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.


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

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

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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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Is This The Best Tour of 2015?

Don’t you love headlines that end with a question mark?

Scotland’s  The Twilight Sad are touring America with Brooklyn’s Port St. Willow and it could be the tour of the year.

Apparently even old people like me enjoy their live show as demonstrated in this video for “Dead City.” Although I am sure the audience is thinking the same thing that I am, Pull Up Those Trousers Young Man!

The latest album from The Twilight Sad is Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave.

“I also love how they are selling bundles on their website.  I THINK THIS IS THE FUTURE.  If artists want us to buy their record then bundle it with a live concert ticket, maybe a T-shirt, or other band item.  Include a download code and extra tracks. BRILLIANT!!” said Spool Going Round.

VINYL BUNDLE – Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave (VINYL ALBUM, SHOW TICKET + 2 FREE TRACKS)

Vinyl album, a show ticket and two free Oran Mor track downloads

VINYL BUNDLE - Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave (VINYL ALBUM,  SHOW TICKET +  2 FREE TRACKS)

From the new album “It Was Never The Same.” (Live Acoustic)

I remember reading a British magazine that asked Brian Eno what he was listening to. He mentioned how beautiful the music of Port St. Willow is and I had to put down the magazine and go to my laptop to check them out. Of course, he is right.

Catch this exciting double bill it may be one of the best tours of 2015.

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Make Listening to Other Lives part of your daily Rituals

The only bad news about the new release from Other Lives is that it isn’t out until May 5th. The good news is what a wonderful piece of work it is. Rituals is an exciting listen with lots of layers that will keep you interested until you make up your Top albums of 2015 lists.  It has that Radiohead-like adventuresome nature with Fleet Foxes-like harmony and song-writing.

And you can hear the track “Reconfiguration” now…

Incentives to pre-order early:

  • First 400 physical pre-orders receive a set of 3 limited edition postcard lithographs
  • All pre-orders receive an early download of the album the Friday before release (May 1st)
  • All pre-orders receive an instant download of “Reconfiguration” + “2 Pyramids” prior to release


Rituals Tracklisting
01. Fair Weather
02. Pattern
03. Reconfiguration
04. Easy Way Out
05. Beat Primal
06. New Fog
07. 2 Pyramids
08. Need A Line
09. English Summer
10. Untitled
11. No Trouble
12. For The Last
13. It’s Not Magic
14. Ritual

Other Lives is comprised of Josh Onstott, Jonathon Mooney and Jesse Tabish. Rituals is a pure encapsulation of the band’s relentless drive for precision. The trio relocated to Portland, Oregon from their hometown of Stillwater, Oklahoma to record the album. Tabish says the relocation had a direct influence that can be heard through Rituals.

Photo Credit: Emily Ulmer

 “There was a spirit of change,” Tabish offers. “We had done [2011’s second LP] Tamer Animals, which was very close to us and about our home. So the next record was about the spontaneity of travel and being isolated. For the first times in our lives we were moving off on our own away from our families and kind of coming into our own. I wanted the songs to reflect that new spirit.”

“This one was a real journey,” Tabish says of the 18 months spent writing more than 60 songs for Rituals, a constant creative outlet for the relentless sonic architect amid a rigorous few years of touring their debut album.  “It was a long time spent searching for a new identity,” the soft-spoken singer continues of the writing process, “still trying to retain the past of our musical palate but also really trying to stretch ourselves into a new type of music.” The album was produced by Mooney, Tabish and Joey Waronker (Eels, Atoms for Peace, Beck, etc.).

While Rituals marks a new chapter in Other Lives’ story, it’s also a continuation of a decade-plus passage.  “I feel really lucky to be able to have a band and people around me that have been so supportive and we’ve stuck together all these years and still don’t hate each other,” Tabish says. “All three of us are like brothers. I don’t think that will ever go away. I loved those kids then and I love them now. There’s that mutual feeling. If I want to go have a beer with anyone it would be those two guys. That kind of says something.”

Let’s all have a beer together! You live in Portland now and they have many good breweries.

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Marky Knows Best

Marky Ramone helps take cell phones out of the concert experience.

Be a Punk and make one yourself. Or just Knife ’em.

