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Archive for December, 2005
Friday, December 16, 2005
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Robert Pollard Announces Solo Tour
Looks like they couldn’t keep good ol’ Bob Pollard off the road for too long. The indie shaman has announced a tour in support of his Merge Records solo debut, From a Compound Eye, which is set to hit stores January 24. On the trek, Pollard will be backed by singer/songwriter Tommy Keene on guitar and keyboards, Dave Phillips on guitar, Verbow’s Jason Narducy on bass, and Jon Wurster of Superchunk and the Scharpling and Wurster comedy duo on drums.
01-26 Athens, GA – 40 Watt
01-27 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
01-28 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
02-09 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
02-10 Columbus, OH – Little Brother’s
02-11 Newport, KY – Southgate House
02-24 Los Angeles, CA – Knitting Factory
02-25 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
02-27 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
02-28 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Café
03-30 Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
03-31 Chicago, IL – Metro
04-01 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
04-20 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
04-21 Boston, MA – Paradise
04-22 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Fans should prepare to expect…the expected, as Pollard recently explained to Billboard.com: “I don’t think it will be much different than a Guided by Voices show. I don’t know how else to do it. It’s not going to be me sitting at the piano with a spotlight on me. I’ll get drunk, come out and stumble around!”
He added, “There are 26 songs on From a Compound Eye, and we’re going to do 22 or 23 of them. That’s a big chunk of the show. I’ll do a few songs from some of my EPs, two or three from the Moping Swans, and there’s a Circus Devils song I want to do. I may do eight or nine songs from old Robert Pollard albums, and maybe a GBV song or two in the regular set. Then, maybe an entire Guided by Voices encore.” (via: pfmedia)
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Joy Division to record new material
New Order are working on new material for the long-awaited biopic of former Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.
Director and celebrated rock photographer Anton Corbijn – most renowned for his work with U2 – has asked the legendary Manchester four-piece to contribute songs to the film ‘Control’.
The biopic, which is based on a book by Ian’s widow Deborah, had been planned for a number of years, but the late singer’s family were never happy with the proposals until earlier this year.
Bassist Peter Hook said: “We were asked to do the soundtrack to the film which I thought was a fucking great idea, for Joy Division to do the music for a Joy Division film because we’ve never really done a soundtrack before. The soundtrack could include new stuff. Basically Anton wants to use certain songs by Joy Division so that each song becomes a video. Like the way the ‘Atmosphere’ video was filmed, he wants to write videos that appear in the film.
“Every time we get accolades for Joy Division it makes [Ian's suicide] sadder, especially with the film. Working on the film has made the whole thing seem more poignant.”
It is 25 years since Curtis was found hanging in his home. As a mark of respect to their former singer, New Order have been throwing in Joy Division songs during most of their sets throughout 2005. This culminated in the band playing a set almost entirely made up of Joy Division songs last month, as a tribute to the former Radio 1 DJ John Peel.
Hooky said the band are considering playing all-Joy Division sets at some stage in the future. He added: “We have actually talked about doing Joy Division sets and gigs but we haven’t actually found our footing yet. We did the festivals and had a bit of time off but because we’ve played two gigs recently and had the whole UK Hall Of Fame thing we haven’t really decided what we’re gonna do next. If we deem it to be enjoyable then we’ll do it.”
Casting for ‘Control’ is set to begin next spring and the production team are looking for a big screen actor to play the part of Curtis.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Kingblind Downloads:: Music Video Edition (Our favorite’s of 2005)
Broadcast:: Tender Buttons (QT)
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My Morning Jacket:: Off the record (QT)
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The Decemberists “16 Military Wives” (QT)
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OK Go “A Million Ways” (QT)
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Franz Ferdinand “Walk Away” (Wmv)
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Deerhoof “Wrong Time Capsule” (QT)
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Smog “Rock Bottom Riser” (QT)
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Jason Forrest “War Photographer” (QT)
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Kanye West (ft Adam Levine) – Heard ‘Em Say (Michel Gondry Edition) (REAL)
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Mastodon “Blood and Thunder” (QT)
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The Shins Deal With Becoming Minor Celebrities
Critics’ darlings The Shins are riding high on the attention they received from their contributions to the Zach Braff film Garden State as they continue to work on their third album.
