Monthly Archives: March 2012

Tanlines Unveil New Video

 

Dig that
Mighty Boosh connection….

 

Brooklyn, NY’s Tanlines – composed of Eric
Emm (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Jesse Cohen (drums, keyboards, bass) –  released their
highly-anticipated debut Mixed
Emotions
via True Panther
Sounds yesterday, and have announced that the video for their latest
single “All of Me” will be
premiering on Adult Swim . Check
it out HERE.

 

The video, which marks the music video directorial debut of UK
comedy legend Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh and was produced by Framestore, will be Tanlines’
second video off of the album (and the first not in 360 degrees). The
collaboration between Barratt and the band was a combination of brazen wishful
thinking and good luck. Tanlines, who are influenced by Barratt, toyed with the
possibility of listing the Mighty Boosh as a creative partner in their liner
notes. Word reached Barratt, who after listening to an early version of the
album realized “All of Me” served as a perfect musical counterpoint
to some of the imagery he was interested in exploring, and an opportunity to
experiment making music videos. So shockingly, he dove in. 

 

 

Barratt says, “At the time I wrote the treatment, I was
watching a particular film by Fabrice Du Welz called ‘The Ordeal’ which is a
really good, strange, macabre film with some really interesting movement and
dance bits in that…I’m always trying to do anything between comedy and
horror.  Because you have such a strong flavor with Tanlines’ music, it’s
quite fun to offset that with bleak imagery.”

 

 

The video stars the band performing on an old-timey late-night
television show to an elderly crowd jiltedly moving together, doing something
just short of dancing. It is mysterious, funny, macabre and a definite must-see.

 

 

In addition, fans can now get an inside look at what went on
behind the scenes by watching the “Making of” footage HERE, which was directed
by Matt Bowron and produced by Richard Carter. 

 

 

You can listen to Emm and Cohen talk about the new record on NPR’s Morning Edition HERE and stream the album HERE.

 

 

New MP3 from Translator’s Steve Barton

“Please” comes from
the singer/guitarist’s new Projector album.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Very pleased to unveil a brand
new track from Steve Barton, frontman for the mighty Translator, who has a new
solo album out next week.




Steve Barton “Please” by Howlin’ Wuelf Media


Projector was produced by Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice co-founder)
and was recorded and mixed on tape. This record is made up of songs that Steve
wrote in the immediate aftermath of his dad’s death. “I went over to Marvin’s
house to play him some of the songs that I had written. He set up his 4-track
cassette machine and I started to play. By the end of the night I had played 18
songs. He suggested that we make an album, and that I play all of the
instruments. This was a big departure for me, as I have only made records with
either Translator or with my solo band. I thought about it over a weekend and
decided to say yes. We chose a studio where we could make the album on 2″
reel-to-reel tape. We recorded and mixed in around 5 days.”

 

Steve
has released four solo albums: The Boy
Who Rode His Bike Around The World
, Charm
Offensive
, Flicker Of Time and Gallery. The band for these albums
consists of Steve on guitar and vocals, Robbie Rist on drums (Robbie is
well-known for having played Cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch – plus a long
list of indie music and film work), and bassist Derrick Anderson (he is also
the current bass player for The Bangles). They have been together for several
years and provide the perfect band for Steve’s post-Translator songs.

 

Translator features Steve
Barton (guitar, vocals), Robert Darlington (guitar, vocals), Larry Dekker
(bass) and Dave Scheff (drums).

 

[Photo Credit: Greg Papazian]

Flaming Lips & Friends for Rec Store Day

 

 

Somebody’s been
consulting their Screaming Lord Sutch albums…

 

 

In between one-off shows scattered around the world
in the past several months the Flaming Lips have still found time to record a
series of unique and experimental sessions for an album featuring a diverse cross-section
of heavy friends from every corner of the musical cosmos. THE FLAMING LIPS AND HEADY FWENDS
includes vocal and musical assistance from such disparate playmates as Yoko
Ono, Nick Cave, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Bon Iver, Ke$ha and many more.  

 

 

Some of these tracks have already appeared on
previously released, extremely limited edition color vinyl 12″ EPs
released in past months, which sold out as soon as they became available. Most
of the tracks on the album are being released here for the first time and will
surprise even the most ardent LIPS fans.  

 

 

THE FLAMING LIPS AND
HEADY FWENDS
will be pressed on two high-quality, multi-color vinyl discs housed in separate
custom art jackets and poly bagged together. No two discs will look exactly alike.
This double album will be very limited and released exclusively for RECORD STORE DAY. Once it’s gone, it will not be repressed again making THE FLAMING LIPS AND HEADY FWENDS the
most anticipated RSD release
this year.    

