Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 102: “If at First You Don’t Succeed…”

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 102: “If at First You Don’t Succeed…”

“New” by Paul McCartney

Set 1
“Sunshine Girl” by the Dirtbombs
“Indie Cindy” by Pixies
“You Can Stay But You Got to Go” by Quasi
“Daddy was a Real Good Dancer” by the Dismemberment Plan
“Nightwater Girlfriend” by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Set 2
“Come to My Party” by Black Joe Lewis
“Hey Girl” by Sonny Knight and the Lakers
“The Truth” by Dr. Dog
“Tripwire” by Elvis Costello and the Roots
“Laika” by the Cactus Channel

Set 3
“This Lonely Morning” by Best Coast
“All Through the Night” by Noah and the Whale
“Byegone” by Volcano Choir
“Tall Tall Shadow” by Basia Bulat
“Heavy Bells” by J. Roddy Walston and the Business

Set 4
“Okay” by Holy Ghost!
“Take Off” by Holographic Sounds
“Fallen Giants” by Kithkin
“Los Angeles” by Memoir
“When We Were Young” by Brett Dennen

Set 5
“Samba Samba” by Gipsy Kings
“Me and My Baby” by Don Cavalli
“Cluster” by Porcelian Raft
“Nowhere at the Speed of Light” by Jonathan Rice
“No One’s Gonna Know” by Tristen
“Poem in the Pocket of an Amazon” by My Bubba

“When I’m Alive” by STRFKR

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Metric @ Bowery Ballroom

@ Bowery Ballroom
November 19, 2013

In the midst of a tour opening for Paramore, a band many of us in the Snobocracy dismiss as rock n roll treif (though as much as Paramore can be despised, it must be remembered this is what the last of "popular" "rock music" looks like before rock music goes away forever), Metric took time out to play one for their own - going back to the Bowery Ballroom for the first time since 2005. This was not lost on Emily Haines, as this is her favorite venue, and to look back now, "Pre-Fantasies", as she put it, was something special. So she said this would be night for oldies, but there was plenty of Fantasies and Synthetica (which is no crime, in fact anyone who doesn't think Fantasies is still a perfect record should get their head examined).

Playing in front of a New York City crowd that for Metric is always an odd mix of the stylish and the self-styled stylish (and, at least upfront, a clear mix of verbally self-interested new recruits and old hands), the gang did take the relative intimacy of the Bowery Ballroom in their survey, swapping out recent all-out blasts for more tempered slices from Live It Out and elsewhere. But when the time came, whether it be for "Empty" or "Gold Guns Girls", it was back to the driven fire.

When this sudden show was announced, my immediate thought was "Lou". And so it was, as the Emily/Jimmy send-off of "Gimme Sympathy" was for Lou. In that song, Emily asks who would one rather be, the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. But for all that rock n roll perfection and rock n roll bluster (respectively), Metric is definitely a child of the Velvet school. They can bring you the hooks, the pop, the anthem. But there will always be something wonderfully lovingly dark and off-center about them. This was true as an electro-synth outfit in turn-of-the-century Garagepunk New York and it is true as a Toronto-based Rock-Band-of-the World. And this is how they will always be. At the Bowery, at Union Pool, at Radio City, at Madison Square Garden. Iconoclastic and yet Ingratiated. Like Lou.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 101: “Lessons in Hangin’ Round”

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 101: “Lessons in Hangin’ 'Round”

“Keys to Your Heart” by the 101’ers

Set 1
“Hangin’ Round” by Lou Reed
“Hey! Hey!” by Catl
“My Lucky Day” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
“Dreaming” by Blondie
“Flip Flop and Fly” by Big Joe Turner

Set 2
“You Got It” by Roy Orbison
“Holly Hop” by Buddy Holly
“Work with Me Annie” by the Midnighters
“Ode to a Black Man” by Phil Lynott
“Double Shot (of my Baby’s Love)” by the Swinging Medallions

