Since his first 7-inch single in 1995, Chris Mills has consistently expanded his musical palate with each new release. That initial 7″, entitled Chris Mills Plays and Sings, and the 1996 EP Nobody’s Favorite featured minimally produced, 4-track, acoustic-based recordings that showcased Mills’ “older-than-his-years” vocals and his knack for writing beautifully dark songs. Since it was the height of the “No Depression” movement and Mills resided in Chicago, he was quickly tagged with the “Alt-Country” brand.
But Mills had more ambition than to become another acoustic guitar totting, singer/songwriter. His first full-length album, 1998’s Fight For Your Life, electrified and rocked-up Mills’ songs surrounding him with bass, drums and an occasional piano or cello garnish. His next album, 2000’s Kiss It Goodbye, added more strings and horns to the production. While both albums were basically straight-ahead rock records, they contained enough twangy guitar and downbeat acoustic material to endear him to the No Depression set.
I went to college with most of the Port Wine Lads. In fact, I sold them my barely used bass guitar after I gave up on it. Twenty seconds into this, you see the 19-year-old me pointing and declaring, “Yeah, that’s my bass.” Later, I dance like a hippy.
But enough about me. The Port Wine Lads had some good songs (and a few silly ones).
The ever-optimistic NME is claiming that The Faces are likely to reunite, bringing together Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart, and most of the Small Faces for the first time in 30-odd years:
Speaking to BBC 6Music, keyboardist Ian McLagan said: “We’re hoping to get together later this year to play and then we may have some news, but I want it to happen, badly.
“Rod hasn’t wanted to do it for a long time. He didn’t see the need in it but I think he really wants to now.”
Referring to the possibility of a new studio album, McLagan said: “It would be great to record new tracks. I have a couple of songs that Rod might like. We’d have to see – I think that would be the way to go, though, not just to go out on tour. It’d be great to have an album.”
Unfortunately, bassist Ronnie Lane died in 1997 of multiple sclerosis-related pneumonia.
When MGMT put Billy Bob Brockali in their video for “Electric Feel” an entire generation of dudes in their thirties had a collective flashback to afternoons at Showbiz Pizza Place. Who knew that there was a community of fans buying up the old hardware and reprogramming them? So, so awesome.
Another outstanding video from our new favorite band. You can’t watch this shit and tell me those kids aren’t wacked out on drugs. And what’s that!?!?! The bear from Chucky Cheese in a cameo? Oh, hell yes.
The Surf Punks were not a good band. But I loved their album My Beach when I was in high school. It’s pretty embarrassing to admit, but that was one of my first exposures to “punk rock.” If you can call it that. And you really can’t.