 

 

Tracklisting:

 

 

Side 1:

 2012 (featuring
Ke$ha and Biz Markie)

 Ashes In The Air
(featuring Bon Iver)

 Helping The
Retarded To Know God (featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)

 

 

Side 2:

Supermoon Made Me Want
To Pee (featuring Prefuse 73)

Children Of The Moon
(featuring Tame Impala)

That Ain’t My Trip
(featuring Jim James of My Morning Jacket)

You, Man? 
Human?  (featuring Nick
Cave)

 

 

 Side 3:

 I’m Working At
NASA On Acid (featuring Lightning Bolt)

 Do It! (featuring
Yoko Ono)

 Is David Bowie
Dying? (featuring Neon Indian)

 

 

Side 4:

The First Time Ever I
Saw Your Face (featuring Erykah Badu)

Thunder Drops (featuring
New Fumes)

I Don’t Want You To Die
(featuring Chris Martin of Coldplay)

 

 

As previously announced,
the band will also have this highly sought-after title available on Record
Store Day:
The
Flaming Lips
/ Mastodon
: “A Spoonful
Weighs A Ton” (7″ baby pink
vinyl single) The mighty Mastodon faithfully covers the Lips classic “Spoonful Weighs a Ton,”
from The Soft Bulletin album.

 

 

Report: Joy Formidable/APTBS Live in Denver

 

March 17, while the rest of the explored
word was in Austin, two of the planet’s hippest buzz bands pushed forward into
premiere indie rock venue The Bluebird.


By Tim Hinely

 

A
Place to
Bury Strangers’ set was …well, loud; and part of it was played in total
darkness (while the other part was with a strobe going on). A.P.T.B.S. is three
mild-mannered looking guys form NYC who want to try and channel the energy of
My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain (but there’s more going on than
that though, I hear some space rock in there too) and do a pretty damn good job
of it. They played some of their new ep, Onwards to the Wall.  Well-worth checking out.

 

The Joy
Formidable is a UK buzz band (trio)
with a few folks who used to be in a band called Sidecar Kisses
(vocalist/guitarist Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian Dafydd) and a now newer
drummer, Matt Thomas, who replaced the band’s original drummer.  In addition to the gong and harp on stage the
band set up a very nautical theme including a 10- foot tall lighthouse that sat
on a table on stage (and yes, it was lit up). The bleach-blonde, pixie-ish
Ritzy stormed around the stage, smiled at fans one moment and sneered the next,
crashed into her bandmates (someone once described her as a female Cobain) and
generally seemed like she was having a blast while bassist Dafydd stood solid
n’ steady and Thomas, sitting on the sideways drums (facing the side of his
bandmates) had a crazed smile on his mug most of the night while slamming away
on his kit.

 

They opened with
“Heavy Abacus” and proceeded to play a good chunk off of their latest, THE BIG
ROAR (including a killer version of “The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade”
and “The Ever Changing Spectrum of a Lie.” They kept
up the high energy for the whole set which included two encores, “Whirring”
(off said record) and a new song called “The Silent Treatment.”  As we critic types like to say, this band has
its chops down. They need to be seen and will most likely be in your town soon.
So go see ‘em.

Lykke Li & Friends Launch Record Label

 

An opportunity for creation, collaboration and compilation.”

By Blurt Staff

They’re calling her INGRID (the URL, however, is Ingrd.com) and “her” is actually a new record label. “They” are a collective of Swedish musicians, among them Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Coco Morier, the members of Miike Snow, and the Teddybears. (Via Pitchfork) A press release yesterday read thusly:

 

“Ingrid was created over numerous cups of pitch black coffee at
Mellqvist’s in Stockholm: a place where tall men, homecoming stars,
sailor boys, toddlers, seekers, and women so beautiful it hurts, come
together to discuss the indifferences of who you are and what you ought
to be…

 

“Beyond complaints of harsh winters and lack of a real good Mexican
joint, other topics started to swirl around the tables. Isn’t there
more to life than world tours, indie cred and empty pockets? Couldn’t we
be creating straight from the heart right to the people without any
middle hands? Is it not 2012?

