Friday, March 31, 2006

Wake Up

This song is taking on a whole new meaning to me today -
thank heavens for ARCADE FIRE!

Somethin' filled up
my heart with nothin',
someone told me not to cry.

But now that I'm older,
my heart's colder,
and I can see that it's a lie.

Children wake up,
hold your mistake up,
before they turn the summer into dust.

If the children don't grow up,
our bodies get bigger but our hearts get torn up.
We're just a million little god's causin rain storms
turnin' every good thing to rust.

I guess we'll just have to adjust.

With my lighnin' bolts a glowin'
I can see where I am goin' to be when the reaper reaches and touches my hand.

With my lighnin' bolts a glowin'
I can see where I am goin’
With my lighnin' bolts a glowin'
I can see where I am go-goin’

You'd better look out below

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

This is amusing...various interviews from SXSW

Click on the link above to check out "A Tribute to Tiger Beat—BlackBook Does SXSW".

Friday, March 24, 2006

Kelis is one hot married mama!

This video is great! A new song called "Bossy" from Kelis featuring Too Short.

I love this line in the chorus:
"That's right I brought all the boys to the yard and that's right I'm the one that's tattooed on his arm".

She is referring to her massive hit "Milkshake" and that her husband rapper Nas has a tattoo of her on him. She's also wearing a hot necklace that says "Mrs. Jones". Nas' real name is Nasir Jones.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back...

Here's a shot of the elephants from Barnum & Bailey circus entering the Midtown Tunnel in NYC on Monday night. I was going to go see them walking across 34th Street to Madison Square Garden but didn't. It was too cold and too late (midnight). But this image is very cool.

What's better than a video with cameos by Jack Black and Dave Grohl???

Eagles of Death Metal rule! Click on the link above to see the video for their new single "I Want You So Hard".

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

More South by Southwest antics...

My friend Steve and his girlfriend Michelle managed to get into the not-so-secret The Flaming Lips show on Thursday night in Austin at SXSW. I didn't. But with the wonders of the can see the first song, their cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". Click on the link above. Looks like it was a blast!!

Now I am officially in trouble...

...clothes mecca Forever 21 has a website...who knew? Check it out ladies. Just click on the link above.

It's like I was almost there...since I was somewhere else...

One of my fave bands - THE TWILIGHT SINGERS - played two shows in Austin for SXSW. I saw their headlining gig at Friends on 6th Street on Thursday night but I missed their show the next day at the Levi's/Fader tent since I was up in the University district of Austin seeing my friend Kevin's band Holy Fuck at the Off the Wookie Ice Cream Social. Check out the cool aerial shot of Holy Fuck performing. I'm in the crowd somewhere.

Luckily I found this stellar review and pictures of the TS show on Friday.

Austin: Twilight Singers @ The Levi's/FADER Trading Post

Twilight Singers brought some seriously badass rock & roll to the Levi's/FADER Trading Post on Friday. I never doubted the awesomeness of the band, but I had no idea that they would tear it up nearly as much as they did. The great Greg Dulli, former leader of the legendary Afghan Whigs, gave us one of the finest performances of the week as he blasted through tracks from the upcoming Twilight album Powder Burns.

I received a copy of the new record before leaving for Austin, which his totally solid. As much as I really enjoyed the disc, Twilight Singers took it to a whole different level on stage. I never got to see the Whigs perform, but as hard as the Singers rocked, I felt that I finally got a glimpse of Dulli's greatness. The guitars... hot damn they had some amazing guitar sounds erupting out of their amps. The last band I heard with that kind of guitar power was the now defunct group Pleasure Club.

Dulli's voice sounded as amazing as I hoped it would be in person, especially on the new track "Bonnie Brae". Soaring over the wall of guitars, it was one of those live rock moments that give you chills even days afterwards. While I wasn't familiar enough with the new material to remember each and every song performed, I believe it was during "I'm Ready" when badass guitarist Dave Rosse kicked on a police siren through his amp. The noise of his crunchy guitar combined with the siren was indescribable, but holy hell was it amazing. If I am wrong on the song title, don't hold it against me.

Simply put, Twilight Singers are one hell of a rock band. No cheesy stage antics, not gimmicky wardrobe, no mountain of PR driven overblown hype, just great songs performed by stellar musicians. After waiting years to see Dulli live in person, it was well worth the wait.

Make sure you grab the new Twilight Singers album Powder Burns on May 16 via One Little Indian.

- Chip Adams

Monday, March 20, 2006

Fun in Austin Texas!

So I just spent 4 days down in Austin Texas for a fun music festival called South By Southwest. It was a total blast.

I caught a bunch of bands:

High Dials
The Golden Dogs
Rumble Strips
The New Pornographers
Belle & Sebastian
Derby - awesome pop rock band from Portland - totally deserving of more recognition!
Echo & The Bunnymen
Field Music
Jason Collett
The Hidden Cameras
The Most Serene Republic
Richard Hawley
Of Montreal
Serena Maneesh
The Chalets
Lonely Dear
Rob Dickinson
The Figurines
Small Sins
Duke Spirit
The Elected
The Go Team!
Holy Fuck
Sarah Harmer

My highlights were:

Greg Dulli's still got it - here's the set list from the SXSW show.

My fun celebrity sightings included:

Mike D, J Mascis (3 times!) and Ray Davies (who was on my flight on the way back at 8am Sat morning from Austin to Altanta).

And I mistook Alan McGee's 17-year-old son for the lead singer of the Artic Monkeys. It was too funny when I asked Alan if the guy with him wasthe AC singer and he said, "No, Catonia, that's my son Dan". I swear he had the same haircut!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Blame Canada!

