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Monday, March 31, 2008

Oasis announce North American shows

Oasis have announced a handful of shows in the US and Canada, kicking off in Seattle on August 26.

The band have so far announced just four headlining shows, one of which is in the US with the remaining dates in Canada.

The Seattle show will mark the band’s first live performance in over two years. Following the short stint they will headline the Virgin Festival in Toronto.

The dates are:

Seattle, WA WaMu Theater (August 26)
Vancouver, BC GM Place (27)
Edmonton, AB Rexall (29)
Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome (30)
Toronto, ON Virgin Festival (September 7)

U2 Signs 12-Year Deal With Live Nation

Live Nation Inc has signed a 12-year global contract to handle the merchandising, digital and branding rights of U2, along with its touring. The deal comes just five months after Live Nation announced a comprehensive partnership with Madonna, which included her coveted recording rights.

But Live Nation said U2 will continue the band’s long-term recording and publishing relationship with Universal Music Group, a unit of French media giant Vivendi.

“It’s not a do or die situation that we have to be involved in the recordings,” said Live Nation Chairman Michael Cohl in an interview with Reuters. “We’d prefer to, but it’s not always available.” The company would not reveal financial terms of the U2 deal.

The deal with Madonna, which included the recording rights, was estimated to be worth $120 million over 10 years including a three-album commitment after the artist submits her last album to her current music company, Warner Music Group.

Live Nation has been expanding its business model to develop more far-reaching and deeper relationships with artists beyond just handling their touring.

Its partnership with U2 will now include merchandise and licensing rights, sponsorship and strategic alliances, digital rights, fan club/Web sites and other marketing and creative services.

Cohl said the new model will help boost the overall company’s profit margins. Analysts have said that touring and ticketing have traditionally been a low-margin business. Several of the company’s executives, including Arthur Fogel, had managed U2’s tours for more than 20 years.

Live Nation’s attempts to diversify its business and win artists from music labels, come as the major labels are also trying to reinvent their business and win control of touring, digital and merchandise rights of their artists.

Cohl said his company will focus on signing other major artists rather than developing new acts such as a traditional music label or publishing house. “Our intention is to work with artists who are already making it or on their way to making it,” he said.

U2’s 2005-2007 Elevation tour is the second-highest grossing tour of all time at $389 million. The group is presently at work on its next studio album with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Dr Pepper Will Give Everyone* in America a Free Soda If Axl Rose Releases New Guns N’ Roses Album, Chinese Democracy, In 2008

*Guitarists Slash and Buckethead Will Not Be Eligible For Free Soda
PLANO, Texas, PRNewswire/ — Tired of a world in which Americans idolize wannabe singers and musicals about high schoolers pass as rock ‘n roll music, Dr Pepper is encouraging (ok, begging) Axl Rose to finally release his 17-year-in-the-making belabored masterpiece, Chinese Democracy, in 2008.

In an unprecedented show of solidarity with Axl, everyone in America, except estranged GNR guitarists Slash and Buckethead, will receive a free can of Dr Pepper if the album ships some time — anytime! — in 2008. Dr Pepper supports Axl, and fully understands that sometimes you have to make it through the jungle before you get it right.

“It took a little patience to perfect Dr Pepper’s special mix of 23 ingredients, which our fans have come to know and love,” said Jaxie Alt, director of marketing for Dr Pepper. “So we completely understand and empathize with Axl’s quest for perfection — for something more than the average album. We know once it’s released, people will refer to it as “Dr Pepper for the ears” because it will be such a refreshing blend of rich, bold sounds — an instant classic.”

Show your support for Axl and get on the nightrain of encouragement at www.chinesedemocracywhen.blogspot.com

Be Your Own Pet- Food Fight (Music Video)
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Thursday, March 27, 2008

No Wave Legends Teenage Jesus & the Jerks to Reunite in NYC

During their brief heyday in the late ’70s, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks never got around to releasing a full-length album. But that isn’t stopping the band that defined New York’s no wave movement and continues to inspire the city’s art-rock avant-garde from joining the recent frenzy of rock reunions. The hometown heroes have announced plans to play only two shows, both at the Knitting Factory on June 13. The new lineup will feature notorious singer/guitarist/ actress/author/performance artist Lydia Lunch, who founded Teenage Jesus in 1976 at the tender age of 16, along with drummer Jim Sclavunos (who has also played with Sonic Youth and Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds) and a mystery bassist the Knitting Factory is calling “a lost member of TJ & TJ.”

