluctuations in the industry and in their own careers."

More here.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Let the Snuggie Choir into YOUR life

The Snuggie is one of those late night TV/home shopping network wunder products that's really a piece of crap. It's not even The Emperor's New Clothes, more like a dressing gown worn backwards, made in a sweat shop in South-East Asia and sold through low-cost channels at heavily marked-up prices in vast numbers. Never mind the quality, feel the width.

Its migration from the US to Australian morning TV has spawned this appalling promo. Thanks for Michelle Nicol for the tip:

And there is a response to the Snuggie, also on YouTube:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Truth About Michael Jackson

Two Australian journalists (using the term loosely) have lifted the lid. Baseball is not your friend.

David Byrne gives U2 both barrels

The ex-Talking Head on Bono and Co's latest tour:

"Those stadium shows may possibly be the most extravagant and expensive (production-wise) ever: $40 million to build the stage and, having done the math, we estimate 200 semi trucks crisscrossing Europe for the duration."

More here. Can you tell I think Bono's a twat?

Hydromatics = Hi-Energy

They're probably past tense but who can tell? The Hydromatics remind you how great hi-energy rock and roll can be.

There's a live DVD in the wings. Maybe its release will be the catalyst for a re-animation.

Iggy duets with his granddaughter

At least that's what it sounds like to me but Jemina Pearl isn't a household name where I come from. I know she's on Thurston Moore's label and you can cop an earful of her collaboration with Mr Osterberg here.

The Pop sure gets around.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I guess this must suck badly, then

By Christ, this is worth diarising

The New Christs are undertaking an Australian tour (well, East Coast at least) and that's news in itself. Here are the dates:

Friday August 7th – The Espy, St Kilda
Saturday August 8th – The Tote, Collingwood
Friday August 14th – The Step Inn, Brisbane
Saturday August 15th – Del Plaza, Gold Coast
Sunday August 16th – Winsome Hotel, Lismore
Friday August 21st – Excelsior Hotel, Surry Hills

Support on the Brisbane and Gold Coast shows is Mick Medew & The Rumours.

If you want a copy of the latest New Christs album "Gloria" (or the Mick Medew & The Rumours CD) then hop on over to the I-94 Bar Shop.

Beefheart's Ten Commandments For Guitarists

If you play guitar you could do worse than read Electric Mud: Captain Beefheart's Ten Commandments For Guitarists. So there.

Monday, July 27, 2009

What most of us missed last weekend

Two Groovies with the A-Bones:

Pizza Hut Calling

Fancy copping a look at Mick Jones' leftover pizza boxes from his days on the road with The Only Band That Matters? I can't help but feel that the B.A.D. man was the Bill Wyman (as in ephemera-gathering pack rat) of the Clash. All is explained here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Someone bring them to Australia!

We are now entering the Commercial Zone: Party with these Playboys

An unashamed plug for the launch of the latest album on I-94 Bar Records. The album is out in the first week of August, the show is on August 15.

This CD is primo stuff for fans of fuzz and Hammond organ throb. We're taking pre-orders here and you can read more about the Intercontinental Playboys here. Stay posted for sounds, but meanwhile here's a taste of what to expect:

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

William Shatner does Rocket Man

The 40th anniversary of man walking on the Moon deserves a musical tribute and this is it. Props for Joy Cornish for the heads-up.

Drunk & Disorderly Episode 23

Just in case you were wondering why it was quiet around here, there's a stack of new CD reviews live at the Bar and the latest episode (number 23, no less) of the Drunk and Disorderly Podcast is available here. You can also click on the title of this post.

