Alex Chilton RIP
Various guests filled in for Alex Chilton, taking over the time slot originally slated for his band, Big Star, before he died of a heart attack on Wednesday. The remaining members of Big Star played a set of their best-loved songs alongside a slew of guests including M. Ward, the Meat Puppets' Curt Kirkwood, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Chuck Prophet, Evan Dando, the Watson Twins, John Doe and Sondre Lerche.
Chilton's publicist Heather West read a letter from his wife Laura that described Chilton's recent years in New Orleans as "simple and relaxed," but as ever before, centered on listening to and enjoying a range of music. I count myself lucky that I was able to see on of Big Star's last performances in Brooklyn a few months before. The audience was thrilled and he certainly appeared to enjoy himself.
The Meat Puppets
On thursday my friends and I went to see a performance by The Generationals in a parking lot at a pizza restaurant. It was very nice because the sound was decent, the weather was beautiful and it wasn't too crowded. Unbeknownst to me, the last act scheduled was The Meat Puppets. They were incredible and it was certainly a highpoint.
The Geeks were amazing. The following is from their English press release.
We are the only very cool bands in the world. In February, 2008, the geeks were rebeared newly. It is space's best group of 4 men. The guitar sound that seems to be totally a machine gun, Base sound such as the tank, Synthesizer such as the ray gun, A drum such as the great disaster, And a voice to carry through heart. However, arrogant styles always cause neighboring criticism with unstable the mind and selfishness. In other words GEEKS are yokozunas. Therefore all people hear what we say well, and please do a right act. But, I do not understand English very well. GEEKS ICHIBANG !! GEEKS ICHIBANG !!
Formed in Fukuoka, Japan and now based in Tokyo, BO-PEEP blend chaotic guitar riffs, brutal rhythm and manic vocals with a melodic sensibility that echoes the raw but infectious energy of the grunge era. They are a little like a Japanese Au Pairs but with more pop. With guitar, bass, drums and no added nonsense, BO-PEEP's two albums (including 2008's 'Sick Orange Television') and two mini-albums are loaded with savage songs that are all the more visceral in the flesh.
The girls' explosive live reputation has seen them storm stages across Japan and the UK, with their first US jaunt in March 2009. Japan's Fuji Rock Festival, Britain's The Great Escape and In The City, and now Texas' South By Southwest - all have fallen under the might of BO-PEEP.