CARL BARÂT hits USA first ahead of Libertines Reunion

The Libertines was one of the most exciting scenes and musical journeys to happen back in the late 90’s and quite honestly since. I have not felt that energy and excitement for a new band outside of Arctic Monkeys who do come close. The joy of hearing new Libertines music and the desire to find anything with Carl and Pete on it, was mind-blowing.

I was lucky enough to see The Libertines live in Portland, Oregon but it was without Pete. Of course, by this time Pete was so messed up on drugs that it was not a loss. Carl sang all the songs and the band was banging. All the excitement was still there. And even though the NME has a new band to hype almost monthly none had the songs like The Libertines.

The Libertines in 2014


Well the good news is Pete has seen the light and The Libertines will set sail again in 2015 but not before Carl delivers an album and tour from the band he has been leading, the Jackals. New album in February and US tour in March. In all honesty Pete may never be able to secure a visa to tour the US so this could the closest us yanks get to seeing the good ship Albion.

Carl Barat and the Jackals new album “Let it Reign” out in February 2015.  This is the single Glory Days.

US Tour dates for Carl Barat and the Jackals.

3.7.15: Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl:

3.9.15: Seattle, WA – The Crocodile:

3.10.15: Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge:

3.11.15: San Francisco, CA – The Independent:

3.13.15: San Diego, CA – The Casbah:

3.14.15: Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy:

3.15.15: Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room:

3.23.15: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade:

3.26.15: Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel:

3.28.15: Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall:

3.30.15: New York, NY: Studio @ Webster Hall:


Here’s a reminder about The Libertines.  The news of a reunion in 2015 is worth getting chuffed about.



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Spool Going Round Favorite Albums of 2014 (10-6)

10               Jimi Goodwin- Odulek


Jimi on Odludek:

“I wanted to make this mad mixtape… the kind you’d pass back and forth with your mates; eclectic as f**k. That’s the way we’ve all discovered music over the years isn’t it? We join our own dots to make it all make sense. As I got into making the record, it felt like I was proving something to myself, making a point that I could do all this on my own. You know — I can play bass, I can play guitar, I can orchestrate. As the methods changed, the original concept stayed intact. It’s me, powering through ideas, kapow kapow, no pause for breath. It’s not trying to be wilfully eclectic; it’s just a reflection of how I schizophrenically devour music.”

As a long-time Doves fan is has been really exciting to hear how all the parts of this band contribute and are able to spread their wings on solo releases.   Jimi gave us this very eclectic album in 2014.  The rest of Doves are releasing their music in February 2015 under the name Black Rivers and from the first couple songs it will surely show up on next years top 10. -Spool Going Round

9                Buzzcocks- The Way

It fit right in to my schedule.  I had just finished reading Peter Hook’s book on Joy Division and the new album from Buzzcocks was released.  In Hooky’s book you really understand how much Buzzcocks did for bands and the music scene in Manchester.  They played a great set at Coachella earlier in the year and then were part of Riot Fest.  This albums shows that they have not lost a step.  Buzzcocks are still hard in 2014. -Spool Going Round

8               Warpaint- Warpaint

A mirage of four women with alternating shades of green surrounded by a black border. Red block text above reads "Warpaint".

The ladies of Warpaint keep things interesting on their 2014 release.  They kind of have a Radiohead vibe to their output.  It’s dance-able and cool to groove to.  Great bass lines with perfectly haunting but melodic vocals.  -Spool Going Round

 7                Paolo Nutini- Caustic Love

Caustic Love

This album may contain my favorite song of the year which is “Iron Sky.” Just fantastic.  Paolo’s vocals are always warm and he does some cool sampling throughout the album to keep it hip and modern on top of that classic rhythm and blues.   He has really grown as a musician.  What seemed like a short-lived pop career is turning out to be something to behold.  Maybe along the same career trajectory as a Van Morrison.  Keep it up Paolo! -Spool Going Round

 6               U2- Songs of Innocence

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I have come to the complete understanding that this band will never top my favorite records that they made; Boy, October, War, Joshua Tree…okay they made a lot of my favorite records.  But that boy has grown and is now a father.  Is this dad-rock? Thank God dads still rock.  Sure to an extent it is softer but what makes this record fun is their idea to go back to the beginning and of course they can’t see it with the same hunger they had but they do reflect with some of the same passion.  It’s amazing that it is still the same four members and that deserves to be celebrated.  The fact that this was given away free to any one with an iTunes account was such a wonderful gesture from this band.  Thank you for the gift. -Spool Going Round

Thank you for reading my blog. Please check back for the top 5 albums of 2014 as chosen by Spool Going Round.

