Monday, March 25, 2019

Cool, Free Download of Tribute to Scott Hutchinson (Frightened Rabbit) feat Julien Baker, Craig Finn, Aaron Dessner, Ben Gibbard, Kevin Devine

The late Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit last December 5 was honored at a New York City tribute concert by friends such as The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, Boygenius' Julien Baker, The National's Aaron Dessner, and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie/The Postal Service).

Here is a statement from the surviving members of Frightened Rabbit:
This night was not a night of mourning or a night of sadness but a celebration of an extremely special person and the music [Scott Hutchison] created. Scott inspired everyone who met him, heard his lyrics or saw his art. We feel his loss every day but we are all in this together and we carry on strengthened by the support of the people involved in this recording and those around the world who have been affected by Scott‘s passing.
A huge thank you goes out to Ben Gibbard, Craig Finn, Aaron Dessner, Julien Baker and Kevin Devine for their support, love and kindness in being involved. We want to encourage people who listen to this to laugh, cry, hug and sing in your worst Scottish accent at the top of your lungs and keep the spirit of Scott alive in all our hearts and all our voices. While we’re alive let’s all make tiny changes to Earth.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Spring Equinox 2019 Cool New Music; Indie Rock Playlist For A Doomed Nation


Alex Van Pelt Tum Tum

Andrew Bird My Finest Work Yet

Better Oblivion Community Center (feat Conor Oberst & Phoebe Bridgers) "Little Trouble" (single)

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown "Fire" (1968 single)

The Doors Transmission Impossible (3 CD collection of concert, radio, and TV appearances)

The Drums Brutalism

Ex Hex It's Real

Fat White Family Serf's Up!

Finn Andrews One Piece At A Time

Foals Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part I

Foxygen "Living A Lie" (single)

Jenny Lewis On The Line

Karen O & Danger Mouse Lux Prima

Meat Puppets Dusty Notes

Paul Weller Other Aspects, Live At The Royal Festival Hall

Rory Gallagher Live At The Beat Club (video)

Spiral Stairs We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized

Stella Donnelly Beware Of The Dogs

Steve Earle & The Dukes Guy (Tribute To Guy Clark)

Tom Petty The Best Of Everything 1976 - 2016

Alex Van Pelt Tum Tum - very catchy indie pop from this talented Frenchman

Andrew Bird My Finest Work Yet - very good new album

Better Oblivion Community Center (feat Conor Oberst & Phoebe Bridgers) "Little Trouble" (single) - Video of "Little Trouble" live at San Luis Obispo, California, March 11, 2019

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown "Fire" (1968 single). Arthur was shocked to learn the New Zealand shooter wanted to use his song "Fire" as the theme song of his murder spree last week which he live-streamed on Facebook for 17 minutes before authorities blocked it.

The Doors Transmission Impossible (3 CD collection of concert, radio, and TV appearances)

The Drums Brutalism

Ex Hex It's Real

Fat White Family Serf's Up!

Finn Andrews One Piece At A Time

Foals Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part I

Foxygen "Living A Lie" (single)

Jenny Lewis On The Line

Karen O & Danger Mouse Lux Prima

Meat Puppets Dusty Notes

Paul Weller Other Aspects, Live At The Royal Festival Hall

Rory Gallagher Live At The Beat Club (video)

Spiral Stairs We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized. Pavement's "other" singer/songwriting guitarist strikes again!

Stella Donnelly Beware Of The Dogs

Steve Earle & The Dukes Guy (Tribute To Guy Clark)

Tom Petty The Best Of Everything 1976 - 2016

Friday, March 22, 2019

Arthur Brown Reclaims His Psychedelic Classic "Fire" (1968) From The New Zealand Shooter

In the middle of last week's murderous madness in New Zealand, eagle-eyed producer and rock historian Martin Lewis noticed the mosque shooter had chosen The Crazy World of Arthur Brown's 1968 British psychedelic classic "Fire" - which begins with the dramatic spoken declaration "I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE!!!" - as the apparent theme song of his Facebook live-streamed killing spree. 

Martin Lewis contacted the now 77 year-old Brown who was in Austin for SXSW.

