- Cherry Cola's Wednesday Dec 11th!
Christian and the Hangovers with The House of Haunt ! We're winding up 2014 with this show at Cherry Cola's Rock 'n' Rolla!
- Hangovers Thirsty Thursday Deal!
We made a live album this year and we want you to have it! I think it's the coolest thing we've done so far...
So, in the spirit of Black Friday, I've invented Thirsty Thursday- a deal on Cut Loose and Live so you can spend more money on drinks- or whatever you like to spend your money on!
- The Church of Tobias Thorn
Where's my head at these days? Spending some time in the Church of Tobias Thorn
- Stay away from Hillbilly Heroin- you can check out the song though...
Stay away from Hillbilly Heroin! Not the song though, of course. Here it is live from 3030-
Dig that? Did you know we put out a live album this year? You can check that out here: Cut Loose and Live!
- Finally got the Hangovers playing some Nick Cave-
Took a few years- but I finally broke 'em down and learned some Cave tunes- maybe Iggy next?
- The Replacements at Riot Fest
O.K. - Iggy and the Stooges and the Replacements at the same fucking show? Yeah- that was incredible!
I was reading all the reviews in my twitter feed and half-assedly mentioned I'd kinda like to write my own. Then the blog Now This Sound Is Brave replied that if I actually did it, they would post it.
So, I felt like I pretty much had to commit to it, hunker down and do it. You can read the thing here:
If you get a chance to see the two remaining shows- DO IT!!!
- Cut Loose and Live - now on iTunes!
Yep - here it is on iTunes- does that make it more real?
Anyone wanna go buy it and kindly drop a review?
- here it is - Cut Loose and Live - Play Loud!
I've always loved live bootleg albums, when I was a kid I used to buy them on cassette at head shops. Usually printed on the back was "Fan club release only, not for sale" - but there they were, right beside the rock t-shirts and rolling papers, usually for around 12 bucks.
I had a bunch of them, with tacky labeling and questionable sound. Almost always right under the track listing was printed "PLAY LOUD." Which of course, you did.
They always seemed really cool to me, and a lot of times really different from the records that the songs were from. I was fascinated by how the bands would approach stuff live. Maybe they'd strip it down to bare bones, or speed it up. If they were from before the album was released you'd get different lyrics sometimes. Or a lot of swearing and drunken shenanigans.
Most of the bootlegs I'd had have long since been stolen or got eaten up in various shitty cassette players. Wish I still had them though.
Also - one of the ballsiest albums in Rock and Roll is the MC5 putting out that kick ass live album as their debut. If somehow you've never heard it go quick and look it up!
ANYWAY - all my teenage bootleg love led me to always want to release live stuff. And, the tech has caught up to me- clubs are starting to have digital rigs now for live sound, which means in the right place, getting live recordings is really easy. It's 2013 and you can bootleg yourself!
So- here's ours. Listening back I kinda wish I had started with " I'm Christian and these are the Hangovers- Kick out the jams motherfuckers!"
- Hot Mess- Loud and Live!
Here's yet another tune you can download as we're working on putting a live digital album together- this time it's Hot Mess- give it a listen, download and share-
- Musical Ink-
A friend of mine, photographer Jon Blacker has done this great photo book in black and white using an infrared camera. It's been a labour of love for quite a few years, and it's about to be released to the public.
You can check out the details and some of the portraits here: Musical Ink
The book is available for pre-orders now here's the Amazon Canada link -
By way of example for what you're getting here is his shot of yours truly:
- Vampire Rocker Live!
Here's how my mind works- some thoughts on a rock star's vampiric lifestyle filtered through the imagery of the movie Near Dark, let lyrics simmer for ten years until a guitar player comes up with the perfect riff:
- Baby Jane from Cut Loose and Live
A final preview from the Cut Loose and Live Album due out at the end of March
Here's a song about a girl who drinks too much...
- Here's another live one!
Life Gets in the Way, another one from Cut Loose and Live (yeah, we changed the album title)
- What's on the ipod now? Two artists I fucking love
Two artists I love have been turning up in my news feeds this week.
The first - Iggy Pop, new album coming from Iggy and the Stooges. Which is pretty cool, even if the album was to suck, because he's determined to write and record because-
"a real fucking group... they also make fucking records. They don't just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of fucking money" Iggy Pop
That my friends, is fucking awesome. But what I'm really hoping for is a tour date I can go to, because Iggy in full throttle, no holds barred, batshit performance mode is an amazing and beautiful thing.
Thinking about that led me to this cool live set Sadistic Summer Live 2011 - Iggy & The Stooges
Yeah he's still got it.
The second- the passing of Stompin' Tom. The east coast crusty Canadian cowboy is gone. Our country pours out it's love. Canada seems a little sadder now. I got into Stompin' Tom in my early 20's, around the same time I was going crazy over Dwight Yoakam and Marty Stuart.
Tom was uniquely ours, I don't think anyone ever wrote more songs about Canada, and certainly not about the rural regions and working class towns. He was the voice of our country.
Realizing all my Stompin' Tom stuff is on greasy old cassette tapes, I grabbed this 70's set Stompin' Tom Connors (Live At the Horseshoe) - Stompin' Tom Connors Give it a listen- if you like old school country you should own this album.
- What I've been listening to this week? Nick Cave & Tom Waits
Yeah, yeah, I know - Nick Cave and Tom Waits again.... nothing new from me exactly.
Spending lots of time with the new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds record, research, you understand, to prepare for when he hits T.O. Push the Sky Away - is kind of on the quiet side for my taste - I was kinda hoping for way more loud. Check it out, see what ya think. BUT - watching the live from L.A. show on youtube was awesome, once they put the new album to bed and started doing the classics I was losing my mind with anticipation for when I get to see the show. Check out the finale below...
As for Tom Waits - I finally bought the live album Glitter and Doom - Live (Bonus Track Version) Fantastic performances and the 35 minutes of Tom Tales are hilarious and worth the price of the record. Definitely recommended!
- London Calling - iTunes Classic album of the week!
All right- something I can get behind. London Calling is iTunes classic album of the week.
20 songs for $6.99- awesome. If for some silly reason you don't have this- go get it now!
- Just mention you wanna be pope...
and the criticism starts-
But anyway, here's another song from the the live album we're working on-