Here's the tracklist:

Drinking Much Too Long - Russian Roulettes (R & R/Off the Hip)

It's Not Your Fault - Sonny Vincent With Members Of Rocket From The Crypt (Sonny Vincent With Members Of Rocket From The Crypt/We Deliver the Guts-Cargo)

I Love Your Neurosis - The Nervebreakers (We Went And Recorded It Anyway/Brutarian Quarterly)

Hardly a Sane Man's Wallpaper - Apa State Mental (The Reunited Heavy Metal Sounds of Apa State Mental/The Mighty Kong)

The Escape - Radio Moscow (Brain Cycles/Alive)

She's Bad - Nathaniel Mayer (Why Won't You Le Me Be Black?/Alive)

It's All Getting Too Much - The Intercontinental Playboys (Hymns of the Flesh/I-94 Bar Records)

New Bully In The Town - Laughing Clowns (Live at GoMA/Prince Melon Records)

You Can't Sit Down - The Purple Hearts (Before Birdmen Flew/bootleg)

Liberty Lovers - The Dacios (Monkeys Blood/Solarsonar)

American Bandstand - The Seat Belts (We Went And Recorded It Anyway/Brutarian Quarterly)

Big Shot - Bunt (Birdland/Turbo Nun)

Surfin' Armageddon - Jukebox Zeros (Rock 'n' Roll Ronin/Rank Outsider)

Slappin' My Balls - The Meatbeaters (Carry On Tuggin'/Pressed Meat)

Special Kind of Man - Apa State Mental (The Reunited Heavy Metal Sounds of Apa State Mental/The Mighty Kong)

Grammar of Misery - The Barracudas (Mean Time/Big Time)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Down & Out Downunder 3

Episode 3 is up. All Aussie, all Rock Action and all here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

James Williamson returns to live music...without the Stooges for now

His rejoining the Stooges still isn't finalised with a planned rehearsal put back from July to August but James Williamson is stepping onto a stage and playing guitar live for the first time in 35 years in San Jose, south of San Francisco, on September 5.

James will play with country-rockers the Careless Hearts at the Blank Club.

"Get there very, very early as it's a tiny place. Also be nice to me (as) I'm very, very old," James says. "But I'm kind of rockin' pretty hard these days." So there.

Check out the Careless Hearts here. They're a little different to the Raw Power Stooges but that shouldn't be a surprise. James' guitar tastes are quite eclectic these days with a focus on slack key guitar.
In case you were wondering, after a long career as a Sony electronics executive, James is retired and spends his time between his home north of San Francisco and a holiday place in the Hawaiian Islands.

And look-out below. It's James with ex-Pistol Steve Jones (left) at a recent Iggy show in L.A. Robert Matheu took the happy snap.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Aussie in punk rock shock in Indonesia

And they used to throw claims of militarism at Radio Birdman. Indonesia's latest punk rock discovery uses gun-shaped guitars, wears camo clothes and is fronted by an Australian. They sing songs about KFC, religion and the local army. More here.

Punksalia have a MySpace too.

Having the hots for Nirvana

I suppose it's playing into their hands linking to the story but national yewf broadcaster Triple Jay annually compile a list of the Hottest 100 songs of the year. This time it's the Hottest 100 Of All Time and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" tops the poll.

Friday, July 10, 2009

So what's the genesis of this?

It's got me stuffed how they'd get 10 discs of this together. Thinking about who'd buy it is scarier.

The Coop avoids going Under Their Wheels

The English press is always interesting when it collides with rock and roll. The British establishment can never work out whether to embrace rock and roll or claim its corpse has been found naked in a hotel room in bondage gear with a plastic bag over its head and an orange in its mouth. Pity their best music always gets swiped by the Americans.

Here's a sample of reportage from Alice Cooper's recent visit to the UK:

- A crazed English Alice Cooper fan was convicted of assault using a false leg after he bashed a fellow concert-goer who told him keep to his own seat. At least no-one used a (decapitated) bat as a weapon.

- Alice has been
reunited with a bag containing 300 horror flicks from his personal collection after it went missing at Heathrow Airport. Beats watching those diabolical in-flight movies.

- The British press (well, The Guardian) has exposed the Coop’s stageshow as a morality play and in true tangental style has told Alice that it’s time to give up. More
here. No surprise there. The Guardian doesn't approve of anything much.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

First French Woman in Podcasting speaks to Laughing Clown Jeffrey Wegener

Annie from Marseille runs a distinctly Australian podcast. Here's her interview with the drumming maestro Jeffrey Wegener.

