This is probably an obvious one for this board, but one of my favorites is Elephant 6.
This is probably an obvious one for this board, but one of my favorites is Elephant 6.
UCLA has a list of their "optimists": people who envisioned the world as it could be. Ironically, given the title, they include Greg Ginn. I think that's pretty awesome though.
1/2 of the Replacements are recording together. Westerberg also hinted that there may be a full album in store.
I thought I just saw Mugwog play in a band: Poor Moon, the synth percussion player. They were some opening band for Beach House in Boise (@_@) which was a pleasant surprise to say the least. Oh, it wasn't Mugwog in case you were wondering.
The Musical Convulsion
Folk Music's Popularity
Recalls The First Battle With Rock 'n' Roll
by Bob Shelton
A convulsion swept popular music in America a few months ago. Too many words have already been squandered on the phenomenon of The Beatles and what they did to the recording industry, the teen-age girls and the television, publishing and wig-making businesses.
Beatlemania is the shrieking of hysterical girls; it is fans lined-up four hours for a glimpse of a quartet of shaggy Teddy Boys; it is jelly beans tossed on stage; it is a demand for disks that made a major recording company suspend all other popular and classical releases; it is a sort of musical hysteria, which earns $17,000,000 a year.
The more the sociologists ponder the effect of the rock 'n' roll quartet from Liverpool who took America's youth by storm, the less sense it makes.
Beatlemania has given devotees of folk and pop-folk music cause to be proud of their taste. For at the root of all this is the very reason rock 'n' roll gave way in the late fifties to the mass folk-music revival that is still one of the most important popular cultural currents of our time.
At issue in considering The Kingston Trio vs. Beatlemania is not just music alone. Many knowledgeable folk fans have found something of merit in the music of The Beatles. They have heard a certain funky, bluesy quality that rings sympathetically in their ears. But our chief target in this article is not the music of The Beatles so much as it is the manufactured, assembly-line, hoked-up craze that 17 press agents, untold dozen of disk jockeys and a corps of promoters were able to effect on the American listening public.
It would be difficult to discuss the music of The Beatles seriously. There was such mass madness in their first "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance on TV and their two Carnegie Hall "concerts" that one could not even hear their music.
Let's compare, if possible, the two worlds represented by "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Tom Dooley." Many ethnically oriented folk fans have forgotten that the first hit recording by The Kingston Trio, "Tom Dooley," was a bona fide Appalachian folk song done in a fashion that was one of the trio's least contentious performances. A lot of people forget that "Tom Dooley" was to trigger the whole folk and "hootenanny" revival that is still going on today.
This writer is not changing his preferences for real folk music. For all its polish and pleasantness, pop-folk music has distinct limitations. It is generally a rather superficial sort of music, tending to go in one ear and out the other. The more serious approaches to folk music generally go deeper-in meaning, in feeling. Because real folk music goes deeper, it tends to stay longer in the consciousness of the listener.
But The Kingston Trio came along at a time when the sort of music that The Beatles have now revived had absolutely glutted the market. The meaningless gyrations of the first rock 'n' roll craze had taken the genuine country blues sense Elvis Presley brought out of Memphis and distorted it beyond recognition.
At winter's end, many leaders of the folk-music field were beginning to fear that Beatlemania might well put an end to the folk "boom." It would be disgraceful if such shallowness as "the Mersey beat" (as The Beatles' sound is generally referred to) could affect the course of the painstakingly constructed folk revival.
This threat of an eclipse of the folk "boom" reminds us of the early years of The Kingston Trio, who must be credited with helping to replace rock 'n' roll with a fresh and vibrant popular-music approach.
1958 was the year. In 1958, the United States put its first earth satellite, Explorer 1, into orbit, President Nasser formed the United Arab Republic, Charles De Gaulle took over France, and three well-scrubbed, earnestly collegiate looking young men took over the popular-music reins of America.
