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Friday, April 29, 2011

MC5 Looking At You July 19th, 1970 LIVE (Video)

MC5 playing Looking At You live at Tartar Field on Wayne State University Campus in Detroit on July 19th, 1970 TURN YOUR VOLUME UP NOW! Happy Friday..

PJ Harvey creates ‘Let England Shake’ ‘video album’

PJ Harvey has created a ‘video album’ for ‘Let England Shake’, Award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy has produced a series of short films – containing reportage footage shot around England and performance footage of Harvey – for each song on the album. These films can be viewed here. PJ Harvey- “Let England Shake” Video Album

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thao & Mirah: S/T (Album Review)

Thao and Mirah aren’t the likeliest pair. Sure, they share a love of acoustic guitars and prefer to be on a first-name basis, but you probably won’t find them grouped together in a RIYL list. But when Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn moved from Olympia, Wash. to San Francisco, she found a kindred spirit in Thao Nguyen, and the two eventually toured together. Now they’re debuting their first recorded collaboration, aptly titled Thao & Mirah.

Of the pair’s musical personalities, Thao is the wild girl — the one in the miniskirt who shows up to the party late, already a bit tipsy. Mirah is the serious, introspective girl on the fringes, taking mental notes on everyone in the room, then smiling sweetly while leaving early.

Take a look at their album covers. On her 2009 Kill Rock Stars release Know Better Learn Faster, Thao was front and center, blindfolded amid a sea of confetti and cheering/drinking partygoers. Mirah’s breakthrough 2001 album, K Records’ Advisory Committee, featured an abstract drawing in shades of gray.

Thao wrote a song about being “a body in your bed.” Mirah wrote a song cycle about insects.

Fortunately, all of that works in Thao and Mirah’s favor. It turns out the two are even better in cahoots than they are solo, each buttressing the other with her own set of complementary idiosyncrasies. They’re also helped along by tUnE-yaRds’ Merrill Garbus, who co-produced and contributed to Thao & Mirah, even co-writing album opener “Eleven,” a hyperkinetic, beat-heavy meditation on love’s elusive qualities (“When love is love don’t let it go away”).

Garbus realized and embraced the duo’s internal contrasts, interweaving them throughout the album. “Rubies and Rocks,” another peppy number, seems suited to Thao’s vocals. Instead, though, Mirah takes lead vocals, her pastel edges providing the perfect contrast to the swinging horn section, congas and the sweaty, throbbing bass.

Mirah’s writing leans toward the heady; “Spaced Out Orbit” is a sci-fi allegory of sorts, beautifully dark and moody. But it’s especially beautiful in context, preceding Thao’s “How Dare You,” a sad yet playful and downright danceable call-and-response ditty. “Sugar if you’re sure you’re going,” the two sing together after a wry back-and-forth, “We’ll move a little slower then.”

And while Mirah dabbles in innuendo on occasion, Thao throws subtlety out the window. “This is the last time I drag myself from your bed,” she sings on “Teeth.” On the even less subtle “Likeable Man,” she instructs, “Put your hands down your pants…” but it’s the follow-up line that really grabs you: “…before your daddies do.”

It’s thigh-slaps and digital drums. Wine glasses and synth bass. Party and after-party. Love and politics. Thao & Mirah.

Modest Mouse & Big Boi Recording Album Together?!

Well, here’s an interesting new collaboration… Modest Mouse unveiled a new song live at Isaac Brock’s house last week and now we not only have confirmation that an album is in the works, but news that Big Boi is along for the ride as well: “Been camped out in the Lab with Modest Mouse all week, workin on the new mouse LP, coolest cats ever,” the Outkast co-leader said on Twitter today (via). “Long Live The Funk.”
Aside from a recent mention that he was listening to the band’s 2003 Good News for People Who Love Bad News single “The World at Large,” Big Boi and producer Chris Carmouche’s latest collaboration comes as somewhat of a surprise. Perhaps they hit it off during the weekend of last year’s Pitchfork Festival, where both acts performed headlining sets. Either way, it looks like they’ve filled their former guitarist Johnny Marr’s big shoes as a guest star quite well.

