“Rattle my gin!” Last year’s Big Star documentary, Nothing Can Hurt Me, is now streaming over at Netflix…which I’ll use, here, as an excuse to highlight the alternate mix of “Mod Lang”, culled from disc two of Thank You Friends: The Ardent Story. I’ve written about the collection’s cumulative merits in the past, but it’s […]
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If nothing went right for Big Star during their formative years in the early-mid ‘70s (bad distribution, zero management, internal creative strife), in terms of their legacy, it’s all come out golden in the end. As evidenced in the moving, sad and celebratory documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me (VOD / limited release July 3rd), the […]
If there’s a power pop heaven, you know they’ve got a hell of a band. Us sinners can get a sneak preview of it on this recording, which captures Big Star in the spring of 1974 — opening for, wait for it, Badfinger. This gig took place around the same time as the officially released […]
Trailer for the upcoming Big Star Documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me: The Big Star Story.
Amongst the revelry in Austin last week during SXSW, Alex Chilton’s sudden passing, and his enduring influence, cast a large shadow throughout the week’s festivities. At every turn one could overhear friends and acquaintances sharing stories of fandom celebrating Chilton’s legacy. Below, American Princes and Jason Isbell pay tribute the artist via their respective covers […]
This September – and how appropriate is that – Rhino brings us a wealth of Big Star related reissues and unreleased material. On the 15th comes Keep An Eye on the Sky, a 4-CD boxset that combines Big Star album tracks, alternate takes, demos and live material, and on the 28th, a 2-CD deluxe edition […]
With reissues, a box set and vinyl all hitting shelves this year it’s a good time to be a Big Star fan, if albeit, a somewhat confusing one. A quick wrap-up: Two weeks ago saw the release of the long-standing double CD version of the #1 Record/Radio City LPs. The music contained within is obviously […]