Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Like the U.K. Superfriends (plus Blur, Thom Yorke)

So many new bands and projects splintering out of my favourite old bands... I can barely keep up... I'm sure you feel the same... so what's the answer? Let's try to get them all on one page. Well maybe not all! But let's at least get a couple on here.

If you read regularly you know that I'm a Babyshambles/Pete Doherty/Libertines obsessive first and a Joy Division freako second. It's not that I love JD any less, it's just hard to get psyched about a band that doesn't exist anymore. I mean, I know there's New Order but... I mean Morrissey and The Smiths are not the same thing yeah? You get me! I know you do... So, anyway, this news actually ties part of my 2nd (or 1st depending on what mood I'm in) fav band and New Order in with the aforementioned Smiths AND Stone Roses/Primal Scream... how you ask? Well the bass players from New Order, The Smiths and Primal Scream are getting together to play in a band called Freebass. Cheeky innit? It sounds kind of weird but really Hookie is known for his higher end bass and I actually think this will work out well. All they need is a singer. I personally nominate myself for the job (enquire about my contact info and I'll get youa demo tape guys!)...

A little Freebass bio via Wikipedia:
"Freebass is a band currently "under construction". The group currently comprises three bass players: Andy Rourke (of The Smiths fame), Peter Hook (from New Order) and Gary Mounfield (formerly of The Stone Roses and currently in Primal Scream). The indie outfit is currently writing songs, and has twelve that are just waiting for a vocalist. The band is looking for a new, young artist to fill the void on vocals.

The idea to make a band of three bass players came out on a drunken night, "All of the songs have three basses. Mani does the low part, Andy Rourke in the middle and I do the high bit", said Peter Hook in an interview, "it works out quite well". In the same interview, Hook also hinted that the band might go public soon, as soon as they get a frontman that is."

Now, obviously, I can't give you any Freebass... I'd get arrested and you might set yourself on fire... hahaha.. lame I know I know... but I can give you tracks from the bands they are from... feast on these gems!

First is my all time fav Joy Division song covered (technically) by New Order...
New Order- "Atmosphere (Live Joy Division Cover)

Then this heartbreakingly perfect live version of "Please Please Please..."
The Smiths- "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (Mellow Live Version)

And then some rowdy shit from when Mani wasn't even a part of the Primals... but it's a good fucking song!
Primal Scream- "Rocks"

Ok ok ok.. here's a song where Mani playing bass makes all the difference in the world!
The Stone Roses- "I Wanna Be Adored"

There... Now were are on to the topic of a former band member and his recent solo project... I am talking of none other than former Blur guitarist (and apparent Milky hater) Graham Coxon. His most recent release Love Travels At Illegal Speeds has been released in the States this month and Stereogum was nice enough to post a couple songs and this little Q&A...

Graham Coxon
1. What is your favorite word?

2. What is your least favorite word?

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

4. What turns you off?

5. What is your favorite curse word?

6. What sound or noise do you love?

7. What sound or noise do you hate?

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

9. What profession would you not like to do?

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Graham Coxon- "Standing On My Own"

Graham Coxon- "Tell It Like It Is"

And of course (just as I can't do a Oasis post without mentioning Blur) I can't do a Coxon post without mentioning his former Blur bandmate Damon Albarn! The Gorillaz frontman is busy at work with his new band The Good The Bad And The Queen readying their first foray into the multimedia blitz... here is the info via MTV.CO.UK:

"Damon’s new band set to play MySpace gig…
Damon Albarn’s new supergroup, The Good The Bad And The Queen, will make their second major public appearance later this month for a special MySpace gig.

The band are Damon, The Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Verve guitarist Simon Tong and Africa 70 drummer Tony Allen, and the event is being held at Wilton’s Music Hall in East London on Tuesday December 12. Strictly limited to 300 tickets, the only way to be there is to add TGTBATQ to your friends (if you have a MySpace page that is!), and then answer a question about the band.

But don’t worry if you’re not one of the lucky winners - you can watch a recording of the whole gig from December 18 at www.myspace.com/thelist."

Here's a song from The Good The Bad & The Queen Fansite
The Good The Bad & The Queen- "Northern Whale (Live Acoustic)"

And then we have Radiohead-front-man-cum-solo-artist Thom Yorke will be showing up soon on a television show that will be available on... uhh... iTunes? I mean I know he wouldn't let Radiohead songs be on there because he didn't want the album to be broken up into individual tracks therefore ruining the continuity of the album (cough) but apparently he thinks it's a good vehicle for The Late Late Late End Of Days Party with Thom Yorke.... that's probably not the name... but that's what it should be called instead of From The Basement... too bad it's not a show that he is producing on his own.. that would be much cooler... like that's Radiohead 'Lying Mouth' DVD that was supposed to be a television show...

Once again via MTV.CO.UK
"The Radiohead man will kick off a new pay-per-view music show taking to the net-waves this Christmas…
A new music show that features no host and no audience will launch online on December 18 with Radiohead man Thom Yorke as its special guest.

The show, called From The Basement, is filmed in North London's Maida Vale, and will be broadcast through iTunes.

Without a host to guide them through, the producers are hoping the acts will enjoy the opportunity to take control.

The first show features Yorke, on piano, playing a live set from the new Radiohead album.

Despite Yorke enjoying his performance, he said his highlight was "…listening to Kieran [Hebden] and Steve Reid jamming as the tape started rolling."

Hebden, fof Four Tet and drummer Steve Reid feature alongside The White Stripes in the next show.

But don't get too excited as it won't be ready until Feb next year…

A spokesperson from the producers said: "I just want to see artist's doing what they do best ... perform. Not being an incidental feature in some magazine show and not being forced into embarrassed conversation."

So this is one for the musical aficionados amongst you, not the kind of people who take deep joy from watching the embarrassed conversation…

You can find out more info about the show at www.fromthebasement.tv..."

Here's some groovy stuff to keep you interested... well, hopefully I will be back soon to get you more music... make sure you keep checking for updates!

Beck & Thom Yorke- "I'm Set Free"

Thom Yorke- "Cymbal Rush (Live @ KCRW)"

UPDATE:Go over to Sneakmove to pick up a track from this show... it's called 'Videotape'... I didn't realize that Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich is the one who was doing this show! Read it all over there!

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