Friday, June 30, 2017

Sir Paul McCartney

This is Sir Paul McCartney, all by himself on a train in London, free of Distractions:

What is this thing in life that persuades me to spend
Time away from you?
If you can answer this you can have the moon.
This is the place to be, anyway you can see
There's a lovely view.
Why are there always so many other things to do?
Distractions, like butterflies are buzzing 'round my head,
When I'm alone I think of you
And the life we'd lead if we could only be free
From these distractions.

The postman's at the door
While the telephone rings on the kitchen wall,
Pretend we're not at home and they'll disappear.
I want to be with you, tell me what I can do,
Nothing is too small
Away from all this jazz we could do anything at all.
Distractions, like butterflies are buzzing 'round my head.
When I'm alone I think of you
And the things we'd do if we could only be through
With these distractions.
I'll fond the peaceful place far a way from the noise of a busy

Where we can spend our nights counting shooting stars,
Distractions, like butterflies are buzzing 'round my head.
When I'm alone I think of you
And the things we'd do if we could only be through
With these distractions, like butterflies they're
Buzzing 'round my head, when I'm alone I think of you
And the life we'd lead if we could only be free
From these distractions.


Monday, June 26, 2017

The Church Release Another Century

The Church have released a new single, and this is somewhat different from previous releases. I knew that they had basically made another album, but this one lands as a complete surprise, and it's a very welcome one at that.


No matter what you think of the direction, the changes, the choices, or the evolution of the band, every new project reveals something interesting. These are musicians who just don't sit still. They are constantly discovering something new by refusing to chase old glory. I think this method is preferable to any other. The reason why new music from Ride, Slowdive, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and a host of other bands has been so successful this year is because of a refusal to entertain the past and wallow in what once was. 

Anyway, the Church are on tour this summer and, keeping with my luck, they have avoided Texas completely.

Wednesday, June 28
The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI

Thursday, June 29
Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI

Friday, June 30
The Woodward, Cincinnati, OH

Saturday, July 1
City Winery, Nashville, TN

Monday, July 3
City Winery, Chicago, IL

Tuesday, July 4
City Winery, Chicago, IL

Thursday, July 6
The Broadberry, Richmond, VA

Friday, July 7
Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA

Thursday, July 8
Daryl’s House, Pawling, NY

You should definitely go see them. Why they didn't book a night in Arlington, VA or Annapolis, MD is one for their agent. No show in Austin? And no Minneapolis gigs? Wow. Here's hoping it's a smashing success of a tour. Can't wait for the album.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Joe Scarborough is a Radiohead Critic

This is some pretty specific shit. Joe Scarborough, who knows fuck-all about anything other than how to trick people into thinking he's a television host, is nitpicking the beginning of Radiohead's critical peaks and valleys, and he's opining on Kid A as if he understands what it was all about.

Clearly, he is some sort of genius we did not realize was in our midst. What a wanker.

Be Happy That it Happened

The Stone Roses have split up, again. 

Ian Brown has seemingly suggested that The Stone Roses have split up after the Manchester band played the last date of their UK tour in Glasgow.

As the gig at Hampden Park drew to a close, Brown reportedly told the crowd: “Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy that it happened.”

Are they fucking with everyone? Probably.

Are they going to put out an album? Nope.

Are they going to play again? Maybe in a decade, maybe never, maybe next summer. Who knows?

I cannot fault them for their business decisions. They reunited, they earned back all of the money they should have made when they were dominating the British music scene in the late 80s and early 90s, and they delivered what they had left. Two songs, neither of which were memorable, a spate of gigs here and there, and memories. What more do you need?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Weather Diaries is Out Now

Ride are doing an amazing job of promoting their new album Weather Diaries. As I work my way through the album, I should have a proper review up in no time. 

But, look at what they're doing. The release of the album was coordinated on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The band are working their asses off to get the word out. This is how you have to do things now--there's no label to do it for you. Ride have partnered with the small label that released their new music, and that's how things are done now.

Good for them. I hope it gives them a good bump and gets them through the tour that they're going on to promote the album the right way. Here's to another Ride album before the decade is out.

Why didn't someone package them on a world tour with Slowdive? Still can't figure that one out.