The group have been working on the new disc, tentatively titled Sleeping Lessons, with producer Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, Pretty Girls Make Graves) at Shins singer James Mercer’s home studio in Portland, Oregon. The quartet now have 15 tracks for the follow-up to 2003′s critically acclaimed Chutes Too Narrow and the songs used in Garden State from their Oh, Inverted World debut. Though Mercer told MTV News that things could change, current track titles include “Phantom Limb,” “A Comet Appears” and “Cave Of The Ice Giants.”
“Everything is still pretty tentative,” says Mercer. “I’m still working on lyrics, but those are pretty much the last things I do anyway.
“But right now the goal is to have the album out in like July or August. I know we’re supposed to submit it to Sub Pop on April 1st, and I know that’s April Fools’ Day, but hopefully that won’t prove indicative of the album.”
While Mercer doesn’t have to worry about constantly being chased by paparazzi or having his personal life splashed across the pages of tabloids, he’s gradually getting used to the increased profile — and the accompanying higher expectations — that The Shins are now faced with.
“We’re just working on songs at my house, and it’s easy to feel forgotten about,” says Mercer. “But the other day I went into a coffee shop and they were playing a Shins song and it was like, ‘Wow, people are anxiously waiting to hear new music from us.’
“And it makes you better, because you always feel like you have to prove yourself.”
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
It’s Dean Gray Tuesday!! Green Day:: American Idiot mashup album
Only 10 days after its release, the mash-up album American Edit, which pays tribute to the acclaimed Green Day album American Idiot through some of the best mash-up productions of 2005, was shut down reportedly after received a cease & desist order from Green Day’s label, Warner records, despite the fact that it was released as an internet only release with no commercial gain for the team of mash-up artists involved. In fact, the only possible profit to be made from the release was a plea from the creators of the album (known only by the shared alias Dean Gray) for fans who enjoyed the creation to donate to one of three possible charities that Green Day have been known to support. Furthermore, the mash-up versions were such fantastic productions that they were truly a departure from the standard Green Day performances and would not compete for consumptive dollars.
We hope to mobilize the online Mash-Up community by organizing a simple one-day organized event. Participants would be asked to post the American Edit album online for 24 hours only starting on Tuesday, December 13, at 12:00AM. Doing so is not intended to be a mass organization of music piracy but, rather, one single display of the consumptive power of the mash-up and home remix community in the hopes of encouraging the labels, publishers and artists who are curious about the mash-up community to consider giving the high quality productions of “illegitimate” music a legitimate consideration as a promotional avenue for all music.
We also hope to encourage club DJs and radio DJs to air portions of the American Edit release on “Gray” Tuesday and refer to the site http://www.americanedit.org/home/ae/ by reporting their planned airplay in advance.
Billie Joe on the “Boulevard of Broken Songs” Mash-Up:
“Actually, I was driving in my car, and I heard a Green Day mashup, with, um, Oasis and Aerosmith. It sounded cool! There’s been a little bit of talk about doing a mashup, but I’m not sure who would be the appropriate hip-hop guy yet.”
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On the eve of the release of Beck’s Guerelito, we offer a Beck remix you won’t find on the remix CD: “Que Onda Guero (Team Shi Latino 96.3 Remix)”
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New Elliott Smith Song Surfaces, “Stickman”:: So apparently a new studio track of Elliott Smith’s has surfaced. Entitled ‘Stickman,’ it was recorded with the rest of From a Basement..
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Kaiser Chiefs Hint At ‘Heavier’ Second Album
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson has hinted that the band’s second album will take a heavier direction.
The portly singer admitted that the long-player will be shaped by the band’s time on the road where they are more inclined to ‘rock out’.
He told BBC 6 music: “We’ve been on tour all year and we’ve kind of become heavier as a band – but that’s just because we’ve been enjoying rocking out. And it’s a lot of fun to rock out.”
He went on to say that he is looking forward to the opportunity to record the second album and the pressure isn’t getting to the band. He said: “This year has been hard work and next year is more about reaping the benefits, I think.
