Thursday, October 30, 2008
Coldplay - "Politik"
The National - "Mr. November"
Rage Against the Machine - "Wake Up"
Bruce Springsteen - "Johnny 99"
Bob Dylan - "Blowin in the Wind"
Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Fortunate Son"
Bright Eyes - "When the President Talks to God"
U2 - "Love and Peace or Else"
Pearl Jam - "Bushleaguer"
The Clash - "Know Your Rights"
Chris Cornell and Maynard James Keenan - "What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding"
Bouncing Souls - "Letters from Iraq"
Billy Bragg - "Waiting for the Great Leap Forward"
Bjork - "Declare Independence"
Green Day - "American Idiot"
MC5 - "Kick out the Jams"
John Lennon - "Gimme Some Truth"
Radiohead - "House of Cards"
REM - "Welcome to the Occupation"
Bob Marley - "Get Up! Stand Up!"
Pink - "Dear, Mr. President"
Woodie Guthrie - "This Land is Your Land"
Muse - "Map of the Problematic"
Marvin Gaye - "What's Goin On?"
Against Me! - "Stop!"
Rise Against - "Swing Life Away"
System of a Down - "War"
Another cool thing is the message I received from Stellastarr*'s Arthur Kremer about the site. Kremer mentioned "Hey I like the layout of your site...good job!" Some nice words of encouragement from a really awesome guy! Thanks Arthur!
And finally I am patting myself on the back for this...Who is one of the first people in the US to be writing and even interviewing Glasvegas? Oh me - that's who! Who has the free featured single of the week on Itunes this week as well as an upcoming taping of Letterman in January--Glasvegas! I told you they were going to be huge! You herd it first here on this side of the pond!
Sorry for my nerdiness but I just needed to let it out.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
1- How is the progress on the new record?
It's coming along slowly and un-surely. We are pretty much finished with it. It's recorded and mixed and now we're fussing about with the details such as mastering, album name and just how the hell to release it.
2- How do you think fans will react to the new album?
I hope they either really hate it or really love it.
3- You were one of the first bands to break out of the neo-New York scene this past decade. What has role has New York City played in your music? What role does music play in New York City?
New York is very much intertwined with us and the music we make. I wouldn't even know how to separate it out. I don't think stellastarr* could have been born in Tallahassee or Cleveland or any other town.
4- You were also one of the first bands to take the 80's synth sound and bring it back to the mainstream in such effective way around the world. Do you think that type of dance-rock, that you helped reusher in, makes it easier to reach a global audience than other generes?
I don't know how to answer this...Partially because we don't really use any synths and especially didn't when we first started out. We also never intended to "usher in" any particular genre of music. We just got together to make music that we wanted to make...and what came out, came out.
5- Has touring the world and having your music reach out to so many people changed you as musicians?
Absolutely. In some ways it made us better musicians, more professional and savvy. But with the good there always is the bad. I am sure we've lost a great deal of innocents and naiveté which I very much revel in. I am sure we are more jaded and perhaps more cynical as musicians and as people.
6- The sound Stellastarr* produces sounds more British than American. Has Brit-pop been a strong influence on the band?
For sure...I mean Brit pop in general is a huge influence on all music and all musicians. So many incredible musicians came out of that little place it's baffling to me. Maybe they're crappy cuisine had made them strive for something more fulfilling...well that's my theory anyway. However I will say that I think our sound is more New York than British or American. New York is a unique place that's is in my mind culturally a perfect blend of the American and European ideals. I think and hope we helped to usher in a New York sound...I guess this answer can be applicable to question 3 and 4.
7- You have placed the demo of "Warchild," up on myspace. Does this song and title reflect our current times? Will the band be getting more political / social on the new record?
We'll be getting more.
Above: Stellastarr* on Last Call with Carson Daly / Below: Video for "Sweet Troubled Soul"
'Please Come Back Home'
'Careful What You Wish For'
'Fuck You, It's Over'
'A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss)'
'Silent Night / Noapte De Vis'
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Coldplay setlist 10/22/08 Hammerstein Ballroom:
Life In Technicolor
Chinese Sleep Chant
Viva La Vida
Lovers In Japan
Death And All His Friends
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Glasvegas are currently in a Transylvania church recording their Christmas album. The 10 song record will feature nine originals as well as a cover of the Holiday staple "Silent Night."
