Rose Windows, Man Man's Adam Schatz, and more
Rose Windows’ Pat Schowe
Music, in no particular order:
● Leonard Cohen, Death of a Ladies’ Man: The drum sound they got on the title track is unmatched, the kick drum sounds like the dying heart beat of the ladies’ man himself.
● The Band, The Band
● Sun City Girls, Torch of the Mystics: We may not be a band if it wasn’t for this band and particularly this album. It turns long desert drives into not so long and beautiful desert drives.
● Fela Kuti & Egypt 80, Live in Detroit 1986: Greatest live album, without a doubt.
● Thelonious Monk, It’s Monk’s Time: “Stuffy Turkey” drum solo is bananas.
● Neil Young, After the Gold Rush: On the Beach is really weird and cool too.
● Steely Dan, Aja: It’s like drummer ear porn, and I’m not even sure I know what that means.
● Bill Callahan, Dream River: This entire album is fantastic, but even if you purchased it just for the guitar line/tone in the song “Ride My Arrow”, it’d be well worth it.
● Robert Johnson, The Complete Recordings: Like…duh.
● Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Bluejeans and Moonbeams: The song “Observatory Crest” sounds like it was written by David Lynch for Tom Waits to sing, if that makes sense…it does if you listen to it.
Movies, in no particular order:
● The Shining
● There Will Be Blood
● The Exorcist
● Pumpkin Head (yes, it’s good)
● Godfather Trilogy (even Part 3)
● Baraka (on weed)
● Raising Arizona
● Dial M for Murder
● What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Seattle psychedelic group Rose Windows released its debut full-length The Sun Dogs on Sub Pop in June 2013.
1. Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
2. Arcade Fire, Reflektor
3. Haim, Days Are Gone
4. Sky Ferreira, Night Time, My Time
5. The 1975, The 1975
6. The Neighborhood, I Love You
7. Paul McCartney, New
8. Bastille, Bad Blood
9. Grouplove, Spreading Rumours
10. Kanye West, Yeezus
11. Local Natives, Hummingbird
12. Lorde, Pure Heroine
13. The National, Trouble Will Find Me
14. Kings of Leon, Mechanical Bull
15. Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob
1. The Colourist, Lido
2. American Authors, American Authors
3. X Ambassadors, Love Songs, Drugs Songs
Louisiana electro-pop outfit Royal Teeth put out Glow via Dangerbird in 2013.
Adam Schatz (Landlady, Father Figures, Man Man)
Aside from my fingers, then toes, my top ten favorite things of 2013 undoubtedly are ten of the 38 songs I was fortunate enough to see Paul McCartney perform on June 8th, 2013. Due to some extraordinarily fortuitous and ultimately uninteresting relationships, I was able to get backstage and the front row of the stands for this concert. My knees were already in shake-at-will mode from actively avoiding staring backstage at king of the elves Paul Simon, accompanier of the only non-white audience members—his security—Michael Bloomberg, Lorne Michaels, and Steve Buscemi. It’s surprising enough to be in the same room with people you’ve seen shrunken down inside your television, but once a Beatle shows up it all crumbles to dust. This was honest to goodness one of the most incredible live performances I’ve ever seen. There was no RAM and no McCartney II because he doesn’t care what you, me, or the 200 other weirdos think who pretend that sometimes the Beatles weren’t the best ever.
My top ten and the inside of my brain at the time:
1. “Eight Days A Week”: The opening song. Holy moly, this is real. And he’s still got it. The band is harmonizing damn well (aka, not the Beatles, but good enough, an acceptance one must make to truly feel the magic as this all goes down). This is the real deal. He’s alive and I could hit him with a rock if I wanted. If my aim was good enough. Neither are true, luckily. Holy moly, he’s playing the Hofner, he’s the rock ‘n’ roll delivery man in the flesh in the room.
2. “Maybe I’m Amazed”: He’s on the grand piano. Towards the back of the stage, next to Abe Laboriel Jr., his trusty drummer and obvious best friend. He’s pounding those keys, breaking a sweat that any of us would break except he’s exponentially older and 100% more a Beatle. Paul McCartney’s voice is there, it never left, and I’ve never heard it. That last verse hits and the guitarist is nailing that chicken scratch from the recording. Harmony update: this band can sing so well together. McCartney is flipping out on the piano and it feels too good to be true.
