Saturday, September 30, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
Other bits and pieces that i've failed to convey in recent times...
The Mose Allison documentary that aired on BBC4 a number of times is broadcast on BBC2 tonight at 11.35pm.
Don't forget that The Come-Ons are on tour in the UK as of next Thursday (Hull). Friday (6th) they'll be in Glasgow. Check their site for further info.
A Voodoo exhibition in Glasgow anybody?
The Word Is Out...
Teenage Fanclub podcast for The Herald in Glasgow as a taster for their Barras show tonight...
The Wildebeests “Annie Get Your Gnu” is on Screaming Apple. Consistently one of the coolest groups perpetrating the big beat, these ‘gnu-sonic’ slices shoot a curl through all the faux scenester bullshit that tends to pass for garage rock about now. Like all good hootch of its type, you can imagine that the originals are some long lost acetates that nobody ever unearthed and thats what sets ‘em apart. Fossilised rocket fuel pressed and ready to give your turntable and cd player a damn good shake. Followed by a rattlin’, rollin’ clip ‘round the lug. File under ruckus.
The connection to Preston Pfanz and the Seaton Sands comes via the very Rev. L. Helsing of the Thanes Parish. His services to 60’s salvation via the fuzz ministry have included members of this Edinburgh based instro-mental combo. Their Big Beat Guitar Party EP is mandatory listening for NBT perusers. These International Connoisseur Recordings infuse those twangin’ shards of yesteryear with a now gusto that will be reverberating around that cranium of yours. These, like The Bambi Molesters, are secret agent sounds from beyond the surf. Not sure about availability but maybe Angus will leave some info in the comments box? I can guarantee that you will indeed dig this… Look out for an appearance at Beat Expo in November.
Related to PP are Les Bof!, a combo with a distinctive Gallic flavour and the houseband of the club of the same name in Edinburgh. The aforementioned Thanes have a show there at Henry’s Cellar Bar in Auld Reekie a week from today (October 6th). This EP on Disques Rogue can be bought at shows and is as authentic as the jacket would suggest. Attention to detail and a deep notion to turn back time have perhaps never been combined to greater effect. The version of “I Can Only Give You Everything” sparkles with effervescent froth - like creamola foam tinkling right up yer neb. Watch this space for details of the next Club Bof!
I'll close this segment with a couple more youtube moments... supplied by Crucifox...
And give it up for Reg Kahoe and his Marimba Queens
Thursday, September 28, 2006
"It’s only two days away, but I think it will be good news for the Dutch NBT-readers: Impolite Garage Fest #4
It’s our fourth annual garage r’n’r soulparty. The only one in The Hague, mind you. Which is a bloody shame, since the city brought us such great sixties beatbands as: The Golden Earrings, The Motions, Shocking Blue & Q65. We try to live up to that spirit!
This year we got: The Miracle Man (great beatgroup from Klazienaveen), Sonic Litter (The Hague's kings of the garageparty), The Peptones (garageR’n’R from The Hague with special guest Eric Geevers, of the legendary Ace-Tones, on his vox continental) & The Low Point Drains (from Rotterdam, who will use the occasion to present their new single on Slovenly Records!) . All night long some of the coolest dj's will be spinning their grooviest 45's!!!
Thanks a lot,
Bram Haasdijk (Impolite Records, The Peptones) "
The Monks tickets are now on sale for the DWC show on Friday 19th October. These are available from We Got Tickets and are £26. The band will also play in Germany so check the PLAY LOUD site for details of screenings of the documentary and live dates there. The film will receive its UK premiere at the Leeds International Film Festival where it'll be screened on Novembers 4th and 6th.
Looking for some background music to accompany your browsing of all this? Then enlist the company of RADIO SPANGLES. You could also nip over to their myspace department and stream "Gangland" and other songs while we await a release date for their second album. That's if your computer can handle it. This one can't.
These here photos were provided by Mr Tony Thewlis. They depict the adventures of Messrs Loney and Wilson with their respective Longshots and Groovin' Flames in Spain recently... history was made and much action was shaken, nae doubt!
There I was, innocently checking out Swedesplease as I do daily when I clocked a mention of Hello Saferide UK shows. There will be three London gigs in November and I am at this very minute trying to figure out how the heck I can catch at least one of 'em...
That's it for this instalment, now to see if it posts...
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Please join SUSQUEHANNA INDUSTRIAL TOOL & DIE CO. on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH as we explore the legend of OTTO’S SHRUNKEN HEAD in a stimulating and informative discourse. Secrets will be revealed, myths will be debunked and fact will be separated from fiction –- all with help from noted expert THE BABY MARIA. Truly a must for the serious scholar. Thursday, September 28th / And the last Thursday of EVERY month! / Otto’s Shrunken Head / www.OttosShrunkenHead.com / 538 East 14th Street (just west of Avenue B), East Village / Two shows, from 8:00 sharp until 10:00 / No cover! /
Prof. Michael McMahon
Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co.
"Ballads, Boogies & Blues" www.SITandDieCo.com
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
One positive aspect of this week was the news from Bigor that the great Dusan Hedl of hot beat combo CZD has become the director of Radio Student in Ljubljana. If you haven’t tuned into this fine station then you should. Link in the sidebar. I’m listening to it right bloomin’ now!
The myspace jitters continue, everything I try to do to prevent continual (r)ejection turns into the aforementioned brown stuff. Such is my existence in recent times and there’s little sense of things changing. I’m less able to suffer blowhards and general nonsense than ever. Had I any gumption or balls then I’d get the fuck outta dodge but even that’s not a realistic notion. Leastways, not just yet. Even been thinking about going back to “school” to see if that would give me a handle on this disenfranchised state. That strikes me as somewhat drastic but sometimes needs must and all that. Down most certainly, on the ropes even - but going down kicking, screaming and biting though not necessarily in that order. I HATE the blowhards, and smartarses that are out to further their own aims at the expense of others that are encountered on a (week) daily basis. These idiots are the reason that the entire western world is languishing in the dumper. Is it too late to eradicate them? I’m feeling like it is lately. Also, been considering the production of a most probably blasphemous performance art beastie that sprang into my noggin lately. Sometimes that seems like the most interesting prospect in sticking one’s heid above the parapet. Time to soothe these demons by playing some instrumental moozic at unspeakably high volume methinks. Reportage in due course.
GIRL TROUBLE HOSTS ALL-AGES TACOMA PUNK SHOW
Saturday, September 23, 2006
BMX Bandits have a show at Oran Mor in Glasgow on Monday (25th). It's part of something called Going Underground and you can fnd info about that via the Bandits site. They'll be on at approx. 10.15pm. I just got bombed out of myspace 5 times trying to access a link...
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Synopsis: In 1966, an all-girl garage rock band is on tour. Their van breaks down in a small southern beach town at the same time as a huge mass of mysterious debris washes ashore. Mangled bodies start showing up on the beach. Could it be the Skunk Ape, the Everglades' Bigfoot?
The film looks like compulsory viewing for all fans of horror B movies and teen exploitation trash if the synposis is anything to go by. More information, including video clips, details of cast members and reviews, is available on the Stomp! Shout! Scream! website.
...dig all things past, present and future when you clicks NEWS on the top menu bar at http://www.nortonrecords.com... and just up for you kiddios... www.myspace.com/nortonrecords
HI-OCTANE NORTON REVIEWS ON THE STAND NOW!
• ROLLING STONE (Sept. 21) David Fricke picks THEE MIDNITERS- IN THEE MIDNITE HOUR!!! (Norton 315) as one of his favorite releases, dubbing the group "classic garage rock in sharkskin' and declaring their live 1964 Land Of A Thousand Dances "...true east L.A. anthropology..."
