Friday, August 29, 2014
BROKEN BELLS 2014 FALL TOUR 09/26/14 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield 09/27/14 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory 09/28/14 - Richmond, VA - The National 09/29/14 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium 10/01/14 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre 10/02/14 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City 10/04/14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival 10/05/14 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theater 10/07/14 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom 10/08/14 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater 10/11/14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival 10/24-25/14 – Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre 10/24-26/14 – Las Vegas, NV - Life Is Beautiful Festival 10/28/14 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic Auditorium Win a Special Broken Bells Jukebox
Monday, August 25, 2014
Every once in a while when I have nothing clever or insightful to add - I'll merely post a press release as received from either a record company or publicity representative. Maybe I'll toss out a sentence like "Hey it's Leather Tuscadero from Happy Days" but if you're like me you already knew that and may own some of Suzi Quatro's music. Anyway, this is is one of those straight press release times: CAREER SPANNING 4-CD BOXED SET The Girl From Detroit City is a beautifully presented 4-CD boxed set, celebrating an amazing 50 years in the music business for rock ‘n’ roll queen, Suzi Quatro. The 82 tracks on offer here span the whole of Suzi’s career, including three songs by the Pleasure Seekers, the all-girl rock band, which Suzi formed along with her sister Patti, and which signed to Mercury Records in 1968. Her massive chart hits from the 1970s also feature, including the ‘Chinnichap’ numbers, Can the Can, 48 Crash and Devil Gate Drive and a whole wealth of material from the 1970s onwards, through to tracks from her critically-acclaimed 2011 album, In The Spotlight, which witnessed her reunion with producer, Mike Chapman; highlights of which included Suzi’s covers of Goldfrapp’s Strict Machine and Rhianna’s Breaking Dishes plus a Chapman number, A Girl Like Me, which he wrote especially for her. The Girl From Detroit City comes complete with fascinating up-to-date liner notes, tracking Suzi’s career from the outset to the present day, and it presents a wealth of album & poster artwork and photographs, including a shot of Suzi’s incredible vintage Ray-Ban collection! Suzi Quatro was the most successful female artist of the entire Glam Rock period (Suzi’s style and music were not truly ‘Glam’ but this was the era, which saw her shoot to stardom) and her influence on subsequent generations of female rock musicians are widely acknowledged. It’s been well-documented that Chrissie Hynde and Joan Jett both drew inspiration from Suzi but so have many others, including Talking Heads’ Tina Weymouth, who was encouraged to learn to play bass by listening to Quatro albums and, more recently, KT Tunstall revealed that the cover photo of her 2007 album Drastic Fantastic was based on Suzi’s image. In celebration of Suzi’s 50th year in the music business, the BBC will be hosting a special performance of her one-woman show, Unzipped, in London on Friday 26th September. It will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday 2nd October. On 29th September Cherry Red will also release the single The Girl From Detroit City on digital download only. This brand new song was recorded in 2013 and is exclusive to this compilation. Written and produced by Mike Chapman, the song speaks of Suzi’s early days in Detroit and her discovery by Mickie Most. 50 years on and Suzi Quatro has no intention of slowing down. She’s about to embark on another massive live tour and in 2015 she will finally publish her poetry in a book called Through My Eyes. SUZI QUATRO THE GIRL FROM DETROIT CITY (GLAMBOX150) CHERRY RED RECORDS 20TH OCTOBER 2014 Editor’s Notes Suzi Quatro has sold in excess of 55 million records worldwide. In the UK she has had 18 hit singles, including 2 No. 1s (Can The Can and Devil Gate Drive). From 1973-1979, Suzi featured in the British charts for no less than 101 weeks. In Australia it was 18 hit singles with 3 No. 1s, whilst in Germany the total was 18 chart entries, with 12 of them reaching the Top 10. In 2013, Suzi received a lifetime achievement award at her hometown Detroit Music Awards (the DMAs) and later that year she was presented the Woman of Valour Award from Musicians for Equal Opprtunities for Women (MEOW). She has also written her autobiography, Unzipped, which adds best-selling author to her already huge list of achievements. In 2012 she hit the stage at London’s Hippodrome Casino for a week, with her one-woman show based around the autobiography. With nigh on 40 years in show business, Suzi has taken on numerous acting roles, including the TV shows Happy Days, Minder, Dempsey & Makepeace, Absolutely Fabulous and Midsomer Murders. There have also been highly successful musical stage roles, including Annie Get Your Gun and Tallulah Who? and she appeared in the play, Exonerated, alongside Charles Dance. Suzi has ventured into the world of broadcasting with very successful shows on BBC Radio 2, including Rockin’ With Suzi Q and Wake Up Little Suzi. She also recorded a series of 2-hour high profile documentaries on some of her favourite artists, including Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Patsy Cline, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, which were broadcast on BBC Radio 2 during 2011 and 2012. Suzi continues to tour and does over 100 shows a year all over the world. On retiring, she has this to say; “When I turn my back on the audience and shake my ass, and there is silence…..I’ll stop.”
Saturday, August 16, 2014
John Lennon's ode to Yoko Ono "Oh Yoko!" featured with great effect in a parody of Wes Anderon films that every well schooled fan of Wes Anderson films will love. Enjoy a laugh courtesy of "Kid In Every Wes Anderson Movie" by Upright Citizens Brigade. Also the interesting and nicely edited short Museum Of Wes Anderson narrated with the help of either too much cappuccino or good old fashioned nerves by youtube user Rob S.
