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Off to the Races with new vids and a US tour

By: Mr. Shovel – June 25, 2012

Congrats to L.A. locals Races on the release of their new video for the song “Lies” which appears on their full length album “Year of the Witch”. The vid is directed by Edward Chase Masterson and was recently featured as a Vimeo Staff Pick garnering 14K plays so far.

If 2012 is the Year of the Witch, there’s a potent brew bubbling for Races, who plant their flag with a headlining show at the Troubador on Friday, July 6th (with Gliss and Lili Hayden).
The Sextet has also announced a US tour with fellow L.A. darlings Saint Motel, which will round-up back in LA for a date which will be announced in mid July.


Simultaneous to the release of the “Lies” vid, The folks at Dirty Laundry have offered up their insiders view of Races on the archetypical roadtrip to SXSW.

The Sex Pistols – The Spirit of Rebellion Incarnate – at The Queens Jubilee 1977

If you’re already aware of this event, then skip the reading and hit play to enjoy an injection of good old fashioned rock n roll rebellion. If you are unaware of the Sex Pistol’s infamous boat performance during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, then take a moment to put it into perspective of the pomp and circumstances surrounding the Queens Diamond Jubilee underway this week upon the same location on the river Thames in London.


Few moments in rock history are more monumental or packed with more power than the appearance of The Sex Pistols on the Thames, June 7, 1977.

The footage above is taken from the film “The Great Rock n Roll Swindle” using some performance footage that was shot at another time. The video below, though poor quality is an accurate portrayal of the actual performance that day on the Themes.

The video below is from The Filth and the Fury, with a more intimate view of the song from the band’s perspective.
We at Radio Free Indie hope that the rebellious spirit of this moment in rock history will be re-discovered by each new generation.

John Lydon 2 hour radio special – City of Night – on KCSN

I was honored to be visited in the KCSN studio this week by John Lydon of PiL (Johnny Rotten). This is the entire 2 hour broadcast presented in two separate one hour podcasts. The full playlist can be viewed HERE. Enjoy, Mr. Shovel

Don’t miss the second hour, it’s quite amusing. Lydon goes on about Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend and Neil Young among other things.