There’s no word yet on whether Big Boi is producing, performing, or both on the record, but this will definitely be a fun project to watch take shape in coming months. (via 24 bit)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

OFF! “Darkness” (Music Video)

Hardcore punk legend Keith Morris is still just as pissed off today as he was in 1977 when he fronted the original version of Black Flag. And he still has as much to get off his chest as he did in 1979 when he formed the Circle Jerks. Old age hasn’t tamed the beast in him either — he still feels like being loud and vocal. Last year, he came together with a group of his buddies — Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes) — and a new hardcore band was formed: Off!

On Oct. 12, the band released their first EP, which features the track ‘Darkness.’ It’s a song that “is basically a protest against our addiction to ‘Black Gold,’ which would be oil,” Morris tells Spinner. “We’ve been trained to drive two blocks to purchase groceries and then sit at home eating unhealthy food while watching TV that fills our heads with garbage. We are the creators of this situation for not doing anything to break this habit and for letting it go on for as long as it has. Get up and walk! Get up and do something! Don’t be a slave!”

Before you go for that walk, you may just want to check out this video, which features a live performance of ‘Darkness’ in the same warehouse where Off! played their show. Directed by Vice Records’ Jake Burghart, the clip gives you a glimpse of what Off! is like in the live setting — that is to say, ferocious.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

R.I.P. Poly Styrene 1957-2011 (Singer of X-Ray Spex)

We can confirm that the beautiful Poly Styrene, who has been a true fighter, won her battle on Monday evening (4/25/11) to go to higher places. Poly Styrene was born Marianne Elliot Said on June 3, 1957. She passed away due to cancer.

Poly Styrene was a punk amongst punks. A groundbreaking presence that left an unrepeatable mark on the musical landscape, she made history the moment she uttered, “Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard but I think oh bondage up yours!” The influence of Poly and X-ray Spex has been felt far and wide ever since. The seminal album Germ Free Adolescents is a landmark work and a primary influence on Britpop and Riot Grrrl. At the center of it was Poly Styrene, a bi-racial feminist punk with the perfect voice to soundtrack rebellion. Poly never sacrificed the intelligence or the fun in her music and style. Her trademark braces and dayglo clothes were a playful rejection of the status quo and of conformity and complacency. She dissected gender politics, consumer culture, and the obsessions of modern life in a way that made us all want sing along with her. You will be missed Poly.. RIP..

The Strokes Already Back in the Studio

Given the trials and tribulations that resulted in the delay of the Strokes fourth album, ‘Angles,’ it’s somewhat surprising to find their members already willing to confine themselves in the studio with each other so soon after its release.

Yet according to Nikolai Fraiture that’s exactly what’s happened. The NME reports that the bassist wrote on his Twitter account on Monday, April 25, “super excited to go in to the studio today and work on some new ideas! I’ll keep you posted,” later confirming, “for the Strokes, of course!”

‘Angles’ was released five years on from third LP, ‘First Impressions of Earth,’ after lead singer Julian Casablancas separated from the rest of the band and contributed most of his vocal parts via email. It reached Nos. three and four in the UK and US Charts respectively, but both Casablancas and guitarist Nick Valensi sounded less than enamoured with their efforts. The latter told Pitchfork that he felt the group “had a much better album” in them, with Casablancas also commenting that “there’s a bunch of stuff [on the record] I wouldn’t have done.”

Such evident tensions suggest that studio sessions may be fractious. Casablancas has told Shortlist that the band were “going to start working on stuff as soon as possible,” the group perhaps keen to put ‘Angles’ to bed early given their apparent reservations.

The Strokes return to the UK to play T In The Park (July 8-10) and Reading & Leeds Festivals (Aug. 26-28).

Monday, April 25, 2011

Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues (Album Stream)

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues by subpop

Album comes out May 3rd on Sub Pop Records in the US and May 2nd on Bella Union in the UK.

Click to hear entire album HERE

Fleet Foxes Tour:

04-30 Vancouver, British Columbia – The Vogue Theatre
05-01 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
05-03 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
05-05 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
05-06 San Diego, CA – Spreckels Theatre
05-07 Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium
05-08 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
05-10 Austin, TX – Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
05-11 Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
05-13 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
05-14 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
05-15 Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
05-17 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
05-18 New York, NY – The United Palace Theatre
05-21 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
05-25 Berlin, Germany – Astra
05-26 Munich, Germany – Dachau Summer of Music
05-28 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
05-30 Paris, France – Bataclan
05-31 London, England – Hammersmith Apollo

Record Store day biggest success ever. Vinyl sale increase over 220% !

