Media Roundup: Hot New Mp3 Overload!

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!
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The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy recently chatted with Rolling Stone about “metal, musicals and scary jobs.”

Colin Meloy

Colin Meloy

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Musical Legacies

How do you know when you’ve “made it” as an artist?  For some musicians, it would be enough to score a headlining slot at a local venue.  Others have their eyes fixed on a hit single or two.  For others, success means worldwide adoration and acclaim.  This seems to be about as far as most artists dare to dream, but for a select group of musicians, their art has permanently affixed their names to entire movements or genres.  Here are a few of the most recognized members of the Musical Family Tree/Royal Lineage.  There are certainly more out there—tell us who you’d include!

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The Godfather of Punk:  Iggy Pop

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The Queen of Punk:  Patti Smith

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The “Modfather”:  Paul Weller

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The King of Rock ‘n’Roll:  Elvis Presley

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The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll:  Wanda Jackson

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Godfather of Soul:  James Brown

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Father of Soul: Ray Charles

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The Queen of Soul:  Aretha Franklin

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The Queen of Pop:  Madonna

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The King of Pop: Michael Jackson

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Queen of Folk:  Joan Baez

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Media Roundup: What Will Spring Bring?

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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After making a stop in Madison to play a fantastic show at the High Noon Saloon, An Horse made their way to NYC to play “Camp Out” for David Letterman.   If you haven’t done so already, check out our interview with the band here.

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Paul and Ringo will lead an alarmingly amazing lineup of musicians who will perform at the upcoming “Change Begins Within” benefit for the David Lynch Foundation.  The foundation “raises funds to teach one million at-risk children to meditate — giving them life-long tools to overcome stress and violence and promote peace and success in their lives.”

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The Roots are settling into their new role as house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.  Check out a video interview complete with rehearsal footage of the band here.

The Roots

The Roots

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Britpop legend Jarvis Cocker has a new album called Further Complications due out in May.  Let’s hope he’ll make time for an American tour after he completes his European dates!

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If you read the endlessly entertaining memoir Petal Pusher from Madison-native, rocker and author Laurie Lindeen (which you definitely should have), then you’ll be interested to know that her former band, Zuzu’s Petals, has a new retrospective album available from Rhino.

Zuzu's Petals

Zuzu's Petals

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Thanks to NPR, Dan Deacon fans can stream his new album, Bromst, in its entirety.  What do you think of the new tunes?  If you didn’t already know, Deacon will be in Madison on May 4th with Future Islands and Teeth Mountain.  Get your tickets here!

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Check out P.O.S.‘s new video for “Optimist.”

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It’s time to compare notes.  NME recently compiled a list of the “20 Greatest Goth Tracks.” What do you think of their selection?  What would you have included?
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Madison’s own Stu Levitan recently spoke with folk icon Joan Baez in an interview for 92.1 The Mic.  Click here to listen!  (Listed under March 8, 2009 Hour 2).  If you still don’t have tickets to Joan’s show at the Barrymore, get ’em here!

Joan Baez

Joan Baez

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If you’re thinking about picking up tickets to catch No Doubt on their upcoming tour, here’s a little extra motivation:  fans who opt to purchase premium tickets online will be able to download the band’s entire catalogue, plus exclusive content.
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Lots of exciting news from the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club camp!  A new album, DVD and tour are all in the band’s game plan for 2009.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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While you’re waiting for the indie folk trio that is Good Old War to play Madison on April 6th, check out this interview with the band from Blare magazine.  Need tickets to the show?  Head over here.
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Hardly a week goes by without some news from Oasis.  This week there are no brawls or international incidents to report on–just some free music on its way this spring!

Oasis

Oasis

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This year’s festival season is starting to take shape.  Pitchfork announced the first batch of confirmed acts for their July showcase, plus a brand new feature where ticket holders have the opportunity to pick the bands’ setlists.

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Jack White and The KillsAlison Mosshart are so strangers to being members of fantastic musical duos, so it only seems natural that they would join forces to create a brand new band called The Dead Weather. Along with The Raconteurs‘ “other Jack” (Lawrence) and Queens of the Stone Age‘s Dean Fertita, White and Mosshart plan to release the band’s debut album in June. Get the full scoop here, and check out a video of their first single.

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Congratulations are in order for Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore, who recently wed in a private ceremony in Georgia.

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A new Jeff Buckley CD/DVD package to mark the 15th anniversary of his debut album’s release will be available on June 2.  The set features live performances and rare TV clips. Find out more about what the package will include.

Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley

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Dahni Harrison talked to Billboard about the upcoming release of his band’s first album, as well as the new version of Rock Band featuring that one group his dad was in.  You may have heard of them…

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Check out a preview of The Hold Steady‘s new DVD, A Positive Rage.  When it’s realeased on April 7th, there’ll undoubtedly be more than a few Madison fans scanning the screen to catch a glimpse of themselves getting blown away by the band’s amazing show at The Majestic last year.

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A new solo Iggy Pop album is due out in May.  Read what the godfather of punk had to say about finding his inspiration as well as the furture of the Stooges after the passing of Ron Asheton.

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop

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Farewell to Ron Asheton

Ron Asheton

On January 6th, groundbreaking Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead in his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The cause of death, though not confirmed, is widely speculated to have been a heart attack. The following statement was posted on The Stooges’ website:

We are shocked and shaken by the news of Ron’s death. He was a great friend, brother, musician, trooper. Irreplaceable. He will be missed.

For all that knew him behind the façade of Mr Cool & Quirky, he was a kind-hearted, genuine, warm person who always believed that people meant well even if they did not.

As a musician Ron was The Guitar God, idol to follow and inspire others. That is how he will be remembered by people who had a great pleasure to work with him, learn from him and share good and bad times with him.

Iggy, Scott, Steve, Mike and Crew

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I am in shock. He was my best friend.

Iggy Pop


Ron Asheton’s legendary sound was, in the words of Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillepie, “really fucking sexy and wild and reckless and free.” It was actually the impact of experiencing such reckless freedom firsthand that initially attracted him to music.

“We went to see The Who at the Cavern,” said Asheton in the oral history of punk, Please Kill Me. “It was wall to fucking wall of people. We muscled through to about ten feet from the stage, and Townshend started smashing his twelve-string Rickenbacker. It was my first experience of total pandemonium. It was like a dog pile of people, just trying to grab pieces of Townshend’s guitar, and people scrambling to dive up onstage and he’d swing the guitar at their heads. The audience weren’t cheering; it was more like animal noises, howling. The whole room turned really primative–like a pack of starving animals that hadn’t eaten in a week and somebody throws out a piece of meat. I was afraid. For me it wasn’t fun, but it was mesmerizing. It was like, ‘The plane’s burning, the ship’s sinking, so let’s crush each other.’ Never had I seen people driven so nuts–that music could drive people to such dangerous extremes. That’s when I realized, this is definitely what I want to do.”

Scott Asheton, Ron Asheton, Dave Alexander, Iggy Pop

The Stooges from left: Scott Asheton, Ron Asheton, Dave Alexander, Iggy Pop

It’s no overstatement to say that Asheton, with The Stooges, created some of the most important, thrilling music of all time. Personally speaking as a fan, Iggy and The Stooges have long been one of my favorite groups. From first listen I adored the brutality of their music and the brilliance of its protopunk simplicity. It was, and still is, the musical manifestation of unbridled rebellion. No matter how many times you listen to their music, The Stooges never fail to sound, and in turn make you feel, badass.

Asheton in action

Asheton in action

I’ve spent more time than I’d like to publicly admit to engaged in the epic Raw Power vs. Fun House debate with fellow hopeless music nerds. Though I still maintain that Raw Power is superior and guaranteed to knock anyone’s socks off, the truth of the matter is, you can’t really go wrong with any early Stooges creation. “No Fun,” “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “Gimme Danger,” “Down on the Street,” “Loose,” “I Need Somebody”….they’re all undeniably excellent listening, and part of a musical legacy that any band would be more than proud to have.

Ron Asheton wasn’t only a vital contributor to a great rock group, he helped inspire countless other hip young guitar slingers to make similarly thrilling, uncompromising music. As fans around the world say goodbye to this massively respected, and talented musician in their own ways, I’ll be blasting “1969” from my speakers well into the night. Thanks for the music, Ron.

-Shelley Peckham

Ron Asheton jacket

Live Concert Photos: Buckethead & That 1 Guy

From Les Claypool to Guns -N- Roses and Iggy pop, Buckethead has played with the legends and is revered as a genius in his field. Check out photos from his recent eclectic and intense performance at the Barrymore. The talented Mike Silverman opened as That One Guy and played his unique homemade instrument “The Magic Pipe”.

Photos by our lovely and talented photographer Bryan Gladding, In the Muck Photos. Copyright 2008

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