Fred Armisen has long been a darling of the US comedy scene. So much so, that after his own personal success in shows like Saturday Night Live and Portlandia, his punk character Ian Rubbish has grown legs and gone very live.
Rubbish was the opening act for both nights of Sleater-Kinney shows at the Hollwood Palladium, April 30 and May 1 of 2015, and he absolutely wasn’t rubbish.
He was engaging, convincing and musically very good.
Alas, the younger members of the crowd probably have no clue the absolute fucking chaos that Maggie Thatcher caused in the United Kingdom during her reign as Prime Minister, and had they, the Rubbish set would have been supported in an entirely different way. They are however, seriously aware of recent events happening because of seemingly lawless and racist members of certain police forces in North America, and they are totally in agreement with the song Hey, Policeman!
Rubbish is both a superb homage and a very fucking funny play on the UK punk scene. He could spit more.
It has to be noted that Fred Armisen is absolutely Sleater-Kinneys biggest fan.
Body/Head are probably the Van Gogh of music. Much of the crowd are certainly missing, at the very least an eardrum, and likely at this point a clue.
Imagine a 1970’s porn type movie intro backdrop, starring a female brunette on a couch, being approached by courdoroy pants guy, and pair this with the very bouncy Bill Nace and much respected Kim Gordon, who; in a in a Flamingo like stance and wearing awesome pants, was accompanying some ludicrisly loud and none tuneful guitar with blood curdling shamanic wailing, and what do you have? Art?
For some yes, but art in this form appeared to lull the majority of the attending crowd into a real sense of “what the fuck?” Those in attendence said it all, without even so much as muttering a word.
It cannot be disputed that Gordon had immense success with her band Sonic Youth, and that will likely not be recreated ever. Hell, she is 62 years old and still has more punk in her pinkie than Sum 41 had in their entire band. But one should question whether too much time on your hands is a good thing? Of course many others will also vocalise that to see Gordon live in any capacity is a gift and watch her. Even if she decides to just pick her nose.
This half hour long ritualistic frenzy was certainly for those with a very aquired taste, and from the looks of the faces in the crowd, there was not a large gathering of such types among them.
Woke up to the news that my band
#sleaterkinney is getting back together and that we have a new record coming out in 2015.
In the eight years that Sleater-Kinney were apart, they did not let their musical talents slide. There were other projects from all band members, and many hours have quite obviously been spent on sharpening the ability to be a better musician.
After a slow start to their set, the crowd finally came back to partial life three songs in, but it was sheer hard work and determination on the part of the band, perhaps after the rare choice of opening band.
A fairly sparse and less than intense crowd on night one of a two night run at Hollwood Palladium, was not helped during One Beat, as a large drunk male bully on Corin Tuckers side of the stage disrupted everything. Tucker vocaized that she was unsettled, and the damage was done.
The oomph was ripped from them, and though Tuckers vocal is not only unique, it is also fantastic, but it showed a little stress after this occurence.
At this point in a tour, these ladies have been on the road essentially since February, and a tired vocal can happen. Brownstein sounded hoarse at some points, but never stopped giving her all. When you work eight jobs at the same time it’s likely expected. Brownstein is also a very highly regarded actor.
The energy from the crowd was not as forthcoming as it should have been at any point tonight and it surely sucked a little bit of the life from each member of the band.
Janet Weiss still drummed up a fucking musical storm and proved herself to be one of the best live percussionists on the face of the earth. Kudos and then some more. Richard O’Brien was right.
All things considered at this show, which was added after the May 1 show sold out, this band are proof that live performance of their wares only seems to produce better sound than anything you hear on a recording, which is already stunning, and that any energy being thrown around by Carrie Brownstein, and a vocal to launch battleships provided by Tucker, is the only spark anyone needed to carry this band through on the opening night.
Forward to night two. An entirely different kettle of fish…
Again the first act was Ian Rubbish. Brilliant.
Sub Pop record label mates TheeSatisfaction pulled off a stunning set, and sent out a message of equality and tolerence through their music, in a way that was both unique and refreshing. R & B/Hip Hop for the win of the opening bands.
The melodic and pitch perfect vocals performed to a backing track, with a light dance element was all that was needed.
What gets the attention of a room full of Sleater-Kinney fans better than Carrie Brownstein high kicking in a super short skirt wearing no panty hose, you may ask?
Nothing, is the answer.
When she starts unbuttoning her shirt and rolling around on the floor flashing her knickers, this crowd goes absolutely fucking crazy.
Of course tonight was the night. Brownstein, Tucker, Weiss and additional touring member Katie Harkin, slayed this performance.
