Saturday, October 1, 2011

Democracy In Distress: Afghans rock at first music festival in three decades - Yahoo! News

Democracy In Distress: Afghans rock at first music festival in three decades - Yahoo! News: "Afghans rock at first music festival in three decades - Yahoo! News: "Live rock returned to Afghanistan after three long decades on Saturday as young men and women cheered and leapt into the air to the sound of heavy bass beats and punk rock.

Bands from Australia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan served up a six-hour musical feast of blues, indie, electronica and death metal to hundreds of fans, many of whom had never seen live music before.

Sound Central was something new in a deeply conservative Muslim country where music was banned under the austere Taliban regime. Even now music shops are attacked in some cities and musicians taunted for their clothes or hair.""

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What I Am Listening To Now: The Whale Song by Modest Mouse

Great song, BRILLIANT video.  Period.


Friday, September 30, 2011

Spotify,, lions, tigers, and bears... Oh, my. Internet Radio.

Been playing a bit with Spotify and today. Not sure what I think. Both are fun when first found, but I am not sure which will have the legs, if either, to become my go to for Internet Radio.

So I am curious, does any one out there use these?  Or another service I haven't found yet?  Let me know what you think.

My profiles on Spotify and

From 2011-09 (Sep)

Amelia... Sad news

Posted by Live Wire Radio on Facebook...

Our first show in March of 2004 featured an extraordinary band, Amelia, fronted by the lovely Teisha Helgerson. Teisha passed away yesterday after a long battle with leukemia. She will be greatly missed, and Live Wire offers our deepest condolences to her friends and family. She was a wonder and a gift to us all.

I'd wondered whatever happened to this band. They pretty much disappeared a few years ago right when I was starting to get into them. Never got to see them live, unfortunately.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Punk isn't dead. It just goes to bed at a more reasonable hour.

I was trying to be productive this morning and to not get too distracted by them, there intarwebs when this happened. On Facebook, inspired by this...

...a frenzy of punk videos were posted.

Bonus points for recognizing the young men in the photo.  Hints below.  This first one has one of the greatest comments in its description that I've seen in a bit: "The camera (unfortunately) pans over to try to catch the fight that broke out."

My own contribution... Pretty much my theme song these days.

Now back to my regularly scheduled programming.

Bands Lost In The Foggy Wastes Of My Memory: Nirvana & Nevermind turning 20, making me feel old and jaded

UPDATE (October 15, 2011):  Changed the headline.  Okay, it's not like I forgot about Nirvana, of course.  But for years I though little of them.  The anniversary of Nevermind's release dredged up a lot of old memories for me and, of course, made me feel very old.

Originally posted on Rubble (September 24, 2011):

Some memories...  Growing up in the Seattle area, my friends and I were all into the local music scene.  Nirvana came along relatively later than everyone else (and no, I am not counting you, Aliz-N-Chainz!  It's not selling out if you are buying in!).  As Bleach made its rounds, one by one everyone I knew was buzzing about how great the album was, but it took me awhile to take a listen.  (Remember, this is the pre-internet days when you actually had to physically posses a cassette or a CD to listen to music.)

Finally, a bunch of us went to go see them play a show with The Derelicts, The Dwarves, and The Melvins in an old garage in Seattle, and I was convinced.

Sometime during my senior year, we published a two page spread in our high school newspaper in Issaquah, Washington about Sub Pop and the local music scene.  The other writers and I were met with open hostility in the corridors of our high school for "wasting everyone's time with that crap."  They asked us, "How come you guys don't write about bands that we've heard of and like?" We told them that, in our opinion, the bands they liked were crap and, jokingly, said that soon everyone would be hearing about these bands, but we didn't really believe it.

At the time, the big hair bands dominated popular music.  All those damn "W" bands, the Wingers and Warrents and a lot of songs about thorny roses.  While my favorite t-shirt was a Sub Pop "World Domination Regime" shirt, no one could imagine what was soon to happen...

September 1991 marked one of the most significant record release dates in years.  Guns-N-Roses was releasing not one, but two long awaited albums, the Use Your Illusion records.  This was their first real follow up to the mammoth Appetite For Destruction, which came out over four years earlier.  Many, many record stores were staying open after midnight to sell these albums and it was, at the time, the biggest record release event in history.

At the time, I was living in a dorm at Seattle University and one of the record stores on Capitol Hill, down the street from me, was, pretty much as a joke, staying open late to sell another record, Nevermind.  Sure, we all loved Nirvana and were excited to hear their new album, but not midnight excited.  Orpheum Records was open until midnight anyway, though, and they decided to stay open until 12:30 and had a funny sign out front for a couple days pretty much mocking all the hype about the new Guns-N-Roses releases.

I was up anyway so I wandered down at midnight and bought the album.  I was the only one in the store and the clerk and I joked about all the Use Your Illusion hype.

I went home and took a listen.  It was very good.  Another benefit of showing up at midnight is that I got one of the first printings, the only ones with the hidden track (Endless, Nameless) on it.  Within a year, all those people at my old high school were growing goatees and dressing in fashion magazine grunge wear.  I grew disgusted and moved on, not even buying the the next Nirvana album until about five years ago.  And, of course, at some point during the lost years of the 1990s, I lost the CD with the hidden track on it.

But that was a pretty amazing time and place to be alive, back in Seattle in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  

Here is a video of Nirvana playing "Smells Like Teen Spirit" live for the first time.  I was at this show and think I even spotted myself in the audience on this tape.  The audio isn't that great, but it is fun.  Before they made it big and other issues started taking their toll on Kurt, their shows were a lot more energetic than what most people are familiar with.

