Destined to be a night which will linger permanently in the minds and passions of the London music scene, the legendary SYLVAIN SYLVAIN returns to town to present an exclusive acoustic show.
The event has been as swift and exciting in its arrangement as the sounds the ex- New York Doll has treated ears to for over four decades. The last minute arrangement brings Sylvain to The 100 Club in Oxford Street on the 3rd of July and it promises to be a night as thrilling and memorable as last year’s show.
Since igniting new scenes and inspirations with New York Dolls, the man has persistently set new templates and adventures for rock ‘n’ roll, including working with David Johansen on the singer’s solo work, The Criminals, and more recently his newest venture The Batusis with Cheetah Chrome of The Dead Boys. Sylvain’s work and craft never tires of inciting and igniting audiences which ensures that this unique show will be one to savour and roar about for years to come.
Also the night sees very special guests in SEGS from seminal punks THE RUTS parading his inimitable DJ set across the evening and two of punk’s finest provocateurs. Fresh from the release of their acclaimed fifth album “Waging War”, THE DUEL are sure to have extra fire in their bodies to give a sound, which is never shy of antagonistic imagination, even keener impact and those braving its call greater pleasure. Also bringing something uniquely special to the event is Watford punk legends THE BEARS, which from their potent emergence in the seventies has never been short of a mighty hook or two amidst punk revelry.
It all adds up to making the kind of festival of thrills and spills which can only make an indelible triumph on the scene’s history so there is no time to waste in being part of this special night.
Tickets are £16 in advance and can be got from www.solidentertainments.co.uk
Published Thursday 05th June, 2014
The Sydney Morning Herald Entertainment.
Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl performing at AAMI Park in Melbourne in 2011. Photo: Paul Rovere.
US rockers the Foo Fighters have revealed the release date for their highly-anticipated eighth album.
Sony Music confirmed on Tuesday the band's "as-yet untitled" album would come out in November.
"I've pulled up the family tree of American music and exposed its roots to find inspiration for the next Foo Fighters album," frontman Dave Grohl said.
The band recorded each song in a different US city: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington DC.
Each recording session featured local legends sitting in, and Grohl wrote the lyrics in an experimental style: he held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so he could be inspired by the experiences, interviews for the band's upcoming TV series, and other local personalities who became part of the process.
The band also leaked a surprise teaser to their new TV series for the American HBO channel, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.
The sneak peek features the first passage of music from the eighth album.
The rockers recently hinted they may tour Down Under, with a teasing message to fans posted on their Facebook page:
"Hey AU/NZ pals... It's been WAYYY too long.
"If you want to make sure to stay up on all the news... Sign up by clicking the envelope here: http://www.foofighters.com/
"Cause you never know where/when the Foo's may show up. Just sayin..." the band posted on the Facebook page.
While it read like a massive hint the rockers will come Down Under, the link on the Facebook post led to a page encouraging people to sign up to their mailing list or share the link to their mailing list via Twitter and Facebook - and ultimately promoting their album.
The Foo Fighters last toured Australia in 2011 with Jack Black's band Tenacious D.
Published Monday 26th May, 2014Power of Nanotechnology:
Nanotechnology originates from the Greek word meaning “dwarf”. A nanometer is one billionth (10-9) of a meter, which is tiny, smaller than the wavelength of visible light and a hundred-thousandth the width of a human hair.
Nanotechnology is the engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale. This covers both current work and concepts that are more advanced. In its original sense, nanotechnology refers to the projected ability to construct items from the bottom up, using techniques and tools being developed today to make complete, high performance products.
Published Wednesday 20th August, 2014
Speeding my way to Blackpool on the train, what a luxury and it's a nice change, usually l get the coach up, this is ok but can be draining on the soul but at least it's a means to getting there and a whole lot cheaper, but l have to say I'm preferring the train this year and l found a slightly cheaper way than the usual expensive prices that train tickets cost ( and just in time for the fortrhcoming price hikes)
Anyway, l make it to Blackpool in record time and in no time I'm checked into my digs in a bed and breakfast not to far away from the Winter Gardens, which is my destination for the Punk festival which will run all weekend. Today is Thursday and l am only here for the day, my room was upgraded as somebody did not want to climb the stairs, so instead of a double room I'm in a family room and l'm on my own, where's a family when you need one? not here that's for sure.
Right the main reason that I'm here in Blackpool is to play a concert with the musical biscuit that is called "The Duel" who is the band that I'm here with and we are playing The Casbah which is one of the many stages that Rebellion has to offer, usually we tend to play in the Olympia but that has been shut down this year, there are loads of stages here like The Pavillion, The Empress Ballroom, The Almost Accoustic Stage, Bizzare Bizzare and the Arena who all host many many Punk bands and some surprise stuff as well so it's kinda eclectic.
When l arrive l get my wristband of Tara, l then hook up with TJ who is our current bass player, l use to play bass in the band but have recently switched over to play guitar. We decide to take a tour of the event which includes walking through the many stalls and bars and stages, we watch some bands which are all great and very diverse, after a while we hit a bar and have a drink. One of my most favourite things to do here is chat and catch up with people who you haven't seen for ooh at least the last time l was here, it's great to me this is what rebellion is all about, meeting up with all your friends and catching up also meeting new people too, the only downside to this is you tend to leave it a bit late if you want to watch a band so it helps if you are fit. I hook up with Jimi (drummer) who is playing his first show with us, talk about throwing him in the deep end poor fella.
