Entries tagged with: Best Coast
Upset (via Kickball Katy's Instagram)
Back in 2011, former Vivian Girls drummer and then Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler announced her departure from Best Coast, and other than a few solo tracks released around that time, she's been pretty quiet since. Now Ali's back fronting a new band called Upset, who will release their debut album this fall via Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee).
Ali formed the band with drummer Patty Schemel, who played in Hole from 1992 to 1998 and recorded on their albums, Live Through This and Celebrity Skin, and had stints as the drummer for Courtney Love's solo career and Juliette and the Licks; and guitarist Jenn Prince, who is/was in La Sera. They played their first show at The Echo in LA with Parquet Courts this past January.
More recently they've announced the addition of their new bass player (wait for it...) Katy Goodman, who Ali was bandmates with in Vivian Girls, and who Jenn was bandmates with in La Sera (which Katy fronts), has a solo project, Kickball Katy, and recently formed the duo Books of Love. Check out an 11 second video of the band rehearsing a Guided by Voices cover with Katy on facebook.
Upset's debut album is being produced by Kyle Gilbride, who plays in Swearin' and also produced the latest Waxahatchee album. They haven't released any music from the album yet, but if you live in California, you can hear some of it at their many upcoming shows, all of which are listed below.
note: these pictures were posted for about a minute yesterday, but due to a website malfunction, they disappeared. so here they are...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Polica / Beach House / more muddy people
Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...
Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.
Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...
Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"Dudeeee, Barclays Center is the coolest place ever-
so stoked to play here tonight." @Best_Coast
Green Day / Best Coast @ Barclays Center 4/7/2013
Now that Billie Joe is out of rehab, Green Day are on the road again and played their rescheduled Barclays Center show on Sunday (4/7) that was originally supposed to have happened back in January. Also on board from the original dates were openers Best Coast who seemed to be enjoying the amenities of the Brooklyn arena. Here are some pictures.
Green Day and Best Coast play the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI on Tuesday (4/9) and their tour continues throughout the summer. Remaining dates, more pictures from Barclays and Green Day's setlist are below....
Governors Ball, which started as a small NYC festival on Governors Island and moved to the larger Randall's Island last year, keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's fest takes place June 7th, 8th & 9th, and tickets go on sale Friday. Check out the full lineup, in list, video and flyer format - one unannounced headliner included, below...
Best Coast at Terminal 5 (more by Chris La Putt)
As mentioned earlier today in a tickets-on-sale post, Best Coast, who were initially supposed to open for Green Day on the latter's tour before it was postponed, are in fact opening for them on their rescheduled dates which include a NYC show on April 7 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show are are on sale now and all tickets purchased for the original date (1/16) will be honored. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of artists that would probably be better fit to headline Terminal 5 but are opening in big arenas for pop stars, Miguel was announced to open for Alicia Keys on her tour which hits NYC on April 5 at Barclays Center and April 11 on Madison Square Garden. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet but you can check ticketmaster for updates. All dates are listed below.
And one more: The Hives are touring in February and March as an opening act for Pink and that tour hits Madison Square Garden on March 22. That show is sold out, but the tour also hits Izod Center (3/23) in NJ and Nassau Coliseum (3/25) in Long Island and tickets for those shows are still available. All dates are listed below.
In related news, bands who you would think might be opening for bigger acts at Madison Square Garden, but are actually the headliners themselves include Sigur Ros (3/25) and Passion Pit (2/8). We're not sure who is opening for Sigur Ros, if anyone, but Matt & Kim open for Passion Pit. Muse also has two MSG shows coming up (as does Lady Gaga). Mumford and Sons also have two upcoming Barclays Center shows, one with The Felice Brothers, the other with Haim (both with Ben Howard).
All lists of dates below...
Best Coast is in fact opening for Green Day on their rescheduled tour dates, including the NYC show on April 7 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show are on sale now and all tickets purchased for the original January 16 date will be honored.