Weiss is such an underrated entity. To watch her during an hour and a half set, you will sweat your own tits off. She is that intense. She is that good.
Tucker thanked Planned Parenthood for being in attendence. They had accompanied the band on the tour and were promoting womens health. This type of action is what seperates this band from everyone else. Their convictions are an important element of what they do. The fans hold them in high regard for it.
During Youth Decay a couple members of the White Hat Squad, a group of fans who met through Tumblr and had travelled, some from as far as Auckland and Canada, and who were cojoined on the front row for both performances, became suitably confused when trying to count to eight on the one hand that was continually punching the air, and keeping time.
As Entertain bellowed out, Brownstein twice lobbed the mic stand across the stage. The energy from the crowd made it work tonight. Of course Brownstein was inciting them, at times, one foot on the monitor, giving the crowd a good old fashioned flash! Her voice again faltering during a few songs, but still not worse than fucking killing it… at any point.
There were so many “moments” during this show, fans had waited eight years to see this and it would take a week to document them.
So, in summation; at the start of the tour, in February 2015 they were good. Luke warm if you will, just getting started. Tonight was raw Sleater-Kinney. The real mother fucking deal. The majority of the audience were there because they absoutely love the band, not because it was Thursday in Los Angeles and there was nothing else to see here, as seemed to be the case the previous night.
It seems a shame that there are only a few dates left to go when the performance is top notch and the sets are exactly what the fans want.
A sign perhaps that another tour next year should be the way to go?
All photography by Helen Fletcher. Many thanks.
Karen G May 4 2015
A live event will take palce at Encore in West Edmonton Mall. Tickets are ONLY $10!
This event started 4 years ago when local man Allan Hall, was diagnosed with a rare form of Cancer. He decided he was going to say “Fuck Cancer” and have a party. This event now raises money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Patient Financial Assistance Program, through the Cross Cancer Institute. Sadly, Al died early in December 2014, ironically not to Cancer, but for other health reasons, so this year work is being done even harder, so as to move forward fast, in his honour.
Four years ago this even was in was a neighborhood pub.
2013 raised $5400
2014 over $7000… and now it’s selling out Encore at West Edmonton Mall.
In 2015 Rock 4 The Cure is planning on crushing the $10,000 raised for the program mark.
There is also a Friday night event in Red Deer for the first time.
On the stage this year will be;
The Well Witchers
Six String Loaded
One Day Late
More info can be found here;
(Event page on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1416818885296461/ )
100.3 The Bear: http://www.thebearrocks.com/concerts/Details.aspx?EventID=201782
Online donations: http://albertacancer.ca/page.aspx?pid=770&tab=0&frsid=16441
Thanks go to Jenn at Alberta Cancer for sharing this information.
….with guests at Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, April 2, 2015
Thaw at the Shaw, Brought to you by local radio 100.3 The Bear, and attended by local radio legend Warren @thedieselbarris Barris.
TATS has generally been a sell out show. This year it seems headliner and former shock rocker Marilyn Manson wasn’t able to bring in a capacity crowd. Nevertheless, there were people a plenty.
Care Failure, herself no stranger to touring with Manson, this time with a fresh new line up for her Toronto based band Die Mannequin, was first up on the stage. Not a shock that they woke up the masses. Many had wondered how the new, less punk than normal, evil dance music, DM record, Neon Zero, would translate live. And the answer was provided right here.. It translates fucking perfectly, and is perhaps preferable in an “in your fucking face” setting. The fresh faces of Keith, Kevvy and J.C. seemed to fit well, and not a note was (noticeably) dropped. Failure played some older favorites, dropped to her knees to shred on her guitar, and left the stage as part of the show, a fairly standard night for her. She seemingly becomes possessed when performing, but never gives less than 125% of herself at a live show.
Genius that she is, Failure had the band perform the theme song for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, which brought the crowd to an almost frenzied state. It’s pretty weird to hear a large crowd singing along for such a tune, but to see a room full of black, green and pink haired, block booted, frilly skirted, freaky contact lens wearing rock fans do it, is stunningly bizarre.
Die Mannequin spent a long time meeting fans and being especially gracious after their set, which was unfortunately not long enough. A return visit should be arranged soon.
