In a refreshing change from blowhards pimping their latest and greatest, I stumbled across this NvTv (Northern Visions Television out of Belfast, Ireland) interview with the Lemonheads Evan Dando. See the mind of a creative genius make mincemeat of a over-matched Irish journalist in this compelling interview. His quick wit is on full display as he refuses to be relegated into the "wee box" of an indie-hunk. The interview is a very candid and frank discussion on whatever track Evan Dando's mystery train of thought switches onto...I particularly love the drumming on his legs throughout and some recurring "daddy issues". Don't be too quick to dismiss this as the ramblings of some drug-addled "Rock Star", because while he may seem to be in some far off world of his own, you won't find a more present and honest interview. Duvet would love the opportunity to sit down with Evan...So come on and feel the Dando!
And They Say Nothing Is Free: Duvet Loves To Give Free Press To Things He Loves And I Love Me Some Free Energy!!
Not only does this band have one of the best albums to come out this year, Stuck On Nothing on the DFA label, but they also have the BEST sense of humor! Check out this promo video for, the Free Energy Power Hour, that is one of the most entertaining pieces of marketing I've seen in quite awhile. Click on the above link for further episodes of "The Donny Show"...complete with letter perfect renderings of everything that made the 70's and 80's such a beautiful time. The Philadelphia band also draws on what made certain bands from those eras so special and in need of re-discovery. Below is some footage shot of Free Energy from earlier this year when they co-headlined with Titus Andronicus at San Francisco's Independent. And, even further below is a classic Cheap Trick song from a 1981 performance on SNL. Feel, "the charisma of Robin Zander."
|SF's Fresh & Onlys are both fresh and only!...Photo by Halli Forster-Celli|
|Tim Cohen...Photo by RLC|
|Wymond Miles bathed in lights...Photo by Robert Celli|
Space frontier amp sting
Warm and deep voice hung in air
Watched by smokey eyes
Another work of digital genius or a hackneyed art film, either way enjoy! This time I was inspired by the circular groove of Atlas Sound's "Recent Bedroom" off their eponymous album Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel. All footage was taken with a crappy digital camera with no permissions asked for or granted. Video taken in San Francisco's North Beach, New York City during the St. Patrick's Day parade and when you were not looking.
Ethan Lipton Speaks His Truth: Sometimes The Truth Hurts, Sometimes The Truth Is Hilarious And Sometimes The Truth Can Be Found In A Little Container...
|There's nothing black & white about Ethan Lipton + his Orchestra|
|Photo by Linus Gelber|
|David Dondero plays it like he means it...Photo by Robert Celli|
|The cold, hard streets of SF's Tenderloin...Photo by Robert Celli|
Below are some of my favorite TV show intros. Who doesn't like a good cop/bad cop, opposites attract, by-the-book meets play-by-my-own rules, God, I hate you but I'd take a bullet for you because you're my partner...she's sexy but I don't notice because we got bad guys to rid from the streets....with lots of gun pointing, hood sliding, car wheels smokin', slow pans of curvaceous partners...with dead-panning, sly smiling, gut-busting laughter...AND who can forget the undercover outfits!! And, don't even get me started about the charisma of Chuck Norris as Walker "Texas" Ranger.
Sit back and enjoy this RARE treat!! Milo and the boys tear a swath through the Texas capital! Footage courtesy of Dangerous Minds.
On Tuesday night at San Francisco's Rickshaw Stop Kurt Vile and Violators brought their street tough, Philly Folk to a near sold out crowd. Vile alternates between acoustic driven space ballads and prodding electric guitar stomps, all soaked in a fair amount of reverb. The Violators added sonic punch and understated flourishes with heavy doses of chiming guitars. Openers Hurling Piss delivered 90's inspired Nirvana meets Sonic Youth cum 12 bar blues, with plenty of guitar solo histronics. Co-Headliner, The Soft Pack, kicked the skinny-jeaned hipsters in their skinny little ASSES! The band has been on a seemingly endless tour and the fruits of their labour are clearly evident as their songs had a crystaline intensity. In attendance were a myriad of Indie Rock "who's whos" including members of Dum Dum Girls, Girls, and Seventeen Evergreen. The following is my Haiku review or, "Haikiew", of the show...and below is some unedited footage shot on my trusty FlipCam of Vile's song "He's Alright".