Click the link above to see the opening montage for The Simpsons done with real people. I think it's ace.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

It's the colour of your skin...your skin is black metallic...are there any Catherine Wheel fans out there?

Last night I was walking home from work around 9:15, and I was on the phone with my friend Riker who wanted to meet up with me. He asked me what I was doing. I told him that I was either going to see Rob Dickinson's solo show at the Mercury Lounge or Sarah Harmer's show at the Canal Room. (I usually try to support old Canadian pals when they come to town). Or I told him that I might just stay in.

So I'm walking down First Avenue by Lil Frankie's, still on the phone, as I notice two guys standing outside the restaurant smoking cigarettes. One was Rob Dickinson I realized as I passed them. I could spot his steel blue eyes anywhere. So I turned around, still talking to Riker on the phone, and pointed at Rob. He looked at me with curiousity. And I said, "What time are you on?". And he smiled and said, "10:30", without skipping a beat. Then I smiled back and replied, "I'll see you there". I turned back around and keep walking. It was kind of funny. Riker asked what had just happened. And I said that I had made up my mind...I was going to see Rob Dickinson. The show was fantastic. Check the review below.

After the show, Rob was hanging out by the bar chatting with people. So I went over to say hi. I had met him at his last New York show since my friend Perry is his publicist. I introduced myself as Catonia, Perry's friend saying we met at the last show. And then I mentioned to him that I also spoke to you outside Lil Frankie's. "Oh that was you?" he asked. And I nodded my head. He said, "Thanks. You made me feel really important. My friend was impressed." We ended up chatting for a while. I told him that I would see him in Austin for South By Southwest. He's playing a show with The Twilight Singers!! And here's an excellent review of the show from

"OK, so most of you know my thoughts on Rob Dickinson. As the former (or possibly not former) frontman for one of the most criminally overlooked bands in the history of alternative rock, Catherine Wheel, he has been a musician always on the verge of making it yet always falling just inches short. Why the Wheel never made that leap to mass success still boggles my mind. Not that the band lacked success, but albums such as Ferment, Chrome and Adam & Eve should have made a much larger impact than they actually did in the States.

After taking over five years to complete his debut solo album, Dickinson released Fresh Wine For The Horses last year. To promote the record, Dickinson has embarked on several runs of acoustic dates from coast to coast. I caught him several months ago at Joe’s Pub, where he has backed by an upright bass player as well as a second guitarist. Last night he returned to NYC for another acoustic show, this time at the Mercury Lounge. Unlike the last time I saw him this performance was Dickinson only.

When it came time for Rob to begin, all that he had on stage was a stool, a couple of bottles of water, his acoustic guitar, three effects pedals, a microphone and his harmonica. This stripped down performance allowed Dickinson to take away the shimmering electric guitars and feedback of his albums, leaving his poetic words and gorgeous melodies to shine in the spotlight.

Unlike his Joe’s Pub performance, Dickinson seemed much more comfortable in the acoustic setting. He had plenty of stories and jokes to fill the time during his hour and a half long set making this particular night very memorable for his die-hard fans. He kicked off with the classic Wheel tune “Heal”, turning the performance into an all out sing-along. In fact, the sheer amount of Catherine Wheel tunes last night actually surprised me, covering material from practically every album. He included gems such as “Little Muscle”, “Delicious”, “Crank”, “Ma Solituda” and a stirring rendition of “Eat My Dust You Insensitive Fuck”.

One of the absolute highlights of the evening came from his deeply personal “All Of That”, which was on the Wheel’s Wishville album. He admitted that this song was composed in his childhood bedroom during a very dark point in his life. During the performance, he even changed the lyrics a bit on the line “I am the brother of a famous man” to “I am the cousin of a famous man”, showing a hint of jealousy towards cousin Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden’s fame.

Dickinson was in good spirits last night, even fooling around a bit. Early on in the set, a somewhat inebriated fan shouted “Weren’t you in Bush?” Dickinson laughed it off, even singing a few lines of “Everything Zen”. The humor carried on for the rest of his set, adding in comments on becoming a US resident, becoming infatuated with American Idol and admitting that he is slightly envious of Gavin and Gwen’s paparazzi in Los Angeles.

He made sure to perform plenty of material off his solo album as well, including the single “My Name Is Love”. Dickinson also sang “Oceans”, Intelligent People”, “The Storm” and “Handsome.” The night ended with his always jaw-dropping acoustic version of “Black Metallic”, which still ranks as one of my favorite live tunes of all time.

Rob Dickinson was, and still is, one of the most important voices in alternative rock. His deep baritone vocals easily soar to a spine-tingling falsetto, showing more range in tone and passion than most other performers I have ever heard. His songwriting, musicianship and voice have never been better, which makes me wonder what the future may have in store for Rob. Admitting that Catherine Wheel may not be over, perhaps that final step to real success may be in reach.

For those of you who have yet to catch his amazing acoustic performances, he has a few left stop left on his itinerary.

03.02.06 – Philadelphia, PA (North Star Bar)
03.04.06 – Boston, MA (Paradise Lounge)
03.05.06 – Montreal, QC (Petit Campus)
03.07.06 – Toronto, ON (Lee’s Palace)
03.08.06 - Pittsburgh, PA (Club Cafe)
03.10.06 - Brooklyn, NY (Southpaw)

-Reported by Chip Adams on 03/02/2006"

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Indie Clerk Jerks

You must check out this movie - hilarious!!