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Troubadours Revel in Trailer Trash PDF Print E-mail
Music - Music News
Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:19

Trailercana The double-wides are rocking in Trailercana, a boogie-down ruckus from Antsy McClain & the Trailer Park Troubadours due next week on DPR Records. Growing up in a Kentucky trailer park named Pine View Heights, McClain knows his propane tanks, weeds, cinder blocks, and plastic fruit on the kitchen table, wrapping his kitschy wit around fun songs including "Living in Aluminum," "Joan of Arkansas," "Prozac Made Me Stay," and "KOA Refugee." A handful of friends attempt to class up the joint - from Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac to Bobby Cochran of Steppenwolf to Tommy Smothers - but there's no stopping the down-home wisdom of "I Was Just Flipped Off by a Silver Haired Old Lady With a ‘Honk If You Love Jesus' Bumper Sticker on the Bumper of Her Car." Part Arlo Guthrie, part Jimmy Buffett, part Ray Stevens, and part Timbuk 3's Pat McDonald, McClain's humorous skew on the tornado-prone continues in his third book, It Takes a Trailer Park.

 
Silvio Selects “Coolest Songs in the World” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 02:15

music_news_the_coolest_songs_in_the_world_vol_1.jpg Steven Van Zandt (of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and The Sopranos) has laid hands on two swaggering CD collections due this coming Tuesday from his new Wicked Cool Record Co. imprint - near-religious extravaganzas that dust the weak and electrify the willing. Fueled by the playlists of his syndicated radio program Little Steven's Underground Garage, the 15 personally selected tracks on The Coolest Songs in the World: Vol. 1 are each monsters in their own right. Blasting off with cosmic power-poppers The Shazam, Cincinnati's favorite sons The Greenhornes, and the wigged-out frenzy of The Forty Fives, the CD also features the snarling Ellie Vie fronting The Charms from Boston, a Mooney Suzuki rouser from 2002, and the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's prophetic "Whatever Happened to My Rock & Roll." The sweaty, dangerous fun continues in CBGB OMFUG FOREVER, a tribute to the iconic, now-shuttered club with liner notes by Lenny Kaye. Sixteen tracks made the cut, with hits such as Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone" from 1978 and The Damned's "New Rose" from 1977, along with a few rare songs including Japanese bonus tracks from Green Day and U2 (which covers The Ramones' "Beat on the Brat").

 
Labels Offer Monterey Gems PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 02:10

Simon & Garfunkel The sacred fairgrounds of the Monterey Pop and Monterey Jazz festivals will bear new children in June and July with an expanded reissue of the 1967 pop festival and a new label debuting unreleased jazz treasures. Hot off a new documentary that recently screened at SXSW, Starbucks and Razor & Tie Records are teaming up for the two-disc Monterey International Pop Festival, highlighted by previously unreleased songs by Buffalo Springfield and Simon & Garfunkel. And kicking off with its first five CDs in July, Monterey Jazz Festival Records taps into Louis Armstrong from 1958, Miles Davis from 1963, Thelonious Monk from 1964, and Shirley Horn and Grover Washington Jr., each from 1994.

 

 
Flaming Lips Cast a Web on Spidey PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 02:08

With Spider-Man 3 swinging into theaters on May 4, next week the soundtrack comes calling in a variety of packages. Featuring exclusive songs from Snow Patrol, Wolfmother, The Walkmen, and The Killers, the soundtrack includes a track from the Flaming Lips that has my mind salivating with possibility at the title "The Supreme Being Teaches Spider-Man How to Be in Love." A limited-edition eight-inch box set is made to resemble Spidey's rubberized suit, with a 32-page hardcover book, collectible cards, and one more Flaming Lips song, as the band rips through the "Theme from Spider-Man." Turntable spinners aren't left out, either, as a two-LP gatefold set and a series of four different picture discs are due from Record Collection Records. Spider-Man fever is also burning up Broadway, as Tony Award winner Julie Taymor (of Lion King fame) is working with Bono and The Edge of U2 on an upcoming live-theatre production.

 
Smith and Reed Offer Middle-Aged Mellow PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 02:12

Patti Smith and Lou Reed - two grandparents of punk - have seriously mellowed out and are releasing surprisingly mature new works next week.

 
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