Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 75: “Still Got It”

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 75: “Still Got It”

“One More Shot” by the Rolling Stones

Set 1
“The Next Day” by David Bowie
“We No Who U R” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
“Bottle Baby” by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
“Early Roman Kings” by Bob Dylan
“Drinkin’ and Smokin’ Cigarettes” by Reverend Horton Heat

Set 2
“All the Time” by the Strokes
“Take Back the Toys” by the Hives
“Keep Me Hangin’ On” by the Darkness
“Sacrilege” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
“Run Right Back” by the Black Keys

Set 3
“Stella Hurt” by Elvis Costello
“Hell Broke Luce” by Tom Waits
“Pharaos Chariot” by Soulsavers
“Come Healing” by Leonard Cohen

Set 4
“Rude” by Dinosaur Jr
“Doubt” by the Corin Tucker Band
“Boom” by Wild Flag
“The Fixer” by Pearl Jam

Set 5
“I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons
“The Open Road” by John Hiatt
“Love is the Drug” by the Bryan Ferry Orchestra
“Jesus Don’t Love Me” by Holly Golightly & the Broke-Offs

“We Take Care of Our Own” by Bruce Springsteen

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Hives; The Livids @ Irving Plaza

The Hives; The Livids
@ Irving Plaza
New York, NY - March 24, 2013

It was almost 9 years ago that I first saw the Hives. And it was in this very venue. They were still hot from Veni, Vidi, Vicious, and Tyrannosaurus Hives had extended their relevance to both the the populists and tastemakers alike. The concert was so explosive, so rapid fire, so immense and intense, it etched me as a fan for life, even if later records were a little too slick for the sound on the LP. All the better then that this Swedish monstrosity has never broken up and never had a line-up change. They remain a pure, authentic demonstration of rock n' roll at its finest: loud, raw, nasty but at the same time sweetly melodic and joyful. And the fact that their leader, Howlin' Pelle Almqvist is a positive egomaniac of the highest order, only ensconces and enshrines the band in rock n' roll amber as legendary, even iconic. Yeah that's right - you read that. Deal with it, learn to love it.

This old hack had the privilege of being at a pre-show meet&greet/soundcheck for the show (and it featured an exclusive performance of "Two Timing Touch..."). There was a time where I would have had a heart attack over such a premise. I'd have been at my gimmicky best (worst?), ready to hype up this sham of a site, and if I had been doing my Internet radio-style music show during said-once-upon-a-time, I'd have been itching to somehow get the event recorded as an exclusive. Instead I met ol' HPA and co. with just a hello hows-ya-do nice top hat chief, have fun tonight, 5 seconds of socializing. That works for me these days. Let the Hives carry on this madness, I'll just be on the receiving end thank you very much.

However, had I girded myself for what was coming with the opening act, the Livids, I might have made something of an old time press...something. In about 25 minutes of insanity, Eric Davidson - as in THEE Eric Davidson of the New Bomb Turks, suckas! - transported me back to a time of Maxwell's, killing my ears in the amp, and...other things maybe best left unwritten. The Douglas Adams of rock n' roll, no one is faster on the draw both in sound and presence than Eric D. If anyone else is having as much fun on stage as him, I'd like to meet this person. It might be Pelle, so who knows. Of course they did a cover of "You Made Me Love You", as in Jolson. Of course they did. Eric Davidson is so...Eric almost makes me wish my name was Eric.

Side note: One of his badass bandmembers wore a "Eat Shit & Die" t-shirt. I am fairly certain my mother coined that phrase. Assuming she copyrighted it, I can sue the shirtmaker, correct? After all, this sentiment was my mother's life lesson to me, the one maxim she told me to carry with me since the world in which we live requires this notion to be dispatched at a moment's notice. Maybe this is why I like the rock n' roll music that I do, music such as the Hives and the Livids. Which is ironic because I grew up in a household of "The Hustle" and some Neil Sedaka.

