Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Discover New Music Every Chance You Get

I try to find as much new music as I can because I am a firm believer that nostalgia and listening exclusively to the same things over and over again will lead any person right to stagnation and ruin. Or maybe just a rut you can’t get out of.

This is merely a suggestion, and you may be put off by Beabadoobee and her 90s aesthetic, but my first pass at her recent EP has lead me to conclude she is the real deal and doesn’t live in the past. It’s perfectly okay to take the “old” way of doing things and make it your own. I love loads of bands that basically copped the Small Faces and played 60s music in the 1990s. There’s a fuck ton of bands that have adopted the Shoegazer style of playing and are making vital, necessary music all over the world right this very minute.

It’s all good. Find things that are being made right now and enjoy it.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Delta 88 Nightmare

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="800.0"] PHOTO BY DAVID BRENDAN HALL, POSTED MAY. 14, 2019 PHOTO BY DAVID BRENDAN HALL, POSTED MAY. 14, 2019 [/caption]

After seeing X this past summer, I was wondering about new music and, sure enough, that’s what they’ve been up to:

Punk icons X have released their first new music in more than 30 years. The Los Angeles act hit the studio earlier this year to record five new songs, and today they’re unveiling “Delta 88 Nightmare” and its accompanying video.

A rough demo of “Delta 88 Nightmare” originally surfaced on a 2001 reissue of the band’s debut album, Los Angeles. This new version marks X’s first release to feature original members Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake since 1985.

Along with laying down a proper studio version of “Delta 88 Nightmare”, the band recorded four additional songs. That includes the track’s B-side, “Cyrano de Berger’s Back”, which was written by Doe prior to X’s formation. A 7-inch vinyl release of the single, due November 29th, is available for pre-order.

They are back on the road this Christmas, and if they play anywhere near where you live, do go and see them. What a show!

X 2019 Tour Dates:
11/11 – San Diego, CA @ Wonderfront Festival
11/29 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
11/30 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
12/01 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
12/05 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
12/07 – Sonoma, CA @ Sebastiani Theatre
12/09 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
12/10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
12/11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
12/15 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
12/16 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
12/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
12/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Face It

There should be a dozen books about Blondie, and I don’t know if that would even approach the idea of telling the whole story of the band.

Debbie Harry is a serious artist and she should be treated as such. I waved away that dismissive nonsense from the Washington Post that popped up the other day because there will always be people who didn’t understand the drive that Harry had to make popular music and succeed on her own terms. Yes, there was an entire band behind her, as well as management and producers and they all did incredible, ground-breaking work.

But someone had to stand out in front and sing, and that made her an icon. Now you get to read about how she felt about it.