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Friday, July 30, 2010 presents: Kings of the Vinyl Frontier

This Saturday July 31th at Smarty Pants in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, WA. DJ Kingblind, DJ Teenage Rampage and DJ Self-Administered Beatdown will be spinning at our new DJ night…


Here are the details,

Kings of the Vinyl Frontier is a DJ night on the last Saturday of every month for vinyl lovers at Smarty Pants in the georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. The concept is simple, Every month we have a new theme to keep things fresh.. July’s theme is: Soul !

Cost: 100% free
Date: Saturday July 31th 2010
Time: 8pm till closing

Please check out the website for complete details and directions

Kings of the Vinyl Frontier (At Smarty Pants)
6017 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA. 98108
(206) 762-4777

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Yoko Ono opposes parole for John Lennon’s killer

NEW YORK — Yoko Ono will again oppose the release of the man who nearly 30 years ago killed her husband, former Beatle John Lennon, and who comes up for parole next month, her lawyer said.

Ono has consistently opposed parole for Mark David Chapman and has again sent a letter to the parole board, her lawyer, Peter Shukat, told the Daily News.

“Her position has not changed,” Shukat said in an article published Tuesday.

Lennon was shot to death on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the famed Dakota apartment building just west of Central Park as he and Ono returned home from a recording session.

Chapman — now 55 and serving a 20-years-to-life sentence for the slaying — is scheduled to be interviewed by a three-member parole board panel during the week of Aug. 9. It will be his sixth bid for parole.

Shukat refused to say whether Ono’s most recent letter to the board is the same one she has submitted every two years since Chapman first became eligible for parole in 2000.

In that letter, Ono wrote that if Chapman is released, “I am afraid it will bring back the nightmare, the chaos and confusion once again. Myself and John’s two sons would not feel safe for the rest of our lives.”
She also wrote that Chapman would not be safe if allowed back on the streets.

Due to his notoriety, Chapman is kept in a special unit apart from the upstate Attica prison’s general population. He works as a porter, cleaning up offices, and assists inmates in one of the prison’s law libraries.

Despite some early minor prison violations, Chapman’s record has been clean since 1994, the Daily News said.

Robert Gangi, head of the prisoners’ rights group, Correctional Association of America, doubts Chapman will be released because of the public outrage it would cause.

“Given that he committed a high-profile crime and he killed one of the most famous and most beloved figures literally in the world, it’s highly unlikely three parole commissioners would vote to grant him release,” Gangi told the News.

Lennon would have been 70 this October.

Dead Weather Is More Than a Side Project, Says Bassist

Its members’ other endeavors are beckoning, but the Dead Weather is not over — at least as far as bassist “Little” Jack Lawrence is concerned.

“We all go back to our other projects after this tour, but there’s no doubt in my mind we’ll be doing more stuff,” Lawrence tells He, in fact, rejoins the Greenhornes for “Four Stars,” the trio’s first release in five years and first full-length album in eight.

Guitarist Dean Fertita leaves the Dead Weather tour “a few hours after” it finishes on Aug. 3 in Brooklyn to return to Queens of the Stone Age, while singer Alison Mosshart is recording a new album with the Kills. Jack White, meanwhile, is rumored to be jump-starting the White Stripes but is also busy with his Third Man label — which will release the Greenhornes album on vinyl — and studio.

Nevertheless, Lawrence predicts that by the end of the year, the band “will either be recording or doing some more shows. I don’t think we can stop; even if someone was too busy, nothing seems like it’s going to be getting in the way of this,” he says. “Our other bands are still alive, obviously, but this one is right up there. It doesn’t feel like a side project or anything to us. It feels like a real band. And I think it’s just getting better the more we get to play.”

The Dead Weather began working on new material immediately after the release of 2009’s “Horehound,” which gave the group a head start on this year’s “Sea of Cowards.” Lawrence says the group has “a couple things that we’ve been messing around with,” but not nearly to the same degree. He’s not concerned about the quartet coming up with the goods when it comes together, however.

