Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bye Bye Facebook? Hello

Will Someone Save us From facebook and Ourselves? Could Trent Reznor be involved? Looks Like a New Social Network May be a Good Thing? Goodbye facebook and hello to ello! Okay, so you may have heard about the recent name change policy at Facebook which has every righteous drag queen with their panties in a bunch (tough to do with your balls tucked deeply in your crack, or at least I imagine). Said policy also affects people like Howie Pyro, every original member of The Ramones (R.I.P.), tons of bloggers, artists, musicians and freak show performers alike. It also puts in jeopardy those who created aliases in order to play games or join groups on facebook without the worry that their boss might peek in on their vampire fetishes, or that some lovesick facebook freak with another alias might go all Richard Speck / Ted Bundy on their ass. It was bad enough when Google got into the mix and started merging multiple accounts, which, let's face it - had people wanted their accounts merged they would have created them as such. Now our privacy for profit is probably less private than you imagine (granted we 1984'd ourselves), and now we can't even use our chosen name for facebook's ill gotten gains. In an effort to appear non discriminatory facebook stated their name policy is "across the board." Well with folks like Sharon Needles leading the way there was an LGBT exodus from facebook. Sure someone could try to make up for it, but let's face it the damage is done, and it may be the final nail in the coffin for many who feel a bit stifled, but more than that find themselves, once rebels and now sheep. A friend and I last weekend had a conversation about this whole privacy, research, Big Brother, Commercialization of everything, self perpetuated scam of facebook, IE: We are all idiots. So it is with much interest that I stumbled upon with the motto "Simple, beautiful & ad-free." Their manifesto reads: "Your social network is owned by advertisers. Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold. We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership. We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — but a place to connect, create and celebrate life. You are not a product. We will be in touch" Right now you may access and sign the manifesto and request an invitation in this beta stage. High profile names such as Trent Reznor are already on board. Is this a new project funded by renaissance man Reznor? Or is it the child of some talented computer savvy people who realized we're all acting like sheep and some of those sheep feel like lemmings? Looks like it's a small group of developers Paul Budnitz, Berger & Föhr, and Mode Set. See they aren't necessarily using their own names. This could save the masses! Could it be something non cynical for the good of the little guy who finds himself seemingly inexorably linked to facebook & in bed with that weasel, you know who I mean, forever? If my decades old hunch about Reznor one day delving into film scores (or ambient music) was right, then maybe this idea isn't as crazy as it sounds either! (You owe me money Marilyn Manson). All I know if that both NIN and Reznor are already present on this new project's site and it appears pseudonyms, nom de plumes, etc, are welcome. The developers say the site will be simple and ad free. It is currently in the Beta testing stage. It looks promising, but why believe me, I'm not Pitchfork or Rolling Stone. Visit the link. What could happen? It's not like your privacy isn't already invaded and sold every day. I'm cautiously interested.... In the meantime take a break from the internet and watch a film.

Calling All Mods! Calling All Mods!