• MOJO (October) Sylvie Simmons spills on the top secret MARY WEISS sessions underway now. Dig a boss snap of Mary with her producers Billy Miller (a/k/a Shadow NORTON) and Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound)! We're sworn to silence, psst... but I guess it's safe to declare Mary the best singer in the whole wide world and to blab that this shebang sounds fantabulous!! March release, kiddios!
NEW RELEASES DUE OCTOBER 10 • SEVEN INCH MAYHEM • SIX PACK TO GO!
Dig this posh package (interview notes w/Johnny Echols!) of surly unknown bad mood anthem plus early pre-Elektra version flip! THis black wax version will be available at Norton! Super limited color vinyl version still available exclusively at www.thelovesociety.com
• THE ALARM CLOCKS Marie/Gloria (45-129) Yeah! Cleveland’s wildest rock n’
roll no-counts are back with their first record since 1966-- two snarly fuzz-fledged originals that defy all odds! A-side is from upcoming album THE TIME HAS COME, B-side unavailable any place else!
• FIGURES OF LIGHT It’s Lame/I Jes Wanna Go To Bed (45-130) First time re-ish of totally unknown supa-rare 100-press local NJ teen snot home dub dud blows the doors off the garage and into the viaduct with this pair of total thud get-lost anthems! Essential! Sadistic? Natch!
• THE SONICS Busy Body/The Witch (45-133) Brutal unissued live recording
burners from Nov. ‘64 Tacoma Sports Arena battle of the bands blast! Dig this tease from scorchin’ upcoming live Sonics full-length-- clear a path!
• BUNKER HILL Hide & Go Seek Pt. 1/Hide & Go Seek Pt. 2 (45-134) Killer ‘62 noggin smashin’ 2-part whomp from poundin’ DC area pugilist turned R&B shouter backed by Link Wray & the Ray Men! Neither side is on Missing Links sets!
• THE JADES Surfin’ Crow/Blue Black Hair/Little Marlene/Shake Baby Shake
(EP-135) Two-pair 1964 Minneapolis double shotters hit hep hi-fis by popular demand! Wailin’ Trashmen style tempo-tramplin’ wild ones-- The Bird is the word but you’ll have it made with the Jades!
COMING IN NOV! TWO FRANTIC FOOTLONGS (PLUS ONE POCKET ROCKET!)
• THE ALARM CLOCKS – THE TIME HAS COME (CD/LP 321) Unreal NEW recordings – that’s right – gotta hear this to believe it! Fourteen flipped hits including a dozen tough originals inked by Mike Pierce, the genius behind the immortal No Reason To Complain! Dig It’s About Time/More Money/Don’t Get Left Behind and a snot filled Like A Rolling Stone and more! Recorded in true Nortofonic sound in Freddy Fortune’s basement studio. You wanna hear a sixties band actually come back from the grave? Yeah!! Wake up to the Alarm Clocks! NOW!!! 'Twill be available on footlong LP and also handy CD pocket rocket!
• THE BIG ITCH VOLUME 8 (Mr. Manicotti 347) Just when you thought it was safe to go near the speakers – the Loyal Order of the Howlin’ Banana convenes once again! Spend some quality time with Radioactive Flip Flop/Hairy Lumpty Bump/Time Machine/Zoola Zooky and many mo’! Can your heart and stomach stand it?!
NORTONVILLE • NEIGHBORHOOD • NEWS
• GO GO GO LITTLE QUEENIE! Rambunctious Norton canine Little Queenie is doing well after being hospitalized Friday! Successful midnite emergency surgery went well and she should be barking out orders here at HQ very soon.
• SUN. SEPT. 17 ATLANTIC ANTIC ROCK & SOUL SHOW (Brooklyn NY) Free annual daytime show features a bandstand set up in the street outside Magnetic Field!
