TVD Chicago

TVD Live Shots: Riot Fest Chicago, 9/16

1:24PM: I’ve arrived for the third and final day of Riot Fest ’18! I hear the Beach Goons covering “La Bamba” as I walk into Douglas Park.

1:42PM: The crowd is youthful and here early to see Finn Wolfhard’s (of the TV show Stranger Things) band, Calpurnia. The whole band is solid—way more polished than I expected them to be given their age—but guitarist Ayla Tesler-Mabe is stealing the show. This chick can shred—and she’s young!

2:18PM: Kevin Devine is leaping around the Radicals Stage doing his thing. The crowd, hot from the sun (it’s as if it’s July!), perks up.

2:35PM: Currently listening to some nice, mid-afternoon, uplifting rockabilly from JD McPherson.

3:31PM: “We came from space via Oakland, California and we came to fuck shit up and have a good time!” Swmrs lead singer Cole Becker shouts. This young band is impressing. Their set is super high energy and they’re using their platform to preach positivity, self-acceptance, and kindness.

3:58PM: “Nail me Johnny!” a fan screams at Johnny Marr in between songs. And that about sums up the vibe right now. A member of The Smiths is on stage, so naturally people are freaking the fuck out.

4:15PM: My fan vomit counter is up to three. That’s actually pretty low. Good work, Riot Festers!

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TVD Radar: KISS:
The Solo Albums–40th Anniversary Collection
4-LP vinyl box set in stores 10/19

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Forty years ago today, each one the four founding members of KISS — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss — released their respective solo albums all on the same day to much fanfare, chart success, and platinum sales. And now, four decades later, all four of these pioneering albums are celebrated in KISS: The Solo Albums – 40th Anniversary Collection, a limited-edition 180-gram 4LP box set by Casablanca/UMe that’s earmarked for release on October 19.

Preorders have commenced for the limited run of 2,500 vinyl box sets, available exclusively through KISS’s artist webstore and The Sound of Vinyl. Each heavyweight 180-gram LP features a unique color to match its associated cover art; Gene Simmons appears in red vinyl, Paul Stanley sports purple vinyl, Ace Frehley contains blue vinyl, and Peter Criss is in green vinyl. All four albums are housed together in a deluxe black-matte slipcase that features glossy black images of the four artists’ faces surrounding a silver-foil print of the infamous KISS logo.

Also included in this set are four 12-by-12-inch posters of each album cover, plus an exclusive turntable slipmat that shows all four of artist Eraldo Carugati’s iconic, painted album-cover face images all connected together.

All four of these solo albums served to showcase the wide range of talents of each KISS bandmember. Gene Simmons, co-produced by Simmons and Sean Delaney, features the band’s bassist and co-lead vocalist switching over mainly to acoustic and electric guitar duties for songs that highlight his penchant for Beatlesque melodies, funk, and hard rock. Highlights include a remake of “See You In Your Dreams” (initially found on KISS’ 1976 benchmark album, Rock And Roll Over) and a cover of the 1940 Disney classic from Pinocchio, “When You Wish Upon A Star.” Guest musicians include Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Bob Seger, Cher, Donna Summer, and Katey Sagal.

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William Methany,
The TVD First Date

“There’s a time and place for each music listening medium. There are a few albums that will likely never sound as good to me as they did when they were dubbed onto blank cassette and blasted through my teenage car stereo. Hell, I’m even kind of an apologist for CDs, but I know we’re talking about vinyl here.”

“I love the warm audio quality and big cover art as much as the next guy (maybe more than the next guy, who knows?), but I think my love of records has more to do with the fact that spinning vinyl makes listening to music a dedicated act. It isn’t portable, you can’t take it with you, and you can actually hold it in your hands.

I’m not usually home on weekend mornings, but there are few things in this world that make as much sense to me as a pot of very strong coffee and Hazel & Alice or John Wesley Harding on the turntable while my blood unthaws and I re-align myself with the things that made me love music in the first place.

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TVD UK

UK Artist of the Week: Harlea

Birmingham-born songstress Harlea has been receiving some serious attention recently for acclaimed singles “Miss Me” and “You Don’t Get It,” both of which received thousands of radio plays around the world. Well now, she’s back with a brand new single and a new sound and we can’t get enough. As such, she’s our Artist of the Week.

