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Archive for January, 2007

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The top 10

We always get emails asking what we are listening to here at the Kingblind HQ.. Well here is our top 10 for the month.
1) The Shins:: Winching the night away
2) LCD Soundsystem:: Sound of Silver
3) Bloc Party:: Weekend in the city
4) The Good, The Bad & The Queen:: S/T
5) Tom Waits:: Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
6) Clinic:: Visitations
7) The Beatles:: Love
8) Peter, Bjorn & John:: Writer’s Block
9) Beck:: The Information
10) Mastodon:: Blood Mountain

Rob Crow:: Living Well (Album Review)

Rob Crow bounces around a lot, from the assorted weirdness of Thingy to his fondness for the Optigan, an obscure type of organ noted primarily for its legendary unreliability. He’s also the frontman for the constantly up-and-coming Pinback, and so he knows his way around cerebral indie pop. Living Well, recorded quickly and cheaply between projects (and while raising a new son) captures him at his most unfussy. He sounds rushed, like he doesn’t have time for too much tinkering. This is a good thing; Crow’s prolific creativity, a positive trait usually, can be a mixed blessing when it pushes him away from the core of his songs. The guy can write tremendously endearing pop, and he profits when concentrating on just that. Take “Up” for instance, a dreamy little two-and-a-half minutes of brainy, soothing song craft, or the split harmonies that roll over the fading chorus of “Chucked.” Like Sea and Cake without the jazzy overtones, they’re loaded with tender, fleeting wisps of sunny melody. It’s all stripped-down and personal, and even the occasional quirk-freak misstep (“Ring”) eventually dissolves in a warm intimacy. Thoreau famously said “simplify, simplify,” and Crow has apparently listened, much to our collective listening pleasure. –Matthew Cooke

Kingblind news that you can use

Sleepless nights and singalongs- The first two exciting rock releases of the year come from bohemian whiz kids Of Montreal and the Shins.

Indie labels upset with YouTube

Peter Bjorn and John in NYC

The Shins take 2nd place in the top 200

The Good, The Bad And The Queen announce US shows

New York teen sues record industry

Tapes ‘n Tapes Spring Tour

Just got word that Tapes ‘n Tapes is hitting the road this spring.. Here is the word from their label on the tour AND the new album..
The band is going to have a new release sometime this year, and they’re so excited to play new material. In fact, they’re so excited, they decided they needed to get
out and tour and try these new songs out. They’ll be hitting the road in
April/May to test out the new tunes, new gear, and new facial hair. More
dates will be added sometime this week. We hope you all can make it to a

2/23 St Paul, MN Fitzgerald Theater with Chuck Klosterman
3/10 Mexico City, Mexico MX Beat @ Deportivo
4/16 Columbia, MO Blue Note
4/17 St.Louis, MO Creepy Crawl
4/18 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
4/20 Dallas, TX Gypsy Tea Room
4/21 Austin, TX Emo’s
4/22 Houston, TX Numbers
4/27 Indio, CA COACHELLA
5/2 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
5/4 Portland, OR Dante’s
5/5 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
5/6 Vancouver, BC Plaza Club
5/9 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
5/10 Omaha, NE Sokol Underground
5/11 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
5/12 Chicago, IL The Abbey (Two shows)
5/15 Montreal, QUE Le National
5/16 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
5/18 New York, NY Irving Plaza
5/19 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
5/23 Columbus, OH The Basement
5/24 Newport, KY Southgate House

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Police Confirm Grammy Reunion Performance

After weeks of speculation, the Police confirmed today (Jan. 30) that it will reunite to open the 49th annual Grammy Awards Feb. 11 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The group has not performed live since its 2003 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the Grammy appearance is widely expected to kick off a year’s worth of reunion shows throughout the world.

Last week, Vancouver radio station CFMI reported Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland had ensconced themselves at the city’s Lions Gate Studios to rehearse for the Grammys.

In other Grammy news, Joan Baez, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Judson, Queen Latifah, Stevie Wonder and Chris Rock have joined the roster of presenters. The event will also feature performances from Beyonce, the Dixie Chicks, Gnarls Barkley, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and the trio of John Mayer, John Legend and Corinne Bailey Rae.

Blige leads the field of nominees with eight. The Chili Peppers earned six, while James Blunt, Dixie Chicks, Danger Mouse and Prince are among eight artists with five each. (via Billboard online)

Kingblind Downloads

Rob Crow (Pinback):: I hate you

Mezzanine Owls:: Lightbulb

The Beauty Shop:: Monster

Patterson Hood (Drive by Truckers):: Sands of Iwo Jima

High Llamas:: Winter’s Day

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah:: Some Loud Thunder (Album Review)

The stunning independent success of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s fab self-released debut disc, which circumvented conventional label, distribution and publicity operations to scan 120,000 copies, means the knives will be out for their new Dave Fridmann-produced Some Loud Thunder album. No doubt there’ll be some blogger grousing about the dearth of immediately catchy iPod-rockers, but CYHSY never were a disposable singles band. With Fridmann’s guidance, they slow the pace to experiment with different sound textures (some Flaming Lips-style bleeping and blooping) and structures (“Let’s try it without drums”), although the excited yelping of frontman Alec Ounsworth remains a constant. Not every track is a winner, but fans of their brash debut will still find a lot to enjoy here, particularly the sweet Emily Jean Stock and the concert fave Satan Said Dance, which should be heard in clubs for months to come. Props for continuing to do it all on their own terms. (Tim Perlich)

