Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New Video (Or Is It The Only Video?) From Don Bailey, Called American Inspiration

Here's a song that I helped shoot and edit the video for. Not bad I guess, considering it was shot on a Panasonic home video camera, with an American flag, a bunch of hats, and a work light.

From the description under the video:
"America, look how far we've come..."
A protest song wrapped up in a patriotic message from Don Bailey, AKA the band BOB from Millstadt, Illinois. Don wanted to comment on today's government shenanigans, but also remind us that things aren't that bad. The hats represent a wide survey of American workers affected by a constantly changing world.

BOB's been around for a while, and they play good honest music. I wonder if they've ever played Twangfest... Here you go:

Buck 65 - The Lost Tapes DVD - Trailer

Well, I'm a sucker for our Canadian friend, Buck 65, so I'm sure I'll spend months trying to track this DVD down before finally giving up and just ordering the damn thing. Up there's the trailer.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

MC Chris Takes On Twin Peaks

"This pie's so good, it's a crime".

I remember having friends over to watch this cool, messed-up show. We couldn't believe it was on TV. Before the explosion of cable shows like 'The Sopranos', when all the other shows were 'Love Baot', 'Full House', it was a kick to the head, all orchestrated by Mr. David Lynch.

And when I was looking up MC Chris, seeing what's been up with him lately, I stumbled upon this. Makes me want some pie.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Goodbye, Ronnie James Dio. 1942-2010

I'll always remember you slaying the dragon at the old Keil. You were a little too short so the dragon had to stoop down to receive your sword.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

Don't know how I got caught sleeping on this one. Looks like there is a documentary on Rush coming out in theaters in Europe, and it will screen in the States on VH1 on June 26. As Gene Simmons says in the trailer, "What kind of band is Rush? Its... RUSH."

I'll be seeing them when they come to STL, and I'm looking forward to hearing Moving Pictures in it's entirety. Here's the tour schedule (for the band. Not the movie):
Tue 06/29/10 Albuquerque, NM The Pavilion
Thu 07/01/10 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre

Appearing at "Summerfest"
Sat 07/03/10 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater

Mon 07/05/10 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion @ Northerly Island
Wed 07/07/10 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion @ Northerly Island

Appearing at "Sarnia Bayfest"
Fri 07/09/10 Sarnia, ON Centennial Park

Appearing at "Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest"
Sun 07/11/10 Ottawa, ON Lebreton Flats Park

Tue 07/13/10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Appearing at "Festival D'ete de Quebec"
Thu 07/15/10 Quebec City, QC Various Venues

Sat 07/17/10 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

Mon 07/19/10 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Wed 07/21/10 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Fri 07/23/10 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sat 07/24/10 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
Thu 08/05/10 Salt Lake City, UT Usana Amphitheatre
Sat 08/07/10 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Mon 08/09/10 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Wed 08/11/10 Inglewood, CA The Forum
Fri 08/13/10 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sat 08/14/10 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Mon 08/16/10 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Wed 08/18/10 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri 08/20/10 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
Sun 08/22/10 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
Wed 08/25/10 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha

Appearing at "Minnesota State Fair"
Fri 08/27/10 Saint Paul, MN MN State Fairgrounds

Sun 08/29/10 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena

Appearing at "The Great Allentown Fair"
Tue 08/31/10 Allentown, PA Allentown Fairgrounds

Appearing at "New York State Fair"
Thu 09/02/10 Syracuse, NY New York State Fairgrounds

Fri 09/03/10 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Tue 09/14/10 Boston, MA TD Garden
Thu 09/16/10 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
Sat 09/18/10 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Tue 09/21/10 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Thu 09/23/10 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Sat 09/25/10 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun 09/26/10 Dallas, TX Center
Wed 09/29/10 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amph. At Encore Park
Fri 10/01/10 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre @ State Fairgrounds
Sat 10/02/10 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre

Friday Flashback: Love And Rockets

Ah, I still remember catching this on '120 Minutes' the Sunday night alternative music video show on MTV:

I also remember the Eyes tearing it up on this song, all dry ice and sweat, at Kennedy's on the Landing, with the bouncing under us.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tonight! KDHX's Midwest Mayhem!

Well, it's finally here. And what a fun venue for this little mini-fest: the City Museum! If you're not from here, and if you ever come to STL, do yourself a favor and check this place out. Here's the schedule. I'm excited to see the Funky Butt Brass Band, they have been on my list forever to see.

Monday, May 10, 2010

What's Better Than A Hat? Two Hats.

Here's Curtis Plum, with "More Than One Hat".

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tool Coming To Family Arena

Saturday, June 26 at the Family Arena. Oh, yes. I have my tickets.

Here's the rest of the tour dates:
2010 09 Jul VANCOUVER, BC
2010 07 Jul EDMONTON, AB
2010 05 Jul REGINA. SK
2010 04 Jul Winnipeg
2010 01 Jul ST. PAUL, MN
2010 26 Jun ST. CHARLES, MO
2010 25 Jun KANSAS CITY, MO
2010 23 Jun OKLAHOMA CITY, OK t
2010 22 Jun CEDAR PARK, TX
2010 20 Jun HOUSTON, TX
2010 19 Jun New Orleans, LA

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New Spring Videos

Here are some videos Entertainment Weekly says are vying for the summer anthem of 2010. See any that fit the bill?

Hey, Jack Johnson has hair!

AHHHH! Creepy panda clowns! Has kinda an eighties vibe to it, to my ears:

Shitty song. I hope this isn't the summer anthem:

Well, most of these songs are marginal at best. At least the Foxy Shazam guy is over the top in his presentation. I vote for "Drunk Girls". If any of these other songs become THE summer anthem of '10, we have even less taste than I gave us credit for.

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Hold Steady On Letterman

Did anyone catch this on Friday? Dave obviously likes this band a lot, and was really complimentary after they performed "The Weekenders" from the new release (coming out tomorrow!) "Heaven is Whenever".

There have been many comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, but if you listen to the lyrics, you might hear a bit of Warren Zevon in there. Letterman loved Zevon, so it makes sense that he would like the literate rock of the Hold Steady. Me, I'm thinking it's nice that the songs aren't as fussy and overwrought as they struck me with past albums. Things don't stray too far from the Hold Steady template, but there is a bit more directness that I like. And that's a nice guitar solo, too:

Frank's Back. And All The Bikini-Clad Ladies Want Him.

I'm not sure what happened, but after quite a few years in the margins, the Black Keys are starting to gain back some buzz. It isn't the dinosaur that's doing it. Maybe the songs are a notch better than before?

Here's some tour dates:
May 20 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
May 25 – Late Show with David Letterman, New York, NY
May 26 – Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, New York, NY
June 2 – The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
June 3 – The Fillmore, Denver, CO
June 4 – The Crossroads, Kansas City, MO
June 8 – First Ave, Minneapolis, MN
June 9 – First Ave, Minneapolis, MN
June 10 – The Pagaent, St. Louis, MO
June 11 – Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
July 27-28 – Central Park SummerStage New York, NY