Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Dr Dog-We All Belong
Devendra Banhart- Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Mountain
The National- Boxer
Baby Shambles-Shotter's Nation
The Good The Bad & The Queen- The Good The Bad & The Queen
LCD Soundsystem- Sound of Silver
Band Of Horses-Cease To Begin
PJ Harvey -White Chalk
The Willowz- Chautauqua
The Long Blondes -Someone To Drive You Home
The Wildbirds- Golden Daze
Spoon- Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
The Hives -The Black and White Album
Elvis Perkins- Ash Wednesday
Arcade Fire -Neon Bible
Radiohead- In Rainbows
Delta Spirit-Ode To Sunshine
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah-Some Loud Thunder
Deerhoof- Friend Opportunity
Elliot Smith-New Moon
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Jesus & Mary Chain will release their first new album in a decade next year, they have confirmed.
The noise-pop legends reformed this summer to appear at the Coachella Festival in the Californian desert.
They have now revealed plans for the first new recordings since 1998's "Munki", with sessions yielding a selection of tracks for the record, due next Spring.
Speaking about the currently untitled album, William Reid says fans of the band can expect a slightly different sound. "I would say it's an evolution", he explained.
"It definitely sounds like the Mary Chain, but I guess you evolve as a person and a writer. You can't really stand still. If you do that, you're lost."
The Mary Chain are currently without a record deal but are in discussions with a number of labels about releasing their new material, according to manager Kevin Oberlin.
"The band has been making decisions on their own terms without a lot of outside pressures and taking things slowly, so the process of deciding on a label is likely going to follow the same pattern", he told Billboard.
Meanwhile, speaking about the success of the reunion, Reid admitted that he and brother Jim "hated each other" when they split in 1998.
"A lot of that was down to drink and drugs. Jim's completely sober now, and I don't drink during the shows. But there is a kind of wariness", he explained.
"We're both aware that we could snap at each other, but we're trying to hold it together. We love this band, and we love each other."
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Monday, November 26, 2007
"The first time I heard The Black Jesuses, I literally started sweating. I got that worked up. The first song I heard, “Roll Call”, was stuck in my head for weeks. Actually, it still is.I can’t really think of the last time I heard a band, let alone a two-piece, that pumped out the blues as hard hitting and raunchy as the ol’ jesuses do. The great thing about this duo is that they clearly are in tune with the stripped down, bones bare essence of the blues. They don’t fuck around trying to be fancy. It’s obvious that they’re fantastic musicians, but it sounds like they’re barely lifting their fingers when they play, and any effort being made to try and impress anyone is either non-existent or masterfully hidden. It also doesn’t hurt that they have plenty of experience writing and performing great rock songs, as I am inclined to inform you that they are also members of The Parlor Mob. If the guitar is truly an extension of a man’s penis when he plays, then guitarist/singer Dave Rosen is blowing his load all over your face and he doesn’t care if you love it or not. It’s just fun The only music currently available is a batch of live recordings posted on their myspace page, including a fucking fantastic version of The Beatles’ “Yer Blues”, driving that catchy little riff into your skull and/or groin as if you’ve just heard it for the first time. And if you need to quench your thirst for a good old-fashioned heart-wrenching ballad, they have that too in “Closer”. It’s an acoustic diddy that can make any little girl wish they were the muse and any guy wish he was bad ass enough to write a song that comes with a guaranteed lay, whether he’d ever admit to it or not. Please, do yourself a favor and listen to this band. I command you.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
'U.R.A Fever' to be released in January.
The Kills are set to release new single 'U.R.A Fever' on January 7.
It is their first release since their 2005 album 'No Wow', and will be released on a one-sided seven-inch vinyl with etchings on the b-side.
The track is taken from their new album, which is expected in March 2008.
No title has been announced.
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The White Stripes rocker Jack White has teamed up with American singer-songwriter, author, musician, poet and, of late, disc jockey Bob Dylan to complete a series of as yet "unfinished" Hank Williams songs.
The lead vocalist of the rock duo star is one of a selection of musicians asked by Dylan to work on completing the "lost" songs - some of the final tunes and lyrics written by the late legend.
White recorded the unfinished Williams song You Know That I Know at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee with engineer Joe Chiccarelli. Dominic Suchtya, the bassist who guested on the White tracks, says, "Dylan had contacted him (White) to see if he'd like to finish some of these tunes.
"No one has heard it as it was a Hank Williams lyric sheet that Jack put to music and edited a bit. Jack was sent most of or all of the unfinished tunes and picked this one to finish.
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Monday, November 19, 2007
Minneapolis four-piece Tapes 'N Tapes have completed work on their new record.
The sessions, with The Flaming Lips and Sleater-Kinney producer Dave Fridmann at the helm, have yielded 15 tracks. Guitarist Josh Grier suggests the material bears less of Fridmann's trademark hugeness than the producer's credit might suggest.
