A Global Army of Veteran Rockers
Artists who produced excellent records after long (at least ten years) layoffs.
Been listening to the Feelies' Here Before (2011) and really digging it. It is a nice addition to their body of work. Since their last record, Time For a Witness came out in 1991, that is a 20-year layoff. Misson of Burma went 22 years between Vs (1982) and On Off On (2004). I'm also eagerly anticipating Guided by Voices classic linup reunion album which comes out next month-- 15 years after Under the Bushes, Under the Stars.
Saw them play the Roxy in Hollywood last night for their record release party. They were en fuego, man - it was just like the good old days - both Steve and Jeff have their hair long again and their was much hair flipping going on. Robert wasn't playing guitar with them (though he did on the new album according to the notes), but the guitarist was terrific nonetheless.
Cool! I only ever saw them once in '90 or '91 at Iguana's in Tijuana, Mexico. It was one of the greatest twin bills I've ever witnessed. At the time, I really didn't know much about them. I went because I knew they were sort of legendary. The band that opened? The Screaming Trees. There was a lot of energy on the stage that night.
One of my favorite Redd Kross shows ever was when they played with the Screaming Trees here in L.A.. Same night big Francis Ford Coppola showed up and sat down right across the aisle from me. But I can only assume things got even wilder in TJ...
Not out yet, but Big Dipper is putting the finishing touches on an album that should be out later this fall 22 years after their last album. Robert Pollard did the cover art:
If this track is any indication, the album will be stellar: Hurricane Bill
Cool news! Thanks, Maximum Jack. Bob worked with Gary Waleik (Big Dipper, Volcano Suns) on the rather excellent Mars Classroom album, so I guess the cover art project makes sense...
Terrific stuff. Thanks!
Soundgarden, apparently have an album due out in November-- it's been over 15 years since their last LP. I don't have high hopes for this, but I will definitely check it ou
One of my favorite bands from the late 90's early 00's recently put out a new album on Sub Pop, I'm just now getting around to it. It came out in June (10 years after their last record), and I wish I would have snagged it then, because it's perfect summertime music. Here's a video clip of Beachwood Sparks doing the title track on KCRW's Morning Becomes Ecclectic:
I was delighted to see them back, too. I think Farmer Dave did a record in the interim, but I haven't had a chance to pick it up.
They were also guest editors at Magnet mag online a few weeks ago.
I picked up records by All Night Radio and the Tyde which both featured Dave Scher, but did not hear a solo record. Might need to track that down!