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Sad News: Ray Manzarek R.I.P

Indeed, a sad bit of news today as keyboardist and founding member of The Doors Ray Manzarek has passed after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 74. One of the most influential and controversial bands to come out of the 60’s, The Doors were probably my first favorite classic rock band and most definitely my introduction to the ideas and concepts of  “stoner rock”. The accolades Ray and The Doors have received are immense, and a proper write up can be found here, but I’ll just rest easy for now, hit play and immerse myself within  the psychedelic sounds that helped shape the biggest generational change in American history. Rest In Peace, Ray.

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Song of the Day: Earthless – Red

Twelve minutes of heavy psych to pummel your shit. Earthless can jam with the best of them and Red is absolutely no exception. Featuring ex pro skater and former Hot Snakes/Rocket From The Crypt and current OFF! drummer/guitarist for Spider Fever, not to mention record shop co-owner and all around bad motherfucker Mario Rubalcaba, this spastic rocker comes in at over twelve minutes and is worth every second. Earthless are in the process of recording their third studio album and have also just released a split EP with the criminally underrated White Hills, which is free to download right here. Fill your lungs and get it on.

 

 

White Hills business here

Earthless business here

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Beck Does Bowie – A MUST SEE!

Wow. This lil piece of magic has been floating around for about a week now, and I kept saying to myself  “later…later…”. Not my smartest move. Lincoln Motor Company is beginning a massive marketing campaign to get their name and product back to the forefront of American consumerism, calling it “Hello, Again”. They will be apparently commissioning artists to remake classic tracks/albums/concerts. First up is Beck, who put together a 160+ orchestra conducted by his father David Campbell for a remake of Bowie’s now very aptly named Sound And Vision. The results are goosebump inducing, especially the final, insanely melodious crescendo. Both myself and The Lincoln Motor Company highly recommend headphones for this experience. And volume. Lots and lots of volume. Enjoy….

 

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Clapton Owning It

Here is the isolated guitar track from Clapton’s jam on The Beatles “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, arguably my favorite Beatles track ever. Is it because of the epicness that the now legendary guitarist brings to the table? Maybe. Maybe not. No need to fret over the details. Just sit back, close your eyes and imagine being in the studio hearing this for the first time.

 

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Like Real Sound?? Listen To This…

Do you ever wonder why the record industry, in all its infinite wisdom, decided to make auto -tune sound like this (seriously, don’t click on that link) as opposed to something more akin to the absolutely chilling voices recorded below? The Ronettes  ‘Baby I Love You” is an absolutely beautifully crafted 2:52 of pop music, but to hear it completely stripped down to its bare bones is just pure aural gratification. Backing vocals include a young Cher and Leon Russell, a legend in his own right. Seriously though, sit back, close your eyes and hit play. You’re welcome.

 

Thanks to Dangerous Minds! This made my day.

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Live Shit! Top Five Shows of the Year!

Certainly not my busiest year when it came to visiting the bars, clubs and halls searching for my new favorite band, but there were definitely some gems in these past twelve months. Here are the five that stood out most to me, with a few honorable mentions to start:

#10-Moon Duo@Kung Fu Necktie, Philly

#9-Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears@Wiggins Park, Camden, N.J. (P.S. Watch this video!)

#8-Heartless Bastards@Union Transfer, Philly

#7-The Detroit Cobras@Johnny Brendas, Philly

#6-Monster Magnet@The Troc, Philly & Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

#5- The Kills@ Chelsea Piers, New York City

From skateboard contests to underground comedy clubs, from all you can drink brunches to afternoon delight at the greatest bar in New York, I fell in love with The City over the three days we spent that weekend, and it culminated with my first taste of The Kills with their six piece drum ensemble on the edge of the Hudson River at sunset. With it being a free show put on by Converse for their Coastal City Carnage events, I have to admit that I half expected The Kills to just mail it in, collect their check and go to bed. They pretty much made an ass out of me and my thoughts on this evening, completely enveloping the park and surrounding piers with severe heaviness and an urgency onstage that could only be matched by my drunken desires to jump off the boat we inexplicably ended up on into what I now know to be the toxic dump that is the Hudson River. Life long friendships were formed that weekend, thanks in no small part to the help of my safe and dry arrival back to the little apartment on 23rd and 7th. Good luck this year guys….

Full show here

#4-Graveyard+Radio Moscow@Northstar Bar, Philly

The hype was unmistakable for this one. With friends flying in from across the continent and two days removed from seeing stoner rock legends Monster Magnet destroy Brooklyn, we arrived at the Northstar early, giving ourselves plenty of time to assure catching openers Radio Moscow, who did a rather impressive job of keeping the already packed crowd on its toes, considering what went down with the band just days before the Philly show. No such drama ensued on this night, just a solid rock n roll set that had heads bobbin’ and the PBR flowing.

The band everyone came to see hit the stage next, opening with the slow burning Uncomfortably Numb before absolutely laying into it the rest of the night. Huge drums, riffs for days and a crowd frothing at the mouth for more. The tight walls and low ceiling gave the Northstar a great tunnel vision type vibe that night with enough swaying and boogeying that you were never beside the same crew for more than a song or two, friends included. Still have yet to hear a bad thing said about a Graveyard show, which has me wiggling in my chair anticipating Jan 24th 2013 here in Philly. Think it’s a friend’s birthday that night too…..

