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Archive for October, 2004

Friday, October 29, 2004

Kingblind’s Favorite Finds and Music news



THE FINDS::

The Ultimate Pumpkin carving tool

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Morrissey wants Bush out and Kerry in.

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Vintage scary Halloween sounds on MP3

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Grand Theftendo – Homebrew port of GTA III to the 8-Bit NES

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Huge library of some of the music John Peel played.

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Ashley Simpson iPOD:: Karaoke Edition

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Rejected Limited Edition iPods

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THE MUSIC NEWS::

The Shins will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on November 5th.

As a result of the “excessive prices” of bootlegs, Neutral Milk Hotel is putting together a two-volume set of early material, including the self-released cassettes, live performances, and unreleased recordings. Orange Twin, the label run by Elf Power members to raise funds for land preservation, will release the compilation, which does not have an official release date yet. (VIA DOA)

El Vez has cancelled his winter tour (The El Vez Christmas Show) due to poor sales.

Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin is publishing his recently-completed doctoral thesis. An exploration of the conflict between evolution and religion, the work is being released to the public after years of research and pressure from fans. Bad Religion is currently on tour in support of its recently-released The Empire Strikes First. (VIA DOA)

OUTKAST are the first music act to be given a multi-platinum award for music downloads for last year’s hit single ‘HEY YA’. The duo were given the award by the Recording Industry of America for more than 400,000 download sales of the single. They also received platinum awards for ‘The Way You Move’ and ‘Roses’, both selling over 200,000 downloads

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Thursday’s Thrilling MP3 Downloads



The Unicorns:: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone (Album Download)

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Soundgarden:: Bad Motor Finger (Album Download)

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Dr. Dre:: Dr. Dre 2001 (Album Download)

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Kingblind’s Favorite Finds



The Coolest Tube amps in the world

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Download Fahrenheit 9/11 for FREE

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Super Mario Bros on Ice (QT Video from 1988)

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President Bush’s website now blocks all non-US visitors

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Company taking orders for hypoallergenic kittens

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2004′s Scariest Halloween Costumes

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Wednesday’s Wonderful MP3 Downloads



Elbow:: Asleep at the back (Album Download)

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Radiohead:: Kid A (Album Download)

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Massive Attack:: 100th Window (Album Download)

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Kingblind’s Favorite Finds



Pop-up stores: here today, gone tomorrow

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Mosh – Eminem joins the ABB (anybody but Bush) crowd. Not playing on a TV near you.

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osh-rev.mov”>CLICK TO VIEW QT Video

The Unsettling Origins of the “Curse of the Bambino.”

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The new iPod Photo

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World supports Kerry

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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

John Peel dies aged 65



Veteran DJ John Peel, 65, has died. He suffered a heart attack shortly after being taken ill during a working holiday in the city of Cuzco, Peru, with his wife Sheila. John Peel was a DJ on BBC Radio 1 since it was founded. His evening radio show occupied a unique position in British popular music, popularising such diverse acts as Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan and the Sex Pistols. “He passed away. We don’t have any details. We received a phone call at 4am from his brother to inform us,” said Jonathan Clare, a British embassy official in Lima. The BBC in London said Peel was on a working holiday in Cuzco with his wife, Sheila. Radio 1 Controller Andy Parfitt said “John Peel was a broadcasting legend. I am deeply saddened by his death as are all who work at Radio 1. John’s influence has towered over the development of popular music for nearly four decades and his contribution to modern music and music culture is immeasurable. “Hopeful bands all over the world sent their demo tapes to John knowing that he really cared. His commitment and passion for new music only grew stronger over the years. In fact, when I last saw him he was engaged in a lively debate with his fellow DJs over the state of new music today. He will be hugely missed. ” The BBC’s director of radio and music, Jenny Abramsky, said: “John Peel was a unique broadcaster whose influence on Radio 1 could be felt from its very first days. “He nurtured musicians and listeners alike introducing them to new sounds. His open minded approach to music was mirrored by his equally generous approach to his audience when he went to Radio 4 to present Home Truths. He had a remarkable rapport with all his listeners. Everyone at BBC Radio is devasted by the news. John is simply irreplaceable. Our hearts go out to Sheila and his children.” Peel, born John Ravenscroft in 1939, was one of Britain’s original pirate radio disc jockeys in the 1960s, broadcasting from ships anchored just outside British waters that won huge followings. Peel was his assumed “pirate” name. In the late 1970s he championed punk rock to the consternation of many of his radio contemporaries who were still playing rock supergroups – and were convinced the new music fad would never had any real impact. Peel was awarded an OBE for his services to British music.

