Entries tagged with: Rick Springfield
by Andrew Sacher
We last heard from Sub Pop grunge vets TAD frontman Tad Doyle when Lumbar -- his supergroup with YOB's Mike Scheidt and Himsa's Aaron Edge -- released their 2013 debut album The First and Last Days of Unwelcome, and he returned last week with the debut full length from his other recently-formed group, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth. This one also includes Aaron Edge on drums, as well as Peggy Tully on bass, and as Stereogum points out, it's Tad's first full length from a group he solely fronts since Hog Molly's 2000 LP, Kung-Fu Cocktail Grip (which was remastered last year).
The album came out on Neurosis's Neurot Recordings (also home to his pals YOB), and perhaps unsurprising given his relationship with Mike Scheidt, it sounds like modern sludge metal. It's a really convincing take on the genre too, which is pretty amazing because -- without naming names here -- not everyone from the Seattle grunge era sounds this relevant in 2015. Listen to an Rdio stream of the full album below.
Speaking of dudes named Tad, The Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kubler is playing some solo shows this week, opening for... Rick Springfield. The tour hit NYC over the weekend (anyone go?) but has three more shows, all of which are nearby. All dates below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Rick Springfield / John Fogerty / Rick Nielson, Taylor Hawkins, Krist Novoselic
As discussed, Dave Grohl made his directorial debut with his new documentary, Sound City, which tells the story of the LA recording studio of the same name, and he brought his star-studded Sound City Players to NYC for show at Hammerstein Ballroom last night. The lineup included Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear, Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Alain Johannes, and Chris Goss, with backing from Dave Grohl himself, along with Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Krist Novoselic, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear.
In addition to playing original tunes that the members wrote for Sound City, the show included mini-sets from the people involved. It opened with a set from Alain Johannes, who played "Hangin' Tree" by Queens of the Stone Age, which he co-wrote, and also played some tracks from his band Eleven. Then Masters of Reality head Chris Goss brought out RATM's Brad Wilk for a set of Masters of Reality songs. Fear's Lee Ving did an original Sound City song followed by all Fear cuts. Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick did his set with Nirvana's Krist Novaselic, and the pair did all Cheap Trick songs and his cover of Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame". Then Rick Springfield was up, followed by John Fogerty.
Steve Nicks ended the show, doing original Sound City track, and combining that with Fleetwood Mac favorites "Dreams," "Landslide," and "Gold Dust Woman," plus here solo song, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," for which Dave Grohl came out and took over Tom Petty's role in the song. The sets were all backed by Foo Fighters members, and in between performances, clips of the film were played on stage. The
entire setlist (incomplete setlist, can anyone help fix it?) and more pictures from the show are below (though unfortunately, photographers were not allowed to shoot the entire show, and there are no pictures of Stevie Nicks & Dave Grohl).
Dave Grohl was also on The Colbert Report last night, where he discussed the Sound City documentary with Stephen Colbert. A video of that is below as well.
Dave Grohl in the 'Sound City' director's chair...
We already told you about Dave Grohl's directorial debut, documentary Sound City, which is a love letter to the famed (and now defunct) LA recording studio that gave birth to such classic albums as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Damn The Torpedoes and Nirvana's Nevermind.
The film made its debut at Sundance in January, and hit select theaters last night (1/31), the same night that Dave Grohl and his "Sound City Players" played the Hollywood Palladium in LA. The Sound City players are contributors to the film's soundtrack, plus a few others. The complete lineup includes Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear, Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Alain Johannes, and Chris Goss, with backing from Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Krist Novoselic, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear.
That same lineup will be making their way to NYC this month for a show at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 13. Tickets ($87.50) go on sale, Tuesday, February 5 at 4 PM. They say this will be the "first and only" Sound City Players show in NYC.
You can watch the Sound City film now if you want to fork over $12 and download it. The soundtrack (which also features Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, and others) will be out March 12 on Roswell/RCA. Trailer below.
Alain Johannes, Dave Grohl, Lee Ving, Pat Smear, and Taylor Hawkins
As mentioned before, the documentary about legendary recording studio Sound City is being directed by Dave Grohl and will make it's world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Consequence of Sound reports that Dave Grohl is also doing its soundtrack, titled Sound City - Real to Reel, which features collaborations between a crazy/amazing cast of musicians, and will include "Cut Me Some Slack," the song he did with Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear at the 12.12.12 Benefit at MSG this week.
Other collaborations include "You Can't Fix This" with Stevie Nicks; "The Man That Never Was" with Rick Springfield; and "Mantra" featuring QOTSA's Josh Homme and Trent Reznor. Other collaborators include legendary session drummer Jim Keltner, Cheap Trick's Rick Neilsen and former FEAR vocalist Lee Ving. The soundtrack is out March 12 and is available for pre-order via iTunes. Full Sound City soundtrack is below.
Screaming Females at La Zona Rosa, 10/10/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Our pals at Mercy, who are sponsoring the BrooklynVegan CMJ parties this year, are giving away two CMJ badges, exclusive access to CMJ shows, a week's worth of Mercy hangover prevention beverage and a chance to be Mercy's CMJ Reporter. To enter, visit their Facebook.
