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Thursday, August 30, 2007

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Band of Horses:: Is there a Ghost (New Single!)

The first mp3 to appear from Band of Horses’ upcoming new LP, Cease To Begin. “Is There a Ghost” The new track features Ben Bridwell’s unmistakable soaring voice. It’s safe to say that fans of Everything All The Time are going to be VERY happy. Look for the new LP on Oct 9th 2007 on Sub Pop Records.
Band of Horses- Is There a Ghost MP3

Foo Fighters Nail Down U.K. Arena Tour

The Foo Fighters will spend two weeks touring in the United Kingdom in November, where they have grown exponentially in popularity in recent years. The tour begins Nov. 3 in Manchester and wraps with a Nov. 17-18 stand in London.

As previously reported, the Foos’ new album, “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace,” is due Sept. 25 via RCA. First single “The Pretender” is already No. 1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart.

And although dates have yet to be announced, a promotion is underway for presale tickets for a forthcoming North American tour via iTunes. Fans who pre-order the new album via the service will receive a code for early tickets via Ticketmaster, as well as downloads of “The Pretender” and the B-side “Seda.”

Here are the Foo Fighters’ tour dates:

Sept. 15: Carson, Calif. (Home Depot Center/KROQ Invasion)
Nov. 3: Manchester, England (Evening News Arena)
Nov. 6: Birmingham, England (NEC)
Nov. 9: Glasgow (SECC)
Nov. 10: Aberdeen, Scotland (AECC)
Nov. 12: Sheffield, England (Hallam Arena)
Nov. 13: Cardiff, Wales (International Arena)
Nov. 17-18: London (O2 Arena)

Bo Diddley in stable condition after heart attack

GAINESVILLE, Florida (AP) — Bo Diddley was in stable condition at a Florida hospital after suffering a heart attack, his publicist said Tuesday.
Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley is known for the “Bo Diddley beat,” featured in songs such as “Bo Diddley” and “Who Do You Love.”

The 78-year-old singer-guitarist complained of dizziness and nausea during a routine medical checkup Friday, said publicist Susan Clary.

She said Diddley suffered a heart attack after being taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. The hospital is near his hometown of Archer.

Clary said the musician was in stable condition at the hospital’s cardiac care unit after spending the weekend in intensive care.

“He is conscious,” she said. “The situation is very serious.”

In May, Diddley was hospitalized in Nebraska after suffering a stroke after casino performances in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was soon transferred to Florida.

Diddley, with his black glasses and low-slung guitar, has been an icon in the music industry since he topped the R&B charts with “Bo Diddley” in 1955. His other hits include “Who Do You Love,” “Before You Accuse Me,” “Mona” and “I’m a Man.”

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and received a lifetime achievement Grammy Award in 1998.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Amy Winehouse’ in-laws urge fans to boycott her music

Although I didn’t find it necessary to direct anyone to read about singer Amy Winehouse’s alleged suicide attempt, this latest development in the troubled singer’s accelerated public tailspin provides an unfortunately unique moral aspect to the decadent, all-too-familiar story. The parents of Winehouse’s husband, Black Fielder-Civil, Giles and Georgett Fielder-Civil, appeared on Victoria Derbyshire’s BBC Radio 5 program to urge fans not to buy Winehouse’s albums in hopes that the boycott could give the singer (and their son) a wake-up call. They also asked that Winehouse not receive any awards for which she has been nominated.

Weirdly, the Fielder-Civils also told Derbyshire that they had asked some of Winehouse’s drug dealers to stop supplying the pair. Hm, I guess that’s the second best thing to do, you know, besides calling the cops. They admit, however, that it didn’t help much: “Unfortunately we have learned in the past three weeks that not everybody’s word is their bond, and we don’t live in a totally honest world.” Ah yes, what is this crazy world coming to when you can’t even depend on the word of a heroin dealer? In all seriousness, it’s clear that this world isn’t entirely crazy when at least one celebrity’s parents appear seriously committed to putting the health of their scandal-plagued relative ahead of their own personal gain.

