Sell your Soul to the Devil and Be Done with it. GHOST RULES!

 

Satan is making good music in the form of its disciples named Ghost.

The new album is out this Friday titled “Meliora” Stream the full album right now, right here…

Unplugged tour hits Silver Platters Record Store in Seattle tomorrow night and many more great Record Stores leading up to the release.

Don’t let the fact that making music is a God given talent stand in the way.

Full US tour this fall

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Song of the Summer could Lead to Album of the Year for Foals in 2015

The most exciting recording this year so far has been “What Went Down” by FOALS.  It is easily my song of the summer and the album I am most looking forward to hearing.

FOALS have showed signs of brilliance on previous recording but this leads me to believe all the stars have aligned and we may finally have a masterpiece.  The full length recording is out on August 28th, 2 weeks from today.  You can pre-order on Vinyl.

Another sign that 2015 could be the year of FOALS is that anything they touch turns to gold.  Like this recent cover of Mark Ronson’s “Daffodils” on Triple J.  Awesome!

 
There are no USA dates yet for 2015 but they could easily pick up best live act as well from what I have been hearing on their recent gigs.

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The Cult 2015 Left Coast Tour

Another great Spool Going Round- approved package tour. This time around bringing the intensity of The Cult with the groove of Primal Scream to select dates.  Proving once again West Coast is Best Coast!

SHE SELLS SANCTUARY BY THE CULT

Saturday Night in SEATTLE TICKETS HERE
MOVIN ON UP BY PRIMAL SCREAM

WILD FLOWER BY THE CULT

We want to get loaded and have a good time. LOADED BY PRIMAL SCREAM

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Tame Impala invite you to ride the waves of Currents

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Tame impala have always provided a nice groove with their psychedelia.  It was really proven by Kevin Parker’s addition to Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk album this past year.  Now the new Currents by Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala continues to explore this groove and it sounds great.  The last couple Tame Impala records were more interesting than this one but it appears Kevin is not interested in making the same album over again.  Currents is available 7/17/2015  PRE-ORDER NOW

Tame Impala Currents

Much has changed since Tame Impala first emerged with an EP of dusty home recordings in 2008. By and large Kevin Parker’s approach to recording has not, though the sound coming out of his home studio though has vastly expanded, as has the number of people anticipating the fruits of his labour. Tame Impala’s third album is titled Currents, and on it Parker addresses a blindingly colourful panorama of transition in the most audacious, adventurous fashion he’s yet to capture on record.

Dense with heady lyrical introspection, musically the most playful, bold and varied Tame Impala record to date, Currents is Parker putting down his weapons and embracing change as the only constant  – sonically, thematically, and personally. 

Musically, Currents sounds like the work of a player on top of his game and having a blast, Parker indulging his whims and unafraid to dive down the rabbit hole after an idea. Again operating as a one man studio band, Parker’s resultant record calls to mind contemporary hip hop production, Thriller, fried 70s funk, the irreverent playground Daft Punk presented on Discovery, swathes of future pop and emotional 80’s balladry, all filtered through a thoroughly modern psychedelic third eye. A genre-bending soundscape fuelled equally by curiosity as it is consciousness, it’s exhilarating new territory for Tame Impala. 

Lyrically the record finds Parker in a very different place in 2015 to where he was seven years ago.  Currents maps Parker’s evolution through these and finds him a brand new person. In parts of both 2010’s Innerspeaker and 2012’s Lonerism Tame Impala sounded like a guy on the outer wanting in, and now that he has finally arrived Parker seeks to make sense of the new world in which he finds himself. Stopping to reflect on the road behind, where he finds himself currently, and the road ahead, Currents spans a tumultuous time.

The first track from the record to be unveiled, Let It Happen, is a perfectly encapsulating preview of what lies ahead. Coming in just short of eight minutes, Let It Happen traverses a swag of sonic terrain in its duration. The drums and Parker’s vocal introduction lull the listener with a sense of familiarity, until it all sweeps up into a cosmos once populated only by French robots, with insistent melody, broken machine loops, synthetic orchestration, surfing vocoder and a shredding guitar outro.

Typically, initial Tame Impala recordings saw Parker’s vocal hidden beneath a layer of psychedelic fuzz, drenched in reverb, lyrics ambiguous. Currents finds his voice front and centre, so no bones are made about his intent.

Sketched out in planes, cars, hotels and homes since the completion of Lonerism in 2012, pieced together over the later part of 2014 and early 2015 at home in Fremantle, Western Australia, Currents was written, performed, recorded, produced and mixed by Kevin Parker.

Tame Impala presents Currents, a soundtrack to life’s turbulent flow.

