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Friday, December 31, 2004

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Several albums from Wire

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Elliott Smith:: S/T

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Sparks:: Profile

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The Jam:: Setting Sons

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The Jam:: Greatest Hits

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The Hives:: Tyrannosauraus Hives

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The Ramones:: All this stuff and more Vol 1

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Kingblind’s Music News



Broken Social Scene, The Dears, Death From Above 1979, and Stars are planning a tour of Japan for May. BSS is also preparing for the release of its third album in March or April, while Stars releases Set Yourself on Fire on March 8 in the US. (Via DOA)

Mogwai is also gathering together material for a compilation. Entitled Government Commissions, it includes eight years’ worth of sessions from BBC Radio programs and drops February 22nd on Matador. In other news, Mogwai will also be playing the UK All Tomorrow’s Parties alongside Spoon, Matmos, Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon), and others. (Via DOA)

Low has expanded its winter tour of the east into a national tour. The shows are in support of its latest album, The Great Destroyer, due out January 25th, and will also feature Pedro the Lion most U.S. dates.

TUE 02/01/05 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom w/Pedro the Lion

WED 02/02/05 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero w/Pedro the Lion

THU 02/03/05 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom w/Pedro the Lion

FRI 02/04/05 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom w/Pedro the Lion

SAT 02/05/05 Somerville, MA Somerville Theater w/Pedro the Lion

MON 02/07/05 Washington, DC Black Cat w/Pedro the Lion

TUE 02/08/05 Lexington, KY Center for the Arts w/Pedro the Lion

WED 02/09/05 Newport, KY Southgate House w/Pedro the Lion

THU 02/10/05 Columbus, OH Wexner Center w/Pedro the Lion

FRI 02/11/05 Chicago, IL Metro w/Pedro the Lion

SAT 02/12/05 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue w/Pedro the Lion

THU 02/17/05 Camgridge, UK The Junction

FRI 02/18/05 London, UK Royal Festival Hall

SAT 02/19/05 Wolverhampton, UK Wulfrun Hall

MON 02/21/05 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique

TUE 02/22/05 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso

THU 02/24/05 Sheffield, UK The Leadmill

FRI 02/25/05 Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow University Union

SAT 02/26/05 Edinburgh, Scotland The Queens Hall

MON 02/28/05 Dublin, Ireland The Village

FRI 03/18/2005 Omaha, NE Sokol Underground

SAT 03/19/2005 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre

MON 03/21/2005 Salt Lake City, UT The Velvet Room

TUE 03/29/2005 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall w/Pedro the Lion

WED 3/30/2005 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall w/Pedro the Lion

Thursday, December 30, 2004

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds:: Nocturama (Album Download)

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THE CURE:: Curiosa Festival, Toronto, Canada 08/09/04

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Oceans 12:: OST

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BRILL BUILDING POP

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The Sound of Money:: using music to communicate market data to financial traders

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Duck and Cover: The Citizen Kane of civil defense films

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MSNBC’s Year in Pictures 2004

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Sony PS3 Specs

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Kingblind’s Downloads (Live Edition)



Jimi Hendrix:: Studio Outtakes

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Tom Waits: “The Black Rider” Demos and performances

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The Verve – 1992-10-23 – Camden Town Hall, London, England (DVD)

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Ten ways in which you can protect your privacy as a consumer

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A preview of eXeem, Suprnova’s decentralized bit torrent project

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Music In The Sundance Spotlight