“Also on the bill will be a supporting act from the ashes of the original NYC No Wave nightmare,” the Knitting Factory adds, in yet another coy, teasing statement. Anybody have a guess? Mars? DNA? The Contortions, perhaps?

Apparently, the whole shindig is occurring in honor of No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980, a new book of photos and interviews edited by Thurston Moore and music writer Byron Coley. The book, to be published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., will be available this May.

But that’s not all! For those of us who would prefer something more permanent than a few fleeting reunion memories, Atavistic Records will also be releasing a complete Teenage Jesus & the Jerks compilation in June.

It’s anyone’s guess whether Teenage Jesus will be any good 30 years later. And if one is to believe the mythology, they often played cheap sets of under 15 minutes especially designed to piss off fans. That said, the curiosity alone is probably enough to make me plunk down $25 and cross my fingers.
(Judy Berman)

R.E.M. Brings London Apple Store Up To Speed

R.E.M. showcased its new album, “Accelerate” (Warner Bros.), alongside obscure old songs during an intimate showcase for fans and media at the Apple Store on London’s Regent Street.

The gig on Wednesday (Mar. 26), part of the iTunes Live From London series, began with “Bad Day,” followed by “Auctioneer (Another Engine)” from 1985’s “Fables of the Reconstruction,” before the band unveiled its first new song, lead single “Supernatural Superserious.”

Michael Stipe, looking dapper in a suit and tie, was in relaxed form, joking, “I have an eye boner because I’m kind of a Mac guy. Once you go Mac, you never go back.”

To wild applause from the 400-odd fan club members and competition winners in attendance, he announced, “We’re going to do 10 more songs and then we’ll all go for a curry somewhere. Not collectively — although if you’re buying I might consider it.”

A plaintive version of “Fall on Me” from 1986’s “Life’s Rich Pageant” and “West of the Fields” from the band’s 1983 debut “Murmur” contrasted with garage-y sounding new material like “Man-Sized Wreath,” “Houston,” “Living Well Is the Best Revenge,” “Hollow Man” and “I’m Gonna DJ,” which saw Peter Buck rocking out and pogo-ing despite the perilously low ceiling.

A public vote saw “Man on the Moon” favored over “Losing My Religion” for what Stipe called “tonight’s one hit song,” before the set closed with “Walk Unafraid” from 1998’s “Up” and another new song, “Horse to Water.”

The gig, which will be available as an audio download from the iTunes Music Store at a future date, came just two days after the band played its first-ever show at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall. After a May-June tour in the U.S. and Canada, R.E.M. returns to the U.K. in July for a headline slot at the T in the Park festival, followed by stadium shows in August.
(Written by: Mark Sutherland, London- Billboard.com)

The Black Keys – Strange Times (Music Video)
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Be Your Own Pet: “Get Awkward” (Album Review)

SINGER Jemina Pearl, 20, is young enough to be a daughter of the original riot grrrls, although the defiant, rapid-fire truculence that emerges from her convulsing mass of blond hair might shock her actual parents (she’s the daughter of Christian artist Jimmy Abegg). Her shrieking self-reliance rings powerful as ever on the Nashville garage-punk quartet’s sophomore album, whether on boyfriend-bashing anthems, paeans to juvenile delinquency, plaudits for the party life or 43-second rants punctuated by guitarist Jonas Stein’s angular riffage. The forebears who pioneered such rock ‘n’ roll whiplash have a worthy successor.

Keith Richards doesn’t know ‘if Mick Jagger shoved it up the shitter’

The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards has revealed that the number of women Mick Jagger and himself shared was “a stable” -and has also discussed the sexuality of his bandmate.

The guitarist told GQ that after Jagger stole his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg in the Sixties he made a point of trying to steal the singer’s women for revenge.

Richards said: “I’ve stolen quite a few off of him and, uh, he’s nudged his way into my lot, but not significantly. After the Anita thing, I made a point of stealing every bitch he had.”

Referring to the number of women the two had shared, he said: “After Marianne [Faithfull], it’s a stable.”