Tame Impala are finding it very easy to sell out concerts these days.
Aug 01 Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Festival (SOLD OUT)
Aug 04 San Diego, CA @ The Observatory (SOLD OUT)
Aug 06 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery (SOLD OUT)
Aug 07 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery (SOLD OUT)
Oct 02 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
Oct 05 Upper Darby Township, PA @ Tower Theatre
Oct 06 New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct 09 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits

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Fare Thee Well Grateful Dead

I’m a deadhead. I know it doesn’t go with most of my posts on this blog but if you truly dig deep you can see the connection. I have referred to myself as an old punk on this blog many times. I have always been confused on how the established musical categories have always kept punk and jam bands on polar opposites of the musical spectrum.

They are both music against the man.  This is the anti-establishment sound.  Here is a news flash for you, I love Joe Strummer and Joe wasn’t just a punk rock warlord he was also a hippie.

With this announcement of final Grateful Dead shows, I don’t think we are getting the whole story.  I think all the facts are not on the table.  It seems weird to call this a final concert but I can’t help but feel there is more going on than we know.   Of course, Jerry is gone but they could continue to roll out Furthur or The Dead shows.  There has to be a reason that this is being put to rest.   The only reason to see the dead now a days is Bob Weir.   With Bob canceling all of his Ratdog concerts last year and having no shows booked this year, I can’ t help but feel there are some deep health issues that Bob is dealing with and that is why they are putting a period to this sentence.   I hope I am wrong but it seems this way to me.

The 90’s were the worst decade in history for music.  The WORST!  Once grunge took over and then the million grunge-lite bands took over the radio and popular culture it was time for me to go deeper in to music’s history.   I fell in love with the blues.  I tried to see all the greats while they were still alive.  I saw Buddy, B.B.,  John Lee Hooker and many more.  I knew the blues had a baby and they named it rock and roll and this needed to be studied deeper.  Also in this time frame of the 1990’s,  THE WORST DECADE FOR NEW MUSIC EVER, I started listening to the Grateful Dead. This was going to be my “new” music of choice.

Dead Show at Soldier Field from http://www.bluelight.org

Some friends of mine were going to Soldier Field for the annual summer tour and it sounded like a fun way to spend a summer day with friends.   I, of course, always loved going to concerts anyway.  I quickly fell in love with the vibe.  These were great people.  They were living off of the grid and they were so full of love and peace.  The music was good too.  Not all of it mind you, but you can say that of many bands.  I started looking forward to when the next time they were coming to town was.  I bought more of their albums.  This was the new music I was listening to and it was so fresh and fit in with my times.  Even though it was recorded decades earlier, it was the hottest new music to me.  And the bootlegs, how cool to have so many shows recorded to enjoy.  I got into tape trading with other deadheads and then spread out to other jam bands like Moe, Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, and many more.   I started my own Jam Band radio show called Mike’s Mountain Jam.   It was great to feel that love with fellow listeners as I was the one putting the positive vibes out into the universe.   I had String Cheese Incident on the radio when they were just starting.   I was playing all kinds of great jam bands but I knew, and so did the bands coming up with this new jam music, that nothing compared to The Grateful Dead and we all worshiped at their altar.

I was lucky enough to see the Grateful Dead several times when Jerry was still with us in the physical sense.   I caught many shows in my hometown of Chicago at Soldier Field and Rosemont Horizon.   I branched out to see them in Portland, Oregon with opening act Chuck Berry.   Awesome!  Then a trip down to San Francisco to see Jerry Garcia Band on his home turf at the Warfield.  Incredible to see Jerry lead his own band and sing every song.

I clearly remember the day the news broke of Jerry’s passing.  My wife called me at work and I needed to take a break and walk around the block a few times.  This was the real end of The Grateful Dead.   After this news broke we waited for Bob Weir to announce his shows in San Francisco and we were back on the road down to the Warfield.  I cherish a photo I have of Jerry Garcia when he came out to jam with his opening act, Sting.   Jerry didn’t come out often and jam with the opening bands but he did on this night and I was there to see it and have it captured in a photo.   Years later when I interviewed Sting I asked him about the experience.   He said their manager came up with the idea of touring together after a drunken lunch but it was superb.  I gifted Sting a framed copy of the picture which features Jerry smiling at Sting as they jammed.  Sting smiled and said, “he was a beautiful man.”

Tonight I will not be able to attend the final Grateful Dead show but I will be paying for the pay per view concert as I sit here on my couch and reminisce about my times at Soldier Field.  I won’t even address the nay-sayers of the dead’s music.  Clearly you don’t get it and in all seriousness that is your loss.  Maybe sometime in your life when new music is terrible, you will take the time to go back and discover this beautiful music that has been captured on so many live tapes.

