May 27, 2007

Music Rotation — 21 May

Posted in music at 7:07 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Bread “Retrospective” (1996)
Love “Forever Changes” (1967)
Joy Division “The Complete BBC Recordings” (2000)
Journey “Frontiers” (1983)
The Black Angels “Passover” (2006) — see post, below.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre “Their Satanic Majesties Second Request” (1996)
Josh Clayton-Felt “Spirit Touches Ground” (2002)

May 24, 2007

The Black Angels — Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR

Posted in concerts, music, portland at 9:46 pm by berzerkeleyan

black angels button

The 60’s Revival seems to be in full effect these days. Lots of bands are now wearing their love of 60’s psychedelic rock on their collective sleeves. I don’t know if it’s a cyclical thing, the similarity of today’s political climate to back then, or both. But make no mistake, the intensity of the music and the subject matter of today’s revivalists mimics what came out during those turbulent times.

The Black Angels are probably the best example of the genre at the moment. I’d first heard them last year on Morning Becomes Eclectic, and was instantly hooked. You can hear their influences clearly: The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, The Velvet Underground, even some Black Sabbath. You can also sprinkle in more modern influences like Joy Division, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and what I call the Texas Indie Drone which, if you’ve heard bands like Explosions in the Sky and Lift To Experience, you know what I mean (it makes sense since they’re from Austin). It’s a heady blend of sound, one that I like very much. Their debut album has been in heavy rotation these past two weeks. So, naturally, I had to see them when they slithered through town.

I hadn’t anticipated going to see a band this much since last year’s Phoenix show. Fortunately, The Black Angels aren’t big enough yet to play at a large venue. So off to the Doug Fir I went, my favorite club in Portland. And they did not disappoint. Since they’re new, they spent the night playing almost everything from their debut album. The highlights for me were “The Prodigal Sun,” “The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven,” and their encore — an excellent cover of The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog.” Nice.

Live, they sounded to me like The Doors more than anything, but with a chunkier rhythm section. The band was fairly tight, and seemed to have fun confusing me by switching instruments with each other all night. They were all fun to watch, but the highlight for me (and for most of the crowd, I would imagine) was watching Stephanie Bailey pound on the drums. It was hot. I would daresay she was almost as sexy as this.

These guys are for real. If they don’t implode, and our current war continues to drag on, I anticipate great things for them. One thing’s for sure — they bring something live that can’t be captured on a CD. So if you have the opportunity to see them now, do it. Before they start playing exclusively in the arenas.

Concert rating (0 – 100): 86

May 20, 2007

Music Rotation — 14 May

Posted in music at 3:04 pm by berzerkeleyan

This week:

George Michael “Older” (1996)
Athlete “Tourist” (2005)
Styx “Paradise Theater” (1981) — the premiere cheese band of the late 70’s, they eventually gave up their crown to this band.
Delays “You See Colours” (2006)
U2 “October” (1981)
Tom Jones “She’s A Lady” (1968)
Sarah McLachlan “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy” (1994)
Ben Harper “Live From Mars” (2001)
The Black Angels “Passover” (2006) — oh holy jesus is this good. Equal parts Joy Division and 60’s Psychedelic Rock, this is one of the most unique combinations I’ve ever heard. They’re playing in town this week, and I’ve got my ticket!
Get this today. For the love of everything that is unholy, get it!

May 13, 2007

Music Rotation — 7 May

Posted in music at 4:54 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

The Feeling “Twelve Stops and Home” (2007)
Delays “Faded Seaside Glamour” (2004)
The Veils “The Runaway Found” (2004)
Bright Eyes “I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning” (2005)
Delays “You See Colours” (2006)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “B.R.M.C.” (2000)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “Take Them On, On Your Own” (2003)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “Howl” (2005)
Tahiti 80 “Fosbury” (2005)
Magnet “On Your Side” (2003)
“Dead Presidents” Soundtrack (1995)
June & The Exit Wounds “”A Little More Haven Hamilton, Please”” (1998)

May 6, 2007

Music Rotation — 30 Apr

Posted in music at 9:23 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Mew “And The Glass Handed Kites” (2005)
Donna Summer “On The Radio” (1979)
Arctic Monkeys “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (2006)
Arctic Monkeys “Favourite Worst Nightmare” (2007) — no sophomore slump here. This is a solid second effort.
Tahiti 80 “Wallpaper For the Soul” (2002)
Tahiti 80 “Fosbury” (2005) — I waited two years to get this?? Really really good album. Funky French Pop.
The Verve “Urban Hymns” (1997)
Phoenix “It’s Never Been Like That” (2006)
Muse “Black Holes & Revelations” (2006)
Live “Throwing Copper” (1994)
Soundgarden “Superunknown” (1994) — isn’t it sad that we can now look back at the grunge movement as an innocent time in our lives?
The Colourfield “Deception” (1987) — I wore out my tape of this album a long time ago. No longer in print, I finally got a used copy on CD, another old treasure rediscovered.
Devics “Push the Heart” (2006)