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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Wednesday Prime Cuts (Legal MP3 Downloads)



Loretta Lynn:: Portland Oregon

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Tin Hat Trio w/ Tom Waits:: Helium

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Nina Simone:: How True (REMIX)

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The Witches:: Demons all around her

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Fahrenheit 9/11′ Sets Record



Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11″ took in a whopping $21.8 million in its first three days, becoming the first documentary ever to debut as Hollywood’s top weekend film. If Sunday’s estimates hold when final numbers are released Monday, “Fahrenheit 9/11″ would set a record in a single weekend as the top-grossing documentary ever outside of concert films and movies made for huge-screen IMAX theaters.

David Lee Roth to the rescue?



Apparently, the bad boy of rock ‘n’ roll is looking to clean up his act. Former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has announced his intentions to add the unlikely title of emergency medical technician to his hard-rockin’ rsum, according to the New York Daily News. Roth, 48, has reportedly relocated from his estate in Pasadena, California, and taken up residence in an apartment on New York’s Lower East Side, where he reports for EMT training several days a week. The rocker says he hopes to earn his certification by November, at which point he plans to try to volunteer one weekend a month. He’s training under New York safety consultant Linda Reissman, who, he joked, “has a rsum as long as your femur.” “I want to be working in the outer boroughs,” Roth told the Daily News. “This city promises great color and insight in each and every neighborhood. On the Upper East Side, it’s gonna be heart attacks and stomachaches. But in other areas, it’s all trauma.” The “Runnin’ with the Devil” singer claims that his medical aspirations are not as far-fetched as they may seem. “I used to be a surgical orderly in South Central, L.A.,” Roth said. “I started that when I got out of junior college in the early ’70s, and that led to a variety of things in the outdoor medical fire force and training with the Green Berets.” It also seems that medicine runs in the Roth family. “My father was a surgeon and uncles and my cousin were also in the medical community, so I come by it natural,” the singer explained. Bearing that reassuring fact in mind, we’re sure Diamond Dave will make a great EMT.The rocker’s career reinvention may be a reaction to his former band’s current tour–on which Roth’s replacement, Sammy Hagar, is pulling lead singer duty with original members Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Mike Anthony. Two years ago, Roth and Hagar shared headlining duties on the Song for Song: The Heavyweight Champs of Rock and Roll tour, unofficially known as the “Sans Halen” tour. However, the dueling frontmen apparently didn’t hit it off–Hagar said he would never take the stage with Roth again after witnessing some of his off-color antics. Roth fans expressed mixed reactions to the rocker’s reinvention tactics on the Roth Army Forum message boards. “Always learning, always giving, always funny and always inspiring!!!!” wrote a poster by the name of Northern Girl. But poster meanstreet disagreed. “Not inspiring news at all. It’s like being a lawyer for 30 years and then deciding to work at a McDonald’s to ‘help out.’ Do you honestly think Dave would be doing this if his solo career was stellar or he waback in VH? No way, it’s the end of the road…” Despite his seemingly noble aspirations, it’s possible that Roth has other motivations for becoming an EMT beyond simply helping mankind. “My dream would be to save a Scandinavian hikerette,” the rocker admitted to the Daily News.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Tuesday’s Tight with these Legal MP3 Downloads



Guided By Voices:: Gonna Never Say Die

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Division of Laura Lee:: View of the City From an Airplane


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Calexico:: Stray


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The Briefs:: Poor & Weird

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Secret Machines:: Nowhere Again

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Iggy, Strokes, Dolls Hit The Garage



Iggy and the Stooges, the Strokes, the New York Dolls and Bo Diddley lead the lineup for Little Steven’s International Underground Garage Festival. An offshoot of Little Steven’s Underground Garage radio show, the event will be held Aug. 14 at New York’s Randall’s Island. Tickets are $20 and are available through Ticketmaster. Rounding out the lineup is the Raveonettes, the Pretty Things, the Mooney Suzuki, the Romantics, the Chesterfield Kings, the Fuzztones, the Electric Prunes, the Contrast, Cocktail Strippers, the High Dials, the Chains and Flaming Sideburns. The winner of Little Steven and Dunkin’ Donuts’ Underground Garage Battle of the Bands, to be held July 23 at New York’s Irving Plaza, will also get the chance to perform at the festival. The Garage Festival stage will be created by Pink Floyd production designer Mark Brickman. Organizers also claim the event aims to “set the world record for most go-go dancers appearing in one show.” Little Steven said in February he has grand plans to spread the good word of garage rock. “It has taken a little longer than I would have liked but we’re trying to put together a circuit of clubs around the country that all of our bands can plug into and play and keep playing,” he said. “We would have ‘Underground Garage’ nights in each club. And we would work it out on a circuit, where every week we would just put another two bands on the road.” Some of the bands Kingblind congratulated were pleasantly surprised to see themselves listed as confirmed performers. With Ticketmaster’s website listing different performers than Little Steven’s site, one of the bands in this listing discrepancy commented, “we noticed on the (Underground Garage) web-site that we are not listed and wondered if we had been bumped. I was totally bummed out – I’m glad we’re still on!” It looks like this is all coming together quickly with new bands confirming daily. For $20.00, we think it’s totally worth it for Iggy and Stooges and the re-united New York Dolls alone.