Non-stop shows start at 11 AM ! Check out (in order of appearance) Boss Tweed, the Coydogs, the Fabulous Soul Shakers, the Dansettes, the Reigning Sound, and the Fleshtones! Plus, party inside the club afterwards! Magnetic Field, 97 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY (www.magneticbrooklyn.com)
• SAT. SEPT. 23 ALLENTOWN 45 RECORD FAIR That’s the night/day/weekend to howl! 45s and 78s only! Swing by the Norton/Telstar stockade, load up and help Billy and Todd offset their spending on rare records they probably already have! Free earplugs to first 45 customers. See you bright and early at Merchant's Hall on Vultee Street in scenic Allentown, PA.
• SAT. SEPT. 23 LYRES AT DING DONG LOUNGE (NYC) Local lads Chandler and the Chasers join Boston's most-excellent Lyres for an Uptown showdown at the Ding Dong Lounge, conveniently located at 929 Columbus Avenue, NY NY 10025 (212) 663-2600. www.dingdonglounge.com
• WED. OCT. 11 NORTON ALL-STAR REVUE! ANDRE WILLIAMS/A-BONES/GREAT GAYLORD AT UNION POOL (Brooklyn, NY) Join in a star studded night at Union Pool as the Norton All-Star Revue prepares to vacate the state for sunny Valencia, Spain!
Special guests, the sensational and legendary ANDRE "MR. RHYTHM" WILLIAMS and local fan fave THE GREAT GAYLORD (a/k/a THE SULTAN OF SQUAT) join THE A-BONES in making a farewell ruckus- A-Bones back the stars, too! ID required- seventeen and a half is still jailbait, people! 9 PM- Midnite at Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Williamsburg Brooklyn. See ya there!
• SAT. OCT. 14 NORTON ALL-STAR REVUE ATTACKS ESPANA! Help! Murder! Policia!
One night only…and only in Spain! Star-studded all night Valencia romp n’
stomp boasts Norton legends Andre Williams, the A-Bones and the Great Gaylord!
This is a soopah exclusive and extremely greasy engagement-- one mad, mad night in Europa and then jet propelled back to Stateside hubs in Joliet, Brooklyn, and Jersey City, USA before they knew what clobbered ‘em! Whatta way to say OLE!
Pre-show ravin’ rev-up bash on Friday the 13th celebrates the Norton label’s big 20th Anniversary with a record hop blasteroo to end all record hop blasteroos with Miriam and Billy blastin’ spinnables all nite long at the usual maximum voloom at 45 RPM! Book ya tix! Dig all the details at: http://www.funtasticdraculacarnival.com
• FRI. NOV. 3- SUNDAY NOV. 5 WFMU RECORD FAIR Dig all the new Norton
releases and much more! Supreme holiday stock up event! It don’t get bigger than this, friends! Start ya engines-- forty-seven days and countin'! Metropolitan Center, NYC Info at: http://www.wfmu.org
• THURS. NOV. 9 NORTON RECORDS 20TH ANNIVERSARY RADIO SHOW! Dave the Spazz hosts a live broadcast featuring THE REAL KIDS at WFMU with the Norton crew on tap with special guests and tons of call ins! Join the party as it happens with the miracle of the worldwide internet! Tune in manually on your Motorola at
91.1 FM or krank ya keyboard over to http://www.wfmu.org on Nov. 20 from 8-11 PM EST!
• FRI. NOV. 10 REAL KIDS AT MAGNETIC FIELD! One night only! Welcome John Felice and the Real Kids at this rare appearance in New York City! It's the anniversary of the invention of the phonograph people- dig the fact that the Real Kids are the only Norton combo to have releases on all available phonograph
dimensions-- seven inch, twelve inch, and most recently, their earliest material on, what else, ten inch! All hail the Real Kids! Magnetic Field, 97 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY (www.magneticbrooklyn.com)
• May 16-20th 2007 ROCKIN' FIFTIES FEST III This is three seasons away, but we thought we'd mention it now and often 'cause this is gonna be a week to remember, with just about every rockin' artist on tap in one place- the rockin'
Oneida Casino in exciting Green Bay, Wisconsin! You have plenty of time to find tix, plan a honeymoon, buy a car, and saddle up for some quality time with Little Richard, Jack Scott, the Five Keys, Marvin Rainwater, the Collins Kids, Wanda Jackson, Dale Hawkins, Johnny Powers ... oh man, just check out the cavalcade of stars at:
...see you there!