California natives Deap Vally opened for Queens of The Stone Age at this very venue in 2013. At a time when Royal Blood are all over the radio, and being hailed for their uniqueness, Deap Vally are working their asses off, touring none stop, doing something twice as good as the British two piece, and yet the radio station that hosted this show, is not even giving them air play. Shame on you 100.3 The Bear. During the Deap Vally set, one particular gentleman appeared at the merchandise table, exclaiming that was blown over by the ladies and their live performance, which, when there are only two of you, to be good is something, to be fucking killing it, and have middle-aged dudes raving about it is not something that just happens overnight. Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards are rock stars. This accomplished duo has played at Glastonbury Festival, AND have made an appearance on Later With Jools Holland, a very popular, and long running show produced by BBC 2 in the UK, for appreciators of all music genres. This band doesn’t have a large catalogue, but you can bet your ass that when they make new music, it will never disappoint. Alas, another amazing performance cut short. But the crowd was there for Marilyn Manson, right?
Deap Vally also paid their dues, and hit the merchandise table after their set, and were both stunningly talented ladies were gracious and charming to all that approached.
So we still ask the question, were the crowd there for Manson? Well, he was there, and there was beer, and a long weekend on the horizon, so um, maybe.
Musically, this band is not at fault. Former Manson bassist Twiggy/Jeordie White has reunited with his old parter in crime, and was obviously a big pull. He also penned such tunes as Beautiful People and The Dope Show, so to see him perform them was likely a thrill for anyone in attendance that knows their Manson biography.
Manson himself is known as a smart, well-informed and savvy artist. This is his circus. He is undoubtedly the ringmaster, the leader of the pack, the man behind the mask. He is however, not well acclaimed for his live performance vocally. This was fairly obvious from the opening song Deep Six. But it’s all totally irrelevant. Now at an age where he would be an ass to parade in high heels and ladies lingerie, now looking a touch portly in his tunic style jacket, The Pale Emperor is so well established that the followers will be there, hell, high-water, or in this case, another dumping of snow. There are not many artists out there these days, that could persuade a room full of half cut metal heads to scream Hallelujah. Even at this most Christian of times that is Easter.
The sheer satire that is a Christian church, stained glass window style banner, with the face of one Brian Warner in the guise of a holy man says it all really!
HALLELUJAH, and Amen to that.
Edmonton needs more shows like this. Diverse artists, giving music fans a taste of new and exciting noise, with a little history for dessert. Local radio needs to take note and widen their horizons.
KG April 3 2015
Fans were disappointed when Femme Fatatle were not on the roster for Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2015.
But Femme Fatale Lorraine Lewis, made this gem of an announcement on her Facebook page earlier today, and all is right with Rock once again…
“Hey Hey Rock n Rollas….!! It’s Official! Femme Fatale will sail on the Monsters of Rock Cruise WEST Coast for 2016!!! WWW.Facebook.com/ILoveFemmeFatale – We Can’t Wait…!! Who’s Coming With Us??? Monsters of Rock Cruise #MonstersofRockCruise# MORC2016#MonstersofRock #FemmeFataleFix #FemmeFataleTour #FemmeFataleTourBus
w/ Courtney, Nita, Janis, Katt, Athena, Lorraine XOXO”
Formerly associated with Kill Cheerleader and Die Mannequin, musician and very talented song writer Anthony/Tony Bleed, is now playing some live shows with his current band Rain City Rockers. Bleed is also writing new material on a regular basis for his solo project; tonyswar. That is no typo. tonyswar is lower case and all one word.
Because Bleed is very honest and to the point, this article is mostly in Q and A form, as the answers that were given by him, made it difficult for Headbangerwoman.com to translate.
Nevertheless, it’s gritty and interesting…
Fans of Die Mannequin will be aware that Bleed appeared in the movie Hard Care Logo 2. A follow up to the Bruce McDonald cult classic Hard Core Logo. What some may not realize is that Bleed was credited twice; once for his cameo as Care Failures love interest, and again for a behind the scenes role. How did this happen, and will it happen again? The question was put and the answer was as follows;
TB: ya, the HCL2 work happened due to a lack of shit to do in buttfuck nowhere, Saskatchewan..Bruce and co were needing some help on set, so i was essentially 3rd Assistant Director, which sounds more important than it is.. i have worked in film before, and would love to again..movie $ kills music $!
HBW: Die Mannequin in their current form are currently on the road opening for Marilyn Manson. You are no longer playing bass with the band, but you did tour with them before when they were openers for Manson. Was it magical, or messy?
TB: 2. touring with Manson was cool. he was actually really funny and smart, as we all know. he often watched our sets from side-stage and would say ‘good show guys’, stuff like that..just a good small-town boy!.. can’t say we really hung out much, as they’d arrive pretty late in the days..they obviously had a bus/driver, and we’d usually have to set off in our van/trailer, for the next far-off Canadian city immediately after playing…oh Canada..long drives..
HBW: Rain City Rockers is a recent thing. The line up comprises of members of Gob and Sum 41…. What, why, where and how?
