Long live rock, I need it every night

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

You might get bored

I watched It Might Get Loud the other night. You know, this is the rockumentary that features a not so casual meeting of guitarists Jimmy Page, David Evans (The Edge), and Jack White.

The actual meeting of these three is rather awkward as they sit around and talk about guitars and try to play each others tunes. Nothing like watching professional musicians who have no real love for one another squint at each other's fretboard trying to figure out how the song goes. It's kind of annoying, actually. But the rest of the film was pretty decent. I liked the historical footage of Page when he was 15 and featured on British television. And watching White make a guitar out of coke bottle, a hunk of wood, and a wire was equally enjoyable.

Having grown up on U2, I especially appreciated the footage of "Street Mission" that was offered. I had never heard of this song, and definitely never saw this footage before. According to the movie credits, this song was written by U2 before they were U2. They were called "The Hype" back then. I just wish Larry Mullen Jr. would stop giving me the eyes at minute 1:50. He's so flirty.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Concert Preview: La Snacks at the Velvet Lounge

Austin comes to DC as my good friends La Snacks take over the Velvet Lounge on Saturday night. Opening for La Snacks are another Austin band, Transmography, along with two local bands: Typefighter and Ionosphere Club. A solid lineup for what promises to be a great night of music.

Ls Snacks have a raw, fuzzy, slacker sound that recalls the best indie rock of the '90s. Couple that with highly amusing lyrics and a great live show and you have a winning formula. Be sure to check them out. Here's my favorite song by La Snacks, "Kristen Was A Meteorologist":

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Beatles For Sale

We've been getting the Financial Times at work these past few weeks (for free). I don't really read, but I like to look at the pictures. So when I got to the Companies & Markets section, I paused when I saw a photo of a George and Ringo looking hazily toward the camera. Apparently, EMI is putting the Abbey Road studios up for sale. Times are tough. I've got $2k coming back from my tax return that I can chip in. Anyone else?

Click on the screen shot to read the online story.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Never gonna stop, give it up

The Knack's Doug Fieger died of lung cancer this weekend. He was 57.


I can't say that I was a big fan or really know any of their other tunes, but "My Sharona" is obviously a classic. This clip shows how excited everyone was in Carnegie Hall to finally hear the one song that they knew.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

RAG is people, it's made out of peep-ol...

If you were lucky/smart enough to snatch up Delta Spirit tickets for their DC9 shows next week, then you're also lucky enough to be seeing California's The Willowz while you're at it. The clip below is off of their 2007 album, Chautauqua (which is this cool little place in Boulder, CO).