Archive for August, 2008

You’ve Got Another Thing Coming : Halford’s Close Encounters

By Gerard on Sunday, August 31st, 2008
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A few weeks ago I was killing time between flights at big box-y retailer who shall remain nameless, and though I’d originally ventured inside to purchase a car charger for my phone, I ended up dropping $16.98 on the new Judas Priest double CD ‘Nostradamus’. The cover sticker claimed there was a coupon good for a free general admission ticket to see Priest, Dio-fronting-Sabbath, Motorhead and Testament, and I figured even if the concept album was just as rotten as I suspected, this was still a good deal.

WRONG WRONG WRONG.  As it turned out, Mr.-Has-No-Loyalty-To-Indie-Retail got karmic payback up the rear when he failed to read the fine print — “WHILE SUPPLIES LAST”, etc.     No free Priest ticket.  One $16.98 pair of ugly coasters.  Let this be a lesson to you all — if you’re gonna buy terrible records, the least you can do is buy them from a record store and not some fucking refrigerator warehouse.

With that intense experience behind me, I was pleased to read the following interview with Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, as conducted by the LA Weekly’s Skylaire Alfvegren.

L.A. WEEKLY:Rob, how are you?
I’m fine. Did you survive the earthquake?

I was in Northern California at a UFO convention.
Oh, for the band?

No, not the band.
The things in the sky?

The things in the sky.
Well, I’ve got some stories to tell you. I’ve had one or two encounters in England, not close encounters, but things that have totally freaked me out. It absolutely fascinates me. I think maybe just because it’s an artistic thing. People that are in tune with their emotions and creativity, I think that a lot of us are prone to that almost sixth-sense phenomenon. Having said that, people from all walks of life see those things in the sky, you know. But I think it’s something very bizarre and it’s been with humanity forever.

Ezekiel’s Wheel, Zoroaster, heck, Muhammad, the Dogon tribe … I’m curious. Do you feel certain camaraderie with Nostradamus because he was basically exiled, somewhat like heavy metal, and ultimately triumphed when he gained the patronage of Catherine de Medici and wrote the quatrains?
Yeah! Thank you for picking up on that! You’re one of the few journalists that has. But that was one of the appealing parts of the man’s character. You know, in metal, we talk about rejection, and running up against people that attack us. That’s exactly what that guy went through. He was looked upon as a bit of a freak, and he had this gift, this uncanny ability to have these visions and prophecies, and he was looked upon as being someone — at least by the Catholic Church — dabbling in the black arts.

I definitely see a parallel between your music and the man’s life.
Oh, but it was a terrible time to live, the 16th century, to a certain extent. There were still remnants of the Inquisition going on, which was hideous. He dealt with all that, and we thought, man, this guy led a bit of a metal life with some of those emotional elements, but he stood up for himself and he was triumphant in the end, and that’s just a great story.

Shearwater live on Spinner Interface

By Patrick on Friday, August 29th, 2008

Shearwater discuss and perform songs from ‘Rook’ on the Spinner (formerly AOL) Interface.

Finally, A Social Injustice We Can All Condemn

By Gerard on Friday, August 29th, 2008

We occassionally have trouble generating sufficient publicity for some of our acts, so I can only sympathize with the plight of a P.R. maven enlisted to try and convince the Hartford Courant to interview her scalper client.  If such businesses can achieve legitimacy through media management, that’s awesome news for loan sharks, cockfight organizers and meth dealers.


By Hiddenworld on Friday, August 29th, 2008


Fucked Up : Pink Eyes Tells Rock Sound, “I’m No Teddy Pendergrass”

By Gerard on Friday, August 29th, 2008

well, not in those exact words. Thanks to Rich Walker for forwarding this.

Jennifer O’Connor: on the air and online

By Matt on Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Two more important media events happening next week to make you aware of.

First, next Monday online radio session:

Viva Radio Presents
Me Plus You hosted by Ted Shumaker
with special guest Jennifer O’Connor
An in-depth interview and exclusive live songs at the Viva Studios.
Air Date 9/1/08, 12:30PM EST and available in the Archive Vol. 24
Check out VIVA-RADIO

Then on Friday, September 26th, Jennifer O’Connor will light up the radio airwaves when she is a guest on WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer.

Tune in at 2:30PM on 93.9FM in the New York area or WNYC online to hear Jennifer’s live interview and two-song performance.

Shearwater In-Store at Slowtrain in Salt Lake City, UT!

By Sara McManus on Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Dear Salt Lake City,

Shearwater loves SLC, and we get the feeling that its mutual (yeah, as in like-likes them!!), so the band will be playing a free in-store at Slowtrain this weekend (thats like 2nd base!).

Free In-Store Performance
Saturday, August 30th
7:00 PM
221 E. Broadway
Salt Lake City, UT

Lou Reed: new title, new release date, first MP3

By Patrick on Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin: Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse’ has a new title and will now be landing in stores on October 21 (September 30 on iTunes). The record contains the first live performance of the controversial 1973 masterwork, 33 years after it originally came out. It was recorded at the filming of Julian Schnabel’s ‘Berlin’ feature length film in December 2006, featuring Antony Hegarty, Sharon Jones and Steve Hunter among other guests, with production from Bob Ezrin and Hal Willner. See the original announcement for the full story behind this remarkable album.

The first MP3 from the record is “Caroline Says, Pt. II.” The song is one of Lou Reed’s heavier subjects, and it receives an extraordinarily moving rendition here:

Caroline Says, Pt. II” (192k MP3)

Track listing:

1. Intro
2. Berlin
3. Lady Day
4. Men Of Good Fortune
5. Caroline Says, Pt. I
6. How Do You Think It Feels
7. Oh, Jim
8. Caroline Says, Pt. II
9. The Kids
10. The Bed
11. Sad Song
12. Candy Says
13. Rock Minuet
14. Sweet Jane

Is Jennifer O’Connor The Hardest Working Woman In Show Business?

By Gerard on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

(photograph by Debora Francis)

With all due respect, probably not, But if by suggesting otherwise we can get the actual hardest-working-woman-in-show-business to send us a threatening letter, we’ve got more great material for the Matablog. Jennifer’s frequently updated touring on behalf of ‘Here With Me’ includes the following, newly-confirmed dates.

17-Rochester, NY @ The Club at Water Street with Hayden
21-Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java with Hayden
26-NY, NY @ Mercury Lounge with Great Lake Swimmers
28-Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall with Great Lake Swimmers

13-Philadelphia, PA @ M Room with Hotel Lights
14-Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s Coyote Cafe with David Dondero, Boca Chica
15-Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
16-Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at the Crofoot with The New Year
17-Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle with The New Year and Sonoi
18-Milwaukee, WI @ Stonefly
19-Madison, WI @ Cafe Montmartre

It Had To Happen : Nardwuar Vs. Jay Reatard

By Gerard on Monday, August 25th, 2008

(we just tell folks this guy is kinda like Vancouver’s answer to Kurt Loder).

Possibly the most intense meeting of the minds since the David Frost/Richard Nixon interviews. The grilling of Jay begins about 32 minutes into the program. mp3