Living Colour are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Vivid, by playing it in its entirety at Irving Plaza on April 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
World/Inferno Friendship Society are playing Irving Plaza on March 29 with Rasputina and Stolen Babies. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
As mentioned, Green Day cancelled a bunch of tour dates due to Billie Joe Armstrong going to rehab, including their Brooklyn show which would have happened on January 16 at Barclays Center with Best Coast. The band have now rescheduled those dates to take place later this year, and they're currently set to play Barclays Center on April 7. It's not clear if Best Coast is still on the tour. Tickets for the newly scheduled Barclays Center show are on sale now and all tickets purchased for the 1/16 show will be honored.
Updated dates listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!
You can read the whole list below...
by Andrew Sacher
SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.
The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.
The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.
A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.
Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....
":)" - Grizzly Bear
"YES" - Amanda Palmer
"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo
"FUCK YES" - HEALTH
"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy
"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff
Best Coast just Tweeted the above picture with the message: "Election Day in the studio". Coincidentally, I had just seen them minutes earlier, on Election Day, in my living room...
Barclays Center has only been open for like a month and they've already racked up three cancellations. Green Day, who previously cancelled some stuff when they announced Billie Joe was going to rehab, has appropriately chosen the day of Hurricane Sandy to announce they're cancelling even more:
Green Day announced today they will cancel their club tour that was due to launch in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre on September 26th and wind down in Tempe, AZ at the Marquee Theatre on December 10th. Tickets for these clubs shows will be refunded at point of purchase. Additionally, Green Day will postpone all scheduled appearances for the months of January and February 2013. New dates for these rescheduled shows will be announced shortly and previously purchased tickets will be honored on the new dates.The full list of cancelled and postponed dates (many with Best Coast), January 16th at the Barclays Center included, below....
"Obviously the timing for this isn't ideal, but Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern," said Mike Dirnt. "We are happy to say that Billie Joe is doing well, and we want to thank you all for the outpouring of support and well wishes that we have received, and we can't wait to see you all again soon.
Green Day also announced they would move up the release date of Green Day ¡Tré! to December 11, 2012 from its original date of January 15, 2013.
"We feel bad we have to delay our tour, so to make up for it we want to give our fans the music earlier than we had planned," said Tré Cool. "If we couldn't be there to play it for you live, the least we could do was give you the next best thing."
by Andrew Sacher
Best Coast at Terminal 5 in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Last year, a video made internet rounds of Best Coast covering Blink 182's "Dammit" at one of her shows, and soon after she contributed vocals to New Found Glory's 2011 LP, Radiosurgery. But Best Coast's pop punk love doesn't stop there. It's just been announced that Best Coast will open for Green Day on their upcoming tour which hits Brooklyn's Barclays Center on January 16. (Tickets for that show are still available.) Maybe this also has something to do with Green Day's desire for power pop, garage rock, and a return to the simplicity of Dookie?
This tour kicks off in January, 2013 but in advance of it, Green Day stopped by NYC for an initimate show at Irving Plaza on Saturday (9/15). At that show, they played a 38-song set spanning their career and included eight songs from their Lookout! Records days. The setlist and a video from that show are below.
You can also stream ¡Uno!, the first of their three upcoming albums, in its entirety at the band's facebook page (in exchange for liking the page).
A list of all dates, along with that setlist and video are below.
