Got back a bit ago from watching Deep Purple and a 38-piece orchestra rock the Baby Boomer pants off a woefully sparse PNC Bank Arts Center here in Jersey. The lawn was empty, save for a few stragglers who decided to sit there I guess on principle or somesuch, and there were a few sections that had more vacant seats than full ones. Kind of a bummer to see, but the band was good and the people who were there seemed appreciative.
It probably would have been fitting, then, to close out this week with Deep Purple, maybe “Space Truckin’,” which was especially enjoyable at the show, but hell, I’ve done that before, and the White Hills clip above seems worthy of attention. Even before David D’Andrea mentioned them in the interview posted yesterday, I’ve been seeing their name dropped increasingly in advance of their new record H-p1 (a title I can get behind), which is out June 21 on Thrill Jockey.
Before I wrap the week, I want to say a special thanks to everyone who grabbed the podcast over the last couple days. Downloaded 151 times in less than a week is huge and much appreciated. I hope you’ve been digging it. I’ve gone through it a couple times, and it’s really long, but I’m happy with how it turned out and I hope if you’re one of those 151 downloading parties, or even if you just streamed it or whathaveyou, that you are too.
Tomorrow night you’ll find me sloshed and gone mad watching a Black Sabbath cover band at my local townie, the Boonton Ave. Grille, and Sunday there’s a bastard lot of work to be done, so I’m on that. Monday should provide suitable relief when it shows up. And by relief, I mean more work. Nonetheless, next week, we’ll have an interview posted with Witch Mountain, whose album you can stream here, and reviews of Elvis Deluxe and three or four others I can’t remember at the moment. I look forward to The Obelisk being what gets me through these long summer afternoons.
Hope you have a safe, enjoyable weekend. See you back here Monday, or on the forum in the meantime.
Tags: New York City, Thrill Jockey Records, White Hills