Oh my god, holy shit!

In celebration of James Iha’s 48th birthday, the former guitar player took the stage with Billy Corgan’s Smashing Pumpkins for the first time in 16 years last night.  Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was also on stage.  Now, if only D’Arcy…

2016 inclusions in National Recording Registry

Every year, the National Recording Registry adds 25 more recordings to their preservation project.  These recordings will be preserved due to their importance in the heritage that is the American experience.

“Let Me Call You Sweetheart”-  Columbia Quartet

“Wildcat Blues”- Clarence Williams’ Blues Five

“Statesboro Blues”- Blind Willie McTell

“Bonaparte’s Retreat”- WH Stepp

“Vic and Sade” – Episode “Decoration Day”

Mahler Symphony No. 9 – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

“Carousel of American Music” – George Cohan, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Arthur Freed, Shelton Brooks, Hoagy Carmichael (September 24, 1940)

The “Marshall Plan” Speech-  George C. Marshall (June 5, 1947)

“Destination Freedom” episodes- “A Garage in Gainesville” and “Execution Awated”

Original soundtrack for “A Streetcar Named Desire”

“Cry Me a Riber” – Julie London

“Mack the Knife”- Louie Armstrong, Bobby Darin

Wilt Chamberlins 100 point game, fourth quarter coverage- Bill Campbell, announcer

“A Love Supreme” – John Coltrane

“It’s My Way” (album)- Buffy St. Marie

“Where Did Our Love Go”- The Supremes

“People Get Ready”- The Impressions

“Mama Tried”- Merle Haggard

“Abraxas” – Santana

“Class Clown” – George Carlin

“Robert and Clara Schumann Complete Piano Trios”- The Beaux Arts Trio

“Piano Man”- Billy Joel

“Bogalusa Boogie”- Clifton Chenier

“I Will Survive”- Gloria Gaynor

“Master of Puppets” – Metallica

Today’s music news snippets

Mudcrutch, Tom Petty’s pre-Heartbreakers band, will be releasing their second album on May 20 and will be touring for the first ever tour.

 

Out of nowhere, Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, has announced that she has a new project, titled D.A.R.K., who will be releasing their debut album on May 27.

It was 20 years ago today…March 1996

Sleater-Kinney: Call the Doctor

Call the Doctor is the second album by Olympia punk icons Sleater-Kinney, and their first as the co-singers main bands (Corin Tucker having previously frunted Heavens to Betsy and Carrie Brownstien previously being in Excuse 17). The album’s 12 tracks were recorded in just four days. The songs predominantly feature themes of people struggling in their personal lives, with themes universal enough that fans could find ample reasons to relate. As such, Call the Doctor was ranked as one of the 100 greatest albums of the 90s by Rolling Stone.

With 12 songs and just a few seconds over 30 minutes, there are only two songs that reach to/past the three minute mark. The first track on the album also carries the title of “Call the Doctor” and features dueling guitars and immediately identifiable vocal harmonies. The song tackles society’s need to “socialize” and “steralize” by featuring observations such as “All my life is right before me/can’t tell any more the real parts”. The song attempts, but never really substantiates, to equare society offering people more with making everybody the same. While it is true that there are “ideal” of how a person should look/behave, those ideals may not ring true for everybody, and I think that is what this song is trying to display.

Track 4 on the album, titled “Anonymous”, is about a woman who is realizing that she threw her life away to be a wife, giving up her own identity for that of her husband. It features one of the more humorous lines on the album, if not in the entire Sleater-Kinney catalogue. One line in particular stands out, stating “she swallowed the spider to catch the fly/I don’t know why she swallowed that lie”. The song hues fairly close to the standardized “Sleater-Kinney sound”, if such a thing can be said to exist. But, by identifying being a spouse with giving up your identity, Tucker & Brownstein stake their claim against the outdated idea that a woman needs to be associated with a man in order to have value.