 

“In a heartbeat, Ingrid was created. Consisting of members such as:
Miike Snow, Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Coco Morier, Jocke Åhlund,
Johanna Beckman, Jonas Torvestig, and Tomas Nordmark, Ingrid plans to
offer a home for the new guard of musicians and artists. The opportunity
for creation, collaboration, and compilation sonically and visually,
Ingrid will provide in an unadulterated space.”

 

 


Lykke Li & Friends Launch Record Label

 

An opportunity for creation, collaboration and compilation.”

By Blurt Staff

They’re calling her INGRID (the URL, however, is Ingrd.com) and “her” is actually a new record label. “They” are a collective of Swedish musicians, among them Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Coco Morier, the members of Miike Snow, and the Teddybears. (Via Pitchfork) A press release yesterday read thusly:

 

“Ingrid was created over numerous cups of pitch black coffee at
Mellqvist’s in Stockholm: a place where tall men, homecoming stars,
sailor boys, toddlers, seekers, and women so beautiful it hurts, come
together to discuss the indifferences of who you are and what you ought
to be…

 

“Beyond complaints of harsh winters and lack of a real good Mexican
joint, other topics started to swirl around the tables. Isn’t there
more to life than world tours, indie cred and empty pockets? Couldn’t we
be creating straight from the heart right to the people without any
middle hands? Is it not 2012?

 

“In a heartbeat, Ingrid was created. Consisting of members such as:
Miike Snow, Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Coco Morier, Jocke Åhlund,
Johanna Beckman, Jonas Torvestig, and Tomas Nordmark, Ingrid plans to
offer a home for the new guard of musicians and artists. The opportunity
for creation, collaboration, and compilation sonically and visually,
Ingrid will provide in an unadulterated space.”

 

 


Incoming: New Joey Ramone Solo Album

 

May release is
the belated follow-up to Don’t Worry About Me.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

On May 22, Joey Ramone’s second solo album, …ya know?” will be
released (via BMG Rights Management), eleven years after his life was cruelly
cut short by lymphoma. The tracks were drawn from a cache of demos and
unreleased recordings that Joey had cut at various times during the last decade
and a half of his life. 

 

His brother, musician Mickey Leigh, executive produced the
project. “It was of the utmost importance to me that these remaining songs
of Joey’s be finished properly, and made available for the world to hear,”
Leigh says of “…ya know?”,
which is comprised primarily of never-before-heard songs written and sung by
his brother.  

 

But this is no half-baked grab-bag of odds and ends, and it’s also
a fitting, if belated, follow-up to Joey’s first solo album Don’t Worry
About Me
, which was recorded just prior to his death and released the
following year.

 

“…ya know?” – the title
refers to the phrase that was a ubiquitous staple of Joey’s conversation.

 

 

 

Among the people Mickey Leigh and Joey’s manager Dave Frey reached
out to in bringing “…ya
know?”
to fruition was veteran producer Ed Stasium, who was
behind the board for many of the Ramones’ greatest albums, including their
early classics Leave Home, Rocket to Russia and Road to Ruin. In addition to
producing ten of the album’s fifteen tracks, Stasium also contributed
instrumentation and vocals to each. The cast of players includes Joan Jett, and
Little Steven Van Zandt, who plays guitar on “Party Line” and wrote
the album’s poignant liner notes, along with such notables as former Ramones
drummer Richie Ramone, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Dennis Diken of the
Smithereens, Richie Stotts, Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, punk
survivor Holly Beth Vincent, members of the Ramones’ punk-era contemporaries
The Dictators, and producers Jean Beauvoir and Joe Blaney.

 

The swaggering album-opener “Rock ‘n’ Roll Is the
Answer” (co-written with Plasmatics guitarist Richie Stotts) will be
released as a limited-edition 7″ single for Record Store Day on April 21.

 

Leigh reflects “Over the past eight years I’ve been getting
barrages of emails and Facebook messages from Joey’s fans, wanting to know when
this album would be coming out.  So having it finally become a reality
gives me a feeling of triumph – not for me, but for my brother, and for his
fans.  And there’s not the slightest doubt in my mind that people are
gonna be blown away by it.”

 

Report: Matt Sorum’s Magnificent Seven Live in LA

 

The ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum
assembled a cast of pals on March 18 at the Stone Rose Lounge in Los Angeles to rock out
for Adopt the Arts.

BY JOSE MARTINEZ / PHOTOS BY GENE KIRKLAND

Musicians,
celebrities and friends of former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum came out in
support of his Adopt the Arts charity
program aimed to help fund art programs in public schools. The launch event was
hosted by Glee’s Jane Lynch at The Sofitel Hotel in West
Hollywood.

