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Blog: Lloyd Cole, Ticket Stub and Styx

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Last night found yours truly at The Winchester, the scene of so many great previous musical experiences (with many more that are still to come).  On the assigned agenda: An evening with Lloyd Cole, who was making a return appearance to the Winchester after a previous show there in 2006.

Lloyd Cole has been on my list of "artists to get into" for quite a while, and with Cleveland on the list of a short set of five tour dates, missing the show was not an option. As you might have read previously here on ATV, Lloyd is using these dates to debut a new band that he's dubbed the Lloyd Cole Small Ensemble. Imagine an evening of your favorites from the Lloyd Cole catalog, plus brand new material from his upcoming album that's currently in the works, brought to life in a stripped-down format by three musicians, using only a combination of guitars, mandolin and banjo. There you have the recipe for a perfect evening for any Lloyd Cole fan -- and for me as the Cole rookie, it was the ideal setting for an introduction to what his music is all about. At the end of the night, I found myself wondering why it took so long for Lloyd and I to be properly introduced.

He has the self-deprecating sense of humor ("I'm somewhere between 10 and 15 pounds heavier than I'd like to be, which affords me the appropriate amount of self-loathing necessary to perform these songs for you") and plenty of those "love gone wrong" type of songs that I crave. On another night softly lit by candles at the Winchester, things were more than just alright.  My first Lloyd Cole experience was completely awesome.

Oh ye that are obsessed with cool merch, take note:  on this short tour, Cole is selling a small run (1000 copies) of a 12 song session recorded this past Friday with the ensemble at Slaughterhouse Studios.  It's a nice take home item for $12 that will send you on your way with an audio souvenir that captures a good bit of the setlist and vibe of the evening, and the disc itself is very well recorded.  If you can't make it out to one of the remaining shows of the tour (i.e. you're too far away, etc.) I think it's very likely that Cole will put some of these discs up for sale on his webstore after these dates wrap.  For the rest of you, I can't recommend this show enough - there's still one more show left tomorrow night (Friday) in Chicago, and you should go!

Ticket Stub:

Peter Gabriel

This week marks the official debut of Ticket Stub, a new weekly series that I'm writing up for Popdose.  Each week, I'll be exploring a different show from Wolfgang's Vault, the massive online archive of streaming live concerts largely sourced from legendary concert promoter Bill Graham's archive of shows, with additional shows coming from The King Biscuit Flower Hour and other sources.  The archives house a wide selection of shows from the past several decades dating from the '60s through the '90s, including brand new material being recorded by Daytrotter and Noise Pop.  Of the shows that are in the archive, over 1500 are available for purchase or free download, with additional shows being made available each week.

Those of you that enjoy what I do here will probably also find a lot to love about Ticket Stub.  My goal each week is to inspire and expose you (no, NOT like that!), the fearless reader, to the musical riches of Wolfgang's Vault.  We'll cover artists, both well known, and also some that you might be a little bit less familiar with, like Styx.  Just kidding.

This week's first entry just happens to start in Cleveland, with an Elton John show recorded in 1970 at Music Hall, about a week after Elton recorded what would eventually become his 11-17-70 live album.

Big thanks to my pal Jeff Giles for pitching me on the idea of this series - I think we're going to have a lot of fun!


Cleveland Bachelor’s Show of the Week: Antlers at Musica

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Dear ATVians,

Hoping that the thaw will hold through the week, this time I'm gonna endorse a trip down Akron-way this Saturday (1/30) to see the incredible Brooklyn-based indie rock troupe, The Antlers . Fronted by frontman Peter Silberman, who originally started The Antlers as a solo project, the band now features Silberman's guitars and vocals complemented with powerful drumming courtesy Michael Lerner and an all-around instrumental assist from Darby Cicci.  The trio are currently touring in support of the band's most recent (and astoundingly awesome) release, Hospice, which is somewhat of a concept record that deals with caring for a terminally ill person who is also emotionally abusive to the caregiver. Parts of this narrative are rooted in Silberman's personal experiences, which makes sense given the clarity and conviction present when the confused and hurt emotions of such a tale come through.

Although the central conceptualization is clearly a dark and depressing one, the record itself is beautiful and challenging. There are several stand-out tracks ("Kettering," "Sylvia," "Bear") that will be absolutely wonderful live, and I encourage each of you to make the trek to Akron's Musica club. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance here.


