fascinating new (and long) interview with Peter Buck in Salon

Peter Buck (of R.E.M. and countless other projects) might not like to give interviews, but he sure gave a long one to David Daley for Salon: Peter Buck: “I think we were all really ready for a change”.

From the piece:

Buck has always stood at the ready to produce an album or get in the van with friends. He made four albums — in August! His list of credits is an amazing one that covers some of the most vital rock artists of the last several decades: the Replacements, the Feelies, Uncle Tupelo, Robyn Hitchcock, Corin Tucker, the Decemberists, Billy Bragg, Suzanne Vega, Warren Zevon, not to mention his work with the Minus 5, the Baseball Project, Tuatara, Grant-Lee Phillips, John Wesley Harding and so many more — including his latest project, Tired Pony, Buck’s second album collaborating with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody.

Buck was the member of R.E.M. who always wanted to do more, faster — so maybe it’s no surprise that he has filled his time since the beloved Rock & Roll Hall of Famers disbanded in 2011 on project after project, while also curating the Todos Santos music festival, where all of these many acts often play together. Then there’s his solo career fronting a blisteringly fun bluesy/rockabilly band, often backed by all-stars he’s lent his name to in the past; a second vinyl-only album is close, and one song has already been revealed.

And here’s that song that has been revealed — as much a performance poem as a song, a meditation on place and being:

A snippet from the interview:

Do you miss playing those songs?

Well, I love those songs. But I never want to play “Losing My Religion” again. “Man on the Moon,” it’s a great song. But it’s five minutes long and I’ve played it a couple thousand times.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour (10/8-10/15)

Hey guys,

I really hope some of y’all listened to me and made it out to see some live music last week.  I caught several very good shows.  Some standouts were Epic Cycle played one of their best shows ever at the Bayou last week, with guests Deric Murphy and Dr. Dan (of the Looters).  Dr. Dan seems to really bring out the best in his musicians.  Just like I thought, the weekend had tons of good music.  Eric Sommer at Abe’s On Lincoln and Niche at The Jinx  were especially good shows.  And I got to see three of Savannah’s best bands on Saturday, Bottles & Cans at Social (with plenty of erotically-costumed people, for some reason) and the Acccomplices/ Train Wrecks show at the Jinx.

Enough talking about last week, time to post the list/recommendations for this week.  Two shows to make sure to see this week are The Jinx’s 10th Anniversary on Thursday and The Stattsfest at Muse Arts Warehouse on Sunday.

Tuesday 10/8

Joe Nelson at Foxy Loxy (8pm) – Another good show at Foxy Loxy.

Thursday 10/10 – A very busy night

J.J. Grey & Mofro and the Dirty Guv’nahs at Lucas (8pm)

Sweet Tease Burlesque, American Aquarium, and Murder By Death at Jinx 10th Anniversary – This show is not to be missed, two great bands.  I will be headed here after the J.J. Grey show.

Omingnome at Zunzi’s 2 (9:30-12:30) – I hope to sneak over here between sets at the Jinx.

Friday 10/11

Train Wrecks at Rail Pub (6pm) – I haven’t seen a band in the new courtyard at Rail Pub

City Hotel at Moon River Brewery (6-9p)

Waits & Co. at Blowin’ Smoke (7pm)

Versatile at Congress Street Social Club (10pm) – Good R&B music.

Hypnotics at Molly MacPherson’s (10pm) – Two man band that plays originals and garage rock covers.

Passafire, Bear Fight!, and Ballyhoo at Jinx (10p) – Bear Fight! is pretty heavy.  Seems like an odd combination with Passafire, but could be interesting.

More listings after the jump:

The Jinx 10th anniversary on 10/10 unites Murder By Death, American Aquarium, burlesque

There are still some $20 tickets left for Thursday’s 10th anniversary show at The Jinx, but you might not want to wait too long. Click here for the club’s contact info.

Murder By Death‘s last appearance here was at The Jinx during the 2011 Savannah Stopover — that show was hands down one of the tightest rock shows I’ve seen around these parts. Their album Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, a thrilling work of art, was in regular rotation at my house for several months, and I’m guessing that The Jinx owner Susanne Guest Warnekros listens to MBD pretty much every day.

The five-piece from Bloomington, Indiana has been knocking around the country for over a decade now, and they seem to be just getting better and better.

One of my personal favorites, though a bit lower key than many of the songs they’re likely to play this week:

So I’d be paying $20 for Thursday’s show even it was just Murder By Death.

But American Aquarium will be returning to Savannah for the first time in over a year.

I first caught the Americana band from Raleigh during a hectic St. Patrick’s Day holiday a few years back and have been gushing about them ever since. Lead singer B.J. Barham’s raspy voice and intense lyrics are matched by the musicianship of the rest of the crew.

I don’t know if the American Aquarium will play “Savannah Almost Killed Me,” but it would be fitting:

And The Jinx’s 10th anniversary will also feature performances from The Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue, which sold out the joint a few weeks ago.

Murder By Death at The Jinx in March 2011

Murder By Death at The Jinx in March 2011

American Aquarium at The Jinx in June 2012

American Aquarium at The Jinx in June 2012

Niche + Sauna Heat at The Jinx – photos

Excellent show by Niche on Friday night at The Jinx (where else?) for the release of their intense new album The Other Side Of The End.

Sauna Heat was an excellent choice to open — the garage rock brought a young crowd to the club.

Some photos of Niche then Sauna Heat (there was a lot of red in the lighting, so I desaturated a few):

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More photos after the jump:

Black Tusk: “still DIY” – great vid by Converse x Decibel

Check out Converse x Decibel for a little background on this profile of Black Tusk. Love it.

Click here to see a gallery of photos from Black Tusk’s most recent Savannah gig.

video of iconic bands at CBGB in the 1970s

With the impending premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 8 of the new movie CBGB at the CBGB Festival, I’ve been looking lately at some of the 1970s video from the iconic club.

I’ll be doing a fair number of posts on Savannah Unplugged about the movie (including a review) and have already posted some new and re-edited photos from last summer’s filming in Savannah (see here, here, and here).

So here on hissing lawns I just wanted to post a few of those extraordinary videos.

The Dead Boys in 1977:

There’s even video from the CBGB benefit for Johnny Blitz after he was stabbed (interviews after the first number, then John Belushi sitting in on drums, and then — no kidding — Divine ):

Talking Heads and more videos after the jump:

Graph Rabbit with Blackrune at Dollhouse Productions tonight

If you’re still looking for something to do tonight (Friday), don’t forget about Graph Rabbit with local opener Blackrune at Dollhouse Productions.

Click here for the Facebook invitation.

Niche record release with Sauna Heat and Omingnome at The Jinx Friday

Another great gig at The Jinx tonight: Niche‘s release of The Other Side of the End, plus Sauna Heat and Omingnome.

Check out this great review of Niche’s new album by Bill DeYoung in Connect.

Here’s “Booze and Sin” from the new record: Here’s the whole album for sampling and purchasing:

Charlie and the Foxtrots play The Sentient Bean on Thursday

Once you listen to the EP The Evergreen, I’m betting that a fair number of you now would like to hear a live set from Charlie and the Foxtrots, a six-piece band currently based in Nashville. (Note: the Bandcamp embed here has been a little glitchy, but it’s worth the wait if it doesn’t start immediately.)

I’d never heard of Charlie and the Foxtrots until a good friend recommended the band enthusiastically last week as soon as she saw they were headed to Savannah. Between that recommendation and the excellent EP released this past summer, I know where I’m hoping to be on Thursday evening.

Btw, one of the members was raised in Statesboro, Ga., and another in nearby Brooklet.

Charlie and the Foxtrots will take the stage at The Sentient Bean at 13 East Park Ave. here in Savannah on Thursday, Oct. 3. The Bean is an all-ages venue that starts the shows at 8 p.m. There’s a $5 suggested donation for this one. Beer and wine are available, along with the coffeeshop’s other drinks and tasty vegetarian menu.

Earworm of the week – Thunder Clatter by Wild Cub

Thunder Clatter by Nashville’s Wild Cub is my earworm this week, and coincidentally they just signed to Mom and Pop a few days back. Have a listen and tell me what you think. Nothing deep here, just some fun music… perfect for rolling down the windows and turning up the volume on a late night ride home like tonight.

Wild Cub is playing The Masquerade in Atlanta November 9.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour (10/1-10/7)

Hey guys,

As I begin to write this, I wonder if anyone will look at the blog again this week? I plan to do the blog a little different this week, I will make changes on the schedule throughout the week. So, if you happen to look at this to see the night’s entertainment, be sure to check the day you are going out, as the list should be updated.

I hope that a few of y’all got out to see some kind of music last week. There were some really good shows.  I really enjoyed Watermelon Slim & The Workers at the Savannah Jazz Festival — you don’t get to see someone jump into the pool with a live microphone very often. I knew I could trust Skip Jennings & Co. I will be sure to catch People’s Blues At Richmond next time through, it was an exciting, but brief, show at Congress Street Social Club. And I knew I would enjoy Paleface at the Jinx, but I didn’t think I would like Little Tybee so much.

I am not sure if I will be out earlier in the week, but I will give you some recommendations of where I would be if I could.

Tuesday 10/1

Ray Lundy at Foxy Loxy (8pm) – This will be really good blues.

Sincerely, Iris at Jazz’d – Not my favorite venue, but I think this will be the last chance to see Sincerely, Iris for a while

Sauna Heat, Wet Socks, Potential Lunatics at Hang Fire (10pm) – I saw Wet Socks twice last week, really enjoyed them, two-piece electric band

Wednesday 10/2

Epic Cycle at The Warehouse (8pm)

Apparitions at The Warehouse (8pm) – Guitar rock

Thursday 10/3

Apparitions at The Warehouse (8pm) – Guitar rock

AcousticA at Jazz’d – Blues duo (from Bottles & Cans)

Eric Culberson at Bayou Café – Electric blues

Sauna Heat, The Potential Lunatics, Wet Socks at Hang Fire Tuesday

Another promising weeknight show at Hang Fire, the unpredictable bar at 37 Whitaker St. here in Savannah.

Sauna Heat and Wet Socks are local garage rock bands with distorted vocals and driving beats. Sauna Heat is fronted by Michael Younker, whose solo work was spotlighted here; the duo Wet Socks is made up of guitarist and singer Hunter Jayne and drummer John Zimmerman.

Sauna Heat’s new Sharkbait EP cassettes have just arrived, and Singles – 2012 was released by the London label Fuzzbook.

And then there’s The Potential Lunatics, the alt/indie/punk brother and sister duo of Emma Simons-Araya (guitar, vocals) and Isaac Simons-Araya (drums, vocals).

I especially like the second track here, “Witch Cakes”:

Click here for the Facebook invitation.