Sunday, July 16, 2017

Live: Foo Fighters @ Herodes Atticus Odeon (Athens, July 10th, 2017)


This week has been exceptionally busy for live rock music in Athens and the start was certainly one for the history books! It is very rare that the historic Herodes Atticus Odeon theater, right below The Acropolis, is used for rock concerts, but on this occasion it hosted the first ever show in Greece of one of the biggest rock names of the last couple of decades, the Foo Fighters.


The cost for bringing for a concert a band of this magnitude is rather daunting for local promoters in the current economy, but thanks to the popular US music show "Landmarks Live in Concert", a PBS series hosted by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the fact that the band would play without a fee, with all profits going to charity, it became possible for this gig to happen at this unique site.


Dave Grohl, after acknowledging how crazy and unique was for his band to be playing under The Acropolis, made the promise to give a show that would make up for the fact that the Foo Fighters had never played here before and, indeed, in their marathon two hours and 15 minutes set, the band played tracks from almost all their albums, from their 1995 breakthrough self-titled debut ("This Is a Call") up to the forthcoming "Concrete and Gold" ("La Dee Da", "Dirty Water", the live debut of "Arrows", "Sunday Rain" and "Run"). Only previous record, "Sonic Highways" remained unrepresented.


For a band with so many hits under its belt, I'm sure that the audience would have liked to listen even more songs from the past, but my first impressions from the new material are positive and it's possible that after we hear the new album we'll be able to appreciate more this opportunity we had for a live preview.


It's certainly been too long, but the Foo Fighters, at least live, remain a great band, and having the opportunity to see them perform in these unique surroundings was, without a doubt, an out of the ordinary, unforgettable musical experience. As Dave promised at the end of the show, right before finishing with the great "Everlong", let's hope it will not take another twenty years until the next time.


Hers is what the Foo Fighters played at their Herodeon show:

Times Like TheseAll My Life, Learn to Fly, The Pretender, Wanted Dead or Alive / Another One Bites the Dust / Blietzkrieg Bop (Bon Jovi/Queen/The Ramones snippets played during band introductions), Cold Day in the Sun, La Dee Da, Walk, These Days, My Hero, We Will Rock You, (Queen cover) (Harper Grohl on the drums), Dirty Water, This Is a Call, Arlandria, Rope, Arrows, Monkey Wrench, Sunday Rain, Best of You, Run, Everlong.


Check out below "Monkey Wrench" and new track "La Dee Da" and stay tuned for our Ejekt Festival coverage, coming up soon!

Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench (live in Athens, July 10, 2017)

Foo Fighters - La Dee Da (live in Athens, July 10, 2017)

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Top 30 Albums of the first half of 2017


We've just passed the halfway mark of 2017 and, as usual, we'll take a moment to look back on the last six months and come up with a list that includes most of our favorite albums of the year so far.

This year our half-way list is ten albums shorter than last year's, which is an indication that 2017 did not have the best of starts. Actually, after a slow couple of months at the beginning of the year with just a few great releases worth writing home about (Run The Jewels, Ty Segal, Mark Eitzel, The Feelies among them), the roster of new albums certainly grew much stronger during the spring, with a number of strong come-backs, some of them really long overdue, by some of our all-time favorite artists and bands, including The Jesus And Mary Chain, Thurston Moore, Mark Lanegan, The Afghan Whigs and Spoon, to name but a few. And on the very last week of June came perhaps the strongest candidate for Album of the Year based on what we have listened to so far, "The Underside of Power" by Algiers, a record that perfectly captures the turmoil of 2017 (more on this subject coming soon).

