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Friday, June 29, 2007

The White Stripes: Icky Thump MEGA GIVEAWAY (Kingblind Contest)

To celebrate the release of the fantastic new album from The White Stripes- ICKY THUMP. Kingblind.com is doing a Mega-Giveaway.. Here is what you can win..
An Icky Thump single
White Stripes Button (badge)
Stickers
Poster
White Stripes T-Shirt

How to Enter:
All you have to do is correctly answer this question: Where does Jack White live currently. (Hint- It’s no longer Detroit)

Send your answers to Kingblind(at)gmail.com
with ICKY THUMP in the Subject line AND your name / address and shirt size in the body of the message.

www.whitestripes.com

The White Stripes: Icky Thump Music Video

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Bad Brains: Build a Nation (Album Review)

A band of militant peace-loving Rastafarian punk rockers from Washington DC, Bad Brains are one of the most influential American bands from the Eighties, name-checked by everyone from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Green Day, rapper Lil Jon and even Madonna, who signed them to her Maverick label in the Nineties.

The original (and virtually the only) black punk rock band, Bad Brains alternated between thrash punk and lilting reggae. The juxtaposition of hard/soft and fast/slow elements gave them the edge on other hardcore bands, whose music seemed stuck in fifth gear. Bad Brains fused metal, punk, jazz and funk without sounding clumsy. Their music was molten, volcanic.

In singer HR (aka Human Rights) they had a voluble but volatile frontman whose stage presence has been described as a combination of James Brown and Johnny Rotten. HR would howl and wail and croon while performing back-flips and bouncing off the other players. He also bounced off other band members off-stage, leading to long stints as a solo performer. Bad Brains’ career was stifled by numerous personnel and even name changes (at one point they were known as Soul Brains). The internal strife was reflected in a recorded output which could be wildly uneven.

Build a Nation is the first album in 10 years recorded by the original line-up. Produced by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, it doesn’t stray too far from their original template but it is focused and involving. Individual band members might be pushing 50 but they still play with the agility and vigour of 20-year-olds. And they’re still the only band who can get away with singing a song called ‘Universal Peace’ and make it sound like the march to war.

Calexico have new instrumental collection

Calexico have culled together a new batch of instrumental songs they’re calling Tool Box. The catch is, you can only get a copy at the band’s site or at one of their shows. But since the band’s only upcoming shows are in Europe, U.S. fans who don’t have any intercontinental summer travel plans should probably head here. While there, you’ll be able to listen to the album’s first track, “Above the Branch.”

Interpol- “The Heinrich Maneuver” (Music Video)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihnwsHV2Jh0]

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Kanye West:: Stronger (Music Video)

Black Lips/YACHT 7″ Contest (Kingblind Giveaway)

Fader + Southern Comfort are hooking us up with a copy of the Black Lips/YACHT split 7-inch . It’s a limited pressing of 500 copies and was only given to the top movers and shakers and uh, Kingblind!!!

So how do you win this killer slab o’ wax? Easy!! Just send your name and address (in the body of the message) with BLACK LIPS in the subject line and we will randomly pick a winner. send email’s to kingblind(at)gmail.com

Download the latest issue of The Fader magazine for free here
and get some fine ass Southern Comfort and your local drinking hole.

Listen to some other fine tracks from The Black Lips & Yacht
Black Lips: Not a Problem

Yacht: Summer Song

Hundreds camp out for free Paul McCartney show in LA

Amoeba Records gives wristbands out early.. Hundreds of Paul McCartney fans lined the streets of Hollywood today (June 26) to gain access to his free show scheduled for tomorrow evening at Amoeba Records Hollywood.

They were prepared to camp out overnight to receive one of the 200 coveted entry wristbands that were to scheduled to be given out tomorrow at 12:30 pm.

However, store management decided to give them a break and hand out wristbands early so the fans wouldn’t have to queue up overnight.

“When we saw that more than 200 people had already lined up, we decided to give them out early so they wouldn’t have to spend the night on the sidewalk,” said a spokesperson for Amoeba Records.

The show is set for 7:30pm PST today. It is McCartney’s only scheduled Los Angeles performance at this time.

