All the way live
Catch Mister Recloose and his mighty live band this weekend in AK town - tonight at the Rising Sun, Saturday up at Leigh Sawmill. Saw em playing live on Coast on Maori TV last night, wicked outfit.
The Recloose live band is Riki Gooch (TrinityRoots) on drums, Deva Mahal on vocals, Mike Fabulous (The Black Seeds, Fly My Pretties) on guitar & bass, Isaac Aesili (Opensouls, Solaa) on trumpet & percussion, James Illingworth on keys, Adan Tejerina (The Eggs) on percussion, and producer Recloose on tenor sax, melodica & sampler.
Saturday night Ryan McPhun and the Ruby Suns (featuring one Gareth Shute, award-winning author by day, bass playing ace by night) celebrate the release of their debut album at the King's Arms. They're joined by Bachelorette and the Nudie Suits.
Diplo says farewell to DJing (via Boston Phoenix paper)
"Wes Pentz is best known as a DJ called Diplo, but right now he’s giving me tips on how to steal jeans from Urban Outfitters. Two years ago, while he was earning a living as a social worker at a North Philadelphia elementary school, he did a lot of shoplifting. He says it was easy — not because he was a master thief but because pilfering jeans was the last thing anyone expected a young, middle-class white dude to do.
Well, maybe not the last thing.
The last thing anyone would have expected out of a young Wes Pentz is that he’d start a series of successful Philly club nights dubbed Hollertronix, school the hipsters of America in untamed strains of ’hood music from Dirty South hip-hop to South American ghetto funk, and in the process generate international buzz for a female Sri Lankan MC/pop sensation. But that’s precisely what Diplo has done, and he’s had a blast along the way. So why on earth is he quitting?"
From the same paper, Amadou and Mariam live review/blurb here....
"At Joe’s Pub last month, I heard a few indie grumbles about the authenticity of Dimanche à Bamako vis-à-vis Amadou & Mariam’s previous albums — which weren’t produced by Chao. The backing band didn’t help, an unfortunately dressed and grimacing collection of French musicians who threatened to drain Amadou & Mariam’s considerable charisma and charm. Not so with the album: it’s as infectious as advertised. As for its authenticity, there’s more to this duo’s musical background than the traditional sounds of Mali. When I ask Amadou about that, he lists what he and Mariam heard growing up in Bamako, on Radio Mali: "Cuban dance music, French songs, James Brown . . . "
"Pink Floyd," interjects Mariam. "Led Zeppelin. Deep Purple. Bad Company."
"Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton . . . ," continues Amadou.
"Beatles," says Mariam.
Here Amadou starts singing, "Don’t Let Me Down."
Hunter S Thompson's Suicide Note
Via Stereogum.. "Rolling Stone has published the gonzo journalist's final written words. He left the note for his wife before committing suicide in February.
No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun - for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax - This won't hurt.
It was titled Football Season Is Over and appears in the new Rolling Stone with the Rolling Stones cover.
From Popbitch.... You’re terrible Coldplay
Muriel’s Wedding actress speaks wisdom
An Australia man was driving down the freeway when he noticed the woman in the car beside
him waving. When they pulled up at the lights he wound down the window.
"I've just bought the new Coldplay album", she said. "Do you want it? It's crap!"
The man said yes, and she chucked the CD through the open car window. At that point he realised it was Muriel's Wedding star Toni Collette."
Barbara Bush runs her mouth off
Quote - After touring the Houston Astrodome on Monday, Barbara Bush said, "What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivleged anyway, so this is working very well for them." (emphasis added)
Finally, thanks to the person who left me this delightful note...
"the perfect album to load in your new ipod nano?"
I've blogged this before, but I've never managed to track down the last song on this, so cheers, anon.