Track 6, titled “Good Things”, features several lines making clear the meaning of the song, discintly about an impending breakup. “Why do good things never wanna stay/some things you lose, some things you give away”. “Is it worth it/will it make me sick again?” This song has stealthily become one of my most listened to Sleater-Kinney tracks in my itunes. The line “some things you lose…” was even ripped off wholsale by Jack Off Jill’s track “Strawberry Gashes”, which is a song about a woman with destructive tendencies. Perhaps the line of their song was a reference to Sleater-Kinney’s lyrics…

Side two of the LP starts with one of my favorite Sleater-Kinney tracks, the indomitable (unless of course, it is accidentally domited) “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone”. It features everything that came to be recognized as hallmarks of the S-K sound. Staccato lyrical delivery, easily digested lyrics, and a dual guitar and vocal attack that entwines around one another. The song itself has two meanings. On one level, Corin Tucker wants to bring meaning to future generations in the same way that Joey Ramone did during his peak. On another level, she is describing the double standard within the music buisness that it is more common for male rock stars to garner attention and idol worship than it is for females with the same level of talent.

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone” was the first track I had ever heard by Sleater-Kinney and it started me on a 20 year journey that brought me from there to here. Sleater-Kinney have become punk/riot grrl/queercore/rock icons in the years since their inception. After going on hiatus for several years, they came back in early 2015 with one of the best albums of the year and sounded like they never missed a moment. Carrie Brownstein made her name as a comedic actress on Portlandia. Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss formed a group called Wild Flag. Janet Weiss was the drummer for albums for Bright Eyes and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. Yet, it was when they got back together after doing their own thing that they realized that to several people they had become their generations equivalent of Joey Ramone.

Minneapolis Current 893 Greatest Albums

I’m not entirely sure how, but somehow I got on the mailing list for 89.3FM The Current radio station.  Today, they sent out an email where people could vote on their 10 essential albums for a countdown of the 893 greatest albums of all time during a Spring Membership Drive.  My list wasn’t in the most specific of orders, but I wanted to accent albums that deserve as high a placing as possible.  I left off such greats as OK Computer, Bat Out of Hell, Metallica (The Black Album), etc. in favor of some of the prides of my vinyl record collection.

Here’s the list I gave them:

 

  1. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  2. Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
  3. The Clash – The Clash
  4. Weezer – Pinkerton
  5. Radiohead – The Bends
  6. The Ramones – The Ramones
  7. Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album)
  8. Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
  9. The Clash – Londong Calling
  10. Nirvana – Nevermind

 

Cast your vote at this address.

 

EDIT:  They started playing their list May 5 at 8AM CST.  You can view the list so far here: 893 Greatest Albums

 

Sharon Signs to Cherry Red

Pre-Order site

 

I’ve only just discovered this compilation, but i need this in my life.  A 2cd compilation of female fronted indie music from the Uk between 1979 and 1985.  The title comes from a song by the band Kamikaze Pilots, who released the song in 1985.

 

Edit:  As I was looking at the compilation track list, I was curious about the song below.  I’ve had the original for years, but I never knew there was a cover.

This is the best thing I’ve heard today…

Five More Non-English Song Titles

Viva Las Vegas-  Elvis

As you might expect, from the movie Viva Las Vegas

Krankenhaus-  New Bad Things

The title in German means “Hospital”.  From legitimately one of my favorite albums of all time.  And one of my prized vinyl possessions.

Jardin du Luxembourg-  Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

Sean Lennon and his wife writing songs and singing together, yes please!

Los Angeles- X

This kind of feels like cheating, but the name does mean “The Angels”.  I do love the vocal interplay between John Doe and Excine Cervenka.  The title song from, in my opinion, their best album.

El Condor Pasa (If I Could)-  Simon and Garfunkel

Apparently, a Peruvian folk song re-written by Art Garfunkel and included on the Bridge Over Troubled Water album.  The song title means “The Condor Passes” in Spanish.

McCartney working to re-acquire Beatles catalog in U.S.

Here’s the original article

In short, US copyright law states that the original artist can reacquire the publisher’s share of songs 56 years after they were written.

Paul McCartney filed termination notice on 32 songs from The Beatles catalog.  Interestingly, this will be the first time McCartney has owned his own publishing rights to Beatles songs.  They were originally owned by Northern Songs Limited, established by Brian Epstein.

“He was out very late rocking & rolling”

I recently clicked on a story about a 9yo boy who held up a sign at a Bruce Springsteen concert asking the rocker to sign a tardy note.

Springsteen saw the note, invited the boy and his father backstage and wrote a note which read:

Dear Ms. Jackson

Xabi has been out very late rocking and rolling.  Please excuse him if he is tardy.

Yours, Bruce Springsteen”