Millions Like Us (The Story of Mod Revival 1977-1989) Any mod revivalist should find something interesting on this Mod Revival '77 - '89 Compilation. And don't blame me if you're not on this - the good folks at the always ace Cherry Red Records put it together. The box set is being launched with a special live event at Wimbledon AFC (details forthcoming). The box set includes lengthy liner notes, tons of rare photos and a substantial booklet. “Millions like us / Oh yes there's millions like us…” Millions Like Us is the first-ever box set to properly document the Mod Revival scene of the late Seventies and Eighties. Across 100 tracks by all the key bands, the story of the Mod Revival is told, from its roots in Punk/New Wave through to its commercial heyday in 1979 with bands like Secret Affair and The Lambrettas and onto its resurrection in 1985 with the likes of The Untouchables and Makin’ Time. “This is the time for action / This is the time to be seen” The box set boasts several Top 40 UK hit singles by Secret Affair, The Chords, The Lambrettas, The Untouchables and The Truth. Equally, many tracks have never been on CD before and The Upset’s ‘Only For Sheep’ and Nine Below Zero’s demo are previously unissued. The Mod scene continues to endure, and several books, films and TV programmes have come out in 2014 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Mod’s breakthrough back in 1964. “Imagination, a real sound / From the streets, from the towns” Several names on Millions Like Us progressed to fame and fortune, such as The Pogues’ Shane McGowan (The Nips), Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis (The Reaction), The Charlatans’ Martin Blunt (Makin’ Time), Paul Young (Q-Tips), The Alarm’s Mike Peters (Seventeen), The Style Council’s Mick Talbot (Merton Parkas), James Taylor of JTQ (The Prisoners), The Woodentops’ Rolo McGinty (The Upset). “I can see a new generation / Opening up, opening up in front of my eyes” While the four CDs are dominated by the explosion of bands/records in 1979, the box set reflects the extent to which Mod endured through the 1980s. Annotated with 20,000 words of text and numerous rare photos and other images, Millions Like Us is the ultimate tribute to a scene which captured a generation and yet has never been afforded any real degree of support from the mainstream media. The true Mod Revival was an underground phenomenon, driven by 60s-obsessed youths with a passion for music, clothes and scooters. Millions Like Us (The Story of Mod Revival 1977-1989) DISC ONE 1. THE NEW HEARTS - Just Another Teenage Anthem 2. THE EXITS - The Fashion Plague 3. THE REACTION - I Can’t Resist 4. STRANGEWAYS - All The Sounds Of Fear (Demo) 5. SEMA 4 - Sema 4 Messages 6. SPEEDBALL - No Survivors 7. THE JOLT - See Saw 8. THE CIGARETTES - They’re Back Again, Here They Come 9. THE KILLERMETERS - Why Should It Happen To Me 10. THE DONKEYS - What I Want 11. SECRET AFFAIR - Time For Action 12. PURPLE HEARTS - Millions Like Us 13. THE CHORDS - Now It’s Gone 14. BACK TO ZERO - Your Side Of Heaven 15. SQUIRE - Walking Down The Kings Road 16. MERTON PARKAS - Plastic Smile 17. THE CROOKS - Modern Boys 18. UNTAMED YOUTH Untamed Youth 19. THE FIRST STEPS - The Beat Is Back 20. THE NIPS - Gabrielle 21. THE TEENBEATS - Strength Of The Nation 22. THE LAMBRETTAS - Go Steady 23. LONG TALL SHORTY - 1970’s Boy 24. LES ELITE - Career Girls 25. BEGGAR - Don’t Throw Your Life Away (live) 26. THE MODS - Let Me Be The One (live) DISC TWO 1. THE CIRCLES - Opening Up 2. THE ODDS - Saturday Night 3. SEVENTEEN - Bank Holiday Weekend 4. THE MOST - Carefree 5. THE SCENE - Hey Girl 6. THE SAME - Wild About You 7. THE VANDELLS - Bank Holiday 8. THE DIRECTIONS - Three Bands Tonite 9. THE CHORDS - Maybe Tomorrow 10. STA-PREST - School Days 11. 9 BELOW ZERO - Pack Fair And Square (previously unissued demo) 12. THE ACCIDENTS - Blood Spattered With Guitars 13. MI5 - Television Screen Heroes 14. SECRET AFFAIR - My World 15. Q-TIPS - S.Y.S.L.J.F.M. (The Letter Song) 16. RED BEANS AND RICE - That Driving Beat 17. DEAD BEATS - Choose You 18. THE LETTERS - Nobody Loves Me 19. THE NAME - Fuck Art Let’s Dance (Demo) 20. THE LAMBRETTAS - D-a-a-ance 21. SQUIRE - My Mind Goes Round In Circles 22. THE SCENE - I’ve Had Enough 23. D.C.10’s - I Can See Through Walls 24. RUN 229 - Soho 25. THE FIXATIONS - No Way Out 26. TWO TONE PINKS - Don’t Lecture Me DISC THREE 1. SMALL HOURS - The Kid 2. WEEKEND - Tina’s Party 3. THE UPSET - Only For Sheep (previously unissued) 4. THE AMBER SQUAD - Can We Go Dancing 5. THE TIMES - Red With Purple Flashes 6. THE HEARTBEATS - Go 7. THE DODOS – Blind To Fiction 8. THE RETREADS - Would You Listen Girl 9. LONG TALL SHORTY - Win Or Lose 10. THE GENTS - The Faker 11. THE CLUES - No Vacancies 12. THE ONLOOKERS - You And I 13. SMALL WORLD - Love Is Dead 14. PURPLE HEARTS - Plane Crash (Respond version) 15. THE STRIPES - One Step Ahead 16. DIRECT HITS - Modesty Blaise 17. THE DIPLOMATS - I’ll Keep On Holding On 18. THE TRUTH - Confusion (Hits Us Everytime) 19. THE PRISONERS - Hurricane 20. FAST EDDIE - I Don’t Need No Doctor 21. THE JETSET - Wednesday Girl 22. DEE WALKER - Jump Back 23. THE WAY OUT - Time Moves Us On 24. MANUAL SCAN - Nothing You Can Do 25. MOD FUN - I Am With You DISC FOUR 1. THE SCENE - Something That You Said 2. STUPIDITY - Bend Don’t Break 3. THE MOMENT - In This Town 4. THE UNTOUCHABLES - Free Yourself 5. THE COMBINE - Dreams Come True 6. THE ALLJACKS - Guilty 7. MAKIN’ TIME - Here Is My Number 8. THE CO-STARS - Kiss And Make Up 9. THE BOSS - One Good Reason 10. THE BLADES - The Last Man In Europe 11. 5:30! - Catcher In The Rye 12. SOLID STATE - Train To London Town 13. ELEANOR RIGBY - I Want To Sleep With You 14. THE RAGE - Looking For You 15. THE THREADS - Step Back 16. THE RISK - Jobs For The Boys 17. JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET - Blow Up 18. THE KICK - Julie London 19. THE REFLECTION A.O.B. - All I Want To Be 20. STUDIO 68 - Get Out Of My Hair 21. THE LEEPERS - Paint In A Day 22. THE CLIQUE - Worming 23. THE AARDVARKS - Arthur C. Clarke

