Ian Hunter : He never abandoned us. We skipped out on him….And he was still making great records

​https://open.spotify.com/track/0wxaQwtEbApq8LSgClekBu

Lead singer of Mott the Hoople,solid solo career. Rock & Roll Good Guy.He’s still doing it. This record album is good classic English Rock and Roll. He’s still writing good songs. You’ll find good stuff on all his records. 

That’s the one cool thing about streaming services.  You can stream an entire catalogue …listen to the stuff he’s been putting out while his career,explore three stuff that he’s releasing, now in the golden years,or reexamine the hit years.  I think the new stuff holds up .He’s sings in a very melodic voice  with that great gravel ,ala Rod Stewart, voice that hasn’t changed over the years, maybe it’s more emotional, mature. He still had those 4 chord rockers, I don’t always like them. But, they would work in the 70s.

His slow stuff is often fantastic, effective, sad, simple. 

It’s old school rock. Nothing fancy. No one is a virtuoso. The job gets done. 

He should write something for the Stones.

I know guys in Texas,Scotland, that would love it. He has very loyal fans over in England.Moody of the his who worshipped at the altar

Marching Church -New #PostPunk, #PostRock. Band of the year?

I have a new obsession. It’s a band. It’s a very good fucking band. You may have been turned off by the dreary debut. But, if you were paying attention, you heard some signs that this band was more than just a jumble of confused goth/pumk/Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds devotees.shit. There were a couple songs that were undeniably great…

 

I wondered if the next album would follow the path of dirges and goth brooding, or focus on really good tunes , like the ones I’ve linked to. Turns out, they decided to make an entire album of songs that appeal to our demented vision of pop perfection. This aint no Lady Gaga. This ain’t no Greenday. This is something entirely different. Some weird mix of Iggy , Ian Curtis, Nick Cave, Peter Murphy (bauhaus) and the king of twisted pop perfection, David Bowie. Goth, soul, punk, drunken chaos, and dark beauty….as well as some genuine horror (particularly “Your Father’s Eyes, from the debut)….It’s all here. And it’s fucking magnificent.

Check out Achilles Heel  , a song I’ve replayed a dozen times today. Something about it. . These guys aren’t the Ramones.It sounds like chaos. But, there’s some really great musicianship coming out of these young people, who didn’t know how to play when they started. They’re like some weird free jazz goth amalgamation of everything Beyoncé fans probably hate about us weirdo rock and rollers. If you want to hear a perfect pop song that sounds like no other pop song out there, try this one

This new record is far more accessible .(the debut was, to put it lightly, “challenging:) It may be my album of the year. I was lucky enough to get one of 200 vinyl  special edition copies, sealed in wax and numbered. Pretty cool.

 

Check out their latest weird, funky(?) video , Lion’s Den   and , if that doesn’t hook ya, get the fuck outta here.

 

BTW, you can find me ranting about some crazy shit or another @Damian_Mann on Twitter

 

 

check out the iceage documentary here. (needs English subtitles.)

Artist Biography by Heather Phares

Inspired by artists as diverse and commanding as James Brown, David Bowie, and David Maranha, Marching Church is the brainchild of Iceage’s Elias Bender Rønnenfelt. He started the project in 2010 but began working on it in earnest in late 2013, a few months before a scheduled show with Pharmakon. Rønnenfelt recruited collaborators including Lower’s Kristian Emdal and Anton Rothstein, Hand of Dust’s Bo Høyer Hansen, Puce Mary’s Frederikke Hoffmeier and Choir of Young Believers’ Sonja La Bianca, all of whom helped him flesh out his ideas via freewheeling improvisation. The results were 2015’s debut album, This World Is Not Enough, which was released via Posh Isolation and Sacred Bones. The chemistry Rønnenfelt had with these players was so strong that Marching Church became a full-fledged band, with Emdal, Rothstein, and Hansen joined the permanent lineup along with Iceage’s Johan S. Weith and trumpet player Jakob Emil Lamdahl. Puce Mary, CTM and Nils Gröndahl joined the group for 2016’s Coming Down: Sessions in April, a 21-minute free jazz excursion taken from a two-hour improv session. That October, the band’s slightly more unified second album Telling It Like It Is appeared and featured contributions from La Bianca as well as members of the Stargaze Orchestra.

Coachella is dead. Long live Coachella

I think the is year may be the worst lineup in an already declining in quality festival, based on past year’s boring line – up.
Its there any way to save Coachella?
We don’t need Coachella. There are great festivals happening all over the country, and you don’t have to go to the fucking desert to see them.
So,  this summer is filed with possibly better smaller and large festivals with better lineups. Some of the festivals are specific, for punk farms, or EDM fans. You can go and hear the music you Luke specifically.
Coachella is a mish mosh of too much of everything. There’s no coherence at all.

You have to sit through 12 bands that suck to hear the one you came to see.  Why bother?
I’ll wait to see Courtney Barnett on tour. I don’t need to see her in the blazing sun at 3 in the afternoon, or whenever they have her scheduled.

I don’t care to see DJs at a concert either. That, too me, is an insult, even to the shitty bands that actually write songs and play musical instruments.

So, as far as I’m concerned, these giant festivals are more of a pain in the ass than an enjoyable experience.

Check out Howlin’ at the Moon by Concord America

https://play.google.com/music/m/T5h5hhepjzv4adublnaf5zzzv4e?t=Howlin_at_the_Moon_-_Concord_America

Available onGoogle play music app or Spotify

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I’m gonna turn you on to some great garage punk chaos over the next few weeks.
We’re starting out with a brutal bash of noisy goodness by Concord America.  Never heard of them?  Me neither… Until last night.
And, man, they’re good.
Scuzzy, dirty, fucking rock and roll. Almost every cut on this record is  great. Stream it on Google play or Spotify.

How can I experience SXSW without actually going? | 89.3 KPCC

http://www.scpr.org/news/2015/03/14/50364/the-good-listener-how-can-i-experience-sxsw-withou/

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside laminates containing SXSW’s most coveted VIP party passes, all of which are set to arrive the day after we leave for Austin, is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on SXSW envy

Check out No Anthems by Sleater-Kinney

https://play.google.com/music/m/Tnw36dmx53oa3zcttx7vaxjrjrq

This album is getting a lot of critical acclaim. I guarantee this is not the record you’d find on their turntable if you snuck in. There are great songs on it. I’ve always found them hard to listen to. The vocals are pretty horrible. There, I said it
I prefer someone like P.J. Harvey. She can challenge your ears too. But, her songs, for the most part, are listenable. They have similar voices. Miss Harvey has a better band, I guess.