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Savages

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It’s been a good week for live music. I’ve gotten to see a few of my favorite bands. The standout has been Savages. “Savages?” you ask. Simply, Savages are four chicks from London who know how to rock. They released their debut album on Spotify in May, and it’s been on heavy rotation ever since at Casa Stout. Silence Yourself is intense, loud, and fantastic. Savages played a show here on Wednesday night. They sounded a […]

Those raw old-timey blues

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Flickr photo by Samantha Marble T-Model Ford is dead. Obit at the NYTimes. It’s the end of the line for those raw old-timey blues. Ford married six times, had “at least” 26 children, and came to the blues rather late in life. “I said: ‘What are you spending my money on that for, baby? I can’t play no guitar,’” Mr. Ford told The Chicago Tribune in 2002. “She said, ‘You can learn.’ She was all […]

From Giorgio Moroder to Blade Runner to Daft Punk

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Giorgio Moroder is both celebrated and a man behind-the-scenes. His music has earned him three Academy Awards and three Grammys over the years, and yet many are hearing of him for the first time on the song “Giorgio by Moroder” on the new Daft Punk album Random Access Memories. He’s known for working with a variety of artists and in particular, the late Donna Summer. It was from one of the late ‘90s documentaries on electronic […]

Jack White

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Jack White’s key insight was to redefine the term rock band. He was featured in the 2008 documentary “It Might Get Loud,” but he seems mismatched there. Jimmy Page and The Edge are guitar virtuosos but neither are band leaders. White’s sound is distinctly bluesy rock, but his approach to the guitar is completely different from the other two. White used the guitar in the White Stripes almost in a percussive manner. You can see […]

Pudge are kickstarting their first album

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Pudge, a threesome of brothers from Appleton, are kickstarting a fund to record and produce their first album. Make a pledge now before the deadline, and expect great things. Tony, Andy and Tom have been playing together for a while. They self-produced a five-song EP in 2007, which is really great, and they’re aiming now to release a professionally produced album. These are three dedicated guys who have rocked out in their spare time at […]

High school

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I first heard The Smiths in the 8th grade. My friend Debbie said, “There’s this great song on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. I think you’d really like it.” The song was Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want. The whole soundtrack was filled with iconic music from the mid-‘80s, but Debbie was right: that Smiths song was beguiling. By 9th and 10th grades, I was wearing Smiths t-shirts. I used to order […]

St. Vincent, David Byrne and some heavenly horns

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St. Vincent live in Madison. Photo: Daniel Stout David Byrne and St. Vincent (Annie Clark) have a new album out that they collaborated on. It’s quite a treat to hear two wonderful artists working together. Their artistic measures are quite balanced together. This album — called Love This Giant (Amazon and Spotify) — features a full 12 tracks. Annie Clark has put out three albums thus far as St. Vincent. They’re increasingly good as she […]

Spotify gives indie artists the shaft: Damon speaks

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Ethereal. Dreamy. Celestial. Galaxie 500 was one of those bands from the late ‘80s that captured a moment in time. They were a little bit ahead of the crush of shoegazer bands in the early '90s like Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, and Chapterhouse. I recently watched their DVD compilation called Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste: 1988-1991. The two-DVD set contains their four stunning, artistic music videos directed by Sergio Huidor and a variety of […]

Evocative city scenes and music to match, Pt. 2

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Yesterday, I was talking about the combination of wistful music and views of city scenes during the opening credits of the TV show Portlandia. That got me thinking of another song that has a very similar effect. Adam F is known mostly as a hip-hop producer, and in 1997, he put out an album of his own music called Colours. It was tragically underrated. I say tragically because it’s absolutely one of my favorite albums […]

What is that really great theme song from Portlandia?

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Recently, I’ve watched the first season of a TV show called Portlandia. It’s a comedy with two stars: Fred Armisen of SNL and Carrie Brownstein who does vocals/guitar for Wild Flag. There are lots of guest stars on the show ranging from Selma Blair to Aimee Mann to the Decemberists. It’s a spoof on life in Portland. It thrives on a clichéd look at life in the city, but it’s all in good fun. What […]