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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Off to Tokyo!

Kingblind is off to Tokyo until August 15th, Updates are on hold till we return stateside. See you soon!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Blur: Mid Life, A Beginners Guide to Blur (Album Review)

Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon have made up, and the smartest, funniest Brit-pop band is back (woo-hoo!). But Blur haven’t recorded any new music yet (boohoo). So here’s a two-disc best-of to coincide with their shows this summer, balanced nicely between their cheeky-monkey side (Albarn) and their later weird-guitar side (Coxon). The best bits (“Song 2″) have elements of both. Blur went from wanna-be’s (“Popscene”) to provocateurs (“Parklife”) to artistes (“Beetlebum”) to world travelers (“Good Song”), and, rare moments of torpid dross aside, remained fascinating with each mood change.

Josh Homme reveals why he worked with Arctic Monkeys


Josh Homme has revealed that he wanted to work with Arctic Monkeys after falling in love with their lyrics.

The Queens Of The Stone Age frontman co-produced the Sheffield band’s third album ‘Humbug’, even recording some parts with the band out in the Mojave Desert in California.

Speaking about why he opted to produce a band Homme told the US edition of GQ that it was frontman Alex Turner’s words that first got his attention.

“I was sucked in at first by the lyrics. Alex sounded like a rare poet playing music – he has a special gift for the gab,” explained Homme, who then singled out Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders as “one of the best drummers in rock ‘n’ roll”.

Speaking about the record the producer explained that ‘Humbug’ – released on August 24 – sees the Sheffield band experimenting.

“This is the record where they get weird, grow up and trip out,” he declared.

Meanhwile Homme’s co-producer, Simian Mobile Disco, suggested the album would split fans.

“It’ll definitely surprise people, especially people who are familiar with things like ['I Bet That You Would Look Good On The] ‘Dancefloor’ and stuff like that, [they] might be quite taken aback,” he told Radio 1’s Newsbeat.

“They’re progressing and moving forward trying to change, push themselves and push their audience which I think is rare in a lot of bands today. They’ve just got more relaxed with themselves – they’re comfortable doing what they’re doing. “

Monday, July 27, 2009

Jesus Lizard: Nub (Live at Pitchfork Music Festival)

Arctic Monkeys: Crying Lighting (Music Video)
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Radiohead’s Thom Yorke writes song for ‘Twilight’ sequel


Thom Yorke has written a new song for the upcoming sequel to ‘Twilight’, the director has confirmed.

The Radiohead frontman was among a number of artists who had expressed an interested in contributing to the score for the vampire film entitled ‘New Moon’.

Director Chris Weitz has yet to hear the Radiohead man’s contribution but says it is almost certain to be included in the movie.

“I selfishly want to put songs in by artists I love. And some the cast and crew also happen to love,” Weitz told HitFix.com, adding that Yorke’s effort will be included, “unless it’s sounds of him belching!”

Bon Iver is also expected to feature on the film’s soundtrack.

“I think Bon Iver is fantastic,” Weitz said. “He says he wrote it for the film, but who ever knows if it might just be something laying around in his cupboard.”

Weitz added that he is still hoping to have a Kings Of Leon song, while Band Of Skulls have already been confirmed to contribute.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Magnolia Electric Co.: Josephine (Album Review)


Josephine is the first proper Magnolia Electric Co. album since 2006’s Fading Trails. In 2007, the limited-edition, four-disc Sojourner box set was issued, but it contained mostly released material, demos, and alternate versions of material recorded elsewhere with numerous lineups. Frontman and songwriter Jason Molina is accompanied by a fairly large ensemble, though the palette of instruments still centers around piano, guitars, drums, and a dobro and lapsteel. The music is strictly alternative country-inflected rock, and the arrangements are standard. That said, there is a great comfort in Molina’s limited approach to making music. While it’s true that the listener will raise her eyebrows at the duet between a saxophone and a piano on the opening “Of Grace,” the nearly constant lilt in the grain of his voice belies a kind of disillusionment that is worldweary and disappointed, and never bitter. Standouts on this set include the gorgeous title track, with its Neil Young meets old-time parlor music feel and its dynamite lyrics, to the mournful “Shenandoah” with its sweet meld of steel and electric guitars, to the snarling opening to the spooky “The Handing Down.” Along the way are spooky touches such as the B-3 and trap kit vehicle “Little Sad Eyes,” which sounds like the end title theme to a motion picture. “Heartbreak at Ten Paces,” is a minimal, turtle-paced, mournful, broken love song that belies every bit of sadness Molina can seemingly bear in its lyric and melody. In sum, Josephine is radically different from Magnolia Electric Co.’s preceding records, but it doesn’t need to be. Molina has a consistent — if downcast — view of the world in his songs, and the canvas he uses to express it does so perfectly.

Phoenix Announce Fall U.S. Tour


Phoenix are having a hell of a year. After making the year’s most irrepressibly breezy summertime album, stylishly rocking “SNL”, and generally boosting the sales of elegantly rumpled button-downs, they’ve announced another round of dates on their neverending world tour. Before Thanksgiving, they’ll hit the UK, Australia, Japan, the U.S., Europe, the UK again, and Europe again. That’s a lot of frequent flier miles.

Brooklyn indie poppers Chairlift will open many of the shows and further ensure that this will be the most fashionable night out you’ll have all year.

Dates below.

Phoenix:

07-24 Cambridgeshire, England – Secret Garden Festival
07-25 Dorset, England – Camp Bestival
08-01 Jakarta, Indonesia – Bengkel Night Park
08-03 Melbourne, Australia – The Palace
08-04 Melbourne, Australia – The Palace
08-05 Sydney Australia – Enmore Theatre
08-07 Tokyo, Japan – Summer Sonic
08-08 Osaka, Japan – Summer Sonic
09-13 Morrison, CO – Monolith Festival
09-16 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
09-17 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
09-19 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban
09-21 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
09-22 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *
09-23 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre *
09-25 New York, NY – Rumsey Playfield
09-26 New York, NY – Rumsey Playfield
09-28 Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory *
09-30 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse *
10-01 New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s *
10-02 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10-13 Montpellier, France – Le Rockstore *
10-14 Lyon, France – Le Transbordeur *
10-15 Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie *
10-16 Lille, France – L’Aeronef *
10-17 Caen, France – Le Cargo *
10-19 Paris, France – Zenith *
10-20 Bordeaux, France – Rock School Barbey *
10-21 Toulouse, France – Le Bikini *
10-22 Nantes, France – L’Olympic *
10-24 Birmingham, England – O2 Academy 2 *
10-25 Glasgow, Scotland – Arches *
10-26 Bristol, England – O2 Academy *
10-27 Manchester, England – Academy 2 *
10-28 London, England – O2 Academy Brixton *
11-07 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis
11-08 Gothenburg, Sweden – Brew House
11-09 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
11-10 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
11-12 Hamburg, Germany – Hamburg Docks
11-13 Bielefeld, Germany – Ringlokschuppen
11-14 Cologne, Germany – E-Werk
11-15 Munich, Germany – Munich Theaterfabrik
11-17 Stuttgart, Germany – Zapata
11-18 Frankfurt, Germany – Cocoon Club
11-19 Dortmund, Germany – FZW Eldoradio
11-20 Mannheim, Germany – Alte Feuerwache
11-21 Berlin, Germany – Huxleys

* with Chairlift
(via pitchforkmedia)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Os Mutantes Announce North American Tour

Os Mutantes have announced a tour of North America in support of their startling new album “Haih or Amortecedor.” Seeing the legendary “Tropicália” band live is something Kurt Cobain could have only wished for when he pleaded (unsuccessfully) for them to reunite and tour with Nirvana. Now Brazils’ beloved Mutantes, long regarded as one of the most influential and innovative bands in pop music, have returned with both an ambitious new album and a series of highly anticipated performances. Revered by musical luminaries including Beck, Devendra Banhart, David Byrne, Of Montréal, The Flaming Lips and Cobain, the reunited Mutantes offer something far more intriguing than mere psychedelic nostalgia. While the ingenious genre blending Tropicália spirit remains intact on “Haih or Amortecedor”, it’s clear the Mutantes are not looking to the past, but ahead into further uncharted musical terrain.

