Thursday, May 08, 2008

Back To The World




So the band is over...big fuckin' deal! Seriously though, those six years were very interesting and i would change a goddamn thing. I have no reservations or bad feelings about leaving it behind.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the last show. It was one of the best nights of my life...but also one of the strangest. There were at least a hundred people in that room that I could have spent the whole night talking to...my head was spinning the whole time trying to at least say hi to everyone and trying to take it all in. 700 people at the moose lodge in Marshalltown, Iowa. DIY. As crowded as it was I felt no violence, no hatred and no snotty attitudes. We brought it all back home that night and words won't do it any justice. Thank you to everyone who was a part of it.

The tour was fucking rad. I don't feel like going into all the details right now. There are tons of live pictures at www.myspace.com/modernlifeiswar

Onto more important issues...I finally made my long awaited visit to Graceland and Stax Soul Museum in Memphis as well as Apollo Theatre in Harlem. I also bought a fuckload of records on tour. If you are into jamaican music...you have to pay a visit to Deadly Dragon Sound in Chinatown NYC...incredible amount of great records in a tiny shop with an extremely knowledgeable staff. Also support Reptilian Records and Celebrated Summer records in baltimore, Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis and Ear X-tasy in Louisville. Here's the rundown...


Angelic Upstarts - Never 'Ad Nothin 7"
Bad Manners - Ska'n'B LP
Harry J Allstars - Liquidator LP
Trash Talk - Plagues 7"
Skull Snaps - LP
Congos - Heart of the Congos LP
Sinead O Connor - The Lion and the Cobra
David Axelrod - Songs of Innocence LP
David Axelrod - Songs of Experience LP
Skids - Wide Open 12" EP
Midnight Oil - Diesel and Dust LP
V/A - Soul Feeling LP
V/A - Soul Explosion (stax) LP
Keith Hudson and Chuckles - "Satan Side" / Don D Jr. - "evil spirit" - 7"
Cornell Campbell - "Let the Music Keep on Playing" / "My Baby Just Cares" - 7"

...funny thing just happened. I heard a HUGE SMAAAASH out my bedroom window...heard angie scream at me and ran down the stairs and onto main street and see a car smashed into into the back of the mliw van. His car was taken away on a towtruck and is definitely FUCKED. the van, is probably also fucked. the kid was 17 and pretty rattled. He had two girls with him and one of em had an AFI shirt on. AAAnd...back to the records list..which is almost done...

prince buster - "prince of peace" / "faith" - 7"
Trapped Under Ice - "stay cold" 7"
Dead Tired - 7"
Rites of Spring - "all through a life" 7"
Supersuckers - "born with a tail" 7"
Babyshambles - "you talk" / "revelations" - 7"
Deep Sleep - "manic euphoria" 7"
Deep Sleep - "you're screwed" 7"
Iowa Beef Experience - "trailercourt" b/w..the best songtitle ever... "dope smoking rednecks from cedar rapids trapped in an alternative reality" (produced by steve albini) 7"

And while we're on the subject of records...I am going to start a records/music blog very soon. I will be strictly talking about music that I love or am interested in or excited about. I am not a music critic and don't wanna be one. I will put a post here when i get it started.

Another thing...Amongst other post band-life projects...I am starting a management and booking company called DEVIL'S CORNFIELD. I will be helping out some kick-ass iowa motherfuckers like Beat Strings, Brooks Strause and Sioux City Pete and the Beggars and Helmer as well as doing some booking for some bands on Organized Crime records out of Chicago. The reason why i mention this here....I am looking for someone to make a website for me. I do not have the necessary knowledge/skills. I am HOPING to find someone who would be willing to do it for free or cheap. Maybe someone who is in school for it or looking to build a portfolio? I would of course cover the costs. I just need something real simplistic and functional. If you are this person....please get in touch!!!

