Check out a couple interesting clips of a performance by, and interview of, Pete Doherty on Jonathan Ross’ show. With all of the bad press he gets, it’s interesting to actually hear him speak for himself. He’s a bit of a space cadet, but definitely intelligent and pretty funny. And the new song he plays is pretty damn good. (Thanks to The Culture of Me for finding these!)
Removed because I hate embedded video that starts automatically. You can watch the video here. It’s a pretty gross video of a dude dipping himself into a vat of used restaurant grease.
Well, it’s a treat for me, at least. Head over to Fab Channel to check out video of two full Frames shows. The first show is from the Paradiso in Amsterdam on 9/11/02, and the second is from the Melkweg Max in Amsterdam on 11/21/06.
Unfortunately the first video only seems to work on the Fab Channel site, and doesn’t allow pausing, jumping between songs, etc. The more recent video, however, has all the bells and whistles, including an embed code. Enjoy.
I don’t find myself digging up the old Nirvana stuff much anymore. It’s not that the music hasn’t aged well – it’s just that it all got so overplayed (by me and others) 15 years ago, and so many bands have copied the sound since, that it’s hard to take a lot of the songs seriously anymore.
There are a few exceptions to this. Thankfully, the band’s cover of The Vaselines “Son of a Gun” is one of those exceptions. Sounds as good to me today as it ever did.
Nirvana, “Son of a Gun” (from The Complete Radio Sessions)
The show that won’t go away. This idiot show gets 7 seasons, and Arrested Development struggled to get 2 1/2?
Well, on the West Coast, that is.
9/3: Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA
9/5: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
9/6: Henry Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
I have to assume they’ll add a few more dates as long as they’re in the country. And how could they pass up two of their largest US fanbases in Chicago and New York? (I’ll be living in one of those two cities come September.)
Regardless, I did just promise a friend that I’d travel out to San Francisco in the next few months to hang out. The first week of September sounds good to me.
Many thanks to Totally Fuzzy for pointing out this very cool, old school clip of The Animals performing on Hullabaloo.
“It’s My Life”
And here’s a couple other good Animals clips from YouTube:
“We Gotta Get Out Of This Place”
“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”
Hypebot, one of the best music industry blogs around, had an interesting post this afternoon about Sonific. Sonific provides a free widget that allows you to stream songs from more than 41,000 artists and labels and over 65,000 albums. Their widget is designed to work on just about any platform, from social networking sites to blogs and beyond, and has a growing library of songs to choose from.
While I’m not exactly sure how they’re going to make money (a combination of advertising and bounties from track sales, I would guess), especially if they get hit with the new webcasting royalty rates, I’m always happy to see interesting new tools for discovering music.
Here’s the Sonific widget, with a song by one of my favorite bands of recent years (and now sadly disbanded), Scotland’s The Delgados.
The good about tonight’s Ryan Adams show? Ryan’s voice was excellent. Probably the best vocal performance from him I’ve seen in a while. The rest of the band was solid too. My favorite performances tonight, far and away, were “Let It Ride,” “My Winding Wheel,” “I See Monsters” (surprisingly good) and the spectacular encore of Alice In Chains’ “Down In A Hole.” (Seriously.)
The bad? Boooooooooring. To call tonight’s set-list “mid-tempo” would be a disservice to R.E.O. Speedwagon. I don’t have a full setlist, but what I recall are “Night Birds” and “Starlite Diner” from 29, “Dear John” from Jacksonville City Nights (thankfully no Norah Jones), “Blue Hotel” (from last year’s Willie Nelson disc), “Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.,” “Rip Off,” “I Taught Myself How To Grow Old,” “Two” (thankfully no Sheryl Crow), “Halloweenhead” and “Goodnight Rose” (from the new Easy Tiger). Even “Halloweenhead,” which is a damn fine rock song on the album, was slowed down. Had I been sitting, there’s no question in my mind that I would have fallen asleep. The show actually reminded me of what I think was Ryan’s final show at Fez back in 2001 or so, when he played from 12:45am to 3am — slow, slow, slow, and I fell asleep.
Whatever. This is still the guy who almost singlehandedly (well, Elton John helped) woke me out of my post-9/11 stupor with an incredible show at Irving Plaza five years ago. I know he’s got more shows like that in him, and I’ll keep going until I see it.
Oh, and we learned tonight that Ryan doesn’t have to be drunk/stoned/speed-balled to speak complete nonsense between songs. All it takes is 15 Diet Cokes, apparently.
Pics tonight stink. Lighting was very low. Ryan was going for the “torch singer” vibe.
You can hear Ryan’s set from Philadelphia the other day here.
Three Wilco shows in the space of eleven days may have been a bit much for me. All three shows were great, but the setlists just don’t change enough to really warrant it. Doesn’t mean I won’t likely head to ACL Fest to see them again (and hopefully catch them do an evening show at Stubb’s). Just means I need a few months off.
Internet radio is going silent tomorrow to protest new royalty rates being put in place by the U.S. Copyright Board. Read more about it in my post at my other blog.
Unless something drastic happens tomorrow — i.e., Chinese Democracy shows up in stores — this blog will stand in solidarity and go silent all day Tuesday. You can thank me later. :^)
In a just world, Superchunk would have gotten huge in 1993 and would be playing McCarren Pool-sized venues all the time.
In a semi-just world, we’d still be getting albums from the band every year or two and the chance to see them regularly at Maxwell’s and Bowery Ballroom.
In the real world, I’m just thankful for every time they come through town, and to know that they continue to rock like few others. Come back soon, kids.
If you’re headed to McCarren Pool today to catch Superchunk, Oakley Hall and +/- as I am, you may be interested in knowing the bands’ set times. For some reason JellyNYC, the sponsor of the show, has completely failed to provide any information about the show other than the fact it’s happening on “Sunday”. Awesome. Thankfully, Martin, the site admin over at the Merge Records forums, has come to the rescue:
4:45: Oakley Hall
See you there around 4-ish?
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