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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Scarlett Johansson: “Falling Down” (Tom Waits cover) (Music Video)

Swervedriver Coachella 2008 Last Train to Satansville
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Roger Waters’ flying pig found

INDIO, California (AP) — When things go bad for a huge inflatable pig, don’t expect it to be pretty.

The pig, cut loose during Coachella, was found in pieces a few miles away.

A helium-filled swine, released into the night sky during Roger Waters’ headlining set Sunday at the Coachella music festival in the Southern California desert, has been found in pieces.

Two couples found tattered halves of the pig in their yards, a few miles from the festival grounds.

Concert organizers had offered a $10,000 reward for the pig’s return. On Tuesday, pieces of the plastic carcass were examined.

“That’s definitely our pig,” producer Bill Fold said.

Susan Stoltz found a plastic heap in her driveway Monday, but said she didn’t know what it was until she read about the missing pig in the Desert Sun newspaper.

“My kids are going to think I’m so cool,” she said.

Another resident of the same neighborhood, Judy Rimmer, said she found a piece of the pig draped over a front-yard plant.

The two couples will split the cash reward, Fold said.

As tall as a two-story house and as wide as two school buses, the pig was led from lines held on the ground Sunday as Waters played a version of Pink Floyd’s “Pigs” from the 1977 anti-capitalist album “Animals.”

Then it just floated away.

“It wasn’t really supposed to happen that way. I don’t have the details,” festival spokeswoman Marcee Rondan said.

The pig displayed the words “Don’t be led to the slaughter” and a cartoon of Uncle Sam holding two bloody cleavers. The other side read “Fear builds walls” and the underside read “Obama” with a checked ballot box for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

The Ting Tings recruited for Apple iPod ad

The Ting Tings track ‘Shut Up And Let Me Go’ is featured on new Apple iPod and iTunes TV advert.

The track is taken from their debut album ‘We Started Nothing’, which is out on May 19 (and available to download from May 18).

The clip is already being aired in the US and set to spread over 22 countries over the coming weeks. They follow in the footsteps of bands like The Vines and Jet, plus legends including Bob Dylan, U2 and Paul McCartney, who have all supplied music for the iconic ads. You can watch The Ting Tings’s iPod ad below.

Meanwhile the band are set to release their new single ‘That’s Not My Name’ on May 12.

Winehouse’s ‘Bond’ Theme ‘Speculation’

Amy Winehouse might well be working on the theme song to the next installment of the James Bond series, but her record company is downplaying the move.

Winehouse has been in the studio working with Mark Ronson, producer of her hit sophomore album “Back To Black,” an Island Records spokesman confirms.

“She has been doing some work in the studio, but [the Bond theme] is speculation, basically.”

Ronson told BBC 6Music that the pair had been working on a track for the upcoming Bond film “Quantum Of Solace.” He told the digital station that there was no official guarantee that the fruits of their recording efforts would be included in the action movie, which is due for a theatrical release in November.

“It would be lovely,” adds the Island spokesman, “but there’s nothing to confirm at this stage.”

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Elbow- The Seldom Seen Kid (Album Review)

If 2005’s ‘Leaders Of The Free World’ was Elbow’s on-tour love letter to Manchester, this is the sound of them returning and re-evaluating their relationship with the city. Mancunians have a curiously tempestuous relationship with their hometown that renders them both partisan and pessimistic and it’s an emotional conflict that Guy Garvey wrestled with during the conception of this fourth Elbow record. It was a tumultuous two years that saw the band marooned without a record contract and dealing with the death of their friend Bryan Glancy, a local singer-songwriter and the ‘seldom seen kid’ of the album’s title.

“I’ve been working on a cocktail called grounds for divorce”, asserts Garvey of his hometown on the brilliant Zeppelin-ish lead single ‘Grounds For Divorce’ – and it’s this sense of emotional upheaval that permeates the entire album. A semi-comic duet with Richard Hawley (‘The Fix’) aside, it’s their darkest record in years – ‘Some Riot’, for example, is a return to the claustrophobia of 2001 debut ‘Asleep In The Back’ – but also one with euphoric peaks at every turn. Lush epics such as ‘Starlings’ and ‘Mirrorball’ dominate the landscape and none more so than ‘One Day Like This’ – a seven-minute gospel-tinged masterpiece built for a chorus of thousands at Glastonbury this summer.

