Thursday, August 27, 2009
We have a brand new free download for you here at gramercyarms.org.
Gramercy Arms bassist Sandy Smallens' pal Jeff Pickering of Wichita, Kansas laid down some gorgeous pedal steel on "Shining Bright" and we loved it so much that we wanted to share it with you.
Download it for free from our myspace page:
or rock it on soundcloud
ShiningBright WichitaRemix by davederby
Posted by dd at 12:13 PM
Monday, August 24, 2009
Get your skinny ties out!
Our UK label, Reveal, have made us aware of a very cool UK radio show devoted to power pop, hosted by Jim Henderson.
Check it out
Needless to say, we at Gramercy Arms.org are huge Power Pop fans and we are quite honored to be mentioned in the blurb about the show alongside other bands we love!!!
Jim's weekly GRTR! output will predominantly focus on acts associated with power pop. These will include 60's pioneers (The Easybeats, The Hollies) and 70's legends (Badfinger, Big Star, The Knack, The Raspberries) through to modern day groups (Fountains Of Wayne, Gramercy Arms, Nada Surf) and the downright obscure (The Boyfriends, Cargoe, Daryll-Ann, Hot Dogs, Orange, The Pinkees).
Posted by dd at 4:52 AM
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Is the album dead? What's the point to making a full length record these days? What's the point in even having that discussion?
Well, to be honest we do think about that a fair amount here at gramercyArms.org/co.uk
We happen to love EPs. I remember loving all those later Jam EPs when it was clear that Weller was trying to make Foxton and Buckler get their soul on. There was an exciting tension to those records but also a sense that because they were EPs they could document a time in the band's history without being too precious about it or overthinking things.
Radiohead is officially over it apparently
Maybe their decision will add a little grist to the mill to the death of the album, or whatever the cliche is. So sayeth Herr Yorke:
"None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again," he said. "Not straight off ... It worked with In Rainbows because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we've all said that we can't possibly dive into that again. It'll kill us."
The problem isn't the format – "obviously, there's still something great about the album," Yorke said – but with the scale and consistency of vision that is required. "In Rainbows was a particular aesthetic and I can't bear the idea of doing that again. Not that it's not good, I just can't ... bear ... that."
This is the bit that got left out of the interview:
Thom: Jonny, we had a fifteen-year ride, mate.
'Mean, who wants to be a fuck'n forty-five year old
rock'n'roller farting around in front of people less than
half their age?....
Jonny: So true, so true, yeah....
Thom: ...cranking out some kind of mediocre head-banging
bullshit, you know, that we've forgotten...
Jonny: It would b...it's beneath us...who wants to see that...
Thom: That's right...absolutely right. I mean, we could take
those projects that we thought, you know, we didn't have
Jonny: Oh, there's dozens, there's so many dozens of projects.
Thom: You know, we didn't have time for 'em because of Radiohead and
bring 'em back to life maybe.
Jonny: Do you remember what we were...do you remember the time?
Thom: At the Luton...at the Luton Palace...
Thom: We were talking about a rock musical based on the life of
Jack the Ripper...
Jonny: Yeah,'Saucy Jack.'
Thom: Right.'Saucy Jack.' Now's the time to do that.
Jonny: "Saucy Jack, you're a naughty one, Saucy Jack, you're a
haughty one, Saucy Jack."
Posted by dd at 11:03 AM