Sunday, May 31, 2009

Wayne Kramer back in prison

Only for a visit, mind you. More on his day at Sing Sing and Brother Wayne's long-held view about the war on drugs here.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The last time Phil Spector appeared here

It was back during his re-trial when he was found guilty. The hits on the Rant went off the radar and my guess is it was because I pinched this photo:

It obviously must have registered high in Google's image search rankings and people just kept clicking through. Let's see what happens this time.

Friday, May 29, 2009

I don't care what you punks say

Dr Feelgood were the duck's nuts, especially THIS line-up.

Thanks for the heads-up to this clip, Vinz Guyot!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Rumours album out

The sucker arrived by courier today. Not Mick Medew (pictured) but the album by him and his band, The Rumours. Five boxes of it. The first copies went out to retail late today but you can order "All Your Love" direct (and clear some of my debt) here. Be quick 'cos I'm on my way to the post office and I hate lining up to be served by the ponce with the ring on his thumb.

Don't forget the June 6 Sydney album launch at The Vanguard in Newtown and stay tuned for news on the Brisbane show.

Free new Dinosaur Jr.

Grab a song "I Want You To Know" from the forthcoming album. Dinosaur Jr.

The Monks

If proof was needed of this band's greatness, check out this 1966 clip.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

John Varvatos is Born in Detroit

The fashion label guy who bought CBGBs and turned it into a retail store is doing a radio program for Sirius called "Born In Detroit." John Varvatos appears to have his heart in the right place even if the idea of his $100 T-shirts on sale in THAT place are the antithesis of punk rock and roll. He talks about his program here.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Drunk & Disorderly Episode 22

Are You a Boy Or Are You a Girl - The Faceful (The Dogs Tribute...Doggy Style/Future Now Records)

No Time For Rock N Roll - Left Arm (Disatisoul/Trouble In River City)

All Your Love - Mick Medew & The Rumours (All Your Love/I-94 Bar Records)

Cave Girl - The Texreys (Cave Girl/Ugh! Records)

Downtown Paranoia Blues - Soledad Brothers (The Hardest Walk/Alive Records)

Soul Power - Freddy Lynxx (Full Cover/Sucksex)

Oggie Boggie - The Ooga Boogas (Romance & Adventure/Arght!)

#6 Dance - Truckstop Lovechild (Drink Fight Fuck/Zodiac Killer Records)

Try Something - New Christs (Gloria/Impedance)

Abandon Ship - Gentle Ben & His Sensitive Side (7" single/Spooky)

How Long Is Too Long - The Movements (The World, The Flesh And The Devil/Alleycat)

Dreamcatcher - The Lash Outs (Drink Fight Fuck/Zodiac Killer Records)

Love Cancer - Painkillers (Love Cancer/Truck)

More Drugs More Lies - Sonic Assassin (Downfall of Aces/Nicotine Records)

Bleed For You - Los Hories (What's The Time?/Off The Hip)

Do It Again - The Long Strides (The Long Strides/Off The Hip)

Killer Weed - Eddie Spaghetti (Drink Fight Fuck/Zodiac Killer Records)

Drunk & Disorderly - The I-94 Bar Podcast

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Down & Out Downunder

A new, all-Australian (and maybe some New Zealand) podcast on the Garage Punk Network. Click here to listen.

If I was in Melbourne...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What every home needs

A GG Allin bobblehead. Hopefully, it won't shit in its own hands and throw excrement on you, but if that's your thing you can get one from the ROIR label.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Yes, it's true

We have confirmation from someone who knows. Iggy & The Stooges with James Williamson on guitar will rehearse in July. No word on gigs yet.

Stooges 2009?

The Australian's respected rock writer Iain Shedden may have landed a world exclusive.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Stooges '71

Ever hear the short-lived Stooges line-up with Ron Asheton AND James Williamson on guitars? Little survives except a St Louis show, booted on an obscure label from a tape that was traded among colectors for years. UK legacy label Easy Action have been on the case, however, and have come up with a box set dating from that 1971 US tour.

There's a considerable back story to this which I might relate at a later time. Meanwhile, you can watch as more details go up, hear sound samples and pre-order here.

Kicksville 66

Norton Records' Miriam Linna was the Cramps' drummer before Nick Knox (and that's her on the right). She's blogging about her time in the band and you need to check it out here. Thumbs up to Lindsay Hutton (who used to run the Cramps fan club) for the heads up. His own Next Big Thing blog is temporarily down due to a computer death.

Flipper heads to Oz

Confrontational Californian grind punk band Flipper are heading to Australia. I can't their stuff in the past did much for me but I'm assured their new album is good. A big plus is that X (the Australian one) is playing support on most of the gigs. Read up on some Flipper background here.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Christ partied hard

“My theory is that Jesus Christ was probably a raving party animal. I think he was stoned a lot of the time and he’s been successively whitewashed by various bureaucracies and translations. That’s the kind of guy who would go into the temple and say, ‘F*** this shit!’ That would be a stoned, pissed-off guy.”

