Don’t blame the IRS. The Bunnymen are coming to Chicago.

“Holy Moses” from forthcoming Meteorite release

Echo & the Bunnymen have a new album on the way and a tour of the US this fall. I celebrate with a bit of trepidation since the last time I bought Echo & the Bunnymen tickets I was very excited to go see the show only to hear they were canceling the tour blaming the IRS. When you hear something like that as a fan it makes you question things and wonder if this is just about the money man.  What about the fans? I was swearing the names of many Liverpudlians.

With irony intact they have announced a new US tour on the IRS holiday known as tax day, today April 15th. Surely it will be too hot to wear the old leather jacket in the Metro come August 10th.

Maybe in this year of 2014 Echo & the Bunnymen will finally take U2′s crown?? New album produced by Youth is titled Meteorites and you can pledge your allegiance here.

2014 US Tour Dates

Aug. 1: Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 2: Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Aug. 4: Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
Aug. 5: Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, B.C.
Aug. 6: Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA
Aug. 9: First Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 10: Metro, Chicago, IL 
Aug. 11: St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI
Aug. 12: Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
Aug. 14: Paradise Rock Cliub, Boston, MA
Aug. 16: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Aug. 17: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Aug. 18: The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
Aug. 19: Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA

Here’s one from the Spool Going Round Vault…

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Visions in the Desert: Warpaint at Coachella 2014 full set

Let us not forget that Spool Going Round is claiming 2014 as the year of the female rocker. Girl Power! Warpaint have released a great album and are playing to their full potential. I’ve always loved “Bees” and here it is totally buzzing. Check it out.

Thanks to YouTube’s Julio Arrizon for posting the set.
Keep It Healthy
No Way Out
Love Is to Die

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The Southern Desert Cult 2014 Coachella full set

The Cult are still performing at the top of their game. Just try to stop your self from doing a scissor-kick on top of your couch when “She Sells Sanctuary” kicks in!

Thank you YouTube’s Gotsome2013 for this video 4/11/14

The Witch
Sweet Soul Sister
Wild Flower
She Sells Sanctuary
Love Removal Machine

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Coachella in your living room



Coachella is doing something very cool for those of us thousands of miles away from sunny California.  I have Youtube…check.  I have AXS TV…check.  This is working out swimmingly and I have to say the line ups are really solid this year.

They have just announced the Youtube line up for this weekend.

Just some of the Friday highlights (all times PDT)

5:20 pm  AFI

9:30 pm   Broken Bells

9:55 pm  Bryan Ferry

11:00 pm  The Cult

Just some of the Saturday highlights (all times PDT)

3:30 pm White Lies

6:10 pm  City and Colour

8:00 pm  Warpaint

11:35 pm  Muse

Just some of the Sunday highlights (all times PDT)

5:10 pm  Fishbone

8:30 pm  Daughter

10:20 pm  Arcade Fire

See you there





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David Bowie Is…coming to Chicago

David Bowie is

September 23, 2014 to January 4, 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,the only US venue for the exhibition

Tickets and Extended Hours Information  

Tickets for David Bowie is are $25, which also includes general museum admission. 

Tickets go on sale to the public on July 31, 2014. 

David Bowie is presents the first international exhibition of the extraordinary career of David Bowie—one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. The exhibition focuses on his creative processes and collaborative work with artists and designers, and demonstrates how his work has both influenced and been influenced by wider movements in art, design, music, and theater. The exhibition’s multimedia design introduces advanced sound technology by Sennheiser and video installations to create
an immersive journey through Bowie’s artistic life. David Bowie is was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago from September 23, 2014 to January 4, 2015.

The MCA is the only US venue for this groundbreaking exhibition. Michael Darling, the MCA James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator says, “This exhibition portrays an artist in control of his practice who recognizes that the smallest details contribute to the overall aesthetic experience of the audience. Bowie’s peerless understanding of the importance of image cultivation and reinvention make him a comfortable fit with others in the MCA Collection and exhibition history, such as Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol—and
similar to many artists working today, he has never limited himself to one area of cultural production.