Downloads: Support Haiti Relief with Wilco Downloads

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Add Wilco to the list of artists/celebrities doing their part to assist with fund raising for Haiti relief. In exchange for a suggested donation of $15, fans can download two newly available soundboard Wilco shows for free via the official site.

We have just posted two shows for free download on Wilcoworld, all we ask that you do in return, is make a minimum donation of $15 to one of the organizations listed below.

Doctors Without Borders -

Both organizations ask that you donate to their Emergency Relief Funds which allows them to spend the money on situations such as Haiti, but, not expressly limited to Haiti.

The shows are:

07-13-09 - Keyspan Park - Brooklyn, NY
11-04-09 - HMV Forum - London, UK

In exchange for the free music, we ask that you make a minimum donation of $15 to one of the organizations listed above if you are able.



Music Dish: Peter Gabriel won’t reunite with Genesis at Rock Hall induction

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While he didn't completely rule it out, it seems unlikely that Peter Gabriel will perform with his former band mates when Genesis is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15th. Here's an excerpt from Gabriel's interview on the subject that appears in the next issue of Rolling Stone:

“As far as I know, I’m definitely not going to sing,” Gabriel tells Rolling Stone. “I learned at our last reunion [in 1982] that you can’t just get up there. You have to rehearse.” Gabriel is actually not even positive he’ll be able to attend the March 15th induction ceremony in New York, since he’ll be in the midst of rehearsing for a European solo tour. “I’m trying to find a way to do it,” he says. “It’s not easy. If I can work it out, I’ll go.”

Gabriel shares some additional information about the band's most recent (unsuccessful) attempt at a reunion as well - check more from Rolling Stone right here.

I'm bummed, but not completely surprised.  For now, fans can check out Scratch My Back, a new orchestrally based covers album that will be Gabriel's first studio release in seven years.  PG will play select shows in support of the release (although like the album, Gabriel will be backed by an orchestra with "no drums, no guitars"), including some possible U.S. dates.

Here's the album cover for Scratch My Back, pictured below.

Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back


Video: A random moment with Buckner & Garcia

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Hey music fans,

Were you aware that Buckner & Garcia, Akron, OH-based masterminds of all things "Pac-Man Fever," made an appearance on American Bandstand?

Ah, the things that you can find on Youtube...


Bruce Springsteen on Spectacle TONIGHT!

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Springsteen fans, start your engines.....or at least your DVRS - tonight is the night to catch the first part of Springsteen's two part appearance on Spectacle with Elvis Costello on the Sundance Channel!

In part one of a two-part episode, "Spectacle" host Elvis Costello welcomes Bruce Springsteen. Grammy Award-winning artist, widely known for his brand of heartland rock that includes intense ballads and rousing anthems filled with deeply emotional stories. Springsteen, with guitar in-hand, opens up about his pre-E Street Band bands and early inspirations. In addition to talking about his music, he performs it too. Springsteen performs "The River" and American Skin," while E Street Band members Nils Lofgren and Roy Bittan join him in "Wild Billy's Circus Story."

Catch the second part of this episode next week Wednesday, January 27th.

Here's a clip from the episode in which Bruce reflects on writing "Hungry Heart."

Congrats to Dan, who is the winner of our recent Spectacle contest!  Dan scores the Sundance goodie bag and also a copy of the first season of Spectacle on DVD!


Vinyl Video: Gotta Groove Records – Groove With Us!

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Thanks to my pal Brian @ Broken Headphones for pointing me towards this great mini-documentary that takes you behind the scenes at Cleveland's brand new vinyl pressing plant, Gotta Groove Records. Give filmmaker Nick Cavalier five minutes, and he'll show you a bunch of cool stuff happening at Gotta Groove!


Gotta Groove Records - "Groove With Us" from Nick Cavalier on Vimeo.


I am the flower, you are the seed….

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Here's some great vintage video of future 99x (and current WRXP/New York) program director/personality Leslie Fram discussing Heart's "All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You" on the Mobile, AL based television program The Uncle Henry Show, a song that Henry terms as "the worst rock song of all time."

Wow, that was some big hair, Leslie!

Thanks to Kurt for pointing me towards this classic video!


So what do you collect…..and other complicated questions

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Tuesday afternoon, I happened to check the ATV email account and found an email that sent my personal geek-out meter soaring sky high, and if I lived in a Looney Tunes cartoon world, I'm pretty sure that the meter would have snapped right off. I had an interview request from a media outlet that you could call slightly high-profile.

