Wednesday, August 29, 2007
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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)
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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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Monday, August 20, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
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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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Monday, August 13, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
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
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
'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."
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