Echo fuzz ears ring
Hypnotic Dylan transfixed
A Scenster heaven
Echo fuzz ears ring
Hypnotic Dylan transfixed
A Scenster heaven
|Alex Weiss & Marisa Kriess of NYC's The Shining Twins "Butt In"|
Robert "Bob" Duvet Enters the Inner Sanctum of "The Rock and Roll Geek Show" or Win a "Dreamdate" With Michael Butler...
|Rock Geeks Unite|
I interviewed Michael Butler for a feature piece that will be completed early next month and was able to sit in on his most recent episode of "The Rock and Roll Geek Show". Simply watching him at work was not to be my fate, as he handed me headphones and placed my chair in front of a microphone. The spirit of radio is very much alive and being broadcast out of bedrooms, kitchens, storage spaces, and closets globally. Many would not exist if not for the inspiration of Butler and his "train wreck" of a podcast. Below is the end product...It was one of the best times I've had in quite a while and a real honor to be a part of something that has become ingrained in my weekly routine.
"Rock and Roll Geek Show" #421 On this show I have a guy named Rob Celli watching me do my show. He’s writing a story on the Rock and Roll Geek Show. I find out some things about him on the show and also play a show review of Rush in Florida, play some audio comments, somePAYOLA/BEER FUND requests, read your emails and lot’s more crap.
Someday We'll Look Back And Laugh At How We Fought The Power: The Photography of Glen E. Friedman...
|Fight the power...Photo by Glen E. Friedman|
|The man behind the lens...|
|I want to be stereotyped...Photo by Glen E. Friedman|
|More shredding...Photo by Glen E. Friedman|
|illin...Photo by Glen E. Friedman|
|Chillin...Photo by Glen E. Friedman|
|Even more chillin...Photo by Glen E. Friedman|
|Pool it!...Photo by Glen E. Friedman|
|Not deep enough to contain Tony Alva...Photo by Glen E. Friedman|
|Mama don't let you babies grow up...Photo by Glen E. Friedman|
See the movie that launched a thousand ironic moustaches! AT LEAST!! But don't take my word for it, hear what the critics had to say!!
"The Velvet Underground of facial hair pics! There may have been only 50 people in the room when Los Moustacios played but everyone of them grew a moustache."
"There is no Hooper without the moustache...Period."
"There's no denying the effect Los Moustacios had on my life...well, that and my 13 inch penis."
"I was just another man in tights until I saw Los Moustacios, after, I became a HULK-A-MANIAC!!"
"Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no moustache."
"I grew a beard because I never had the BALLS to grow a moustche!!"
How this show never made it on the Food Network is beyond me? It's the most practical advice I've ever received in the culinary arts...these guys know how to wield a spatula. Best viewed when baking.
|Deerhunter's Bradford Cox in action...Photo by Halli Forster-Celli|
|The rapture in four pieces and sixteen strings...Photo by Halli Forster-Celli|
|The deer caught in the headlights...Photo by Halli Forster-Celli|
|Caught in the cross-hairs...Photo by Halli Forster-Celli|
|The SF fog rolls in on Bradford Cox...Photo by Halli Forster-Celli|
Be Afraid, Be VERY Afraid. Then Be Smitten. Then GET RAWKED!! The Shining Twins Conquer NYC, One Villy At A Time...
|Boys BEWARE! They're actually quite sweet...|
Well right now we are smoking a joint on the top bunk of our bunk bed in our pink apartment. Our “world” these days consists of smoking weed, fucking with boys, practicing and writing more songs for our full length. We just got back from France and we’re headed to Japan in two weeks.
You’re originally from San Diego, what prompted the move out East?
Originally we both came here to go to school. But we got bored and started a band instead.
Is it tough trying to make The Shining Twins stand out when there are so many bands on such a small island, and that’s not even taking Brooklyn into account?
It’s hard to say. We’ve gotten really lucky. There are so many good bands in New York and Brooklyn right now, like Dirty Fences, Guards and The Babies. But who can resist twins, right?
What were some early influences? What made you want to start a band?
We started a band because we were bored and sick of dating boys in bands. At the time we were listening to a lot of Guided By Voices, The Damned and girl garage groups like Thee Headcoatees and early riot grrrl bands like Bratmobile. We figured that if the boys we were dating could be in bands, we could start our own band, play our own music and meet even cuter dudes.