“Beautiful Mess” is certainly “poppier” than her previous singles, but don’t let that fool you. Harlea’s thunderous attitude is still at the forefront, her powerful lyricism and dynamic vocals leading the single every step of the way.

Regardless of genre, “Beautiful Mess” is undeniably catchy and fans of ’90s pop-rock master Alanis Morissette will certainly feel at home here.

“Beautiful Mess” is in stores now via Roxy Princess Records.

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Graded on a Curve:
Paul Collins,
Out of My Head

Paul Collins is no stranger to this column. That’s because in the annals of power-pop, he’s one of the greats. But he’s also a cult figure, so the spotlight isn’t exactly preaching to stadium-sized choirs. Cult music can often be esoteric or challenging, but not Collins’; this is power-pop, after all. Cult subjects can also ooze loads of thorny personality, but the man seems like a nice, together guy. As an intro, one can check his classic stuff with The Nerves and The Beat, but Out of My Head, his latest available September 28 on vinyl, compact disc, and digital through Alive Naturalsound Records, won’t disappoint. In fact, by any yardstick through which melodic guitar action is measured, it’s a stone winner.

The thing, well, one thing about cult figures is that it’s often damn near impossible for them to conjure up new music that gets into the neighborhood of quality that spurred the belated “but have you heard” buzz in the first place. As said above, Paul Collins’ chosen genre works in his favor, as does the fact that he never had a Third/Sister Lovers period that leaves listeners agape with the tortured brilliance of it all.

Instead, Collins just dishes out rocking songs loaded with catchiness and most importantly depth, which keeps the music from wearing thin after repeated play. Backing this up: Out of My Head sounds better to these ears on the sixth consecutive play than it did on the first. It’s also quite the classically informed LP (in the pop-rock sense of classicism) without being belabored about it. That is, while certainly recalling the ’60s, it’s not retro (or even neo) in comportment, but as it plays, more than a couple of the songs might lead one to wonder if they are covers.

They are not. For the record, Collins sings, drums, and handles most of the guitar playing, while Paul Stingo contributes bass, harmonies, and most-notably, is the writer of the trim set’s first track “In and Out of My Head,” which springs from the Everly-Orbison-Pitney-influenced wing of ’60s garage rock, with the guitar big and the solo ripping; in another way, it’s a bit like the Beau Brummels on a Duane Eddy kick.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 9/25/18

Brighton, UK | Vinyl fans enjoy fair at Brighton Racecourse: The wet and blustery weather failed to deter hundreds of collectors from attending the VIP Record Fair at Brighton Racecourse, although fortunately the event was staged inside, protecting both records and punters from the elements. Dealers travelled from all over the country and included Steve and Gloria Holmes, who tied in a visit to family in Brighton with running a stall at the racecourse. Steve, 62, said: “I have been dealing in records for the best part of 40 years now. “We are Beatles specialists but sell a lot of other rock music from the Sixties and Seventies, and later as well, although not so much of the current stuff. “There have probably been 300 to 400 buyers but it is a pity about the weather because I am sure otherwise there would have been a lot more. “Nevertheless, people know what they want and we have done well.”

Are Vinyl Record Sales Actually on the Decline? So, when it comes to vinyl numbers, who should we believe? The RIAA and Nielsen Music, or Best Buy? According to Nielsen Music, American consumers purchased 14.3 million vinyl albums last year. Up 9.3% over 2016, vinyl sales have now experienced growth 12 years straight. The RIAA recently revealed vinyl sales jumped 13% in the first half of 2018 over the same period last year. Yet, CD sales plummeted 41%. Both have revealed one thing – vinyl records have and will continue to grow in the near future. But, not everyone agrees…Viewing Best Buy’s sales rank data, vinyl albums have steadily faded out. Breaking down the sales rank of 22,888 individual record UPCs at the retail chain, Thinknum found vinyl sales have slipped for almost 2 years.

