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Festival Line-Up If I Was In Charge

GildedAgeFest copy

The festival is the current rage. Big paydays for aging acts (some still stellar, some ragged and worth dismissing) with hipsters and hook-ups a plenty.

I recently sighed deeply at the sight of my inherited Lollapalooza (1st tour) shirt and it’s inability to be donned due to being completely worn out. While I’m no huge fan of Nine Inch Nails (to say the least) or Ice-T, seeing the likes of Lush, Siouxsee and the Banshees, Jane’s Addiction, and the Violent Femmes makes me wonder if more than two great acts are ever going to make it into a one day festival TOUR again. Not these disgusting one-offs of 200,000, but a proper tour with bands becoming aggravated with one another, and bringing some serious punch to whatever counter-culture indie movement is out there.

Here’s my attempt at putting solid acts in a festival tour line-up. I’ll let the egos wage war for time slots as they are all my children. There are a couple things to note here: I left off Blur and The Stone Roses, because they don’t have the sack to go on tour in the US. Second, I took the liberty of dragging Lee Mavers out of seclusion long enough to do a few shows, and put Oasis back together during a long Man City win streak so they’re content enough to be around each other, but still pensive enough to leave it all on stage.

So what bands do you think are missing? Mind you, I tried to spice it up with established acts and newer ones. I also kept in mind that these bands are mostly active with the exception of The La’s and Oasis. I can hear the cries for Savages already, and maybe some people would want the one-trick-pony The National. What say you?

Gilded Age Festival: SULK, New Order, The Black Ryder, Happy Mondays, Johnny Marr, The Morning After Girls, Tame Impala, The Drums, The La’s, Oasis, Gliss, The Horrors, The History of Apple Pie, Airiel, The Kitchens of Distinction, Django Django, Shed Seven, Miniatures, The Dum Dum Girls, La Sera, Tamaryn, Ringo Deathstarr, TOY, Deep Sea Arcade, Splashh, Swim Deep, The Sleepover Disaster, Primal Scream, Gypsy Death and You

Rank Sleeve

The Smiths – “Rank”

In the interest of saving our ADHD friends from too much of a read, this snippet will hit quick at the importance of this record and the quality of The Smiths “Rank”.

“Rank” is a 1987 release. It didn’t come about during the band’s actual tenure, but posthumously as a contract requirement. I was recently asked about my thoughts on this record while DJ’ing the last CASUAL. I was asked by a person whose tastes differ on many different musical subjects, yet we both managed to come to the same exact conclusion on this album.

The Smiths legacy is massive. Actually, it’s unquantifiable. Most fans and critics will tell you that in order to “get into” the band, you should start with “The Queen Is Dead” or “Strangeways, Here We Come”. However, if you are anything like me, you’ll assess bands on their ability to translate their songs live. This is where “Rank” steps up.

My friend explained that it was easy to dismiss the band during his college years despite a particular friend of his lauding the band. He told me, “She’d walk up and say ‘Here!’ and hand him ‘Girlfriend In A Coma’  It was easy to discount.” It wasn’t until he found “Rank” that it clicked.

The reasoning for this is quite simple. “Rank” finally showcased what live concert-goers already knew about The Smiths. They ROCKED. Morrissey  and co. open the record with a breathless version of “The Queen Is Dead”. It doesn’t stop. Even when the album slows down for an amazing “I Know It’s Over” the frenetic emotional pace of the album highlights the poignancy of the tune. Johnny Marr continues to put at least two of the songs on the album into his current setlist. (“Bigmouth Strikes Again”, “London”) “London” being an absolute blinder on “Rank” and in Marr’s set.

If you feel the need to understand the roots of most alternative/indie, or you feel the need to reevaluate The Smiths as a whole, you should go right past all of the studio work. Grab the nearest copy of the Alexandra Bastedo graced “Rank” and play it loud.

Danger Radio Podcast Episode 176

Episode 176 – Danger Radio Podcast

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It’s a new episode of the Danger Radio Podcast! This may be the best one yet. We’ve got a load of new tracks mixed in with some absolute classics. Give it a listen.

PLAYLIST:
The Laurels – Endeavor
Verbal Kint’s Gone – Doomsday Killer
Echo & The Bunnymen – Do It Clean
Parlour Flames – Manchester Rain
The Mighty Lemon Drops – Out Of Hand
Sulk – If You Wonder
Lilys – Any Several Sundays
Pete Fij & Terry Bickers – Betty Ford
Welcome Pariah – Neither Here Nor There
Johnny Marr – New Town Velocity
The Dandy Warhols – The Last High
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – When Joker’s Attack
Elephant Stone – Setting Sun
Division of Laura Lee – Rudderless
Weepikes – Nothing But A Soar
Throwing Muses – Fish
The Pixies – Alec Eiffel
Joy Division – Warsaw
Clearlake – Far Away

VIDEO: New Order – “Regret” Live in Las Vegas 4.11.13

New Order Live in Las Vegas
“Dammit, Stephen, quit playing the fucking machine for one minute so we can take this picture.”

