Peaches catches some air at Coachella 2007 photo by Gary Miller - Staff Photographer
We have been speaking with our photographer Gary Miller who is among the masses in Coachella and he continues to feed us a few pictures from the scene. He reports that it took 3 hours to get out of the parking lot on Friday night, but that he is having a lot of fun. He was able to shoot sets by Bjork, Peaches and many others.
On Saturday he hooked up with Roky and Sumner Ericson and was able to shoot Roky's set. Roky said to tell everyone at home in Austin and at club kingsnake "Hi!".
Gary plans to shoot pictures of the Rage Against the Machine set today along with a whole slew of other great bands. Watch for him to start posting pictures, and writing about his Coachella experience, once he returns and recovers a bit. Also watch for an article on Coachella from Glen Polanco from our snake site, kingsnake.com
Roky Ericson performs at Coachella 2007 photo by Gary Miller - Staff Photographer
Roky's set list at Coachella 2007 photo by Gary Miller - Staff Photographer
For the crowd at Stubb's on Thursday night in Austin, that answer was obvious, George Thorogood and The Destroyers.
Billing themselves as the "World's Greatest Bar Band" that moniker may be true, but I doubt most bar's could fit George's massive hi-tech stage kit, much less find parking for his buses and trucks. George and the band put all that state of the art gear to good use too, as I wandered about listening to one of the best stage mixes I have heard in a while.
I have been a fan of George's music for a long time, way before "Bad To The Bone" hit the airplay over-saturation point. I first heard him in 1977 when KLBJ added cuts from his second album to their airplay list. Released during the peak of the disco era, his sound found a home on the few AOR rock stations still struggling to stay relevant. It also paved the way for a resurgence in blues guitar, making it easier for musicians like Stevie Ray Vaughn to break into the main stream in the 80's.
3:00 PM Brother Ali
3:55 PM Noisettes
4:35 PM Tokyo Police Club
5:35 PM Tilly and the Wall
6:25 PM Of Montreal
7:15 PM Rufus Wainwright
8:10 PM Arctic Monkeys
9:05 PM Stephen Marley
9:55 PM Sonic Youth
10:45 PM Bjork
If the music you hear behind the Burden Brothers new single sounds familiar, it probably should. Former Toadies (I Come From The Water, Possum Kingdom) frontman Vaden Todd Lewis has teamed up with "Taz" Bentley (Reverend Horton Heat, Tenderloin, Izzy Stradlin Band), Corey Rozzoni (Clumsy)Casey Hess (Doosu, Jump Rope Girls) and bassist Zack Busby (Slow Roosevelt, Halls of the Machine) to form what their Wikipedia entry calls a Texas Rock Supergroup. That is probably an apt description as Vaden's characteristic vocals are unmistakable to any Toadies fan that hears them and Taz and the rest of the band have spent countless hours performing on the road.
They are on the road again, in fact finishing up a small break before heading off up the east coast. Performing tomorrow at Stubb's in Austin, guitarist Casey Hess took some time to talk to us a bit about the tour.
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Oh Patti. I wanted to love this. I'm a whore for cover albums. I have loved you since I was 17 years old. I cried with happiness when they put you in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and you sang "baby baby baby was a rock 'n' roll nigger."
I'm so sorry, Patti, but Twelve is just kind of boring. It really is.
I would have sworn Patti Smith would do a brilliant job of Jimi Hendrix's "Are You Experienced," Neil Young's "Helpless," Grace Slick's "White Rabbit," the Doors' "Soul Kitchen." She didn't. They were just kind of rough and tuneless.
I was scared to hear what she'd do with Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and rightly so.
I'm so very sorry, Patti, I still love you, but please go write a whole album of your own stuff right now, kthnx.
She did give a great interview to Salon last week, though:
When I was younger there was the mainstream and the maverick, and there was a real difference between us. Right now in America, we're a nation of disenfranchised people. All of us are victims, no matter if we're right wing or left wing, of the terrible mistakes of the Bush administration -- whether it's because of the atmosphere he has produced globally, the loss of Iraqi citizens' life and infrastructure, the loss of American life, the abandonment of New Orleans, the deterioration of our environment. And economically the country is heading for a fall.
I think rock 'n' roll is more valuable as an acceptable form of communication because we don't need some cool, hip thing that only a few people understand or communicate about: We need global action. We need a voice. The new generation is communicating, deciding how they're going to receive and send music [on the Web], and the next step is to inject content into it. And they will do that, because things are just going to get worse and worse and people will react. I don't think the new generations are going to be like Nero and fiddle while Rome burns. I think that people are going to step up. It's just that people are finding each other, finding their voice and figuring out how to process all the information around them.
When I first heard Chevelle's latest release, Vena Sera, I promised myself I wouldn't read anyone else's review first. Wouldn't you know it, though -- when I googled it for the track list, Rolling Stone's review popped up. And they dogged it. Of course, their rabid fans replied saying it was "their best album ever" I dunno. I gotta go with the Stone on this one.
