Archive for January, 2011

That’s So Motley

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

So, I was hanging with my friend Adam last week in Chinatown. He told me he had submitted his latest record to the Music Genome Project–known better by its public face, Pandora Radio–and he was curious to see what artists their complex mathematical equations would link to his music. I told him that my latest record, Get Through, was on Pandora, and naturally he went to his iPhone to see what my name would bring up.

Now, I’ll be honest–I’ve done this before. In the past, I’d found that my “station” would play me (obviously), ’70s arena-rock (Frampton!), and some deeply obscure power-pop and geek-rock acts. (FWIW, without Pandora, I might never have heard Bowling For Soup’s “My Wena.”) The complexity of Pandora’s equations always befuddles me; their Prince station recently played Rick James‘ “Give It To Me Baby” (sure), followed by an Earth Wind & Fire track (I get it) and Christopher Cross‘ funktastic 1979 jam “Sailing” (wait, what?!)

So I warned Adam as to what he might expect. Sure enough, after one track from Get Through, we got a live track from Kansas, followed by an obscure power-pop band (I didn’t write it down, sorry), and a solo tune by Vince Neil. As in, Motley Crue facelift frontman Vince Neil.

I’ve never been so excited about being linked to another artist. Not because I’m any great fan of the man’s work, but because I love the idea of some unwitting Motley Crue fan having the exact same “wait, what?!” moment when one of my tracks comes up on their personalized Pandora.

The song? Studio-polished rock-radio fare. But on closer inspection, we noticed that it was accompanied by possibly the worst album cover art ever:

“It looks like a liquor ad,” said Adam.

But wait, there’s more. Tattoos and Tequila is an album of cover songs, we discovered. (Plus two originals, one of which was the bland modern-rock tune we heard that evening.) And it comes with an alternate cover, just as awful as the first.

But wait, again: Turns out the CD accompanies a new, “tell-all” autobiography by Mr. Neil, that bears the same title as the disc. (Or vice versa. Whatevs.)

Which leads me to wonder if Vince has ever read The Dirt, especially considering he “co-wrote” it. How do you out-tell-all that?

So, to anyone who accidentally came across my music via Pandora (and especially via the Vince Neil station), welcome! The hair-metal section is right over here.


The Road to Tiger Pop Ten

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

The limited edition 2-CD set Tiger Pop Ten is scheduled for release on April 5. Here’s what it looks like:

To celebrate the release, John is setting out on his biggest solo tour to date, a full U.S. run that will include several shows during SXSW in March and his first West Coast dates in eight years. The tentative schedule for the first leg follows. Any changes will be posted on the Shows page, but always be sure to check with the venue if you have any questions.

March 4 – The Fire, Philadelphia PA * March 5 – Fuel House Coffee, Vineland NJ * March 6 – Mojo Main, Newark DE * March 7 – The Triple, Richmond VA * March 8 – Slim’s Downtown, Raleigh NC * March 9 – Awendaw Green, Awendaw SC * March 10 – TBA, Savannah GA * March 11 – The White Mule, Columbia SC * March 12 – The Music Room, Atlanta GA * March 13 – The Listening Room, Nashville TN (late show TBA) * March 14 – TBA, Memphis TN * March 15 – The Naked Bean, Shreveport LA * March 16-20 – SXSW, Austin TX * March 21 – TBA, Dallas TX * March 22 – The 806, Amarillo TX * March 23 – Blackbird Buvette, Albuquerque NM * March 24 – TBA, Flagstaff AZ * March 25 – The Beat Coffeehouse and Records, Las Vegas NV * March 26 – TBA * March 27 – Lestat’s, San Diego CA

Horror/Tour

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I’m in the throes of tour booking. Currently planning a spring trip that will be my longest ever–down the East Coast and through the Southeast, a week in Austin for SXSW, across to Los Angeles for a bit, up the West Coast, and back across the states. If anyone wants to help book a show or a house concert, please get in touch.

Sending out dozens and dozens of booking e-mails also means staying up way too late and watching old horror movies. Tonight’s selection is Italian director Lucio Fulci‘s 1981 zombie gorefest The Beyond (aka Seven Doors of Death). I really wasn’t all that freaked out until the tarantulas started eating the dude’s face. (The scene is on YouTube. Look it up. I’m not about to make you watch it.)

The trailer from the recent US DVD release is below. The original trailer isn’t embeddable, but you can see it here. (Warning: It’s rather graphic.) If you’re a fan of gratuitous gore, this is about as good as it gets. They don’t call Fulci the “king of the eyeball gag” for nothing.