Saturday, January 31, 2009


It's about 95% done, but fuck it. Here's a preview of this new gem of an issue we just created here in honor of the year 2008. We hope you enjoy it!

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Friday, January 30, 2009



English folkie John Martyn.

Here is a stirring performance by him at Reading University in 1978.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

john lennon and yoko with frank zappa

not the best quality,but still a pretty amazing musical moment.. - Brad Filicky

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Robyn Hitchcock Live at Tower Records Carle Place, NY May 1989

In anticipation for his forthcoming second album with his new group The Venus 3, entitled Goodnight Oslo, please enjoy this great in-store acoustic performance by Robyn Hitchcock at the old Tower Records on Old Country Road in Carle Place, NY, where he performs great renditions of "Queen Elvis" and a wonderful cover of the Psychedelic Furs' "The Ghost In You".

Sean Lennon performing "Julia"

In this most stirring version of John Lennon's White Album ode to his mum, Sean transforms it into one of the most touching homages to a grandmother since Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands" at the tribute to his dad at Radio City Music Hall a couple of years back.


Here is some killer footage of the Beastie Boys' secret show at the late, great Coney Island High on the old St. Mark's on Thanksgiving weekend in 1995, where they performed as Quasar. I remember hearing about this show after the fact and totally pissed about missing it, which makes me all the more grateful to have found basically the whole concert on YouTube to share with y'all.

This post is also a testament to the sorely-missed Coney Island High. That legendary block in the East Village is dying a slow, rotting death as it makes the transition from bohemian cool to corporate kitsch, and the ousting of Coney was the first festering wound it would suffer. A big thanks to Asylum Productions for capturing this most excellent show for the rest of the world to see.

The Last Day for Love

A big thanks to JoeyPGH1 on YouTube for posting this video of East Village mecca Love Saves The Day's final day in business. It will truly be missed.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE ON THE BOWERY is one of the truly great sites on the internet, especially if you are a fan of live shows in the NYC area. IRT conducted a great interview with Mr. Taper that will run in our final print issue, but in the meantime, I suggest you visit his website and grab his absolutely stunning recording of the Animal Collective show at Bowery Ballroom on Inauguration Day last week. He also recorded the previous night's show at the Hammerstein Ballroom as well, but the Bowery show is a definite keeper. While you are there, also peruse the site for his trilogy of recordings from Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah residency at Maxwell's in their beloved Ira, Georgia and James' beloved Hoboken, NJ this past holiday season.

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Animal Collective performing "Summertime Clothes" at the Bowery Ballroom, Jan. 21, 2009:

ANDREW BIRD Live on Letterman, 1/27/09

Sarah says goodbye

- Brad Filicky

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Stupids were a skate punk band from England. They got their start in the 80s. They never received a lot of noteriety, but what I find interesting about them and their "Peruvian Vacation" LP specifically is that you can see the mixing of metal and punk that would ultimately lead to the exterem music of bands like Napalm Death (see my earlier post). It's like seeing the creature that would become death metal take it's first steps on land. The songs are raw, the production is shitty but sometimes evolution isn't pretty. Natural selection may have done away with this band and skate punk in general, but you can still see their imprint on bands today. - Brad Filicky


The Juan MacLean
The Future Will Come
(DFA; April 14th )

“The future will come, I’ve had a vision,” Juan MacLean’s robotic voice firmly sings on the title track.

Well, the future is now! The Future Will Come, The Juan MacLean’s highly anticipated sophomore album will be released April 14th on DFA Records. Unabashedly emotional, both in lyrically and musically, it’s difficult not to let each song take over your head and body, turning you into the dancing, breathing robot Juan MacLean and Nancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem) sing about.

With the help of DFA label mates Gerry Fuchs (of !!!), Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel (both of Holy Ghost!), and, of course, Nancy, Juan was able to put together album full of surprises. Book ended with the two club hits that set the stage for the release of The Future Will Come.

Opener “The Simple Life”, released to the masses last year, is dark and hypnotic, setting the stage for mad-scientist Juan to work on you. It’s book ended by “Happy House”, the Chicago House-heavy, International club anthem that Pitchfork named as it’s #20 track of 2008. The huge success of “Happy House” getting everyone moving in the packed dance halls in Paris, London, New York and Barcelona. Also look out for a video of “One Day”, which The Juan MacLean just wrapped.

