No, that is not what it cost to produce it. That’s what they want one person to pay. And by one person, I mean literally one because they are only manufacturing one single copy. It’s apparently a double album titled ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ that has taken the prolific group twenty plus years to finish. They will tour it through museums and the like before the final sale, with an entrance fee of $30-50 and heavy security to make sure no recording devices find their way anywhere near it. RZA and crew seem to be on a mission to turn music back into an collectible piece of art and its an interesting point, although one could argue that charging a million dollars for an album does equal harm to the “value” of music as giving it away for free does. At least people hear it when it’s free and can make a choice to financially support a band and their music by buying hard merchandise, attending shows etc. To me, someone owning a million dollar record just means they probably have more money than they need. Bragging rights among rich buddies doesn’t add any value to a composition of music.
“The idea that music is art is something we have advocated for years. And yet its doesn’t receive the same treatment as art in the sense of the value of what it is, especially nowadays when it’s been devalued and diminished to almost the point that it has to be given away for free. We’re making a single-sale collector’s item,” said RZA, “This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”
Well, at least they’ll know who leaked it online I guess. If you care, the full interview and explanation is right here on Forbes.com. Obviously.
After a slow few weeks(and a couple of disappointing gigs)here in Philly when it comes to the live music front I’m more than stoked to be getting ready to check out a killer triple bill at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Things will kick off with Nancy, a Brooklyn punker band I really don’t know a whole a lot about but judging by their Bandcamp page they definitely seem fitting to be opening tonight’s festivities.
Second on the bill and easily the most anticipated of the three bands for me is more Brooklyn love by way of the architects of Brick Backgrounds 9th best album of 2013, Dirty Fences. Playing an amped up style of late 70’s, early 80’s power pop that would make a young Elvis Costello proud, I haven’t stopped listening to these guys since I first heard a track in some random skate video last summer. And speaking of skateboarding, the Dirty Fences dudes apparently have some DIY backyard concrete at their Brooklyn compound, further raising their stock around here. Wish I had a backyard.
Closers tonight are the mighty Liquor Store, probably voted most likely to save rock and roll if they could find a way not to get themselves kicked off the ballot. Saw them open for Natural Child last summer and they dropped jaws with their Nugent meets Dictators rock and roll hybrid so I’m definitely hyped on a full set from the New Jersey crew. When it comes right down to it tonight’s probably gonna kill so if you’re in the area quit complaining about the weather and get to KFN. You know you want to….
Categories: Morning Hype!
Tags: brooklyn, dirty fences, garage rock, guitar rock, hard rock, Kung Fu Necktie, Liquor Store, live music, music, Nancy, Natural Child, new music, new york, philadelphia, Philly, pop music, power pop, punk rock, rock and roll, rock music, stoner rock
All McFly jokes aside, Marvin Berry and the New Sound have some legitimate buzz around them right now and with due reason. Their debut full length comes out Feb 25th on Don Giovanni, their record release show is Feb 21st at Union Pool in Brooklyn with Liqour Store(more on those glorious bastards in the coming weeks) and to top it all off they’re actually really good, justifying the aforementioned hype that lately has seemingly been bestowed on pretty much any snot nosed kid that owns a guitar in Williamsburg. But here, high energy 60’s tinged garage rock mixed with a healthy dose of 70s Bomp Records worship and the recipe for good times is nearly perfected. Hoping for more tour dates soon but for now here’s three songs from the upcoming full length “Bootleg”. Power Rock!
Categories: New Album!, New Tunes
Tags: brooklyn, Don Giovanni, garage rock, indie music, indie rock, Marvin Berry and the New Sound, music, new music, new york, pop music, r&b, retro rock, rock, rock and roll, rock music
Assuming that when you’re in a band that tours as much as Clutch does any other band you involve yourself in can be called a side project, Deep Swell is the side project of Clutch guitarist Tim Sult. A little less heavy and a little more groove than his mainstay coupled with a really sexy snarl from lead singer Briena Pearl has made for some enjoyable listening this morning. Their full length is out now but only two tour dates to be found, one in their hometown of Shepherdstown, WV at the Opera House LIVE on Feb 7th and Feb 9th in Brooklyn, NY at Saint Vitus Bar. Hopefully more dates to be added, I could see this being a good time.
Categories: New Tunes
Tags: Clutch, Deep Swell, guitar rock, hard rock, indie rock, live music, music, new music, new york, psychedelic rock, rock and roll, rock music, stoner rock, West Virginia
I was starting to wonder if I was ever going to get to write this post but the day has finally come! Rocket From the Crypt are playing shows again and they’re coming to Philly. This, my friends, pleases me immensely. Boston, New York, Brooklyn, Philly and D.C. are all on the docket for the first week of April as well as some shows in Australia late Feb/early March. I recommend getting your tickets waaaay in advance for these shows because it’s gonna be a barnburner! All U.S. dates below the music….
APR 01 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA
APR 02 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
APR 03 The Bell House Brooklyn, NY
APR 04 Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA
APR 05 Black Cat Washington, DC
Categories: Good Times, Morning Hype!
Tags: boston, brooklyn, classic rock, garage rock, hard rock, indie rock, John Reis, live music, music, new music, new york, philadelphia, psych rock, punk rock, retro rock, rock and roll, rock music, rocket from the crypt, stoner rock, Washington D.C.