People keep asking about the second album – ‘Are you under pressure or worried or whatever?’ – but we are really looking forward to it. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel for us.”
Monday, December 12, 2005
Coachella: 2006 Dates Set, Documentary Due
As expected, the seventh Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will return April 29-30 to Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Rumors are already flying about the event lineup, but sources say talent offers are still in the process of being made and that an artist announcement is likely several weeks away.
In the meantime, the festival will be the subject of the two-hour retrospective documentary “Coachella,” which will premiere Jan. 19 at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre and roll out Jan. 24 to additional U.S. theaters.
“Coachella” rounds up some of the most iconic performances from throughout the fest’s history, stretching back to Morrissey at the inaugural 1999 show up through a 2005 clip of the Arcade Fire. In between is footage of such acts as Bjork, Radiohead, the Pixies, the White Stripes, the Chemical Brothers, Oasis, the Flaming Lips, Iggy & the Stooges, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kool Keith and Beck, among many others.
The film was directed by Drew Thomas and produced by event promoter Goldenvoice.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Comedian Richard Pryor dies at 65
Just days after his 65th birthday, groundbreaking comedian Richard Pryor died Saturday of a heart attack, his wife said.
Pryor, who had been ill with multiple sclerosis, died at Encino Hospital near Los Angeles at 7:58 a.m. PT. Jennifer Lee Pryor tried to revive him at their home before paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital, she said.
“He enjoyed life right up until the end,” she said, adding that Pryor had been laughing a lot and was in good spirits in the two weeks preceding his death. “At the end there was a smile on his face.” (via CNN)
Friday, December 9, 2005
The Darkness:: One way ticket To hell… and back (Album Review)
From the moment the pan flute fanfare on “One Way Ticket” kicks off One Way Ticket to Hell…and Back, it’s clear that the Darkness still believes that more is more. If anything, the band believes that even more is even better: with the help of producer Roy Thomas Baker, they make their second album incredibly glossy and expensive-sounding, with layers of sitars, marching drums, bagpipes, and tubular bells on top of their already-powerful guitars, drums, and keyboards (and, of course, Justin Hawkins’ formidable falsetto). But while the band’s excess succeeded on Permission to Land, it loses some of its potency here: nothing on One Way Ticket to Hell…and Back is as immediate as “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” The band’s debut celebrated and inflated the rock clichés of sex, drugs, and partying; this album’s best songs are about longterm relationships, getting clean, and balding. The soaring power ballad “Dinner Lady Arms” highlights the good-natured streak running through a surprising amount of the Darkness’ songs, while “One Way Ticket” is an episode of Behind the Music, complete with cocaine snorting, turned into a pop single. More than occasionally, though, One Way Ticket to Hell…and Back just sounds unremarkable, despite the songs’ elaborate sonics. Tracks like “Knockers” — which should be a fool-proof Darkness song just based on its title — and “Girlfriend” sound like they were made from bits and pieces of Permission to Land rejects, while overblown-yet-slight ballads such as “Blind Man” and “Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time” sound too much like stale Meat Loaf. Still, there are moments when the Darkness still sounds like the smartest, dumbest band around: “Is It Just Me?” has a chorus that rivals their best; the flamboyant Celtic rocker “Hazel Eyes” shows off both Justin Hawkins’ over-the-top vocals and his brother Dan’s over-the-top guitar licks; and lyrics like “English Country Garden’s” “I cherished you and you tolerated me” show that the wit that made their debut so much fun isn’t entirely missing on this album. Not so much a letdown as a comedown, One Way Ticket to Hell…and Back just shows that the giddy highs of Permission to Land aren’t so easy to get the second time around. (by: Heather Phares)
Fans Mark Anniversary of Lennon’s Murder
NEW YORK Dec 8, 2005 — Fans brought flowers, candles and their own bittersweet memories Thursday as they gathered in Central Park’s Strawberry Fields to imagine what might have been on the 25th anniversary of John Lennon’s murder by a deranged Beatles fan.
“With the country at war, his work and philosophy seem more poignant and more desperately needed than ever,” said Kim Polson, 50, who said she fell in love with the Beatles when she saw them on television at age 8.