‘The Loneliness Of A Tower Crane Driver’ is the jaw-dropping centrepiece, however: a majestic orchestral lollop that details the pitfalls of success and which sounds like a dinosaur learning to ice-skate. Like almost everything here it’s an awe-inspiring labour of love that both soothes and swells the soul.In spite of the turmoil of its conception, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ is a stunning record, a career-best from a band whose consistency has seldom been matched by any British indie band this decade.

John Lennon lyrics to go up for sale

John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for the hit song ‘Give Peace a Chance’ will go under the hammer at auction in July and are expected to fetch £200-£300,000 ($400-$600,000).

Christie’s said that the lyrics were being sold by comedy writer and presenter Gail Renard, who was 16 when Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their famous ‘bed-in’ at a hotel in Montreal in 1969.

According to Christie’s, Renard and a friend sneaked into the Queen Elizabeth Hotel where the recently married Lennon and Ono were holding a protest for peace, and became friendly with the couple.

Lennon gave Renard some mementos, including the lyrics, telling her: “One day they will be worth something.”

Lennon also helped launch Renard’s early career as a writer by calling the editor of ‘The Beatles Monthly’ magazine in London and instructing him to publish her piece about the bed-in.

During the ‘bed-in’ for peace in Montreal, which followed a similar stunt in Amsterdam, Lennon and Ono opened their doors to the world’s media.

The highlight of the event came when Lennon led the recording of one of the world’s most recognisable anthems, ‘Give Peace a Chance’.

The lyrics are being sold as part of Christie’s Rock and Pop Memorabilia sale on July 10, reports Reuters.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Prince performs “Creep” at Coachella Festival
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Animal Collective- “Comfy in Nautica / House” (Coachella Festival)
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Paul Weller’s 22 Dreams to be released in the U.S. on June 24

Paul Weller hadn’t recorded anything for three years, but it’s not like he took time off to nap. While he was out of the studio, he played concert series in New York City and Los Angeles, earned Lifetime Achievement honors at the 2006 Brit Awards and reissued a deluxe edition of his timeless record, 1995’s Wild Wood.

And that’s all fine and good. Great, even. But this summer, there’s another Weller-related cause for excitement. His new album, 22 Dreams, will hit stores June 24 on Yep Roc . And it’s been a year in the making.

22 Dreams will feature 21 (not 22?) new songs, a full 70 minutes of music featuring collaborations with the likes of Noel Gallagher and Graham Coxon. It’s Weller’s ninth solo album and should be pretty eclectic, displaying his affinities for rock, funk, soul, classical, spoken word, electronica “and beyond.”

The album was recorded at Weller’s Black Barn Studios in Surrey, and the first single, “Echoes Round the Sun,” was co-written with Gallagher.

That being said, be sure to keep your eyes on the news: no dates have been released yet, but the Modfather will tour the U.S. later this year.

R.E.M., NIN, STP Set For Voodoo Music Experience

Modern rock titans R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the 10th Voodoo Music Experience, Billbord.com can reveal. The event will be held Oct. 24-26 at New Orleans’ City Park; tickets begin going on sale Friday (May 2).

Also on the bill are the Neville Brothers, making their first appearance at Voodoo Music Experience. Additional local acts set to appear include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Irving Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and the New Orleans Bingo! Show.

Last year’s Voodoo Music Experience featured performances by Rage Against The Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Wilco, Tiesto, Kings Of Leon, Ben Harper, Fall Out Boy, Common, Sinead O’Connor, Galactic and the Black Crowes.

In related news, the Neville Brothers recently signed a distribution deal with Vagrant Records and are looking to rerelease their album “Walking Through the Shadow of Life” on their own. (EMI originally released it in 2004.) In March, they recorded a 10-song album, “Return to New Orleans,” that will be released digitally this spring. They’re also planning a tour with fellow New Orleanian Dr. John.

