Archive for August, 2010

Classic Albums + Ground Beef + Cheese + Tortillas = Album Tacos!

Posted in Music & Pop Culture News with tags , on August 31, 2010 by bangbangslang

Steve and Aaron from “The Hood Internet” have started a viral revolution on the world wide web… with the help of time-honored album artwork, photoshop, and a digital taco. Sometimes many digital tacos. As they put it – this is the age of the “TACOVER”.

If you head over to Steve & Aaron’s blog, aptly titled “Album Tacos“, you’ll see Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” psychadelic pyramid replaced with a hearty hard shell taco, rainbow blasting through both sides still – no worries. Or Hole’s “Live Through This” pageant queen proudly tucking a taco in place of where her flower bouquet used to be. (I actually laughed out loud at that one). Or even Neko Case surfing a chicken gordita in place of the brown vintage oldsmobile on her “Middle Cyclone” cover – and yes, she’s still got the sword.

Bottom line – this Album Tacos site fucking rules. We hope to see plenty more taco parodies in the coming days, months, years and with their hype wave splashing onto the radar of big media platforms like Comedy Central, MTv, VH1, and other big name blogs, I can assume that we’ll be eating more virtual tacos (maybe some burritos?) on the interwebs until we’ve had our fill.  Sucks they don’t take submissions.

Here’s a list of Bang Bang Slang‘s favorite offerings from Album Tacos. Guess who came in first place? Surprise, surprise.

1.) Ween – “Chocotacos & Cheese”

2.) Wilco – “Yankee TacoBell Foxtrot”

3.) Michael Jackson – “Thriller…and tacos”

4.) T. Rex “Electric Value Meal”

5.) Sonic Youth – “LP w/ Cheese”

Which ones are your favorites?

Tacos. Burritos. Shit ’em in your speeders. And support the dudes at Album Tacos!!!

Hot Hot Heat Bring Dance-Rock Party to Lincoln Hall September 10th!

Posted in Artist Spotlight, Tour Information, Uncategorized with tags , on August 29, 2010 by bangbangslang

I remember relentlessly “spinning” Hot Hot Heat‘s debut effort “Make Up The Breakdown” my Freshman year of college, when I was DJing in a claustrophobic sardine box for my college radio station. If you were ever a college radio disc jockey stooge like me – you probably look back at those days with a love/hate nostalgia. That trapped swirl of cigarette smoke, Subway sandwich meat, coffee and B.O. smells in the studio. The relentlessly annoying range of radio personality retards who you were forced to share air time with. Midnight runs down the back stairwell during Bob Dylan’s “Hurricane” so that you could sneak a quick smoke and make it back to the mic unnoticed.  I had no free range to pick and choose content – instead I was forced to stick to ‘Director-Approved’ albums, but  at the end of each hour I was able to break from the mold and play any 1 song I wanted… then return to format (wow, thanks!). Fortunately, “Make Up The Breakdown” was getting heavy push for rotation from my Director during my time with WSOE and I guess if I have anything to thank that chubby nerdboy for, it would be for introducing me to Hot Hot Heat.

So what have Hot Hot Heat been up to since 2002?

Good question. Remember their sophomore effort, “Elevator”? And then the follow up, “Happiness, LTD”? Both albums were expert, infectious offerings  from the band, but with some gradual creative deviation from the song writing formula that earned Hot Hot Heat critical and commercial success (and a loyal following) and years of touring as opening acts for big names like Weezer, Foo Fighters, Wolf Parade, and Bloc Party they spent the last few years in a  self-built studio,  recorded their asses off, and have returned in 2010 with their “return to form” dance-rock, synth-driven fourth LP, “Future Breeds”. And it’s a triumphant return to form, indeed. One that marries HHH‘s anthemic pop abilities with some experimental indie-dance punk trippy-ness that paddles their new wave canoe  into uncharted waters.

Hot Hot Heat – Future Breeds (Dangerbird Records)

LISTEN: Hot Hot Heat – “Goddess on the Prairie”

With the release of “Future Breeds”, Hot Hot Heat finds their way to Bang Bang Slang‘s backyard with a September 10th tour stop at our favorite Chicago live music wateringhole, Lincoln Hall on September 10th. Tickets are still available and if you had any hesitation before, now is the time to grab tickets before they’re gone… and get those dancing shoes ready. It’s a Friday night for god’s sake. (Opening acts 22-20’s and Hey Rosetta! will provide support)

BUY TICKETS: HERE

Bang Bang Slang will be covering more of Hot Hot Heat as they make their way to Lincoln Hall, so keep checking back for updates and coverage. In the mean time, if you’re a BBS visitor who doesn’t live in Chicago – you can check HHH‘s full tour info below:

