Entries tagged with: Smoking Popes
photos by James Richards IV
The Replacements in Chicago - 4/29/15
Make no mistake, by most standards the show was a bit of a mess, full of missed cues, flubbed lines and plenty of fooling around. Westerberg conspicuously avoided nearly all of his most heartfelt ballads, and he and the band gleefully sabotaged some of their most popular tracks, kicking "I Will Dare" into double time or tacking on a taste of the bubblegum ditty "My Boy Lollipop" to the end of an otherwise blazing "Bastards of Young." The airtight "Left of the Dial" and heavy "The Ledge" were balanced by loose renditions of lighter fare like "Waitress in the Sky" and "Kiss Me on the Bus," all to the band's mischievous delight. A new song, "Whole Foods Blues," was as much a goof as a truncated T. Rex medley.The Replacements are currently on a US tour, which kicked off in Seattle, hit the ongoing 'Converse Rubber Tracks Live Boston' series with Dinosaur Jr on Monday (4/27), and began a two-night stand at Chicago's Riviera Theatre last night (4/29). We caught the Chicago show, and pictures of that one are in this post.
Yet if Westerberg and Stinson didn't want to be doing this, they clearly wouldn't. Anchored by unflappable session drummer Josh Freese and enabled by guitarist Dave Minehan, the pair were having a blast, every indulgence and detour tempered by the fact that they were still singing and playing their hearts out. Yes, you can repeat the past, and farce trumps tragedy every time. [Chicago Tribune]
We got tons of favorites at the show, including "Alex Chilton," "Bastards of Young," "Can't Hardly Wait," "I Will Dare," "Kiss Me on the Buss," "Color Me Impressed," and so many more, a few covers, and the new song they've been playing on this tour, "Whole Foods Blues." Opening was Chicago's hometown heroes The Smoking Popes, making for a great double bill of veteran alternative rock. Both bands do it at the Riv again tonight. Replacements' full setlist and a video of the new song at last night's show, below.
The Replacement's tour continues, and though it never comes to NYC, it will be sorta close on May 9 at Philly's Festival Pier which is another double bill of veteran alternative rock with Superchunk playing as well. Rootsy rockers J. Roddy Walston & the Business open as well. Tickets are still available. All remaining Replacements dates are listed below.
Paul Westerberg has apparently also been wearing shirts on this tour with different letters on the front and back that are in the process of spelling a sentence. So far the front says "I HAVE ALW..." and the back says "NOW I MUST..." What could it be?
There's also more shows in Converse's above-mentioned series of free Boston shows with Chance the Rapper / Action Bronson tonight (4/30) and Descendents on Friday (5/1).
More pictures from Chicago, Replacements' setlist, video, and tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Katie Hovland
Treasure Fleet, the Chicago band featuring members of The Arrivals, The Lawrence Arms and The Smoking Popes who put their punk spin on '60s mod/psych pop, will release the followup to 2012's Future Ways this year. It's called The Sun Machine and is due on February 10 via Recess Records (pre-order). Its new single "Max Consumption" is most likely named after The Kinks' "Maximum Consumption" (and it quotes some of its lyrics, as well as quoting Harry Nilsson's "Coconut" and Queens of the Stone Age's "Feel Good Hit of the Summer"), but it sounds more like a punked up take on The Village Green Preservation Society. That song premieres in this post and can be listened to below.
The album also functions as the soundtrack to their sci-fi film of the same name, which premiered at London's Raindance Film Festival last year. The film trailer (aka the music video for another track, "The View from Mt Olympus"), also below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Tyler Curtis / Matthew Reeves
Derek Grant, who's been Alkaline Trio's drummer since 2001, drummed in The Suicide Machines from '92-'98, and has filled in with The Vandals, Face to Face, The Gaslight Anthem and others, will release his debut solo album, Breakdown, this week (1/20) via Red Scare. Derek played all the instruments on the album, and not unlike Chuck Ragan or Tim Barry, he's got the whole punk-vet-goes-folk thing going on, and he does it well. In Derek's own words, "I've sat with these songs for over five years, and it feels great to finally release them. This is the beginning of a new chapter for me, both musically and personally, and I'm looking forward to going out and playing some shows."
Regarding those shows, he's got three in Alkaline Trio's home state of Illinois and one in his original hometown of Detroit, but nothing else booked at the moment. For those shows, he'll be joined by Neil Hennessey of The Lawrence Arms on drums, Eli Caterer of Smoking Popes on guitar, and Matt Van on bass.
