Saturday, October 25, 2014

27 – “If They Want Me to Be British, Then I’ll Be DAMNED British”

The Tornados – “Telstar”
The Rolling Stones – “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
The Animals – “It’s My Life”
Sweet – “Ballroom Blitz”
Brian Eno – “Needles in the Camel’s Eye”
The Clash – “(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais”
The Sex Pistols – “Friggin’ in the Riggin’”
X-Ray Spex – “Obsessed With You”
Eddie and the Hot Rods – “Do Anything You Want to Do”
Elvis Costello and the Attractions – “Uncomplicated”
Ian Dury and the Blockheads – “England’s Glory (Live)”
Billy Bragg – “Thatcherites”
New Order – “True Faith”
Blur – “Crazy Beat”
Kate Nash – “Take Me to a Higher Plane”
Camera Obscura – “If Looks Could Kill”
Johnny Marr – “Easy Money”
Robert Plant – “Rainbow”

Sunday, October 19, 2014

26 – “Redheads”

Blanche – “Red Head”
The White Stripes – “Fell in Love with a Girl”
R.E.M. – “Redhead Walking”
Mission of Burma – “Red”
Dolly Parton – “Jolene”
Bob Dylan – “Tangled Up in Blue”
The Come Ons – “The Perfect Red”
Bruce Springsteen – “Red Headed Woman”
Johnny Cash – “Frankie’s Man, Johnny”
Blonde Redhead – “23”
Tom Waits – “Medley – Jack & Neal/California Here I Come”
Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson – “Cherry Red”
The Birthday Party – “6’ Gold Blade”
Lydia Loveless – “Verlaine Shot Rimbaud”
Mark Ronson – “Valerie (Featuring Amy Winehouse)”

Monday, October 13, 2014

CBGB Festival: Devo; Jane's Addiction @ Times Square

CBGB Festival: Devo; Jane's Addiction
@ Times Square
New York, NY - October 12, 2014

Assuming Devo still has the same world view it has always had, then they must have had a dilly of a time in Times Square. Under the banner of a music festival named after the club that celebrated the musical response to the nadir of life in these United States and around the world, surrounded by the ultimate in easy, mindless, brainless, lifeless consumerism, here was the band from Akron. They were a prime example of the soundtrack to the dystopian techno future and as years go on, it appears that future is becoming the present. So why not?! A little Devo in the middle of the numbing madness!

When Gerald Casale implored to "fucking whip that thing", it was on. Suddenly the tourists pushing their strollers past the jewlery store were getting a dose of another way of life. This was not going to be the total Olive Gardening of punk rock. And it was more than you're 80's one hit wonder nostalgia. It was as follows:

That's Good
Girl U Want
Whip It
Uncontrollable Urge
Jocko Homo
Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA
Gates of Steel
Beautiful World

Only being a relatively recent convert to the catalog, (recent meaning in the last five years), and having never had a previous experience seeing them live, I cannot fully give the measure of an informed thought. But I would not have expected them to have kicked off with my favorite of their 80's sounding 80's songs, the synthetically pop "That's Good" and they anthemized it the way I would have wanted it. Then it was time to rock before Booji Boy (another learning experience) tried to say something about CBGB and Devo's first trip to New York. In the context of all the pocketbooks and Hershey Kisses and jukebox musicals you could buy, it was all very Devo.

It was also time to rock when it came time for seeing Jane's Addiction, also for the first time. And it was a rock show indeed. If Jane's Addiction is your thing. When Perry Farrell said Dave Navarro was the most L.A. guy he ever met, that was about the nicest way of saying the same thing I would have said in a meaner way. I long got over my indifference to Jane's Addiction and their grotesque slickness and Cali-ways of doing big time rock. Better to just roll with it and like what I like. And it was worth it for Perry's "Happy Sukkot Shlomo" drone which I assume meant he saw the lemon-carrying Lubavitch walking around but who knows? That might have been from the heart. As when he said "We Jews love you. And we love your children." He also said some well timed stuff about MONEY (see above). Then he said some stuff about sexual pleasures and then about the Mayor and that was the end of that. Oy gevalt.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

25 – “A Damned Shame”

Gorbachov – “Beat Machine”
The Orion Experience – “Like Sexy Dynamite”
Action Painters – “Sooner or Later”
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir – “Aspidistra”
The 1900s – Cold & Kind
Company of Thieves – “Oscar Wilde”
Maps of Norway – “The Runout”
Erica Cashman – “Nothin Left to Say”
The Nice Device – “My Little Birdie”
The Come Ons – “FKS”
The Avatars – “Honey Do”
The Hard Lessons – “Milk and Sugar”
The Blacks – “Ammunition”
Gold Motel – “Cold Shoulders”
Mondo Topless – “One, Two, Three, Me”

Sunday, October 05, 2014

24 – “You Better Dig It”

Albert King – “Let’s Have a Natural Ball”
Robyn Hitchock – “I Wanna Go Backwards”
Elvis Costello & the Roots – “Viceroy’s Row”
Lyle Lovett – “L.A. County”
Hospitality – “I Miss Your Bones”
Jimmy Rogers – “Blue Yodel No. 5”
Kathy Mattea – “18 Wheels”
Yo La Tengo – “Periodically Double or Triple”
Bill Johnson – “You Better Dig It”
The Four Pennies – “Juliet”
Churchill – “Change”
Jeanne & the Darlings – “How Can You Mistreat the One You Love”
Public Service Broadcasting – “Roygbiv”
Naked Eyes – “Promises, Promises”
Lucinda Williams – “Something About What Happens When We Talk (Live on KCRW)”