“The MCA’s history has been built on a multidisciplinary understanding of creativity from its founding in 1967, and the combination of exhibitions, performances, and programs we present today reflect that wide-angle view of contemporary art. This exhibition repatriates David Bowie, the musical innovator, into the territory of cutting-edge visual and performing art that is his natural home.” 

On display are early photographs, LPs from his musical heroes such as Little Richard, and Bowie’s sketches for stage sets and costumes created for his bands The Kon-rads and The King Bees in the 1960s. This opening section concludes with a focus on Bowie’s first major hit Space Oddity (1969) and the introduction of the fictional character Major Tom, who would be revisited by Bowie in both Ashes to Ashes (1980) and Hallo Spaceboy (1995). Inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space
Odyssey, the single was released to coincide with the first moon landing and was Bowie’s breakthrough moment, granting him critical and commercial success as an established solo artist.

The exhibition moves on to examine David Bowie’s creative processes from song writing, recording, and producing, to designing costumes, stage sets, and album artwork. Working within both established art forms and new artistic movements, this section reveals the scope of his inspirations and cultural references from Surrealism, Brechtian theater, and avant-garde mime, to West End musicals, German Expressionism, and Japanese Kabuki performance.


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This is a GOASTT worth looking into

I have always liked Sean Lennon. I like the way he carries himself and to me he seems like a true artist. Of course it is not to difficult to go down that path given his birthright. Birthright however does not give success without work.  Like all true artists he has wandered and gone down some paths that may not have been the golden road to unlimited devotion. U-turns being aloud Sean has found a true partner to explore with in girlfriend, Charlotte Kemp Muhl.

After a few records under the guise of The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (GOASTT) they have finally hit their true path to greatness.  They chose the better more psychedelic journey to escape and evolve in.  MIDNIGHT SUN will be out on April 29th.  Pre-order now on iTunes and get 3 songs including this nugget “Moth to the Flame.”

Touring behind this gem in 2014.

Saturday 6/7/14 – Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA

Friday 6/6/14 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA

Thursday 6/5/14 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

Wednesday 6/4/14 – La Sala Rossa, Montreal, QC

Tuesday 6/3/14 – The Hoxton, Toronto, ON

Sunday 6/1/14 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL

Saturday 5/31/14 – High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI

Friday 5/30/14 – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN

Thursday 5/29/14 – Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA

Wednesday 5/28/14 – Waiting Room, Omaha, NE

Tuesday 5/27/14 – Bluebird, Denver, CO

Saturday 5/24/14 – Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR

Friday 5/23/14 – The Imperial, Vancouver, BC

Thursday 5/22/14 – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA

Tuesday 5/20/14 – GAMH, San Francisco, CA

Saturday 5/17/14 – El Rey, Los Angeles, CA

Friday 5/16/14 – Casbah, San Diego, CA

Thursday 5/15/14 – Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ

Wednesday 5/14/14 – Club Congress, Tuscon, AZ

Monday 5/12/14 – Red 7, Austin, TX

Saturday 5/10/14 – ACM @ UCA Lab, Oklahoma City, OK

Friday 5/9/14 – Club Dada, Dallas, TX

Thursday 5/8/14 – One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA (w/ M. Ward)

Wednesday 5/7/14 – Terminal West, Atlanta, GA

Monday 5/5/14 – U Hall, Washington, DC

Saturday 5/3/14 – Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY


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Out of this world promotion for new John Frusciante release

Most will know John Frusciante from his guitar work with Red Hot Chili Peppers. He however has released some incredible solo work. I loved his album The Empyrean. He is very gifted, possibly alien, definitely evolved.

His new album ENCLOSURE is coming to your town soon.

On March 29th, 2014, ENCLOSURE was loaded onto an experimental Cube Satellite called Sat-JF14 and launched into space aboard an Interorbital Systems’ NEPTUNE Modular Rocket.

