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Archive for February, 2007

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Clash covers compilation coming

Hey, really like a certain album? Enjoy covering some of the songs on it? In a band? Friends with a bunch of other bands? Than round your buds up and remake the album track for track! Hell yeah!

Following in the footsteps of Springsteen’s Nebraska and The Beatles’ Rubber Soul, The Clash’s Sandinista! is getting the complete redux treatment. On May 1st, 00:02:59 Records will release The Sandinista! Project, with all 36 tracks covered by 36 different bands. Those groups include the Smithereens, Camper van Beethoven, Jon Langford and Sally Timms, Stew, Amy Rigby, Steve Wynn, and many others. All proceeds from sales of the double disc will go to charities including Joe Strummer’s Memorial Forest organization.
(Via Billboard)

Mastodon, The Hold Steady Feel The ‘Hunger Force’

The Hold Steady, Andrew W.K. and Mastodon are among the acts that have been tapped for the soundtrack to the upcoming Cartoon Network film, “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.” Slated for an April 13 release via Williams Street, the compilation will feature sound bites from the movie, plus a cover of the Cartoon Network’s “Aqua Teen” theme song crafted by rap veteran Schoolly D.

Killer Mike, Unearth, Master Shake, 9lb Hammer, Early Man, Brass Castle, Insane-o-Flex and MC Chris are also included on “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Colon the Soundtrack.” All tracks are previously unreleased material, with exception of the Hold Steady’s “Girls Like Status.”

The animated movie is the network’s first film release from its Adult Swim programs and is set to premiere April 13 via First Look Pictures.

In other Mastodon news, the metal group is taking to the road for a series of small club tour dates, kicking off on March 19 at the White Rabbit in San Antonio. As previously reported, the group is also scheduled to perform at this year’s South By Southwest Music Festival.

Brooklyn-based the Hold Steady will return to the United States from Europe early next month to tour through March 22.
(via Billboard)

Kingblind news that you can use

New Modest Mouse video: “Dashboard” (Yes, That’s Johnny Marr on guitar)

Where Daft Punk got their samples.

Stooges ready “The Weirdness”

Future of Arthur magazine looks bleak

Music from political films win Oscars

Labels weigh issues in satellite radio merger

The Good, The Bad and The Queen to play last Hammersmith Palais show

Lou Barlow talks to the San Jose Mercury News about the Sebadoh reunion.

Pinback’s Rob Crow talks to AM New York about his latest solo album, Living Well.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

JESSE SYKES & THE SWEET HEREAFTER:: Like, Love, Lust & the Open Halls of the Soul

Heavy metal has nothing on dark Americana music when it comes to creating an atmosphere of brooding intensity. It’s been something of a specialty over the years for Jesse Sykes, and she excels at it on her third album.

Although these 12 new rootsy songs feature brawny electric-guitar solos and swirling organ, Sykes’ voice is always the true focal point. It’s a parched instrument that rarely rises above a dusty murmur on “The Air Is Thin” and rings out with world-weary force over growling guitar parts on “LLL.”

It’s a voice well-suited to downhearted subject matter, which is another of Sykes’ specialties. Characters in her songs are always leaving or about to leave. Cold raindrops fall, hard memories linger, and isolation seems like the rule rather than the exception. There are moments of redemption, too, such as bravely accepting the consequences of one’s actions on “Aftermath” and her vision of musical and societal contentment on “I Like the Sound,” which echoes the sound of late-’60s pop, the Mamas and the Papas-style.

There is occasional resemblance here to the drowsy Memphis vibe on Cat Power’s 2006 album, “The Greatest,” but Sykes’ tour the soul is both grittier and spookier.

Kingblind Downloads

Sebadoh:: The Freed Pig

Sebadoh:: Gimme Indie Rock

Low:: Breaker

Benoit Pioulard:: Triggering Back

Cash Audio:: Miles to Coast

Big Black:: Texas

Sebadoh launches reunion tour tonight in San Diego

The classic Sebadoh line-up of Lou Barlow, Eric Gaffney and Jason Loewenstein has re-united and will kick off its first US tour in 14 years tonight in San Diego. The band’s line-up changed quite frequently over the years, but the trio of Barlow / Gaffney / Loewenstein was responsible for the classic 90s albums III, Bubble and Scrape and Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock. All three members contributed their own unique songwriting styles and also switched instruments frequently, which they will also do on this tour. III, which is considered by many to be the band’s definitive album, got the deluxe re-issue treatment courtesy of the Domino label last year. Domino has also announced plans to re-issue the Barlow / Gaffney-penned album The Freed Man later in 2007. Expect a set list drawing from all eras of Sebadoh’s existence.