"It was nice to be able to work with someone who has a real studio," Grier told Billboard. "Having a budget was awesome, but there weren't any over-indulgences. There's no orchestral arrangements or anything."
In a separate interview with the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, however, Grier does concede that a few Fridmann-esque moments have crept into the songs.
He admitted: "There's a few random sounds in there - Dave has a lot of toys in his studio. But we tried not to be too self-indulgent. There are no Freddie Mercury arrangements."
The new record is not yet titled, and no specific date for its release has been revealed beyond a target of "late spring".
Though the band expects to tour behind the new material, as yet Tapes 'N Tapes's only scheduled date is November 30 in Minneapolis.
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Thursday, November 15, 2007
Indie legends My Bloody Valentine have announced details of their first live dates since 1992.
The band, who have not released an album since 1991's 'Loveless', will play three shows in summer 2008.
They will play:
London Roundhouse (June 20)
Manchester Apollo (28)
Glasgow Barrowland (July 2)
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2. Hot Burrito #1
3. A Song For You
4. Return Of The Grievous Angel
5. $1000 Wedding
6. In My Hour Of Darkness
7. Hickory Wind
8. Love Hurts
9. Dark End Of The Street
10. Do You Know How It Feels To Be Lonesome
11. Hot Burrito #2
12. Christine's Tune (Devil in Disguise)
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007
As his latest album shows, the singer/songwriter wants to break free from the lo-fi freak-folk underground. Will his public let him?
I've been listening to Devendra Banhart's new album Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, an enjoyable listen and yet it had left a lot of reviewers in a quandary. The album has a cinematic musical scope but it seems to be that its author is to be forever associated with his media tag of freak folkster - all beards, beads and bellbottoms, a tag that easily forgets Banhart's talent.
And however, as of late, his life has been more Hollywood than Haight Ashbury; being interviewed by Lindsay Lohan, hanging out with Beck, opening up Karl Lagerfeld's fashion shows, singing with Gael García Bernal and switching his management to Neil Young's main man, Elliott Roberts. Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon moves his mythology on further. It was recorded in Topanga Canyon, land of Woody Guthrie, Neil Young and Charles Manson; home to canyon rock and the cocaine cowboy.
An inveterate self-mythologiser, Devendra Banhart has a back-story that would make Dylan proud. Born in Texas, he was given the name Devendra by an Indian Guru mystic, went to live with his mother in Venezuela, was briefly brought up in the Divine Light Mission cult and ended up in San Francisco. The release of his first two albums, The Black Babies and Oh Me Oh My ... on Michael Gira's Young Gods label gave him underground buzz but it was the near-simultaneous release of Nino Rojo and Rejoicing in the Hands that significantly raised his profile. Those albums referenced the child-like nursery rhymes of Syd Barrett, the otherworldly voice of hippie-era Marc Bolan, and the tropicalia rhythms of Caetano Veloso; he was also responsible for bringing folk legend Vashti Bunyan back to life. And that same year he compiled the zeitgeist-capturing Golden Apples of the Sun, which featured Joanna Newsom and Antony and the Johnsons and made him, wittingly or unwittingly, the figurehead of the so-called freak folk movement.
His next release, Cripple Crow, was the first metamorphosis from hippie child to manchild. Boasting 22 songs, it was more akin to the White Album than previous efforts and contained varying influences of reggae, tropicalia, acid-rock and yes, folk-rock. By using Bearsville Studio - owned by the Band - and the recorded home to some of Banhart's heroes, Karen Dalton and Bobby Charles, it demonstrated that Banhart wanted to make his way out of the four-track lo-fi folk ghetto and make a statement. The results polarised people.
