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Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy Echoes Interview Podcast.

August 30, 2013

The Church Broadcasts on All India Radio:
Hear an Interview with Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy  in the Echoes Podcast

Steve Kilbey is the lead singer and guitarist with the Australian band, The Church best known for their 1988 hit, “Under the Mily Way.” Martin Kennedy leads the Australian ambient rock band, All India Radio. They get together for a song cycle called You Are Everything. We talk to them about their collaboration.

Below, watch a live performance of “I Wouldn’t Know” from Kilbey and Kennedy’s newest album, You Are Everything.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Martin Kennedy: I actually grew up you know, trying to emulate The Church guitar sound.   At school some kids played “Smoke on the Water,” but I was trying to play Church songs, which was absolutely cutting edge and underground at the time.  And that’s, that’s kind of stayed with me, I guess.

Steve Kilbey: I have a problem with the world at the moment.  I don’t believe in evolution.  I don’t believe in the theory of evolution at all, yet I also don’t believe in creationism.  I certainly don’t believe in Jehovah and the Old Testament.

Martin Kennedy: It was instrumental music for me.  Some how I had left room for verses and I’d left room for a chorus.  Somehow Steve seemed to navigate his way through the music, but it was just my usual instrumental music.


John Diliberto (((echoes)))

Hear the full Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy interview in the Echoes Podcast.

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Echoes Interview: Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy

August 27, 2013

Hear an Interview with Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy on Echoes tonight.

Steve Kilbey is the lead singer and guitarist with the Australian band, The Church best known for their 1988 hit, “Under the Mily Way.” Martin Kennedy leads the Australian ambient rock band, All India Radio. They get together for a song cycle called You Are Everything. We talk to them about their collaboration.

Below, watch a live performance of “I Wouldn’t Know” from Kilbey and Kennedy’s newest album, You Are Everything.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Martin Kennedy: I actually grew up you know, trying to emulate The Church guitar sound.   At school some kids played “Smoke on the Water,” but I was trying to play Church songs, which was absolutely cutting edge and underground at the time.  And that’s, that’s kind of stayed with me, I guess.

Steve Kilbey: I have a problem with the world at the moment.  I don’t believe in evolution.  I don’t believe in the theory of evolution at all, yet I also don’t believe in creationism.  I certainly don’t believe in Jehovah and the Old Testament.

Martin Kennedy: It was instrumental music for me.  Some how I had left room for verses and I’d left room for a chorus.  Somehow Steve seemed to navigate his way through the music, but it was just my usual instrumental music.


John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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Think of the great artists you love on Echoes. Think of the informative interviews and exclusive live performances. Then, think of a world without Echoes. You can make sure that never happens by becoming a member of the Echoes Sound Circle.

Echoes is a non-profit 501(c3) organization just like your local public radio station. And all donations are tax deductible. You can support Echoes with a monthly donation that will barely disturb your credit card. 130528_Echoes

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Van’s Warped Tour 2011: Another World of Music

July 23, 2011

SWELTER FOR YOUR MUSIC-VAN’s WARPED TOUR SWIMS IN RECORD CAMDEN HEAT

Warped Tour 2011 Camden- Attack Attack on Stage (Photo: Joey Higgins

There’s another world of music out there besides what you hear on Echoes,  and I’m not talking about pop, classical, jazz, alternative or metal.  It’s a world you probably won’t know about unless you’re in your pre-20s or have kids that age who try to educate you to the wonders of their pop-punk, emo, screamo, rap, etc sounds   It’s a sound represented by The Van’s Warped Tour which descended into Philadelphia/Camden at the Susquehanna Center on July 21, a day of record heat.  That pretty much reminds me of the Warped Tour I saw in 2006 in North Jersey.  I went to that show with my then 12-year old daughter Grace, (John Diliberto gets Warped on the Warped Tour 2006).  But this year , Grace passed so I sent my young friend Joey Higgins to take pictures and report  back.

A Day To Remember's Tom Denny (Photo: Joey Higgins)

The bands in the Warped Tour represent an interesting cultural movement.  These are artists that by and large are never heard on the radio, not even on the local Philadelphia modern rock stations like Radio 104.5 or WXPN who are currently in the midst of their quite different Xponentional Music Festival.  Even XPN’s more alternative leaning XPN2 barely touches these acts.  Yet. thousands of fans braved the heat and the joys of Camden to hear their favorite acts, bouncing from one stage to another.

“I  think there was something like seven stages” recalls a sun-baked Higgins, who despite the heat, says he  never took off his knit cap.

“I think it kept me cooler,” he insists.

Sean Foreman of 3OH!3 (Photo: Joey Higgins)

The crowd sucked so much water out of the public fountains that part way through the day the H2O turned to a vomit acid mix of green and yellow.   The promoters leaped in, however, distributing fluids from the environmental group, Green-Works  free,  to festival goers.    And that, says Joey, was better than paying $4.50 per for bottled water.

Despite the travails of heat prostration where temperatures topped 100 degrees, Higgins says that everyone was upbeat and had a good vibe.  Everyone that is, except those being carted off in a stream of ambulances due to sunstroke, dehydration and getting faces smashed in mosh pits.,

Kyle Pavonne of We Came As Romans (Photo: Joey Higgins)

Among the some 56 bands that performed, highlights for Joey included A Day to RememberSimple Plan, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (A.K.A. DRUGS),  The Ready Set and We Came As Romans.