Call Yourself Whatever You Want

Finally, some sanity prevails:

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed that this use of Section 2(a) is unconstitutional. Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the opinion, could not have made it clearer: 

"We now hold that this provision violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend." 

This decision could also wipe out the Redskins' decision -- effectively ending that team's need to continue its appeal. The Redskins are involved in a similar case, where they lost a long-registered trademark because the US. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia held that the "Redskins" name disparages Native Americans. 

The Supreme Court has made an inspiring decision in The Slants case in that it protects all of our rights -- not just the rights of an eminently likable rock band and a somewhat less-than beloved football team.

I don't care about the football team the plays in Washington D.C. I care about the fact that a band got to call themselves what they wanted to without interference from the courts. 

In the case of the Washington football team, there is no comparison to the case involving the Slants. Public money is not being used to showcase the band in their own stadium. If they play in a stadium, it will not be because their manager negotiated a tax break from the local municipality. A band is just a band; there is no public money being used to subsidize them unless they accept a grant of some kind. Then there might be an issue with their name, provided it is one designed to incite hate or violence. In the case of the Slants, nope. 

Washington, on the other hand, uses public money to create space in which to play. They negotiate tax breaks, they are part of the local economy, and they play in a multi-billion dollar league where the sale of their image to the public, the presentation of their games, and the name which they call themselves is all used to market the team. There is no way Daniel Snyder is going to use his own money to build a stadium. He is currently demanding that someone pay for that for him, and that someone happens to be a bunch of taxpayers somewhere in suburban Washington D.C. The Slants aren't holding anyone hostage for cash.

So, no. There's no comparison. That's just dead wrong.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Make Sure You See Slowdive This Year

Slowdive are in the middle of a massive tour to support their new self-titled album, and what a tour it is. They are absolutely killing it live, and these are the dates ahead:

16-18 June 2017 - Maifeld Derby, Mannheim, Germany

1 July 2017 - Roskilde Festival, Denmark

6 July 2017 - Pohoda Festival, Slovakia

7 July 2017 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain

9 July 2017 - Pointu Festival, Six-Fours-Les-Plages, France

21 July 2017 - FYF Fest, Los Angeles, CA

28 July 2017 - Valey Rock Festival, South Korea

30 July 2017 - Fuji Rock Festival, Japan

19 August 2017 - Pstereo Festival, Trondheim, Norway

27 August 2017 - Rock En Seine, Paris, France

31 Aug-1 Sept 2017 - End of the Road Festival, UK

7 September 2017 - Barby, Tel Aviv, Israel

15-16 Sept 2017 - Levitation France, Angers, France

17 Sept 2017 - Beyond the Tracks Festival, UK

29 Sept-01 Oct 2017 - Way Back When Festival, Germany

30 Sept 2017 - Copenhagen DR Koncerthuset, Denmark

2 Oct 2017 - Warsaw Palladium, Poland  

3 Oct 2017 - Berlin Huxleys Neue Welt, Germany

4 Oct 2017 - Hamburg Uebel & Gefaehrlich, Germany

6 Oct 2017 - Amsterdam Paradiso, Netherlands

7 Oct 2017 - Brussels Botanique, Belgium

9 Oct 2017 - Glasgow O2 ABC, UK

10 Oct 2017 - Manchester Albert Hall, UK

11 Oct 2017 - Leeds Town Hall, UK  

13 Oct 2017 - London Roundhouse, UK

See them if you can! 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

One Love

Liam Gallagher and Coldplay?

Liam Gallagher made a surprise appearance, to duet with Coldplay to perform the Oasis classic ‘Live Forever’ at the ‘One Love Manchester’ concert tonight.

Coldplay performed at the special fundraiser and tribute gig at Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford Lancashire County Cricket Ground alongside the likes of Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Usher, and many more – to honour and raise money in the wake of the terror attack in which 22 people were killed and 59 injured when a lone bomber attacked the foyer of Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande gig.

Despite Gallagher having frequently slammed the band, just last year comparing Chris Martin to a vicar and saying that Coldplay were ‘beyond shit‘, the former Oasis frontman put past differences aside to deliver an emotional acoustic rendition of ‘Live Forever’ backed by Martin on guitar.

It's for a good cause. I'm sure that went through everyone's head more than once. The heart of music's Manchester royalty did not show up, but this was for the pop fans so it's all good.