What can the Future bring for you?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Napalm Death


been listening to a lot of Napalm Death lately... Thanks to a discovery by John Peel, the band went on to create an entire subgenre of metal. Grindcore. At first many people thought they were a joke. But tell that to almost all the bands Relapse puts out.

- Brad Filicky

Friday, January 23, 2009

Medicine Stick

Last Night I had the pleasure to check out Muzz Skillings new band, Medicine Stick, at the Highline Ballroom. Skillings was Living Colour's founding bass player and it is good to see that he hasn't lost either his skill for taste for hard rock. Medicine Stick hearkens back to the height of the funk rock phenomenon. Which could be a bad thing if they imbue their music with a sense of spirituality and a positive attitude. The ace musicianship helps too. The set was about 45 minutes and the band never lost it's groove. Check them out if they come to your town - Brad Filicky

Thursday, January 22, 2009

little gold men


well the Oscar nominations have been announced.. What is the big deal about Benjamin Button anyway? I've seen it.. wasn't all that impressed. But on the other hand I'm glad that heath Ledger, Mickey Rourke, Meryl Streep and Frank Langella got nominations. I don't care about who wins, but as the saying goes "it's an honor just to be nominated"

. Best Picture: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," "Milk," "The Reader," "Slumdog Millionaire."

2. Actor: Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor"; Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"; Sean Penn, "Milk"; Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler."

3. Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"; Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"; Melissa Leo, "Frozen River"; Meryl Streep, "Doubt"; Kate Winslet, "The Reader."

4. Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, "Milk"; Robert Downey Jr., "Tropic Thunder"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt"; Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"; Michael Shannon, "Revolutionary Road."

5. Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, "Doubt"; Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"; Viola Davis, "Doubt"; Taraji P. Henson, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler."

6. Director: David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon"; Gus Van Sant, "Milk"; Stephen Daldry, "The Reader"; Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire."

7. Foreign Film: "The Baader Meinhof Complex," Germany; "The Class," France; "Departures," Japan; "Revanche," Austria; "Waltz With Bashir," Israel.

8. Adapted Screenplay: Eric Roth and Robin Swicord, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; John Patrick Shanley, "Doubt"; Peter Morgan, "Frost/Nixon"; David Hare, "The Reader"; Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire."

9. Original Screenplay: Courtney Hunt, "Frozen River"; Mike Leigh, "Happy-Go-Lucky"; Martin McDonagh, "In Bruges"; Dustin Lance Black, "Milk"; Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter, "WALL-E."

10. Animated Feature Film: "Bolt"; "Kung Fu Panda"; "WALL-E."

11. Art Direction: "Changeling," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "The Duchess," "Revolutionary Road."

12. Cinematography: "Changeling," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "The Reader," "Slumdog Millionaire."

13. Sound Mixing: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Slumdog Millionaire," "WALL-E," "Wanted."

14. Sound Editing: "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man," "Slumdog Millionaire," "WALL-E," "Wanted."

15. Original Score: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Alexandre Desplat; "Defiance," James Newton Howard; "Milk," Danny Elfman; "Slumdog Millionaire," A.R. Rahman; "WALL-E," Thomas Newman.

16. Original Song: "Down to Earth" from "WALL-E," Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman; "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire," A.R. Rahman and Gulzar; "O Saya" from "Slumdog Millionaire," A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam.

17. Costume: "Australia," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Duchess," "Milk," "Revolutionary Road."

18. Documentary Feature: "The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)," "Encounters at the End of the World," "The Garden," "Man on Wire," "Trouble the Water."

19. Documentary (short subject): "The Conscience of Nhem En," "The Final Inch," "Smile Pinki," "The Witness -- From the Balcony of Room 306."

20. Film Editing: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Frost/Nixon," "Milk," "Slumdog Millionaire."

21. Makeup: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Hellboy II: The Golden Army."

22. Animated Short Film: "La Maison en Petits Cubes," "Lavatory -- Lovestory," "Oktapodi," "Presto," "This Way Up."

23. Live Action Short Film: "Auf der Strecke (On the Line)," "Manon on the Asphalt," "New Boy," "The Pig," "Spielzeugland (Toyland)."

24. Visual Effects: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man."

- Brad Filicky

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Between the Bars by Elliott Smith

Simply a great tune. Covered by Madeleine Peyroux - Brad Filicky


Hear Bruce Springsteen's killer new album, Working On A Dream, this week on NPR:

You won't be disappointed.

