Elvis Costello 7Sept1983 Austin
Swervedriver University of London 11 May 1990
The Wedding Present Long Beach, Ca 29June 1990
The Broken West – Live On KCRW aired April 19 2007
TheDrams 10 March 2007 Dallas
Willie Nelson- Charlie’s Bar- Maui 27 Feb 1997

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Album Review::Lavender Diamond-Imagine Our Love

On May 8th, Matador Records will release Imagine Our Love by Lavender Diamond. The album is an expression of regret, second guessing, and questioning. The group is led by the classically trained vocalist Becky Stark, and backed with lush arrangements to further the point. Imagine Our Love is a record that will take you places whether you want to go there or not.

Lavender Diamond will be appearing at the Carrboro Arts Center on June 8th.

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Album Review::God Save The Clientele

Pop music has long been considered low art. I would like to propose on the contrary that what The Clientele do is make exquisite aural paintings that deserve higher regard. The press release for this one states that the Clientele are setting free their inner Monkees. Well I suppose, but one thing is for sure, Alasdair Maclean’s voice has a very similar atmospheric character to Micky Dolenz. I’ve long thought Micky to have one of popular music’s most special voices, and never was he better than on Porpoise Song and Can You Dig It? Somewhere in between those two one might find Alasdair. The Clientele are a band I’ve clung to since their earliest releases, and the vocals are probably the biggest draw. They are an instrument in themselves, and along with the music one can’t help but to be swept into the world of their song. God Save The Clientele contains an element of hope, and a few more up tempo songs than on their prior releases. My favorite song is Isn’t Life Strange, a bittersweet number that like most of life’s best offerings is over by the time you realize its brilliance. Still, like other Clientele releases, God Save The Clientele is best when listened to in its entirety and not piecemeal. I could write more, but i’d only end up talking about myself.

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Notes::Drive By Truckers in Nashville

Here is a nice little article with Patterson from Drive By Truckers in the Nashville City Paper in anticipation of Friday’s show at the Rites of Spring Festival.

Adventures in Time::Club Kelly’s

Saturday night I went back to the club. It has been a while since I made my way to Club Kelly’s in Nags Head. One has to gear up correctly for the club. Making sure the right state of mind has been achieved becomes top priority. Otherwise, it is all for naught and you might as well have stayed at home. I’m talking about putting on your mental and physical dancing shoes. As we enter inside we were instructed that it would be eight dollars to enter. Our response was to repeat the price as if we had somehow heard it all wrong. The doorman then proudly told us that they had a d.j. from L.A. We then all felt comforted that our money was being well spent. Overtop of his tracks, the d.j. sang and played guitar, bass, trumpet, and blow piano. People were dancing like they were in the city and the ladies were dressed up. Girls were dancing on the poles, and dudes were being hassled for trying to join the ladies. Yes, all of this and our drinks were free because they thought we were part of the private party. So, if you are looking for a good time and you are on the Outer Banks, hit up Club Kelly’s on the 10 1/2 mile post.

Tour News::Drive By Truckers-Let There Be Rock

I got friends in Nashville, or at least they’re folks I know
Nashville is where you go to see if what they said is so

The Drive By Truckers will be playing making an appearance on Friday the 20th, at the Rites of Spring festival at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee. This will be their first show since the departure of Jason Isbell. I know all the fans are anxious to see the newest variation on an old theme with John Neff playing more guitar, more rock and more Cooley. Wolfmother is the final headliner on Friday, and although they are a fine band, I wouldn’t want to go on after the Drive By Truckers light things on fire.

On the player I have added The Living Bubba from the Georgia Theatre in 2004. I love the Dragon Attack intro. It makes it feel like you’re waiting for a superstar wrestler to come on out. Zip City from the same show in 2004 is up as well.

Film::Scott Walker-30 Century Man

30 century man, a new film documenting the career of icon Scott Walker. The film includes interviews with David Bowie, Radiohead, Jarvis Cocker (Pulp), Brian Eno, Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), Marc Almond, Alison Goldfrapp, Sting, Dot Allison, Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), Richard Hawley, Rob Ellis, Johnny Marr, Gavin Friday, Lulu, Peter Olliff, Angela Morley, Ute Lemper, Ed Bicknell, Evan Parker, Benjamin Biolay, Hector Zazou, Mo Foster, Phil Sheppard, Pete Walsh, and more. The American who never bowed to commercial manipulation has long been overlooked in the states, while being the toast and inspiration of many of britain’s rock stars. The film is set for wide release on April 27th in the U.K.

