Posts Tagged ‘Motorhead’

Wow! Never in my life did I ever think I would be chatting with one of the greatest music engineers and producers of all time but alas, the stars aligned and it happened. My guest this week is none other than Ed Stasium, the legendary producer and engineer of many Ramones albums and cuts. This revealing interview tells all about how he fell into the career of an audio engineer and producer, working extensively with the Ramones, who played what, and he clears up some rumours and urban legends surrounding the recording of the Phil Spector produced End Of The Century album. We also talk about the final Joey Ramone solo album, …Ya Know?, and how that was put together, and so much more. Any fan of the Ramones is going to love this and you can hear it right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

All songs by the Ramones and a couple bonus cuts included from Stiv Bators and Soul Aslyum.

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We all know I hate flying. I really do. I hate everything about it. I feel great deals of anxiety whenever I am on a plane and it drives me crazy. I was lucky to get a window seat for the gruelling 13 hour flight ahead of me and thankfully, I was seated next to a lovely woman named Louisa (I hope I remembered her name correctly should she ever read this) and I gave her my usual pre-warnings that I will be taking Xanax to knock me out so if any stewards wish to wake me, please tell them not to, etc. things like that. So I popped my one and half Xanax and while waiting for it to kick in, I started up a conversation with Louisa about where she’s from, what she’s doing in the USA, you know, the general chit chat that happens when you know you’re going to be stuck next to someone for 13 hours. Honestly, with my social anxiety, I would have just stared out the window and not bothered her but I really just wanted to chat to her so while I was waiting for the Xanax to take effect, a conversation would help take my mind off the anxiety I deal with while flying. I thank her for that and also because she was actually really interesting and well traveled and she didn’t try to snub me off. Maybe she could tell I was freaked out over flying and wanted to help calm me down too? If you’re ever sat next to me in a plane and you look friendly, I’m sure I’ll do the same to you, also. Anyway, I must have passed out mid sentence or something because I woke up about an hour out of LA. Louisa advised me that turbulence had woken me up at some point during the flight and I freaked out and asked her what was happening. I don’t remember any of this at all. Probably a good thing.

Let me remind you here that I do not condone taking Xanax or any other pill for any reason unless you really do need to, not just cos you want to. The only time I ever use Xanax is when I am flying because the idea of being awake for that long on a plane and me having an anxiety attack from hell is just not worth putting other passengers through. They didn’t sign up for that so who am I to be a friggin’ panicky mess?!?! Exactly.

So we landed into LA, I bid farewell to my new found friend and headed through customs. I was outside for possibly no more than five or ten minutes when my good friend Kotton arrived to pick me up. His timing is perfect. Goddamn it was good to see this guy again. Seriously, I wish you all had a Kotton in your life. This dude is one of the nicest and most genuine people I know. A good hearted family man who somehow owns a pair of Godsmack sweatpants (that he tried to give to me “nah, you can keep them, mate!”).

First stop, Pax Am Recordings. Having been a fan of Ryan Adams since the release of Heartbreaker, a visit to his recording studio / record label was a must. And of course I had to wear a Ryan Adams shirt just for the occasion. As I told Kotton, “you can’t be flippant about these things”. We went, we took photos, and from there it was time for Pink’s Hot Dogs. My shout. He came and picked me up at some ungodly hour that he didn’t even know existed to pick me up and hang out for a day. It was the least I can do.

Pink’s Hot Dogs is an institution and it’s awesome. You need to try this stuff. True American fatty foods that are guaranteed to gain you some weight. But I’m on holiday so it doesn’t matter.

After Pink’s we walked down Melrose and headed to a comic store where i picked up the most incredible Archie Meets The Ramones shirt while Kotton got the comic. He needed it and again, my suggestion was the least I could do.

We then made our way to Headline Records because I saw recently on their Instagram that they had t-shirts of The Exploding Hearts. A great band that sadly ended way too soon due to an unfortunate fatal car crash.

