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|