Welcome to the Black Parade from Black Parade (h/t Steve)
Gone Daddy Gone from their 1983 album Violent Femmes
"Can't Stop," appears on the album "Don't Mess With The Dragon." This tune rocks...
(guest blogged by Howie Klein)
Chances are if you've seen a recent picture of me, you've seen a Building A Better Spaceship hoodie. I have several. I don't wear them when the temperature gets above 90-- unless I'm worried about being forced into an air-conditioned enclosure. Aside from really nice hoodies, this South Bay-based L.A. band also makes some really good music. I've been listening to their demos and seeing them play live shows for a couple years.
And today I realized that they'd probably have something shareable via YouTube. They do-- "This Time:"
And tonight's contest will take some sleuthing, and looking in the right place. I have to admit, it's a hard one. But I've come up with a great prize: a boxset called LEGENDS OF COUNTRY-- CLASSIC HITS OF THE '50's, '60's & '70's. (There are songs by Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, and lots more... 57 songs including 49 #1 hits.)
So just tell me the relationship between Building A Better Space Ship and the Bush compound in Crawford. In the explanation I'm looking for two words-- a 3 letter word and a four letter word. Good luck-- and send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org
A few nights ago, we gave away a Sire boxset and all you had to do was name your 3 favorite Rough Trade songs. I thought LNMC members might be interested in knowing which artists came up the most frequently in the approximately 250 entries: Arcade Fire, The Smiths, Libertines, The Strokes, Cocteau Twins, Soft Cell, Delta 5, The Decemberists, Belle & Sebastian, Stiff Little Fingers, Sufjan Stevens, Gang of 4, Kleenex, James Blood Ulmer, Pere Ubu, Cabaret Voltaire, Young Marble Giants, The Fall, Scritti Politti, Antony & the Johnsons, Swell Maps, Sebadoh, and Ian Dury. All good stuff.
The winner was Eric with Galaxie 500, Delta 5 and Jarvis. Congratulations, Eric.
Right To Be Wrong from the album Mind, Body & Soul
One of the startling things about becoming a mother was discovering within me this unending store of absolutely unconditional love for my babies, and feeling it grow exponentially with each child. As much as I adore my husband (and I do) I have never listened to love songs the same way since I've become a mother--love has taken on such a profound face now. It has also made me appreciate so much my own mother and how much her influence has formed the kind of parent I am. So, for my mother, here is Natalie Merchant's Kind and Generous, from Ophelia
Far Cry from the new Snakes & Arrows
(Guest blogged by Howie Klein)
Kurt is an LNMC contest winner from Vancouver (WA) who just turned me on to a great new band from the U.K., The Brakes. And although they caused some stir with a song bashing a discredited American political figure and for their anti-war "Porcupine or Pineapple," it's really their music that is making them the hottest commodity in the U.K. music scene.
Here's the Rough Trade video for the U.K. hit "All Night Disco Party."
CONTEST: This isn't the first time Rough Trade has found an underground band and helped make them international stars. Send us a list of your 3 favorite Rough Trade-released hit songs (by 3 different artists). The coolest list gets its creator a cool Sire Records box set (3 CDs plus a DVD), JUST SAY SIRE: THE SIRE RECORDS STORY. Send your list to email@example.com.
(guest blogged by Howie Klein)
In 1967 I was just a kid, booking concerts at my college, State University of New York at Stony Brook. I had befriended The Doors the year before at Ondine, a small club where they played for a month while their first album was being mixed. I paid them $400 to play at my school. Around the same time I found these 3 cool guys-- Jackson Browne, Steve Noonan and Tim Buckley-- at a Velvet Underground show at the Exploding Plastic Inevitable and they came and hung around the campus for a while. I asked Tim, who had already released an album, to open for The Doors. It was a great concert and the last time I saw Buckley or Morrison. They both died young, although Buckley had a son, Jeff, also a great singer, who also died young.
Tim Buckley's voice is stunning and people couldn't figure out if his music was folk or jazz or rock. I want to play you one of his better known songs, "Song To The Siren," although the reason it's well-known is because other artists have covered it-- like Robert Plant and the incredible version by This Mortal Coil-- and because Buckley somehow wound up performing it on a Monkees TV show episode in 1968: