This Week In Nightlife

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ALSO: Godspeed You Black Sonic Youth with the Antarcticans'guitarkestra at the GlassHouse.

We are reminded by fed-up fans that Roberto from the NewFidelityneither drinks like a longshoreman, comes from Cleveland nor plays guitar ("Meet a Need," June 3); instead, he enjoys blank-verse poetry, cultivating bonsai and playing 20-minute slap-bass solos for his lovely wife. At Detroit.

New Release Day! So buy something old: the re-reissued SoulDrums,by Bernard"Pretty"Purdie,the dapper drummer who set a standard for funk and soul percussion on this unrelenting '68 LP. Besides session work with James Brown, jazz sax player King Curtis, Louis Armstrong and—contentiously, after an unproved 1993 claim—the Beatles, who supposedly dubbed over Ringo's lackluster tracks, Renaissance man Purdie also scored Lialeh,the porno now known as the "black DeepThroat"(and that sleazy soundtrack is out now on Seattle's excellent Light in the Attic label). SoulDrums'monstrous production and Purdie's ferocious style make for a widely recognized but rarely available classic. Find it if you mind it.

The Strokes stole the vocals off the BlueVan'sretro-rock and then the Hives stole their whole career—how many Scandinavian Standells fans can one hemisphere be expected to take? Sad that the Van missed the party, too, since they showed up in such great costumes: this Who/Creation/Animals drag with soft-like-a-vintage-T-shirt vox is so lovingly done that, with worse production, the Blue Van could have maybe faked their way into history, like Texas's Uncalled 4, who convinced collectors they were a punk band from 1979 even though they were really a bunch of fakers from 1985. At HOBwith bad-news hair-wavers HotHotHeat.

ALSO: MeanRedsand WiresOnFirerescue sassy hardcore from the oldies in the Blood Brothers and Das Oath and return it to the classically trained high school kids from whence it came. At ChainReaction.

RollingStonecribs everything Chris Ziegler ever wrote for today's article on the Willowz,yet fails to report how the Willowz recently soaked Chris for $200 worth of sushi at an Anaheim Benihana's, claiming, oh, no, don't worry, man, we'll only get appetizers, and then they'd order Alaskan snowball tuna cheeks and four pitchers of Asahi when Chris would get up to use the restroom.

ALSO: InnawayCD release at Detroit;DJJFX(from Anaheim's Beats Vinyl Life store) at AudioOne—what,Audio One rules!—and the forbidden jazz banjo of AlisonBrownat the CoachHouse.


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