Everyone is flocking to Soldier Field this weekend because these times are not easy to replicate.  Many spend lifetimes trying to capture the feel that comes with an afternoon in the parking lot and an evening in the concert hall with the Grateful Dead.

To one of the greatest american bands of all time that gained massive success on their own terms, thank you for 50 years of peace, love, and great music!

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Time to Take Summer’s Oath with Communions

I am really enjoying this release out of Copenhagen, DK by Communions.  It has the great sound of early Stone Roses, The La’s, and some other jangly British pop but touches of new as well.

The album cover features what appears to be a young Barack Obama.

Communions

This EP will surely sound good even into the next election.

Communions-Communions EP out June 1st on Tough Love Records.  Listen now

Communions   website   facebook

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Nice Psychedelic Church Package

I wish we would see more of these type of package tours.  Let’s be honest concert ticket prices have not been going down.  Artists are upset by the resalers getting all the money and rightly so.  Opening bands used to be a nice way to get familiar with a new band that was working their way up the circuit but really with the internet those are easier to find and many bands start headlining their own shows if they have enough online followers.

English Alt-rockers The Psychedelic Furs

Photo by Mike Thut from facebook

 Australian Psychedelic pop-rockers The Church

The Church photographed in September 2014.

A great package tour coming this year is combining a couple of great classic alternative acts that wear “sick” eyeglass frames.

The “sick” eyeglass frame club.  Church frontman Steve Kilbey, Mike at Spool Going Round, Richard Butler frontman for The Psychedelic Furs (from left to right)

The Psychedelic Furs and The Church will definitely give you your moneys worth.  With these classic alternative rockers there usually is two routes they go down.

The first option, you are content with the catalog of music that you put out and people hold dear to their hearts, you have more than enough hits and hidden gems to fill out a concert and there is no need for new releases, The Psychedelic Furs.  I love how someone who might not strike you right of the bat as a cool music listener will pull out fond memories of John Hughes films of past and shake it on the dancefloor when the needle drops on “Pretty in Pink.”  Anything like that which turns someone into a music fan is awesome.  You can be standing in an elevator and that song comes on, you see the heads begin to bop as they whisper to their friend ” I love this song.”

The second option, The Church,  has a nice catalog of hits and they still continue making new music.  Fans are happy for the most part but really aren’t you always comparing the new releases to the old ones that were so important to shaping you as a music lover from the get-go?  These new songs keep it interesting for the band and give them a reason to continue touring so it may make for a better show right?  The band is not lethargic pulling out the old hits for 1,785,955th time. The new Church album will be out June 8th called Further/Deeper.  It includes this track “Laurel Canyon”

Either way it is a good thing and this will be a great tour.   Purchasing tickets right after I post this.

Here are the dates:

Aug. 8: Buffalo, NY
Aug. 9: Silver Springs, MD
Aug. 11: New Haven, CT
Aug. 12: Albany, NY
Aug. 13: Hamton Beach, NH

Aug. 15: Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 16: Hyannis, MA
Aug. 18: New York, NY
Aug. 19: Westbury, NY

Aug. 22: Royal Oak, MI
Aug. 23: Louisville, KY
Aug. 25: Minneapolis, MN

Aug. 27: Kansas City, MO
Aug. 28: Urbana, IL

Aug. 31: Denver, CO
Sept. 2:  Portland, OR
Sept. 3:  Seattle, WA
Sept. 6: Saratoga, CA
Sept. 8: Las Vegas, NV
Sept. 9: San Diego, CA

The Psychedelic Furs on John Peel Sessions from 1981.  So much to enjoy.

Thanks to YouTuber VibraCobra23 for the youtube video
1. Into You Like A Train (0:07)
2. On And Again (It Goes On) (4:41)
3. All Of This And Nothing (8:11)

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Top 10 David Letterman Show Live Performances

David Letterman is a Rock Star of Late Night Television

photo courtesy of xfinity.comcast.net

I am rerunning these previous posts in tribute to the end of the David Letterman show. This week Dave and Paul Shaffer will wrap up their run of late night television having provided us with some incredible bands to watch.   It is easy to tell that both Dave and Paul are very passionate about music.   This is really what sets them apart from others in the late night arena.  In recent weeks Dave has had previous musical guests on that may have got their start on the show or had a particularly wonderful performance that helped them gain mass attention.  Dave has also provided heartfelt stories about songs and how much they have meant to him.  As a music blogger you could always count on a good live performance from the night before.

