December 11, 2018

December 10, 2018

The Economist: A rocker’s guide to management

Ian Leslie describes four ways for the inner workings of a band in his article A rocker’s guide to management for 1843, The Economist’s magazine of ideas, culture and lifestyle: friends (Beatlks, autocracies (Tom Petty, Bruce Springteen), democracies (R.E.EM.) and frenemies (The Stones).

In 1979, Michael Stipe, a college student in Athens, Georgia, was browsing in a downtown record store called Wuxtry when he got talking to the clerk, a college dropout and amateur guitarist called Peter Buck. The two men bonded over a love of underground rock and soon decided to form a band, recruiting two fellow students, Bill Berry and Mike Mills. Thirty-two years later, their band, R.E.M., broke up amicably, ending one of the happiest collaborations in rock history.

HCTF premiere - Slum Summer: Bobby

Anglo-American indie band Slum Summer pair an American lo-fi garage rock vibe to an English sense for melody on their single Bobby, a taste from their forthcoming album ABABO (out on January 18th on Jigsaw Records). It's a ramshackle but irresistible slice of shoestring budget recording.

December 09, 2018

Jeremy Nail: "Live Oak" video

Watch the new Jeremy Nail video for Live Oak, the title track of his latest album. Said oak was poisoned in 1989, but survived and is now thriving and regarded as an important landmark in Austin, TX. There are some parallels with his own predicament after being diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, that cost him left leg. The video was directed by Rachael Craft.


HCTF review of Live Oak.

John Cale: Berlin 2018/12/08 setlist

John Cale performed at Verti Music Hall in Berlin Germany- December 8, 2018. With Orchestra. Conductor and arrangements: Randall Woolf.

The band:
John Cale: vocals, electric guitar, keyboards
Dustin Boyer: lead guitar, samples
Joey Maramba: bass
Deantoni Parks: drums, samples


  1. Frozen Warnings
  2. Story of Blood
  3. Magritte
  4. Hedda Gabler
  5. The Endless Plain of Fortune
  6. Chums of Dumpty
  7. Mary
  8. Half Past France
  9. Amsterdam
  10. (I Keep A) Close Watch
  11. Helen of Troy
  12. Wasteland
  13. Hatred
  14. I'm Waiting for the Man
  15. E: Emily

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(Thanks: Marek Koudelka)