Vinyl is even more popular than we thought: The vinyl resurgence is even bigger than we all originally thought thanks to records sales that aren’t regularly reported—until now. Vinyl has had quite the resurgence over the past decade or so, and it appears that the comeback is more than just a trend. While it was clear vinyl sales have spiked in recent years, it appears to be more than we all realized. Used records are purchased just as much (if not more than) new ones, but those figures weren’t being accounted for until now. According to Forbes, new data shows the vinyl market is at least double what the original figures show. The music industry doesn’t actively count used sales in a world where streaming is the most prevalent preferred music consumption as the former’s sales don’t benefit labels, artists or songwriters.

‘Timeless’ Bee Gees Present Career-Spanning Collection On Vinyl: The 21-track collection, which first appeared on CD and digitally in April 2017, arrives as a 2LP set. …The retrospective covers several decades of massive hits from the Gibb brothers’ unrivalled career, beginning with their first No. 1 in Australia, the adopted home of their youth, with 1966’s ‘Spicks and Specks.’ It embraces early, worldwide smash hits of the late 1960s, such as ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941,’ ‘Massachusetts’ and ‘I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You’; their mid-1970s rebirth with such songs as ‘Jive Talkin” and ‘Nights On Broadway’; the dance anthems of the record-breaking Saturday Night Fever era including ‘Night Fever’ and ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and their 1987 UK No. 1 ‘You Win Again.’ In his introduction for Timeless, Barry Gibb writes: “There is a spirituality about this album and these songs always meant the most to us. Although there are many other songs, these songs, I feel, are the songs that Maurice, Robin, and I would be most proud of.”

Sound Advice: A good phono preamp can make a major difference in vinyl sound quality: A high output moving coil cartridge will work with any phono preamp with a moving magnet (MM) input. A moving coil (MC) input is only needed with a low output moving coil cartridge. Many phono preamps have settings for both kinds of cartridges. If vinyl record playback is a big part of your musical enjoyment, a good phono preamp can make a major difference in the sound quality of your system. This often-overlooked component has a critical job to do. First, it takes the tiny electrical signal from a phono cartridge and increases it many times, so it can be used with a line level input on a receiver or amplifier. Then it must adjust the signal from the cartridge so it does not sound distorted, using a process called RIAA equalization.

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TVD Chicago

TVD Live Shots: Riot Fest Chicago, 9/15

1:33PM: It’s another beautiful (and shockingly hot!) day here in Chicago. I wander over to Riot Fest’s Deep Eddy tent—also dubbed the “Punk Rock and Paintbrushes” tent because it’s decorated with art from various musicians on the weekend bill. There is definitely some cool stuff up for grabs, including pieces by Blink 182 and Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, Twin Peaks’ Clay Frankel, and more.

1:40PM: The “Riot Mall” area features various local vendors…and apparently karaoke at the Chicago History Museum tent! Some kid is singing his heart out and a crowd is growing.

2:15PM: It’s Gwar time in the press tent and as usual every member of the media has temporarily lost all professionalism in order to take selfies with the scumdogs of the universe.

2:38PM: Philadelphia’s Mannequin Pussy ease the crowd into their set before turning up the volume.

3:08PM: Technical issues are plaguing Health’s set, which is unfortunate because they are captivating. It’s easy to see why this is one of Trent Reznor’s favorite bands.

3:40PM: The Numanoids are out in throngs today and their wait is over because Gary Numan has hit the stage. It’s a killer performance and a weekend highlight.

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TVD Live Shots: Dispatch at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, 9/20

PHOTOS: LAURA KILGUS JENKINS AND CHRIS JENKINS | Dispatch rocked a packed Blue Hills Bank Pavilion situated on Massachusetts Bay on September 20, as part of the first evening of a two-night stand to wrap up their American summer tour. Beginning in Vail, CO in June, Dispatch’s Summer Tour 2018 spanned the US where they played the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Central Park’s SummerStage in NYC, and two nights in Boston.

One of America’s most successful independent groups played to a packed hometown crowd which consisted of family, friends, and fans from a decades-long career. This heartfelt performance consisted of songs that have not been performed in many years, such as “Cover This” with newer tracks like “Wild Ones” which became an instant classic to their catalog of songs. Location 13, a collection of songs written during their previous album Location 12, will be released on November 16, 2018. The Boston crowd was treated to a cut off this unreleased album called “Don Juan Tango.”