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Sisters (UK) Are Doing It For Themselves


Great band I have just discovered thanks to is Sisters.  Apparently there is already a great band called Sisters her in the USA, so we will need to add the UK at the end but be careful because then is can become Sister suk and that is not the point.  Sisters (UK) or The English Sisters have a great single called “Hush Hush” press play to hear it below.

Personaly, the 90’s was not a fertile ground for great music, but Sisters UK do gather the riches from that decade and deliver with wonderful boy/girl vocals and scuzzy guitar.

Here is “Hush Hush” buy now

Check them out at their facebook page 

Galaxian is a great video game, featured here in this one called “February” free download

Hope to see Sisters in the US soon.




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U2 2015 Tour Announcement

2 different shows in each town.

“We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two,” said Bono, “and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!”

May 14th Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
May 15th Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
May 18th San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
May 19th San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
May 22nd, Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
May 23rd, Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
May 26th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 27th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 30th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 31st, Los Angeles, CA, Forum

June 12th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 13th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 24th, Chicago, IL, United Center
June 25th, Chicago, IL, United Center

July 6th, Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
July 7th, Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
July 10th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 11th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 18th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 19th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 22nd, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 23rd, New York, NY Madison Square Garden

EUROPE / UK 2015
Sep 4th, Turin, Italy , Pala Alpitour
Sep 5th, Turin, Italy, Pala Alpitour
Sep 8th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sep 9th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sep 16th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sep 17th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sep 24th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World
Sep 25th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World

Oct 5th, Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
Oct 6th, Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
Oct 13th, Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
Oct 14th, Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
Oct 17th, Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
Oct 18th Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena

Oct 25th, London, UK O2
Oct 26th, London, UK O2
Oct 29th, London, UK O2
Oct 30th, London, UK O2

Nov 6th, Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
Nov 7th, Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
Nov 10th, Paris, France, Bercy
Nov 11th, Paris, France, Bercy


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Peace and Love is where it’s at

Thank you for this photo from AP Photo/Johnny Huu Nguyen. Peace and love is where it’s at.  Photo taken is Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum, left, and Devonte Hart, 12, at a rally in Portland, Ore., where people had gathered in support of the protests in Ferguson, Mo.

You can rise up in peace just as easy as in hate. Peace is where it’s at.

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You have the right not to be killed…unless

No charges for Ferguson officer in Brown shooting

You have 3 rights. Make sure you are up on all 3 of them. This is a public service announcement with guitars thanks to The Clash.

This is a public service announcement
With guitar
Know your rights all three of them

Number one
You have the right not to be killed
Murder is a crime!
Unless it was done by a
Policeman or aristocrat
Know your rights

And Number two
You have the right to food money
Providing of course you
Don’t mind a little
Investigation, humiliation
And if you cross your fingers

Know your rights
These are your rights

Know these rights

Number three
You have the right to free
Speech as long as you’re not
Dumb enough to actually try it.

Know your rights
These are your rights
All three of ‘em
It has been suggested
In some quarters that this is not enough!

Get off the streets
Get off the streets
You don’t have a home to go to

Finally then I will read you your rights

You have the right to remain silent
You are warned that anything you say
Can and will be taken down
And used as evidence against you

Listen to this


Joe Strummer photo courtesy of

Youtube video courtesy of Stotinkica


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Get The Milk

The Milk have been delivering some very passionate vocals with great grooves for a while now. This new offering is titled Deliver Me and it may be their best to date.

You can watch the video and then you surely will want the free download. Enjoy your free taste of The Milk.  The Milk’s Got Soul.

Come to the US lads.

Old School The Milk (not spoiled)

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There is NO Joy Division or New Order without Hooky

Peter Hook is one of the best bassist of all time.  He plays the bass like a lead guitar. His bass playing in Joy Division and New Order, as well as many side projects, are simply brilliant.

Peter Hook is currently touring 2 classic New Order releases. Brotherhood is an alright album but LOW LIFE is one of my favorite albums of all time.  Throw in an opening set of Joy Division tunes and you have a great night of entertainment.


Just read the book Hooky wrote titled UNKNOWN PLEASURES *Inside Joy Division*.  This is an incredible read for fans of Joy Division.  The writing is witty and puts you there in every day from birth to death of a very important band.  Also remindes you of how a small Irish band starting out was so influenced by Joy Division and their recordings.  That little Irish band would go on to be the biggest band in the world, U2. Makes you wonder where Joy Division were heading.

Peter Hook and the Light are in North America at the moment.  Please catch them if you are within travel distance.

Nov 10: Montreal, QC – Theatre Tellus

Nov 11: Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

Nov 13: Ferndale, MI – The Magic Bag

Nov 14: Chicago, IL – Metro

Nov 15: Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe,

Nov 17: Vancouver, BC – Venue

Nov 18: Seattle, WA – Nuemos,

Nov 20: Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

Nov 21: San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine

Nov 22: Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre

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Sleaford Mods Demand a Better World, Do You?