Set 3
“Someday, Someway” by  Marshall Crenshaw
“Spit at Stars” by Jack Penate
“Loves Me Like a Rock” by Paul Simon
“LDN” by Lily Allen
“My Favorite Mutiny”  by the Coup (with Black Thought and Talib Kweli)

Set 4
“No Myth” by Michael Penn
“Roll With It” by Steve Winwood
“What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes
“Sweat” by Inner Circle
“When the Going Gets Tough” by Billy Ocean

Set 5
“Bag of Hammers” by Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down
“When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge
“American Music” by the Blasters
“The Mall and the Misery” by Broken Bells
“Dynamite” by Mud

“It’s Tight Like That” by Benny Goodman

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 100: “Happiness is 100 Episodes of the Sonic Parthenon Show”

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 100: “Happiness is 100 Episodes of the Sonic Parthenon Show”

“Rock n Roll Train” by AC/DC

Set 1
“Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World” by the Ramones
“The Hives Introduce the Metric System in Time” by the Hives
“It Tastes Just Like a Milkshake” by M.O.T.O
“Janie Jones” by the Clash
“St. James Infirmary Blues” by the White Stripes
“Pin” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
“One Polaroid a Day” by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Set 2
“Black Sheep” by Metric
“Little Mascara (demo)” by the Replacements
“Lawyers, Guns and Money” by Warren Zevon
“Living in Paradise” by Elvis Costello
“Green Grass” by Tom Waits
“Freak Scene by Dinosaur Jr

Set 3
“Highway 61 Revisited” by Bob Dylan
“Thank You for Sending Me an Angel” by Talking Heads
“Yeah, It’s Beautiful Here Too” by Superchunk
“The Weekenders” by the Hold Steady
“Get It On” by Grinderman
“Jimmy Carter” by Electric Six

Set 4
“Potato Head Blues” by Louis Armstrong
“I’ve Got the World on a String” by Frank Sinatra
“Cold Cold Heart” by Norah Jones
“She’s No Lady” by Lyle Lovett
“French Navy” by Camera Obscura
“Mistaken for Strangers” by the National

Set 5
“Jackson” by Johnny Cash and June Carter
“Octopus Mode” by the Reverend Horton Heat
“Honey Now” by Gillian Welch
“Garbage Picker” by Blanche
“Nuclear” by Ryan Adams
“Slow Turning” by John Hiatt

Set 6
“Badlands” by Bruce Springsteen
“Crosstown Traffic” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience
“Hey Hey What Can I Do?” by Led Zeppelin
“How I (Learned My Lesson)” by X
“Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino
“They Were Kings” by Heavy Trash

“Get It While You Can” by the Dirtbombs

Sunday, November 03, 2013

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 99: “AND Loving It”

The Sonic Parthenon Show – Episode 99: “AND Loving It”

“Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry

Set 1
“I Can’t Tell You Why” by the Eagles
“Wheel in the Sky” by Journey
“Looking for Freedom” by David Hasselhoff
“Shimmer” by Fuel
“Only God Knows Why” by Kid Rock

Set 2
“Here Comes the Hotstepper” by Ini Kamoze
“Connected” by Stereo MC’s
“Divine Thing” by Soup Dragons
“Wild, Wild West” by the Escape Club
“King of Wishful Thinking” by Go West

Set 3
“Closer to Free” by the BoDeans
“Everything Falls Apart” by Dog’s Eye View
“Wishing I Was There” by Natalie Imbruglia
“Are You Jimmy Ray?” by Jimmy Ray
“Never Let You Go” by Third Eye Blind

Set 4
“Brandy” by Looking Glass
“I Know” by Dionne Farris
“Enemy” by Days of the New
“Spaceman” by the Killers

Set 5
“Laughter in the Rain” (1974) by Neil Sedaka
“All Night Long” by Lionel Ritchie
“Hold On Loosely” by .38 Special
“Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly

“We Built This City” by Starship