"The Wrestler"

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Please enjoy this audience ROIO of the Cheech and Chong reunion tour stop at the venue formerly known as Westbury Music Fair.

Cheech And Chong
Capital One Bank Theatre
Westbury, New York
October 23rd, 2008
Very Good Audience Recording

1. Overture
2. Shelby Chong
3. Stoned Car Ride
4. Chong Solo
5. Let's Make A Dope Deal
6. More Chong Solo
7. The Astronaut
8. Old Man In The Park
9. Even More Chong Solo
10. Red Hickey
11. Blind Melon Chitlin
12. Mr. Alice Bowie (Earache My Eye)
13. Hey Margaret
14. Still More Chong Solo
15. Ralph & Herbie
16. Born In East LA
17. Mexican Americans/Beaners
18. Up In Smoke


Monday, January 19, 2009


Yes, Wiley Wiggins, the boy wonder of such Richard Linklater film classics as Dazed and Confused and Waking Life, for those of who you may not know, is a member of a five (occassionally six) piece band based out of his beloved Austin, Texas called the Diagonals. They have an album coming out in February on Monofonus Press Records called Valley of the Cyclops, and it is most certainly as Roky Erickson-esque as the title implies, with a little UFO Club-era Pink Floyd thrown in.

Wiggins plays keyboards with the band and, while his acting career appears to be on the backburner for now, he is currently enjoying a prosperous career in web design and video editing, having worked with Linklater on the animation for Waking Life (see below) as well as providing visuals for the 2006 South by Southwest Festival and the band Octopus Project among a host of other ventures.

For more information on Wiggins and the Diagonals, check these later:

Excerpt from Waking Life:

Diagonals performing "Wizard Dome"

Fri night I attended a screening of Repo! The Genetic Opera. I haven't seen anything like this since the glory days of Rocky Horror. I was one of the few people not dressed up as a character from the film. The audience sang along with every song and listened with rapt attention as director Darren Lynn Bousman, actor/writer Terrance Zdunich, and star Alexa Vega (better known as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids film franchise)answered questions. There was even a little burlesque show before the film. As for the movie. Over the top is a phrase that def comes to mind. Gorey, gothic and humorous this film is entirely ridiculous and that's the point. This one is sure to be a cult classic in the years to come. - Brad Filicky

Sunday, January 18, 2009


For me, the most touching part of Sunday's inaugural festivities was seeing Pete Seeger, who turns 90 in March, play alongside Bruce Springsteen on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. If you haven't seen it yet and you have HBO On Demand, you know what to do.

Seeger was never always such a welcome guest in the eyes of Washington, especially in the 50s and 60s. He was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for supposed "Communist sympathies" and refusing to kowtow to McCarthy's House UnAmerican Activities Committee. And the last time Seeger made a splash at the Reflecting Pool was at Dr. Martin Luther King's March on Washington, and saw his inspired revision of the old Reverend Charles Tindley gospel hymn "We Shall Overcome" so beautifully performed at that rally in August 1963 by Joan Baez. So how fitting was it that he be there to sing his old pal Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" beside prodigal son Bruce at the inauguration of the first black president of the United States.

Pete Seeger is an absolute national treasure and if you haven't seen him yet, it is your civic duty as a music lover and a patriot of your country to do so while he is still playing out.

God Bless Pete Seeger. If we ever run into each other in Beacon, New York, lunch is on me. -Ed.


Revelation Records Releases Can't Kill What's Inside: The Complete Discography on January 20

The late eighties was an exciting time to get caught up in the hardcore scene. While many of the early pioneers had moved along, the scene went through something of a renaissance with a new crop of energetic kids who had seized the power of the music, and molded it into something that was relevant to the style of their times. Leading the pack in this regeneration was Revelation Records, a label that released a batch of seven-inch singles and albums, by bands like SICK OF IT ALL, GORILLA BISCUITS, BOLD, JUDGE and CHAIN OF STRENGTH, and would go on to redefine and reinvent the hardcore scene forever.

Somewhere in central New Jersey, a group of friends attending Ewing High School were spinning these records and going to see their favorite bands incessantly. Their experience would spark inspiration and would together form the almighty MOUTHPIECE.

In between getting their band from the basement to the clubs, an abrupt change happened within the hardcore scene. Most of the bands MOUTHPIECE wanted to share the stage with had suddenly broken up or changed paths. With no concern for the changes in sound and style going on around them, they went along with their original agenda and unconsciously became the band to lead straight edge hardcore into the nineties until their demise in 1996.

