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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Architecture in Helsinki announce tour dates

Architecture in Helsinki That big band of Aussies, Architecture in Helsinki will release their third album, Places Like This, in a couple weeks (on Aug. 21 via Polyvinyl Records) and, will mark the release with a tour of the states.

The tour dates:
10-10 Philadelphia, PA – Starlight Ballroom
10-11 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
10-12 Brooklyn, NY – Studio B
10-13 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
10-16 Chicago, IL – Metro
10-18 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
10-19 Montreal, Quebec – La Tulipe
10-24 Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar
10-26 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
10-27 Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
10-29 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
10-30 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
11-01 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
11-02 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
11-05 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
11-10 Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture
11-13 Denton, TX – Hailey’s
11-14 Austin, TX – Emo’s
11-15 New Orleans, LA – The Republic
11-16 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder

Hook To New Order Bandmates: ‘See You In Court’

The members of New Order continue to spar about whether the legendary U.K. rock combo is still an entity. In a statement earlier in this month, singer Bernard Sumner and drummer Stephen Morris rejected bassist Peter Hook’s assumption that the band is no more by saying plans were afoot for New Order projects and that Hook speaks for himself and nobody else.

But Hook has once again addressed the issue on his MySpace site. In a July 27 posting entitled “Disappointment!,” Hook says he will consider legal action against the other members should they continue using the New Order name.

“This group has SPLIT UP! You are no more New Order than I am!” Hook said in the post. “You may have two-thirds but don’t assume you have the right to do anything New Order-y cos (sic) you don’t. I’ve still got a third! But am open to negotiation.”

Hook also stated that he hasn’t had much of a personal relationship with the other members for some time. “Whenever you contact me it’s through the management,” he said. “You all knew what was happening re: the split! In February! Using Cannes and Mojo as some excuse to at last get your own back is wrong.” The message concludes with the less-than-cryptic message, “See you in court!”

New Order last played live in November in Buenos Aires and released its latest studio album, “Waiting for the Sirens’ Call,” in 2005.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Lucky Soul – The Great Unwanted (album review):

Last years ‘We Are The Pipettes’ was an up-tempo, deliriously catchy Motown-esque album full of very summery tunes and lilting melodies. The debut album by 2007’s rising stars Luck Soul, ‘The Great Unwanted’, is as gloriously affecting as the Pipettes’ offering, and just as perfect in its ability to add a spring in the step of those with even the lowest of downbeat moods. The band, a 6-piece from South London, have released an album that immediately lifts the spirits, and never more so than with breezy opening track (and Diana Ross & The Supremes sound-a-like) ‘Add Your Light To Mine Baby’.

Its loping bass line – reminiscent of Dodgy’s 1996 hit ‘Good Enough’ – and kitchen sink et. al. approach in its whooping brass section sees the track hit the pinnacle of mid-60’s Detroit Tamla-town, with lead singer Ali Howard’s soaring vocals sounding, on numerous occasions throughout the album, like Sarah Cracknell from 90’s indie pop band St. Etienne. The song’s shimmering outro refrain of “Baby you’re so fine / Together we could shine / Add your light to mine” being of particularly exhilarating fare.

One of the many great things about this album is the obvious care in which the tracklisting has been put together. In today’s fickle music culture of cherry-picking tracks to bung onto an iPod, it’s refreshing to hear an album where genuine thought has been put into the ebb and flow of the alum, and the many differing moods and genres it encapsulates; ‘The Great Unwanted’ smoothly segues from positively zany into chilled-out melancholy without skipping a beat.

The momentum of the album begins with 4 upbeat tracks, punctuating with chunky Martha & the Vandellas stop/start dynamic and scorching chunky riffs and soothing ‘Ooooh’ refrains, as seen in second track ‘One Kiss Don’t Make A Summer’, with the last lines “But if it’s True-ooooh / Tell me what am I supposed to do-ooooh?” The wistful daze of tracks 3 and 4 (‘Struck Dumb’ and ‘Lips Are Unhappy’ respectively) are both positively pleasant ditties, with ‘Struck Dumb’ sounding reminiscent of the Frankie Valli & Four Seasons 1962 classic ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, especially the ‘Waaah-waaah’ bit. You know what I mean when you hear it.

