Dave Grohl’s Sonic Highways Journey starts in Chicago

It has been well-documented that as a young rocker Dave Grohl’s life was changed after attending a punk rock show at Chicago’s Cubby Bear across from the historic Wrigley Field.  On the bill that night was America’s greatest punk rock band, Naked Raygun.

HBO series Sonic Highways features a city in each episode.  The sound that each city has provided to the wealth of music.  The bands, recording studios, and live clubs.  Each city has a sound and each city has a story.


To make this great rock and roll story come to life even more. Foo Fighters will perform live at The Cubby Bear this Friday, 10/17/14 after the screening of episode one of “Sonic Highways” the Chicago episode.

Tickets go on sale TOMORROW with a 2 ticket limit and you can’t scalp ‘em or buy for buddies. You purchase, you go to the show, and you show ID. That’s punk rock.

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Can we get Naked Raygun to open this show?

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Noel Gallagher Will Fly Again

Chasing Yesterday will be released on March 3rd via Sour Mash Records, available on CD, Deluxe CD, vinyl and digitally. The album can be pre-ordered today here.

 The first single from the album, ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’ will be released on November 17th digitally and on limited edition 7 inch vinyl with B side entitled ‘Do The Damage’.  Fans can click here for a first listen of ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’

Noel also announced his band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will embark on a run of arena dates in March to coincide with the album release. Opening in Belfast at the Odyssey Arena on March 3rd and then playing Nottingham, Glasgow, and Manchester, culminating with a performance at London’s O2 Arena. Tickets will go on sale on October 17th at 9am. Click here for the ticket link.

2015 Tour Dates (additional dates in Europe & U.S. to be announced):

March 3 Belfast Odyssey Arena

March 6 Nottingham Capital FM Arena

March 7 Glasgow The SSE Hydro,

March 9 Manchester Arena

March 10 London The O2 Arena

Chasing Yesterday marks a new chapter and sound for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.   It’s the first album to be produced as well as written by Noel and features a much broader array of instrumentation than ever before; the result is a rich, expansive and multi-layered record, drawing from a range of disparate influences – from west coast rock to classic rock’n’roll and even some space jazz (!) – whilst still being very obviously a completely cohesive body of work. On producing the album, Noel said:

“It was a major pain in the arse. It’s not that I’ve ever had people telling me what to write or what direction to go in, but managing sessions from one end of the week to the other proved extremely difficult. I had all these people looking at me and saying: ‘right, what are we doing today?’ I was making the whole thing up as I went along.”

The first single to be taken from the album will be, ‘In The Heat Of The Moment.’ This hypnotic track was inspired by a documentary in which an astronaut said that going into space for the first time feels like touching the face of God. “If that’s not an opening line for a song I don’t know what is” said Mr Gallagher.

 The beautiful opening track ‘Riverman’ is an expansive song with several guitar and saxophone solos. Noel said of the track:

“We made a demo of Riverman and we knew it was amazing,” “And then I was listening to [sax-laden one-hit wonder from 1974] Pinball by Brian Protheroe and thought: Shall I actually get a saxophone player? And what if I get him to play not one but two solos? I know I’m going to be accused of sax crimes. But fuck it. There’s nobody to tell me not to do it. And when you listen to that saxophone, please, don’t think about the guy from Spandau Ballet.”

 The record’s emotional closer, ‘Ballad Of The Mighty I’ sees Johnny Marr join with Noel on guitar duties.

“I tried to get him to play on the last album but it never happened,” said Gallagher.“So when I put this track together and knew he would be perfect for it I called him and asked if I could send him the rough mix. He said: ‘No, I don’t want to hear it. I’m just going to react to it on the day.’ He didn’t even want any pointers. Well, that was brave of him. He just arrived with two guitars and a bag of effects pedals. And I have to say, he’s unbelievable. He’s way up there, on another level to the rest of us. The result is a burst of energy that helped make Mighty I one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”

This album follows the huge success of the double platinum eponymous debut album that has sold 770,000 copies to date in the UK alone, and a live schedule that saw Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds visit 32 countries and play 143 shows over a 15 month touring period.

Album track listing:

1. Riverman

2. In The Heat Of The Moment

3. The Girl With X-Ray Eyes

4. Lock All The Doors

5. The Dying Of The Light

6. The Right Stuff

7. While The Song Remains The Same

8. The Mexican

9. You Know We Can’t Go Back

10. Ballad Of The Mighty I

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Hollie Cook has broke my heart

I’ve been loving Hollie Cook for quite sometime. Even before she was born. She is the daughter of Sex Pistol drummer, Paul Cook. Her chill reggae vibe has put me at ease on many an irritation. Hollie also performed as a member of The Slits which makes her so extra cool.

Then I get word that she is starting a US tour this week WOO HOO! Until the dates are revealed and once again a US tour does not include my area (Chicago, IL) or anywhere near by. Sadness fills my heart as tears fill my eyes.

If you are anywhere near these dates you must go in my stead and report back.