Known and dedicated advocates of gun control, Stokes addressed his concerns and hopes that the country continues to seek effective efforts to reduce gun violence in America. In February, Dispatch released a new song titled “Dear Congress, (17)” following the fatal Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. “We just don’t want to see it keep happening,” said Stokes. “ We want to call for universal background checks and just gun safety laws that make sense.”

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TVD Radar: RISE:
The Story of Augustines
additional Raindance screening, 9/27

VIA PRESS RELEASE | In a record thirty minutes, RISE: The Story of Augustines sold out both its world premiere screenings at the 26th Raindance Film Festival in London. In an unprecedented occurrence for the Festival, given the overwhelming demand, Raindance is now showing the documentary on the largest screen on Thursday 27th September, 2018.

In August of 2009 singer William McCarthy’s younger brother James, in the midst of a lengthy incarceration on charges of attempted murder, was found dead of an apparent suicide inside Napa State Hospital. Just one week later, McCarthy’s band Pela imploded, leaving both him and band mate Eric Sanderson devastated, in financial ruin, and with a half-finished album that may never see the light of day. Four years in production, and after a decade as a musician and songwriter with UK band The Boxer Rebellion, Todd Howe (@todd_boxer) makes his directorial film debut, with documentary film RISE: The Story of Augustines.

RISE: The Story of Augustines chronicles the journey of two musicians, William McCarthy and Eric Sanderson. They faced their demons, refused to fall and established a lifelong brotherhood as they struggled to finish their seminal debut record. Against a backdrop of trying to maintain their own sanity and pay tribute to McCarthy’s brother, James, McCarthy’s song writing during the toughest year of his life, would come to be known as his defining work. The album Rise Ye Sunken Ships stands as a testament both to the pain of loss and the celebration of life. The two resurfaced with a new name – Augustines – and together with drummer Robert Allen, who shepherded William and Eric through their darkest of times, rose up to become one of the most celebrated independent bands in the world.

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Little Steven,
The TVD Interview

Making Vinyl, the premier event for the vinyl record industry returns to Detroit’s Westin Book Cadillac Hotel next week, October 1 and 2, with a keynote address from Little Steven Van Zandt. What better time to look back at our talk with the man from a little over one year ago.Ed.

Between his work with Springsteen and the E Street Band, his championing of both old and new music through a one-in-a-million satellite radio station known as the Underground Garage, and, more recently, his return to fronting a band of his own, Little Steven has as much right to James Brown’s old title as anyone else in show business.

After roughly eighteen years of being occupied with two-thirds of the above items (to say nothing of his lauded turn on The Sopranos or his actor-writer-director capacities on Lilyhammer), Van Zandt reemerged onto the solo circuit this past May with Soulfire. With the Disciples of Soul on backing duties, the record is a veritable genre smorgasbord that runs the gamut from doo-wop and Chess blues to country and Tamla soul. In other words, Little Steven provided a strikingly thorough showcase of the rich traditions that led him to the altar of rock and roll in the first place. No small feat for the most famous practitioner of rock-as-religion.

We were able to catch up with Little Steven amid the final weeks of his US tour to talk his return to being a bandleader, the importance of rock and roll education as exemplified by both the Underground Garage and his foundation, Rock and Roll Forever, and his dream compilation record.

So Soulfire was your first solo LP in eighteen years. With that in mind, did you notice any discernible difference in your approach to the recording process itself, whether that be compared to your previous solo albums or your work with Bruce and the Asbury Dukes?

Interesting question. Not really, I’ve always done things kind of live and analog, and I still am, but it’s a little bigger now. I really have fallen in love with the jigsaw puzzle of arranging horns, strings, and background vocals. Basically what I got into with Darlene Love’s album last year, and I continued that with this album. I used to do more with the strings but I added the background vocal this time around. Other than that, no real difference in the recording.

I think the only other difference may be that I can’t use streetwise rock musicians anymore. You start off using rock musicians in a rock band. Now, the stuff has become a little sophisticated to the point where I really need session guys to be more precise, and then finding sessions guys who can also go on the road and actually perform has been the biggest challenge. There’s only a handful of guys who can handle stuff like this, I mean, I’m playing ten different genres of music during these live shows. They have to play with authenticity and have a sense of history, and there’s not a whole lot of folks who can do that, so they’re in great demand.

