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#Throwback Thursday – Pearl Jam – Smile

So Pearl Jam makes there way to NYC this Sunday and Monday at Madison Square Garden, I guess that makes this Pearl Jam week at BOTC. Early reviews from the tour have been stellar. It seems the boys from Seattle show no signs of touring fatigue as they continue to play 30 plus songs a night. A mix of classic tracks, covers, and rarities seem to be pleasing all Pearl Jam fans so far.

In honor of Pearl Jam gracing NYC with their presence, we throw it back to a very underrated Pearl Jam tune from 1996’s No Code album, Smile. We will be in the house Monday night and hope to hear this song so we can shout with the other PJ faithful “I miss you already yeah…I miss you always…I miss you already yeah…I miss you all day…This is how I feel…”

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The Bluetones – Concert Review – The Liquid Room – Edinburgh – April 25, 2016

“Some bands split up because of musical differences,” says The Bluetones’ Mark Morriss.
“We had musical differences with the audience,” he adds, halfway through the band’s ‘reunion phase two’ gig at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room.
The Bluetones split in 2011 after their last album, A New Athens, failed to make the top 200 but it always seemed like a reluctant departure.

The band had dutifully produced charming and well crafted albums every three years or so since their platinum selling breakthrough album Expecting To Fly in 1996, but with ever diminishing returns.

With ETF celebrating its 20th anniversary the band dutifully reformed for a series of gigs last year, which were so well received that they hit the road again this spring.

Rather than bask in the glory of that glorious debut album, The Bluetones seem determined to prove themselves and their extended back catalogue again to an audience that had rather taken them for granted.

Slight Return, their biggest hit single, was churned out near the end with all of the enthusiasm of a toilet attendant going through the motions.

Bluetonic, its successor and predecessor (Slight Return was re-issued in 1996 after failing to chart the previous year), was more well received by both band and audience.

Now in their mid-40s, the band look like they’ve still got plenty of good years ahead of them if the audience would only give them a chance, with only Adam Devlin threatening to grow into the fat suit they wore in the video for post-ETF standalone single Marblehead Johnson.

Although a little thicker in the waste, his riffs are even fatter and he remains one of the greatest guitarists of the Britpop generation.

Solomon Bites The Worm, from the distortion heavy second album, still rocks hard and its world-weary tale of a whole life lived in just a week has taken on new irony from a band that had apparently run its course and is now enjoying a precarious rebirth.

“Here’s a song we wrote when no one was paying attention,” says Morriss as they launch into Firefly from A New Athens, clearly bitter that a track that’s as good as anything on ETF failed to capture the public imagination.

“And one for the purists,” he says on encore track The Simple Things, B-side to Marblehead Johnson and arguably one of their greatest songs from a pre-iTunes era when bands were forced to throw away top tunes at the back end of four track CD singles to make up the numbers, with scant regard for the day when the well might run dry (much like Oasis did in their prolific early years).

Sadly, there appeared to be tickets on the door at the 650 capacity Liquid Room, suggesting The Bluetones are at risk of exhausting their “limited edition” reunion good will.

They’re still a top live act, though, and some new music could fill a niche in an increasingly fragmented music scene where chart hits are becoming less important (creatively, at least, although I doubt it pays the bills).

Set closer If… sends the crowd home happy, with its Hey Jude style “na na na” outro an easy singalong after two hours supping two pint pitchers.

Setlist

Talking To Clarry

Are You Blue Or Are You Blind?

Cut Some Rug

Mudslide

The Fountainhead

Marblehead Johnson

Keep The Home Fires Burning

Sleazy Bed Track

Bluetonic

Tiger Lily

Firefly

Fast Boy

Solomon Bites The Worm

Carnt Be Trusted

Slight Return

After Hours

The Simple Things

If…

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Song of the Week: Sturgill Simpson “Welcome To Earth (Polywogg)”

Anyone as blessed as myself to have a son as your first born, you know a bond like no other. It’s amazing and a blessing to see him grow from a baby to a boy to a…   god I can’t even think about it further without getting too emotional.

Sturgill’s new album A Sailor’ Guide To Earth, is full of personal odes of love, family, life, and most importantly Goldeneye on N64. However, this opening track, is up there with some of the best from a father to a son. It’s definitely right there with two of my favorites in Cat Stevens “Father and Son” and Conor Oberst’s “You Are Your Mother’s Child” amoungst others.
Listen below. It surely hits home.  Which is the most important place to be.

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Prince RIP

I mean how much more can we take? If losing Bowie wasn’t bad enough, today Prince passed away at 57. Just unbelievable news. We would post some music in tribute but all his music isn’t available via stream/YouTube. Just an absolute icon.  He finally has become The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Too sad.

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#Throwback Thursday – The Smiths – Cemetry Gates 

Well it finally seems like spring has sprung in NYC, as 70 degree days are in the forecast. As we look forward to sunny and warmer days ahead,what better way to celebrate than with The Smiths and Morrissey’s “Debbie Downer” lyrics from Cemetry Gates.

A dreaded sunny day

So let’s go where we’re wanted

And I meet you at the cemetry gates

Keats and Yeats are on your side

But you lose

‘Cause weird lover Wilde is on mine

Only Morrissey could write about a dreaded sunny day while living in England, absolute genius.

This week also included more exciting Smiths/Morrissey news as the leads for the soon to be filmed biopic Steven, were announced. Jack Lowden of Downton Abbey fame will portray Morrissey in his early life in the 1970’s before Smiths fame in the 1980’s. Definitely looking forward to that.

So to kickoff a sunny day and the beginning of better weather, why not dampen that a bit with The Smiths classic Cemetry Gates.

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Ripples of Excitement From Across The Pond

The British side of the pond has been rippling with excitement in recent weeks.
So much so, that by the time we resolve to post one update another great story lands so we’re just going to spew up in one go like a roadie trying to match Keith Richards.

First, Ian Brown confirmed that The Stone Roses are recording new music. We have already speculated what a new Roses album/EP may sound like – and it looks like we’re about to have our predictions put to the test. (more…)

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Song of the Week: Told Slant “Low Hymnal”

In what is easily one of my favorite tracks of the year thus far, Told Slant does their best National impression.  Felix Walworth early on is in despair stating “Why don’t you comfort me?” The song progresses with a slight guitar rift, and pressing drums, sort of imitating the lyrical progression. Finallly ending with determination… “Felix, you can battering ram this life”