Heavy Rotation

3 06 2011

Joey Arkenstat: Never heard of him? You aren’t alone. Or are you. A handful of well-known bassists cite him as an influence in MIke Gordon’s entertaining Rising Low, a documentary on tryouts to replace the late Allen Woody in Gov’t Mule. Arkenstat aside, if you can move him there, the movie is a bass-admirer’s delight. Jack Casady, John Entwistle, Alphonso Johnson, Larry Graham, Flea, Phil Lesh, Roger Glover, all get the time to show off a bit and tell some stories. This movie is yet another reason to become a Gov’t Mule fan and it’s a love letter to the bass.

Joey speaks:

Tall Stax: A blossom in the midst of an anonymous shopping area in Atlanta. If you’re in town, go out of your way to visit. Their FB page is here.

The Ronnie Wood Show: This week’s guest is Robbie Robertson, whose talent thankfully outpaces his massive ego. Both these guys have as you’d expect eclectic musical tastes and loads of anecdotes. Wood’s show is what radio should be — innovative, adventurous, and chatty. Stream it here.

Judy Dyble: free disc with this month’s Classic Rock Presents Prog. Something new that’s actually old from one of the great lost British singers. New stuff with Robert Fripp included.

Muse. It’s been out for about two years, but The Resistance is still worth spinning. Progimus maximus. Its popularity belies its prog genes.

New System 7: Always nice to hear from Steve Hillage. Nothing new here but a comfortable Euro/techno cushion to rest upon. Don’t like Euro/techno? Close your eyes and think Run Lola Run. It’ll help.

The Fox News Fear Factory in Rolling Stone. “The network, at its core, is a giant soundstage created to mimic the look and feel of a news operation, cleverly camouflaging political propaganda as independent journalism.” Read the entire article here.

Mastering the Dead’s Europe ’72: No compression allowed. Well, very little. Excellent audio interview on breathing life into nearly 40-year-old live recordings. Stream it here.

A nicely written blog entry in The New Yorker on the art of reading: “If you hate a movie, you probably have no qualms about turning it off or walking out of the theatre, and the blame is placed on the film and those who made it, not on your movie-watching abilities. By the same token, no one will pat you on the back for watching something long and difficult, but they will if you’ve read “Ulysses” (and if you’ve given up halfway through, no one can blame you, though if you lie and say you finished it, I guess you’re in good company).” Read more here.

Biophilia by Bjork. “Biophilia for iPad will include around 10 separate apps, all housed within one ‘mother’ app. Each of the smaller apps will relate to a different track from the album, allowing people to explore and interact with the song’s themes or even make a completely new version. It will also be an evolving entity that will grow as and when the album’s release schedule dictates, with new elements added.” Read the Guardian‘s preview here.