Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Happy 11th, 2008
Happy 11th, 1997!
It may be due to the uninspired new music I was coming across, or some weird numerology obsession where if you are looking for it you will find it everywhere, but all the music that was working for me just happened to be from the same year.
So enjoy reliving the year through popular and not-so-popular representatives from the major indie rock albums of the year, and feel free to berate me for any egregious omissions...
1997: I Hope You Had the Time of Your Life.....Is Not on This Mix
1. Foo Fighters - See You (The Colour and the Shape)
2. Blur - Song 2 (Blur)
3. Green Day - The Grouch (Nimrod)
4. Sleater-Kinney - Dance Song '97 (Dig Me Out)
5. Freedy Johnston - On The Way Out (Never Home)
6. Blink-182 - Emo (Dude Ranch)
7. The Promise Ring - Is This Thing On? (Nothing Feels Good)
8. Guided By Voices - I Am A Tree (Human Amusements At Hourly Rates)
9. Spoon - Waiting For the Kid to Come Out (Soft Effects EP)
10. Pavement - Shady Lane/J Vs. S (Brighten the Corners)
11. The Get Up Kids - Fall Semester (Four Minute Mile)
12. Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Another Drinking Song (Let's Face It)
13. Marcy Playground - Saint Joe on the School Bus (Marcy Playground)
14. Matthew Sweet - Where Do You Get Love? (Blue Sky On Mars)
15. Grandaddy - A.M. 180 (Under The Western Freeway)
16. David Byrne - Miss America (Feelings)
17. Cornershop - Sleep on the Left Side (When I Was Born for the 7th Time)
18. The Dismemberment Plan - The Ice of Boston (The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified)
19. Elliot Smith - Speed Trials (Either/Or)
20. Ben Folds Five - Smoke (Whatever And Ever Amen)
21. The Mountain Goats - Song for the Julian Calendar (Full Force Galesburg)
22. Modest Mouse - Convenient Parking (The Lonesome Crowded West)
23. Old 97's - Timebomb (Too Far to Care)
24. Me First & The Gimme Gimmes - Danny's Song (Have A Ball)
25. Stereophonics - Tie Me Up Tie Me Down (Traffic)
26. Slobberbone - Your Excuse (Barrel Chested)
27. Son Volt - Caryatid Easy (Straightaways)
28. Ron Sexsmith - Honest Mistake (Other Songs)
29. Whiskeytown - Avenues (Strangers Almanac)
30. Ani DiFranco - Napoleon (live) (Living In Clip)
31. The Verve - Lucky Man (Urban Hymns)
32. Radiohead - Karma Police (OK Computer)
33. Built To Spill - Made-Up Dreams (Perfect From Now On)
34. Yo La Tengo - Autumn Sweater (I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One)
35. U2 - If God Will Send His Angels (Pop)
To down load the playlists visit the article main page: click here
Monday, September 29, 2008
Video of the Day - The New Pornographers
So here are The New Pornographers, with "Mutiny, I Promise You"
Saturday, September 27, 2008
RIP Paul Newman
RIP Junior Senior (video of the day)
They have posted a MySpace blog to say good bye. You can read it here
From YouTube, here's "Move Your Feet"
And live from Top of the Pops in 2003:
Friday, September 26, 2008
Music News and Notes (with lots of MP3's)
MP3: Dragonette - Competition (Whip Vocal Mix)
- Girl in a Coma will be opening the Tegan and Sara tour, in Atlanta on Tuesday, September 30, at Tabernacle.
MP3: Girl in a Coma - Clumsy Sky
- Partisan Records, recently formed by Ian Wheeler and Tim Putnam, ave released albums by The Standard, Deer Tick and Holy Sons.
MP3: Deer Tick - Art Isn't Real (City of Sin)
MP3: The Standard - Hotel
MP3: Holy Sons - Gnostic Device
Tilly and the Wall have a new video for "Alligator Skin"
TILLY & THE WALL - ALLIGATOR SKIN from Team Love on Vimeo.
- The Raveonettes latest EP Sometimes They Drop By was released this week by Vice Records.
- Los Angeles-based musician and filmmaker Samuel Markus (formerly of Rosewood Thieves) will be releasing his full-length album New Dawn digitally on September 30, 2008. The physical album will be released on February 24, 2009.