Hollie Cook U.S Tour

13th October – Brooklyn / NY Glasslands / Tickets

14th October – Boston / Paradise / Tickets  * Supporting Yuna

16th October – Philadelphia / Union Transfer / Tickets * Supporting Yuna

17th October – Washington / Lisner Auditorium / Tickets * Alice Russell & Yuna ft. Hollie Cook

19th October – Boulder / Fox Theatre / Tickets 

21st October – Seattle / Nectar Lounge / Tickets

22nd October – Portland / Alhambra Theatre / Tickets

23rd October – Oakland / Leo’s / Tickets

24th October – Los Angeles / Echo

25th October – Los Angeles / The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel / Tickets

photos from Hollie Cook Facebook page

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Great News for HIPsters

gord downie young

Gord Downie released a great record in 2014 but as a HIP fan you always want to see him driving The Tragically Hip double-decker bus. He will be back behind the wheel for a very special tour in 2015.

Physical Pre Order – Now Available Worldwide

A chance for us to come together with our neighbors north of the border.  A chance for us to say North American and mean the whole darn continent.  Bring your tasty beer and your hockey stories, The Tragically Hip will be touring their untouchable release from 1992 titled “Fully Completely”. It’s getting a glossy redo with bonus tracks and live DVD.

The Tragically Hip - Fully and Completely

The FULLY and COMPLETELY tour will feature the 1992 release in its entirety.  Plenty of Gordo freak-outs, observations, and rants to be expected, maybe making sense of this crazy world we live in.  Gordo once got me so worked up at a concert that I bought an $85 hockey sweater with a Maple Leaf and The Tragically Hip on it that is probably 5 sizes too big but it didn’t matter. I went to the ATM and drained my low balance account. I was going to move up north and wear it with several jackets underneath.  I still have it in my closet and every time this US government makes me crazy I try it on.

It will be interesting to see what he gets me to do this time.  The tour starts with 2 SHOWS IN CHICAGO!

01/13 Chicago, IL – House of Blues  TICKETS
01/14 Chicago, IL – House of Blues  TICKETS
01/16 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
01/17 Windsor, ON – The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
01/20 Burlington, VT – Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
01/21 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
01/23 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
01/24 Boston, MA – House of Blues
02/04 Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial
02/06 Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
02/07 Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place
02/09 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
02/10 Lethbridge, AB – Enmax Centre
02/12 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
02/14 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
02/17 St. Catharines, ON – Meridian Centre
02/19 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
02/20 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
04/08 St John’s, NL – Mile One Centre
04/10 Moncton, NB – The Centre at Casino New Brunswick
04/11 Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre
04/14 Kingston, ON – Rogers K-Rock Centre
04/15 Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre
04/17 London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
04/18 Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center

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Gord Downie photo thanks to dovergroupinc.com

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Screaming Females Tonight in Chicago

I have been a huge supporter of Screaming Females from the first time I saw them live opening for Arctic Monkeys. They continue to evolve, mature, and further write great songs. Their new song “Wishing Well” really shows that.

Wishing Well - Single, Screaming Females

This is a band that needs to be witnessed live. The guitar work is incredible. Here is a link to a previous Spool Going Round interview with Screaming Females.

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Oct 07 Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, IL
Oct 08 Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN
Oct 09 Back Porch Spearfish, SD
Oct 10 Lost Lake Lounge Denver, CO
Oct 11 The Crux Boise, ID
Oct 13 Holocene Portland, OR
Oct 14 Palace Flophouse Olympia, WA
Oct 15 Black Lodge Seattle, WA
Oct 17 1234 Go! Oakland, CA
Oct 18 Hemlock Tavern San Francisco, CA
Oct 19 Jewels Catch One Los Angeles, CA
Oct 20 Harold’s San Pedro, CA
Oct 21 The Flycatcher Tucson, AZ
Oct 23 Red 7 Austin, TX
Oct 24 Walter’s Downtown Houston, TX
Oct 25 Community Records Block Party New Orleans, LA
Oct 26 Green Room (Delta State U) Cleveland, MS
Oct 27 Seasick Records Birmingham, AL
Oct 28 The Stone Fox Nashville, TN
Oct 30 Pre-Fest 2 Ybor, FL
Oct 31 FEST 13 Gainesville, FL
Nov 01 529 Bar Atlanta, GA
Nov 02 Kings Barcade Raleigh, NC
Nov 03 Strange Matter Richmond, VA
Nov 04 Black Cat Washington, DC
Nov 05 Johnny Brendas Philadelphia, PA
Nov 06 TT the Bear’s Place Cambridge, MA
Nov 07 Spark City Providence, RI
Nov 08 Asbury Lanes Asbury Park, N


Nice video from baatfam on youtube

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Introducing Josef Salvat

Josef Salvat photo by Mark Kean

Who will be the next generation’s Frank Sinatra?

