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Friday, July 29, 2011

Red Fang- Wires (Music Video)

PDX stoner rock gods bring us another music video gem (Flash Required)

The Celebration by Black Black Hills (Music Video)

Mix the dark sound of Brighton’s foursome with the visuals of a modern gothic thriller, and you have the recipe for an awesome debut single. (Flash Required)

Indie Stores Issue Open Letter to Jay-Z and Kanye Protesting iTunes, Best Buy Exclusives

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaborative LP as the Throne, Watch the Throne, hits iTunes on August 8, with a physical release scheduled for August 12. Best Buy has an exclusive on the deluxe edition of the CD for its first 10 days. Independent record stores around the country aren’t too happy about this arrangement.

Earlier today, the folks behind Record Store Day sent out an e-mail to participating independent record stores, asking them to sign an open letter addressed to Jay-Z and Kanye West that they plan to publish “shortly” in Billboard magazine. Many indie store representatives have already signed it.
The letter says of the iTunes and Best Buy exclusives, “We believe this is a short-sighted strategy, and that your decisions will be doing great damage to over 1,700 independent record stores — stores that have supported you and your music for years.”

They add, “We know that you are busy, and that you put most of your energies into creating great music, but we are writing to you in the hope that you will hear us and take the time to rectify this matter. As representatives of the independent record store music community, we are asking you to allow record stores and music fans equal access to your new album.”

Read the full letter below.

Dear Jay-Z and Kanye West,

Independent record stores serve our communities. Our passion is music, and
we convey this to the millions of customers who come to our stores. That’s
what we do.

Four years ago independent music stores across the country banded together
to create Record Store Day. Our goal was to counter the negative media
coverage about the supposed demise of record stores brought on by the
closing of the Tower stores and to respond to the music business practices
that fans deemed to be manipulative and onerous.

We reached out to the artist community to see if they would join us, and the
response was overwhelming with words of support coming in from Paul
McCartney, Erykah Badu, Tom Waits, Chuck D, the Foo Fighters and countless
others. Working with their label partners, many of these musicians created
limited edition works of art, including vinyl and CDs made especially for
music specialty retail. Hundreds of these artists took the opportunity to
perform, DJ, and interact with their fans in our record stores. Here in the
US, Record Store Day lifted the entire music business by 8% and contributed
to the growth in music sales. Record Store Day is now one of the biggest
music events in history with millions of people participating worldwide. We
also continue to work throughout the year with labels, artists and managers
and run regular promotions via physical independent retail and

We are responding to the bad news that your new album will not be available
to independent record stores until after iTunes gets a window of
exclusivity. We also learned that the deluxe version (which is what the true
music fans who shop our stores will want by an overwhelming majority) will
only be available at Best Buy exclusively for a period of time. We believe
this is a short-sighted strategy, and that your decisions will be doing
great damage to over 1,700 independent record stores — stores that have
supported you and your music for years.

We know that you are busy, and that you put most of your energies into
creating great music, but we are writing to you in the hope that you will
hear us and take the time to rectify this matter. As representatives of the
independent record store music community, we are asking you to allow record
stores and music fans equal access to your new album.

With the utmost respect,

Dedry Jones, The Music Experience
Mike Dreese, Newbury Comics
Judy Negley, Independent Records
Mike Batt, Silver Platters
Tobago Benito, DBS Sounds
Brian Faber, Zia Records
Karen Pearson, Amoeba Music
Bryan Burkert, The Sound Garden
Mike Wise, Monster
Rob Roth, Vintage Vinyl
Joe Nardone, Jr., Gallery of Sound
Jonathan Fernandez, Rasputin Music
Dilyn Radakovitz, Dimple Records
Dustin Hansen, Graywhale Entertainment
Bill Kennedy, BK Music
Jim Bland, Plan Nine
Steve Wilson, Kiefs
Tom King, Central Square Records
Alayna Hill Alderman, Richard Storms, Record Archive
Karl Groeger, Looney Tunes
Paul Epstein, Twist and Shout
Nancy Salzer, Salzer’s Records
Rick Ziegler, Indy CD
Laura, Finders Records
Deon Borchard, Nic Fritze, The Long Ear
Chuck Oken, Rhino /Mad Platter
Allan Miller, John Bevis, Disc Exchange
Charlotte Kubat, Magnolia Thunderpussy
John Kunz, Waterloo Records
Chris Avino, Rainbow Records
Mike Fratt, Homers
Rich Koch, Off the Record
Skip Hermans, Skip’s Record and CD World
Jason Patton, Oz Music
Quinn Bishop, Cactus Records
John Timmons, ear X tacy
Lou Russell, Lou’s Records
Roger Weiss, Streetlight Records
Terry Currier, Music Millenium
Andrew Chinnici, Lakeshore Record Exchange
Michael Bunnell, The Record Exchange
Mike White, Boo Boo Records
Steve Baron, CD Central
Eric Levin, Criminal Records
Pat O’connor, Culture Clash
Dan Plunkett, End Of An Ear
Paula Kret, Exile On Main St
Chris Penn, Good Records
Doyle Davis, Grimey’s
Travis Searle, Guestroom Records
Jim Mcguinn, Hot Poop
Isaac Slusarenko, Jackpot Records
Jason Nickey & Heath Byers, Landlocked Music
Todd Robinson, Luna Music
Darren & Jim Blase, Shake It
Anna & Chris Brozek, Slowtrain
Kimber Lanning, Stinkweeds
Tom “Papa” Ray, Vintage Vinyl

(via Pitchfork)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Black Keys finish recording new album with Danger Mouse

In the 16 months since the Black Keys released their last album Brothers, the blues-rock duo have toured the world, accepted three Grammys, played Saturday Night Live, rocked festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, and filmed a few videos, including the short film Howlin’ For You starring snowboarder Shaun White and Twilight’s Christian Serratos. Oh, and drummer Patrick Carney got engaged to be married.

Somehow they found time to record their seventh studio album, too.

“It’s the fastest we’ve ever played,” singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach says of the LP’s new songs, which he says were inspired by the Clash, the Cramps, and old rock’n’roll, rockabilly, and garage rock records. “The new album doesn’t sound like Brothers. It doesn’t have that open soul feel to it. It’s way more driving and the tempos are really fast.”

The yet-to-be-titled new record will be released later this year. It was recorded at Auerbach’s Nashville studio during breaks in the band’s schedule when their producer Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, could fly in. “He understands all the different kinds of music we’re into,” Auerbach says of Burton, who also helped produce their last two albums, starting with 2008’s Attack & Release. “He’s got really great ideas about melody and song structure. For him it’s all about the song.”

The album opens with “Lonely Boy,” which is “one of the first songs we recorded,” says Auerbach. “Almost every song on the record has a foundation of live drums and guitar together in the room. It’s guitar bleeding into the drum mics. It’s pretty raw.”

Of “Little Black Submarine” Auerbach says: “We recorded it four or five different times in different ways. We would start from scratch and then start over. The version that we ended up with is weird. It starts with just acoustic guitar and vocals and by the end it sounds like Black Sabbath!”

He says that the Keys were seeking a group groove: “I’ve never been into guitar solos. I really like when every instrument in the band is a rhythm instrument. This record has a lot of that going on — guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards all working together as a rhythm instrument. But unlike Brothers, which has more of these slower songs with an open feeling, [the new LP] is definitely fast.”

So fast, in fact, that the sound may be tough to recreate live. “Pat’s never played drums like this before — he’s never played this fast,” Auerbach says of his bandmate. “He’s definitely worried about being able to play some of these songs live.”

The Black Keys have only a handful of live gigs scheduled this summer, leaving them time to mix and master the album.

Still, Auerbach is keeping busy with side projects, producing albums from Texas rockers Hacienda, who are friends, New Orleans legend Dr. John, and Long Beach, CA, garage rockers the Growlers. “They’re like my favorite band right now,” Auerbach says.

And what of a follow-up to Auerbach’s 2009 solo debut, Keep It Hid? “I really want to make another [solo LP],” he says. “But I’m sort of running out of free time.”

Radiohead Planning Full-Scale ‘King of Limbs’ Tour?

Radiohead drummer Phil Selway has confirmed that the band are discussing plans for a full tour in support of their album ‘The King of Limbs.’

Since the album release in February, the Oxford group have played only one stage performance at Glastonbury festival and one televised ‘From the Basement’ session with producer Nigel Godrich.

“It seemed to be an appropriate was of airing that material for the first time,” Selway told BBC 6 Music. “It felt an exciting thing to do, to just go out [at Glastonbury] and jump in at the deep end.”

When asked if they come of stage wishing they should do more live performances, Selway said, “Absolutely, and that’s what we’re talking about at the moment. It felt exciting doing that. It felt as though we had something different to offer again musically on top of what we’ve done in the past, and it just felt like a new lease of life in what we were doing. So yes, we’d like to see where that takes us.”

