Captivated by the Denver Broncos’ awe-inspiring quarterback Tim Tebow and their miraculous winning streak, “Ziggy Stardust” reemerged on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week with his new side project, TEBOWIE.Ziggy has not yet commented on what prompted his reemergence after so many years, but rumor has it that Jesus Christ had a hand in his return.
On the balmy night of December 6, 1977, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein stood outside of CBGB’s chatting with Patti Smith Group’s guitarist, Lenny Kaye, when he heard the opening chords of a tune that absolutely “riveted” him. Stein quickly shuffled inside to check out The Ramones’ opening act, a then unknown band that referred to themselves as Talking Heads. Thanks to the restoration magicians over at NPR, the endearingly sloppy, acoustically driven performance of “Psycho Killer” that was captured on film that night was released last week to promote the band’s new music documentary, Chronology.
If you listen closely, you just might hear the click of a ballpoint pen as Stein feverishly scrawled out a draft of the contract that welcomed
Talking Heads to Sire Records.
We discovered Catherine Feeny’s video for her single “Mr. Blue” merely by accident, while scanning through one of our favorite blogs, Color Me Katie. Although this is an older track, found on Feeny’s 2007 release, Hurricane Glass, the Michel Gondry-esque video concept is not only visually impressive, but the melody (quite possibly a modern echo of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky”) is so catchy, you’ll find yourself humming the chorus long after that last balloon has floated up into the atmosphere.
Rick Astley may have announced his “retirement” from one-hit-wondering in 1993, and in most cases, we’re all for letting sleeping dogs lie, but considering how many times we giggled after reading this comic, we wouldn’t be too upset if Rickrolling made a comeback.
Earlier this week at Chicago’s beloved Hideout, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy crashed Dan Sinker’s launch party for the release of The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel. Tweedy delighted the Time Out Chicago crowd with a short solo set, including an interactive cover of The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling.”
Disclaimer: After watching this endearing massacre of an overplayed Top 40 pop song, you may in fact, fall in love with Jeff Tweedy. We’re sorry, but let’s be honest, it was bound to happen.
After nearly a year-long hiatus from his former Seattle folk outfit (The Dutchess and the Duke), Jesse Lortz swung the cabin door of his Sequim, WA refuge open and unveiled The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night. Although Lortz’s familiar, wise-beyond-his-years lyricism rings clearly through tracks like “Texas Ghost Story” and “Silver Hand,” The Duke proves that you can teach an old dog new tricks, weaving old demos with new tracks with the help of Greg Ashley of The Gris Gris and Crystal Stilts’ Keegan Cooke.
Case Studies’ first single, “Lies,” caught on film by Seattle photographers-turned-videographers Kyle Johnson and Andrew Wait, encapsulates the excitement of Lortz’s newfound appreciation for songwriting through a summer dream sequence set in America’s Northwest corner.
Case Studies’ The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night is available now through Sacred Bones Records.