The Austin Powers-esque ‘Get Outta Town’ (imagine a cast of random characters accompanying Austin “Danger” Powers in a full-form dance formation along to this track in the credit scenes…) and lovely ‘My Brittle Heart’, coupled with the humble modesty of ‘Ain’t Never Been Cool’ (with witty lines such as “Won’t get in your gang / Won’t fit in your clique / Won’t tap you on the shoulder / Or kiss you on the cheek”) show a refreshingly post-modern cool-without-wanting-to-be-cool attitude.

And that’s pretty much the whole album really – it’s cool without wanting to be cool.
By J M Ross

Dinosaur Jr. schedule more U.S. shows

If you haven’t caught the Dinosaur Jr. reunion tour yet, well, what exactly have you been waiting for? A sign from god? Did you forget that, in some circles, J. Mascis is god?

Well, lucky for you, oh ever-waiting one, Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph have been nice enough to plot another handful of U.S. shows. They’re coming in September, after the indie superheroes spend next month shredding in other parts of the globe.

9/3 New York, NY – Webster Hall
9/4 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
9/8 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
9/9 San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
9/11 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
9/12 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

Friday, July 27, 2007

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Working Slowly On New Tunes

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are working on material for their next Interscope album, but there’s no timetable yet on its release. “[I’m] working here and there, without much pressure on myself,” frontwoman Karen O says. “I think [guitarist] Nick [Zinner] and [drumme] Brian [Chase] could say the same. Working pretty much nonstop as an artist, the hardest thing is to know what to do with yourself when you have some time off. You struggle with yourself to take a vacation.”

For now, the rock trio is promoting the release of a new EP, “Is Is,” featuring older songs that has not made any of its prior albums. “We had some time off, and it was something we wanted to do for posterity’s sake, kind of have a document of it,” Karen O says. “These songs always felt like they belonged together. We recorded them in February this year, with Nick Launay, who produced PIL’s’ ‘Flowers of Romance.’ If we tried to record them any time before this, we wouldn’t have had Nick for them, and he couldn’t be a more perfect match for the music.”

Accompanying the music is a DVD of a show held in May at a tiny venue in Brooklyn. “It shows the raw, sexual side of us that’s been there since day one. It’s something as natural to us as flying is to birds,” Karen O says. “We were dealing with a time when we were in between managers. There was this feeling of, ‘Yeah, we’re a renegade band! We’re gonna make the kind of recording that has the intensity and magnitude of what we’re about.'”

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing a few shows in support of the EP, and Karen O enthuses, I know my limitations more than I’ve ever known them before. It’s taken several years to kind of figure that out, like how many shows to do in a row. It takes so much out of you.”
(via billboard)

Tegan and Sara- The Con (Album Review)

In case you couldn’t tell from the packaging – a charred letterpressed novel – The Con is sister act Tegan and Sara’s “artsy” album. It’s not that they’ve totally abandoned the retrofitted power pop of their last two discs. The twins’ fifth full-length release still betrays their love affair with vintage Farfisas and Korgs; both halves still write urgent hook-based songs about love, anxiety and the mean reds that clock in at three minutes max.

But their choice to work with Death Cab’s Chris Walla instead of regular producers John Collins and Dave Carswell is the smartest move Tegan and Sara have made in years.

