A Global Army of Veteran Rockers
Jon, really loved the Frank Turner interview, nice work there.
He's a guy who needs to be checked out by anybody who digs Billy Bragg (e.g.) although he's a bit lighter than that in terms of lyrics-wise, etc.....a few songs about his drinking problem, etc ;>)
I saw him in the opening slot for Social Distortion that is mentioned in there.
Up here (and maybe everywhere..) it was a triple-header- Turner/Lucero/Social D
Full disclosure: I have all the Social D albums and dig them just fine, but in terms of what I dig...I was predisposed to saying this going in.....but it is true:
Lucero and Frank both kicked Social D's ass.
I can't dig Kurt Vile.
Not even close.
The vocals/melodies just bury the whole thing for me.
It's depressing me because one of my best music-related buds and an exhaustive source for all things rock swears by the guy.
I just do not get it.
I like him well enough. I've got all four of his proper albums, but I'll admit that I don't go back to them. My favorite track off last year's album, Smoke Rings Around My Halo, should be right up your wheelhouse, Harry:
You all need to listen to this album:
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
From the I did not know this was news dept:
The Jesus Lizard will not be extending their reunion from a couple yrs ago to include new material and more touring
A.C. Newman and Bat For Lashes in today's NYT
BAT SIGNAL FOR BILL DAVIDSON
And anyone else in Boston.
Thursday I am going to see roots-rocker and local treasured institution Todd Thibaud and band at Toad in Cambridge...go...
7:30 early set
Admission $ FREE
I will need to bolt like Cinderella at midnite when his set ends (probably at 930) as i have an hour ride home, have to drop off my friend, it's a worknight, and i'm a geezer....but these free sets at Toad (which occur sporadically) are one of the best things in Boston. Great room, and the band kills.
Thibaud = a disciple of Westerberg, Matthew Ryan, Tom Petty, Will Hoge w/o the "country' bit....etc..
Calling Bill Davidson!
Todd Thibaud w/band
Toad in Cambridge
$ F R E E
I'm going with some people from work.
Ra Ra Riot in the NYT little upcoming albums column
Josh Freese on drums (tidbit/vortex for the Mats/Westerberg fans)
Scott Miller of Game Theory and Loud Family has died.
An absolute all-timer for me
A really huge loss. Nice, interesting guy, too. It's very cool that they are putting up the downloads on the site for people who don't own the records. I'll never part with mine!
Lullaby for the Working Class
Spare, mellow, almost ambient alt-country band from the late 90s.
I'm almost embarrassed that I'm only discovering them now.
Some loose personnel associations with Bright Eyes.
Only 3 albums out, it appears.
Successor acts though are Mayday and Cursive, I'll be checking out them next.