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After my purchase we headed to the Rainbow Bar and Grill so I could see the amazing Lemmy statue. If you have been paying any attention at all to my life or the podcast or the zine, you would know that Motörhead are easily in my top all-time favourite bands. Along with the Ramones, Motörhead just had everything I wanted in a band so paying my respects to the great man has been on the cards ever since it’s unveiling.

The bar is now known as Lemmy’s Lounge and the stools are decked out with the snaggletooth logo and there are photos of Lemmy and Motörhead everywhere. Their music played over the PA, and down the back stood the almighty statue of the great man himself. This just blew me away and it still upsets me that my two favourite vocalists of all time (Joey Ramone being the other) both passed away from cancer. Still, it’s lovely to see this statue standing in front of me, in Lemmy’s favourite drinking place, right next to where he would sit and play the games machine. It was actually quite a heartfelt and surreal moment. I was glad to be there. I paid my respects and left a guitar pick by his left foot alongside the roses that had been placed there for him. He will forever be missed. He was a Lemmy and he played rock n roll.

Next up it was off to The Grammy Museum to see the Ramones exhibit that was showing. Again, like Motörhead, the Ramones are the band for me. This exhibit is important for every single person who loves punk rock music and also for people who may not like their music but must learn music history and why this band is so important. The museum only costs $12.95 and is well worth it.

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The Ramones exhibit is amazing. Everything from clothes, to hand written lyrics, to even Johnny’s diary where he kept notes of how many people in attendance and how much the band was paid. There’s many photos, most of which I had never seen before. There’s videos, memorabilia, books, collectibles, paintings, everything. It’s freaking awesome and if you are traveling through LA before the end of February, do yourself a favour. It really is something special.

We left the museum with only 20 minutes to spare til my bus left for San Francisco. We got there with nine minutes to go. I ran through the station and got the bus with only one minute to spare. As I write this now, I feel exhausted so I am going to need this here with one last comment…

Happy new year to you all. See you at The Lookouting.

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She’s adorable, she’s talented, she’s Ainslie Adams; a burlesque dancer and a Suicide Girl Hopeful from Melbourne and she’s on the latest episode of the LGL Podcast to talk about all things burlesque and Suicide Girls from her beginnings to today and beyond. It turned out to be quite a fun chat and I should also point out that she also chose all the music for the show and from the photo below, she most certainly has bitchin’ taste in rock! You can listen right now by clicking on THIS LINK. (more…)

EPISODE 60

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This week’s episode is an all exclusive interview with vocalist LG Petrov of Sweden’s very own death metal legends, ENTOMBED A.D., hot on the heels of their brand new album, Dead Dawn, which comes out February 26th through Century Media. In this interview LG talks about meeting drummer and Hellacopters frontman, Nicke Andersson and forming the band Nihilist, discovering rock music and incorporating it into their style, Motorhead, Scandinavian black metal, recording their new album, and heaps more. This show is an hour long and is sure to please any fan of Entombed so have a listen right now by clicking on THIS LINK. (more…)

EPISODE 53

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I am back with an awesome episode that is filled with radness. Ramones tour manager, Monte Melnick, is my special guest this week and talks all things Ramones. Knowing how much of a Ramones fan I am, you know this is going to be one fun interview and I can assure you, it totally is. Monte tells all in this revealing interview about his time with the punk legends. It’s quite a fun interview and there’s some awesome tunes for added radness. Thanks to Kitty Kowalski for helping organise this. Click this link and you can listen right now! (more…)

I love a good rockumentary and these days I seem to watch more documentaries than I do movies. I think this is because of my OCD of wanting to know everything about rock n roll and its origins. Well, to be honest, it’s mostly because I am a wannabe music journalist and I like to keep up on my knowledge so that I am not looking like a complete buffoon when I am writing about music or a particular band. While this is by no means a definitive list, and let’s face it, lists are fuckin’ stupid, really, this list is a bunch of documentaries that I personally love; documentaries that have taught me something. I hope you will search these out or watch them at the links below (for those that have links to the full movie) and feel free to leave a comment below about what you thought of each one, especially if you had never seen them before. Anyway, get yourself a pizza, a drink, sit back and watch cos you’re in for a real treat.