In the interim, Radiohead have been releasing ‘The King of Limbs’ remixes from electronic artists including Caribou and Jaques Greene. The series was originally going to appear across four vinyl records, but At Ease report that the band have decided to increase this to six or seven, with all tracks being collected on one CD in September.

But of course, poor Selway’s solo record is being swept under the carpet by Radiohead updates. So don’t forget to listen to his new ‘Running Blind’ EP which was released on Monday, July 25.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Lego Version Of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” Video

According to the video’s creators:
A shot-for-single-shot remake of LCD Soundsystem’s 2007 music video for ‘All My Friends.’ This is part exercise in lip-syncing and digital effects, part tribute to the band that no longer is. Physical elements shot with a Nikon D50. Compositing and effects done in After Effects CS5. Face designed in Illustrator CS5.

Ringo Deathstarr: Sparkler (Album Review)

Anyone growing old waiting for My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless remasters to come out will find this compilation a diverting stopgap. Texans (via Atlanta, GA) Ringo Deathstarr released their debut album of homages to the Valentines and the Jesus and Mary Chain last February, joining a coterie of indie revivalists such as the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Yuck. A vinyl EP available in three colours, Sparkler collects Ringo Deathstarr’s earlier works, even more beholden to the wasted buzzsaw melodics of the late 80s. “Starssha” is a sped-up version of J&MC’s “Just Like Honey”; “In Love” apes J&MC’s “Sidewalking”. But it’s the boy-girl vocals of Elliott Frazer (guitar) and Alex Gehring (bass) that recalls the Valentines most of all. We all know Shields will never sue.

Fleet Foxes Add More Tour Dates

Fleet Foxes are extending their tour in support of theur new album, Helplessness Blues. New dates include more North American shows in July, with Fleet Foxes tickets going on sale on April 18th (pre-sale) and 19th.

04-29 Vancouver, British Columbia – The Vogue Theatre
04-30 Vancouver, British Columbia – The Vogue Theatre
05-01 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
05-02-03 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 – Stubb’s 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
05-18-19 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 Festival
05-30 Paris, France – Bataclan
05-31 – 06-02 London, England – Hammersmith Apollo
06-23 Wolverhampton, England – Civic Hall
06-25 Belfast, Northern Ireland – Custom House Square
06-26 Cork, Ireland – Live at the Marquee
06-28 Manchester, England – Manchester Apollo
06-29 Edinburgh, Scotland – Corn Exchange
07-01 St. Austell, England – Eden Sessions
07-02 Arras, France – Main Square Festival
07-03 Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter Festival
07-04 Paris, France – Days Off Festival
07-06 Poznan, Poland – Malta Festival
07-08 Lisbon, Portugal – Alive Festival
07-10 Turku, Finland – Ruisrock
07-14 Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
07-16 Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
07-17 Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
07-18 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
07-19 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
07-21 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
07-22 Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
07-23 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
07-24 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield Amphitheater
08-11 Oslo, Norway – Oya Festival
08-12 Gothenburg, Sweden – Way Out West Festival
08-13 Rees-Haldern, Germany – Haldern Pop Festival
08-20 Brecon Beacons, Wales – Green Man Festival

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ladies and Gentleman from Athens, Alabama.. The Shakes


New Mastodon: “Black Tongue”

Atlanta underground metal overlords Mastodon now have a release date for their new album The Hunter: September 27, via Reprise (Roadrunner will handle release duties outside of North America).
Right now, you can pre-order The Hunter “Limited Edition Package” over at the band’s site; the whole shebang includes a CD/DVD package with an alternate cover, a 20″ x 30″ Lenticular Poster featuring that balls-tripping album cover you can see below (at the end of the video), an “Augmented Reality Experience” by Total Immersion (which, apparently, will be explained in due time), and an instant download of album cut “Black Tongue”, and a download of first official single “Curl of the Burl” at a later date.
Watch artist A.J. Fosik creating the album’s cover art piece in the video below, soundtracked by the new song “Black Tongue”:

Feist Announces First Album in Four Years

Feist’s follow-up to her 2007 breakthrough “The Reminder,” which included her iTunes ad-featuring hit “1,2,3,4” will arrive Oct. 4 via Cherrytree/Interscope. Titled “Metals,” Feist’s fourth album is being teased via 12 online vignettes, the first two of which are now available on Feist’s site. “The Reminder” sold 729,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while “1234” had 1.2 million downloads and peaked at No. 8 on the Hot 100 chart.

