|Say farewell to another year with The Sadies, Pow Wows & Duende with DJ Chico spinning yer faves between sets.|
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Friday, December 30, 2016
|If Santa didn't bring you the new Simply Saucer book Heavy Metalloid Music, grab it from Jesse Locke at the show.|
Thursday, December 29, 2016
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
|Here are a couple of typically brilliant performances by South Korean psych-rock legend Shin Joong Hyun.|
Monday, December 26, 2016
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Here's the big big Intoxica 2016 Xmas show with your host Howie Pyro. Sez Howie: "It's Xmas time and I gotta do a Xmas show as horrible as this year has been...I don't know what else to do! Lotsa new demented and/or rockin killer 45s to rock yer egg noggins!!! So grab your Xmas drool cup, plug in your holiday iTard, strap yourself in the spinning (and sometimes talking) Santa chair, and join me"...
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016
|Don't miss Darlene Shrugg's rare appearance at the Bovine tonight – check out "First World Blues" and "Wah Wah" below.|
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell grew up in Columbus, Georgia, son of Fred C. Fussell, a folklorist, curator, and photographer who hails from across the river in Phenix City, Alabama (once known as “The Wickedest City in America” for its rampant vice, corruption, and crime.) Fred’s fieldwork took him, often with young Jake in tow, across the Southeast documenting traditional vernacular culture, which included recording blues and old-time musicians with fellow folklorists and recordists George Mitchell and Art Rosenbaum.
As a teenager Jake began playing and studying with elder musicians in the Chattahoochee Valley, apprenticing with Piedmont blues legend Precious Bryant (“Georgia Buck”), with whom he toured and recorded, and riding wild with Alabama bluesman, black rodeo rider, rye whiskey distiller, and master dowser George Daniel (“Rabbit on a Log”). He joined a Phenix City country band who were students of Jimmie Tarlton of Darby and Tarlton; he accompanied Etta Baker in North Carolina; he moved to Berkeley, where he hung with genius documentary filmmaker Les Blank and learned from Haight folkies like Will Scarlett (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Brownie McGhee) and cult fingerstyle guitarist Steve Mann (“Push Boat”); he appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. He did a whole lot of listening, gradually honing his prodigious guitar skills, singing, and repertoire.
In 2005 he moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he enrolled in the Southern Studies department at Ole Miss, recorded and toured with Rev. John Wilkins, and, last year, met up with acclaimed artist William Tyler to begin recording his first solo album for North Carolina's Paradise of Bachelors label with help from Nashville session vets Chris Scruggs (lap steel, bass, mandolin: Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Marty Stuart), Brian Kotzur (drums: Silver Jews), and Hoot Hester (fiddle Bill Monroe, Ray Charles). You can check out that recording right here after watching the Jake's living room concert below.
Jake isn’t just a rare bird, he’s the professor you always wished you had, the friend you never get tired of epic hangs with, the human jukebox, the guitar player and singer who makes any band that he’s in better. He’s a southern scholar and gentleman in the tradition of Jim Dickinson, George Mitchell, and Les Blank. He’s a Dave Van Ronk for SEC country. – William Tyler
Jake is one helluva bluesman: my favorite of his generation, in fact; and, in my opinion, the best young traditional blues artist performing today. – George Mitchell
Jake X. Fussell is certainly one of America’s finest young tradition-based songsters and guitar pickers. He had an ideal start: as a kid traveling the back roads of Georgia, Alabama, and even out to the Indian regions of Oklahoma with his folklorist dad, hearing and absorbing not only the vocal styles and guitar licks of such greats as Precious Bryant, but also developing a sure sense of the expressive core of Southern roots music. From Georgia’s Sea Islands and Chattahoochie Valley to the Mississippi Delta to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Jake is still listening and learning, and coming up with music that takes us to a deep place in the American spirit. – Art Rosenbaum
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
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|Remembering Austin icon Blaze Foley on his day with Kevin Triplett's fab 2011 documentary Duct Tape Messiah.|
Duct Tape Messiah: Blaze Foleyby Kevin Triplett
Saturday, December 17, 2016
|"Severe Season" is off Howe Gelb's new Future Standards album out January 27th on Fire Records.|
Future Standards by The Howe Gelb Piano Trio takes an outsider view of early gospel and rhythm and blues both part of the American musical socialization that he touched on with 2006’s ‘Sno Angel’. Now he’s on a jazz-tinged trip, bending the genre, taking it back to his shack, giving an innovative fine tune in the lean-to garage.
Future Standards is released in North America January 27th on Fire Records. There will also be a co-headline tour with Mark Eitzel in early 2017. Check out "Severe Season" followed by a list of upcoming tour dates below.