Feist: 1234- Live on Letterman (Music Video)
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Rilo Kiley- Under the Blacklight (Album Review)

Under the Blacklight, Rilo Kiley’s 2007 major-label debut, is surely designed as the Los Angeles quartet’s entry into the big leagues, the album that makes them cross over to a mass audience — or perhaps it’s just meant to make their now de facto leader, Jenny Lewis, cross over, since it plays as a sequel to her 2006 solo stab, Rabbit Fur Coat, as much as it plays as the successor to 2004′s More Adventurous, putting the former child right out front, bathing in the spotlight. If More Adventurous gave the group’s game plan away in its title, so does Under the Blacklight, for if this album is anything, it’s a sleazy crawl through L.A. nightlife, teaming with sex and tattered dreams, all illuminated by a dingy black light. So, it’s a conceptual album — which ain’t the same thing as a concept album, since there is no story here to tie it together — and to signify the sex Lewis sings about incessantly on this record, Rilo Kiley have decided to ditch most of their indie pretensions and hazy country leanings in favor of layers of ironic new wave disco and spacy flourishes pulled straight out of mid-’80s college rock. Echoes of earlier Rilo Kiley albums (and even Rabbit Fur Coat) are still evident — the title track is a slow country crawl at its core, the opening “Silver Lining” glides by on a subdued blue-eyed soul groove reminiscent of Cat Power’s The Greatest, a move that “15″ makes more explicit, while “Dreamworld” plays like an easy listening makeover of prime R.E.M. The latter is the only song here where Blake Sennett, once a co-captain with Lewis, sings lead, confirming that he’s now firmly in a subservient role to his former paramour, who dominates this record the way Natalie Merchant used to rule 10,000 Maniacs, leaving the impression that the band is now merely her support group.

This may not be entirely true — Rilo Kiley still sound like a cohesive band here; Sennett’s guitar is often forceful, not meek — but Under the Blacklight nevertheless plays like a star turn for Lewis, for better or for worse. Better, because she reveals here that she has the charisma to be a star, leading the band through some dicey territory with her vocals, which are easily her best on record. Worse, because she’s the one that pushes the band toward sheer silliness through her carnal obsessions, which all come from the cranium, not the crotch. Since Lewis writes about sex at a safe, studied distance — and even if her vocals are newly throaty, she doesn’t sound sexy — the group overcompensates with stiff disco-funk since that, naturally, is music that signifies bad sex. And there is nothing but bad sex here. There’s the tragic girl gets “money for sex” on “Close Call”; there’s the implied pornography on the clenched-fist funk of “The Moneymaker”; there’s the spoiled virginity of the title character on “15″; finally, there are two descents into the ridiculous with the threesome saga “Dejalo,” which is topped only by the wannabe dance craze of “Smoke Detector,” where Jenny takes men back to her room to smoke them in bed. That’s a lot of cheap, tawdry sex, especially since it all feels affected, not lived in, which may be why Rilo Kiley labor so hard to get this knowing new wave disco off the ground, sometimes achieving some trashy fun, other times seeming a little adrift. After so much heavy lifting, it’s not entirely a surprise that the band runs out of momentum by the end, letting Under the Blacklight peter out with “The Angels Hung Around” and “Give a Little Love,” two songs that play to their former strengths and wind up being more endearing than much of the record. But, by that point, Rilo Kiley have done what they set out to do: they’ve made a record that leaves their indie rock past in the dust. This may not burn up the charts — it quite consciously sounds more 1987 than 2007, which may keep some listeners away — but not a note sounds like the work of a small, precious indie rock band, with the notable exception of “Dreamworld” which, of course, is Sennett’s song. The rest of Under the Blacklight feels like the Jenny Lewis show, and even if this album doesn’t push Rilo Kiley to the top, it’s hard to deny that it feels like the launching pad for her ascent into true stardom.
(by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

Bad Brains announces West Coast dates

Fans of the legendarily eclectic and influential band Bad Brains will get a chance to see the band bring it live at a handful of select West Coast tour dates. The band is supporting its recently released album Build a Nation, which was produced by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch.

9/22 San Diego, CA – San Diego Street Scene
9/24 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
9/25 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
9/26 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues

Monday, August 27, 2007

My Bloody Valentine reuniting for Coachella?