The same polarisation seems to have happened with Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. The influences are expansive: samba, Os Mutantes, the Doors, psychedelic soul, CSNY and reggae. Its eclectic and wilfully obtuse vibe is very reminiscent of the infamous canyon rock superstar David Crosby's work and demonstrates Banhart's willingness to grow from the underground to the city light of the mainstream. Will everyone allow him to do it? Or will Banhart's epitaph be, in the words of Morrissey: "I thought that if you had/An acoustic guitar/Then it meant that you were/A Protest Singer/Oh, I can smile about it now/But at the time it was terrible." Time will tell but I'm eager for the next act already
Source: Gaurdian Unlimited
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The list is:
24 Meg White, The White Stripes
23 Albert Hammond Jr, The Strokes
22 Eugene Hutz, Gogol Bordello
21 Serge Pizzorno, Kasabian
20 Jamie Frost, The Automatic
19 Jack White, The White Stripes/The Raconteurs
18 Carl Barat, Dirty Pretty Things
17 Ryan Ross, Panic! At The Disco
16 Cee-Lo, Gnarls Barkley
15 Tahita Bulmer, New Young Pony Club
14 The House Of Lords, The Young Knives
13 Jamie Reynolds, Klaxons
12 Liam Gallagher, Oasis
11 Paul Simonon, 'The Good, The Bad & The Queen'
10 Lovefoxxx, CSS
9 Thom Yorke, Radiohead
8 Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance
7 Kate Jackson, The Long Blondes
6 Kieren Webster, The View
5 Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
4 Jarvis Cocker
3 Lily Allen
2 Faris Rotter, The Horrors
1 Beth Ditto, The Gossip
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007
In a situation eerily familiar to Trent Reznor, Parlophone, the ex-label of forward-thinking rockers Radiohead, from which the Oxford-based quintet split in 2005, is gearing up to release a comprehensive box set spanning all the band's pre-In Rainbows albums. The seven-CD collection -- Pablo Honey (1993), The Bends (1995), OK Computer (1997), Kid A (2000), Amnesiac (2001), Hail to the Thief (2003), and the live album I Might Be Wrong (2001) -- will drop Dec. 10, arriving with new "digipack" sleeves featuring original artwork, and also offering special footage by inputting each CD into a computer. A limited edition 4 GB USB stick in the shape of the band's bear logo will also be available with digital artwork, as will a downloadable box set, all now available to preorder via the band's website.
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Available November 12, worldwide, Atlantic Records will honour Led Zeppelin with the release of Mothership, a 24-track, two-CD comprehensive collection that spans their illustrious career.
After nearly forty years, Led Zeppelin continues to inspire generations with their groundbreaking blues-infused, guitar-driven rock ’n’ roll.
Arguably the biggest rock band in the world throughout their 12-year reign, they remain one of the most influential and innovative groups in music history. With over 200 million albums sold worldwide, their catalog is one of the most enduring bodies of musical composition to come out of the 20th century, and it has influenced countless bands along the way.
They had the biggest tours; the biggest sound; the biggest record sales; the biggest reputation. Quite simply Led Zeppelin was the ultimate rock band.
All eight of the band’s classic studio albums are represented on Mothership, with the tracks being personally selected by the surviving members. Mothership includes landmark songs such as 'Whole Lotta Love,' 'Immigrant Song,' 'Kashmir,' 'Rock And Roll,' 'Dazed And Confused,' and 'Stairway to Heaven.' The set will also include new liner notes.
To top this off, November 19th will see the re-release of The Song Remains the Same on DVD, HD DVD, Blu-Ray Disc and Soundtrack CD, ahead of their historic one-off concert at the London 02 Arena on Decenber 10th.
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Friday, November 2, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Surely answering the prayers of fans across the globe, the Oxford-based boys of Radiohead will hit international highways and byways next year to unveil selections from mold-busting LP In Rainbows before live audiences. "We plan to tour next year, starting in May through to probably the end of the year. With lots of holidays in that period," Bryce Edge of Courtyard Management, the firm that manages the forward thinking quintet, told Billboard.com. "At the moment we are talking with our agents in North America and for the rest of the world, trying to get a schedule which works for the band and works financially."
Confirming the outing will be set in "slightly larger-scale venues," Edge also divulges frontman Thom Yorke's initial hesitancy at the prospect of a lengthy worldwide outing. "He likes to do shows, but the whole business of schlepping around the world is not top of his list of favorite things to do," said Edge before commenting on Yorke's concern with environmental issues and the effects of touring. "He really enjoys playing to the fans -- it's just the process of how to do that which is the pain in the neck (for Yorke). They're not road dogs. They never have been."
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Friday, October 26, 2007
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Bob Dylan live DVD set for release
Newport Folk Festival performances to be made available
A DVD featuring Bob Dylan live at the Newport Folk Festival over three years in the 1960s is set to be released at the end of the month.
'The Other Side Of The Mirror - Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965' features performances by Dylan over of his appearances at the festival and concentrates solely on Dylan's live performances, after Academy Award-winning director Murray Lerner decided "no narration, no pundit interviews, no interviews with Dylan."
The track listing is:
North Country Blues (afternoon workshop)
With God On Our Side (with Joan Baez - afternoon workshop and 7/28 night performance)
Talkin' World War III Blues (night performance)
Who Killed Davey Moore? (afternoon workshop)
Only A Pawn In Their Game (night performance)
Blowin' In The Wind (with The Freedom Singers, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul and Mary - night performance)
Mr. Tambourine Man (afternoon workshop)
It Ain't Me, Babe (with Joan Baez -night performance)
With God On Our Side (with Joan Baez - night performance)
Chimes Of Freedom (night performance)
If You Gotta Go, Go Now (afternoon workshop)
Love Minus Zero/No Limit (afternoon workshop)
Daytime Rehearsal with his electric band
Maggie's Farm (with his electric band - night performance)
Like A Rolling Stone (with his electric band - night performance)
Mr. Tambourine Man (night performance)
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (night performance)
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The Mars Volta has confirmed a January 29, 2008 release for its fourth studio album, The Bedlam In Goliath - Universal.
