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Friday, February 27, 2009

Killer Jesus Lizard box set coming.. one day only…

As you have likely heard by now, the Jesus Lizard, known in some circles as the greatest live band EVER, is reuniting the original line up to perform in 2009. You may have also heard that April 18, 2009 marks the return of Record Store Day, an event to support the independent record stores we know and love. So we got to thinking…what better way to celebrate two things we wholeheartedly believe in than by bringing them together? So with that in mind, we’re excited to announce INCH from the Jesus Lizard, a special release Touch and Go is offering up for sale on Record Store Day only.

INCH is a collection of all the 7” singles The Jesus Lizard released on Touch and Go, lovingly remastered by Bob Weston and enclosed in a foldable clear plastic package, suitable for both compact storage and bedroom wall display. Adding to the allure is the fact that each 7” has been out of print for over six years, so finding any one single (let alone all of them) at a store has been near impossible. Also included here is a 7” of “Puss”, the Jesus Lizard’s side from the long-gone split with Nirvana. Still not enough? INCH also contains the “Gladiator” single, originally given away exclusively at a Jesus Lizard Brixton Academy show in London back in 1992 and nowhere else.

INCH Tracklisting:

“Chrome” b/w “7 vs 8”

“Mouthbreather” b/w “Sunday You Need Love”

“Wheelchair Epidemic” b/w “Dancing Naked Ladies”

“Gladiator” (live) b/w “Seasick” (live)


Lash 3×7” containing

“Glamorous” b/w “Deaf as a Bat”

“Lady Shoes” (live) b/w “Killer McHann” (live)

“Bloody Mary” (live) b/w “Monkey Trick” (live)

“(Fly) On (the Wall)” b/w “White Hole”

This collection of singles is merely the first thing to hit from the Jesus Lizard in 2009. The band is set to perform at ATP: The Fans Strike Back festival in England on May 8-10. Additionally, the band has just confirmed another date in London on May 11th at The Forum. Ooh wee child, get your pads and cup ready because the real deal is about to blast you like Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka coming off the top turnbuckle.

More tour dates will be announced shortly as well as details on the catalog reissues.

Jesus Lizard Tour dates:
05/09/09 – ATP: Fans Strike Back, Minehead, United Kingdom
05/10/09 – ATP: Fans Strike Back, Minehead, United Kingdom
05/28/09 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain

Morrissey cancels start of world tour

Morrissey has cancelled the first dates of his world tour in support of his new album ‘Years Of Refusal’.

The former Smiths frontman was set to kick off the jaunt tomorrow (February 28) in Boca Raton, Florida, but has cancelled all four dates in the southern state, reportedly due to illness.

The tour is now set to begin on March 6 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and run through July 1 with a performance in Russia.

The cancelled dates are:

Boca Raton, FL Mizner Park (February 28)
Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live (March 1)
Jacksonville, FL Florida Theater (3)
St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing (4)

There has not been any word yet about whether these shows will be reschedule.

Pylon Guitarist Randy Bewley Dies After Heart Attack

Randall Bewley, guitarist and founding member of new wave band Pylon, died Wednesday (Feb. 25) afternoon after a heart attack on Monday in his hometown of Athens, Georgia, according to a report by The Athens Banner-Herald. Bewley was driving on Monday (Feb. 23) when his van drifted off the road and tipped over, according to an email circulated by bandmate Vanessa Hay.

Pylon was formed in 1979 by University of Georgia art students Bewley, bassist Michael Lachowski, drummer Curtis Crowe and Hay – then Vanessa Briscoe – on vocals. The group was part of Athens’ art oriented dance party scene that also included groups like the B-52’s and R.E.M., each of which have often cited Pylon as a favorite and influence. Pylon released four albums and toured with Gang of Four, Mission of Burma, the Talking Heads and U2 before disbanding in 1983. The group reunited in 1989 to tour with R.E.M. on the “Green” tour, released a new album the following year, and have played sporadic gigs ever since.

DFA Records released an expanded version Pylon’s debut, “Gyrate,” in 2007, and plans to reissue 1983’s “Chomp” later this year.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

MGMT suing France’s President over ‘Kids’

MGMT are suing French President Nicolas Sarkozy – accusing him of using their hit ‘Kids’ on online videos without permission.

Sarkozy has admitted using the song at the UMP party’s national congress, but claims the lack of permission was a mistake and offered the band one euro as a gesture, reports BBC News.

The duo rejected the offer and are now seeking compensation. Their lawyer, Isabelle Wekstein, said, “This offer is disrespectful of the rights of artists and authors. It is insulting. We are dealing with acts of counterfeiting, an infringement of intellectual property.”

A fee of 53 Euros (£47) had initially been paid to gain use of the song, but Wekstein said that the sum was not enough to cover repeated plays of the song in the online videos.

Oasis, LCD Soundsystem and more Pay Tribute to Krautrock Legends Neu!

A host of artists have been selected to pay tribute to the cutting-edge craftings of Krautrock legends NEU! on a new compilation.

As well as those you might expect to turn up, such as Foals, Fujiya & Miyagi and Primal Scream, Kasabian and Oasis will be featured on the record, which will be called Brand NEU!

Said Bobby Gillespie of the compilation, “I hope that this album turns more people onto the music of NEU!” Noel Gallagher added, “My current new favourite German band of all time. Proper tour bus music. Spiritual!!” Michael Rother also contributes a track.

Brand NEU! tracklisting:
Ciccone Youth – ‘Two Cool Rock Chicks Listening To Neu!’
Primal Scream – ‘Shoot Speed / Kill Light’
Pets With Pets – ‘We Only Found This Place’
Oasis – ‘I Can See It Now’
Foals – ‘Titan Arum’
Cornelius – ‘Wataridori’
Holy Fuck – ‘Super Inuit’
LCD Soundsystem – ‘Watch The Tapes’
Kasabian – ‘Stuntman’
School Of Seven Bells – ‘Device fuer M’
Fujiya & Miyagi – ‘Electro Karaoke’
Hook & The Twin – ‘They’ll Get Your Head’
La Dusseldorf – ‘Sketch 1_08’
Michael Rother – ‘Neutronics 98’

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Dinosaur Jr. Announce American Tour, Free Single

When Dinosaur Jr. hits the road this spring, everyone who buys tickets to see the indie rawk legends will get a free 7″ or digital download with two songs, both recorded during the filming of this feature at J. Mascis’ Massachusetts studio. The two songs: New jam “I Don’t Wanna Go There” and You’re Living All Over Me classic “Tarpit”. That new one, it should be noted, features a truly sick Mascis solo.

As we reported last week, Dinosaur have just signed with the Bloomington label Jagjaguwar, and they’re hoping to get a new album out on the shelves this summer. This spring tour hits smaller venues in smaller towns than usual, and will probably showcase new tunes. And if “I Don’t Wanna Go There” is any indication, the new ones won’t sound too terribly different from the old ones. That’s a good thing.

I’ve never heard of most of these venues, but I have to assume that a place called Rhythm and Brews or Freebird Live would be pretty much the ideal place to see Dinosaur Jr.


03-20 Austin, TX – Cedar St. Courtyard
04-01 Milford, CT – Daniel Street
04-02 Providence, RI – Club Hell
04-03 Portland, ME – The Station
04-04 South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
04-06 Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
04-07 State College, PA – Lulu’s
04-08 Akron, OH – Musica
04-09 East Lansing, MI – The Small Planet
04-10 Bloomington, IN – Bluebird Nightclub
04-11 Dekalb, IL – Otto’s Nightclub
04-13 Chattanooga, TN – Rhythm and Brews
04-14 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
04-15 Baton Rouge, LA – The Varsity Theatre
04-16 Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room
04-17 Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
04-18 Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
04-20 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
04-21 Augusta, GA – Sky City
04-22 Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
04-23 Tallahassee, FL – The Moon
04-24 Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebird Live
04-25 Charleston, SC – The Music Farm
04-26 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
04-27 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
04-29 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
04-30 Richmond, VA – Toad’s Place Richmond
05-01 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
05-02 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar

Video: Dinosaur Jr.: In the Studio []

Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger panned at Senate hearing

Reporting from Washington — Senators and independent concert promoters took turns at a hearing Tuesday slamming a proposed merger of two of the biggest forces in the music industry — Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. and Live Nation Worldwide Inc.

“It seems to be monopolistic, plain and simple,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. “This is not the American dream, as the companies’ witnesses might have you believe.”

The Senate’s antitrust subcommittee grilled chief executives Michael Rapino of Live Nation and Irving Azoff of Ticketmaster and solicited input from concert promoters on how the industry would be affected.

“This merger is vertical integration on steroids,” Jerry Mickelson, chairman of concert promoter Jam Productions in Chicago, told the committee. “The amalgamation of these two companies into one should make them the poster child for why this country needs antitrust laws.”

But Rapino and Azoff presented their case as two companies trying to weather the recession as best they could, creating a new model for the music industry in the process.

“The economic foundation that supported artists in the past is crumbling,” Azoff said. “We cannot just cling to the old ways. This merger will allow the live music industry to avoid repeating the mistakes of the record industry.”

Azoff and Rapino said their companies, by combining, could eliminate $40 million in inefficiencies.

“We have an opportunity to create a truly modern business by merging these companies together, something we can’t do alone,” Rapino said.

But Mickelson and Seth Hurwitz, co-owner of 9:30 Club and I.M.P. Productions in Washington — who both use Ticketmaster for their events — told the committee they feared a merger would result in Live Nation, a competitor, gaining access to their sensitive information and benefiting financially from fees added to their ticket sales. .

“Our competitors would be receiving income from every ticket we sell,” Mickelson said. “They’d have access to our ticket sales information, they’d have access to our customer databases, they’d have access to the terms of our ticket agreements.”

Rapino, who said he understood why Mickelson and Hurwitz would be concerned about their information being shared, said in response to a question from subcommittee Chairman Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) that the concert division wouldn’t have access to information from the ticket division.

A major point of discussion at the hearing was a flap involving rock star Bruce Springsteen. When fans went to Ticketmaster’s website to purchase tickets to Springsteen concerts in New Jersey recently, they were redirected to, a site owned by Ticketmaster that offers tickets at a significant markup. In the incident’s wake, Springsteen publicly criticized the proposed merger.

Ticketmaster settled the dispute Monday, agreeing to pay the state of New Jersey $350,000 and promising to compensate about 2,200 people who complained about the marked-up tickets. However, it remained a popular subject at the hearing.

“Bruce Springsteen says Ticketmaster abused his fans, and I agree with the Boss,” Schumer said.

But not all artists oppose the merger. Eddie Van Halen, Shakira, Journey, Seal and others sent letters endorsing the merger to members of the committee.

“If this deal helps bring our fans closer to the band, with more direct access to merchandise, new music we write and other promotions we do, it’s going to ensure that . . . I have a future in music,” Van Halen wrote.

The Senate doesn’t have the power to stop the companies’ merger. That authority lies solely with the Justice Department, which is staying mum for the moment.

“We’re committed to vigorous enforcement of the merger antitrust laws,” Justice spokeswoman Gina Talamona said.

Faith No More Reunites, European Dates Planned

Faith No More has announced its first live performances since splitting up in 1998. The band will play a series of European festival dates this summer, according to a statement from frontman Mike Patton’s publicist.

No North American Faith No More dates are scheduled at this time. As previously reported, only Patton and frequent collaborator Rahzel will perform at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April, despite speculation about a Faith No More appearance.

Neither the lineup for the revived Faith No More nor the specific festival dates have been announced. Patton’s spokesperson Monica Seide said no further details on the band are yet available.

The news of Faith No More’s reunion comes as Patton completes his first film score, for “Crank 2: High Voltage,” which will hit theaters on April 17.

Patton and beatboxer Rahzel, meanwhile, have worked on an album that has not yet been officially released.

Faith No More’s biggest single, “Epic,” reached No. 9 on the Hot 100 in 1990. “Midlife Crisis” earned the band the top spot on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1992.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Beck- Replica (Video)

Apple explores new music options – iTunes Pass

It gets hardcore fans everything a band releases over a certain time, in exchange for a lump sum.

This is what I like to see – innovative new ways of selling music that encourages people to actually spend money on bands they love. Venturebeat reports that Apple is experimenting with something called iTunes Pass, which allows fans to buy a pass for a certain group or artist and then get everything that artist releases for a given time period.

Apple’s piloting it with Depeche Mode. You can buy a pass for $19 and you’ll get the band’s new single right now, the album when it comes out, and some other exclusive tracks too. You’ll also get any videos and artwork that the band puts out before June 16th, which is when the pass expires.

All the content you get is DRM-free, though it will show up in Apple’s AAC format. Apple also guarantees that the value of the pass won’t exceed the value of the individual items, so you’re getting a good deal however you look at it.

For my favourite bands, I’d definitely sign up for this. For stuff I’m less excited about, I wouldn’t, but that’s not really the point of the scheme. It’s about making fans feel special, giving bands a greater connection to those people, and maybe actually making some money off music again. Good work, Apple.

Unreleased Version of the Beatles’ “Revolution 1” Surfaces

Anyone who has read Mark Lewisohn’s 1988 book “The Beatles: The Recording Sessions” knows there’s a good amount of unreleased Fab Four studio material that never made it onto any of the “Anthology” collections.

Several recordings in particular have intrigued fans, including the half hour jam of “Helter Skelter,” the sound collage “Carnival of Light” (which may see a release yet) and the version of “Revolution 1” that went on and on and became the basis for another sound collage, “Revolution 9.”

Well, the last of these has surfaced as “Revolution 1 (Take 20). It sounds pretty much like Lewisohn described it: Sorta like the “White Album” version, but with Yoko singing “mama, papa” in spots, and lots of craziness at the end that fans will recognize from “Revolution 9” (including that odd “guitar siren” sound, John Lennon’s cries of “all right” and the closing dialogue spoken by Yoko about “being naked”).

This track was probably leaked from the Abbey Road studio vaults and might not be up for long. If you’re a fan, you might wanna fire up (or download) the Audacity freeware sound editing program and record it before lawyers make it disappear. Tip: Use the “wave out mix” setting to record online streaming.


Super Furry Animals to film completion of album

Super Furry Animals have announced they will document the final stages of their new album on personal cameras.

The band will apparently shoot “a series of Warhol-like observations, of a band putting the finishing touches to songs, a celebration of the banal nature of the mixing process”.

The material, which is inspired by the Mike Figgis film ‘Time Code’, will be released in 21 individual episodes starting on February 23 via

However, fans expecting inter-band arguments may be disappointed, as the group hope to document events as they unfold “with as little drama as possible”.

The follow-up to 2007’s ‘Hey Venus!’ will be released digitally on March 16 via before getting a physical release on April 13.

Monday, February 23, 2009

A.R. Rahman Wins Best Song for Slumdog Millionaire

“Slumdog Millionaire” swept the music categories at the Academy Awards Sunday night, en route to its evening-leading total of eight Oscars, including best picture.

A.R. Rahman won Academy Awards for best original score and best song for “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” earning the Bollywood music veteran his first two Oscars. “God is great – thank you!” Rahman said. “The essence of the film is about optimism. All of my life I’ve had a choice of hate and love, and I’ve chosen love-and I’m here.”

A.R. Rahman backstage at the Oscars with his brand new statuettes

The medley of best original song nominations featured Rahman performing “O Saya” from the middle of the audience, surrounded by dancers and taiko drums. John Legend and the Soweto Gospel Choir took the vocals on Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman’s “Down to Earth” from “Wall-E,” and Rahman returned to wrap up the performance of “Jai Ho” alongside Legend. Gulzar, who wrote the lyrics for “Jai Ho,” also won an Academy Award for the song.

Gabriel, in attendance at the event, previously said he wouldn’t perform “Down to Earth” because he felt the timing of the performance would give it short shrift.

Selections from the nominated scores were played by the Academy Awards orchestra and conducted by Michael Giacchino, who was nominated last year for the score to “Ratatouille” and who also does the music for the ABC television show “Lost.”

Host Hugh Jackman opened the telecast with a tongue-in-cheek recession-themed song-and-dance tribute to the show’s nominated films, including a “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” set made out of lawn chairs and pizza boxes and Anne Hathaway taking a besequined turn as Richard Nixon.

Another performance number of the evening was a Baz Luhrmann-directed tribute to movie musicals, and featured Jackman, Beyonce, “High School Musical’s” Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens and “Mamma Mia!’s” Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper doing brief takes on everything from “Singin’ in the Rain” to “Grease” to Luhrmann’s own “Moulin Rouge.”

Queen Latifah sang “I’ll Be Seeing You” as part of the traditional montage in tribute to those in the movie industry who died in 2008.

The 81st annual Academy Awards were held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The White Stripes: “We’re Going to Be Friends” (Live on The Last ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien’) (Video)

Friday, February 20, 2009

JASON ISBELL and the 400 Unit- S/T (Album Review)

Since parting ways with the Drive-By Truckers in 2007, Jason Isbell has finally had time to work on his own material. It shows on his self-titled second solo album, a tight collection fueled by glints of the rock, soul and country that came out of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., in the ’60s and ’70s. Isbell is an empathetic storyteller, giving vivid life to the desperate characters on “Seven-Mile Island” and sighing over lingering heartache on the spare, soulful “Cigarettes and Wine.” If there was any lingering question about Isbell’s prospects away from the Truckers, this album offers ample evidence that he’s doing just fine on his own.
(Eric R. Danton)