Bits and Pieces: Jim Jarmusch’s Stooges Doc, Jimi’s London Years, and More.

Okay, so I’m not down on the Twitter thing just yet. We have one, and you can follow us by the clicking the link over to the right. But, like most musicians, I’m trying to hit my stride and make a full report of my items, and I can’t bear to give a headline’s worth of material just yet. Still, I prefer anyway, simply for being able to attach music to each story (and you get twenty more characters than Twitter allows, so there’s that). Either way, if you’d be so kind as to tell me which is preferred, let me know.

Anyway, so much exciting news to discuss! And seeing as I’m backed up, it’s time for a Bits and Pieces Round up once again. A few bluby-type pieces, then on to the meatier stories.


Roky Erickson’s North American Tour Continues This Month.

Roky Erickson’s current tour in support of his latest True Love Cast Out All Evil (which is EXCELLENT — you can read our review here.) continues here in the states after a brief stint over the pond. The first date is on September 25th in Champaign-Urbana, IL., at the Pygmalion Festival. That particular date is not to miss, as that appears to be the only date in which Roky will be backed by Okkervil River, who helped him on True Love. So get the full experience of the album live there. Otherwise, here’s the rest of the tour:

SEPT 25 @ Pygmalion Music Festival,  Champaign-Urbana, IL.
OCT 21 @ Neumos, Seattle, WA
<!–[buytickets]–>OCT 22 @ Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
<!–[buytickets]–>NOV 5 @ Black Cat,  NW, WDC
<!–[buytickets]–>NOV 7 @ Ottobar, Baltimore, MD
NOV 8 @ Johnny Brenda’s,  Philadelphia, PA
NOV 10 @ The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
NOV 12 @ Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ
NOV 13 @ Royale, Boston, MA

Jimi Hendrix’ London Home Site of New Exhibit.

Curators of the Handel museum (Handel being the classical composer, and not anyone else) have opened up the house next door as the home of Jimi Hendrix during the earliest days of his career. Jimi took residence to the home next to George Frideric Handel during the ’60s, and once claimed to have seen the face of Handel while shaving, believing his own flat to be the same of the famed composer, when, in fact, he lived next door to the composer’s home.

For more on the museum, check out the link here.

Robert Plant Would Like to Remind Fans: No. No Led Zeppelin Reunion. Not Yours.

In an interview with the Independent, Robert Plant has admitted that he feels that he is currently far and away from ‘hard rock’ sound, upon which he made his bread and butter in the early ’60s and through the ’70s.  He described going to a Them Crooked Vultures concert (featuring former bandmate John Paul Jones) as being the cause for “his ears to bleed for days.” Instead, he wishes to focus on his current career arch: blending the  blues with world music and country.

His latest album, Band of Joy, will be released on September 13. This is his first solo album since Mighty Rearranger, though he did release a collaborative album in 2007,  alongside bluegrass artist Alison Krauss, the acclaimed Raising Sand.

Jim Jarmusch Plans Stooges Documentary.

Iggy Pop, as the Ghost of Anthony Keidis Future in "A Motor City Christmas Carol."

Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Broken Flowers, Coffee and Cigarettes — the last one of which features Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, and the White Stripes, among others) is in the planning stages of putting together a documentary about Iggy and the Stooges. In an interview with Pitchfork, the filmmaker plans to take several years to complete the film, and that the project started at the request of Iggy himself. There’s no word on whether this will be a comprehensive look at the band or more of a concert film approach, but shooting is likely to start this weekend at All Tomorrow’s Parties, where the Stooges will perform Raw Power in it’s entirety.

The line up also includes Mudhoney, Sonic Youth, The Breeders, the Black Angels, and the Greenhornes (!). Jim Jarmusch is a curator for All Tomorrow’s Parties (for this year, anyway).


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