The album was produced by the band's own Omar Rodriguez Lopez.
4. Wax Simulacra
6. Tourniquet Man
12. Conjugal Burns
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Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
An early Babyshambles concert is set to be released on DVD.
The footage of Pete Doherty and co playing a show at the Ritz in Manchester in September 2004 will appear as 'Up The Shambles - Live In Manchester' on November 5.
The show saw the band previewing tracks from their debut album 'Down In Albion', play several songs by The Libertines and feature singer Dot Allison on guest vocals on several songs.
The DVD will feature the following tracklist:
'The Man Who Came To Stay'
'Do You Know Me'
'In Love With A Feeling'
'Gang Of Gin'
'At The Flophouse'*
'Don't Look Back Into the Sun'*
'Time For Heroes'*
'I Wanna Break Your Heart'*
'What Katie Did'
'My Darling Clementine'
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Jimmy Page has hinted at news that Led Zeppelin fans have been waiting for, namely that Led Zeppelin may record new music.
After their reunion concert at London's 02 Arena next month and John Paul Jones hasn't ruled out further plans for the band either.
The November 26th tribute concert for late Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegun is where Page, Jones and Robert Plant will reunite on stage for the first time in two decades with Jason Bonham taking the place of his late father John.
When Page was asked by The Winnipeg Sun about the possibility of them recording new material he had this to say, "Look, I'd be really surprised if there wasn't -- you know, I mean I just know the way we are. We're musicians ... as we're playing we'll probably be coming up with all manner of things. And that will be fun. I mean, that's what it's all about.
"Let's do the 02 show, shall we? And then we'll speak to you afterward," he added.
Bassist John Paul Jones was similarly vague when he hinted that there may be a future for a reformed Led Zeppelin, but right now they remain focused on the 02 show. "Basically, we are concentrating on this show," Jones told the paper. "That's where all the energy is going. I mean, who knows, but one step at a time."
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From: VietNam Guitarist Joshua Grubb.
MICHAEL AND MYSELF ARE ABOUT TO REGROUP FROM OUR SUMMER HIATUS AND START WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL/ PLAYING SHOWS. WE REGRET TO INFORM THAT WE ARE NOT PLAYING THE JAGERMEISTER/CULT TOUR. DON'T GET TICKETS THINKING YOUR GOING TO SEE US DOING JAGERBOMBS AND DOORS COVERS WITH IAN.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
In terms of airy, joyous folk rock that plucks softly at your heartstrings, you can't go wrong with Ferraby Lionheart. A Los Angeles native via Nashville (but don't hold that against him), Lionheart dons the melodic troubadour straw hat and Jon Brion-esque vocals, aching with quiet divulgence. "Vermont Avenue" strays down open patchworks of cooing violins, intimately picked acoustic guitar and just enough piano to let tears stream down your cheeks. "If we get the money / we might buy their sorrow," Lionheart whispers in a breathy tenor that ignites wisps of faint bells. Its music that translates well to staring up at puffy clouds, far away stars or city skylights -- as long as you can catch your breath. Catch the Brass Ring drops Sept. 4 via the Nettwerk label.
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Monday, August 27, 2007
First it was the Pixies, and soon scores of others followed in suit; Gang of Four, Rage Against the Machine, and the Jesus and Mary Chain, among others -- It seems a headlining gig at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival is par for the course for a reuniting rock outfit. And today, speculation has arisen stating shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine will be next act to reunite and grace the stage at 2008's Coachella installment. According to thedailyswarm.com, which cites "sources in the United States and the United Kingdom who are familiar with the negotiations," My Bloody Valentine, the defunct, seminal Ireland-based outfit fronted by Kevin Shields and responsible for genre-defining opus Loveless, is near signing a deal to reunite and hit the stage at Coachella, as well as others worldwide on a extensive reunion tour. One query of note: how much money is on the table? While Moz won't budge for $75 million, rumors claim the Pixies and Rage Against the Machine both dipped well into seven figure paychecks. A festival spokesperson claimed to have "no information whatsoever.
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Sunday, August 26, 2007
This version of "I Found A Reason" is much different to the version that made it
onto Loaded. This track has a great feel to it, very Bob Dylan. With acoustic guitar & harmonica.
If you would like the mp3 for this contact me. You can use the contact link to the right side of the page.
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Friday, August 24, 2007
Opening, What's A Man's Paris, and Helium Heels are the first three songs off their debut album titled DML. They are in the studio in Los Angeles finishing up recording for their 2nd full length on Danger Bird Records. They are keeping busy with a few shows, playing the Fuck Yeah Fest on August 24th.
