Archive for June, 2011

Alex of Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros guesting tonight

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

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!

Go Deep Show as Heard on Moheak Radio, June 24

Saturday, June 25th, 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.

Part 1

Part 2

The Airborne Toxic Event – Welcome to Your Wedding Day (Welcome to the show with an LA band set)
Fitz & the Tantrums – Don’t Gotta Work It Out (song starting to pick up radio airplay)
Foster the People – Helena Beat (Latest single picking up steam)
Black Lips – Raw Meat (Moheak presenting tonight’s local show)
Cage the Elephant – Aberdeen (Song named after town in Scotland)
Lykke Li – Youth Knows No Pain (Playing Glastonbury this weekend)
Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle (New single, album in September)
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream (Leader Alex Ebert to guest on Moheak Music Meeting Sunday night)
Arctic Monkeys – She’s Thunderstorms (Song has a real retro feel)
Sleeper Agent – Get It Daddy (From Bowling Green, Kentucky)
Beady Eye – Beatles and Stones (Philadelphia, then back to UK)
Ida Maria – Bad Karma (Interview and will play live on next week’s show)
Florence & the Machine – You’ve Got the Love (XX remix) (New US single went #1 in UK)
Florence & the Machine – Not Fade Away (Amazing Buddy Holly cover)
Cults – Bumper (Strong tracks on new album)
Givers – Up Up Up (Great appearance on Fallon)
Yacht – Summer Song (New album just out)
Kasabian – Switchblade Smile (Band says new album will be “life changing”)
My Morning Jacket – Outta My System (Beginning of part 2)
Gomez – Options (New album just out)
The Postelles – White Night (LA date on Tuesday, and they’re good live)
Battles f/ Gary Numan – My Machines (Yes, that’s Gary on vocals)
TV on the Radio – Repetition (Lots of European dates)
The Kills – Future Starts Now (Playing Splendour in the Grass in Australia)
Portugal The Man – Got It All (Song picking up some mainstream airplay)
Beirut – East Harlem (Playing Lollapalooza in August)
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Janglin’ (Song on Ford commercial last year)
Metronomy – The Look (Single from upcoming second album)
Brother – Still Here (Song gaining UK traction)

Go Deep Show as Heard on Moheak Radio, June 17

Friday, June 17th, 2011

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.

Hour 1

Hour 2

TV on the Radio – Caffeinated Consciousness (Dates in Poland, Germany and UK coming up)
Foster the People – Miss You (Fastest, hardest song on album)
Salem – King Night (Sounds perfect for a movie soundtrack)
My Morning Jacket – True Love Ways (Fave track so far from “Rave On” album)
She and Him – Oh Boy (You knew they’d be involved with a winning cover)
Florence & the Machine – Not Fade Away (Rave’s Fave of the Week)
Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See (Title is slang in UK for “give it a shot”)
Miles Kane – Rearrange (Half of Last Shadow Puppets with Alex Turner)
The Postelles – 123 Stop (Single leads strong album)
Kasabian – Switchblade Smile (Getting great reaction so far)
Cold Cave – Villians of the Moon (Most popular track on album)
Moving Units – Until She Says (Thanks to singer Blake Miller for joining the Moheak Music Meeting)
Beirut – East Harlem (Album coming in a few months)
My Morning Jacket – Holding Onto Black Metal (Getting the most mainstream play so far)
The Wombats – Techno Fan (Latest UK single getting strong airplay in England)
The Kills – You Don’t Own the Road (Beginning of Hour 2)
Kaiser Chiefs – Little Shocks (Shocked by this new groove?)
The Airborne Toxic Event – It Doesn’t Mean A Thing (Fastest song on latest album)
Sing The Body Electric – It’s Totally Bedtime (Featuring our own dj M.J. on bass)
Motopony – King of Diamonds (Seattle group gaining a buzz)
The Horrors – Still Life (September dates in the U.S.)
Bright Eyes – Jejune Stars (New video for this song)
Black Lips – New Direction (Strong Moheak Music Meeting response)
Sloan – Follow the Leader (Very strong Music Meeting votes for this new single)
Friendly Fires – Blue Cassette (Also very strong Moheak Music Meeting response)
Smith Westerns – Weekend (Bonnaroo set streamed on Vevo)
The Vaccines – Norgaard (Song about hot Danish model Amanda Norgaard)
Flogging Molly – Don’t Shut ‘Em Down (Album debuted in US at #9)
Fleet Foxes – Battery Kinzie (Next dates in UK)
Matt & Kim – Northeast (Great party duo playing everywhere, including LA tonight)
Wanda Jackson – Thunder on the Mountain (Reports of an electric set at Bonnaroo)

Live: Anna Calvi, Glasvegas, The Motels

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

No this isn't Martha Davis, but it was a classic cover

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.