 

The evening
included dinner prepared by celebrity chef Kerry Simon in his Simon L.A. restaurant;
a silent auction that included guitars donated by Billy Corgan and Slash, as
well as a custom made Fender guitar worth $5,000; and an all-star performance
by Magnificent Seven, which is basically an acoustic version of local super
group Camp Freddy in the hotel’s Stone Rose Lounge.

 

The band
featured Sorum on drums, guitarists Steve Stevens and Billy Morrison (Billy
Idol/The Cult), bassist Grant Fitzpatrick (MINK/Cherie Curry), and singers
Donovan Leitch (Nancy Boy/Camp Freddy), Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway/Slash)
and special guest Mark McGrath, as well as actor John Stamos on percussion.

 

 

 

During the band’s
nearly hour-long set, the evolving lineup of celebrity musicians tore through
crowd favorites such as the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” Bowie’s “Suffragette
City,” Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” the Stones’ “Wild Horses” with ex-GNR guitarist
Gilby Clarke on vocals, KISS’ “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “Fly” with former
Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, who still managed to up the D.B. factor even at
a charity event, White Stripe’s “Seven Nation Army,” The Doors’ “Roadhouse
Blues,” Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta
Love.”

 

A clear
highlight for the hobnob crowd, which also included The Cult’s Billy Duffy,
Disturbed singer David Draiman and actor Jonathan Schaech, was former Deep
Purple singer Glenn Hughes, now with Black Country Communion, performing solo
and with the all-star band on Free’s “All Right Now.”

 

 

 

 

While many in
attendance may have come just to watch a cool concert or to stargaze, a
favorite pastime in Los Angeles,
their money definitely went to a good cause near and dear to Sorum’s heart.
With the Los Angeles
Unified School
District contemplating the total elimination of
funding for elementary school arts program for the 2012-13 school year, Adopt the Arts Foundation is dedicated to improving the
academic performance of every child through the gift of making art and music in
public school students.

 

“Adopt The Arts has become the most important thing I am
involved in,” Sorum said. “It is so important that we don’t let the arts and
music disappear in our public elementary schools. Our kids need this outlet.
[Without it], this is an epidemic that will become a social and economic
problem down the line.”

 

To
learn more about Adopt the Arts, watch this short film directed by Rocco
Guarino.

 

WACKED / STEVEN LORBER

 

From File Clerk to CEO-or My Dinner with the Georgetown 5.

 

By  Steven Lorber

 

 

 

(Just call me Willie)

 

 

———–THE PORKYS
NATIONAL ANTHEM——-

 

 

 

It’s a hard world to get a
break in
All the good things have been taken
But girl there are ways
To make certain things pay
Though I’m dressed in these rags
I’ll wear sable
Someday
Hear what I say
I’m gonna ride the serpent
No more time spent
Sweatin’ rent
Hear my command
I’m breakin’ loose
It ain’t no use
Holdin’ me down
Stick around

But baby, but baby
Remember, remember
It’s my life and I’ll do what I want
It’s my mind and I’ll think what I want
Show me I’m wrong, hurt me sometime
But some day, I’ll treat you real fine

 

                                     “It’s My
Life” – The Animals

 

 

 

I have recently joined the
ranks of the unemployed. Not by choice, but rather the all too familiar
corporate heave ho. Yes I enjoyed the requisite pity party, the Muslim breast
beating ritual (minus the razors)-the Buddhist meditation which ended with a
non-directed fuck you; and so, I was back where I started. Déjà vu- -or what I
call-the Peter Sellers Syndrome.  I
dusted off the mantle, the nameplate, and the web site of the once great Metro
Music. Yes the business where I was the King- and the King was I. The challenge
that now stood before me was; could I resurrect a vinyl business in a digital
world and achieve greatness as I had done 15 years before?? The world had
changed in my absence. What kind of bizarro universe was I entering where
10,000 songs can be had for nothing; stored on a disc the size of a pinhead.
Music that could be ripped sampled trampled mixed doctored downloaded and
served up fresh on an I-pod/cell phone/I-pad-the cloud?!!. Would I be able to
meet this Herculean challenge?? Could I bring some semblance of sanity to a
world gone mad!! Once again I was at the crossroads-“hello darkness my old
friend”!!  Just as the Green
Lantern-summoned his strength-“On the darkest day in the darkest night-no evil
shall escape my sight”-I called on the Gods of Porkydom-Barney Fife/Harvey
Pekar/Sgt.Bilko/Captain Kangaroo/Ed
Grimley-Give me strength my friends-breathe life into my soul so that I may
soldier on-and show the world that a vinyl record-is your friend-its there to
comfort you-to inspire you, and to love you. And so it became, I, Steven Lorber,
went from file clerk to CEO of Metro Music.