DivShare File - 01_Opening.m4a
What's A Man's Paris
DivShare File - 02_What_s_A_Man_s_Paris.m4a
DivShare File - 03_Helium_Heels.m4a
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Bands come face to face at Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds Festivals
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has slammed Smashing Pumpkins' comeback - just before the bands share a bill at The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals.
Reznor's outfit are second on the bill to the grunge titans in Leeds tonight (August 24) and in Reading on Sunday (26).
The Pumpkins headlined the bash back in 1995, at the height of their commercial success. Frontman Billy Corgan split the band in 2000, but they reconvened last year and released a new album, 'Zeitgeist', in July. However, along with Corgan, the only other previous member of the group who remains is drummer Jimmy Chamberlain.
Reznor says: "I was never a big Smashing Pumpkins fan back when they were the Pumpkins, not to shit on Billy (Corgan) or anything but I don't hear anything that would make me want to care.
"I think trying to resurrect the name Smashing Pumpkins .........its all a bit corporate for me."
And Reznor admitted he wasn't overly impressed with the line-up on the day his band are playing, though he did have positive comments to make about the festival in general.
He commented: "I heard the line up for another day and that sounded a lot better than the line up on the day we are playing, so I doubt you will see me on the side of the stage for Fall Out Boy!"
He added: "But it's (Carling Weekend) always seemed the crème de la crème of festivals. This is the definitely the highlight of our tour when it comes up."
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Can't get enough of Daft Punk's earth shakin', booty rockin' live performance? Well, if so, you're in luck, for the pyramid scheming French duo -- Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo -- have announced the release of Daft Punk Alive 2007, a two-disc set documenting the electro-house outfit's first hometown show in ten years, set to drop stateside Nov. 20. The live release, filmed at Paris' Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy June 14, 2007, will also arrive with a 50-page digi-book showcasing photographs shot while on tour. In addition, the record's first single, a live version of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," will be supplemented with a music video directed by Olivier Gondry (brother of Michel Gondry) that includes live footage shot by fans.
CD 1 tracklisting:
1. "Robot Rock"
2. "Oh Yeah"
3. "Touch It"
5. "Television Rules the Nation"
7. "Too Long"
8. "Steam Machine"
9. "Around the World"
10. "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"
12. "Too Long"
13. "Face to Face"
14. "Short Circuit"
15. "One More Time"
17. "Aerodynamic Beats"
18. "Forget About the World"
19. "Prime Time of Your Life"
21. "Rollin' and Scratchin'"
23. "Da Funk"
26. "Human After All"
CD 2 tracklisting:
3. "One More Time" (Reprise)
4. "Music Sounds Better With You"
5. "Stardust" (Instrumental)
Joy Division are to feature in a big screen documentary as well as the upcoming biopic "Control", it has been announced.
The seminal Manchester band are the focus for a new movie directed by Anton Corbijn, which follows the life and death of singer Ian Curtis.
Their career will also be detailed in "Joy Division", which premieres at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival next month.
Co-written and directed by Grant Gee, who has previously worked with Radiohead, the documentary will also feature members of New Order and the late Tony Wilson.
Meanwhile, plans to re-release the landmark Joy Division track "Love Will Tear Us Apart" to coincide with the current activity around the band have also been revealed.
It will come out on September 24, while "Control" is due to hit cinemas worldwide on October 5.
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Thursday, August 23, 2007
Tracks number 8 and 9 off the highly anticipated "Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon".
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Plus the singer says he won't be touring himself any more
Morrissey has revealed he has turned down a near-£40 million offer to tour again with his old band The Smiths.
The star, who also rejected a request to headline the Coachella Festival with the group in 2006, was asked if he would perform 50 shows throughout the world in 2008 and 2009.
The only condition was that he would have to tour with the band's guitarist and co-songwriter Johnny Marr, thus meaning it the reunion not dependent on the participation of bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.
Joyce famously won a court case against Morrissey and Marr in 2006, when he sued for royalties from his days in the band. The proceedings caused a massive rift which has never been healed.
The Smiths split up in 1987, shortly after they head recorded their fourth studio album 'Strangeways Here We Come'. Speculation that the band would reform has been rife for years.
Morrissey, currently without a record contract, also revealed that his forthcoming residencies in Los Angeles and New York, are the last live shows he is going to perform "for the foreseeable future".
A statement from the star said of the forthcoming dates: "The desire is to go out with some great memories for everyone as who knows what the future will bring."
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The late Nirvana frontman surpassed Elvis as the highest earning deceased celebrity last year.
More than twelve years after his suicide in 1994, Kurt Cobain has earned the dubiously illustrious title of highest earning deceased celebrity, beating Elvis Presley for the title.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007
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It's not 'French Dog Blues', as speculated...
Babyshambles' new album, due for release in October, will be named 'Shotter's Nation'.
After rumours had circulated the internet about the name of the album, a source close to the band has confirmed the title.
The first single from the album, 'Delivery', will be released on September 17.
