This is not merely a five song EP, but rather it is a space-funk masterpiece in five parts. A supergroup made up of members from Duchess Says and les Georges Leningrad, Quatro is the real deal. A biker-psychedlic-voodoo-blues band that gets deep into the groove and lays there for awhile, twisting your brain to help you see the world from a different perspective. Play it loud and play it often! And do yourself a favour, go see this band live and be taken for a ride.
Just over a week away from Wilco's return to Montreal (Sunday Sept. 18th @ Metropolis) and a couple weeks from the release of their new album, The Whole Love, the band has released a video for the song "Born Alone" ...
It has been a long wait for us here at the Go-Go Radio Magic Show, a long wait that ended this week with the release of the follow up full length album by our favorite five piece out of Long Beach, California, Crystal Antlers. The road between 2009's Tentacles and 2011's Two-Way Mirror has been a strange one, but it appears that they have come out the other end richer for the experience.
When Touch & Go Records was about to go belly up they decided to hang on to release one more album, and that album was the brilliant Tentacles. With the band receiving rave reviews and criss-crossing North America and Europe in support it, was a bitter sweet pill to swallow. On the one hand it is kind of cool that they thought so highly of your record, but on the other hand you just lost your support system.
After over two years of constant touring the band decamped to La Punta Banda, Mexico for some much needed rest, write new songs and figure out where they were going to go from there. In 2010, to keep people like us happy, the band release a 7" (Little Sister/Dead Horses) as a free download or a limit edition vinyl.
While there is currently no tour dates annouced, we are keeping out fingers crossed that Crystal Antlers will come back to Montreal. In the mean time you can buy the new album on iTunes or through the band's website at http://crystalantlers.com/
Tune in to the Go-Go Radio Magic Show all summer long for a heavy dose of Two-Way Mirror, and we will keep you up to date with any news about Long Beach, California's finest. Enjoy!
Although it won't be officially released until July 19th (which just happens to be my birthday, not that I'm syaing the two are related, I'm just saying that it sure was nice of Mr. Tweedy to remember) you can have a listen to the first single off the new Wilco album, The Whole Love. Those lucky enough to have been at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts this past weekend were able to buy a 7" single of it b/w a cover of Nick Lowe's "I Love My Label", which of course is a clever reminder that Wilco now are releasing all their music on their own record label, dBpm.
I guess I first discovered Tom Waits sometime around the 10th grade. I was starting at a new high school and was not having much success making any friends, but it was okay 'cause I had Tom. He was like my lucky rabbits foot or invisible friend. His albums made me feel like I knew something that no one else knew, and that made me feel special. Who needed friends when you had Tom Waits songs? His songs took me away from the bland hallways of Sir Allen MacNab Secondary School. At first i only knew his first four albums, Closing Time, The Heart of Saturday Night, Nighthawks at the Diner, and Small Change, since those were the only albums my sister had, who was the person who introduced me to the man from Pomono, California. But those four albums were enough to do the trick. The songs were the keys to a secret world, my own private world full of small time hustler and smokey bars, pin-up girls and pool halls. Through them I would discover jazz music, film noir and an ongoing lover for late night, greasy spoon diners. Full of weirdoes and outcasts, yet they were sung in such a way that gave them all a little dignity. In fact it made the fringes of society seem like the place to be, and since high school life is a microcosm of the world at large, that was exactly what I needed to hear.
Soon i would discover the one-two punch of Swordfishtrombone and Rain Dogs on a trip to the public library followed closely by a latenight viewing of the Jim Jarmusch 1986 classic Down By Law, on CityTV's Late, Late Movie. From that moment on Tom Waits defined cool and would be a measuring stick that I would use when meeting new people. If you didn't know who Tom Waits was, chances are we were not going to be friends. Well, unless you were a girl that I was interested in, then I would use Tom's coolness to help me get the girl. I can honestly say that I don't do either of these anymore, but if I see any of his albums in someone's record collection the first time I am in their place, it still fills me with a warm feeling.
All that to say, that when I heard that Tom Waits was going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in my mind that place got a whole lot more interesting. I guess me and the Hall might be friends after all.
Just before a legal battle would change their name to Funkadelic (in a few years George Clinton would drop the 's' and reclaim the name Parliament) a very rare performance by the band about to take the world for a ride aboard the mothership. Is it any wonder that these fellas had a hard time finding a place on the radio? Too white for black radio, too black for white radio and just to far out for most of the squares who controlled such things. This is a glimpse at genius in its beginning stages. The costumes and the LSD influenced funk would soon put Parliament/Funkadelic far beyond any of their contemporaries. There was Parliament/Funkadelic and then there was everyone else.
It does not get any funkier than this! It is too bad Ike was such a dick, because he truly was one of the greatest. And Tina?! Forget about it! God only made one and knew that a second would be to much for our little universe to handle. Throw in the Ikettes and the Kings of Rhythm and you have pure rock 'n' roll gold! Soulful, funky and out of sight! Oh, c'mon, baby get it on!