Listen and/or watch from 8-10p Pacific, 11-1a EDT as we rate and debate various important indie releases on the Moheak Music Meeting. My guests will include Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros along with Moheak DJ’s Reg B. and Rayne. Capitol Records VP of A&R Michael Howe was originally scheduled to join us, but he had to cancel due to a family issue. We look forward to having him on soon. Come hang with us in a few hours!
Archive for June, 2011
Hey fellow Raver, here is this week’s Go Deep show as heard on Moheak Radio 1-3p Pacific, 4-6p EDT, 9-11p GMT. Part 1 runs about 75 minutes with the remainder in part 2. Check out this Sunday’s Moheak Music Meeting, with guests including Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and also Capitol Records VP of A&R Michael Howe. The MMM airs 8-10p Pacific, 11-1p EDT, 4-6a GMT.
The Airborne Toxic Event – Welcome to Your Wedding Day (Welcome to the show with an LA band set)
Here’s this week’s playlist along with the hourly audio links. Go Deep is heard every Friday on Moheak Radio from 1-3p Pacific, 4-6p EDT, and 9-11 GMT. This show was pre-recorded on Monday, 6/13. Enjoy!
BTW, the next Moheak Music Meeting show will be Sunday, June 26. Details will be posted later next week.
TV on the Radio – Caffeinated Consciousness (Dates in Poland, Germany and UK coming up)
Anna Calvi brought her beautiful voice to the Troubadour last Tuesday night. She gets compared to PJ Harvey, and I occasionally hear it on the high notes. Her live presentation is straight forward, low-key, and high-taste without much in the way of showbiz. Highlights included her “Blackout” single and her cover of Elvis’ “Surrender”, which was the single’s b-side. The band was a 3-piece with Anna playing bass and guitar.
Glasvegas played the next night after selling the venue out in a matter of days. Strangely enough, there was a distinct lack of spark in the music and also in the crowd, compared to a live show I saw of theirs a few years ago. Some of that might be attributable to a lower-key second album that has fewer uplifting melodies. They hit “Daddy’s Gone” from the debut, for the final encore, and we could definitely feel the increased the vibe in the house.
I got to see Martha Davis & the Motels twice last week. Martha continued to be in fine voice, both at the Carter Memorial Service Tuesday night at The Roxy, and Friday night at the Rhino Pop-Up event for Musicares. Her band sounds great and it’s my hope that they soon embark on a higher-profile tour. For more on their playing “Total Control” at the service, see my Carter, R.I.P. post dated June 14.
John Carter would quickly correct people with two words when they innocently called him “John”. “Just Carter,” he would say. He and I worked together in Capitol’s A&R Department. Cancer got him at the age of 65.
Carter wrote “Incense and Peppermints” and “Acapulco Gold” as a teen. He got into A&R following a stint in record promotion. Carter brought people like Sammy Hagar and Bob Welch to Capitol, and he signed Tina Turner in ’82 against a huge amount of corporate resistance as most people thought she was “over”. I was on the label’s rock promotion team, and we looked up to him as a mentor. Fresh off my Knack signing once I became an A&R man myself, I saw a band called The Motels. Sensing they were right up his alley, I told him about them the next day. It turned out Carter had been aware of them a few years earlier, and it was an honor to sign the band with him. Carter’s post-A&R management career included Paula Cole, E from Eels, Sammy Hagar’s Chickenfoot, and a close creative collaboration with Melissa Etheridge.
Carter was a man of few words, and there wasn’t an ounce of bullshit in the man. Even in a highly corporate environment, he always found ways to do things in his own style. He was known for his “hobby” stamp, often used as his evaluation of less than spectacular demos that crossed his A&R desk. When keyboard/sax player Marty Jourard lamented the loss of a girlfriend, Carter quickly said “take the ‘L’ out of ‘Lover’ and it’s ‘Over’ “. Yes, the phrase became the title of a hit song. When Chickenfoot played in LA, he sent a message to a few of us: “I don’t expect you to come to this show but if your gardener wants to come, let me know.”
