Oasis Falling Down for over 20 minutes

Sometimes I get bored with the internet. Seen it, done that. I had heard about this Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble remix by Amorphous Androgynous years back. When ever I was in a record shop I would look in the vinyl and CD’s for this rare mix but never found it. I looked on ebay and other websites and either I couldn’t find it or the price was ridiculously high.  I even swear at some point I looked at youtube but either my search wasn’t right or this beauty wasn’t posted at the time.

Here to save the magic of the internet is Youtube music lover Adrian Roken.   Thinking about this song again the other day I went back to the internet to search for it and Adrian has posted this gem.

Over 20 minutes of Oasis -Falling Down with all the great trippy bits.  Please get comfortable and press play it is well worth the journey.

You can purchase the original 4 minute version on DIG OUT YOUR SOUL

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Nick Menza’s Drumming Lights Up the Sky

Nick Menza, former drummer of Megadeth, captured some video of interesting lights in the sky.  He has been a believer of UFO’s for some time.  He also has a book coming out so does that make this video less believable?  You be the judge.

The times they are a changing…

And when he’s not lighting up the sky, he is drumming.


and writing a book

MegaLife Memoir

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1 Doves = 2 New Bands

Early this year we highly recommended Jimi Goodwin’s album Odludek.  Jimi is the excellent vocalist in Doves.  I have been enjoying it’s eclectic sounds for months.  Now the other two Doves, Jez and Andy Williams on guitars, vocals, and drums, are set to release their own music under the name Black Rivers.  It’s not out until next year but Spool Going Round has your exclusive access to their download.

Click here —->>>If you give them your EMAIL they will give you this song for free.

The album is being finished for release early next year. In the meantime if you want to keep up to date with all the latest news from Black Rivers please sign up here. We promise we won’t spam you.

“Some bands are rooted in the reality of the here and now, I suppose we’ve always been about escapism: searching for something. That’s the link, but I wouldn’t want to think we sound too much like Doves. The exciting thing about Black Rivers is that we had the freedom to go wherever we wanted.”
Jez Williams.



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Jack White live tonight online or on radio

Thanks to WXRT, one of the best radio stations still broadcasting in this country, they are streaming Jack White’s performance live from Chicago Theatre at 9 pm CST.


Listen live here

I am not loving the Cubs this year either

Jack White Cubs Memes Are The New Grumpy Cat Memes

Jack White at Wrigley Field “enjoying” a Cubs game.


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The Raveonettes Rave on

New Music from Danish rockers The Raveonettes has been let loose. A full length dropped today and a sizable tour this fall. They continue to amaze me because with their “sound” being somewhat limiting at first listen they continue to keep it fresh seven records in. Always enjoyable they are coming to Double Door on September 26th.


On Thursday Sune will be holding a Facebook Q&A, answering questions about the new album (and near drowning experience that inspired it) over on The Raveonettes Facebook Page at 12PM PST / 3PM EST / 8PM BST. Just head over at those times to join in!

Sep 22 Bimbo’s 365 Club San Francisco, CA
Sep 23 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA
Sep 24 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Sep 26 Double Door Chicago, IL
Sep 27 Midpoint Music Festival
Sep 29 & 30 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Oct 01 Black Cat Washington, DC


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Will Johnny Marr experience the sophomore slump?

We will be able to find out on October 7th if Johnny Marr has hit his sophomore slump. I actually think he needed to get that first album out of the way (the freshman fence?) so that he could really grow. It is pretty obvious by the short time it has taken him to complete his second release that he is having a creative peak. Really he was always creative even though his band choices were not that great, he still allowed himself to have new experiences as a musician.

Johnny Marr -

As time goes on I really relate to Johnny and am starting to see Morrissey for the not so perfect human being that he is.  The dream of The Smiths reunion starts to seem more and more silly.  Now if I had a time machine would I go back to the early days and catch that young hungry band The Smiths trying to win over the audience in a small club, OH YEAH!

Here is the press release and links to pre-orders.

Johnny Marr has announced the release date for his second solo album “Playland,”which is set for release on October 7 via Warner Music Group, and available for pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon. Last year, the legendary guitarist for The Smiths enjoyed a monumental start to his solo career with an abundance of critical acclaim (including the honor of being named NME’s ‘Godlike Genius’) for his Top 10 debut solo album “The Messenger.” Meanwhile, his shows were celebrated for his ability to combine the best of his new material with select highlights from The Smiths, plus others from his extensive back catalog.

 Johnny Marr’s upward trajectory continues unabated with the release of “Playland.” Work on the album commenced in London in spring 2014 as soon as the year of touring in support of ‘The Messenger’ came to a close. It finds Marr continuing the creative connection that was forged on ‘The Messenger’ with collaborator and co-producer Doviak, as well as the other musicians who performed on the album and accompanying tour.

 As Johnny states,“When ‘The Messenger’ came out I kept on writing. I liked that the band had a momentum going on tour and a connection with the audience, and I thought that energy would be good to capture on the new record.”

 Written around a common theme of “songs that move at the speed of life,” ‘Playland’ captures much of the spirit that made ‘The Messenger’ so memorable with energetic, post-punk songwriting complemented by Johnny Marr’s characteristic guitar style, thought-provoking lyrical ideas and poised vocal phrasing. “It’s important to sound like your environment and on this record that’s London and Manchester,” he adds. “The feeling of the cities and the people make it into the music.”

 The title “Playland” is inspired by Homo Ludens, a 1938 book by the highly influential Dutch cultural theorist Johan Huizinga, which explores the concept of play as a precursor and principal element of cultural development.