Before you get concerned, I assure you that you won't be subjected to my music loving mug on television any time soon (perhaps that's the next email), but chances are good that you'll likely read a few words that will be attributed to me sometime in the next few weeks.  It was my second interview in the past week (I spoke with Overnight America last Monday for the fine folks at Popdose), which found me spending a nice half hour on Thursday afternoon talking about various music mediums and my own personal preferences.

I always get a little bit amped up going into something like this, wondering what kind of questions will come up.  For this interview, after we had been on the phone for quite a while, talking about nearly everything I've ever wasted spent money on as it relates to my music collection, he had one more question that caught me a bit off guard:

What do you collect?


Where to begin?  We'd talked about vinyl, CDs, cassettes, hard drives filled with music, and the things that I loved about each.  But at this point as a lifelong music fiend, what do I really collect?  I'm constantly acquiring new media, whether it is vinyl, books, DVDs, CDs, etc.  But this far down the path, my attachment to any of it is minimal.  I've become more of a file guy in the past few years, probably as a result of moving all of this heavy musical stuff that one accumulates from one house/basement/attic to the next.

How often do you go to a record store to buy new music?

This was starting to feel like an intervention.  I realized at the top of this new year, that in the past year, I've acquired/purchased the musical collections of two different friends.  Because I need more CDs, right? The most recent acquisition was partly to help a friend, and also motivated by my desire to take the collection and do something with it, instead of watching it slip away via an under-valued sale as a single lot on Craigslist.  My friend realized this, telling me last week that she was really happy that I had ended up with her collection, because I'd take the time to sell the stuff that I didn't want, while enjoying the really choice items that were worth holding on to.

Encino Man

There were things that I knew, and things that I had forgotten.  She's a soundtrack nut, so I now own nearly every soundtrack that came out in the '80s and '90s, which is only a slight exaggeration.  Score of the lot for me personally -  finally grabbing a copy of the Encino Man soundtrack with The Smithereens' cover of "Wooly Bully," an oddball track that at this point remains unavailable on any 'Reens collection.  Another discovery within the stacks of CDs - she apparently really liked Billy Idol a lot, or perhaps just got a copy of his CD catalog for free.  With former radio folks, it's hard to be sure, but I'll choose to believe that she still carries a torch for 'ol Billy.

Things I still need:  a copy of the So I Married An Axe Murderer soundtrack - anybody have a penny that I can borrow?

I'll keep ya'll posted when the interview goes online.  In the meantime, you might enjoy checking out my recent interview (+ "outtakes") with David Lowery of Cracker, and also my thoughts on that new-fangled Heritage Dr. Pepper stuff.

Be well.


Vinyl News: Vintage Live Album From The Plimsouls Due 2/23

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Peter Case fans and vinyl enthusiasts will be stoked to hear that indie label Alive Records has a vintage live set titled Live! Beg Borrow & Steal from Case and The Plimsouls set for release on February 23rd. Alive previously released archival material from two of Case's pre-Plimsouls projects - The Nerves and The Breakaways, in addition to other artists including Buffalo Killers and The Black Diamond Heavies.  The label has a reputation for doing some pretty cool limited edition vinyl pressings, and Plimsouls fans will be happy to know that the upcoming live album will indeed be available on vinyl, in addition to the normal CD and digital releases.

Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal showcases The Plimsouls at the height of their power, on the verge of starting a riot on L.A.'s old Sunset Strip. Recorded at the Whisky A Go Go on October 31, 1981, this previously unreleased 18 song live album includes many of The Plimsouls' classics as well as plenty of surprises. It has been stunningly remastered, features previously unpublished and gorgeous photos by renowned photographer Bob Matheu, and also includes three pummelling tracks ("New Orleans," "Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!" and "Run Run Run") with special guests The Fleshtones.

The album will be in-stores (in both vinyl and CD) and digitally online on February 23rd. The first 1,000 copies of the record will also include a poster. Considering that all of The Plimsouls official studio releases are currently out of print, this explosive live document of the band igniting The Whisky nearly three decades ago stands as not only a highly anticipated release from the band, but also as a testament to the power of pure, unadulterated rock & roll.

Check out the cover art and grab a free MP3 from the release below.  I can't wait!

The Plimsouls - Zero Hour (live)

The Plimsouls