Britpop Conspiracy: Guardian Interview with MBV’s Kevin Shields

October 4th, 2013 · Comments Off on Britpop Conspiracy: Guardian Interview with MBV’s Kevin Shields

This interview with My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields is worth a read even without the conspiracy theory that Britpop was pushed by the Labour Government in the mid-90’s (ha!). ‘But when it is jokingly suggested that, had Shields released m b v in 1994, as initially planned, he could have kiboshed Britpop, his mood changes. […]

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David Yow Fronting Girls Against Boys Covering Joy Division

September 18th, 2013 · Comments Off on David Yow Fronting Girls Against Boys Covering Joy Division

David Yow fronting Girls Against Boys covering Joy Division’s “She’s Lost Control” doesn’t really need an introduction, but Yow’s is funny nonetheless: “If you like boring? songs by bands from the 70s and 80s, you might like this song.”

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STREAM: Throwing Muses “Sleepwalking-1″

August 28th, 2013 · Comments Off on STREAM: Throwing Muses “Sleepwalking-1″

The Throwing Muses’ trajectory of out of left field alterna-art-pop has been anything but normal, which makes perfect sense when you consider bandleader Kristin Hersh’s mental health rollercoaster over the years. The band broke up in the late 1990’s only to return in the early aughts with just as much fire and intensity as when […]

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Laura Marling Plays “Master Hunter” on Letterman

August 27th, 2013 · Comments Off on Laura Marling Plays “Master Hunter” on Letterman

Laura Marling is such a force to behold in a live setting. She’s both entreating and more than a little intimidating. This live version is just as sinister as the video for this song from one of my top albums of the year.

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Japandroids Play “Adrenaline Nightshift” on Letterman

July 2nd, 2013 · Comments Off on Japandroids Play “Adrenaline Nightshift” on Letterman

These guys make up for the roll call of references with a shit-kicking rock ‘n roll sound. I hadn’t thought of the Bruce Springsteen connection before I saw this live version of “Adrenaline NightShift,” but it’s definitely there. And also forgiven. Remember when people said The Killers sounded like Springsteen? Man, people are idiots.

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So, Shiner (Shiner!) Reunited and I Had No Idea

December 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on So, Shiner (Shiner!) Reunited and I Had No Idea

Ugh, my day is ruined. My love for Shiner is not understood by many. This is a band that people either love with an obsessiveness that knows no bounds or they simply do not get at all. Not only did Shiner reissue a remastered version of The Egg (on vinyl for the first time) without […]

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RETRO: Siouxsie & Banshees Live in Germany in 1981

November 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on RETRO: Siouxsie & Banshees Live in Germany in 1981

Siouxsie & the Banshees’ entire set at Satory Saal, Cologne, Germany from June of 1981 is available on YouTube via German TV show “Rockpalast.” This performance took place merely weeks after the release of its fourth LP, Juju. I saw the band from the second row just under ten years later. It was, perhaps, the […]

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