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Archive for June, 2005

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Kingblind Download’s (Singles / Live Edition)

Bloc Party – Marshalls are Dead (live at Glastonbury Festival 2005)
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Bloc Party – This Modern Love (live at Glastonbury Festival 2005)
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The Futureheads – The City is here for you to use(live):
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Radiohead:: Everything is in it’s right place
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The White Stripes – Get Behind Me, Satan (Album Review)

Everything you know is wrong. Thought every White Stripes album was full of raw, visceral blues workouts? Thought Jack White was one of the greatest guitarists of his generation and every track showcased his awe inspiring ability? Well, think again, for Get Behind Me Satan is a very different beast. Let’s get this straight from the start. A lot of White Stripes fans are going to be hugely puzzled by this follow up to the planet shagging success story that was Elephant. And a fair proportion of those are going to absolutely hate it. For a start, there’s only three tracks based around the guitar, with most songs written for the piano. And secondly, this is the Stripes’ most diverse album yet – they’ve dropped the garage sound and embraced bluegrass, country music and even disco. To longstanding observers of Jack and Meg though, this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Jack’s work on the Cold Mountain soundtrack and his production for Loretta Lynn had demonstrated his love of bluegrass, and let’s face it, if he’d just produced Elephant Part II he’d have been in danger of disappointing just as many fans as The Strokes did with Room On Fire. So put aside your disappointment at the lack of squealing guitar solos and take Get Behind Me Satan for what it is – another massive step forward in the evolution of a truly great band. The single Blue Orchid is pretty much unrepresentative of the album, but its vicious guitar riff and Jack’s falsetto give it an addictive feel. It conjures up visions of behemoths of ’70s rock like Deep Purple, but with a whole new spin for the 21st century. Far more typical of the album is the wonderful disco-influenced My Doorbell, with its juddery piano riff and percussion and Jack half-rapping in a style reminiscent of Beck. It’s totally different to what you’d expect from the Stripes and sounds wonderfully joyous. Even more bizarre is The Nurse, employing chimes and a marimba to create a nice little campfire vibe, before Meg smacks her drumkit as hard as she can to create unsettling bursts of noise between the verses. The standout track is probably Take Take Take, a tale of a fan’s encounter with Rita Hayworth in a bar which turns sour when Ms Hayworth takes her leave. “She didn’t even care that I was even there/What a horrible feeling” whines Jack’s character in a manner similar to Eminem’s Stan. The song mixes jangly acoustic guitars with an angular piano riff and when Jack spits out “Take, take, take” over the chorus, the effect is quite sinister. Elsewhere, Little Ghost is a charming little traditional country ditty, which together with I’m Lonely (But I’m Not That Lonely Yet), show what a huge influence Loretta Lynn is on the band. Fans of Jack’s guitar will also be relieved to hear Instinct Blues, which is the closest thing you’ll hear to Hendrix coming back down to Earth. Red Rain, a bluesy workout, is another chance to appreciate Jack’s guitar work, but its clear that Jack and Meg are more interested in exploring different styles of music on this album. The old Stripes motifs are all present and correct as well – the obsession with the number three (all songs were written on three instruments, piano, acoustic guitar and marimba), the colour scheme of red, white and black and the old, long disproved, references to Jack and Meg’s siblinghood – the final track, the wonderful I’m Lonely has the best lyric on the album in “I love my sister, Lord knows how I’ve missed her…I sometimes get jealous of all her little pets, I’m lonely but I ain’t that lonely yet”. With no low points at all (well, maybe Meg’s, shall we say idiosyncratic, vocal performance on Passive Manipulation), this is another superb album from The White Stripes. Some may bemoan the lack of guitar, but this is obviously the sound of the band evolving and moving on. Satan’s been conclusively put behind them – who knows where they’ll go from here- (John Murphy-UK)

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Kingblind Downloads

Amy Ray:: Put it out for good
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Bloc Party:: Little Thoughts
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My Morning Jacket: 2005-06-21, Rochester Hills [mp3,ogg,flac]
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Elliott Smith: 1996-09-25, Eugene [flac]
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THE FLAMING LIPS TO RELEASE NEW DVD