Arthur was horrified and had this to say:

“As co-writer and performer of the song ‘Fire’, and creator of ‘The God of Hellfire’ persona, I would like to express my horror and sadness in the use of ‘Fire’, in an act of terror in New Zealand. My heart goes out to all the victims and families of victims of this atrocity – and to all the communities affected. I should like to say that I support no group or individual that uses terrorist tactics and killing as a means of dealing with other beliefs than their own.
I believe that all religions reach for the same root in the human being. I believe all people of all colours and all races deserve equal respect. I also believe that all people have a duty of care towards each other and all creatures on this earth.” 

Martin Lewis, who produced The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979) concert & film (feat Billy Connolly, members of Monty Python, Pete Townshend, and Tom Robinson) for Amnesty International, added: 

“I think Arthur did remarkably well. He is a truly creative man. He defines that phrase ‘ahead-of-his-time’.  He never reaped the full rewards of being a pioneer of that style of music. That success fell to other artists.  But we must recall that it’s 50 years since he was at the center of the media vortex. To suddenly have your famous creation usurped and traduced into an anthem for a massacre by a vicious white supremacist was just paralyzing to Arthur. It took him time to process and respond. I give Arthur major props for navigating this crisis with such grace and dignity. His statement speaks volumes. 

“Now we music fans have a role to play.  There was a famous moment in 1987 when U2 covered ‘Helter Skelter’ and Bono introduced it by saying ‘This is a song Charles Manson stole from The Beatles. Well we’re stealing it back.’  For all those of us who admire Arthur Brown, the many artists he influenced and the power of Arthur’s song ‘Fire’ – it is up to us to steal ‘Fire’ back from white supremacists – and restore it to its place in the pantheon of great rock songs. Don’t let ‘Fire’ become an anthem of hate. I suggest that contemporary artists should perform the song live as a show of support. And fans should express their views too. Hashtag: #ReclaimFire”

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Spring Has Sprung! New Cool Indie Rock Playlist for March 2019

New & Good

Alex Van Pelt Tum Tum

Conor Oberst & Phoebe Bridgers Better Oblivion Community Center. Great new album; currently on tour... good excuse to check out Phoebe's 2017 debut Strangers In The Alps and her 2018 collaboration boygenius.

Ex Hex It's Real

Fat White Family Serf's Up

Foals Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part I

Foxygen Seeing Other People

Karen O & Danger Mouse Lux Prima

Meat Puppets Dusty Notes

Paul Weller Other Aspects, Live at the Royal Festival Hall

Sun Kil Moon I Also Want To Die In New Orleans

Stella Donnelly Beware Of The Dogs

Steve Earle & The Dukes Guy (Tribute to Guy Clark)

Susanna Garden Of Earthly Delights

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers The Best Of Everything 1976 - 2016

Y La Bamba Mujeres

Eagerly Anticipating

Marvin Gaye You're The Man. The lost follow-up to What's Going On finally sees the light of day.


Sam Cooke
Rare Songs

Curtis Mayfield: Stunning video on YouTube of an appearance on German television in 1972. Starts with a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"....

Heavy Rotation

Albert Hammond Jr., Filthy Friends, Johnny Marr, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Bob Mould, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Stephen Malkmus, Mark Sultan...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Review: Conor Oberst & Phoebe Bridgers Bring Better Oblivion live to San Luis, March 11, 2019; Debut New Song "Little Trouble" (Videos)

Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers have brought their Better Oblivion Community Center show out on the road. The third show of the tour so far was last night in San Luis Obispo, California, a college town, home of Cal State Poly.

                            Live Videos:
                                           Live Videos: "Dylan Thomas" and "Would You Rather"

Conor and Phoebe dropped the Better Oblivion Community Center album unexpectedly, then appeared on Colbert and CBS This Morning Saturday Sessions before starting this US and European tour.

The opening act, Sloppy Jane, caught a lot of people by surprise and put on a hell of a show.

Better Oblivion performed songs from the new album, as well as a Replacements cover ("Can't Hardly Wait"), Conor's classic "Lua" (which Phoebe joked was a new song she "wrote on the bus"), and two songs from Phoebe's 2017 breakthrough album Stranger In The Alps: "Would You Rather" (with Conor reprising his duet with her from the album) and "Funeral" (with Conor singing lead on a revamped punk romp, Desaparecidos-style, with Phoebe joining in on the chorus) - which had been preceded by Phoebe doing a Conor/Bright Eyes song "Bad Blood":

                                                                                          "Bad Blood"

There was also a brand new Better Oblivion song "Little Trouble". Conor explained it was meant to be available as a 7" on tour but hadn't arrived in time:

                                                                                      "Little Trouble"

Conor and Phoebe both seemed relaxed and in fine form, performing for an appreciative young audience.