Friday, September 12, 2014

More TRS-80 Re-issues & New Video "Prime Numbers"

The second half of the early TRS-80 reissues and vinyl editions are available via the TRS-80 Store through boutique label Vinyl International. Live dates will soon be announced. Here's a new video for "Prime Numbers."

Friday, September 5, 2014

Riot Fest Set Times (Toronto, Chicago and Denver)

Riot Fest Set Times for Toronto, Chicago and Denver Released Final Set Times for Riot Fest in Chicago, Denver are available now, along with updated set-times for Toronto, which kicks off tomorrow at Downsview Park. See below for full schedules. CHICAGO Friday, September 12:00pm Riot Stage 3-3:30 PM: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears 4-4:45 PM: Circa Survive 5:15-6 PM: Failure 7-7:45 PM: Gogol Bordello 8:45-10 PM: Jane's Addiction Roots Stage 3:30-4 PM: Title Fight 4:45-5:15 PM: Stiff Little Fingers 6-7 PM: NOFX 7:45-8:45 PM: The Offspring Rock Stage 4-4:40 PM: All 5-5:45 PM: Senses Fail 7:30-8:15 PM: Murder City Devils 9-10 PM: Rise Against Riot Fest Speaks Stage 5:45-7 PM: Pussy Riot panel Rebel Stage 4:15-5 PM: Gwar 5:30-6:15 PM: Clutch 7-7:45: Mastodon 8:45-9:45 PM: Slayer Rise Stage 3:45-4:15 PM: Ur Lineup Sux, Bro 5-5:30 PM: Emarosa 6:15-7 PM: We Came as Romans 7:45-8:45 PM: Of Mice & Men Rev Stage 3-3:30 PM: Somos 4-4:30 PM: Plague Vendor 5-5:30 PM: Hotelier 6-6:30 PM: From Indian Lakes 7-7:30 PM: Pianos Become the Teeth 8-8:30 PM: Pity Sex The Radicals 3:30-4 PM: Vamos! 4:30-5 PM: Baby Baby 5:30-6 PM: Wounds 6:30-7 PM: Radkey 7:30-8 PM: Red City Radio Saturday, September 13: Riot Stage 12:05-12:35 PM: Pizza Underground 1:05-1:50 PM: Orwells 2:30-3:15 PM: Dandy Warhols 4-4:45 PM: Die Antwoord 5:30-6:15 PM: Paul Weller 7:15-8 PM: Metric 9-10 PM: The National Roots Stage 12:35-1:05 PM: Wavves 1:55-2:40 PM: Tokyo Police Club 3:15-4 PM: City & Colour 4:45-5:30 PM: Afghan Whigs 6:15-7:15 PM: Wu-Tang Clan 8-9 PM: Flaming Lips Rock Stage 12-12:30 PM: Frank Iero 1-1:45 PM: RX Bandits 2:15-3 PM: Streetlight Manifesto 3:30-4:15 PM: Saosin with Anthony Green 4:45-5:30 PM: Say Anything 6-6:45 PM: Dashboard Confessional 7:15-8:15 PM: The Used 8:45-9:45 PM: Taking Back Sunday Rebel Stage 1:10 PM-1:40 PM: Samiam 2:20-2:50 PM: Buzzcocks 3:45-4:25 PM: Face to Face 5:10-5:55 PM: Me First & the Gimme Gimmes 6:55-7:55 PM: Cock Sparrer 8:55-9:55 PM: Samhain Rise Stage 7:55-8:55 PM: Descendents 5:55-6:55 PM: Get Up Kids 4:25-5:10 PM: Mighty Mighty Bosstones 2:50-3:55 PM: Television 1:40-2:20 PM: 7 Seconds 12:25-1:10 PM: Anti-Flag Rev Stage 12-12:30 PM: Picturebooks 1-1:30 PM: Rose's Pawn Shop 2-2:30 PM: The Bots 3-3:30 PM: The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die 4-4:30 PM: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas 5-5:30 PM: Lemuria 6-6:30 PM: Nostalghia 7-7:30 PM: Skaters 8-8:30 PM: Citizen The Radicals 11:45-12:15 PM: Buffalo Rodeo 12:45-1:15 PM: Dan Wade 1:45-2:15 PM: Ex Friends 2:45-3:15 PM: Broncho 3:45-4:15 PM: American Scene 4:45-5:15 PM: Restorations 5:45-6:15 PM: Crombies 6:45-7:15 PM: Unlikely Candidates Sunday, September 14: Riot Stage 1:45-2:15 PM: Kurt Vile & the Violators 2:55-3:35 PM: Superchunk 4:30-5:15 PM: Tegan and Sara 6-6:45 PM: Patti Smith 7:45-10 PM: The Cure Roots Stage 11:45-12:30 PM: Menzingers 1-1:45 PM: Bouncing Souls 2:15-2:55 PM: Billy Bragg 3:35-4:30 PM: Naked Raygun 5:15-6 PM: Dropkick Murphys 6:45-7:45 PM: Social Distortion Rock Stage 1:15-1:45 PM: Only Crime 2:15-3 PM: Silverstein 3:30-4:15 PM: La Dispute 4:45-5:30 PM: Mineral 6-6:45 PM: Blue Meanies 7:15-8:15 PM: New Found Glory 8:45-9:45 PM: Bring Me the Horizon Rebel Stage 1:10-1:40 PM: Front Bottoms 2:10-3 PM: The Hold Steady 3:45-4:25 PM: Motion City Soundtrack 5:05-5:55 PM: Hot Snakes 6:40-7:40 PM: Cheap Trick 8:40-9:55 PM: Weezer Rise Stage 12:40-1:10 PM: Laura Stevenson 1:40-2:10 PM: Whigs 3-3:45 PM: Andrew W.K. 4:20-5:05 PM: Lucero 5:55-6:40 PM: Mudhoney 7:40-8:40 PM: Primus Rev Stage 12-12:30 PM: Chumped 1-1:30 PM: Survay Says! 2-2:30 PM: Pup 3-3:30 PM: Tiny Moving Parts 4-4:30 PM: Cerebral Ballzy 5-5:30 PM: Dads 6-6:30 PM: Modern Baseball 7-7:30 PM: I Am the Avalanche The Radicals 11:30-12 PM: Grizzled Mighty 12:30-1 PM: Mutts 1:30-2 PM: Team Spirit 2:30-3 PM: Netherfriends 3:30-4 PM: Lucki Ecks 4:30-5 PM: ShowYouSuck 5:30-6 PM: My Gold Mask 6:30-7 PM: In the Valley Below 7:30-8 PM: Archie Powell & the Exports DENVER Friday – Doors at 2:30 p.m. // 12:00 a.m. End Time May Farms Stage (Riot) 10:45 – 12:00 a.m.: Weezer 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.: The Flaming Lips 7:00 – 7:45 p.m.: Die Antwoord 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.: Buzzcocks 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.: La Dispute Byers General Store Stage (Roots) 9:30 – 10:45 p.m.: Primus 7:45 – 8:30 p.m.: Gogol Bordello 6:15 – 7:00 p.m.: Failure 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.: The Orwells Byers Country Feed Stage (Rock) 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.: Slayer 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.: NOFX 6:45 – 7:30 p.m.: New Found Glory 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.: ALL 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.: Mineral Rev Stage 10:30 – 11:00 p.m: Big Freedia 9:00 – 9:30 p.m.: Nostalghia 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.: Skaters 6:15 – 6:45 p.m.: My Body Sings Electric 4:45 – 5:15 p.m.: Tiny Moving Parts Saturday – Doors at Noon // 12:00 a.m. End Time May Farms Stage 9:30– 12:00 a.m.: The Cure 7:45 – 8:30 p.m.: City and Colour 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.: Hot Snakes 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.: Lucero 3:05 – 3:45 p.m.: Dum Dum Girls 1:50 – 2:20 p.m.: The Bots Byers General Store Stage 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Social Distortion 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.: Descendents 5:15 – 6:00 p.m.: Face to Face 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.: Clutch 2:20 – 3:05 p.m.: Strung Out 1:20– 1:50 p.m.: Larry and His Flask Byers Country Feed Stage 10:00 – 11:00 p.m.: A Day To Remember 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Bring Me The Horizon 7:15 – 8:00 p.m.: The Used 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.: Taking Back Sunday 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.: Glassjaw 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.: We Came As Romans 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: Frnkiero and the Cellabration 1:15 -­‐1:45 p.m.: Pianos Become The Teeth Rev Stage 9:30 – 10:00 p.m: I Am The Avalanche 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.: Plague Vendor 6:45 – 7:15 p.m.: Red City Radio 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.: Dads 4:15 – 4:45 p.m.: Baby Baby 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.: The Picturebooks 