Tour News:: Willie Nelson at the Filmore

Willie Nelson is in the midst of a 5 night stay at the Filmore. The 73 year old is still in fine form, playing around 250 dates a year. He will be appearing at both Coachella on the 29th of April, and the Stagecoach festival on the 5th of May, both in Indio, California. The legend is also in the midst of recording a new album which will include covers of songs by Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, and Randy Newman(see my article last month). Here is a nice article from today’s San Francisco Chronicle:

Tour News:: The Jesus And Mary Chain Add Another

Jim and William Reid have announced another date for the reformed Jesus And Mary Chain they will playing in France at the end of August for Rock en Seine, August 24-26 – JAMC will appear on Sat, Aug 25.

But right around the corner you can see the Mary Chain via their not so secret show at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA on Thursday April 26, followed by their long awaited Coachella appearance on April 27th. If you can’t get to Coachella view all three days at:

Video:: “Far Gone And Out” (Rare third version)

Notes:: New Beach Boys Release From Al, Mike, Bruce and Brian…

Okay, well not actually a “new” new release from The Beach Boys– but it’s yet another compilation from Capitol Records (are they milking it or what?) – it is however compiled by the group – Al Jardine, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, and Brian Wilson. Hopefully Capitol will get the band together for a new LP in the very near future.

Official Capitol Records Press Release:
THE WARMTH OF THE SUN in stores 5/15!!

Compiled By The Beach Boys, New Compilation’s 28 Tracks Complement 2004’s Double Platinum The Very Best Of The Beach Boys: Sounds Of SummerHollywood, California – March 7, 2007 – The Beach Boys and Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing are proud to announce the May 15 release of The Warmth Of The Sun, a new collection of 28 career-spanning tracks, hand-selected and sequenced by The Beach Boys themselves. The Warmth Of The Sun traces the iconic band’s creative arc in a sunup to sundown musical journey that goes beyond the beach, presenting a broad view of the rich musical legacy of America’s band.

The perfect complement and companion to 2004’s double-platinum certified Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys, this new collection delves deeper into The Beach Boys’ musical legacy with hits like “Sail On, Sailor” “The Little Girl I Once Knew” and “Feel Flows.” Within The Warmth Of The Sun’s three decade-spanning tracklist, much of The Beach Boys’ most accomplished work is illuminated. Compiled and sequenced by The Beach Boys’ Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson, The Warmth Of The Sun showcases the broad scope of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ recorded canon.
From the beauty and depth of the title track to the melody and groove of “Break Away,” the journey moves from the surf to the streets, each story narrated with The Beach Boys’ unparalleled trademark harmonies. With its full spectrum of themes and ambiance, The Warmth Of The Sun is a must-have collection for any fan of The Beach Boys’ musical mythos.
For four decades, The Beach Boys, originally comprised of the three Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and Hawthorne, California neighbor Al Jardine, have recorded and performed the music that has become the world’s favorite soundtrack to summer. In 1965, Bruce Johnston joined the band when Brian Wilson retired from touring. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and winners of NARAS’ Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, The Beach Boys are an American institution that is iconic around the world.
In 1961, The Beach Boys began singing about America’s newest craze, surfing. What followed was a wave of hits that vividly expressed the lifestyles, dreams and ambitions of America’s youth. Their signature sound, full of sun-drenched harmonies, golden melodies and descriptive lyrics, delivered a taste of the free and easy California lifestyle to listeners around the world. The music of The Beach Boys brings optimism and a beam of Southern California sun wherever it is played.
Last fall, Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing celebrated the 40th anniversaries of The Beach Boys’ legendary 1966 album Pet Sounds and the band’s #1 smash hit single “Good Vibrations” with commemorative CD, deluxe CD/DVD and limited edition vinyl packages.
More than 100 domestic and international publications and journalists have selected Pet Sounds as one of the greatest albums ever recorded. In 1995, MOJO magazine assembled a panel of leading musicians, songwriters and producers and named Pet Sounds “The Greatest Album Ever Made,” and in 1997, the U.K. music magazine voted “Good Vibrations” “The Greatest Single of All Time.” Pet Sounds was ranked second on Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list (2003), right behind The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Rolling Stone has also awarded Pet Sounds its highest five-star “Classic” rating, and in 2004, the magazine rated “Good Vibrations” sixth in its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” The song has also been inducted into NARAS’ Grammy Hall of Fame.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH will celebrate The Beach Boys’ enduring legacy this year with “Catch a Wave: The Beach Boys, the Early Years,” a new exhibit scheduled to run from June 22 to December 31, 2007. More than any other artistic entity, The Beach Boys created an iconic vision of California as the Promised Land for those who would revel in youth, surf, sand, and rock and roll. This exhibit explores their formative years through never-before seen artifacts and tells the story of the band’s enduring legacy.
For the latest Beach Boys news and tour dates, please visit the band’s official Website:
The Warmth Of The Sun (CD and Digital Album)
1. All Summer Long2. Catch A Wave3. Hawaii4. Little Honda5. 409 6. It’s OK7. You’re So Good To Me8. Then I Kissed Her9. Kiss Me, Baby10. Please Let Me Wonder11. Let Him Run Wild12. The Little Girl I Once Knew13. Wendy14. Disney Girls (1957)15. Forever16. Friends 17. Break Away 18. Why Do Fools Fall In Love19. Surf’s Up20. Feel Flows21. All This Is That22. ‘Til I Die23. Sail On, Sailor24. Cool, Cool Water25. Don’t Go Near The Water26. California Saga (On My Way To Sunny Californ-i-a)27. California Dreamin’28. The Warmth Of The Sun

