Thursday, February 21, 2019

Cool, New Song: Ezra Furman's Melanie cover: "Good Book" (Audio)





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5/1/2019 - Santa Ana, CA - La Santa
5/4/2019 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
5/5/2019 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
5/7/2019 - Vancouver, CA - The Wise Hall
5/8/2019 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
5/9/2019 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater

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Ezra Furman is one of our favorite new artists. We loved last year's Transangelic Exodus. Now he's releasing an EP of covers Songs By Others on February 22, 2019 on Bella Union. 


Ezra says of "Good Book": "It's a genius song. I had actually never heard a song that is about what that song is about: how an audience wants something from a performer and wants reassurance, like, "Tell us you love us with a book or a song or a poem because we need it." And that was a time when we were putting out Perpetual Motion People, and we had really been pretty obscure. That was the first album of ours that came out where it felt like a lot of people were waiting for it to come out and talking about it and playing the lead single on the radio. So I was just thinking a lot about what can be emotional or tender or beautiful in the audience-performer relationship. That song is like, "Tell us you love us so we don't feel alone," and it seems like the best thing a song could do -- to make someone not feel so alone."
On his love of cover songs, Ezra says:

"A good song takes you far," sang Jackson Browne on tour in the 70's. It's true, and very strange-- how these little three-minute compositions crafted on a whim in a bedroom end up bringing us out on planes and highways, into bars and ballrooms and radio stations, pouring out our hearts and lungs for those who themselves were pulled out of their rooms and into the world by the power of song. Browne understood this: he himself was covering Danny O'Keefe's perfect ode to the bizarre, bittersweet life of a traveling musician, and when I listen to it crammed in a van full of instruments speeding across rainy Germany, it hits hard.
I have always played other people's songs, alone and with friends, at home and on the road. I know our audiences' main interest is in our original songs, and for that I'm honored. But I can't seem to stop playing covers. Every time we are preparing to go on tour I can't help assembling the Boy-Friends and demanding that we learn a new cover song to play live. I listen to so much great music and just ache to be able to inhabit it more fully. I want to be Beck or Melanie or Jackie Wilson. So this record is me playing dress-up, with the help of my incredible band.

(Don't miss that point-- The Boy-Friends are an incredible band that can do anything, without whom my voice would not be in your earholes.)

Thanks for indulging us in these cover versions, pieced together from studio recordings, recordings made on tour in backstage rooms and hotels, and a live show in Austria. I'd like to point out that we've included a song from every decade since rock'n'roll has been a viable marketing category, the 1950's through the 2010's. You are encouraged to look up the original versions if you've never heard them. They blew my mind."

-Ezra Furman, December 2015

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Roger Stone Used Crosshairs Logo From Pro-Russian Conspiracy Site Which Also Threatened Hillary, Judges, and a Mueller Prosecutor


Roger Stone may go to jail on Thursday (February 21, 2019) for posting a threatening photo of the federal judge overseeing his case with a crosshair target above her head.

Stone tried to claim on Instagram that the symbols were "Celtic" and that they "are in fact the logo of the organization that originally posted it something called corruption central" but research has shown that the image was taken from an American Intelligence Media article, "Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. Protects His Fellow Swarm Rats - Impeach Him" from February 4, 2019, which also threatened Hillary Clinton and others (Judge Leonard P. Stark, Judge James E. Boasberg, Judge Reggie B. Walton, attorney Christina M. Tchen, and attorney Jeannie Rhee; a prosecutor from Mueller's team) with the same crosshairs target logo directly above their heads in the upper left corner of a "playing card" featuring purported Democratic super-villains. (To accommodate those who communicate exclusively by memes these days.)

"Corruption Central" appears to refer to the "team" or "category" the individuals are said to belong to. The right corner of the card, which resembles a baseball card or a game card, contains a warning triangle branding them "Toxic" and "Attorney" accompanied by a skull and crossbones.

The article states these individuals should be targeted because of their involvement with issuing FISA warrants against Carter Page (which exposed links between the Trump campaign and Russia), The Clinton Foundation, and the Mueller investigation of the Trump campaign's illicit ties to Russia.








