Best band interview ever? Zane Lowe sits down with the biggest band in the world

I have always admired Zane Lowe from afar. He is a DJ and he knows his music. I have seen his interviews with Morrissey and others and they have been okay. I think what I admire the most, is that he became a tastemaker.  To me this is the greatest honor bestowed on a DJ.  This has always been a goal and admiration of mine. I like to think that I am imposing my taste on a large amount of others and hopefully it is influencing many.  I write this music blog on artists I like.  I share music that inspires me with my radio audience.  I want to influence others to this great joy of music.

The recording below is special.  I have just been enamored with this video interview of Zane Lowe sitting down with the biggest band in the world.  Sure I dream of one day sitting down with Bono.  The question is often asked of who you would like to sit down and have dinner with, including both dead and alive?  My answer has always been Bono.  But if I am completely honest with myself, it may never be this good.  You can’t just be a total fan boy.  You have to weave a conversation with your idols and if you are lucky, get the drummer and bass player to speak.  This may be the best interview that I have ever seen or heard.   Total love and respect to Zane Lowe, fellow U2 fan, on a remarkable accomplishment.

Zane Lowe -Beats 1- Apple/iTunes.

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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist 7/17/17

New music this week from The Drums, Jason Isbell and the 400 unit, Armstrongs, and Liam Gallagher solo.

 

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Super Heroes from the Moon

I was just reading this on my superhero, Mr. Moon. What would he be called; Mr. Moon? Drummer Boy? Moon Man?

This was a recollection of events from The Who’s 1967 tour of America when they were the opening act for Herman’s Hermits. I think both Marvel and DC comics missed the opportunity here.  My favorite drummer of all time and a superhero to many. He would throw drum sticks at evil villains, right?

 

Image result for the who opening for herman's hermits

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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist 7/3/17

Are you listening to Spool Going Round Radio? Setlists put together by the DJ because he digs the tunes and loves how they flow together. 

 

 

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You can’t underestimate Thrill Kill Kult’s influence on My Life

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They are celebrating 30 years together by playing two seminal albums on tour.  “Confessions of a Knife” and “I See Good Spirits and I see Bad Spirits.” I used to buy my import records from Groovy Man at Wax Trax records in Chicago.  He was working at the record store during the day and fronting a new band at night  He would ring me up and send me on my way with a new load of awesome vinyl.

The first time I saw My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult was in an upstairs bedroom at someone’s house.  Ah how they’ve grown.

Don’t miss TKK-XXX

In celebration of 30 years together, “America’s Most Dangerous Kult” will hit the road this fall for the 30th Anniversary Show; a 25 city North American tour commencing October 5th at Club Red in Mesa, AZ. Joining founding members Groovie Mann (vocals) and Buzz McCoy (keys, production) will be veteran performer Mimi Star on bass,”Bomb Gang Girl” Arena Rock (vocals) and drummer Bradley Bills from the Austin band CHANT.

To commemorate this milestone, the band will turn back time and perform their first two iconic albums on Wax Trax! Records – “I See Good Spirits And I See Bad Spirits” (1988) and “Confessions Of A Knife” (1990), as well as other TKK favs!

THU OCT 05 – MESA, AZ
FRI OCT 06 – TUCSON, AZ
SAT OCT 07 – EL PASO, TX
TUE OCT 10 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
WED OCT 11 – DALLAS, TX
THU OCT 12 – SAN ANTONIO, TX
FRI OCT 13 – AUSTIN, TX
SAT OCT 14 – HOUSTON, TX
SUN OCT 15 – NEW ORLEANS, LA
TUE OCT 17 – ST LOUIS, MO
WED OCT 18 – COLUMBUS, OH
THU OCT 19 – FLINT, MI
FRI OCT 20 – CHICAGO, IL
SAT OCT 21 – ST PAUL, MN
MON OCT 23 – LINCOLN, NE
TUE OCT 24 – DENVER, CO
FRI OCT 27 – SEATTLE, WA
SAT OCT 28 – PORTLAND, OR
MON OCT 30 – SAN JOSE, CA
TUE OCT 31 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
THU NOV 02 – LAS VEGAS, NV
FRI NOV 03 – CORONA, CA
SAT NOV 04 – LOS ANGELES, CA
SUN NOV 05 – SAN DIEGO, CA

Word has it that Buzz and Groovie have been busy working on a new TKK album at StarLust Studios in Los Angeles.

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Lo Moon plays Barboza in Seattle on Sunday

Lo Moon photo by Jonathan Weiner

Great idea for Father’s day. I have only heard two songs from  Lo Moon but they are incredible. So great to hear the spirit of one of my favorite bands, which is Talk Talk, in this new band just starting out.  Catch them at a small club while you can.  They are warming up for their shows with Air and appearance at Lollapalooza.

6/18/17   Seattle, WA @ Barboza
6/19/17   Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
6/23/17   San Francisco, CA @ Masonic Auditorium with Air
6/24/17   Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl with Air
6/25/17   Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater with Air
8/6/17     Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza

 

You can hear them on my show Monday morning.  I will be seguing into Talk Talk as well.

