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OTTO AND THE EVEVATORS LIFT US UP AFTER THE DEATH OF AN ART-ROCK-PUNK PIONEER

December 15, 2013
Today's version of Otto and the Elevators has a unique feature; a compact disc in a sleeve on the cover.  For those of us without turntables.  It sits as an add-on to the shrink wrap, so you don't have to open up the package with the valuable cargo inside.  Photo courtesy Gary Tanin

Today’s version of Otto and the Elevators has a unique feature; a compact disc in a sleeve on the cover. For those of us without turntables. It sits as an add-on to the shrink wrap, so you don’t have to open up the package with the valuable cargo inside. Photo courtesy Gary Tanin

It has been a long time since this blog has been active.  We took some time off after the passing of grunge god Lou Reed.  We were given time to pause to think about our allotment on this mortal coil.  Life is too short.  Life is too short to dwell on things that affect us negatively.  Things that present themselves or force themselves on us.  Things that, plain old speaking, we just don’t want to deal with.

For me, that was the new Nine Inch Nails album, Hesitation Marks.

I had begun the review when Reed passed.  My thoughts were not about what Reznor had done on this new album, or how it was more or less a rehash of what he had done before he shuttered Nine Inch Nails around 2009.  I was even slated to see Nine Inch Nails, but most of the parties involved were pretty much ambivalent about the event, so we chose to bypass it.  From what we heard about the show afterward, it was mostly material we had seen live with a FEW new songs inserted into a tired, and over-used set list.

I now regret not catching a Reed show.  It must have been something to see this stalwart musician ply his art onstage.  I had seen his widow, Laurie Anderson a number of times, including the shows Anderson played in New York City nine days after 9/11 at the Town Hall (which yielded a phenomenal double CD live disc).  Her shows were always entertaining, amusing and sometimes haunting.

So when faced with the arduous task of trying to analyze Reznor’s Nine Inch Noise album, it just seemed futile and defeatist.   My heart wasn’t in it.

With Reed (and a few days later, his mother) now passed, and Anderson grieving the loss of Reed, Reed’s mother and her dog Lolabelle, Anderson is gearing up her tour/performance schedule.  It would be grand to see her again, and hopefully get the opportunity to tell her how much she means to us, and how much her late husband meant to all us musicians and music fans.

Before it’s too late.

In the spirit of not being too late, let’s make sure we cover a different act out of the Milwaukee Wisconsin area.  Led by long time BouleBlog associate Gary Tanin, Otto and the Elevators is an album that was recorded in 1973, released in 1975.  The release in 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the recording.  Not sure how the 40th anniversary of the release will be handled…

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE BEAT THE BLUES WITH THE BLUES …LIKE CLOCKWORK

June 14, 2013
Illness, depression, failure, all rolled up into one bad trip.  Queens Of The Stone Age and Josh Homme will take you along...

Illness, depression, failure, all rolled up into one bad trip. Queens Of The Stone Age and Josh Homme will take you along…

Where does one begin to detail the woe that begot …Like Clockwork?  For Josh Homme, the woe begins with a relapse of his knee ailment that had been plaguing him since the Lullabies To Paralyze era when he was on tour in Europe.  The concert tour for Lullabies To Paralyze yielded a DVD, Over The Years And Through The Woods, which was released on both video and audio.  During the video, at a point around “I Never Came”, he asks the audience who wants his cane and throws it out to the crowd, then instantly winces as it flips precariously into the sea of craniums.

During this tour, Homme was also infirmed with a respiratory ailment.

Not to mention, it can’t do one’s mental state any benefit to run out your label contract.  Interscope had been micromanaging Homme about how they wanted this album to sound, to the point where Homme FIRED (yes, the final word out there is Homme fired) drummer Joey Castillo about ¾’s of the way though the process of making …Like Clockwork.  So it is no surprise that this record is on both Homme’s ‘Rekords Rekords’ label, and new Queens Of The Stone Age distributing label is Matador out of New York City.  An upstart indie label, not exactly the powerhouse that Interscope was.

More reason to worry.

Be mindful of the fact that Homme and wife Brody Dalle (Distillers fame) have two children now.

So it was to his additional terror that Homme spent four plus months bedridden following surgical difficulties and complications.  This sent Homme into a funk of uncertainty.  It then fell on to the four core members of Queens Of The Stone Age to cajole Homme into making more Queens music.  He agreed, but there were conditions…

First, Homme initiated all four into his own personal anguish.  Homme felt that for the band members understand why he would be writing some dire, introspective and (even for Queens) unusual music, they needed to walk the proverbial mile in his shoes.

Once he took the members down to his level, emotionally speaking, he took them with him all the way back to the first album.  Homme secured the rights to the first Queens Of The Stone Age self-titled album, remixed it, added bonus tracks and distributed it from his own Rekords Rekords label.  Yours dubitably managed to see this tour at Terminal 5 in New York City.  The review was posted here recently as part of our Friday Flashback.

Then came what was perceived by uninvolved band members as the unthinkable.  Homme fired long time drummer Castillo.  Songs For The Deaf drummer Dave Grohl was called in to play on some of these quirky introspective tunes.  As the album was recorded in Homme’s Pink Duck Studios in Burbank, a cast of quality performers and old friends were brought in.  Friends like Nick Oliveri, Alain Johannes, Mark Lanegan, Trent Reznor, Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, Dalle, Elton John, Alex Turner, James Lavelle, and two drummers of note: first, Joey Castillo.  Some of what he did was good enough to make the final cut.  Second, former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore.  Theodore is of note because he is the touring drummer for Queens Of The Stone Age now!  Will he be a member?  You need to recall that Queens started as a rotating band.  People came in, people went out.  No telling if Queens will become the new Spinal Tap…

This cast of rock royalty is joined by the four full-fledged members, Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Mikey Shuman and Dean Fertita.  Let’s see where this musical mass carries us on its rampage to ruin.

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BREAKING NEWS!!! NINE INCH NAILS REVIVED WITH NONE OTHER THAN ADRIAN BELEW, FEATURING ALESSANDRO CORTINI!!!

February 25, 2013
They once were lost, but now are found, with a new killer lineup featuring Alessandro Cortini and Adrian Belew among others!

They once were lost, but now are found, with a new killer lineup featuring Alessandro Cortini and Adrian Belew among others!  Photo by Lynn Vala

In statements released today, Trent Reznor and Inner Knot Records have confirmed that not only are Nine Inch Nails reforming after a lengthy hiatus, but they are inducting members of Jane’s Addiction and King Crimson along with previous keyboardist Alessandro Cortini!!!  The full line up consists of Reznor, Eric Avery of Jane’s Addiction, Adrian Belew of King Crimson, and Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv, as well as previous NIN collaborators Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin.

Reznor reveals that he had been working with Belew on some musical ideas, and the impetus to revitalize Nine Inch Nails grew from this and some phone calls and strategizing.

BouleBlog will have more on this when we have info.  But this was such exciting news, we could not wait to issue this news blurb.  Stay tuned for more news as it happens!!

NINE INCH NAILS ARE BACK!!!


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