Fast forward to 2008 and the inspiration for MOUTHPIECE's formation comes full circle with the release of Can't Kill What's Inside on Revelation Records. The disc contains the band's entire recorded output as well as previously unreleased soundboard recorded live tracks. The packaging contains many unseen photos of the band, as well as a complete listing of every show the band has ever played in their existence. The final product is a labor of love and a sight to see, and proves to be another important installment in the Revelation Records catalogue.

* Mouthpiece are currently showing hints of activity both through vocalist Tim McMahon's DoubleCross fanzine and new band Triple Threat. Mouthpiece have not announced any live shows to date but are not ruling out the prospect.

Can't Kill What's Inside Tracklist:
1. To The Side
2. With This Regret
3. Face Tomorrow
4. Cinder
5. Left Of You
6. What Remains
7. Nothing There
8. What Was Said
9. Hold Back
10. Column
11. Again
12. Gauge
13. Abandon
14. Strip The Threads
15. Open Up (D.Y.S.)
16. Abandon
17. Can We Win
18. Still
19. Distracted
20. Frame
21. Hold Back
22. Never Enough
23. Stick To It
24. Massive Outro

Mouthpiece playing Middlesex County College, 1/15/95:

ANTHRAX "Antisocial" 1988

Metal does not get any more New York than Anthrax. And "Antisocial", off their annoyingly underrated 1988 classic State of Euphoria, remains one of their best songs, pound of pound. Peace to anyone who ever got kicked out of one of their shows. -Ed.

FRANK ZAPPA "Chunga's Revenge" Mudd Club NYC May 8, 1980

Classic Zappa performance at one of the great lost clubs of NYC.


‘Mott The Hoople pack power.. an extraordinary spectacle’ – Melody Maker

Formed in 1969 when Ian Hunter joined Verden Allen, Dale Griffin, Overend Watts and Mick Ralphs - Mott The Hoople released their eponymous debut album that same year. By 1971 they were selling out and trashing the Albert Hall – rock bands were banned for years afterwards – but just 12 months later, after on-stage punches and insults were thrown, Mott The Hoople were ready to quit, but stayed together thanks to longtime fan, David Bowie. He gave them ‘All The Young Dudes’ the first of a string of hits including the Ian Hunter-penned songs ‘Roll Away The Stone’, ‘All The Way From Memphis’, ‘Honaloochie Boogie’ and ‘The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll’. Despite the success and accolades, Mott The Hoople’s demise was surely inevitable and by 1974 the band had split.

‘If Mott The Hoople had carried on they seriously could have taken the world’
- Kris Needs, Mojo

It is fitting that the 2009 shows are at the HMV Apollo (formerly the Hammersmith Apollo) – this is where one side of the famous ‘Mott The Hoople Live’ album was recorded in 1973 and was the venue they had to play twice in one day to satisfy ticket demand, the second show ending in near riot when the curtain came down on their final encore. The other side of this legendary album was recorded during Mott’s week-long residency at the Uris Theatre on Broadway, the first time New York theatreland had played host to a rock band; support on these shows came from the little known Queen.

‘Mott The Hoople turned the Uris Theatre into a screaming hotbed of English-style Rock & Roll frenzy’ - Rolling Stone

Who knows what will happen this time but these are sure to be historic gigs. Thanks to name-checks from Rock & Roll stars over the last 40 years and regular plays on radio, TV and film (‘All The Young Dudes’ is the lead song on the ‘Juno’ soundtrack and features in many more), Mott The Hoople’s audience is getting younger. Whatever age expect an audience which has an unshakeable belief in Rock & Roll.

In an era of band reformations, it will be still be shocking to their legions of fans that Mott The Hoople have decided to reform, with their original line-up, to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. Shocking but thrilling to fans who include Primal Scream, Morrissey, The Clash, REM, Queen, Blur and more..