The use of the crosshair (the image of a target as seen through a rifle sight) by American Intelligence Media (acronym: AIM) implies those pictured are deserving of being shot, which should be considered an illegal threat against the lives of those individuals.
Interestingly, American Intelligence Media seems to target women, Jews, and people of color they perceive as anti-Trump with their Crosshair/Corruption Central "playing cards".
American Intelligence Media is connected with the American far-right as well as with pro-Russian bots and trolls.

You can read more about them here...



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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Grammys 2019: Fantastic Dolly Parton Tribute & Wild St. Vincent Performance



P.S. Buddy Guy beat Charlie Musselwhite & Ben Harper, Cedric Burnside, Elvin Bishop, and Maria Muldaur for last night's Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album... 

Stephen Malkmus New Electronica Album: Not As Bad As We Feared...


Stephen Malkmus, guitar genius, announced he was doing a solo album of electronic beats and such; some Pavement and Malkmus fans feared the worst.

But I'm here to tell you I'm listening to the new album Groove Denied and it is not as bad as we feared... and is actually pretty good.

First of all, it doesn't have any "dance instrumentals". The songs are actually songs, not fragments, riffs, or grooves alone. They have actual lyrics and this being Malkmus, the lyrics are worth listening to.

A giant sigh of relief.

2019 Tour Info from www.stephenmalkmus.com:
Stephen will embark on a solo tour, sans Jicks, in May. The newly announced run of dates can be found below – tickets are on sale this Friday at 10am.

Wed May 1 – Toronto ON @ The Great Hall – Tickets
Fri May 3 – Somerville MA @ Arts At The Armory – Tickets
Sat May 4 – Ardmore PA @ Ardmore Music Hall – Tickets
Sun May 5 – Washington DC @ Union Stage – Tickets
Tues May 7 – Austin TX @ 3TEN ACL Live – Tickets
Fri May 10 – Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge – Tickets
Sat May 11 – Seattle WA @ Columbia City Theater – Tickets
Tue May 14 – San Francisco CA @ Swedish American Hall – Tickets
Wed May 15 – Los Angeles CA @ Lodge Room – Tickets



From the new album Groove Denied, out March 15. 

Stream the track and pre-order the album: here...

Here is some other music videos I shot of Stephen Malkmus:

(1) Harness Your Hopes/Stairway To Heaven/Beginning To See The Light (2) Surreal Teenager (3) Androgynous (4) Real Emotional Trash (5) Stereo (6) Mother Of Pearl (7) Summer Babe (feat Spiral Stairs) (8) Mr. Soul





 


P.S. What about that 2019 Pavement reunion tour we heard about? It would be fun and everyone would love it!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Son House lives! Cassandra Wilson Cover of Son House's "Death Letter" featured as theme for "True Detective" Season 3


Cool, New Song: "Last Chance County" (Audio) by Filthy Friends (Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney & Peter Buck of R.E.M)



"Last Chance County" by Filthy Friends, off their second album, Emerald Valley, out on Kill Rock Stars, May 3rd, 2019.

Order the album here: http://smarturl.it/emeraldvalley

I liked their first album a lot. Looking forward to their new one. I'm sure they're good live too.

Filthy Friends tour 2019:

05-9 Seattle, WA – Neumos
05-10 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rickshaw Theatre
05-11 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
05-13 San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall
05-14 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
05-17 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
05-18 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
05-19 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
05-20 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
05-21 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
05-23 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
05-24 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg


Fanny Rocks!




Four women, two of them sisters from Sacramento via The Philippines (where they were born to an American man stationed in the military and his Filipina wife), rocked the world as "Fanny" in the early '70s. Bowie was a fan. I was surprised, after seeing to a video of them for the first time recently, that I had never heard of them before. They rock!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Cool, New Song by Foxygen: "Livin' A Lie" (Video)


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🔥 Just Announced 🔥
We are bringing our new show, new songs & new visuals to the USA & CAN in August, 2019. Tickets on sale: Fri 8th Feb: 9am PST, 12pm noon EST.
See you on the road 🤘

USA & CANADA 2019

8/13 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
8/14 - San Francisco, CA - SVN West
8/15 - San Francisco, CA - SVN West
8/16 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
8/17 - Vancouver, BC - Harbour Event Centre
8/18 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
8/20 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
8/21 - Denver, CO - TBA
8/23 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
8/24 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom