Priceless Stage Outfits

The music festivals’ season is approaching, and pictures of the audience’s outfits are starting to circulate on social media.

Here are some great outfits from the stage instead!

5. Pete Doherty 

Even if Doherty’s performance was considered disastrous, Pete rocked those glitters at Live 8 in 2005.

4. Luke Pritchard

The Kook’s lead singer performed in a black and white costume at Glastonbury 2014.

3. Keith Moon

The eccentric Keith moon knew how to capture the attention on stage, something usually difficult for drummers, confined at the bottom of the stage. Here’s him wearing a starry boxer’s robe at the Who’s concert in Kilburn, 1977.

2. MGMT

MGMT performed as the Scooby-Doo characters at the Voodoo Fest Experience Music Festival in New Orleans, October 2010.

1. Arctic Monkeys

Here’s a performance of the Artic Monkeys at Friday Night With Johnathon Ross dressed up as clowns in 2007, when they were still self-mocking and unpretentious.

A tribute to the gentle giant: Joey Ramone

16 years ago, today, the Rock World lost a major Star 🌟, Jeffrey Ross Hyman, aka Joey Ramone, lead singer of The Ramones, who died of lymphoma in New York on April 15, 2001, a month before his 50th birthday.

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“For me, punk is about real feelings. It’s not about ‘Yeah, I’m a punk and I’m angry.’ That’s a lot of crap. It’s about loving the things that really matter: passion, heart and soul.”

In this occasion, I would definitely recommend the documentary End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones, which includes interviews with former and later members, people close to the band (Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Joey Ramone, Marky Ramone, C.J. Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Riche Ramone, Elvis Ramone) and fellow musicians like Debbie Harry and Joe Strummer.

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The interviews reveal details about the relationship between the band members and aspects of their personalities that show what a kind person Joey was.

The Ramones, formed in 1974, pioneers of the punk rock, were a source of inspiration for a lot of  great musicians: this article – and many other-  appeared on the Miami New Times reckons bands like Green Day, Metallica,The strokes, Nirvana wouldn’t exist without the Forest Hill’s band.

Here’s a cover of The Ramones’ song Life is a Gas by The Strokes

NYC vibes

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Looking forward to this event! Perfect location and perfect music 👍

22 April, 20.00 – 1.00

MOTH CLUB, Vallette Street, E9 6, Hackney, London

 

Meanwhile…

We know how great the quintessential NYC bands are (Blondie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Ramones, The Velvet Underground, Interpol…) But why don’t you also check out these new bands from the Big Apple:

The Britanys

Unsigned Rock&Roll band from NYC, founded in 2014

They’ve got a similar charm to that found in Pete and Carl’s early ramshackle stuff according to the NME Magazine, and like the early The Strokes according to DIY Magazine.

 

QTY

A New York duo that sounds like the Velvet Underground, Public Access TV and Interpol, says NME, and I would add Adam Green.

I’ve been waiting patiently

Mando Diao are back!!!

The first single from their new album Good Times was released yesterday. It’s been three years since their seventh album, Ælita.

Shake is very catchy, and the official video is pretty funny too, with quite unusual cheerleaders.

It’s a bit sad not to see Gustaf Norén, though, who left the band in 2015. ☹

It’s a pity that the release day of the new single for the Swedish band coincided with a very bad news for their Country, where at least three people died and several were left injured after a truck rammed into a crowd on a main shopping street in central Stockholm.

The band has paid a tribute to the victims on the Facebook page.

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Summer Moon: With You Tonight

Last September, during an interview for the NME about the release of the first single of his new band, Summer Moon, Nikolai Fraiture announced that the group was “looking towards releasing a full-length album and eventually touring it”.

No sooner said that done: the album With you Tonight is out (available to listen on Spotify) and the band played at The Trobadour in Los Angeles  this Monday, 27th  of February 2017, with special guests The Bulls and Mereki.

Joining the Strokes bassist is Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction) on drums, Camila Grey (Uh Huh Her) on keys / vocals, and Noah Harmon (The Airborne Toxic Event) on guitar, a perfect balance of girls and guys, as Nikolai said.

It’s the second project for Nikolai, after his debut album The time of the Assassins in 2009. Each member of the Strokes, when not playing and recording with the band, is, indeed, very active on solo projects or collaborating with other musicians. Nick was the last to release a non-Strokes album, New Skin, with CRX the past October.

 

While waiting for reviews of the Summer Moon concert, enjoy their video for Happenin’:

Fire That Burns

Well yes, I fell in the Game of thrones’ trap. A month ago. And I’ve already seen all the 6 seasons.

So when I was reading the last Friday issue of the NME I recognized Bran Stark, sometimes known as Isaac Hempstead Wright.

I thought he was in a band, like his co-star Iwan Rheon/Ramsay Bolton. Instead the article is about his part in the new Circa Waves music video, Fire that Burns, a film by Mauro Sartini, as the video says.

The single, along with Wake Up, is taken from their upcoming album Different Creatures.

I sometimes have problems understanding the plot of a music video, yet in this case I see the relation between the song’s title and the story of a killer (Circa Waves’ singer) that leaves 5 matches on his victims ( saac is one of them). The first part of the video looks like a real old-school thriller, while from the second half it also shows the “behind the scenes”, including a situation where a gal comfortably eats and chats with the other actors with a knife stuck in her belly.

While we wait for the release of the new album on the 10th of March, I recommend the song Stuck in my teeth, from their previous album Young Chasers.

…And they’re coming to London on the 31st of March!

For a happy decline

There is a bookcase in the corridor that used to be full of useless/broken things left by previous flatmates; it has always bothered me, but after a year in the house I felt entitled to throw away all that rubbish with the help of my partner in crime Claire.

Even more satisfying that get rid of that stuff was to find a couple of CDs hidden under unidentified objects: The Doors – Morrison Hotel and The Cyclops – For a happy decline. Today I finally decided to give the second album a listen and I must say I’m glad I did. It was like finding money in the pocket of a jacket you totally forgot about, especially if the currency hasn’t change in the meantime.

There is no date on the album, so I googled the name of the band and found out that it was released in 2012, yet the band previously issued a demo, Mechanical Disease, and played gigs for 15 years before putting these 8 tracks together.

I particularly like the lyrics of the second track, A clockwise world:

Modernity killed ambitions
And politics raised depression.
My people have got no feelings
they are not the owner of their thoughts.
Waiting for a happy decline!
Tell me what you hope to find
even what you have to lose.
I’m really willing to escape…far and far away!
No one’s gonna get
what he really does deserve
We can only eat
The leftovers of our enemies.
[…]

Track list:

  1. Obituary For Plastic Dummies
  2. A Clockwise World
  3. Trapped!
  4. Too Late
  5. Ten Out Of Ten
  6. Mechanical Disease
  7. New York City
  8. Rubbish Heart

Favourite songs:

A clockwise world
New York City

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