Music seems to take a bigger role each year at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The Jan. 20-30 independent film showcase will see a slate of eclectic live performances to entertain attendees in between screenings, while music will receive its due on screen from a variety of perspectives. The Sundance documentary competition will host the world premieres of director Jeff Feurzeig’s “The Devil and Daniel Johnston” a profile the beloved Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter, and Greg Whitely’s “New York Doll,” which captures the reunion of legendary punk Arthur “Killer” Kane, a recovering alcoholic and recent Mormon convert, with the rest of his New York Dolls bandmates. Johnston is also slated to perform at the festival as part of the Jan. 26 Sundance Night Café bill with Craig Armstrong and Yo La Tengo. The wartime hardships of Iraqi pianist Samir Peter are the basis of director Sean McAllister’s “The Liberace of Baghdad,” which will be among the offerings in the world cinema documentary competition, while Don Argott’s “Rock School” will receive a special screening and give festival goers a look at the real life version of an idea that gained acclaim in the 2003 Jack Black comedy “School of Rock.” Distinct areas of the music world are utilized as plot devices in a pair of films receiving their world premiere in Sundance’s dramatic competition. In Craig Brewer’s “Hustle & Flow,” a Memphis pimp attempts a mid-life career change as a rapper. “Forty Shades of Blue,” written by Michale Rohatyn and directed by Ira Sachs, also takes place in Memphis, centering on a young Russian woman’s personal awakening as she meets the estranged son of her husband, an aging rock’n’roll legend. The Australian film “Green Bush” (directed by Warwick Thornton) and the U.S. feature “A Thousand Roads” (directed by Chris Eyre) both probe the reach of radio DJs and the communities they build. Both will receive special screenings during the festival. The “Park City at Midnight” series will showcase “9 Songs,” writer/director Michael Winterbottom’s tale of lovers’ encounters between rock concerts. Sundance will also host the world premiere of director Andy Fickman’s tongue-in-cheek musical adaptation of the classic anti-marijuana propaganda film “Reefer Madness.” On live music side, Michael Franti & Spearhead will entertain at the Gala at Snow Park Lodge at the Deer Valley Resort, the later of a pair of Sundance’s opening night parties. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will host the daytime Music Café for attendees throughout the Sundance Film Festival. Four or five artists will perform daily, including vocalists Andgelique Kidjo and Michael McDonald, Toad The Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips with Nickel Creek siblings Sara and Sean Watkins, hip-hop poet Saul Williams, country artist Billy Currington, singer/songwriters Suzanne Vega, Rickie Lee Jones, Linda Perry and Ben Kweller, offbeat performers Dresden Dolls and Nellie McKay and rock acts Midnight Movies, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and Kings Of Leon. In addition to the aforementioned Night Café featuring Johnston, an earlier Jan. 23 version will boast a collaboration between Jayhawks leader Gary Louris and ambient electronic artist Raz Mesinai, as well as performances by alaska! and Calexico. The Sundance Village will host Cyrus Chesnutt (Jan. 22), Bill Charlap (Jan. 26), Marcus Roberts (Jan. 28) and Judy Carmichael (Jan. 29) in its presentation of jazz trios at the Sundance Rehearsal Hall. The venue will also showcase Steinway at Sundance, a gallery of legendary pianos. A free outdoor concert will be staged Jan. 22 on Park City’s lower Main Street under the Music on Main banner, while a music showcase will be held Jan. 26 at the “Sundance House,” a meeting place for attendees at the Kimball Arts Center. Performers for those events have not been announced. Additionally music’s role in the movies will be the focal point of “Music and Film: The Creative Process,” a Jan. 26 roundtable discussion as part of Sundance’s conference panel offerings. Among those taking part will be actor/musician Kevin Bacon and his Bacon Brothers bandmate Michael Bacon, composers George S. Clinton (“Austin Powers”), Rolfe Kent (“Mean Girls,” “About Schmidt”) and Peter Golub (“The Laramie Project”) and director/cinematographer Rodrigo Garcia (“Six Feet Under,” “Carnivale”). For more information on the scheduled films and events, visit the Sundance Film Festival Web site at festival.sundance.org.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Kingblind’s Downloads (Lossless Edition)



FRANZ FERDINAND – Cologne 2004 05 18 (flac)

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Nirvana 1990-08-17- Hollywood Palladium Hollywood Cal