According to the Daily Swarm, 2008 may finally be the year that My Bloody Valentine reunites. The legendary band’s frontman Kevin Shields already insisted in a Magnet interview earlier this year that his former group is “100% going to make another My Bloody Valentine record unless we die or something.” The Daily Swarm posted yesterday that, according to “sources in the United States and the United Kingdom who are familiar with the negotiations,” MBV will be reuniting to headline next year’s Coachella festival (April 25-27) before embarking on a world tour. So far, Coachella founder/ musical programmer Paul Tollett has refused to comment on any rumors.
(Via Daily Swarm)

Caribou: Andorra (Album Review)

The fourth album from Caribou is the sound of the summer we’re only just getting round to enjoying. Caribou, known to his friends as maths genius and soundscapist extraordinaire Dan Snaith has relocated to London from his native Canada and his music now reveals touches of British psychedelia. ‘Sandy’, ‘Desiree’ and the multi-layered masterpiece ‘She’s The One’ (nothing to do with the Robbie Williams abomination of the same name) are refreshingly sweet, with beautiful baroque touches thanks to the guchin that Snaith learned to play during a visit to China. Essentially ‘Andorra’ sounds like The Zombies’ legendary 1968 album ‘Odessey And Oracle’ if it was reworked by Four Tet. So much so on opener and single ‘Melody Day’, that if people are still drinking pseudo-Irish cider over ice in 40 summers’ time, this song will surely soundtrack the advert.
(Nathaniel Cramp)

Chemical Brothers announce US tour

The Chemical Brothers have announced the details of their first US tour in more than five years.

The electronica duo will kick things off at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on September 21 and play dates in Chicago, Denver and San Francisco before wrapping up in Los Angeles on September 29.

The band are supporting their new album ‘We Are The Night’. The follow-up to 2005′s ‘Push The Button’ features collaborators including The Klaxons, Midlake, Ali Love and Willy Mason.

The tour dates are:

New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom (September 21)
Brooklyn, NY McCarren Pool (22)

Chicago, IL Riviera (24)
Denver, CO The Fillmore (26) 

San Francisco, CA Concourse (28) 

Los Angeles, CA Nocturnal (29) 


Sunday, August 26, 2007

Hipster Olympics
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Friday, August 24, 2007

Amy Winehouse bloody, bruised after alleged fight

LONDON, England (AP) — A British newspaper splashed photos of singer Amy Winehouse bloody and bruised across its Friday edition after she allegedly had a fight with her husband.
Winehouse

Amy Winehouse rides with a friend last week. Recent photos appeared to indicate she’d been in a fracas.

The photos, supposedly taken early Thursday morning, showed Winehouse wearing blood-soaked ballet shoes, with bruises to her neck, bandages on her arms and makeup smeared down her face.

A gossip Web site reported that Winehouse had said her injuries were self-inflicted.

Police confirmed they had been called to an incident at a London hotel by a concerned member of the public but said no charges were filed.

The singer announced Tuesday that she was postponing her upcoming U.S. and Canadian tour dates after she canceled August performances due to “severe exhaustion.”

Britain’s Press Association said the couple were staying in the hotel after leaving a drug rehabilitation clinic in Essex, east of London.

The Daily Mail also published photos of Winehouse together with her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, after the alleged fight. His face and neck were covered in scratches.

The gossip Web site perezhilton.com said it received text messages from Winehouse explaining the incident and denying Fielder-Civil was responsible for her injuries.

“Blake is the best man in the world. We would never ever harm each other,” the Web site quoted Winehouse as saying. “I was cutting myself after he found me in our room about to do drugs … and rightly said I wasn’t good enough for him. I lost it and he saved my life

Morrissey Rewards Diehards, Quashes Smiths Reunion

Morrissey is taking special care of his most devoted fans on his upcoming fall North American tour, which, as previously reported, begins Sept. 20 in Tijuana, Mexico.

A number of special opportunities have been created for multiple-night runs in Los Angeles and New York, including a “seasons ticket,” with a reduced price for fans that want to attend every show.

For a 10-night stand at L.A.’s Palladium, a package with tickets to each show will be sold for the price of nine and will allow fans early entry to the venue, which will be closed for renovation following Morrissey’s performances. This package goes on sale Monday (Aug. 27) and will only be available through Sept. 5.

For a five-show stint at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, fans attending every night will save $125 off the combined face value of the tickets, and will receive early entry and a commemorative poster. On-sale dates have yet to be announced.

In addition, Morrissey’s publicist has confirmed the artist refused a $75 million offer to tour under the Smiths name in 2008 and/or 2009, with the only mandate being that Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr would be part of the band. The Smiths also declined a multi-million dollar offer to perform in recent years at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Rilo Kiley- Silver Lining (Music Video)