Bri Blahg… 9/4/09 Music News: Man Retires From Silicon Valley, Joins Stooges

4 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

NIN Hollywood Show Features Gary Numan

Argh! Nine Inch Nails keep pulling up inspired guests on their farewell tour and I’m not there to dig it. Wednesday in LA it was industrial music pioneer and ace pilot Gary Numan. “Cars” was an obvious choice. Even better was “Metal.” Numan I fear is largely forgotten, but for Reznor he is a huge influence. Check out Numan’s “Metal”:

So I Was Sitting In The Parking Lot Of A Dentist Office

That’s what Stooges guitar player James Williamson told Rolling Stone of Iggy’s invitation to rejoin the band. He was getting ready to see the dentist when Iggy rang him up.

Williamson left music in 1974, and eventually ended up in a shitty little no future business called personal computers. It almost sounds like a movie:

“I was about to take an early retirement from my job in Silicon Valley, so I figured ‘What the hell, let’s do it.”

Williamson replaces Ron Asheton who died of a heart attack this past winter. James was in the band for their 1973 smokin’ shoot out “Raw Power.”

Echo Member Brockman Dead

This is a bit eerie. Echo And The Bunnymen keyboard player Jake Brockman has been killed in a motorcycle accident. Original Bunnymen drummer Pete DeFreitas died the same way 20 years ago. He was amazing as you’ll see and hear on “The Puppet”:

Supergrass Supergroup

Two-thirds of Supergrass and producer Nigel Godrich have a new cover band called Hot Rats. Doing “Damaged Goods” by Gang Of Four is cool, but “Fight (For Your Right To Party)”? Hmmmm. Covers are always better when they’re at least somewhat obscure. Otherwise you could be these guys:

Beck Recruits For Cohen Covers

Speaking of covers…. Beck has been on the phone rounding up artists to cover an entire Leonard Cohen album.

TV On The Radio Turn Off For Awhile

With their set at Outside Lands last weekend, TV On The Radio are going on hiatus. The members have other stuff cooking though.

Legendary Nirvana Show To See Proper Release

The oft bootlegged 1992 Nirvana Reading Festival set is being issued officially in November. Oh crap a virus has just infected my computer and forcibly inserted part of the show.

So I Guess Thurston Was Telling The Truth

Sonic Youth just shot a Gossip Girl cameo. Bonus: They played “Star Power.”

Lars Takes Break From Being Complete Asswipe

Word is Lars Ulrich of Metallica is plotting a tour starring his band, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth. I’m not much of a metal head anymore, but all four still have merit as far as I’m concerned. Ok Anthrax are kind of dopey, but still.

That Voodoo That You Do

The Voodoo Music Experience added Lenny Kravitz to the bill. This is the only place you can see Eminem and Kiss on the same bill if you’re into that sort of thing.

At First I Thought This Was An Onion Piece

Nope, it’s true, they’re putting Warner Brothers artists on lottery tickets.

Jackson Frozen Next To Walt Disney

Billboard has a report from yesterday’s Michael Jackson burial. Bonus: His neighbors are Walt Disney and one of the Three Stooges.

Now That Danny Ganz Is Gone

Kiss are reportedly in talks to develop a Vegas show. That makes sense to me actually.




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