Monthly Archives: August 2012

Watch New Live DVD From Grip Weeds

 

It’s sensibly titled Live Vibes (recently
issued by the Ground Up label) but the unhinged, late-sixties psych ambiance
will alter the senses. View the trailer below.

 

By Lee Zimmerman

Regardless of whether
one’s familiar with New Jersey’s
Grip Weeds or a novice as far as their power pop attributes are concerned, Live Vibes (Ground Up Records) provides
the perfect step by step indoctrination into the Grip Weeds’ world. It’s one in
which it’s forever 1968 and bands like the Byrds, the Who and Pink Floyd are
playing residencies at London’s UFO club and the world’s forever immersed in a
psychedelic haze.

 

An excellent
companion piece to the band’s just released live opus Speed of Live which bears 15 entirely different
selections recorded at various Garden State locations, this DVD spotlights the
band in their own home studio surroundings, which they affectionately refer to
as The House of Vibes. Ten homegrown performances — as well as four bonus
videos — provide the musical component, and with each of the live performances
shot through the gauze of psychedelic suggestion — swirling colors, trippy
effects and the likes — the band attempt to recall early pre-MTV videos when
the emphasis was placed almost entirely on lysergic content. “If our music is a
throwback, then so are we,” they proclaim in one of the interview segments that
sandwich each of the performances. Indeed, that’s easy to imagine, given their
carefully groomed rock star shags and a bottom-heavy rhythms section that owes
more than a slight debt to Keith Moon and John Entwistle’s undertow.

 

 


 

 

Their own descriptions of their sound certainly suffices (“Lots of
guitars, lots of drums and very loud,” or as one of the members suggests later,
“The Everly Brothers on acid”), and while the lengthy recitations on the band’s
origins, evolution and song theory hints at some self-indulgence, at just under
an hour, there’s no danger of losing interest by dragging on too long. “It’s
great being a Rock musician if you know where you can go with it,” they
speculate towards the conclusion, and indeed, as Live Vibes
so ably demonstrates, they remain steady as they go.

 

Report: Best Coast Live in Chicago

 

All the way from the West Coast, Best Coast
rocked a sold-out Vic Theatre in Chicago
on July 27.

 

Text &
Photos By Klaus Nyman

The surf/pop/rock
duo Best Coast has been touring for their latest
album, The Only Place, released
back in May on Mexican Summer. The Only Place offers Beach Boy-like vocal melodies and
raw rock instrumentation over eleven new tracks marking their 2nd full-length record.

 

 

 

 

With a Nirvana-ish
anti-rock star attitude, Bethany
Cosentino and Bob Bruno kicked immediately into gear starting with “The End,” a
sarcastic but humorous title for an opening number. Loosened up, Cosentino kept her audience thirsty and engaged, asking fans
what they wanted to hear.

 

 

 

 

Midway through the set,
holding her cream-colored telecaster guitar (she wore matching high-heel
leather sandals), Cosentino blurted, “You all have to help me on this one,
because I’ve never not messed up the words.” To her left, Bruno shot Cosentino
a smile approving her spirit of improvisation. She sang with the crowd as they
helped and didn’t forget a word. The two, accompanied with backing musicians, kept
true to their lo-fi garage rock sound as they delivered a 20-song set to an
all-ages crowd. In addition to new material
the set included “When I’m With You,” their first single and music video; “Our
Deal,” directed by Drew Barrymore; and other tunes from their debut album, Crazy for You.

 

Setlist:

 

1.     
The
End

2.     
Crazy
for You

3.     
Goodbye

4.     
Last
Year

5.     
Summer
Mood

6.     
The
Only Place

7.     
No
One Like You

8.     
How
They Want Me To Be

9.     
Why
I Cry

10.  Dreaming My Life Away

11.  Let’s Go Home

12.  Our Deal

13.  Do You Love Me Like You Used To

14.  Something in the Way

15.  Up All Night

 

(Encore)

1.     
I
Want To

2.     
Sun
Was High

3.     
Storms

4.     
When
I’m With You

5.      Boyfriend

 

Tom Waits to Appear on “The Simpsons

 

Doh! Perfectly cast as
himself.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Following in the ‘toonsteps of the likes of Tom Petty, the
Ramones, White Stripes and Sonic Youth, troubadour Tom Waits is set to appear
in December on The Simpsons. Not as a
singer, mind you, but as a survivalist, in an episode called “Homer Goes to
Prep School.

 

Justin Bieber is also slated to appear this season, though
not in the same episode, thankfully.

