I’m not ready to return to the States just yet. After spending the better part of last week in New Zealand, I now flap my arms northwest to India, a country not known for its rock bands. Despite their confusing name, Peter Cat Recording Co. is actually a band. The New Delhi four-piece released their [...]
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The final installment, but not the enz of my current Split Enz obsession. I leave you with a short documentary on the band’s calling it a day in 1984 (boo!), followed by a clip of The Enz performing “History Never Repeats” during a reunion show in 2007 (yay!). I’m realizing how many music videos thes
Happy Valentines Day, the day I celebrate my love for my wife … and also Neil Finn. Released as a single in 1978, and later added to 1979′s Frenzy LP, “I See Red” is The Enz’s punk rock song. It also seems kind of fitting for today. Frenzy was the first record to feature Tim’s younger [.
I’m still deep in the Split Enz wormhole, and I like it … it’s great for productivity. This pre-Neil Finn clip comes from the band’s 1976 Second Thoughts LP, their last with original member Phil Judd. More great pop, but this preceded the band’s New Wave leanings that were to come. But the thea
I’m on a Split Enz kick … now, so are you. For the rest of the week I’ll be posting video earworms from my time down in the YouTube wormhole (not such a bad place if you can avoid the comments section). I start with this one—one of the great pop songs … well, ever. [...]
I didn’t watch this year’s Grammys. Instead I caught a blow by blow account on Twitter, which is just like being there. Yes, millions gathered to essentially Mystery Science Theater the shit out of the Grammys. Some of it was even funny. Steven Hyden of Grantland got this gem of a jab in: “Did you know [.
I’ll be playing tunes this Friday at Hawthorne Theatre with my good pal, DJ Bob Ham. It’s always a fun time—I mean, it is Happy Hour on a Friday. I suppose the goal will be to get things warmed up/getting people hot and bothered for the Hot Water Music show later that evening. I think [...]
I like Portland. I liked the Mint Chicks. I love New Zealand. I dig noisy pop music. But as much as I like these things it doesn’t necessarily mean I’d like Unknown Mortal Orchestra. I’m easy, but I’m not that easy. But I do like Unknown Mortal Orchestra. That’s because Ruban Nielson writes goo
These days—more precisely, the past five years—it’s taken rock music of a certain disposition to give me that little tickle in my belly. I’m more interested in what music can do for my body than what it can do for my brain … OK, I’ve reverted back to my 23-year-old self. But until I get
I like Ty Segall. I like glammy Satanic makeup. I like flesh. I like tongues. And I like blood. But I don’t like feet … disgusting things. Do with that what you will while you watch Segall’s vid for “Thank God For Sinners” from last year’s Twins album (his third LP of 2012). Ty Segall
I begin 2013 by going back to the year 2012. It was a simpler time, filled with hope and promise … OK, it was a great year for rock music, filled with some terrific records from The Men, King Tuff, Ty Segall, Ty Segall … Ty Segall, and a lesser-known band out of Saint Louie [...]
It’s been a long while since I’ve written anything substantial on The Days of Lore. Keeping up with it is difficult when you don’t have an editor breathing down your neck to make deadlines. You sort of have to breathe down your own neck. Is it hot in here? For the 17 of you with impeccable [...]
