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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys Top Readings And Leeds Lineups

Radiohead will play the Reading and Leeds festivals for the first time.

Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon have been confirmed as the headline acts at the U.K.’s twinned Reading and Leeds Festivals.

The festivals will held at Little Johns Farm, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds, over England’s August Bank Holiday weekend (Aug. 28-Aug. 30).

Other bands confirmed for the two shows include Kaiser Chiefs, the Prodigy, Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Vampire Weekend, Placebo, Fall Out Boy, Bloc Party, Deftones, Funeral for a Friend, Maximo Park, Ian Brown, Friendly Fires, Gallows, the Courteeners, White Lies, Gossip, Florence and the Machine and Glasvegas.

The big news, however, is Radiohead making its debut headline performance at Reading and Leeds Festival. The shows will be Radiohead’s only U.K. festival appearance of 2009. The Oxford-based band last played Reading Festival in 1994 and will perform at Leeds on Saturday Aug. 29 then close the Reading leg of the festival the following night.

King of Leon’s headline appearances on Friday Aug. 28 at Reading and Sunday Aug. 30 in Leeds also mark the band’s only English festival dates and will form their final U.K. shows of 2009.

Arctic Monkeys headline slot, meanwhile, will be the band’s first U.K. live dates since December 2007. The band headlines Leeds on Friday Aug. 28 and Reading the following night.

To combat scapling, festival organizers Festival Republic also announced Monday that they have signed a deal with secondary ticketing company Viagogo to become the official secondary ticketing and ticket exchange partner of the Reading, Leeds and Latitude Festivals. The Latitude festival in Southwold, Suffolk, with headliners Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds takes place July 16-19.

Marking the first time that a major music festival has signed a partnership with a secondary ticketing partner, Viagogo will allow fans to legitimately buy and sell tickets in a secure online environment. A physical pick-up point will also exist at the Leeds and Latitude festival sites and Reading town center to allow fans to personally collect their tickets.

Outkast’s Andre 3000 Arrested For Driving 109 MPH

MC was reportedly arrested and released outside Atlanta early Saturday.

Outkast’s Andre 3000 (real name: Andre Benjamin) was arrested near Atlanta Saturday for driving his 2007 Porsche Carrera at such a high speed that police called him “an accident waiting to happen,” according to Atlanta’s WSB-TV, TMZ and

A police officer told the station that the MC was clocked at 109 MPH on Saturday morning, significantly over the 65-mph speed limit, on Interstate 75, and was arrested for the danger he posed.

“Traveling that fast along 75, you’re passing people as if they’re standing still,” Henry County Police Captain Jason Bolton told the station. “It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

The MC was released after posting $1,200 bail, according to TMZ. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 29.

Reps for Benjamin had not responded to MTV News’ requests for comment at press time.

The arrest comes as State Representative Jim Cole is lobbying for a new “Super Speeder” bill to be passed in the state of Georgia. The law will force violators to pay an additional $200 fine for driving at more than 85 miles an hour on highways and four-lane roads. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has said he supports the bill and intends to sign it into law in the coming months.

Representative Cole told WSB that he hopes Benjamin will help rally support behind the bill.

“He might be willing to help us market it,” Cole told the station.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Animal Collective: Live in Amsterdam (Full Concert Video)

A couple of weeks ago, Animal Collective played the Paradiso in Amsterdam, and the Dutch website 3VOOR12 has some nice multi-camera video with good sound. CLICK TO VIEW

Mogwai: “Mogwai Fear Satan” (Live on La Blogotheque) (Video)

Oasis, Smiths, Joy Division subject of new book

Oasis, The Stone Roses, Joy Division and The Smiths all feature in a new book charting the last thirty years of Manchester music.

‘The North Will Rise Again: Manchester Music City 1978-2008’, penned by journalist and Goldblade frontman John Robb, is published tomorrow (March 30).

The book details Manchester’s punk, Madchester and present day scenes and features interviews with a number of the city’s most famous musicians.

Morrissey, Ian Brown, Noel and Liam Gallagher and The Fall frontman Mark E Smith are among the contributors to the book, alongside Johnny Marr, Happy Mondays man Shaun Ryder and the late Factory Records boss Tony Wilson.

“I’ve spoken to just about everybody. In fact, the biggest problem has been keeping it all down to a manageable size. The book is around 155,000 words long as it is and it could have been double that. Ian Brown gave me 30,000 words to work with!,” Robb told the Manchester Evening News.

Obits:: I Blame You (Album Review)

Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, Edsel. They passed away peacefully years ago and got reincarnated as straight-ahead indie garage rock band Obits. In the hands of Jehu/Hot Snakes’ Rick Froberg and Edsel’s Sohrab Habibion, it’s Hot Snakes’ sound that most notably lives on. And hype suggests good old rock ’n’ roll will live on in this band.

I Blame You is mean, raw and instrumentally tight, with splashes of surf and punk. Froberg and Habibion’s twangy guitars effectively interweave in highlights Fake Kinkade and Pine On. There’s also a fun cover of Kokomo Arnold’s Milk Cow Blues that’ll make you want to take a long, angry, post-breakup road trip to a beer-swillin’ ribfest.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Black Joe Lewis – Sugarfoot (Music Video)

Prince: “Dreamer” (Live on Leno) (Video)

Mastodon- Crack the Skye (Album Review)

Mastodon’s past flirtations with prog have consistently pitched toward the metal side of scrimmage, never fully embracing the melodic pomp of Yes and ELP. Crack The Skye—though still intrinsically a metal album—is rife with unabashed overtures to the symphonic rock of yore. The mosaic’s central tile is “The Czar,” a four-part ode to Rasputin bursting with Moog lines and Eastern European folk. “Ghost of Karelia” briefly doffs the fox mask to revisit the band’s signature style—double-bass drums and tuneful hooks welded to inscrutable libretto: “Wrathful ones, nine eyes gaze / Holding skulls / Filled and laced / With human blood.” Yet the most progressive part of the album is the band’s restrained temperament. Amidst blistering tritone riffs and arpeggiated chords is a group keener to explore sonic harmony than crank the distortion. Crack the Skye is an epic trek across the space-time continuum, entirely on Mastodon’s terms and one mind blowing experience. Do yourself a favor and buy this album right now

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Rock Band ticks off 40 million tracks sold, $1 billion in revenue

That’s a lot of dollars. Also? A lot of Mötley Crüe. Seriously, people, calm down. As of right now Rock Band has 614 songs on offer, 269 different artists, 11 full albums, more revenue than any other game in 2008, $1 billion total in North American retail sales, 40 million tracks sold, and unhindered wallet access to countless deluded human beings who think they’re rock stars. (Press Release in Full)
(via engadget)

Arctic Monkeys: Report from the Studio (Video)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Shins leave Sub Pop

Some big news from Sub Pop: The Shins are no longer with the label. One of the world’s biggest indie bands has parted ways with one of the world’s biggest indie labels. A label rep says the band is working on new music, but they have no idea when it’ll be out. It just won’t be out on Sub Pop. More info when we get it. (Rumor has it that a James Mercer solo record will be out first )

Meanwhile, the band has just announced a U.S. tour, their first since early 2008. Here are the tour dates:

05.02 Bellingham, WA: Western Washington University
05.04 Seattle, WA: Showbox
05.05 Seattle, WA: Showbox
05.06 Portland, OR: Crystal Ballroom
05.07 Portland, OR: Crystal Ballroom
05.09 Oakland, CA: Fox Theater
05.10 Los Angeles, CA: Hollywood Palladium
05.11 San Diego, CA: SOMA
05.13 Richmond, VA: The National
05.14 Washington, DC: 9:30 Club
05.15 Baltimore, MD: Ram’s Head Live
05.16 Philadelphia, PA: Electric Factory
05.17 Montclair, NJ: Wellmont Theater
05.18 New York, NY: Terminal Five
(pitchfork, sub pop source)

Elvis Costello goes acoustic on new album

NEW YORK (Billboard) – On Elvis Costello’s newest album, “Secret, Profane & Sugarcane,” the prolific singer-songwriter-composer returns to acoustic American roots music for the first time since his 1986 album “King of America.”

“Sugarcane,” which will be released June 2 on Hear Music, was produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded during a three-day session at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio. Costello and Burnett collaborated on “King of America” and 1989’s “Spike.”

Costello’s band for the project includes such Bluegrass and traditional country musicians as Jerry Douglas (dobro), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Mike Compton (mandolin), Jeff Taylo (accordion) and Dennis Crouch (double bass). Emmylou Harris sings on one song, and Burnett adds his Kay electric guitar sound to several songs, the only amplified instrument on the album.

Ten of the album’s tracks are new Costello compositions, including two written with Burnett. One song, ” I Felt The Chill,” was written by Costello and Loretta Lynn, and two songs — “Hidden Same” and “Boom Chicka Boom” — originally were written by Costello for Johnny Cash.

The vinyl version of the album will feature two additional songs: an acoustic a arrangement of Lou Reed’s “Femme Fatale” and Costello’s sequel to an old Appalachian murder ballad, “What Lewis Did Last.”

Costello will do select tour dates with the Sugarcanes, a band featuring musicians who played on the album, in June and August.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

All Saints: “Sheffield” (Music Video)

MIA’s baby name confirmed: Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman

M.I.A. didn’t name her baby Ickitt, thank you very much.

She named him Ikhyd.

The baby’s full mouthful of a moniker, Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman, was revealed on his birth certificate obtained by TMZ.

The tiny tot was was born to the 33-year-old rapper and her fiance, The Exit guitarist Benjamin Brewer, on Feb. 11 – mere days after his mom’s attention-grabbing Grammy performance on her due date.

The rapper chided “the Hollywood press” on MySpace earlier this month for incorrectly reporting on her infant son’s name.

“My baby is not called Ickitt, Pickit or Lickit thank you very much,” she wrote.

“I will be back with something newsworth soon. ‘Til then go pick on Apple, Satchel and Moon Unit.”

And Ikhyd?