A full stream of the album premieres below...
by Andrew Sacher
American Football's secret Chicago show in August (more by Jeff Ryan)
As you might have heard, American Football are reunited this year (and they just added four New Year's shows in Chicago), but singer Mike Kinsella is keeping busy in other ways too. On December 2 he'll release an album of covers under his Owen alias via Polyvinyl. Appropriately titled Other People's Songs, the record will feature covers of Lungfish, Blake Babies, Mojave 3, The Promise Ring, Depeche Mode, All, Against Me! and Smoking Popes. The Smoking Popes song he chose, "Under The Blanket," just premiered over at Stereogum and you can take a listen below. He does a great job with it and really makes it sound like an Owen song, which he's proved he's pretty good at on past covers like his version of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale."
In other news, a new article on Buzz Weekly mentions that there may be new American Football material:
"There are no plans to record any new material currently. I wouldn't rule it out, but the logistics of doing it are tough," [guitarist Steve] Holmes said. "That said, I do have a few parts in my back pocket for potential new songs. Mike and I have worked on one of these so far, and we may try to finish it up to include in this run of shows."The American Football NYC run begins this month with sold-out shows at Webster Hall on 10/10 with S. Carey, 10/11 with Into It Over It, and 10/12 with Matt Pond. Right before that, Owen plays the smaller Studio at Webster Hall on 10/9 with S. Carey (also sold out).
Smoking Popes cover and full Other People's Songs tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
It's no secret that the '90s are all the rage right now. The internet (and maybe even your real life) is filled with nostalgia for everything from Pogs to Nickelodeon cartoons to Tamagotchis and this reality check from The Onion that the '90s weren't only Pogs, Nickelodeon cartoons and Tamagotchis. Indie rock is no exception. The sounds of the Alternative Nation era can be heard in many of today's indie bands, and countless '90s OGs have reformed to excellent results, playing not just to the people who saw them the first time around but to many new, younger fans. When it comes to discussing '90s rock, we usually turn the conversation towards critically acclaimed bands like Pavement, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Built to Spill, Neutral Milk Hotel, and My Bloody Valentine or huge bands like Nirvana, Weezer, and Radiohead. You don't need another list telling you those bands are great. (But if you do, those lists are easily Googleable and recommended!) Instead, here's an alternative (pun intended) way of looking at the decade. Here's a list that highlights nine great bands who seem like they're starting to get re-evaluated a bit and starting to get the credit they deserve (some more than others).
I'm not trying to take the obscurer-than-thou route either. In fact, there's a good chance you've heard of all of these bands. All of them were on major labels. Some didn't have enough hits to get legitimately popular or remembered for more than one or two songs, but because of their MTV/KROQ associations they weren't very indie-cool either. Some achieved more mainstream success (often by changing their sound), an even bigger indie cred killer. But all of them are doing cool stuff right now, whether it's new albums, vinyl reissues, tours of the classic material, or new related bands. Almost all of them also have a clear influence on younger, modern bands. Whatever it is, it's reminding us why they were such great artists to begin with.
Of course this list could've had way more than nine bands. So feel free to comment telling us which ones you would've included and which ones you think we should've left off. Check out the list (in no particular order), with commentary and song streams, below.
UPDATE: Here's why we didn't include Nada Surf.
photos by Kirstie Shanley
Gwar / Danzig
Not long after [Andrew W.K.'s set], on the Roots Stage, part-time UCLA professor and full-time punk rocker Greg Graffin joined his band Bad Religion. The great thing about the California punk veterans is that the majority of their songs (in true punk rock fashion) rarely pass the two-minute mark. We were treated to a nice variety of songs from their 30+ year career, including classics like "I Want to Conquer the World," "We're Only Gonna Die," and "Infected." They also performed a few tunes from this year's True North, such as "Fuck You," "Dharma and the Bomb," and the LP's title track. The members threw around some self-depreciating humor, poking fun at their age. "We've been around since the 80s!" said Graffin, now fully greyed. Their songs are timeless, and some are even more relevant now than ever. Just go re-listen to "21st Century Digital Boy." [BV Chicago]Chicago's Riot Fest (the second of three Riot Fests this year) is currently underway. It's on its third and final day (9/15) as we speak (set times). The festival began this past Friday (9/13), and on the first day we caught sets by Danzig, Joan Jett, Bad Religion, Gwar, Atmosphere, Andrew WK, Smoking Popes, Saul Williams, Dessa, and more. Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.
