In general I'd like to keep CNQ focused on obscure stuff but I love pizza, puns, and Macaulay Culkin isn't such a bad dude, I don't think.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
These guys are from Scotland:
Turntable.fm, a site which i've loved dearly these past couple years, is closing down tomorrow. Here's a Chicago band I found out about thanks to jammin with super-cool music freaks on that site:
Monday, November 25, 2013
As always, more later.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Blue Stage at 12:10 is Houston's Bagheera, a 21 year old dude who does what us heavy metal kids used to call "techno" back in the 1990s:
Lemuria from Buffalo NY is on the Orange Stage at 12:30. This is pretty cool:
I think 4ARM and then Lemuria for my Sunday Starters.
On the Black Stage at 12:50 is Dallas' True Window, which purports to be a combo of stoner rock and shoegaze:
Chet Faker from Melbourne is on the Blue Stage at 1:10. Not really my bag:
At 1:20 on the Orange Stage is Santa Monica's Cayucas (formerly Oregon Bike Trails). This is okay but I think that sound where the vocals are coming from down a hallway is hacky:
On the Black Stage at 1:45 is metal-heads Narrows, from Seattle:
2:15 on the Blue Stage is Dessa, a rapper, singer and spoken word artist from Minneapolis.
The Polyphonic Spree from Dallas will be on the Orange Stage at 2:20...I'm gonna check out Narrows.
The Men from Brooklyn are gonna be on the Black Stage at 2:40. These guys should be good:
On the Blue Stage at 3:20 is Orlando's electronic act xxyyxx, which I feel may put me in a boredom induced coma, but at 3:30 on the Orange Stage is The Julie Ruin, Kathleen Hanna's band and one of our main reasons for attending FFF fest this year. Stoked!
Cloud Nothings on the Black Stage at 3:40, Shlohmo, which to me sounds like another electronic snooze-fest, is on the Blue Stage at 4:15, and even more snooze-wave with Washed Out at 4:30 on the Orange Stage. The wife wants to see comedian Rob Delaney at 4:45 on the Yellow Stage, so that works out - Cloud Nothings then Rob Delaney during this leg.
Classic punkers The Cro-Mags at 4:40 on the Black Stage. Sarah Silverman at 5:25 on the Yellow Stage, Killer Mike at 5:30 on the Ride Stage, and D.C.'s The Dismemberment Plan at 5:40 on the Orange Stage. I'd love to see The Cro-Mags, Sarah Silverman, and Killer Mike. Decisions!
Lancaster PA's August Burns Red is on the Black Stage at 5:45. I didn't like their name, and thought they looked like dbs in their pic, but I thought I'd check out a tune anyway. This, I actively dislike. If this is your bag, no offense, but I bet you're a db:
Deltron 3030, apparently with a full orchestra, is the Blue Stage at 6:20, and on the Yellow Stage at 6:25 is Austin's folk-poppy Wild Child:
MGMT on the Orange Stage at 6:50, so I can catch Deltron and MGMT with no problem, I think, and try to seriously avoid that August Farts Red claptrap. Can't like everything!
Gojira at 6:55 on the Black Stage, Bonobo at 7:30 on the Blue Stage, and Daniel Johnston at 7:35 on the Yellow Stage. It's Gojira then Johnston for me.
The Locust is on the Black Stage at 8, which I'd like to see:
Jurassic 5 on the Blue Stage at 8:45, but I've always been a little bored by them.
On the Orange Stage, from 8:30 to 9:45, is one of my three grail bands when we first got tickets: Slayer. The other two were Deathgrips, who have since cancelled because they don't seem to have their shit together, and King Khan and The Shrines, who sadly for me play the Black Stage from 8:55 to 9:45, all but 25 minutes concurrent with Slayer.
I knew, when I was a child, that I was really wasting my time in school and what I should've been learning was how to bi-locate. That skill, to physically manifest in two places at once, would've really come in handy during this, the most serious of my scheduling conflicts during the entirety of this three day event. Since I can't bi-locate, I must choose Slayer. King Khan, I'll catch ya some other time.
3:15 on the Blue Stage is the Flatbush Zombies from Brooklyn. This is pretty good but I'm starting to bristle at a song that begins "Unhh...yeah." C'mon, man.
