Bobby and I both agreed that Bowie unquestionably had best output of 2016, but having memorialized his unfortunate death earlier this year and giving “Lazarus” top honors for the best song of 2015. This year’s playlist has been curated to a different theme, mixing significant emerging talent with surprising comebacks from established rock / pop veterans. One pleasant common thread for 2016 is that we see a major dominance of talented female vocalists and musicians, featuring fantastic releases from The Kills, Warpaint, Bleached, Kino Kimono, GOAT, Sunflower Bean, Carla del Forno, etc. On a different note, being that this list is comprised of songs, versus albums, one notable ommission was the album, The Glowing Man, released by the reformed, eponymous group, Swans, led by Michael Gira. Given the controversy surrounding The Glowing Man and its conclusion of this particular iteration of the group, the expectations were high, but solely in terms of composition and songwriting the album is certainly worthy of acclaim, but its long-form structure is not really suitable for this list. However, condensing these songs to a narrower focus has resulted in an eclectic, high-energy mix to try inspire some semblance of hope in 2017, hopefully extinguishing the dumpster fire, 2016.
When seeking out 1960s-era Stooges, scouting for artistic talent requires a super-human senses, especially amongst a sterile, yet expansive musical climate. The task is even more commendable if one isn’t intimidated by Iggy Pop’s raucous, extreme stage performances. More than just being in the right place at the right time, Danny Fields’ tastes were not only shaped by being immersed early in the New York City Warhol / Velvet Underground scene, but his extensive career has been accentuated by respectively informing the entire history of rock n’ roll. Behind the scenes, yet always a focal point, Danny has been significantly involved in the musical careers of Jim Morrison, Nico, The Stooges, and of course, the Ramones, just to name a few. Danny’s history in trendsetting and shaking up counter-culture is well documented in Brendan Toller’s recent documentary, Danny Says, as well as Jim Jarmusch’s Stooges documentary, Gimme Danger. However, in order to understand the history and plethora of urban legends amidst the early punk rock circles, as well some of the mind-boggling circumstances, we taken a deep dive in our exclusive interview with Danny Fields.
In preparation for our upcoming interview with music business visionary, Danny Fields, we checked out the recent documentary, Danny Says, which chronicles Danny’s career in working with some of the most quintessential music groups in the history of rock and roll. Directed by Brendan Toller, the film recounts some memorable stories behind such groups as The Velvet Underground, Nico, The Doors, Iggy Pop, MC5, and The Ramones. The film is out now in select theaters, On Demand, Amazon Video, and iTunes.
Trailer for the Iggy Pop and the Stooges documentary, Gimme Danger, directed by Jim Jarmusch. This film will be must-see. Also, stay tuned for our upcoming interview with Danny Fields, who helped get the Stooges signed to Elektra Records back in 1968.
Our dear friend, talented musician, and contributor to The Chelsea Tribe, Martyn LeNoble, has just released an all-star cover of the David Bowie song, “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)”. Martyn and his longtime collaborator, Christian Eigner (Depeche Mode’s drummer), invited some exceptionally notable talent to contribute vocals to this particular track, including Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Soulsavers) and Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode).
From the words of Martyn himself, “It truly was a labor of love, a farewell and a ‘thank you!’ Everyone’s contribution lifted the track. So long David Bowie.”
100% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Liver Foundation, the song will only be released digitally, so download the song today.
The innovator of the painting machine and video art, New York based Artist, Anton Perich, chats with Heidi Calvert about his journey from Croatia to Paris to New York, The Seventies, Underground Film, Art, Andy Warhol, Max’s Kansas City, Studio 54, and what it was like being young and free in the mecca of art and pop culture during one of it’s most important times in history, before technology took over.
One of their most powerful tracks off their third album, Who Sold My Generation, Night Beats just released a music video for “Power Child”. The energetic track is co-produced by Robert Levon Been (B.R.M.C.) and the video is directed by Riley Blakeway & Jeremy Asher Lynch. Check it out and catch them live.
The Chelsea Tribe recently chatted with MEAR ONE (Kalen Ockerman), a major West Coast graffiti pioneer, as he spent a week creating his jokingly titled, “Supernova Cosmic Recording Machine”, a large-scale, two-sided mural canvassing a fully functional RV recording studio for Jam in the Van.
Within the local Los Angeles music scene, independent label, Lolipop Records has an ever-expanding roster, which has provided authentic ammo to the newest, large music venues. The Teragram Ballroom, a venue launched only about a year ago, recently played host to a lively line-up of bands for the Lolipop Records showcase, Lolipop Your Heart Out, featuring headliners, Mystic Braves, as well as Corners, Part Time, Peach Kelli Pop, Psychomagic, Billy Changer, The Creation Factory, Samiras Infinite Summer, and Beach Bums. Once settled into the show, we caught up with the bands, Corners and Mystic Braves, for some exclusive photos. The show was a celebration of the close camaraderie between the labelmates, just as Corners singer, Tracy Bryant, begins his solo European tour with a backing band consisting of members of Froth.
Primal Scream have released the first single and music video for their upcoming album, Chaosmosis. The dance-oriented pop track, “Where The Light Gets In”, features model and singer, Sky Ferreira, sharing vocal duties with frontman, Bobby Gillespie. The video, directed by Douglas Hart, original Bassist of The Jesus and Mary Chain, is a bit of throw-back to The Velvet Undergrounds collaborations with Warhol (Exploding Plastic Inevitable), but is presented with a high-fashion aesthetic, perhaps appealing to a bit of wider audience than Primal Scream’s previous album, More Light, which found the band returning to their psychedelic roots.
“Where The Light Gets In” is a strong showing from the band, who recently dealt with the tragic passing of one of their founding guitarists, Robert “Throb” Young”, a couple years ago, just around the same time that their bassist, Mani, decided to re-join The Stone Roses. With whatever personnel changes occurring in Primal Scream’s horizon, it’s a welcome shift to see the band continually changing ensembles and instrumentation, keeping themselves ahead of whatever genre they continually shape and dominate.