Fear (Late At Night) - Exploding White Mice

One of the best things out of Adelaide in the '80s. If you click through to the actual YouTube site you can read some entertaining comments. The one about the Hilton Hotels staff Xmas party is especially good.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Mickey Leigh speaks

Mickey Leigh was Joey Ramone's brother and member of his own bands like Stop and was a guitar sideman to Lester Bangs in the writer's combo, Birdland. He still looks after Joey's interest, organising the annual Birthday Bash.

He'll be releasing a book about his life as a brother to a Ramone late in 2009. It may cause some ripples judging scuttlebutt over the years. Mickey and his mum, Charlotte, always seemed to be at odds with various surviving Ramones.

Read more in this interview here.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Dee Dee book goes to court

Ex-Ramones manager tries to block publication of Vera Ramone's book about her late ex-husband Dee Dee? Another day in the continuing (after)life of the Bruddas. It's breaking news and you can read it here.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Hitler finds out Michael Jackson has died.

You expected something serious? Sorry, the guy sold millions of albums but quantity does not always equate to quality.

Danny Fields tells tales

Jim Morrison was an asshole whose bandmates had nightmares because they were worried he was still alive...Jim Osterberg lost his looks and tried to get him sacked...

Uber-starmaker Danny Fields reflects on his rich past in music in the first of a two-part interview at Thirsty Media's e-presence here.

Various Artists - Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 (Boxed Set) - at Rhino

Coming down the pipeline: Various Artists - Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 (Boxed Set). There are some sound samples there and the full track listing (which they've omitted) is:

Disc 1: On The Strip
1. “Riot On Sunset Strip” — The Standells
2. “You Movin’” — The Byrds
3. “You I’ll Be Following” — Love
4. “Dr. Stone” — The Leaves
5. “Go And Say Goodbye” — Buffalo Springfield
6. “Zig Zag Wanderer” — Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
7. “Gentle As It May Seem” — Iron Butterfly
8. “Candy Cane Madness” — Lowell George & The Factory
9. “If You Want This Love” — The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
10. “Baby My Heart” — The Bobby Fuller Four
11. “All Night Long” — The Palace Guard
12. “It’s Gonna Rain” — Sonny & Cher
13. “For My Own” — The Guilloteens
14. “Take A Giant Step” — The Rising Sons
15. “One Too Many Mornings” — The Association
16. “Time Waits For No One” — The Knack
17. “Take It As It Comes” — The Doors
18. “Pulsating Dream” — Kaleidoscope
19. “Tripmaker” — The Seeds
20. “The People In Me” — The Music Machine
21. “Saturday’s Son” — The Sons Of Adam
22. “Eventually” — The Peanut Butter Conspiracy
23. “Swim” — Penny Arkade
24. “The Third Eye” — The Joint Effort
25. “Girl In Your Eye” — Spirit

Disc 2: Beyond The City
1. “Jump, Jive & Harmonize” — Thee Midniters
2. “Back Up” — The Light
3. “To Die Alone” — The Bush
4. “Get On This Plane” — The Premiers
5. “Little Girl, Little Boy” — The Odyssey
6. “Hideaway” — The Electric Prunes
7. “Listen, Listen!” — The Merry-Go-Round
8. “She Done Moved” — The Spats
9. “Grim Reaper Of Love” — The Turtles
10. “See If I Care” — Ken & The Fourth Dimension
11. “He’s Not There Anymore” — The Chymes
12. “Back Seat ‘38 Dodge” — Opus 1
13. “Eternal Prison” — The Humane Society
14. “Revenge” — The Others
15. “Come Alive” — Things To Come
16. “Acid Head” — The Velvet Illusions
17. “Guaranteed Love” — Limey & The Yanks
18. “Love’s The Thing” — The Romancers (aka The Smoke Rings)
19. “Underground Lady” — Kim Fowley
20. “Pretty Little Thing” — The Deepest Blue
21. “You’re Wishin’ I Was Someone Else” — The Whatt Four
22. “Hippy Elevator Operator” — The W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band
23. “That’s For Sure” — The Mustangs
24. “Tomorrow’s Girl” — Fapardokly (Merrell & The Exiles)
25. “Everything’s There” — The Hysterics
26. “Our Time Is Running Out” — The Yellow Payges