Set List for Better Oblivion Community Center feat. Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst, Fremont Theater, San Luis Obispo, California, Monday, March 11, 2019:

More Videos:

                                                                                       "Forest Lawn"

                                                          "Can't Hardly Wait" (The Replacements)


It was a great show. A come back for Conor and a triumph for Phoebe. I'm sure there is much more to come from our friends at The Better Oblivion Community Center...

One of my favorite songs...



"Dylan Thomas" (Official Video) live videos of Conor appearing as Bright Eyes at the Fox Theater, Oakland, April 12, 2011:

Phoebe's side project: boygenius. An indie supergroup consisting of Phoebe, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker. They released an EP in 2018. Here they are live at KEXP:

On February 13, 2019, The New York Times published an article which documented serious allegations of abusive and manipulative behavior against rocker Ryan Adams by several female artists, including Phoebe Bridgers. Phoebe later issued a further statement on Instagram as a caption on a boygenius photo:

Many fans think Phoebe's breakthrough album Stranger In The Alps contains numerous thinly-veiled references to Adams.

"Here's a song about somebody I hate..."

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Cool, New Song (First In 5 Years!) from The Black Keys: "Lo/Hi" (Audio)

I was a fan back in the day and was pleased when they became successful... then I started to feel they got over-played...

But they've been gone for 5 years now; we can listen with fresh ears, and this new song is pretty cool...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Classic 1972 Aretha Gospel Documentary Out in April For The First Time (Trailer)

We've long loved the album Amazing Grace that Aretha Franklin recorded with a gospel choir in L.A. in 1972.

Next month, for the first time ever, we will be seeing the video documentary footage, also called Amazing Grace, that was shot at the time the album was recorded.

By all counts, it is as amazing as the album. Here's the trailer. The film will be out in April.

Cool, New Song "Come Get Me" by Stephen Malkmus (Video)

From the new album, Groove Denied out March 15 on Matador. 

Pre-order the album: here...

Stephen Malkmus, guitarist extraordinaire, best known for his work with Pavement and The Jicks, emerges with a new solo album.

Although advertised as "electronica" it goes well beyond typical dance club fare and often inhabits territory very familiar to Malkmus' past fans.

There are several strong songs here, a few of which would have fit perfectly on a Jicks album. But overall he's trying to do something different here. Kudos for working outside the box. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Jim James, Sean Lennon, and Les Claypool of Primus Announce 2019 Tour

Jim James of My Morning Jacket and The Claypool Lennon Delirium (featuring Sean Lennon and Les Claypool of Primus) announce a summer co-headlining tour:

21 - Salt Lake City, UT - Eccles Theater
22 - Bonner, MT - KettleHouse Amphitheater *
24 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
25 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
27 - Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo Amphitheater

2 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
3 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
5 - Paso Robles, CA - Vina Robles Amphitheater

* = w/ Built to Spill

Saturday, March 2, 2019

2019 Tours You'll Want To Catch: Stephen Malkmus, Ezra Furman, Mark Sultan, Johnny Marr, Filthy Friends...

Stephen Malkmus (solo)
from 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

Ezra Furman

Teragram Ballroom
Los Angeles

San Francisco

The Wise Hall

Tractor Tavern

Aladdin Theater

Deer Shed Festival

Mark Sultan/BBQ
03/19: Vancouver - Red Gate03/21: Seattle - Funhouse03/23: Fort Collins - Magic Rat03/24: Denver - Hi-Dive03/26: San Francisco - Thee Parkside03/27: Monterey - Pierce Ranch Vineyards03/29: LA - El Cid03/30: San Diego - Bar Pink03/31: Long Beach - Alex’s Bar (matinee)

Johnny Marr04/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
04/28 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
04/29 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
05/01 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theater
05/03 – Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall
05/04 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
05/06 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
05/07 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom
05/08 – Portland, ME @ Aura
05/10 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
05/11 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall
05/13 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
05/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
05/15 – Kansas City, MO @ Voodoo Lounge at Harrah’s
05/16 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
05/18 – Las Vegas @ Brooklyn Bowl
05/19 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
05/20 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
05/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ John Anson Ford Ampitheatre
05/25 – London, UK @ All Points East Festival
08/10 – Edinburgh, UK @ Princes Street Gardens
08/23 – Montagny-Sainte-Félicité, FR @ Domaine National de St. Cloud

