RAVE'S FAVES (on the air)
1990's (various), Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, Spoon (various), Blaqk Audio, Editors, Interpol ("Pioneer"), Skybombers, Goose, Foo Fighters, The Chemical Brothers, Klaxons, U.N.K.L.E. (the Ian Astbury and Jose Homme tracks), Queens of the Stone Age (various), Muse (various), Arcade Fire (various), Arctic Monkeys (various).
Glasgow's 1990's are my favorite new band. Coming from the Franz Ferdinand scene, their sound is reminiscent of The Stones and the New York Dolls but they're more pop and not as dark. See the live review below.Hansard and Irglova's beautiful track comes from the highly-regarded art film "Once" and this tune is already being nominated for awards.Spoon's album is a grower, just like their past efforts. I like the Blaqk Audio song. It's interesting that in a time when mainstream alternative is playing less and less indie-sounding music, stations are all over this tight track because it is an AFI side project. Reaction has been predictably super.Editors have a strong first single as they try to reach a wider audience with their new release. The Interpol album is a true evolution for the band and "Pioneer" builds like an Arcade Fire song.Skybombers from Melbourne are garage with a sprinkle of glam. L.A.'s Indie 103.1 has been supporting them as an unsigned band. Their live set at Musexpo was my favorite over 4 nights of showcases, and the band are returning at the end of August to play a free show for Indie.Goose from Belgium are in the indie/dance genre and deserve serious attention. The Foos still have it while U.N.K.L.E. has come back with a much more blues rock effort this time around. Meanwhile, the Muse, Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys albums continue the sound fresh.
Klaxons sold out L.A.'s El Rey Theatre in early July and did a good job of recreating their album. It was nothing like their Coachella set, which was the album times three! The guys have been on the road for 18 months and may have been feeling the effects that night. I got a report from Pitchfork a few days later that Klaxons were very intense at that gig. The 1990's L.A. debut was at The Echo. These guys are very unassuming but play with great energy. I'm really looking forward to watching them grow. The Redwalls returned to L.A. for a Spaceland gig. As I wrote at SXSW, they have a more gritty, garage-type sound planned for their upcoming album, which will be released in late October. I'm optimistic about this direction, and they've been receiving many positives along the way. Switches from London also played at Spaceland and have an Interscope release slated for late October. They're hard pop, with super harmonies and melodies on top of strong playing. I've heard an advance copy of this fine album and think these guys might be just mainstream enough to have a shot in the current U.S. radio climate. I should also mention that I loved Jersey Boys. I've always been a fan of The Four Seasons.
I'm going to be back in Madison this coming weekend and will return to the nighttime airwaves for a WSUM gig from 9-midnight Central time, 7-10 Pacific.KLOS's Chris Carter will join me for most of the final hour as we prerecorded some chat and some awesome tunes... Talk about time flying, this issue of Rave's Raves marks the 10th Anniversary of this tipsheet. It started as a little newsletter meant to tell a group of friends what I'd raving about anyway. Most of the archives are linked from Uncle Joe Benson's website. Thanks to Joe and to all of you for your input and support. Let me hear from you, and until late October...