Nevermind: The memories of KEXP DJs and staff: "Yesterday, KEXP’s DJ Riz shared a crazy story about DJ’ing Nirvana’s infamous food fight CD release party at Rebar (read it here). Today, as we play all local and Nirvana-related music, you can read about the memories KEXP DJs and staff have regarding the band’s landmark album, Nevermind, which was released 20 years ago tomorrow."

DJ Riz remembers Nevermind: "KEXP’s DJ Riz was the DJ of the infamous “food fight” CD release party at Rebar. Here’s his account:" 

And, of course, so as not to feel left out, another record had the 27th anniversary of its release today...

Bands Lost In The Foggy Wastes Of My Memory: Negativland - A "new" U2 record & Casey Kasem

A re-post from Rubble:

An old friend on Facebook posted this today. I hadn't thought about this in years. I think I used to have the CD and he did have the vinyl at one point. He was wondering how much that would have been worth these days which made me wince, thinking about how much all of my old music would have been worth, including a bunch of old, rare Sub-Pop vinyl... Oh well. It's all just stuff in the end.

Here's Negativland:


Negativland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia"The songs within were parodies of the group U2's well-known 1987 song, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", including kazoos and extensive sampling of the original song. The song "The Letter U And The Numeral 2" features a musical backing to an extended profane rant from well-known disc jockey Casey Kasem, lapsing out of his more polished and professional tone during a frustrating rehearsal which had gone out to many stations as raw feed and was taped by several engineers, who had been passing it around for a number of years. One of Kasem's milder comments was "These guys are from England and who gives a shit?" (U2 was actually formed in Ireland.)

U2's label Island Records quickly sued Negativland, claiming that placing the word "U2" on the cover violated trademark law, as did the song itself. Island Records also contended that the single was an attempt to deliberately confuse U2 fans, awaiting the impending release of Achtung Baby, into purchasing what they believed was a new U2 album called Negativland.

"In June 1992, R. U. Sirius, publisher of the magazine Mondo 2000, came up with an interesting idea. Publicists from U2 had contacted him regarding the possibility of interviewing Dave "The Edge" Evans, hoping to promote U2's impending multi-million dollar Zoo TV Tour, which featured found sounds and live sampling from mass media outlets (things for which Negativland had been known for some time). Sirius, unbeknownst to Edge, decided to have his friends Joyce and Hosler of Negativland conduct the interview. Joyce and Hosler, fresh from Island's lawsuit, peppered the Edge with questions regarding his ideas about the use of sampling in their new tour, and the legality of using copyrighted material without permission. Midway through the interview, Joyce and Hosler revealed their identities as members of Negativland. An embarrassed Edge reported that U2 were bothered by the sledgehammer legal approach Island Records took in their lawsuit, and furthermore that much of the legal wrangling took place without U2's knowledge: "by the time we [U2] realized what was going on it was kinda too late, and we actually did approach the record company on your [Negativland's] behalf and said, 'Look, c'mon, this is just, this is very heavy...'" Island Records reported to Negativland that U2 never authorized samples of their material; Evans' response was, "that's complete bollocks, there's like, there's at least six records out there that are direct samples from our stuff." [3]

"In August 2007, Don Joyce of Negativland provided an audio cassette copy of the original Mondo 2000 interview with Dave "The Edge" Evans to the U2 fan website The interview is freely available from this website.[4]

 "The "U2" single (along with other related material) was re-released in 2001 on a "bootleg" album entitled These Guys Are from England and Who Gives a Shit, released on "Seelard Records" (a parody of Negativland's record label Seeland Records). Negativland may have themselves been responsible for the re-release with U2 giving their blessing; although the Negativland website refers to this release as a bootleg, it is available from major retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and Tower Records, as well as Negativland's own mail-order business." 'via Blog this'

Here is the Mondo 2000 interview:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What I Am Listening To Now: The Song of the Sybyl by Dead Can Dance

I am listening to the album Aion.  This video is from their 1993 tour and the Toward The Within CD and video.  I saw this tour in Seattle and it was amazing.

Jewish guitarist proves unorthodox - YouTube

Very cool! Shared by David on Facebook.

Jewish guitarist proves unorthodox - YouTube:

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Coldplay tribute to R.E.M. (RIP) and Shatner recording Iron Man

Funny, I was thinking about posting something from this album this morning, then this pops up on my Facebook. It is not great, and the video is not very good, and it is the song I am the most sick of, but it is nice. And it is from, what I consider to be, the very best R.E.M. album.

This is the song I was thinking of posting...

R.E.M. - Drive (Video) (Official Video, no embedding.)

Then, for a change of pace, right under the Coldplay post, there was this...

Roger Waters Bringing the Wall Tour to American Baseball Stadiums | Music News | Rolling Stone

I would like to see this. I used to have the CDs for the live version he did at the Berlin wall after it came down in the early 1990s and, while that version was so-so due to some hits and misses with its "all-star" cast, it would have been something to see.

Hopefully they'll hit Portland or Seattle.

Roger Waters Bringing the Wall Tour to American Baseball Stadiums | Music News | Rolling Stone: "Roger Waters is making plans to bring his highly successful Wall tour back to America in 2012. The show will hit venues he missed the first time around – as well as baseball stadiums in a few big cities. "There are quite a few markets we didn't cover last time, like Austin," he says in an interview for the new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands and available through Rolling Stone All Access on September 30th. "But we want to base the tour around Saturday nights in baseball stadiums. As we speak, I'm at my office working on an outdoor version of the show.""

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

This is a post... start things off with.  Hello.  Good-bye.  There will not be much here for awhile.