Notes :: 40 years on The Velvet Underground Back In NYC

The Velvet Underground are by far one of the most influential bands in modern popular music -their music, style and image were ahead of its time. To Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the debut LP “The Velvet Underground And Nico” make it a point to check out the new VU exhibit happening right now in New York City at: John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller April 12 to May 12 – it’s titled “C/O The Velvet Underground”
From the John C McWhinnie official site:

John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is pleased to announce an exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of the release of The Velvet Underground and Nico. The album, perhaps the most famous debut by any band in the history of rock and roll, continues to resonate today with collectors, indie-rockers, aficionados, critics and the culture at large. Its enormous presence, however, has yet to be fully examined in an exhibition. This show attempts to correct that oversight, offering the most comprehensive collection of Velvet Underground memorabilia and artifacts to be seen in New York City. The exhibition tells the story of the album and the Velvet Underground through the historical artifacts of the period. Drawn from public and private collections, it includes rare printed work – posters, books, silk-screens, ads, reviews, and ephemera – as well as albums and photographs.The exhibit reveals the many styles of cultural promotion and engagement that served the Velvets, from their first gigs in New Jersey as a fledgling band to their celebrated collaboration with Andy Warhol. It charts the evolution from garage band to proto-punk, a movement that began with the release of their seminal first album. Rare posters in the show, including a signed poster from the 1966 performance in Provincetown, show how much Warhol influenced their early look. Later graphics show the band grappling with their identity, fusing a detached east coast cool with a slight nod to the psychedelia of the period. The show also reveals how their identities wandered over the latter part of the decade. Broadsides and announcements by other graphic designers, trippy to the point of high hippie, reveal how little control over their image they ultimately had. The look, a fascinating hybrid of art, design and musical cool, will be on display at the gallery.
Never before published or publicly shown photographs of the band by Adam Ritchie, Paul Morrisey and Doug Yule will be exhibited. The accompanying catalogue, C/O The Velvet Underground New York N.Y., features texts by Richard Prince, William Gibson, Jack Womack, Jonathan Richman, Jon Savage, John McWhinnie and Johan Kugelberg. There will be both a limited and deluxe version of the catalogue, each containing original photographs and silkscreen posters.
Highlights of the exhibition:Warhol’s designs for Up-Tight, The Exploding Plastic InevitableThe original artwork for the 1966 Boston Tea Party showThe famous 1966 acetate demo of The Velvet Underground and Nico – an album The London Observer has cited as number one in a list of “50 Albums that Changed Music”Original Lyrics by Lou Reed from 1965Original Warhol screen test film stills and photobooth pictures of band membersJohn McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller50 1/2 East 64th StreetNew York , Ny 10021Phone – (212) 754-5626

Release News:: Cambera Obscura "Tears For Affairs" Single Out April 23

Camera Obscura’s highly successful LP “Let’s Get Out Of This Country” (Elefant/Merge) – It’s the Scottish bands third LP -it continues it’s string of spot-on singles with the release of “Tears for affairs” – out on April 23rd. The band’s European label Elefant writes: “Tracyanne wrote this mysterious and intriguing song inspired by the sleazy atmospheres of David Lynch‘s movies.” The single will be released in two different formats – the 7″ vinyl and CD-Single – each will contain different bonus tracks. The CD single will contain “The last song”, along with a new track “Super Trooper”, which was recorded by Paul Savage (THE DELGADOS). The CD also includes a new video for “Lloyd, I’m ready to be heartbroken”. For your viewing pleasure, please enjoy CO’s new video…nice stuff!

VIDEO :: “Tears For Affairs”

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