Friday, September 22, 2006

Royal Trux- The Sewers of Mars

Down the drain.

It should come as no surprise to those familiar with Neil Hagerty that he came off as a jerk to a journalist in this recent interview. It's part of his madcap charm, I suppose. He and his current band, Howling Hex, are in my town Saturday night. I've only bothered to see the guy perform once, with Royal Trux, in Toronto, and that was probably enough. Even so, the broken-down Stones vibe on this most unlikely major label disc is very compelling. The sleazy "The Sewers of Mars" is a narcotic anthem worthy of Mott the Hoople.

It turns out that I'm not the only guy who is impressed by Tool's popularity. Zac Sally of Low paid tribute to the band in the Village Voice. My review ran yesterday in the Kansas City Star.

News just broke on this very disturbing story about covert surveillance at the Lawrence, Kansas, Wakarusa Festival.

Danny Flores, the voice and the sax behind the Champs immortal "Tequila," died Tuesday. This brief story hints at a fascinating life.

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