Friday, May 31, 2013

Brace Yourselves! The Seattle Sirens Are In Hollywood This Weekend!

Seen here on this weekends adventure are Angel Hanson Kimiko Anderson Kendra Marley and Christine Ann Kells 
There are more, but we only let them travel in small packs these days!

Let the festivities begin! 

Kiniko Anderson Angel Hanson and Colleen English

Famous for our Grunge bands but little known for our secret gems, meet the hard working and sexy Seattle Sirens! 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Burn It If You Must But Here Are 10 More Uses For Your X Wife's Wedding Dress!

Kevin Cotter was devastated when his wife walked out after 12 years of marriage, taking all of her possessions. The only thing she left behind was her wedding dress. When he tried to get her to take that, too, she told him that he could do what he liked with it.

Taking Pix on Acid at Cochilla! by Paily Fairman

[Eds. Note: When Paley sent these photos in, she included a nice little caveat over email, that we've decided to reprint here in full without her permission, not only because it's too good to edit, but because her photographs of her and her weird buddies riding the snake at Coachella are some of the most beautiful coverage we've seen of the festival. Enjoy! 

UB40: They Weren't Always The Hootie and The Blowfish of Reggae

Above, the hologram cover of UB44, their last good album
I thought I’d write a post sticking up for UB40—right after I duck from all the bottles whizzing past my head—and link to their insanely great Rockpalast gig from 1981.
Many of you reading this, especially most of the serious reggae fans among our audience, probably consider UB40 to be something akin to the Hootie of reggae, and to a certain extent, that’s a pretty fair assessment. What’s popular—UB40 are the most popular reggae group ever, selling over 70 million albums—isn’t necessarily any good, and frankly I personally don’t have any time for anything they’ve put out for three decades, BUT... they weren’t always known for turning out bland reggae for white folks. People with really good taste in music—even a lot of reggae heads—actually loved UB40 back then, as difficult as this might be to remember. Not to mention that they were much loved by Crass punks. Oh yes they were…
In the early 1980s, I lived in the South London area of Brixton, specifically off Railton Road, the so-called “Front Line,” in a neighborhood known at that time for rioting,anarchist squatters, and hundreds of out-of-work dreads, loitering, smoking three-paper joints, drinking, kicking soccer balls and openly selling weed on this huge concrete basketball court.
The above described scene was immortalized in the Eddie Grant songs “Living On the Front Line” and “Electric Avenue,” the latter being a street that crosses the former. If you were a white kid walking down Railton Road in 1983, you were more likely than one of the rastas to have your pockets searched by London police under the “suss laws.” It was simply assumed (with good reason) that if you were in that vicinity, then you were probably there buying some hash. It got to the point where I had to take the long walk home from the tube station to avoid an unpleasant interaction with the cops. I probably had to empty my pockets half a dozen times.
In any case, to set that scene, reggae in general, but UB40 in particular was normally what was heard being blasted out of the buzzing, blown-out speakers that my West Indian neighbors would so thoughtfully put in their windows. I’m telling you that they were as ubiquitous as those Cher or Kylie megahits were in gay neighborhoods. UB40 records were even played at blues parties. Their early singles and first three albums were an intrinsic part of the soundtrack of daily life in Brixton thirty years ago, as weird or as hard to believe as that might sound today.
UB40 were not, I repeat, not really regarded so much as a “pop” band then, but more like “heavy”—if somewhat doom-laden—socially-conscious, reverb-drenched psychedelic dubmeisters. The group’s name referred to the UB40 card then issued to the armies of unemployed who were “signing on” to collect benefit in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain (Their first album was called Singing Off). Indeed, their early material was dark and bleak, taking on topics like racism (”King” and “Tyler”), being nothing more than a number or a statistic to the government (”One in Ten”), famine (”Food For Thought,” the first single on a totally independent record label to crack the top 10 of the UK singles chart) and Thatcherism (”Madam Medusa”). They also came up with skankin’ stonkers like their smokin’ “Reefer Madness” instrumental and I’m sorry, but that song is simply fucking irresistible,  I don’t care how big of a rock snob you are.
If I am honest, I will tell you that although I knew that UB40 were a racially integrated reggae band, I’m sure I would have thought they were more than a little bit goofy had I known that a short-haired white guy was the front-man. Truth is, I had no idea that Ali Campbell wasn’t black. You certainly can’t tell from his voice and the decidedly minimalist album covers gave no hint at what they looked like—not that it was a secret, they were on TOTP, of course. Being white is hardly something to hold against the man or his music, my point is, to use George Michael’s phrase, you should listen without prejudice to the first three UB40 albums and you might hear something youreally dig. There’s some great music hiding in plain sight that you probably missed out on because, well, it’s UB40.
I will say it again, there’s no Hootie factor whatsoever to early UB40. Hell, there’s not much indication at all of the shiny, happy crowd-pleasing direction they would take—a considerable U-turn creatively, to be sure—on their fourth album, the gazillion selling megahit, Labour of Love in 1983.
Below, a phenomenal 120-minute long set from Germany’s Rockpalast TV show dating back to 1981.
1. Present Arms
2. Tyler
3. King
4. Food For Thought
5. Earth Dies Screaming
6. Don’t Let It Pass You By
7. Lamb’s Bread
8. Silent Witness
9. Sardonicus
10 One In Ten
11 Madam Medusa
12 Don’t Slow Down
13 Dr. X
14 Burden Of Shame
15 Signing Off