Filthy Friends (Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney and Peter Buck of R.E.M.):
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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Cool, New Video: "Who's Been Having You Over" by Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres

‘Who’s Been Having You Over’ is available now when you preorder the album, out April 26, 2019: Live dates: 3 May - Belfast, UK 4 May - Dublin, IE 5 May - Bristol, UK 7 May - Glasgow, UK 8 May - Leeds, UK 9 May - Manchester, UK 11 May - Nottingham, UK 12 May - London, UK 15 May - Paris, FR 16 May - Antwerp, BE 17 May - Cologne, DE 19 May - Berlin, DE 20 May - Vienna, AT 21 May - Munich, DE 23 May - Zurich, CH 24 May - Fribourg, CH Tickets: Follow Peter online:

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Best Music On The Planet: March 2019 Indie Rock Playlist

Richard Thompson live in Santa Cruz, Jan. 31, 2019/Photo: Michael Donnelly/

One of the "events of the season", Richard Thompson live in Santa Cruz, Jan. 31, 2019 videos of Richard Thompson live: "Tear-Stained Letter" and "Beeswing"

MARCH 2019

Cool, New Singles:

Johnny Marr "Armatopia"

Albert Hammond, Jr. "Fast Times"

Ezra Furman "Good Book"

Stephen Malkmus "Rushing The Acid Frat"

Gary Clark, Jr. "What About Us"

Jenny Lewis "Heads Gonna Roll"

Filthy Friends "Last Chance County"

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres "Who's Been Having You Over"

Craig Finn "Blankets"

Cool, New Albums:

Bob Mould Sunshine Rock

Conor Oberst & Phoebe Bridgers Better Oblivion Community Center

Broken Social Scene Let's Try The After (Vol. 1)

The Claypool Lennon Delirium South Of Reality

Ezra Furman Songs By Others (EP)

Ian Brown Ripples

Gary Clark, Jr. This Land

Stephen Malkmus Groove Denied

Susanna Garden of Earthly Delights

Y La Bamba Mujeres

Random Obsessions From The Past

Cream, Fairport Convention, Fanny, Blur, Gorillaz, Jeff Beck, Traffic, Love, Mike Bloomfield, Roxy Music...

Kaleidoscope Tangerine Dream (1967)

Jeff Beck Live On Air 1967 feat Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, and Aynsley Dunbar


Looking forward to the new album from Filthy Friends (feat Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney and Peter Buck of R.E.M.). Corin is also working with Janet and Carrie on a new Sleater-Kinney album, produced by St. Vincent.

Would like to catch these tours: Johnny Marr, Stephen Malkmus (solo), Gary Clark, Jr., Albert Hammond, Jr., Ezra Furman, Conor Oberst & Phoebe Bridgers (Better Oblivion Community Center).

Listening to Better Oblivion made me want to listen to Phoebe Bridgers' 2017 breakthrough album Stranger In The Alps. It's excellent. P.S. Much love to Phoebe for helping expose Ryan Adams.

Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst: Better Oblivion Community Center

The second album from Sean Lennon and Les Claypool of Primus is interesting. Most of the songs are quite long and trippy. Psychedelic pop which for some reason, reminds one of The Beatles and Primus.

Excited about new music from Pete Doherty, who I know from his work with The Libertines and The Babyshambles. There's a single out now, with an album coming out in April.

Ian Brown of The Stone Roses has a new album out, his first in quite some time. Nice to hear from him again. I was reminded how much I liked his previous solo album, 2007's The World Is Yours. It's rare to find songs with political and social commentary which aren't preachy and still sound good. Ian manages to pull it of. I particularly enjoyed his duet with Sinead O'Connor "Illegal Attacks".

Was intrigued to learn that Marvin Gaye's lost 1972 album "You're The Man" is finally coming out in March 2019. It was intended as a follow-up to the socially-conscious "What's Going On", but was said to have been shelved at the time by Motown chief Barry Gordy.

Still can't believe I never heard of Fanny until recently. Early '70s, four-piece female rock band who were great, especially live, from what I understand.


Paramount Pictures is releasing Rocketman, an Elton John biopic in May. Here's the trailer. Looks pretty good!

And finally... had never seen this before.... Joe Strummer, 2002 show in Acton, London, a benefit for striking firemen... Mick Jones jumped up on stage for a few songs, leading to an ersatz reunion of The Clash... Sadly, Joe died the following month....

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