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Monday, June 30, 2008

Iggy and The Stooges announce 2008 Summer Tour

Iggy Pop & the Stooges – 2008 Tour Dates
07/04 – Skanevik Blues Festival Oslo, NO
07/13 – La Grande Armada Rouen, FR
07/19 – Garden Nef Party Festival Angouleme, FR
07/26 – Race & Rock Festival Seinajoki, FI
08/03 – Osheaga Music and Arts Montreal, Canada
08/06 – Massey Hall Toronto, Canada
08/08 – Terminal 5 New York, NY
08/24 – Clapham Common London, UK Loaded In The Park
08/28 – Zitadelle Berlin, DE
08/30 – Rock Am See Konstanz, DE
09/16 – Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen, DE
09/18 – Hamburg Stadtpark Hamburg, DE
09/22 – Ice Rink St. Petersburg, RU
09/24 – B1 Moscow, RU

Amy Winehouse Glastonbury ‘punch victim’ speaks

The fan who was allegedly punched by Amy Winehouse at Glastonbury on Saturday night (June 28) has spoken out about the experience.

James Gostelow, a 25 year-old Londoner, told BBC News that the incident was the result of mistaken identity, as someone in the crowd behind him threw a hat at the singer.

Golstelow claimed that Winehouse was reacting to the hat being thrown, and believed it was he who had thrown it at her. He said he was not bitter about the incident, saying it was part of the of the festival experience.

“I saw a hat being thrown from behind me and it hit Amy’s beehive,” he said. “She looked down, saw me looking up, and her elbow went for me.

“She caught my forehead, then someone may have shouted something from the back, which is when she went in again.

“At the end of the day it is all part of being at the front and being pushed by thousands of people. It is all part of the Glastonbury experience. I’m just pleased I got to see her. She did a great act.

“Not everyone can say they have been hit by Amy Winehouse. I just want to shake the person who threw the hat.”

Gostelow’s footage of the Amy Winehouse ‘attack’ is available to watch at BBC News and
Watch the video here

Jay Z Covers Oasis wins over Glastonbury Festival

The tents are packed up and most of the 140,000 music lovers have made their weary way home, but memories of this year’s Glastonbury festival, and its headline act Jay-Z, are likely to linger.

The choice of the U.S. rapper to perform on the main stage at a festival best known for its guitar-based rock acts was widely criticized, and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher riled the musician by saying the organizers were wrong to pick him.

Jay-Z’s response was emphatic. He opened his show with a film using Gallagher’s now infamous comments and a montage of clips parodying him, before launching into an acoustic rendition of one of Oasis’s biggest hits, “Wonderwall.” Most fans and critics were impressed.

“His performance will go down in Glastonbury history,” wrote the Independent in a review of the festival.

Rather than being booed off stage as some predicted, “both audience and artist rose to the occasion and turned in a moment of real, euphoric, pop-culture history,” added the Times.

The Guardian concluded: “It’s brilliantly staged, utterly thrilling and it makes Gallagher look a bit of a jerk.”

The Daily Mirror tabloid, however, described his performance as dull. “I felt seriously short-changed as I walked away from this performance,” it said.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Tom Waits awarded key to El Paso

Tom Waits was awarded an official key to the city of El Paso, Texas yesterday.

The legendary singer was not expecting the honour when a uniformed officer walked onstage at El Paso’s Plaza Theatre, where he was performing.

“I paid all those tickets,” Waits quipped when he saw the officer, adding: “She was dead when I got there.”

El Paso councilwoman Susie Boyd then came onto the stage and handed Waits a plaque, which held a key to the city.

Waits, visibly moved, said,: “This is a first for me, a real first.”

Waits will continue his Gloom And Doom Tour playing shows throughout the midwest before heading to Europe for a string of summer dates.

Tom Waits Tour Dates:
06.28 Columbus, OH: Ohio Theatre
06.29 Knoxville, TN: Civic Theatre
07.01 Jacksonville, FL: Moran Theatre
07.02 Mobile, AL: Saenger Theatre
07.03 Birmingham, AL: Alabama Theatre
07.05 Atlanta, GA: Fox Theatre

Jesus & Mary Chain Reveal Box Set

The long-awaited Jesus & Mary Chain boxed set is finally set for release Sept. 30 via Rhino.

The four-disc “The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides & Rarities” is presented in chronological order and offers a host of previously unreleased tracks, including the “Psychocandy”-era “Walk and Crawl,” alternate versions of “Never Understand” and “Coast to Coast,” demos of “My Little Underground,” “The Living End” and “Dirty Water” and the never-before-heard “Till I Found You.”

The box also sports 19 of the 20 rarities previously released on the 1988 compilation “Barbed Wire Kisses,” and a cassette-sourced 1983 recording of “Up Too High.”

The packaging for “Negative Thinking” is a 6-by-10 gatefold shell and includes an 18-by-24 double-sided poster featuring artwork and a Jesus & Mary Chain family tree.

Meanwhile, work continues on the band’s first new studio album in a decade, a release date for which has yet to be announced.

Here is the track list for “The Power of Negative Thinking”:

Disc one:
“Up Too High”
“Upside Down”
“Vegetable Man”
“Just Out of Reach”
“Boyfriend’s Dead”
“Just Like Honey” (demo, October 1984)
“Taste of Cindy” (acoustic)
“The Hardest Walk”
“Never Understand” (alternate)
“My Little Underground” (demo)
“The Living End” (demo)
“Some Candy Talking”
“Cut Dead” (acoustic)
“You Trip Me Up” (acoustic)
“Walk and Crawl”

Disc two:
“Kill Surf City”
“Bo Diddle Is Jesus”
“Who Do You Love”
“Everything’s Alright When You’re Down”
“Happy When It Rains” (demo)
“Happy Place”
“F. Hole”
“On the Wall” (demo)
“Surfin’ USA” (outtake)
“Here It Comes Again”
“Don’t Ever Change”
“Surfin’ USA” (summer mix)
“Break Me Down”
“My Girl”

Disc three:
“In the Black”
“Terminal Beach”
“Deviant Slice”
“I’m Glad I Never”
“Drop” (acoustic remix)
“Tower of Song”
“Why’d You Want Me”
“Teenage Lust” (acoustic version)
“Reverberation (Doubt)”
“Don’t Come Down”
“Something I Can’t Have”
“Write Record Release Blues”
“Little Red Rooster”

Disc four:
“The Perfect Crime”
“Little Stars”
“Drop” (re-recorded version)
“I’m in With the Out Crowd”
“New York City”
“Taking It Away”
“Ghost of a Smile”
“Alphabet Street”
“Coast to Coast” (alternate take)
“Dirty Water” (alternate take)
“Till I Found You”
“Bleed Me”
“33 1/3”
“Lost Star”
“Hide Myself”
“Easylife, Easylove”

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Kingblind Downloads

Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal

NOMO – Three Shades

Au – Are Animals

Alejandro Escovedo – Always A Friend

Kassin+2 – Tranqüilo (Super Stereo Sound System)

The Blind Shake – Midnight Scream.mp3

My Brightest Diamond: A Thousand Shark’s Teeth (Album Review)

My first spin of My Brightest Diamond’s sophomore effort, A Thousand Shark’s Teeth, was accompanied by a Wikipedia binge that focused primarily on the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The album provided an evocative backdrop for my perusal of the details surrounding the ocean liner’s doomed maiden voyage, but it wasn’t until a second, more attentive listen that I realized how appropriate a soundtrack it was. The album’s title comes from the song “Goodbye Lover,” in which singer-songwriter Shara Worden likens the risks of love to an agonizing death at sea—specifically, “fear of exposure” and the prickling of “a thousand shark teeth.” The portrait painted throughout Shark’s Teeth is of a self-contained world, some faraway Brigadoon filled with storms and teeming with tidal shifts: “I want a storm to blow it out/I want to shake myself and turn my heart inside out,” Worden sings on the theatrical “Ice and the Storm,” a snow globe of a song. Throughout the album, cascading guitars submerge Worden’s soundscapes of swelling strings, tinkling pianos and rattling percussion like rolling waves. “I rest my head on water/I slip under/I descend into the deep/Past the rushes, past the shipwrecks/Into my tears I flow,” she says on “Like a Sieve.”

Originally conceived as an album of string-quartet pieces, Shark’s Teeth evolved into something more musically full-bodied (the spare “If I Were Queen” might be the only vestige from the initial concept): the peculiar, cabaret-style “Black and Cousaud” borrows lyrics from Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges; “To Pluto’s Moon,” the album’s mournful, trip-hop-infused centerpiece, is like the despondent bastard child of Radiohead and Massive Attack; “Bass Player” moves with the sexy, measured swagger of its titular subject. For Worden, love is something to wail about but her vocals are slightly reigned in here—perhaps only if you listen to the record back-to-back with Bring Me the Workhorse, but noticeable nevertheless. Björk is once again a touchstone, as Worden turns an unlikely turn of phrase (“Darling, we’ve accumulated too much miscommunication”) into a near pop slogan on “Ice and the Storm,” and she possesses the Icelandic performer’s peculiar attention to detail. It’s something the designers of the Titanic no doubt also possessed. Aside from those iron rivets, of course.

Oasis Sings From Its ‘Soul’ On New Album

Oasis’ new album, “Dig Out Your Soul,” has been penciled in for an Oct. 7 release via Big Brother Records. The first single will be “The Shock of the Lightning.”

“If ‘The Shock Of The Lightning’ sounds instant and compelling to you, it’s because it was written dead fast,” guitarist Noel Gallagher says. “And recorded dead fast. ‘The Shock of The Lightning’ basically is the demo. And it has retained its energy,”

“Soul” was produced by Dave Sardy and includes songs from all four band members. A track list has yet to be announced.

“I wanted to write music that had a groove; not songs that followed that traditional pattern of verse, chorus and middle eight,” Gallagher says. “I wanted a sound that was more hypnotic; more driving.”