We then do another lap round the Winter Gardens, this time we take in the wonderful themed rooms like a pirate ship bar and a medieval room with flags and some room with tiny buildings on the ceiling very surreal and most pleasing. Anway soon enough l have to go and fetch my guitar and set up for our gig in the carpark next to the empress room, this is a very good place to have the Casbah Stage as it serves as the smoking area
so l know we gonna have a good sized crowd and yes sure enough we have,. We play our show and Jimi does a grand job and we finish our set and then l take my guitar back to my massive room and l return to hang out and meet more top new people. Jimi and Sanny and l are the last to leave so it shows what a good time we are having and in know time at all I'm soon tucked up in bed and ready to depart in the morning back to London.
( Casbah Stage from the side facing the crowd)
Published Wednesday 13th August, 2014
l got into Big Star quite late, the first time l remember hearing them must have been about 1989 when l was staying at a friends flat in London, l remember going through my friends cassettes which mostly consisted of hip-hop from New York PIrate radio shows, anyway l came across a tape that had Alex Chilton/Big Star written
on it, now l knew the name Alex Chilton from my copy of 'The Gravist Hits" by the Cramps, he was listed as Producer so l was kinda thinking maybe this would be rockabilly kinda stuff, boy was l wrong. When l heard the tape it was so catchy and in no time at all l was getting hooked in.
Big Star only existed for a short time in the early 70's and only recorded about 3 albums which are all really good, however the story of Big Star was one of mysterious proportions so it was wondrous to find out that a book revisting the saga of the band was out there.
Big Star: The Story of Rock's Forgotten Band by Rob Jovanovic is that soldier, an elegant book that not only deals with The Big Star tale but is also the story of Ardent Recording Studios and how the band and studio crossed into each others pathways, Big Star and Ardent were both based in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Alex Chilton who was Big Stars main vocalist and songwriter started his career with The Box Tops who shot to fame in the 60's with the soul hit 'The Letter", after a few more hits the band broke up and Alex returned to Memphis and hooked up with Chris Bell (guitar and vocals) and Andy Hummel (bass) who were two english obsessed kids who were into the 60's culture of films and music. It's interesting to read about this, as when l read books about English Musicians they are equally obsessed with American culture in the same way.
Soon they hooked up with Jody Stephens (drums) and began recording at Ardent, they put out their first album "No 1 Record" then the problems started.
This book deals with what happened, all the madness and bizarreness is all mentioned here including such events as Alex hanging out with The Beach Boys and meeting Charles Manson, the craziness of what occurred during the recording of the third Big Star record to what happened when the band split up and what Alex, Chris , Andy and Jody continued to do afterwards. This book has also been updated to include when they reformed with Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer from The Posies and recorded the" In Space" album and toured until the death of Alex Chilton. I for one was glad to get the insight of this great band, there's a movie about the band that got released last month called "Nothing Can Hurt Me" and there is a new book about the life of Alex Chilton called 'A Man Called Destruction" which I'm looking forward to having a gander at. Big Star still remain one of my all time favourite bands.
Published Wednesday 06th August, 2014
Oh the hassle of trying to find the sleeve that holds the 7" inch disc in your record box. You may even forget what it was you were looking for as you fumble along, skimming the sleeves to find your choice, and it must be so much easier fingering your MP3 player looking for that song you must hear. Ah well what is one person's hassle is another person's joy.
Sometimes l find it hard to place a song on Youtube/Spotify etc... Sometimes l have to source it on my vinyl collection, which l have to say is a priviledge not a chore and as everything gets digitalized it's getting harder to find stuff that's in your vinyl collection and not on the net, I'm pretty sure that most of my music that is on vinyl is out there anyway so why bother?
Here's why, I'm kinda addicted to that ritual and l know it's kinda dumb but l tend to use it as a reward to having a bad week, or even a good week for that matter. It's amazing how after all those years l've still been able to hold on to some of my vinyl, it's like holding on to some inclination of my past existence, it's weird like that, for me even now if l look at a record l can still remember where l was when l purchased the item, also what l was up to back in that day, it's well strange that a piece of plastic can conjour such memories. Although l have downscaled my collection, l can still remember records that have long gone from my collection but are still somehow etched on my mind, those records l use to own, have been missing due to such things as been sold, borrowed, but never returned, broken or worn out. Nowadays l sometimes wonder how long l can hold on to my collection as it's rare that l still get vinyl. l did receive an e.p from my pal Darrell a few weeks back and l enjoyed playing that gem. l have maybe a few hundred albums and singles that clutter up my flat and as i'm always moving flat to much smaller places due to high rents in London it's only a matter of time till l can't hold on to them anymore, but l guess l don't mind as l think it's called moving with the times, ah well lets see what happens.
Darrell Bath Madame Zodiac E.P my most recent Vinyl and Jimmy Cliff Many Rivers To Cross my first picture sleeve Vinyl which I still have
In the past 30 days, we've seen NINETEEN 6.0M+ earthquakes... SEVEN 7.0M+ earthquakes... and TWO 8.0M+ events (with tsunami warnings issued for each).
EXCESSIVE earthquake movement taking place over the past 3 weeks, internationally, and nationally in the US.
In the past 7 days we've seen FIVE 6.0M+ earthquakes, and THREE 7.0M+ earthquakes. This is something we need to be watching intently.
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