Modest Mouse Roar Back From Lollapalooza With New Tour



Modest Mouse may be on a major label, and their video may be getting mainstream play, but the band grew up with a DIY approach to making music, so they were able to bounce back with new tour dates just days after learning their summer tour —Lollapalooza — had been canceled. The band has put together a string of headline shows that start July 16 in Chico, California. Nine dates have been scheduled through September 18 in Austin, Texas, and more shows will follow. “We’re going to be out for like three and a half months,” singer/guitarist Isaac Brock said. “Then something else will come along and we’ll do that.” Don’t be fooled if Brock sounds apathetic: He doesn’t like talking about his music but he loves playing and touring. He and his bandmates had been looking forward to being on the road with Morrissey, Wilco and the Flaming Lips, and they’re grateful to Lollapalooza organizer Perry Farrell for inviting them to be on the ill-fated festival “I gotta send [him] a Pepperidge Farm gift basket,” Brock said. “It was really nice of him [to think of us].” While Modest Mouse will be touring in support of their new album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News, through at least the middle of October, the band will take a break afterward so guitarist Dann Gallucci can get married. “He’s going to take some time off to do the honeymoon thing and all that,” Brock said. “So I’m just gonna take this next three and a half months and look at it as all I gotta do for the time being, and then move on.” Good News for People Who Love Bad News came out April 6. The single “Float On” is currently perched at #3 on the Radio & Records alternative radio airplay chart, and the video for the song, directed by Christopher Mills, has received strong airplay (see “Modest Mouse Greet Success With A Rousing ‘So What?’ “). “He had a really good idea in the first place, and then anything that I wanted to add, he let me do,” Brock said. “So I liked working with that guy.” When “Float On” eventually starts to tread water, Modest Mouse will release “Ocean Breathes Salty” as the second single from the record. The band has chosen Chris Milk (Kanye West, Courtney Love) to direct, but there’s no treatment for the clip yet. “We’re going from Mills to Milk,” Brock said. “It looks like we’re just going through the phone book [and picking names alphabetically]. But I just really liked his work. Last night I saw a work-in-progress Kanye video he’s doing, and it’s really, really awesome”

Modest Mouse tour dates, according the band’s publicist:

* 7/16 – Chico, CA @ The Senator Theater

* 7/17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield

* 7/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre

* 7/30 – Bloomington, IN @ Axis

* 7/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave/Eagles Club

* 08/6 – Montreal, QC @ The Rialto

* 8/10 – Rostraver, PA @ Ice Garden

* 9/17 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Barbecue

* 9/18 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival

Monday, June 28, 2004

Monday’s Legal MP3 Madness



Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra:: Dirty and Blood

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The Velvet Underground:: Venus in Furs


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Pinback:: Manchuria


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The Unicorns:: Tuff Ghost


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Top 10 Albums of 2004 SO FAR (A half year review)



Holy cow 2004 is a great year for music!! And we still 6 Months to go!! Here are Kingblind’s pick for albums that are worth your valuable time and money. (Albums that are not yet released will be out in about 30 days or less)

Loretta Lynn:: Van Lear Rose

Alright.. I don’t do predictions much.. But I doing one now.. ALBUM OF THE YEAR.. Flawless.



Modest Mouse:: Good News for People who like bad new
s

I used to hate this band. Now everything has changed. This album will be in the top 5 at years end FOR SURE! GREAT STUFF.

Guided By Voices:: Half Smiles of the Decomposed (Not yet released)

The best album in years. A great swansong



Beastie Boys:: To the 5 boroughs


Welcome back boys. The new soundtrack of summer

Clinic:: Winchester Cathedral (Not yet released)

Liverpool lads do it again

Secret Machines:: Now Here is Nowhere

Pink Floyd meets Led Zep meets the Flaming Lips.. YUM



TV on the Radio:: Desparate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babe
s

Unique and Brilliant.