MP3: Samuel Markus - New Dawn
- Joshua Radin's album, Simple Minds, will be released on September 30, 2008. His album was the most downloaded digital album in iTunes last week.
MP3 Stream: - Joshua Radin - I'd Rather Be With You
Thoughts on Tonight's Debate
This debate should, and may, be the most important debate of the election process.
But why do I feel like we, as people, won't hear anything new?
And even if we do, will anyone actually listen to it once the spin machines do their follow-up work?
I hate spin. And I'm not talking about no spin like Fox News talks about. I mean the honest facts; the truths; the analysis.
But not the spin.
Catching Up on Larry Munson
Many others have touched on all the details ... but here's my small voice of gratitute for the many memories.
Labels: larry munson
Friday, September 19, 2008
Coolest of the Cool
Who are the coolest musical acts, ever?
There's a million ways to define "cool" and considering that it is relative to each and ever person; it's difficult to pin-point. So I decided to base this on how I define cool.
- A band or artist, that when you hear playing at a record store, bar, club, friend’s house, etc., you think to yourself, "wow, what didn’t I think about playing that?!";
- A band or artist whose story or career is causes them to just be cool for what they’ve been through;
- A band or artist that has a song, that makes your heart race or drop; causes instant euphoria or depression;
- A band or artist who makes you talk to your friends or post on your blog about how awesome they are – and then six months later you are still takling about how awesome they are; and finally
- A band or artist that, when being described, can only be done by using “cool” or a synonym.
Band and artist that fall into the following categories are immediately disqualified:
- The lead singer/artist committed suicide - or died as a result of self-negligence (I mean seriously ... cliche);
- Has started in a reality TV show;
- Is named Michael Jackson, because as amazing as his work was back in the day, the cat is just wrong.
With that being said, here is the beginning of a list of artists that are straight-up, effin’ cool (in no particular order):
T-Rex – Every time I hear a T-Rex song, I feel like less of a music aficionado for not owning ever T-Rex album.
Yaz – Seriously, Upstairs at Eric's, may be the best one-and-done album by a band ever; not to mention one of the best dance albums of the era.
Jesus and Mary Chain – Every time I hear “Head On” it makes me which I was a rock star.
Le Tigre – Cool like fashion and broke up before putting out derivative, glossy albums.
New Order – With Joy Division disqualified due to Ian Curtis’s suicide, New Order still crafted so many great songs, it’s just plan silly.
Garbage – Okay, this is one that I know no one expected. But in the mid-‘90’s who was a cooler-than-the-cool front-woman than Shirley Manson?
The Raveonettes – Danes that define what this story is about. They look, song and art the coolest group in the world today.
The Postal Service – I know this is a controversial choice. Not only are they a side-project, but their songs have been used for major TV ad campaigns, but album was both genre defining and changing. It will be a top-10 of the ‘00s disc on just about every blog next year.
The Smiths – Morrissey and Marr. Need I say more?
Johnny Cash/Willie Nelson/Kris Kristofferson/Waylon Jennings – Collectively, They Highwaymen, individually the greatest writers and performers of their generation in the country genre.
The Cardigans – Do you remember the video for “My Favorite Game”?
Lucero – If you don’t crave whiskey and a cigarette when listening to them, you don’t have a pulse.
So there’s a start. Agree. Disagree. When this becomes an article, it will include your feedback and recommendations.
So add more ideas to the comments section or e-mail them to me at deadjournalist at gmail dot com.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Pierre de Reeder (of Rilo Kiley) Interview
Here's an outtake from the interview:
Who were the artists that influenced you the most as a younger musician? Who most influences you now?
PdR: Ah influences … such a broad thing. Because even music I heard when I was six still has a lasting influence.
My young, young years had a lot of Tom Jones, Sinatra, Humberdink, etc. floating around the household.
But I guess I really started being interested in being a “musician” when I was around 14 and right at that time I was just coming out of a lot of classic rock. Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Beatles, etc. And moving into a strange combination of Reggae and Goth rock!
I’ve moved through the worlds of The Pixies, David Bowie, The Cure, The Zombies, Willie Nelson, The Jayhawks, Modest Mouse, Elliott Smith, Dylan, Neil Young and on and on. All of which endure and have had their influence.