3. “Blackbird”: When I learned guitar, this was one of the first songs my dad taught me. And now Paul McCarntey is 50 feet above me on some some sort of British Stage Elevator that brings him almost to the ceiling of the Barclays Center to perform this alone on acoustic guitar. The first (and maybe only) moment of the set where Paul ditched the four other dweebs to drop some chills on us from up on high.
4. “Your Mother Should Know”: This is one of a few songs never performed live before this tour. The video from the movie is projected behind the band in huge, syncing up the performance. It’s all sweetness watching the mop tops be goofy and young. This song sounds so British. And it hits you and me right in the cockles of our heart.
5. “Lady Madonna”: A smaller honky tonk console piano painted psychedelic is rolled to the front of the stage. The song bounces the way it has to and, as if there were any doubts before, it has become completely apparent that no song is off limits. I’m dancing and so are thousands of people older than my parents throughout the arena.
6. “Lovely Rita Meter Maid”: Another song that was never before performed live until this tour. These songs are special more than most because every instrument is its own chorus. You can sing along with the bass guitar, and you would on this song, and we did, because the dude is nailing it. AHHHHHHHHHHHH
7. “Let It Be”: DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
8. “Live and Let Die”: I have a soft spot for this song and it falls 29th in the setlist. By this point the absurd has happened: my friend and I have become so accustomed to being at a Paul McCartney concert that we’re talking to each other, over the intro to “Live and Let Die”. At least we weren’t staring at our phones. But still. We were making some dumb joke about some dumb thing, and then the chorus hits…“Live and let die”...BLAM!!!!! That downbeat, that hits so hard on the recording and on my radio in my parents’ car when I’m 15, is enforced by many fire cannons shooting upwards in the front and the back of the stage. I was faced away from the stage at this moment, and was close enough to believe that we were under attack by the British for stealing their prized export and presumably planning to dump him into Boston Harbor after the show. I’m certain I’ve lost some hearing and had the next five years of hiccups frighted out of me by these fire canons.
9. “Helter Skelter”: After some time off of the bass (there was a whole lotta acoustic guitar in the middle, come ON guys), the man is back on it center stage and pulling so hard as he barks this jam out. I wish everyone in the world could be steamrolled by what is happening now.
10. “Golden Slumbers” / “Carry That Weight” / “The End”: Closing his second encore and the show. The man doesn’t pause to drink water, or drain his knee, or whatever healthy things a man his age should be doing. Paul McCartney isn’t dead. Paul McCartney is an alien. His spaceship dropped him off at Stonehenge, to give earthlings something to cry about. Punishing us with beautiful melodies and rock ‘n’ roll. I couldn’t sing along louder if I tried. That drum break in “The End”...my favorite…here it comes…Abe….ABBBBBBEEE!!!!!!! Fuck fuck fuck, it’s incredibly it happened this song, all these songs, this man, thank you circumstance, thank you Brooklyn citizens who’s houses were snatched from them to build the Barclays Center, thank you global banking system for allowing the Barclays company to exist, thank you luck for Paul McCartney being alive on Earth, thank you thank you thank you. IS EQUAL TO THE LOOOOOVE YOU MAAAAAAAKE.
Adam Schatz kept himself busy in 2013, with Man Man releasing a new full-length On Oni Pond (Anti-) in September and Father Figures coming out with the “Pirahna Plant” single in August.
Most played albums:
● Kanye West, Yeezus
● Speedy Ortiz, Major Arcana
● Roomrunner, Ideal Cities
● Squarehead, Respect
● Drake, Nothing Was the Same
● The Men, New Moon
● Pusha T, My Name Is My Name
● Kurt Vile, Wakin on a Pretty Day
● White Fence, Cyclops Reap
● Diarrhea Planet, I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
Also really liked the Carnivores, Thee Oh Sees, the Julie Ruin and all 500 Ty Segall records.
● Sleepies, More Humans
● Sleeping Bag and Rozwell Kid Dreamboats
● Palehound, Bent Nail
● Double Dagger, 333
● Young Adults, Born in ‘91
Cool Song: Porches, “Headsgiving”
Best Show: Ava Luna as Tom Tom Club on Halloween at Shea Stadium.
Garage rockers Shark? released the album Savior on Old Flame in October 2013.