02/26 San Diego, CA Casbah
02/27 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar
02/28 San Francisco, CA GAMH / Noise Pop
03/02 Portland, OR Berbati’s Pan
03/03 Vancouver, BC Richards
03/04 Seattle, WA Neumos
03/05 Eugene, OR WOW Hall
03/07 Santa Cruz, CA The Attic
03/09 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
03/10 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland
03/15 Phoenix, AZ Clubhouse
03/16 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
03/17 Boulder, CO Fox Theater
03/19 Minneapolis, MN 400 Bar
03/20 Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall
03/21 Chicago, IL Metro
03/22 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
03/23 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
03/24 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa
03/29 Northampton, MA Pearl St.
03/30 Boston, MA Paradise
03/31 New York, NY Webster Hall
04/01 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
04/02 Philadelphia, PA Northstar
04/03 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
04/04 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
04/06 Louisville, KY Headliners
04/07 Nashville, TN Exit In
04/08 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
04/09 Tallahassee, FL Beta Bar
04/10 Orlando, FL The Social
04/12 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
04/13 Houston, TX Walters on Washington
04/14 Austin, TX Emo’s
04/16 Tucson, AZ Club Congress (make sure you check out the new archive of live MP3s)

Monday, February 26, 2007

Kingblind Downloads

Beach Boys:: Smile 5.0 FLAC

Bad Brains: 1979-1983, collected demos and outtakes [flac]

My Morning Jacket: 2007-01-09, Portland [mp3,ogg,flac]

AIR:: Once Upon A Time

Architecture in Helsinki:: Wishbone (Franc Tetas remix)

Peter and The Wolf:: Safe Travels

Grizzy Bear:: He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss) (The Crystals Cover) Live on KEXP Seattle
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Kingblind news that you can use

‘Departed’ takes top Oscar

MP3 Patents in Upheaval After Verdict

R.I.P. Kirk Rundstrom of Split Lip Rayfield

Kaiser Chiefs score first Number One

UPDATE:: Van Halen Tour On Hold But Still In The Works

IGN lists the top 25 prog rock albums.

Watch Deerhoof’s performance on the children’s show, Pancake Mountain.


Friday, February 23, 2007

(Kingblind Contest) Album Giveaway- Teddy Bears:: Soft Machine & button set

Sweden’s Teddybears have just released their new album SOFT MACHINE, a strange genre-defying album of danceable songs. The trio collaborates with Iggy Pop on the track “Punkrocker”, and other guests like Neneh Cherry and Annie to load the album with fun and wild songs. Tune in to some songs at their myspace and be their friend, because how many Swedish friends do you have? And have you seen the girls that come from Sweden?? and there’s naked chicks in their first video for “Cobrastyle”

Enter to win their new CD Soft Machine plus an exclusive set of Teddybears buttons!!
Send an email to kingblind(at) with TEDDYBEARS in the subject line and your name and mailing address in the body of the message. We will randomly be picking 2 winners.. (U.S. Residents only)

Behind the scenes montage of the studio sessions of the upcoming Queens of Stone Age album “Era Vulgaris”, due out in June ’07.
And don’t be surpirsed if you notice Julian Casablancas, Trent Reznor, Mark Lanegan, and Billy Gibbons rocking out on the album too!

Kingblind news that you can use

Vinyl finds its niche

Cropper recalls Otis Redding

Tortoise announce US Tour

My Morning Jacket host prom in Georgia

GNR Scraps New Album Release Date Again

Explosions in the Sky:: All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone (Album Review)

Austin, Texas’s post-rock dream-weavers Explosions in the Sky have long been beloved of anyone who values adventure over three chords. Typically, their fourth album is a staggering piece of sonic theatre which lives up to their name by dint of its shimmering guitars and sabre-toothed noise. Trouble is, save for the soft bits being softer and the hard bits being harder, it’s practically a replica of its predecessors. It’s not what you expect from a band that value exploration, but then who cares, frankly, when the result is this inspired?

Thursday, February 22, 2007

-Kingblind Downloads-

Teddybears:: Punkrocker (Featuring- Iggy Pop) Music Video

The Arcade Fire Live at Judson Memorial Church 2007 (71 mb) LEGAL DL FROM NPR

Cheeseburger:: Tiger

VietNam:: Welcome to my room

Turbonegro – All My Friends Are Dead

The High Strung – The Baddest Ship

The Cops – Controller

Detroit Cobras – I Wanna Holler (But The Town’s Too Small)

Trans Am:: Sex Change (Album Review)

Trans Am has always been a predominantly instrumental band that plays ironic sounds unironically. They’re a perfect example of a modern “cult” band; they have a large following and make most of their money touring, existing largely outside the weblog-and-myspace-driven word of mouth which propels most indie-label, rock-based music these days. The group consciously limited their sound this time around, after taking a two year hiatus. Change was recorded in Auckland, New Zealand at a recording school with equipment on loan by the brilliant Chris Knox, then later in Brooklyn at Oneida’s headquarters without their usual array of vocoders or any of their regular gear. Easily their best album since 2000’s Red Line, Sex Change is typically eclectic but pushes their sound further towards ’70s stadium prog, keyboard-driven Krautrock, shredding ’80s rock, John Carpenter soundtracks from the late 1970s, super clean and mellow funk-rock, and whatever you call the kind of music they play behind sports play-by-plays. (–Mike McGonigal)

Listen to Trans Am:: North East Rising Sun