“It just flows so naturally with us in the studio,” he explains. “A lot of it has to do with us just knowing how to be in a band. The ego’s gone and we all know how to work together and function. There’s never been a time in the studio when anyone’s argued or butted heads over something. We all sit in a room and write together. Everything is pretty smooth operating. We haven’t planned on anything. It just all comes together. We don’t sit around and discuss it or talk about the next move we need to make. All of it just happens, which is refreshing. It’s the way you always want bands to work.”

Lawrence says there’s no talk yet of resurrecting the Raconteurs — which he and White are also part of — but he’s excited to return to the Greenhornes, which has been on a five-year hiatus.

“Those guys are my brothers,” he says of guitarist Craig Fox and drummer Patrick Keeler. “It’s nice to come back to that first ‘home’ that you’ve had after all these years. We practiced last month at Patrick’s place and it was…just really specially. I had a pretty big smile on my face the whole time we were playing.”

Faust: Faust is Last (Album Review)

Two all-black CDs. A quote from Alec Empire on the booklet. A skeletal hand on the cover – Faust’s first album in a decade couldn’t look more goth if it tried. Happily, this is the Krautrock pioneers as we know and love them.

If disc two is slightly redundant (‘Karneval’, in particular, rambles on for over seven minutes without going anywhere much), disc one is fantastic; a noisy, dissonant and occasionally beautiful gesamtkunstwerk that captures Faust in all their guises, from the unsettling Mt Zion strings of ‘Nachtfahrt’ to ‘Hit Me’, with its raucous, fuzzed up garage rock. A weird and welcome return.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gorillaz announce North American Tour Dates

If you ever wanted to see Damon Albarn’s animated crew in person, you’re in luck. Gorillaz are touring the world starting in October, including stops in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Dates are below.

And if your Gorillaz experience somehow still isn’t multi-media enough, they have a new iPhone/iPad game out called Escape to Plastic Beach– details and a trailer for it can be found here.


10-03 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
10-05 – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theatre
10-06 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
10-08 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
10-10 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
10-11 – Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center
10-13 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
10-14 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
10-16 – Chicago, IL – UIC Pavilion
10-17 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
10-19 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
10-20 – Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre
10-22 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
10-24 – Denver, CO – Wells Fargo Theatre
10-26 – Phoenix, AZ – Dodge Theatre
10-27 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre
10-30 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
11-02 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
11-03 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
11-11 – Dublin, Ireland – O2 Arena
11-12 – Manchester, England – Evening News Arena
11-14 – London, England – O2 Arena
11-15 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall
11-17 – Birmingham, England – NIA
11-18 – Brighton, England – Centre
11-21 – Berlin, Germany – Velodrom
11-23 – Paris, France – Zenith
11-25 – Antwerp, Belgium – Lotto
12-06 – Perth, Australia – Burswood Dome
12-08 – Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Centre
12-11 – Melbourne, Australia – Rod Laver
12-16 – Sydney, Australia – Entertainment Centre
12-19 – Brisbane, Australia – Entertainment Centre
12-21 – Auckland, New Zealand – Vector Arena
(via pfmedia)

Interpol: ‘We’re not afraid of working on new music without Carlos D’

Interpol have said that they are not afraid of making new music without bassist Carlos Dengler, who left the group earlier this year.

Speaking to Spinner, drummer Sam Fogarino admitted that while the group have no plans yet to work on new material after recording their as-yet unreleased self-titled album, when they do they will “rely on other strengths” from within the band.

“I don’t think we’re afraid to work on music without him,” he said. “But it’s just so far away. Who knows how we’ll feel in a year-and-a-half or two years.”

He added: “As to whether [Dengler’s talent] will be missed, yeah, how can it not be? The band will just rely on other strengths in the future. Emotionally, it will be missed but pragmatically, no. We’re all pretty capable musicians.”