NEW! Check out Norton Records at www.myspace.com/nortonrecords
and always click the news link at http://www.nortonrecords.com
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Thursday, October: 5th: Hull -The Lamp
Friday, October 6th: Glasgow -Barfly
(Part of Funhouse Club night - Band onstage approx. midnight allegedly)
Saturday, October 7th: Coventry -Colosseum
Sunday, October 8th: Liverpool - Korova
Monday, October 9th: London -93 feet east
Tuesday, October 10th: Amiens -Lune des Pirates
Wednesday, October 11th: Kortrijk -The Pit's
Thursday, October 12th: Groningen -Vera (woo-hoo!)
Friday, October 13th: Venlo -The Perron
Saturday, October 14th: Amsterdam -Paradiso
Sunday, October 15th: Koln -Sonic Ballroom
Monday, October 16th: Karlsruhe
Tuesday, October 17th: Strasbourg
Wednesday, October 18th: Winterthur -Gaswerk
Thursday, October 19th: Chambery -Cite des Arts
Friday, October 20th: Marseille -Le Poste a Galene
Saturday, October 21st: Lyon -Rail Theatre
As a valued contributor to and/or friend of the site, I am hoping that you might help us to get the word out about the anniversary by placing a story or a news item somewhere in the media, on- or offline.
RBP continues to be a labour of great love and dedication, and we need all the help we can get.
Below is a press release with additional information and tributes to the site from both great and good.
For those without subscriptions to RBP, I hereby extend the following courtesy username and password.
Take a free tour on us at any time before the end of September 2006!
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ONLINE ROCK JOURNALISM LIBRARY CELEBRATES FIFTH BIRTHDAY BY ADDING 10,000th ARTICLE!
Online rock journalism library Rock's Backpages at www.rocksbackpages.com has just uploaded its 10,000th article. This makes it by far the largest database of rock journalism online.
Rock's Backpages has just been voted one of the Best 25 Music Sites by the Observer Music Monthly, who call it "a cultural resource for students, a tool for journalists, and a great way of whiling away a wet afternoon", and one of the Best 40 Music Sites by The Daily Telegraph, who invite their readers to ""marvel at the pre-PR days when writers could hang out with Keiths Moon and Richards…"
Launched five years ago, Rock's Backpages features interviews with and reviews of thousands of artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top, covering Rock, Pop, Soul, Alternative, R&B, Folk, Dance, Blues and Jazz. It was co-founded five years ago by author and former Mojo US editor Barney Hoskyns. Rock's Backpages features the work of many of the world's best-known music journalists past and present, including Lester Bangs, Lenny Kaye, Carol Cooper, Dave Marsh, Ben Fong-Torres, Charlie Gillett, Penny Valentine, Robert Greenfield, Jon Savage, Richard Williams Charles Shaar Murray and Simon Reynolds. The archive is fully searchable by artist, genre, writer or keyword (allowing search by album or single title, date etc). Articles can be used for academic research, journalistic background or just browsed for fun.
Rock's Backpages also features a growing library of audio interviews for podcast, including classic conversations with Morrissey, Little Richard, Joni Mitchell, Johnny Cash and Tom Waits.
Subscribers to the site include the BBC, the Experience Music Project and universities such as NYU, Penn State, UCLA, Wesleyan and Berklee College of Music in the USA and the Universities of Central England, Leeds, Liverpool John Moores and Gloucester in the UK.
"There is nothing out there that is even remotely like it for exploring the past 40 years of rock music history or the culture that rock music helped to shape," says ALEXANDER STREET PRESS. "Be cool. Subscribe."
"As comprehensive as a Google search, but with less insane liars." LAUREN LAVERNE
"There's no finer website for the Archivalist Snob than Rock's Backpages." SNOBSITE.COM
"Rock's Backpages is as important to my research in writing my books as Graham Greene."ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM
"Rock's Backpages is an invaluable tool to remind me of what was really was going on in the '60s and '70s when I started out in this wonderful business." DAVID ENTHOVEN
As well as offering visual access to its content, Rock's Backpages also provides a range of business services, from syndication to editorial development. Its Rock Magazine Archive is an indispensable tool for both media and academia. Books produced by Rock's Backpages include The Sound and the Fury: A Rock's Backpages Reader (Bloomsbury) and Into the Void: Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath (Omnibus). Says Hoskyns, "Before we set up this site, journalists, researchers and music fans had to trawl through hundreds of different sites to find the information they needed. Now they can find them all on Rock's Backpages with just a few keystrokes. It's also made it easier for publishers and website owners that want to find and use great music content to do so." For more information, contact
The fabulous HOODOO GIRL have upcoming shows at:
September 20th Romer, Bremen
September 21st Drei Königskeller, Frankfurt a. Main
September 29th White Trash, Berlin
September 30th Hedi / Landungsbrücken, Hamburg
You can check out their wares via their MYSPACE site,
what's not to dig?
Friday, September 15, 2006
Now here's a nice surprise. A new, professionally printed, music magazine that deals exclusively with vintage powerpop, glam and the pop-end of punk-rock. Features on Milk 'n' Cookies, Nikki & the Corvettes and lesser knowns like Justin Love, The Cold and The Wind, reviews of original LP and 45 releases only (no re-issues), all done in a style that is very reminiscent of Bomp magazine. Nice clean lay-out thankfully lackin' all the flames 'n dice shit we've been showered with for the past ten years. It's actually great to read about bands like the Revelons or the Zippers and pull their records from the shelves after all those years, and I'd happily subscribe to this for the next century if it was possible.
This magazine is one that really deserves your support. Check the website here or Myspace page here.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Dead Flowers presents:
THE THIRD ANNUAL ATLANTIC ANTIC ROCK'N'SOUL FEST!
The Fleshtones / Reigning Sound / The Dansettes / The Fabulous Soul Shakers. Plus: More bands and DJs TBA, and a killer after-party inside Magnetic Field!
Sunday, September 17th, 2006
11:00 AM - Magnetic Field, 97 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201,US -
(between Henry & Hicks Sts.)
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Lenny Kaye on CBGB's, etc.
DKT/MC5 shows elsewhere in the UK around the time of their holiday camp shindig
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
One of my very favourite combos on this earth has two shows coming in their native Pacific Northwest... GIRL TROUBLE.
Their myspace site keeps crashing my 'puter but maybe you'll have a little more luck in that department. Anyway, don't miss them if you're in the vicinity of Tacoma or Bellingham.
Look out for the king of night train...
Hoxton Bar and Grill, 2 Hoxton Square, London
Phone Bookings: 0044 870 243 4455£7 LiveNation.co.uk
The bush telegraph is buzzing with the info that IFB will appear at
Jamm, 261 Brixton Road London SW9 6LH as part of the How Does It Feel comp launch for "The Kids At The Club".
Rough Trade Shop @ 2.00pm, 16 Neals Yard, Covent Garden, London. SE1 7AX Read more
End of the Road Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset/Wiltshire, England
Phone Bookings: 0044 871 230 2605 ticketmaster.co.uk£95 (for 3 days, includes camping)
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Photos courtesy of Dean J Barr (Gary's nephew)
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Paris-Paris is the name of the club and Paris is ... Paris.
Chris Wilson & his Groovin’ Flames were in town for two private shows and was told by a member of the group that PP was the better place, so I asked Marijo, Chris’ ex wife, to put my name on the guest list. She kindly put “Patrick + 1”.