Band leader Sergio Dias says he is eager to translate the epic Mutante sound on stage. “I love playing this music live,” Dias says. “It is the best thing possible. When we were playing at the Pitchfork festival it was like looking at yourself when you were a kid trying to mumble the words to I Wanna Hold Your Hand in English and not understanding the words. There weren’t many Brazilians there but the kids were singing our songs in Portuguese. Playing with this band live is amazing. I can not describe anything better other than maybe going into space. It keeps me young.”

North American Tour Dates:
08-28-09, Los Angeles California, The Echoplex
08-29-09, San Francisco California, Outside Lands Festival,
09-01-09, Redway California, Mateel Community Center
09-02-09, Portland Oregon, Aladdin Theater
09-03-09 Vancouver, BC, The Commodore Ballroom
09-04-09 Bellingham Washington, The Nightlight
09-05-09 Seattle Washington, Bumbershoot Festival
09-19-09 Yosemite California, Symbiosis Fest
09-24-09 Denver Colorado, Cervantes
09-25-09 Omaha Nebraska, Waiting Room
09-26-09 Minneapolis Minnesota, Cedar Cultural Ctr
09-30-09 Cleveland Ohio, Beachland Ballroom
10-04-09 Boston Massachusetts, Sommerville Th.
10-08-09 New York New York, Webster Th.
10-09-09 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Mr. Smalls
10-10-09 Columbus Ohio, Capitol Th.
10-11-09 Lexington Kentucky, WRFL Fest
10-13-09 Tampa Florida, Skipper’s
10-14-09 Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Culture Room
10-16-09 Atlanta Georgia, Variety Playhouse
10-17-09 New Orleans Louisiana, Tipitina’s
10-18-09 Austin Texas, La Zona Rosa

Kings of Leon Announce Fall Tour, Go Platinum

Nashville rock band the Kings of Leon today announced dates for a 30-plus-date North American arena trek this fall. The announcement comes just as their 2008 album “Only By the Night” has been certified platinum by the RIAA — the first U.S. platinum certification for a band that has sold millions internationally.

After a July 31 appearance on the Today Show, the tour will kick off August 7 with the band’s headlining stint at Lollapalooza in Chicago and continue through October. They will also perform on the “Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” on August 24.

“Only By the Night” hit No. 5 on the Billboard 200, while single “Sex On Fire” topped Billboard’s Modern Rock Chart and won a Grammy for best rock performance by a duo or group. The platinum certification is awarded for shipments of at least a million, and the album has sold 959,000 units in the U.S. to date according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The Kings of Leon became international superstars before making a real impact at home — “Only By the Night” sold millions of copies worldwide and went Platinum in multiple countries before breaking the 400,000 mark in the U.S.

“The market has come around to the band,” RCA VP/GM Tom Corson said earlier this year. “It’s just their time. The band has put the work in over the years, they have their finest album to date, and consumers are into it.”

Here are the Kings of Leon’s tour dates:

August 7: Chicago, IL (Lollapalooza)
August 9: Morrison, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheater)
August 12: Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place)
August 13: Calgary, AB (Pengrowth Saddledome)
August 15: Vancouver, BC (General Motors Place)
August 16: Vancouver, BC (General Motors Place)
August 19: Las Vegas, NV (The Joint)
August 21: San Diego, CA (Cox Arena)
August 22: Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)
Sept. 8: Columbia, MD (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
Sept. 9: Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
Sept. 11: Mansfield, MA (Comcast Center)
Sept. 12: East Rutherford, NJ (Izod Center)
Sept. 14: Uniondale, NY (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
Sept. 16: Montreal, QC (Bell Centre)
Sept. 17: Ottawa, ON (Scotiabank Place)
Sept. 19: Hamilton, ON (Copps Coliseum)
Sept. 20: London, ON (John Labatt Centre)
Sept. 22: Auburn Hills, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
Sept. 23: Columbus, OH (Schottenstein Center)
Sept. 25: Noblesville, IN (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
Sept. 26: Milwaukee, WI (Bradley Center)
Sept. 28: Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
Sept. 30: St. Louis, MO (Scottrade Center)
Oct. 2: Austin, TX (Austin City Limits Festival)
Oct. 3: Oklahoma City, OK (Ford Center)
Oct. 6: Houston, TX (Toyota Center)
Oct. 7: Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
Oct. 9: Atlanta, GA (Philips Arena)
Oct. 10: Lexington, KY (Rupp Arena)
Oct. 13: Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
Oct. 16: Nashville, TN (Sommet Center)
Oct. 20: Guadalajara, MEX (Telmex Arena)
Oct. 22: Mexico City, MEX (Sports Arena)
Oct. 24: Monterrey, MEX (Arena Monterrey)

Gonzo’s Gong sells for $64,000!

In other signs of a possible economic turnaround, an anonymous bidder paid $64,000 for John Bonham’s (drummer for Led Zeppelin) gong. Although the purchase price was significantly lower than the anticipated $120,000 auction price, it’s both comforting and disorienting to know that someone has enough cash to shell out that much money for someone’s gong. I wonder where they’ll display their purchase.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Fiery Furnaces: I’m going away (Album Review)

Some of the piano-led rockers on this avant-garde sibling act’s latest effort, I’m Going Away, are as accessible as anything in their catalog — not that there’s much competition in that category. Yet these moments of relative calm come sandwiched between typically overflowing puns, nervous-tic vocals, and guitar skronk that gets sprayed around like Silly String. Fans 
can breathe easy: The weirdness that so delights them isn’t Going anywhere just yet.

Obits:: Pine On (Music Video)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The White Stripes to premiere documentary film in Toronto

The White Stripes have announced world premiere details of their forthcoming documentary film, ‘Under Great White Northern Lights’.

The screening is set to take place at the Toronto Film Festival on September 18.

The film, which was directed by their long-time video director Emmett Malloy, chronicles Jack and Meg White’s first extensive tour of Canada in 2007. It captures the duo’s gigs at several atypical venues including bowling alleys, boats and city buses. It also features the band’s 10th anniversary show at the Savoy Theater in Nova Scotia.

A trailer for the film, which dubs it “A brother and sister’s journey across the great white north,” can be viewed here.

Sufjan Stevens to release “BQE” Multimedia set

A View-Master reel and a comic book are involved.

Back in November 2007, Sufjan Stevens unveiled a multimedia performance inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway called “The BQE”. By all accounts, it was an over-the-top affair with an orchestra, artsy footage of the highway, and hula hoops. And now, Sufjan is putting out a purchase-able “BQE” package to satisfy bloodthirsty fans still waiting for his official follow-up to Illinois, which– believe it or not– came out four years ago this month.

Due out October 20 in the U.S. on Asthmatic Kitty (October 19 in the UK via Rough Trade), “The BQE” set is not half-assed– it really may have taken him a couple years to put this thing together. The regular edition includes a CD of the show’s soundtrack, a DVD of Brooklyn-Queen Expressway footage that accompanied the original performance (not a film of the performance itself), a 40-page booklet with liner notes and photos, and– wait for it– a stereoscopic 3D View-Master reel! Finally, a reason to dig that old View-Master out of the attic.

For those truly enamored with Sufjan on a semi-frightening and obsessive scale, there’s a limited edition version that features the soundtrack on 180-gram vinyl and a 40-page BQE-themed comic book starring the show’s hula hooping wonder women, the Hooper Heroes.

Check out the Wes Anderson-y trailer for the DVD portion of the package– which will screen at New York’s 92YTribeca October 24 with an introduction by Stevens himself. (via pitchforkmedia)

THE BQE- A Film By Sufjan Stevens from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.