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Classic John and Yoko footage to come out on DVD
The 'Give Peace A Chance' recording captured in full
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Footage of the star-studded live recording of John Lennon's classic peace anthem 'Give Peace A Chance' is to be made available on DVD for the first time.
The track was recorded on June 1, 1969 in suite 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, on the last day of Lennon and wife Yoko Ono's seven-day 'bed-in' protest against violence.
The DVD, out on August 27, contains exclusive rare film from the archive of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with outtakes from John and Yoko's own movie of the event.
The package also features new interviews with many of the people that were with John and Yoko on the day, along with a private new interview with Yoko herself.
'Give Peace a Song' also features over 35 minutes of bonus material including television interviews, a John and Yoko press conference and Petula Clark's visit to the bed-in
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Singapore Sling are a Spacemen 3 / Bauhaus esque 5 piece, From: Reykjavik, !Iceland. And as the band says, "Life is Killing My Rock N Roll". On, Long Past Crazy they breathe some life back into it.
With this track not being available anywhere I know for sale, or on itunes. Visit the bands myspace page & give this track a listen.
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Friday, August 3, 2007
With a bunch of cool stuff: Lyrics, Video footage of making the album, New Tour Dates,
Art, & writings, & also Stream songs from the upcoming album "Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon."
Making of the Album Video:
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And what a great 3 days it looks to be:
Poly Phonic Spree
The Black Keys
Tokyo Police Club
Tapes N Tapes
Cold War Kids
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The Hold Steady
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Juliette Lewis & the Licks
The Black Angels
Kings Of Leon
Iggy & the Stooges
Yo La Tengo
Peter Bjorn & John
My Morning Jacket
Tv on The Radio
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Thursday, August 2, 2007
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'Carry On Up The Morning'
'Side Of the Road'
'Crumb Begging Baghead'
'French Dog Blues'
'There She Goes'
'Deft Left Hand'
'The Lost Art Of Murder'
Anthony Thornton, The author of the 2006 book The Libertines: Bound Together, has listened to the as-yet-untitled record - and below is his verdict.
'Carry On Up The Morning'
Starting with a rambunctious solo as prickly and spiky as anything on 'Down In Albion', momentarily it sounds like it will be a close cousin of that record. Then the whole band sweeps in and it's clear it's completely different. It sounds big and anthemic without compromising. And then there's the first surprise: Pete Doherty swaps lines - almost to the point of duetting - with himself. It's disorientating but very cool.
Key lyric: "Given up trying to explain/Put it in a song instead."
The first single from the album features a riff reminiscent of The Kinks' 'All Day And All Of The Night'. The passionate chorus, driven by Mick Whitnall's arpeggios seemingly take the song to an emotional peak before and a chorus of 'oooohs' pushes it even higher. A demo version was available on the Stookie + Jim Bumfest Demos.
Key lyric: "I'm fucked, forlorn, frozen beneath the summer/Don't sing along or you'll get what I got."
Shuffles on with a kind of swagger of Blondie's 'One Way Or Another' with a staccato riff. Pete mangles the phrase "You Talk" so it becomes a vocal refrain part-accusative, part jealous.
Key lyric: "Songs are just a game/ I'm getting better at cheating at."
Featuring a story with a cast of characters including Doherty, Wolfman and Mick Whitnall (Blue Eyes) this delicate arrangement is one of the prettiest melodies of the album. It's probably the only recorded song featuring a plea to put trousers on.
Key lyric: "Wolfman said to Blue Eyes 'put your trousers back on.'"
'Side Of the Road'
Has been around since The Libertines' 2003 New York sessions (confusingly called 'The Babyshambles Sessions') a loose ramshackle guitar riff that sounds like the 'Steptoe & Son' TV theme, accelerates into a punk thrash featuring Doherty's machine-gun delivery.
Key lyric: "Half dead a third alive a quarter ticking/ over on the middle by the side of the road."
'Crumb Begging Baghead'
A verse that sounds like cross between The Stone Roses and a classic 1960s garage rock track with a juddering guitar riff. The outro is a Hammond Organ-driven double speed outro.
Key lyric: "I'm crumb-begging baghead baby/"I bet you say that to all the girls."
Inspired by a guitar riff from 'Fuck Forever' (Doherty even quotes the song) the delicate riff and restrained music bursts into one of Babyshambles' catchiest songs.
Key lyric: "You smoke your cigarettes down to the bone."
'French Dog Blues'
Named after Doherty's hand-drawn French Dog that adorns the cover of 'Down In Albion'. Delicate waves of guitar ebb and flow as before a Who-esque peak.
Key lyric: "So this washes over you/My French Dog Blues."
'There She Goes'
Originally drafted and played solo acoustic by Doherty, this one features upright double bass and brushes giving it a loose jazzy feel wonderful at odds with anything the songwriter has done previously except, perhaps, on the very earliest Libertines demos.