10. PUNK: ATTITUDE
There is nothing to fault in this documentary and you all need to see it. I mean, come on, the first person talking is Henry Rollins. I rest my case. Don Letts’ Punk is filled with great interviews and some mindblowing live footage by some of the greatest bands of all time. It also has a bitchin’ soundtrack. Why you wouldn’t watch this is kinda stupid and you should be ashamed of yourself if you’re not going to do so. Seriously, don’t be ‘that guy’, watch it now at the link below and learn something.

 

9. ANOTHER STATE OF MIND
One of the best and probably the most honest punk rock documentary that has been made to date. Filmed back in 1982, Another State Of Mind follows a tour of Youth Brigade and Social Distortion as they tour across the USA and through parts of Canada. What they weren’t banking on was everything going to shit with band members talking shit about each other and others just getting up and leaving mid-tour while some dude dyes his hair every couple days. It’s a really raw doco but it really shows just how things were back in the day and how doing things yourself can have great ramifications. Along the way they meet up with straight-edge legends, Minor Threat, and the live footage and interviews are killer. I’d love to see this doco made again with the same people at the age they are now and see just how different, if at all, these people are today.

 

8. THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
Directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World, The Little Rascals, Suburbia), this movie takes a candid look inside the world of punk rock in 1980. I could go on about this doco all day but it can seriously be summed up by watching the last 10 or so minutes with the live footage of the band FEAR who before playing a single note start a riot on stage with punches thrown and spit flying both to and from the stage. This is punk rock long before the breakthrough in 1994. This is when shit was dangerous. Penelope Spheeris went on to make a follow up years later on the heavy metal movement and that is also some priceless viewing. Look it up! The interview with Chris Holmes in the swimming pool will forever go down in history as cinematic gold. In the meantime, watch this.

 

7. A HEADBANGERS JOURNEY
Canadian metal fan, Sam Dunn, decided to make a doco on the world of heavy metal. While there have been many documentaries on heavy metal, this one stands out as one of the best. The interviews are classic (Mayhem’s being the most memorable), the live footage is great, and the story telling is just precise and delivered with a genuine love for the music and not a cash-in on a music scene by some Hollywood exec who knows nothing about it. A Headbangers Journey is a definite must see and chances are, if you are reading this site, then you’ve already seen it which in turn makes this suggestion completely redundant. Couldn’t find a link to the full thing so here’s the trailer.

 

6. SOME KIND OF MONSTER
I have spoken about this doco elsewhere on this site but it has to be said, any band that can sue its fans, make this highly embarrassing documentary, release St Anger and Lulu, and still continue to be the biggest band in “metal” is commendable. I don’t know how it happened but it did and this film is just priceless and worthy of your time. Sure, you’ll probably end up throwing a book at the TV (or whatever else is within your reach at the time) but that just goes to show that Metallica can really work an audience and get them feeling something. All the arguing and the ridiculousness of this movie as they record St Anger is at times extremely painful to watch but I still get a kick out it, especially the therapy sessions with guy in the Cosby sweater. I can’t find a link to the movie but here’s a link to the trailer which is just fine cos after three minutes you’ll probably be over it anyway. If that happens, just watch Cliff Em All instead. That’s a good one.

 

5. FLIGHT 666
If you ever want to know how a band with more money than you’ll ever dream of spends their time both on and off the stage, then look no further than Iron Maiden’s very own Flight 666. Directed by Sam Dunn (A Headbanger’s Journey), our British godfathers of heavy metal allowed a film crew to tag along on their Somewhere Back In Time Tour of 2008 to capture the bands day to day activites, both on and off the stage. Flight 666 takes you everywhere with classic interviews and some seriously awesome live footage. Actually, I am really only including this documentary because I’m in it, albeit fleetingly (giving the metal horns at 20:47). You’ve no doubt seen this movie anyway but still, here’s the link for those who have not been blessed with such awesomeness.