1. Tilts – Tilts (Robotic Empire) 2. Swans – The Seer (Young God) 3. Lisabö – Animalia Lotsatuen Putzua (Bidehuts) 4. King Tuff – King Tuff (Sub Pop) 5. Ozarks – Ozarks (Wil-Ru Records) 6. Sic Alps – Sic Alps (Drag City) 7. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes (4AD)
11. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Alleluja! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Constellation) 12. Titus Andronicus - Local Business (XL Recordings) 13. Ty Segall & White Fence – Hair (Drag City) 14. Plankton Wat – Spirits (Thrill Jockey) 15. Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory (Carpark Records) Like
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21. Tyvek – On Triple Beams (In The Red) 22. La Sera – Sees the Light (Hardly Art) 23. Skelator – Agents of Power (Metal On Metal Records) 24. Rhett Miller - The Dreamer (Maximum Sunshine) 25. The Pharmacy - Stoned & Alone (Seayou Records) Like The Days of Lore on Facebook. Follow TDoL on Tw
Yesterday was the longest day of the year, and I can finally say summer weather finally hit Portland like an electric blanket on a tanning bed. I think it got up into the upper 80s … More important, it signified the first day of summer. It’s interesting how change in weather—the heat, in particular—i
San Francisco by way of Chico, Californ-I-A four-piece the Mother Hips have gone through loads of changes over the past two decades. The band is currently in the studio working on a new record, but we’re here to talk about what went down back in 1992 … you know, the year Nirvana’s Nevermind hit No. 1 [...
Portland’s The Steven Lasombras have been lurking in their basement lair, keeping a distance from our recent stretch of sunny weather. Now that everything’s back to normal here in Portland, I think they’re ready to come out of hiding. TDoL has lured them out with the promise of beer and some sort of bacon-
I’ve been rawking to this quite a bit lately … and I will stop at nothing to find Judas Priest’s Rocka Rolla on vinyl. The album was released in 1974, back when Rob Halford and the crew were more hippie-dippy than motorcycle gang-bangy. This clip comes from the band’s 1975 appearance on the BBC’
When I heard this morning that Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys had succumbed to cancer, it hit me hard. I didn’t expect it, and I was surprised by my reaction. At first. There were the obvious reasons—Yauch was only 47, too young to die, and yet another reminder of our own mortality. Then there [...]
It’s mostly fun and games here at TDoL … because, well, we’re talking about music, not working on the cure for cancer. At the same time I’m not oblivious to the emotional power of music, and I couldn’t help but be moved by this clip from Michael Rossato-Bennett’s documentary Alive Inside.
Dick Clark passed away on April 18 at the age of 82. It signifies the end of an era in rock and roll. When I say end of an era, I mean he was one of the last—if not the last—link to rock’s Golden Age (Jerry Lee Lewis also comes to mind, a man who [...]
LIVE: Elvis Costello and the Intruders at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 4.13.12 It’s nice to see Elvis Costello having fun on stage. His current tour is less about Costello’s jazz-country-ragtime leanings of the past two decades and more about the rock. And the spectacle. The good stuff. Bringing back his Spect
Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the announcement that John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star had broken up three years prior. Interestingly enough, it was also 42 years ago today that the Rolling Stones revealed that in 42 years they would be playing to larger audiences than ever without it coincidi
Your vehicle is the most sacred of places when it comes to belting out a song or two. Or Iron Maiden’s Live After Death in its entirety. Of course, I don’t stop there. My steering wheel automatically becomes a snare drum, and my seatbelt strap connects to an invisible Flying V. All this while chugging [...]
If you’re of a certain age (class of ‘91!), then you’ll have no trouble figuring out what the new vid for Helms Alee’s “8/16″ is all about. The Washington trio enlisted Andrew James Cox, and with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, filmed and assembled the clip in and around Seattle and O
Activist/musician/writer Pat Thomas has been busy the past five years compiling music, speeches and photos from the height of the Black Power movement, spending much of that time in Oakland, California, the birthplace of the Black Panther Party. The result is Thomas’ forthcoming book, Listen, Whitey! The Sights and S
I caught Zodiac Death Valley at a recent performance in front of a rather motley crew at Portland’s Kenton Club. Needless to say it felt right. The San Francisco five-piece fully embraces rock and roll’s hedonistic tendencies, and this night seemed like everyone was feeling a little unhinged. Then again, it was
This might be the creepiest two minutes you’ll spend all day. We might as well spend it here. Together. I promise not to squeeze your hand too tight. Pharmacy drummer Brendhan Bowers made this video on the cheap on 16mm film. The song the vid’s attached to—”Dig Your Grave”—is just as fuz