The story of The Kingston Trio actually begins in spring 1957, in a colorful hangout for Stanford University students called The Cracked Pot, in Palo Alto, Calif. Appearing at The Cracked Pot, for a token payment plus pretzels and bear, were Nick Reynolds and Bob Shane, students at near-by. Menlo College, and Dave Guard, who was majoring in economics at Stanford. Frank Werber, a San Francisco publicity man heard about the group and visited The Cracked Pot. He immediately signed them to a personal-management contract, which was written on a paper napkin.
Then began months of grooming for a professional career. When enough polish was achieved, Werber got the Kingstons a job at the hungry i in San Francisco. After that debut, they moved across the street to The Purple Onion, for a one-week stand, which was extended until the trio stayed for seven months!
Then the barnstorming and traveling began-to Mr. Kelly's in Chicago and The Blue Angel and The Village Vanguard in New York. The Kingstons' television debut came May 1, 1958, on a "Playhouse 90" drama called "Rumors of Evening," in which they performed and acted the roles of airline pilots.
The Kingston Trio's first album was released by Capitol Records in June, 1958. The album did well, but still no indication of what was to come. One song on the album, however was to make the decisive difference. This was "Tom Dooley," the century-old tale of Southern crime and punishment, which Frank Warner had collected from Frank Proffitt, the NorthCarolina carpenter. Released as a single in August, 1958, the recording became a national best-seller, and was to sell a million copies before that Christmas.
Do some "comparison" listening between the single that "made" The Kingston Trio, "Tom Dooley," and the single that "made" The Beatles, "I Want To Hold Your Hand." The difference between a time-steeped ballad of an actual episode and a souped-up, over-engineered love song speaks volumes about the relative merits of folk song and "The Mersey Beat." (The Mersey is the river that goes through Liverpool, England, where some 400 rock 'n' roll groups are currently said to be in existence.)
The story of The Kingston Trio after the success of "Tom Dooley" is easy to summarize. Sold-out concerts followed in quick succession. A dozen groups that emulated the buoyant, slick sound of The Kingstons soon popped up. Appearances at The Newport Folk Festival of 1959 gave The Kingstons their first contact with the deepening rift between folk musicians -- the popularizers and the authentics.
That rift persists today. "We used to be annoyed by the people who deplored our brand of pop-folk music," says Bob Shane, "but we outgrew that long ago. We've never claimed to be folk singers. We've made 19 albums for Capitol and not one of them has used 'folk' in the title. We're not minstrels or meister-singers, but we do offer a type of entertainment the public seems to like."
Several factors can make even the bitterest folk opponents of The Kingston Trio think twice: They opened the door for the folk revivial of the nineteen-fifties and sixties. (This in no sense minimizes the contributions of many others who preceded them or followed them--Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, etc.)
They did not join the mob seeking instant success in the heat of the "hootenanny" craze by going on the A.B.C.-TV show. The trio's admiration for Pete Seeger and their distaste for the network's blacklist have been widely reported.
Their latest Capitol record, "Time to Think," reflects the growing trend toward singing topical, protest and social commentary songs. While musically disappointing, it is by all odds The Kingston Trio's most serious effort yet.
Finally, their position in pop music, as opposed to the nonsense of Beatlemania, must be weighed. If time proves that The Beatles played a decisive role in ending the folk-music boom, we can perhaps mellow our estimation of just what The Kingston Trio achieved, when Dave Guard was leading the group and after he was replaced by John Stewart.
No one, to our knowledge, has ever thrown jelly beans at The Kingston Trio to show admiration. Capitol Records did not halt the normal flow of its recording schedule to accommodate The Kingston Trio's popularity, as the company did to feed Beatlemania. The Kingston Trio never showed the contempt for its audience that The Beatles have shown.
Perhaps both groups are products of the assembly-line, new products thinking that dominates American popular music. In retrospect, even the serious folk fan will probably agree that "the product" of The Kingston Trio was not all that corrupted, by even folk standards. The Kingston Trio started something very constructive in American music if The Beatles end it, we'll all be the loosers.