1:45 – 2:15 p.m.: All Out Helter 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.: Wiredogs Sunday – Doors at Noon // 11:00 p.m. End Time May Farms Stage 9:45 – 11:00 p.m.: The National 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.: TV on the Radio 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.: Manchester Orchestra 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.: Violent Femmes 2:45 – 3:30 p.m.: Bob Mould 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.: Brick and Mortar Byers General Store Stage 8:45 – 9:45 p.m.: Rise Against 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.: Dropkick Murphys 5:15– 6:00 p.m.: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.: Bouncing Souls 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.: The Menzingers 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.: In the Valley Below Byers Country Feed Stage 10:00 – 11:00 p.m.: Wu-­‐Tang Clan 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.: Sublime w/ Rome 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.: The Expendables 5:15 – 6:00 p.m.: 3oh3! 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.: Touche Amore 2:45 – 3:30 p.m: Passafire 1:45 – 2:15 p.m.: The Epilogues 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.: The Dendrites Rev Stage 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.: Wounds 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Cerebral Ballzy 4:45 – 5:15 p.m. Radkey 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.: The Unlikely Candidates 2:15– 2:45 p.m.: Sole and DJ Pain1 1:15 – 1:45 p.m.: In The Whale TORONTO Doors at 11:00 a.m. / / Curfew at 11:00 p.m. Saturday September 6, 2014 Riot Stage 9:00-10:45 p.m.: The Cure 7:00-8:00 p.m.: DFA 5:15-6:00 p.m.: Paul Weller 3:45-4:30 p.m.: Alkaline Trio 2:20-3:00 p.m.: New Found Glory 1:10-1:50 p.m.: Rubblebucket 12:10-12:40 p.m.: Bad Suns Roots Stage 8:00-9:00 p.m.: The Flaming Lips 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Brand New 4:30-5:15 p.m.: AWOLNATION 3:00-3:45 p.m.: The Afghan Whigs 1:50-2:20 p.m.: Circa Survive 12:40-1:10 p.m.: The Mounties 11:40-12:10 p.m.: Laura Stevenson Rock Stage 8:00-9:00 p.m.: Billy Talent 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Rise Against 5:15-6:00 p.m.: Bring Me the Horizon 4:00-4:45 p.m.: Taking Back Sunday 2:45-3:30 p.m.: Manchester Orchestra 1:30-2:15 p.m.: Glassjaw 12:30-1:00 p.m.: Title Fight Rebel Stage 6:00-6:30 p.m.: Pentimento 5:00-5:30 p.m.: Broncho 3:00-3:30 p.m.: Citizen 2:00-2:30 p.m.: The Beaches 1:00-1:30 p.m.: Somos Doors at 11:00 a.m. / / Curfew at 11:00 p.m. Sunday September 7, 2014 Riot Stage 9:40-10:55 p.m.: City and Colour 7:40-8:40 p.m.: The National 5:50-6:40 p.m.: Social Distortion 4:15-5:00 p.m.: The Head and the Heart 2:55-3:35 p.m.: Bob Mould 1:30-2:10 p.m.: Nostalghia 12:30-1:00 p.m.: Almighty Trigger Happy Roots Stage 8:40-9:40 p.m.: Metric 6:40-7:40 p.m.: Death Cab for Cutie 5:00-5:50 p.m.: Dropkick Murphys 3:35-4:15 p.m.: The New Pornographers 2:10-2:55 p.m.: Lucero 1:00-1:30 p.m.: Lemuria Rock Stage 7:15-8:30 p.m.: The Buzzcocks 5:55-6:35 p.m.: Stars 4:40-5:25 p.m.: Tokyo Police Club 3:25-4:10 p.m.: Die Antwoord 2:15-2:55 p.m.: Clutch 1:15-1:45 p.m.: Pup 12:15-12:45 p.m.: The Bots Rebel Stage 6:00-6:30 p.m.: Dead Tired 5:00-5:30 p.m.: Radkey 4:00-4:30 p.m.: The Hoteliers 3:00-3:30 p.m.: Say Yes 2:00-2:30 p.m.: Seaway 1:00-1:30 p.m.: Restorations 12:00-12:30 p.m.: Wounds