TB: Rain City Rockers is Andrew, Tom from Gob/Sum41, Darrin from Goldfinger, and myself… Andrew from Vancouver, is a great writer of rockin’ poppy punk gems, and he brought us all together in 2013 to record an album off the floor, which is rare these days.. turned out great and we’ve all been super-bff’s since!.. well, there’s actually a lot of strife and tension in the band, and we try our hardest to not kill each other.. tough stuff, but hey, its RnR!!
HBW: You are playing The Viper Room with RCR on April 3 2015. Are you nervous?
TB: No, not nervous..excited really.. Viper Room is kinda legendary, and i’ve played there in both Kill Cheerleader and Die Mannequin, so it’s somewhat of a homecoming i guess…always a great room to play, fun times always had.. and i always end up having a smoke standing outside the doors where River Phoenix died, which is kind of a morbid thing.. dunno how i feel about that, just sayin’ it never fails to cross my mind.. sad really… and on that note, next question!
HBW: Canada has fucking ridiculously long winters. Does being in the sunshine make you happy? Does smog fuck you off?
TB: sunshine does make me happy, yes..smog too.. except when either of them fuck with my happiness..
Now you see readers, why this works better in the form of a Q and A! Onward…
HBW: Why is it taking you so fucking long to put out solo music as tonyswar, when it seems to flow, and it’s so superbly original and stunning?
TB: well thank you for your kind words!.. tonyswar is just me playing and recording what comes to me; day to day/week to week…so it is out, on this great label, “my computer”… very limited edition.. it’s also out there in digital format, in “some friends inboxes”…ha..but ya, i’m still steadily writing and recording songs, compiling a collection i feel is cohesive, showing where i am right now, but with a little of the past as well…also, i dont wanna just shit it out into the interweb to float around in the ether..i’d rather have the whole she-bang rolling, a nice recording, playing some gigs and having it be an actual living thing, as opposed to just throwing it up online, yknow?… takes some work, gimme some time yo! in the meantime, i’m using my fb/youtube pages to post new ideas/demos…
The following links will lead you to Bleed…
HBW: You recently migrated South West. Does a change of scenery put you in a better place to write?
TB: yes, my current scenery/creative surroundings do tend to inspire more writing.. its been a gem for my creativity at least, which was just what i hoped for.. so much music and other art to eat up where i am right now, and a lot of history.. very nice.. and again, the sun beats the record cold snaps of Ontari-ario this year…lucky timing pour moi..
HBW: Why does Danko Jones piss you off so much? For the record, we here at HBW think he’s a cock!
TB: haha, Danko Jones…i just let off some steam in that article.. wasn’t really eating me up or anything, it just needed to be said.. and whatever, i’m sure he’s a decent guy, when he’s not being a prick.. when you’re an old rocker dude, and you tour Europe a lot, and a young band from your hometown ends up on tour over there with you, i’d hope you’d be kind and welcoming, maybe empathize if they have some rough gigs, with amps blowing and shit…but he chose to chastise us (Die Mannequin) for being unprofessional because of said gigs, and then just be a downer every day.. touring should be fun, not a whine-fest.. then to arrive home and talk shit about us on Canada’s biggest radio station? classless…that is all..on him…
DEFTONES on the other hand!? complete opposite.. they welcomed us with open arms, literally, from day one as we pulled up and they were BBQ’ing.. amazing tourmates.. in their 16th grueling month of touring too.. as worn as they were from the road, they loved what we were all doing together, and treated us young’ns like gold…true class..RIP Chi Cheng
HBW: As you are now using the tonsyswar moniker. Is Tony Bleed actually dead?
TB: Anthony Bleed is not dead, but alive and well, living in hiding in an undisclosed city…errr…?
Headbangerwoman.com wants to give a massive shout to Mr Bleed for giving his time to answer some bloody ridiculous questions, when he could be sitting on a balcony topless writing more excellent music.
Written by Karen G with answers from Anthony Bleed. April 3 2015
Marilyn Manson and William Corgans Smashing Pumpkins, are teaming up for a little road tripping event.
This double headlining tour is close, and tickets drop on Friday
For more information, fans can go marilynmanson.com
THE END TIMES TOUR DATES:
7/7/2015 Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
7/9/2015 Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/10/2015 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7/11/2015 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
7/13/2015 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/15/2015 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/16/2015 Houston, TX @ NRG Arena
7/18/2015 San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
7/19/2015 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live
7/20/2015 New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
7/22/2015 Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
7/24/2015 Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
7/25/2015 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/26/2015 Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
7/28/2015 Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/29/2015 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/31/2015 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/1/2015 Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
8/2/2015 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/4/2015 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/5/2015 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/7/2015 Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
8/8/2015 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center