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WHM180: The National
May 12, 2013 10:03 AM PDT
This week on W♥M Radio: John.
NEWS: THIS WEEK IN DEATH
Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman was killed due to an alcohol-related cirrhosis (which is an alcoholic liver disease due to years of drinking), a coroner has confirmed. Hanneman died May 2nd, cause of death was revealed by Slayer's official statement: "While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record."
Brody (Georgia) and Jess (California) are in the UK this month. I am setting up some shows for them, these are the ones Brody requested:
May 15th Diiv @ Heaven (London) (Canceled)
Notes: London and Cambridge are nowhere near each other (it is about 50 miles apart, you need to take a train or a coach/bus). Good luck!
Also: Great Escape Festival (mamacolive.com/thegreatescape) - May 16-May 18 in Brighton. They wanted to attend one UK music festival, and this one is it (most of the major ones, Glastonbury, Reading are probably sold out and logistically not within reach). Festival tickets for Great Escape are now sold out. Headliners are: Bastille (Saturday), Billy Bragg (Friday), and Everything Everything (Thursday). Plus one million other smaller support acts.
SPRING NEVER CAME, WE'RE STILL IN WINTER
Month of April was incredibly busy for shows - the last week, John was at these events:
04/22 Proclaimers at Varsity Theater
Upcoming (mostly mentioned here)
05/14 Limp Bizkit at Varsity
SONG OF THE SHOW
"Don't Swallow the Cap" is the new lead single from the forthcoming National's album, Trouble Will Find Me (May 20th, 2013 via 4AD Records).WHM179: Brass Bed
May 07, 2013 03:09 PM PDT
For a Monday night, the turnout for Generationals and Brass Bed’s concert at 7th Street Entry in downtown Minneapolis was exceptional.
Prior to the show, I got a chance to briefly talk to singer Christiaan from Brass Bed about the tour and the recent album. You can listen to the five-minute show at the podcast.
Songs from their set were newer songs like "Please Don't Go" and the set closer "A Bullet for You" from their recently released album, The Secret Will Keep You (just released April 23rd, 2013, on Crossbill Records / Off The Air Recordings).
As for Generationals, I couldn't stay for their show because of prior commitments, although a quote I got from a fan tells me that they "were fantastic!"
Generationals is currently on tour for their Polyvinyl album Heza, which was released earlier last month (April 2nd).
Dates below are what is left of the Brass Bed/Generationals tour:
05.08.13 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Muse
April 28, 2013 11:57 AM PDT
This week on W♥M Radio: Nicole, aka her stagename, Vague-à-bonde.
Some things we talked about:
Origin of the name Vague-a-bonde. The variant spelling of the word 'vagabond' is a word that Nicole love and also from the 1985 Agnès Varda film of the same name.
Whatever happened to Waxx Maxx? The band is no longer around, due to personal growth and everyone else doing their thing.
We saw Vague-à-bonde last year with Diamond Rings, apparently they are still friends.
The long and hard recording process of the debut 2012 album Involution/Evolution.
Song of the show is "Our Love" (taken from the recent EP, 222), available as a free download via soundcloud.com/vagueabonde. The song was recently remixed by Comanche.
For more information, head over to vagueabonde.com.WHM177: Carrie Rodriguez
April 15, 2013 05:31 AM PDT
Carrie Rodriguez's last date on a very long National tour for her latest album, Give Me All You Got was at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis last night, April 14th.
Opening up were Jack Torrey and Page Burkum of The Cactus Blossoms, their fifth show working for Rodriguez. They did The Cactus Blossoms songs, but stripped down to double acoustics… lending their music to sound overtly very country and western.
Highlight of their set was a cover of Roger Miller's "The Moon Is High", containing the very funny word-play lyrics of "but come the dawn and it will dawn on me you're gone".
As expected, fiddler and singer/songwriter Carrie Rodriguez played a lot of tracks from her latest album, Give Me All You Got. Helping Rodriguez on various instruments and sometime backing vocals was Romantica's Luke Jacobs (with Ben Kyle nowhere to be found).
My favorite track off the new album, "Lake Harriet", was played fairly early in with Rodriguez explaining her love for the city. She also dedicated "Absence" with its "snow, sleet, wind and rain" lyrics as only fitting to the current climate.
As mentioned in the podcast, she did a couple of covers, Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again", John Prine's "Unwed Fathers", and the encore Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry".
Carrie Rodriguez is currently back home in Austin, taking a much-needed break from the tour. Her latest album, Give Me All You Got, is out now via Ninth Street Opus.WHM176: Bohemian Like You
April 11, 2013 10:12 PM PDT
Emily came on W♥M radio to talk about some news and events.