Here we will look back at the TOP 10 Best Live Performances on David Letterman’s late night shows.   Thanks Dave, you will be missed.

You can click on the links below to enjoy the posts and performance videos.

At #10 we have a performance by Motorhead…

At #9 here is Grizzly Bear…

At #8 Talking Heads…

At #7 we have Rage Against the Machine…

At #6 here is Elvis…

At #5 a performance by Antony & The Johnsons…

 At #4 The Heavy…

At #3  Death with Dignity in the form of Warren Zevon…

At #2 it’s Joe…

And finally in the #1 spot we have a recent band that really got Dave going, The Orwells...

 

Thanks for the memories.  Dave YOU ROCK!

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Kickin’ It with King Kartel

Released on CD and as a digital download ‘Come At Me Now’ is the highly anticipated new single from King Kartel, a band renowned for their infectious indie-infused rock.

Formed in September 2012, King Kartel wasted no time in taking the UK and Ireland by storm through a successful tour to support the release of their debut single ‘Stone Cold Killer’, which has now racked up an impressive 29,000 views on Youtube.

The quartet, mainly hailing from Northern Ireland, quickly caught the attention of Riggsy from the BBC’s ‘Across the Line’ who gave ‘Stone Cold Killer’ plenty of airplay, heralding them as hometown heroes, a claim justified by a string of sold out shows in and around Newry. Riggsy describes the band as having an “eye for a hook!” and Philly Taggart from BBC Radio 1 says King Kartel produce “cheeky guitar pop in the vein of The Fratellis and The Courteeners”.

Northern Ireland is no longer home to King Kartel these days, as vocalist Hugh explains. “It all started in a small town where the takeaway food takes preference over new music or nights out even. We always dreamed of escaping so after a few gigs when people were getting behind us we thought we’d give it a go and head towards the bright lights in Manchester. We only had us so we had to go out and play open mics, hand out fliers, do anything we could to try get enough people together so we could even get a shit slot on a half decent night, but it was all worth it. We’ve made some cracking friends along the way and the move changed our sound too. We went from a jingly jangly type band to more of a rock and roll outfit.”

‘Come At Me Now’ prove the King Kartel aren’t afraid to embrace their pop sensibilities which combine with their indie rock sound to create a storming single which is set to raise the profile of the Manchester based band even higher.

Hugh says “We’re a band who just love to play, we’re all about playing live, we’re about attitude, we love to live, we love nights out, we love drinking, we love having a good time, we love partying. Our aim is to write upbeat hook laden songs that will get people excited, there’s too much negativity in the world.”

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My reflections on over 1,000 concerts attended: My First Concert Ended in an Arrest and Riot

If I were to question my parents and my upbringing. The questions might start with a playful trip we took up to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1972. Sure there was no Wiggles or Raffi back then. We had Bozo and Ray Rayner but they didn’t tour.

Cornett family, Kentucky, 1972. Family in car, baby looking back ...

A child much cuter than I. Cornett family 1972 from http://www.shorpy.com

Usually in conversation, when asked about my first concert this is not the one I mention.  I usually turn to the first one I was able to attend as my passion for music started to boil over in my teen years.  Truly though this was my first concert and it was 1972 and my parents loaded up the station wagon.  We were off to the magical land of Wisconsin.  It was Summerfest and it was 1972.  The headliner this night would be the extremely inappropriate stylings of Comedian George Carlin.

Please know that these recordings are NSFW (Not Safe for Work). They may not even be safe for home-NSFH.  In fact you may click play below and a SWAT team may storm through your front door and may handcuff you and drag you into the back of their police car.   Be sure to duck your head when entering the back of the police car. 

This was truly my first concert.  George Carlin had dropped what are deemed inappropriate words throughout the set that night.  But for a big finish he decided to unveil his new “Seven Dirty Words” skit which caused the police to come out and arrest him on stage and the crowd exploding into a riot. To my parents benefit my dad was a strong man and we made it out of the stadium without being killed.

I am still addicted to live events 40 years later.

Hey the 70’s were a heavy time. George was really a lovely man. You can listen to these sets and even with the language which can offend, the underlying message is of love and peace and questioning what was wrong then and still now.  He was trying to help people from becoming sheep-le.  A new website with his work has been set up at http://georgecarlin.com/

Maybe they were helping me by exposing me to these words and showing me that by saying them I would be arrested like that man on stage. This saved me a lot of ass beatings. Some how even in my tween years I still managed to get myself a good mouth-washing with a bar of soap.  I guess somethings you just have to learn yourself. As much as this is questionable parenting, I must take it all in the mix that has made me the man I am today. Sometimes people even say I am funny.  “Thanks Mom & Dad”

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