The first few minutes of the Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You Heaven Adores You is a documentary film by Nickolas Rossi about the astoundingly talented musician Elliott Smith, born Steven Paul Smith (1969-2003). AFI Docs has released the first few minutes of the film: The music of Smith is important to so many people, I think, because it is honest while expressing and encapsulating moments wherein words might otherwise fail. Smith's most famous song is probably "Miss Misery" from the Gus Van Sant film Good Will Hunting which Smith performed at the 70th Academy Awards, March 23, 1998. The sensitive "Indie" singer-songwriter tune placed on a soundtrack has since become a bit of an "in joke" among music lovers and film aficionados alike, but the song is absolutely stunning. But my favorite Smith song is "A Passing Feeling" from his posthumously released album From a Basement on the Hill. Elliott Smith is quoted about his "fame" as follows, (with a statement to which I empathize for other reasons), “The less I think about it, the happier I am. I don’t really care where I fit into anything, or if there’s anything to fit into to. It’s just, I like music, you know? That’s the thing. It’s really uncomplicated.”
Writer/director Leigh Janiak's film Honeymoon starring Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), Harry Treadaway (Control), Ben Huber and Hanna Brown shows how fast love can turn into terror. Synopsis: Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods. Honeymoon will be available via iTunes, On Demand, and in theaters September 12, 2014.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Belle & Sebastian Live Dates & Vinyl Reissues 2014 Belle & Sebastian will be performing live shows at the following dates and venues: August 16th: God Help The Girl screening and live B&S live set, Edinburgh Corn Exchange, UK September28th: Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre, Miami Beach, September29th: House of Blues, Orlando, Florida October 1st: Atlanta, Tabernacle, USA October 3rd: Austin, TX Austin City Limits Music Festival, USA. October 6th: The Theatre at Ace Hotel, LA, USA. October 7th: The Theatre at Ace Hotel, LA, USA. October 8th: Civic Space Park, Phoenix, USA. October 10th: Austin, TX Austin City Limits Music Festival, USA. October 12th: Mexico City, Mexico Corona Capital Music Festival, MEXICO. October 31st: Pitchfork Festival, Paris, FRANCE Additionally titles will be reissued on vinyl October 6th (Jeepster/UK) and October 7th (Matador/USA). Reissue titles: Tigermilk (Matador / Jeepster) If You're Feeling Sinister (Matador / Jeepster) The Boy With The Arab Strap (Matador / Jeepster) Fold Your Hands Child, You walk Like A Peasant (Matador / Jeepster) Push Barman To Open Old Wounds (Matador / Jeepster) Dear Catastrophe Waitress (Matador / Rough Trade) with alternate art Storytelling (Jeepster) The Life Pursuit (Matador / Rough Trade) The BBC Sessions (Matador / Jeepster) Write About Love (Matador / Rough Trade) The Third Eye Centre (Matador / Rough Trade) And here's a tiny teaser showing what Belle & Sebastian are up to in the studio:
Zorch Live Dates and their Flaming Lips Outtake ZORCH LIVE: 08/21 Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall w/ El Ten Eleven 08/27 St. Louis, MO @ The Livery 08/28 Chicago. IL @ The Burlington Bar 08/29 Pontiac, MI @ the Pike Room * 08/30 Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace * 08/31 Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola* 09/03 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall * 09/04 Washington DC @ Rock And Roll Hotel * 09/05 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's * 09/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl * 09/08 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5 Arts 09/09 Nashville, TN @ Queen Avenue 09/10 Texarkana, TX @ The Silver Dollar 09/28 Dallas, TX @ Index Fest 11/08 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest * w/ Fujiya & Miyagi "Zut Alors" (Live) Listen to Zorch's outtake of "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" from the forthcoming Flaming Lips Beatles / Sgt. Pepper's tribute With A Little Help From My Fwends here.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead To Voice New Silent Hill Video Game. In addition to ruling Twitter and the small screen, Reedus will take over the big screen starring with Kate Winslet in crime drama Triple Nine. The film to b released some time next year also features Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul and "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot. The game Silent Hill is being developed by Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrynth) and Metal Gear video game franchise creator Hideo Kojima. The release date for this project has yet to be revealed. And in other Guillermo del Toro news, he has announced he will Executive Produce the horror film The Ring 3d and Produce Pacific Rim 2 which will likely not see release until 2017.
Julian Casablancas + The Voids Add Dates to their “American tour to melt peoples faces off.” Julian Casablancas + The Voids have added tour dates in support of their album Tyranny which will be released via Cult Records September 23. Live Dates: October 16 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Electric Factory October 17 /// Washington DC /// 9:30 Club October 18 /// Charlottesville, VA /// Jefferson Theatre October 20 /// Chattanooga, TN /// Track 29 October 21 /// Nashville, TN /// Marathon Music Works October 22 /// Atlanta, GA /// Masquerade October 25 /// Tampa, FL /// Coral Skies Fest October 26 /// West Palm, FL /// Coral Skies Fest October 28 /// Birmingham, AL /// Iron City October 30 /// Austin, TX /// Emo’s October 31 /// Houston, TX /// House of Blues November 6 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Wiltern Theatre November 9 /// San Francisco, CA /// Regency Center November 11 /// Portland, OR /// Crystal Ballroom November 12 /// Vancouver, BC /// Commodore November 13 /// Seattle, WA /// Showbox November 17 /// Minneapolis, MN /// First Ave November 18 /// Chicago, IL /// The Vic November 19 /// Detroit, MI /// St. Andrews November 25 /// New York, NY /// Hammerstein Ballroom