Thanks Ryan Scott!
Posted by Richard Metzger of the awsome Dangerous Minds * 

I Accidentally Touched Little Richard's Butt One Time by Baby Sauce

I have a long, embarrassing history with celebrities. It first started when I accidentally jostled Mick Foley's fake teeth out of his mouth during a signing event circa 1999, and it has plagued me up through last month at SXSW when I ran into Action Bronson on the street and proceeded to tell him, "Yo man you're awesome and drunk as shit." Spoiler Alert: He is awesome, but it was I who was drunk as shit. It's not that I get nervous or anything. I don't get giddy like a schoolgirl and lose my mind; I just have a knack for creating awkward moments. One of my most glorious moments was the time I touched Little Richard's butt in the Detroit airport.

How Cool Is This! A Playable Glass Bong!

According to the Hail Mary Jane website, this handmade glass guitar bong (or is it a bowl?) is fully-functional as a musical instrument.
It sure looks like a bitch to clean. Wouldn’t you get resin all over the fret board? And aglass guitar? My husband once broke two regular glass bongs in a 24 hour period. How long would this puppy last in the hands of someone who is stoned enough to actually want one of these?
“A” for effort, “F” for practicality.
Previously on Dangerous Minds: 
Wake ‘N Bake: Coffee cup weed pipe
Posted by Tara McGinley of Dangerous Minds * 

Via Noisey: Hear The Melvin's Cover Queen's ' Your My Best Friend '

Melvins are releasing what they call an "unconventional covers album," adapting songs from artists like Queen and David Bowie as their own. Here's one of their first offerings from that album, called Everybody Loves Sausages, a cover of Queen's "You're My Best Friend," with guest vocals from Caleb Benjamin of Tweak Bird. Melvins--along with Melvins Lite, which pairs frontman Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover with musician Trevor Dunn—are touring soon (lotta shows in Germany, definitely playing up the sausage-loving angle), and you can listen to the cover below.
Melvins Lite:
Apr. 23  Tourcoing, France  Le Grand Mix
Apr. 24  Brussels, Belgium  VK* Concerts
Apr. 25  Haarlem, Netherlands  Patronaat
Apr. 26  Cologne, Germany  Burgerhaus Stollwerck
Apr. 27  Luxembourg  Kulturfabrik
Apr. 28  Schorndorf, Germany  Club Manufaktur
Apr. 29  Geneva, Switzerland  L'Usine
Apr. 30  Livorno, Italy  The Cage
May 1  Milan, Italy  Bloom
May 2  Munich, Germany  Hansa 39
May 3  Prague, Czech Republic  Matrix
May 4  Wroclaw, Poland  Asymmetry Festival
May 5  Leipzig, Germany  UT Connewitz
May 7 & 8  Berlin, Germany  Festsaal Kreuzberg
May 10 & 11  Paris, France  Trabendo
May 13 & 14  Vienna, Austria  Arena Wien
May 16 & 17  Zurich, Switzerland  Rote Fabrik
May 19 & 20  London, UK  Electric Brixton
May 25  Baltimore, MD  Maryland Deathfest
May 27  Millvale, PA  Mr. Small's Theatre
May 28  Columbus, OH  A&R Music Bar
May 29  Cincinnati OH  The Ballroom at the Taft Theatre
June 1  Memphis, TN  Scion Rock Fest