Monday, January 29, 2007

Clinic – ‘If You Could Read Your Mind’ (Music Video)

Deerhoof:: Friend Opportunity (Album Review)

After the brilliant sprawl of The Runners Four, it would’ve made sense if Deerhoof continued in the same direction on their next album. It turns out that Friend Opportunity is a model of efficiency, packing just as much dazzling creativity into ten tracks as The Runners Four did into 20. This new approach could be seen as a reaction to the departure of Chris Cohen, who left to concentrate on his own band, the Curtains, but Deerhoof is such a mercurial group that some kind of change was inevitable. And, as good as The Runners Four was, Friend Opportunity just might be even better. It’s as though the band took the ideas they tossed around last time — more streamlined, structured songs combined with a wider sonic palette — and threw in more highly concentrated sweetness and weirdness for good measure. Though most of these songs are short, they’ve got a lot of presence, and Friend Opportunity opens with three of Deerhoof’s most adorable, accessible songs yet. “The Perfect Me” kicks off the album with galloping percussion and organs that sound like rays of sun bursting through clouds, two of Friend Opportunity’s main musical motifs. “+81” is the single, which makes sense, since its collision of acrobatic guitars, subtle electronics, marching band snippets, and irresistible “choo-choo-choo-choo beep beep” chorus distills the album’s kitchen-sink pop perfectly. “Believe ESP” is a surprisingly funky departure, with a slinky melody that lilts, slithers, and takes detours into chamber pop and noisy breakdowns, yet still sounds purposeful. Later on, this ultra-pop side of Deerhoof resurfaces with “Matchbook Seeks Maniac,” which easily ranks as one of the band’s best songs yet. It’s also one of their most straightforward songs, with a soaring melody that leads into a bittersweet yet rousing chorus, but lyrics like “I would sell my soul to the devil/If I could be on top of the world” keep things nicely unpredictable. The other facets of Deerhoof’s sound sparkle on Friend Opportunity, too: they explore their softer side with “Whither the Invisible Birds?,” a symphonic ballad sweet and yearning enough for a cartoon heroine, and “Choco Fight,” which is surprisingly pretty and mellow, given its title. Things get more experimental as Friend Opportunity ends: “Kidz Are So Small” is a startling track, even by Deerhoof’s standards, with Satomi Matsuzaki singing from the perspective of a dog and a man over tumbling beats and rubbery synths (based on this song and Milk Man’s “Dog on the Sidewalk,” man’s best friend inspires some of the band’s most out-there songs). “Look Away,” an 11-minute suite-like piece, balances the rest of Friend Opportunity’s poppiness with loping guitar riffs, rambling pianos, and keyboards that sound like feedback. Deerhoof is in an undeniable groove — with each album, they make their flights of fancy seem easier, and push pop’s boundaries farther. Friend Opportunity is the perfect name for their approach: they look for, and find, the best possibilities in whatever comes their way.

Kingblind news that you can use

BB King hospitalized in Galveston

Why do bands reform?

Sham 69 in bitter split

EMI merging Capitol and Virgin, Slater out

Friday, January 26, 2007

The Good The Bad And The Queen – Kingdom Of Doom (Music Video)

Of Montreal:: Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (Album Review)

Now that the Apples in Stereo are reunited and have a new album coming out next month, Of Montreal can no longer lay claim to the distinction of being the only Elephant 6 band of note to outlive the once-sprawling psych-pop collective’s sad demise. But thanks to mastermind Kevin Barnes’s evident insatiable hunger for new sounds, the Athens -based outfit can call itself the most unpredictable E6 band ever: Of Montreal records have included bits of everything from cardigan-core pop to T. Rex–style glam to endless-groove Afrobeat, and not at all in a way that makes Barnes seem like a cool-hunting hipster desperate for blog love. Hissing Fauna, the follow-up to 2005’s trippy The Sunlandic Twins, is for the most part an exercise in Prince-like electro-funk, full of squelchy keyboard fuzz and chicken-scratch guitar noise and absurdly complicated falsetto harmonies. You wouldn’t think this proudly eccentric manchild would muster much as a new recruit in the Department of SexyBack. But you’d be wrong. (MIKAEL WOOD)

Kingblind news that you can use

Ex-Social Distortion bassist killed by truck

Waits Settles Sound-Alike Suit With Carmaker

KCRW benefit concert lineup announced

Death Cab For Cutie star preps solo album

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Good, The Bad & The Queen:: S/T (Album Review)

After you’ve been a Britpop titan, cartoon rock star and holder of the Guinness record for best-selling album (by a virtual band), your next move can be elusive. Blur singer/Gorillaz founder Damon Albarn formed his third group by scanning credits on fave albums and making some calls. Enlisting producer and Gorillaz satellite member Danger Mouse, Clash bassist Paul Simonon and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, he created this downcast thematic follow-up to Blur’s epochal ’94 album Parklife — that is, another album about contemporary England. But unlike the rousing punk-, Kinks- and new-wave-colored mosaic of Parklife, this one sticks to sepia-toned, dub-nodding abstractions — “Over London’s bridge we must go/Where the guns burn with might and the hearts are low” — suggesting a wee-hours stroll through London on an LSD comedown. Which, given how England has changed since ’94, sounds about right. (Chris Norris)

Kingblind Downloads

Albert Hammond Jr.: “In Transit”

Lee Hazlewood: “It’s Nothing To Me”

Clinic: “Family”

My Morning Jacket (LIVE) “Tonight I Wanna Celebrate With You”