All posts tagged: Robyn Hitchcock

The Friday Linkfest: 12/23/10 (Special Holiday Thursday Edition)

The Internet moves fast. Here’s a fond look back at our favorite links from the last seven days: AM, Then FM wraps up its “12 Days of Christmas” with a holiday mp3 bonanza [AM, Then FM] 10 fun facts about Krampus, the Christmas Demon [Topless Robot] Happy Birthday, Keef Richards [The 6149] Robyn Hitchcock streams unreleased covers of Dylan, Cash, and the Grateful Dead [Slicing Up Eyeballs] Colin Gawel gives us all a reason to still love Christmas [Addicted to Vinyl] The Wings for Wheels 2010 holiday mix [Wings for Wheels] The top 40 albums of 2010 [Popblerd!] Insane Eagles-Giants play from Sunday’s game, immortalized in Tecmo Bowl [Kotaku]

Hooks ‘N’ You: The Trashcan Sinatras, Pt. 2

Now, where were we? Oh, that’s right: we were chatting with the one and only Francis Reader, frontman for the Trashcan Sinatras. If you tuned in last week (and you really should have, you know), then you’re already aware that the conversation between Frank and myself was one that was a little freewheeling in its form, but the end result seems to be well appreciated by fans of the band…and, indeed, by members of the band. Our own David Medsker spoke with Paul Livingston a few days later – look for that interview on Bullz-Eye.com in the very near future – and remarked that I really seemed to have caught Mr. Reader in a talkative mood. Well, all I can tell you is that the decision to make it less of an interview and more of a conversation seems to have worked in my favor, and I’m glad that it seems to be going over well. Now, mind you, I did hear from one friend of mine who, after praising the piece, noted that it …

Chartburn: 4/25/08

Mainstream Rock: Silverchair, “Tomorrow” (1995) John: It’s Jim Henson’s Kurt Cobain Babies! Zack: Everybody made such a big deal out of this band because the members were so young. Just because they’re young doesn’t mean their music doesn’t suck. It kind of feels like the record company played the role of the doting parents whose six-year-old brought home a laughably bad drawing of the beach cottage the family rented last summer and hung it up on the fridge, all the while snickering behind their hands. And the public, not getting the joke, all agreed that it was pretty terrific. Will: How far they’ve come. I didn’t give a flying flip about these guys when they first came around selling their wares, and this song reminds me why. (Granted, the video’s a little creepy.) Since they dumped the Nirvana wannabe sound and embraced the glory of the pop hook, their stock has risen considerably. The turning point for me was “Across the Night” — and they’ve remained on my “can’t …

Hooks ‘N’ You: Various Artists, “Alvin Lives (In Leeds): Anti Poll Tax Trax”

As I wait for another fine, upstanding artist to find time in their busy schedule to provide me with answers to the Q&A I’ve sent their way, I thought I’d tackle one of my favorite obscure various-artists collections. Alvin Lives (In Leeds): Anti Poll Tax Trax isn’t by any means what you’d call the most consistent compilation, but I’m a huge fan of cover songs, and I always find it fascinating to listen to how some artists play it safe and do straight-up Xeroxes of the originals while others have the balls to switch up the arrangement or even the melody to make a song their own. This 12-track compilation came out on Midnight Music in 1990 as a reaction against the so-called Community Charge, which was instituted by good ol’ Maggie Thatcher in 1989 and proved so tremendously unpopular that it led directly to her departure from office. Her successor, John Major, alleviated the problem by replacing the Community Charge with the Council Tax system, but Brits can still relive their painful memories by …