Friday Link Session

 

  • Brendan Toller, who brought us I Need That Record!, has a new documentary in the works about musical jack-of-all-trades Danny Fields (it’s difficult to encapsulate Fields’ career because he’s done so much, but he had a hand in the careers of the Doors, Iggy Pop, the Ramones, the MC5, Lou Reed, etc.). Read about the film here and follow the production progress on Facebook.
  • In 1977, Marc Bolan (T. Rex) had a short-lived music variety show on British television. Marc ran for six episodes, kicked off with a performance from the Jam, included awkwardly-choreographed dance routines, and was overflowing with glitter and lip-syncing. Stuepfaction has gathered all six episodes for you to watch.
  • File under: Really? Here’s footage of a collaboration between Liam Ó Maonlaí of Hothouse Flowers and Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, circa the early 1990s.
  • As to collaborations that have been proven good, RZA and the Black Keys have come together again to produce a track for RZA’s upcoming directorial debut The Man with the Iron Fists. You can listen to “The Baddest Man Alive” at Fuse.
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The Jim Jones Revue: Got Me So Messed Up, but I’m Feeling Fine

 

Sometimes you don’t know what you need until it’s given to you. Rock ‘n’ roll, I give you the Jim Jones Revue because you have been missing rock from your roll for far too long.

Although the British band have only been around since 2008 and have just released their third album, Burning Your House Down, stateside – and the second album, Here to Save Your Soul, was a compilation of singles and previously unreleased songs – the Jim Jones Revue already has a more-than-solid reputation as a dependably superior band. I’d been hearing the buzz myself for a long while but didn’t focus in on them until John Wesley Myers (Black Diamond Heavies, James Leg) recommended them. It didn’t take long after that – about 4 minutes, the length of “Foghorn” – for me to fall in love.

The Jim Jones Revue’s rabid, rough, rapid-fire boogie woogie rock ‘n’ roll is like a cleansing fire, Jones’ voice scouring you like industrial-strength steel wool while the piano/guitar attack rains down on you. Then, for good measure, the rhythm section kicks you in the head from behind. Example? Here’s JJR’s performance of … Continue reading