The album is the follow-up to 2005’s “Don’t Believe the Truth,” which has sold 201,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Oasis is in the process of signing a North American marketing and distribution deal for “Dig Out Your Soul”; as reported last week, Sony BMG will handle the project internationally.

via billboard

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Boy George denied U.S. visa

LONDON, England (CNN) — DJ and pop star Boy George has been denied a visa to enter the United States, his Web site said Tuesday.

In 2007, George spent five days cleaning the streets of New York to fulfill a community service sentence.

U.S. immigration authorities denied the visa because George, 48, faces trial in November in London on charges of false imprisonment relating to an April 2007 incident, according to a statement from Boy George’s management, posted on his site.

“George is astounded at the decision and is having his lawyers here in the States look at it in the hope that someone will change their mind,” the statement read.

Boy George, whose real name is George O’Dowd, was charged in London last November with false imprisonment following a complaint from a 28-year-old man, police said. The incident happened in East London the previous April, police said.

George is free on unconditional bail and is not barred from traveling as he awaits trial, his management said. His upcoming schedule includes a series of U.S. club dates in July and August.

George is best known as the singer of ’80s pop group Culture Club, with hits including “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” He quit the band in 1987 and embarked on a short solo career before reinventing himself as a club DJ and launching a fashion label, B-Rude.

In August 2007, George spent five days cleaning the streets of Manhattan to fulfill a community service sentence for falsely reporting a break-in at his New York home. George’s management said the denial of his U.S. visa had nothing to do with that case.

Trail Of Dead Launches Imprint With Universal

Rock outfit …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is launching its own label, Richter Scale Records, in association with Universal Music Group’s Justice Records.

The band’s next album is due in January 2009 and was co-produced by longtime collaborator Mike McCarthy and Chris “Frenchie” Smith. According to a spokesperson, Trail Of Dead was intent “on creating a more anthemic record” this time around.

Footage from the recording sessions can be found on Trail Of Dead’s Web site.

The band left Interscope following its third album for the label, 2006’s “So Divided,” which has sold just 26,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Trail Of Dead’s 2002 label debut, “Source Tags & Codes,” has shifted 124,000.

Early in its career, the band recorded for Trance Syndicate and Merge, and according to frontman Conrad Keely, the move back to an indie will allow Trail OF Dead “to seek the creative freedom envisioned by the founding fathers of our great nation, immune from the tyranny of the corporate ogre.”
(Via Billboard)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Verve set to release 1st album since 1997

The Verve has christened its reunion album “Four” and will release it before the end of the summer.

The set is due Aug. 18 via EMI internationally and a day later in North America, where it will come out on the Verve’s On Our Own imprint with distribution via MRI/Megaforce/RED.

The album’s first single, “Love Is Noise,” was premiered on BBC Radio One today (June 23) and is now streaming from the band’s MySpace site.

“This is a very special band, with four incredibly talented people,” the Verve’s manager Jaz Summers told Billboard in February. “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.”

The Verve got back together in 2007 following a nine-year hiatus. The band’s last album was 1997’s “Urban Hymns,” which launched the U.K. combo to worldwide stardom on the strength of the single “Bittersweet Symphony.” Since then, frontman Richard Ashcroft has recorded three solo albums.

The Verve has a dozen summer festival dates on tap, including a co-headlining slot at Glastonbury later this month.

Here the stream of the new single “Love is Noise”

Kings of Leon set to release new album

Kings Of Leon unveiled its fourth studio album for media last Thursday (June 19) at a bar in New York’s East Village, but band members snuck off before the playback began, perhaps not wanting to influence opinion.

Eleven tracks were played from “Only by the Night,” due Sept. 23 via RCA. A pinging keyboard sound introduces the spacey opener “Closer,” highlighted by a soulful vocal from Caleb Followill. Fuzzed-out bass drives a great, funky groove on “Crawl,” while “Sex on Fire” is a strident rocker with a sultry undercurrent.

The new album is the follow-up to 2007’s “Because of the Times,” which has sold 180,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Kings Of Leon will be on tour in Europe starting June 27 at the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival, and will return stateside for an Aug. 9 set at the first All Points West festival at New Jersey’s Liberty State Park.

Monday, June 23, 2008

R.E.M. and Eddie Vedder- Begin the Begin (Live in Philly 6/18/08)

George Carlin RIP

George Carlin has died from heart failure. The man who made famous the “seven words you can never say on television” passed away at 5:55 p.m. Sunday at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, his longtime publicist said. He was 71.

Carlin, who has had several heart attacks and a history of cardiac issues, went into the hospital this afternoon after complaining of heart problems.

Carlin has more than 20 comedy albums, 14 HBO specials, numerous TV and movie roles, and three best-selling books to his credit. Last year, he celebrated his 50th year in show business, and he had just finished his last HBO special in March, “It’s Bad for Ya.”

Kingblind Downloads

The Blind Shake- Calling all Horses

Mochipet – Sharp Drest

Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head- Me + Yr Daughter

The Herbaliser – On Your Knees

Constantines – Our Age