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The Phantoms are worth looking into

The Phantoms

The Phantoms photo from their facebook page

Based in West Lothian, Scotland, The Phantoms formed in May 2012, quickly winning an army of fans with their huge sound and infectious on-stage energy.

It didn’t take long for Scotland’s most influential DJs to pick up on the buzz around the band with debut EP ‘This Is How It Should Be’ earning widespread airplay.  A UK tour and support slots for Catfish and the Bottlemen and We Were Promised Jetpacks preceeded the release of the anthemic ‘Revolution’ a single that was played by radio stations across the UK, earning praise for its sweeping guitars and driving beat.

Purchase the release This is how it should be by The Phantoms

Image of This Is How It Should Be

Influenced by Kasabian, Royal Blood, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Arctic Monkeys, their new single ‘Wasting Time’ is a perfect example of the sound that has earned The Phantoms the reputation as one of Scotland’s most exciting prospects.

The Phantoms are:
Colin Simpson – Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Colin McKillop – Lead Guitar
Peter Stewart – Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals
Blair Cullen – Drums

Their influences are all the greatest current rock bands as well as Oasis of yesteryear.  Great rock and roll and still proving my belief that there are no bad bands from Scotland.

Please come see the wide open spaces of North America.





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U2 Remember From Whence They Came

Early U2 from U2.com


It is so easy nowadays to think of U2 as the champagne-swilling elitist whom sail yachts in the South of France.  But to live through and remember the 80’s from whence they came is to better understand this bands strength.  The streets of Ireland from which protestants and Catholics waged war on Sunday Bloody Sunday, that is how we need to see U2.

It is wonderful to know that they are now taking time to reflect on the groups evolution. The album “Songs of Innocence” which made Spool Going Round’s Top 10 of 2014 was a platform for the four lads of U2 to look back on their days on Cerdarwood Road.

The video serves a great reminder on this Valentine’s Day of where we will all be without LOVE.

This video by Aoife McArdle through The Creators Project is a STRONG visual with STRONG language but hits you right in the gut.

NSFW video for “Every Breaking Wave”

The Creators Project premieres Irish director Aoife McArdle’s Every Breaking Wave, a short film based on the U2 song of the same name.

Set on the streets of early 1980s Northern Ireland, the film is built around themes of emotional abandon and the uncertainty of romantic relationships.  It follows two teenagers, one Catholic and the other Protestant, who fall in love amidst ongoing violence and the film’s emotional core is centred around ‘Every Breaking Wave’ and ‘The Troubles,’ two tracks from Songs of Innocence.

‘I wanted to make a film about what it was like to be a teenager in the early ’80s in Northern Ireland.’ explains Belfast-born McArdle. ‘All the different pressures on you, the pressures of friendship, of falling in love for the first time, and all that in the face of huge troubles. Violence was inescapable on your doorstep. I remember very vividly what it was like to grow up when there were bombs going off and army everywhere so I did draw on a lot of memories.

‘I hope people see that it’s a story. A story that’s based on real stories. It’s like capturing a time. And I hope people feel inspired by how resilient teenagers at that time were in Northern Ireland, and moved by their ability to live life in as full a way as possible, despite the circumstances.’

The film is already garnering praise and winning fans. Filmmaker Spike Jonze had not seen McArdle’s work previously but ‘was really taken’ with her film.

‘She captured that feeling and size of life of being a teenager and of first love so well. She drifts between the reality of friends and first love into fantasy so effortlessly and romantically. It’s a perfect little gem of a romance movie.’

Hotel Rwanda writer/director Terry George says McArdle has pulled off one of the most difficult tasks facing any filmmaker. ‘She has taken a Romeo and Juliet romance, set in the back streets and alleyways of Belfast, and created a universal story.
‘Aoife has captured the tragedy of our young men and women, so full of life and passion, energy and possibility, being swallowed up by  the destroying rage of poverty, bigotry and repression.’

As for the band, whose song inspired the film, Edge says they find the finished film ‘extraordinary’.

‘The Aoife McArdle short film expands on the theme of Songs of innocence which was largely rooted in our experience growing up in the early eighties in Dublin.
Aoife chose west Belfast in the same period, as it was the neighbourhood that was so formative to her. We think her work is something pretty extraordinary.’


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