Geneviève Bellemare "Live And Die"

Geneviève Bellemare "Live And Die" I'm currently enjoying the song and video "Live and Die" by Geneviève Bellemare. She collaborated over a ten month period writing with producers Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney, Crowded House), Paul O’Duffy (Amy Winehouse), Busbee (Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Pink) and Tony Berg (Lucius, Nicklecreek) on her recently released Verve EP Live and Die. It brings to mind some of the solo Thom Yorke material mixed with Portishead and Sade via a smoky jazz club. Good stuff. Collaborater Berg comments, “Geneviève approaches writing—and music, in general—from a uniquely spontaneous and soulful place. She has an unerring sense of what feels right for her, so collaborating is strangely (and often hilariously) devoid of indecision. She says ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and that confidence informs everything she does. It’s refreshing to meet someone whose melodic and lyrical instincts are so completely her own.” Froom added, “I found Geneviève to have a distinctive point of view as an artist. As a singer, she has a depth of feeling that belies her age. Not exactly a soul singer, just absolutely real and soulful. As a writer of melodies and lyrics, she usually finds a unique melodic way into a song. In writing with her, I was constantly surprised with what she came up with (and how much I liked it!). All in all, everything I look for in a collaboration.”

Tusk Official Trailer Released / Clerks Anniversary Vinyl

Tusk - the Kevin Smith film that began on Twitter received a clip debut via Twitter. Here's the official trailer for Tusk. The film was written and directed by Kevin Smith and stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Parks and Genesis Rodriguez. The synopsis for this horror tale is, and I shit you not, "Tusk follows a brash American podcaster as he braves the Canadian wilds to interview an old man with an incredible past,only to discover the man’s dark secret involves a walrus." Horror + walrus = I'm all in! And the clip Smith shared via Twitter: "I Don't Want to Die in Canada." And in other Smith news, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Clerks the 1994 soundtrack will be available for the first time on vinyl November 11. The soundtrack features Girls Against Boys, Alive in Chains, Bad Religion, The Jesus Lizard, Golden Smog, Soul Asylum, Seaweed and more, as well as audio clips from the film. TRIVIA: Licensing the songs cost more than the film cost to complete. Check out for more information.

Pussy Riot Panel Scheduled for Riot Fest 2014

Pussy Riot Panel for Riot Fest 2014 Announced In celebration of the 10th year of Riot fest, founder Michael A. Petryshyn decided to add discourse regarding political ideology to the music festival. The Pussy Riot panel discussion will be held September 12, 2014 in Chicago, IL. Henry Rollins will lead the panel consisting of Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot/Zona Prava), Masha Alekhina (Pussy Riot/Zona Prava), Greg Graffin (Bad Religion, Vocalist/Professor or Geology at UCLA), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Marcelle Karp (writer/activist), and Michael A. Petryshyn (Riot Fest, Founder). Founded in 2011, feminist Riot Grrrl band and activists Pussy Riot staged unauthorized guerrilla performances in public locations such as public transportation and parks, but most notoriously in a church (for which some band members were arrested). The DIY band edited these experiences into music videos and posted them on the Internet. The collective have protested at the Olympics (and were re-arrested), published a book called Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer for Freedom and inspired a documentary of the same name. If you find yourself grumbling about American senate gridlock and countless other political issues in the U.S. - do yourself a favor and watch this documentary which doesn't negate other problems in other countries, but certainly puts things in perspective. After watching the film, do a search and bone up on the happenings of the jailed women and the ensuing "Free Pussy Riot" campaigns. As reported in Vanyland, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina are creating their own independent news agency, dubbed MediaZona, that will focus on courts, police stations, law enforcement, and the flawed prison system. The band’s prison rights group Zona Prava will collaborate with Russian political journalist Sergey Smirnov as editor-in-chief. In a press release Tolokonnikova has stated “Since our release from prison six months ago we’ve felt that Russian media are no longer able to cover what is going on. Because of the heavy censorship by authorities there is no space for anything in the media that criticizes Putin’s policies and tracks human rights abuses by Russian courts and law enforcement. Courts, prisons, arrests, convictions, riots in facilities, political criminal cases, crimes by law enforcement officials – our new media outlet will try to cover it all.” Here is a promotional trailer for the entertaining and enlightening film Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jack White at Château de Fontainebleau