The Hives:: Tyrannosaurus Hives (Not yet Released)

AC/DC meets Garage rock. Buy this album the day it comes out.. ROCK BALLS

DJ Danger Mouse:: The Grey Album

A revolution in sound. Mashed music will never be the same again

Probot:: Probot

And Dave played metal and it was good

Lollapalooza Bands Reshuffle Summer Plans



With Lollapalooza cancelled, several bands originally confirmed for the bill have begun either rescheduling their summer itineraries or heading for the studio. Morrissey’s summer plans for North America are unknown beyond a previously announced July 17 show in Chicago as part of American Express’ Blue Jam Sessions. Sonic Youth is setting up a headlining tour, which, according to its official Web site, will kick off July 13 in Vancouver and head east, visiting both American and Canadian cities. String Cheese Incident, which was to headline Lollapalooza’s second day lineup, is also setting up new North American dates. “We are big supporters of the vision of Lollapalooza and we were looking forward to collaborating with so many great musical acts,” SCI bassist Keith Moseley says. The Flaming Lips will spend the summer working on their new album as well as a movie. “With the cancellation of Lollapalooza 2004, we are reminded once again of the risk and uncertainty that accompanies any venture that is purposefully not mainstream,” lead singer Wayne Coyne said on the band’s official Web site. “Perhaps in a less concert heavy summer this collection of unconventional entertainers may have at least aroused some curiosity, but sometimes being different comes at a price.” According to its official Web site, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club were scheduled to tour with the Von Bondies during days off from Lollapalooza, but because BRMC does “not have a record company at the moment, limited funds means the band cannot tour independently.” Instead, it is believed the band will begin work on the follow-up to 2003’s “Take Them On, On Your Own,” its final set for Virgin. Modest Mouse has scheduled brief series of shows beginning July 16 in Chico, Calif. Gomez has yet to announce any new North American dates, nor has the Polyphonic Spree, according to their respective official Web sites. Other bands currently in limbo include Broken Social Scene and the Walkmen. The former is expected to begin work on its next studio album, which should be out by next spring. Yesterday, tour co-founder Perry Farrell posted a message to artists on the festival’s official Web site. “Please know that I value your talents and look forward to meeting you again — a little later on to re-discover ourselves as friends,” he said. “If it makes you feel any better, I am in the same boat as most of you; ‘Only loaded with talent.’ But with talent like ours, they can’t hold us down for long.” Farrell also cryptically added that the festival might be resurrected for one or two shows: “I am still looking for a shining moment or two for us this summer. I hope you will receive me when I call.”

Sunday, June 27, 2004

New Jimmy Page Les Paul get top dollar



The first Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul guitar from Gibson Guitar Corp.’s Custom, Art & Historic Division has been sold for a reported $55,000 to an anonymous buyer. The figure, more than double its suggested list price, is a record for a new, first-run Gibson guitar. Page signed and numbered each of the first 25 guitars of the series on the back of the headstock. The signature model replicates the dings, scratches, playing wear and unique shape of Page’s “Number One,” a 1959 Les Paul Standard that he acquired in 1969 and used on many Led Zeppelin recordings, including “Whole Lotta Love” and “Rock and Roll.” Gibson’s Custom, Art & Historic Division offers three version of the instrument: a first run of 25 signed guitars, a second run of 150 unsigned guitars, followed by an open run.

Rhino Looks Back At Talking Heads



Rhino Records has set an Aug. 17 release date for two retrospectives celebrating the work of influential quartet Talking Heads. The label’s revamp of the live package “The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads” will mark the first CD issue of a fan-favorite release from 1982, while “The Best of Talking Heads” is the group’s first U.S. single-disc greatest-hits set. Both titles were assembled with the involvement of all of the band’s members — David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Franz and Jerry Harrison. Originally a double-vinyl set, “The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads” has been buffed up to a two-disc release with the addition of 13 previously unreleased live tracks spanning 1977-1981. Also appended to the album are three cuts from a 1979 promotional-only live disc — The Girls Want To Be With the Girls,” an early version of “Drugs” titled “Electricity” and “Found a Job.” “The Best of Talking Heads” is an 18-track collection of the band’s most popular tunes, including “Psycho Killer,” “Burning Down the House” and “And She Was.” Last fall, Rhino released the three-CD, one-DVD box set “Once in a Lifetime,” including songs from throughout the band’s career as well as all its videos. A 1992 Sire/Warner Bros. compilation, “Popular Favorites 1976-1992: Sand in the Vaseline,” surveyed each of the band’s studio albums across two discs and added five then-previously unreleased songs. In related news, former Heads frontman Byrne will follow a July European tour with another North American run. He is touring behind his latest album, “Grown Backwards,” released in April by Nonesuch.