Can you guess who said it? Answer here.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Gabba Gabba Goof

Not my headline so I can't claim credit. The Hall of Lame has corrected an error - and received some well-deserved kicks to the arse along the way - in marking Joey Ramone's contribution to R and R. More here.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cheetah Chrome goes "home"

Just spotted the news that Cleveland, Ohio, expat now living in Nashville, punk geetar supremo Cheetah Chrome, returns to his New York City stomping grounds for two shows:

CHEETAH CHROME w/very special guests the BLACKHEARTS at Maxwell's in Hoboken NJ 5/20 and Europa in Brooklyn 5/21.
Cheetah will also be appearing at the Joey Ramone birthday bash 5/19 at Irving Plaza. WFMU will have Cheetah live on air interview 3pm 5/21.

Hey Cheetah - air tix to Australia are very cheap right now.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Richie Ramone sighting

Spotted playing in an orchestra in Utah.

Nick Cave tries to raise the dead

Nick Cave apparently wrote a sequel to the Gladiator movie in which Russell Crowe's character was brought back from the dead, it's claimed. His plotline reads a bit scifi-maximus to me but Hollywood has foisted stranger things onto the public. Anyone see Baz Lurhman's "Australia"?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hoodoo Gurus In Shock Football Group Sex Media Furore

This should make no sense at all to overseas readers but here's the link to the transcript of Australia's national broadcaster's flagship news radio program and what went to air this morning. Like Wow, Wipeout.

New Ig disc hailed as a masterwork

So says a critic at The Guardian whose view of The Weirdness I share. We'll see.

Monday, May 11, 2009

June Long Weekend Launch for Rumours CD

The Sydney launch for "All Your Love", the debut CD for Brisbane band Mick Medew & The Rumours, is on Sunday, June 7 at The Vanguard in Newtown. It's a showcase gig at one classy joint - you can even get a sit-down meal. Tickets are procurable here.

Supports will be Decline of the Reptiles and Ghost Valley. Decline are the reformed Sydney band who have killed it in their first two comeback gigs. Mick Medew, of course, was leader of the Screaming Tribesmen who should need no introduction to fans of the good stuff. Ghost Valley are a bunch of kids with an old man called Ashley Thomson on drums who go pretty well.

And yes, the album is on I-94 Bar Records and, yes, it is a killer. So good you can pre-order it here and score it before it hits retail. It'll be distributed in Australia by Fuse and overseas by Off The Hip.

Brisbane launch details when they come to hand.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Machine Gun Thompson and the draft

Dennis Thompson's blog of his back pages in bands like the MC5, The New Order and (upcoming) New Race are a treasure trove if you're into the good stuff. This post on how he ducked the draft is a pearler.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Ambient Music YouTube Overdose

That's my term for it anyway. Have a squizz here. Clever.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

"Decaying corpse"

Not a zombie splatter movie description sadly, but a review of the new NY Dolls. Having heard a leaked copy, I must concur.

Monday, May 04, 2009

"All Your Love": Mick Medew & The Rumours

Out June 1 on I-94 Bar Records.

Spinning Wheel (Mick Medew)
When The Wood Is Brown (Mick Medew/Tony Cardinal)
All Your Love (Mick Medew)
Ready to Fall (Mick Medew/Ron Peno)
Overdo Everything (Mick Medew)
Way Down Low (Mick Medew)
Start The Show (Ash Geary)
Another Girl Another Planet (The Only Ones)
Mary Jane (Mick Medew)

Sunday, May 03, 2009

I guess thus qualifies as a Rock Royal Wedding

Meg White and Jackson Smith are tying the knot.

Groovin' with Roy Loney and Cyril Jordan

Sounds like Cyril and Roy with the A-Bones went down a storm at Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans their pseudo-Flamin' Groovies show. Here's some YouTubeage to prove it.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Joey Ramone w/ The Dictators - The Kids Are Alright

From Joey's birthday party at Coney Island High, 1998.

Rumours album is more than a rumour

Good news on the Mick Medew & The Rumours album front and it should be out in the next month.

The title is "All Your Love". There'll be a radio-only single of the title track going out so keep your ears open. The album includes a co-write with Mick Medew and his old bandmate from The 31st Ron Peno called "Ready To Fall" and a stinging cover of The Only Ones' "Another Girl Another Planet".

Keep an eye on I-94 Bar Records for cover art.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Iggy goes jazz crooner

I don't know if this is going to be good or bad but it's certainly going to be different.

In The Red and That Holy Fuck Effect

This is a goodie: In The Red Records founder Larry Hardy talks about the Cheater Slicks, Kid Congo Powers and Andre Williams here. Who'd believe it's been 100+ releases.