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LONDON’S ZOO ZOO Shindig! is readable proof that supports the well known fact that you can never have too much psych, soul, beat, garage and solid rock ‘n’ roll in your daily diet. Something New Untouchables clearly know too on evidence of their brand new club night, Zoo Zoo, set to begin this month at an equally new rock ’n’ roll venue in Camden Town. Opening its doors every other Friday at The Blues Kitchen from 9-2am, Zoo Zoo is free before 11pm and will bring you the best in rhythm & blues, garage, club soul, rock ’n’ roll, blues and beat music. www.newuntouchables.com.


RETURN OF THE WIZARD


Open your eyes to the British premiere of Todd Rundgren’s most “cult” album live on stage. RICHARD ALLEN finally breathes a sigh of relief


Shindiggers! will no doubt be familiar with Todd Rundgren’s involvement with ’60s Nuggets legends The Nazz as well as his more well known solo projects, which for many reached perfection with 1972’s wonderful Something/Anything?; surely a contender for one of the greatest intelligent pop albums of the 1970s? Yet great as that album was, it was only a warm up for the psychedelic wonder that unveiled itself on his next studio experiment A Wizard, A True Star released in 1973. In this writer’s estimation one of the greatest cult albums of all time, Wizard lurks in a


wildly hallucinogenic sleeve, delivering suitably detached lyrical observations that are wrapped in an array of musical styles so brazenly diverse that the end result teeters on the edge of commercial suicide and musical genius. Phil Spector-like walls of harmonies and electronic sound effects effervesce with soul, pop, space rock, acid rock and just about every sound and musical idea imaginable –all crammed into a monster of an LP that clocks in at nearly an hour in length. But underneath all this weirdness the songs shine bright, including the contemplative ‘Sometimes I Don’t Know What To Feel’ and the ever uplifting, ‘Just One Victory’. Devotees of this classic will be in


raptures over Todd’s decision to perform the whole album live, for the first time ever, in London in February 2010. Sadly, there is as yet, no sign of a deluxe version of the album itself (shame on you WEA!) although a DVD of the US performance from the same tour will be released. For more info on Todd Rundgren’s ‘A Wizard, ATrue Star’ at the HMV London Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday 6th February 2010, call 08700 603 777 or book online at www.seetickets.com


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JOPLIN HALL OF FAMER For one whole week this November, The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and Museum And Case Western Reserve University will tell the story from start to finish of one of rock ’n’ roll’s most iconic women. Entitled Kozmic Blues: The Life And Music Of Janis Joplin, the event begins on Monday 9th November and will feature panels, films and educational programs about her life. Throughout the week, all-day retrospectives plan to explore Joplin’s impact on popular music making and on the 14th a special tribute concert will be held at PlayhouseSquare’s State Centre in Cleveland. www.rockhall.com


FOR THOSE ABOUT TO KRAUTROCK For what is essentially a veritable minefield of confusions and complexities, the term Krautrock has in recent years birthed more than its fair share of supposed “authorities”. We all should know our Cans from our Kraftwerks, but how many of us really know our Popol Vuhs from our Xhol Caravans. Thankfully, an indispensable guide – Krautrock: Cosmic Rock And Its Legacy – will answer such questions. Released this month through Black Dog, whose impeccable taste (check both their Ace and Immediate histories) and zeitgeist serving savvy (Old Rare New) makes this an essential purchase for any practicing Krautrock- appreciator. www.Blackdogonline.org


WOOLY BOOLY


The teens take over Montreal? SOPHIE-FRANCOISE FAITHFULL explains why Canada has never had it so good.


It was exciting for this former Montrealer to head down to the city’s very first garage festival. Set in the restored Théâtre Plaza, a stunning 1920s former cinema, the festival was the brainchild of two dedicated and courageous garage fans turned promoters, Teenbeat Takeover’s Oliver Bessner and Matt Fiorentino. Both of whom managed to gather an impressive array of garage freaks past and present, including Question Mark & The Mysterians, The Electric Prunes and The Alarm Clocks representing the legendary and quite rocking original contingent; Montreal’sThe Gruesomes, the West Coast’s Morlocks (pictured below), The Flakes and The Nashville Ramblers, and Minneapolis’ The Hypstrz delivering the “second wave”; and current faves, New York’sA-Bones, Detroit’s Fortune And Maltese, the UK’sThe Higher State, Boston’sMuck And The Mires, Toronto’s The Saffron Sect, San Francisco’s Nagg and locals Les Breastfeeders and Sunday Sinners proving once more that the garage scene is alive and well, somewhere, at any given time. Like any garage-fest worthy of its name, guest DJs from around North America had the restless and enthusiastic crowd grooving in-between sets, and the weekend started things off on a high note by premiering (in Canada) the documentary America’s Lost Band: The Remains. A fan such as myself can sometimes be


overly critical of such three-day events, especially after having attended more than a few in the past and being horribly sleep-deprived. Yet the quality of the performances, the positive and peaceful energy emanating from the festival goers, and the diversity of the genres we now include under the umbrella term of “garage” (folk-rock, psych, freak beat, frat-rock... need I go on?) present at The Wooly Weekender overall contributed to create a fantastic showcase for bands, and independent record and fanzine distributors. Lets not forget it also provided a jolly good time for all and a chance to shake our derrières. The event was an excellent reminder of why we all got into this music in the first place. Bravo to the first garage-fest in Montreal, and here’s wishing for another in the future. www.teenbeattakeover.com


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