I saw The Job Creator himself at the Rod Laver in Melbourne last year and felt my relationship with him had been consummated. So I kinda didn't have the need to see him in a much bigger, draftier venue. I must say, when the climax arrived, all the house lights went up and a 16 piece E Street went through "Born to Run" for the millionth time, it was a rock moment like few I've ever experienced. I know he's got more schtick than a Borscht Belt comic, but he's still a phenomenon. No one else in rock has used the artist/audience relationship in the way he has. And he has a mofo of a back catalogue.
I suspect his Royals cover (unlike the Saints) was worked out half an hour before going on. For a guy who drills his band like James Brown he's completely at ease winging it. The night we saw him the band did an unrehearsed Red Headed Woman because Bruce missed his wife and someone waved the right sign. That sort of thing makes an impression on a jaded punter.
Pleasure. Loved what you did on "Call Your Girlfriend"!
Lorde is indeed a piece of work. On her Reddit the other day she said "I can sit down with basically the most intimidating people in the industry and not flinch." Peter Jackson has cojones like that. It's as important as her obvious talent.
That said, on a personal level I admire Pure Heroine more than love it. I like her intelligence and love the way her hooks rise up unexpectedly, but until she's got drunk, got laid and fucked up like the rest of us she's not really talking to the likes of me. Not in the way that, say, Robyn does. It's why I can't get with her cover of "Swinging Party", one of my favourite songs by my favourite band. I look forward to her maturity though.
I love a list, but there's too many of them, so I'd just urge the sympathetic to go out and buy two records from a genre no one ever talks about - modern country music. They would be Kacey Musgraves' "Same Trailer, Different Park" and Ashley Monroe's "Like a Rose". Clever, literate women with (particularly in Monroe's case) fantastic voices. After all the moody, ethereal, atmospheric crap ProTools inflicts on the world, the clarity and emotional detail is utterly refreshing.
Thanks for all the musical heads ups Russell. Really looking forward to hearing the Trick Mammoth album - I first found them when you posted the demos here a while back.
But don't listen to me - go there
Oh brave new world that has such gadgets in it.
Saw old Daddypants in Melbourne and was seriously hoping he'd play "Just Like Fire Would". He did not oblige, so I'm grateful to see that.
And I do like to see a Roland JC120 in its native habitat. You guys must have been popular with the neighbours. Those things are loud.
Dr ‘Huckster’ Bill, I presume?
Oh yeah. Right up there with Dave Allen.
I'm OK with the bedroom boom, but I gotta say there's nothing better for kicking the bullshit and solipsism out of some over-sensitive young person than robust interaction with a band. Rhythm sections have a limited tolerance for "ethereal" and "atmospheric", as do most audiences.
Just on the general FYI front, Estere's a good mate of my niece and a lovely girl, but she hasn't been 17 in about 5 years.
Christgau actually wrote his own farewell to Lou in Spin.
Every time Paul McCartney puts out a new album – which is surprisingly often – some of my dearest friends will gamely insist that Maccas’s back on form. He’s not. It’s just another lot of annoying sing-song melodies.
Thank God, yes. I believe Paulie's technocratic tinkering has finally found its natural audience - indie. They all worship "Ram" like it was the Golden Calf rather than a pleasant if occasionally annoying collection of ditties, so whatever he puts out now is deemed to be evidence of genius rather than facility. The old bugger does deserve a break after the boomers have (rightly) lionised his buddy for four decades, but honestly....
Du Fresne's slag of the Velvets was flat out hilarious. The work of an unreconstructed coot. He proves my assertion that to understand the VU is to understand the nature of rock itself. I'm not sure even Chuck Berry himself wrote a song about rock and roll as good as "Rock & Roll".