Carter, R.I.P.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

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.


Go Deep Show, as Heard on Moheak Radio June 10

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

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!

Hour 1

Hour 2

Friendly Fires – Hawaiian Air (Killed it on Kimmel last night)
Cage the Elephant – Always Something (Seeking their 5th airplay smash in a row)
Black Lips – New Direction (Describes new album perfectly)
Kasabian – Switchblade Smile (Album coming 3rd week of September)
The Vaccines – Wetsuit (Drummer Pete’s fave song on album)
My Morning Jacket – First Light (Debuted #5 on album chart)
The Postelles – Stella (Another strong track produced by Albert Hammond, Jr. )
The Strokes – Taken For A Fool (More positives on their machine-like live shows)
Ida Maria – I Eat Boys Like You For Breakfast (Rave’s Fave of the Week)
Cults – Make Time (New album just out)
TV on the Radio – Second Song (Headlining late-September Hollywood Bowl show)
Anna Calvi – Surrender (Elvis cover a UK B-side)
Mona – Listen to Your Love (Nashville band’s album just out)
Royal Bangs – Grass Helmet (Another Tennessee band from Knoxville)
The Wombats – Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves) (Successful first single)
The Wombats – Techno Fan (Best club reaction of new stuff)
The Wombats – Anti-D (Matthew’s most personal song)
The Wombats – 1996 (Life so much simpler when entering puberty)
The Wombats – Schumacher the Champagne (Schumacher slang term for spraying)
The Wombats – Let’s Dance to Joy Division (Biggest hit to date)
The Horrors – Still Life (Looks like US dates in fall)
The Naked and Famous – Young Blood (White Sea remix) (Pretty remix, by request)
Foster the People – Waste (Deeper track from very deep album)
The Motels – Total Control (Tribute to Carter, we signed the band together. R.I.P.)

Sunday Night Premier: The Moheak Music Meeting

Friday, June 10th, 2011

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?

Go Deep Show as Heard on Moheak Radio, June 3

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

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 : )

Hour 1

Hour 2

Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Brand new. What do you think?)
Arcade Fire f/David Byrne – Speaking In Tongues (Bonus track from their new film)
Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (CD sales slowly escalate )
Friendly Fires – Blue Cassette (West Coast dates, LA next Friday)
Arctic Monkeys – She’s Thunderstorms (Album out next Tuesday)
Cat’s Eyes – Face In the Crowd (Horrors side project)
The Horrors – Still Life (Single from July album)
Kaiser Chiefs – Little Shocks (Single from album out today in UK)
Flogging Molly – Don’t Shut ‘Em Down (Album just out. Great fun live)
Black Lips – Raw Meat (Entire album more of a garage feel)
My Morning Jacket – Outta My System (Song about life decisions)
The Strokes – Call Me Back (Still can’t get this one out of my head)
Fitz & the Tantrums – Pickin’ Up the Pieces (Tour continues in Colorado this weekend)
Foster the People – Warrant (Album debuts at #8 this week)
Cold Cave – Icons of Summer (80’s dance vibe)
The Kills – Nail In My Coffin (Currently touring UK)
The Wombats – Schumacher the Champagne (Singer Murph describes the song)
Glasvegas – Euphoria, Take My Hand (Northwest now, LA on Wednesday)
Wavves – Baby Say Goodbye (A little more on the pop side for them)
Anna Calvi – Blackout (UK buzz artist plays in LA on Tuesday)
Gomez – Options (Gaining US airplay)
Black Lips – Family Tree (Mark Ronson produced)
Ida Maria – Bad Karma (A current fave)
Cage the Elephant – 2024 (Playing Southern Cal this weekend)
PJ Harvey – The Glorious Land (Spin called her Coachella set the most emotional)
Arctic Monkeys – Library Pictures (Hardest track on album)
The Vaccines – Wolf Pack (Physical version of album finally out in US)
The Airborne Toxic Event – All For A Woman (Pretty way to close)
My Morning Jacket – True Love Ways (Beauty is from Buddy Holly “Rave On” covers album)

Anglofile Heaven: Wombats/Arctic Monkeys/Vaccines live

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Wombats Troubadour gig exceeded expectations

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”.

Rave’s TV Faves so far this year

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Great source for TV gigs and other current artist info


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.

Letterman: Cage the Elephant, Wanda Jackson, Scissor Sisters, Bright Eyes, Foo Fighters, Vaccines, Arctic Monkeys

Leno: Darlene Love

Kimmel: Funeral Party, Foster the People

Fallon: Cut Copy, Local Natives,

Carson: Two Door Cinema Club, Fitz & the Tantrums

Conan: Fitz & the Tantrums, Belle Brigade, The Joy Formidable

SNL: The Strokes, Lady Gaga