Tickets on sale January 22nd 2009 priced £36.00 and £42.50, available from: / 08700 603 777 / 08700 600 100

"On tour as support to Mott The Hoople (the only time Queen ever supported anyone), I was always conscious that we were in the presence of something great, something highly evolved, close to the centre of the Spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll, something to breathe in and learn from." Brian May, Queen

"I was into Mott The Hoople then The Clash came and I got into them, because one's prepared you for the other." Bobby Gillespie, Primal Scream

"I followed Mott the Hoople up and down the country. I’d go to Liverpool or Newcastle or somewhere—sleep on the Town Hall steps, and bunk the fares on the trains, hide in the toilet when the ticket inspector came around. I’d jump off just before the train got to the station and climb over the fence. It was great times, and I always knew I wanted to be in a band and play guitar. That was it for me." Mick Jones

"My favourite ever band, there's not one dud on here, but there are some great tunes with very insightful lyrics and the ultimate pop song in 'Honaloochie Boogie'." Def Leppard's Joe Elliott on the Mott album

"'M.O.R.' is a roaring homage to Mott the Hoople." Damon Albarn

"T.Rex and Mott The Hoople looked to me like a message from another planet and I liked that planet." Peter Buck

"We were influenced by Sweet, T.Rex and Mott The Hoople. Gene Simmons

One of the three greatest rock songs ever recorded:

Friday, January 16, 2009


This bit of graffiti/art is painted outside the Mars Bar. It's a little dive on the corner of 2nd Ave and 1st st in Manhattan's Lower East Side. It is one of the last remaining vestiges of New York's punk glory days. It is the last of an endangered species.

"After Mars Bar then what?" Then I guess we switch off the lights and close the door behind us. We go out into a city that is little less "ours". We find refuge in memories and passable dive bars and record stores. It will never be the same, but let's not forget that it can still be good. This city won't lose all of its soul. Not without a fight.

Let's hope Mars Bar never closes.

- Brad Filicky

Two Best Mars Bar Homages on YouTube:

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Ricardo Montalban.. Most know him as Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island. But to me, he'll always be.. KHAN!!


- Brad Filicky


Hey, say what you will about EMI drawing blood from a stone in regards to them milking the Radiohead catalog, but it's all cool with IRT if they keep putting out stuff like this:


2CD “Collectors Editions” and Limited Edition 2CD+DVD “Special Collectors Editions” of Pablo Honey, The Bends and OK Computer Add Demos, Live Recordings, TV Performances and Other Rarities to Original Albums

Hollywood, California – January 14, 2009 – On March 24, Radiohead’s first three studio albums, Pablo Honey (1993), The Bends (1995) and OK Computer (1997) will be released by Capitol/EMI in expanded “Collectors Edition” and limited edition “Special Collectors Edition” packages. Each “Collectors Edition” includes the original album plus a second CD of rarities, including demos, sessions and live recordings. Each “Special Collectors Edition,” in deluxe, lift-top box packaging, includes both audio discs and adds a DVD with a variety of promotional music videos, TV performances and filmed concert performances, as well as a series of postcards.

Pablo Honey’s “Collectors Edition” features the original album on disc one, and demos, rarities, live performance recordings and a 1992 BBC Radio One session on disc two. The “Special Collectors Edition” DVD adds four promotional music videos, the band’s 1993 debut “Top Of The Pops” performance, and nine live recordings from their May 1994 London Astoria concert.

The Bends’ “Collectors Edition” features the original album on disc one, and EPs with rarities and a 1994 BBC Radio session on disc two. The “Special Collectors Edition” DVD adds five promotional music videos, 1995 and ’96 TV performances from “Top Of The Pops,” “Later with Jools Holland” and “2 Meter Session,” and eight filmed performances from their May 1994 London Astoria concert.

OK Computer’s “Collectors Edition” feature the original album on disc one, and EPs with rarities and live recordings and a 1997 BBC Radio One “Evening Session” performance on disc two. The “Special Collectors Edition” DVD adds three promotional music videos and a May 1997 TV performance from “Later with Jools Holland.”

On April 21, Capitol/EMI will reissue 12 Radiohead EPs on 180-gram vinyl as part of the popular “From The Capitol Vaults” high-quality vinyl series.


Pablo Honey (Collectors Edition) – 2CD

Disc One

1. You
2. Creep
3. How Do You?
4. Stop Whispering
5. Thinking About You
6. Anyone Can Play Guitar
7. Ripcord
8. Vegetable
9. Prove Yourself
10. I Can’t
11. Lurgee
12. Blow Out

Disc Two

Drill EP

1. Prove Yourself (Demo)
2. Stupid Car (Demo)
3. You (Demo)
4. Thinking About You (Demo)

Creep Single

5. Inside My Head
6. Million Dollar Question
7. Yes I Am
8. Blow Out (Remix)
9. Inside My Head (Live)
10.Creep (Acoustic)
11.Vegetable (Live)
12.Killer Cars (Live)

