LIVE SESION: Wire at Daytrotter Studio Rock Island, IL, Nov 10, 2008
It was the Sunday morning following Wire’s tour-ending show at Chicago’s Metro the night before, which drew radiant reviews from Sun-Times and Sound Opinions critic Jim DeRogatis and from the Tribune, similar to the likes of those that Barack Obama in his bulletproof case, Grant Park, an Indian summer of a night and the clear-headed American majority got last Tuesday. The legendary English punk band, from all accounts, had been as blissfully explosive and politically fascinating as ever before in its 32-year musical career, which has been the lesson plan for countless numbers of the new breed of post-punk bands who feel that they too can be edgy and insightful and educated, just like the originators – the three old men who remain their heroes and forefathers.
Colin Newman, Graham Lewis and Robert Grey are the wizened players in one of London’s most influential punk bands at a time when the city’s punk scene was establishing itself as something grimier and filthier – with rage and youth but no rivet gun to send the points into the floor joists, making them stick like claws and arched doorways.
The National rip through cover of The Ramones’ “The KKK Took My Baby Away” on KCRW: Watch
The National rip through cover of The Ramones’ “The KKK Took My Baby Away” on KCRW.
Complete with a “true story” about Donald Trump stealing Joey Ramone’s girlfriend.
Last month, The National returned with another excellent album in Sleep Well Beast. Amidst their ongoing tour in support of the record, the Brooklyn indie recently stopped by KCRW to perform a stripped down set for Morning Becomes Eclectic.
To close out their six-song performance, the band ripped through a cover of The Ramones’ “The KKK Took My Baby Away”. Frontman Matt Berninger introduced their rendition of the 1981 track by sharing the purported “true story” behind the song with a newly relevant twist. “Joey [Ramone] was in love with this girl in high school and apparently Donald Trump rolled in with daddy’s sports car and took her away,” Berninger deadpanned. “It’s a true story that happened in Queens many years ago.”
Mark E. Smith performs with The Fall via wheelchair for the second time in his career.
Mark E. Smith has returned to the stage two months after poor health had caused the postponement of The Fall’s return to the U.S. after more than a decade of absence.
The Mancunian frontman was brought out onstage via wheelchair for the second time in his career for a UK performance over the weekend at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle, not letting a bit of ill health get in the way of him winding up the crowd with his distinctive punk vocals.
Despite visibly not appearing to be 100 percent recovered, Mark E. Smith and The Fall are set to continue their UK and Portugal dates, with New York City Residency at Baby’s All Right on schedule to commence on February 19th at the Brooklyn venue.
LIVE SESSION: XTC Le Palace, Paris 18 March 1982. Last European Live Concert.
Broadcast live on Les enfants du rock on Antenne 2 TV
Andy walks off the stage during the first number
“Respectble Street”.The rest of the band soon stop playing and follow him. It’s announced that Andy is not feeling well.
The incident was immortalised on a 17 minute documentary broadcast in France on a Saturday TV show Megahertz on TF1.
It’s also included footage of the soundcheck and a interview with Andy at the theatre caretaker’s office before the concert.
LIVE SESSION: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile in Malibu | Full Set | Pitchfork Live.
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile perform in Malibu, as part of the ongoing Pitchfork Live series.
LIVE SESSION: Kevin Morby – “City Music” (Live on KEXP).
Kevin Morby performing “City Music” live at The Triple Door as part of KEXP’s VIP Club concert series. Recorded August 21, 2017.
LIVE SESSION: Violent Femmes – Full Performance (Live on KEXP).
Violent Femmes performing live in KEXP’s gathering space. Recorded August 2, 2017.
Blister In The Sun
Please Do Not Go
Country Death Song
LIVE SESSION: Alvvays – “Dreams Tonite” (Live at WFUV).
Alvvays performs “Dreams Tonite” live in Studio A. Recorded 8.8.17.
LIVE SESSION: The Dream Syndicate – Full Performance (Live on KEXP).
The Dream Syndicate performing live from the Bumbershoot Music Lounge. Recorded August 31, 2014.
Tell Me When It’s Over
That’s What You Always Say
John Coltrane Stereo Blues
The Days of Wine and Roses
LIVE SESSION: Pulp – “I Spy” on Jools Holland, 1995.