David Byrne – “I Dance Like This” (live)


Ladies and gentlemen, my first nominee for 2018 album of the year is American Utopia by former Talking Heads frontman and bicycle enthusiast David Byrne.


RSD Catherine Wheel – Happy Days

I just ordered Catherine Wheel’s “Happy Days” album on vinyl from bullmoose.com.  It was a RSD first release, but I haven’t been able to find any info about when it will see wide release.  2000 copies were pressed.

Some background, Catherine Wheel released “Happy Days” in 1995 and it was a big hit in the Seattle area.  It featured “Waydown”, “Judy Staring at the Sun” (which featured Tanya Donnely of Belly),”My Exhibition” and the non-single, but still highly influential “Eat My Dust, You Insensitive Fuck”.

I have fond memories of that last track.  I knew somebody who had this shirt…

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Great, America (2017)

One of my favorite alt-folk duos have released a new track as part of a sampler for their Highwater Fest in South Carolina.

It does a very good job detailing so many of the big picture issues from 2017.  Best line, “a great man takes a stand by dropping to his knee”.

Below is the first place i heard Shovels & Rope, as captured at an event I attended:

That event also happens to be where my girlfriend first heard of the band, and she’s been hooked ever since.

A Space Odyssey turns 50

I just found out today that, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of 2001:  A Space Odyssey, they’re releasing an unremastered 70mm print of the movie to theaters between May 18 and May 29.

Very much considering going….the film apparently turned 50 on April 2nd.

Early morning/April 4th/Shots ring out in a Memphis sky

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the day Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

Below is his prophetic final speech, titled “I Have Been to the Mountaintop”, from April 3, 1968.  he was showing solidarity for a sanitation workers strike in Memphis.

Dr. King, even 50 words later, your words can bring tears to the eyes of many.  Thank you.

MC5 to celebrate with 50th anniversary tour

Prepare to “Kick out the jams, motherfucker!”

The MC5 are perhaps best known for having a hit song that couldn’t be played on the radio.  Hailing from Detroit (the Motor City of MC5), they were contemporaries of The Stooges, first finding success outside Detroit with their album Kick Out the Jams.

They performed as part of the protests at the Democratic National Convention at Chicago in 1968.

Now, featuring members of Soundgarden, Fugazi and King’s X, original singer Wayne Kramer is bringing MC5 on tour.


It Was 20 Years Ago Today…March 1998

Catch 22:  Keasbey Nights

Released March 24, 1998, Keasbey Nights was the first album released by ska band Catch 22, and the only album released with the original line up.

The opening track, “Dear Sergio” has since been covered by twice by different bands featuring Tomas Kalnoky, the lead singer of Catch 22.  Both Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution and Streetlight Manifesto put their own spin on the track, but it’s hard to deny that the original had an urgency, as evidenced by the below live recording.

The title track also featured an unmistakable ska beat and features lines such as “with a gun in my hand wearing a bullet proof vest”.  I would contend it is because of this song that Catch 22 are remembered, if not because the singer went on to begin Streetlight Manifesto.

In 2004, Streetlight Manifesto would re-record the entire album, due to a record label wanting to release the original album with bonus content.  When the Manifesto album eventually saw the light of day in 2006 (honestly, where I first heard it) it featured slightly reworked lyrics and song structure, but was no less catchy for it.

Record label troubles are something which have always plagued Tomas Kalnoky, most recently in April 2017, when Streetlight Manifesto and Victory Records announced that they had reached an agreement and were parting ways.  I eagerly await the next Streetlight Manifesto work, because any band that can do the below to an already amazing song deserves my attention…