Off!, who are heading out on tour with the Spits soon, have a new video for "Wrong" featuring Jack Black. Check out the clip below... sweet Sonny Chiba reference in there guys.
UPDATE: Did you watch the debate tonight? Marlarkey!
Listen to Jarvis Cocker rate new records by Adele, Flying Lotus and more on BBC 6Music's "Roundtable" which is live from the man's hometown of Sheffield, England.
Coliseum (with new bassist) have entered the studio with J. Robbins to begin tracking. They are keeping detailed reports of their progress on Facebook.
Swedes Peter Bjorn and John wrote a song, "I Wish I Was a Spy," for Yo Gabba Gabba! that you can check out over at NPR. It's on the new volume of the Music Is Awesome! series which also features tracks from Metric, Belle & Sebastian, CSS, Cut Copy, The Roots, The Bird And The Bee and more.
Lots more stuff below...
by Bill Pearis
'Punk in Africa'
The 2012 New York Film Festival is happening as we speak and one of this year's many selections is documentary Punk in Africa, which screens Wednesday (10/3) at the Francesca Beale Theater. Tickets are still available. Synopsis:
In 1976, as the Soweto Uprising was moving the anti-Apartheid struggle into a more militant stance, another revolution of sorts was starting in cities across South Africa. Inspired from abroad, but entirely filled with its own unique anger and outrage, punk rock exploded into a country where the Rolling Stones were banned from the radio. In their clothing and hairstyles, their lyrics and their decibel levels, these bands--with names such as Wild Youth, Gay Marines and National Wake--rocked the staid South African society with challenges to everything from censorship to lifestyles, and from religion to racism. Deon Maas and Keith Jones' fascinating chronicle captures the development of what became a second front in the battle against the Apartheid state, while also looking at punk music in neighboring Zimbabwe and Mozambique and the role it's playing in those societies today.The trailer for Punk in Africa is below.
Meanwhile the Gotham Screen Film Festival happens at Village mainstay The Quad from October 4 - 11. Amongst their selections is Underground Hip Hop in China which screens Saturday (10/6) at 3 PM and Wednesday (10/10) at 3 PM. Tickets are still available. You can probably guess what this one's about but here's the synopsis:
Weber is one of Mainland China's first rappers. His uncanny musical talents allowed him to spearhead the creation of Chinese rap music -- a free form of creative self-expression that spread like wildfire amongst those struggling the most; young working class students and grassroots migrants left out of the country's meteoric rise.Like all the films in this post, you can watch the trailer below.
While Weber's music electrifies China's youth and gains a huge following, he is challenged by threats to his musical existence: state censors, and armies of state-backed pop stars seeking to claim hip-hop for their own gain.
Also screening at the Gotham Film Festival is My Father and the Man in Black which can be seen Sunday (10/7) at 5 PM and Tuesday (10/9) at 3 PM. Tickets are still available for this one too. This documentary tells "the untold story of 'bad-boy' Johnny Cash, his talented and troubled manager, Canadian Saul Holiff, and a son searching for his father in the shadow of a legend" and features never-before-seen photos, audio interviews and other recordings (plus recreations). The trailer is below.
Meanwhile, this weekend marks the premiere of Dosa Hunt, the short film made by Stereogum's Amrit Singh. In it, Singh goes looking for the titular South Indian crepe and brings along Anand Wilder (Yeasayer), Ashok Kondabolu (Das Racist), Vijay Iyer, Alan Palomo (Neon Indian, Vega), Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend, Discovery), and Himanshu Suri (Das Racist) for the ride. Amrit's been working on this for some time (the actual "hunt" happened Summer 2011) so we're anxious to see it. It screens late night Friday (10/5) and Saturday (10/6) at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, including complimentary samosas and post-screening Q&A hosted by John Norris that are both sold out. There are, however, a couple additional screenings on Monday (10/8) afternoon and tickets can be gotten here. There will be a Q&A with John Norris for these as well. Dosa Hunt trailer is below.
Also this weekend at Nitehawk: midnight screening's of Brian Depalma's 1974 glam rock horror cult classic The Phantom of the Paradise that takes the Faust tale and set's it in the glittery world of pop idols. Starring Paul Williams (who wrote all the songs), it's a great movie and would be a lot of fun to see on the big screen with a crowd of people. Tickets are still available.
And last but not least, the IFC Center will be showing An Affair of the Heart starting October 10. If you don't get the title's reference, it's about soap star and '80s pop icon Rick Springfield:
Do you remember when you forgot about Rick Springfield? This is the story about the people who never did! Some may find the rabid devotion of Rick Springfield's fans perplexing, but if his 17 Top 40 hits, including "Jessie's Girl", or his run on General Hospital as Dr. Noah Drake didn't convince you, watching him blast out live performances with straight-on charisma and spontaneously dropping in on fans most certainly will. Somewhere in between the introvert plagued with lifelong depression and the 60-something extrovert who still performs 80 to 100 high energy concerts a year, lies the real Rick Springfield. For most fans Rick Springfield is much more than a celebrity crush; some have overcome deep trauma by connecting with his music, for others he has served as a catalyst for life-long friendships, and without fail all have a unique bond of reciprocity with him.Advance tickets aren't available yet for An Affair of the Heart, but you can keep checking IFC's site.
Trailers for all the films mentioned above are below.