Friday, January 23, 2009
The Imperials- Backyard Compost
As I sat in a bar prior to the AC/DC show (see below) the other night, the bartender cued up "The Witch" by the Sonics. I'd forgotten that the primitive relic from 1964 is a perfect distillation of everything I love about rock'n'roll. Yet The Sonics were just one of the era's countless garage rock bands based in the Pacific Northwest. This excellent compilation contains over two dozen examples of the R&B-oriented side of the scene.
Men are idiots. We drool. We guzzle beer. We laugh at crude bodily functions. And we love AC/DC. I saw the band perform Wednesday. So good! So big! So dumb! I'm still smiling. I also appreciated The Answer. The Irish band opened with a throwback set of heavy boogie straight from the playbooks of Blue Cheer, Humble Pie and Thin Lizzy. A free download of "Highwater or Hell" is available at their MySpace. (Here's a proper review of AC/DC's effort.)
I reference The Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band at my personal blog today. And while it remains wildly unpopular, I'm still really proud of my work at Plastic Sax.
Kansas City Click: Kings of Leon touch down at the Uptown Theater tonight.
Slipknot, Coheed and Cambria and Trivium attack Sprint Center on Saturday.
Angela Winbush, Slave and Blue Magic are among the acts scheduled to appear inside the acoustically problematic Municipal Auditorium on Sunday.