Beginning today, March 31st, fans from around the world can download the free, custom-built Sat-JF14 mobile application which will enable users to track Sat-JF14’s movement in real time. When Sat-JF14 hovers over a users’ geographic region, ENCLOSURE will be unlocked, allowing users to listen to the album for free on any iOS or Android mobile device. Sat – JF14 also supports an integrated social chat platform giving fans the ability to communicate with one another after listening to the music. The album preview will last until midnight on April 7th, at which point Sat-JF14 will cease transmission.

On April 8th, 2014, Record Collection will release ENCLOSURE, the 11th full-length album from John Frusciante.

Download the Sat-JF14 app and watch the video below.  Of course at this time of year anything can be a April Fool’s joke, or not.

Check out “Central” from his release The Empyrean from 2009.  Spool Going Round says it’s killer.

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Were you a Messed Up Kid?

Kids need an advocate not a hypocrite.

If you were a messed up kid then I hope you turned things around.  I did.  If you didn’t then you may be dead or wishing you were.

Every human being has something special to offer this world. You are special! If no one ever told you that, it is because this world is full of ASSHOLES. It is so easy to be an ASSHOLE but please cease and desist. Sometimes it seems like they are all in charge but I assure you they will not win in the end.  Stay with us for the celebration.

We have all made mistakes. But you can be the difference. You can be that someone that wasn’t there for you. Break the chain and try to knock that chip off your shoulder and inspire others. Let the people you meet each day feel special about themselves. Feel good by helping others to feel good.  Teachers help students find their special skills.

JAKE BUGG “Messed Up Kids” from Shangri La

When you see someone down help them get up.  No matter how bad your current situation seems, you will get out of it.  We have someone coming to help you. Tell bully’s they will not rule.  There is a great big world out there.  We are all part of something bigger and more positive then we can often see.

Keep looking for good people they are out there and they want to help you.

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Saturday Spooling in Soundcloud

Come join me won’t you. Into the forest there is a lake. It’s winter but we’ll be warm there. It’s just you and me and the groove makes three. It’s Saturday in Soundcloud.

Thanks to all the beautiful people that posted these to soundcloud

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Peter Murphy Marches in Like a Lion

I love Bauhaus and without it much great music would not exist.  But just like Godfather I. Godfather II is the better movie.  Even though this is true you have to see Godfather I because without it you couldn’t get to Godfather II. Let’s hope they never go into Godfather III territory.

In this same way Bauhaus was extremely influential but at this point the members of Bauhaus have made much better music outside its restraints.  I love going back to the original Bauhaus releases (all except the last one, that sucked) and there are several great Bauhaus live recordings including The Vic, Chicago, that I spend time with.



You have to respect the side projects though. Tones on Tail are incredible. Love and Rockets made several extraordinary records.  Of course,  the real batman, Peter Murphy continues to release wonderful solo records and includes Bauhaus tunes in his live set.

In 2011 I voted Peter Murphy’s release Ninth very high in my top albums of the year.  He really did a wonderful job of bringing his goth music into a new century.  When I went to see Peter Murphy on the Ninth tour perform at Reggie’s Rock Club he was the perfect mesmerizing zombie darklord I had hoped he be.  With a rockin’ band he cut through some classics from his solo catalog, Bauhaus, and the Bauhaus version of “Ziggy Stardust.”  I did not like the part when he took his shirt off to show his nipples.  Nipples on men are not attractive no matter what your look.  Men should always have a shirt on.

I missed the Mr. Moonlight tour (back to Godfather I, but without the original cast) and now he is back with a new solo release and tour (Godfather II the reload?)  Another thing I really love about Peter Murphy is that every time he comes to Chicago he chooses a new venue.  He is a true showman and he knows it keeps it interesting to mix up the surroundings.  This year he will play the Double Door on June 20th.

Photo: Without further ado, let me introduce you to… #LION

The new album is called LION will be released on June 3rd. Here is our introduction to it.

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