Melt Banana is apparently a legendary noise band from Toyko that I've never heard of. Now that I have heard it, it seems like a must-see. They'll take the Black Stage at 3:20 on Saturday:
She-median Jenny Slate is going to be on the Yellow Stage at 3:35. The wife wants to see her.
At 3:40 on the Orange Stage is Thurston Moore's Chelsea Light Moving.
As each day of the concert moves forward, I'm bummed about scheduling conflicts between stages. Never having seen Sonic Youth, I'd like to see Thurston Moore's new project. Never having heard of Melt Banana, which has been playing almost as long as Sonic Youth apparently, I'd really like to see them too. Oh, the agony.
So hopefully I can catch a little Melt Banana and a little Chelsea Light Moving and my lovely wife can watch Jenny Slate.
The Chromatics, synth-wave from Portland's Johnny Jewel, are on the Blue Stage at 4:15. I like synth and I like wave:
Pelican, instrumental post-metal from Chicago, is on the Black Stage at 4:20. My buddies like these guys but snooze snooze snooze fest, IMO:
Geographer, electro-pop rock from San Francisco, is on the Orange Stage at 4:45. This song is okay:
At 4:35 on the Orange Stage is Craig Robinson, who played Darryl on The Office and was also excellent in one of my favorite movies of all time, "Hot Tub Time Machine."
I'll catch whoever up until 4:35 and then I'm excited to see Craig Robinson.
THE FIVE O'CLOCK HOUR!
5:15 on the Blue Stage is Glass Candy, another Johnny Jewel joint, apparently.
At 5:20 on the Black Stage, the Subhumans will be performing the entire From the Cradle to the Grave album:
At 5:20 on the Yellow Stage is Tenacious D.
At 5:50 on the Orange Stage is Televison. I think I'll watch the D then mosey over to Television. I'll be the asshole that constantly shouts "PLAY MARQUEE MOON!"
At 6:20 on the Blue Stage is Tycho, synth from SF:
At 6:25 is Body Count, and I am excited about this almost as much as Slayer on Sunday evening. At Lollapolooza '92 I saw Ice Cube along with members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Flea from the Chili Peppers cover "Cop Killer," and, it was awesome. I saw Ice-T himself around the turn of the century and it was super cool too.
At 6:30 on the Yellow Stage is Quasi, which, ya know, if Body Count wasn't playing opposite them, I'd go see just to say I saw 'em.
At 7P on the Orange Stage is Deerhunter, and at 7:30 on the Black Stage is Judge, on the Blue Stage is Simian Mobile Disco, and on the Yellow Stage is Sparks. Judge is "militant straight edge" so, and I don't like to be negative on CNQ, but seriously, that's really stupid, and Simian Mobile Disco just doesn't sound like anything I'm into. I'll catch Deerhunter for 30 minutes then go see Sparks, who I've only recently discovered, independent of knowing they'd be at FunX3 fest:
The headliners for Saturday evening are M.I.A. on the Orange Stage at 8:30, and at 8:45 is Ice-T on the Blue Stage and the Descendents on the Black Stage. I'd like to see Ice-T again but since I'll already catch him with Body Count and the wife wants to see M.I.A., I assume we'll see M.I.A. Which is cool with me.
Next up: Sunday.
Monday, November 4, 2013
At 11:55, the LNS (Leaders of the New School) Crew from Austin kicks things off on the Blue Stage. I featured one of the members of the LNS Crew, Kydd, on a CNQ post back in December of '12.
Venemous Maximous, heavy metal from Houston, opens up the Black Stage at noon:
Also at noon, on the Orange Stage, is Frank Smith from Austin, which is a band, not a dude:
If we sleep in and miss the first round on Saturday I wouldn't be terribly upset.
At 12:45 on the Blue Stage is the ambient minimalist melodies of Austin's Roger Sellers.
At 12:50 on the Orange Stage is another Austin band, Ola Podrida. This song is cool:
12 year old heavy metal kids from Brooklyn Unlocking the Truth are gonna be on the Black Stage at 12:50:
Unlocking the Truth is a must-see, I feel.
Big Black Delta is on the Blue Stage at 1:35. Dig that synth!