Graveyard 2013 tour dates here

#3- OFF!@ The Church, Philly

I’d been waiting damn near two years to see this punk rock “supergroup” so expectations were at nearly unattainable heights going into the sweatbox that is the basement of the First Unitarian Church in downtown Philly. With a historical timeline that includes Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Burning Brides, Red Kross, Black Heart Procession, Rocket From the Crypt, Hot Snakes and Earthless, I guess there’s always expectations, but after seeing OFF!  exhaustively annihilate that basement I’m also guessing they don’t give two shits about what you nor myself think. Songs came at you like machine gun fire and the kids came at you just as fast. Beer cans, shoes and ripped off t-shirt littered the airways, much to the dismay of what I’m assuming were volunteer janitors, begging people to leave well after the lights were on but you couldn’t blame ’em for hanging around. There was legend in the air, and we all needed to soak it in for as long as we possibly could.

This isn’t Philly footage, but it doesn’t look very different.

#2-The Tragically Hip@ The T.L.A., Philly

Everything that needs to be said about this show is right here!

The footage above is not mine, but it was pretty much my exact vantage point.

 

#1- Jack White@Radio City Music Hall, New York City

Jack White had something to prove on September 30th. After getting torn apart by the New York media and on message boards across the country for cutting a very awkward Radio City show short the night before without any explanation, it was obvious before the first notes were played that we were about benefit from last nights apparent “travesty”. Storming on stage to the first chords of Missing Pieces before leading into my favorite track off his solo debut Blunderbuss,Weep Themselves To Sleep, it seemed like the challenge had been declared and the gauntlet dropped. You want a good show? Beg for it. You want louder? Be louder. You want Seven Nation Army? Fuck you wait for it. With little to no time between tracks, his assault was relentless all night, throwing together medleys that spanned his entire career, unexpected covers all the while shrouded in a strange, pale blue light that rarely dulled or brightened. The legendary Radio City Music Hall of course had no problem with Jack’s attack, its rounded, concave walls seemingly embracing all of us, suggesting that perhaps we are all one, and in fact can be friends. Always big on surprises, the international renowned riff known as Seven Nation Army did not play last, instead a very fitting rendition of Leadbelly’s Goodnight Irene sent us into the chilly New York night, trying our best to find a way to thank some higher power for inviting us in on this final evening of September and so very, very thankfully, not the nights previous.

(There is no video that does this show justice that I can find. Guess you just had to be there….)

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Hometown Shout Outs! Bushwhacker!

CANADA! CANADA!! CANADA!!! And more importantly, THE YUKON!!! These guys are from Whitehorse, Yukon. Yup, way the fuck up there. Except now they live and play shows in Vancouver and wherever else’ll take ’em too, I imagine. I have not had the chance feel the sonic force live as I have not spent more than three consecutive days in Whitehorse or VanCity in God only knows how long, but there’s a rad 14 min live jam posted on their Facebook page, and you can purchase quality recordings down below on their Bandcamp page. Dabbling in classic death metal with tinges of black, thrash and psychedelic throughout the album, it carries the sound of late underground 80’s metal like that bad ass kid in your old neighborhood used to bang his head to through his foam Walkman headphones. Hit em up, buy their shit and support good small town music. The Midnight Sun Lives!

 

 

 

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I Just Can’t Help Myself….I’m Canadian!!

The Tragically Hip slapped the sillies right out of me last night, making me one helluva proud Canuck. Buying a ticket at last minute solely based on peer pressure from another building dwelling Canadian and an insatiable urge to keep my loving wife happy at all times, I begrudgingly made my way down to the ol’  TLA, hoping that witnessing this Canadian institution in modest little venue(compared to the hockey arenas they play back home) would be worth delaying the viewing of my current fixation that is Sons of Anarchy. With no openers and an 8:00pm start, my expectations of old wrinklys hobbling on stage to mail in another performance in a country where they’ve been vastly under appreciated were sure to be met.

Upon entering, acquiring beer, taking a head count of how many Team Canada jerseys were also in attendance and barely glancing at the merch booth, we found ourselves near the front of the stage chatting with a jolly fellow from St John’s, Newfoundland. “Figures,” I thought to myself, “move to Philly to watch The Hip with a Newfie who spits when he talks. I wonder if Jax has killed Clay yet?” But with the room full, but not packed, the lights go down and all thoughts of violent motorcycle gangs are forgotten tout de suite.

With the first chords of opener In Transformation, I’m taken home. Back to my homeland, where visualizing the prairies in the winter actually allows you to smell the cold, where 18 hours of darkness for seven months of the years isn’t so bad because Hey! there’s twelve months in a year! Back to the days when listening to Black Flag followed by The Tragically Hip followed by Eazy-E in frozen, fogged out cars was deemed the norm. It was wonderful, beyond nostalgic. The energy and charisma singer Gord Downie exudes onstage is intoxicating, wanting more of his spastic dances, more of his endless rants that don’t seem to make sense to anyone but him until the next song starts, more of the crazed eye contact that he is probably NOT making with you. And more music. Just play one more, please…

Every song was a highlight. The sound was fantastic. The crowd was 100% behind the band. Fuck T.V. and fuck violent motorcycle gangs. If I could go to a gig half that good every night, I’d renounce my sports team and throw my T.V. out the window. It’d be that simple. But alas, not every band can reach legendary status. If they could, there’d no longer be such a thing, would there? That’s how that works, right?

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Noisey Spoke To Stoner Heroes Tweak Bird

I like these guys. They don’t seem to take themselves too seriously. Noisey did an interview with them and that point is driven home with a whiffle(whistle?) bat. See you for yourself, but don’t take them too lightly, because they can and will bring the heavy. They just released a new E.P. and if it’s your first time checking them out, maybe skip the first track, unless you have firm grip on your reactions to certain illegal substances. Indeed, everyone IS paranoid.

I posted the track “Weight” from “Undercover Crops” to go along with the interview from NOISEY.

We Spoke To Stoner Heroes Tweak Bird | NOISEY.

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