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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Dead Weather Debut New Record with Live Online Performance


The Dead Weather are going to premiere the new album Sea of Cowards by performing it live in its entirety! The band will perform the album front to back in the live room at the Third Man Records building in downtown Nashville, the same space in which they played their very first show in March 2009. This exclusive live performance will begin streaming at 3pm PST/6pm EST Monday, May 3rd on MySpace Music., as well as the band’s Myspace page.

Prior to Monday’s live performance streaming with MySpace, analog is going digital for the first time! Fans can tune into “Screaming Vinyl Live”, a 24 hour listening party for Sea of Cowards. Embeddable UStream players located on both Third Man Records and The Dead Weather websites will be playing the new album on vinyl via a live camera and audio stream, kicking off on Friday April 30th at 10am PST/1pm EST from locations in both Nashville and Los Angeles, and will feature surprise guest DJs.

The Dead Weather combines the furious talents of members Alison Mosshart (vocals/ guitar), Jack White (vocals/drums), Jack Lawrence (bass/drums) and Dean Fertita (guitar/organ). The follow up to last year’s #6 Billboard debut Horehound, Sea of Cowards is a robust and vigorous second act filled with primal, bone quaking rock rhythms and the same stellar urban blues and throbbing sleaze as its predecessor; but this time The Dead Weather push their sound even further, brilliantly building upon their raw chemistry to create the most vital sounding album you’ll hear all year.

Sea Of Cowards will be released on Third Man /Warner Bros. Records on May 11th 2010. The first single “Die By The Drop,” is an agitated brain worm of a duet between Mosshart and White; the song previously made its debut on MySpace Music on April 27th and is now available digitally and on vinyl. The track comes with a Floria Sigismondi directed video –available now on iTunes. Sea Of Cowards is available for pre-order from www.thedeadweather.com

Following a stunning Coachella debut the band have a floor shaking run of tour dates scheduled, including performances at the Bonnaroo and Glastonbury Festivals.

Track list for Sea Of Cowards:

01. Blue Blood Blues
02. Hustle and Cuss
03. The Difference Between Us
04. I’m Mad
05. Die By the Drop
06. I Can’t Hear You
07. Gasoline
08. No Horse
09. Looking at the Invisible Man
10. Jawbreaker
11. Old Mary

Video for the albums first single “Die by the Drop”

EDITORS “Eat Raw Meat Blood Drool” (Music Video)


Check out the new video from the EDITORS “Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool”. The video is animated and actually very entertaining. It reminds me of those old balck and white Disney cartoons, but way more creepy and visually intriguing.

EDITORS album “In This Light And On This Evening” is out now.

GORILLAZ live stream their London gig TODAY!


Hey! Gorillaz will be live streaming their performance at the Roundhouse in London today. Check out the details below!
GORILLAZ LIVE STREAM – TUNE IN FRIDAY April 30 – 5pm EST / (2pm PST!!)

Experience Gorillaz Live from the Roundhouse in London!
TODAY, April 30th, Gorillaz will be live streaming their performance from London’s Roundhouse of tracks from Plastic Beach on Gorillaz.com and the Gorillaz Facebook page www.facebook.com/gorillaz. Live streams will start at 10pm BST / 9pm GMT/ 5pm EST – Tune in and Don’t Miss Out! This show is SOLD OUT, This is the only other way you are going to see this gig..

Wilco Plan to Record New Material This Summer


With touring, launching a music festival and working on side projects, when will the guys in Wilco find the time to record their new album? Bassist John Stirratt has the answer, as he recently revealed that the band is already working on new material for the follow-up to ‘Wilco (The Album).’

“We are in writing mode and we start that and the demos in our space, which is sounding better and better as a studio,” Stirratt tells Australia’s FasterLouder. “We are going to record quite a bit over the summer. We’ll do it in Chicago and maybe towards the end we might get to another locale, hopefully in some warm weather environment a la New Zealand in January. I like that game plan.”

Although Stirratt is excited over the potential of working in warm weather, he explains that where Wilco work on an album doesn’t have a strong affect on how their record will turn out. “A lot of people accused us of the last record sounding comfortable because we were in this beautiful place but we’ve recorded in warm weather places quite a bit — in Memphis and Austin and places like that, it doesn’t really matter,” Stirratt said.

While ‘Wilco (The Album)’ may have sounded different from past records, Stirratt says that the new music might go even further into that direction. “I thought the last record might have been more abrasive but I’d imagine our next one is going to be a lot more jarring I would say,” he revealed.

The Genesis P-Orridge Tag Sale…


Famous Accountants is extremely excited to host the Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Tag Sale on Saturday, May 1st and Sunday, May 2nd, from Noon to 6 PM. Possessions from Genesis’ personal collection will be be for sale. Genny says: “Granny Takes a Trip, Again!” A provenance ticket identifying each item as thee former possession of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will be included with each sale.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is not just an genre-founding musician, a genre-defying artist, a social pioneer, an underground legend and an alchemist — s/he’s one of thee formative influences on us over here at Famous Accountants. We discovered her way back when, circa 1987 (when s/he was merely a he), because of RE/Search. Remember those books? Well, we were obsessed with them and devoured every single issue we could get a hold of: RE/Search #4/5: W.S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Throbbing Gristle, RE/Search #6/7: Industrial Culture Handbook and RE/Search #12: Modern Primitives. And one of our big discoveries in this reverie was Genesis P-Orridge. S/he was one of thee prominent interview subjects in those books. Those interviews, he/r words, shaped our young minds. We used to freak our friends out by foisting Genesis’ pierced member on them. Nevertheless, we’ve been curious about and interested in what s/he’s been up to ever since. So, it’s with that personal history that we are joyously honored to host the Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Tag Sale at Famous Accountants. (Martha Rosler? Yeah, whatever, man… Materialists are the ones who are obsessed with materialism.)

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Tag Sale
Famous Accountants
1673 Gates Avenue
Bushwick, NY 11385
Saturday May 1 – Sunday May 2
12pm-6pm.
More info available here

Flaming Lips cancel SunFest performance


The Flaming Lips, who were scheduled to play Thursday night at SunFest, have canceled their performance due to the hospitalization of guitarist Steven Drozd.

Noted for incredible live shows, The Lips were one of two bands who were to close Thursday’s shows, the other being ZZ Top.

In a statement, SunFest representatives said: “We regret any inconvenience that this may cause. The performance of any band is in the hands of the artists, not the festival. As a result, our longstanding policy is that the schedule is subject to change and no refunds will be given for festival tickets. Festival tickets are good for any one day of the five days.”

UPDATE:
Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock left a Facebook status update that, at the very least, is somewhat reassuring:

“Kliph Scurlock wants everybody to know that Steven will be just fine as soon as he gets some rest. He (and the rest of us) really appreciate your kind thoughts and well wishes, but please don’t worry yourselves.”

The Who’s Future Is Uncertain Says Roger Daltrey


Roger Daltrey has spoken of his fear that health issues may soon force the Who to call time on their illustrious 46-year career.

Only recently recovered from vocal problems himself, and with no end in sight for partner-in-crime Pete Townshend’s long-running battle with tinnitus, the singer feels it may be time to listen to their bodies.

Speaking to Uncut magazine, he said, “If carrying on is going to mean Pete going deaf, let’s stop now.” There is still some hope for fans though that the band’s show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on March 30 wasn’t the last, as Townshend is currently testing in-ear monitors designed to ease his condition. But, as Daltrey pointed out, “Entering old age in a silent world — nothing is worth that.”

In a further bid to extend the band’s life and help alleviate his suffering, the guitarist has cut back on studio and stage time. A pragmatic Daltrey concluded, “Our bodies are beginning to give up on us. I’ve had voice problems in the past year that I’ve managed to sort out and I’m really enjoying singing again but you have to be realistic — I am 66 years old.”

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Moneybrother – “Born Under A Bad Sign.” (Music Video)


The highly talented Moneybrother found huge success in Europe over the course of his career, having both gold and platinum records, his own brand of soup and a Swedish Grammy award; his focus now is touring the US. Moneybrother’s Anders Wendin has had countless comparisons to Joe Strummer and Moneybrother’s “soulful pub rock” can be seen on the road, touring the US with Against Me!, having stops at Bamboozle Music Festival in NJ on 5/1, a special happy-hour show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge on 5/5, as well as many others. Stateside, Moneybrother has already shared the stage with indie rockers, Rhett Miller, The Love Language and Franz Nicolay and has Summer tour plans in the works right now.

