Saturday, January 19, 2019

New & Notable Indie Rock Music: January 2019 Playlist

New & Notable Albums:

Pedro The Lion Phoenix. Key song: "Yellow Bike"

Sharon Van Etten Remind Me Tomorrow. Key song: "Seventeen"

Steve Gunn The Unseen In Between. Key song: "Vagabond"

The Flesh Eaters I Used To Be Pretty. 1977 L.A. supergroup returns with punk-poet Chris D. on words, Dave Alvin from The Blasters on guitar, the two non-alt-right members of the classic L.A. punk band X (John Doe on bass and D.J. Bonebrake on drums), and Steve Berlin (sax) of Los Lobos. A pleasantly & surprisingly strong release. Key song: "My Life To Live"

Mike Krol Power Chords. Cool, melodic punk. Key song "What's The Rhythm?"

Deerhunter Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?. Key song: "Death In Midsummer"

Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison. Had this album growing up. Just found a 3 CD version with both complete shows and rehearsals. A must have.

                                    Mick Ronson with Bob Dylan, Rolling Thunder Revue

Also of note:

Vic Mensa & 93PUNKX "Zombie" (cool cover of The Cranberries' classic)

Spike Lee directed The Killers' new video "Land Of The Free"

Gary Clark Jr."This Land" (Video) Intense New Political Song 

                                 Bob Dylan with Allen Ginsberg, Rolling Thunder Revue

Singles from forthcoming albums:

The Dandy Warhols: "Motor City Steel" (Video)

The Meat Puppets: "Warranty". First song with original line-up since 1995

Ex Hex: "Cosmic Cave", Mary Timony's back - new album coming in March

Duly Noted:

Can't wait to see what Martin Scorsese does with the forthcoming film about Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue (1975-1976), feat guests such as Allen Ginsberg, Mick Ronson, Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Ronee Blakleyand Ramblin' Jack Elliot. Really enjoyed what Scorsese did previously with Dylan's No Direction Home...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Cool, New Song by Mike Krol: "What's the Rhythm" (Video)

From the album Power Chords out January 25, 2019 on Merge Records.

Vic Mensa & 93PUNKX Brutal Cover of The Cranberries' "Zombie" (Audio); PLUS New Cranberries: "All Over Now"; Remembering Dolores One Year After Her Untimely Demise

Vic Mensa and his new band 93PUNKX released a brutal cover of The Cranberries' 1994 hit "Zombie". You can stream or download it on Soundcloud.

It's been a year since the untimely demise of The Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, whose unique voice captured the world's attention in the 90's, with hits such as "Linger" and "Dreams".

The Cranberries' are releasing In The End, their final album with her, on April 26. You can listen to the first single from the album, "All Over Now" here:

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Spike Lee Directed The Killers' Powerful New Anti-Wall Video: "Land Of The Free" (Video)

I criticized Brandon Flowers and The Killers in the past: The Killers' Brandon Flowers Makes Mormon Propaganda Video. (Although I did enjoy seeing The Killers live once and do like a couple of their old songs.)

I don't consider Mormonism to be a legitimate religious faith and Mormons have often been among the least progressive citizens of our country, especially regarding, for example, LGBTQ rights.

I'm not a fan of The Killers' recent album either, but this song and video are powerful and worth viewing/listening to.

Cool, New Song by The Dandy Warhols: "Motor City Steel" (Video)

New album Why You So Crazy out January 25, 2019 on Dine Alone Records...

Bob Mould: Short Film on Life in Berlin

Bob Mould, of Husker Du and Sugar, has a new solo album, Sunshine Rock, coming out February 8, 2019 on Merge Records.

He's been living in Berlin and made a short film about his experiences there.

I saw Husker Du at UCLA in 1984 at an SST night along with The Meat Puppets and The Minutemen. Their version of Gene Clark/The Byrds' "Eight Miles High" was a hit on college radio.

I've been following Bob's career ever since. He's a remarkable artist. I liked his book too, See A Little Light (2013)

Here's a video I shot of Bob in Portland doing his signature song from Husker Du: "Makes No Sense At All":

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Intense New Political Song From Gary Clark Jr.: "This Land" (Video)

Cool, New Song by Mary Timony's Ex Hex: "Cosmic Cave" (Audio); New Album Out in March

Back in 2010, we were very impressed by Mary Timony's singing and guitar playing in Wild Flag with singer/guitarist Carrie Brownstein & drummer Janet Weiss (both of Sleater-Kinney - who are currently working on a new album produced by St. Vincent).

Mary's breakthrough band was Helium. Her band Ex Hex will release their second album It's Real on Merge Records on March 22, 2019.

"Cosmic Cave" is the first single from that album.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band No Nukes 1979. I was supposed to go to this show but chickened out at the last minute, so this is the first time I've heard the recently released complete set. Nice to hear, especially compared to the new Springsteen On Broadway, which I didn't care for.

Damon Albarn SXSW Acoustic Session (2014). The genius behind Blur, Gorillaz, and The Good, The Bad & The Queen in this solo set of songs mostly from his great 2014 album Everyday Robots

David Bowie (feat Mick Ronson on guitar) The Lost Beeb Tapes. Always great to hear Bowie and Ronson at their best.

Dr. Dog Midi Swamp

Prince Piano & A Microphone 1983

Robyn Hitchcock Robyn Hitchcock (2017)

Swervedriver Future Ruins. I like it.

Tom Morello The Atlas Underground. Giving this one another chance.

Toro Y Moi Outer Peace

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