Key lyric: "Caught sight of her white plimsoll/You were dancing to Northern Soul."
This is story of a relationship that started with fireworks and finds them 20 years later loathing each other. A great insistent riff
A poetic riff in the middle that out-miserables the likes of Plan B and will have crowds screaming a belligerent "lousy life" at the top of their lungs come autumn.
Key lyric: "Thinking she's far too good looking/To do the cooking/Oooh, that was twenty years ago."
'Deft Left Hand'
From the massive insistent guitar riff, before falling on a staccato subtle toy xylophone and repeating riff and a massive chorus of "Iiiiiii wanna stay by your side", the song showcases how producer Stephen Street's input has expanded Babyshambles' musical scope.
Key lyric: "Went from cheery vagabondage to cold-blued luxury/In four years."
'The Lost Art Of Murder'
First aired on the 'Friday Night With Jonathan Ross' show, this recording features '60s folk legend Bert Jansch accompanies him (he last performed it at Hackney Empire on Jansch's 'Needle Of Death'). Doherty's lilting voice weaves with the guitar on this precise delicate final song.
Key lyric: "You call yourself a killer boy but the only thing you're killing is your time."
Posted by The American Underground at 9:27 AM
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Due for release towards the end of the year on an as-yet-unspecified label, the band have settled on 12 tracks and have selected the final title of 'Lust, Lust, Lust', which has been inspired by the lyrical content of many of the songs.
"There are a lot of songs that deal with desire, restlessness and the tough choices you have to make sometimes," explained frontman Sune Rose Wagner, who, along with bandmate Sharin Foo, has just completed mixing duties in New York. "Lust and forbidden desires are definitely the main themes of the record and most of it comes from a personal perspective."
The album was self-recorded, self-produced and the final tracks were culled from a selection of over 100 that Wagner had demoed during the past two years. Of the songs standouts included the distinctly surf-influenced number 'Dead Sound' and a bubblegum-pop smash in the making called 'You Want The Candy'.
However the duo have clearly given the new material a much darker edge overall, particularly in the shape of the discordantly melodic band favourite 'Expelled From Love' and 'Aly Walk With Me' which is comprised of a hypnotic hip-hop groove and dynamic quiet/loud guitar shifts.
"We didn't want that flimsy sound we had on the 'Pretty In Black' album (which came out in 2005) anymore," continued Wagner. "It's a grittier, tougher and much more powerful record - one that I think is perfect for doing a massive amount of drugs to in some underground Berlin club!"
Track names for, 'Lust, Lust, Lust' are:
'You Want The Candy'
'Expelled From Love'
'The Beat Dies'
'Honey I Never Had You'
'Aly, Walk With Me'
'With My Eyes Closed'
Posted by The American Underground at 10:16 AM
Monday, July 30, 2007
The Stooges have announced that they will perform their album 'Fun House' in its entirety for the very first time in the US.
Iggy Pop and company will play their landmark 1970 album at Las Vegas' Vegoose Festival, which is set to take place October 27 and 28 at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Posted by The American Underground at 11:17 AM
Babyshambles second album details details details...
The tracklisting for the new record is out!!
This record, currently untitled, it has been produced by Blur and Kaiser Chiefs collaborator Stephen Street, and is expected out in the autumn, although the exact release date is yet to be finalised.
Comeback single 'Delivery' is currently scheduled to be released on September 17.
The tracklisting for the album is:
'Carry On Up The Morning'
'Side Of The Road'
'Crumb Begging Baghead'
'French Dog Blues'
'There She Goes'
'Deft Left Hand'
'The Lost Art Of Murder'
Posted by The American Underground at 11:08 AM
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
So the acoustic show came to the Wilshire theatre last night. Six man band with pedal steel, and an upright piano. The Wilshire was the perfect setting for a show like this. Very quiet crowd, that seemed to know it was seeing something very special.
At one point Ryan says, "I'd like to send this one out to my buddy Glenn Danzig. Hes goin through a really dark period in his life. Cheer up Glenn, we love ya buddy."
Setlist went somethin like this:
please do not let me go
blue sky, blues
oh my god, whatever, etc.
the sun also sets
let it ride
elizabeth, you were born to play the part
i taught myself how to grow old
this is it
goodnight hollywood blvd.
how do you keep love alive?
a kiss before i go
One of the best played acoustic type shows Ive ever been to. Everything was perfect soundwise. Through a two hour show I never once had the thought "man I wish I could hear the _______ better". The harmonies this band was throwin around were sick, four part, gospel sounding shit. Neal Casal is the perfect guy for this band. He knows what NOT to play, and thats hard to find nowadays. Plus, his voice in the middle of the harmonies sounded great.