THE FLAMING LIPS are set to release a career-spanning DVD collection of 19 of the band’s videos on August 22.’VOID (Video Overview In Declaration)’ will include ’Mr. Ambulance Driver’ – the Grammy nominated promo taken from their eagerly awaited new album ’At War With The Mystics’, which is due for release in spring 2006. The song will also be heard on the soundtrack to the upcoming film ’Wedding Crashers’. Other videos set for inclusion on ’Void (Video Overview In Declaration)’ include ’Waiting For A Superman’ from 1999’s The Soft Bulletin’, ’Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ the title track from their 2002 album, the 1994 single ’She Don’t Use Jelly’, along with both US and UK versions of ’Do You Realize?’. The band’s own long-awaited feature film, ’Christmas On Mars’ is tentatively scheduled for a mid-2006 release.
The full tracklisting for ’Void (Video Overview In Declaration)’ is:
* ‘Mr. Ambulance Driver’
* ‘SpongeBob And Patrick Confront The Psychic Wall Of Energy’
* ‘Fight Test’
* ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’
* ‘Do You Realize?’ (UK Version)
* ‘Race For The Prize’
* ‘Waiting For A Superman’
* ‘This Here Giraffe’
* ‘When You Smile’
* ‘Bad Days’
* ‘Christmas At The Zoo’
* ‘Be My Head’
* ‘She Don’t Use Jelly’
* ‘Turn It On’
* ‘Frogs’
* ‘Talkin’ Bout The Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants To Live Forever)’
* ‘Phoebe Battles The Pink Robots’
* ‘Are You A Hypnotist?’
* ‘Do You Realize?’ (US Version)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Kingblind Downloads

Various Four Tet Tracks
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The Cure:: Boys Don’t Cry
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Social Distortion:: Mommy’s Little Monster
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Bloc Party:: Pioneers (Music Video)
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Dischord issues full statement about Nike controversy

Many people have now noticed that Nike has appropriated the Minor Threat artwork and logo for a new skateboard demo / ad campaign. To set the record straight — Nike never contacted Dischord to obtain permission to use this imagery, nor was any permission granted. Simply put, Nike stole it and we’re not happy about it. We are not yet sure what options, if any, we have to stop Nike from using our images to sell their shoes, but if you would like to direct your complaints to Nike that would be a good place to start. To longtime fans and supporters of Minor Threat and Dischord this must seem like just another familiar example of mainstream corporations attempting to to assimilate underground culture to turn a buck. However it is more disheartening to us to think that Nike may be successful in using this imagery to fool kids, just beginning to becoming familiar with skate culture, underground music and DIY ideals, into thinking that the general ethos of this label, and Minor Threat in particular, can somehow be linked to Nike’s mission. In any regard, we would like to thank the many people who have written to us in the last several days to express their outrage, support and encouragement.

You can email Nike at this link or you can contact them by telephone at their world headquarters on weekdays from 6:30 am – 4:50 pm at this number: Nike World Headquarters: 1-800-344-6453

Kingblind’s Favorite Finds

Art Brat is a great little pop art retail e-store
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Stooges albums get expanded
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NIN, QOTSA, Flaming Lips, NY Dolls, LCD Soundsystem, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Decemberists slated for Voodoo Music Experience

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Monday, June 27, 2005

Kingblind Downloads

Emperor Jones Records (Various Artist)
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Sufjan Stevens: “The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts”
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Back by popular demand:: A LOAD of Brian Jonestown Massacre
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Death From Above 1979 – Luno
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Kingblind news that you can use

• Pop-punk act Rufio had its entired touring trailer stolen this week after a show in Montreal. With no insurance policy, the band is begging fans to help them make up the loss: “These people took our livelihoods and everything we have from us,” they wrote recently in a statement. The group has been opening for Alkaline Trio.

• In other band disaster news, Ash’s tour bus recently burst into flames. While traveling to San Francisco, the van began filling up with smoke. The fire was extinguished and another bus found; however, that bus also caught on fire, ending up in ashes. The luckless group eventually made it to the show – five hours late and sans equipment.

• Rhino is releasing a 100-song Ramones box set. Entitled Weird Tales of the Romanes, the three-disc (and DVD) package includes all the classics – “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Judy is a Punk,” “I Wanna Be Sedated” – as well as loads of B-sides, videos, and covers. The box includes a comic book with tributes from 25 artists, including Rick Altergott, John Pound, and Sergio Aragones. Expected price is $65; more info at Rhino’s site. (NEWS VIA DOA)

Friday, June 24, 2005

The Best Albums of 2005 (So Far)

The first 6 months of 2005 have passed it looks like it’s turning out to be another GREAT year for music. Here’s our favorites so far. Our year end special will have the top 15 albums of the year. Mid year only gets a top 10 pick. (We promise that this order is REALLY going to change by year’s end. There are many great releases coming later in ’05 so stay tuned.)

1) Spoon:: Gimme Fiction (Austin, TX)
Possible their finest hour.. A album that is a complete joy to listen to.
I Turn my camera on:: MP3
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2) The Hold Steady:: Separation Sunday (Brooklyn, NY via Minneapolis, MN)
Dark, Hopeless, Funny, Sad and totally brilliant.
Your little hoodrat friend:: MP3
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3) Bloc Party:: Silent Alarm (London, UK)
Part Gang of Four, Cure, Joy Division, Sonic Youth and more.. What a yummy mix!
The Answer:: MP3
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4) Kaiser Chiefs:: Employment (Leeds, UK)
Just a flat out fun pop record..
I predict a riot:: MP3
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5) Queens of the Stone Age:: Lullibies to Paralize (Palm Desert, CA)
RAWK!! Grohl and Nick may be gone but Josh is still mad as hell and we LOVE IT!
Little Sister:: Video
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6) Gorillaz:: Demon Days (London UK, Atlanta, GA)
Blur meets DJ Danger Mouse.. But it works… Their best release to date.
Feel Good Inc: Video
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7) Beck:: Guero (Los Angeles, CA)
Captain Silverlake is done being sad and has made a great soundtrack for summer.
E-Pro:: Video
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8) The White Stripes:: Get behind me satan (Detroit, MI)
Even at their worst they are better than most everyone else.
Blue Orchid:: Video
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9) The Ruby Doe:: Always with wings (Seattle, WA)
Thick hard intelligent rock.. Some of my favorite tunes in the car.
4 Album Tracks
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10) Crooked Fingers:: Dignity and Shame (Seatttle, WA via Chapel Hill, NC)
Just a flat out beautiful record.. Ex- Archers of Loaf front man really comes into his own.
Dignity and Shame:: MP3
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Other possible contenders for the years best:
The New Pornographers:: Twin Cinema (The return of the kings and queen of pop..)
LCD Soundsystem:: S/T (I said dance MuthaF**ker)
Low:: The Great Destroyer (Their hard rock record.. Well for Low that is.. GREAT!!)

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Kingblind Downloads

Calexico – (KEXP live) (PW: BBCJ)
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Various Artists – 20 Years of Dischord (PW:mdl7213)
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Bloc Party: 2005-06-19, Washington (LIVE)
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Kraftwerk:: Live at Coachella Festival
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Clap your hands say yeah:: On Ice
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Sleater Kinney:: Entertain (MUSIC VIDEO)
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New Super Furry Animals Album !

Acclaimed Welsh quintet Super Furry Animals will release their seventh studio album, Love Kraft, this August 15th. Recorded over three weeks in Spain with a predominance of string arrangements and the occasional assistance of a 100-member Catalan choir, Love Kraft promises to be less overtly political than 2003′s Phantom Power. “The world is so ridiculously dark at the moment,” Frontman Gruff Rhys explains, “when you don’t know where to start politically it’s sometimes easier to become inward looking or to enter the world of the imagination.” Get the first inward look into SFA’s imagined world with the lead single “Laser Beam,” adding to radio August 2nd.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

ELVIS COSTELLO:: KING OF AMERICA (RE-ISSUE ALBUM REVIEW)

1985 was Elvis Costello’s year, releasing not one, but two of his most cherished works. “Blood & Chocolate,” the rocking swansong with the Attractions, and “KING OF AMERICA,” a countrified, roots-rock extravaganza, featuring such legends as James Burton, Earl Palmer, Ray Brown, Jim Keltner, and Jerry Scheff as his backing band. “KING OF AMERICA” is regarded by many, to be Costello’s masterpiece. I don’t disagree. From the sway of the opener “Brilliant Mistake,” an instant classic, to such heartbreaking ballads as “Poisoned Rose,” and “I’ll Wear It Proudly,” with such shitkickers as “Lovable” and “The Big Light” thrown in along the way, KOA was Costello’s transition from the British punk who rode in on the mid 70′s New Wave, to respected adult, singer-songwriter. It was a sign of things to come, laying the foundation for Costello to be accepted, although not necessarily with welcome reviews, for experimenting and recording all genres of music, from jazz to classical over the coming years. Rhino Records’ reissue campaign continues with this release, adding an additional CD chock full of piano demos, outtakes, and b-sides, all of which are as strong as the finished product.
(Sal Nunziato-NYCD)

John Hiatt:: Master of Disaster (Album Review)

1987′s “Bring The Family” put John Hiatt on the map. Writing songs for others and releasing a bunch of decent, but somewhat forgettable albums from as early as 1974, it was Hiatt’s collaboration with Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, and Jim Keltner on “Bring The Family” that opened the ears of just about everyone. A near-perfect release, very similar in style to Elvis Costello’s “King Of America.” Since then, Hiatt has unfortunately released too many records with too many of the same themes, sounds, and ideas. And his voice has not aged well, becoming more nasal than what is comfortable. At times he makes Dylan sound like Joni Mitchell. Sure, most of Hiatt’s mediocre releases are better than most people’s strong releases. And along the way, he has given us some damn fine music. (listen to “Crossing Muddy Water) But, the fact remains, Hiatt needs a winner. “Master Of Disaster” is that winner. Well…almost. Another collaboration, this time with the Dickinson boys, better known as the North Mississippi All Stars, Hiatt’s new record does not break any new ground. As a matter of fact, on first listen, you wouldn’t think it was a new record at all. But I stayed with it. I respect Hiatt and I’ve loved the work of the NMAS. To quote a friend of mine, “the new Hiatt is oddly terrific.” Still not sure what that means, but I agree. The record works. (review by Sal: NYCD)