by Kyle Fleck
on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM
"MP3 players are a lot like televisions. They're a really good babysitter.":SPIN has a nice article about prisons granting inmates access to MP3 players. Favorite detail: The guy who orders "King of Hearts" by Cassie—let's be pen pals!
Sub Pop is Throwin' Themselves a Silver Jubilee: To celebrate 25 years of being the cool kids on the block, Sub Pop is throwing a free shindig in Georgetown on July 13th, featuring Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction, J. Mascis, Father John Misty and more.
I Would Like to Tour with Justin Bieber: This kid's life is just pure insanity at this point. Vomiting on stage, almost having a piano fall on him, getting in trouble for his pet monkey, cops finding a bunch of weed on his tour bus... and that's just from memory! I don't even follow his career! Why would I? I'm a grown man! And now, according to the Hollywood Reporter: "[c]riminals reportedly pulled off an 'Ocean’s 11'-type stunt to nab an estimated $330,000 in cash" while the singer performed a Mother's Day show in Johannesburg, South Africa. One can hardly fathom what else is in store for Canada's boy wonder.
The Reaction to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories Thus Far: “So I listened to this Daft Punk album once while browsing the web. I will now unveil my critique” — the Internet, 5/13/13″ Quoth the inimitable John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.
by Kyle Fleck
on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months for Tax Evasion: That was the verdict following a lengthy court battle.
Fight For Your Right to Frolic: Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch had a Brooklyn park dedicated to him on Saturday, marking the first anniversary of his death. At the ceremony, fellow member Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz reminded everyone: "Beastie Boys is for the children."
Gus Russell and Paul Biondi are featuring 4 GREAT musicians and performers on THURSDAY NIGHT , Mar. 21TH, 7:30PM to !0PM at The Jazz Station 124 West Broadway, Eugene, Oregon $5.00 COVER CHARGE HUEY LEWIS and The News guitarist, CHRIS HAYES, Jazz Station's favorite singer, LAURIE HAMMOND, and Eugene's most famous Bass Player, BYRON CASE special suprize guest, on Drums, KENNY REED CHRIS HAYES BIO former guitarist for HUEY LEWIS and The News CHRIS HAYES Christopher John Hayes was born November 24, 1957 in Great Lakes, Illinois. He got his first guitar when he was nine years old, and he took whatever lessons he could — from folk to jazz (he is now a self-confessed jazz freak). He quickly became so proficient with the guitar that he started teaching it. At 18,he was pursuing his first love, jazz guitar, when he joined keyboard legend Merl Saunders, for an album on Fantasy Records, ( "You Can Leave Your Hat On") and a tour of the East Coast. In 1977, along with Merl's son Tony, and Sly Stone drummer Jimmy Strasburg, they formed a band with saxophone masters David Liebman,(Miles Davis, Elvin Jones) and Pee Wee Ellis,(James Brown) called "The Ellis Liebman Band".They recorded an album on A and M, and did some touring. It was here that Chris was playing the music that he really loved. After a short stint with Mark Isham, he played on Van Morrison's "Beautiful Vision" album, then on to Europe to back-up the world famous blues singer Esther Phillips. When he returned to San Francisco, he looked around for a new band to play with, and he heard that Huey Lewis was on the look-out for a guitarist. He tried out for the position, and although he still had a lot to learn about rock and roll , he became a member of the band. Chris comes from a very musical family. His sister, Bonnie Hayes, is a celebrated Bay Area singer and band leader. His brother, Kevin Hayes, who sometimes works with Bonnie too, plays drums with the "Robert Cray Band." These aren't the only Hayes siblings, Chris is the oldest male of seven children! The youngest, Jonathan, plays guitar, produces, and writes songs in LA. They have collaborated on Chris' latest project, still in production. As well as playing guitar in the band and singing background vocals, he is also an established rock songwriter, penning three #1 hits, (Power of Love, I Want a New Drug, Workin' for a Livin', Stuck With You, to name a few) often putting Huey's lyrics to music, and was arguably the band's most prolific creative force.He was nominated for an Academy Award for writing "Power of Love" which was the title track in " Back to the Future". In 2008, Garth Brooks covered "Workin' for a Livin", which went to # 19 on the country charts. Outside the band his interests include golf, fly fishing, and playing the piano, his favorite movie is "The Maltese Falcon", and his favorite movie stars are Humphrey Bogart and Johnny Depp. He has two sons and a daughter and is was living in Wine Country (Sonoma County, California). He now lives in Eugene, Oregon with wife Cheree and son. LAURIE HAMMOND'S BIO Vocalist: Laurie Hammond has been singing for close to 40 years. From her earlier days singing folk, pop, and gospel music, to her later venture into blues and jazz, Laurie has captivated audiences with her smoky vocals and her own interpretive