Kingblind Downloads

Smashing Pumpkins:: Tarantula (Live)

The Verve:: History

The National:: Start a War

Architecture in Helsinki:: Heart it Races

Super Furry Animals:: Hello Sunshine

Ryan Adams:: Everybody Knows

Bishop Allen:: Click, Click, Click

Andre 3000 (Outkast)- Class of 3000

Bishop Allen:: Rain

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Amy Winehouse:: Tears Dry on Their Own (Music Video)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6LVGcIC1Tc]

The White Stripes:: Icky Thump (Album Review)

As soon as I decided to sit down and have a listen to this, my housemate – who is fond of blasting awful NME rock very loudly – put on White Blood Cells so loudly that, even at full volume, I couldn’t hear my newly-acquired Pickering Pick album coming out of my speakers any more. I’ve been putting up with this all year, so it’s not a source of anger for me any more. Instead, I tuned in, and it struck me how odd it was for me to hear a White Stripes album and enjoy it. Ever since the massively disappointing (to me, at least) Elephant, this band has only been enjoyable to me in short fits and spurts. “Blue Orchid” was awesome, “My Doorbell” awful, and so on. But here was a White Stripes that I could enjoy – stripped back, catchy, humourous.

“Icky Thump”, the first single, just sums all that post-Elephant inconsistency up. Damn good riff, some great lyrics (it’s hard not to get a kick out of Jack’s ‘You’re all immigrants too!’ rant) – this should be a great song, but for some reason, Jack White slaps a buttload of ugly, pointless guitar and amateurish clavioline all over it, in what seems like an insane attempt to totally ruin it. It’s growing on me, admittedly, but I still can’t help listening to this track without thinking what a God-awful mess it all is.

Thing is, I realy want to like the Stripes. The Detroit garage rock scene they came from is one I’m loving the more I find out about it (The Detroit Cobras haven’t been out of rotation on Planet Iai for at least 3 weeks), and although I quickly got bored of the scene they were made out to be a part of (see The Vines, The Hives, The Strokes, Kings of Leon, and whoever else my housemate likes), they’ve always seemed to have something that sets them apart, and they always looked the most likely to make a career out of their music. I’m probably TOO willing to embrace them, if anything, which makes things like “Icky Thump” so frustrating. This should be amazing, and thanks to whoever the dumb-*** is that suggested they should make the solos sound like Del Shannon playing “Runaway” backwards, it’s not.

Still, no such problems crop up again for a while. The Racontuers-esque “You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)” is excellent, a country-fuelled blast of classic rock that succeeds on every level, and serves as further proof that White’s lyrics are just getting better with time, and have taken a giant leap forward here. The epic, Muse-esque “Conquest” (a Patti Page cover) boasts a horn section, and is far more effective in its experimentation than just about anything on Get Behind Me, Satan, as well as being a much better cover version than their take on “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself”. “Bone Broke” could easily have slotted onto White Blood Cells, except for the lead guitar, which, just like the solo on “Icky Thump”, is juttering, nasal, and not a million miles away from Fred Durst’s attempts at shredding. Between all that is the more subdued “300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues”, which isn’t spectacular, but is certainly good enough. So far so good.

But then, for whatever mental reason, the Stripes decide that they’re going to settle down in Scotland for a while. There’s nothing especially wrong with the mandolin and bagpipe-led “Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn” per se, but it’s incredibly cliche, and ill-fitting for both the band and album. “St. Andrew (This Battle Is In The Air)” continues the theme, except this time Meg takes spoken-word vocals, and Jack screeches all over the Celtic melody with a load of noisy guitar licks. It’s such a bizzare interlude, and frankly, it’s crap. Why the hell are these two songs here? Again, the Stripes frustrate their prospective fan. And things were going so well!

“Little Cream Soda” gets things back on track in style – this is classic White Stripes, sporting a lyric spiritually similar to “Little Room” and guitar parts that suggests Jimi Hendrix covering “Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground”. Although the vocals probably could have done with being more melodic, it’s hard not to caught up amdist the pyrotechnic blues riffs Jack conjures here. Alongside “You Don’t Know What Love Is”, it’s a definite highlight.