The memorial service was attended by hundreds last Tuesday at the Roxy. It was an upbeat affair, and the video presentation included messages from Tina, Steve Miller, Bob Welch, Sammy, and others. There was a heavy emphasis on his Capitol years, which were his best in A&R, and lots of Capitol colleagues were in the club. Melissa and Paula each sang, and Chickenfoot closed with a bunch of ripping songs that included “Red” and “Turn Up the Music” from Sammy’s Capitol era as a solo artist. He and Carter co-wrote “Music”. The most touching song of the night was “Total Control” by The Motels. Martha Davis was in excellent voice, and what made it special was that she was joined by both of the brothers for the first time in decades. Marty Jourard was on keyboard and sax, while Jeff Jourard played guitar. All of us at Capitol thought “Total Control” would break the band on the first album, but it only became a hit in Australia. The band absolutely nailed the song on this night after rehearsing it that afternoon. The emotions were intense and Martha talked later about how hard it was for her to get through it at the end. It was something I’ll never forget. “I’d sell my soul for total control, over you.” Carter produced that first album. I was fine at the memorial but when I closed my Friday radio show with a Carter tribute and “Total Control”, I barely got through the segment. Grief is completely unpredictable–we never know when it will consume us.
When The Motels played again Friday night, Martha told me how every time she thinks of Carter, she can’t help but smile. R.I.P., Carter. Hopefully there’s an afterlife and if so, you were delighted with the memorial and I’m sure you’re rocking out there with the best–but still marching to your own beat.
Here are the links and playlist for this past Friday’s Go Deep With Bruce Rave show on Moheak Radio, which runs 1-3p Pacific, 4-6p EDT, 9-11p GMT. Hour 2 began with my Wombats Interview Special and ended with my tribute to former A&R colleague Carter (he wasn’t into using his first name). When I mentioned a Melissa that played at Carter’s memorial service, I meant to say Melissa Etheridge. Enjoy!
Friendly Fires – Hawaiian Air (Killed it on Kimmel last night)
I’m pleased to be adding a second Moheak Radio show on alternate Sundays from 8-10p Pacific, 11-1 EDT, 4-6a Mondays GMT. I’ll have guests. We’ll rate and debate brand new tracks from important indie releases. Audience input will be welcome. This week’s guests will include Moheak Music Director/DJ Darren Revell, Moheak DJ Mo Herms, Moving Units leader Blake Miller, and airplay expert Shawn Alexander who is Director of Alternative Radio for leading radio trade All Access. Lots of songs to be played, and lots of good information. Come listen and watch online. Any questions you’d like me to ask Blake or Shawn?
Here’s last Friday’s show for your listening pleasure. Go Deep airs on Moheak Radio Fridays 1-3p Pacific, 4-6p EDT, 9-11p GMT. Hour 2 wound up beginning with the Anna Calvi/Gomez/Black Lips set and was followed by Wombats/Glasvegas/Wavves. Everything else is in order. Enjoy, and I’d love to hear from you on what tracks you like the best : )
Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Brand new. What do you think?)
I had high hopes for the Wombats’ Troubadour gig last Wednesday, and this show blasted right through my optimism. This Modern Glitch is a 2011 fave album for me, and evidently for many of their fans. The show was sold-out and the crowd enthusiastically chanting “Wombats” even before they took the stage. Matthew Murphy’s vocals were spot on and they’ve got a number of strong songs if not obvious radio hits. With the addition of synth parts, the band has evolved nicely between albums. They played great and this was one of the best Troub reactions I’ve seen in awhile. I interviewed singer Murph before the show, and he talked about the prior night in New York being their best US gig to date. Afterwards, they felt this show was pretty much on a par. They are talking about a more extensive tour in October. It may take another album or two, but this band has a great chance of blowing up if they stay on course. Hear my Wombats interview special with songs included, on Moheak Radio this Friday afternoon in the 2:00 hour Pacific, 5p EDT, 10p GMT.
Arctic Monkeys sold out the Palladium Friday night and are doing just fine, thank you. Their Suck It and See album may be a little softer, but there was little reduction in volume or intensity in this live show. They pretty much played their hits and the crowd ate it up. The band has always been live and leader Alex Turner has always been a humble front man. They now that that extra presence that comes with being a major touring band for a few years. Openers The Vaccines didn’t fare as well as I’d hoped. They rocked and got a decent reaction, but the barn-like Palladium sound ate them up. Their harder, faster songs got the loudest cheers. Softer songs were more present earlier on, which probably hurt them in this kind of venue. Seems their huge UK buzz hasn’t yet crossed the ocean in a big way, and it will be interesting to see how they do in U.S. festival dates later this summer as their album continues to get promoted Set closer was a cool cover of The Standells’ “Dirty Water”.
Here are links to 20 of my fave late-night TV appearances so far this year. Besides You Tube, an awesome site for most TV gigs and other info is The Audio Perv.
Leno: Darlene Love