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Monday, August 31, 2009

Thom Yorke to Release “The Hollow Earth” Next Month

Just when we thought a week could pass without Radiohead shaking up the music news world via intentional song leaks and EP rumors, information about an actual physical release next month has been uncovered. Exclaim’s Brock Thiessen made contact with a source at Sonic Unyon distributors who confirmed a limited 12-inch of two new Thom Yorke songs, “Apart By Horses” and “The Hollow Earth,” to be released on September 22.

The release, by ATO’s TBD Records (Exclaim points out that this is the same label that put out the In Rainbows’ CD release), is limited to only 4,000 copies in North America, 4,000 in Europe, and 300 in Canada.

The most likely explanation for all this is that one or both of these new Yorke tunes are his contribution to the forthcoming New Moon soundtrack. After all, “The Hollow Earth” does sound a bit vampire-y, does it not?
(via twentyfourbit)

Nirvana Live at Reading CD/DVD Due

The legendary 1992 performance finally gets an official release.

Nirvana’s stage-annihilating performance at the UK’s Reading Festival on August 30, 1992– the one where Kurt jokingly came out in a wheelchair– has been bootlegged to oblivion (check YouTube for proof) but it’s getting an official, remastered release this holiday season.

Nirvana Live at Reading will be available November 3 in CD/DVD, CD-only, and DVD-only formats courtesy of Universal; a double-LP version comes out a couple weeks later, on November 17. Click on for the full DVD tracklist:

Nirvana Live At Reading DVD:

01 Breed
02 Drain You
03 Aneurysm
04 School
05 Sliver
06 In Bloom
07 Come as You Are
08 Lithium
09 About a Girl
10 tourette’s
11 Polly
12 Lounge Act
13 Smells Like Teen Spirit
14 On a Plain
15 Negative Creep
16 Been a Son
17 All Apologies
18 Blew
19 Dumb
20 Stay Away
21 Spank Thru
22 Love Buzz *
23 The Money Will Roll Right In (Fang cover)
24 D-7 (Wipers cover)
25 Territorial Pissings

* not on CD

Police review death of Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones

LONDON, England (CNN) — British police are reviewing the death of Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, 40 years after the hard-living rocker was found dead in a swimming pool.

Police in Sussex, in southern England, have confirmed they are examining documents given to them by an investigative journalist who has been researching events surrounding Jones’ death.

Scott Jones, who is not related to the musician, has spent four years reviewing the evidence and speaking to key witnesses in the case.

In an article published in the Daily Mail in November 2008, Jones wrote, “I’m convinced Brian Jones’ death was not fully investigated. The only question that remains is why?”

Brian Jones’ body was found in the swimming pool after a party at his home in Cotchford Farm, East Sussex in July 1969. He was 27.

An inquest returned a verdict of death by misadventure, despite post mortem results showing he had not taken illegal drugs and had only consumed the alcoholic equivalent of three and a half pints of beer.

One of the most popular conspiracy theories that followed was that Jones was murdered by his builder, Frank Thorogood.

The theory gained credence after Thorogood allegedly confessed to the killing before his death in 1993. The storyline formed the basis of the 2005 film “Stoned.”

Sussex police told CNN they could not say how long it would take to review the new material, nor whether it could lead to a full investigation.

There have been repeated calls for closer examination of the case since Jones’ death, which came just three weeks after he left the Rolling Stones.

His drinking and drug-taking had taken a toll on his health and the band, and in 1969 Jones announced he was leaving.

In a statement he said, “I no longer see eye-to-eye with the others over the discs we are cutting.”

Last year, Scott Jones published an article containing contents of an interview he conducted with one of the people present at Jones’ home on the night of his death.

In the article, published in the Daily Mail, Jones’ said Janet Lawson, the girlfriend of Rolling Stones tour manager Tom Keylock, gave him a version of events that contradicted her official police statement.

She is reported to have called her original statement, “a pack of lies… total rubbish.”

