Friday, February 29, 2008

The Clash LIVE!

Here is a preview of The Clash - Live: Revolution Rock, which airs on PBS starting next week and hits stores on April 15. Check to find the PBS airing in your market.

The Revolution Rock DVD follows the live transformation of the band, incorporating footage from all phases of The Clash's meteoric career, beginning with live-in-the-studio clips from 1979, through triumphant concerts from clubland (London's The Music Machine, 1978) and theatres (The Lyceum, 1978, 1980), climaxing with a transcendent blow-out performance at New York's Shea Stadium in 1982. The DVD also includes rare footage of the band’s performance on The Tom Snyder Show and on ABC’s Fridays.

TV Airing Schedule for So Cal:

Saturday, March 01, 9:00 PM
KCET - Channel 28

Saturday, March 01, 9:00 PM

Thursday, March 06, 9:30 PM
KCET - Channel 28

Thursday, March 06, 9:30 PM

Friday, March 07, 2:00 AM
KCET - Channel 28

Friday, March 07, 2:00 AM

Sunday, March 09, 11:30 PM
KCET - Channel 28

Sunday, March 09, 11:30 PM

Monday, February 25, 2008


"Once" is the little movie that could!

Shot in Ireland over three weeks for a paltry hundred thousand dollars, the movie and it's soundtrack have gone on to garner critical acclaim, box office success and now, an Academy award for best original song for "Falling Slowly".

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who starred in and created the soundtrack, gave a heartfelt acceptance speech.

"This is such a big deal, not only for us, but for all independent musicians and artists who spend so much of their time struggling," said Irglova. "No matter how far out your dreams are, it's possible ... this song was written was from a perspective of hope, and at the end of the day, hope connects us all."

Once is available on DVD and the soundtrack can be downloaded on iTunes and other music sites.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Blender Gives Props

The much maligned Blender Magazine has named among it's Top 209 Songs Of 2007;

Arcade Fire- "No Cars Go", "Keep The Car Running"
Bloc Party- "I Still Remember"
The Shins- "Phantom Limb"
Arctic Monkeys- "Brianstorm"
The Bravery- "Time Won't let Me Go"
Interpol- "The Heinrich Maneuver"
Klaxons- "Gravity's Rainbow"
Tegan And Sara- "Back In Your Head"
Kings Of Leon- "On Call"
Modest Mouse- "Little Motel"
Babyshambles- "Delivery"

As much as I might want to argue some of these choices (and no mention of The Cribs, The Cinematics or Shiny Toy Guns), it's nice to see Next Wave music getting some props.

Arcade Fire's Neon Bible album was ranked 2nd best of the year.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Bob Mould and Hüsker Dü

Before there was Nirvana, Grunge or the current crop of Daughtry/Nickelback sound-a-likes, there was Bob Mould and Hüsker Dü.

Mould, Hüsker Dü and later, Sugar, helped pave the way for the wall of guitar, angst filled rock that now dominates the "alternative" scene and did it better than most of these Johnny-come-latelys. Bob showed that hard edged rock and subtlety can live together in the same song- something that is lost on today's crop of axe grinding, over the top, guitar heroes.

Mould just released a new album, "District Line". He's still got a great voice to which his signature guitar sound, as always, serves as a melodic backdrop (what a concept).

Check out "The Silence Between Us" and "Stupid Now" if you get a chance. "Stupid Now" is the song Disturbed WISHES they could make!

Speaking of old punk rockers, The Sex Pistols have been confirmed as one of the headliners for this year's Exit Festival in Serbia.

John Lydon and band will top the bill at the Petrovaradin fortress in Novi Sad on July 13. Tickets are currently on sale. The Pistols have already announced they will be one of the headliners at this year's Isle of Wight Festival, and are rumored to be among the acts playing this year's Glastonbury.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

iLike It!

If you're an iTunes aficionado or just a music lover, is a necessity. If you don't yet use iTunes it's time to get on the bus!

iLike is a free program that attaches a sidebar to your iTunes program. The sidebar constantly updates as you play music.

Recent activity such as planned concerts and new releases by the artist you are currently playing are displayed. It also gives you access to download free mp3s, tells you what your iLike "friends" are listening to and gives you access you your own custom iLike page on the web.

On your custom iLike page, a running tabulation of the songs you have listened to recently is updated by the minute. Your friends can peruse your iTunes playlists and sample them as well. You can compile a list of your favorite artists, give opinions on songs and you can send songs and messages to other iLike users.

iLike has over 15 million users and is growing exponentially. It looks to be the ultimate online social networking site for music lovers worldwide.