California's Retox, featuring members of The Locust, are on the Black Stage at 1:40 -- should be pretty awesome. I couldn't find any embeds I could use so check out Retox here. It's righteous hardcore.
LA's Bleached is on the Orange Stage at 1:40:
The 1:30 round is a toss-up, all those songs sound pretty cool.
The Underachievers from Flatbush are on the Blue Stage at 2:25. I like this song:
Vancouver's White Lung is on the Black Stage at 2:30. We got a chance to see them not too long ago and they just rule the school. Their latest, "Sorry," is a great album. Mish Way, the lead singer, writes articles for Vice and Noisey and stuff. White Lung is my punk rock girlfriend who hates me. WHY WON'T YOU LOVE ME WHITE LUNG!!?!
Merchandise will be on the Orange Stage at 2:40. This song really gets on my nerves:
Naturally, we're gonna see White Lung.
Next up: Saturday into the evening!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Phranchyze, hip-hop from Austin, will be on the Blue Stage at 12:10:
Spray Paint, garage rock from Austin, will start on the Black Stage at 12:20:
The Tontons, rock with a lady singer from Houston, will be on the Orange Stage at 12:35:
I think we're gonna catch the Tontons during this opening volley.
RATKING, "no wave rap" from NYC, is on the Blue Stage at 1PM:
Black Stage at 1:10 is the Code Orange Kids, heavyosity from Pittsburgh:
On the Orange Stage at 1:25 is Active Child, electronic music from LA. Not really my bag but check out that link to his soundcloud page if you're curious. RATKING sounds promising but if it doesn't hold our attention then we'll mosey over to the Code Orange Kids. There's a comedy stage and like a skateboarder stage or something too, ya know.
Title Fight is hardcore punk from Kingston PA, on the Black Stage at 2PM:
On the Blue Stage at 2PM is LA's Poolside:
On the Orange Stage at 2:15 is Brooklyn's Beach Fossils:
All three sound promising, so we might try to check out a little of all three of the two o'clock shows?
At three on the Black Stage, is GTA V's Ceremony:
Blue Stage at 3:05 is Star Slinger, a producer/DJ from the UK. Again, not really my bag.
Montreal's Mac DeMarco, who has a Deerhunter thing going on, is on the Orange Stage at 3:15:
Austin's The Impossibles will be reuniting on the Black Stage at 4:05, and since the combination of ska and alt-rock makes me physically ill, I won't be catching that show.
London's electro-poppy Little Boots is playing at 4:10 on the Blue Stage. Check out this tasteless video:
Caligula means "Little Boots" in Latin, ya know.
At 4:15 on the Orange Stage is the Smith's Johnny Marr. Not my bag, wife sez she wants to Little Boots -- I might make 4PM my brupper and catch comedian Kyle Dunnigan.
At 5:15 on the Black Stage is No Age, and at the same time on the Blue Stage is Small Black. At 5:20 on the Orange Stage is Kurt Vile. If that wasn't enough, Patton Oswalt is on the comedy stage at 5:20 also. Since we've seen No Age and Small Black (enjoyed 'em both), it's Kurt Vile for us (I'd go see Patton Oswalt too even though he annoys me a bit, but since Kurt Vile is playing I don't have to make that choice). No links to any of these guys, they all get a lot of press and are easy to hear across the world wide internets. The same goes for the big acts coming up:
Thee Oh Sees at 6:25 on the Black Stage, Big Freedia on the Blue Stage at 6:20, and The Walkmen on the Orange Stage at 6:25?!?! This is getting frustrating in regard to the very first world problem of choosing who to see. I'd really like to see Thee Oh Sees but the wife will want to catch Big Freedia. I wouldn't mind seeing The Walkmen either. Truthfully, Big Freedia will probably be the most fun:
At 7:25 on the Blue Stage is Lupe Fiasco, at 7:35 on the Black Stage is reunited Quicksand, and Cut Copy on the Orange Stage at 7:35. I've seen Cut Copy and don't have an interest in Lupe Fiasco so Quicksand it is.
FINALLY on Friday (I'm worn out already!), at 8:45 on the Blue Stage is RJD2, 8:45 on the Orange Stage is Snoop Dogg, and 8:55 on the Black Stage is Flag (some of the dudes from Black Flag). I am incredibly excited to see the entirety of Snoop Dogg.
