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Track of the Day: Blonde Redhead–Here Sometimes

1 Dec


Today’s track of the day is also a mini review of last night’s Blonde Redhead show at the Granada.

By Jesseca Bagherpour

Having seen Blonde Redhead at the Granada in 2007, I knew I should expect a beautiful show. I started the 2007 show with in the balcony with a friend, but we were soon drawn to the stage by the band’s charisma.

See, there’s an intangible element to a Blonde Redhead show. They have an aura about them that extends beyond the stage and sweeps through the audience. And I felt that same energy at last night’s show. Much of that comes from the lovely, adorable and cool Kazu Makino, but twins Simone and Amedeo Pace have their share of charm as well. The only thing they were missing was an avant-garde white plastic mask with long tusks of white hair (which Makino wore for the opening and closing songs).

And last night topped the previous show because they added an element of spectacle that I don’t recall being there before. The lighting setup, with lighting umbrellas covering the walls and providing a gorgeous backdrop, flickering bulbs surrounding the band, and colorful lights playing across their white clothing.

If you weren’t lucky enough to have been at the show, you can get an idea of what it was like from a live session presented by 4AD, the label that released Penny Sparkle. The songs I chose is “Here Sometimes”, which is my pick from the album (probably because it reminds me of Björk). And since I know you love free mp3’s, a download of the song is below the video.

Blonde Redhead–Here Sometimes

The Incredible Journey: Scott Sloan talks about “40 Nights of Rock & Roll”

19 May

The future saviors of rock 'n' roll?

By Jesseca Bagherpour

Scott Sloan and Steve Labate are on a mission: Armed with only a camera, their trusty jeep Black Betty and a stash of junk food, they’re on a 40-day tour of the United States to prove that rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay.

They’ll be attending a concert every night (that’s 40 shows in 40 different cities) and filming those concerts, along with interviews with different musicians they meet along the way, for their documentary, 40 Nights of Rock & Roll–A Fearless Journey Through The Dark Heart Of Rock & Roll Music On The Road In The United States Of America.

Sloan and Labate have been friends since teenhood and rock fanatics since childhood (in fact, Sloan traced his love for music to an interesting source). Sloan is a filmmaker and former phone company salesman and Labate is an accomplished music journalist and former editor for Paste magazine. They’ve both attended their fair share of shows and festivals over the years, but never in such a high concentration.

The zealous duo of rock avengers will be in the area next week, making stops in Dallas on May 24 for Of Montreal’s show at The Granada and in Denton on May 26 for … whatever they find.

I jumped at the opportunity to find out more about their ambitious project, and Sloan was gracious enough to answer my questions, despite the fatigue and delirium caused by 15 days on the road.

DBB: What inspired you to embark on this journey, and why did you decide on 40 nights specifically?

SS: We were inspired by the Josh Hartnett film 40 days and 40 Nights.

DBB: How did you go about planning the project, including the cities you selected, bands you wanted to see, funding, etc?

SS: We took a bunch of bands that we liked tour schedules and dumped them into some databases. I correlated those results with a map of the US marked by homes of friends and family, then overlayed that map with the migration patterns of the wooly mammoths. This is the result.

DBB: How is it different from past projects (other films, features on music, festival coverage, etc.) that you’ve worked on?

SS: This is different because it never ends. No breaks … Seriously … None.

DBB: What do you expect/hope to find in some of the other cities where you have no specific bands set up to watch?

SS: We’re looking for the spirit of rock. I hope to hap across some little club with some distortion, screaming vocals, thundering bass, and machine gun drums pouring out, go in, and get my face rocked off. Or see a nice little pop trio hitting all the stops and making people smile.

DBB: How do you plan to survive the journey, and how are you and Black Betty holding up so far?

SS: We have a nutritionist travelling with us who determines the optimal carb/protein ratios for us using only processed meats and corn and potato chips.

Black Betty is holding up well. She is looking to become this generation’s Hidalgo, and is coming along quite nicely.

DBB: What are some of your best experiences thus far?

SS: Every show has been amazing in one way or another. Of course there are personal favorites … But to single out any band or artist would be a disservice to the film and the shows we’ve seen. Let’s just say that 15 days in, it appears that rock is alive and well and flourishing.

DBB: What are some of your worst experiences thus far?

SS: Being with Steve 24 hours a day. You learn everything about a person like this. Heck, I noticed he had been carrying a large piece of lint for two days straight. I know he has gotten quite sick of me as well, but we persevere.

DBB: Not to be a snob, but why Third Eye Blind?

SS: Rock has many faces.

DBB: You have a history with Of Montreal and you’ll be here in Dallas to see them. Why did you choose a relatively small venue to see them when their shows are getting bigger and more elaborate? What do you hope they’ll do with this show?

SS: Venue size means nothing to us … It’s hard enough to find bands for 40 consecutive nights and cover the country. I am confident that Of Montreal will deliver.

DBB: If you could have done this project during any other musical era, which would you have chosen?

SS: I think I’d like to do this in 1975. There was so much awesome rock going on, and people were partying with a recklessness that is absent in today’s world of YouTube and camera phones.

DBB: You seem to be pretty adamant in the belief that rock ‘n’ roll is still alive. If it ever dies, who do you think will pull the trigger?

SS: The only person who can kill rock is yourself, when you stop listening to it.

Any words of advice for people who love music and are trying to make a career out of it, especially considering the current economic climate?

SS: I think I’m about eight grand in the hole for this, so I really can’t help there.

DBB: Can we hang out when you come to Denton?

SS: Love to.

If you have any suggestions of what these two should do while they’re in the area, please let us know in the comments or via email.

P.S. Jaime has a similar project in the works, planned before he knew about this film. Starting December 31, he will see one band every night for a year. Talk about ambitious.

Rundown: 6/15 to 6/21

15 Jun

You know what’s fun to realize? The fact the the Mavericks had two different opportunities to trade Dirk for Kobe, and passed both times. Now this may just be my continued sour grapes over the Harris trade causing me to mention this, or it could be the fact that I continue to watch the Mavs fail while seeing Kobe continually rising to the highest level of success, and it kind of pisses me off.

Though let’s be honest, there’s no way Dallas fans accept Kobe over their beloved blue eye’d German.

Anyway, whe have one hell of a week of music in the metroplex, let’s take a look at the highlights.

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Rundown: 5/11 to 5/17

11 May

You know sometimes shit just doesn’t work out the way you want it to, that’s life and there’s not much we can do except search for solace of some kind.

Anyway, now that that’s off my chest, this week looks to bring solace heavy music, what with all the singer songwriters, and melodically lifting indie bands invading the area. If your down you can catch one of these acts and either cry into your Lone Star, or get drunk, make a mistake or two, and then cry into your “hair of the dog” Lone Star. It’s really up to you, oh and we have an interview with Dallas’ Giggle Party being posted this week, along with some other stuff.

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Rundown 3/2 to 3/8

2 Mar

Writing this later then I intended to, but got caught up watching David Byrne on the Colbert Report.

(will put video up when able to)

Tuesday has Brightblack Morning Light playing a bean bag party in-store at Good Records, while RTB2 is with Daniel Forlmer and Atlanta’s Visitations at Dan’s in Denton.

Wednesday has TVYJK and Teenage Cool kids at The Cavern.

On Thursday Eaton Lake Tonics are at the Blue Grotto in FT. Worth.

Dr. Doom vs. Dr. Octagon are at the Loft on Friday.

Saturday Matt & Kim are with Cut Copy at the Granada.

Sunday=day of rest