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Scratch Acid – 12/30/86 Duisiberg, Germany

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THE KINKS – Slum Kids:: Live In London

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Doe Inks With Yep Roc For ‘Forever’



X guitarist/vocalist John Doe has inked with independent label Yep Roc, which will on March 22 release his next album, “Forever.” The 11-track set is Doe’s first since “Dim Stars, Bright Sky,” released in 2002 by iMusic. He’s the latest veteran act to sign to Yep Roc, which this year alone has inked Bob Mould, Robyn Hitchcock, Dave Alvin, Paul Weller and Ken Stringfellow. “Forever” finds Doe surrounded by such guests as Alvin and Grant Lee Phillips on “The Losing Kind.” Phillips also sings on “Twin Brother,” while Neko Case duets with Doe on “Hwy 5,” a track co-written with X’s Exene Cervenka. Throwing Muses mastermind Kristin Hersh guests on “Ready,” a tribute to fallen musicians such as Elliott Smith and the Germs’ Darby Crash. Veteran guitarist Smokey Hormel appears on “There’s a Black Horse,” while Doe’s daughter Veronica Jane makes her singing debut on “Mama Don’t.” The set was produced by Doe and Dave Way, who worked behind the boards on the artist’s 2000 album with his band the John Doe Thing, “Freedom Is…” Doe is expected to embark on a North American tour in support of “Forever” this spring.

The Futureheads:: S/T (Album Review)



Well, no-one’s going to mistake this for ‘Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’ in a hurry. And, to be honest, if you’re going to make any mistakes at all where this album’s concerned then you’re going to have to do it in as much of a hurry as possible. In its original form – that’s minus their glorious cover of ‘Hounds Of Love’, of course – this is a 14-track, 33-minute affair, and, like all the most intense and intoxicating of affairs, it crackles with an urgency that suggests a fear of being caught out. Good call! See, at every turn ‘The Futureheads’ is a confident, rampant holler that bristles with the energies of prime new wave, the proselytising vigour of the most barnstorming white soul, and the wry, cerebral kickback of most of the artier artists of the last thirty years. They’re also nothing if not a genius pop band too, as was evidenced spectacularly on debut single proper ‘First Day’, with its elevation of the mundane, gleeful springiness and insistent, uncalled-for accelerations, and showcased many times over here. In fact, if anything was ever an element of crossover in the 80s, it’s probably on here somewhere. There’s a glut of tribal rhythms and Burundi wallop a la the Ants – just look at ‘Stupid And Shallow’ or the affably stop-start ‘A To B’ – and, rather more rarely, there’s a strong sense of the Housemartins here, especially in the harmonies on ‘He Knows’ (the only track that clocks in anywhere over the three-minute mark. Why, that’s practically prog, that is!) and the brilliant ‘Danger Of The Water’, but it’s all done in a fashion that’s not only so reverent but also so playful that it ends up sounding like essentially no-one else at the moment, which is the stuff of smartness indeed. Who else would trundle through the clockwork crystallinisms of ‘Le Garage’? Or the, well, exploding teardrops that cascade through ‘Alms’? Moreover, and we suspect this is going to be a welcome feature in these post-Franz Ferdinand times, the whole thing’s performed in the band’s own Sunderland accents, which lend proceedings even further conviction and softens the likes of forthcoming single ‘Decent Days And Nights’ in the wake of their almost exhaustive irrepressibility. Yes, ‘The Futureheads’ might, ironically, be something of a blast from the past. But what a blast! (Iain Moffat)

Monday, December 27, 2004

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M83:: Before Dawn Heals Us (Album Download)

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Fiery Furnaces:: Blueberry Boat (Album Download) back by popular request

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9 Diamanda Galas Albums

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Costello Cooking Up New EP, DVDs, Tour



