Saturday Night’s Trash Night: The Gories, Alarm Clocks, Eddie Kirkland, DJ Mr Fine Wine

23 11 2010

Prepare yourselves now for the rapacious and raw rock n’ roll of The Gories, a Detroit legend who’ve resurfaced from a world of untuned guitars, busted amps and punk rock obscurity, to bless the current world’s need for “primitude”, that feedbacky slapdash approach to music that so many of us love:

How Detroit is this? Postapocalyptic bliss, dancing on the ruins.

And now, back to the future, in front of crazed Parisian partisans, playing John Lee’s “Boogie Chillun”:

As Chiagoist.com writes:

The existence of the underground garage rock trio The Gories was a rock and roll paragon: dirty, loud, fast and with an early demise. The Detroit-based band came together in the mid-’80s, building a steady cult following in the metro area before their cassette-only releases landed them a deal with Crypt Records, a Hamburg-based imprint specializing in ’60s underground rock. Three official LPs on Crypt followed, and some single releases and a European tour later, the band called it quits by the early ’90s. Yet despite having been broken up for nearly a decade, The Gories influence was significant enough to pave the way for the various blues-infused garage rock imitators of the early aughts

This Saturday night of sweat, soul and shimmy wouldn’t be complete without one of Cleveland’s many contributors to that gnarly pre-70s sound: The Alarm Clocks (featuring new-ish guitarist Tom Fallon, from The New Salem Witch Hunters, Pink Holes, and many other CLE classics):

Opening are Detroit bluesman Eddie Kirkland and WFMU soul DJ Mr Fine Wine, whose great radio shows you can download in podcast form at http://wfmu.org/playlists/SV.

a flyer for our special guest, DJ Mr Fine Wine

Here’s your Thanksgiving, Cleveland. So shake that stuffing, turkey.  No tunes from a box of Stove Top–just a bounty of sound!  And if you haven’t properly peeked at http://www.beachlandballroom.com, you might want to–we’ve got holiday mayhem lined up for pretty much every night of this coming week!

EAS

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Garage Rock with Gringo Star, Monday Night

24 08 2009
Gringo Star on wheels

Gringo Star on wheels

Among one of the beauties of Atlanta-based Gringo Star is the fact that they can sound like some permutation of the Kinks while penning a tune called “All Y’all”.    With any luck, this Monday night’s Beachland show is gonna be a lot like what you see in this video–kind of a riff on hip-hop party videos.  Except this one has a Segway:

A recent Spin magazine post gives some backstory to these ATL loonies. And to you, the Reader,  can hear and download psychedelic sock-hop tune “Come On Now”.  But it’s not all British Invasion poses with these guys; “Tonight the Moon Doesn’t Matter” and “Ask Me Why” works as the soundtrack to a haunting moonlight drive full of sleep-deprived spookiness.

Sleep-deprived are what these fellows must be, what with a relentless touring and recording schedule that brought them to this year’s Lollapalooza.  Yet despite those long miles and relentless nights logged, Gringo Star always puts on a high-energy show, as a Lollapalooza reviewer attests.   And we get the feeling that a Monday night in Cleveland won’t keep Gringo Star from raising some rock n’ roll hell.

Opening this show are the excellent The Modern Electric and the hard-working Kid Tested, both from Cleveland.  Seven bucks gets you in.

EAS