I think my first exposure to you was listening to Mark Ronson’s show on East Village Radio. I was blown away by the confidence and attitude you had in both the music and as personalities. Where does that come from?
We felt really comfortable with Mark, because he’s an amazing guy and our good friend, so having him introduce us to the scene through his show made it a little easier to be confident in what we were doing. Also, we’re pretty annoying and persistent to begin with, so we think that sort of thing just comes through naturally?
I see you have since collaborated with Mark Ronson, can you talk a little about that?
Haha yeah. We met Mark through mutual friends, and he called us at 5 in the morning one night and asked if we would come to his studio and rap for him. We ended up doing two songs, one with Spank Rock and one with Pill and MNDR, who are all fucking awesome. We haven’t actually heard the songs, but we hear we sound like a pretty fucked up version of the Tom Tom Club.
I have to ask about the name and the image you play around with…are you big Kubrick fans?
Of course we love The Shining. The book too. But we’ve really always thought of ourselves as twins, and Alex’s dad said we looked like “those twins from The Shining” when we were really hungover one morning. We thought it was pretty accurate and kept the name.
What are some artists (of any genre or medium) that get you excited?
The Ramones, The Damned and The Stooges. We think Road To Ruin, Damned Damned Damned, and Raw Power are the three most perfect albums of all time. You can listen to all three in a row, front to back. We LOVE Jim Goad. He’s a writer who created “Answer ME!” that 90s magazine that got banned. He writes about sluts and serial killers and shit all the time. And Tank Girl is our idol.
Your first EP Come Play With Us has a wonderfully “primitive” quality to it and the songs sound like perverse nursery rhymes, filtered through a glorious drug binge. What inspires a song?
You pretty much nailed it. Perverted nursery rhymes filtered through some sort of glorious never ending binge. And the other usual stuff – boys we like, boys we hate, girls we hate, and how crazy our families are.
So you’re working on a new EP This Is Dumb, how is that going and what can we expect from this release? When is it scheduled to come out? What label, etc.?
We’re pretty much done with it. We’ve recorded everything, we just need to mix and master it. It’s a lot punker, louder and faster than our first record, where we learned to play our instruments during the recording. As for what comes next, just prepare to be attacked by The Shining Twins very soon.
You’re working with Albert Hammond Jr. from the Strokes on your new EP? How did that come about?
He is helping us finish This Is Dumb. We met Albert at a bar, forced him to listen to our record, and he offered to help. We’re really excited because we’ve been obsessed with The Strokes forever.
Is there a sound in mind or record that guided the recording process?
After we wrote our first EP, we started studying records like it was our homework. We decided that we wanted to create our own sound, that combined that “perverse nursery rhyme” shit and more punk rock, dirty records like The Germs’ What We Do Is Secret. We also wanted to show that we actually learned how to play our instruments, and knew what we were doing. We wanted people to be able to listen to our music and not be able to tell if we were boys or girls. Just musicians.
You recently went to play some shows in Europe, how were you received over seas?
Let’s just say, God Bless The French.
Are there any differences in playing there vs. here in the Good Ole US of A?
Yeah, it’s more about being a spectacle and putting on a show in France, which we love doing. Also, they don’t really understand all of our lyrics, which is cool with us. They tend to like us more because of it.
Any plans on touring the West Coast?
Hopefully. We want to tour everywhere. Forever and ever and ever and ever.
What is the one thing nobody told you about “life on the road”?
We haven’t really been “on the road” yet, and we can’t wait to, but everyone says we’re either going to get AIDS and/or end up in jail. From what we have experienced, however, nobody could have predicted how crazy Xanax (our guitar player) is. We are making a movie about him and his “Xanic” episodes. He’s insane. REALLY insane.
Where would you like to see The Shining Twins 5 years from now?
Still touring, racking up boys and maybe rapping a lil bit.
Duvet puts The Shining Twins through "The Wringer" for these Ridiculous but Necessary Questions”
What is your favorite cheese? Marisa: Brie. Cuz it’s the most fattening. Alex: Cheddar? I don’t know? What comes on a cheeseburger?
The Olsen Twins or Nelson? Olsen Twins. Obviously. But only until they were 13. Now they suck.
Beverley Hills 90210 or Gossip Girl? Gossip Girl. NO QUESTION. We are in LOVE with Chuck Bass.
Xanax or Valium? Both. Come on.
A month in the van with anyone (your pick)? Evan Dando