I’ve had low expectations about the forthcoming Iggy & the Stooges album (given how shite The Weirdness was), but advance word on Ready to Die has been pretty positive (despite the ill-timed cover art, which I speculated about here). In any case, Ig and the gents blessed an elite smattering of lucky listeners to a live run-through of the album (with some oldies chucked in for good measure) for an NPR taping of Soundcheck just recently. Watch the gig here. The NPR guys also fail to understand the late Ron Asheton’s role in the band (suggesting that Mike Watt was filling in for him, when – in reality – Mike Watt initially filled in for the late Dave Alexander). Blah blah blah…
Post-punk scribe extraordinaire Simon Reynolds writes with great, sweeping aplomb about Brian Eno’s storied tenure in the mean streets of New York City during the explosive reign of terror that was NO WAVE.
The Quietus exhumes Neil Young’s ambitious-but-cripplingly-flawed cinematic opus, “Human Highways,” which featured some amazing footage of DEVO (including their notorious collaboration with Neil).
Finally, a "historically inaccurate" video depiction of the inspiration behind KISS's 1976 power-ballad-minus-the-power, "Beth."
Because the world demanded it, enjoy This Music Leaves Stains, a Tumblr lovingly devoted with fanged exclusivity to The Misfits.
Did you see "Room 237"? If you didn't, you really should. But taking that a step further, check out Scouting New York's meticulously detailed breakdown of Stanley Kubrick's bizarre depiction of Manhattan in the otherwise-abortive "Eyes Wide Shut."
I'm frequently banging on (pardon the pun) about my favorite disbanded ensemble Cop Shoot Cop, and routinely raise the question of the whereabouts of "low-end" bassist Jack Natz. Tod's in Firewater, Phil's in SWANS, Jim Coleman's doing soundtracks, Dave's doing children's books and Steve's a Texan lawyer, but the last I'd heard about Natz was that he was lending his services to The Unsane and Lubricated Goat, but that was some time ago. Well, it seems that Phil added a link somewhat recently to the official Cop Shoot Cop page, and it turns out Natz (now back to Nantz, but still keeping Jack instead of Chris, which he went by circa his days in the Undead) is based in Red Hook, Brooklyn and promoting his art. He's actually got a show coming up in May. Check his site out here.
Fellow RatCage Records alumnus Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys is having a Brooklyn park re-named in tribute to the fallen iconoclastic rapper.
As I've pointed out before, I've never given much of a damn about Billy Joel, but my colleague Bob Egan recently posted a characteristically meticulous breakdown of Joel's video for "My Life," which features some great images of since-transformed Hell's Kitchen. Check it out here.
On a whim, I've joined GoodReads, so if you want to compare book notes, hit me up here. While we're chatting social media, you can also find my ridiculous Tumblr, Get Back to Work (filled with piles of suitably silly images) right here. Enjoy.
Lastly, here are the great Billy Duffy of the Cult and Johnny Marr of the Smiths having a bash through The Clash's rendering of "I Fought the Law." Crank it.