 

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit
that these recent events triggered the inevitable 19th Nervous Breakdown-the
rush to the doctor for more powerful drugs and the spiritual questioning/self
loathing inherent in this porkys genetic makeup. I spent my days making friends
at the local Dunkin Doughnuts emporium drinking way to much coffee and
convincing myself that “Their Satanic Majesties Request,” was light years ahead
of Sgt. Pepper (2000 in fact). Strangely enough no matter what psychotic roller
coaster my mind seemed to take-I kept
coming back to the question of education. My education. Had I received my
degree in 1975, as I should have-what would my life have been like/wp-content/photos. You see
I had a small difference of opinion with Mr. John Carroll and -thus I engaged
in a 25-year war with the almighty Georgetown.
The epic David & Goliath battle ended in august 2000 as the bruised and
battered giant awarded this belligerent porky his cherished BSFS degree.

 

 

 

In the process of getting the
Metro Music office ready for business I couldn’t stop thinking as to how I
arrived at this place in my life. –  58
and starting all over again? Had I even started/wp-content/photos What had I really done?
—  “Who knows where the time goes”?
/”Time has come today-Time in a bottle-The time and the place-Love me two
times-Summertime-Time wont let me be-Time is on my side-Time of the Season- Tea
Time (won’t be the same without my Donna)“.”

 

 It was a sunny day in June-after returning
from DD and trying to put my office in order I came across an unmarked file
filled with letters documenting my 25-year war. 
I marveled at the gall, the tone and the slightly pathetic nature of my
letters. How they must have dreaded receiving my letters with the never ending
cajoling, begging demanding; imploring, beseeching, requesting and petitioning.
Who said you cannot petition the Lord with Prayer??!!. After a cursory
examination-I concluded that I’m a pretty damn good beggar! And why not-Hell
I’m not that proud, I spent my whole life begging for grades, begging for sex
and begging God to forgive me. Amongst the mountain of documents I was sorting
for posterity one caught my attention. It was a one-page transcript with my class rank. – Steven Lorber Class Rank
350 of 0355.  Yes I actually finished
higher than 5 other people. The days went on and I kept
thinking who are these 5 people? How was I able to finish ahead of them?? Well
I decided to find out. It was just my luck that I had a connection with a girl
who worked in the GU admissions office. With the requisite begging and bribery
I tracked down my fellow low ranking Georgetown
comrades. After the perfunctory introductory e-mail, I sent them all an
official invitation to come back to DC to enjoy a dinner and pay homage to each
other as we would examine our lives and our connection as the bottom 6
graduates in the class of 2000.

 

 

 

Feeling smug, anxious,
excited, and nervous-I went to greet my fellow travelers at the world famous
Willard hotel on the designated night of November 12, “A day that will live
in…There was Thomas Bergeron, Sheridan Fawnstock, Susan Emerson, Sean Driscoll
and Cynthia O’Connell. I hosted this Dinner in one of the Willard’s private
banquet halls. It was my dream that this magical meeting-this dinner -would
help me realize my station in life. Secretly I was hoping that this special
event-this meeting of the minds would confirm my superiority. Arrogant?
Absolutely! Insecurity is the defining genetic marker of all porkys.  It drives us to beg, borrow or steal any
morsel of praise, encouragement and acceptance
being offered.

 

As we sat down at the dinner
table-our private waiter poured the wine. Sheridan
suggested we all introduce ourselves and give a brief description of our professions. Sheridan Fawnstock started
out explaining that after a few false starts he followed the path of his degree
right to the state department. Stamping passports in Burundi
eventually led to an appointment by George Bush to be the American Ambassador
to Nigeria.
Thomas Bergeron then went on to explain after a series of dead end jobs he went
for masters in accounting and was now heads the international division at PRICE
WATERHOUSE. . Cynthia O’Connell went to Georgetown’s
nursing school and is now the Head of the Nursing dept
at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. Sean Driscoll went to
open a successful line of department stores in the Midwest.
And Susan Emerson became a well known social worker in Maryland spearheading the Martha’s Table
Homeless shelters throughout the tri state area.

