This is what I love about music: Two of my favorite artists from different generations, who have been greatly influenced by each other, coming together to play music and talk music, all recorded for our listening pleasure.
Punk-rock legend Bob Mould, who releases his new solo record Patch The Sky tomorrow, visited alt-country hero Ryan Adams at Adams’ PAX-AM Studio in LA to be recorded and interviewed for NPR Music. Two great musical minds in one room talking shop and jamming out punk-rock majesty. Continue reading →
Veteran rocker Bob Mould is releasing his 12 solo album, Patch the Sky, on March 25th via Merge Records, and his spring tour in support of the album brings him to Underground Arts on April 26th. In addition to his prolific solo career, Mould is also known for fronting Sugar in the 90s and Hüsker Dü in the 80s, so the show will most likely feature a visit or two to his extensive back catalogue. Continue reading →
Tonight at 11pm, the Indie Rock Hit Parade welcomes back its resident guest DJ for another round of music and mayhem. Jon Wurster spends most of his time as the drummer for Superchunk, the Mountain Goats and Bob Mould, but is also one half of the celebrated comedy duo behind The Best Show, Scharpling and Wurster. The last time Jon visited the studio, almost exactly a year ago, he shared memories of growing up in and around Philadelphia and played songs that were formative in his earliest days as a musician and music fan. This time, Jon will share some rare tracks from the golden age of Philly indie and hardcore, and we’ll talk about translating the long-running Best Show into a live comedy experience. You can see Jon with Tom Scharpling (and some surprise guests) as they bring The Best Show to Union Transfer on Sunday, December 13th.
Along with Jon’s picks, we’ll hear a bunch of brand new tracks in the mix, such as…
The City of Brotherly Love’s satirical punk-rock band Dead Milkmen headline a fundraiser at Laurel Hill Cemetery tonight; the band joked on its Facebook that the last time it played in a cemetery, the result was the “Big Time Operator” video. Formed in 1983 at Temple University, the Milkmen found success on college radio with their debut album, Big Lizard in My Backyard. Their songs ranged from tunes with nonsensical spoken intros like “Bitchin’ Camaro,” to “Takin Retards to the Zoo”, a less-than-50-second punk-joke song. Goofy lyrics dripping with a Philly accent spread their success internationally with “Punk Rock Girl,” the hit off of their sophomore album Beelzebubba, which landed with a sturdy spot on MTV’s video rotation. After reuniting in 2008 under the pseudonym Les Enfants Du Prague, the band decided to become an active group once again and set to record album The King in Yellow, which dropped March 2011. They have since released four singles including “Welcome to Undertown”, and “Big Words Make the Baby Jesus Cry”. Tickets and information on the show can be found at here. Below, watch the music video to “Punk Rock Girl.” Continue reading →
The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to its full two-hour majesty tonight at 10pm on WXPN! Listen in for a spotlight on the newly released album from Parquet Courts, plus a few of these freshly minted tracks:
Former Husker Du and Sugar front man and guitarist Bob Mould returns with a new album, Beauty & Ruin tomorrow, with Jason Narducy on bass and vocals and Jon Wurster on drums. Mould is back on point with his new release, a couple years since his 2012 release, Silver Ages. On Beauty & Rain, Mould sticks to his now classic sound, crunching out power chords, mining melodic and rocking punk-from-the-heart songs.
Below, download “I Don’t Know You Anymore” by via NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation.
It’s a great show for 90s nostalgics at Union Transfer tonight; Bob Mould, former frontman of Husker Du and Sugar, will perform the latter’s 1992 album Copper Blue in its entirety. Joining him is longtime bassist Jason Narducy, as well as Superchunk drummer John Wurster. The all-ages show begins at 9 p.m., and tickets are available here for $25. Below, watch a video of the band playing “Hoover Dam.”