Prince and His Never Ending Changing Style: Ruling The Fashion World For Four Fricken Decades by Alex Godfrey

Every generation thinks they invented sex. But Prince basically did invent sex, certainly as far as the 80's

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Justin Timberlake " Bring It on Down To Veganville " The Best Vegan Parody Ever!

                    He's always so funny but take a break from your hectic life to watch this hilarious video straight from SNL! 

Gotta Love Daft Punk For Their Artistic and Cinematic Qualities!

When it comes to musicians with a thorough knowledge and appreciation of cinema, Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo) are a rare breed; their celebrated musical prowess has been continually supplemented by rich visuals and the collaboration of significant filmic talents.

Smooth Sailing With Queens of The Stone Age, Except Getting Chewed Out By Elton John!

Being in a band is supposed to be fun. Take making an album: switching yourself off from
the outside world, letting your creative juices flow and creating something which has never been heard before. To be honest, it all sounds like a right laugh.
However the creative process isn’t always as fluid, as lucid… or as fun. Queens Of The Stone Age took the decision to head back into the studio last year, ending a period of silence that stretched back to 2007. Fresh from numerous side projects, the band could perhaps be forgiven for assuming that the process would be fairly easy. “We ended up waiting for a while, waiting for the lightning to strike like it has in the past and that never really happened,” explains Troy Van Leeuwen. “So instead of waiting we just kind of jumped into the studio, just to work. And work is what we did. It was constant work for six months, hence the name of the record is pretty ironic because it was not like clockwork at all!”

Kate Bush Pens A Letter To Rejected Contestant: Why Are We Not Surprised?

Kate Bush has penned an open letter to recently rejected The Voice contestant Liam Tamne.
Kate Bush is full is curios and idiosyncrasies, moods and whims. Seemingly a keen fan of BBC talent show The Voice, the singer recently penned an open letter to rejected contestant Liam Tamne.
Beaten controversially, the departure of Liam Tamne has seemingly left a void in the artist's life. Moved to write some words of encouragement to the aspiring performer, Kate Bush published the results on her website:
I was sad to see that Liam didn’t get through on the Voice this week. It must be so tough for all the performers who don’t stay in the show.
Liam, you mustn’t be disheartened. You really have a special talent and you’re a fantastic singer. You’ve already been heard and appreciated by a huge audience. Try not to be too disappointed. Just keep going. I’m sure that your nan would be very proud of you having achieved so much. Good luck with all your future projects.
Very best wishes,
- -
What was Liam Tamne's reaction? Well, how would you react? Writing on Facebook, the singer said: "I love this Lady so much. This is Fantastic. Thank You Kate Bush."

* VIA Clash 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

BBC Presents David Bowie's " 5 Years Documentary " Watch It Here !

For those of us outside of the UK who are too lazy to torrent it, some kind soul has uploaded a quite nice copy of director/producer Francis Whately new film about the radical changes in David Bowie’s work from 1971 to 1983. (The “five years” aren’t consecutive, you see. I’d have done 72-77 myself, but hey, it’s not my documentary.)
Similar stylistically to Martin Scorsese’s docs on Bob Dylan and George Harrison (which I thought sucked, frankly, they were aimless and formless films) Whately was able to uncover loads of previously unseen footage for this 90-minute film. Probably the best of the recent spate of Bowie TV hagiographies.