On this tour, which is only about eighteen weeks long, I’ve changed personnel several times, so different people are coming and going even on a four-month tour. It’s been an adjustment with that but I’m a bandleader so it’s always going to be a great band. In the old days, I think people were just less busy.

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Graded on a Curve: Various Artists,
No New York

NYC’s No Wave movement was short-lived, very loud, and ugly, and I’m sorry I wasn’t there to witness it. But Brian Eno was there, and we have this mucho abrasive 1978 document–which allots four cuts each to scene makers the Contortions, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Mars, and D.N.A.–to prove it.

Sheer dissonance–both musical and cognitive–was the order of the day, and if you’re normal and looking for some music that you can, you know, sit around and listen to without having to carbo-load on Xanax first, fughetaboutit. These songs range from the challenging to the flat-out off-putting, and if you’re not a fan of deliberately confrontational avant-garde experimentation or the kind of person who likes to hang around jackhammers, you’re probably best off giving No New York a pass.

The No Wave crowd didn’t just want to kill rock stars; they wanted to kill rock music period. Fuck the pop aesthetic of New Wave: No Wave was atonal, nihilistic, apocalyptic even; these folks wanted to put an end to things altogether, and the world did what it always does to end of the world advocates–just laughed ‘em off.

As for me, I can honestly say I enjoy some of the music on No New York, albeit in small and very carefully measured doses. I may put it on twice a year when I’m convinced the world has it in for me, and it does the trick–I walk away so nerve damaged I don’t much care if the world likes me or not.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 9/24/18

Bexhill, UK | Popular Bexhill record shop closes down: Music’s Not Dead, in Devonshire Road, became a central hub for up-and-coming musicians and brought numerous gigs to the town. The shop held a wake event on Sunday (September 16) where scores of musicians came to play live music and show their support. Del Querns, owner, said: “We opened seven years ago with the idea of providing a record shop for the town and putting on live music in the shop and venues around Bexhill. “We ended up putting on more than 70 gigs with acts from all over the world. “We’ve had to close for several reasons. Footfall, like in every high street, is down and the abuse by big companies of the tax system make running an independent shop very hard when the margins are so tight.” Stewart Drew, director and chief executive officer (CEO) of the De La Warr Pavilion, said: “Music’s Not Dead has become known as a significant destination for music over the last decade and has been punching well above its weight for some time now.

Fired Before Her Show Devoted to Police Shootings of African Americans, CSU Long Beach Museum Director Vows to Fight Her ‘Shocking’ Dismissal. Was Kimberli Meyer’s firing connected to lauren woods’s anti-racist artwork? …A monument to African Americans killed by police officers, the work consists of 25 record players on pedestals arranged in a grid, each poised to play audio drawn from police records, court proceedings, and footage captured by bystanders—or sometimes nothing at all, if there were no recordings available. The 25 men and women memorialized include Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, and Eric Garner, but woods envisions “American Monument” as an ongoing project that would grow with future iterations. The university, however, appears to have had concerns about the nature of the work.

Myanmar | U Maung Maung’s blast from the past: To some people, these maybe nothing more than trash, some useless pieces of equipment from a forgotten past, but to others these are rare gems that brought back some bittersweet memories from not so long ago, when strife of all kinds – from World War I, World War II, up to the cold war era — dominated the world. Yangon is about to get a rare treat reminiscing those foregone era of the angst-ridden, rock n’ rollin flower children generation and their famous slogan “Make Love Not War”, with a showcase of different kinds of turntables and vinyl records players, which defined the music scene for the good part of the 20th century. From September 20 to 22, researcher U Maung Maung will be showcasing his lifetime collection: turntables, record changers and discs, vinyl music records, sharing with today’s millenials and digital children about those turbulent times and computers and today’s digital gadgets were just figments of imagination.

Rage Against The Machine are reissuing their entire back catalogue on vinyl: …The pioneering four-piece – who are currently inactive having last played together in 2011 – have taken the bold step of ordering the reissues, which span from their 1992 self-titled debut to their 2003 live album ‘Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium’…Back in July, Morello reflected on Rage’s 2000 split in an interview – while also offering an explanation for why the band decided not to record a new album upon reuniting in 2007. “I’ll put myself first and foremost. It was a lack of emotional maturity in being able to deal with each other as people,” Morello said about the 2000 split. “We had political vision and the shows never suffered, but we just couldn’t agree on stuff and that unearthed feelings that made it hard to make records.”

