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Ex-Swervedriver Adam Franklin Tours

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Adam Franklin is no longer a part of Swervedriver and I’m not sure that Swervedriver exists as a band any more, but I always loved Mescal Head and look forward to checking out the solo work of a guy who was an intregal part of making this memorable recording. Adam is out touring in support of his most recent solo release Bolts of Melody, and you can look for future material from another one of Adam’s projects, ,The Setting Suns where he is joined by Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino. Adam seems to be a busy man, and in good company as well.

Mp3►►Swervedriver ‘Last Train To Satansville’

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Not Quite Fogotten: Luna

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Why, why, why, why, why did you leave me Luna?? I know that I took for granted the fact that you just always seemed to be available when I needed you, and maybe I didn’t pay you enough attention in the later years, but my love for you didn’t change, I just became lazy in showing you that I really do care. You were one of the best things that ever happened to me, and I promise that I won’t forget that about you.

Sad, isn’t it? It took me watching the appropriately named DVD release from these guys Tell Me Do You Miss Me, for me to realize that I really do miss Luna, and to realize how amazing they really were. Pup Tent is possibly one of my favorite records of all time, and what makes it great for me is the lyrical world that Dean Wareham dream-weaves and integrates into the subtle sonic sultry landscape of music layered on that beautiful disc. If you have not heard this record, then I highly recommend that you take the 46.7 minutes required to experience Dean and Luna at what I think is their best. Don’t get me wrong, they have a lot to offer on everything that they have put out, but this one is a gem.

Back to the DVD Tell Me Do You Miss Me, it was a comfortable and unsettling reminder of how the industry has changed because of the emergence of digital media, and the casualties of that change. It features a coming of age band that got lost in the shuffle in a time when digital media was changing the landscape of the music business and labels struggled to make usable sense of the shifting industry while still supporting the bands. Luna stepped out as the first wave of a swelling sea of change that was about to take the industry by storm, and as much as I regret their departure, it may have been one of the smartest moves that they have ever made being veterans of the industry since the early 90′s.

Dean and Britta from Luna are still making records, but its not the same, nor will it ever be. Visit fuzzywuzzy.com for complete information on the band and it’s history, and watch Tell Me Do You Miss Me, as it is a wonderfully shot film that covers the band’s last tour on a level that will have you answering the question with a resounding…Yes!

Mp3►►Tracy I Love You

Mp3►►City Kitty

Mp3►►Fuzzy Wuzzy

Trailer for Tell Me Do You Miss Me

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Tony Wilson Passes

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Tony Wilson passed this earth on Friday 8.10 and strangely enough, I was in a club that night when one of my favorite Joy Division songs started playing over the stereo system and I couldn’t help but think how great the song still sounded this many years after its original release, and how much of an impact those guys have had over the years. In addition to managing Joy Division/New Order and The Happy Mondays, the scene that he created with those bands and his other contributions such as the Factory Label and the “In The City” music festival have had a lasting impact that is still very evident in the current modern music scene. I just recently watched 24 Hour Party People, which is loosely based on the scene that he was a part of and responsible for creating, and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in some entertaining and partially historical representation of his contributions to that popular Manchester scene in the 80′s.

Tony unfortunately succumbed to deteriorating health conditions as a result of his battle with cancer of the kidneys, and I’m sure that I am in one in many that are saying, “Mr Manchester” will be missed.

Mp3►►Joy Divisions ‘Shadow Play’

Trailer for 24 Hour Party People

Interview with Tony Wilson

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Not Quite Forgotten: Idaho

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Being as there is a lag in live shows that I’m wanting to cover these days, as the summer Festival season gets into full swing and the fact that I would think that most bands in their right mind would avoid Texas during the months of July and August because of the heat, I’ll be creating new avenues for writing posts. This being the first edition of Not Quite Forgotten, which I will be focusing on bands that I have a past with, that were great in their own time either with one great record or multiple, but didn’t have the luxury of the blog ‘o’ sphere to grant them their deserved attention.

Really not expecting this band to be the first to be chosen for this column, Idaho caught my attention quickly as I perused my CD collection for material. I really own only one of the bands recordings which is Three Sheets To The Wind, but each time I revisit it, I can’t help but to find myself engaging each song with a reunited interest, anticipating the appearance of the next song on the record.

Formed by Jeff Martin and John K. Berry in 1992, the comparisons to Red House Painters and American Music Club really didn’t touch on the slowcore sound that mingles with indie rock and emo before emo was cool, that these guys were great at producing. Jeff Martin has been the core of the group, while being the principal songwriter and singer since conception, and still to this day is recording and playing live as Idaho. Look for some new material in 2008, and let’s hope that this work of Jeff doesn’t fall completely by the wayside, and a few more listeners will take notice to the talent he posses.

Idaho myspace

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‘Shame’

‘Stare At The Sky’

‘No Ones Watching’

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