The people have the power.

I was reading a couple weeks ago when Roger Daltrey commented on how messed up the world is right now and all we have is One Direction. It was a great comment because where are the punk bands? Where is the rock & roll breaking down the walls of injustice? In all honesty, I am not a rap fan, but rap music might be the one voice that speaks about the problems going on in the streets of the world.

Do we all have so much extra spending cash that it is not worth mentioning? Everyone is living in their big house and if they are able to make the payments, most of that payment isn’t going to interest, or to feed a bloated fat-cat? Is this system making the rich richer and the poor poorer? Are we happy with the 5 families owning everything.  Stop being sheep-ple and start being people with something to say. Flex your power.  Incite a riot.

Our politicians have a clear goal that speaks for all people on issues from minimum wage, equal rights, immigration, etc.? Maybe there is something in this blog post that could inspire you to write a song?

I recently ran across Sleaford Mods.

You don’t have to play instruments.  Use your voice.  Learn more about Sleaford Mods.  Listen to songs like “Jobseeker” or “The Wage Don’t Fit”  On November 29th Sleaford Mods will come to America to play one show in New York.




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A Beautiful Road Trip with Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger reminds of many of the great artists I started out playing on AAA radio.  It is reminiscent of Steve Earle, John Hiatt, Chris Whitley, even Mike Younger.   Incredible radio stations like KEXP in Seattle keep these similar artists coming your way.  Sounds comfortable around the ear lobes.  The song “Mahogany Dread” is a great road trip video with family, kids, nature, and lines like “happy days are still ahead” and “yeah the dead are here, they never go away,” all add to the feel of this wonderful tune.

Hiss Golden Messenger released their fifth studio album Lateness of Dancers on September 9th on Merge Records to resounding critical praise. Their West Coast begins tonight in Seattle, will wind its way down the Pacific Coast and land on November 13th in Los Angeles. The following day the band’s episode of Mountain Stage will appear on NPR stations across the country!

Hiss Golden Messenger will make their network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman on November 18th. Following their appearance they will launch an extensive UK and European Tour that will begin in December and wrap at the end of February 2015. All tour dates will be full band. On the European and UK dates, Hiss Golden Messenger will be opening for Ben Howard.  Full tour dates below.

Hiss Golden Messenger Tour Dates:

 # w/ Ben Howard

Nov 6/ Barboza/ Seattle, WA

Nov 7/ The Biltmore Cabaret/ Vancouver, BC

Nov 8/ Doug Fir Lounge/ Portland, OR

Nov 10/ The Crepe Place/ Santa Cruz, CA

Nov 11/ The Independent/ San Francisco, CA

Nov 13 / The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood/ Los Angeles, CA

Nov 14/ Mountain Stage

Nov 18/ The Late Show With David Letterman

Dec 3/ 02 Apollo/ Manchester, UK#

Dec 4/ Civic Hall/ Wolverhampton, UK#

Dec 5/ Hare & Hounds/ Birmingham, UK

Dec 6/ Usher Hall/ Edinburgh, UK

Dec 7/ Olympia/ Dublin, Ireland#

Dec 8/ Olympia/ Dublin, Ireland#

Dec 10/ 02 Academy Brixton/ London, UK#

Dec 11/ 02 Academy Brixton/ London, UK#

Dec 12/ De Spot/ Middleburg, Netherlands

Dec 17/ Forest National Club/ Brussels, Belgium#

Dec 18/ Heineken Music Hall/ Amsterdam, Netherlands#

Dec 19/ Heineken Music Hall/ Amsterdam, Netherlands#

Dec 20/ Heineken Music Hall/ Amsterdam, Netherlands#

Feb 6/ Bleach/ Brighton, UK

Feb 7/ Independent/ Sunderland, UK

Feb 8/ Brundell Social Club/ Leeds, UK

Feb 9/ Stereo/ Glasgow, UK

Feb 10/ The Deaf Institute/ Manchester, UK

Feb 11/ The Lantern/ Bristol, UK

Feb 12/ Bush Hall/ London, UK

Feb 13/ AB/ Brussels, Belgium

Feb 14/ Rotown/ Rotterdam, Netherlands

Feb 15/ EKKO/ Utrecht, Netherlands

Feb 17/ Privatclub/ Berlin, Germany

Feb 18/ Atlas/ Aarhus, Denmark

Feb 19/ Pustervik/ Gothenborg, Sweden

Feb 20/ John Dee/ Oslo, Norway

Feb 21/ Vega/ Copenhagen, Denmark

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