I listened to Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Matt Sweeney's Superwolf again today. Probably the 3rd or 4th time I've put it on front to back, and this time around this song in particular really jumped out and sunk its teeth into me. Possibly my favorite song either one of them has ever penned:
That guitar line is so hypnotic...
I really love music and would love to make a career in both making music and organizing/producing musical events.
but the "industry" is disgusting.
hoping that I come up with something soon because academia is boring the hell out of me.
Rhythm is a dancer.
Not sure where to put this, but browsing through my Crate & Barrel magazine, I saw they have a free playlist:
1. Animal Kingdom -- Get Away with It
2. Brown Recluse -- At Last
3. Bess Rogers -- Come Home
4. Bill Fay -- This World
5. James Vincent McMorrow -- This Old Dark Machine
6. Morning Parade -- Headlights
7. The 1900s -- Babies
8. The Elected -- See the Light
9. The Tallest Man on Earth -- Wind and Walls
10. School of Seven Bells -- The Night
I haven't heard of a few of these bands, so I cannot critique the playlist. Just thought I'd share it!
I just picked up a vinyl copy of The Dream Syndicate's The Days of Wine and Roses, an album I've loved for many years. It was only after listening to it last night that I realized this was their debut. I don't know why this hadn't occurred to me sooner, but Jesus Christ. So confident. For my money, one of the best debut albums ever.
r.i.p. terry callier
Zen Arcade at 7th best? Hmm...
Last night amidst all the election madness, Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Eli Braden joked, “CNN projecting still no follow-up to My Bloody Valentine’s 1991 classic “Loveless”.” It would appear that he’ll be eating crow tonight, as frontman Kevin Shields has returned with a bombshell of an update.
While speaking with NME, Shields insists he’ll make good on his promise set earlier this year and will finally drop the long, long, long, long, long awaited follo- up to 1991′s Loveless on his own website before this year’s end. What’s more, he’ll follow that release with another EP of brand new material.
“I think with this record, people who like us will immediately connect with something,” Shields said of any expectations. “Based on the very, very few people who’ve heard stuff – some engineers, the band, and that’s about it – some people think it’s stranger than ‘Loveless’. I don’t. I feel like it really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it’s 100 per cent necessary.”
Underworld: 4/13 @ Fox Theater
If this actually happens, I will be sososo happy
It doesn't seem like an if situation anymore. They're booked to headline a festival next year and they said they'll be playing new material there. And he's never been this concrete about a release date for this stuff to this point. The big question is not if, but when.
New Day Rising
Warehouse: Songs and Stories
Not to mention the fact that they skipped Land Speed Record by Husker Du and placed anything below Modulate.
Flip Your Wig
New Day Rising
The Silver Age (Probably a bit high because it's so new, but it's the best thing he's done since Copper Blue without a doubt.)
Metal Circus (ridiculous that they would place the EP that has Diane on it so low.)
Well, its official, My Bloody Valentine posted this link on their Facebook page
Underworld: 4/13 @ Fox Theater
Brb, busy hiding my erection brought on by the imminent new MBV album.
The definitive documentary about influential 80’s and 90’s guitar bands who harnessed massively loud sounds using a sea of effects pedals and delivered some of the most BEAUTIFUL NOISE ever recorded.
8 years in the making, with over 50 interviews, band members, music icons and tastemakers.
INTERVIEWS INCLUDE: Kevin Shields, Jim Reid, Robin Guthrie, Bobby Gillespie, Douglas Hart, Colm O’Ciosoig, Debbie Googe, Simon Raymonde, Alan Moulder, Ivo Watts-Russell, Alan McGee, Sonic Boom
FEATURING BAND MEMBERS OF: Ride, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, Seefeel, AR Kane, Telescopes, Boo Radleys, Cranes, Catherine Wheel, Flying Saucer Attack
2,782 total tracks...I think I'm just going to listen to it on shuffle and really sink into it. Massively, massively looking forward to this.
I just sent it to both of you on FB...not sure how to make a link to post in here.