“Playland” track listing:

1.) Back In The Box

2.) Easy Money

3.) Dynamo

4.) Candidate

5.) 25 Hours

6.) The Trap

7.) Playland

8.) Speak Out Reach Out

9.) Boys Get Straight

10.) This Tension

11.) Little King

A treat while we wait…

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Paolo Nutini “Iron Sky”

Paolo Nutini

I remember the first time I heard his voice in “New Shoes” back in 2006. He has such passion and soul in his voice. He has traveled through Jamaican sounds and pop music but he has always had soul.

His new release Caustic Love will be a strong contender for Top 10 of 2014.  Push play and ease into the nice “Iron Sky” from his upcoming release.

photo from https://www.facebook.com/PaoloNutini

I see some US tour dates but Chicago is not listed.   Paolo come on!

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My reflections on over 1,000 concerts attended (This The Power of 3)

I am going to attempt to search my memory for references to live shows I’ve attended in my lifetime. Is it some kind of weird reflection from a music lover that feels he is closer to death than birth?

What did I take away from these shows? Memory is a tricky thing in’nit?  If you attended any of these shows and have your own memories of it I would love for you to share your thoughts and fill in the blanks.  Thanks to the internet I can sometimes glean information to spark a memory.  Many of the shows took place before the internet so that becomes a gray area for concert attendees who may have been nuts on goofballs.

Let’s reflect…

Being a massive concert attender and music lover, I get asked “what was your favorite concert?”  This one always comes up.  Even if not the best it is without any doubt in the top 5 of all time.

Most concerts you are hard pressed to see 2 decent bands. Usually if you get there early to get up close you have to endure a horrible opening act to get to the band you paid to see. In this case, the line-up is 3 legends May 16th of the year 1998.  The power of 3, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and Joni Mitchell.  For sure 3 of the best songwriters maybe ever.  The set up: I’m working as a DJ at KMTT  The Mountain-Seattle.  A station that has championed these major artists their whole career.   We are getting a party bus together to take staff and lucky listeners to the concert.  Where is the bus going you are wondering?  We are off the the venue voted best outdoor concert venue almost every year since it’s beginning.  The venue is the sublime, majestic, Gorge Ampitheatre in Washington state.

If you ever have an opportunity to see a show at this venue, don’t miss it.  On the cliff top of the Gorge in the beautiful northwest.  Views that go on forever.  A drive that can sometimes seems like it goes on forever if you’re coming from Seattle or Portland.  Let’s just say you can’t get to a beautiful spot like this without putting a few miles on the odometer.  So right away we are off to a good start.  I don’t have to drive.  A very special man named “Lem” is driving the bus and he is a true professional.  We will get there on time with all the bells and whistles of a tour bus.  The excitement of the show and the relief of Lem behind the wheel has the whole bus buzzing.

Being part of the radio station we are treated to a meal before the show.  We get there early and safe.  In yurts looking out at the beautiful gorge we enjoy a catered pre-party.  At the gathering I am talking with some friends from the record company and they ask me where I am sitting.  Well it is kind of in the back, I am not complaining as the tickets were free and I was about to see the power of 3.  The kind man from Bob Dylan’s label, Columbia Records, tells me he can do better than that.  He reaches in his jacket pocket and upgrades me to better, closer, more center seats.  It is all falling into place for a magical evening.

Joni Mitchell performs with a nice breeze blowing her hair as her voice fills the venue.  She is sounding as good as you could ever hope.  Joni was just coming off a bit of resurgence at this time in her career.   The music almost sounds to good to be real.  That is the thing about seeing artists with this much experience.  They have toured and toured and learned how to deliver a top notch show.  This includes wonderful performance, the best sound, and a set list that includes the hits but also some hidden gems for the album lover who spent hours watching the spool going round on the record player side after side.

I am most excited to see Van Morrison.  He is as cool as you would want him to be.  Van is wearing a black  suit jacket, black fedora, and dark sun glasses.  That voice and that soul delivered with total grace.   It is often said of a wonderful voice that this person could sing the phonebook and it would sound good.  So is the case with Van Morrison.  And I do believe at some point in his career when needing to complete a contractual obligation to his record label, has in fact sang the phonebook and yes it was amazing. He is more funky that I would have imagined.  The horn section really helps with this and even segues into a Sly & The Family Stone cover.

Bob Dylan has gone through some tough tours in his long career.  His songwriting can not be touched so there is only a couple of places a critic can attack.  His voice and his live performance are up for heavy critique. Most people have gotten over his recorded voice, either loving or hating it.  But the live performance is always up to the music gods on that day.  On this day Bob delivers vocal perfection.  The band is rocking  and when you hear Dylan sing the “The Times They Are A Changin’ ” in a large group of people with our prophet on stage the possibility of real change is alive.  With this line up in this setting we have hit major transcendence.  Music moves you and motivates thought and will eventually bring the world together as one if we are to save ourselves.

As we head back to the bus flying high from this power of 3 performance, knowing we can just relax and reflect on the show as Lem gets us home safely. We pull off towards home taking more home emotionally and spiritually than we came in with.

Stick around for more reflections on over 1,000 concerts attended.

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Happy Birthday ‘merica

Michael Been from American rock band The Call asked some good questions in “Become America” unfortunately they were not answered during his time here on earth. Will they be answered in our time?

Michael Been’s birthday was one day off of mine.  He lived in Chicago for a spell.  Sometimes I question the greatness of America.  Similarities?


Thanks to Mike Trella for the Youtube visuals. Captain America Rules and should be our next President.

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INTERPOL in the sunset at Glastonbury 2014 is sublime

Just fantastic. A preview of what we might see at Lollapalooza. INTERPOL

INTERPOL Chicago House of Blues 7/30/14 SOLD OUT
Hang out with Mike at Spool Going Round’s house 7/31/14
what else are you going to do in Chicago with the day off?
INTERPOL Lollapalooza 8/1/14 SOLD OUT


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