Tool, er... eh... Chevelle is one of those bands whose musical complexity takes a while to appreciate at the best of times, sometimes requiring repeated playings to hear the subtle hooks. Kind of a "creeper" type of music. The first full play of Vena Sera through my stereo, I couldn't hear a single. It was only after listening for a week that the nuances started to seep into my head. After that, I found myself humming songs such as "Antisaint" and "Brainiac" while I was in the produce section of my local market.
I like Chevelle, and I am not ashamed to admit it's primarily because of Pete Loeffler's ability to channel Maynard James Keenan, but this disc is definitely not their best work. It sounds droney, and heavy, and because many of these songs are previously unreleased material, it feels pieced together. I like a couple songs but this is no Wonder What's Next.
So here's the deal. You run a popular gentleman's club that has a lot of live local music AND you're in a band. You're turning an unspeakable age. How exactly do you plan on celebrating your birthday? If you are DJB you invite a few other bands and a live suspension team, have a DJ there to fill in the breaks between acts, get your tattoo shop (Sacred Skin) to pay for the food, and throw a huge party for anyone you can get in the door! So before I get too far into the review, let me tell B "Happy Birthday" one last time.
Snooky out of Racine WI was the first band. Most people know that since I'm not a musician myself, I tend to get hooked on the vocalists. There's one thing that will always draw me away, and that is an AMAZING BASSIST. Slap bass makes my day.
Bassist Eric Christian keeps the funk line going with out picking up a single pick. I was reminded of a young Robert Trujillo bass line. It sounded phenomenal live, however I can't wait to sit down and listen to the CD to hear it recorded! They are kinda funk, kinda metal, kinda pop, kinda heavy. They mix a lot of different sounds and influences to make a great sound. Vocals switch between a sweet sounding harmony and a Disturbed sort of strength. The song "Bring Out Your Dead" got stuck in my head for a bit. I liked the combination of aggression and sweetness on "Merrick." And also, how exactly can you go wrong with a song titled "Sucking the Thorny Cock of the Lord of the Hoary Host of the Netherworld"? With vocalist Terry Valdean doing a helluva Hulk Hogan impersonation as well as showing off his exotic dance skills between bouts of amusing sarcasm, Snooky put on a great show. In order to properly describe them for you, I must steal from the words of the great Mike Muir and simply say "Violent and Funky." By the way, did I mention the bassist was amazing?
Hmmm, one more iTunes song of the week - meaning a free giveaway - that's pretty good. Their track record is getting better, I think this is the third cut I've liked so far this year.
The Guggenheim Grotto is a Dublin, Ireland folk band. "Philosophia" isn't available on their MySpace page, but you can listen to, and download, four other songs there. That's a lot of free goodness, if you're into slightly edgy folk music. They appear somewhat resistant to the comparison, but there really is a Simon and Garfunkel thing going on here, but fresh. I know they cite a heavy Leonard Cohen influence, but I didn't hear that in any of the cuts I listened to. Cohen, who I revere, is quite a bit rougher and lyrically more obscure than they are.
And of course, Cohen by his own admission can't sing for shit, and these guys vocalize like angels.
Roky Erickson and the Explosives at Threadgills photo by jeff barringer - staff photographer
As you read this Slayer is just finishing up a little mini-tour down under with a show in Brisbane, followed by a show in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday. Then back to the states to rest up for a European tour that kicks off in March. Now that the doctor has finally cleared me to travel again after SXSW, I might take a trip out to see Kerry during his down time to interview him, and check out his neat snake collection.
Speaking of friends on the road Chris, Ollie and Paul over in the Zico Chain, having survived their trip to America, are kicking off a month-long U.K. tour starting on Saturday. Another friend on the road is Roky Erickson, who just got done performing a psychedelic showcase at the Bowery in New York - to good reviews from none other than Rolling Stone. Roky's next gig will be at Coachella next week. Also at Coachella next week - Moondog! Heading out on his first OFFICIAL club kingsnake photo assignment, Gary will be shooting pics of Roky, Rage, the Pumpkins and everyone else he can get in front of. Glenn Polanco from our reptile site will be doing the write up for this year's Coachella. My only advice to the guys - stay away from the brown fish tacos!
Les Claypool is firing up his Fancy Band again this summer to promote the launch of a new DVD. The tour starts in May and hits a couple of festivals as well as a cutting a wide swath across North America. Les will be playing Milwaukee and Austin on this tour, so we should be able to give you some great coverage, and possibly an interview.
I will be hitting the bricks myself next week, hopefully covering George Thorogood at Stubb's on Thursday, and with a little luck getting a Burden Brothers interview on Friday. Lots of great shows coming up. Watch for more updates soon.
Finally, the music world mourns the loss of possibly the most famous ukulele player of all time, the Lawrence Welk of Luana Kai, Mr. Don Ho. After a career spanning over 40 years entertaining visitors and servicemen in the islands, Ho has given away his last lei. Don passed away from heart failure on Saturday at age 76.
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