Weepy Tower retrospective: "Goodbye, Tower: A musical friend and pillar falls" :::::::: Flavor Flav updates his image by talking to Marian Liu about a Hawaiian getaway: "We've got to be able to be passionate and got to be able to make love. I'm not going to take you away to Hawaii, wine you and dine you, and can't make love to you. I will leave you there and will not give you a ticket back home." :::::: Keak da Sneak has a new label, according to Marian Liu's "Hyphy: That's my word, Liu."
After a lengthy hiatus and uncertainty about the band's future, Cotati's instrumental indie outfit The Rum Diary has re-emerged with a new line-up and 4-way 7-inch split record, North v. South. The limited-edition color vinyl released by Springman Records also features new songs from Facing New York, The Jade Shader, and Years Around The Sun. New drummer Jake Krohn has big shoes to fill after the departure of Farfisa master Schuyler Feekes and drummer Joe Ryckebosch. But the new lineup is working on a new album and plans to start playing live again as early as December. (more...)
In other Rum Diary related news, vocalist-guitarist-bassist Daniel Mckenzie has another project called Identical Homes and plays bass in Built For the Sea. And bassist-vocalist-guitarist Jon Fee is playing songs with his wife Mimi in a project called Mijuanito.
The Rum Diary -- Pyrrhic Victory --mp3 (rightclick and 'save link as')
Pirate Cat Radio is back on the air in San Francisco after an extended hiatus. The station features such enticing programming like Post Punk for Post Punks and Candy Ass the Butt Pirate. If you're not in SF, the station also streams live 24-7 . Check out an upcoming benefit for the station on Tuesday, November 28 at the Make-Out Room with The May Fire, Bettie Black, and Lisa Dewey.
Chicago's only female Rhymesayer Psalm One opens for Del tha Funkee Homosapien next week. The Express does the interview and reviews the album on Wednesday. Here's some streaming Psalm One, courtesy of YourDad'sSpace
There's punk in Nashville, pop in Seattle, and indie rock in Oakland; deal with it. Communiqué is one of Oaktown's biggest rock exports, having recently toured with Against Me!, Tegan and Sara, My Chemical Romance, and Taking Back Sunday. More New-York-post-punk than LA-emo, Communiqué is just edgy enough to attract those fickle hipsters. The group's new EP Walk Into the Light, out Oct. 17 on Sabot Productions, features its most infectious songwriting yet: a solid set of five rockers guaranteed to appeal to a broader audience than 2004's Poison Arrows, a style-before-substance affair anchored by the excellent single "Cross Your Heart." Download the Killers-esque "Got Your Number" from the new one or head to Communiqué's MySpace page for more.
Punk rock riot: A reunited Rancid with the Slackers (which we wrote about earlier this year), Static Thought, and The Forgotten Saturday, December 16, and Sunday, December 17, at the Warfield. Tickets available from The Man.
Amoeba Music will be offering discounts to any tired, hungry, or generally politically frustrated voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Just bring in your voter stub or "I Voted" sticker and get $2 off your total purchase. Amoeba's Naomi Salazar recommends Ghost Ride, the latest release from San Francisco's Black Fiction for blowing off any leftover aggravation.
In other Amoeba News, both the Berkeley and San Francisco stores will be kicking off the Halloween weekend today with a "Horror"ible Costume Contest, starting at 7:30 p.m. DJ Groove Ghoul in Berkeley and Shallow Grave and Die!lon in SF will spin appropriately creepy tunes, plus drag cult diva Peaches Christ will be on hand in SF to get the party started right.
"Stop slagging and start praising the coolest thing to put out in years," some Brit says of my Kool Keith article, "Kool Keith CD Scam Exposed," while Dan the Automator has his own words on the subject in this week's column, "Dashed Hoop Dreams." We retort, you decide. Read the letter after the jump.
DATE/TIME: October 24, 2006, 7:21 am MST
SUBJECT: what a load of gorilla' bollocks
LETTER: i have to say, i have been involved in making several albums, and i do not know of one that wasn't finished with blood, sweat, arguments and tears... all that ultimately matters is the end result... Return of Dr. Octagon is an incredible album and who can blame anyone from keeping Kool Kieth at arms length, i mean shit, he's not exactly the most together dude around... shit one band we have we have an organ player we have been designing a flight case for, just so we can get him to gigs and back again without any grief...
it doesn't mean he's not in the band... nor that he ain't great...
I mean these days ain't it amazing people all over the world are making music with people they have never met, but it sounds amazing!
All this bloody bollocks and slagging off, it's about music, nothing else, and music is not made by everyone being very chummy with each other and it all being a piece of cake... you got to push it to the limit and shit, if you are still friends at the end of it you are very lucky.
Stop slagging off One Watt Sun, I don't know anyone baring dangermouse who has pushed production that far on a computer, and however it happened they should be loved and applauded for it...
It really pisses me off that this has become such a bloody big story about nothing... and you aren't actually bothering to say what an incredible piece of production it is... how cool it is that it happened however it happened... it someone found the greatest work of art in the ground man had ever made, do you think it matters that the two painters almost killed each other making it?!?!
The interesting thing about this record isn't kool kieth, it's one watt sun, they are the real talent at work here. Kool is cool, but those boys did something noone else has done at the moment, and they deserve a musical medal for it.
Yeah...Some people hate it, but some people absoultely love it, and thats a sign that it's something pretty special... and grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... grow up and stop gossiping.
Yeah your right, you shouldn't buy any amazing piece of art that has a nasty story behind it... or did pan out in a nice happy clappy way... for that matter, why don't you empty your fucking cupboard and tear off your sweat factory clothes, smear yourself in hippy shit and listen to some wacky happy music.
I would love to know the story behind Dr Octagon the first one, i bet it ain't that pretty...
Stupid fucking monkey, or sorry i mean...gorilla bollocks...
Stop slagging and start praising the coolest thing to put out in years.
According to the latest news item , Love's selling of her stake in Nirvana pushed Kurt Cobain's posthumous earnings past Elvis to #1 in 2006. Yeah! F-you, Elvis. We eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast!
Plans for tonight still up in the air? Throw on a costume (or just be your usual freaky self) and head to the The Uptown in Oakland, where four local bands are playing a show to benefit Temescal resident Sandra Tellis, who remains in critical condition after being viciously attacked and set on fire in September. Doors at 8, show at 9 - and admission is just eight bucks.