• 2011 is the most successful Record Store Day yet.
o Independent record stores sold 13% more albums in 2011 vs. 2010 for the week of Record Store Day.
o Album sales at independent record stores increased more than 39% over the prior week.
o Top sellers at “core” independent record stores increased 88% over the prior week; in 2010 this figure was +26% and +16% in 2009.

• Independent record store album sales increases by year:
(sales percentage increase over the prior week)
2011 (April 16, 2011): +39%
2010 (April 17, 2010): +12%
2009 (April 18, 2009): +21%
2008 (April 19, 2008): +0.4%

• Vinyl album sales increased more than 220% at independent record stores.
o 2011 was up more than 70% from Record Store Day in 2010. The weekly increase in 2010 was 119%.
o Independent record stores sold nearly 84% of all Vinyl LPs last week.
o There were 14 new vinyl album releases that sold 1,000 copies or more, and 37 that sold at least 500 copies.
o The top selling vinyl album was Panda Bear’s Tomboy, with 7,000 copies sold for the week.

• Vinyl singles sold at a rate of over 13-times greater than the normal sales week.
o Record Store Day sales doubled the entire year-to-date vinyl single total in just one week; sales of vinyl singles last week are nearly double last year’s 2010 Record Store Day.
o There were 27 new vinyl single releases that sold at least 500 copies.
o “Brown Sugar”/The Rolling Stones is the best selling vinyl single released for Record Store Day, with 2,000 copies sold.

• The Foo Fighters released Medium Rare – a 120 gram Record Store Day exclusive – which sold 2,000 copies. The Foo Fighters also had the best-selling album overall for the week, Wasting Light, with 235,000 copies sold.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Beastie Boys “Make Some Noise MSG” – Full Album Stream


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Plan B: She Said (Live on Conan)

There is some great new soul music coming out of the UK recently.. Thanks limeys!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Peter Hook Unearths Unfinished Joy Division Track for New EP, Tours Full Joy Division Albums

Lately, the former Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook has been touring with a new band, the Light, and playing Joy Division’s classic album Unknown Pleasures in full at every show. Hook and his band have more Unknown Pleasures shows coming up, and they’ll also play Closer, Joy Division’s equally essential second album, in full at the Manchester venue the Factory.

And on May 9, Hook’s own Hacienda Records will release 1102 / 2011, a new EP from Peter Hook and the Light. The four-track EP includes new versions of three old Joy Division songs, with vocals by singer Rowetta from the Happy Mondays, as well as a previously unfinished Joy Division song called “Pictures in My Mind”, which Hook sings himself.

And in further Hook news, SF Weekly reports that Hook’s publicist sent a cease and desist letter to the organizers of a San Francisco club night called Hacienda, demanding that the name be changed, so as to not confuse it with the legendary Manchester club that Hook’s bands used to play all the time. At least for now, the night has changed its name to Rançhería.

Below, we’ve got Hook’s tour dates and the 1102 / 2011 tracklist, as well as Joy Division’s video for “Atmosphere”. (via pitchfork)

1102 / 2011:

01 Atmosphere
02 Insight
03 New Dawn Fades
04 Pictures in My Mind

Peter Hook:

04-22 Manchester, England – Sankeys (DJ set)
04-23 London, England – Scala *
04-30 Edinburgh, Scotland – Liquid *
05-07 Pontevedra, Spain – Festival Do Norte *
05-12 Lille, France – L’Aeronef *
05-13 Nantes, France – L’Olympic *
05-18-19 Manchester, England – The Factory ^
05-28 Den Haag, Netherlands – Paard van Troje *
05-29 Eindhoven, Netherlands – Effenaar *
06-04 County Clare, Ireland – Cold Pro Festival *
06-16 Sao Paolo, Brazil – Studio Emme
06-18 Sao Paolo, Brazil – Studio Emme
07-24 Kortrijk, Belgium – Shadowplay Festival
08-24 Wroclaw, Poland – Green Festival