Here is the list of the 30 albums that sum up the first half of 2017 for Cool Music Central, without a ranking order (and yet not totally random!), and a playlist with some of our favorite tracks off them:

Top 30 Albums of 2017 so far

  • The underside of power - ALGIERS
  •  Run The Jewels 3 - RUN THE JEWELS
  •  Hot thoughts - SPOON
  •  Rock n roll consciousness - THURSTON MOORE
  •  Damage and joy - THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
  •  Gargoyle - MARK LANEGAN
  •  In spades - THE AFGHAN WHIGS
  •  Whiteout conditions - THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
  •  Death song - THE BLACK ANGELS 
  • Hey Mr Ferryman - MARK EITZEL
  •  Slowdive - SLOWDIVE
  •  Damn. - KENDRICK LAMAR
  •  Brood X - BOSS HOG
  •  Flying microtonal banana - KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD
  •  Ty Segall - TY SEGALL
  •  Semper femina - LAURA MARLING
  •  Apocalipstick - CHERRY GLAZERR
  •  Nothing feels natural - PRIESTS
  •  Near to the wild heart of life - JAPANDROIDS
  •  In between - THE FEELIES
  •  Last place - GRANDADDY
  •  Occult architecture Vol. 1 - MOON DUO
  •  Silver / Lead - WIRE
  •  Life without sound - CLOUD NOTHINGS
  •  In mind - REAL ESTATE
  •  Heartworms - THE SHINS
  •  Powerplant - GIRLPOOL
  •  The French press - ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER
  •  English tapas - SLEAFORD MODS
  • Volcano - TEMPLES


 

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

New Releases: June 2017

Round-up of the most interesting albums, singles and EPs released in June 2017:

Albums

The Underside of Power
ALGIERS - The Underside Of Power
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - Murder Of The Universe
RIDE - Weather Diaries
FLEET FOXES - Crack-Up
KEVIN MORBY - City Music
PALEHOUND - A Place I’ll Always Go
CHASTITY BELT - I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone
BEACH FOSSILS - Somersault
THE DRUMS - Abysmal Thoughts
JASON LOEWENSTEIN - Spooky Action
SUFJAN STEVENS, BRYCE DESSNER, NICO MUHLY, JAMES MCALISTER - Planetarium
AMBER COFFMAN - City Of No Reply
LAUREL HALO - Dust
PEAKING LIGHTS - The Fifth State Of Consciousness
H HAWKLINE - I Romanticize
ULRIKA SPACEK - Modern English Decoration
CIGARETTES AFTER SEX - Cigarettes After Sex 
TEMPLE OV BBV - Temple ov BBV 
JAD FAIR AND KRAMER - The History Of Crying
ROYAL TRUX - Platinum Tips and Ice Cream
ROYAL BLOOD - How Did We Get So Dark?
DAN AUERBACH - Waiting On A Song
MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS - Existential Beast
MARIKA HACKMAN - I'm Not Your Man
BETH DITTO - Fake Sugar
PHOENIX - Ti Amo
VINCE STAPLES - Big Fish Theory
JAY Z - 4:44
BIG BOI - Boomiverse
MARK WYNN - More Singles
TOPS - Sugar At The Gate
SONGHOY BLUES - Resistance
LOVE THEME - Love Theme 
MAJOR LEAGUES - Good Love 
THE POPGUNS - Sugar Kisses
THE RUBY SUNS - Sprite Fountain
CELEBRATION - Wounded Healer
CHAIN AND THE GANG - Best Of Crime Rock

Singles & EPs

Everything Now
ARCADE FIRE - Everything Now
ARCADE FIRE - Creature Comfort
AMBER ARCADES - Cannonball EP
PJ HARVEY AND RAMY ESSAM - The Camp
MODERN COSMOLOGY - Summer Long EP
H HAWKLINE - Last Thing On Your Mind
THE COATHANGERS - Parasite
FLASHER - Winnie / Burn Blue
SYNTHETIC ID - Escapement
WHITNEY - You’ve Got A Woman / Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can)
THE NO ONES - Sun Station EP
THE ORIELLES - Sugar Tastes Like Salt
TROUBLE - Snake Eyes
LICE - The Human Parasite
MARY EPWORTH - Me Swimming
LAPS - Who Me?
MOLLY NILSSON - Single
MAJOR LAZER
- Know No Better EP

Algiers - The Underside of Power