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World Chat / Re: Neil Young
« on: Yesterday at 08:57:19 AM »

Young was no longer the righteous wandering hippie avatar of his early album covers. He’s an old man now at 73. He’s fleshy and jowly and red-faced, with long, stringy hair. He looked like a prosperous prairie farmer (hogs or cows, some form of livestock) minus the overalls. You can imagine Farmer Neil attending church every Sunday and preaching manic sermons from the pews. What’s still the same are his eyes, smoldering like two hot coals stuck beneath his overhanging brow that featured so prominently on the cover of “After the Gold Rush,” his third album, released in September 1970, back when young people, stoned on primitive weed, might plausibly spend an entire weekend listening to his visions of a lone wanderer adrift in a lost Eden.

As we went back and forth about the dynamics of digital sound-compression and the general evil of big tech, Young got mad about his Facebook user agreement, which not even his high-priced lawyers can untangle. “I’m pissed off about my user agreement,” he says. “I’m pissed off about my privacy policy.”

Yet I could tell that this wasn’t what he wanted to be talking about. Young doesn’t want to be a downer. He is passionate about music. The point of music, and of Young, is to make people feel less lonely. I had taken him to a dark place that he didn’t want to go.

“I really wish this interview hadn’t happened,” he later said, seeming more downhearted than angry.

“I feel horrible,” I answered, and I did. I was hoping to soothe the old rock star, who spoke to me through the headphones of my Sony Walkman at the moments I felt most isolated and alone. The last thing I wanted to do was make him feel bad. It felt awful. What I wanted was to hear him play music and to write more songs. “I mean, the worst thing I could have done is to make you feel defeated,” I told him, “and now that’s what I’ve done.”

Neil Young has always been a little too hot to handle, so passionate and smart and always a little bit off his rocker, which might be part of the glory and also the downside of being Neil Young.  ...

The idea that big technology companies are engineering all that back-and-forth out of his music just kills him. It’s gotten to the point where he doesn’t want to write music anymore, he admitted. I tried once again to console him.

“The songs always came to you in bunches,” I said. It’s an encouraging thought. But Young was only willing to meet my optimism halfway.

“I’ve got great melodies, and the words are all profanities,” he answered. “I was just telling Elliot the other day, I’m not interested in making any more records,” he insisted, plunging us down once more into the void. “They sound like [expletive].”

Went to a free festival ("Obstwiesenfestival") on Friday, to finally see "Die Nerven" again (not to be confused with "The Nerves", who I should go see again too at some point)!
They were awesome; the sheer energy they radiate, the noise from the guitar, the drums driving 'em forward, melodic basslines and vocals which were probably inspired by anger (is an energy)...  8)
Best live band outta Germany currently!  :D

TV Live / Re: TV Gigs 2020
« on: August 17, 2019, 07:30:28 PM »
But not for 40 € then i am out

Don't worry, next year it's probably gonna be 50!  ;D  :P

World Chat / Re: The Ramones
« on: August 11, 2019, 09:02:40 AM »

n the late 1970s, Roger Corman was looking to produce a high school-themed movie. Knowing that one of his young directing proteges had a bent for music, the head of New World Pictures had an idea. As Allan Arkush remembers Corman telling him: “I’ve been thinking, since ‘Grease’ and ‘Saturday Night Fever’ are hits, why don’t you put music in it and we’ll call it ‘Disco High’?”

Fortunately, as “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” took shape, cooler heads prevailed … and nothing could be cooler than the Ramones, then, in 1979, or now, even after most of the band members have passed on. It was 40 years ago this week that the film had its New York City opening, which was part of a very, very staggered release pattern for a low-budget project that came to stand in the upper ranks of almost everyone’s list of essential music movies.

Prior to its release, you may have never heard of the Ramones outside of New York City or Los Angeles, but that all changed by the late summer of 1979. What had started out as a teenage fantasy of Arkush’s only a decade earlier would go on to encapsulate an entire generation’s rebellious spirit by introducing punk-rock music to suburban America and a new, counterculture female character in Riff Randell, played by P.J. Soles. By the end of the film, a concert had let out and a school was gleefully blown up.

So, that's Cage in the foreground, standing next to a station wagon and marveling at the scene before him. Like the story that inspired it, Color Out of Space revolves around a meteor crashing into the Earth and raising all kinds of Hell for everything in the immediate area. In the Lovecraft original, that meteor causes the local flora and fauna to undergo some very disturbing changes, and it looks like the photo above is giving us a glimpse at what those changes might look like in Stanley's film. Looks kinda like Alex Garland's Annihilation, with the added bonus of being from the first Richard Stanley movie in many, many years.

Speaking of which: do y'all realize how amazing it is that we're getting this film? Those of you who've seen Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau know that Stanley's had a rough go of things in Hollywood. Chewed up and spit out by a studio system that either didn't know what to do with him or didn't want to deal with his eccentricities, Stanley hasn't directed a feature film since that project fell apart. Now he's back thanks to the folks at Spectrevision, and on top of all that he's adapting one of H.P. Lovecraft's most well-known stories. If Color Out of Space is as good as we think it's gonna be, this whole thing's gonna feel like quite a triumph.

So glad about this "happy end" (or better "new beginning") for Richard!  :)


We found Pandora had the highest per-play royalty rate.  At $0.01682 per play, an independent artist would need around 87,515 plays to earn the US monthly minimum wage of $1,472.

YouTube had the worst per-stream payouts.  At $0.00074 per stream, artists and content creators would make $1,472 after 1,989,189 million plays.