style. She is the long-time singing half of a jazz duo with pianist Gus Russell, and has been a soloist with a host of the areas top musicians including guitarist, Michael Anderson. Laurie is also a 10 year featured vocalist in the Cottage Grove Rhythm and Blues Revue and lead vocalist in Mood Indigo with Gus Russell and a revolving mix of other great local musicians. BYRON CASE'S BIO pright bass BYRON CASE Original member of the surf 1960's band THE SUNRAYS who's hit song I Follow The Sun was big on the top 100's Guitarist and vocalist Byron Case has played with The Party Kings, Nicolette Helm & Queen Bee, and The Heaters. During the 1960s he had several Top 10 hits with his band The Sunrays. He then played with several different R&B bands in the Los Angeles area before moving to Oregon. Byron Case has played with The Party Kings, Nicolette Helm & Queen Bee, and The Heaters. Byron started on bass with The Vipers but in recent years has switched to guitar. Byron sings from a repertoire ranging from Big Joe Turner and Pee Wee Crayton to The Coasters and Little Richard. KENNY REED'S BIO Kenneth William Reed "aka" Kenny Reed Born 7th October 1947. St. Louis Mo. Attended schools from Elementary through High School, St Louis, Chicago, Gary, Indiana. Military 7th June 1965 through June 1967. 3/325 83D Air-Borne, Infantry. Ft Bragg, NC. College Sept '69 through '74. Manhattan Community College N.Y.C. School of Broadcasting & Announcing N.Y.C. First professional job as a musician came in St. Louis, under the tutelage of Bensid Thigpen- Ed Thigpen's brother, Sonny Hamp, James "IronHead" Matthews and many or all of the members of the "B.A.G.", "Black Artist Group" including Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, Lester Bowie and many others. First Recording at age 15 with "Fred Williams Trio". Appeared Sept 1969 edition of Downbeat Magazine with Greg Davis, son of Miles Davis, along with Jerry Bowles, bass, John Smith, soprano sax, Clovis Bordeaux, piano, Greg Davis, trumpet, Kenny Reed, drums. The group was called "MLC" "Musical Liberation Cycle". Worked 6 ½ months touring with Bill Doggett Trio- N.Y.C. upstate tours Worked briefly with Betty Carter N.Y.C. Worked with Carlos Garrett "Miles on the Corner" Gary Bartz, Stafford James, James Pulliam, Russell White, Olu Dara- N.Y.C. Brooklyn Coast Tours. Delaware-Philly-Baltimore-Kentucky-Ohio-many cities!! Formed my own unit "Time" Truth in Music Ensemble" consisting of Tera Nakamura, bass, Chin Suzuki, piano, Ryo Kawasaki, guitar, Sue Cunnings, vocals. "Blue Cornet 2 yrs-Brooklyn. Managed and founded "Solid Gold Production Co. Pasadena, Ca. sent funk Group 4th House to Japan-1974 Worked in Sherry Scotts Quintet-Pasadena, Ca. "Herbie Lewis Quartet- Pasadena, Ca. Hollywood Worked on TV show "Fame" Culver City, Ca. Moved to Eugene, Or. May 1986 from Beverly Hills, Ca. started "Stone Cold Jazz" after working with several Eugene based musicians including Andre St James. Work with Les McCann when touring Northwest and many prominent professionals including Paul Biondi, jack Neiderman, Neal Jansen, Benjamin Crandall, Meredith D'Ambrosia, Sam Adams and a host of many talented musicians and singers. GUS RUSSELL'S BIO Pianist: Gus Russell has been teaching and performing for the last 25 years. He has polished his jazz and blues chops by sharing the stage with Curtis Salgato, Paul Delay, Don Latarski and even Tiny Tim. Gus has also been a featured artist at the Hinman Winery Jazz Festival, Art in the Vineyard, LaVelles Music series, Chateau Loraine, and many festivals through out the Northwest. PAUL BIONDI'S BIO Paul was born in Philadelphia in 1957. His older brother Fred, who is a professional jazz drummer, motivated Paul to study and perform music at a very young age — he first picked up a saxophone at the age of 8. Paul's teacher and mentor was Robert "Boysie" Lowery, who taught and motivated players such as Clifford Brown, Ernie Watts, and many other jazz musicians on the east coast. While Paul was still in high school, he performed in jazz bands, studio sessions, and orchestras such as Valley Forge Music Fair. He has backed up such artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, and Lena Horne. Before graduating from high school, he studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston. After graduating, Paul toured for several years with Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, and Ike and Tina Turner. He then joined a yearlong world tour with Smokey Robinson. Although many musicians nowadays are able to learn the theory of performing by using educational websites, such as elearners, there is perhaps no better way to gain an understanding of such experiences than by touring with prestigious acts such as these. His musical education, and career, didn't end there. In 1978, Paul and The Duck Soup Band from Philadelphia were offered a recording contract with Warner Brothers Records. He worked on the album in San Francisco for one year, and then moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a studio musician. He also wrote and played on movie scores and television theme songs, and performed with many famous individual artists, including Jimmy Smith, Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Jack