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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Update: Tool Joins Depeche Mode As Coachella Headliner

Tool will join Depeche Mode as the headliners for the 2006 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which will be held April 29-30 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Tool performed at the first Coachella in 1999 but has not played live in the United States since late 2002. The band is expected to release a new album at some point this spring.

Other acts confirmed to appear at this year’s festival are Paul Oakenfold, Franz Ferdinand, My Morning Jacket, Bloc Party, TV On The Radio, Sigur Ros, Scissor Sisters, Cat Power, Damian Marley and Tricky. Representing the hip-hop world will be Common, Hasidic reggae rapper Matisyahu, Lyrics Born, Atmosphere, Lady Sovereign, Digable Planets and Gnarls Barkley, a collaboration between producer Danger Mouse and rapper Cee-Lo.

The lineup has been the subject of intense speculation on the Internet in recent weeks, with fake, fan-created show posters spreading like wildfire. At least one major media outlet was duped by a particularly professional-looking fake, going so far as to announce that Smashing Pumpkins would be reforming for Coachella.

“That’s not going to happen,” Paul Tollett, president of concert promoter Goldenvoice said. “I don’t know the story on Smashing Pumpkins. From what I can tell, they’re not available.” Another rumored reunion that isn’t in the cards this year is legendary noise rock band My Bloody Valentine, which has not released a new album since 1991.

“With all the fake lineups out there, it makes it hard when you actually do put a lineup out,” Tollett admits with a laugh, “especially when people are saying things like the Beatles and the pre-1965 Rolling Stones!”

Still, Tollett says he’s thrilled with the 2006 roster of bands, which will be announced in full later today. He’s particularly excited about some of the lesser-known acts, comparing their ranks to last year’s crop of Arcade Fire, Keane and M.I.A.

“When the ad came out last year, maybe those bands weren’t so big, but when the day came around, they’d blown up,” he says. “People will be surprised when they sift through all the band names this year.”

Among the up-and-comers set for this year are a host of British acts, including Nine Black Alps, Hard-Fi, Editors, the Zutons, Art Brut, the Magic Numbers and the Subways. The bill is rounded out by the likes of the Walkmen, the Dears, Carl Cox, Wolf Parade, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Phoenix, Deerhoof, Derrick Carter, Devendra Banhart, the Like, Sleater-Kinney, Mogwai, Coheed & Cambria, Mylo, Jamie Lidell, the Go! Team and Coldcut.

Tollett and his colleagues have been confirming acts up until the very last minute for the show, tickets for which go on sale Saturday. “I have the worst flu I’ve ever had in my life,” he says, adding that he spent most of yesterday sleeping in his office. “On Friday, I started to feel sick and I wound up not leaving my couch until this afternoon. But the show must go on.”

Belle And Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap (live twee!!)
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UNKLE Revs Up With Homme, Dalle, Astbury

James Lavelle’s UNKLE project is progressing on its third studio album, which is presently being mixed in London and expected for a summer release.

The as-yet-untitled album will feature guest appearances from Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme and his fiancee, Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle, plus longtime QOTSA collaborator Chris Goss.

The Cult lead singer Ian Astbury has recorded vocals for three songs. “I have a great admiration for James Lavelle as an artist,” he said. Astbury also raves about the contribution from Los Angeles rock act Autolux: “Their track is amazing,” he says.

The new effort is the follow-up to 2003’s “Never, Never, Land,”. It featured guest turns from Brian Eno, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, Massive Attack’s 3D and former Stone Roses principals Ian Brown and Mani.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Franz Ferdinand and Belle and Sebastian Team Up For Charity Album

A host of Scottish indie stars are teaming together for a children’s charity album.

Franz Ferdinand, Belle and Sebastian, Snow Patrol and Primal Scream are contributing songs to the collection, with all proceeds going to local children’s charities.

Belle and Sebastian trumpeter Mick Cooke came up with the idea after he was personally asked to write songs for a charity album. He then decided to approach fellow Scottish indie bands.

Other acts contributing to the project are Teenage Fanclub and Kathryn Williams.

Franz Ferdinand are donating new track ‘Jackie Jackson’, while Snow Patrol are covering a track by Kim Wilde’s brother.

Arctic Monkeys – ‘Whatever People Say I Am…'(Album Review)

On the face of it, Arctic Monkeys do their best to put you off. They have a dismal name and even worse artwork. They look boring and make boring videos. In interviews, they play at being macho, professionally northern anti-intellectuals. So far, so Oasis.

But unlike Noel Gallagher, Alex Turner refuses to hide his intelligence when he writes his songs. Consequently, this debut album, aside from its childishly contrary title, is very much a continuation of The Libertines’ work, with Turner bringing a dagger-like intellect to bear on his everyday routines: pulling girls in nightclubs, getting in scrapes, seething at the sleazy scumbags soliciting on the street outside. It’s easy to draw a line to The Libertines’ “Up the Bracket” album, with its hyper-eloquent tales of buying drugs, taking drugs and getting chased down the street by drug-dealers. While dreaming of Albion and Arcadia, obviously.