  • 08/31: Masquerade – Hell Stage – Atlanta, GA
  • 09/01: Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
  • 09/03: Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.
  • 09/04: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
  • 09/05: North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
  • 09/07: The Bowery Ballroom – New York, New York
  • 09/08: Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
  • 09/10: Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
  • 09/11: The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
  • 09/12: The Basement – Columbus, OH
  • 09/13: The Rave/Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI
  • 09/14: Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
  • 09/15: Seventh Street – Minneapolis, MN
  • 09/17: Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
  • 09/18: Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 09/20: The Empyrean – Spokane, WA
  • 09/21: Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
  • 09/23: Martini Ranch – Scottsdale, AZ

For official Hot Hot Heat merch and band info CLICK HERE

Follow Hot Hot Heat on Twitter! @hothotheat

Megafaun’s Mini-Album “Heretofore”

Posted in Album Reviews with tags , , on August 24, 2010 by bangbangslang

BBS‘s first outside contributor post comes in the form of an album review from North Carolina native and self-proclaimed music nut, Zack Robbins.  Zack had a premature listen to Megafaun‘s brand spankin’ new mini effort “Heretofore” and wanted to weigh in on its greatness. Plenty more to come from the Z-man, I would hope. Enjoy:

Megafaun – “Heretofore” (Hometapes)

September 14th marks the release of Megafaun‘s 6 song, mini-album which was recorded by BJ Burton who also recorded the new Love Language album. There is something for everyone here: Fans of Califone and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot-era Wilco will likely enjoy “Heretofore” and “Eagle”, “Carolina Days” is the poppiest thing they have done, “Volunteers” and “Bonnie’s Song” are the simple, gorgeous folk songs, and then there is their masterpiece: “Comprovisation For Connor Pass.”  “Comprovisation” is a 12 minute section of a 4 hour improvisation session they did during these sessions. They put some meat on it by adding strings, percussion, and various other overdubs throughout, and the end result is stunning. I would probably roll my eyes at most bands for attempting something like this, but these guys have the chops, jazz background, and smarts to pull it off; it is my favorite thing any band has done in recent memory. I lose my shit when Phil Cook’s harmonica comes in around 11:30 and brings the song to a close.

LISTEN: Megafaun – “Volunteers

Also, can we give Brad Cook MVP of 2010? He kills it on this album (especially when the bass comes in at ~4:00 of “Heretofore”), played bass on some of The Love Language tracks, and played bass on the Gayngs album.

Zack Robbins

After an extensive U.S. tour this summer with supporting act Sam Quinn, Megafaun winds up their final summer shows in Europe with stops in Netherlands and the United Kingdom.  A rumored full-length Fall release is said to be in the works. We’re hoping some Fall dates will follow…

Another Sunday Trip to the Record Store…

Posted in Vinyl News with tags , , on August 17, 2010 by bangbangslang

Sunday’s trip to the record store provided some obvious, essential picks for my vinyl collection: Arcade Fire “The Suburbs” (No Wayyyy!), Big Boi’s “Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty” (Whoaaa) & Wavves “King of the Beach” (Gnarly!). Just coppin’ those recent releases on the reg.

LISTEN: Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs”

LISTEN: Big Boi – “General Patton”

LISTEN: Wavves – “Idiot”

VIVA LA UNHEALTHY VINYL OBSESSION!

… off to My Morning Jacket!!!

My Morning Jacket TOMORROW! (Bang Bang Slang Returns…)

Posted in Tour Information with tags , , , on August 16, 2010 by bangbangslang

Oh, hello. Yeah, we’ve been gone for a little while… BUT WE’RE BACK! A turn of life-changing events had spurred a 2 week hiatus for Bang Bang Slang, but with the upcoming concert calendar for September/October and tomorrow’s My Morning Jacket tour stop at Chicago’s Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island, it’s safe (and obvious) to say, that not only are we back, but this is just the beginning…

With some deep reflection, non-stop traveling, multiple gin cocktails, and phone calls to some great minds and great friends across the U.S. of A. – we’ve finally reached a point with BBS where we have a legitimate layout and re-launch plan for Fall ’10, some sexy brand and marketing ideas, new content contributors, and most of all we’re staring down the barrel at the absolute BEST concert calendar I’ve seen in a long time here in the Windy city.

Long story short, we’re going to take over Chicago. New York next? Los Angeles? We’re coming for ya.

… but back to My Morning Jacket

LISTEN: My Morning Jacket – “I’m Amazed”

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 2 years since MMJ‘s game-changing “Evil Urges” exploded across the airwaves, an album that put the Louisville 5 piece onto everybody’s iTunes and had thousands rummaging through their past catalog of brilliantly original studio albums and endless beautiful mess of singles and EP’s. In 2008, My Morning Jacket soared through the States on tour like a wild bottle rocket, establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the live music scene, landing an SNL performance slot, and even copping a Grammy nomination for “Best Alternative Album”. You’d think their previous album “Z” would have provided the band with their ‘holy shit’ moment of their careers, but “Evil Urges” proved to be their launching pad to alt-rock greatness. Peanut butter pudding surprise indeed.