Posted by Richard Metzger of Dangerous Minds *

at least listen to this song!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Seattle Climber Post Photo's Atop Century Link , Space Needle and The Great Wheel: Not For Anyone With Vertigo!

Don't try this at home. Then again, your home is probably only a story or two off the ground so, better to try this at home. A mystery climber has posted pics on Reddit showing himself sitting on the roof of CenturyLink Field as well as on top of the Space Needle, the King Street Station clock and the Great Wheel.

Help Alice in Chains Sean Kinny Have A Great Birthday: Buy His Burien Wa. House For 1.25 Million!

Hey, you Alice in Chains fans: Drummer Sean Kinney's former hideaway is on the market. Just wind your way west of Burien, and behind some locked gates is the proof that Sean didn't want to be just another man in the box. Kinda down in a hole, it's a secluded place to get away from the daily grind.
Sure, it might need a bit of a facelift, to regain its original charm...
but with over three acres there's plenty of room for updates, rebuilds...maybe even a rooster. Usually I stay away from high-bank waterfront, but there are no excuses for hesitation--especially with the little bit of heaven beside you: A lush conservancy greenbelt right next door. So pull up a chair in the ballroom and set down them bones. (Speaking of bones, you're just a clavicle's toss from the former home of true-crime author Ann Rule—which is also on the market.) The price tag: $1,249,000.
* Story via The Curbe * 

And Just for old time sake....

Seattle Host New Fantasy Exihibit at EMP

The EMP Museum in Seattle is just about the coolest museum ever, playing host to exhibits on Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Icons of Science Fiction, The Art of Video Games, The Lure of Horror films, and now Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic. The Fantasy exhibit just opened up a few weeks ago with loads of costumes, props and interactive experiences, and one true treasure. On loan for just the first 6 months are some borrowed pages from the original manuscripts of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” from Marquette University. Here are a few images of costumes from the exhibit, and in about 10 days this reporter will be visiting the museum and will post a full recap of all the things you can see and do while exploring all of the EMP Museum’s exhibits.

EMP Lion
EMP Oz guard


EMP throne

If you live in Seattle or will be visiting it in the near future, check their website for all the details on location, hours and entrance fees. The Iron Throne will be there for just the first 3 months of the exhibit, so if you wish to see either that or the Tolkien Manuscripts, plan carefully. EMP Museum.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Prince Covers Pearl Jam's Even Flow

Prince has covered Pearl Jam's 1992 single 'Even Flow'.

Scroll down to listen to Prince's version of the Eddie Vedder and Stone Gossard-penned track, which originally featured on the rock band's 1991 album 'Ten'.

Prince's take on the song also incorporates Aretha Franklin's 'Rock Steady', writes via Consequence of Sound. The instrumental version sees Prince playing with his new, three-piece all female band, 3rdEyeGirl, and sees him engaging in a guitar duel with Donna Grantis of the group. 

Prince and 3rdEyeGirl recently embarked on a theatre tour of North America, with gigs in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego, Anaheim and Denver. They played two shows a night at most venues. 

Prince recently claimed he only wants to work with young musicians, stating: "I don't have time for old people." The 'Purple Rain' singer, who turns 55 on June 7, told the Star Tribune that he chose to recruit young musicians for 3rdEyeGirl, as he wants to look towards the future. "I don't have time for old people," he said. "I want to work with young people. I have my legacy. It's time for their legacy."

It has been rumored to play when he comes to the UK. The last time he performed in the UK, he played to over 500,000 fans over 21 shows at London's O2 Arena.

* courtesy of NME *

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Bryan Ferry 1983 Interview on Japanese TV: Being Cool Is Still The Main Rule

007, the glam years.

This 1983 interview with Bryan Ferry from Japanese TV is rather beguiling, in a weird way, for several reasons: the placid cluelessness of the interviewer (Tokyo’s Andy Warhol?), Ferry’s ability to keep the conversation moving, despite talking to a blank stare, and his ultra-cool movie star style. Ferry would have made a terrific James Bond.
Posted by Marc Campbel of Dangerous Minds 
Not to be confused by this awsome Roxy Music song....

A Bob Dylan Birthday Treat: Dylan Serenades Beatnick Lumberjacks In 1964

In recognition of Bob Dylan’s 72nd year on this planet here’s some exceptionally cool vintage footage of the troubadour on Canadian TV show Quest. It aired in February 1964 and features the baby-faced singer sporting a rockabilly quiff and performing in front of what appears to be a hunting lodge filled with beatnik lumberjacks. The mood is whimsical and slightly surreal.
The songs:
1.The Times They Are A-Changin’
2.Talking World War III Blues
3.The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
4.Girl From The North Country
5.A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
6.Restless Farewell
Happy birthday Bob!
Posted by Marc Campbell of Dangerous Minds *

Got 1.5 Million Dollars? Why Not Spend It Going Into Space With Leodardo DiCaprio!

 Leonardo DiCaprio is going to get closer to stars of a different kind as he heads into space aboard the Virgin
Galactic, and a well-heeled bidder at the Cannes Film Festival has paid 1.2 million euros (1.5 million) to be his travel buddy.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Clash To Release Box Set of Remastered Albums and Rarities

Sound System set to be accompanied by best-of album, sequenced to copy a 1982 Brixton 

Mars, We Return To You Trevor Bolder: Bowie Bass Player Loses Battle With Cancer

Trevor Bolder, a name famous among David Bowie fans the world over, died Tuesday at the age of 62 after a bout with pancreatic cancer.
Bolder was one of the founding members of David Bowie’s band – The Spiders From Mars. He also joined with the band Uriah Heep in the 70s and played with them throughout the rest of his career. In fact, he most recently appeared on the band’s latest album, Into The Wild, in 2011.
Things were looking up for Bolder earlier this year when he underwent surgery to have part of his pancreas removed. The cancer was not completely eliminated, however, and it eventually took his life.
Uriah Heep issued the following statement regarding the loss of their band mate and friend:
“It is with great sadness that Uriah Heep announce the passing of our friend the amazing Trevor Bolder, who has passed away after his long fight with cancer. Trevor was an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced. His long time membership of Uriah Heep brought the band’s music, and Trevor’s virtuosity and enthusiasm, to hundreds of thousands of fans across the world. He joined the band in 1976 and, barring one short break, was a fixture until his ill health forced him to take a step back early this year.”

It is doubly unfortunate that Bolder was actually meant to play with Uriah Heep in concert in June. The remaining members will undoubtedly pay a fantastic tribute to him, along with fans, at the concert.
* Gracias to Zach Walton of WebProNews *
On a sidenote this guy had some wicked mutton chops. 
Now how about some reading music...

