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Friday, February 29, 2008

Elbow returns with first release since 2005, tour of U.S.

Elbow is set to release their first record since 2005’s critically acclaimed Leaders of the Free World on Fiction/Geffen records. The Seldom Seen Kid is set to hit stores April 22nd, while the digital single “One Day Like This” will drop on March 18th. The album was recorded within their own studio at Salford’s Blueprint Studios and claims to “stretch their sonic template further than ever before.”

Following the release of the record, the band will kick off a short set of dates in New York City, with more dates to be announced shortly:

April 26th New York, NY Webster Hall

April 27th Washington DC Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

April 29th Chicago, IL Park West

April 30th Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe

May 8th San Francisco, CA Bimbo’s 365 Club

May 9th Los Angeles, CA Avalon

Beach House- Heart of Chambers (Video)

Dave Clark Five singer Mike Smith dies of pneumonia

LONDON (AP) — Dave Clark Five lead singer Mike Smith died of pneumonia Thursday, less than two weeks before the band is to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was 64.

Mike Smith died less than two weeks before his band is to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Smith died at a hospital outside of London, his agent Margo Lewis said.

He was admitted to the intensive care unit Wednesday morning with a chest infection, a complication from a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed below the ribcage with limited use of his upper body. Lewis said he was injured when he fell from a fence at his home in Spain in September 2003.

Smith had been in the hospital since the accident, and was just released last December when he moved into a specially prepared home near the hospital with his wife.

“These last five years were extremely difficult for Mike. I am incredibly saddened to lose him, his energy and his humor, but I am comforted by the fact that he had the chance to spend his final months and days at home with his loving wife Charlie,” Lewis said.

Smith wrote songs as well as singing and playing keyboards for the Dave Clark Five, one of many British rock acts whose music swept across the United States in the 1960s during the so-called British Invasion.

The Beatles are the best remembered, of course, but at the time the Dave Clark Five posed the strongest threat, commercially and critically, to their pre-eminence.

The Dave Clark Five claimed a string of U.S. hits, including “Because,” “Glad All Over,” and “I Like it Like That.” By 1966, the band had made 12 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” then a record for any British group.

The group’s antics were captured in John Boorman’s 1965 documentary “Catch Us If You Can,” which followed Smith and his band mates through the English city of Bristol.

While the group — which broke up in 1970 — was named after him, Dave Clark himself was the drummer.

The group is going to be inducted in the rock hall on March 10, a ceremony Lewis said Smith was trying to attend.

“We’re very unhappy about the whole situation — it’s sad,” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman said.

He said the ceremony would go ahead as planned, but that there would be “a little extra significance this year.”

Said Lewis: “He was extremely excited and honored to have been inducted … and I am glad that he will be remembered as a hall of famer, because he was in so many ways.”

Smith is survived by his wife, Arlene (nicknamed Charlie).


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation just announced the artists who will induct this year’s honorees at a ceremony on March 10, 2008, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City :

· Leonard Cohen will be inducted by Lou Reed

· The Dave Clark Five (Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson, Rick Huxley, Denis Payton and Mike Smith) will be inducted by Tom Hanks

· Madonna will be inducted by Justin Timberlake

· John Mellencamp will be inducted by Billy Joel

· Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will be inducted by Jerry Butler

· The Ventures (Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Gerry McGee, Mel Taylor, Don Wilson) will be inducted by John Fogerty

· Little Walter will be inducted by Ben Harper

The 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were chosen by the 600 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their first recording is released. John Mellencamp and The Ventures are among the artists slated to perform at the event which will air live on March 10th on VH1 Classic ( and streamed live by Best Buy on

In addition to being honored at the ceremony on March 10, 2008, each artist who is inducted is commemorated within the I.M. Pei-designed museum in Cleveland , Ohio . The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame displays the signature of each inductee inscribed in glass. In addition, there is an exhibit of artifacts from this year’s inductees, and a multi-media film presentation with highlights from each artist’s career. The exhibit on this year’s inductees will open in March, 2008 and will run for one year.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Kingblind’s Favorite Finds

SXSW 2008 Music Torrent – 764 artists, 3.5 GB (All Legal)

Music exec: “Music 1.0 is dead.”

48% of teenagers bought zero (0) CDs in 2007

A harp made from frickin’ laser beams

Amy Winehouse back on drugs claims newspaper

Amy Winehouse is back on drugs , The Sun (UK) newspaper is claiming today (February 28).

The tabloid states that friends say she is abusing cocaine, ecstasy, cannabis and alcohol.

Their sources also say that Winehouse was only clean for a maximum of ten days, in an effort to gain a visa for the Grammy Awards earlier this month (February 10) – they also claim a friend smuggled drugs in to the singer while she was attending rehab.

According to The Sun, a friend told how Winehouse burnt herself with a lighter, saying: “My life is a shell of what it was. It’s like the whole world is now stillborn. Colours aren’t as bright, love doesn’t feel real. I don’t know who I am and I just feel numb.”