 

4. LEMMY – The Movie
This really is a no-brainer. If you enjoy rock music of any kind then you should have already seen this movie. It’s everything you need to know about one of rock n roll’s living legends, Lemmy Kilmister. Fronting Motorhead for what seems like half a century, Lemmy – The Movie, takes you on a firsthand look at the icon’s lifestyle, his relentless touring, and his love of rock n roll as told by the man himself and the many who have been involved with him throughout his career. This is essential viewing and if you still have yet to see it, you need to drop everything and watch it now.

 

3. BETTY BLOWTORCH AND HER AMAZING TRUE LIFE ADVENTURES
When director, Anthony Scarpa, set out to make a documentary on all-girl hard rock band, Betty Blowtorch, he had no idea what was going to unfold. This amazing no holds barred documentary tells the uncensored story of the short-lived band’s beginnings, recordings and their tour across the USA that saw the band fall to pieces ending with the untimely and tragic death of vocalist, Bianca Halstead. This documentary has it all and then some. There’s fights, punk as fuck over the top stage shows, perversion, and most importantly, a ton of rock n roll. The DVD also contains a whole bunch of extras including the readings from Bianca’s funeral. This documentary is very rock n roll but also quite heartbreaking to watch as the band members tell extremely personal stories that are both shocking and unbelievable. Betty Blowtorch were a band who were as real as they come. I couldn’t find a link to the entire movie but apparently this link may work elsewhere as it says that the movie is not available in Australia so feel free to check it out if you’re elsewhere. Still, here’s the trailer. A taster of what you will expect from a band whose time was taken from them way too soon. Bianca R.I.P.

 

2. END OF THE CENTURY – The Story Of The Ramones
To make the definitive movie about punk legends, the Ramones, would have been an arduous task. It’s also something that should have happened a lot earlier than it did. Unfortunately, we thought the Ramones would live forever just like their songs will live on in the hearts of the people that connected with it. End Of The Century is both inspirational and depressing, yet it’s as close as we will ever get to knowing the story. This movie really digs deep and cuts hard, leaving the viewer with a warm feeling of love and appreciation for everything they ever did for the music we hear today. I mean, let’s be honest here: The Ramones were the greatest band of all time. What they did for music will mostly go ignored by the mainstream media and you know what? Who fucking cares. The mainstream never mattered to begin with. The Ramones connected with their legions of fans across the world, as is evident in this documentary, and that will mean more than being accepted by the mainstream public. Us fans know what they did and the lives they have inspired, the bands they have influenced, and the legacy they have left. Long live the Ramones. Gabba Gabba Hey!

 

1. A TRUE TESTIMONIAL
Before Detroit went to complete financial ruin, this incredible documentary was made by people with an insatiable lust of telling the most in-depth story on one of the most important bands in music history; The MC5. What we have here is two solid hours of rare footage of the band compiled with a truckload of highly informative interviews with each band member, people who were close to the band, and of course their very own spiritual adviser, John Sinclair. The thing that makes this documentary stand apart from other music documentaries is that this movie isn’t just about the MC5. This is a movie about the people of Detroit, the music of Detroit, and what was happening in the world during the years the band was active. Of course it all ties back to the band but there is something so powerful, so inspiring and so unique about this documentary that it is a travesty that it has yet to be seen by every single person in the world. This is an important documentary and is one that if you have the time, you need to watch immediately. You might even learn something about music and why it is so important to so many people. You may pick up a guitar and kick out the jams. Or at the least, you may feel so inspired to create something beautiful, and if any of these things happen, hopefully the world will become a much better place.