KINGS OF LEON ANNOUNCE OPENERS ON SUMMER TOUR


Kings of Leon are happy to announce that special guests The Black Keys, Built To Spill, The Features, The Stills and The Whigs will join them for their upcoming 2010 Live Nation produced tour. Special guests will appear on select dates.

Tickets are on sale now at LiveNation.com. A limited number of 4-Pack ticket packages will be offered for $99* that includes 4 lawn tickets to participating venues, while supplies last.

For complete ticket and tour information, please visit KingsofLeon.com

KINGS OF LEON TOUR DATES are below:
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6/5 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center The Whigs
6/6 Saratoga, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center The Whigs
6/8 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion The Whigs
7/9 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre Built To Spill and The Features
7/10 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion Built To Spill and The Features
7/12 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl Built To Spill and The Features
7/14 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Built To Spill and The Features
7/17 George, WA (Seattle) The Gorge Built To Spill and The Features
7/19 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre Built To Spill and The Features
7/20 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre Built To Spill and The Features
7/23 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater The Stills
7/24 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Built To Spill and The Stills
7/26 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center Built To Spill and The Stills
7/28 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre The Stills
7/30 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Built To Spill and The Stills
7/31 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre Built To Spill and The Stills
8/3 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre Built To Spill and The Stills
8/5 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center Built To Spill and The Stills
8/7 Bristow, VA (DC) Jiffy Lube Live Built To Spill and The Stills
9/3 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center The Black Keys and The Whigs
9/4 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center The Black Keys and The Whigs
9/7 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion The Black Keys and The Whigs
9/8 Hershey,PA Hershey Park – Pavilion The Black Keys and The Whigs
9/10 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre The Black Keys and The Whigs
9/11 Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach Amphitheater The Black Keys and The Whigs
9/13 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Walnut Creek
The Black Keys and The Whigs
9/17 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre The Black Keys and The Whigs
9/18 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre The Black Keys and The Whigs
9/20 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center The Black Keys and The Whigs
9/22 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Black Keys and The Whigs
9/23 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center The Black Keys and The Whigs

‘Stones In Exile’ Trailer Released!


Eagle Vision has released the trailer of Stones In Exile, a documentary following the Stones’s life when recording their 1972 album, Exile On Main Street. See it below!

Stones In Exile will be available on DVD in June 2010!

Gogol Bordello: Trans-Continental Hustle (Album Review)


Since Super Taranta!, Gogol Bordello’s excellent 2007 breakthrough, the band has built plenty of hot anticipation for a follow-up by earning a reputation as one of rock’s most combustible live bands. Along the way, they caught the ear of goldsmith-guru Rick Rubin, who has produced their fifth album, Trans-continental Hustle.

Gogol has the kind of fiercely loyal audience that grows jealous of its beloved band, so the news of Rubin’s involvement came with both eagerness and anxiety. After all, Rubin has busied himself lately by smoothing the edges out of roots/Americana artists like Brandi Carlile, Johnny Cash, and the Avett Brothers, and some fans feared that Gogol’s full-throttle attack would go soft under Rubin’s tutelage.

However, Gogol groupies can put those fears aside for Trans-continental Hustle, remembering that Rubin is also the producer who has been on the front lines of some seriously heavy music, often moving bands further into the mainstream, yes, but without compromising their essential heaviosity. Gogol Bordello is not Slayer, but anyone who has attended a Gogol show will tell you that you’d better be ready, if not for an elbow in the ear, then at least for the ethno-clash dance party of your life. Anyone describing this band is required by federal mandate to use the phrases “gypsy punk” and “multi-ethnic”, true enough labels, but whatever you call them (Slav-rock? Ukrave? Worldcore?), Gogol Bordello gives Rubin an opportunity to shape the evolution of another band known for unbridled energy, and it’s a project that again proves the profit of such a pairing.

For the uninitiated, Gogol Bordello is a nine-piece group (counting their two female dancers) formed by singer/guitarist/songwriter/actor Eugene Hütz on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1999. They may be a New York band, but their individual members are almost all immigrants from the world over: Bassist Thomas Gobena is from Ethiopia; accordionist Yuri Lemeshev and violinist Sergey Ryabtzev were both born in Russia; percussionist Pedro Erazo is from Ecuador; guitarist Oren Kaplan is Israeli; etc.

