The Swimmers – A Hundred Hearts
Check this out, it’s the newest in a string of excellent videos from the The Swimmers People Are Soft album. Way up on my list of favorites for this year, it’s an outstanding record. The video for A Hundred Hearts was directed by Scott French and Steve Yutzy-Burkey from the band along with Kevin Martin. It was shot by Kevin Martin and edited by Scott French and Kevin Martin.
While I was out last night at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia watching some of Philadelphia’s finest musicians pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen‘s 60th Birthday, (more here at WXPN) U2 was at Giant’s Stadium in New Jersey paying their own tribute. Here’s U2 doing a version of She’s The One.
My favorite song of the moment, an addictive, guitar fueled, power pop gem, Free Energy, from Philadelphia band Free Energy who are generating quite the buzz with this first single.
By all reports they tore it up at After The Jump Fest yesterday, catch them on tour now in your city.
08/26: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
08/29: Brooklyn, NY @ After the Jump Festival at Littlefield
08/31: Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
09/01: Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
09/02: Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
09/03: Iowa City, IA @ The Music Mill
09/04: Madison, WI @ UW Madison Memorial Terrace
09/05: Minneapolis, MN @ Clapperclaw Festival – Intermedia Arts
09/08: Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
09/09: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
09/10: Buffalo, NY @ Sound Lab
09/11: Philadelphia, PA @ Making Time @ Pure
09/12: New London, CT @ I Am Festival – Waterfront Park
Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Andy Hummel, and Jody Stephens,you may not know their names but if you’ve listened to any rock music in the past three decades you’ve undoubtedly heard their influence. Much like the Velvet Underground, Big Star records have become required listening for anyone looking to start a band.
It’s been over 35 years since Big Star initially released their influential first two records, #1 Record and Radio City. This June 16th marks the beginning of a treasure trove of releases for the band as Ardent/Stax Records reissues completely remastered versions of those two records on one cd, including a never before released single mix of In The Street, a song which Cheap Trick brought new life to as the theme to “That 70’s Show” and a single edit of O My Soul form Radio City. Wholly underappreciated in their day, Big Star’s quirky and unique take on jangly guitar power pop is still influencing bands today from REM to Teenage Fanclub to Wilco to countless others.
But thats just the beginning, in September, Rhino records releases Keep An Eye On The Sky, an amazing 98 track box set spanning from 1968 to 1975 and including pre Big Star recordings,unreleased demos,and many live and alternate takes. It also promises extensive liner notes and rare and never before seen photos of the band. I for one, can’t wait, this looks amazing.
Never one to rest easy, Rhino completes the trifecta by also releasing the same week a special Rhino Handmade Deluxe Edition of Chris Bell’s exquisite solo album I Am The Cosmos.
In celebration of their influence, an array of videos today of various Big Star / Chris Bell covers for you, plus one original by the man himself, Mr Alex Chilton.
The Ballad Of El Goodo
In The Street
Don’t Lie To Me
Alex Chilton – When My Baby’s Beside Me
Give Me Another Chance
Watch The Sunrise
Way Out West (with a bizarre Styx song intro)
Back Of A Car
I’m In Love With A Girl
You and Your Sister(Chris Bell)
This last one’s not a Big Star cover but I though it ws a fitting way to close out this post.
Citizen Helene – The Alex Chilton Song
Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah (from the Live IN London DVD)
Finally catching up a bit on my week this morning. This past Tuesday night at the Academy Of Music in Phildelphia a 74 year Leonard Cohen delivered what not only likely be the best show I will see this year but also one of the best shows I have ever seen. He skipped on and off stage with the excitement of someone on their first tour ever while delivering a 3 hour,26 song set that held the audience’s rapt attention the entire time. Backed by a stellar band he let each member shine, removing his hat in respect as each took solos during the evening. Although he is a seasoned veteran, he felt no need to play it safe and reinvented his songs old and new, including a stellar version of Tower Of Song in which he was acompanied mostly by just a casio keyboard, and a spoken word take on 1000 Kisses Deep. He graciously thanked the audience after each round of applause and the night ended with multiple standing ovations. A brilliant night from a true legend, if you have a chance to catch him on this tour I highly advise it, who knows if you’ll get another chance.
See Ryan Cormier’s glowing review and some excellent photos of the night via Delaware Online here
05.12.09 Academy Of Music Philadelphia PA
Dance Me To The End of Love
Ain’t No Cure For Love
Bird on a Wire
In My Secret Life
Who By Fire
Waiting For the Miracle
Tower of Song
Sisters of Mercy
Take This Waltz
I’m Your Man
1000 Kisses Deep
So Long Marianne
First We Take Manhattan
Famous Blue Raincoat
If It Be Your Will
I Tried To Leave You
Wither Thou Goest
[closing thank you video via philebrity here]
A couple of songs/videos in celebration of Mother’s Day today. Jane Birkin covering Kate Bush’s Mother Stands For Comfort and some Philadelphia motherly love for you with Tori Amos doing Mother live at the Tower Theatre from October 2001. Happy Mother’s Day !
Jane Birkin – Mother Stands For Comfort(Kate Bush)
Tori Amos – Mother – Live At The Tower Theatre 10.13.01
Jsut got word today, that Lumberville PA’s Hair Rocket will be releasing their debut full length, Novelty, June 5th on Mountebank records which is also home to BOS faves Aderbat. Hair Rocket is the artistic endeavor of P. Crane and Chris Blasucci. It began as a documentary music video contrasting Carl Jung’s anima concept and Blasucci’s tragic love life. And it looks like they have a show lined up for release day at John & Peter’s in New Hope PA as well. Good stuff, check it out.
While you’re waiting for June 5th check out one of their older videos for the song Come Here Be Near.
Jun 5 2009 9:30P John and Peters New Hope PA
Of Montreal‘s Skeletal Lamping was one of last year’s best records and the live shows to accompany it have been garnering similar raves. Courtesy of Baeblemusic, check out some live video from their recent Portland stop and swing on over to Baeblemusic to enter to win one of three autographed copies of the Skeletal Lamping disc. Cool stuff.
For entry, just follow these steps:
a) Register on baeblemusic.com
b) Let us know what you think about of Montreal’s performance by leaving a comment
c) You must be registered! – Any comments posted anonymously will not be considered a contest entry
d) Voila! You’ve entered the Baeble Hook Up!
Contest ends on Wednesday, April 22. Winners will be selected randomly from the pool of comment entries.
You gotta hear this one, mucho thanks to Nashville Scene for the original post and to Todd for the tipoff on this cover gem from the upcoming Oak Ridge Boys album.
It’s sort of old news already but here’s a youtube clip demonstrating a perfect example of why not to song along next to the camera when you’re taping. Arcade Fire covering Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA from the Obama Staffers Ball.