Reluctant as we are to harp on about them, The Libertines are central to an understanding of how the Monkeys got so big so quickly. When The Libertines dissolved at their peak, there was a ready-made, internet-connected fanbase left crying out for similarly sharp, funny, accessible band – but with a more practical bent. The Monkeys’ MP3s popped up at exactly the right time, and with Doherty lurching from one crisis to the next, The Libertines’ online army picked a new favourite band.

This debut album rewards their decision. Such is the depth and quality of Turner’s songwriting, it plays like a best of, blasting away any skepticism with an early one-two of “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” and “Fake Tales Of San Francisco”, before striking more contemplative notes with “Riot Van” (which dissects binge-drunk Britain) and “Mardy Bum” (a forensic exploration of relationship dynamics).

The Monkeys then tease out the white-funk thread running through their hot-wired indie-punk with “Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But…”, before the album accelerates into the devastating closing trio of “When The Sun Goes Down”, “From The Ritz To The Rubble” (in which a row with a bouncer inspires Turner’s best song) and the climactic “A Certain Romance”.

Having cast an eye over a world of Classic Reeboks and tracksuits tucked in socks, “A Certain Romance” then delivers a killer line: “All of that’s what the point is not / The point is that there’s no romance around here.” While “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” may be short of old-fashioned romance, there’s an abundance of real magic at work on this record. Like a good Oasis, the Arctic Monkeys are here to finish the job The Libertines abandoned. Hang out the bunting.
(by Niall O’Keeffe)

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Artic Monkeys:: I Bet you look good on the dancefloor (Live Video)
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Friday, January 27, 2006

People in Planes:: “If You Talk Too Much (My Head Will Explode)” Music Video

Nice new video that’s directed by Joaquin Phoenix. The track is the band’s first single off their album “AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE…” which comes out on March 28th.
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Northern Soul Floorshakers!
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Calexico:: Live at KEXP
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The Make-up:: Save Yourself
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Lo-fi indie legends Grandaddy have decided to call it a day.

A spokesperson at the band’s label V2 confirmed that the band will be releasing one final record ‘Just Like The Fambly Cat’ which will come out later this year.

It’s the follow-up to their mini-album ‘Excerpts From The Diary Of Todzilla’ released last October.

Grandaddy formed in California in 1992 and have recieved widespread critical acclaim through the years.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hear the 1st single from the new Flaming Lips CD

The Flaming Lips have revealed more details about their upcoming full length At War With the Mystics. The followup to Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots will be in stores on April 4th and will consist of 12 tracks.

The first single “The W.A.N.D.” is currently available for purchase from several online digital retailers, including iTunes, Real/Rhapsody, Napster, and Yahoo. The track is also available for streaming.
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Robert Pollard:: From a compound eye (Album Review)

For his first post-Guided by Voices solo recording, Robert Pollard has returned to his suitcases of cassette tapes and whipped a selection of the hundreds of forgotten song fragments dating back to the late 70s into the marvellously varied and surprisingly listenable 26-track double-album-length From A Compound Eye (out Tuesday). Anyone expecting a half-arsed Fading Captain Series mess from the one-man song factory will be shocked by the atypically resolved and refined state of much of this material, which ranges from sweet pop ballads to fired-up freakbeat, with regular excursions into prog and psych weirdness. It should be noted that From A Compound Eye was recorded in 2004, so it’s likely Pollard has two or three new discs ready to go by now, but GBV fans should definitely check this one out – there’s a lot to like.
(Tim Perlich)

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The Strokes – Arlene Grocery (00-04-29)
The Strokes play an early gig at the Arlene Grocery on April 29th, 2000. Includes: -Soma -This Life (Trying Your Luck) -New York City Cops -In Her Prime* -Sagganuts* -The Rhythm Song* -Alone Together -A Minor 4-4* [* = Unreleased songs] CLICK TO VIEW

Bloc Party:: Live in Spain
Bloc Party in Barcelona @ Razzmatazz Nov 19th ’05. CLICK TO VIEW

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Vintage Van Halen LIVE
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Van Halen 1979 LIVE: Dance the night away
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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Top of the pop comes to the USA

The U.K.’s longest-running pop music show, “Top of the Pops,” is coming to the United States. “Making the Band” impresario Louis J. Pearlman — also known for developing ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys — is shopping the BBC show to major U.S. TV networks. Pearlman is expected to approach Fox, the WB and ABC for a possible second quarter U.S. debut.

A potential host is L.A. deejay Jojo Wright from mainstream top 40 station KIIS. The American version will maintain the same title and logo of the original “Top of the Pops.” Most of the performances on the new show are expected to be live. (via billboard)

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Dandy Warhols – “All The Money or The Simple Life Honey”
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LCD Soundsystem – “Losing My Edge”
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Green Day – “Jesus of Suburbia” (full length)
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Sigur Ros – “Hoppipolla”
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Stephen Malkmus – “Baby C’mon”
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Kingblind.com Downloads (Video Edition)

Animal Collective:: Leaf House (Music Video)
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The Doves:: Sky Starts Falling
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The White Stripes:: The Denial Twist
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Clor:: Good Stuff
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