One time I was in Missing Link Records in Melbourne and was flicking through their Drone / Stoner Rock section and I discovered the band Kylesa. I immediately liked them cos they had awesome cover art. Yeah, I know, pretty lame but what can I say? I am into cool looking record covers. I had no idea what they were like musically, I just knew that they were awesome. The same can be said for a band like Pig Destroyer… they always have cool lookin’ record covers so you know you’re gonna dig it. And even if you hate grindcore, you still find yourself owning their albums. And why not?

I never did buy any Kylesa stuff though cos their records were always expensive here and I don’t like buying CDs so I was in a bind (yeah, I am one of THOSE guys… the ones who still buy vinyl). But then this turned up in my mail. I put on my heaps excited face and got into it straight away. Better sooner than later cos if I listened to it tomorrow, that’d be one day of missing out on it as we get closer to their show at the 2011 Soundwave Festival. I’ll be there, front row centre as Kylesa tear up the stage. Anyway, I got this album and have played it repeatedly and in doing so, I have come to this conclusion: If Neurosis had sex with High On Fire (I am talkng metaphorically), Kylesa would be the offspring (as in baby, not to be confused with the band, ok? You got to keep them seperated). Big call, and probably setting myself up for a barrage of hate mail but this is what I am hearing and you know what? That’s a heaps good compliment. If some dude who likes Danger Danger told me my band was similar to the likes of Neurosis and High On Fire, not onlywould I say they were wrong (cos we actually steal everything from Motorhead… just sayin’) but I’d still thank the dude for knowing good music and paying me a heaps wicked compliment (and then make him listen to Motorhead’s Another Perfect Day and check out the riffs in Shine and Rock It and then listen to our songs… actually, I am probably revealing too much there. We don’t sound like Motorhead at all. Yep.) Trust me on this one, if you are into the likes of Neurosis, High On Fire and hell, we’ll throw Torche in there as well, then you are gonna freakin’ love this. I am now on the hunt to find the older stuff on vinyl. I hope Relapse or Hydrahead re-issue them or something. Fingers crossed.

Spiral Shadow is experimental and atmospheric, yet full of riffs, pounding drums and interesting vocals. The song structures are huge and really intricate, yet not self-indulgent. A really talented bunch of songs have been served up here for you to endulge in. To be brutally honest, I was a bit hesitant to put this on cos, like, I mean, I had put this band on a pedalstool and praised them without even hearing a single note… what if they sucked? What if the awesome record covers didn’t match their sound? So many what if’s… But low and behold, luck was on my side and this band just dished up a complete winner. I was all over this album like the rash I heard my ex-girlfriend got from banging some stranger after we broke up (that’s karma!). This album stayed on repeat for ages and is still being played all the time. Like even now, it’s on and probably annoying my housemates who are no doubt fuckin’ sick of hearing it. And the cool thing is, when I listen to this in headphones on the way to work, I find I hear new things in the music all the time. It’s kinda like paranormal activity but audible. Crazy stuff! Ghosts n shit inside the music. Woooo! Scary!

So Kylesa, if you’re reading this (and I’m sure you are, cos, like, my blog is the most awesome blog on the net and everyone rushes to read its wisdom and insight on an hourly basis), you’ve done well. And for you fans, this album, I should let you know, has been released in a couple deluxe editions. First up is the vinyl edition: Pressed on 2 LPs at 45rpm and comes complete with a poster and a slipmat. Yeah, you know it! Hot! And for you CD digital fiends, it is available in your format too and comes complete with a bonus DVD that has the making of the album. I love watching those things and this is one I want to see (as it unfortunately did not come with this promo… yes, I have a sad face) because the songs are so bizarre and interesting that I’d be keen to see how it all came together.

This, my friends, is highly recommended listening. Yep. Now, if you’re in Australia, don’t forget to see them at the 2011 Soundwave Festival. It’s gonna be pretty awesome.

Those in Australia can order it through Riot! Distribution.
Overseas peeps can order it through Relapse in many different formats and packages.

Season of Mist website is here.
Kylesa’s website is here.