This is a rundown of this week’s Shinyribs show, as well as current upcoming solo gigs.
Shinyribs this week (All Texas):
Thursday – Fort Worth – Capital Bar – 9pm – Free Show
Friday – Lubbock – The Blue Light – 11pm
Saturday – Roscoe – The Lumberyard – 8pm
Kev will also be playing at the Volcano in Houston tonight at 8pm I believe. This is a solo show and I will not be making it.
Get more info at:
Solo gigs on the books are at Strange Brew in ATX:
November 5th – 6pm – with Kacy Crowley
December 21st – 4pm – with Kacy Crowley
Basically the gigs with Kacy are song swaps, although my partner in crime, Alex Moralez, comes out and plays drums, and I will play bass when Kacy is singing. I am working on building a solo website, but it will probably take a little time as I am pretty busy between gigs and working on a campaign to get public transportation passed in Austin. I love Austin, but the traffic here is pretty hellish. If we could fix that it would be a huge step forward. We are trying to get the first major step in public transportation passed this November, but all the usual people are fighting it. The city is supposed to double in size by 2040, so if we don’t do something now it is going to only get worse.
So anyway, at some point I will build a website, and I should have footage of the TV show I did coming to me so that y’all can here what my solo material sounds like. I hope to make an album at some point next year, as soon as possible. Working on getting more solo gigs which I will hopefully announce soon.
in the future when all’s well…
In honor of October and the approaching holiday, I thought I would post this song from the Misfits, one of my favorite punk bands. A great deal of The Misfits work sounds like it was recorded in a trash can. However, I view this as actually adding properly to the atmosphere of their work as their lyrics often deal with B-horror movie themes. Their recordings also have never dated because of this. A great deal of the time, although there are exceptions like U2’s Achtung Baby, music that is recorded with the latest technology dates the fastest. Meanwhile, music that sounds primitive often never dates. I am talking strictly from a recording perspective. The Misfits were always one of the best punk bands to me because they had a singer with a truly great voice in Glenn Danzig. The music could be very aggressive at times, but sometimes, although he could scream with the best of them, he would croon, which created a great juxtaposition. They are one of the bands I listened to as a teenager that has never gone out of rotation in my record collection.
In honor of Jackson Browne’s new album coming out, Standing in the Breach, I wanted to post one of my favorite songs of his which is off his most underrated album Hold Out. The song is called Hold On, Hold Out. This isn’t one of his deepest albums lyrically, but it is one of his most musical and melodic. It is also a high point of studio recording. It’s one of those albums that just sounds great. I’m not saying that this album in particular was an influence, but when Daft Punk created Random Access Memories, this is the era of recording that influenced that record. Everything is warm and inviting sounding, before the technology made mainstream recordings start to sound clinical.
I have been so exhausted lately that I am bordering on insane. I put this song on today while I went to meet a friend and it instantly lifted my spirits. Every time I hear this song I want to be on Pacific Highway 1 with a giant spliff in my possession. Some of you might find the end spoken word part cheesy, but I don’t give a fuck, I love every minute of this song.
My last posts may have been too dark for a Monday morning. I’m stuck in the airport and I’m sure many of you are stuck at work. (Which is where I surfed the internet so much I once thought I found the end of it!) Here is a little joy in the form of music. This is Melody of Rain by Marah from their Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania album. In my humble opinion they are the best band from my home state of Pa and at the height of their powers they are one of the greatest rock n roll bands out there right now. Like many great bands they can’t be properly defined by one genre, but even when they are doing something like this that has one foot in folk music, they always have another in rock n roll.
Tomorrow I am going on tour with Shinyribs. You can check out the dates at:
This is a tour of the South which is leading up to our appearance at Albino Skunk Music Festival. I’ve heard that this is a great festival and I’m looking forward to playing it. I stole the blog title from the hilariously named biography of James Maker. I always feel a little bit like I’m stroking myself off when I promote my own shit. One of my favorite singles of recent years is Maker’s Born That Way:
Kraftwerk – Europe Endless: http://youtu.be/gDKiPtBbBQY
I must be off to record a radio spot and to rehearse for a solo show this Sunday in Austin. I will write more later. In the meantime, may the dream of Kraftwerk’s Europe Endless take you as far away from Monday morning as you need to go…
The above video is an extremely powerful unofficial video for Morrissey’s World Peace is None of Your Business. It is a collection of real world clips that underscore the song’s meaning. Both the video and the song are exceptional. It was endorsed by the man himself at the official site http://www.true-to-you.net with the following statement:
I am indebted to three sources that have placed their own well-crafted videos on You Tube for the songWorld peace is none of your business. The three individual sources are named as Sharon Jheeta, Héctor González and wpeace123456. These videos fully understand the intent of the song, and I am relieved that these films exist. Yes, a similar document ought to have been harvested by the record label, but please understand that the pop or rock industry can be as dedicated to perpetuating public deception as the world of politics itself. God bless social media!
Liberty, equality and fraternity are the essence of the song; no monarchic rule, no political hierarchies, no bought-and-paid-for government thugs, security forces no longer beyond prosecution, and an end to megalomania, repression and corruption. Meat consumption is climate change, and if ever there were a self-evident lost cause it is the British so-called “royal family”. Societies have never been so nervous; Pan Am Flight 103 differs not a jot from Malaysian Flight 17. The United Nations failure to imprison Tony Blair and George W. Bush for war crimes against Iraq has told us all that there can never be enough bloodshed, and the world is suffering its worst nervous breakdown. Do not feel powerless!
Many apparently powerless causes have succeeded in shifting political stupidity and greed. You are intellectual sanity. It is possible for nonviolent change; there are more people than there are aging despots; there are more people than there are world leaders. In truth, the world is leaderless. Please stop watching Fox News; anti-monarchial Britain has given up on the BBC – we know that every slot is paid for. We know that the number 1 position on the pop charts is “bought”; this is not 1955.
Thank you to all of my friends in Israel, Chile, Sweden, Poland, Argentina, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Italy who bought World peace is none of your business. It is 30 years on since The Smiths album entered the UK chart at number 2 with zero airplay and zero promotion, and the struggle for the airwaves remains difficult. Yet, I am writing this to you now, and you are reading it.
In answer to many people who have asked, I should like to finally make it clear that I have not received any television invitations – worldwide! – to either discuss World peace is none of your business, or even to sing any songs from the album.
Thank you for reading this. We have our first World peace is none of your business concert booked in Lisbon (Portugal) on October 6th.
All we have is each other.
for the animals, for intellectual sanity …
5 August 2014.