today in NYC
* Fashion's Night Out
* Sherita @ Barbes
* Teitur @ Joe's Pub
* Sarah Alden @ Barbes
* The Postelles @ MoMA
* DANCENOW @ Joe's Pub
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lifted Crew @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Yardbirds @ City Winery
* Left Handed Radio Live! @ UCB East
* Madonna, Avicii @ Yankee Stadium
* Varispeed performs Empty Words @ The Stone
* Fred Falke, Ghost Beach @ Santos Party House
* 'Hi Custodian' screening at @ Sunshine Cinema
* Anna Lunoe, Sean Glass @ Hudson Terrace Roof
* Matt Embree, Vinnie Caruana @ Mercury Lounge
* NYU "Mystery Concert 2012" @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Breton, The Big Sleep, Ambassadors @ Bowery Ballroom
* Liquor Store, Little Big League, Porches @ Shea Stadium
* Tim Fite, Foxes in Fiction, Molly Nilsson @ Littlefield
* Ecstasy Mule vs. John Cage vs. Ecstasy Mule @ The Stone
* The Fleeting Ends, Your Sister's Canary, We Run @ Cameo
* The Rapture, Midnight Magic @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Denver Hughes, ShadowBox, Color War, Big Fur @ Delinquency
* Ludwig Persik, Eastern Midwestern, Visuals @ Public Assembly
* Rapstar, Alan Watts, The Dreebs, Den Svarata Fanan @ Big Snow
* Air Waves, Future of What, Love of Everything, Earthquake Party! @ Glasslands
* The Peach Kings, Morgan O'Kane, Mia Sparrow, Chris Pureka, Aaron Short @ Union Hall
* Dinowalrus, X-Ray Eyeballs, Life Size Maps, Grand Resort, Psychobuildings @ 285 Kent
* DJ Roofeo (Death Set), Jahan Lennon, WIN WIN, The Tony Castles, Sister Crayon @ Pianos
* I'm Turning Into, Miniboone, Ball of Flame Shoots Fire, The Meaning of Life @ Cake Shop
* Alex Yac, NCM, Chris Cubeta & The Liars Club, Casey Shea, Allison Weiss @ Mercury Lounge
How appropriate! Madonna plays NYC on Fashion's Night Out, which sees multiple performances at venues, stores, and many other spaces across NYC. (And other cities.) While the Material Girl isn't part of the festivities, you can see the likes of Azealia Banks, St. Vincent, Yoko Ono, Chairlift, Icona Pop and dozens more. We have highlighted lists of the free shows HERE and HERE and HERE.
The Rapture continues its three-night residency with guests Midnight Magic at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (9/6).
Tonight is NYU's annual "Mystery Concert" which happens at Le Poisson Rouge. Previous mystery concerts have turned out to be Animal Collective, Beirut and Big Boi. Any guesses as to who is playing tonight?
Air Waves are taking a break for a while -- perhaps recording a new album? -- and tonight's show at Glasslands will be their last any time soon.
Today is the last day to check out BrooklynVegan photo show '480 Pixels' at 92YTribeca which you can visit while checking out popular live show "Mortified", "a comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories and more) as shared by their original authors before total strangers."
Like movies? We're presenting a free screening of Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best at Knitting Factory on Monday (9/10). Mark your calendars and stop by.
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Army Navy have a new video, "World's End," which features Martin Starr of Freaks and Geeks and Party Down fame. You can watch it below.
Nude Beach have released a new video for "Radio". Check that out below.
Best Coast performed "Do You Love Me Like You Used To" from the new LP The Only Place last night (9/5) on Conan. Video from that performance is below.
Check out streaming audio of Marissa Nadler covering Fleetwood Mac's "Save me a Place" below.
Flying Lotus's work is featured in the new short film "Until The Quiet Comes" by Kahlil Joseph. Check that out below.
West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.
Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.
The Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco on October 13 and 14, featuring an impressive line-up including The xx, M83, Joanna Newsom, Grimes, Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Divine Fits (who just played their first-ever show last night), Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Youth Lagoon Toro y Moi, Best Coast and more. Tickets are on sale now in both individual day or 2-day packages.
The full Treasure Island Fest line-up is below.
photos by Chris La Putt
"Thanks to all who came to terminal 5 tonight! We love you NY!" - Best Coast
Best Coast at Terminal 5 - 7/17/12
"There's something about the summer," Bethany Cosentino sang onstage at Manhattan's cavernous Terminal 5 last night, dressed for a far more dour season in a black tank top and black pants... against a black backdrop depicting the cover of Best Coast's new album, The Only Place. But if the drenching humidity wasn't nudging her into a sunny spirit, the arena-level screeches from the sold-out crowd were putting her in a giddy New York state of mind. "This is so awesome, there are so many of you!" she exclaimed before the SPIN cover stars' encore performance of Fleetwood Mac's "Storms." "Not to get all cheesy, but I remember our first ever show in New York was me and Bobb at the Cake Shop with a drum machine." [SPIN]Best Coast brought their tour with Those Darlins to NYC last night (7/17) for a show at Terminal 5 with DIIV. Like they've been doing on the rest of the tour, Best Coast played material off both full lengths. You can watch videos of the band playing "Boyfriend," "Crazy For You," and "Up All NIght" at last night's show below.
