Never have I laughed as much, while also genuinely enjoying something, that wasn’t a comedy, as while watching Peter Gabriel’s Growing Up Live DVD. One of my first summers in Austin, my brother, a friend, and I, watched this DVD almost every night while maybe, or maybe not, being on various substances. It’s fucking ridiculous. He is dressed in an all black ninja outfit, while bald and looking like your uncle. He, at various times, performs in a giant ball, while walking upside down, riding a bike, and while wearing a suit of lights, among other things. (The suit of light is featured above in Sledgehammer.) He gives serious sounding speeches about things like playing music with apes. (Lead in to Animal Nation.) Although he clearly understands the absurdity up to a point, you are never sure that he completely gets it. (Band members are crying while playing Animal Nation, yes the very same song about playing music with apes.)
That all being said, the music is fantastic. Gabriel is a great songwriter with an incredible band. The arrangements are exciting and inventive. The playing is top-notch. The range of emotions expressed runs the gamut. I am a genuine fan of his and I keep waiting for him to put out a new album of original music.
If you are looking to watch a concert that is genuinely entertaining, this is one I can’t help but recommend. In fact it is probably one of the most entertaining I have ever seen. It’s absurd, ridiculous, artistic, comical, and beautiful all at the same time.
Heading out on the road again today after getting into Austin late last night. Tonight the Shinyribs band is in Nacogdoches. Tomorrow we’re in New Braunfels. The link above is to the Shinyribs Shows page and you can find details there.
Depending on service I hope to keep posting throughout the day from the van. Until then…
Jimmy Cliff is one of those artists that can lift the heart out of despair. Sometime ago I posted the other performance from Jimmy Cliff’s appearance on Jools Holland. Both performances are simply outstanding. This song is from his front to back killer Rebirth. This is a modern record that can stand with the all-time greats in this or any genre. If you don’t have it, get it.
Austin is under the cloud of a dark and evil “shit mist”. Gray, black, and brown are the only colors outside. Everything is damp. So to hopefully cheer everyone up, I thought I’d post some Lou Reed. I always loved this performance, especially Lou’s guitar solo. The song Kill Your Sons is about the time when Lou’s parents forced him to receive mental treatment, and in particular shock treatment. Yet despite the seemingly depressing subject matter, Lou’s ability to take a matter head on without pity or sentimentalism always seems to lift my spirits. Maybe it’s just me…
This period of his career, even though Kill Your Sons is originally off Sally Can’t Dance (Itself an underrated album in my book.), with Robert Quine is particularly worth checking out. It consists of the albums The Blue Mask, Legendary Hearts, and Live in Italy. All three of those albums are worth having if you are a fan of Lou Reed. They are musically lean and mean, and feature some of his best lyrics.
Shinyribs Tour Dates
The hour is getting late, but I wanted to mention that tomorrow I will be going on tour with Shinyribs in the great state of Louisiana. The above link is to the Shinyribs tour page featuring dates, venues, etc.
The new Shinyribs album will be out soon. Tonight I just heard the final version of it for the first time, so I know that it does indeed exist!
I am bringing my computer with me so that I can blog from the road. Posting has been slightly slow the last few days. This is partially due to the fact that I am making some structural changes to Windup Wire that I need to make. I will comment on those soon enough.
In the future when all’s well…
My brother and I get a good laugh every time we watch this Roxy Music concert (The High Road), especially when Bryan Ferry makes his entrance. I’m convinced that no one thinks Bryan Ferry is as sweet as Bryan Ferry thinks he is, but that is actually part of what makes him great. The song he makes his entrance to is The Main Thing off Roxy Music’s Avalon, which is a fantastic late night record. It is unique sonically and has greatly influenced modern music. (Listen to Avalon and then listen to the new War On Drugs record that critics are raving about for proof.)
Bonus Points: If you watch the whole concert, pay attention to the band, especially the percussionist. Cocaine is a hell of a drug!
All ATX – The British Invasion
Tonight at 9pm Central the PBS station in Austin will be showing the All ATX – British Invasion tribute show. I participated in this event with Shinyribs and Shawn Sahm. I also somehow got to sneak out on stage for the final number and sing backup vocals with Eric Burdon and The Animals. (Try getting the words right, even to a song you know very well, when Eric Burdon is a few feet from you! It was surreal.) A multi-hour show was cut down to 56 minutes, so I have no idea what footage will even make the final cut. I also volunteered to make some political phone calls today, so I don’t have time to research how and if this footage will be available to those of you not in the Austin area. However, I thought I would at least mention that it is on tonight, because there were some really great performances at this event.
I’ll also be on the road with Shinyribs this weekend. You can view the dates here:
Shinyribs Shows Page
In the future when all’s well…