Jane’s Addiction Members Form New Band



Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, bassist Chris Chaney and drummer Stephen Perkins have formed a new band with Skycycle vocalist Steve Isaacs. The as-yet-unnamed group has penned three songs and has begun recording with producer Danny Saber, who worked with Navarro on his 2001 Capitol solo debut, “Trust No One.” Speculation has been rampant that this spells the end of Jane’s Addiction, which has been inactive since completing touring and promotion for its 2003 Capitol reunion album, “Strays.” “I am not replacing [Jane’s Addiction vocalist] Perry [Farrell],” Isaacs wrote on his official Web site. “Even writing that like it were possible is crazy to me. Dave, Stephen, and Chris and I are just taking some time to do what is the most fun thing in the world to do — make music and write songs.” Navarro was more specific in a Web post of his own this week, when he proclaimed, “The deal is that [the reunion] simply didn’t work out. Sometimes things just don’t work out. In all honesty, we have broken up and rejoined roughly four times over the years. Perhaps that should shed some light as to where we are now. We really don’t know. We do know that we really gave it everything we had this time and we actually made a really great record after so many years of silence.” “Sometimes the best creative relationships are the most combustible and they aren’t meant to last forever,” he continued. Both Capitol and Jane’s Addiction’s management declined further comment on Navarro’s post. “I don’t know what the future of Jane’s Addiction is, but I do know from being in a band for five years, that you yearn to play with other people and see what making NEW music sounds like,” Isaacs said. “Life is beautiful, magical, and way too short, and to spend time not making music makes you die a little bit inside. I know about that, too.” The news comes just days after the Farrell-reared Lollapalooza tour cancelled its entire summer run due to poor ticket sales.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Elliott Smith resurrected



Elliott Smith’s voice will be heard on a forthcoming Jon Spencer Blues Explosion album. “Damage”, the follow-up to 2002’s “Plastic Fang” album, is currently being mixed in New York ahead of an autumn release. Eponymous frontman Spencer revealed: “This is the mother of all Blues Explosion records!… We even have some crazy guy playing shark’s teeth and sheep testicles!” Recorded with “Plastic Fang” producer Steve Jordan and Alan Moulder, the album also features contributions from DJ Shadow, David Holmes, Chuck D and Martina Topley-Bird. Smith had been working with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion shortly before his suicide in October last year, and “Damage” is likely to be his first posthumous release. The last album Smith recorded for his US label Dreamworks was rejected, and friends and family are now working with “Figure 8″ producer Rob Schnapf to release the record themselves. The album, expected to be titled “Songs From A Basement On The Hill”, is being finished in accordance with “Elliott’s vision” for a late 2004 release, according to fansite sweetadeline.net.

‘Fahrenheit’ turns on box office heat



Michael Moore’s anti-Bush film breaks the single-day records at the two New York theaters. Director Michael Moore’s controversial documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11″ turned on the box office heat in its first day in theaters breaking single-day records at the two New York City theaters where it played. The controversial film opens nationwide on Friday, but as CNN’s Jason Carroll reports, ‘Fahrenheit 9/11′ has already started people talking. The movie, which aims a critical eye at President Bush and his prosecution of the war in Iraq, sold $49,000 worth of tickets at the Lowe’s Village 7 theater, beating the venue’s single-day record of $43,435 held by 1997’s “Men in Black,” according to distributors Lions Gate Films and IFC Films. At the Lincoln Plaza theater, “Fahrenheit 9/11″ took in more than $30,000 to top the $24,013 set by “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” in 2000. A spokesman for Lions Gate Films said the company debuted the movie in the two theaters to help build good word-of-mouth — friend telling friend — publicity ahead of the wide debut Friday when it plays in 868 theaters in all 50 states. The film has caused a storm of controversy because director Moore, whose past work includes Oscar-winning documentary “Bowling for Columbine,” makes a case that the Bush administration was determined to invade Iraq following the Sept. 11 attacks. The movie links Bush family members and business associates with wealthy Saudi Arabian families, including that of Osama bin Laden, and Moore clearly wants to see the president fail to win re-election in this fall’s presidential campaign. Online ticket service Fandango.com reported Wednesday that “Fahrenheit 9/11″ was making up 48 percent of advance ticket sales for the weekend ahead, compared to 11 percent for “Dodgeball” and 9 percent for next week’s “Spider-Man 2. (News via CNN)

The Briefs “Poor and Weird” promo only CD now available



In 2001, The Briefs released a promotional only, three-song CD EP on a major label (Interscope). The songs were re-recorded versions of tracks found on the band’s awesome debut album, “Hit After Hit,” on Dirtnap Records. The band and major label parted ways shortly thereafter without a proper release ever being issued. Here are the songs:

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(Thanks Dave Mcgurgan)