Walla coaxes a new level of vocal prowess from both sisters, using the contrasting qualities of their voices to complement each other (note how Tegan’s ghostly backups overlap Sara’s rough lead on Relief Next To Me). And his affinity for experimenting with textures pushes the pair into new territory – the glitchy, percussive Are You Ten Years Ago, with its breathless narrative, recalls Elastica circa The Menace, while the mournful Knife Going In could be an epilogue to Mirah’s 100 Knives, and Back In Your Head is intelligent bubble gum à la Cyndi Lauper. Better than anything they’ve done to date.
(Sarah Liss)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sex Pistols Debut, Singles To Be Reissued

Virgin Records will on Oct. 29 release a special 30th anniversary edition of The Sex Pistols’ classic debut album, “Never Mind The Bollocks … Here’s the Sex Pistols.” The set will be available on heavyweight vinyl with a 7″ insert of “Submission” and a poster — just as it was when it was originally released on Oct. 29, 1977.

“Submission” was left off the original track listing when the album was mistakenly released a week earlier than planned, so at the band’s insistence, the first 50,000 copies included a one-sided 7″ featuring the song.

The Pistols will also reissue their four classic singles: “Anarchy in the U.K.,” “God Save the Queen,” “Pretty Vacant” and “Holidays in the Sun” throughout October on 7-inch vinyl. Jamie Reid’s original artwork and heavyweight paper sleeves will be faithfully reproduced, according to Virgin.

Virgin signed the band after it was dropped by EMI in January 1977 and in the wake of an abortive six-day signing with A&M that March.

Kingblind Downloads

Von Südenfed – Fledermaus Can’t Get It

Imperial Teen:: Shim Sham

AA Bondy- There’s a Reason

The Kinks- This time Tomorrow

Spoon- Idiot Driver

Spoon- I didn’t come here to die

Tom Waits- Hold On

The Battles- Saturday Night No, Not Battles.. THE Battles

Liars “Plaster Casts of Everything” (Music Video)

Raveonettes return to North America in October

Guy/girl reverb rockers the Raveonettes will return to North American touring later this year. The band is still hashing out new material that will eventually form the follow-up to 2005’s Pretty in Black. These dates find the duo of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo mostly sticking to the eastern and central parts of the continent after the band spent much of June on the North American West Coast. After the Raveonettes make some European appearances in September, they return to these shores in October. Follow on after the jump for those dates…

10/10 New York, NY – Southpaw
10/11 Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
10/12 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/13 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk
10/14 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
10/16 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
10/17 Columbus, OH – The Basement
10/18 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
10/19 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
10/20 Milwaukee, WI – Mad Planet
10/21 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
10/25 Edmonton, AB – New City Likwid Lounge
10/26-7 Calgary, AB – Broken City
10/29 Vancouver, BC – Venue TBA

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Turbonegro tours North America

Turbonegro’s new album Retox once again shows the six-piece riffin’ machine firing on all cylinders. Retox is Turbonegro at its best; hard, heavy and hilarious. A record which, to borrow a lyric from its riotous lead-off single, ‘Do You Dig Destruction’, will hit you like “brass-knuckles and a 2 by 4”.

Here are the dates:

19th – Chicago, IL Metro
20th – Detroit, MI Smalls
21st – Cleveland, OH The Grog Shop
22nd – Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theater
24th – Boston, MA Paradise
25th – New York, NY Nokia Theatre
26th – Washington, DC The Black Cat
28th – Winston Salem, NC Ziggy’s
29th – Atlanta, GA Centre Stage
30th – New Orleans One Eyed Jacks

1st – Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
2nd – Austin, TX Emos
4th – Phoenix, AZ Brickhouse Theatre
5th – San Diego, CA House Of Blues
6th – Los Angeles, CA LA Weekly Festival
7th – Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre
8th – San Francisco, CA Slims
10th – Seattle, WA Showbox
11th – Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
12th – Portland, OR Roseland Ballroom

Kingblind Downloads

Shout Out Louds – Tonight I Have to Leave It

Bishop Allen- Rain

UNKLE- Crown Victoria

Prince- Planet Earth

Robbers on High Street- Crown Victoria

Kinetic Stereokids – Cold and Tired

Black Lips- Katrina (Music Video)

“Katrina” – Black Lips
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The Black Lips’ “Katrina” single will be released by Vice UK on September 3.

