Saturday, October 31, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Velvet Underground Book

The Velvet Underground's association with Andy Warhol is well documented; perhaps what is less well known is the art that was actually made to promote the band's gigs and albums during the mid-to-late 60s. A new book documents the rise of their decidedly New York art.

New from Rizzoli books, The Velvet Underground: A New York Art (edited by Johan Kugelberg) collects together a wealth of early photography of the band, alongside a wonderful archive of posters and flyers.

More from the smart folks over at: Creative Review UK.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

R.E.M. Live At The Olympia

This is not a live album of greatest hits. It doesn't really feel like a live album, either. It feels more like R.E.M.'s gift to its most diehard fans.

For five nights, between June 30 and July 5, 2007, the band performed at the Olympia Theater in Dublin. The purpose was to test out material that would eventually appear on the album Accelerate, released in early 2008.

But what R.E.M. also did was to work harder; to play tighter and more urgently than ever. Rockers who are all around the age of 50 had to go back — way back — to their younger selves to recapture the sound that made the group "the biggest little band in the world," according to Rolling Stone.

Among these 39 live tracks, you'll find neither "Losing My Religion" nor "Everybody Hurts." You won't hear "It's the End of the World as We Know It." Same goes for "Stand" or "Man on the Moon" or "Nightswimming." In fact, to a casual or occasional R.E.M. listener, only a handful of tracks will sound familiar: "So. Central Rain," "Driver 8," "Electrolite," "Drive."

What you get here are the songs R.E.M. and its diehard fans love. "Wolves, Lower," for example, or "Carnival of Sorts" — tracks that were recorded shortly after art student Michael Stipe dropped out of the University of Georgia.

Read the rest: NPR REM

Listen to all 39 of the band's least-known favorites, performed live: R.E.M. Live At The Olympia

The sound is amazing, I gotta get this!

REM Set List
Above is one of my prized signatures - it's the set list signed by Michael Stipe after their awesome Majestic Theatre show for the 1985 Fables tour. I took Tish and we had perfect 5rd row center floor seats. At the time Maps was my my absolute most favorite REM tune and without any prompting from me Mr. Stipe, for whatever reason, circled it and then signed his name.

One other memorable thing from this show was the white bandage Michael wore on his head for the first part of the show. From what I understand they had rented bikes and he took a little spill while riding around downtown San Antonio.

REM 85

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hammond Eggs 68

It's on! 7am-9am tune in to KSYM 90.1 FM in San Antonio.

Grab yourself a big fresh cup of java and tune in to Episode 068 of The Hammond Eggs Show!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Episode 140: KiloCycles

Irregular Frequency Netwerk Presents HMK Mystery Stream Episode 140: KiloCycles
Welcome aboard. Grab your passport, your designated driver and buckle in for a trippy little psychedelic train ride through the left of center of your mind.... Irregular Frequency Netwerk Presents HMK Mystery Stream Episode 140: KiloCycles.

Click Hear: HMK Mystery Stream Episode 140: KiloCycles

Subscribe Gratis to the HMK Mystery Stream in iTunes: HMK Mystery Streams or check out the HMK Mystery Stream Archives for more info.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hammond Eggs 067

Hey y'all, if you missed this Saturday morning's Hammond Eggs show you can grab it now!

Click Hear: Hammond Eggs #67!

Join me and my bud Sir Brian Parrish, host of The Casbah, every other Saturday morning as we dig into our top shelf Hammond B3 favorites, sip the Mermaids Grande (venti java du jour) and dish out the fresh Hammond Eggs Vibes.

Click Hear: Archived Hammond Eggs Shows.

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Friday, October 02, 2009


E.M. Forster's The Machine Stops: