October 22, 2014

Riot Fest 2014 Day 2 Band 5: Bob Mould

Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
How often do you see an artist leave the ruins of a highly influential band only to have even greater success with his next band, and then enjoy a decades long solo career, all while being completely uncompromising and delivering with an energy and passion that belies his age?
Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Bob Mould started his musical success in Hüsker Dü. After their breakup, he put out a couple of solo albums before forming another power trio called Sugar, which released one of the all time classic alternative rock albums, Copper Blue. After the dissolution of Sugar, Bob returned to his solo albums, where he's been ever since. In between all that, he released an autobiography, See A Little Light; The Trail of Rage and Melody, which I thought was a great read.
Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesBob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
I've seen Bob perform live many times, the first time with Sugar. I've even taken some of my classic iPod Touch pics at his shows at The Mod Club and The Horseshoe. Toronto's Riot Fest was different. This was the first time I actually got to officially photograph this personal influence and legend.
Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Bob Mould and the band were in top form, kicking the hell out of the set in a "show 'em how it's done" manner. He opened with some Hüsker Dü in the form of "Flip Your Wig" and "Hate Paper Doll". Sugar tunes "Changes" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind" made it into the set, as did a handful of tunes from Bob's latest, Beauty & Ruin and a little more Hüsker Dü. The only other solo album he pulled from was 2012's Silver Age and the tune "The Descent".

I'll leave the notes I made during the show intact: Unreal energy. Amazing. The peak of my day.
Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Here's a bunch of stuff from Bob's amazing set.

The two opening tunes. Hüsker Dü's "Flip Your Wig" and "Hate Paper Doll". Amazing tunes but it doesn't give us photographers a lot of time.

Sugar's "Changes"

"The Descent"

"I Don't You Anymore"

"The War"

"I Apologize"

"If I Can't Change Your Mind"


"Hey Mr. Grey"

"Makes No Sense At All"

October 21, 2014

Haerts announce album details, share new track

Fans of earnest and impassioned synth pop have been awaiting the full-length album release from Haerts for a while now. I've featured a number of Haerts tunes starting with "All The Days" and "Wings" in mid-2013,  the official video for "All The Days" that accompanied the release of the Hemiplegia EP back in August 2013, and "Call My Name" in March of this year.

The band has now announced the release of a full-length album on October 28. They've also shared new tracks including "Giving Up", "Heart" and "No One Needs To Know". Take a listen and mark the date on your calendar.

"Giving Up"

"Heart"

"All The Days"

"Wings"

"Call My Name"


Album cover pic from Facebook.

October 20, 2014

Riot Fest 2014 Day 2 Band 4: Lucero

Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
I was supposed to go see Memphis' Lucero the last time they were in Toronto but I never got myself together to go. I made right with Lucero on Day 2 of Toronto's Riot Fest.
Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Lucero took to the stage on a glorious day and brought their unique blend of blues and rock, mixed with bits of country and punk, combined with musicianship, attitude, guitars, horns and honky tonk piano. Great stuff!
Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesLucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Here's a smattering of tunes from their set.

"The Devil and Maggie Chascarillo"

"Nights Like These"

"Women & Work"

"Darken My Door"

"The Last Song"

Did anyone else notice the alligator by the drummer?
Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures

October 19, 2014

Ex Hex

So I'm sick home with the flu. I don't even have the energy to edit photos. Ex Hex music is trying its best to pump up my energy levels. Seems like the kind of music that could do the job, if only the flu weren't more powerful. Great stuff! The music; not the flu.

Ex Hex is Mary Timony's latest project which puts her guitar playing and power pop sensibilities front and centre. Here's Ex Hex' videos for "Waterfall" and "Hot and Cold" along with album tracks "Beast" and "Don't Wanna Lose" from Rips.



Pic from Ex Hex.

October 18, 2014

Something From Nothing - the first track from Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways

Foo Fighters' newest album, the Butch Vig produced Sonic Highways, comes out on November 10. The first episode of the accompanying HBO TV series launched this week. The first episode was on Chicago and this track is the feature tune for the first episode. The song is called "Something From Nothing" and it covers pretty much the full dynamic range of a rock song. I'm looking forward to this album and I might even go see them on their next tour.

Check it out:


The HBO series just started, too. Looks pretty cool.


Update: The Foos just released the proper video for "Something From Nothing", so here it is. It will look pretty familiar if you saw the first episode of the HBO series.


Pic from Facebook.