For DIIV, the Terminal 5 show was one of many local shows the Brooklyn band has been playing this summer. Their next scheduled show (at the moment) is a free River Rocks show with Grimes and Wild Nothing on August 9 at Pier 84.
More pictures and videos from the Terminal 5 show are below...
today in NYC
* Batz @ Joe's Pub
* Furthur @ MCU Park
* Chica Libre @ Barbes
* Summer & Eve @ Joe's Pub
* Angelica Sanchez @ The Stone
* Paperhead, D. Watusi @ Cake Shop
* Ernesto Díaz, Yisela Sosa @ Barbes
* Warped Tour @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Morris Day & the Time @ B.B. King's
* Mike Doughty @ Rubin Museum of Art
* Andrew Dice Clay @ Starland Ballroom
* New York Philharmonic @ Central Park
* Cooper-Moore Organ Trio @ The Stone
* Revival Times, Baby Copperhead @ Zebulon
* The Band in Heaven @ Skipper's (Seaport)
* Grupo Fantasma, Debo Band @ The Bell House
* Def Leppard, Poison, Lita Ford @ Jones Beach
* Monsieur Adi, DJ G Brown @ Knitting Factory
* K.Flay, Colin Munroe, Tron & DVD @ Glasslands
* Kálmán Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Trio @ Joe's Pub
* Great Caesar, The Juliets, Illumntr @ Littlefield
* Calle 13, Ana Tijoux, Ritmo Machine @ Prospect Park
* Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Deathrow Tull @ Mercury Lounge
* Xenia Rubinos, Raya Brass Band, Talibam! @ Cameo Gallery
* Beacon, Gracie, Blonds, Night Panther, Yung Life @ Pianos
* Zula, Sean0Sean, Lean Hounds, Field Theory @ The Rock Shop
* Eleanor Friedberger, Ex Cops, Zambri @ South Street Seaport
* Alex Winston, Mr. Little Jeans, Lovelife @ Santos Party House
* Oberhofer, Honey, Life Size Maps, Makeup Monsters @ Big Mouth
* Widowspeak, Total Slacker, Husky, Parquet Courts @ 285 Kent Ave
* The Ugly Club, Socratic, Jeremy Benson, Charles Sztyk @ Maxwell's
* El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire, Despot @ Irving Plaza
* Johnny Rabbits, Starlight Girls, Starina, Miracle Drivel @ XPO 929
* The Giraffes, Droids Attack, Cinema Cinema, Timo Ellis @ Saint Vitus
* JMarinelli, HUGEPUPILS, gasm, GOVT, mountainmover, TPW @ Hi-5
* Kinky, Los Auténticos Decadentes, 3Ball Mty @ Central Park Summerstage
* Wheez-ie, Heywhorehey, Anna Love, Krueger, Scallywag @ Public Assembly
* Woodyfest w/ Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Amy Helm, Joe Purdy @ City Winery
* Stifler's Mom ('90s tribute), White Wedding ('80s tribute) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Rhyton, Chris Forsyth, P.G. Six, Pat Murano, Tom Carter @ Death By Audio
* A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Sainthood Reps, Young Statues @ Knitting Factory
* The So So Glos, Diarrhea Planet, Grass Giraffes, Hard Nips, Desert Sharks @ Shea Stadium
* Glitter Freeze, Hounsds, Breakfast In Fur, afroDJmac, DJ Elliptic @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Summer Slam, Divine Rhyme, Dubbudz, Pop That Radio, Danzer, PitchBlak Brass Band, StarBred @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Bushwick Walkabout w/ Beast Make Bomb, Town Hall, Team Spirit, Slam Donahue, Viva Mayday, Shapes, Fast Years, Cavallo, Penrose @ Brooklyn Fire Proof East
* Cult of the Psychic Fetus, Cold Blue Rebels, Al & The Black Cats, Reckless Ones, Lower Town Trio, The Recently Deceased @ Public Assembly
Doveman at Le Possion Rouge tonight is also cancelled.