Dylan, Stooges, Chuck Berry Join Virgin Fest Bill

Bob Dylan, Iggy & the Stooges, Paramore, Chuck Berry (backed by the Silver Beats), the Black Keys and Wilco will join previously announced headliners Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots for the third annual Virgin Mobile Festival at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Aug. 9-10.

In addition to two main stages, there will be a dedicated dance tent featuring electronic music, including a Moby DJ set.

Main stage acts on Aug. 9 are, in alphabetical order, Bloc Party, Cat Power, Chuck Berry and the Silver Beats, Citizen Cope, Duffy, Foo Fighters, Gogol Bordello, Jack Johnson, KT Tunstall, Lupe Fiasco, the Offspring, Paramore, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, the Swell Season and Wilco.

On Aug. 10, the main stage acts will include the Black Keys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Bob Dylan, the Go! Team, Iggy & the Stooges, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots, She & Him, the reunited Shudder To Think, Taking Back Sunday and Andrew Bird’s Bowl Of Fire.

Dance tent acts include Underworld, Moby, DJ Dan & Donald Glaude, Erol Alkan, Ferry Corsten, Soulwax, Steve Lawler, Armin van Buuren, Chromeo, Deadmau5, Pendulum and Richie Hawtin.

“People have anxiously awaited our lineup, and now everyone can see that our goal is the whoa! factor,” says Virgin Mobile Festival concert producer and I.M.P. chairman Seth Hurwitz.

Beginning May 3, tickets will be available through Ticketmaster. Two-day tickets are $175 for general admission and $450 for VIP. Single-day tickets are $97.50 for general admission and $250 for VIP. A charity contribution of $1.50 will be applied to each day’s ticket.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Arcade Fire and Superchunk playing Obama Early Vote Rallies in Greensboro, NC and Carrboro, NC on May 1 & 2

Obama Campaign Announces “Change Rocks” One-Stop Early Voting Concerts

Senator Barack Obama’s campaign today announced two concerts to headline the campaign’s One-Stop Early Voting drive. Featuring Arcade Fire and Superchunk, the “Change Rocks” concerts in Carrboro and Greensboro will highlight the campaign’s effort to encourage One-Stop Early Voting at college campuses and other locations across the state.

Tickets can be picked up in Forsythe, Guilford, Randolph, Alamance, Orange, Durham, and Wake Counties during early voting hours starting Thursday April 24. A list of locations is below.

“This is a defining moment for this country,” said Win Butler of Arcade Fire. “We want to encourage people to get up, get out, and go vote.”

“People are incredibly excited about this election and this primary,” said Mac McCaughan of Superchunk. “Our music is a unique way to get people involved and participating.”

Arcade Fire is a high-profile independent band in North America. Their first album, Funeral, and the single “Cold Wind” were nominated for Grammys in the best Alternative Rock Album and Best Song Written for Television, Film, or Other Media categories respectively. Their second album, Neon Bible, also was nominated for the Best Alternative Rock Album Grammy. The group recently came off a worldwide tour.

The band Superchunk was formed in 1989 in Chapel Hill. As one of the most popular independent bands in the country, they have played at concerts and festivals around the world. They have released more than eight albums, written a film score, and headlined benefit concerts.

The Obama campaign is making a statewide push to encourage voters to take advantage of the state’s first-ever One Stop Early Voting process, which allows voters who are not registered or who have never voted before to register and vote at the same place, on the same day, all at once. Last week, the campaign announced 1-888-NC EARLY, a hotline that easily gives voters information on their early voting locations. This weekend, voters across North Carolina held more than 100 canvasses to take Senator Obama’s message to voters and encourage them to vote early.

CHANGE ROCKS

Early Vote Concerts with Arcade Fire and Superchunk

THURSDAY, MAY 1

Greensboro Coliseum Complex Pavilion Parking Lot
(Rain site: Pavilion)
1921 W Lee Street
Greensboro, NC
Gates open: 1:00 pm
For more information, call 336-332-0028 or visit www.nc.barackobama.com
Tickets are required. Tickets are free, but only one ticket may be picked up person. Space is limited and admission is on a first come, first serve basis. The show is for all ages.

