All posts tagged: Roger Waters

CD/DVD Review: Arcangels, “Living In A Dream”

The Austin Rehearsal Complex (ARC) opened on March 1, 1990, using funds provided by the city’s arts council to get started. A few months later, in August of that year, the Austin music community was shattered when the scene’s biggest star, Stevie Ray Vaughan, was killed in a helicopter crash following a concert in Wisconsin. The loss to the community, and the world, was incalculable. The musicians most directly affected by Vaughan’s death were the members of his band Double Trouble, bass player Tommy Shannon, and drummer Chris Layton. In the wake of the tragedy, the two sought refuge in their music. Layton would come down to the ARC and play drums, mostly by himself. It took awhile before Shannon could even bring himself to leave his house, but when he did, he came to the ARC as well. There he worked with his friend Doyle Bramhall II, who was taught guitar by Stevie Ray Vaughan, and was at one time thought to be his musical heir. Also working at the ARC at the same …

Dw. Dunphy On… Penguimania 2009, Set 4

May is the unofficial start of the summer concert season, so to unofficially celebrate the shows of 2009, Popdose.com and internet radio station The Penguin have teamed up for Penguimania 2009. Tune in each Wednesday at 9:00 EST for Radioshow With Dw. Dunphy to hear the live performance megamix in full. Then each week we’ll present a downloadable MP3 of a set from the “concert.” Set Four Starting off this, the final set of Penguimania 2009, is King’s X with a breakout track from the Ear Candy album. “Mississippi Moon” features guitarist Ty Tabor on vocals. From their eponymous “Island Album,” known as such as it was their sole release on the Island label, The 77’s tear through their original “Pearls Before Swine.” The live version was the first recording of the tune, and subsequent studio recordings were put to tape with the command, “Play it like you did live.” Technically the last Pink Floyd song being it was the final track of The Division Bell, the last studio Floyd album (we can dispense with …

When Good Albums Happen to Bad People: Roger Waters, “Amused to Death”

You probably won’t be surprised when I tell you that this has been the hardest post for me to write since Popdose started. I mean, it’s been a damn month: what’s the holdup? Well, the truth is I discovered it is a lot easier to write about straight-up criminals like the members of Mötley Crüe, or hardcore divas like Diana Ross, than smug, pretentious assholes like today’s subject, Roger Waters. Simply put, it’s rather entertaining to write about individuals in the former categories. To write about Waters, however, is as trying a task as actually listening to his solo work in an attempt to find if any of them are worth talking about in this column. But I was able to find a good one, or a “good” one, depending on one’s ability to stomach conceptual prog joints. First though, a refresher on Herr Waters’ crimes of pomposity. -Waters became the default main writer in Pink Floyd after Syd Barrett’s descent into mental illness, apparently exacerbated by a horrible LSD experience. And while Waters often …

Popdose Interview: Eric Bazilian of the Hooters

Yeah, yeah, we know what you’re thinking: “The Hooters? Are they even still together?” Well, actually, if you’d asked that question between 1995 and 2001, the answer would’ve been a resounding “No.” After the tremendous success of the band’s 1985 breakthrough, Nervous Night, their commercial success in the States began a gradual descent; simultaneously, however, their stock was rising overseas. When the band took a break in 1995, singer-guitarist Eric Bazilian proceeded to keep very busy as a songwriter, working with everyone from Midge Ure to Jon Bon Jovi, but when the gang got back together in 2001 he was right there with them. The Hooters did a fair amount of touring in Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden, but it wasn’t ’til 2006 that the band finally started doing some shows in the U.S. The next thing you know, the band was back in the studio to record Time Stand Still, their first album in 14 years. Popdose had the good fortune to speak with Eric about the history of the band as well as his …