Rock Notes: Chad Kichula, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Beatles and Arcade Fire

chadkichulaTAKE A LISTEN: Chad Kichula – He calls it alt-country; I can agree.  His bio mentions Springsteen and Steve Earle. His new LP was released Sept. 10,with the new single and video The Whale’s Back.  I hear some Warren Zevon and James McMurtry influence is this one…
Notes: Chad sold his truck in 2005 to pay for his debut album.  The Whale’s Back sessions began in 2012.

ONE TO WATCH:  St. Paul and the Broken Bones
stpaulMemphis soul from a crew of white guys.  Wilson Pickett would be diggin’ it.
St Paul and the Broken Bones: Paul Janeway, Jesse Phillips, Browan Lollar, Andrew Lee, Ben Griner, and Allen Branstetter. Additional performances by James Brangle, Les Nuby, and Ron Alexander.

Like the Alabama Shakes, St. Paul and The Broken Bones made it big from North Alabama. Birmingham is their town. Their four-song EP  Greetings from St. Paul & The Broken Bones was released in December 2012.

LOVE THE BEATLES BBC STUFF: A new set from The Beatles recorded at the BBC will include early hits and cover songs, with the majority recorded at the BBC in 1963 and 1964.  Songs include “Lucille” and “Hippy Hippy Shake”. On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2, out November 11, follows the successful Live at the BBC album issued in 1994.
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READY FOR THE SMASH HIT OF THE LATE 2013 RELEASES?: Arcade Fire’s new album will be a double LP. Pre-orders for the Reflektor album are at They will embark on a world tour. The band played the small Salsatheque venue under the alias The Reflektors on  September 9 in Montreal. CBC News reports that only 100 tickets went on sale for the show. The black and white video for “Reflektor”, directed by Anton Corbijn, includes David Bowie’s singing backup on the song.  The video already has more than 2,000,000 viewes on YouTube.

VIDEO: Warren Zevon -1982- “Poor Poor Pitful Me”/”Cadillac Ranch”

warrenzevonBeen a while since the last post.  Workin” to get back in the groove.  Watch for more. Here’s one from a Zevon video I rented at the local video store 30 years ago – the performance and the energy blew me away.  My first real good foray into what a great rock and roll show might feel like.

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