Anyone Can Play Guitar

13.Faithless, The Wonderboy
14.Coke Babies

Pop Is Dead

15.Pop Is Dead
16.Banana Co. (Acoustic)
17.Ripchord (Live)

Stop Whispering

18.Stop Whispering (US Version)

BBC Radio One Session (06/22/92)

19.Prove Yourself
21.I Can’t
22.Nothing Touches Me

Pablo Honey (Special Collectors Edition) – 2CD+DVD (includes 2 CDs + DVD)

Promo videos:

Anyone Can Play Guitar
Pop Is Dead
Stop Whispering

Top Of The Pops (09/16/93)


The Astoria , London – Live (05/27/94)

Prove Yourself
Stop Whispering
Anyone Can Play Guitar
Pop Is Dead
Blow Out

The Bends (Collectors Edition) – 2CD

Disc One

1. Planet Telex
2. The Bends
3. High And Dry
4. Fake Plastic Trees
5. Bones
6. (Nice Dream)
7. Just
8. My Iron Lung
9. Bullet Proof… I Wish I Was
10.Black Star
12.Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Disc Two

My Iron Lung

1.The Trickster
2.Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong
3.Lozenge Of Love
4.Lewis (Mistreated)
5.Permanent Daylight
6.You Never Wash Up After Yourself

High And Dry/Planet Telex

8.Killer Cars

Fake Plastic Trees

9.India Rubber
10.How Can You Be Sure?

Street Spirit (Fade Out)

11.Talk Show Host
12.Bishop’s Robes
13.Banana Co.

BBC Radio One Session (04/14/94)

17.Street Spirit (Fade Out)

The Bends (Special Collectors Edition) – 2CD+DVD

Promo Videos:

High And Dry (UK Version)
High And Dry (US Version)
Fake Plastic Trees
Street Spirit (Fade Out)

The Astoria , London – Live (5/27/94)

Black Star
The Bends
My Iron Lung
Fake Plastic Trees
Street Spirit (Fade Out)

2 Meter Session, Holland (02/27/95)

My Iron Lung
High And Dry
Fake Plastic Trees
Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Later With Jools Holland (05/27/95)

The Bends
High And Dry
Top Of The Pops
High And Dry (03/09/95)
Fake Plastic Trees (06/01/95)
Street Spirit (Fade Out) (02/01/96)

OK Computer (Collectors Edition) – 2CD

Disc One

2.Paranoid Android
3.Subterranean Homesick Alien
4.Exit Music (For A Film)
5.Let Down
6.Karma Police
7.Fitter Happier
9.Climbing Up The Walls
10.No Surprises
12.The Tourist

Disc Two

Paranoid Android

1.Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)
3.A Reminder

Karma Police

5.Meeting In The Aisle
7.Climbing Up The Walls (Zero 7 Mix)
8.Climbing Up The Walls (Fila Brazillia Mix)

No Surprises

9.Palo Alto
10.How I Made My Millions
11.Airbag (Live In Berlin)
12.Lucky (Live In Florence)

BBC Radio One Evening Session (05/28/97)

13.No Surprises
14.Climbing Up The Walls
15.Exit Music (For A Film)

OK Computer (Special Collectors Edition) – 2CD+DVD

Promo Videos:

Paranoid Android
Karma Police
No Surprises

Later With Jools Holland (05/31/97)

Paranoid Android
No Surprises

Radiohead playing "Lucky" with Michael Stipe at the 1998 Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington DC:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

JAWBOX "Savory"

Jawbox was the height of indie cool in the 90s. Then they got signed by a major and that was that...At least we have the memories thanks to YouTube.

- Brad Filicky

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


From Pitchfork Media:

Prefuse 73 Has a Lot of Stuff Going On, As Usual
New project with Zach Hill, new Prefuse 73 and Savath y Savalas albums coming soon
Prefuse 73 Has a Lot of Stuff Going On, As Usual

Guillermo Scott Herren, the perennially freaked-out beat-chopper behind Prefuse 73 and Savath y Savalas, always seems to have a lot going on. If his difficult-to-navigate website is to be believed, every one of his projects has new music on the way. But maybe the most interesting thing on Herren's plate right now is Diamond Watch Wrists, his new project with scarily diesel multi-tentacled Hella drummer Zach Hill.

