Tuesday, July 31, 2007
A TV legend passed away this week. SNL's Dan Akroyd may have goofed on him for being out of touch but Tom Snyder was way ahead of his time in booking cutting edge musical acts. Check out this DVD offered by The NBC Universal Store:
The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder began in October 1973 in the late-night time slot following Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show and continued in one form or another until January 1982. As the punk and new wave music of the late 1970s emerged, The Tomorrow Show welcomed many of its key figures for interviews as well as live performances.
Snyder, admittedly blissfully ignorant of the music, was, at times, so obviously out of his element that the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd’s classic Saturday Night Live Snyder impersonation could not be more clear. But whether Snyder got it or not, The Tomorrow Show featured seminal performances by some of the genres’ early legends.
8 Episodes of The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder Featuring Interviews and Live Performances by:
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
And Interviews With:
Running Time +/- 5 Hours
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
iTunes Originals - Elvis Costello- Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Don't know enough about early Elvis to know if it's a remake but "Riot Act" sounds like it came right out of 1978- and that's a good thing!
Red Hot & Live!- Brian Setzer & The Nashvillains
Features live Rockabilly takes on oldies like "Red Hot" and Stray Cats songs.
"#9 Dream"- R.E.M.
A respectable remake of the Lennon tune.
Sunday Girl - EP- Erasure
Don't these guys ever slow down?
Time On Earth- A pretty tame album even by Crowded House standards features "Don't Stop Now".
Greatest Hits- Social Distortion
For those that already have the catalogue, the new single "Far Behind" is the highlight here.
Dylanesque- Bryan Ferry
Surprisingly refreshing takes on Dylan songs including a rock solid "All Along the Watchtower".
Monday, July 09, 2007
Highlights from The 11th annual Hootenanny at Oak Canyon Ranch in Irvine, CA on July 7.
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys' swing-a-billy charmed the crowd with upbeat ditties like "Feelin' Kinda Lucky" and "The Greatest Story Ever Told".
Mad Marge and company played on the smaller stage and had a nice mosh pit going. Deke Dickerson would later take this stage, covering Buck Owens and ending his set with favorite, "Muleskinner Blues".
80's rockabilly pioneers, The Blasters, played an energetic set including classics like "American Music", and "Long White Cadillac". Phil Alvin, as ever, seemed about to pop a vein as his contorted face displayed a trademark mix of agony and ecstasy. Phil would later join his brother Blaster, Dave, during his set for a rocking "Marie Marie".
John Doe Band
John Doe kicked off with "The Golden State", a sentimental ode to love and imperfection from his new album. Doe and his band sounded and looked vibrant. His red haired, female backup singer bearing more than a bit of a resemblance to longtime band mate, Exene, in both looks and voice.
Doe then launched into "The New World", a song by his old band, X. Though originally written during the Reagan era, the similarities to the current state of affairs were not lost on Doe. "Don't forget to vote next time", Doe chided his audience before starting. Halfway through, the song unexpectedly morphed into The Beatles' "Revolution". Nice touch.
Nekromantix thrashed their way through a psychobilly caucophony of noisy dissonance. Then Squirrel Nut Zippers played their quirky brand of Dixie inspired swing, including "Prince Nez" and "Hell".
Headliners and crowd faves, "Social Distortion" capped off the show. Their set included a cover of Chuck Berry's "Maybeline" and "Far Behind" from their Greatest Hits release. Social D sounded as good as ever, Mike Ness admitting between songs that it's a good thing music became their vocation as he and his band mates "didn't make very good criminals."