More day 1 pics below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Treasure Fleet (photo by Katie Hovland)
Treasure Fleet sound like they've been in a time capsule, and I mean that with the utmost respect. The band's sugary-sweet mix of 60's mod pop-psych mixed with a dash of punk rock seems almost as if it has forgone any influence from bands in the past thirty years to craft their debut for Recess Records. Comprised of members of The Arrivals, Lawrence Arms, Smoking Popes and Sass Dragons, the band's latest LP Future Ways is due on 11/30 and you can stream it in full for the first time below. Order yours at the label, reccommended.
So far no NYC shows scheduled for TF, but the Chicago band has a couple scheduled in their native Midwest. Check out a list of tour dates, that stream and a video below.
The Mountain Goats @ Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)
today in NYC
* Akio Suzuki @ The Stone
* Wyatt Cenac @ Carolines
* Sound Actions @ The Stone
* Les Chauds Lapins @ Barbes
* Smokey's Roundup @ @ Barbes
* Santigold @ Roseland Ballroom
* Air Supply @ BB King Blues Club
* Calexico, The Dodos @ Webster Hall
* Barbra Streisand @ Barclays Center
* Lewis Black @ Richard Rodgers Theatre
* Heloise & The Savoir Faire @ BAM Cafe
* Ha Ha Tonka, Via Audio @ The Rock Shop
* Van She, Plastic Plates @ Tammany Hall
* Morrissey, Kristeen Young @ Terminal 5
* Osekre & the Lucky Bastards @ Joe's Pub
* Janeane Garofalo @ Eastville Comedy Club
* The Living Kills, Zulu Pearls @ Glasslands
* Public Image Limited @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Miracles of Modern Science @ Mercury Lounge
* Hardbodies, Napoleon, Wrong Dots @ Union Pool
* Tilly & The Wall, Nicky Da B @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dark Dark Dark, Emily Wells @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Chrome Cranks, Star and Dagger @ Mercury Lounge
* Helloradio, Radical Dads, Birthwater @ Maxwell's
* Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors @ The Capitol Theatre
* Star Systems, John Goldberger "Surprise" @ Zebulon
* DJ Spinn, Rizzla, Durban, J-Cush @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Matmos, Ed Schrader's Music Beat @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Timba Harris presents neXus I: Cascadia @ The Stone
* Matias Aguayo, Ivan Smagghe, Tim Sweeney @ Cameo Gallery
* Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Losers Lounge tribute to Dusty Springfield @ Joe's Pub
* Chain Of Strength, Bold, Battery, Shai Hulud @ Irving Plaza
* Natureboy, Heart of Hearts, Easy Lover, Sick Din @ Cake Shop
* Mr. Dream, Dinosaur Feathers, Brainstorm, Shark? @ Shea Stadium
* The Mountain Goats, Matthew E. White @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Glen Campbell, Victoria Ghost @ Carnegie Hall Isaac Stern Auditorium
* Foster Care, Pampers, Teenanger, Soupcans, Family Curse @ Death By Audio
* Capital Cities, French Horn Rebellion, FM Attack (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Riverboat Gamblers, Cobra Skulls, Freshkills @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
* Oceanographer, Appomattox, The Archive, Gabriel Berezin @ The Bowery Electric
* Smoking Popes (playing "Born to Quit"), Let Me Run, The Doorbells @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Le Rug, Team Spirit, Jangula, Chappo, Cool Serbia, Butter The Children, Surfing, Lazyeyes @ 171 Lombardy
The Smoking Popes are playing their '90s alt-rock fave Born to Quit front-to-back tonight at The Studio @ Webster Hall. Video for their single "I Need You Around" is below.
All out of love and find you now have to make love out of nothing at all? Australian soft rock duo Air Supply are here to help, playing their slow dance faves at BB King Blues Club tonight. A couple classic videos are below to refresh your memory.
Revelation Records' 25th Anniversary weekend rolls on with Chain Of Strength headlining Irving Plaza.
It's the last-ever show at DIY space 171 Lombardy tonight (at least with the current tenants) and they're throwing a big goodbye party with Le Rug, Team Spirit, Jangula, Chappo, Cool Serbia, Butter The Children, Surfing, and Lazyeyes.
Follow BrooklynVegan on Instagram.