On the Facebook page that the duo recently launched, Herren explains that Diamond Watch Wrists started with Herren "writing 'simple' songs between touring and producing for other projects." Herren originally planned to record these songs with Battles drummer John Stanier (as we reported back in April), but the two couldn't reconcile their schedules, so he went with Hill instead. According to that Facebook page, "This partnership in particular seemed perfect since Guillermo was already checking out Zach Hill's recordings on his own and was then approached by Zach to produce his next solo album (as mentioned in June)." It must be nice, getting to choose between two of indie rock's straight-up nastiest drummers.

The Facebook page names a confounding list of influences: Fela Kuti, Christian Fennesz, the Boredoms, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. But the songs posted there actually do sound relatively simple, especially given the hyperactive tendencies of both Herren and Hill. This is warm, placid music, with Herren harmonizing with himself in a hushed coo over soft synth-washes and acoustic guitars. The drums are busy, but they're not deafening the way they are in Hella. Really, the closest point of comparison on first listen would be Caribou.

On that Facebook page, Herren says that the band's first full-length, Ice Capped on Both Ends, will be out on Warp this spring, and that the band will be touring alongside Prefuse this spring and summer. And the band will also release a 7" single on the indie rap label Female Fun, even though Diamond Watch Wrists have basically nothing in common musically with indie rap.

On the Prefuse 73 site, Herren claims he's finished with a new LP and a new EP from Prefuse, both of which will be out soon on Warp, the label Herren claimed he was leaving last year. The LP is titled Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian, and the EP is called The Forest of Oversensitivity. According to a MySpace blog post, the album will be out this April. As for Savath y Savalas, they've signed with the West Coast indie rap label Stones Throw, and they've got their own album and EP on the way. The album will be called La Llama, and the EP will be MASIA.

Prefuse 73's "Perverted Undertones" video:



The NME called Glasvegas "the best new band in Britain", and we all know the NME deal in hyperbole the way strippers deal in dollar bills, but if Glasvegas isn't the best band in Britain, they definitely are in the top 10. What gives them the spark of brilliance is the mixing of shoegazer-like ethereal haze with a genuine gift of pop sensibilities. To put it simply, the music is dreamy but grounded with melodies so it doesn't get boring or disappear up its own ass in art for arts sake. Never underestimate the power of well written pop hook. It's not necessarily a bad thing to write songs that get stuck in people's heads, is it? - Brad Filicky

"Daddy's Gone" Live on Jools Holland:

Thursday, January 8, 2009



Online Ticket Request Period Is Underway;
Tickets Go On Sale To General Public Weekend Of January 30th & 31st

The Clifford Ball, A Seven-DVD Box Set, Scheduled For March 3rd Release

Phish will launch its first summer tour in five years with a two-night stand at the Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY on June 4th and 5th. Yesterday the band resumed rehearsals, which began in November, in preparation for the upcoming shows.

An online ticket request period is currently underway at Tickets will go on sale to the general public the weekend of January 30th and 31st. For information on where to purchase tickets, visit

Phish's summer tour will be preceded by a trio of concerts (March 6th, 7th and 8th) at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. The shows at the 13,800-capacity venue sold out just seconds after tickets went on sale last fall. They will mark the group's first concerts since its August 2004 performance at the Coventry festival in Vermont.

On March 3rd, Phish will release The Clifford Ball on JEMP Records/Rhino. This major archival release features the band's entire performance at the 1996 festival, which was the largest concert in North America that year and the first of many two-day festivals staged by the group. Over 70,000 fans turned out for the event, which was held at a decommissioned Air Force base in Plattsburgh, NY. The seven-DVD box set will contain more than nine hours of music, including a bonus disc with Phish's extended soundcheck, its late night flatbed truck jam and a 30-minute featurette with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. The original multi-track recordings have been remixed for stereo and 5.1 audio. Fans can pre-order The Clifford Ball at

Formed at the University of Vermont in 1983, Phish quickly became renowned for its live performances. "Phish offers something rare in pop: a long, complex, and completely different show every night," said the Village Voice. The GRAMMY®-nominated band became one of the top touring groups in the U.S. and, by 1998, Rolling Stone had proclaimed Phish the most important band of the decade. Phish - comprising guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio, drummer Jon Fishman, bassist Mike Gordon and keyboardist Page McConnell - has released 11 studio albums, five concert videos and a series of 44 complete live concert CDs, including 13 on its own JEMP Records. In addition, the band offers a selection of 88 full concert downloads at is Phish's digital download store and has been widely hailed as one of the first band sites to offer high-quality, unedited soundboard recordings of full concerts.


