Music Notes March 2016

March 31, 2016 at 9:32 pm (Uncategorized)

Here we go.

1 Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression

Iggy is hinting this is his last recording, and while I hope otherwise, this would be a great place to end. Iggy’s strongest record in a long time, ably assisted by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and some of his friends.

2 V/A: Gimme Danger

Named for the Raw Power cut, this collection, free with this month’s Mojo is a great companion to the Pop album mentioned above. Culled from the Desert Sessions, it’s a great bluesy “desert” rock record featuring members of Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Unkle, Mark Lanegan and more. .

3 J. Geils Band – Live Full House

Shortly after I moved to Canada, J. Geils struck gold with “Centerfold.” A couple more hits and they broke up. Hah! So much for success. Years later, a friend recommended this live record to me. You’d think it was a different band. Crazy intense R & B.

4 Jon Savage (ed.) – Punk 45

Nice cover table edition of famous and not so famous punk, post-punk and whatever sleeves for 45s. A very interesting look, but a few errors creep in and distract. (“Neat Near Neat” was not the Damned’s third single for instance)

5 Jesus Lizard – Shot

A chance conversation led me to dig this one out of the vault. The first Jesus Lizard record not to be produced by Steve Albini, but never fear, if you like your music full of shrieks and yelps (thanks David Yow) and punishing guitar, drums and bass (the rest of the band), you won’t be disappointed. Disturbed, but not disappointed.

6. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – It’s a Holiday Soul Party

Ah, who cares that it’s March? The kind of record you should be able to play at any party.  C’mon!

7. The Rich Kids – “Ghosts of Princes in Towers”

An early punk super group. Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols, Midge Ure ex of Slik (and after Ultravox), Steve New who was almost a second guitar player for the Pistols and Rusty Egan who later ended up as a DJ and member of Visage. Disliked in some certain because they were perceived as being “new wave” rather than punk, this is a great little song.

8.  Calexico – Edge of the Sun

Desert noir, huh? Terrific dreamy, moody, indie-country sounds. Relax, turn off your mind and drive through the desert. Is this an unofficial them for the month?

9. Martin Booth – A Magick Life: A Biography of Aleister Crowley 

Not sure how rock and roll this really is. A few weeks back I read Somerset Maugham’s The Magician whose titular character Oliver Haddo was based on British occultist Aleister Crowley. So after that, I wanted to read a little more about Crowley whose path and influences crosses with a number of rock musicians including the Beatles, David Bowie,  Black Sabbath and of course Jimmy Page. Pretty interesting stuff.

10 Lemmy

Far be it from me to talk about something I haven’t seen or heard, but… my friend Paul liked it. More importantly, the deluxe 2-disc edition of this documentary about Lemmy is on-sale in HMV’s on-line store (Canada at least) for $5. If you’re one of those squares who’s into owning things, this might be a good investment.




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