Never one to rest on his laurels, Elvis Costello has a variety of projects on the horizon, including a 10-inch vinyl EP of previously unreleased recordings, two DVDs and a 2005 itinerary packed with touring. First up is the seven-song vinyl release “The Clarksdale Sessions,” due Jan. 25 via Lost Highway. The set chronicles a rehearsal session for Costello’s latest album with the Imposters, “The Delivery Man,” captured on tape at a one-room recording studio in Clarksdale, Miss. In addition to “The Delivery Man” tracks “The Monkey” (an alternate version of “Monkey to Man”) “Country Darkness,” “Needle Time,” “The Scarlet Tide” and the title song, “Sessions” sports a cover of the Chips Moman/Dan Penn composition “Dark End of the Street” and the previously unreleased original “In Another Room.” Costello and the Imposters recently released five additional live-in-the-studio versions of tracks from the album exclusively via Apple’s iTunes Music Store as “The Futurama Sessions.” A collection of music videos and TV performances, “The Right Spectacle,” will arrive on DVD Jan. 17 in the U.K. via Demon, with release plans in other territories still being finalized. And although details are still being nailed down, April 19 will bring the release of the concert DVD “Club Date: Live in Memphis” via Eagle Rock Entertainment, taped this summer at the city’s 250-capacity Hi-Tone Lounge. The artist already has a full slate of 2005 tour dates on tap, beginning Jan. 19 in Stockholm and wrapping Feb. 20 in Manchester, England. A two-month North American run is scheduled for March, but the only dates confirmed so far are three Florida engagements: March 2 in Orlando, March 4 in Miami and March 5 in Tampa. Finally, Costello was nominated for three Grammys last week: best rock album for “The Delivery Man,” best rock performance by a duo our group with vocal for “Monkey to Man” and best male pop vocal performance for “De-Lovely,” from the film of the same name.

Here are Elvis Costello’s tour dates:

Jan. 19: Stockholm (Concert House)

Jan. 21: Oslo (Rockefeller)

Jan. 22: Copenhagen (Vera)

Jan. 24: Utrecht, Holland (Music Centrum)

Jan. 26: Antwerp (Koningen Elizabeth Hall)

Jan. 28: Berlin (UDK)

Jan. 29: Hamburg (Kampnagel)

Jan. 30: Frankfurt (Mouson Turm)

Feb. 1: Murcia, Spain (Auditorio de Murcia)

Feb. 2: Valencia, Spain (Palau De La Musica)

Feb. 5: Milan (Auditorium Verdi)

Feb. 6: Rome (Parco Della Musica)

Feb. 9: Brighton, England (Brighton Dome)

Feb. 10: London (Hammersmith Apollo)

Feb. 12: Bristol, England (Colston Hall)

Feb. 13: Coventry, England (Warwick Arts Center)

Feb. 14: Edinburgh, England (Usher Hall)

Feb. 16: Liverpool, England (Royal Court)

Feb. 17: Sheffield, England (Octagon)

Feb. 18: Buxton, England (Opera House)

Feb. 20: Manchester, England (Bridgewater Hall)

March 2: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)

March 4: Miami (Jackie Gleason Theatre)

March 5: Tampa (Tampa Theatre)

Friday, December 24, 2004

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM KINGBLIND.COM (X-MAS Edition MP3′s)



Tijuana Christmas Album

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Johnny Cash:: Merry Christmas Mary

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The Cash Family:: Silent Night

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Leadbelly:: Christmas is Coming

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Bing Crosby – Happy Holidays (Beef Wellington Remix)

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Low:: Blue Christmas

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Santa came on a nuclear missle

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

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Sufjan Stevens:: Christmas Songs

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Beach Boys:: Smile (Bootleg)

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Tom Waits:: Swordfishtrombones / Rain Dogs / Franks Wild Years / Bone Machine (Album Downloads)

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The Beatles:: Please Please Me / With the Beatles / A Hard Days Night (Album Downloads)

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Santa saves time by skipping the red states (from SNL)

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A very rare Holiday album

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