Monday, May 20, 2013

Frank Zappa and Shuggie Otis: Shimmering, Gorgeous 9 Minute Acoustic Jam 1970

One of Frank Zappa’s personal heroes, name-checked in the famous “Freak Out” listof his formative influences (“These People Have Contributed Materially In Many Ways To Make Our Music What It Is. Please Do Not Hold It Against Them”) is the legendary R&B singer, bandleader, promoter and DJ, Johnny Otis. As most Zappaphiles are also aware, Zappa copied the “Imperial”-style mustache Otis sported, a crucial bit of iconic borrowing that!
At one point during the recording sessions for Zappa’s 1969 solo album Hot Rats, Zappa called the bandleader, then doing a popular R&B radio show on KPPC in Pasadena, for some help in tracking down violinist Don “Sugarcane” Harris, who was then, it was discovered, currently sitting in the county jail (apparently Zappa bailed him out). Zappa invited Otis to the sessions in Hollywood and he brought along his musical protege son, Shuggie, who had been playing with his father’s band since he was twelve.
Otis the younger, credited incorrectly as “Shuggy” on Hot Rats, played bass on “Peaches en Regalia,” one of Zappa’s most famous numbers and on November 2nd, 1970 the two brought out their acoustic guitars for a delicious nine-minute-long jam session on-air during “The Johnny Otis Show.” There was also a blues jam with Ray Agee during that same radio show.
Shuggie Otis would later turn down an offer to join the Rolling Stones. His new album, Wings of Love, has recently come out and the seldom-seen Otis is currently touring the world in support of the slow-baked long-player that has some songs dating as far back as 1975.

Posted by Richard Metzger of Dangerous Minds 

Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones Playing His Favorite Harmonica : 2120 South Michigan Ave.

Mudhoney Song Hurts Courtney Love's " Feelings" and Other Epic Grunge Tales in the New Mudhoney Documentary

and courtesy of BLURT: 

“I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney,” directed by Adam Pease and Ryan Short, ( states the case for grunge greatness.
I’ve always felt a bit sorry for Mudhoney.  Not for their lack of musical ability, hell no, I believe them to be in the upper echelon of Seattle area bands, right there with Nirvana, The Gits, The Fastbacks, The Melvins and Soundgarden.  Mudhoney’s albums are great, powerful and raw. My Brother the Cow, Piece of Cake, Under a Billion Suns and of course,Superfuzz Bigmuff are all killer and make a case for Mudhoney being the archetype band for the “grunge” sound.
I feel sorry for Mudhoney because they were one of the bands that rose on the Nirvana wave and then were sucked into the rip tide of it, pushed into the sediment of a music world that largely made them a footnote.  After you see, I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney, the great documentary by Adam Pease and Ryan Short, any feelings of sadness you may have for the band will drift away and be replace by wonder and a smile.  Wonder at the fact that they are still together (albeit with a few lineup changes), through drugs, tragic loss of friends, arguments, the glaring light of exposure during the Great Seattle Invasion of 1991 and, did I mention, drugs?

Covering the 25 year career of the band that rose from the collapse of the exceptional Green River (which also featured Stone Gossard & Jeff Ament, later of Pearl Jam), I’m Now, like most rock docs, is packed with talking heads.  Ament, Gossard, Soundgarden lead guitarist and resident Sasquatch Kim Thayil, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, Sub Pop co-founder Johnathan Poneman and the band themselves tell the story of one of alternative rock’s most influential bands. But where some rock documentary fail (I won’t name names), lose course and focus more on the more prominent bands connected to the subject, directors Adam Pease and Ryan Short stay on track, staying on topic and make one of the best documentaries of the year.

Began during Mudhoney’s (a name taken from a Russ Meyer b-movie) most recent world tour, the film could easily have become a history lesson on the movement of Grunge, a more commercial subject as a whole than Mudhoney alone.  It would have been incredibly easy for Pease and Short to make a film on the early wave of grunge, made Mudhoney a footnote and cashed in big.  They don’t, thank god.  What they do is make a film where lead man Mark Arm is candid and shockingly open about his drug history, about fighting in the band, Matt Lukin’s departure from the fold in 1999, a beef with Courtney Love (what band doesn’t have that, right?) and everything in between.

I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney is ambitious in scope.  They cover 25 years in an hour and 42 minutes but the film does not feel rushed.  The filmmakers do a great job at getting stories without pushing.  Hell, the notoriously quiet drummer Dan Peters even talks.  This is a film that fans of grunge or rock music in general should definitely check out; it is a story of how, as other bands from the era fall away, fell victim to tragedy or just withered and how, after everything, it’s possible to not compromise the shape or vision of your music, rock like nobody’s business and still, after it all, have a sense of humor.
Go watch I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney, then spin “Piece of Cake.”  You will be glad you did both!