The Bouncing Souls are gearing up for their 20th anniversary next year and are expected to deliver big things. The band is working on their latest record to have out at some point in 09, as well as a huge tour. Yet for now you can catch the Souls in New Jersey during the Holiday season as they are set to play Asbury Park for their annual Christmas / New Year shows.
It is hard to think that a year ago Radiohead unleashed the biggest experiment and shock to the music industry as the pay-as-you-want In Rainbows, the bands seventh studio album was released. After being available as a download and gift set via the band's website for a few months, then getting physical releases on both CD and Vinyl. The band have revealed how successful the experiment was. Check out the figures and stats HERE via NME.com
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
What a way to celebrate a birthday party, European clothing company Diesel celebrated their founding in Brooklyn this past weekend with an all star line up that included MIA, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand, NERD, and TI. Many mash ups and surprises came out of the night but nothing like Chaka Khan joining Hot Chip to belt out her classic "I'm Every Woman."
Metal monsters Mastodon are also currently in the studio working on their latest disc. The band has been inspired by Brent Hinds head injury he endured at last years MTV VMA's in Las Vegas. The album is being produced by Brendan O'Brien (Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam) and for more info on the recording of Mastodon's latest check out Rolling Stone's exclusive inside look HERE
In other album news, Garbage singer turned Terminator actress Shirley Manson gave away that band member and Against Me!, Nirvana producer Butch Vig is working with Green Day on their new album. Green Day and Vig are currently in California working on the band's follow up to 2004's mega successful American Idiot.
Just last month I caught the English band as they gave a free show at Roseland Ballroom. Here is another video of the band's great performance, this is of "Hunting for Witches." Read my review and see the band play their latest single "Talons," HERE
Thursday, October 9, 2008
1) Most bands start off in their late teens and / or early twenties. You seem to have started later than that. Doe you think your age and experience effects your songwriting?
GV:It certainly gives you more life experience and this gives you more depth when writing songs
2) Recently Glasvegas battled Metallica in the UK for the top of the charts. How does that make you feel that you were competing against legends and were very close to beating them?
GV:We made the album we wanted and went through so many highs and lows getting there and came out on the other side with an album we were happy with...charts are for record companies to be concerned about but it was interesting to read that Metallica brought their release forward
3) Your sound is very cinematic and unique. Describe your songwriting process and how each song gets to be what the audience hears.
GV: We can't ...something so creative has no process...although we do concede that first demos my differ slightly from final version
4) Why did you choose to record your album in Brooklyn?
GV: To people on the other side of the world...Brooklyn sounds otherworldly and exotic and we wanted to be inspired and Brooklyn was a magical place in a magical time
5) Did Brooklyn and New York City inspire your work?
GV: yes it did...they are such inspirational places
6) With bands such as Coldplay, The Fratellis, Bloc Party and now Glasvegas, do you think we are on the brink of the third British invasion?
GV: The days of waving at the airport are long gone.
7) Is making it in the U.S. still a big deal to a European musician?
GV: It is a different market with its own challenges but i believe every musician would like to be a success in the USA
Thanks again to Glasvegas for this interview. Their self titled debut is available now on Itunes, physical releases will be out in January.
Above Glasvegas on Jools Holland performing "Daddy's Gone," Below "Geraldine"
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Here is the listing
'Life In Technicolor II'
'Postcards From Far Away'
'Glass Of Water''Rainy Day'
'Lovers In Japan (Osaka Sun mix)'
'Now My Feet Won't Touch The Ground'
Sunday, October 5, 2008
'A Dustland Fairytale'
'This Is Your Life'
'I Can't Stay'
'The World We Live In'
'Goodnight, Travel Well'
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
When you are passionate about something and looking for it to bring you to new heights and willing to do almost anything for it, success will come to you. Success is starting to come to the Boston band The Hollow Sound and take note, they are a force to be reckoned with. Fronted by the beautiful and talented Maddie Herec and backed by a band of talented musicians (including my friend Evan Brock), The Hollow Sound are making a name for themselves all over. Just getting off this summers Warped Tour and playing the CMJ Music Marathon the past few years, The Hollow Sound have also found themselves playing with the likes of As Tall As Lions, Nightmare of You and Protest the Hero, to name a few. For this band it is not just about making music it is about making art. As they put it "Armed with only the instruments on our backs and the words in our hearts, The Hollow Sound has always been about looking forward since the earliest months of 2005. This band is the driving force in our lives; it is what keeps us going--whether that be through writing, performing, or recording." Over the years they have delivered EP's and are currently working on their debut full length LP. Give this band a listen and I am sure you will enjoy what you hear.