FRIDAY, MAY 2

Carrboro Town Commons
301 W. Main Street
Carrboro, NC
Gates open: 1:00 pm
For more information, call 919-929-3460 or visit www.nc.barackobama.com

* Parking is very limited, so walking, biking, taking public transit or car-pooling to the show are encouraged.
Tickets are required. Tickets are free, but only one ticket may be picked up person. Space is limited and admission is on a first come, first serve basis. The show is for all ages.

Ticket Pick-up Information:

Tickets can be picked up in Forsythe, Guilford, Randolph, Almanace, Orange, Durham, and Wake Counties at the following locations during early voting hours starting Thursday April 24:

For May 1 show Greensboro:

Obama for America Office
8 West 3rd Street
Winston-Salem, NC 28401
M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Greensboro Coliseum
Northside of Pavilion Parking Lot
1921 W. Lee Street
Greensboro, NC 27403
Hours: M-F: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Obama table outside Shaw Building

158 Worth Street
Asheboro, NC 27203
Hours: M-F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Obama table outside Board of Elections office
505 E. Green Drive
High Point, NC 27260
Hours: M-F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Obama table outside Courthouse
301 W. Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Hours: M-F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For May 2 show in Carrboro:

Obama table outside UNC-Chapel Hill Planetarium
250 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Hours: M-F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Balloons and Tunes
208 W. Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
Hours: M-F: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday April 26th 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Morning Times Café
10 E. Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m
Saturday April 26th: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Obama table outside of the Old Durham Ball Park
Corporation and Morris
Durham, NC
Hours: M-Sat: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m

***Additional ticketing locations will be announced on nc.barackobama.com***

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Lennon Heirs Sue ‘Expelled’ Filmmakers Over ‘Imagine’

John Lennon’s sons and widow, Yoko Ono, are suing the filmmakers of “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” for using the song “Imagine” in the documentary without permission.

Ono, her son Sean Ono Lennon, and Julian Lennon, John Lennon’s son from his first marriage, along with privately held publisher EMI Blackwood Music Inc, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan seeking to bar the filmmakers and their distributors from continuing to use “Imagine” in the movie.

The suit is against the film’s producers and distributors, Premise Media Corporation, C&S Production LP and Rocky Mountain Pictures. The plaintiffs are also seeking unspecified damages.

The documentary, which features Ben Stein, an actor, comedian and former speechwriter for President Richard Nixon, looks at alleged discrimination against scientists and teachers who support so-called intelligent design as an alternative to Darwin’s theory of evolution.

The producers cited the fair use doctrine, which allows the use of copyrighted materials for the purposes of commentary and criticism.

“We are disappointed therefore that Yoko Ono and others have decided to challenge our free speech right to comment on the song ‘Imagine’ in our documentary film,” they said in a statement.

Superchunk Rocks For Obama, Pens New Tunes

Superchunk will join its Merge Records labelmate the Arcade Fire to perform at “early vote rallies” next week in North Carolina for presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama. The shows will be held May 1 at the Greensboro Coliseum parking lot and May 2 at the Carrboro Town Commons.

Tickets can be picked up at a number of locations beginning tomorrow (April 24). For full details, visit MergeRecords.com.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been particularly excited about a presidential candidate,” Superchunk frontman/Merge co-owner Mac McCaughan said “While I’ve always voted for Democrats, none of them have ever seemed too different from any other politician.”

For McCaughan, that has changed with Obama. “Hillary’s main argument seems to be that she knows how to ‘play the game’ in Washington and that’s not interesting to me,” he says. “Obama seems capable of changing the game.”

The shows aim to encourage voters to take advantage of North Carolina’s “One Stop Early Voting” process, which allows non-registered voters to register and vote on the same day, at the same location.

Superchunk has played a handful of shows for each of the past few years but hasn’t released a new studio album since 2001′s “Here’s To Shutting Up.” Asked if the band has any interest in making new music, McCaughan answers in the affirmative.

“We do,” he says. “In fact, we have about half a new album’s worth of songs. We just have to find time for all of us to write the rest of the songs and record them!”