Tuesday’s Terrific MP3 & Video Downloads



Fiery Furnaces at the Metro in Chicago on 6/17/04

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Pinback:: Offline PK

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Greg Graffin:: Extra Rare Tracks (Greg is the singer in Bad Religion)

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Grandaddy:: Nature Anthem (Music Video- QT)

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marianne dissard & calexico (Kris Kristofferson cover)

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Kingblind’s Favorite Finds



Homemade Robotic Drum Machine

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The SwiMP3 bone conducting underwater MP3 player

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Errol Morris’ Political Switchers

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What would Bill Hicks say?

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How do you run a convention on a record of failure

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Monday, October 25, 2004

Monday’s MP3 Download Madness



The STROKES:: IS THIS IT (Album Download)

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Gang Starr:: 5 Albums to Download

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Coldplay:: Blue Room EP (Album Download)

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Super Furry Animals:: Phantom Power (Album Download)

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Rilo Kiley: Adventures And Nudity In The Studio



Rilo Kiley have to speak up. The band members are sitting in a semi-circle, in a little bunker/dressing-room directly under the stage at the Horseshoe, and the opening band is a noisy one. The walls are painted black and a single light bulb is making this all feel a lot like an interrogation. Their new record, More Adventurous, has a decidedly accurate title — seeing the indie-pop band take stabs at country, punk, stadium rock and electro-pop. In an active bid to experiment and expand, the band worked with several producers, including Dntel’s Jimmy Tamborello, Beachwood Sparks’ Dave Scher and Jimmy Eat World producer Mark Trombino. Ultimately though, all the musical and stylistic excursions were passed through another producer, Mike Mogis. “The whole thing ended up going through the Mogis filter, because he mixed the record and kinda produced everything as a whole,” says singer Jenny Lewis. “Which hopefully tied it up a bit, and made it feel slightly more cohesive.” The album was recorded in a Nebraska deep-freeze last winter, with the band cooped up in a studio for hours on end. “I think it definitely had an effect on how the record came out,” says drummer Jason Boesel. “Certainly we all went a little nuts and that’s unavoidably mixed into the way our performances came out.” Lewis is not so sure. “I think we would’ve gone crazy in the summertime too,” she says. “I feel that’s just where we were at. We were obsessing over mixes and we were frustrated with certain things. Making anything, you have a tendency to overanalyze.” In the push to perfect the songs, Lewis ended up naked in the studio at one point. Having tried everything else to put the right spin on her vocals for “I Never,” Lewis stripped down in a secluded booth during one late-night session. The resulting take is a standout on the album. “I had done a bunch of different passes at that song, over the five weeks we were there,” she explains. “And none of them were quite right. Blake (Sennett, guitarist) and I were alone in the studio together and it was just an idea that came up. I don’t know if it really influenced it, or if at that point it would have gotten there anyway, clothed or nude. It was just a funny thing to experiment with.” The lyrics of More Adventurous are as experimental as the music, with Lewis trying out a variety of forms and points-of-view. “I don’t think I made a decision to write in a certain way,” she says. “I think, just writing songs, at a certain point you want to talk about things other than relationships and explore different perspectives. But the songs just came about. And I think in response to that, the songs I’m writing now are way more traditional. I feel the shift.” The bandmates also have new experiences to bring to the table. Following some success with their last CD, 2002’s The Execution Of All Things, they each split off into side projects. Lewis sang with The Postal Service, Sennett fronted The Elected and Boesel recorded with Bright Eyes.”But I think this is easier for us,” says Lewis. “This feels like coming home.” “You come back to the band with different perspectives,” adds Boesel. “In the darkest times it gives you something else to look forward to, and in the best of times you use what you’ve learned.””And it’s always good in arguments,” mocks Lewis. “Because you can always be like ‘Forget you! I’m just gonna go do this other thing! I hate you anyway!’