The Universe is expanding.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 74: “A Slightly St. Patrick’s Day”

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 74: “A Slightly St. Patrick’s Day”

“American Land” by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Set 1
“If I Should Fall by the Grace of God” by the Pogues
“What’s Left of the Flag for Me” by Flogging Molly
“I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by Dropkick Murphys
“Brown Dog” by the Young Dubliners
“Riot in the Pub” by Sit n’ Spin

Set 2
“Sex” by the 1975
“So Good at Being in Trouble” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
“Counting on You” by Kylie Auldist
“Chicken Switch” by the James Hunter Six
“Pieces of a Man” by the Lions

Set 3
“Whisky in the Jar” by Thin Lizzy
“Teenage Kicks” by the Undertones
“Don’t Ring Me Up” by Protex
“Star of the County Down” by Van Morrison & the Chieftains
“Spancil Hill” by the Prodigals

Set 4
“Try Me Out Sometime” by Broncho
“Monday Morning” by James Younger
“Harbour Boys” by Joel Plaskett Emergency
“Two Fingers” by Jake Bugg
 “Headlights” by Night Moves

Set 5
“Wake Up” by Two Door Cinema Club
“Irish Blood, English Heart” by Morrissey
“The Right Thing Right” by Johnny Marr
“Centered on You” by Atlas Genius
“Wings” by HAERTS

“Finnegan’s Wake” by Gael Sli

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 73: “Gotham, My Gotham Revisited (and Revised)”

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 73: “Gotham, My Gotham Revisited (and Revised)”

“New York Groove” by Ace Frehley

Set 1
“Hard Times in New York Town” by Bob Dylan
“I’m Waiting for the Man” by the Velvet Underground
“Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)” by Billy Joel
“New York’s Alright if You Like Saxophones” by Fear
“New York I Love You (But You’re Bringing Me Down)” by LCD Soundsystem

Set 2
“Sheena is a Punk Rocker” by the Ramones
“Venus” by Television
“Elegie” by Patti Smith
“Paper” by Talking Heads
“New Pleasure” by Richard Hell & the Voidoids

Set 3
“Last Nite” by the Strokes
“Y Control (live on the Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T on WFMU)” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
“A Little Bit of Love” by the Mooney Suzuki
“Caught in New York City” by the Bamboo Kids
“Stay Away from Me” by the Star Spangles

Set 4
“Stoned and Starving” by Parquet Courts
“Avenue B” by Gogol Bordello
“Across 110th Street” by Bobby Womack
“Bushwick Blues” by Delta Spirit
“So Far Around the Bend” by the National

Set 5
“Subway Train” by the New York Dolls
“New York Girls” by Finbar Furey
“Hell in New York” by Slaughter & the Dogs
“New York City” by John Lennon & Yoko Ono
“I’ll Take New York” by Tom Waits

“New York, New York” by the Dictators

Sunday, March 03, 2013

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 72: “In the Interests of Gender Equality in Regards to the Previous Episode, This One is All About Dames.”

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 72: “In the Interests of Gender Equality in Regards to the Previous Episode, This One is All About Dames.”

“Hound Dog” by Big Mama Thornton

Set 1
“Roll (Dance) with Me Henry” by Etta James
“Proud Mary” by Ike & Tina Turner
“Down On Me” by Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company
“Freeway of Love” by Aretha Franklin

Set 2
“My Generation by Patti Smith
“Breathless” by X
“I’m a Cliché” by X-Ray Spex
“School Days” by The Runaways
“Private Idaho” by the B-52’s
“Atomic” by Blondie

Set 3
“From the Air” by Laurie Anderson
“Gravity” by Pylon
“Too Many Creeps” by Bush Tetras
“Never Say Never” by Romeo Void
“Cannonball” by the Breeders

Set 4
“Never Said” by Liz Phair
“All I Really Want” by Alanis Morissette
“Possession” by Sarah Mclachlan
“A Change Would Do You Good” by Sheryl Crow
“Smiling Underneath” by Ani DiFranco

Set 5
“Heads Will Roll” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
“Twisting Postman” by Ko & the Knockouts
“Hollywood” by the Paybacks
“On Time” by Miss Alex White & the Red Orchestra
“Rock n Roll Babe” by Cocktail Slippers

Set 6
“Have Mercy” by Loretta Lynn
“Rise Up with Fists!!” by Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
“Fox Confessor Brings the Flood” by Neko Case
“Vampire Guy” by El Madmo
“The Sweetest Thing” by Camera Obscura

Set 7
“Death Proof” by Kate Nash
“Speeding to My Death” by Still Pacific
“Husbands” by Savages
“Synthetica” by Metric

"The Professional" by Sleater-Kinney
“In the Cold Cold Night” by the White Stripes