She was an early-morning visitor to Strawberry Fields, the section of Central Park opposite the Dakota apartment building where Lennon was gunned down on Dec. 8, 1980. Hundreds of fans, some of them born after Lennon’s death, gathered on a cold morning.
The scene was much the same in Lennon’s hometown of Liverpool, England, where scores of fans from around the world remembered the ex-Beatle with white balloons, flowers and prayers. The balloons, carrying tributes to Lennon, were released into the sky.
“I just wrote ‘Merry Christmas John’ on my balloon,” said James Andrews, a 9-year-old from Bournemouth, England. “I love the Beatles, and especially John Lennon.”
In New York, locals mingled with tourists in Central Park. One woman sat with a scrapbook she had assembled over the years, while another man played Beatles music on an acoustic guitar. Visitors piled off tour buses to visit the vigil or walk past the Dakota. Among the floral offerings were a half-dozen white roses and a bough of holly.
Angie Mulbay, 24, traveled to New York from Columbus, Ohio, with her 20-year-old sister Ashley. They planned to spend most of the day in Strawberry Fields.
“John is very important to me, his music and his message,” said Mulbay, who was born four days after Lennon’s death. “We’re here to share the day and meet people with the same interest.”
Twenty-five years ago, Lennon who had turned 40 two months earlier was returning from a midtown Manhattan recording studio with his wife, Yoko Ono. As they approached their apartment building, Mark David Chapman, a fan carrying a copy of J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye,” opened fire on Lennon.
Thursday, December 8, 2005
CBGB’s to close on Halloween 2006
The legendary punk venue announces its end…
CBGB is set to close its doors for the final time on Halloween 2006.
The legendary New York music venue, the cradle for the ’70s punk scene and launch pad for bands such as The Ramones and Talking Heads, announced the agreement with its landlord yesterday (December 7).
The deal with the Bowery Residents Committee (BRC), who own a 45-year lease on the property at 315 Bowery, seemed impossible following the expiration of the previous lease on August 31.
However, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office interceded and helped reach an agreement which avoided a potentially bitter court battle.
According to Billboard, CBGB proprietor Hilly Kristal said: “It’s been little stipulations, back and forth – we agreed, we didn’t agree. We finally got to a point where we agreed with each other.”
Muzzy Rosenblatt, BRC executive said that the agreement would let his homeless advocacy group “concentrate on helping the needy and homeless of New York City”.
A non-profit organisation, the BRC houses 250 people above the famous club and CBGB is its only commercial tenant.
CBGB lease with the group expired at midnight on August 31 and the BRC announced that it wanted the club out after a five-year fight.
Kristal – who opened the venue in December 1973 – was served with an eviction notice a week later and the two sides went to court. The rent of the club has now been raised to $35,000 following the new agreement, compared with the old deal’s $19,000.
Kristal must now leave the venue by October 31, but the proprietor has revealed that he is already looking for a new venue.
Other sites in lower Manhattan are being visited by Kristal with a view to reopen CBGB once the new deal expires, and a month of closing celebrations are expected at the old space.
Kristal has also revealed that he is considering opening a branch in Las Vegas and is unconcerned about creating the ambience of the original CBGB.
“Things are different all the time – look at the 70s, the 80s, the 90s,” he said. “The most important thing is we’re keeping the integrity of CBGB. It won’t be exactly the same, but it will have the same ingredients.”
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Wednesday, December 7, 2005
The Pogues to tour USA
The Pogues “The band specialised in Irish folk music, often playing with the energy of the punk rock scene from which several of the members had their roots. Their politically-tinged music was reminiscent of The Clash, with whom they played (Joe Strummer produced one of their albums and even joined the group briefly), and used traditional Irish instruments such as the tin whistle, banjo, cittern, mandolin, accordion, and more.” LEARN ABOUT THE POGUES
“The Pogues will be performing six shows in the United States of America in early March, 2006″
Friday March 10 Washington DC 9.30 Club
Saturday March 11 Atlantic City Borgata
Tuesday March 14 Boston Orpheum
Thursday March 16 NYC Nokia Theatre
Friday March 17 NYC Nokia Theatre SOLD OUT
Saturday March 18 NYC Nokia Theatre
Tickets at Ticketmaster.com