The upcoming self-titled LP, the follow-up 2007’s ‘Our Love To Admire’, is the last to feature Dengler, who as well as playing bass on their forthcoming new album, was also involved with many of the arrangements and orchestration.

“He started leaning toward that application, kind of composing harmonies on keyboards early on,” Fogarino explained. “He started to, I think, feel more redeemed as a musician doing that. The bass became more a duty, a function, than a passion. He’s always claimed to never have been a bass player, which is strange to me because he’s one of the best bass players I’ve ever played with.”

‘Interpol’ is due out in September, while the group recently announced ‘Barricade’ will be the first single lifted from the record.

Google Music Store Talks Have ‘Accelerated’

Google is in “accelerated” talks regarding the launch of its Google Music Store, according to the New York Post. One aspect of those talks are said to be discussions with Harry Fox Agency, which the Post sees as a sign that discussions with labels have proceeded to the point where Google can begin to plan for mechanical royalties.

In this context, Google would be speaking with Harry Fox because it is likely planning on selling digital downloads that will require it to be a licensee. Harry Fox issues mechanical licenses for music publishers, collects and distributes those mechanical royalties and distributes synchronization fees for licenses granted prior to 2002.

It would make sense for Google to offer some sort of cloud-based service in addition to a download store. Mechanical royalties would not arise from such a service.

As Billboard reported last week, Google has hired attorney Elizabeth Moody to help it secure deals with copyright owners in the music industry. “Where it’s been going recently, it’s subscription models again, but it’s streaming from the cloud,” she told Billboard. “The technology has advanced where we can do that now, and the price points have come down.”

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Release Concert Film

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ concert film Live in London is now available to download on iTunes. The 80-minute film captures 16 songs from the band’s December 1, 2009 show at the 02 Academy in Brixton. It was directed by Nick Wood. Check out a trailer below:

Mogwai- Burning (Movie Screening)

The film was directed by Vincent Moon and Nathanael Le Scouarnac (of La Blogotheque’s Take-Away Shows fame). These creative powerhouses in film and music have come together with Mogwai to produce something undeniably unique and mesmerizing, grabbing the audience from the first opening seconds and never letting go. A Mogwai gig is an experience of the senses, and Burning comes as close to the real thing as one could ever hope. is proud to host a screening of this great film before it’s official release on August 24th. You can pre-order at the link listed on the bottom of this post. Enjoy the film!

The screening will start at 12:00 PM PST/3:00 PM EST/8:00 PM GMT Tuesday July 27th. 2010

The format will be an introduction of the film by Stuart from Mogwai and Vincent Moon the director followed by the screening and then ended with a question and answer session with audience members viewing via the web (see below)

pre-order link for the Mogwai Special Moves bundles.

In celebration of Burning, Barry Burns of Mogwai was nice enough to submit a mixtape for us filled with some choice minimal wave tracks.

1. Flashing – Goblin
2. Game and Performance – Deux
3. Maniac – John Maus
4. Polaroid/Roman/Photo – Ruth
5. The Cornubia – Beak
6. Quick Canal (feat Laetitia Sadier) – Atlas Sound
7. Million Angels – Severed Heads
8. Film 2 – Grauzone
9. The Bird – Pavan
10. Growls Garden – Clark
11. Black Rice – Women
12. In a Manner of Speaking – Tuxedomoon
13. Beams – Tape
14. House on Highland Ave – The Gun Club
15. Friendly Fires – Section 25

Monday, July 26, 2010 presents: Mogwai- Burning (Online Screening) Tues. July 27th 2010

Scotland’s post-rock powerhouse Mogwai is releasing their very first live film + album on August 24th, but before that we are happy to announce that on July 27th at12:00 PM PST/3:00 PM EST/8:00 PM GMT The film, will be shown right here on, This film is absolutely stunning.. The format will be an introduction of the film by Stuart from the band and Vincent Moon the director followed by the screening and then ended with a question and answer session with audience members viewing via the web.