* performing Unknown Pleasures
^ performing Closer

Joy Division – Atmosphere

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Bon Iver Announces New Album

Way back in 2007, Justin Vernon self-released For Emma, Forever Ago, his first album under the name Bon Iver. Jagjaguwar picked up the release the next year, and it slowly became a massive word-of-mouth indie hit. In the years since, Vernon has launched his Volcano Choir side project, worked with Kanye West and Gayngs, and done all sorts of one-off gigs and guest appearances. But though he’s done a ton of touring with Bon Iver, that main project has been largely silent ever since he released the Blood Bank EP early in 2009. And on June 21, Bon Iver will finally return when Jagjaguwar releases their self-titled sophomore album.

Vernon and brother Nate recorded and mixed the album over a three-year period at a former veterinarian’s clinic in Wisconsin. Regular Vernon collaborators Sean Carey, Mike Noyce, and Matt McCaughan play, sing, and contributed production to the album. Volcano Choir members Jim Schoenecker and Tom Wincek helped out with processing, and Rob Moose, who has worked with the National and Antony and the Johnsons, helped arrange strings. The LP also features pedal steel player Greg Leisz and a horn section that includes Mike Lewis, C.J. Camerieri, and free-jazz monster Colin Stetson. The lush cover art, from Minnesota artist Gregory Euclide, is above.

We’ve got the tracklist below, as well as a brief preview video for the album.

Bon Iver:

01 Perth
02 Minnesota, WI
03 Holocene
04 Towers
05 Michicant
06 Hinnom, TX
07 Wash.
08 Calgary
09 Lisbon, OH
10 Beth/Rest

Untitled from Bon Iver on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sonic Youth/Nirvana Tour Documentary Film 1991: The Year Punk Broke Finally Coming to DVD

If you were one of those kids who grew up on alternative rock in the 1990s, there’s a very good chance you owned a VHS copy of 1991: The Year Punk Broke, a documentary about Sonic Youth touring Europe back in the days right before alternative rock became the sort of thing your parents asked you about at the dinner table. Nirvana, Sonic Youth’s openers on that tour, were all over the movie, and it also featured footage of Dinosaur Jr., the Ramones, Babes in Toyland, and Gumball. Now, Slicing Up Eyeballs reoprts that the film is finally coming to DVD.

According to director Dave Markey, Universal Music is planning an extended 20th anniversary edition of the movie later this year. It will include a 42-minute film called “(This Is Known As) The Blues Scale”, which contains bonus performances from Sonic Youth (“Inhuman”, “White Kross”, “Orange Rolls/Angel’s Spit”, and “Eric’s Trip”) and Nirvana (“In Bloom”). Watch clips from “(This Is Known As) The Blues Scale” here. The DVD will also contain footage of a 2003 panel discussion with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, and Steve Shelley, Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, and Markey, as well as more performance material and commentary from Markey and Moore. (via pitchfork)

Below, check Sonic Youth performing “Schizophrenia” in the movie.

Arcade Fire Confirm Expanded ‘Suburbs’

Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’ is set to sprawl a little further. The Quebecois group have revealed they are planning to issue a ‘deluxe’ version of their acclaimed 2010 album complete with two previously unreleased tracks.

According to Pitchfork, the seven-piece told BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe yesterday that the revamped disc will be available from June 27. The new tunes are titled ‘Speaking in Tongues’ and ‘Culture War,’ and they will bolster the disc’s already expansive 64-minute running time to create an 18-track epic. Additional goodies for Arcade Fire completists will come in the form of a bonus DVD containing ‘Scenes from the Suburbs’ — a short film directed by ‘Being John Malkovich’ auteur Spike Jonze — and a making-of documentary.

Following the announcement, Lowe confirmed that he will showcase the two new songs on the May 23 edition of his Radio 1 programme. The original version of ‘The Suburbs’ — Arcade Fire’s third studio LP — was released in August 2010 to a slew of positive critical notices. It topped the charts in the UK and US and went on to win Album of the Year both at the Grammy’s and Canada’s Juno Awards, as well as Best International Album at the Brits.