 

The Waits character hasn’t been unveiled yet, but below is
one possible suggestion. Just add a hat and some ‘tude.

 

 

First Look: Swans New LP “The Seer”

 

The Seer, released
this week on Michael Gira’s Young God label, is everything for which Swans
stands wrapped up in one intense package. Listen to it, below.

 

By Michael Toland

Swans majordomo Michael Gira calls The Seer, the recently-reactivated band’s twelfth record, a
culmination of everything he and his various projects have created over the
past three decades. We’ll take his word on that one, though the record
certainly comes off as a quintessential Swans release. Moving from light to
heavy, melodic to dissonant, gentle to violent over the course of its two discs
and eleven songs, The Seer traverses
the history of human emotion. Gira and his fellow travelers strip away any
pretense of reserve while still maintaining some self-control. The band lets its
collective heart do the talking through the instruments on “The Seer Returns,”
“Lunacy” and “Mother of the World.”

 

 

But it’s on the title track that the album really gets its
point across. During 32+ minutes, “The Seer” moves through acoustic solitude,
pounding fury and haunting afterglow, before evolving into a shuffling groove,
dissonant guitar waves and unsettling vocals that evoke the voices in God’s
head during Earth’s creation. The track is nothing less than a cycle of birth,
death, afterlife and rebirth, translated from Gira’s sonic soul. It’s easily
the most striking, frustrating and, ultimately, fulfilling track on The Seer.  

 

The droning noises, blasting cacophony and general dicking
around that constitutes “93 Ave. B Blues” defies endurance, but it’s hard to
imagine not finishing the journey once you’ve stepped onto the road. Fanatics
can argue over the ranking of this record in the band’s catalog, but it seems
pretty clear that it’s everything for which Swans stands wrapped up in one
intense package.  

 

 

 


Swans – ‘The Seer’ by selftitledmag

Joseph Arthur’s Van Towed, Impounded, Sold

Popular musician and
visual artist may also permanently lose the vehicle’s contents which include
his art and amplifiers.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Joseph Arthur is in a bind of the worst Catch-22 sort: his
van, which he uses both for touring and to store his gear and artwork overflow
due to the size of his apartment in New York, had been taken in for repairs,
and while parked on the street at the repair shop was towed by the city over
what he describes as “misunderstood outstanding parking tickets.” Subsequently,
the van was impounded, and then sold – and now, according to Arthur, “all of
the contents belong to the new owner whom we are not allowed to know.”

 

Everyone has had their run-ins with towing agencies and/or
unsympathetic officials who turn a deaf ear to someone’s pleas that a parking
ticket was in error. Not everyone has had their property sold out from under
them, however.

 

Arthur outlines this story at the TwitLonger.com site, and
the reason he is sharing the story is because his attorney, Ron Kuby (of The Big Lebowski fame) suggested that as
he apparently has no actual legal rights in the matter, by spreading the news
via social media he may stand the best chance of retrieving his stuff.

 

Writes Arthur, “I’ve been told it is unlikely I’ll get the
van back. Lord knows there are more important things in the world than a
missing van with some art and amps in it. There has been a heartening outpour
of support, and it has deeply been appreciated.  A few lawyers are on the
case and will hopefully be able to shake the law in our favor, and at least
retrieve the contents of the van.”

 

As respected and celebrated as Arthur is, he definitely
ain’t rich. If you’re a musician, you already know what a hit someone takes if
they lose their primary means of touring transportation; and if you’ve ever had
your vehicle burglarized, you’ll surely be nodding your head in recognition.
Arthur points out how “there is a sense of loss and violation, but obviously
people endure much, much worse every single day.  I have no time for self
pity and very much hope that this doesn’t come off like that.”

 

It doesn’t Joe. Not at all. We will be keeping our fingers
crossed for ya.

 

Vehicle:
 2003 van, Dodge Ram, white 
Photo: 
http://tinyurl.com/8vgtzt6

 
Contents: • 1970s Fender
Twin amp in a blue road case with JAYHAWKS stenciled in white
lettering.
• Eden Traveler
bass head
• Ampeg 4 X 10
cabinet
• Joseph’s
nearly-completed set of hand-drawn tarot cards
• CD recorded
for recording live shows, two mics
• CD burners —
two towers 
• Many large
paintings rolled up in canvas 
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First Look: Swans New LP “The Seer"

 

The Seer, released
this week on Michael Gira’s Young God label, is everything for which Swans
stands wrapped up in one intense package. Listen to it, below.