Sheldon, Tex Beneke, Horace Height Jr., The Temptations, the Four Tops, The Drifters, The Platters, The Cadillacs, The Shirelles, and numerous other groups and artists. In the summer of 1992 Paul visited Florence, Oregon and immediately fell in love with the town and the surrounding area. Paul moved to Florence from Los Angeles in December 1998. After arriving in Florence, Paul performed and produced school assemblies recreating the history of jazz. He helped raise funds to send the local high school jazz and concert bands to compete in Washington, D.C. and produced other fundraising events, such as Concert by the Lake for the Relief Child Care program, Relay for Life, and Blues for H.U.E.S. Paul has also participated in benefits for The Siuslaw Women's Center and Florence Food Share. Since moving to Eugene in 2004, Paul, a member of both The Rainy Day Blues Society and The Willamette Jazz Society, has been playing music locally and regionally and gives private woodwind lessons. He occasionally flies to Los Angeles and Nashville to perform with other artists. He and his production company produce events such as The River Run in Laughlin, Nevada, featuring Canned Heat and Rod Piazza, the Chowder Blues and Brews Festival in Florence, and the Lowell Blackberry Jam. Paul continues his fundraising efforts on behalf of local charities such as Food for Lane County, MDA (with University of Oregon's Duck Football Coach, Mike Bellotti), Legal Aid, and relief efforts for Katrina and the Indonesian Tsunami. On the political front, Paul has coordinated music for "Get Out The Vote" campaigns for Governor Ted Kulongowski, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, and former President Bill Clinton. Paul is also the founder of MEMA, the Musicians Emergency Medical Association www.memafund.org a non-profit organization that provides resources to musicians when a medical emergency occurs. For more information, contact Paul Biondi at (541) 746-6222
Breaking news! Stone Temple Pilots have fired Scott Weiland!
The band said, simply, via press release: "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland."
And it turns out Weiland didn't find out about his termination until this morning, when the rest of us did. He tells Rolling Stone:
'I learned of my supposed "termination" from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be "terminated" from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday.
Earlier in 2012, the local trio Universe People recorded 10 songs (all analog!) for their full length, and now it's finally available for purchase on Big Black Cloud Records. Australian born guitarist/vocalist Jo Claxton (formerly of the Intelligence) and bassist Kellie Payne crank out sweet vocal harmonies and angular guitar lines a la Grass Widow or Delta 5 over drummer Dave Ramm's steady Palmolive-esque percussion. I can't get enough of their occult sensibilities and their song "Druids," ("I am a woman / feel like such a downer / I wanna finish my mimossssa") Highly recommended for fans of awesome UK post-punk-pop and the X-Files.
Also, don't miss their album release show on March 2nd at the Rendezvous with the Tom Price Desert Classic and No Grave. Extra special guest The Professor Jake Stratton will be hosting the evening and helping give away records AND amazing Universe People posters designed by the incredible Nick Gucker.
Hello, my dearest '90s babies. Have you been chasing waterfalls lately? (Fun fact: I thought it was "Jason Waterfalls" for a while. I kind of miss good ol' Jason.)
Well, sometimes you get a press release that makes you want to sing, and you just hafta post it almost in full:
(Atlanta, GA) The much anticipated biopic “Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story,” on Grammy-winning girl group TLC, is set to begin production in March 2013 in Atlanta, GA. Atlanta is the birthplace for the group that rose to unprecedented fame in the 1990’s as one of the world’s most talented, celebrated and highest-selling female groups of all time. Through very public and high-profile success, turmoil and tragedy, TLC left an indelible stamp of female empowerment that changed the face of the music industry forever. The group was also recognized internationally as pioneers in advocacy for Sex and HIV education.
Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins have signed on as consultants and executive producers for the full-length TV movie... “We were pleased to learn that production would take place here in Atlanta because it keeps everything true to form... We really want fans to experience our story in an authentic way,” says Chilli. “There is so much to our story that hasn’t been told until this movie, it really has to be done the right way,” T-Boz adds. “Fans will be able to really understand the dynamic of the group and why that formula has not been able to be duplicated.
It's for VH1, and apparently they've cast T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli as Drew Sidora, Lil Mama, and KeKe Palmer, respectively. The director is Charles Stone III, director of Drumline. I'm withholding any judgment until Emily and I take our cross-country road trip to try and secure walk-on roles as fans. (We already dress the part, they can't say no.)