TV Live / Re: Rebellion 2019
« on: August 08, 2019, 08:38:03 AM »
In the upstairs hall there was a "Rememberence wall" for those fans who are no longer around.  I duly posted a note for Alan and I heard that there was anoher put up on Friday to him.

I think Jock (remember him?) & Carol put one up.

World Chat / Re: (Extended) Return of The Godfathers?
« on: August 08, 2019, 08:24:09 AM »
More from Peter C.:

THANKS SO MUCH for all the lovely messages of support for me here - I really appreciate that! XXX If I had any doubt about my decision just reading the bitter & accusatory comments from a couple of band members online have demonstrated that it was absolutely the right thing to do. Just to let you all know to avert & attempt to resolve this situation well beforehand 2 meetings were set up with these now former band members - one in London & one on a day off after a festival in France recently - but unfortunately they all chose not to attend those meetings. I have also since discovered that I was going to be sacked by the band a few months back (here's a quote from Steve yesterday - "Steve Crittall I'm fine. Just pissed off because I wish that we'd sacked him a couple of months back when we were discussing it") that Darren was planning on leaving the band after the Rebellion festival anyway & that Steve had been desperately unhappy for the past 4 years.

Nonetheless I wish all the guys the very best of luck in their future endeavours & rest assured I absolutely guarantee that they will be paid everything they are owed. I have no idea what the accusations are based on as there was never any doubt in my mind that everyone gets what they are entitled to - these people include Mauro Venegas, Chris Coyne, Steve, Darren, Tim & myself. I have been waiting for Steve to schedule some time with me to sort these complicated accounts out for well over a year now as Steve & the rest of the band are fully aware.

Anyway all that is firmly in the past now & I'm seriously looking forward to be writing new material with Richie Simpson & Billy Duncanson & playing all the gigs we have scheduled for The Godfathers this year!! We are actively looking to recruit another brilliant guitarist & a wicked bass player to complement this new line-up of the band. Rehearsals will be in Scotland and you must be enthusiastic about recording a new album & touring all over the world to support it. This year we have concerts booked (so far...) in Germany, Spain, Belgium, UK, France, Switzerland & Austria to fulfil. Please message me, Richie or Billy if you would like to be considered. No time wasters & a serious knowledge of The Godfathers' history & rock & roll in general will be essential!!

Once again - THANKS EVERYBODY for your support!! Onwards & upwards!! XXX

World Chat / Re: (Extended) Return of The Godfathers?
« on: August 07, 2019, 02:53:27 PM »
Following the show at Blackpool festival, The Godfather of The Godfathers has sacked his band members! Peter Coyne, via Facebook:
Nothing lasts forever & I have decided to update The Godfathers’ line up with immediate effect. I can no longer work, tour or perform with Steve, Tim, Alex and Darren. This is entirely my decision and has been coming for some time. Unfortunately I have lost all faith in this iteration of the Godfathers for a variety of reasons - but mainly because I have begun to feel like a passenger in the group I created & founded.

For me the worst aspect is that we have not been creating any new songs. 2020 will be the 35th anniversary of The Godfathers' formation & I dearly want to celebrate this milestone by making a fantastic new studio album. However in the current unhealthy atmosphere surrounding the group that was definitely not going to happen. I believe it’s essential that The Godfathers come up with brand new material that is equal to or better than any numbers from the band's back catalogue - it keeps it fresh & exciting for me & our audience, but unfortunately the other band members disagreed.

I am not prepared to see the group I formed & love sliding into mediocrity due to other people's inaction, especially when I believe The Godfathers have so much more to give.

Despite everything I wish Steve, Tim, Darren & Alex all the very best for the future. We made some great albums together ('A Big Bad Beautiful Noise' & the live album 'This Is War') & played some amazing concerts all around the world & I would like to thank them all for that. But for me, this line-up of The Godfathers is over & I look forward to an exciting future with some new colleagues...I am delighted to confirm that for all upcoming live dates & recordings I will be working with Heavy Drapes' guitarist Richie Simpson & Heavy Drapes' drummer Billy Duncanson - we have always got along really well & I loved the Heavy Drapes.

We are actively looking to recruit another brilliant guitarist & a wicked bass player to complement this new line-up of the band. Rehearsals will be in Scotland and you must be enthusiastic about recording a new album & touring all over the world to support it. This year we have concerts booked (so far...) in Germany, Spain, Belgium, UK, France, Switzerland & Austria to fulfil.

Please message me, Richie or Billy if you would like to be considered. No time wasters & a serious knowledge of The Godfathers' history & rock & roll in general will be essential!!

Some fantastic music & more exciting adventures await us! Onwards & upwards!! XxX

One of the guys (Steve Crittal) commented on one of the many replies:
The whole band almost walked a few weeks back.
Draw your own conclusions before this comment gets removed by the Thought Police

TV Live / Re: TV gigs 2019
« on: August 04, 2019, 06:17:28 PM »
Thanks again for the reports over the weekend!

Many thanks to Mansunkind for the details of the Friends set on Saturday. 

Well I did read his report on that FB thingy, sounded interesting!  8)

TV Live / Re: TV gigs 2019
« on: August 02, 2019, 11:00:49 AM »
Thanks for the report, keep 'em coming!  8)

TV Live / Re: TV gigs 2019
« on: July 31, 2019, 04:02:12 PM »
Later, a different shirt!!

(Pics stolen from a Mark Dyde...)

TV Live / Re: TV gigs 2019
« on: July 31, 2019, 10:02:22 AM »
Pic found on FB

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