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Echo & the Doppelgängermen

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Music | 2 comments

Echo & the Doppelgängermen

No Mac, but packed. It’s taken 25 years but I’ve finally gotten over the traumatic Echo & the Bunnymen split of 1988. Sure, everything’s fine now (sort of) but signer Ian McCulloch leaving guitarist Will Sergeant, bassist Les Pattinson and drummer Pete DeFreitas was such a bitter event that not even the subsequent death of DeFreitas in a motorcycle accident was enough to bring the three survivors back together. I remember hearing on the radio that the split culminated in...

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Darklands in a New Light

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Music | 0 comments

Darklands in a New Light

Wouldn’t you also buy the reissue of an album that you merely like from a band that you love? I first heard The Jesus and Mary Chain‘s Darklands almost 25 years ago, in September of 1987. I got it on vinyl because it was cheaper than the CD ($6.99 versus $15.99) and I had heard bad things about it. Recorded with a drum machine. Song lengths had ballooned to five-plus minutes. On the plus side, though, cranky Tim Yohannan of Maximumrocknroll had listed the pre-album EP of...

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Peter Hook at Gramercy Theatre, Sept. 13

Posted by on Sep 18, 2011 in Ed, Featured, Music | 2 comments

Peter Hook at Gramercy Theatre, Sept. 13

The right “Atmosphere” for Hair Club for Men. Peter Hook‘s New York City show (and first date of his U.S. tour) was moved from Irving Plaza (1,200 capacity) to the smaller Gramercy Theatre, catching a number of walkups off-guard when the show sold out. I wasn’t so hot on the t-shirts for sale. They would have been so much cooler if they didn’t say “Joy Division” and “Manchester” at the bottom. Strangely, even though Hooky was going to...

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Edwyn Collins, Live in Brooklyn, March 13

Posted by on Mar 28, 2011 in Ed, Music | 1 comment

Edwyn Collins, Live in Brooklyn, March 13

                                      I wore my fringe like Roger McGuinn’s! Like everyone else I’ve been following the recovery of Edwyn Collins — erstwhile Orange Juice frontman and solo one-world-wide-hit wonder (“A Girl Like You“). The man suffered two major cerebral hemorrhages in 2005, for a while rendering him in a condition where he could only say four things:...

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Belle & Sebastian, Live at the Williamsburg Waterfront

Posted by on Oct 5, 2010 in Ed, Music | 0 comments

Belle & Sebastian, Live at the Williamsburg Waterfront

And Stuart said, “Let there be light.”  And there was light. I can’t remember for certain the last time I’ve been to a show that I knew every song performed, apart from the artist’s yet-to-be-released album.  Maybe Grant Hart?  And now I was seeing Belle & Sebastian, a band whose songs I really love.  I know the words, man! Along with punk and metal, I do enjoy a lot of twee.  Hell, I love the stuff Orange Juice did for Postcard (collected on Ostrich...

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Eagle Twin, Pelican, Earth and Sunn 0))) at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Sept. 22

Posted by on Oct 1, 2009 in Music | 0 comments

Eagle Twin, Pelican, Earth and Sunn 0))) at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Sept. 22

If you’ve worn one of these on your wrist, you’re going to Hell. I don’t know how long the Brooklyn Masonic Temple has been putting on shows, but it was a trip for me to go to my old neighborhood, Fort Greene, to see a concert. The crowd (read, “men and boys”) dressed appropriately in decayed metallic wear for the bill of four Southern Lord acts: Eagle Twin, Pelican, Earth and headliner Sunn 0))). My takeaway is that I have seen the future of heavy music and that...

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