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Festival Line-Up If I Was In Charge

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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

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Echobelly to Calm Of Zero (Twice)

According to various tweets, the band Echobelly went from Echobelly to Calm Of Zero (Twice). However, the heart and soul of the band, Glenn Johansson and Sonya Madan are touring acoustically as Echobelly. Frankly, I don’t see the majority of their catalog being transferable to an acoustic set, but hearing Sonya sing might be worth the price of admission alone.

Originally, I’d planned to simply discuss the brilliance of Echobelly’s third album “Lustra”. Instead, this will end up a pastiche of retrospect and review. After seeing an advert on facebook asking people’s opinion about a different well-known artist’s third album, I came across a response I absolutely loved. You can read it in its full glory here …

Next time you post a third or fourth album from an artist like this, you should just say “here’s the third album, start crapping on it now and bragging about being the first kid in school to own their first release”.

Brilliant Steve. I often have this chat with Tyler on the podcasts.

Second and Third albums are often incredibly overlooked masterworks because an ADD public can’t stay tuned into an artist long enough. This is certainly the case with “Lustra”. Second and Third albums often get met with label pressure and contract issues. Second and Third albums often find themselves stuck in a moment of time that sees a transition in public infatuation to a new “scene”. I don’t automatically pin the failings of a record in the public’s eye on the artist. There are a lot of idiots out there. I write this in the knowledge that two of the best bands out there now (SULK and The Black Ryder) are getting ready to follow-up their incredible debuts.

 ”Lustra” finds Echobelly at their best. Sonya continues to bring a fresh zest to her lyrics. She is a perfect example of how a child who grows up with a different language or culture in the home, often brings a different interpretation to phrasing and word use. You couple this with her astral and heavenly voice on top of quality guitars that bounce between pop and rock without becoming too sugary or too dull and you have “Lustra”.

Do yourself a favor. Take advantage of being able to look back without the dying “scene” of Britpop clouding your vision, and let your hearing enjoy one that got away. If you’re in the UK, you can catch them on tour. Make sure you tell them to stop messing about, and get plugged in!

 

 

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

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Review: SULK – Graceless

SULK ’s “Graceless” is one of the Albums of the Year. It is going to take a massive effort from anyone out there to keep it from being The Album of the Year. I initially balked at the thought of writing a review for “Graceless”. However, when albums this good come around, I feel obligated to sing their praises.

What would have happened if The Stone Roses hadn’t wet the bed at the most prominent time of asking? Would it have sounded anything like SULK? Maybe. Maybe not. SULK is too much a product of their time to be lumped in as a throwback with the Britpop lot. What SULK really are, are a band that is the perfect storm of all their influences. This is a characteristic shared by all great bands. After listening to “Graceless” (if you’re not completely enthralled and looping the tracks on repeat) you’ll quickly notice one of the best things about this band… There’s room to grow, and you just feel it in your bones that they’ll follow it up with something worthy of, and possibly greater than their introduction to the world.

There is very little to complain about when it comes to “Graceless”, but I’ll do it anyway. The fact that their debut took a long time to get out is not entirely their fault. The band itself changed line-ups a couple times (but kept the same spirit), changed names, re-worked some of the current tracks, and dealt with delays of all sorts. So, some of the tracks on the album have been out for a while. This creates a little bit of a dilemma with the track listing. I would have swapped a handful of the tracks around because of familiarity. “Sleeping Beauty” is a dazzling track that belongs in one of the classic 3,4,5,7 slots. I’m going to assume that the listing was done with the attitude “we’ll assume no one has heard a note”. Despite that or even because of it, as a proper opener, I would have chosen “Flowers“.

Ed Buller (Suede, Pulp, Spiritualized, Slowdive) does a quality job glossing up what were already pretty shimmering tunes. This does however lead to moments in the album where you want a little more aggression, and you are met with muted drums or a guitar hook. That said, the mix overall is solid and I’m really trying my best not to call this record perfect. Buller does do a masterful job in highlighting what are some brilliant bass lines (“Marian Shrine“).