I know the guys hit and miss in these parts, but Im not sure theres a better singer/songwriter under fifty on the planet. Sure, hes written more than his share of depressed/heartache songs, and that gets old at times, but the new record actually has an upbeat feel to it, and those songs breathed freshness into the set. Rumor is he'll be back in the fall with amps on the stage this time around, and Ill be there for that as well. Im just really glad I was able to hear these songs, in this setting, with a respectful crowd giving the music the ability to be dynamic. The way acoustic music should be. Good on Ryan for havin the nuts to tour like this, and for keeping a band together for over a year now. Hopefully hes settled into life.
Posted by The American Underground at 2:15 PM
Devendra Banhart has announced that his new album will be called: Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon.
The record will feature Joanna Newsom's brother Pete Newsom, Vetiver's Andy Cabic, Otto Hauser, Greg Rogove and Rodrigo Amarante from Los Hermanos.
Some of the tracking titles are: Cristobel, So Long Old Bean, Samba Vexillographica, and Seahorse.
The Album is said to have a September UK release.
Posted by The American Underground at 11:57 AM
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Paul’s a singer song writer in the vein of Gram Parsons, Early Wilco era Jeff Tweedy, & Exile On Main Street era Rolling Stones. Singin’, dancing’, down on his knees, screamin’ to some empty bottle or some woman.
His backing band is solid, to say the least. Dutch (Lead Guitar), Steve Tegel (bass), & Johnny Niemann (keys), & Paxton (drums). Three of the Four are from LA favorites The Vacation.
Paul is playing in Los Angeles on Saturday July 28th. @ Safari Sam's with Mike Stinson & Dale Watson.
His Album is available on itunes
Posted by The American Underground at 11:48 AM
Kings Of Leon with BRMC
Detroit, MI The Filmore (October 4)
Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre (9)
Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre (10)
Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium (18)
New Orleans, LA Voodoo Island City Park (28)
Arcade Fire with LCD Soundsystem
9/17, Morrison, CO (Red Rocks)
9/20, Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Bowl)
9/30, St. Paul, MN (Roy Wilkins Auditorium)
10/3, Louisville, KY (Waterfront Park)
10/5, Columbus, OH (LC Pavilion)
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Sep 1 2007 Echoplex Los Angeles, California
Sep 2 2007 Echoplex Los Angeles, California
Sep 3 2007 The Independent San francisco, California
Sep 4 2007 The Independent San Francisco, California
Sep 7 2007 Berbati's Pan Portland, Oregon
Sep 9 2007 Neumo's Seattle, Washington
Sep 12 2007 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, Utah
Sep 14 2007 Monolith Festival at Red Rocks Denver, Colorado
Sep 16 2007 Belly Up San Diego, California
Jul 21 2007 Siren Music Festival Coney Island, New York
Jul 30 2007 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, Ohio
Jul 31 2007 High Noon Saloon Madison, Wisconsin
Aug 1 2007 Turf Club St. Paul, Minnesota
Aug 2 2007 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 4 2007 Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
Aug 6 2007 Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan
Aug 10 2007 Johnny Brendas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 11 2007 Black Cat Washington DC, Washington DC
Aug 18 2007 Emo's Austin, Texas
9/6, Portland, OR (MusicFest NW)
9/10, Los Angeles, CA (Henry Fonda Theater)
9/11, Los Angeles, CA (Henry Fonda Theater)
9/14, Austin, TX (Austin City Limits Festival)
9/15, Morrison, CO (Monolith Festival)
9/16, San Francisco, CA (Treasure Island Festival)
10/10, Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)
10/11, Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)
10/13, Detroit, MI (Majestic)
10/19, Philadelphia, PA (Electric Factory)
10/20, New York, NY (Roseland Ballroom)
10/24, Asheville, NC (The Orange Peel)
10/26, Nashville, TN (Cannery Ballroom)
Queens Of The Stoneage
Costa Mesa, CA - OC Fair (July 22)
Chico, CA - Senator Theater (24)
Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater (25)
Boise, ID - The Big Easy (27)
Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater (28)
Billings, MT - Shire Auditorium (29)
Fargo, ND - Playmaker's (31)
Duluth, MN - DECC Arena (August 1)
Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room (4)
Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theater (7)
Little Rock, AR - The Village (8)
Tulsa, OK - Cain's Bathroom (10)
Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom (11)
Dallas, TX - House of Blues (September 16)
Lake Buena Vista, FL- House of Blues (19)
Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle (22)
Norfolk, VA - The Norva (25)
Posted by The American Underground at 11:12 AM
Source: Filter Magazine
Posted by The American Underground at 9:58 AM
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
09.11.07 Tue Overture Hall Madison WI
09.13.07 Thu Snowden Grove Amphitheater Southaven MS
09.14.07 Fri The Palladium Ballroom Dallas TX
09.18.07 Tue Robinson Auditorium Little Rock AR
09.19.07 Wed 9th Street Summerfest Columbia MO
09.21.07 Fri Louisville Slugger Field Louisville KY
Posted by The American Underground at 3:45 PM