Disc 3: The Studio Scene
1. “Action, Action, Action” — Keith Allison
2. “The Rebel Kind” — Dino, Desi & Billy
3. “High On Love” — The Knickerbockers
4. “Fan Tan” — Jan & Dean
5. “Halloween Mary” — P.F. Sloan
6. “Somebody Groovy” — The Mamas & The Papas
7. “Daydreaming” — Thorinshield
8. “Just Can’t Wait” — The Full Treatment
9. “Yellow Balloon” — The Yellow Balloon
10. “The Times To Come” — London Phogg
11. “No More Running Around” — The Lamp Of Childhood
12. “Little Girl Lost-And-Found” — The Garden Club
13. “Mothers And Fathers” — The Moon
14. “My Girlfriend Is A Witch” — October Country
15. “Montage Mirror” — Roger Nichols Trio
16. “Flower Eyes” — Pasternak Progress
17. “Come Down” — The Common Cold
18. “Jill” — Gary Lewis & The Playboys
19. “Daily Nightly” — The Monkees
20. “Night Time Girl” — Modern Folk Quintet
21. “Don’t Say No” — The Oracle
22. “Tin Angel (Will You Ever Come Down)” — Hearts And Flowers
23. “Rainbow Woman” — Lee Hazlewood
24. “Poor Old Organ Grinder” — Pleasure featuring Billy Elder
25. “Baby, Please Don’t Go” — The Ballroom

Disc 4: New Directions
1. “Sit Down I Think I Love You” — Stephen Stills & Richie Furay*
2. “Splendor In The Grass” — Jackie DeShannon with The Byrds
3. “November Night” — Peter Fonda
4. “Roses And Rainbows” — Danny Hutton
5. “Lemon Chimes” — The Dillards
6. “Here’s Today” — The Rose Garden
7. “I Love How You Love Me” — Nino Tempo & April Stevens
8. “Words” (Demo) — Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart*
9. “(You Used To) Ride So High” — The Motorcycle Abeline (Warren Zevon & Bones Howe)
10. “Los Angeles” — Gene Clark
11. “Once Upon A Time” — Tim Buckley*
12. “Darlin’ You Can Count On Me” — The Everpresent Fullness
13. “I’ll Search The Sky” — The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
14. “Come To The Sunshine” — Van Dyke Parks
15. “Heroes And Villains” (Alternate Take) — The Beach Boys
16. “She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune” — Jesse Lee Kincaid
17. “Sister Marie” — Nilsson
18. “Last Night I Had A Dream” (Single Version) — Randy Newman
19. “Life Is A Dream” — Noel Harrison
20. “Marshmallow Skies” — Rick Nelson
21. “I Think I Love You” — Del Shannon
22. “Change Is Now” — The Byrds
23. “The Truth Is Not Real” (Single Version) — Sagittarius
24. “You Set The Scene” — Love
25. “Inner-Manipulations” — Barry McGuire

*Previously unreleased

Rhino do these things so well, it's likely that this will be an essential purchase.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Allen Klein dead

The ex-Rolling Stones and Beatles manipulator has shuffled off at age 77. Obits are not expected to be warm and glowing.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

The Walkman Turns 30 Today

Happy birthday Walkman! Ya got me through some long flights.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Born To Lose

The Lech Kowalski movie about Johnny Thunders has been up on YouTube since late 2008. I used to have a copy of this cut (there are several) on DVD but it was like Johnny - quite fucked up - and would skip. Here's all 100 minutes of it.