Monday, July 25, 2011


… in a statement, the Dead Kennedys themselves have taken issue with Heineken: “Dead Kennedys emphatically deny that they ever gave Heineken permission to use the song. The band’s attorneys have contacted Heineken to address the un-authorized use. Dead Kennedys have never authorized any company to use this song or any of the band’s songs to promote a consumer product (let alone the consumption of alcohol) in this or any advertisement.”

All this raises the question: What genius thought it was a good idea to use any version of “Too Drunk to Fuck” in a beer ad? That’s like using “California Über Alles” in a state tourism board commercial…

Beer Ad Featuring a Cover of ‘Too Drunk to Fuck’ Taken Down, Somehow Interpreted As Encouraging Binge Drinking…

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Singer Amy Winehouse dead

Singer Amy Winehouse, infamous for erratic public behavior, arrests and drug problems, was found dead at her apartment in London Saturday, the UK Press Association reported. She was 27. Her death came less than two months after her latest release from a rehabilitation program and weeks following a disastrous performance where she was booed off a Belgrade stage by disappointed Serbian fans. Winehouse died at the same age as four other music legends. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison each died of drug overdoses when they were 27. Kurt Cobain was 27 when he committed suicide, soon after his release from rehab. Police called the death “unexplained” early in their investigation. London police said they were called to a home, which matches Winehouse’s address, Saturday afternoon in response to “a woman found deceased.” “On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene,” a police statement said. The “Rehab” singer had a history of battling drugs and alcohol and recently left a British rehab program that a representative said was intended to prepare her for scheduled European concerts. But she cut short the European concert tour last month following a concert in Belgrade, Serbia, where she staggered around the stage and stumbled through several songs. Audience members booed Winehouse off the stage that night just a few songs into the concert, the first of the tour. Winehouse spokeswoman Tracey Miller told CNN at the time that the singer “agreed with management that she cannot perform to the best of her ability and will return home.” “Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen,” representative Chris Goodman said in a statement in May. A new, but almost identical, similar statement appeared on her website Saturday, saying “Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances.” Winehouse’s soulful, throaty vocals brought the British musician stardom in 2007, but her off-stage life gained her notoriety. The lyrics of her songs, especially the hit “Rehab,” chronicled her troubled life.
The song, in which she sang “They tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no,” helped form the public’s view of Winehouse. “I don’t care enough about what people think of me to conform to anything,” she said in a interviews. Winehouse, born in London in 1983, became a picture of a tattooed teenage rebel after she was expelled from a prestigious performing arts school. Her first album, “Frank,” debuted in 2003, when the singer-songwriter was 19. international success came with her 2007 album “Back To Black,” winner of best pop vocal album and album of the year Grammys in 2008. The single “Rehab” won Grammys for record of the year and song of the year. Winehouse’s volatile marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil took a toll on the singer’s career. The couple divorced in 2009 after a stormy two years filled by drug addiction and arrests. Winehouse’s parents went public with their efforts to help their daughter, telling the London Telegraph in 2009 that she was on the road to recovery.
“A gradual recovery, which is good,” Winehouse’s father Mitch told the Telegraph. “With slight backward steps — not drug backward steps, more drink backward steps if you follow my drift. I think that will be the pattern of recovery.” (VIA CNN)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Eleanor Friedberger: My Mistakes (Music Video)

Eleanor Friedberger – My Mistakes from Merge Records on Vimeo.

Damon Albarn Recording Congo Album in Seven Days

Damon Albarn is leading a pack of producers and musicians into the Democratic Republic of Congo to record a charity album.

Teaming up with Oxfam offshoot DRC Music, Albarn will make the album in seven days with T-E-E-D (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs), producers Dan the Automator and Jneiro Jarel, XL Records owner Richard Russell, Actress, Marc Antoine, Jo Gunton and Kwes. They aim to complete the album in seven days, bringing in local musicians for some authentic Congo influence.

Several of the musicians are documenting their journey on twitter. “I never for a second thought my music would take me to Africa,” tweeted T-E-E-D before the trip, while Kwes gave the most recent update: “In DRCongo with the peeps, on a yellow chair, witnessing local musicians tirelessly play. LOVE.”

DRC Music will fully document the album production on their blog and twitter, which says the group are currently making their way to the studio in Kinshasa.

It’s not the first time Albarn has recorded in Africa. In 2001 he joined Oxfam in Mali to produce the album Mali Music, and later he worked in Nigeria with the Good, the Bad and the Queen cohort Tony Allen.

Although release details are not clear, Fact magazine believes it will eventually be released on Warp, with some proceeds going to Oxfam.