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Nirvana Guys Talk to NPR About In Utero’s Gestation

Holy Gettingoldfastcrap Batman! Can't Believe It's Been Bloody 20 Years!

Here at Power’s Towers we have a strict policy on stringing stories – we’re forever stopped our interns from posting news just, y’know, to get something on the board for the week. Ne! We aim for quality posts, and quality posts is what we shall have.

Having said that, we’re going to make ourselves lairs and let you know about the fabtastic Nirvana interview on NPR’s All Songs Considered, where the boys talk about the behind the scenesing of making their last studio LP.

Anyway, brushing tears of nostalgia aside, we highly recommend the NPR ASC podcast too. It’s brought a lot of inneresting music into the office, life, universe, etc.

And to finish, here’s producer-engineer Steve Albini’s famous letter to Nirvana prior to recording In Utero. It’s pure Albini – opinionated, visionary and quote worthy*. We really can’t wait till Trey gets his ass into Albini’s studio for what would be a fricken amazing roquing selection of tasty cuts.

http://www.electricalaudio.com/StudioA/controlroomA.php

Here’s the overalled man in action:

The man has chops in Japanese!

And what must be one of the best interviews with Steve-san:

 

 

 

..no interference from the front office bulletheads.

Song for the Morning – Your Redneck Past

Ben Folds' Five Swan Song ... Or Is it?

A nice upbeat tune for breakfast. Ben tap-dances around his southern heritage nicely. Ain’t no rednecks playing swinging piano!

On iTunes.

Ben Fold’s Five were a breath of fresh air through the often bad-breathed 90s. Witty, both musically and lyrically, and kick-ass. I just love me some phat fuzz bass.

Going That Extra Mile for Music

You may not notice the screw-ups, but we sure do!

Okay, agreed, enough already! Music needs imperfections for our analogue brains to dig.

This is one reason why so-called dance music sucks. And it’s not the only one, but we digress.

From James Jamerson paying a major triad over the minor in Bernadette:

To Freddie singing flat and drowning the microphone:

“Who gives a doggam if the music is cookin’?” I hear you bellow. And we at Power’s Towers agree.

But sometimes there’s the kind of howler maybe only musos – or the truly fan/tastic – get. And here’s one, for your edification and listening pleasure, a fab song with a cheeky alternative guitar solo to the LP:

The Power’s Towers are so into Brian at the mo – his uberly musical approach to guitars, in the bish-bash-bosh arena of rock guitar no less, is unparalleled. Really. He’s like the whole guitar section of Freebird in one skinny, man with a ‘fro.

This mistake is so minor (at 2:11), but I feel his pain as he shakes his head, knowing full well that one day someone will create YouTube, dig out an old video, and put this minor flub online for the world to see and cop.

For that, is for nothing else – and there is so much more else – we got to love our Brian. Going the extra mile for music.

We promise you lovely people the same attention to detail – to keep the screw-ups that enhance the sound, and to put a Paddington Bear hard stare on those that don’t.

Trey Plays Magistrala

Part of a fab fest aimed at regenerating the Magistrala at IP Pavlova – come on over! August 7, 20:00

Salivating at the prospect of playing IP Pavlova. Doggam!

What?

In the spirit of his new acoustic-guitar music (Trey & the elves are still busy at work), Trey will be playing the CCEA-managed urban regeneration fest.

The project is a two-week long fest of music, open-air movie screenings, fussball and chess tournaments, and pleasant outdoor refreshments. Let’s hope the good weather holds!

CCEA’s idea is to highlight the need for a better solution for pedestrians and people who want to use the space for something better than …. cars. Here’s how it is now:

Trey Plays Magistrala

Magistrala as it is – not much majesty, is there?

And here’s a few pics for how it will be:

Trey Plays Magistrala

Magistrala with fab street art.

Trey Plays Magistrala

Of course – the area will be buzzing with lovely people. And there just may be different types of cars in the street – but that’s architectural licence for you!

Trey will be premiering a clutch of fab new songs, plus all those faves you know so well. AND it’ll be a bit safer for your ears!

When?

Wednesday – August 7, at 20:00. A full hour or more!

In the spirit of Bruce Springsteen, he’ll be playing until they shut the lights off. Trey will also be taking requests from his back catalogue (yeah, we know ;-)). Macht shau!

How much?

Free. Though Trey will be selling his Eagles EP for those of you who love a little hard roquin’ and want to support the artist.

What do I got to do to take part in roque history?

Come on – come over! Get your sexy self down to IP Pavlova, Praha, and then use this uberly simple map.

Trey Plays Magistrala

Download & print this map.

Naturally, enjoy all the other lovely happenings too – Trey promises not to get too jealous.

Spread the word with a programme. We’ve highlighted Trey, for those of you who see as badly as he does.

Trey Plays Magistrala

 

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Say NO! NO! NO! To Cam Blockers

A Bloody Good Way to Can the Cam at Shows

I thought I was pretty up on tech, after all I visited Cupertino and got an effin t-shirt to prove it…

Until I went to see Barack Obama speak at Prague Castle in… what? 2009?

Anyway, as soon as the Commander in Chief stepped up to the mic, a thousand hands shot in the air with bleedin smartphones. I stand a reasonable 6’2″ in my Fox River socks, and could hardly see him for cam-spamming. It’s not like it wasn’t going to be on the Internets, like, forever…

It’s all too easy to imagine the plight of the vertically challenged, now they have to compete with a forest of extended arms a-blinking.

That’s why it’s a refreshing change to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs make an appeal to their audience that manages to get the job done without pissing people off.

yeah yeah yeahs

I didn’t take a cam to see B/O in the CZ, as I wanted to be there in the moment. So instead, here’s a random photo I took while in my fave city, San Francisco.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Can the Cam

Street Chimp, Miffed, Caught on Cam.

Cafe Na Pul Cesty Show… Better Late Than… Bleh

Thanks to all you lovely people – you roque us!

As the title says – thanks for coming to the show!

I’ve been sick as a small puppy in a box since then, and had to get my biz back on track, so haven’t had the time to let you guys know – you roqued!

Also, thanks to Tomas and the bar staff for making us feel welcome. We had a fab time.

Prague's best rock band

Cafe Na Pul Cesty Show – Delicious Poster

Extra Inducement to Come See Our Live Show March 7

This is our only show in March, and we’d love to see you there.

Especially when it’s our first chance to show off our new CD, and a few new tunes!

And we have some special offers – in addition to the gorgeous popster poster below.

  • The first 20 people through the door get a lyrics sheet (fab, right?)
  • Everyone who signs up for our mailing list at the show gets put into a raffle. Free CD prize!
  • Existing fans who bring someone new also get put into the raffle. We know who you are, you lovely roquesters!
  • Every CD bought (or won!) gets a dedication written on it by the lovely lads in the band.
  • We will roque you!

(Okay, that last one is a given, but it’s certainly a given worth shaking your butt and coming down to see us).

If you’d like to print or treasure the poster for yourself, just right click and download. That’s more than cool with us.

So, don’t forget the details:

Rock band Trey Roque play show Cafe Na Pul Cesty 7 March

 

Trey Roque Playing Concert at Cafe Na Pul Cesty

7 March, Doors 20:00

Trey Roque will be playing a concert at Cafe Na Pul Cesty next week, on 7 March.

Doors open at 20:00, and it’s donations only – no tickets!

The venue is also known as Green Doors, but don’t let that confuse you. If you don’t have a smart phone, use the handy map below and print it off.

The band will be playing all the songs from their new EP*, plus many more favourites and – as always – some new tunes! Their tireless work at the coalface of roque’n'roll is never done.

You can buy download singles from the store on CDBaby, at iTunes & Amazon, or their 4-song EP CD at the show (100Kc). The boys will be more than happy to write a personalised message on every CD you buy.

All proceeds, as ever, go towards keeping the engine running on roque’n'roll history.

(BTW, we know the website calendar isn’t showing future dates – but we have it in hand, and a real proper calendar will be up quicker than an egret in an eerie. Thanks for the feedback!)

CD for sale at concert

* Here at Power’s Towers, we call it “The Eagles EP”.

 

 

 

 

CAFÉ NA PŮL CESTY, 147 00 Praha 4, Česká republika

CAFÉ NA PŮL CESTY

Trey Roque – EP Launch – Tonight!

Looking forward to a hard night’s rocking at Kastan tonight

with the Americana-meister himself as special guest, Jonathan Gaudet.

Here’s our fab album cover:

TREY ROQUE EP

It’ll be a night of solidly fabulous music and fun, so bring your hands, bring your friends and bring the love.

Start: 20:00
Door: 130kc

VFM = value for money ;-
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Garagista! – Free Music Download

Trey Roque Demos

Every true roque band starts life in a garage.

And, all too often, ends life there too.
Garagista! is our wee fledgling EP, perched on the edge of the nest, wondering – “I can go up, or down? There’s only one way to find out!”

Recorded at Power’s Towers, mixed at Tower’s Powers. For your edification and listening pleasure.

No Mood To Wait

It’s Not Okay

Ai! Yai! Yai! Ya!

Trey rocking out