It’s an eclectic, high-voltage ensemble, but it’s impossible to take your eyes off Ukrainian-born Hütz, the wild, shirtless, mustachioed ball of sweaty charisma who arrived in the US in 1991. Hütz’s strangled voice spits out garbled English as he prowls the stage, assaults his acoustic guitar, leans menacingly over the audience, spins in circles on one foot, and bangs on fire buckets. Violinist Ryabtzev is the Kenickie to Hütz’s Danny Zuko. He’s an elegant mover, all silver beard and jaunty beret and tasteful footwear, and his streaking violin runs provide the rocket fuel in these songs’ arrangements. Fiddler on the Roof? With this band’s mind-bending spectacle, it’s more like Fiddler on the Acid. Indeed, a GB show is part concert, part manic cabaret—a wild blend of Les Miserables, Bad Brains, Stomp!, and the craziest Russian wedding ever.

What must have attracted Rubin in the first place is the effect Gogol has on audiences, generally comprised of a mix of undergraduates, aging hippies, anarcho-punkers, costumed gypsy girls, and various facial-hair aficionados. Once the band hits the stage, though, the diversity disappears (similar to the integration onstage) into a roiling boil of flailing and moshing to such an extent that you’ll want to keep your internist on speed-dial.

While Hustle captures this kinetic fire, the new record, whether by Rubin’s influence or not, does ease the band away from the episodes of strident punk that tend to erase the band’s instrumentalists and hammer an otherwise wholly original band into ugly mook rock. Instead, Hustle focuses on the band’s true strength—blending melody and poly-rhythmic punch, coalescing cultures and styles into a common, exuberant melting-pot dance party. It is a rousing, swirling set of songs, starting with a blistering one-two punch in “Pala Tute” and “My Companjera”.

The record as a whole sounds terrific, and Rubin has done for Hütz what he’s done recently for Carlile, Neil Diamond, the Dixie Chicks, and others, which is to both spit-shine the music into sonically fresh vibrancy and to hone the artists’ songwriting chops to, in most cases, simplify toward the tightest song structures and most pleasurable melodies. “Pala Tute” kicks things off, for instance, with Hütz’s acoustic-guitar galloping alone before bashing into an accordion-and-fiddle inferno designed to blow the roof off the club, or at least your house party. The song gets increasingly frantic to the point that language will no longer suffice, giving over to Hütz’s scatting and savage “Hghyaahs!”.

“My Companjera” is even more frenetic, slamming that up-beat, with Ryabtzev firing off fiddle rides like he’s playing the friggin’ “Orange Blossom Special”. The song’s lyrics lean toward nostalgia, a new direction for Gogol and a marked difference from the fatalism that defined much of their earlier albums. Then again, Hütz’s songs aren’t easy to explicate, even when he sounds vaguely romantic, as on the (relatively) gentle “Sun Is on My Side”: ““When the sun comes up / It will be on your side. It’s a song that finds Hütz approaching conventional singing over graceful finger-picked guitar, which then gives way to a dub-inflected cadence.

Hustle hits another stride with “Rebellious Love”, crammed with chugging acoustic guitars, driving beats, whiplash guitar lines, layered backing vocals, and lines that walk a tightrope between empty and deep: “Love is running back to God/God is running after man/Men all run to the unknown”. It’s a kick to hear the fiddle and accordion team up on James Bond riffs to tango with Hütz’s hot-tar vocals. Everything is loud and insistent, but it never descends into the hardcore elements of the live show. “Immigraniada (We Comin’ Rougher)” comes the closest to scratching the itch of those who prefer Gogol’s punk edge; it’s full of jackhammer drums and full-throated chanting. The subtitle and political, rebellious tone of “Immigrandia” combine to feel like a refutation of notions that a major-label deal should necessarily temper this band’s spirit.

Elsewhere, the album depicts scenes of urban hell, full of governmental aggression, “like deleted scenes from Kafka” (good one), a landscape full of machine guns, helicopters, slums, and authorities “preparing an ethno-cleansing ride”. Still, while these songs often build to maximum urgency, the lyrics never preclude the songs’ primal propulsion, which forces you to move your body. Whether in the Brazilian strains of “Uma Menina” or the sneaky fiddle-and-bass groove that smolders for five minutes in “Raise the Knowledge” or the sing-song ska undulation of “Last One Goes to Hope”, Hustle is an album of, above all, persistent motion.

The record lags for a while in the middle but starts to pick up intensity and hooks again with “To Rise Above”, a blast of punchy existentialism (“I lay awake at night / Across my mind is one eternal fight”), and the machine-gun strumming and tongue-taxing wordplay of “In the Meantime in Pernambuco”. “Break the Spell” is another ripper of slapping drums and accordion mischief, and we can thank Rubin, one imagines, for that rock-guitar breakdown in the middle.

For all the lyrical skepticism in these songs, the music is too damned exuberant to worry too much. If anything, the relentless tempos and sheer energy of the band might wear you out before you get to the end of the hour-long record. If not, you’ll reach the title cut at the end, another bristling locomotive that relies heavily on non-word chants, as if by proving that whatever the songs are about, the express purpose of a new Gogol Bordello album is to cause people to lose control at their shows. And there’s nothing wrong with that, especially given this band’s singular achievement: combining so many world-hopping elements that the music becomes positively universal. Everybody hustle.

Trent Reznor forms new band- How to destroy Angels


Last year Trent Reznor handled his midlife crisis the way most any rational adult would: He quit Web 2.0, dissolved his iconic musical project, got married to the press-photo scene-stealer from West Indian Girl. Textbook midlife crisis stuff. After cleaning out his closet, and making room next to the dresser full of black muscle tees for his wife’s wardrobe, the erstwhile Nine Inch Nailer surreptitiously announced a new project yesterday called How To Destroy Angels, in conjunction with spouse Mariqueen Maandig. It’s his own little Handsome Furs. HTDA launched a band site which features a single promo photo of Mariqueen and a 40-second video in which Ms. Maandig-Reznor manipulates a Korg MS-20, teasing what the music might sound like. Andrew Youssef notes she’s Tweeted about being head-over-heels in love with that Korg, which may explain why Trent’s head-over-heels in love with her. Like Dr. Phil says, the couple that plays patchable vintage semi-modular monophonic synthesizers together, stays together. Check the video at howtodestroyangels.com for a taste.

How To Destroy Angels’ self-titled six-track debut EP is due this year. Date TBA.

The Fall’s Mark E Smith to release England World Cup 2010 song


The Fall’s Mark E Smith is releasing an unofficial World Cup 2010 song for the England team.

The singer has teamed up with former Fall member Ed Blane plus Jenny Shuttleworth (who records as Girl Peculiar) to release the song, titled ‘England’s Heartbeat’.

The trio are releasing the song under the name Shuttleworth. It will receive an official full release on June 7, but will be available to download from May 4.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Kills ‘Nearly’ Finished Recording New Album


The Kills are three quarters of the way through recording their new album, singer Alison Mosshart has revealed.

Mosshart said the duo were progressing well with the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Midnight Boom’, but that sessions had been put on hold so she can tour with side-project The Dead Weather.

“We’re kind of half finished, or three quarters of the way finished with the new record,” she told BBC 6 Music. “I’m going to go back after this tour and finish it.” Mosshart added that it had been “great” returning to the studio with Kills bandmate Jamie Hince.

Sun Kil Moon Delivering ‘Promises’ In July


Mark Kozelek will release his fourth album as Sun Kil Moon, “Admiral Fell Promises,” on July 13 through his own Caldo Verde label. The 10-track album features 60 minutes of new music, including the title track, which has been part of Kozelek’s live sets since 2000.

Fans who pre-order through CaldoVerdeRecords.com will receive a bonus four-track EP featuring covers of Stereolab’s “Tomorrow Is Already Here,” Casiotone For The Painfully Alone’s “Natural Light” and the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There,” plus an alternate version of “Admiral Fell Promises” track “Third and Seneca.”

In addition, the vinyl version of the new album will include two as-yet-unannounced bonus tracks.

“Admiral Fell Promises” is the follow-up to 2008’s “April,” which earned Kozelek his first Billboard 200 appearance at No. 127 and best sales week with 6,200 units. The album also debuted at No. 2 on Top Heatseekers and No. 15 on Top Independent Albums.

Kozelek will play solo on July 26 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and also has dates lined up at London’s Union Chapel on July 29 and the Sommerfesten festival in Giske, Norway on July 31.

Here is the track list for “Admiral Fell Promises”:(via billboard)

“Alesund”
“Half Moon Bay”
“Sam Wong Hotel”
“Third and Seneca”
“You Are My Sun”
“Admiral Fell Promises”
“The Leaning Tree”
“Australian Winter”
“Church of the Pines”
“Bay of Skulls”