New wave and hip hop owe a huge debt to the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Introduced in 1980 by Roland, Ikutaro Kakehashi’s device forever changed the sound of music. I can’t wait for this documentary to be released in 2015.
Channel your inner Joe Strummer and come out to Black Bear Bar tonight. I’ll be spinning the best punk, rock’n’roll, mod and britpop beats, 10-close.
Christopher Owens has just released the video to “Nothing More Than Everything To Me”. Directed by Max Minghella, the track is a little bit country, a little bit gospel and a whole lot of soul. I’ve already got my tickets for his live shows in NYC this Fall and can’t wait to hear the rest of “A New Testament” album. (Preach brother, preach.)
The Drums have previewed a track from their third album Encyclopedia with “Magic Mountain”. This track has a much harder edge - like new wave-meets-harcore thrash with teeth. I’m excited to stream the LP.
A clip from Threats’ live set at The Stolen Girlfriends Club Capsule Collection last Thursday.
When not playing guitar in Drowners or designing wearable artwork, Jack Ridley takes the mike and sings lead for Threats. (Drowners vocalist Matt Hitt steps back and supports on bass, allowing him to shine.) Jack Ridley is a natural frontman and this platform really lets him rip up the stage. What I love most about Drowners is their live show. (On record, Drowners come across as more melodic, with Johnny Marr-like guitars whereas live, they tap into a more raw, explosive sound.)
My love of rock and roll has only gotten stronger through the onslaught of so much auto-tuned mediocrity - Threats provides a much needed shot in the arm for music.