Let’s get down to brass tacks. What SULK have managed to do here, is write an album that is poetic without being overreaching or trite. They’ve given us an album that is seamless sonically. The album, much like the band itself takes on an honest arrogance without being self-absorbed or completely pretentious. Frankly, it’s hard to pick standout tunes, as the album simply moves from strength to strength. Both “Sleeping Beauty” and “Marian Shrine”  are superior to their previous incarnations. Newer tracks such as “The Big Blue” and “Down” highlight SULK’s ability to change the mood and tempo without making the record disjointed. One of the tracks I feel truly showcases some of SULK’s talented traits is “Diamonds In Ashes”. It introduces an immediate hook, launches into rhythmic verse, and then soars with fresh vocals, all the while a guitar weaves in and out mimicking and harmonizing with rewarding results.

In all honesty, you need to BUY this record. Do the right thing, and go through the band themselves. If you’re like me, you’ll buy two.

3 New Songs You Need To Hear

3 new songs to hear this week: 05.10.13

It’s not all “Grohl’s a hypocrite” this and “people in clubs are dicks” that here in the underground headquarters of YMIA. Sometimes music puts a smile on our face – lots of times actually. So, here’s where we take some time to stop pissing and moaning about Mumford and all of his many sons to expose you to some of the new songs that we believe will turn your grimace into an honest smile less of a grimace.

Take a few minutes and give these songs your ear. You’ll be better for it.

1.) Wooden Indian Burial Ground – “Helicopter”

Tour Dates:
May 7th – Portland, OR – The Know
May 8th – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
May 9th – Sandpoint, ID – Downtown Crossing
May 10th – Missoula, MT – Ole Beck VFW
May 11th – Bozeman, MT – Filling Station
May 12th – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
May 14th – Milwaukee, WI – Quarters Rock & Roll Palace
May 15th – Chicago, IL – Quencher’s Saloon
May 16th – Champaign, IL – Thee Death Tower
May 17th – Columbus, OH – Rumba Café
May 18th – Washington, DC – The Sunshine District
May 19th – Harrisburg, PA – Stage On Herr
May 20th – Baltimore, MD – Club K
May 21st – Doylestown, PA – Siren Records
May 22nd – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie (downstairs)
May 24th – Brooklyn, NY – The Grand Victory
May 25th – Burlington, VT – Monkey House
May 26th – Portland, ME – Gino’s
May 29th – Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog
May 30th – Akron, OH – Annabelle’s
May 31st/ June 2nd – Nelsonville, OH – Nelsonville Music Fest
June 3rd – Newport, KY – Southgate House
June 4th – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia
June 5th – Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light
June 6th – Memphis, TN – Bar DKDC
June 7th – Little Rock, AR – Vino’s Brewpub
June 8th – Fayetteville, AK – Nightbird Books
June 9th – Tulsa, OK – Soundpony
June 10th – Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox
June 11th – Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree
June 12th – Mobile, AL – Music Box
June 15th – Shreveport, LA – Fatty Arbuckles
June 18th – Marfa, TX – El Cosmico or Lost Horse Saloon
June 19th – El Paso, TX – Calavero Cafe
June 20th – Las Cruces, NM – The Trainyard
June 21st – Santa Fe, NM – High Mayhem
June 22nd – Durango, CO – Olde Schoolhouse Café
June 25th – Boise, ID – Neurolux
June 29th – Portland, OR – Star Theater

2.) Sulk – “The Big Blue”

I love this band – We’d been waiting for their debut release, “Graceless”, for a long time and it’s finally out. I can assure you, it doesn’t disappoint. It’s an entire album full of A Side single worthy material.

3.) Drowners – “Long Hair”

Tour Dates:
6/11 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD *
6/12 – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA *
8/5 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK #
8/7 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ #
8/8 – House Of Blues – San Diego, CA #
8/9 – WIltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA #

* – w/ The Vaccines
# – w/ Foals

Episode 173 feat. Jon from SULK with EXCLUSIVE SULK TRACK

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keep_calm_featured173Jon Sutcliffe, lead singer of SULK, joins us once again and this time he’s brought an exclusive edit of SULK’s “End Time.” More details on their forthcoming album, “Graceless”, are buried in the episode as well.

PLAYLIST:
Ride – Birdman
Elastica – Line Up
Charlatans – Happen To Die (Long Version)
The Telescopes – Celeste
Drop Nineteens – Winona
SULK – End Time Danger Mix
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – When Jokers Attack
Exit Calm – Rapture
The People’s Revolutionary Choir – The Breeze That Blows
The Lucy Show – Melody
The Field Mice – Emma’s House
Julian Cope – Head Hang Low
The Verve – A Man Called Sun
Suede – Sleeping Pills
SULK – Flowers – Get this track for free from SULKTHEBAND.COM

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Episode 129 – Danger Radio Podcast

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PLAYLIST:
Nothing But The Sky – Ivy
Back In Bloom – Sulk
Shallow – The Catherine Wheel
Gone Without Feeling – The Black Ryder
Our Bovine Public – The Cribs
Out – Charmin’ Children
Lenny Valentino – The Auteurs
Bulldog Baby – Echobelly
Coast Is Clear (Live In Manchester ’91) – Curve
Upper East Side – Experimental Aircraft
The Cedar Room – Doves
Money – The Drums
Crocus – Gypsy Death and You
Wide Open Space – Mansun
Vertigo – Overcasters
Heads Will Roll – Echo & The Bunnymen
I Will See You In Far Off Places – Morrissey

Episode 126 – Danger Radio

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PLAYLIST:
GoGoGo Airheart – November, November
Sulk – Back In Bloom
Ride – Today
Oasis – I Can See It Now
The Dandy Warhols – Ride
APTEKA – Striking Violet
Jupe Jupe – Suspicion
The Weather Prophets – Almost Prayed
The Vipers – Tears (Only Dry)
Hospital Ships – Love or Death
The Concretes – Lonely As Can Be
The Walkmen – Tenleytown
Wolf Ram Heart – Viewgirls
Spiritualized – Angel Sigh
Bromheads Jacket – Trip To The Golden Arches
Gangcharger – Vapor
brakesbrakesbrakes – Two Shocks

Episode 125 – Danger Radio Podcast

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Recorded at the Bardo Coffee House with members of Sauna, Hindershot & Wire Faces. These 3 bands, plus The Kissing Party & Accordion Crimes will be playing this Saturday at “Denver Does CBGB’s” at the Hi-Dive. Your very own Tyler Jacobson, will be providing some classic tunes in between the bands.

PLAYLIST:

Nick Heyward - Stars In Her Eyes
The Sleepover Disaster - Funnel Cloud
Doves - The Greatest Denier
The Horrors - Changing The Rain
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
The Black Ryder - To Never Know You
The Morning After Girls - Shadows Evolve
Gypsy Death and You - Crocus
The Charlatans - Autograph
SULK – Marian Shrine
Hindershot – Curse Us All
SAUNA – Glitter Party
The Kissing Party – Racing Alone
Accordion Crimes – Acadamy
Wire Faces – Visage
Airiel - Kiss Me Slowly

Episode 120 – Danger Radio Podcast

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Recorded at The Bluebird Theater 9-19-11 at the Peter Hook & The Light / Overcasters show.

PLAYLIST:
Joy Division – Disorder
Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler
Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers – Chinese Rocks (Album) – Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
SULK – Sleeping Beauty (S.C.U.M Remix)
The Dandy Warhols – You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
Longwave – Crushed Down And Faded
LCD Soundsystem – Never As Tired As When I’m Waking Up
Engineers – Twenty Paces
The Ordinary Boys – Ballad Of An Unrequited Self-Love Affair
Lilys – Coby
Deerhunter – Spring Hall Convert
Amusement Parks On Fire – Venosa
Blindness – Broken
Sennen – Age Of Denial