Prince:: Planet Earth (Album Review)

Ever the shape-shifter, Prince Rogers Nelson makes his most outrageous move yet. Lots of fans grumble about the lengths to which the artist formerly known as the Artist will go to ensure listenability. No doubt about it: distributing an album with The Mail is a masterstroke.

A shame, then, we’re not discussing another Parade or, hell, The Gold Experience, but lately Prince puts his talent into recording albums and his genius into marketing them. In 2004, for example, he included Musicology with the price of a concert ticket and forced the RIAA to like it. Although he’s released plenty of indifferent albums since 1988’s Lovesexy, this is the second time he’s pulled a Steel Wheels: recording an album as an excuse to tour (like Steel Wheels’ “Mixed Emotions,” the mildly compelling nostalgia of Musicology’s title track, the first single, embraced dubious notions of musical solidarity). 3121 was a little better: he was studying the Billboard Top Ten (“Black Sweat”) as much as he was copying himself (the title track). Planet Earth marks a slight improvement on that one, which is progress of a sort, but incremental advances like this almost guarantee that the marketing hoo-hah will get more attention anyway.

However, since this is Prince and not another middle-aged white songwriter/guitarist he’ll force us to listen to Planet Earth for three tracks so ebullient that you understand why he records albums as excuses to tour. “Chelsea Rodgers” might be the best use of a brass section in the Prince songbook since “Housequake,” and the most compelling evidence that witnessing for Jehovah hasn’t stunted his imagination; mitigating this story of a reformed libertine with a piano part swiped from Sylvester’s “(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real” is the kind of perversity we used to take for granted from him. He doesn’t sound crabby; he’s reminding himself that even God-fearing wretches like him need parables to explain himself to the rest of us; that Sylvester could hear gospel in disco. The irresistible bitchery of his guitar work on “Lion of Judah” redeems the Bible-adducing triumphalism of its chorus. Finally, the good will Prince has accumulated doesn’t clarify the lyrical equivocations of “Resolution” (the musical ones though—like the concluding synth swoop—are a delight), but if you want anti-war slogans go listen to Neil Young.

If smugness erodes the empathy he extends to the putative love objects that populate Planet Earth’s fair-to-good ballads, his skill compensates. Thanks to Jesus and a lifetime of teetotaling, his voice remains impossibly supple, and as elastic as he thinks his dick is. So is, of all things, humor. Unlike R. Kelly, Ne-Yo can tell the difference between smarm and charm—to be fair, it’s Kells’ confusion that makes him intermittently excellent—but he couldn’t put over pillow-talk piffle like “Future Baby Mama” like Prince can (not enough to convince you that it won’t join “Call My Name” and “Beautiful, Loved, Blessed” in second-single limbo, mind).

Speaking of smarm-vs-charm, “I love you, babe, but not like I love my guitar” is the asshole come-on he’s been trying to write since Controversy, and more devastating for being apt. Just don’t remind the little guy of his lifetime of broken promises. Listening to “Guitar” brings to mind the seven-minute entreaty in which he let his axemanship show what his heart couldn’t, even when this entreaty was called, simply, “I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man.” That song was a lifeline, while “Guitar” comforts itself with being a manifesto. Manifestos can incite passions, but the chance always exists that you’re speaking in an empty room.

Planet Earth may, like 3121, top the charts. Credit those amazing live shows and what he signifies in pop culture; everybody likes the idea of Prince. Not exactly encouraging for an artist this fecund, who hasn’t shaken off the millstones of his past achievements as thoroughly as he thinks. It may be enough that Prince transforms what’s already a strong case for his own solipsism into a moral imperative.
(Alfredo Soto)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007 contest:: Interpol- Our love to admire (Album Giveaway) and Capitol Records are giving away a copy of the new Interpol album- “Our love to admire”.. But not just any copy.. This is the special edition packaging that includes: A bound, CD-sized hard covered book with 24-page booklet. CD in back and poster. This thing is beautiful!! Now you really want one don’t you?!

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