Jack White at Château de Fontainebleau - A Take Away Show filmed in Saint-Saturnin Chapel, Fontainebleau Castle, on June 30th, 2014. White performs “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known” (The White Stripes’ White Blood Cells) and “Entitlement” (from Lazaretto). White's band includes Lillie Mae Rische, Dominic Davis and Fats Kaplin. Jack White's latest release Lazaretto is the highest selling vinyl LP of the last 20 years. The “Lazaretto” single is now available for purchase digitally with the non-album B-side “Power Of My Love.” The Libertines plan a reunion album and according to a French radio interview, Pete Doherty said Jack White may produce. Speaking separately to Consequence of Sound, a spokesperson for White said he “is not interested in producing the Libertines’ new album.” (Updated September 5) Seems like maybe The Libertines were either having "pipe dreams" or trying to capitalize om White's popularity. *JACK WHITE* *2014 TOUR* September 13th – Raleigh, NC, USA – Farm Aid Festival September 14th – Columbia, MD, USA – Merriweather Post Pavilion September 15th – Cleveland, OH, USA – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica September 17th – Boston, MA, USA – The Bleacher Theater at Fenway Park September 19th – Atlanta, GA, USA – Music Midtown Festival September 20th – Jacksonville, FL, USA – Moran Theater September 21st – Miami, FL, USA – The Fillmore September 22nd – Miami, FL, USA – The Fillmore September 24th – Columbia, SC, USA – Township Auditorium October 11th – Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival October 12th – Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival November 16th – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National November 17th – Leeds, UK – Leeds Arena November 18th – Glasgow, UK – Hydro Arena November 19th – London, UK – O2 Arena

New Nick Cave Single "Jubilee Street (Live From the Sydney Opera House)"

I couldn't begin to approximate how many hundreds or thousands of concerts I've attended and I stand firm that Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are among the top ten, possibly top 5 live shows I have ever seen. "Jubilee Street" (Live from The Sydney Opera House) from a screening of the new Nick Cave film 20,000 Days on Earth. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have released two previously unavailable tracks "Give Us A Kiss" and "Jubilee Street (live from The Sydney Opera House)". The songs from the award-winning feature 20,000 Days On Earth will be available digitally September 4 with a limited edition vinyl 10” to be released November 10. Drafthouse Nick Cave will celebrate the United States theatrical release of *20,000 Days on Earth* with a special screening at New York's Town Hall. The screening will be followed by a rare Nick Cave solo piano performance as well as an audience conversation segment featuring Cave and 20,000 Days on Earth directors Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth. Tickets for this exclusive release event will be available for purchase by the general public at 12pm EST on Saturday, September 6 with a special fan presale Friday, September 5 at 12pm EST. Visit for further information. Can't attend? Never fear, Drafthouse Films and Noisey have partnered to live stream the event. For more information on Noisey's coverage, visit Official trailer:

Captain Beefheart "Sun Zoom Spark"