That’s the funny thing, to some degree, they always will.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
What the hell exactly is DeadJournlist.com? I've been thinking about it off and on for a while now. For some reason, how the site is defined matters to me. It is somewhat trivial, but none-the-less, I feel the need to explain my thoughts.
DeadJournalist.com started as, and still is a Web site first and foremost. It does have a blog component, but it isn't a "blog".
Why the distinction?
For one, the site (excluding the blog) isn't built on Blogger or Wordpress (and if it was, I'd be able to have RSS feeds or use feedburner, etc and actually have a more interactive site). But more so, I wanted it to be more than just a throw-away blog. I wanted to content to have some kind of impact.
I wonder if I have accomplished that. Not that a blog can't have impact, but to me, the reference of a Web site carries more significant meaning than that of a blog. I wanted some sort of journalistic integrity to the site. It's how the site got it's name - dead journalist (originally, the working name was the dead journalist or the dead journalists) referring to the american journalists whose dedication to being a journalist was more important that their own star-power.
As the site has evolved, or devolved, I've tried to stay true to the want of journalistic integrity. Whether I've stayed the path is a subject open to interpretation.
At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter. As long as the site is taken with the level of seriousness, I'll be content.
But damn it I still it rather be called a "site" than a "blog".
News and Notes
- MINGUS AH UM by CHARLES MINGUS (1959);
- AGENTS OF FORTUNE by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT (1976);
- BOSTON by BOSTON (1976);
- BRITISH STEEL by JUDAS PRIEST (1980);
- BERLIN by LOU REED (1973); and
- 16 BIGGEST HITS by JOHNNY CASH.
Beginning on September 30, Legacy will be release more albums each week ranging from Nina Simone to Social Distortion.
Dragonette has accounced several upcoming US tour dates:
9/18 - The Mercury Lounge- New York, NY
(w/ The Major Labels, Oppenheimer)
9/19 - Le Royale- New York, NY
9/22 - The Trobaudour- West Hollywood, CA - SOLD OUT
(w/ Does it Offend You, Yeah? And DJ AC Slater)
9/23/08 - Cinespace- Hollywood, CA
(w/ Does It Offend You, Yeah? And DJ AC Slater)
MP3 - Dragonette - I Get Around
Sunday, September 14, 2008
19 years and counting ...
1989. Nine Inch Nails. Pretty Hate Machine.
Nineteen years and counting from the release of one of the most influential albums in rock history. Genre changing, it became a bastion of escape before grunge took over the angst-filled hearts of teenagers everywhere.
I suggest digging through your CDs, tapes or MP3s and listen to this album. For those of us who spent sleepless nights listing to "Something I Can Never Have" or "Terrible Lie" for hours on end, it will be a reminder the depths of despair-induced bliss.
For those of you too young to have experienced the album when it was fresh and new; take a copy and give it a few hours of listen. While I hope a remastered version, that will raise the low-end will come out around the 20th anniversary of it's release, the original is still relevant for it's lyrical content alone.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Monday's News and Notes (including The Clash new album news)
Tracklisting for the Remix EP:
1. Dead Sound (80KIDZ remix)
2. Aly, Walk With Me (Nic Endo remix)
3. Lust (Trentemoller Remix)
The next EP will be release on September 23, 2008 with following EPs release on October 21, 2008 and November 25, 2008.
Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine will release his solo album, The Fabled City, September 30th, 2008 via Epic Records. A stream of the album is below:
Live at Shea, the live recording of the The Clash at Shea Stadium in New York, will be release on October 6, 2008. The release occurs the same year that Shea Stadium, home of the baseball club, the New York Mets, will cease operation and be dismantled.
The Clash opened The Who on their farewell tour of the US and played two nights at Shea Stadium on October 12 and 13, 1982. The band had recently released the Combat Rock with the singles “Rock The Casbah” and “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” receiving heavy air-play.
