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Archive for February, 2005

Monday, February 28, 2005

Kingblind Download’s

The White Stripes:: Peel Session Nov 8th 01
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Robert Pollard:: Two Demo Tracks
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M. Ward:: Big Boat
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Andrew Bird:: Nervous Tick
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M. Ward:: Transistor Radio (Album Review)

Some of the best artists are the ones that don’t come riding a wave of overexposure. So it should come as no surprise that Transfiguration of Vincent (M. Ward’s previous album) received very little attention upon its release in 2003. M. Ward’s music has an element of yesteryear, and luckily for us, he had to win over fans show by excellent show and by word of mouth. Transistor Radio, M. Ward’s latest release, luckily benefits from all of his hard work over the last two years. While not as strong as Transfiguration, the album might just be the ticket Ward needs to find himself where he belongs…at the top of the modern folk rock scene. At 16 tracks, Transistor Radio is a comprehensive workout in M. Ward’s finest strengths. “You Still Believe in Me,” a simple guitar instrumental reminiscent of his debut album End of Amnesia, opens the album and leads into the relatively new terrain of old-timey sing-alongs with “One Life Away.” With backing vocals courtesy of touring pal Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), the duo finds a very common ground, mixing early country guitar work with vocal harmonies that recall the finest songs by the Carter Family. “Sweethearts on Parade,” “Fuel for Fire,” and “Four Hours in Washington” follow as the album moves along, but are unfortunately weaker versions of previously released songs. “Four Hours in Washington” is simply far too similar to “Sad, Sad Song” from Transfiguration for this listener not to take notice. Thankfully, “Paul’s Song” returns to the finer M. Ward moments, with a beautiful acoustic strum hiding underneath Ward’s silky voice. Most of Transistor Radio highlights this sort of dichotomy between beautiful, new directions and treading older territory, with mixed results. Indeed, the hit and miss nature of Transistor Radio makes it seem more like a compilation of songs rather than a cohesive album. But in the end, the album is a winner simply due to Ward’s unique voice and talent as a songwriter. (reviewer: jean-pierre)

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Kingblind.com Presents:: Rock & Roll High School

Kingblind.com brings ROCK & ROLL HIGH SCHOOL to the West Coast. That’s right kids come hear DJ Kingblind and DJ My Little Pony Spin the best in Punk, Glam, Rock, Funk and Soul… All for free on Thursday March 17th 2005 at The Bus Stop bar in Seattle, WA at 508 E. Pine St. (Capital Hill Neigborhood) from 9pm till ??? for complete up to the minute details check out our online flyer HERE

Friday, February 25, 2005

Kingblind Download’s

Butthole Surfers:: 7/20/02 Emo’s Austin, TX
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The Beatles:: Lost Pepperland Reel
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The Hives:: Leeds Festival 8.28.04
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The Arcade Fire:: Wake Up (Music Video)
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Kingblind news that you can use

• Sasquatch! festival, held May 28 in George, Washington, sports big names again this year. Pixies, Wilco, Modest Mouse, Joanna Newsom, Arcade Fire, and A.C. Newman are just a few of the groups included in this year’s line-up. Last year’s festival included The Shins, Black Keys, Built to Spill, and Postal Service.

* The Jayhawks have apparently called it a day. Singer Gary Louris has confirmed that the alternative-country pioneers formed in Minneapolis two decades ago are no longer an active band.

* Paul Westerberg will be the subject of a solo retrospective this spring via Rhino.

* Live performances by DJ Z-Trip, Mix Master Mike, the X-ecutioners and DJ Jazzy Jay are featured on the DVD “Scratch: All the Way Live.” Due April 19 via Scratch Recordings, the sets were taped at Los Angeles’ House of Blues during the last Scratch tour. Bonus features include commentary by Z-Trip and footage from a Philadelphia jam session with him, the Roots’ Scratch, Qbert and the X-ecutioners.

• Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has signed an overseas deal with Echo, which will now distribute the group in Europe and the UK, and is working on a stateside deal. BRMC is currently working on its third studio album, tentatively titled Americana, said to sound markedly different from the band’s first two albums for Virgin.

• Bright Eyes, also known as Conor Oberst, is also touring in the coming weeks. As previously reported, world dates will only includes songs from the acoustic album I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, with songs from Digital Ash in a Digital Urn to be featured on this summer’s tour. Labelmates Rilo Kiley will join Oberst in Europe; R.E.M. opens in Australia. (via DOA)

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Kingblind.com album giveaway:: Joy Zipper “American Whip”

Hey Kids.. It’s contest time again.. Kingblind is giving away 2 signed copies of the new cd from Joy Zipper. Just send an email to:: kingblind(at)gmail.com with JOY ZIPPER IN THE SUBJECT LINE AND YOUR NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE and we will randomly pick two winners.. It’s just that simple !! (U.S. Residents only)

A little bit about Joy Zipper::
If the White Stripes didn’t listen to delta blues and they listened to the Beach Boys instead.. It might sound something like Joy Zipper (NME)
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“A music writer said we’re like a candy apple with a razor blade inside, which I think is a really great way to put it,” says Joy Zipper’s Tabitha Tindale. Vinny Cafiso, the other half of Joy Zipper (and Tabitha’s other half in real life), admits that he “doesn’t like to give away too much” and says he and Tabitha are indeed “flowering it up a bit to hide the darkness underneath.” There is an exquisite sweetness to the Joy Zipper sound. The tone of American Whip, the duo’s second album (in stores now on Dangerbird Records), is set by “Christmas Song,” which boasts a dreamy chorus – “I love you more than a thousand Christmases/ I want you more than any gift I can think of” – that sticks like Juicy Fruit. The Alpha Centauri keyboard effects, super-groovy organ line and that one Summer Of Love guitar progression give way to ecstatic stacked harmonies recalling The Beach Boys and The Beatles, two of Tabitha and Vince’s favorite antecedents.

See and hear Joy Zipper::

Official Site: http://joyzipper.tv

- E-card (5 songs, plus video)

New album in stores NOW!!! Tell em’ Kingblind sent ya!!

Kingblind Download’s

Secret Beck gig in LA 2.4.05 (Guero Live)
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John Coltrane (Live)-Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Nov. 4, 1963
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Southern Culture On The Skids (Live):: 2.18.055 –El Corazon– Seattle, WA
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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Kingblind Download’s

The Pixies:: Debaser (Live 2005)
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The Pixies:: No. 13 Baby (Live 2005)
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Japancakes:: Live- Echo Lounge- Atlanta, GA 12-2-04 (Kingblind booked this show)
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WHITE STRIPES PLAN A QUICKIE

THE WHITE STRIPES are set to start recording their new album this week. The duo are planning to head back into the studio to record the follow-up to 2003’s ’Elephant’ in Detroit. ”I’m going home to record in a couple of days,” White said. “And it should be done pretty quick.” It is expected that the band will follow the same process as ’Elephant’ – featuring the singles ’Seven Nation Army’ and ’The Hardest Button To Button’ – which was recorded in ten days. White has also just completed work on a collaborative LP with pal Brendan Benson. Talking about his intensive work schedule, White said: “I’ve done it [this way] for a long time, in my attic and out of my house, making 45s for bands. When bands would come to town, they’d stay at my house and we’d cut an album. (We’d do the same thing with) local Detroit bands.” He told MTV News: “I’ve been doing it for as long as I’ve been writing, and for as long as I’ve had bands, I’ve been recording. I never knew too much about the technical side, I just wanted to get things on tape that were soulful. And that’s the same thing with (Loretta Lynn’s ’Van Lear Rose’). It was on 8-track, and we did it in 12 days.” Lynn is also hoping to work again The White Stripes’s mainman again, saying: “We haven’t talked too much lately. He’s been working, and I have too. We will try to do some songs together pretty soon. I would like to get with him and write some stuff for my new album.” (Via NME)

AllofMP3 Under Attack—Probably Doomed

It was bound to happen—only a question of when. AllofMP3, the Russian download service that sold music by the megabyte in formats and bitrates chosen by the user, has been under investigation by the Russian police. The recommendation at this point is that the service be prosecuted for operating criminally. AllofMP3 has steadfastly maintained that it offers a catalog cleared by some Russian agency, and I have never seen a clear explanation of what that agency is or how much authority it has to clear a global inventory of tracks. Most suspiciously, bands such as The Beatles, which do not authorize online release of their music, were well represented in AllofMP3. But the service is beautiful, providing a degree of customization undreamed of by iTMS and other services, all of which seem like stark rip-offs by comparison. It is still operating as of now.

Punk Turns 30

Check out this kick ass site from the amazing TK.. Queen of Rock.. A Los Angeles native, she was one of a few people who photographed the nascent punk rock scene in the late 70′s. She worked at the Whisky A Go Go; She contributed to Pleasant Gehman’s fanzine LOBOTOMY, She has had punk pictures published in Creem, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Playboy and more! CLICK TO VIEW

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Kingblind Download’s (Singles Edition)

Mastodon:: Blood and Thunder
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Mastodon:: Iron Tusk
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Babyshambles – Killamangiro
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Amon Tobin:: Fast Eddie
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Low:: California
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NICK COMING HOMME AGAIN?

JOSH HOMME and NICK OLIVERI could be back working together as early as this year. The longtime Queens Of The Stone Age and Kyuss collaborators have been estranged since Homme sacked Oliveri in mysterious circumstances last year. But now, Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen has told Playlouder that fans hoping for a reunion may not have to wait long. “Nick’s going to make another Mondo Generator record and we’ll probably all end up playing on it,” said Leeuwen. “It’s that understood. Him and Josh are brothers, you know.” Leeuwen also explained how he himself feared that the Queens Of The Stone Age were over when Oliveri left. “I thought ‘what am I gonna do now?” he explained. “There were a lot of questions. Looking at it now I wouldn’t say that I’m glad he’s gone because he’s a great artist but I would say that it’s okay that we’ve changed and it’s gonna get even better. Things change and you’ve gotta roll with what’s going on.” The band release their album ‘Lullabies To Paralyze’ on March 21, and Leeuwen was quick to explode one particular myth surrounding album track ‘Everybody Knows You’re Insane’. “A lot of people think it’s a reference to Nick, and I can understand why they say that but it’s absolutely not,” he explained. “We know a lot of people and some of their behaviour is insane and it doesn’t have to be violent or whatever. It could be talking about a large number of people. It could be the whole general public of the United States!”

Monday, February 21, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005)

(In respect for the life and work of HST this will be the only post on Kingblind.com today.)
Feb 20 – CNN is reporting that HST has unfortunately passed away. Details are unknown at this time. A very sad day indeed. Hunter S. Thompson Website You may best know him for his famous book: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.
UPDATE VIA CNN::
Journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson, who unleashed the concept of “gonzo journalism” in books like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” fatally shot himself in the head Sunday at his home near Aspen, Colorado, police and his family said. “On Feb. 20, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson took his life with a gunshot to the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colo.,” said a statement issued by Thompson’s son, Juan Thompson, to the Aspen Daily News as reported by the Denver Post. “The family will shortly provide more information about memorial service and media contacts. Hunter prized his privacy, and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family.” A dispatcher for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Thompson’s death. Thompson, 67, was associated with the “New Journalism” movement of the 1960s, in which writers took a more novelistic and personal approach to their subjects. His account of a drug-fueled trip to cover a district attorneys’ anti-drug conference as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine was the seed of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” perhaps his best-known work. Subtitled “A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream,” the 1971 book included his lament on the passing of the 1960s and its “sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil.” “There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs,” he wrote. “We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — the place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.” In “Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72,” he described the campaign leading to Richard Nixon’s re-election as president with terms like “brutal” and “depraved,” speculating that Democratic Sen. Ed Muskie was under the influence of an obscure African psychoactive drug and bemoaned Nixon’s looming victory by proclaiming, “Jesus, where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to become president?” Other works included “The Great Shark Hunt,” a collection of Watergate-era essays; “Generation of Swine,” his lament on the youth of the 1980s; and his account of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential win, “Better than Sex.” His lone novel, “The Rum Diaries,” was published in 1998, while a collection of letters, “The Proud Highway: The Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman,” came out in 1997. In recent years, he wrote a column for the sports network ESPN’s Web site. In his most recent piece, posted Feb. 15, he describes shooting at golf balls like skeet with a friend near his longtime home — he called it “a fortified compound” — outside Aspen. “The general reaction here is shock and dismay, because he was such a figure in town,” Aspen resident John Hoag told CNN. Still, Hoag said, Thompson remained a private person. “The most news we heard from him was when a pack of dogs killed his peacock, Atillah, and he broke his leg in Hawaii last year.” Thompson also was the model for the character of “Uncle Duke” in the “Doonesbury” comic strip. But Thompson strongly disliked the characterization, once telling an interviewer that he would set “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau on fire if the two ever met. In later years, however, Thompson said he had made peace with the “Uncle Duke” portrayal. “I got used to it a long time ago,” he told Freezerbox magazine in 2003. “I used to be a little perturbed by it. It was a lot more personal … It no longer bothers me.” In 1980, actor Bill Murray portrayed Thompson in the film “Where the Buffalo Roam.” And in 1998, the film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” was released, based on Thompson’s book and starring Johnny Depp as the journalist. A new film reportedly is in production based on Thompson’s novel “The Rum Diaries.” The writer himself, Hoag said, will be missed. “There’s no one in the world these days who writes the truth … as he seems to, to me,” he said. “He spoke to the world and said what people were afraid to say.”

Friday, February 18, 2005

Kingblind Download’s

New Order:: Waiting for the Siren’s Call
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Low & Pedro the Lion:: Live
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Guided by Voices – A Bunch O’ Sad Drunks at the Pub – Dayton, OH – 10/12/95 ( FLAC)
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