This is one of those rare times when I think fans would really enjoy simply reading straight from a press release. But first I want to share a bit of the magic music and visuals of Captain Beefheart "Ice Cream for Crow." Anyway, in the spirit of sharing, here's some information regarding a Captain Beefheart box set straight from the folks behind the scenes. CAPTAIN BEEFHEART SUN ZOOM SPARK: 1970 TO 1972 Limited Edition Four-Disc Boxed Set Includes Newly Remastered Versions Of Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid And Clear Spot, Plus An Entire Disc Of Unreleased Outtakes Available On CD, LP, And Digitally November 11 From Rhino. LOS ANGELES - In the legendary Captain Beefheart discography, attention usually focuses on the carefully wrought, experimental music heard on Trout Mask Replica. As a consequence, the three stellar albums recorded soon after-Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid, and Clear Spot-are often overlooked. Rhino intends to change that with a limited edition four-disc collection that revisits the albums Captain Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet) recorded with the Magic Band in the early Seventies. It includes all three albums, which have been remastered for the first time, as well as an entire disc featuring 14 previously unissued outtakes from that era. SUN ZOOM SPARK: 1970 to 1972 will be available on November 11 for a suggested list price of $59.98 on four CDs and $99.98 on four LPs. The set will also be available digitally. Recorded over a couple of weeks in the summer of 1970 at United Recording Group in Hollywood, Lick My Decals Off, Baby was released the following October. One of Van Vliet's favorites, the album represents the apex of his dissonant style and includes such standout tracks as the quirky-funny "I Love You, You Big Dummy" and the exquisite solo guitar piece "One Red Rose That I Mean." It was followed by The Spotlight Kid, which was recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles during the summer of 1971. It features a more barebones, blues-rock sound on songs like "Click Clack," "I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby" and "Alice In Blunderland." Lester Bangs wrote in Rolling Stone (March '72) that Beefheart had struck the balance between "intensely personal type of statement" and "mass appeal," praising the album for its "wit and genius." Soon after, Clear Spot was released. Recorded in the summer of 1972, the album introduced several standout tracks, such as the vulnerable love song "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains," the soul ballad "Too Much Time," and the pulsing "Big Eyed Beans from Venus." The fourth and final disc in SUN ZOOM SPARK includes 14 unreleased tracks and is a trove of alternate versions, rehearsals and outtakes from the sessions for The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot. The disc reveals just how much some songs evolved before being released. Among the highlights are a sung-version of "I Can't Do This Unless I Can Do This/Seam Crooked Sam," which became a spoken-word performance on Bat Chain Puller ; a raucous, off-kilter version of "Dirty Blue Gene" that pointed the way to the final version on Doc at the Radar Station; and an instrumental rehearsal of "The Witch Doctor Life" that is nearly unrecognizable compared to the version heard on 1982's Ice Cream For Crow. SUN ZOOM SPARK: 1970 to 1972 Track Listing Lick My Decals Off, Baby (October 1970) 1. "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" 2. "Doctor Dark" 3. "I Love You, You Big Dummy" 4. "Peon" 5. "Bellerin' Plain" 6. "Woe-Is-uh-Me-Bop" 7. "Japan in a Dishpan" 8. "I Wanna Find a Woman That'll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go" 9. "Petrified Forest" 10. "One Red Rose That I Mean" 11. "The Buggy Boogie Woogie" 12. "The Smithsonian Institute Blues (or the Big Dig)" 13. "Space-Age Couple" 14. "The Clouds Are Full of Wine (not Whiskey or Rye)" 15. "Flash Gordon's Ape" The Spotlight Kid (January 1972) 1. "I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby" 2. "White Jam" 3. "Blabber 'n Smoke" 4. "When It Blows Its Stacks" 5. "Alice in Blunderland" 6. "The Spotlight Kid" 7. "Click Clack" 8. "Grow Fins" 9. "There Ain't No Santa Claus on the Evenin' Stage" 10. "Glider" Clear Spot (November 1972) 1. "Low Yo Yo Stuff" 2. "Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man" 3. "Too Much Time" 4. "Circumstances" 5. "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains" 6. "Sun Zoom Spark" 7. "Clear Spot" 8. "Crazy Little Thing" 9. "Long Neck Bottles" 10. "Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles" 11. "Big Eyed Beans from Venus" 12. "Golden Birdies" Out-takes 1. "Alice in Blunderland" - Alternate Version 2. "Harry Irene" 3. "I Can't Do This Unless I Can Do This/Seam Crooked Sam" 4. "Pompadour Swamp/Suction Prints" 5. "The Witch Doctor Life" - Instrumental Take 6. "Two Rips in a Haystack/Kiss Me My Love" 7. "Best Batch Yet" - (Track) Version 1 8. "Your Love Brought Me To Life" - Instrumental 9. "Dirty Blue Gene" - Alternate Version 1 10. "Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man" - Early Mix 11. "Kiss Where I Kain't" 12. "Circumstances" - Alternate Version 2 13. "Little Scratch" 14. "Dirty Blue Gene" - Alternate Version 3

Foxygen "How Can You Really" (Rip off Todd Rundgren)?

Foxygen "How Can You Really" (Rip Off Todd Rundgren)? Foxygen "How Can You Really" from the album Foxygen...And Star Power, available October 14 via Jagjaguwar. Foxygen: The hipster version of The Darkness? Nope. Just some weasels that discovered Granny's RUNT album. Or more likely the Something/Anything single "I Saw the Light." How can you really rip off a classic song? Like that apparently. As they say, "Todd is God." Here's the classic song "I Saw the Light" by Todd Rundgren from his essential album Something/Anything. Speaking of Todd Rundgren you can check out his band Utopia as reissued and remastered and just plain all spruced up on Esoteric Recordings via the kind folks at Cherry Red Records. I'm currently listening to POV, but Oblivion and Redux '92 Live in Japan are also available. Pov includes the original album tracks, plus those from the 1986 compilation Trivia - essentially the hard core may not have "Fix Your Gaze" on this format. The booklet is top notch including an original advertisement, band photos, The Story by Mark Powell, lyrics and liner notes. Fantastic! Cherry Red gives Rhino a real run for their money in terms of top quality reissues and revamps. Check them out, because they have all sorts of genres and fantastic artists for audiophiles to fill in their collections or newbies to discover. You almost can't go wrong. From an earlier issue of the Utopia album POV, here's the track "Mated" Utopia are Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Roger Powell and John "Willie" Wilcox.