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Let Us Now Praise Noise: Mid-January Edition

This week: Dark Palms, Iron Reagan, Gatecreeper, All Pigs Must Die, Mammoth Grinder, David Shire
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Ty Segall Takes On ‘The Opposition’

Fanny Dog was there in spirit.

Last fall, Ty Segall performed some solo acoustic shows in North America (including one in Toronto) and released some new tunes via Bandcamp. In December, he announced that these songs would be included on his upcoming album Freedom’s Goblin, which was set for release on January 26. He also performed one of these songs (“Fanny Dog”) on Conan.

Last night, Segall performed another tune (“My Lady’s on Fire”) on Comedy Central’s The Opposition with Jordan Klepper. It marks the first time a musical guest has appeared on the show, which premiered in September 2017. Klepper even incorporated Segall into some of the comedy bits.
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‘D.O.A.: A Right of Passage’ is a Messy, Essential Document of Punk

The documentary D.O.A. was filmed almost guerrilla style, funded by High Times magazine, with director Lech Kowalski following the Sex Pistols on the doomed 1978 tour of America. The band didn’t want him there, Johnny Rotten was suspicious of High Times, and as it runes out, the Pistols would fall apart after just seven gigs. Despite all that, Kowalski captured an important moment in rock history and peppered it with a few other notable acts.

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Pump Up The Jam: January 5, 2017

Holy Motors after eating chewy pancakes in the rain.

This week on Pump Up The Jam: Fischerspooner, The Birth Defects, Holy Motors, Priest, and JB Dunckel.
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Faves of 2017: Composer JG Thirlwell

Photo by Dustin Dis

JG Thirlwell is a composer/producer/performer based in Brooklyn, NY. His discography is extensive under many pseudonyms including Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Manorexia, Baby Zizanie, Wiseblood, Clint Ruin and others. Thirlwell’s oeuvre stretches the gamut from orchestrations, big band, cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics and sound sculpture, chamber music, serial music and imaginary soundtracks – sometimes all in the same album. In addition, Thirlwell scores the TV series The Venture Brothers, and most recently, has also begun scoring the TV series Archer.
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Let Us Now Praise Noise: Late December 2017 Edition

Prayers

In my last column of 2017, I’ll talk about Prayers, Corrosion of Conformity, Big Star, and L.A.M.F. See you in 2018!
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Less Lee Moore’s Faves of 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This year was a trash fire of epic proportions. If I have to spell it out for you, let me just say it starts with T and ends with Rump. However, despite all of the horrors we witnessed, all was not lost on the pop culture front. I’m sure I’m not the only one to find solace in art this year.
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EXCLUSIVE: Billy Sherwood of Yes talks Topographic Drama, Chris Squire, Open Your Eyes + more

Earlier this month, progressive rock band Yes released their new album, Topographic Drama: Live Across America. It captures the group in all their live glory, as they perform their now-classic 1980 album Drama in its entirety, along with with Sides 1 and 4 (and a bit of 3) from their 1973 divisive double album Tales From Topographic Oceans. In a band where line-up changes have been a way of life, the group on Topographic Drama features Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White and Jay Schellen (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals) and Billy Sherwood (bass).

In 2015, former member (1997-2000) Sherwood was given the ultimate request. Yes founding member Chris Squire had been diagnosed with cancer, and asked his longtime friend to take his place in the band until he regained his health. Sadly, Squire never recovered, and passed away on June 27, 2015. Under truly heartbreaking circumstances, Billy’s risen to the challenge of standing in the shadow of a giant of a musician.

I had the chance to talk to Billy Sherwood about the new live album, celebrating the music and memory of Squire, the 20th anniversary of Open Your Eyes, his first album as a band memberand much more. Read the rest of this entry

Faves of 2017: Moe Adame of Burning Image

Moe Adame is the singer and guitarist for California’s legendary deathrock band, Burning Image. The band recently reissued a remastered version of its 2011 album Oleander (reviewed here).
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Faves of 2017: Graham Skipper, Actor and Filmmaker

Sequence Break

Graham Skipper has appeared in films like Almost Human, The Mind’s Eye, Beyond the Gates, and Downrange. He also starred as Herbert West in Re-Animator: The Musical. Most recently, Skipper wrote and directed the sci-fi/horror/romance film Sequence Break, which will be screening on Shudder in 2018. You can follow him on Twitter at @GrahamSkipper.
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