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#2701 mitchells

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 03:51 PM

Fish Head Stew: Basically 40% of The Radiators with Dave and Camille on guitar, Mark Rechler on keys, Eric Bolivar on drums and the always awesome Eric Lindell on bass (Eric is an excellent guitar player. No one in the crowd had ever seen him play bass before.)

 

Dave and Camille now wear orthopedic shoes and drink coffee instead of tequila but wow, can they still play. Almost all Radiators songs and a great groove. Lindell's vocals add a lot. Just good and fun and happy and danceable music. If anyone is near the Brooklyn Bowl tonight, highly recommended. Tickets at a ridiculously priced $20.



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#2702 hollywood

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 06:21 PM

Last night I went to the Teragram Ballroom to see the Richard Thompson Electric Trio (which actually has a fourth, a guitar tech, sitting in on about half the numbers played).  I had not been to this small venue previously.  It's a standing room only spot that has a capacity of about 600, it's immaculately clean and it has wonderful acoustics.  Thompson's playing and singing were excellent.  Demographically the crowd skewed older than any rock concert I have ever attended.  It was like a Woodstock reunion without the tie dye.  I doubt there were more than 4 folks under 45 in the room (other than bartenders).  Thompson appreciated this and asked the crowd not to die and to keep on consuming (buying his recordings).

The opener was a young American singer-guitarist named Ryley Walker who showed promise.


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Posted 11 March 2019 - 10:05 PM

I just learned that the X-Ray Spex show I saw at CB's in 1978 was their only U.S. appearance ever.


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Posted 11 March 2019 - 10:40 PM

 

 

Despite the fact that the album hadn't had a US release, a two-week residency in New York's CBGB proved a storming success, and it was in a moment of serendipity at one of these nights that Poly Styrene inadvertently launched the recording career of Thurston Moore. A fan of the band, the young Thurston Moore was at the front of the crowd singing along to every word when Poly Styrene held the mic in front of him to add his "up yours" to the chorus of 'Oh Bondage! Up Yours!'. Thurston Moore later recalled it was the first time he had ever sung into a microphone, and by chance, the gig was recorded by bootleggers, complete with the Sonic Youth founder's vocal additions.

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 10:48 PM

Little did my friends and I know that a few years later, another friend of ours who wasn't there that night would form a band with Thurston that would turn out (much to our chagrin) to be one of the best white rock bands of all time.


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#2706 hollywood

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 01:36 AM

You knew Kim?


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 02:33 AM

In that case I’d have worded it a little differently.
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Posted 12 March 2019 - 05:04 AM

I just learned that the X-Ray Specs show I saw at CB's in 1978 was their only U.S. appearance ever.


Has that tiny oeuvre grown in stature or what? I am surprised they got to New York.

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 05:06 AM

I thought it was pretty fucking fantastic then, to tell you the truth.


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#2710 Wilfrid

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 05:10 AM

Mm indeed but how fresh and right “Oh Bondage,” a rough mess of hardly musicians, still sounds today. Along with the other singles. It wasn’t I think as obvious at the time that these were enduring statements.

(I could write about how boring “London Calling” in comparison but...)

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 05:12 AM

And what a happy shock that Germ Free Adolescents was actually a good album.  I didn't assume they had it in them.


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 05:12 AM

I remember listening to it that day in 1978, preparing for the show.


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 05:22 AM

I still put on Generation Indigo when I want a good self-indulgent pop-music cry.


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 05:26 AM

Wait a minute.  Poly Styrene's Times obituary says they also played LA.  Hollywood?


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 04:47 PM

This piece picked up from the LAT does not mention any LA engagements.  But I can envision the band showing up at the Roxy or The Starwood.  https://www.bostonhe...-spex-has-died/


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