Check out Lo Moon videos below.   Tickets here

“Higher than the Sun Expectations for Lo Moon” – Mike @ Spool Going Round

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Hatchie brings back that dreamy Cocteau Twins sound we miss so much

Hariette Pilbeam, from Brisbane, Australia, goes by the moniker, Hatchie.  Hatchie is very Catchie.  Great song for summer.

Since it’s release last month, “Try” has been making waves in Australia, getting championed by Triple J and making it’s way onto Spotify’s viral list, Top 40s and Best Of playlists. The 24 year old quietly honed her own sound, producing and recording tracks in her off time from the many bands she was a part of in the Brisbane scene. “Try” marks the first of what is sure to be many riveting releases from this promising new artist.

It’s a shame she couldn’t face the right way when they were shooting the album cover above. Debut single is “Try”

“Hatchie is Catchie” -Mike @ Spool Going Round

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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist from KPTZ 91.9 FM

 

Available for playback for the next 2 weeks at radiofreeamerica.com

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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist from KPTZ 91.9fm

Listen to this show for the next 2 weeks here CLICK HERE then click on the play button

Mike @ Spool Going Round

 

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U2 Come to look for America in 2017 US Opener

U2 Come to look for America in 2017 US Opener

Mr. and Mrs. Spool Going Round await U2’s arrival at CenturyLink Field in Seattle

Last night at CenturyLink field in Seattle I saw the best performance of the Joshua Tree, which came out 30 years ago.  I saw 3 shows on the original Joshua Tree tour in 1987 and every one was amazing.  It is why I am still a fan and why I would purchase tickets to see this in 2017. This would be my 9th U2 concert, a journey that started back with the Unforgettable Fire tour.  It’s amazing how easy of a sell this replay of the Joshua Tree album would be, with 70,000 tickets selling out within a day.  The band of the 1987 tour was young and naive.  They were still trying to figure out why a country so far away was so enthralled with their little band from Dublin.   This is what made them so endearing to their fans.  We were witnessing a band growing from clubs to amphitheaters at rapid pace.  Tonight they would bring back that word that I always used to describe them as I tried to convert non-believers, “Intensity!”

On Sunday night in Seattle, they were intense and they were confident.  Once again this band from Ireland was teaching us Americans about our own country.  What is great and what needs a fixin’.   Bono showed his love of America and that brought to light the ideals that we sometimes forget.  Intertwining Paul Simon’s “America” with lines like “I’ve gone to look for America” throughout the show.   Reciting lines from “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” now that is a country you can get behind.

I loved that the show started out on the small stage in chronological order with 2 songs from the War album and then 3 songs from the Unforgettable Fire.   Then as the intro music played for “Where the Streets have No name” the band rose up to the larger Joshua Tree stage which would bring to life the largest, most clear, video screen these eyes have ever seen.

Thanks to youtuber @U2 for this video of “BAD” from 5/14/17 Seattle. Bono reminding us “that whatever it is, let it go.”

Setlist 5/14/2017

Pre-Joshua Tree set

Sunday Bloody Sunday

New Year’s Day

A Sort of Homecoming

Bad

Pride

 Joshua Tree Start

Where The Streets Have No Name

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

With or Without You

Bullet the Blue Sky

Running to Stand Still

Red Hill Mining Town

In God’s Country

Trip Through Your Wires

One Tree Hill

Exit

Mothers of the Disappeared (with Eddie Vedder and Mumford & Sons)

Joshua Tree End

Post Joshua Tree Set

Beautiful Day

Elevation

Ultraviolet (light my way)

One

 Miss Sarajevo

The Little Things That Give You Away (new song)

 I Will Follow

Sounding better than ever and bringing the stunning visuals to back it up, this was the best performance of The Joshua Tree live.   If I can be a critic and point out one small disappointment, it would be waiting 30 years to hear my favorite Joshua Tree song “Red Hill Mining Town” and it being a reworked subpar version.  With Edge on piano instead of guitar this was a letdown, especially given the promise of playing all the songs from this album and this being the first time ever played live.  Where they were so true to the other songs this fell short of what could have been a wonderful song event.

I was so thrilled that U2 decided to play the album from start to finish, in its entirety.  This was a wise decision.   The songs added to the front and back of the album-set on this night were also perfectly chosen.

Bono, a recent woman of the year winner, also brought to light the wonderful women who have changed the world for the better.  The focus is usually put on the men in power but we all know there is no good man without a great woman next to them (see photo above.) Bill Gates may have made huge profits but it is Melinda who is choosing to change the world with these profits, both were in attendance this night.

As I, and many others, come to grips with our country in 2017, this little band from Dublin once again helped us see what makes America great and what is worth fighting for.

Thank you to Bono, Edge, Larry, and Adam.

Photo by Tim Durkan from the Seattle Times

 

Mike @ Spool Going Round

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