Josef Salvat released his new EP titled In Your Prime last month on new home Columbia Records. The EP contains Salvat’s heart wrenching version of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” written by Sia. Salvat is working on his debut album which will be out next year.
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In Your Prime EP Tracklisting
01. Open Season
02. This Life
03. Shoot and Run
04. Diamonds
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B a noBody by SOAK

I think it is wonderful that young people are turning to music still to express topics such as their life, love, and loneliness. As an old codger I sometimes worry about the younger generations and their access to good music. Lack of record stores and no Music TV make it harder to experience good quality music. Maybe you stumble across a good music blog occasionally?

I sat here and watched how this unfolded with LORDE. In the blog universe it could have went another way. But the critical mass decided to actually listen to her songs. Maybe their exposure to her music even came in the reverse where the old men logged into their blog to comment on the reissues of the day and heard LORDE’s music coming from their pre-teen’s bedroom. Music that wasn’t corporate or over-sexual but instead gave a voice to young women and their feelings.

SOAK is another one to hear. SOAK’s facebook bio states “Short Irish kid who appreciates Dragons & Dinosaurs. Has wonky bottom teeth & writes song. Kind of funny sometimes.” How can you ask for more than that?

Here is a beautiful song with an inspiring video. Because it is always better to B a noBody, with somebody else.

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I want Everyone in on Meat Free Mondays

It’s time we made some changes. Things are not working the way they are. We start this Monday.

from http://pledge.meatfreemondays.com/

Meat production is responsible for 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization1, with some scientists saying the percentage is higher.

Skipping meat for one day a week can reduce your annual carbon footprint by as much as not driving your car for a whole month.

An area of Amazon rainforest the size of a hundred football pitches is cut down every hour to create room for grazing cattle.

More information can be found at http://pledge.meatfreemondays.com/

Lennon and Harrison were the better songwriters but Paul has a point.

This looks like a good recipe to start with from http://www.anicetime.com/cooking-with-c-vegan-shepards-pie-with-gravy/?view=News

Vegan Shepards Pie

VEGAN SHEPHERD’S PIE WITH GRAVY

Mashed Potatoes

  • 3 lb. potatoes (I used a bag of organic red potatoes), peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp margarine
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp non-dairy milk (I used soy)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Vegetable Filling:

  • 2 tbsp cocomon coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled & small dice
  • 2 cups pumpkin peeled & small dice
  • 4 celery stalks, small dice
  • 1 cup, full sodium vegetable broth (or more as needed)
  • 1/4 cup red wine (or more broth)
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp kosher salt, to taste + black pepper
  • 3 tbsp flour (I used whole wheat)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425F and lightly oil a 2.5 quart/2.3 litre casserole dish. Place peeled and chopped potatoes into a large pot and add water, 2 inches above potatoes. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for about 30 minutes until very tender.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the vegetable filling. Chop the onion and mince the garlic and add to a skillet along with the oil. Cook on low for about 5-7 minutes. Now add in the chopped carrots, parsnip, and celery. Cook on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes.

3. When the potatoes are done cooking, drain and add back to the pot. Add the Earth Balance (or butter), milk, and seasonings and mash well. Set aside.

4. In a small bowl, whisk together the liquid ingredients (broth, red wine (optional), thyme, and flour). Add this liquid mixture to the vegetables in the skillet and stir well. Add your salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 5-10 minutes or so until thickened. Season to taste.

5. Scoop vegetable mixture into casserole dish. Spread on the mashed potato mixture and garnish with paprika, ground pepper, and Thyme. Bake at 425F for about 35 minutes, or until golden and bubbly. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Mixture will be very hot in the middle so be careful! I suggest serving this with homemade vegan gravy. Makes 6 generous servings.

Vegan Gravy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1.5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • ½ tsp agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp cocomon coconut oil

Directions: In a blender or food processor combine all ingredients and puree until smooth. In a pot on medium to high heat, add mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and stir frequently to thicken. Remove from heat and serve. Add additional agave, water, or vinegar if needed to adjust taste.


The Smiths “Meat is Murder (on Mondays)” or put a positive spin on it with The Wiggles “Fruit Salad”

 

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Chicago is…David Bowie is…

David Bowie Is on sale

David Bowie is…the exhibit starts today at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Our Mayor has declared today to be David Bowie Day. I know you love official documents.

Today in Daley Plaza during your lunch hour Sons of the Silent Age will be performing David Bowie songs with Chris Connelly and Matt Walker and it’s free.Chris Connelly channels David Bowie in Sons of the Silent Age

Tickets for the museum can be purchased here, it runs through January 2015.  Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

They have a God-forsaken gift shop of course (but it’s actually pretty cool) see below.

Magnets                                                        Earrings

Shirts                                                                   Books

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Spool Going Round Mix Tape

Because Spool Going Round loves you, here is another mixtape. I haven’t posted a mix in a while but you can always find great mixes by searching out Spool Going Round. We are experiencing a seasonal change. A shift is happening but love is always the answer. David Bowie is…opens this week and Tuesday is declared David Bowie Day here in Chicago. The Raveonettes pull into town on Friday night. I am reading and loving the Peter Hook book “Unknown Pleasures*Inside Joy Division*.” New releases by Robert Plant, Buzzcocks, and U2 are in heavy rotation on the stereo.

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