We have rarely seen as enthusiastic – nay, joyful – a flipping of the bird as exhibited by Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson. He appears to enjoy wagging that special digit around as much as DI, and for that and a career of majorly kick-ass bass work we salute ya, Dave! This photo was taken earlier this month at a New Jersey tour stop by our lensman pal Joe Russo, and we’ve included Megadeth’s latest high concept video below as a bonus!
One beautiful thing about the Internet is how it allows great ideas to blossom by providing a hitherto unknown means of communicating and sharing them with others. Where before an artist needed a gallery, a movie studio, a publisher, etc. to share their ideas, now, with a little elbow grease and vision anyone can offer up their inspiration to anyone else willing to pay attention. It is an endlessly exciting dynamic and one whose true social impact is only partially becoming clear.
Which brings us to Knock & Rock, the brainchild of Kalen Egan, a filmmaker who is literally taking music door-to-door. The concept behind Knock & Rock is bands stroll a neighborhood and ask total strangers if they can set up in their house for an impromptu concert. It’s a simple, brave idea and the participating musicians, Egan and his partner at K&R Noelia Estrada execute the whole thing with serious charm and no little amount of artistry. Part of the appeal of the segments on K&R is the reactions of the people they play for and how they get involved in the music experience. It’s a happy reminder of when music was something people made in the flesh in real time instead of consumed as a finished, polished product. Spend a little time exploring the site’s archives and one discovers a wealth of sweet music made by sweet people engaged in bringing some surprise and song to strangers – a random act of kindness executed without randomness.
Here’s the latest installment from Knock & Rock with Radars to the Sky, and Kalen tells DI they are working on a number of segments captured at this year’s SXSW. We’ll be paying attention and so should you – a good idea like this deserves to be watered with proper attention and enthusiam.
Few things tickle the Impound like garage dappled stomp rock performed in inappropriate outfits. So, we were simultaneously delighted both by the cool new song and the Moneybags Q. Richdude tuxedos in the latest video from Sweden’s enduring true rawk torchbearers The Hives. The tune comes from their new album, Lex Hives (arriving June 5 via the band’s own Disques Hives label), followed by a short North American tour (a longer one is planned for the fall) that begins June 19 in Washington, D.C. (see the full gig itinerary here.
And since we’re on the subject of non-rock outfits in a rawk setting, we’re including an old fave from those Louis XIV lovin’ lads The Upper Crust to further flip yo’ wigs.
In this edition: Diamond Rugs, Chelle Rose, Dave Mulligan, The Waco Brothers and Paul Burch, Mark Stewart and Pelican.
These United States and Trampled By Turtles is a combination as flavorful as chocolate and peanut butter – a blend one is happy to come across though might not have put together on their own. While each orbits different moons in their respective bands, there’s a semiotic overlap that feels right, particularly when they’re exuberantly honoring Levon Helm on one of his signature tunes. Like The Band, TBT and TUS are great lovers of the American musical buffet and they serve up the harvest with as much Rolling Thunder aplomb as a soul could want. Thanks to DI bud Jake Krolick for capturing this moment. And he tells us he’ll have some more juicy tidbits to serve up from this evening, too.
In just a few years, San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes has shown themselves to be one of the hardiest new classic rock outfits going, exhibiting a heartfelt dedication to making music that breathes, shakes and sweats in that “they don’t make ‘em like they used to” way associated with prime 70s Rolling Stones, The Faces, and like-minded cornerstones. Like these greats, their work continues to evolve after it’s released into the world, and one of the best examples of this is “Passenger Train” from 2010′s Bears & Bulls, which has become an off-mic, hand clapping, wistful road tune that brings the boys out into the crowd and often elicits some of their most nakedly impassioned singing & playing. Dirty Impound is hella pleased to premiere this intimate performance from one of our absolute favorites these days.
And do these boys (and rock in general) a favor and consider investing in their next album, which the Foxes are currently raising funds for here. Their pledge video is below the acoustic performance, so take a gander and see if you don’t have a few coins kicking around your piggy bank to spare.
There’s more than a touch of the hazy, shambling sway of Sun City Girls and Velvet Underground to Maine’s Coke Weed, a late night, feelin-no-pain buzz that’s psychedelic sans the bombast and too-conscious echo-manipulation. Nope, this stuff is just stoned, which befits a debut album [Nice Dreams - released April 17] birthed in a studio in a barn at Chickadee Hill, a flower farm on Mt. Desert Island. We have no idea where this place is but we get a contact high just reading the names. Speaking of names, this band’s moniker happens to be the Impound’s favorite recreational combo (and we’re usually up for a three-way if whiskey comes along…), and their quietly brazen pill poppin’ and cruisin’ around video further marks them as our kinda people [people y'all can catch on an East Coast tour that kicked off this week - dates & details here]. We hope this song is playing on a good sound system wherever Nico currently flies.
Bluntly, modern country music with very few exceptions sucks it sideways, a product-minded industry that bears almost no resemblance to what Waylon, Willie, Hank and Johnny helped bring into being. Enter West Coast all-star ensemble Brokedown In Bakersfield, a bunch of Merle Haggard lovin’ sons (and daughter) of guns that do country’s forefathers right proud. Scott Law (Telecaster guitar), Nicki Bluhm (vocals), Tim Bluhm of The Mother Hips (vocals, acoustic guitar), and ALO members Dan Lebowitz (pedal steel, dobro), Steve Adams (bass) and Dave Brogan (drums) don’t get to twang it up too often but when they do honky tonks everywhere swing happier. BIB recently paired up with He’s My Brother She’s My Sister – who are doing their part to make flamboyant folk pop an interesting new thang – and Bay Area club favorite Paula Frazier, and John Margaretten was there to ensnare the festivities with his camera. Just from the look of it this was a neat night of switched-on music making, and John’s pics make us want to explore what’s being played as soon as we can – a testament to his instincts and skill.