The Flamin’ Groovies are family favourites at home. My wife and I had the chance to see them in 1976 and 1978, but my son Jonathan didn’t – so he was the “+ 1”. I also saw a group called “Flamin’ Groovies” in 1990 : Cyril Jordan and George Alexander were great but their FM rock singer didn’t fit.
Joe Presedo, Tony Thewlis, Rob Coyne, Yan Quellien (ex-Scientists, Barracudas, Silver Chapter), accompanying only one ex Groovie – our man Chris Wilson - is the closest to the Flamin’ Groovies mark 2 you could figure and Mr Bassman really helped.
Cool venue, reminded me of the Magnetic Field in New York : good music before the show, giant screen playing an old movie ... The audience was composed mainly of rock critics and members of groups – probably including (for the older ones) the whole bunch of people who bought the 50 copies of “the Groovies’ Still shakin’”sold in France at the time (at the time the album was reported to have been bought by rock critics only : all the reviews were positive but the public didn’t buy it).
With your eyes closed or only focused on the still groovin’, enthusiastic and mesmerising Chris Wilson, you could imagine yourself back in the 70’s – not that “it was better before” kinda crap, just that it recalled the emotion of magic moments stuck in your mind (like when I saw the Stooges 2 years ago, I know that Mr. Martin Percival exactly knows what I mean). The set was composed of some highlights of the Sire 1976-79 trilogy “Shake Some Action / Now / Jumpin’ In The Night” and some older favourites : “Slow Death”, “Let Me Rock”, “Teenage Head” and “When I Heard Your Name”. Nothing more to say...
The Groovin’ Flames are currently touring France and will be back in Paris on October 6. They’re also scheduled to perform on Friday, September 22 at the Popxiriapop Festival in Carballo, Spain and Roy Loney & the Longshots will also be performing the day after on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at the festival. Could a special event be in the works??
Some Groovin' video on YouTube... Chris’ myspace page
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
And, lo, it came to pass that a great plague of fake-assed rock'n'roll covered the city of Londinium, and all of the little iPod-hugging kidlets did tremble with anticipation in their overpriced Ramones tees, at the thought that all they would have to listen to for the rest of their lives was Coldhay, Pete Dickherty and Stink records, while being fed piffle-rags such as the eNeMEy, Moho, and Kerplunk! Righteous vinyl spinners BigKegShandy and TeenSlain, having had more fun than most, did consider the situation (at the bar), and decide that it be time to call last orders at the venerable institution known to all and sundry as Sonic Reducer. In addition, it be true that BigKegShandy and the lovely Mizz Nadia be relocating to Bath at the end of September, to avoid Londinium's bumper crop of art-rocking nincompoops, cokehead yuppies, drinkers of overpriced (and rotten) coffee, fizzy lager afficionados, Primal Scream fans, and other modern ills. To this end, BigKegShandy and TeenSlain would like to invite you & yours to the final Sonic Reducer club night, at the Spitz on Saturday September 16th. They're set to be joined, on the decks, by all-round good egg Ben Olins (Stag-O-Lee/The Hideout), for one last bop'n'stroll (inna Chuck Willis stylee). But fear not, those of strong hearts and clear(ish) minds, for the Sonic Reducer Tag Team will liveth on, populating only the finest rock'n'roll events that Londinium has to offer, including DJing at forthcoming 'gigs' by:
* Radio Birdman / Chris Wilson & His Famous Groovin' Flames
* You Am I
* The New York Dolls
* The Stripchords / The Creepy Morons / Honkeyfinger
Sonic Reducer would like to thank all of their wonderful patrons, guest DJs and hosts over the years, apart from Gerry O'Boyle (ask him why). See you at the bar, for one last time!
Sonic Reducer @ The Spitz (gallery space), September 16th, Spitalfields Market, Londinium E1
8.30pm-1am, FREE ENTRY. Tube: Liverpool Street Info: http://www.spitz.co.uk/"
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
Only just got word of the passing of Joseph Hill, lead singer in reggae trio Culture.
