Catching up on e-mails after being on vacation for a week, I was introduced to Irish trio Kopek. It’s interesting how my frame of mind is different than others – I hear a modern sounding glam rock band which makes sense considering these 20-somethings are influenced by the likes of Zeppelin, Hendrix, The Stones. But others are comparing them to Alternative Press-type bands like The Exies and My Chemical Romance. Either way, it’s all good fist-pumping rock and sounds like something custom-made for driving around in the summer with the windows rolled down.
You’ll be able to buy White Collar Lies digitally beginning June 29.
Tame Impala has just a handful of dates left supporting MGMT (along with a few headlining dates in small club) before heading back to Australia. Last night they played under the hot Ohio sun at Lifestyles Community Pavilion in front of a sold-out amphitheater crowd and mesmerized said crowd with their trippy, ’70s psychedelic-meets-dance-rock sound. I had the chance to interview Kevin (vocals/guitar) and Jay (drums) for about 30 minutes in their budget hotel room before the show for an interview that will show up in the next week or so both here and on Donewaiting.com.
Setlist from Columbus, Ohio show:
2. Desire Be Desire Go
3. Make Up Your Mind
4. Alter Ego
6. Jeremy’s Storm
7. Solitude is Bliss / Skeleton Tiger
8. Half Full Glass of Wine
It’s been one of those weeks. Yesterday, I was thinking quite a bit about my grandparents (they both passed away a few years ago) and when I hit a site where I had to type in a randomly generated code, the code I had to enter was “Sadness Carroll” (my grandparents last name is Carroll). Earlier this week I dug out Stabbing Westward’sWither Blister Burn + Peel for a listen and was even planning a “Where Are They Now?” post about the band. Then, today, I read that singer Christopher Hall and keyboardist Walter Flakushave gotten back together and are planning a fall tour. I can’t imagine bassist Jim Seller will take part as he runs a successful Whole Foods-type market in San Francisco called, fittingly, Sellers Market.
Here’s hoping that the tour includes some Ohio dates!