Hendrix Drummer Buddy Miles Dies At 60

Buddy Miles, who co-founded and played drums in Band Of Gypsys with Jimi Hendrix, passed away yesterday (Feb. 26) in Austin, Texas, at the age of 60. A cause of death has yet to be announced.

Miles was born Sept. 5, 1947, in Omaha, Neb., and was introduced to music at a young age by his father, who played in a band called the Bebops. As a young man he also played with Wilson Pickett, the Delfonics and the Ink Spots.

Miles met Hendrix in the early 1960s but didn’t begin collaborating with him until 1969, when Hendrix produced an album by the Buddy Miles Express.

Miles, often decked out in sequined clothes and an enormous Afro, went on to drum on Hendrix’s landmark “Electric Ladyland” album before officially joining Band Of Gypsys with bassist Billy Cox a few months later.

The group’s lone self-titled album chronicled a New Year’s Eve 1969/1970 concert at New York’s Fillmore East, and is regarded by many as one of the best live albums of the era.

After Hendrix’s death on Sept. 18, 1970, Miles contributed drums to a handful of posthumous Hendrix releases, including “Cry of Love” and “Crash Landing.” He spent time in jail in the late 1970s and early 1980s on drug related charges, but returned to the spotlight in 1986 when he served as the voice for the hugely successful California Raisins claymation TV ads.

Miles and a studio band recorded a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” as part of the campaign, which became a minor radio hit in 1988.

In 2004, Miles and Cox revisited the Band Of Gypsys material for a live album, “The Band of Gypsys Return,” which was released two years later.

Throughout his career, Miles played with such superstars as David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Barry White and George Clinton. According to his Web site, Miles’ family is planning a tribute show with details to be announced.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Kingblind Downloads

The Phantom’s Revenge – For Those Who Came In Late Crazy French Disco, House, Big Beat.. But in a good way

Bob – Otto From What’s Happening in Pernambuco – New Sounds of the Brazilian Northeast

The Dirtbombs – Sherlock Holmes Garage gods channel VU!! Detroit FTW!

Ghostland Observatory – Heavy Heart Electro Blip, Blonk, Boop.. Awesome!

Psycho and The Birds – Enon Beach Enhanced boombox recordings from Robert Pollard and longtime studio cohort Tim Tobias.

Prince to have hip replacement

Thirty years of suggestive dance moves and fashionable footwear have caught up with Prince Rogers Nelson, a.k.a. Prince. The forty-nine year old performer is reportedly in major pain every time he takes the stage, and will have his original joint replaced with a titanium model. Though Prince has held up amazingly well over the years, possibly due to his vegan diet and high self-esteem, this seems to indicate that there really is no escaping the rigors of remaining elegantly dressed and musically fierce over an extended period of time. No mention was made if hitting the basketball court in high-heeled boots contributed to the injury. (via NME)

Rocket from the Crypt: from R.I.P. (Final Show)

The Verve Books Spring U.S. Shows

The Verve has scheduled its first U.S. shows in nearly a decade in conjunction with its late April appearance at the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif. The group will play in Las Vegas on April 26 and in New York on April 28-29.

The reunited U.K. rock outfit has also slated a handful of summer European festival appearances, including June 29 at Glastonbury and July 11 at T in the Park in Ireland.

The setup for the Verve’s as-yet-untitled fourth EMI album, tentatively due in June, is less clear. The first new music from the Richard Ashcroft-led act, a 14-minute jam dubbed “The Thaw Session,” was released as a free download last October.

In January, manager Jazz Summers, CEO of Big Life, was one of several artist managers to voice concerns over the new EMI regime’s ability to handle big releases. Also up in the air is the Verve’s status in the States, where the band is unsigned.

Parlophone managing director Miles Leonard tells Billboard the Verve is “currently writing only,” and neither he nor Summers would comment on whether the situation with EMI had been resolved.

The band’s last album, 1997’s “Urban Hymns,” has global sales of 8 million, according to Big Life, more than 1.34 million of which were in the States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“This is a very special band, with four incredibly talented people,” Summers says. “They made three great albums before. And they’re going to make another great album now. There’s a bit of magic when the four of them come together.”

Here are the Verve’s U.S. tour dates:

April 25: Indio, Calif. (Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival)
April 26: Las Vegas (the Pearl Concert Theatre)
April 28-29: New York (WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden)

Son Volt to tour

Jay Farrar is certainly a hard working man. Currently in the middle of a solo tour, the ex-Uncle Tupelo member will waste little time before getting back out on the road with his band Son Volt. The band has a stretch of April tour dates planned. All dates find Bobby Bare Jr. opening.