Ok...so since the dinner guest thing got so much response. 1 dream show. Up to 6 bands/musicians...but it can only be one if you want. There is no time period restriction.
Mine goes down in a small smoke filled bar in iowa with a small stage on a hot summer night. I am 16 years old and the lineup is....
The Clash (have I ever told you that I think that Paul Simonon in his prime was one of the sexiest rock and rollers of all time?)
Robert Johnson (not many people got to experience this)
Screamin' Jay Hawkins (you know this crazy voodoo man can put on quite a show)
The Ramones (obvious)
The Stooges (iggy would cut himself with glass and locals drinking at the bar would be yelling "faggot" at him)
Nina Simone (..that voice.)
oh fuck this...this game is too hard. There are about 10 more acts i feel like i can't leave off the list. I originally was going to say 3 bands...but 6 is the lowest i can possibly go.
you wanna get extensive? OK, i ain't scared. setlist time. what songs do you have to hear that night?
THE CLASH
I'm So Bored with the U.S.A.
Complete Control
Career Opportunites
Hate and War
white man in the hammersmith palais
the call up
bankrobber
police and theives
Garageland
London Calling
Rudie Can't Fail
Spanish Bombs
Lost in the Supermarket
The Guns of Brixton
The Card Cheat
I'm not down
Train in Vain
In the Pouring Rain
Stay Free
All the Young Punks
Safe European Home
Charlie Don't Surf
Know your rights
should i stay or should I go
Red Angel Dragnet
Straight to Hell
Ghetto Defendent
Innoculated City
Death is a Star
ROBERT JOHNSON
Cross Road Blues
Walkin' Blues
Come on in my kitchen
Terraplane Blues
Love in Vain
Hellhound on my trail
Ramblin on my mind
Stop Breakin' down blues
Last Fair Deal Gone Down
THE RAMONES
today your love, tomorrow the world
blitzkrieg bop
cretin hop
Now I wanna be a good boy
I just wanna have something to do
bad brain
it's not my place (in the 9 to 5 world)
pet semetary
Something to beleive in
I wanna live
R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
California Sun
Now I wanna sniff some Glue
She's the One
Judy is a Punk
Sheena is a punk rocker
Why is it always this way?
beat on the brat
pinhead
rock and roll high school
rockaway beach
teenage lobotomy
surfin bird
NINA SIMONE
Mississippi Goddamn
Funkier than a mosquitos tweeter
save me
The Pusher
Mr. Bojangles
I loves you porgy
I put a spell on you
Four Women
Pirate Jenny
Break Down and Let it all out
Don't let me be misunderstood
THE STOOGES
I Wanna Be Your Dog
No Fun
(the entire Funhouse Album)
Search and Destroy
Gimme Danger
Rich Bitch
Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell
I need somebody
SCREAMIN JAY
I put a spell on you
I hear voices
I love paris
Frenzy
You Made Me Love You
Constipation Blues
Feast of the Mau Mau
Do you Really Love Me?
Alligator Wine
Little Demon
I gotta work early tomorrow. Over and out.


12 Comments:

Blogger Andrew T. Hyena said...

"Heart of the Congos" is an amazing record. I haven't heard it in years, I should try to track it down.

Great final St. Louis show, nice to shoot the shit with you again. One of the best nights of my life.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Jill w.k. said...

hmm this is a hard one...

Ramones (keep your set list but add Suzy is a headbanger)

Rage against the machine

the stooges

Modern life is war (i hate to be that kid but it is what it is)

Minor Threat

Merle Haggard (merle would close the show with I think I'll just stay here and drink.)



p.s. the road trip to Marshalltown was to date the best trip my friends and I have been on.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Opening:
The Beltones-
my old man
insipid sedentary girl
casualty
shoot the shit
suzy is a heartbreaker
naming my bullets
ain't no life
set em up, stevie
fuck you anyway
let the bombs fall

Bob Dylan with special guest Woody Guthrie-
to ramona
my back pages
obviously 5 believers
you're gonna make me lonesome
tombstone blues
shelter from the storm
desolation row
restless farewell

Sage Francis-
specialist
narcissist
every midnight
ground control
going back to rehab
sun versus moon
crack pipes
jah didn't kill johnny

Gone-
Gregg Ginn would do whatever he wanted to do.

R.E.M.- Automatic for the People
start to finish

Close:
Bascom Lamar Lunsford-
"I wish i was a mole in the ground"


p.s.- thanks for turning me onto that axelrod stuff. pretty neat!

3:34 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

RATM circa 1994

anything so long as zach gets that crazy look in his eyes.

MLIW anytime after Witness was written

i'm not just putting this in because it's your blog, i never got to see this band and i wish i had.

SHAI HULUD circa 2004
Given Flight By Demons Wings
Solely Concentrating...
whatever else they feel like playing

FAR

Water & Solutions
The System

STRONGHOLD
(australian hc band)

the whole Step Back EP



that'll do, five band shows are long enough

i think that'd be a really fun show.