Richards also discussed Jagger’s sexuality, saying: “I really have no idea if anyone ever shoved it up the shitter. I’m not there watching it every day. But there was, at the time, a load of excruciatingly painful campness that went on.”

Kingblind Downloads

OutKast- feat Raekwon “Royal Flush”

The B-52s – Hot Corner

Borko – Dingdong Kingdom

Elf Power- Spiral Stairs

Head of Femur – Isn’t It a Shame

Helvetia – Old New Bicycle

The Ruby Suns – Tane Mahuta

Triclops! – Freedom Tickler

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

POLVO ANNOUNCE UPCOMING DATES

You may have thought “damn you ATP and your fancy schmancy festival all the way across the Atlantic” after they confirmed Polvo’s upcoming appearance at this spring’s Explosions in the Sky-curated ATP Festival. We certainly did. We even spit. Then we put Exploded Drawing on and gyrated arhythmically for about an hour.

Lucky for us and our thinning nerves, Polvo announced that they wouldn’t forsake the good old US of A. In May, original members Ash Bowie, Dave Brylawski and Steve Popson will be joined by Brian Quast (ex-Cherry Valence) on drums for some kicking and screaming the ‘00s wouldn’t even know what to do with. Two dates have been confirmed thus far and there are several more to come. Keep your eyes peeled for additional tour updates.

May 9 Washington DC – Black Cat
May 10 Chapel Hill – Cats Cradle
May 16-18 Minehead, UK – Explosions ATP
May 29-31 Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound

TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS TOUR WITH PEARL JAM

It’s safe to say that Ted Leo has played a ton of shows in his lifetime. But performing with Pearl Jam in the roomy digs of Madison Square Garden, well, that just might be a first. For a span of six dates this coming June, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists will temporarily leave behind a trail of intimate clubs and humid festival grounds to rock a different crowd as support for Eddie Vedder and Co. Here’s betting that some minds will be blown.

Thursday, June 19 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Sunday, June 22 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
Tuesday, June 24 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, June 25 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Friday, June 27 – Hartford, CT – Dodge Amphitheater
Monday, June 30 – Mansfield, MA – Tweeter Center

The Raconteurs – Salute Your Solution (Music Video)
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Vedder Warms Up For Solo Tour With Seattle Gigs

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder stunned Seattle fans who’d bought tickets for a screening of “Into the Wild” on Monday and Tuesday by instead performing a full solo set, in advance of the April 2 launch of his maiden solo tour.

Tickets to the gigs at Kenyon Hall were sold for $5 by Easy Street Records, with less than 150 people on hand each night. A number of fans who lined up outside the venue but were initially unable to get inside were treated to coffee by the Easy Street staff, before being ushered in gratis after the show had started.

Vedder played guitar for most of the shows but also strapped on a banjo for Cat Stevens’ “If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out” and switched to harmonica, mandolin and ukulele on a host of other tunes.

As expected, the set lists mixed Pearl Jam tracks (“Around the Bend,” “I Am Mine,” “Dead Man”) with songs from Vedder’s “Into the Wild” soundtrack (“Guaranteed,” “No Ceiling,” “Society”) and a bevy of covers (Bruce Springsteen’s “Growin’ Up,” Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young, Tom Waits’ “Picture in a Frame”).

Also performed were James Taylor’s “Millworker,” unreleased solo cuts like “Broken Hearted” and “You’re True,” and “No More,” Vedder’s contribution to the recent “Body of War” compilation album.

In related news, the guitar Vedder used to write the Pearl Jam song “Love Boat Captain” sold for $8,000 last night during a West Memphis 3 fundraiser at the New York home of Peter, Paul & Mary’s Peter Yarrow. Pearl Jam has long been a vocal advocate for the innocence of the men, who were convicted of the 1993 murder of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Ark.

A new hearing in the case, which will present DNA evidence defense attorneys claim exonerates the men, is scheduled for April 14.
(Jonathan Cohen, N.Y. Billboard)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Kingblind’s Favorite Finds

Panda Bear’s “Comfy In Nautica” remixed by XXXChange

R.E.M. pushes limits with Accelerate as record deal expires

Songs in the Key of Craigslist Music Videos

Illegal Signs and a Reporter’s Broken Camera