 

By Michael Toland

Swans majordomo Michael Gira calls The Seer, the recently-reactivated band’s twelfth record, a
culmination of everything he and his various projects have created over the
past three decades. We’ll take his word on that one, though the record
certainly comes off as a quintessential Swans release. Moving from light to
heavy, melodic to dissonant, gentle to violent over the course of its two discs
and eleven songs, The Seer traverses
the history of human emotion. Gira and his fellow travelers strip away any
pretense of reserve while still maintaining some self-control. The band lets its
collective heart do the talking through the instruments on “The Seer Returns,”
“Lunacy” and “Mother of the World.”

 

 

But it’s on the title track that the album really gets its
point across. During 32+ minutes, “The Seer” moves through acoustic solitude,
pounding fury and haunting afterglow, before evolving into a shuffling groove,
dissonant guitar waves and unsettling vocals that evoke the voices in God’s
head during Earth’s creation. The track is nothing less than a cycle of birth,
death, afterlife and rebirth, translated from Gira’s sonic soul. It’s easily
the most striking, frustrating and, ultimately, fulfilling track on The Seer.  

 

The droning noises, blasting cacophony and general dicking
around that constitutes “93 Ave. B Blues” defies endurance, but it’s hard to
imagine not finishing the journey once you’ve stepped onto the road. Fanatics
can argue over the ranking of this record in the band’s catalog, but it seems
pretty clear that it’s everything for which Swans stands wrapped up in one
intense package.  

 

 

 


Swans – ‘The Seer’ by selftitledmag

Amanda Palmer Gets Naked for Lips Video

 

It’s not just the
Flaming Lips’ fwends that are heady….

 

By Perez Mills

 

Why yes, yes – those ARE the erect nipples of
avant-songstress Amanda Palmer emerging in tantalizing slo-mo style from the steamy
waters of a bathtub. But get your minds out of the gutter, kids; it’s all done
in an artsy-tasteful manner because it’s a music
video
, duh. (And based on the visual evidence, we’re betting that in real
life that water was actually quite chilly.)

 

In the wake of the now-legendary blowup between the Flaming
Lips and Erykah Badu – the artists had collaborated on the song “The First Time
Ever I Saw Your Face” for the Lips’ Heady
Fwends
album, subsequently filming a so-called NSFW video that Badu wound
up disowning after it was posted without her consent – the song and video were
redone with Palmer in the starring role. You can see the results below, and
meanwhile, be looking for another Lips-Palmer teamup soon, as Wayne Coyne has
directed a video for her “Do It With a Rock Star,” a song off her forthcoming
album Theatre Is Evil.

 

 

The Flaming Lips and Amanda Palmer – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face from Delo Creative on Vimeo.

DVD: New John Mellencamp Doc

 

It’s About You recently
released on MPI video.

 

By John B. Moore

I’m not entirely sure why John Mellencamp appears to be so
pissed off at the world. Yes, he’s had to deal with being labeled a poor man’s
Springsteen, but then again Springsteen was labeled a poor man’s Dylan. Is it
that “Cougar thing”? You shed that goofy moniker years ago. Beautiful model
wife left you? No, you were perpetually grumpy way before then. Regardless,
Mellencamp’s scowl takes center stage in this 90-minute documentary by
father/son filmmakers Kurt and Ian Markus.

 

It’s About You trailer

 

At Mellencamp’s invitation (again, why so pissy if you asked
them to come along for the ride?), the directors followed the singer and his
band on his summer 2009 tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson with stops along
the way to music shrines like Sun Studios and the hotel room where Blues legend
Robert Johnson once recorded, to capture
Mellencamp recording his new album. Shot on super 8, the film is given an even
more personal feel. The footage is interspersed with a couple of great live
songs by the band, though (spoiler alert) no cameos by Willie or Bob.

 

Not likely to appeal to those who aren’t fans of Mellencamp
(who doesn’t like The Coug?), for those who are, it’s a remarkable look into
the singer recording one of his best albums in years No better Than This.

 

Here's That Andre Williams Obama Video

 

Sorry, Mitt, but no birthers allowed at Blurt. Just rockers, rollers and deep-funk soulers…

By Uncle Blurt

We had a ton of feedback yesterday after we posted soul maestro Andre Williams’ new track “Blame It On Obama” – apparently, a number of comments were sent prior to the commenters’ actually LISTENING to the tune, which will be on AW’s Oct. 2 album Life.

He sent us the video this afternoon just to keep the gears grinding, so who are we to sprinkle oatmeal when we can squirt 10W-40? Enjoy your weekend, and after you’ve watches this, consider  next watching some major league baseball instead of the RNC this weekend…