I know, I know. I’m terribly behind on these pix, but I am trying to catch up. This show was on the night of March19-20 at the Playboy Rock The Rabbit party during the SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Festival and conference. It was their first show with their original lineup in, well, a long time! I’m not a big fan of the band, but I have to say, it was a blistering 45-minute set and the crowd left on a serious high! I’m posting a few pix here and after the jump, with 50+ more on Flickr, here: Jane’s Addiction Reunion
Musical genius and former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr became an official member of Sheffield, UK brothers act The Cribs (twins Gary & Ryan Jarman and younger brother Ross) last year and the band have now released their first single. “We Were Aborted” is now available for free download at thecribs.com until 10am GMT on July 8th. It’s fantastic, go get it!
One of my favorite new artists from the past couple of years is Nicole Atkins who, both with and without her band, The Sea played several sets at SXSW over the past couple of years and who I’ve seen live 4 or 5 times in the same time span. Her song “The Way It Is” gives me shivers every time I hear it. The first time I heard her excellent debut CD (which I wrote about back in November of 2007) I compared the sound to long time David Lynch collaborator, Angelo Badalamenti and what do you think I saw when I just perused Nicole’s Wikipedia entry?
“Atkins also feels a kinship with Angelo Badalamenti, who has scored many of Lynch’s films. She once emailed an mp3 of “The Way It Is” to Badalamenti, who is said to have replied, “I think our Sicilian great-great-great-grandparents must have laid down on a picnic blanket in the park and done something together, if you know what I mean.” Atkins subsequently received an invitation to Badalamenti’s home in Morristown, New Jersey to talk music.”
All I have to say to that is “Ha!” At any rate, I saw Nicole at SXSW 2008 and it was a typically fantastic set and she was wearing an absolutely stunning dress. See?
More pix on my Flickr stream, here.
Last year’s Spin Magazine show at Stubb’s BBQ was pretty amazing, with the lineup of The Raveonettes, Vampire Weekend and X, among others. Talk about a super bill. Last month I posted some pix from this show and others and now…..X! Here’s a few pix of X from the Spin show and the rest can be found on my Flickr stream.
Billy Zoom. Is there anyone cooler?
Exene Cervenka can still bring it!