6:39 PM  
Blogger shannon said...

yeah i was out and about in iowa, sorta just trying to get outta iowa for three days, tried to figure if i knew anyone there and turns out it's just you and some farmers. went with the farmers, they sit in the barn all morning and drink coffee, smoke cigarettes and play fats domino songs on guitar and saxaphone. it's a beautiful little state, really. damned if it didnt feel like the aorta of the midwest.

i politely withdraw from trying to answer the question.q

3:02 PM  
Blogger ryanaircraft said...

nice to see "rudie cant fail" on that clash list...

NIRVANA (Live, One Night Only!)
Iggy & The Stooges
The Ramones
Sonic Youth (Playing mostly material from Daydream Nation)
Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Gutter Twins... whatever. As long as it's him.)

You seen Lanegan live yet? Fuck me was he good. I felt like a girl at a Beatles concert.

Anything more on the lineup would ruin the continuity.

An aside though would be Neurosis opening for Nina Simone. Neurosis playing Enemy of the Sun start to finish. Who am I to tell the High Priestess of Soul what to play though?

9:34 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Jeff, have you checked out "The GC5 - Kisses From Hanoi" yet? I remember a while back you said you only had "Never bet the devil your head", which is a great record, but Kisses From Hanoi is amazing as well.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

p.s.- i know there comes a time where you gotta put those books down and go back to living your own life.... but i'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this list.

http://www.thisisyesterday.com/ints/books.html

i like going down the lists and tracing things back: from you, to Richey (billboard masturbation) to T.S. Eliot, to Pound, et cetera.

enough!

1:21 PM  
Blogger Chris Nolen said...

In no specific order...

Bob Dylan
Broken Social Scene
Cult of Luna
Beastie Boys
Integrity
Rolling Stones

In a 200 person venue with a 5 dollar cover charge, like shows where when i was 16

7:40 AM  
Blogger J Bones said...

Suicide File (didn't make it to the Chicago reunion)

1.I Hate You
2.Fuck Fox News
3.Ashcroft
4.Mission Hill Party
5.I Hate Rock n Roll
6.Song For Tonight
7.Things Fall Apart
8.The Edge of Town
9.I Like the Nightlife
10. Twilight

Fugazi
1.Waiting Room
2.Public Witness Program
3.Bed for Scraping
4.Bulldog Front
5.Smallpox Champion
6.Birthday Pony
7.Returning the Screw
8.Bad Mouth
9.Rend It
10.Promises

Daniel Johnston
1.I Did Acid with Caroline
2.I'll Never Marry
3.Mind Contorted
4.Some Things Last a Long Time
5.Story of an Artist
6.Grievances
7.Never Before, Never Again
8.True Love Will Find You in The End

The Misfits ('83)
1. Die Die My Darling
2. Hybrid Moments
3. Where Eagles Dare
4. Astro Zombies
5. I Turned Into a Martian
6. Skulls
7. Violent World
8. Night of the Living Dead
9. Bullet
10.Vampira
11.Last Caress
12.We Are 138
13.Halloween

Nirvana circa 93 with Pat Smear.
1.Serve The Servants
2.Territorial Pissings
3.Drain You
4.Stay Away
5.Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
6.Very Ape
7.Milk It
8.Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
9.All Apologies
10.Lithium
11.Love Buzz
12.About a Girl
13.Hairspray Queen
14.Old Age
15.D7 (wipers cover)
16.Aneurysm
17.Scentless Apprentice
18.Heart Shaped Box
19.Tourette's
20.Lounge Act
21.School
22.Dumb
23.You Know You're Right

The Beatles
They play most of the White Album and then John does Plastic Ono Band most of the way through, closing with God.

This all takes place at a hush hush upstairs speakeasy in the 1940's with decent sound. The stage is small and it looks like one of those Doors concerts you always see footage of.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Andrew T. Hyena said...

Comment, pt. 2 -

Glad to see "Surfin' Bird" made it on your list of Ramones songs. One of the greatest, most positively ludicrous songs I've ever had the good luck to hear...

11:14 PM  
Blogger Ellis said...

I do the prayer thing. We Mississippians are natural-born Jesusers. I am no exception. You will be in my thoughts and prayers...and best of luck out there my friend!

-Ellis

9:56 PM  

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