6/4 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach
6/5 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach
6/6 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
6/7 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
6/9 Asheville, NC Asheville Civic Center
6/16 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
6/18 Burgettstown, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
6/19 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
6/20 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley
6/21 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley

Phish covering "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" Halloween 1994:

Phish making their network TV debut doing "Chalkdust Torture" on Letterman circa 1994:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


So my fiancee was just watching the Patrick Swayze interview with Barbara Walters just before, and I caught her crying at the end of it. Of course, my initial jaded instinct was to roll my eyes and call corn, especially when you know Babs is on the other end of the camera baiting the fuck out of him and his wife to cry. It's almost cruel. The poor man is dying. But a few seconds later, that feeling subsided and I was getting a little "misty" right alongside my sad-faced baby girl.

C'mon, you can never forgive him for that bleeding heart piece of shit your chick makes you sit through every now and again (probably much more now than again given the circumstances of his brave fight with Pancreatic Cancer), Ghost. However, you gotta feel a little choked-up seeing someone you grew up seeing in movies for so many years whither away like that.

Anyway, as a tribute to Swayze, I found this great homemade video some cat edited, taking clips from the Patrick Swayze-Keanu Reeves crime surf masterpiece of 1991 Point Break and setting it to the tune of Ratt's "Nobody Rides For Free".

And make sure to watch Swayze's new TV show, The Beast, on A&E.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Stooges Guitarist Ron Asheton Dead at 60


Stooges Guitarist Ron Asheton Dead At 60
The Stooges' Ron Asheton (left)
January 06, 2009 ET
Gary Graff, Detroit and Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead this morning (Jan. 6) at his home in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to local police. He was 60.

Ann Arbor Detective Bill Stanford tells that police were called to Asheton's house early this morning by Dara Hytinen, his personal assistant, who had not been able to reach him for several days.

Hytinen let officers into the house with her key and Asheton's body was found in his bedroom. Stanford said he "looked fairly peaceful" and that there was no sign of foul play or drug use. Asheton, who had likely been dead since New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, had high blood pressure but no other major medical problems.

Asheton's body was taken to the University of Michigan medical center, where an autopsy was to be conducted this afternoon. Stanford said a cause of death likely won't be determined until toxicology reports are complete, which should take about a month.

Asheton and his drummer brother Scott formed the Stooges with Iggy Pop in Ann Arbor in 1967. Amid a music scene that also reared acts like Bob Seger and the MC5, the Stooges stood out for their reckless abandon, theatrics and pummeling style, a clear precursor for punk and alternative rock.

Asheton's riffs were at the heart of classic Stooges tracks such as "No Fun" and "TV Eye." And while albums such as "Fun House" and "Raw Power" would later be viewed as some of the most influential of the era, the band never enjoyed commercial success at the time, eventually splitting up in 1974. Pop then embarked on a solo career.

"No one ever said, hey, I quit," Ron Asheton said during a 2007 South by Southwest panel devoted to the Stooges' legacy. "It was just like, I need a break. It was a long break, but we needed a break." Seeing Pop play Stooges songs as a solo artist was no easy pill to swallow, but Asheton acknowledged, "It's show business and it's a wicked animal. You take the offers you get and see what happens."

Asheton also fondly discussed making whole grain waffles for his bandmates when they lived at the Fun House in Ann Arbor, where watching an old black-and-white TV and smoking pot were day-long activities. "We were foodies early on," Pop said. "I made the salad everyday," Asheton added.

After nearly three decades of inactivity, the Stooges reunited in 2003 to play the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., and toured frequently in recent years.

With Mike Watt filling in on bass for the late Dave Alexander, the group also returned to the studio in 2006 to record a new album, "The Weirdness," released the following year by Virgin. "The one thing that kind of amazes me is that it sounds like us," Pop told Billboard of the album at the time. "You put it on, and right away, you'd know, well, that's them. There they go."

The Stooges had just completed a European tour last month.

The Stooges Live in Cincinnati circa 1970:

Monday, January 5, 2009


Hey guys,

Please check out IRT superstar Tom Whalen's amazing review of Merriweather Post Pavilion on England's premier music site No Ripcord:

Easily the best review of this fine, fine new album out there.



Sunday, January 4, 2009


Having just watched Rocky III for the first time since I was 10, this YouTube video was indeed a funny surprise to stumble upon: