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Archive for April, 2005

Friday, April 29, 2005

Kingblind Downloads

Kings Of Leon:: Live at T in the Park 2004
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m83 – before the dawn heal us
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the libertines- what_became of the likely lads-ep
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Woodstock 1969
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Mars Volta:: Deloused In the Comatorium
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LIVE Prince Shows
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NIN:: The Ghost that feeds (Garageband mashup) Hand that feed Vs. Ghostbusters
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Kingblind music news that you can use

Mould Drafts Fugazi Drummer For Fall Tour
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Shins Ready To Attempt Topping Their ‘Garden State’ Success
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Tired old Liam takes on the entire UK scene.
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Rockabilly Legend Hasil Adkins Dead At 67
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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Kingblind Downloads

Video from The Arcade Fire, The Shins, Mogwai and More
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fatboy slim – radioshow live mix
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The Smiths:: Louder than Bombs
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Fela Kuti: Gentleman
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3 songs by Leadbelly (Super rare footage)
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Rilo Kiley:: January 11, 2004 – San Francisco CA
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The Mountain Goats:: The Sunset Tree (Album Review)

Once upon a time, the “Profiles” section of the New Yorker offered a fascinating look into the biographies of the famous, like Johnny Carson, and the not-quite-as-famous, like David Brower, former executive director of the Sierra Club. I’ve always thought John Darnielle, who records as the Mountain Goats, would be a good candidate for an in-depth literary profile. At first, this judgment was simply a reflection of his being a square peg in the round hole of the indie rock world. Darnielle has always written with a greater attention to descriptive detail, narrative perspective, semantic coherence, and similar critical concerns than any other underground artist, or any of the folk songwriters of previous eras. Yet he also recorded these songs on a department store boom box, leaving his carefully considered lit-rock at the mercy of his ultra lo-fidelity equipment. Plus, with a steady job as a psychiatric nurse working with abused children, a website on which he used close-reading techniques to dissect gangster rap and hair metal, and a fairly nonchalant public persona, he stood outside the traditional rock and roll lifestyle. Darnielle’s biography has only gotten more interesting, however, with his last two releases, We Shall All Be Healed and now The Sunset Tree. Both are autobiographical albums about his early life: We Shall All Be Healed recalls Darnielle’s time amongst a circle of meth users, and the 13 songs on The Sunset Tree describe Darnielle’s childhood, in particular the years of physical abuse he suffered at the hands of his stepfather. It’s ironic, to say the least, that John Darnielle has been so prolific for so many years and yet we are just learning that he has so much to say. Since 2002’s Tallahasse, his first record for 4AD, Darnielle has left behind the boom box and begun recording in a studio. The Sunset Tree and We Shall All Be Healed were both produced by John Vanderslice, and fellow Mountain Goats on this record include cellist Erik Friedlander and bass player Peter Hughes. The studio proficiency helps. Whereas on, say, All Hail West Texas one might notice that the lyrics tell an interesting or funny story while the music depends upon a fairly simple chord progression, now one notices that the songs have space for cello and piano and are, in truth, really good. “This Year” has an addictive bass run, while “Magpie” is a duet for a guitar and what sounds like a mandolin. As always, however, Darnielle’s songs are just showcases for his lyrics and his own slightly nasal singing. He’s forthright with the details of his youth, shifting back and forth between descriptions of his stepfather’s attacks and his internal responses. “I’m in the living room watching the Watergate hearings while my stepfather yells at my mother,” he sings on “Dance Music,” “launches a glass across the room straight at her head,” and he runs upstairs to the sanctuary of his record player: “So this is what the volume knob’s for?” On “Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod,” he reminds himself that he will, eventually, make it out of his house alive: “Held under these smothering waves by your strong and thick-veined hand / but one of these days I’m going to wriggle up on dry land.” The Sunset Tree’s final song, “Pale Green Things,” may be the most complex. Shortly after learning about his stepfather’s death during a phone call with his sister, he flashes back to a different memory, a visit to a racetrack in southern California. “I turned it over in my mind, like a living Chinese finger trap.” Just like We Shall All Be Healed, The Sunset Tree is worlds removed from the days when John Darnielle was following fictional characters through the “Going To…” series, or writing about teenage metalheads. For a musician who has built a fairly sizable following telling those sorts of stories, he’s making a bold move by switching to more autobiographical work. Novelists, however, tend to write their memoirs once they’ve honed their storytelling abilities through fiction. Clearly, John Darnielle has a life story that’s inspiring as more than just the tale of an unconventional indie rock hero. Now that he’s making his best music, I think we can all be glad that he’s finally telling it.
By Tom Zimpleman

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

(KINGBLIND ALBUM GIVEAWAY) DAVID LIVE and STAGE

Kingblind is so happy to be giving our readers a chance to win a copy of this double CD live masterpiece (Recorded in 1974 & 1978) from David Bowie. Just send an email to kingblind(at)gmail.com with BOWIE in the subject line and your name and address in the body of the email and we will randomly pick a winner.. Good Luck~
(About the CD)
The 2-CD sets feature previously unreleased tracks, new stereo mixes, restored original sequencing and new liner notes by their original producer, Tony Visconti. Recorded in July 1974, David Live is an enthralling documentation of Bowie’s innovative and extraordinary 1974 Diamond Dogs tour. Bowie started the tour as a glam rock king, but as the tour progressed, he adopted a new sound and a new look, best described as Phillysoul. Early in 1978, David Bowie began rehearsals for what was to be his biggest tour to that point of his career. The majority of the show’s setlist was to be comprised primarily from the Low & Heroes albums, but Bowie surprised his fans by including a selection of songs from the Ziggy Stardust album, rearranged to reflect his new futuristic synthesizer sound. This tour is captured in this 1978 live album Stage.
Album E-card
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Kingblind Downloads

Frank Sinatra:: The Best of
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Echo and the Bunnyman:: Crocodiles
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Duran Duran:: Pre-Simon Le Bon Tracks
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Sean Lennon attempts to start brawl at music festival

Sean Lennon attempted to start a brawl after performing at a music festival this weekend, it has been claimed. The son of the John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who is also a musician, is reported to have picked a fight with another performer – because he didn’t like his hair cut. Singer Jayne County, whose bassist was the victim of the abuse, said she was furious that the late Beatle’s son had behaved in such a way. The singer fumed: “It angers me that Sean Lennon, son of John – a member of the Beatles, who I love – can be so drunk and narrow minded to pick a fight with my bass player because he’s got a Mohawk.” Jayne continued saying she believed Lennon was jealous because of the female attention her band were receiving saying he was “insecure”. She said: “He was surrounded by girls and thought my bass player was competition so he started picking on him. The incident occurred at the All Tomorrows Parties music festival – held in Sussex at the weekend – where both he and Yoko were performing, and Jayne County added that Lennon’s words came to causing a violent scuffle. She continued: “Security had to step in and separate them or blood would have spilled.”

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Kingblind Downloads

Tons of Radiohead
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Bob Marley:: Live in 1973

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The Beach Boys:: Smile (Album Download)
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Pulp:: Different Class
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KINGBLIND.COM BOWIE GIVEAWAY TOMORROW!!!

Kingblind.com is gearing up for our double disc live in 74′ Bowie giveaway. Stay tuned for more details on Wednesday morning!!

Monday, April 25, 2005

Kingblind Downloads

Smashing Pumpkins ‘Gish’
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The Killers ‘Hot Fuss’
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The Beatles ‘Meet The Beatles’
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Wired cd: rip, sample, mash, share . . .
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Music news that you can use

When good indie goes bad
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Reading and Leeds Festival lineup has been announced
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Franz Ferdinand Give Video Access To Their New Album
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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Tom Waits driven to anger

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Waits’ next boozy, bluesy tune might be about European car manufacturers. The gravel-voiced Waits says Opel, a European division of General Motors, is running a TV commercial in Scandinavia with a soundtrack resembling his style and sound. And he’s not happy about it. “Commercials are an unnatural use of my work,” the 55-year-old singer said in a statement. “It’s like having a cow’s udder sewn to the side of my face. Painful and humiliating.” Waits said he’s never allowed his voice or music to be used in commercials “and I have lawyers over there investigating my options.” Opel denies any intention to mimic Waits. The carmaker said the music in the ad is a Brahms composition with a Frankfurt, Germany-based singer giving a “rough voice interpretation for the ‘Wiegenlied’ theme in English.” The company said Steven Tyler of Aerosmith was the only celebrity approached for the ad. “We actually are surprised about the fact that Tom Waits considers the music … a potential misuse of his voice and style of singing,” Opel said in a statement Thursday. “We have been assured by our agency partners that Tom Waits has not been approached at any time within this project.” In 1992, Waits was awarded $2.5 million in damages from Frito-Lay after successfully arguing that another singer was hired to imitate his voice for a Doritos corn chip commercial. In the early ’90s, he filed several lawsuits against his previous record label, Third Story Music. He alleged, among other things, that Third Story reneged on a contract by allowing two of his songs to used in TV commercials overseas.

Mastodon:: Blood and Thunder (Music Video)

It’s great when your friends in bands finally start doing well. And even better when they shoot a REALLY great music video shot by your buddy in the bar you use to get drunk in almost every night.. Ahhh the good life.. Kingblind hopes you enjoy this video as much as we do.. Both the guys in Mastodon and Authority Films are great people who deserve as much support as possible. Enjoy the video (Hope you aren’t scared of clowns!)
Mastodon:: Blood and Thunder
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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Pixies, Weezer, Dinosaur Jr. Set For Lollapalooza

The Pixies, Weezer, Widespread Panic, the Killers, the Arcade Fire, Liz Phair, the Black Keys and Death Cab For Cutie are among the acts that will play the reconfigured Lollapalooza festival, which, as previously reported, will be held July 23-24 in Chicago’s Grant Park. Also on the bill are Cake, Dashboard Confessional, Dinosaur Jr., Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, Louis XIV, Tegan & Sara, M83, Los Amigos Invisibles, Blue Merle, the Redwalls, the Changes, Dandy Warhols, Digable Planets, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Billy Idol, the Bravery and Blonde Redhead. The lineup was announced today (April 22) in Chicago. Lollapalooza 2005 will be produced by Capital Sports & Entertainment and Charles Attal Presents — the brain trust behind the successful Austin City Limits festival — along with Lollapalooza owners the William Morris Agency and Perry Farrell. “This lineup is a cross between ACL and Coachella,” Attal tells Billboard.com of the event, which will feature more than 70 acts on five stages. “It’s the ACL model that we’re bringing to Chicago.” That model, Attal says, is a lower-than-expected ticket price, local food vendors, accessible stage layout and set times, as well as an amenity-heavy backstage vibe. “You’ve got to send a message,” Attal says. “You take care of the bands, you take care of the music consumer who’s buying the ticket, and they’ll come back for more.” Earlier this month, 2,000 Internet presale tickets sold out in 80 minutes, according to Capital Sports’ Charlie Jones. “Whether or not that was a true indicator of the strength of this brand or the result of press leaks with the bands, we’ll never know,” Jones says. “But people who took that bet with us will get a fancy souvenir ticket.” (via billboard)

Friday, April 22, 2005

Kingblind Downloads

Live and Rare Cure
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Morrissey – Live at Earls Court
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Misc MP3 & Ogg Dance Music Dir
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Bloc Party:: She’s Hearing Voices- Live at SXSW
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