Lawson’s revised version of events is among the documents Jones has supplied to Sussex police. It is also believed to include previously unseen files released by the Public Records Office.

Lawson died of cancer soon after telling Scott Jones her new sworn testimony.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

DJ AM found Dead in NYC Apartment

NEW YORK (Reuters) – DJ AM, the stage name of disc jockey Adam Goldstein whose music could be heard on albums by Madonna and Will Smith, was found dead in his New York apartment at age 36 on Friday, according to media reports. John Sweeney, a spokesman for the New York police, told Reuters officers found a man dead at 5:23 p.m. EDT on Friday but he could not immediately confirm the man was Goldstein. The address where Sweeney said the man was found matches that of Goldstein’s apartment. Celebrity news website said Goldstein, who socialized with Hollywood celebrities and in 2008 survived a plane crash with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, was found with prescription pill bottles near his body after he had not been heard from for days. As a DJ, Goldstein’s work appeared on albums by Madonna, Will Smith, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Papa Roach. He performed at clubs in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and elsewhere. With the band Crazy Town, Goldstein had the 2001 hit song “Butterfly” but the group broke up two years later. He partnered with Barker of punk band Blink 182 last year to create a live DJ and drum performance and the duo played occasionally at clubs and other concert venues. In September 2008, Goldstein and Barker were in a private plane that crashed while trying to take off from an airport in South Carolina. The two pilots and two passengers were killed. Goldstein and Barker suffered serious burns and were hospitalized in critical condition. Goldstein posted his last known public remarks on the social networking website Twitter on Tuesday when he wrote: “New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems.” The words were lyrics from a song by Grandmaster Flash, a pioneer of hip-hop music. Goldstein dated reality TV star Nicole Richie, to whom he was at one point engaged, and later went out with singer and actress Mandy Moore.

Noel Gallagher says he has quit Oasis

LONDON (Reuters) – Songwriter and guitarist Noel Gallagher announced Friday he had quit Oasis, saying he could no longer work with his brother Liam, the rock band’s singer.

“It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight,” he wrote in a statement on the Oasis website.

“People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.”

The band, from Manchester, was a key member of the so-called Britpop movement in the 1990s with a series of hit singles such as “Wonderwall” and “Roll With It.” However, they were in the news as much for their rock-and-roll lifestyle as for winning music awards.

The volatile Gallagher brothers have previously fallen out and speculation had been rife about a possible break-up after the band’s failure to appear at the V Festival in Chelmsford, southeast England, last Sunday.

Liam Gallagher, writing on his Twitter page, denied media reports that the band had played its last British gig. Viral laryngitis was blamed for their no-show.

However, the combo failed to play at a concert in Paris Friday and Noel apologized to fans about forthcoming shows.

“Apologies to all the people who bought tickets for the shows in Paris, Konstanz and Milan,” he said on the website. About 30,000 people attended the sell-out “Rock en Seine” event in Paris. Oasis were due to play in Germany Saturday and in Italy on Sunday.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Foo Fighters announce greatest hits release

Foo Fighters have announced they will release a ‘Best Of’ album this year.

The collection, titled ‘Greatest Hits’, will come out on November 2 and features a selection from across Dave Grohl and co’s 14-year career, plus new tracks.

The first new track ‘Wheels’ was premiered at President Obama’s July 4 barbecue at the White House, while ‘Word Forward’ was also recorded especially for the compilation.

Along with the new material, the collection features ‘The Pretender’, ‘All My Life’, ‘Learn To Fly’, ‘Best Of You’, ‘Times Like These’, ‘My Hero’ and ‘Everlong’ among others, with the full tracklisting set to be confirmed soon.

Destroyer: Bay of Pigs (Album Review)

Dan Bejar’s latest project with his band Destroyer is an old-fashioned 12-inch single, with the 13-minute art-disco track “Bay Of Pigs” on one side and the spacey, eight-minute “Ravers” on the flip. After all the recent talk about what can be done to revive the album as a distinct, popular artform, here’s what looks to be an effort to retrain focus on one song as a singular event. The single is vinyl-only (though it comes with an MP3 download code), and though “Ravers” feels a little like an afterthought, “Bay Of Pigs” is a real epic—a meditation on life and love in times of crisis. Bejar opens the song with a minute of drone, then a minute of synthesizer twinkle. Then he begins singing quietly over a low throb, free-associating about the end times and happier days. Later, the synthesizer blips rise and a strong beat kicks in, accompanied by background la-las, handclaps, and some warm guitar strumming. “Bay Of Pigs” sounds more like early-’80s post-punk than classic disco—it has some of the texture of Tears For Fears’ The Hurting, or early New Order—but Destroyer has isolated the individual components, letting each take its turn with the song’s simple melodic progression. Using different sounds to create the same tune over and over, Bejar and Destroyer create the feeling of a tale told again and again by different people. It’s a haunting effect, well worth its unusual frame.

Nike Makes Sub Pop Sneaker

While we’d guess most people who love Sub Pop wouldn’t exactly love wearing a pair of $150 Sub Pop sneakers manufactured by Nike, the two Pac NW-based companies have teamed up nonetheless.

The sneaker is a bumblebee-flavored addition to Nike’s Quickstrike SB Blazer Elite series, which probably means something to those who subscribe to Hypebeast’s RSS feed.

We would tell you more but– perhaps tellingly– we can’t find any further info about these shoes on Sub Pop’s official site.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

New Death Cab for Cutie song to be first single on New Moon soundtrack

It was announced today that Death Cab for Cutie’s contribution to the Twilight series’ “New Moon” will be the first single from the soundtrack album. The song, “Meet Me On the Equinox” will premiere on September 13th at the MTV Video Music Awards.

In a phone interview with MTV News, Nick spoke about the song, Death Cab’s connection the Twilight series, and more. Click here to listen to the interview and read the full article at You can also read a statement from the band at

Them Crooked Vultures : Elephants- Live at Pukkelpop Festival
Live: August 20, 2009 Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop Festival

A film about The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein’ is set to be made.

‘A Life In The Day’ has been written by Tony Gottelson and will be produced by David Permut, reports Variety.

Permut is currently in the process of attempting to secure the rights to use The Beatles’ songs in the film. He said the movie will concentrate on the formation of the band.

Epstein managed the Liverpool legends between 1961 and 1967, the year in which he died of a drug overdose.

Kings Of Leon Ready Remix Album, Live DVD

Even though Kings of Leon continue to tour in the wake of 2008’s platinum “Only By Night,” the group is planning a couple of new projects for the fall — and is starting to focus on its next album.

Though both are untitled and unscheduled at the moment, the quartet plans to release a live DVD and a remix album in the coming months. The former was filmed at London’s O2 Arena in July, an appropriate locale since, as drummer Nathan Followill Said “England is really the first place we broke…We figured what better place to make a live DVD than where the fans have been the craziest for the longest?” The show featured some choice rarities, and Followill says “we just put the cameras in the back of our minds and acted like they weren’t even there.”

Even more exciting, however, is a remix album that came to life after Kings of Leon learned that other artists such as Justin Timberlake and Pharrell had started working on revisions of the band’s songs. Mark Ronson, Kenna, Lykke Li and Linkin Park are also contributing remixes, according to Followill.

“It’s neat to have these people who we would’ve jumped at the chance to work with ourselves…coming to us before we even get a chance to ask them,” the drummer says. “It’s amazing to hear your song played by these people who are so creative. Most of the time it takes me two or three listens to even wrap my head around, ‘Oh man, that’s our song…'”

While all that is going on, Kings of Leon are pondering the release of another single for “Only By Night” — Followill is thumping for “Notion” — but will not, as rumored, be contributing anything to the soundtrack for “New Moon,” the second film in the “Twilight” series. Frontman Caleb Followill, meanwhile, is preparing for a fall appearance as a guest judge on “Iron Chef,” which brother Nathan, who’s getting married in November, says “is awesome…Me and him are really big fans of nice meals and nice wine, but we just let him do it because I’m usually so drunk by the end of the meal that I probably would not make any sense on that show and they would have to bleep out a lot more than they could use.”

Amidst all this, Kings of Leon has been working on new material, mostly at sound checks, and has “a good eight or 10 ideas kicking around” according to drummer Followill. “The new stuff is all over the place,” he reports. “I call it ‘Aha Shake…’ but by guys that are a little grown-up and a little better at their instruments. There’s stuff that sounds like Radiohead. There’s stuff that sounds like Thin Lizzy. There’s stuff that sounds like The Band. We’re pretty much to the point now where…we can be experimental and try stuff we would’ve been scared to death to try on the first couple of records. Now we find ourselves being a little more adventurous.”

The group plans to enjoy the holidays at home, but Followill doesn’t expect the quartet to stay at rest for long. “At the end of every record cycle,” he notes, “we’re like, ‘Dude, we’re taking a year off.’ We get home and after two weeks of sitting on our ass we’re like, ‘Y’all wanna rehearse or something?’ and that gets the creative juices flowing and leads to writing and before you know it, we’re back at it.”

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Beck: Summer Tapes
[soundcloud width=”100%” height=”81″ params=”g=wi&” url=”″]No. 7: Summer Tapes by planned_obsolescence

Beck gets all Girl Talk on us.. Enjoy his Summer Mix

Colleen- Summer Water
Jens Lekman- Another Sweet Summer’s Night On Hammer Hill
Lee Hazlewood- Summer Nights
Al Green- Feels Like Summer
Love- Bummer In The Summer
Brave Belt- Summer Soldier
Marc Bolan & T Rex- Celebrate Summer
Eddie Cochran- Summertime Blues
The Who- Summertime Blues
Guitar Wolf- Summertime Blues
Outsiders- Summertime Blues
Blue Cheer- Summertime Blues
Alex Chilton- Summertime Blues
Eddie Cochran- Summertime Blues
Jens Lekman- A Sweet Summers Night On Hammer Hill
Michael Kelly Brewer- I Survived The South Bass Island Summer Of 82
Belle & Sebastian- A Summer Wasting
Ross Johnson- Theme From A Summer Place
Rob Crow- Over the Summer
Girl Talk- Summer Smoke
Lee Hazlewood- Summer Wine
Little Free Rock- Roman Summer Nights
Grandaddy- Summer Here Kids
Beat Happening- Indian Summer
Girl Talk- Summer Smoke
Caural- Summer On Cassette
Prince- Sex In The Summer
Jimi Hendrix- Long Hot Summer Night
Of Montreal- Oslo In The Summertime
Pavement- Summer Babe
R. Kelly- Summer Bunnies
Curtis Mayfield- Summer Hot
YACHT- Summer Song
ABBA- Summer Night City
Animal Collective- Summertime Clothes

Karen O debuts ‘Wild Things’ tune with kids choir

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O is streaming a new tune she recorded for the ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ soundtrack online now.

The song, ‘All Is Love’, features Karen O accompanied by an untrained children’s choir. It can be heard on the film’s MySpace page. It is also available as a download beginning today (August 25).

Spike Jonze’s film adaptation of the popular children’s book opens in the US on October 16. The soundtrack, which features Bradford Cox of Deerhunter, The Dead Weather’s Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner and Brian Chase, is due out on September 29, as previously reported.

Film’s MySpace page

Them Crooked Vultures to support Arctic Monkeys tonight in London (August 26)

Them Crooked Vultures – the supergroup formed from members of Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age and Led Zeppelin – are believed to be making their UK live debut tonight (August 26).

Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones’ band are set to support Arctic Monkeys at their O2 Academy Brixton gig in London.

Who will fill the vacant support slot for the sold-out Reading And Leeds Festivals warm-up show has led to a string of rumours over the past week, with names including Britpop veterans Echobelly even suggested as a possibility.

However, while not officially confirmed, the band are favourites to take to the stage tonight at 7.30 pm (BST).