***This concludes your weekly '90s girl group news update***
It's true! New Postal Service song! "A Tattered Line of String" is available for download when you pre-order the 10th Anniversary Edition of Give Up (available here).
I like it! I think. It's impossible for me to compare it to anything on Give Up because over the years those songs have evolved to be more than just songs—those are memories. But "A Tattered Line of String," while in the same vein as the duo's past efforts, is also more dancy than before. And it's less charming and romantic (even in a sad sense of the word) and a little more... cynical, maybe? Despite it's pessimistic title, Give Up always sounded hopeful to me. This song does not sound hopeful.
Mikal Cronin at Chop Suey this May (Emily Rose Epstein on drums)
Last week, Merge Records announced that it had signed Mikal Cronin, which is great news for fans of the California musician—and striped T-shirt denizen—since it's the highest-profile label with which he's been associated to date.
The move also represents something new for the North Carolina concern, which hasn't previously staked its claim in the close-knit musical community from which Cronin emerged, a collective of friends and collaborators, including Thee Oh Sees (In the Red), Sic Alps (Drag City), the Fresh & Onlys (Mexican Summer), Sonny & the Sunsets (Polyvinyl), and the Ty Segall Band (Drag City), for which Cronin contributes bass and backing vocals (some of these acts have also recorded for Captured Tracks, Castle Face, Fat Possum, Goner, Siltbreeze, and Woodsist).
Roo and Felix and a gallon of water. And a banana.
Shut it down. Hold the phone. I walked past Vita and spotted Felix the cat, calmly sitting in his owner Roo's lap BEING SWEET AS CAN BE ON A LEASH! He looked right at me, meowed, and CONTINUED TO BE SO SWEET. I don't think he cares one bit about being on a leash. A PINK LEASH.
I have so much to do right now, but now my whole day has been blasted by ultimate cuteness. I will only think about Felix. Sorry everyone, the music section of the Stranger will not be running next week, only a giant picture of this cat.
We are NOT effing around with the newest, most SIZZLINGEST edition of the Friday Night Giveaway. Answer this Line Out trivia question and WIN BIG:
What was the name of the child born and raised in the post office line while Utilikilt Man pulled packages out of his hippie cart?
The first hot shot to answer correctly will receive the following incredible prizes:
· A Justin Beiber singing toothbrush (plays the songs "Baby" and "U Smile")! · A $4-off coupon for See's Candy (if you buy $40 worth, that is)! · A rose necklace I found in Cal Anderson Park a long time ago! · Two cough drop filled with cough suppressing goo! · Birthday candles! · TWO perfume samples! · A pumpkin spice lollipop (that tastes like Bath & Body Works)!
All remaining dates of Morrissey's tour—including the Nov 8 show at the Moore—have been postponed.
All remaining dates on the current US Tour have been postponed - but not cancelled - as Morrissey has returned to England where his mother has been hospitalized and is unwell. Due to issues with his mother's health, Morrissey will need to remain by her side during this difficult period.
Those who have already purchased tickets for all upcoming dates are highly encouraged to hold on to their tickets and look out for the rescheduled dates. The new dates will be announced shortly.
Morrissey would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience as the shows are being prepared for a swift reschedule.
Dang it, I just finished writing this goddamn Suggest:
Morrissey (MUSIC) Having made enduring rock magic with the Smiths then launching a solo career that’s continued triumphantly for over twenty years, Morrissey is now an icon on the level of Barbara Streisand, or at least Tom Jones. He’ll never top the once-in-a-lifetime chemistry of the Smiths, but his solo work is uniformly excellent, and his current tour’s set list draws from his whole glorious ouvre, from “How Soon Is Now?” and “I Know It’s Over” to “You Have Killed Me” and “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris.” DAVID SCHMADER
It's that time of year again—time to pay attention to the men who rock, FOR A CHANGE! Everyone knows that there is nothing sexier (or more rare) than a man who knows how to rock. Being a gorgeous man in music is one thing, but add talent to the mix? That's taking it to a whole 'nother level. With male-fronted bands, male solo acts, and even all-male bands becoming more and more commonplace, 2012 has definitely been the year of fierce men in music. They're starting to rock all the genres, too: provocative punks, steamy rock 'n' rollers, dashing cowboy sweethearts, hiphop hunks—men are even making it in the complicated world of electronic music! Guys everywhere are stepping to the front and demanding to be heard—and we're ready to listen. And look! To show our appreciation for the strong males who provide us with satisfying doses of ear candy and eye candy, we handpicked six of Seattle's hottest male musicians to showcase their ability... to turn us on!
...the first Replacements album and its follow-up EP are both way better than you led me to believe. Screw you for tricking me out of so many years of pleasure, but thanks for the late-breaking Replacements surprise.