For decades now, the Red Hot Organization has been raising money for AIDS awareness by putting together finely curated compilations, and their next one could be amazing. The forthcoming double-CD comp Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell pays tribute to Russell, the pioneering New York musician who died of AIDS-related causes in 1992. Russell… More »
There’s not much upside in covering a Nick Drake song, because there’s not much that can be done to the songs to improve them. Frankly, they’re resistant even to reinterpretation, because no one aspect was more essential to the songs than any other: Drake’s voice, lyrics, guitar playing, and production (be it the lavish orchestral… More »
Robyn Hitchcock turns 60 in March, but in the words of Aaliyah, age ain’t nothing but a number to the former Soft Boys lead singer and longtime fixture of the indie rock scene. His 19th album Love From London comes out a few days after his birthday and it is filled with ten tracks that… More »
Acerbic British great Nick Lowe hasn’t made a music video in 18 years, but now here’s a star-studded, slightly ridiculous one for his song “Sensitive Man.” Director Scott Jacobson’s clip stars comedian and podcaster Marc Maron as a reluctant attendee at a self-help lesson taught by Tim Heidecker. Wilco and Robyn Hitchcock also make cameos. More »
The eco-friendly Green Man took over Brecon Beacons, Wales this past weekend with a heavy dose of Americana: from midwestern folkies (Bon Iver, Wilco, Andrew Bird) to wailing east coast electropoppers (Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance) and reinvigorated psych legends (Roky Erikson, Rodriguez) the lineup wasn’t significantly different than, say, Lollapalooza. But Green Man stand… More »
Twitter users were outraged last week when the service shut down @CWalken, a popular but totally fake celebrity account. Indeed it’s way too easy to be duped by fake profiles. (So easy!) Not that folks care — Tina Fey disowned her Twitter yet still has over 220k followers — but you should know some of… More »
Everyone’s buzzing about the Anne Hathaway-starring, Jonathan Demme-directed, Rachel Getting Married. It’s better than the chihuahua movie even. On Friday, we listened to Tunde Adebimpe’s Neil Young cover (the TVOTR singer plays the guy marrying Rachel). Also on the soundtrack are two Robyn Hitchcock tunes, one of which was written for the film. It’s a… More »
We tip our caps to Jools Holland regularly around here, for his musicianship whenever we blow the dust off our Squeeze records, but more frequently when he hosts musicians we love on that BBC show of his. A show which turned 200 episodes old Friday night with a very special lineup of musical well wishers. More »
Never a bad time to wade through psych-folk hero Robyn Hitchcock’s back catalogue, but Yep Roc’s making it so there’s never been a better time, releasing a box set of three of Hitchcock’s finest ’80s LPs (Black Snake Diamond Role, I Often Dream Of Trains, and Eye, alongside previously unreleased gems from the archives (which… More »
Despite the excellent lineups all over town, our daylight hours on Friday had been spoken for well before we made the trek to SouthBy (and particularly after spending Thursday systematically missing a bunch of the acts we’d hoped to see); Pitchfork assembled a stellar bill at the Emo’s complex — including RJD2 (with… More »
Robyn Hitchcock brought some of the Venus family to a much-anticipated (by us) gig at yesterday’s Yep Roc showcase at the Dirty Dog. We planted ourselves front and stage right to revel in Robyn’s flawless career-spanning acoustic set, for which he was joined by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Harvey Danger’s Sean Nelson. “Ole! Tarantula” and… More »
Reader Maya writes in from across the Atlantic:Ok so unsurprisingly none of the London music press covered The Decemberists performance at the Shepherds Bush Empire last night. I?m not sure if it was the mid-show calisthenics or the re-enactment of the American War of Independence that kept the NME away. Maybe they were too busy… More »
Also coming from Yep Roc is psych-folk hero Robyn Hitchcock’s Ole Tarantula (out 10/3). His backing band, The Venus 3, are Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey and Bill Riefin of The Minus Five.”We sound like a smart garage band, to my ears, when we play live,” says Hitchcock of his line-up. “The record is a little… More »
Over at Grant-Lee Phillips’ MySpace you can hear the singer/songwriter reimagine PFurs’ “Love My Way” as a downtempo folk tune. It’s from his new concept album — the concept being covering Scott Stereogum’s favorite “left of the dial” ’80s hits.Grant-Lee Phillips nineteeneighties
1. “Wave Of Mutilation” (Pixies)
2. “Age Of Consent” (New Order)
3. “The… More »
Hot off the Spoon e-mail list:1 – Spoon has been invited to tape another Austin City Limits performance. We’re not sure who to thank…quite an honor. We’re on at 3pm this Thursday the 17th and there will be some seats available for SXSW wristband and badge holders starting at 2:30pm. The show tapes at the… More »
Eugene Mirman and David Cross go five rounds with Entertainment Weekly’s Laura Gilbert.
EW (Heineken): How long have you guys known each other?
Mirman (Dewar’s neat): I moved to New York four years ago, and we met maybe a year after that.
EW: So why’s David here tonight?
Mirman: I’ve guided him… More »
Catbirdseat’s October playlist is one of his best yet. White Magic, Earlimart, Arcade Fire, Joanna Newsom (beautiful cut, but I stupidly bought this LP on vinyl, which means it’s not on my iPod; no more buying new albums on vinyl!). Download here.