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Reviews and Suggestions

The antiMUSIC Top 10 of 2004

As we continue to look back at 2004, antiMUSIC has put together their Best of 2004 for your reading and arguing pleasure.
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Artists and Bands

What is 286?

“What is 286?” was a question that entered my mind as I rifled through seas of band names that occur in a seemingly endless stream of advertisements on flyers and in the papers announcing upcoming shows late last month. Fortunately for me, the answer turned out to be something not only worthy of note, but down right entertaining.

As it turns out, 286 is the mantra for an up and coming energetic rock and roll act that is making a splash on the Los Angeles club scene. With a cast of two brothers from Argentina, a drummer from Jersey, and a vocalist from Pittsburgh, 286 has secured a place in the new resurgence of good old fashioned in-your-face rock music with choruses you can’t seem to get out of your head.

Their presence on and off the stage is remarkably similar and the band prides themselves on being consistent regardless of what their doing. While the cliché, “Keeping it real,” is ridiculous and almost void of meaning in most contexts, it strangely makes sense when describing 286. In a recent interview I dug up about the band, bassist Nikee Verry explains, “We are not posing, we are what we are…the rest is a consequence.

In a manner of speaking, that consequence is a dead on combination that the music world just doesn’t seem to be seeing enough of in the industry today. As 286 blew through a set that was void of filler, obligatory love ballads, or emotional angst, the band was having fun on stage and the vibes clearly spill over into the audience.

A closer look into the project reveals a more serious nature and thoughtful lyrics that people who aren’t looking will probably regretfully miss in the wake of the naked energy of the band. Lead vocalist Adam Joad explains, “We aren’t into perpetuating dogma, the music is for everyone and if you dig it enough to look at what we’re writing about, I think there’s some thought provoking ideas there.”

Whether or not those ideas are cleverly dealing with mass marketing, the tumultuous politically charged climate of 1968, or references to Molotov Cocktails, there’s more of a method to their stage madness than you’d see at a glance. The overall experience of 286 is a pleasant package all around. It’s nice to look at and enjoy, but at the same time, when you unwrap it, it’s equally as pertinent.

286 was one of those gambles that paid off, I could have chosen to give my money to many other shows in Los Angeles last month. While it was the number that piqued my curiosity (I still don’t know its exact significance) it was the band that delivered a new twist on a rusty void. Even if their style isn’t necessarily your cup of tea so to speak, you can’t miss with them for an evening inspired rock and roll.

By Billy X

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Artists and Bands

A Cool Buzzcocks Re-release

According to Aversion the Buzzcocks will be re-releasing 1993’s “Trade Test Transmissions” with seven bonus cuts! Sounds very cool.
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Odds & Sods

New Voices, New Perspectives

Over the next few weeks and months you will be reading the work of some new contributors here at The Rock and Roll Report. As I have always considered rock and roll to be an inclusive style of music, it will be nice to read the opinions, rants and varied perspectives of others than always from yours truly as we continue to seek out and publicize all that is good and loud in this world. In the words of the immortal Spinal Tap, “I hope you like our new direction.”
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Live Rock and Roll Rock History Rock on Film

Bill Graham Birthday Bash

Saturday, January 8th would have been the 74th birthday of legendary rock promoter and early riser Bill Graham and to celebrate the event The Bill Graham Foundation is throwing a birthday party at the Filmore in San Francisco and you’re all invited! "Bill’s Birthday Party" will take place this Saturday at the Filmore and will feature a special showing of the "Filmore!" movie about the last days of the Filmore West which has been digitally remastered just for the occasion. The shindig starts at 8:00 PM and there will be cake and ice cream. Tickets can be purchased through Bill Graham Presents or at the Fillmore box office. I wonder if there will be a barrel of apples at the top of the stairs?
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Rock Biz

Canadian Music Week’s Xtreme Band Slam Contest

Any and all Canadian bands should check out the Xtreme Band Slam contest put on by Canadian Music Week as they search for the "hottest unsigned band in Canada." With over $50,000.00 in prizes including pretty much everything you need to go on the road or into the studio, this contest is offering some pretty amazing prizes. Check it out now as the regionals will be held quite soon.
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Rock Radio 2.0

An Oral History of KROQ

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Kate Sullivan has written a very cool oral history of LA radio station KROQ called, well KROQ: An Oral History. Pretty cool stuff from the mastermind behind the late, great Pop Vultures radio show which will be covered in greater depth sometime in the next few weeks. A great read.
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Record Labels

The Rock and Roll Report Record Label Spotlight is on Hard Soul Records

Over the holidays I was lucky enough to recieve a very cool package from a record label that I wasn’t familiar with called Hard Soul Records featuring two CDs by Little Steven fave Jarvis Humby and Hell’s House Band. The brainchild of Trevor Randall, the mastermind behind the great Acid Jazz Records in London, Hard Soul has both the attitude that I like and based on these two releases, the goods to back it up. Jarvis Humby and their CD "Assume the Position It’s" are a great contemporary garage band who evoke images to me not just of the Kinks and Spencer Davis Group but of Northern Soul as well with great modern production tossed in. A great band and a fun listen that will have you pinning for the Carnaby Street of old in no time. Really great stuff. Hell’s House Band with "Dozen Lies" is masterminded by Mark Curry and friends and runs the gamut from indie fury to blues-rock without the cliches. Another great listen and reason enough for me to track Hard Soul Records in the future. After all, if they’re good enough for Little Steven then that’s all I need to know. Check out their music player for an aural tour.
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Reviews and Suggestions

Rolling Stone Magazine’s Critics’ Top Ten List

Rolling Stone Magazine have published their Critics’ Top 10 Lists for 2004 and shock, horror! they are pretty interesting! Is Rolling Stone becoming relevant again? Are they reverting to their previous position of being “just a little rock newspaper?” The jury is out on that but seeing that The Tragically Hip made one critic’s list is enough for me to take a second look at the venerable rag. Still won’t re-subscribe though.
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Live Rock and Roll

New York City Indie Rock Launch

SirLady Records and the Tribeca Rock Club are proud to present the very  first ‘NYC Indie Rock Launch’ which will be held January 7th 2005. The evening is in honor of celebrating the city’s influential urban rock scene and will feature artists such as: Guilt Like Gravity, Troop 47, Planeside, The Nillaz, and Kirsten DeHaan.  Due to its popular demand the Launch now promises to become a series of events which will feature some of the city’s top independent artists. Please visit www.tribecarockclub.com and or www.kirstendehaan.com for all advance ticket and show information.
Start the New Year off right by supporiting indie music!