Here, for your misery and heartache, are five recent songs that say everything about breaking up that you never could.
|Wayne Coyne's Twitter account|
Spending 22 hours in a car is a crazy idea in itself. Match that with driving halfway across the nation to knock on the door of rocker Wayne Coyne's house is taking stalker status to the next level.
"Some weirdos just showed up on my porch...They drove all the way from LA to bring me a birthday gift!!!" said Coyne on Twitter last week.
Those weirdos were newly-formed Orange County band, Hott Mt. Not only did the trio, made up of Adam Ashe (formerly of Dahga Bloom), Nick Logie (of Telegram) and Ashleigh Allard show up unexpectedly at Coyne's home in Oklahoma City on Jan. 13, SPIN.com also reported that the members got to sleep on Coyne's couch and floor for four days.!--EndFragment-->More »
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Remember that new Guided By Voices album we were talking about? The one that will be out in January, made up of 21 new songs, made like the 1990s seminal albums Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes? Well, Let's Go Eat the Factory (the title of the new album) is real. And there are songs for us to finally listen to! Check out "Doughnut for a Snowman" after the jump, which Pollard calls "the goofiest, twinkliest song I've ever written."More »
So maybe you've never heard of this hard-partying Spell band from Long Beach, the one that combines blues riffs with hip-hop beats and pulsating basslines with ethereal melodies. Or maybe you have and just don't know it as Kiddoo, Brown and bassist/new father Tone Blair played in On Blast, a group I always claimed was the best in town. Something happened with On Blast that forced the name change and new beginning, but what that something is will have to remain a mystery because the members aren't talking. What we do know is the Spell also includes drummer Branden Murray and guitarist Steve M.More »
|Circa:Now! will be performed, but not by these guys|
Luckily, the monthly event known as Album Attack falls into the former. Spearheaded by Jesse Wilder, the idea is simple: Take local musicians and tell their sorry asses to get on stage to perform an entire album by another group. What's really cool is that Wilder doesn't pick active, complete bands to play--he chooses a group of local musicians who he thinks will do the music justice and throws them together. So basically, you're getting to see a unit that has never played before and probably never will again.
This month's Album Attack just so happens to be a performance of Rocket from the Crypt's Circa: Now!, aka one of my favorite records by my all-time favorite band. I was hesitant when I first heard that someone other than San Diego's golden children would be performing the gospel, but Wilder has put together an impressive cast of musicians from groups such as Reel Big Fish (although drummer Carlos de la Garza will always be the guy from F.Y.P to me), Fast Dragon, the Bumpers and Go West Young Man, along with Alex Hernandez, the man who puts the "Alex" in "Alex's Bar."More »
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