A year or so of constant touring saw MMJ releasing a fiery live EP for Record Store Day 2009 (“Celebracion de la Ciudad Natal”), an animated appearance on American Dad (“My Morning Straitjacket”)… and then Jim James became Yim Yames and I started to bite my fingernails.

Jim, err, I mean Yim took the second half of 2009 to ruminate on the direction of his career as a performing artist and decided to take a step in the direction of a solo release under his new, unsung moniker. Though the 6 songs that comprise the “Tribute To” EP were recorded in 2001, Yames finally decided it was time for his George Harrison ‘tribute’ album to see the light of day. The end result is a gorgeously drowsy, acoustic and sparse arrangement of Harrison songs that would have made “The Quiet Beatle” tip his hat, no question. But it’s also an extremely emotional album, one that I’ve only admittedly run through a handful of times. Thankfully, a month later Yames joined powers with indie rock greats Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Mike Mogis to form the supergroup, Monsters of Folk. With a debut album on Rough Trade and songs like “Say Please”, “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)”, and “Map of the World”, this offering from the gods was pretty righteous and lived up to the hype that was swirling through the scene… but it just wasn’t My Morning Jacket.

LISTEN: Monsters of Folk – “Say Please”

Aside from Yim Yames (Do I still need to call him this? So ridiculous!) laying down some vocals on the New Orleans jazz benefit album “PRESERVATION” (which rules by the way), I’m very pleased to see him fall back where he belongs in 2010: on the road with My Morning Jacket.

There was never any doubt in my mind that he would have eluded the MMJ guys for much longer – though Monsters of Folk have a slot at Austin City Limits this October – it was definitely a bit heart-stopping to see tour dates pop up last Spring and then even more pop up this Summer. While the tour offering is kind of dwindling off within the next month (New album? Please?!), the band has been all along leading its legion of devoted Jacketheads to a momentous 5 night stand at NYC’s Terminal 5… where they will be shredding and lightly strumming their way through their entire discography. After you pick your jaw up off the floor, read what MMJ’s official website released regarding their short residency at Terminal 5:

“New York City’s Terminal 5 will be presenting a historic five night run of shows in which My Morning Jacket will perform one of their full-length albums in its entirety each night, along with additional songs and covers from each album’s time period. The stint will kick off on Monday, October 18th, with a performance of the 1999 debut The Tennessee Fire,and will be followed chronologically by their next four full length albums, ending with 2008′s Evil Urges. on Saturday, October 23rd.”

  • 10/18 – Terminal 5 – New York City, NY – The Tennessee Fire
  • 10/19 – Terminal 5 – New York City, NY – At Dawn
  • 10/21 – Terminal 5 – New York City, NY – It Still Moves
  • 10/22 – Terminal 5 – New York City, NY – Z
  • 10/23 – Terminal 5 – New York City, NY – Evil Urges and beyond!

(All shows are SOLD OUT, but surprisingly scalpers online are offering them at decent rates)

Which brings us to the MMJ tour stop in Chicago tomorrow (08/17/10) at Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island. Somehow, I’ve never made my way to this venue, probably because I’m not into the shit acts they often book there, but with it being nestled on an inlet on Lake Michigan and from all the praises I’ve heard, my expectations for a full on raging rock show tomorrow night are very high.

BBS will see you there! Will we? Let us know if you’re going – we’ll always put a cold one on our tab for any of our visitors or supporters! (Yes, FREE BEER!!!)

Maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll get an encore performance of their newly unveiled, unreleased track “Circuital” – last played at San Diego’s Oustide Lands Festival. Pretty promising jam!  (WATCH BELOW)

If we won’t be seeing you tomorrow, then try to check out MMJ as they finish their summer/fall tour and end up at Terminal 5:

  • 08/19 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
  • 08/20 – Champlain Valley Lawn – Burlington, VT
  • 08/21 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
  • 08/24 – Izod Center – East Ruthersford, NJ
  • 08/25 – Mountain Park – Holyoke, MA
  • 08/27 – Station Square Amphitheater – Pittsburgh, PA
  • 08/28 – CMAC – Canandaigua, NY
  • 08/29 – River Stage at Great Plaza – Philadelphia, PA
  • 10/15 – State Theatre – Portland, ME
  • 10/19-10/23 – Terminal 5 – New York City, NY (5 Night Run!)
  • 10/29 – KFC Yum! Center – Louisville, KY
  • 10/30-10/31 – VOODOO EXPERIENCE! – New Orleans, LA

My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves (ATO)

LISTEN: My Morning Jacket – “One Big Holiday”

See you all tomorrow… and BBS is back!!!



HAPPY (BELATED) BIRTHDAY, JERRY GARCIA!

Posted in Music & Pop Culture News with tags , , , on August 2, 2010 by bangbangslang

Born 09/01/1942, Garcia would have been 68 years young this August

“I have spent my life seeking all that’s still unsung

Bent my ear to hear the tune, and closed my eyes to see”

Attics of My Life

HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNCLE JERRY!

ACL 2002: Ryan Adams “Wharf Rat“… I couldn’t help myself…