Saturday, June 17, 2006
The first Room CD ever is recorded, mixed and mastered... ready to be judged and ripped by you. Jan is working on the cover, which should be worth your money already there. Tobias Klutke took 87 pictures for 20 dollars and a whiskey, which is probably the best price a band ever got from the famous star shooter. Same with the sound wizard of brooklyn, england, QJ, who completed the near impossible task of getting one full long player out of one single Room session in three hours. Listen to the rough mixes at Room's My Space Site.
We've all heard HeadQuarters, sure, but this last show for quite a while at Annex is worth an extra mention. Never before have the guys rocked out so wildly and vividly, animating crazy dancing and cheering: Here, just before singer Charles Wallace is leaving for a solo stint in Europe, HeadQuarters finally found their home in NYC, in style of course: They are, after all, still the most british American band in the world. Check out news from Charles on www.hqmusic.net.
New New York indie sensation The Walking Hellos celebrated their CD release at Galapagos with a wild mix of sexy rock and the seemingly totally unsexy world of, say, dishwashers and vacum cleaners. Hm, maybe I should rephrase this. The all girl band rocked and rolled, alright, but without really looking the part. Intriguing, but not quite the band that Aerosmith would wanna share their tour bus with, you know? Some people are born to rock, other choose to. These girls, on first glance, don't look like they are going to rock in the next three decades. But oha. As Ringo said: There's more in here than meets the eye. The glistening charisma of Heather Wagner on drums of course helps in more than one way, here.
It's early summer and the Byrds come alive...it was like that in 76, in 86 and 96... dude, psychedelic seems to get a rebirth with every other mushroom growing in my garden. Kapow! excell with their harmonies and get points for not showing of, but delivering. Sometimes though, they tried just a tiny little bit too hard to fly.
Music blogger Roman E.* (39) has been known for updating his music blog with the punctuality and precision of a swiss watch, so subscribers were starting to panic when he started missing out on his New York music scene write ups. Thousands of visitors stared at the same last post for three full weeks. Ad revenues tumbled. Bands complained. The music industry wondered: Is blogging out? E.* could not be reached for any comment. But fear not: I was in the Nicaraguan jungle (pictured here in front of the National Palace in Managua, the place the Sandinistas stormed to initiate their revolution). Coming back over Washington and the Coporatocracy in freezing cold air conditioned rooms, I just couldnt take the urban nyc jungle for three days, having caught a mean cold in the World Bank. Anyway. Read more about my trip to Nicaragua next week on The Swiss American Blog.