Vu: I just saw the advance preview for Danny Boyle's "Trance" - a mind-bending thriller, about Simon (played by James McAvoy) who stole the Goya's "Witches' Sabbath" painting and forgot what he did with it. He undergoes hypnotherapist treatment with Elizabeth (played by Rosario Dawson), and that's when the movie enters into this weird surreal part of the film. It's one of those movies, like "Inception", that you want to watch again to try it fully comprehend the picture.
More details on TranceTheMovie.com, movie gets limited distribution this week. Soundtrack is typically really good. The "Trance" Soundtrack featured Rick Smith from Underworld - so it made sense to hear those pulse-pounding beats at the more intense scenes. Smith also co-wrote the movie's theme song, "Here It Comes", with multi-Brit Award winner Emeli Sandé.
You may recall that Danny Boyle put together one of the greatest movie soundtrack for "Trainspotting" (so good that they released part 1 and 2 of the soundtrack) and his personal British music choices for the recent 2012 Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
News: Margaret Thatcher passed away this week (April 8th) to a stroke. Thatcher's uncompromising style of leadership as Prime Minister, left a long lasting bad impression on the people in England…. Particularly on protest singers and songwriters, who wrote and sang anti-Thatcher songs. This is not a complete list, but the songs that I've heard:
Sinead O'Connor, "Black Boys on Moped"
News: Record Store Day 2013 is happening next week, April 20th. This year is bigger than ever (I say this every year!), and Emily throws down some of her picks: Mad Season's deluxe double-disc Above on Record Store Day. Mad Season was considered a supergroup, featuring members from Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees.
Big Star is releasing some singles on Record Store Day. This is to coincide with the release of the documentary of Big Star called "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me", which you can check out the trailer on www.bigstarstory.com. The film was made possible by Kickstarter, which we previously covered.
Husker Du has "Statues"/"Amusement" to be re-issued and Mark Lanegan is teaming up with Moby for "The Lonely Night". Plus, Lanegan will be collaborating with UK folk Duke Garwood for a new album in May.
Topic: Concerts for nostalgic acts are too high! Depeche Mode, Prince, Rolling Stones, etc., they are charging on average about $75 or more for one ticket, which is too much to ask. We're not even talking about hidden "convenience" fee and charges!
Song of the show: The Dandy Warhols's "Bohemian Like You", taken from their breakout album Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia. The album was released 13 years ago, so the band is heading out on tour to do all 13 songs from the Thirteen Tales album this year.
At the moment, only 12 dates are listed. I am assuming the 13th date will be in their original hometown of Portland?
05/28/13 Millvale, PA Mr. Small's Theatre
BONUS: The Jealous Sound's gentle reminder about their Gentle Reminder album.
Corrections: Title for Boyle's movie is "Trance", not "Trancer". Dandy Warhol's "white album" is their debut album, Dandy Warhols OK.WHM175: Europe
March 24, 2013 10:27 PM PDT
Jess and Brody from W♥M stopped in to talk about their upcoming European trip and what they are expecting. I am hoping to have them cover some shows in London when they are there from May 15th to June 3rd; we'll see how that will work out or not.
Topics we discussed:
News: Daft Punk fourth studio album, Random Access Memories, out on Daft Life/Columbia Records on May 21st, 2013. Personally, I love the French dance/techno duo, been a fan since Homework in 1997. I don't know how successful their new Random Access Memories will be on their own imprint, Daft Life via Columbia Records, but millions of fans will let us know this May.
On Tour: Chicago/Minneapolis trio On an On just announced their spring tour with Savoir Adore (who we covered last year). On an On is one of those bands that got the attention of Jess, who said they look and sound amazing from their recent SXSW appearance.
On an On will kick off their tour in support of Give In this April - which I'm only listing their North American dates below. See their website for more UK and overseas dates.
04/04 - Washington, DC - Rock 'n Roll Hotel
Also on tour is Caveman. I've already listed Caveman's tour dates yesterday, so I won't list it here. Jess is excited to see the band this week (Thursday at the Troubadour).
Also, Vu recounts his tragic Caveman story around the time they were on tour for Koko B. Ware.
New Albums: Johnny Marr's The Messenger. See previous article on his tour dates. We all love the Smiths, but can a guitarist make it as a solo artist (note: Johnny Marr + Healers tour and album didn't go too well, but I saw them in 2003). The Stokes's Come Down Machine is coming out tomorrow (March 26th). No one's heard the new album yet, but if you're a fan, you'll definitely want to pick up the Best Buy exclusive which comes with a bonus T-Shirt. Shout Out Louds' new album Optica came out last month on Merge Records.
Palma Violets' 180, according to Brody is the "best album so far." Hey, guess what? It just so happens that Palma Violet is doing a North American tour (and they are stopping by Minneapolis!)
04/12/13 – Indio, CA – Coachella Music and Arts Festival
Song of the Show: "Only Heather" by Virginia's Wild Nothing, taken from their second album Nocturne (August 28, 2012) via Captured Tracks.
Wild Nothing came highly recommended by both Jess and Brody, so it's a good song to end the show.
The band is currently on tour.
Mar 07 Brisbane - Alhambra Lounge
BONUS: Family of the Year, Free Energy, and Dedicate Steve. Fun British terms. Supergrass' "Late in the Day".
Corrections: Bonnet is the car's hood, while the boot is the car's trunk. The Strokes' debut album is called Is This It, not self-titled.WHM174: Django Django and Veronica Falls
March 17, 2013 07:23 AM PDT
Veronica Falls is currently on tour in support of Waiting for Something to Happen, their February 2013 release. The London four-piece stopped by Minneapolis' 7th Street Entry last night, March 16th.
The majority of Cold Showers' 45-minute set were from their debut LP, Love and Regret, although the band seems more excited to play new songs, such as "Some Kind of Sunday" and "The Fire."
Cold Showers' last show with Veronica Falls will be at the Hi-Dive in Colorado on Monday.
As for Veronica Falls, this is the second time I've seen them. Comparing the two performances, it's like night and day. Gone is the 'shy' part, the band, especially Roxanne Clifford, is more confident on stage. That's evident in their performance and also hearing songs from their new album, Waiting for Something to Happen. You can tell that they love to play their new songs.
Since it was the eve to St Patrick's Day, there was definitely more loud drunkards than the typical 7th Street Entry show, but that was okay, they were all having a good time singing and dancing along.
As expected, the majority of their set was from the new album, including "Tell Me" and "Teenage", but managing to throw in some old favorites like the excellent closer song, "Come on Over."
Encore was "Right Side of My Brain" and another song I didn't recognize.
Veronica Falls' brilliant new album Waiting for Something to Happen is out now on Slumberland/Bella Union. Catch them on tour later this month with fellow labelmates Golden Grrrls.WHM173: The Varsity Theater
March 09, 2013 09:58 AM PST
Shayna from the Varsity Theater is our guest this week on W♥M Radio.
The Varsity Theater is the prettiest/best-looking venue around town; this is mostly thanks to their other business of booking wedding receptions and private events. They also get some of the best national bands with upcoming acts such as funnyman John Mulaney (03/16) , one of my favorite Britpop acts Ash (03/18), Frightened Rabbit (03/21), Mercury Prize Winner Alt-J (04/01), Pop Star Mika (04/02). We are actually covering a lot of bands at the Varsity - if I'm not there, usually I send someone else to cover it for me.
Anyway, too many good bands to mention, head over to varsitytheater.org to see their full calendar.
Shayna is really excited about Carroll (carrollmusic.net). The band won Vita.mn's fourth annual "Are You Local" contest and is heading down to SXSW:
03/14 SXSW Funk-It Rec Showcase
Song of the show is Jim James' "State of the Art (A. E. I. O. U)" from his album Regions of Light and Sound of God. I've previously written about James and how he's the singer of My Morning Jacket. He recently announced some exclusive "Conversation at SXSW", which I'll list all the tour dates and information below. His North American tour kicks in April.
For the latest updates, check with jimjames.com.
03/12 SXSW MTV/VH1/CMT Present
BONUS: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (or rather the shortened OMD) is coming to the Varsity Theater on July 8 July 22. This is a long way from now, but hopefully, if it all works out, I will be at that show. I don't want to call Shayna out on this one, but the song appeared on "Pretty in Pink". Although between you and me, I often get all of those John Hughes/Molly Ringwald movies mixed up ("The Breakfast Club", "Sixteen Candles", and "Pretty in Pink").
I don't think if it's officially announced yet, but Diamond Rings will be opening up for OMD on their US dates. We previously covered the Thomas Hardy book lover at 7th Street Entry. Update: OMD made the Diamond Rings news official on March 6th.
04/05/13 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
March 02, 2013 11:57 PM PST
Paid Dues is the annual independent hip hop festival that started in 2006. Last year, I mentioned the festival because they had one of the biggest and best lineup that year: Wu-Tang Clan and Odd Future. The problem with these festival is that you have to live within the San Bernardino area. So the good news is that Paid Dues is taking some of their acts on the road to a city near you.