“A Day to Remember really got the crowd revved up,” enthuses Joey,  This despite the crushing heat.   He especially dug “I’m Made of Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of,” a song of paranoid revenge delivered in a high energy aggressive screed mixed with a screamo chorus.  The Troy, Michigan metalcore band generated a lot of action with vocals alternating between course scream exhortations and more yearning vocals that were deployed in compositions that had almost progressive rock dimensions in terms of their multi-part structures and almost classical overtones as on, “To Plant A Seed” the title track to one of their albums.  The band was always moving, prowling the stage, climbing on the monitors and peering into the crowd.

Simple Plan's Pierre Bouvier (Photo: Joey Higgins)

Past Warped Tours have frequently featured bands from an earlier generation or two, including Anthrax (1981) and Bad Religion (formed 1979) , The Dickies (formed 1977)  U.K. Subs  (Formed 1976) and Joan Jett, whose career goes back to 1976 and The Runaways. This  year’s Warped Tour’s oldsters were Simple Plan.  For 15 year-old Joey, this 12 year old band constituted “old” for the Warped Tour 2011. Simple Plan has an internal eclecticism and wider dynamic range than most Warped Tour bands.  They even sing ballads like “Save You.”  For Joey, Simple Plan, as well as The Ready Set,  play softer music.  Nevertheless, he says they always put on a good show and this was no exception.

Warped Tour Crowd (Photo: Joey Higgins)

The 2011 Van’s Warped Tour is still running around the country.  Its schedule puts it in the east until August 2, and then start heading west for a coastal swing.    Joey, a kid who as seen Warped Tour veterans All Time Low four times in the last four months,  would be at all of them if he could.

John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

 

John Diliberto’s Top 10 CDs for 2008

November 28, 2008

From Digitonal to the Dandy Warhols, John Diliberto’s Top Ten CDs for 2008.

While you’re pondering the Echoes 2008 Listener Poll, I’ve already been solicited for a few year-end lists. I usually give a different list to different outlets. My (uncredited) Amazon.com list is pretty strictly New Age and limited to  titles that are actually on Amazon.com, although as you’ll see, I stretch the definition of New Age quite a bit. The 25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2008 is limited to what I play on Echoes (Look for that in a week or so). But when WXPN solicited lists for my 10 Top CDs and songs for 2008, there were no limitations. So there are a couple of things here that I wouldn’t be playing on Echoes. This is my personal Top Ten.  

A lot of my top ten albums will be appearing right on top of the 25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2008. I’ve written about many of them already. Digitonal’s Save Your Light For Darker Days remains my favorite disc of the year and I say why in my  September CD of the Month review. Sumner McKane’s right up there and my paean to his psychamericana on What A Great Place to Be is in my October CD of the Month review. Saul Stokes’ entrancing electronic cycles on Villa Galaxia probably should have been a CD of the Month. I wrote about that in an Echo Location. The Persian fusion group, Niyaz  topped their debut with the double CD, Nine Heavens.  It could’ve been a CD of the month as well, but it came out in the midst of CDs we’d already selected by Jamshied Sharifi and Biomusique with similar exotic female singers.   We try and spread a little variety among CD of the Month Selections.  But I am intoxicated by Azam Ali’s  voice which taps into something beyond this world, while still living sensually in this world. Alu is a relatively new singer who made me think of early Kate Bush with her electronica cabaret on Lobotomy Sessions. I wrote about her in an Echo Location. Nik Bärtch’s Ronin has been making a cerebral brand of minimalist jazz for years and Holon spins like a melodic meeting of Dave Brubeck and Steve Reich. Lights Out Asia orchestrated a perfect mix of shoegazer rock and ambient electronics but on an epic scale on their enigmatically titled CD, Eyes Like Brontide.   You can also read about them and hear their music in an Echo Location.  Now we get to the two non-Echoes titles here. Beck‘s Modern Guilt, is another great album of insightfully poetic and ironic lyrics set in new variations of organic quirk, much of it provided by Danger Mouse from Gnarls Barkley who made my Top Ten Songs.    Earth to the Dandy Warhols is a brilliant pastiche of styles from jive-talking  jump-blues to Can, all distilled through their psychedelic sensibilities.   The German group, Qntal rounds out the list with Lucidia, a definitive example of their Medieval Electronica fronted by the haunting, imperious voice of Sigrid Hausen. The Top Ten list is below. I’ll have My Top Ten songs later, or you can just go to WXPN and see it there, sans sage commentary. While you’re in the neighborhood , vote in their year end poll, but while you’re here, vote in ours, The Echoes 2008 Listener Poll.  You might even win the Top 25 Echoes CDs for 2008.
John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

John Diliberto’s Top 10

TOP 10 ALBUMS
  FIRST-LAST/GROUP NAME ALBUM NAME SOURCES
1 Digitonal Save Your Light for Darker Days
2 Sumner McKane What A Great Place to Be
3 Saul Stokes Villa Galaxia
4 Niyaz Nine Heavens
5 Alu Lobotomy Sessions
6 Nik Bartsch’s Ronin Holon
7 Lights Out Asia Eyes Like Brontide

8 Beck Modern Guilt
9 Dandy Warhols Earth to Dandy Warhols

10 Qntal Qntal VI: Translucida


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