Two Sevens Clash, the band's debut album, is one of my all time favorite records. The well worn copy that I've had for nearly three decades is a perennial stand-by.
The tunes, the lyrics and the vocal inter-play coupled with Joe Gibbs' amazing production job makes this one of the most spiritually uplifting records ever. Even with it's message of impending doom. I've seen the band live several times, and even tho' they were always deliverin' the goods, a 1986 (or thereabouts) show here in Utrecht really stands out in my memory, with the band performing a stellar set of goose bumps inducing proportions.
Culture have released many records over the years, and all have at least some merit, but nothing tops Hill's vision on Two Sevens Clash, and it's sad to learn that we will never be able to hear him sing those songs in person again.
Obit in the Guardian and some Youtube links (1) (2) (3)
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Today, I went to see “An Inconvenient Truth”, which essentially conveys that if we don’t start rowing in the opposite direction to the way we're headed then, to use an expression Al Gore's missus won't like, we're fucked. It’s quite a powerful considering that it’s based on a lecture and powerpoint presentation. Al (Mr Tipper) is the man who wants us all to sit up and take stock. Don’t let his wife’s PMRC shenanigans make you lose sight of this. He comes over as sincere and driven to try and save the planet. Both this and the Lucero film are about taking a message to people a piece at a time. Town by town, person by person if need be. It’s not clear from AUT how people attend these lectures, do they BUY tickets like going to a concert? Is it in an academic context? But anyway, “Truth” is out here on September 15th. Try and catch it at an independent cinema rather than a multiplex. As an ardent recycler and hater of waste in any shape or form, I don’t have a lot of faith in much of my fellow denizens but they should feel free to do whatever it takes to prove me wrong.
The redux version of the Naudet Brothers 9/11 footage that aired on Channel 4 last night was an incredible piece and rightly disturbing. It hardly seems like five years since all that and it still doesn’t seem real when you see it. That line in the sand, the erosion of rights right, left and straight down the central reservation. Probably just as well we can’t see where it’s all headed but you just know it ain’t anywhere upbeat.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
The set-up is like this: first, I forgot how bad it was last time. Second, "hey, free tickets. And you know, I really should keep up with what's happenin' more often and the line-up ain't too bad...".
But only a few minutes after arrivin' it's obvious once again: drinkin' beer in a field of mud just ain't my thing. Especially not with three stages close enough together so there's no way one can listen to just one band.
We're talkin' a local festival here with no signs of crusty and/or metal acts, nope just you're average well-meaning, late 20s/early 30s crowd, slightly arty, you know the type, nothing wrong with that. So what made grandad grumpy once again?
Well, for starters, If you didn't want to stand in line for an hour or longer, the only food option was fries 'n burgers of the worst pre-processed kind. Then, of course, there was the pretentious prog-rock, sorry, "indie" band from Belgium.
But what really did it for me was walkin' into this tent where two guys had set up their laptops on stage and switched on some generic beat, which is bad enough in itself, but when a girl jumps on stage yelling something along the line of "Hi there party people! Do you wanna dance?" I'm off... Fuck that shit! I ain't no party people! And I certainly don't wanna be addressed that way. Plus, any audience that willingly pays money to see some dork switch on his computer and does little else than stand around and look funny for over an hour, is beyond salvation. Did I mention the marketstalls with their overpriced artcraft and massage offers?
Heck, I think I need to lie down for a while before this vision of "Woodstock+Camdenmarket=the future" takes hold of my brain. Please say it ain't so...
The Knuckleheads are a high octane Croation garage-soul amalgam with a rough-arsed charm that just doesn’t quit. Not unlike The Fleshtones rassling with the J.Geils Band. Listen to their "Soul Flame" and "Yes To All" recordings and you’d swear they were from the Motor City. Check them out for yourself if you reckon I’m joshing.
Thanks! - James and Sarah