Friday, October 22, 2004

Friday’s Fantastic MP3 downloads



Radiohead:: Hail to the thief (Album Download)

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Therepy:: Troublegum (Album Download)

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Bad Religion:: The Process of Belief (Album Download)

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nofx:: white trash, two heebs and a bean (Album Download)

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Thurston Moore to pen liner notes for upcoming Nirvana Boxset



Sonic Youth guitarist/vocalist Thurston Moore has penned the liner notes for the highly anticipated Nirvana boxed set “With the Lights Out,” due Nov. 23 via DGC/Universal. Late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was an admitted Sonic Youth fanatic; the two bands’ 1991 European tour is chronicled on the following year’s home video “1991: The Year That Punk Broke.” Moore’s notes will appear in the boxed set’s 60-page booklet, featuring unpublished photos and an indepth chronology. Although it appears no specific track will be worked to U.S. radio outlets as a single, stations are expected to receive a five-song sampler of tracks from the 81-track collection.

White Stripes Rock ‘Under Blackpool Lights’



Third Man/V2 has set a Dec. 7 release date for the White Stripes’ first live DVD, “Under Blackpool Lights.” As previously reported, the set was taped earlier this year at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, England, and shot on super 8 and 16 mm film by famed director Dick Carruthers (the Who, Led Zeppelin). Screenings are in the works for select U.S. cities prior to the release date. Beyond such rock radio favorites as “Seven Nation Army,” “There’s No Home for You Here,” “The Hardest Button to Button” and “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground,” the DVD sports covers of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” Bob Dylan’s “Outlaw Blues” and Son House’s “Death Letter.” “Jolene” will be released Nov. 15 as a single in the U.K., backed by live versions of “Black Math” and “Do.” The Stripes are gearing up to begin work on the follow-up to 2003′s “Elephant,” which debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.62 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here is the track list for “Under Blackpool Lights”:

“When I Hear My Name”

“Black Math”

“Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”

“I Think I Smell a Rat”

“Take a Whiff on Me”

“Astro”

“Outlaw Blues”

“Jack the Ripper”

“Jolene”

“Hotel Yorba”

“Death Letter”

“Do”

“The Hardest Button to Button”

“Truth Doesn’t Make a Noise”

“The Big Three Killed My Baby”

“Wasting My Time”

“You’re Pretty Good Looking”

“Hello Operator”

“Apple Blossom”

“Ball and Biscuit”

“Let’s Shake Hands”

“I Fought Pirhanas”

“Let’s Build a Home”

“Goin’ Back to Memphis”

“Seven Nation Army”

“De Ballit of De Boll Weevil”

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Music Bloggin’ For Democracy



Hey!! Stop what you’re doing! You’re not going to find that Arcade

Fire live bootleg today, you’re not going to stumble across the b-side

to “Hand In Glove”, and you’re not going to find the unreleased Pixies

album. What you need to do is get ready to vote in the most important

election of our lives.

Find your nearest polling place and get prepared to vote.

Tell your friends to vote, tell your enemies for that matter. But just vote.

If you are not a U.S. citizen than please call or email all your American friends and make sure they plan on voting. Participation by all is crucial.

Many artists/organizations are stepping up and helping with the Get Out the Vote campaign.. Below are a few sites and songs we like:

Moveon.org

MOVEON.ORG

Rockthevote.com

ROCKTHEVOTE.COM

Kerry.com

kerry.com

MP3′s and PSA’s and a Music Video

Chris Stamey/Yo La Tengo PSA

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The Creekdippers (w/Victoria Williams and Mark Olson) – Poor GW

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Dan Bern – Bush Must Be Defeated

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Green Day – American Idiot (Quicktime Video)

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

OutKast’s The Love Below movie is reportedly in jeopardy due to an ailing budget and the group’s erratic behavior.





According to The Scoop, HBO executives are struggling to keep the project afloat. Sources say the flick is weeks behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget. advertisement”The director [Bryan Barber] seems to have lost control, but HBO can’t fire him because he’s a big buddy of OutKast – practically the third member of the group,” an insider told The Scoop. “[He directed OutKast's videos] brilliantly, but there’s a big difference between directing a video and directing a movie.” Word is HBO has written to Andre 3000 about missing days on the set and executives have even flown to Wilmington, NC, where production is taking place in attempt to restore order. A HBO spokesperson denied that the project was heading downhill. In addition, the rep stated that Andre and Big Boi have shown professionalism and that Barber is directing the flick in the right direction. “(He) is the right man for the project. We love him,” the spokesperson told The Scoop. “The film will speak for itself. We’re very happy with it.”