Here's the reunited Soundgarden performing "Beyond the Wheel" at the recent show in Seattle. Drop D goodness.
Friday, April 30, 2010
The Dead Weather
San Francisco, CA
Hang you from the heavens
You Just Can’t Win
So Far From Your Weapon
Child of a Few Hours
Die By the Drop
Blue Blood Blues
I Can’t Hear You
Will There Be Enough Water
I Cut Like a Buffalo
Treat Me Like Your Mother
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 02, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Devendra Banhart & the Grogs
San Francisco, CA
Freak folk. Gypsy rock. Hippie shit. More often than not, when you read an article about Devendra Banhart you also hear one of the above qualifiers as the writer attempts to describe Banhart's music. Whatever you want to call it, Banhart's music is as unique as the man himself.
After warming to Devendra's brand of rock 'n roll and many lazy Sunday afternoon's spent with an album of his blaring on the surround sound, it was definitely time to check him out live. How would the songs translate live? How are his backing band, The Grogs? A last minute venue switch to the Regency Ballroom put another wrinkle of wonder in our minds as we made our way downtown to the show.
With this melting pot of musical genres and layered vocal harmonies, the need for the Grogs to actually know how to play is an absolute necessity, and the band stepped up and made it look way too easy. With members of Priestbird and Little Joy in the Grogs, we seemed to be privy to a private jam session between musical friends where the physical stage barrier melted away and the party kicked into high gear. Devendra even surrendered the spotlight and mic several times to give the other guys in the band a chance to play some of their own tunes.
Devendra played a mini acoustic set that seemed to fit right in to the evening's mellow-but-we-can-still-rock-it-when we feel like it attitude. The band pretty much covered most of his discography, including last year's What Will We Be album.. Highlights included a rockin' "Seahorse", "Baby", "Long Haired Child" and a version of "First Song for B" that saw all the typical background noise of a rock show die down to a hush as Banhart performed solo behind a keyboard.
Hell, we even got a few verses of "Chinese Children" and a show stoppin' version of "I Feel Just Like a Child". And by the end of the night, it was no longer a sleepy Tuesday night, but a night just beginning and the central question on everyone's mind being "where to next?".
Live color photos by Gretchen Robinette and used without permission from this blog.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Records stores...remember them? Despite the death of Tower Records, Sam Goody and other national chains, records stores are still around.
For those of you who still enjoy walking the aisles in search of that elusive new musical find, national Record Store Day 2010 is approaching. On April 17th, visit your favorite local record store and enjoy the celebration. Here to help you understand all there is to know about Record Store Day is Queens of the Stone Age/Them Crooked Vulture member Joshua Homme.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
In case you missed them, here are recent performances by Pearl Jam on last weekend's SNL performing "Just Breathe" and "Unthought Known"and the Drive By Truckers on Letterman performing "This Fucking Job".
Friday, March 12, 2010
In the days leading up to the March 16th release of the Drive By Truckers new album, The Big To-Do (ATO Records), the band has released a webisode chronicling the making of the album and other items.
Go here to pre-order and listen to a stream of the entire album