Billy Bragg and Steve Earle celebrate Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday tonight and tomorrow.
The 4Knots Music Festival is Saturday. Meanwhile catch Eleanor Friedberger, Ex-Cops and Zambri at the Seaport tonight. The Band in Heaven play Skipper's right behind the Seaport stage immediately after.
Widowspeak's free House of Vans show is coming up soon, but meanwhile they added an even sooner show, one happening tonight, right down the street at 285 Kent. Total Slacker and Parquet Courts and Husky from Mexico are also on the bill.
Don't forget that Blitzen Trapper and Ben Kweller play tomorrow afternoon (7/14, 3 - 6PM) on the Oval in Stuyvesant Town.
Cloud Nothings were on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, knocking out "Stay Useless" and you can watch the video of that below.
We're still a week out from The Dark Knight Rises but you can check out this new trailer, dubbed by Pee Wee Herman, below.
You can also watch Kendrick Lamar and Bethany from Best Coast perform "No Make-Up" in Portland below as well.
Dirty Three made a video for their new song "Rising Below" and you can watch that below.
Amy Pohler stops by the first episode of Amy Miles' web show Meow Meow Music which you can watch below.
Stevie Nicks came to "CBS This Morning" yesterday (7/11) for an on-air interview, during which she revealed that Fleetwood Mac plan to reunite "next year, so far." "It's the plan. Because that's what we do. I do my thing. And Lindsey (Buckingham is) out doing his thing now." During that interview, Stevie also spoke about the recent suicide of Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch, saying "I can't even tell you what in the world would have pushed him to do something that crazy."
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are both currently on their own solo tours. Stevie hit the NYC area a few times in the past month, including Beacon Theater and she plays tonight (7/12) at Mohegan Sun in CT. Lindsey's tour is ongoing as well, and it hit NYC back in June for a show at BB King's.
As mentioned, there's also a Fleetwood Mac tribute in the works which comes on August 14 and features covers by mostly indie rock artists. Since we last wrote, many of those covers have surfaced on the internet. 10 of the 17 total covers are streaming below, including Lee Ranaldo Band and J Mascis' "Albatross," Antony's "Landslide," Billy Gibbons & Co.'s "Oh Well," Best Coast's "Rhiannon," The New Pornographers' "Think About Me," Lykke Li's "Silver Springs," Karen Elson (produced by Beck)'s "Gold Dust Woman," Matt Sweeney and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's "Storms," MGMT's "Future Games," and The Kills' "Dreams."
Those streams and lists of all Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham dates are below...
DIIV at Red 7 (more by Tim Griffin)
In addition to the free River Rocks show with Grimes on August 9, the dates with Best Coast that include Terminal 5 on July 17 (tickets), and the freshly announced 285 Kent show with Cloud Nothings (tickets), DIIV have added yet another NYC show this week.
DIIV play at The Hester (835 6th Ave in Manhattan) at 7PM this Thursday (7/12), just a few short hours before heading to 285 Kent to finish out the evening with Cloud Nothings. The Hester show is free and features free food/drink, but an email to RSVP@HESTERSTREETFAIR.com is required. The flyer for the event and all DIIV dates are below.
Speaking of that Best Coast Terminal 5 show, also on the bill are Those Darlins. The Nashville-based band recently released a new 7" that includes a cover of Rockpile's "Pet You And Hold You" which you can stream below. Do you want a copy of that 7" and a pair of tickets to the T5 show? Head below for details on how to win them both in a prize pack, courtesy of the band!
