Tag: Music

Kurt Cobain Remembrance in the New Yorker

Kurt, being a student of rock history, knew that the story of a rock band is essentially a legend—in the sense that there’s some wiggle room in the truth as long as it serves the over-all myth. So Kurt was an unreliable narrator of his own story. That’s nothing new—it would be hard to name any rock star who wasn’t the same. It’s up to the journalist to determine what’s true and what isn’t. But sometimes journalists play along because they’re naïve, lazy, or overworked, or they want to be in on the game because it makes for sensational copy. Whatever the reason, it works to the artist’s advantage. I wasn’t rigorous about investigating Kurt’s mythologizing—for one thing, a tight deadline meant that I just didn’t have the time, and, for another, he had charmed me and I unquestioningly bought a lot of his tall tales—which turned out well for him.

The second night was a repeat of the first: me and a guy reading the book I wrote about him, in a generic little hotel room, punctuated by the rustle of paper and the occasional grunt of appreciation or soft chuckle. He told me it was illuminating to read about his entire life in chronological order. Very few people have that luxury. Sometimes he’d take a break, and we’d stand together by the window overlooking Fourth Avenue and talk, eat cookies, or look down to the street, where little gangs of homeless kids swarmed around taxis stopped at red lights, trying to wangle a few bucks out of the cabbies. During those breaks, we didn’t speak about the book—instead, we talked about people we knew in common, music we were listening to, or politics. Sometimes we’d just stare out the window at the city without saying anything at all.

My Time with Kurt Cobain
Michael Azerrad

I didn’t read the Cobain book, but I did read this one by Azerrad and recommend it:
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991

Radio Garden – Listen to Radio Stations From Around the World

Radio Garden invites you to tune into thousands of live radio stations across the globe.

By bringing distant voices close, radio connects people and places. From its very beginning, radio signals have crossed borders. Radio makers and listeners have imagined both connecting with distant cultures, as well as re-connecting with people from ‘home’ from thousands of miles away.

Radio Garden is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Our dedicated team is hard at work tending to the garden on a daily basis. Planting seeds for the future and keeping the weeds at bay.

Check it out here:
http://radio.garden/

Here’s a couple places I tried out.

Note – I looked up some radio stations in my own neighborhood – Denver, Colorado, USA. What I heard was representative of what I’d hear in my car. So it’s all legit as far as I can tell.

Here’s a reddit post with people talking about some of the cool things they’ve found on Radio Garden:
reddit

Bob Marley – Card Carrying UAW Member

NOTE – Guess it’s not just the United Auto Workers now:

WHO WE ARE
The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with members in virtually every sector of the economy.

UAW-represented workplaces range from multinational corporations, small manufacturers and state and local governments to colleges and universities, hospitals and private non-profit organizations.

The UAW has more than 400,000 active members and more than 580,000 retired members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

https://uaw.org/about/

Michael Shannon – What’s In My Bag?

Michael Shannon goes shopping at Amoeba Music Hollywood.

Check out his picks:
Wilco – Star Wars (CD) http://bit.ly/2iBmGFx
Eleventh Dream Day – Works For Tomorrow (CD) http://bit.ly/2iRv9HS
Superchunk – Come Pick Me Up (CD) http://bit.ly/2ijTjKb
The Jesus Lizard – Down (LP) http://bit.ly/2ipuN8o
Jerry Garcia – Garcia (Compliments) (LP) http://bit.ly/2iRuiGX
Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There (LP) http://bit.ly/2hFil7f
Sonny Rollins – East Broadway Run Down (LP) http://bit.ly/2hFkgbS
Thelonious Monk – Alone in San Francisco (LP)

Get his films-
Man of Steel: http://bit.ly/1L0Kz2Z
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done: http://bit.ly/1JyQM0N
Boardwalk Empire: http://bit.ly/1Rc1pNk

Voodoo Threauxdown Tour – Red Rocks – June 28, 2022

Trombone Shorty has announced the return of his all-star Voodoo Threauxdown in 2022 for a national tour featuring an incredible mix of beloved New Orleans artists.

In addition to headliner Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the 2022 Voodoo Threauxdown tour will feature Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, Cyril Neville the Uptown Ruler, and The Soul Rebels. In addition, the tour will feature a very special tribute to the foundational work of funk pioneers The Meters led by founding bassist George Porter Jr. alongside modern-day torch-bearers Dumpstaphunk.

Trombone Shorty Plots 2022 ‘Voodoo Threauxdown’ Tour Ft. Tank And The Bangas, Big Freedia, George Porter Jr., More

Fantastic show. All the artists killed it.

Rolling Stones Setlist – Milan, June 21, 2022

Via @RollingStones on twitter. They do this for most shows I think. Ronnie Wood does the art.

Deeper cuts I had to look up (notes via Wikipedia):
Out of Time

Out of Time” is a song by the Rolling Stones, first released on their 1966 album Aftermath (UK version). The most commercially successful version of the song was by Chris Farlowe, an English solo artist. Farlowe’s single, produced by Mick Jagger, peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart on 28 July 1966 and stayed at the top for one week.[1] A shorter alternative mix of the Rolling Stones’ recording was released in the US in 1967 on the album Flowers. A third version featuring Jagger’s lead vocal and the orchestration and backing vocals from Farlowe’s cover version (plus a new female backing vocal) was released on the 1975 rarities album Metamorphosis and as a single.

The song was never performed live by the Stones until June 2022.[2]

Ghost Town

Living in a Ghost Town” is a song by English rock band the Rolling Stones. The song was recorded during sessions of the Rolling Stones in 2019, ultimately being finished the following year. The track is reggae-influenced and features lyrics and a music video that reference the COVID-19 pandemic. It was released as a digital download and streaming single on 23 April 2020, through Polydor Records. The song was the Rolling Stones’ first single in four years and the first original material from the band since “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot” in 2012. It received generally positive reviews from music critics and was a commercial success, appearing on over a dozen sales and streaming charts.

Connection

Connection” is a song by the English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones, featured on their 1967 album Between the Buttons. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (but mostly Richards), features vocals by both and is said to be about the long hours the band spent in airports. The lyrics contain much rhyming based on the word connection. The lyrics also reflect the pressures the band was under by 1967:

My bags they get a very close inspection, I wonder why it is that they suspect ’em, They’re dying to add me to their collection, And I don’t know, If they’ll let me go