The film was directed by Vincent Moon and Nathanael Le Scouarnac (of La Blogotheque’s Take-Away Shows fame). These creative powerhouses in film and music have come together with Mogwai to produce something undeniably unique and mesmerizing, grabbing the audience from the first opening seconds and never letting go. A Mogwai gig is an experience of the senses, and Burning comes as close to the real thing as one could ever hope.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday July 27th July 27th at12:00 PM PST/3:00 PM EST/8:00 PM GMT

Listen: New Daft Punk (from Tron Legacy)

Daft Punk’s upcoming soundtrack to Tron Legacy. The six instrumental bits are ominous, booming, and quite epic– and they’re streaming at the movie’s official site Or you can get some full on chunks of electro goodness below, Tron Legacy is out December 17, and the soundtrack is expected around that time.

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(via pitchfork and The End Seattle)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Watch: Jack White Covers the Beatles’ “Mother Nature’s Son” at White House

Watch the full episode. See more In Performance at The White House.

Performing a Beatles song by yourself on acoustic guitar can be a daunting task. But performing a Beatles song by yourself on acoustic guitar at the White House with Barack Obama and Paul McCartney sitting mere feet away from you is on another level entirely. wow.
(via twentyfourbit, pitchfork)

Libertines Announce Reading and Leeds Festivals Warm-Up Show

Carl Barat has revealed that the Libertines will prepare for their biggest ever live shows at the Reading and Leeds festivals with a gig at London’s Forum venue sometime in August.

The guitarist and singer also revealed the band hasn’t played together since their press conference in a London pub back in March, when the quartet announced their return after a six-year absence.

Barat explained to the BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat, “It’s always a bit last minute with the Libertines. If we did it any other way it wouldn’t be the Libertines.” A date for the show has yet to be confirmed.

Not that Barat is particularly worried by the lack of preparation. He said, “We’ve got a bit of time blocked out. As I say it’s a bit last minute — it always is. Of course we’ll be able to do it and we’ll be able to do it with aplomb.”

Speaking at the launch of the ‘Six Shooters’ exhibition at London’s Proud Gallery, the one-time Dirty Pretty Thing discussed his thoughts on playing with the Libertines again ahead of the band’s much-anticipated return. “Obviously, it’s always nerve-racking, but again that’s all part of what it is to be in that band. Overall I’m excited, and that’s starting to come through a lot more now. It started off as pure nerves. Now I’m starting to look forward to it,” he said.

Questioned on the band’s plans for after Leeds and Reading though, Barat remained non-committal, simply saying, “We’ll have to wait to see, hey?”

The Libertines headline Leeds on Friday Aug. 27 and Reading the following the day.


Gypsy punk rockers Gogol Bordello released a new animated video today. Directed by acclaimed Russian video director Aliaksei Tserakhau, the video for their single “Pala Tute” is a mixed media collage blending stop-motion animation and live action with lead singer Eugene Hütz and Gogol Bordello band mate Elizabeth Sun featured as claymation, star-crossed lovers in passing caravans venturing through time and space in re-imagined classic stories ranging from the Garden of Eden to Dracula’s Transylvania.
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Department Of Eagles- Archive 2003-2006 (Album Review)

That his ‘main’ band Grizzly Bear is currently white-hot ensures Daniel Rossen’s Department Of Eagles project gains elevated significance. Largely taken from (in their words) a “failed” January 2006 session, this dredge through their formative recordings is an unfettered joy; charting Rossen and sidekick Fred Nicolaus’ transformation from green-gilled college mates, to masters in the creation of dark, expansive Americana. A series of five ‘Practice Room Sketches’ outline a burgeoning sense of the grandiose, while the surging skiffle and soaring chorus of ‘Brightest Minds’ is positively euphoric. A magical insight into the development of Rossen’s creative genius.