Sunday, November 12, 2023
boygenius on Saturday Night Live (feat Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus & Julien Baker): "Not Strong Enough" & "Satanist"
Saturday, November 4, 2023
Ireland's Fontaines D.C. just finished a U.S. tour opening up for Arctic Monkeys.
Pleasantly surprised to see they added Chilli Jesson, formerly of Palma Violets, on bass to their touring band (he also provides vocals).
The band stopped by KCRW and played a few songs:
Fontaines D.C. lead singer Grian Chatten also released a mellow solo album this year that we considered one of the year's best releases.
Grian solo doing "Fairlies" on Later...With Jools Holland:
Thursday, November 2, 2023
Lift Us Up Where We Belong: Buffy Sainte-Marie Revealed as a Deep Fake. She's Italian, Not Cree, As She Long Claimed
We were shocked to find out that Buffy Sainte-Marie, one of the most beloved Native American artists of our time, actually has no indigenous heritage whatsoever. Her father was the son of Italian immigrants and her mother English. She claimed she was born on a Cree reservation in Canada and raised by a white couple in Massachusetts who adopted her. In fact, they were her birth parents.
One activist called her a "Pretendian" - a Pretend Indian.
Here's her birth certificate, showing she was born in Massachusetts, not Canada:
From the New York Times:New York Times: Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Indigenous Parentage Is Questioned
He fights with missiles and with spears
He's all of 31 and he's only 17
Been a soldier for a thousand years
A Buddhist, and a Baptist, and a Jew
And he knows he shouldn't kill
And he knows he always will
Kill you for me, my friend, and me for you
He's fighting for France
He's fighting for the U.S.A
And he's fighting for the Russians
And he's fighting for Japan
And he thinks we'll put an end to war this way
He's fighting for the Reds
He says it's for the peace of all
He's the one who must decide
Who's to live and who's to die
And he never sees the writing on the wall
How would Hitler have condemned them at Dachau?
Without him Caesar would have stood alone
He's the one who gives his body as a weapon of the war
And without him all this killing can't go on
His orders come from far away no more
They come from here and there and you and me
And brothers, can't you see?
This is not the way we put the end to war
Acting chief of Piapot calls for DNA test
Saturday, October 28, 2023
BEST DOZEN ALBUMS (OR SO) OF 2023
HONORABLE MENTION: TOP ALBUMS OF 2023
Baaba Maal. Being. Africa's finest.
boygenius. the record and The Rest EP. Supergroup featuring Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus & Julien Baker.
Brittany Howard. "What Now".
Don Letts. "Out of Sync". Black British OG, friends with Bob Marley & Joe Strummer, member of B.A.D. with Mick Jones, shot many of The Clash videos. Got a song to sing. From his debut album.
Dropkick Murphys. "Gotta Get To Peekskill" (feat. Violent Femmes). Archival lyrics by Woody Guthrie about a 1949 confrontation with the KKK in Peekskill, New York. An earlier concert by activist Paul Robeson was disrupted by the local KKK, veterans, and American Legion "patriots". Leftists rallied to protect a second concert, but were menaced by a crazed right-wing mob who attacked concert-goers as they left. They threw rocks at a car that held Guthrie, Pete Seeger, his wife Toshi, and their young children. Woody wrote a song about it. Pete used some of the rocks thrown at them to build his new fireplace.
boygenius on Saturday Night Live
boygenius (Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker) "The Parting Glass"
The Breeders (feat J Mascis). "Divine Mascis". Version of "Divine Hammer" from Last Splash. Previously unreleased and pretty cool.
Jon Batiste. "Life Lesson" feat Lana Del Rey
Johnny Marr. "Somewhere". The Smiths' guitar wizard releases a new song.
Kurt Vile. This Time of Night" (Chastity Belt cover)
The Lemonheads. "Fear Of Living"
Y La Bamba. "Dibujos De Mi Alma".
BEST DOZEN (OR SO) ARCHIVAL RELEASES OF 2023
Iggy Pop. Rare Trax. Alternate versions of some the classics including "China Girl" and "Lust For Life".
Mississippi Fred McDowell. Jesus On The Mainline. Two live shows: April 14, 1971 in Tacoma and November 5, 1971 at the Gaslight in New York City (Fred's final recording). Seminal.
Nirvana. In Utero. (30th Anniversary Super Deluxe). The original album plus over 50 live tracks and a few outtakes and B-sides.
Steve Miller Band. J50: The Evolution Of The Joker (Deluxe) and At The Record Plant 1973 (live in the studio). Fantastic!
Thin Lizzy. Vagabonds Of The Western World (Deluxe Edition)
The Who. Who's Next: Life House (Super Deluxe). Ten discs of music plus a DVD... sounds a little overwhelming! It was meant to be another rock opera but became Who's Next instead. We can now sort through the rubble and picture what a pretty building it would have been. Also from The Who, Back At The Fillmore (1969). Great.
HONORABLE MENTION: TOP ARCHIVAL RELEASES OF 2023
Cheap Trick. Live At The Whiskey 1977.
Dandy Livingstone. "Rudy A Message To You" (1967). The original.
David Bowie. "Looking For A Friend" (1971).
David Bowie. Ziggy's Last Stand. Live.
David Bowie. Dutch Courage. Live.
Devo. 50 Years of De-Evolution 1973–2023.
Donovan. "Barabajagal" (1969) feat Jeff Beck on guitar, Groovy.
Elvis Presley. Las Vegas Hilton Presents Elvis - Opening Night 1972.
Faces. Sit Down, Get Up, Get Out (Live 1971) feat Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Ronnie Laine, Kenney Jones, and Ian McLagan.
Heatmiser. The Music Of Heatmiser. Elliot Smith's alternative rock band from before.
Hüsker Dü. Tonight Longhorn. Early live shows.
Howlin' Wolf. Live In Bremen 1964.
James Cotton. Harvard Square Blues (Live Cambridge '74). Harmonica master live in concert.
James Gang. Everything Is Hazy (Live, Paris '71). Feat. Joe Walsh future guitarist for The Eagles doing the classic "Walk Away" and never sounding better.
Jeff Beck. "Shape Of Things" (1968). RIP Jeff Beck at his best here with Rod Stewart & Ron Wood.
Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At The Hollywood Bowl: August 18, 1967
John Coltrane. Evenings at the Village Gate: John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy. (1961)
Kak. Kak-Ola (1968). Psychedelic classic. Gary Lee Yoder went on to play with Blue Cheer.
The Kinks. Mojo 2023.05: The Kinks (A 60th Anniversary Sampler). Compiled by the surviving original members: Ray Davies (voice), his brother Dave Davies (guitar) & Mick Avory (drum). Included with Mojo Magazine: Issue #354 (May 2023). A very interesting sampler featuring some of their best lesser known and overlooked songs.
The Kinks. The Journey Pt. 2
Malvina Reynolds. Magical Songs.
Michael Bloomfield. Living In The Fast Lane (Expanded Edition)(1981). One of the best guitarists ever just hanging out and playing songs.
Neil Young. Chrome Dreams.
Neutral Milk Hotel. Everything Is (EP). Some of the first songs Neutral Milk Hotel recorded. They just released a box set and this 7-song expanded EP is part of that project. A good excuse to revisit Neutral Milk Hotel.
Nina Simone. You've Got To Learn. (Live Newport Jazz Festival 1966)
The Specials. "Message To You Rudy" (1979). Terry Hall, Rest In Peace.
Various Artists. Before Bob Dylan: 100 Songs. Stunning collection of some of the folk, blues, gospel, country and rock traditional artists who influenced Bob Dylan inc. Woody Guthrie, Reverend Gary Davis, Lead Belly, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Memphis Minnie.
The Velvet Underground. Le Bataclan '72. A one-off reunion concert in Paris in 1972 feat Lou Reed, Nico, and John Cale.
The Who. Sleep On The Beach (live) and
Concertgebouw Amsterdam 1969 (live). Great. And also Live At Leeds (1970). Some say it's the beat live album ever.