HOWE GELB ON TOUR
1/22 - Tucson, AZ - Tucson Jazz Festival - Supporting The Bird and The Bee
1/26 – Los Angeles, CA - The Resident - Co-Headline w/ Mark Eitzel
1/27 – Sacramento, CA – Old Ironsides – Co-Headline w/ Mark Eitzel
1/28 – San Francisco, CA - Bottom of The Hill - Co-Headline w/ Mark Eitzel
2/3 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door - Co-Headline w/ Mark Eitzel
2/4 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios - Co-Headline w/ Mark Eitzel
|Here's a behind-the-scenes look at David Letterman's Christmas tradition with Darlene Love and why it won't be topped.|
Friday, December 16, 2016
|Simply Saucer's Mole Machine works remarkably well with Walter Ruttmann's 1925 abstract gem "Lichtspiel Opus IV"|
|Alex will be accompanied by her partner Col. Tom Parker for a few yuletide faves tonight at the Silver Dollar.|
|"It's Easy (Like Walking)" is off The Sadies' forthcoming Northern Passages album.|
As the light swirled with each album The Sadies have made over the past two decades, the overall picture took on more defined colours. On top of that is an incredible list of collaborations—Neko Case, R&B legend Andre Williams, The Mekons’ Jon Langford, Jon Spencer, Robyn Hitchcock, John Doe, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gord Downie, Neil Young—each artist pushing their sound into new, unmapped territory. Eventually, more time was taken in between albums as focus shifted to their original songwriting, and what was once the best live band in Canada became the best band in Canada, period.
Recorded in the basement of Dallas and Travis’ parents’ home north of Toronto over the winter of 2015, the familiar surroundings and lack of distractions resulted in a consistent feel, despite the eclecticism at the heart of The Sadies’ sound. The psych-folk flourishes on tracks such as “Riverview Fog” are no mere homage; this is the sound of our inscrutable world, and how we manage to survive in it.
The Sadies are a band that fans cling to like a closely guarded secret, with each new release fulfilling the promise to reach further, for all of our sakes, not just their own. With Northern Passages, the time has come to make room for more on this wild acid-folk-country-punk trip, and we’ll be better off because of it.
The band will be heading on a Canadian Ontario and East Coast tour supporting Blue Rodeo kicking off in Toronto on February 2 following The Sadies' annual New Year's Eve gig at The Horseshoe with Duende and Pow Wows on December 31. See below for a full list of 2017 tour dates.
THE SADIES' 2017 tour with BLUE RODEO
Feb 02 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall*
Feb 08 – Montreal, QC – Place des Arts*
Feb 09 – Kingston, ON – Rogers K-Rock Centre*
Feb 10 – Barrie, ON – Barrie Molson Centre*
Feb 11 – Oshawa, ON – GM Centre*
Feb 14 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens*
Feb 16 – Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Place*
Feb 17 – Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Place*
Feb 18 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre (Southam Hall)*
Feb 19 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre (Southam Hall)*
Feb 21 – Woodstock, NB – AYR Motor Centre*
Feb 23 – St. John’s, NL – Mile One Centre*
Feb 25 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre*
Feb 26 – Moncton, NB – The Molson CDN Centre at Casino NB*
Feb 28 – Kitchener, ON – Centre In The Square*
* supporting Blue Rodeo
|Since Norman's playing a free in-store today, in the spirit of giving, here are a couple of the Fannies yuletide classics.|
Thursday, December 15, 2016
|Madvillain figure with Avalanche 7-inch by MF Doom & Madlib is due in Feb, 2017. Hear Avalanche below.|
The new figure was conceived and created by the same team behind the Madvillain figure by Kid Robot, including James Reitano, illustrator/animator/director of “All Caps.” Reitano also illustrated the figure’s box and the 7” jacket and labels. The figure was designed and sculpted by Charlie Becker then manufactured by Blitzway, the South Korean toy manufacturer who manufactured the J Dilla figures, on behalf of Madlib Invazion.
The figure is 8-inches tall and stands freely at 8-inches deep with one arm which articulates. It comes in a custom designed box by James Reitano that can be disassembled as a diorama for the figure. The figure comes with a clamshell case inside the box. The 7” record is inserted into a custom space in the clamshell. Pre-order from Rappcats right here.
Madlib & Doom 45 track list:
B1. Avalanche (Instrumental)
|Andrew Loog Oldham seemed convinced Brett Smiley was destined for stardom.|
NY Times The Man Who Fell From Fame
H(ear) An Interview with Brett Smiley
Dangerous Minds The Prettiest Star: Meet Obscure Glam Rocker Brett Smiley
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
|Expect to hear some Bochum Welt, Tronics and loads of minimal synth gems when Wes Eisold presses play.|
Monday, December 12, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
|NYC no wave icon James Chance has a new album, The Flesh Is Weak. Watch two versions of "Melt Yourself Down."|