Friday, July 06, 2007

"480 Minutes" 7/6/07-new Interpol, Spoon, Smashing Pumpkins

Big thanks to everyone who worked on and supported the benefit -- it was a fun and well-attended event that raised funds and educated folks on what's about to happen to internet radio. If you don't know why you will soon no longer be able to find your favorite internet radio station when you log on in the morning, read this summary.

Not to be overly dramatic, but honestly folks, this could be the second to last "480 Minutes" ever if the Copyright Royalty Board rate hike is not reversed. The RIAA is negotiating in bad faith with representatives of the webcasting community, and appears to have no intention of striking anything resembling a long-term, mutually acceptable deal.

Moving right along, today's new music will include new Interpol, Spoon, The 1990's, Eastern Conference Champions (album), and Of Montreal, Oh No! Oh My!, The Lovemakers, Okkervil River, and Two Gallants. Note to the RIAA: these releases were all sent by record labels or radio promo companies hired by labels to promote the releases.

There will also be some new Smashing Pumpkins, who have a new album on shelves for the first time since Y2K. For someone who was a big fan of both Gish and Siamese Dream, this new one is a disappointment. Short on memorable songs, variety of sounds, and guitar hooks, yet full of 80s metal riffing (as opposed to the 70s prog-rock noodling of earlier SP), Zeitgeist is outclassed on almost every level by Silversun Pickups, a Los Angeles band that unabashedly takes direction from those first two Punkins albums. There are songs here that any Smashing Pumpkins fan will like. I cannot imagine many will find the overall product anywhere near worth the wait.

On the other hand, the new Interpol record delivers. Although I liked the first album I was skeptical because it was so Joy Division it hurt. Antics was more believable and I liked it even more than Turn on the Bright Lights. On Our Love to Admire Interpol reveal the rest of their late 70s early 80s influences -- The Psychedelic Furs, Gang of Four, Chameleons, Echo and the Bunnymen, Magazine, u2, Simple Minds, The Cure, Kitchens of Distinction and, of course, Joy Division. (Today's program will feature songs from all 10 of those bands). Quite the treasure trove of interesting sounds...Interpol wear them on their sleeves, and they wear them well. The album is not perfect -- there is an obvious clunker that the band will regret having included (if they don't already) -- but this is a strong overall effort that will both please existing fans and win the band many, many new ones.

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Recent Gig Photos: Benefit Event 7/1/07

Chris of The Morning Benders @ Bottom of the Hill

Upcoming Bay Area Gigs of Interest

Melt Banana/ Replicator @ Independent 7/6

*Loquat/ Rondo Brothers/ Foxtail Somersault @ Independent 7/14

*Rockin The Colonies Tour featuring Psychedelic Furs / The Alarm / The Fixx @ Mezzanine 7/15

Shout Out Louds @ Rickshaw Stop 7/18

Oh No! Oh My!/ Let's Go Sailing @ Independent 7/18

The Bird and the Bee @ Independent 7/19

Sonic Youth - a Special Performance of Daydream Nation @ Berkeley Community Center 7/19

BAGeL Radio Presents...

Division Day
Ariel Mile

@ Bottom of the Hill 7/22

*Smashing Pumpkins @ The Fillmore 7/22, 24*, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 & 8/1

Tokyo Police Club/ Dappled Cities @ Independent 7/23

*Buffalo Tom @ Great American 7/25

Bishop Allen/ Page France @ Independent 8/1
Lee Scratch Perry/ Dub is a Weapon @ Independent 8/4&5

BAGeL Radio Presents...
The Otherside
@ Elbo Room 8/6

One of BAGeL Radio's favorite San Francisco bands, THE OTHERSIDE play psychedelic shoegaze. Imagine The Byrds smoking peyote with Ride and Interpol -- the contact high is worth the price of admission. Fans of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Stone Roses will love THE OTHERSIDE.

All the way from Cleveland OH. -- it's BEARS, in their first-ever San Francisco show! Fans of The Shins, Peter Bjorn & John, and Camera Obscura will love BEARS' catchy indie pop.

SLINGS, an OC via Gainsville FL. band, open the show with their Yo La Belle & Garfunkel Neutral Milk wash of campfire melodies backed with acoustic guitar, xylophone, melodica, and accordian sounds.

Colin Hay (Men At Work)/ Megan Slankard @ Independent 8/9

Psychic TV @ Independent 8/24

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