The Lemonheads released a new album last week, their second collection of cover songs, “Varshons 2” (we’ll get to a proper review of that album soon - promise). Yes, I’d rather this be an album of originals but a covers album is better than no Lemonheads at all, and maybe this is a sign of more Lemonheads originals coming soon. We can cross our fingers while wishing for more, and enjoy a perfectly good set of new Lemonheads interpretations of other songs. Besides, they’re touring in support of said covers album. So really, we’re getting all the benefits as if this were a set of originals - let’s run with it.
Steve Soto from The Adolescents (and a hundred other bands) passed away last week. I didn't know him well but we have several dear friends in common; I've got various CDs of his in my collection, and saw him live in a few different projects over the years. Personally I've only had two very small interactions with the man.
Material Issue are already a criminally underrated band — everyone knows that. We’ll save the spewing about how they should be huge (but instead are a long time best kept secret for those of us that remember them) and instead just focus on 5 of their deep cuts that really should be well known singalong tracks for the masses. “Valerie Loves Me”, “What Girls Want”, “Diane” — the band knew how to make a big pop song. And some became their singles. Others are equally amazing, yet buried on the albums. In no particular order…
There’s this great community called Balanced Breakfast; it’s a San Francisco monthly meetup for musicians to talk about various facets of the music industry. Last week in the Balanced Breakfast Facebook Group, someone asked this question:
“Does anyone have advice for someone trying to book their first tour? I’d like to do a west coast tour (Santa Cruz, LA, maybe Portland and Seattle) but don’t really have any connections in those areas. Thanks!”
And my answer got some positive feedback so I thought I'd share it here for others. In no particular order...
It’s been 15 years in a row now that these have gone out. I have no plans to ever stop. CD players will continue to fade away; I’ll keep making them until CDs are vintage and retro and I’ll keep making them after that too.
It's that time of year again when we all post our "best of" lists and show everyone what they missed over the last 12 months...
In San Francisco over the weekend. Was finally able to catch up with Jen and get the Record Store Day vinyl she had for me.
Like many of us, I woke up to the news that Grant Hart from Husker Du had passed away. The first time I heard Husker Du was off the "Never Mind the Mainstream: The Best of MTV's 120 Minutes, Vol. 2". (Looking at the track listing, I'm pretty sure this album is how I first discovered other bands too, but that's a story for another time.) I was a bit late to the party on the band, admittedly.
I read the news last night about Chris Cornell passing away, just a few minutes before I went to bed. I’d only seen one or two links, to sites I quickly dismissed as basically click-bait. While I didn’t write it off as hoax entirely, I didn’t dwell on it too much either. And I went to sleep.
Then I woke up today and saw that the news was real. Chris Cornell had passed away. And it sunk in.
The lineup for this year’s Concert In The Park season was announced the other day. And as usual some people have begun with the usual complaints: I’ve never heard of those acts, they can’t possibly be local, CITP isn’t promoting Sacramento artists like it should, etc.
Is that true? Or are people just complaining because they’re upset that THEY weren’t chosen to play CITP? Is CITP supporting (mostly) local Sacramento acts? Let’s find out.