Murs is the headliner, and he's brought together Fashawn, Black Cloud Music, and our friend Kosha Dillz to the Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis last night, March 2nd.
BLACK CLOUD MUSIC
Anyway, the two seems like an unlikely pair as they traded singing duties. They ended their set with "OhMyGod".
Set included: "Everything is Kosha", "Cellular Phone", "Garage Sale", "Hangin' Out", "They Don't Know", (freestyle), and "The Future".
My favorite was the freestyling portion. This is the part of the show where audience members were encouraged to put whatever they have in their pockets on stage and Kosha Dillz would just come up with raps off the top of his head based on those objects.
Incidentally, when I found out that he was from Fresno, I kept thinking about "Fashawn" Fair. That's a joke for any Fresnian.
Finally the man of the hour closed off the night. DJ Foundation introduced Murs as he came on asking "whatupdawg?"
While most people will probably list "I Used to Love H.E.R." or the Nate Dogg homage as their favorite of the night, I was more drawn to the funnier "67 Cutlass." According to Murs, this is based on a true story that happened to him. I did think he embellished the story a little, but the more factual aspect is that he had a pipe dream of making mad money by buying two pounds of pot in Mexico and driving back to Los Angeles with intent of selling and distributing. Of course, a sheriff pulls him over. The song takes it on a more comical point of view.
Road to Paid Dues is the tour. If you can't make it to the big music festival this year, catching the Road to Paid Dues is a pretty good indication of what you'll get at the stadium show - but on a smaller and more intimate scale.
BONUS: Be sure to listen to my interview with Rami, aka Kosha Dillz. He confirmed on the recording that his new project will be under Rami Rules name. The name has a double meaning, that he "rules"/awesome/in charge and that there are "rules" you follow.WHM171: Audrey y Moi
February 24, 2013 11:28 AM PST
Audrey is our guest this week at W♥M Radio.
Just some topics we covered:
■ News: The Temptations singer Damon Harris has died aged 62 (passed away February 18th) after losing his battle with prostate cancer. Harris was known for being the youngest member to join group at the age of 21.
Not a whole lot of interaction with the audience, but lighting was fantastic. Certainly the audience didn't care as they danced away.
Toro Y Moi's third album, Anything In Return, is out now on Carpark Records. Tour ending next week:
02/24 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge ^
^ w/ Sinkane and Dog Bite
■ Upcoming show: Mika. Winner of the Brit Award's British Breakthrough Act 2008, the British pop singer will be doing a series of intimate North American dates (see full date listing here).
BONUS: Deer Tick's penis, Varsity Theater and toilets…WHM170: The Ruby Suns
February 22, 2013 10:19 PM PST
Painted Palms, The Ruby Suns, and ZZ WardWHM169: Gold Fields, A Silent Film, and Greycoats
February 18, 2013 12:12 AM PST
John and Vu recap show at Triple Rock: Gold Fields, A Silent Film, and GreycoatsWHM168: Three Days Grace
February 06, 2013 11:45 AM PST
Three Days GraceWHM167: Past Music Festival?
February 04, 2013 11:54 PM PST
Sally and Kristen take over WHM Radio for a long overdue chat about some of the blasts from the past resurfacing with new songs and tour dates.
December 12, 2012 01:01 PM PST
Brody came on W♥M Radio to talk list some Winter shows. Incidentally, I don't go to shows in the Winter, so I'm not attending most of these shows (I don't even have their tour itinerary): The Maccabees, The Cribs, Kasabian, Phoenix (France), Palma Violets, Kooks, Peace, Xx, Kaiser Chiefs (lost a guitarist). The only show I'm attending is The Faint, which is happening tomorrow at First Avenue (December 13th).
Shows Brody wants to go to: Andrew Bird (12/17 at State Theatre), Of Monsters and Men (12/18 at First Ave), Steel Panthers (12/20 at Mill City Nights). … And even more bands on tour, too numerous to mention (Vaccines, Drop Kick Murphy, Muse, Django Django, Alt-J, Ben Howard, The Staves, Mumford and Sons, Peggy Sue).
News discussed: Adele hit Diamond Certification with her 25+ million record sold of 21. Psy's "Gangnam Style" became the #1 video on YouTube. It was so popular, it was covered by Glee, you can read all about that here.
Stars just announced their The North North American tour, you can see all the tour dates and read all about it here on W♥M. Song of the show is "Calendar Girl", from their Set Yourself on Fire 2004 album.
BONUS: Eels are heading out on tour, plus new album Wonderful, Glorious.
02/14 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
Also, Trust and Morrissey.
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