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Chris Forsyth’s guitar extravaganza Solar Motel was one of 2013′s most cosmic releases. As great as the LP is, Forsyth took things a whole ‘nother level with the live band he put together to bring it to the stage. The Solar Motel Band, consisting of guitarist Paul Sukeena (Spacin), drummer Steven Urgo (ex-War On Drugs) and Peter Kerlin (Peter Kerlin Octet), have quickly become one of the most raved-about live acts on the road today.

Lucky Los Angelenos will be able to check into the Solar Motel on March 14 at the Paradise of Bachelors/Aquarium Drunkard-presented “Ides of March Weekender” at the Church on York. The rest of us sinners will have to wait for Record Store Day, when the Electric Ragtime label releases Solar Live 11.15.13, a live version of the Solar Motel record.But if you’re feeling especially impatient, dig these two unbelievable covers recorded live last month on an all-too-brief U.S. jaunt. The barnstorming rendition of Television’s “Little Johnny Jewel” was captured at Nashville’s Stone Fox club, and features Music City’s own William Tyler joining the band for a thrilling triple guitar blowout. “Cortez The Killer,” the classic Neil Young & Crazy Horse dirge, was played on the last night of the tour in Cleveland, and Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band perfectly capture the ragged glory of the original. words / t wilcox

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band :: Little Johnny Jewel
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band :: Cortez The Killer

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9 Responses to “Chris Forsyth :: Cortez The Killer / Little Johnny Jewel”

  1. Where is the picture atop this article from?

  2. That’s the Solar Motel. It was on Rt 1 in South Brunswick NJ for many years. Now torn down. Photo’s on the inside sleeve of the namesake LP.

  3. Thanks for all of the Chris Forsyth lately. Just curious…are these two tracks on the live release coming up? Also any chance they have any full shows out there for download? Been looking all over and haven’t found any recordings of a live show. Thanks!

  4. The Record Store Day LP on Electric Ragtime will be a nearly complete recording of the record release show for Solar Motel, playing the album in it’s entirety (quite different than the studio LP). Somewhat higher fidelity than these, too. There’s something on NYC Taper, I believe, and also here: https://soundcloud.com/solar-motel-band

  5. @dave – it’s a pic of the motel the record/band is named after and the album cover is based on

  6. @rogue – there’s some live shows here: https://soundcloud.com/solar-motel-band …as far as I can tell, the RSD release will just be a live take on the full solar motel suite

  7. https://archive.org/details/Live_at_Cafe_OTO_18_October_2010-10180

  8. Just bought the Solar Motel release, thanks for turning me on to it. For some live stuff check out free music archive

    http://freemusicarchive.org/music/chris/

  9. Thanks for the help you guys!

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