Archive for June 2009
I have wanted to see one of Les Claypool’s latest creations since it was released. A couple weeks ago I got the chance and it not only lived up to expectations, but exceeded them.
The bassist, best known for his role in Primus, recently wrote, directed and acted in a National Lampoon film “Electric Apricot (Quest for Festeroo).”
The film is based in the spring of 2005 where a UCLA film student sets out to capture a counter-culture movement in music never before seen. What he finds is Electric Apricot.
The Spinal Tapesque film is a parody of jam bands, a premise that is ripe for satire. Delivering on multiple levels, this comedy will appeal to anyone who has ever listened to the Grateful Dead or Phish.
The mockumentary-style film follows a jam band Electric Apricot, which has an unhealthy affinity for the Grateful Dead, so much that their logo is a blatant rip-off of the Dead’s, from their days of playing at coffee shops to playing the “prestigious” Festeroo jam band festival.
Along the way comedy ensues when the band goes into the studio to record its first album, immediately has to get therapy to work through their issues and sets out on the road for Festeroo.
Claypool, who plays the role of Lapland ‘Lapdog’ Miclovich the band’s drummer is hilarious in the role and really lets his sense of humor shine.
It’s really quite absurd how dead on the film manages to nail the whole jam band scene. As if to add a stamp of comedy approval there are some great cameos in the film including: Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Mike Gordon of Phish and Warren Haynes and Matt Abts of Gov’t Mule. Comedians Seth Green and Matt Stone also make a brief appearance.
A few months ago I blogged about the new Arctic Monkeys album , which was produced by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, scheduled for release this summer.
Well, the Sheffield group announced the name for their third album this month: “Humbug.” The album is slated for release stateside on August 25th.
The tracklisting, listed below, has also been released.
1 My Propeller
2 Crying Lightning
3 Dangerous Animals
4 Secret Door
5 Potion Approaching
6 Fire & The Thud
8 Dance Little Liar
9 Pretty Visitors
10 The Jeweller’s Hands
For those who just can’t wait to get their hands on the new music, the band recently released its “Live at the Apollo” DVD. The film is from the Arctic Monkey’s global tour finale at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, England on Dec. 17, 2007.
Monday evening Conan O’Brien took the helm of “The Tonight Show” replacing Jay Leno as the late night host opposite David Letterman.
O’Brien kicked off his show with Will Ferrell and musical heavyweights Pearl Jam.
“Launching a show like this takes a lot of hard work, and one of the things that has sustained me over the past three months was knowing that at the end of our first show I’d get to watch a performance by one of the greatest rock bands in the world,” said O’Brien introducing Eddie Vedder and the gang.
The group performed a song called “Get Some” from its upcoming new album “Backspacer.”
While Pearl Jam has lost some luster over recent years, they sounded rejuvenated and like the classic Pearl Jam that we all fell in love with in the 90s.
Tonight O’Brien will have Green Day performing a song from its new album “21st Century Breakdown.” Vedder lends his patent rambling lyrics to the churning bass riff laid down by Jeff Ament. Mike McCready and Stone Gossard haven’t lost a step as they spiral squealing guitar solos.
Billboard reported the band has teamed up with Target for the release of the album this fall.
Tonight O’Brien will have Green Day performing a song from its new album “21st Century Breakdown.”
Check out Pearl Jam’s performanceon O’Brien here.