As mentioned last week, the YMIA crew spent a few fun filled days in the nation’s Ed Hardy clad playground, Las Vegas, NV. I don’t think any concert had ever pulled any of us out of state before, but the allure of Johnny Marr opening for New Order in a really swank hotel was apparently too much for any of us to resist. 

New Order began their set with Low-Life‘s side 2 opener, “Elegia”. While a 17 minute version of this song exists, we were treated to an extremely abbreviated rendering lasting only a couple of minutes as the band jumped into “Crystal”, from 2001′s effort, Get Ready.   From there we were treated to a thick career spanning set, which also included a number of Joy Division tracks, piled together as an encore. Who am I to complain when half of Joy Division is willing to dust off some of the old numbers?

I’m far from a hardcore fan and New Order is a band I’m fairly critical of. That said, the show was top notch. I was waiting with dread for one of my least favorite New Order tracks (and one of their biggest hits) “World In Motion.” They must have received my letters because it was absent from the setlist.

Truly, my only complaint came at the very end. Jake Ryan had warned me it was coming as he leaned over and said “They’re going to change the key on ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart.’ Just watch.” Sure enough, the anthem of love’s strain and tumult had, with just a minor tweak, turned into a song of hope and inspiration, if only you were to ignore the lyrics. At first I assumed it was because Bernard Sumner was no longer able to hit the notes, but I dismissed the tought since A) His voice had held up on every other song, and B) Ian Curtis was flat on that entire track… come to think of it – he was flat on every Joy Division song ever. Many fans at the show didn’t seem to care – happy just to have heard it performed live. I wish I could’ve shared in their happiness. Instead, I shook my head as I listened to this sad and unnecessary bastardization of what is a classic counter culture tune. It’s a shame that they ended such a fantastic night with a lone stinker.

Setlist:

  1. Elegia
  2. Crystal
  3. Regret
  4. Ceremony
  5. Age of Consent
  6. Isolation
  7. Love Vigilantes
  8. Krafty
  9. Your Silent Face
  10. World
  11. Bizarre Love Triangle
  12. 5 8 6
  13. True Faith
  14. The Perfect Kiss
  15. Blue Monday
  16. Temptation
     Encore:
  17. Atmosphere
  18. Transmission
  19. Love Will Tear Us Apart

 

VIDEO: Johnny Marr performs “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before” Live in Las Vegas 4/11/13

Johnny Marr - The coolest man on the planet

Last week, myself, Jake Ryan, and a few friends (including new YMIA contributors Michael  Trundle and Kitty Vincent) headed off to Las Vegas for a DJ set at Beauty Bar one night and a live performance by Johnny Marr and New Order the next night at The Cosmopolitan. You know Marr - former SmithsElectronicThe TheModest MouseThe Cribs guitarist – not to mention my personal hero.

While we were ticketed concert goers (some of us more ticketed than others as Michael and Kitty were equipped with VIP passes), we chose to watch Johnny Marr from the fortunately placed balcony from Michael and Kitty’s room, which was perched several floors above the stage. The drinks were cheaper, we weren’t surrounded by aging new wavers who couldn’t be arsed to move over 6 inches so that they weren’t constantly rubbing on me, the sound was pretty good, and the drinks were certainly cheaper (yes, I meant to do that.) Here’s a video of his second song, a cover of The Smiths classic “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before”:

And here are a couple of stills – one of the stage from earlier in the day and one from Johnny Marr’s performance.

Johnny Marr’s setlist was as follows:

The Right Thing Right
Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before
Upstarts
Sun & Moon
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Messenger
Generate! Generate!
New Town Velocity
I Fought the Law
Getting Away With It
How Soon Is Now?

Video: Johnny Marr – The Messenger

On a short list of my heroes – and I suspect Jake Ryan’s as well -, former Smiths guitarist, Johnny Marr is sure to land. His track record for being around (and likely the cause of) the worst period of every band he’s been a part of since The Smiths*, excluding his own projects (Electronic, Johnny Marr & The Healers), does little to tarnish his legacy with me.

The man not only embodies “cool” and always has, but he also emotes through his instrument. While Johnny Marr & The Healers’ “Boomslang” wasn’t the most amazing album, it certainly had it’s high points. The last I heard of any Johnny Marr solo stuff – I believe it was in the context of being a follow up to Boomslang with The Healers – but here we have it, no Healers… Johnny Marr’s new track, The Messenger.

Sounds like a bit of Tame Impala – as more than a few things do these days. It lacks big hooks but it’s a really enjoyable listen. Press play on the video and enjoy.

*I can’t blame him for The The, as Matt Johnson’s head seemed to be working it’s way up his ass following Mind Bomb, but there’s no excuse for what he did during his time with Modest Mouse or The Cribs. In their defense, when Johnny Marr joins your band and offers to contribute, how can you say no?