True story time! My old band The Subteens played in Chicago once or twice back in 2000, 2001. On one trip, the other band’s drummer whipped out a CD of unsigned Chicago power pop bands, and every song was this good, one after another, which led me to believe that Chicago is home to more rock talent that they know what to do with. This is Pet Symmetry, who were all probably five years old when I last played Chicago. Anyway, enjoy or don’t.
“If I Had A Tail,” from the soon-to-be-released … Like Clockwork, coming June 4. I’m digging the Mad Max vibe in this one.
Have you ever wondered what certain post-punk or new wave legends would like re-imagined as superheroes? Me either, but Brazilian graphic designer Butcher Billy did, and the results are pretty cool. Head on over here to see Siouxsie Sioux, Ian Curtis, Morrissey, Robert Smith and Billy Idol, too.
Real people or imaginary characters, the incorruptible ideals of perfect superheroes or the human flaws and desires sometimes so desperately depicted in song lyrics.
Is it me, or does Butcher Billy’s project description read like a MAD Fold-In? This and lots more of Butcher Billy’s impressive work can be found here.
If your idea of fun is having a leathery, shirtless, 66-year-old man sweat on you, then you needed to be near the stage at (Le) Poisson Rouge for Iggy Pop’s afternoon public-radio showcase on April 28 with his band The Stooges.
And if that’s not your idea of fun, then you really, really need to see Iggy Pop perform live, and soon.
Iggy & The Stooges played a mix of new songs from Ready to Die, as well as a handful of old favorites. If you weren’t an Iggy Pop fan, you might have had trouble telling them apart, which is a pretty strong compliment for those new songs. Loud, fast, snotty and fun, the band ran through the proto-punk of “Raw Power” and “Fun House” as easily as it played new material like “Ready to Die” and “Job.”
Read the rest here.
- Ready To Die
- Raw Power
- Gimme Danger
- Sex And Money
- Pretty Face
- The Departed
- Fun House
Official video for Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark).”
Rated TV-14 for PM (puppet masturbation).
I Hate Music, out August 20!
From the band’s website …
I Hate Music is an album about love more than anything else: love of life, love of living, love of people, and yeah, love of music. It defies its own title so completely and diligently that it never even seems like a fair fight: There’s no pain this deep or yearning this severe without the type of love earned over a lifetime. “I hate music—what is it worth? / Can’t bring anyone back to this earth” goes the first line in “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo.” That song and its ten companions can’t relive the past or resurrect those lost, but they can keep them close enough to see and hear and celebrate. It’s dark in here, but if we conjure the right words and sounds, we’ll find our way out.
02. Me & You & Jackie Mittoo
04. Staying Home
05. Low F
06. Trees of Barcelona
07. Breaking Down
08. Out of the Sun
09. Your Theme
11. What Can We Do
Velly eeenteresting … Makes me want to give the last How To Destroy Angels album another chance.