Details on that contest, the new song stream, DIIV flyer and a list of all DIIV dates are below...
Iggy & the Stooges at ATP in 2010 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Like last year's teaming up of Neko Case and Nick Cave, HBO series 'True Blood' brought together two musicians to record a song for an episode, this time with Iggy Pop and Best Coast (who play Terminal 5 this month) singer Bethany Cosentino. While Neko and Nick put their spin on The Zombies' "She's Not There," Iggy and Bethany recorded a new song, co-written by 'True Blood' music supervisor Gary Calamar, called "Let's Boot and Rally." The song was written for the episode, "Boot and Rally," which airs this Sunday (7/8). The two sound pretty great together, and you can hear it for yourself by streaming the song at KCRW or purchasing it on iTunes. Here's what Gary had to say about the collaboration:
Now, I have always been a weekend songwriter. I can bang out a handful of chords and I must say I've written a few stone classics over the years....in my mind anyway. Back at my office I break out my trusty rhyming dictionary and I start thumbing through it....mmm, one thing leads to another and I started getting, how you say, inspired. At this point I called my very talented friend and brilliant songwriter, James Combs and asked him to collaborate. We got down to business and came up with a song "Let's Boot and Rally". As many songwriters say, "the song just wrote itself", "I was just a vessel". That's what happened, kinda.Meanwhile, Iggy Pop has been up to a handful of other stuff as well. As mentioned, he teamed up with Joe Jackson for Joe's upcoming Duke Ellington tribute album, which came out at the end of last month. You can stream that whole album below.
Meanwhile, to backtrack a little....Iggy Pop, or should I say Iggy's people, had reached out to me saying he was a True Blood fan and if any opportunities come up, to please keep Iggy in mind. What ? Music to my ears. We sent Iggy the demo of "LB&R". He loved it and said sign me up.
So, as I was listening to my favorite song this summer, "The Only Place" by Best Coast, and I thought maybe Bethany might like to join in the fun of "Let's Boot and Rally". Nah, she's too busy with her fabulous new album her great fashion line and being the cover girl for all the hip mags. What the heck (I don't talk dirty) I said. Why not give her a call. "Hullo Bethany" ....She dug the song the most and jumped at the chance to sing with Mr. Pop.
The rest, as they say, might be history....
Iggy also released his own album earlier this year, Après, which is mostly made up of covers of French songs, in addition to covers of The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Fred Neil, Yoko Ono and Cole Porter. You can listen to that album and hear Iggy talk about it in a YouTube playlist below.
In more recent news, he was interviewed by the NY Times last week, during which he dissed The Clash and talked about his penis. Here's an excerpt:
Many date the birth of punk rock to a show the Stooges played in London in 1972, which was seen by founding members of the Clash and the Sex Pistols. What did you think when the punks started releasing music a few years later?In other news, the upcoming CBGB film (which stars Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal), has revealed some other figures who will be portrayed in the film, including Iggy Pop. Keeping up their trend of interesting actor choices for the film, Iggy's character will be played by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. You can kind of see it.
I reacted to it better than I had to the hippie thing. As it developed, I couldn't stand the sincere punks. I never believed them. Still don't.
The sincere punks?
Like the Clash were going to make the world politically correct for everybody's benefit -- but only if you kept buying Clash records. I never really went for the righteousness. I went more for the profligate, sneering groups. I also realized that it was good that I wasn't doing that sort of music anymore. In penile, postpubescent rock, the generation is five years; it's not 25 years. It would have been worse if I was still knocking out stuff that sounded like my first record but not as good.
It's interesting that you call it "penile rock," because your penis seems central to your image. You're known for having had a lot of sex.
I wish I could have had more.
Well, theoretically. The problem is that it leaves you so little room to do other things.
Has your relationship with your penis changed?
I would characterize it sort of like a powerful interest group within a political party at this point. It used to be the entire political party.
Streams and a list of all Iggy & the Stooges dates are below.