Tour dates:

04.09 Louisville, KY: Headliners

04.10 Nashville, TN: Exit/In

04.11 Atlanta, GA: Variety Playhouse

04.12 Tallahassee, FL: Beta Bar

04.13 Birmingham, AL: Workplay Theater

04.15 New Orleans, LA: Tipitina’s

04.16 Houston, TX: The Continental

04.17 Austin, TX: Antone’s

04.18 New Braunfels, TX: Gruene Hall

04.22 Knoxville, TN: Bijou Theater

04.23 Charlotte, NC: Visulite Theater

04.24 Raleigh, NC: Lincoln Theatre

04.25 Washington, DC: 9:30 Club

04.26 Philadelphia, PA: Trocadero

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to tour

When you name your band after a motorcycle club, it only makes sense that you would spend plenty of time on the road. That’s exactly what Cali psych-rock outfit Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has done since the release of the band’s album Baby 81 last year. And BRMC has even more touring ahead this year. The band has some April and May U.S. dates planned, all with The Duke Spirit opening. After that BRMC heads to Europe for some summer festival gigs. The band has one fest appearance in the U.S. scheduled as well.

Tour dates:

04.16 Grand Rapids, MI: The Intersection

04.17 Toledo, OH: Frankies

04.18 Covington, KY: Mad Hatter Club

04.19 Lexington, KY: The Dame

04.22 Charlotte, NC: Visulite Theatre

04.23 Athens, GA: 40 Watt

04.24 Knoxville, TN: Valarium

04.25 St. Louis, MO: The Pageant

04.26 Lawrence, KS: Liberty Hall

05.01 Urbana, IL: Canopy Club

05.02 Milwaukee, WI: Turner Hall

05.03 Madison, WI: High Noon Saloon

05.19 Austin, TX: Antone’s

08.29 Milwaukee, WI: Summerfest

Print is dead. Long live print.

First No Depression, Now Resonance Magazine.. Here is the word from their editor;

In early January 2008, immediately before going to press with our 55th issue, we were forced to cease print production of Resonance. The financial challenge of publishing an independent magazine finally overwhelmed us. Fueled by the tireless support of many people (readers, subscribers, staff, freelancers, advertisers, publicists, as well as long-suffering spouses and significant others), we stubbornly survived on a shoestring budget and volunteer staff for 14 years. Yet, such a model isn’t sustainable forever.

For now, Resonance as a media vehicle is on hiatus, and continuing a printed version at a future date appears unlikely. A more viable return route may be to phoenix online with a site devoted to the same vision (and with a massively diminished carbon footprint). We shall see.

If this is our last act, we hope you will read our final issue, Resonance 55. With the help of contributors from around the globe, we pour hundreds, maybe thousands, of hours into assembling each edition. This issue—even if only in digital form—shines as one of our best and will be permanently available on this site as a free, high-resolution download. Resonance 54, the first issue of 2007’s bold redesign, is also posted here. Please download, enjoy, and share the link with others, as well.

Since 1994, Resonance has celebrated the forward regions of music, books, film and the visual arts. We’ve always aimed to create an innovative and inspiring mosiac of what’s next, accessible to everybody and presented in one nicely designed package. That’s what we ask readers to remember about Resonance. And if we reemerge, the same spirit will continue.

Good Lord, we’ve had a lot of fun along the way—we hope you have, too. To all supporters of Resonance, thank you.

With warmest regards,

Andrew Monko, publisher
Resonance Magazine

Sasquatch! Snags R.E.M., Cure, Lips, Death Cab, R.E.M.

R.E.M., the Cure, Flaming Lips, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse and M.I.A. lead the bill for the 2008 Sasquatch! Music Festival, to be held May 24-26 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Wash.

The Flaming Lips will present their “U.F.O. show,” featuring a replica flying saucer amid their usual array of stage garnishes. In addition, the group will premiere its long-in-the-works film “Christmas on Mars” at the event.

Among the other acts confirmed for Sasquatch! are Flight of the Conchords, the New Pornographers, the National, Built To Spill, the Hives, the Breeders, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Fleet Foxes, Battles, Throw Me The Statue and Crudo, a new collaboration between Mike Patton and Dan the Automator.

Tickets go on sale March 8; prices increase two days later and will be raised again the week of the event. VIP package details can be found on Sasquatch!’s Web site.

Here is the lineup for the 2008 Sasquatch! festival:

R.E.M., the Cure, the Flaming Lips (“U.F.O. show”), Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, M.I.A., Michael Franti & Spearhead, Flight of the Conchords, the New Pornographers, the Presidents, the National, Tegan & Sara, Built To Spill, the Hives, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ozomatli, Cold War Kids, the Breeders, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Okkervil River, Dengue Fever, Jamie Lidell, Crudo, Mates Of State, Destroyer, Rogue Wave, Battles, Fleet Foxes, White Rabbits, the Cave Singers, Pela, Grand Archives, the Little Ones, Thao Nguyen & the Get Down Stay Down, Dead Confederate, 65Daysofstatic, the Heavenly States, Kinski, David Bazan, Dyme Def, Vince Mira with the Roy Kay Trio, Sera Cahoone, Joshua Morrison, the Blakes, Siberian, Throw Me The Statue, the Cops, Say Hi, the Shaky Hands, J. Tillman