Spector indicted on murder charge

What? No white van being pursued down the freeway in LA? No Judge Ito? Not even a Kato? With the lack of real reporting going on these days, you’ld think the press would be all over this one (guess they prefer x-jocks). . . Pop producer Phil Spector is indicted on a charge that he…

What The Bleep Do We Know?

What the Bleep Do We Know tackles the philosophical realm of Quantum Physics.  It’s a sort of documentary/ dramatization of the meaning of life.  At times the dramatization portion seems a bit juvenile and forced making the film appear more like a Philosophy 101 instructional video, but it does visualize some of the complex concepts…

Accusations on Detention of Ex-Singer

Who will they detain next? Jello Biafra? Zack de la Rocha? A Beastie? United Airlines and the Department of Homeland Security blamed each other because the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens was allowed on a flight. [The New York Times]

Single Frame

I haven’t been to Austin, Texas, but I hear it’s my kind of place.  I’ve yet to attend an Austin City Limits Fest, but perhaps some day.  If the band Single Frame is any indication of the rumblings of Austin, then I’d sure like to make it down there soon.  Listen for yourselves: Single Frame…

Ian MacKaye

Ian MacKaye is an interesting fellow.  As well as running Dischord Records for over the past 20 years, you may also know him as the guitar player/singer of the band Fugazi.  Every interview I have ever seen/read with Ian has been engaging and straighforward. To say the least, he’s probably one of the most misunderstood musicians in rock…

Arkham

The band Arkham hails from Orange County, CA.  That’s about all they’ll tell you on their website (aside from other little things they might or might not like you to know).  They’ve got a new album out called The Freak Power Candidate.  Check out the tune below. Arkham : 30 hours

The Ex

You may have not heard of them before, but Netherlands own The Ex, have been operating as a band for the past 25 years. This fall, the band is doing a series of concerts in Amsterdam, France and Brussels to celebrate their 25th anniversary.  Quite a feat for a band who are virtually unknown here in the…

Antibalas

I’ve been listening to a lot of Fela Kuti lately.  Some friends mentioned I should also check out Antibalas.  Love ’em both (guess I’m feeling a bit political these days).  Here’s a sampling: Antibalas : Hypocrite

Soundtrack Stories: Part 2

Here’s another story by Farhad Parsa called “Cupidís Trick” from his series of stories about Adriana.  To accompany this short piece, I relay to you what I believe to be some of Stephen Malkmus‘ best work (no offense to Pavement).  Photo’s by Farhad. Stephen Malkmus : “(Do Not Feed The) Oysterî Cupid’s Trick Adriana is…

Now is the time: Joanna Newsome

Just came across a video on the Drag City site for Joanna Newsome’s “Sprouted & the Bean”.  I can’t over emphasize how “wowed” I was by her performance at the Bottom of the Hill.  She sat on stage with all of her 20 years and 90 pounds straddling a massive harp.  Listen and watch for…

High Llamas

Some folks believe a live High Llamas show lacks enthusiasm or pizazz, but I disagree entirely.  Sean O’Hagen, the genius behind the music, is a subtle and unmatched wit at times.  Recently I checked out a show at San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill (with Joanna Newsome opening the show— I’ll devote a post entirely…