 

I immediately realized I
stepped into a big pile of do do. The Georgetown
5 were major success stories. Listening to my peers brought me to panic attack
mode. My stomach flew to my brain. -My brain tried to exit my head. The
elevator that was me was in free fall. When it came to my turn, I had to pinch
my leg to pull it together, “Well I worked briefly as a paralegal for a
prestigious law firm and then after a difference of opinion-I started a record
business selling vinyl, press kits, posters, buttons, cassettes…it’s a good
business with international appeal I provide……People like to touch and hold
records….it’s tactile-it’s an art object.. It gives pleasure…..Everyone’s a
collector-you’ve seen the TV show Pickers…no not Hoarders ..Pickers…. My worst
fears materialized-I saw that glazed look in their eyes-a look I knew so well.
Before I even finished, I morphed into the mentally challenged child at the
holiday dinner. I was “lather.”

 

 

 

The nights one piece of good
luck presented itself when the waiter interrupted
my bumbling announcing dinner would be served shortly. I did my best to curb my
conversation; use the knife and fork properly, napkin on lap and no nose
picking. I went out of my way to be polite, gracious and cultured. Halfway
through the evening I excused myself and went to the bathroom. I popped an
adderoll to focus and a Valium to relax. I took a few minutes to pull myself
together, engaged in some chanting and entertained nostalgic memories about
Quaaludes.  As the evening came to a
close Cynthia suggested we all describe our greatest success or
achievement.  Sheridan started off saying how he brought
two warring African tribes together and brokered a peace where there had been
horrific genocide. Thomas proudly described how he instituted the Price Waterhouse
college fund, which gives out $500,000 a year in scholarship money to needy
students. Cynthia heads the nursing staff for doctors without borders. Sean
makes it a point to hire 25% of his work force from minorities and the
disenfranchised population. Susan worked on the Presidents task force for
Welfare Reform.  Then it was my
turn—I’m not sure why-perhaps the Valium, but I felt strangely comfortable
with my level of achievement

 

“Well um I worked on the
Grammy’s-well not really… I did win this contest at a record show here in
Arbutus Maryland
were I was able to piece together a story using Beatle song Titles.. not a
simple feat mind you! -Here let me show you.” Do you wanna know a secret?  She was a day tripper, with a ticket to ride.
She said She Said, you’re a loser a nowhere man-yes I’m down-but I’ll be back-I
should have known better-help, its been a hard days night but its getting
better all the time-everyone is trying to be my baby….I don’t want to spoil the
Party…

 

Just as I was hitting my stride
my compadres got up and briskly left the banquet room. I was alone rapping “for
no one”. The GU 5 were now hurriedly walking down the long corridor towards the
exit exchanging phone numbers shaking hands and making promises to keep in
touch. How could this be happening to me, this nightmare -this meltdown– a
nuclear holocaust-a turned down day.

 

Then a force took hold of me;
from where I have no idea-and with the speed of a vampire from Bon Temps-I flew
past the GU five; fell to my knees, blocked their path and with my hands
stretched out to the heavens- I pleaded.

 

“I’m just a fool whose
intentions are good oh lord please don’t let me be misunderstood.”

 

 

 

 

The above excerpt is from the Author’s New Book, “Song Titles are
My Life.” Due for Publication early next year.

 

 

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Announce New LP

 

The aptly-titled Americana
arrives June 7.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Neil Young and his compadres in Crazy Horse – Billy Talbot,
Ralph Molina, Frank Sampedro – submit their first album since 2003’s Greendale.
Titled Americana, it comprises, according to Rolling Stone, “classic American folks
songs” such as “This Land Is Your Land,” “Tom Dooley,” “Wayfaring Stranger” and “Clementine.” It was
produced by Young and John Hanlon. No tour details have been announced yet.

 

RS quotes Young as saying, “They’re
songs we all know from kindergarden, but Crazy Horse has rearranged them, and
they now belong to us.” A press release adds, “What ties these songs together
is the fact that while they may represent an America that may no longer exist. The
emotions and scenarios behind these songs still resonate with what’s going on
in the country today with equal, if not greater impact nearly 200 years later. The
lyrics reflect the same concerns and are still remarkably meaningful to a
society going through economic and cultural upheaval, especially during an
election year. They are just as poignant and powerful today as the day they
were written.” 

 

Tracklisting:

1 Oh Susannah
2 Clementine
3 Tom Dooley
4 Gallows Pole
5 Get A Job
6 Travel On
7 High Flyin’ Bird
8 She’ll Be Comin ‘Round The Mountain
9 This Land Is Your Land
10 Wayfarin’ Stranger
11 God Save The Queen