Phish Announces ‘Billy Breathes’ Vinyl Release: Following a limited-edition, 7,500-copy Record Store Day release, Phish will release their 1996 album, Billy Breathes, on vinyl on Friday, October 26th. The 2-LP vinyl set of the band’s sixth studio full-length album is pressed on 2-180g audiophile LPs. Billy Breathes was recorded and mixed in 1996 at Bearsville Studios by John Siket and Steve Lillywhite, and was produced by Phish and Lillywhite. Billy Breathes was originally mastered by Bob Ludwig and released by Elektra on CD and cassette on October 15, 1996. In the fall of 2017, Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering cut the lacquers from the digital audio tape flat master for the vinyl edition. Billy Breathes features 13 tracks, including Phish’s highest-charting single, “Free” (the tune peaked at #11 of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart and was certified Gold in 1999).

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TVD Los Angeles

TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I want some magic to keep me alive / I want a miracle; I don’t want to die / I’m afraid that if I go to sleep I’ll never wake / I’ll no longer exist / I’ll close my eyes and disappear / And float into the mist

I’m as Jewish as a Jew can get, but due to my wife and son’s mix of Cherokee Indian blood, I refer myself and our immediate family as “schmohawks.” Hey, I consider myself as spiritual as the next dude, but I don’t really follow religious protocol on holidays.

On Wednesday for Yom Kippur, I did reflect and pray for long lost friends and think upon the path ahead. I didn’t exactly fast either. I ate very light, sweet cantaloupe and almonds, drank coffee, and drove to Topanga Canyon to visit Jacknife Lee’s studio.

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TVD UK

TVD Live Shots: The Quireboys, H.E.A.T, Aaron Buchanan, and Those Damn Crows at
the O2 Forum, 9/14

The Quireboys made a triumphant return to the stage in London to a sold-out O2 Forum crowd. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their landmark record Homewreckers and Heartbreakers, these veteran rock ‘n’ rollers proved that they are still very relevant and that rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well on their watch.

This would be a special one-off performance of the Homewreckers album in its entirety. While it may be a cliche these days to go on tour and play a classic record from start to finish, the Quireboys are anything but. These guys have stuck to their guns and their original sound from the beginning—one of the few bands who have a three-decade-plus career who never have to claim that they are “going back to their roots,” as they’ve never left them.

Spike looks and sounds fantastic as does the rest of the band. The songs hold up incredibly well, and that’s because of their dedication to keeping their brand of rock ‘n’ roll fresh. Being from the States, I remember the first time I saw these guys on MTV. I must have played their debut album A Bit of What You Fancy a hundred thousand times. I missed Homewreckers as it wasn’t a hit in the US, but I’m glad I got to see this show and even picked up the 10th-anniversary edition of the record which the band signed for me. (They are all super cool by the way and signed CDs and took photos with fans for hours before the gig.)

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TVD New Orleans

Jazz pianist Christian Sands’ Facing Dragons
in stores today, 9/21

PHOTO: ANNA WEBBER | Just thirty years old, critically acclaimed jazz pianist/composer Christian Sands represents a new generation of musicians schooled, like many of his contemporaries in other genres, on a wide range of musical styles. He brings all of his influences to bear on Facing Dragons, his current effort for Mack Avenue Records. It’s out today.

“Sangueo Soul,” a track that was pre-released back in early August, sets the stage for what’s to come on the full album. Sands had this to say about the song, “(It’s) an infectious groove influenced by the rhythms of the Caribbean and South America…I grew up in the gospel church but also around many other styles of music, so they all inspire me in similar ways.”

Though much of the album was recorded using his touring trio of Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Jerome Jennings on drums, some of the most fascinating tracks feature two percussionists—Cristian Rivera and Roberto Quintero on Venezuelan indigenous percussion (cumaco, clarin, laures, maracas). The first three of those instruments may be unfamiliar to most listeners but they help create a mighty force, especially in conjunction with Sands’ very percussive piano technique.

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