The albums's track listing is as follows:
Kosmo Vinyl Introduction
Police On My Back
Guns Of Brixton
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven (return)
Rock The Casbah
Train In Vain
English Civil War
Should I Stay Or Should I Go
I Fought The Law
Apollo Sunshine Tour Dates (with Dr. Dog)
Sep 13 Cambridge, MA @ Newbury Comics (in-store performance)
Sep 14 Brooklyn, NY @ Sound Fix (acoustic in-store performance)
Sep 15 Brooklyn, NY @ Monkey Town
Sep 16 Brooklyn, NY @ Monkey Town
Sep 19 Andover, MA @ Andover Town Hall
Sep 26 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
Oct 3 Fairfield, CT @ The Field
Oct 8 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
Oct 9 Washington, DC @ DC9
Oct 14 Nashville, TN @ 3rd and Lindsley
Oct 15 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
Oct 17 Dallas, TX @ The Cavern,
Oct 18 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Oct 19 Norman, OK @ Opolis
Oct 24 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Oct 27 Columbus, OH @ The Basemen
Oct 29 New York, NY @ The Mercury Lounge
Oct 30 Boston, MA @ Middle East
Oct 31 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse
Brooklyn-based band Bell Hollow recently signed with RCRD LBL, and will be giving away monthly free mp3s of remixes of songs from the band's Foxgloves album. Click for more information.
Low vs. Diamond tour dates (opening for Santogold)
MP3 - Heart Attack
Fri/Sep-19 New York, NY • Fillmore New York @ Irving Plaza
Sat/Sep-20 Boston, MA • Paradise Rock Club
Tue/Sep-23 Philadelphia, PA • TLA
Wed/Sep-24 Toronto, ON • Phoenix Concert Theatre
Thu/Sep-25 Cleveland, OH • House Of Blues
Sat/Sep-27 Detroit, MI • St. Andrews Hall
Sun/Sep-28 Chicago, IL • House Of Blues
Tue/Sep-30 Lawrence, KS • Liberty Hall
Wed/Oct-01 Denver, CO • Gothic Theatre
Sat/Oct-04 Seattle, WA • Showbox SODO
Sun/Oct-05 Portland, OR • Crystal Ballroom
Tue/Oct-07 San Francisco, CA • Fillmore
Fri/Oct-10 San Diego, CA • House Of Blues
Sat/Oct-11 Las Vegas, NV • House Of Blues
Mon/Oct-13 Anaheim, CA • House Of Blues
Tue/Oct-14 Los Angeles, CA • Wiltern
Mike Skinner (The Streets) will be releasing his fourth album, everything is borrowed October 7, 2008 on Vice Records.
To watch the video for "The Escapist" and to download a free track, click here.
Colourmusic will release their full-length album, f, monday, orange, february, venus, lunatic, 1 or 13, tomorrow, September 9, 2008, on Great Society.
MP3 - Put In A Little Gas
Upcoming tour schedule:
Sep 9 - St. Louis, MO @ The Bluebird
Sep 10 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
Sep 11 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Sep 12 - Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
Sep 13 - Tulsa, OK @ Soundpony Lounge
Sep 20 - Stillwater, OK @ Eskimo Joe’s
Nov 8 - Austin, TX @ Waterloo Park (Fun Fun Fun Fest)
Friday, September 05, 2008
Videos of the Day: It's Friday - Let's Dance
Here's an odd and random assortment of some songs full of extra cheese:
Walter Meego - Forever
Bloodhound Gang - Bad Touch
Ladyhawke - Back of the Van
Tilly and the Wall - Beat Control
2 Live Crew - Me So Horny
The Constellations (live)
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
RIP Jerry Reed
Devastating news when I hit the home office with the death of Country legend Jerry Reed.
Reed, who was 71, is one of my all-time favorite artists. He was vastly underrated for both his song-writing ability and his unique mixture of country and funk in the late-'70's.
He was also out-spoken, through song, of the '70's gas crunch with songs like, "Lord, Mr. Ford" and "The Crude Oil Blues".
Reed, for many, is best known as the "Snowman" from the Smokey and the Bandit movie series. In the '90's appeared in the sports cult movie The Waterboy as the antagonist coach. He also pitched Lipton tea in the early '80's.
But it was music where Reed left his mark. Besides the soundtrack to Smokey and the Bandit, he also had cross-over hits with "Amos Moses" and "When You're Hot, You're Hot". He was also a Grammy winner for his collaboration with Chet Atkins.
I can't underscore how sad Reed passing is to me. Coming a month after the death of Skip Carey, the long-time voice of the Atlanta Braves, it's been a tough month for the remaining strands of youth.
Here's Reed performing, "She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)":
Here's Reed with Glen Campbell on "Southern Nights"
Monday, September 01, 2008
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