There’s but one more disruption to the album’s flow. “Rag and Bone” sees both Meg and Jack accosting somebody, rifling through their belongings trying to find out what they’re allowed to steal. Although this is again slightly too odd to be a highlight, it’s nice to know their sense of humour hasn’t gone too far astray. But, for that, we have two more keepers. The slide-guitar showcase “Catch Hell Blues” is a rare thing on a White Stripes album – a damn good track stuffed at the back end of the album. The other is “A Martyr For My Love For You”, which is unusually dark for the band, its acoustic intro a slight shock to the system after 8 tracks of amped-up blues (and two of Celtic nonsense). Yet, it unfolds, with an organ included in the mix, meshing perfectly into their sound. It may not quite be the Stripes operating at full speed, but they’re at least in 4th gear.

So, the story of me grappling with the White Stripes discography continues with an unexpected bullseye. I’m delighted to report that Icky Thump, despite the presence of some simply insane over-indulgence, is a great album. Right now I’d confidently place this on a par with White Blood Cells, which means that for now, I’m back on the bandwagon. After two records I didn’t care for in the slightest, I’m a card-carrying White Stripes fan again. Woo!
(by: Nick Butler)

The Verve reunite for tour

Richard Ashcroft and co write new songs
The Verve are set to reunite for a winter tour.

The original band of Richard Ashcroft, Nick McCabe,Simon Jones and Pete Sailsbury have got together for the first time in almost a decade.

In a statement, the band have announced they were: “Getting back together for the joy of the music.”

It is believed they will take a summer break and then return to the studio to complete their next album.

The band broke up in 1999, with the tumultuous relationship between Ashcroft and McCabe being well documented with the two exiting the band repeatedly since they began in 1993.

The band are set to play:

Glasgow Academy (November 2,3)
Blackpool Empress Ballroom (5,6)
London Roundhouse (8,9)

Tickets are set to go on sale on July 6.

Morrissey Mulling Warner Bros. Deal

Morrissey is mulling a deal with Warner Bros. to release his next studio album, the artist said during a fan Q&A on the True to You Web site. The former Smiths frontman has issued his two prior albums on the Attack imprint via Sanctuary, which announced earlier this year it was reverting to a largely catalog-driven label.

Morrissey recorded for the Warner Bros. family from 1988-1995; a return to the company would presumably allow for a new stream of compilations and archival releases.

“I presently have the option to tour for the remainder of 2007, or start a new album,” he said on True to You. “I don’t have a deal, but I have an offer from Warner Brothers. At the same time, there are some great touring offers — New Zealand, South Africa, my beloved Scandinavia, Israel and Iran. I would love to sing in Tehran.”

The artist is presently touring in North America and will premiere a new song, “That’s How People Grow Up,” during a taping tonight (June 25) for CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.” The episode will air on Friday.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Daft Punk Hands – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Music Video)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2cYWfq–Nw]

Kingblind Downloads

Sonic Youth:: Teenage Riot

Detroit Cobras:: You’ll Never Change

Feist:: 1234

Ryan Adams:: I taught myself to go old

Art Brut:: Pump up the volume

jracula:: Lion, Ox and Eagle

White Stripes:: You don’t know what love is

Mary Timony Band:: Sharpshooter

Hey! New Super Furry animals album in August

Hey Venus! is the name of the new Super Furry Animals album, slated for release August 28 via Rough Trade. It’s reportedly a bit of a concept album about the exploits of someone named Venus who moves from the countryside to a big city. It will be the follow-up to 2005’s Love Kraft. Not that band members have been slacking since then. No, besides being super and furry, the Animals keep quite busy. Gruff Rhys’ second solo album, Candylion, came out earlier this year, and he’ll tour behind it soon. Rhys is also still piecing together his Neon Neon side project with Boom Bip. And bass player Guto Pryce is one of many artists who have recently been tapped to curate a Trojan Records reggae compilation.

Read on after the jump for Hey Venus!‘ tracklist…

“The Gateway Song”
“Runaway”
“Show Your Hand”
“The Gift”
“Neo Consumer”
“Into The Night”
“Baby Ate My Eight Ball”
“Carbon Dating”
“Suckers”
“Battersea Odyssey”
“Wolves”