Overkill: Men at Work vs. Lazlo Bane

“Overkill” was originally recorded and performed by the Australian band Men at Work. Many years later, the song was covered by Lazlo Bane (featuring ex-School of Fish drummer Chad Fischer on vocals/guitar). Got to admit, as much as I love the original, I equally love the cover as it does a noble job of staying close to the original AND the special guest towards the end gives me goosebumps.

Which version do you prefer?

Men at Work

Lazlo Bane

Posies to perform classic album in full

Love the idea of a band playing one of their albums in it’s entirety. It’s not a new concept but, nevertheless, a great one especially when it’s a band I love playing an album I love. The Posies will be playing 1993’s Frosting on the Beater on June 12 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York. Ticket info isn’t available yet but expect this one to sell out quickly. Hopefully it’ll go over so well that Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow will decide to make a tour out of it for those of us unable to make the trip to New York.

SXSW 2009: Saturday wrapup

The last day of SXSW was spent catching bands I’d missed the previous few days and hanging with old “friends” that I’ve made over my years of writing.

Started out at the Creekside Lounge to see Duquette Johnston and the Rebel Kings at the Birmingham, Alabama showcase. I met Duquette when he was in Verbena many years ago (’96-ish) and we’ve traded a rare e-mail or two every couple of years up until the last two or so years where he’s shown up on MySpace. His live show was more rocking than his debut Etowah – kind of Neil Young / My Morning Jacket / Drive-By Truckers-ish. Good ol’ rock from the South. Been listening to his acoustic CD-R that he gave me a copy of that afternoon – hopefully you’ll have a chance to hear it soon.

(Duquette Johnston on the far right)

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SXSW 2009: Friday recap


Seriously, this post could start and stop with one word: Metallica

In what was one of the worst kept secrets of SXSW, Metallica played at the 2,100 seat, general admission open air venue Stubb’s in part to help promote the new Guitar Hero: Metallica game coming out at the end of the month. David called me at 6:30 and said the security guys told him that people with SXSW wristbands (like myself) didn’t stand any chance of getting in but I was determined and was able to get after waiting less than an hour in line.

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