Up next: FunX3 Fest Saturday Sampler.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
On top of being a songwriter, Lou is also a whip crack artist, and you get to hear some cool whip cracks on this track. The horns and backing vocals on this track are also great - this is good stuff, made all the better by the awesome whip crack effects!
As for the flip, "You're The Oil Slick of My Heart," it's seeing some fresh action itself. George Jones' former backing band, The Jones Boys Band, has covered "You're The Oil Slick of My Heart" on their recent album, "The Legend Continues." You can check out their airplaydirect.com page and listen to the song, which is the second song from the bottom of the track list. If you're into country and steel guitars, I really recommend giving the whole album a listen on that page, I really enjoyed it.
So, here's "Lash LaRue!"
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Patti Page (With Jack Rael And His Orchestra): Little Crazy Quilt b/w Keep Me In Mind (Mercury, 1955) & Red Sovine: "Don't Drop It" b/w "Don't Be The One" (Decca, 1954) - CNQ 45 Record Holder Series Episode 3!
In case you didn't catch the first two posts of this series, and don't feel like scrolling down to take a look at them, what I'm doing is this: I've got a collection of 24 or so 45s from the '50s and '60s in this little Decca branded 45 holder I aquired from my dad the last time I was home for a visit. My goal for this series is to go through the book, in the order the 45s are inserted in the sleeves, and do a post for each one. A lot of 'em are readily available on Youtube so for that stuff I'll just post the Youtube clip, do a little write-up and move on -- if it's not on Youtube or someone else's blog then I'll post an mp3 for educational purposes.
So this is another Mercury release - I forgot to mention the Ralph Marterie and Joe Carson 45s in the holder are both on Mercury; the Twin-Tones was released on RCA Victor. Patti Page was one Clara Ann Fowler, born and raised in Oklahoma, and according to Wikipedia is "one of the best known female artists in traditional pop music." She died January 1st, 2013, at age 85. Here's her discography.
In the Discogs entry for this 45, it says "Keep Me In Mind" was one of Burt Bacharach's earliest songs to be recorded. "Keep Me In Mind" is a good song but "Little Crazy Quilt" isn't anything I want to listen to again.
Red Sovine was one Woodrow Wilson Sovine, born in West Virginia, 1918, dead come Nashville, 1980. Reading about his career and his hits on his wikipedia page, as well as Patti Page's entry, reminds me that I am woefully more ignorant of 20th century American music than I could have ever realized. Huzzah to still learnin' stuff!
Here's the Discogs entry for "Don't Drop It"/"Don't Be The One", and his discography, also courtesy Discogs.
Fellow music blogger Country. & Western shared "Don't Drop It" back in February 2012.
Here's "Don't Drop It" courtesy Youtube:
I can't find the flip, "Don't Be The One," on Youturbs or a blog, so here it is, for educational purposes only:
The Twins (Jim and John): "Jo-Ann's Sister" b/w "Who Knows The Secret" (1958): CNQ 45 Record Holder Series Episode 2
Here's the 45cat listing for "Jo-Ann's Sister."
Here's a listing on ebay for the "Jo-Ann's Sister" 45. They're wanting $25 for it!
Finally, here's Jo-Ann's Sister, which someone has already posted on the youtubes:
For educational purposes only, here's "Who Knows The Secret," the b-side to Jo-Ann's Sister:
Who Knows The Secret:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Ralph Marterie and His Orchestra (1955) and Joe Carson (1954): CNQ 45 Record Holder Series Episode 1!
A lot of the jams on these 45s are readily available on Youtube. As an ongoing project, I think I'll go through the twenty-four 45s, in the order that they're in the little holder, and post the youtube embed if there is one; otherwise I'll share the mp3. So, starting from the first 45 in the holder, here we go!
First up is Ralph Marterie And His Orchestra's 1955 Mercury release, "Remember Me" b/w "Blue Mirage (Don't Go)." As is typical with this type of fare, the B-side instrumental is the cooler track. Check 'em both out here tho:
Next up is some sweet country from Joe Carson, who I'd never heard of. This is a real find for me. "Little" Joe Carson began his singer/songwriter career at age 16, doesn't have a wikipedia page I can find (but here's his allmusic bio), and this particular 45 (another Mercury release), "Show Me Now" b/w "Don't Enter," isn't listed in Discogs or 45cat. Here's the links I found relevant to Little Joe:
This Amazon review about a more recent Carson retrospective is informative.
Here's a cool blog post from New Jersey DJ Richard Sibello about Carson, featuring the excellent song "The Last Song (I'm Ever Gonna Sing)."
Finally, here's the two really great Carson songs on my 45, courtesy Youtube user lillymoons, whose channel is worth checking out for some classic country. This 45 actually looks to be kinda rare. I will take no less than a million dollars for it (OBO). Email me if interested.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Booger Records Compilations: "Eat Yer Greens" (1993) & "When You Think It's Butter But It's Snot" (2001)
True and total freaks can get these two fine specimens courtesy Rev. Stevie Fever, AKA Rat Soup, the proprietor of Booger Records (who also put out this Mark Chapman Experience 7" back in '91) by emailing him: revfever at paypal dot com. Let him know what you want and he'll send it to you. Each album is $7.50 plus post, which includes a pro-made LP mailer and extra packing inside.
There is also limited edition -- 23 copies! - hand screened jackets of "Snot," available for $15.00! YOU MUST HAVE IT!!!
"Eat Yr Greens" comes with a free comic. Sorry for the lame phone pic that doesn't do the album art (done by a cat whose name was once Earwig but who now goes by Plague Doctor) on either of these justice; my scanner ain't big enuff for LPs and I ain't no shutterbug.
I'm pretty sure these comps are ethnomusical projects of the highest caliber. As the album artwork on "Eat Yer Greens" sez: "When you want the worst...pick the best...pick a BOOGER!"
These first two are from 1993's "Eat Yer Greens:"
Jesus Got Paid by Mitey Head
Nightmare of Darkness by Jethro Tilton
These two gems are from 2001's "When You Think It's Butter But It's Snot." You should see the beautiful colored white and yellow vinyl on this one:
That's Sodemy! by Vanilla
Hung Over Pulling Rickshaw by Touch Pong
There's so much other choice stuff on these albums, from nearly-unlistenable noise (a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your asthetics - I like it, my wife doesn't, for instance) to some funny/rockin' punk songs and an oddball cover of Gary Numan's Cars, I'm truly blown away by the scope of all of this. The back cover of "When You Think It's Butter..." advises
"Play at maximum volume on shitty mono player when extremely hung-over"
Sage advice. Rev. Fever sez another Booger Records comp is in the works, and he's still accepting submissions -- if you think you've got what it takes to be on a Booger comp, let the Rev. know: revfever at paypal dot com.
Also, be sure to check out Skult, Rev. Fever's recent industrial/experimental jams.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Adam was also nice enough to supply me with a new pic of himself, so I don't have to keep using this one from 30 years ago, which I sincerely love. I wish I had a pair of those britches.
As always, you can contact Adam Holtz via snail mail at:
1616 Abbey Loop
Foley, Alabama 36535
I had to switch from the old html code I was using to embed tracks to this fancy HTML5 stuffs, which is neat because you can right click on the play box and download the mp3. No more having to do two separate links! Is this new technology or am I a backwards idiot? (I'm aware the two are not mutually exclusive). Unfortunately that means all my old shockwave embeds are dead...if you want anything reposted, just ask!
Here's a few of my fave tracks from Adam's Volume 17:
Just To Get Through
Just Look I'm Gone
I Still Love You So
From The Start
And now for something completely different dept.: my next post will feature some choice selection from these two Booger Records punk/noise/weirdo compilations. It's some wild art brut stuff so if you're into that type of thing you're really gonna dig the selections. Stay tuned!
Expect the new Adam Holtz and Booger Records posts this week. In the meantime, here's some fun stuff from Bandcamp:
What I think is Son of A Gun, from Chicago:
Miami's Riot Agents, from the awesomely named "Countdown to Eviction":
Vancouver's Other Jesus:
...and you do know this awesome exists, right?
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Meanwhile, here's some fun for dat ass:
My old buddy Big A is just rippin it up on the lo-fi sci-folk front:
HC punk fans, this is what's up, from Sydney:
More new HC from the UK:
HC from Poland: