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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Jack White – Love Interruption


“Love Interruption” is the first taste of Jack White’s forthcoming debut album, Blunderbuss, out April 23/24 on Third Man Records/XL Recordings/Columbia..

M.I.A. Confirms Super Bowl Appearance


Rumors have been swirling for a while, and now M.I.A. herself has confirmed them. When Madonna performs at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, she’ll perform her new single “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” and her collaborators M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj will join her in the middle of the field. M.I.A. may have had a spotty few years, but this is still just about as big as it gets.

M.I.A. dropped the info-bomb on Zane Lowe’s BBC radio show today, as NME reports. Here’s what she said: “If you’re gonna go to the Super Bowl, you might as well go with America’s biggest female icons.” I love the resignation there. This would, of course, explain why she didn’t sing with Tom Petty a couple of years ago.

M.I.A.’s own new album should land this summer.

Monday, January 30, 2012

MUSIC LOBBY CLAIMS GOOGLE AND BING MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO FIND LEGAL SONGS…


They’re trying to get the search results pruned and cherry-picked… full story at paidContent:

In a confidential document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, lobbying groups for the major rights holders claimed Google and Microsoft‘s Bing are making it “much more difficult” for people to find legal music and films online.

The private document, obtained by the free speech campaigners Open Rights Group and shared with the Guardian, urges the government to introduce a voluntary body that would remove rogue websites from internet search results…

Roxy Music to Release Career-Spanning Box Set


In celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary, Roxy Music will embark on a career-spanning reissue campaign. On April 2, Virgin will put out an eight-CD/four-DVD box set called Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982. It includes eight Roxy Music studio albums: 1972′s Roxy Music, 1973′s For Your Pleasure and Stranded, 1974′s Country Life, 1975′s Siren, 1979′s Manifesto, 1980′s Flesh and Blood, and 1982′s Avalon, along with “high-resolution audio” versions of the albums on DVD.

The set will also feature a bunch of bonus material, including non-album singles, B-sides, and remixes. Check out the full tracklists at fansite Roxyrama.
Below, watch footage of Roxy Music performing “Love Is the Drug”, from Siren.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Disney Pulls Joy Division-Inspired Shirt


Disney has halted sales of a Mickey Mouse shirt after its comparisons to Joy Division drew web attention. View t-shirt here

The shirt, which presented a silhouette of the iconic cartoon character’s head filled with raised black-and-white lines, echoed the cover of the post-punk band’s 1979 album “Unknown Pleasures.” That album’s own cover image, representing readings from the first pulsar discovery, was borrowed from an astronomy encyclopedia.

“Inspired by the iconic sleeve of Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ album, this Waves Mickey Mouse Tee incorporates Mickey’s image within the graphic of the pulse of a star. That’s appropriate given few stars have made bigger waves than Mickey!” this listing, now removed, read.

“As soon as we became aware there could be an issue, we pulled it from our shelves and our online store to review the situation further,” a Disney representative said, according to reports.

The shirt was sold out as of Tuesday evening, after initial reports — which questioned the shirt’s appropriateness, given the suicide that ended the band’s career — made waves online.

It was for sale at the Disneyland and Disney World theme parks as well as Disney’s online store.

But former Joy Division bassist Peter Hook weighed in before the pull, making light of the situation.

“I take it as a compliment,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “If I had a pound for every time someone bootlegged Joy Division, I’d be as rich as Disney. But it’s interesting in a kitsch way. It’s this cross between something very adult and this well-known image of childhood.”

To his knowledge, Disney hadn’t consulted with the band’s remaining members on the shirt, Hook added.

CBGB’S RETURNS (TO NEW YORK)?


Gothamist has the story of CBGB‘s supposed reboot in New York City…

So, about that whole CBGBs is dead thing? It may be coming back, and soon. We have it on good authority that the legendary venue is still alive in spirit, and angling to take over a new space in Manhattan. With the contents of the original club still around in a basement somewhere, if all goes according to plan it will even look like the old space…

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wilco: “Dawned On Me” (Official Video)


It’s been three decades since the last appearance of Popeye in a hand-drawn form, but today the iconic spinach-loving Sailor Man returns along with Olive Oyl, Swee’Pea, Wimpy, Bluto, and… Wilco. Watch above as director Darren Romanelli and King Features bring the classic cartoon back to life, just in time for Jeff Tweedy to settle Bluto and Popeye’s near-century-long rivalry for the love of Olive Oyl, once and for all. (via 24bit)

Iggy Pop named Record Store Day 2012 ambassador


Iggy Pop has been named ambassador of Record Store Day 2012.

Set to take place on April 21, Record Store Day sees exclusive releases and special shows to celebrate independent record shops. The Stooges main man has said of his new role: “As Record Store Day Ambassador for 2012 I feel like a representative from some exotic jungle full of life and death and sex and anger, called upon to wear a leopard skin and translate joy to the world of the dead.”

He added: “A person should have a personality. You won’t get one dicking around on a computer. It helps to go somewhere where there are other persons. Persons who are interested in something you are. That’s how a record store or any shop that’s got some life to it should work. It’s not about selling shit.”

He continued: “I got my name, my musical education and my personality all from working at a record store during my tender years. Small indie shops have always been a mix of theatre and laboratory. In the 50′s and 60′s the teen kids used to gather after school at these places to listen free to the latest singles and see if they liked the beat.”

“You could buy the disc you liked for 79 cents and if you were lucky meet a chick. Clerks in these places became managers, (like Brian Epstein), label heads, (Jac Holzman) and Faces on album covers (like me).”

For more information on Record Store Day, visit recordstoreday.com. The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne is working on a compilation of tracks with other artists for the 2012 event including Neon Indian, Lightning Bolt and Prefuse 73, reports Billboard.com.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Video: Sleigh Bells: “Comeback Kid”

The new video for Sleigh Bells’ “Comeback Kid” is a riot of badass fashion choices: Alexis Krauss’ leather jacket, newly blonde hair, and whitewashed jean shorts, and Derek Miller’s Nirvana t-shirt, varsity jacket, and sunglasses. Directed by Miller and Gregory Kohn, the clip for the Reign of Terror track can be watched below, via MTV.

Monday, January 23, 2012

CANADIAN PUNK SINGER CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER BOTCHED ANTIQUE ROBBERY…

It sorta seems like a Jim Jarmusch movie, right? An infamous Torontoan cruster gets charged for murder after a botched robbery she attempted with two friends, and uncle and his nephew, on an antiques dealer she had befriended a year before. Above is the accused, Danielle Delottinville’s band. Sheesh. Full story at The Hamilton Spectator (via Punknews):

Jessie Kovacs’ sister knew early on her brother’s new punk rocker friend was bad news.

“I told her to beat it — (to) get out of his life,” Mary Auld-Kovacs said.

Danielle Delottinville, the 28-year-old lead singer of local band Pantychrist, now stands accused of first-degree murder in the death of Kovacs…

Matthews told reporters Thursday that the focus of the investigation has not changed; investigators still believe the murder is a case of robbery gone wrong.

Auld-Kovacs said she did not know the two Port Hope men, but her brother had asked her to watch one of Pantychrist’s videos around the time she first met Delottinville…

Cloud Nothings: “No Future/No Past” (Music Video)


Cloud Nothings’ new record Attack on Memory is out tomorrow on Carpark. The strange video for album opener “No Future/No Past”, directed by John Ryan Manning, features a distraught man pushed to the ground, cringing and clenching his fists as he slowly moves through a house and parking lot.

Cloud Nothings – “No Future / No Past” Official Video from Urban Outfitters on Vimeo.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Legendary blues singer Etta James dies in Calif.


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Etta James’ performance of the enduring classic “At Last” was the embodiment of refined soul: Angelic-sounding strings harkened the arrival of her passionate yet measured vocals as she sang tenderly about a love finally realized after a long and patient wait.

In real life, little about James was as genteel as that song. The platinum blonde’s first hit was a saucy R&B number about sex, and she was known as a hell-raiser who had tempestuous relationships with her family, her men and the music industry. Then she spent years battling a drug addiction that she admitted sapped away at her great talents.

In other words, she was one of music’s original bad girls.

“The bad girls … had the look that I liked,” she wrote in her 1995 autobiography, “Rage to Survive.” `’I wanted to be rare, I wanted to be noticed, I wanted to be exotic as a Cotton Club chorus girl, and I wanted to be obvious as the most flamboyant hooker on the street. I just wanted to be.”

James’ spirit could not be contained – perhaps that’s what made her so magnetic in music; it is surely what made her so dynamic as one of R&B, blues and rock `n’ roll’s underrated legends. The 73-year-old died at Riverside Community Hospital, with her husband and sons at her side, De Leon said.

“It’s a tremendous loss for her fans around the world,” he said. “She’ll be missed. A great American singer. Her music defied category.”

Recently her health went into decline, and by 2011, she was being cared for at home by a personal doctor.

She suffered from dementia, kidney problems and leukemia. Her husband and her two sons fought over control of her $1 million estate, though a deal was later struck keeping Mills as the conservator and capping the singer’s expenses at $350,000. In December 2011, her physician announced that her leukemia was terminal, and asked for prayers for the singer.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Guided by Voices: ‘Let’s Go Eat the Factory’ (Album Review)


Few are better than Guided by Voices at writing potent, rich, catchy rock songs. Throughout the 21 razor-sharp chunks o’ rock over 41 non-stop minutes on “Let’s Go Eat the Factory,” the indie progenitors whose lo-fidelity, highly addictive sound has attracted one of the most intensely devoted fan bases this side of the Grateful Dead somehow embody the entirety of rock history. At its best the Ohio group recalls a combination of early Who energy, classic Beatles harmonies, and, as on the superb Joy Division riff-off, “Cyclone Utilities (Remember Your Birthday),” a keen sense of punk and post-punk history.

As is always the case with lead singer Robert Pollard and Guided by Voices, the lyrics are, to put it generously, obtuse. When you can make out the words — the production style is flat and virtually monophonic — they often pour forth evocations or, as others may call it, abstract gibberish. Like on “Imperial Racehorsing,” the lines “animal action, animal taste/animal traction, all over the place/animal virtue, all over my face” is followed by the non sequitur chorus, “Now she’s fighter, now she’s fighter.”

“Let’s Go Eat the Factory” offers a few sonic augmentations that may leap out at fans of the classic “Bee Thousand”-era GBV. A few hint at a “Sgt. Pepper’s” vibe, but if the Sergeant were crammed in a cluttered suburban basement with a string section in a corner near the washer and dryer. The highlight is the epic (by GBV standards) 31/2 minute song “Waves,” a magnetic rock workout featuring a primal chord progression. But, as is the case with most Pollard releases, it’s hard to pick a best moment, because catchy new favorites pop out with each successive listen, timed to explode in incremental bursts.

SOPA, PIPA: Radiohead, Flaming Lips, Trent Reznor Protest Internet Legislation


The battle over the SOPA and PIPA bills — the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act — currently making their way through the U.S. Congress has hit a crescendo. Wikipedia, Reddit and other sites shut themselves down on Jan. 18 to protest the legislation which enables the U.S. government to block public access to any site accused of copyright infringement without their day in court.

Several artists are also now speaking out on the bills that are supposed to be protecting their rights.

Trent Reznor, MGMT, Nada Surf’s Daniel Lorca, OK Go, Amanda Palmer, Erin McKeown and the Lonely Island, the comedic band fronted by ‘Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg, wrote an open letter on Jan 17 stating their opposition to PIPA and SOPA.

“We, along with the rest of society, have benefited immensely from a free and open Internet,” the letter says. “It allows us to connect with our fans and reach new audiences. Using social media services like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, we can communicate directly with millions of fans and interact with them in ways that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.”

The letter also stated that the new statutes could “be easily abused against legitimate services like those upon we depend.”

Radiohead placed a “Stop PIPA” link atop its website today while rock group Circa Survive blacked out its own site in support. “Today we have blacked out our site in protest of SOPA/PIPA,” the band tweeted. “We value freedom of speech far above $.” Placebo meanwhile posed a simple question asking for opinions on the bill via Twitter while OK Go “is offline today, in protest of #sopa.”

Elsewhere, the Flaming Lips changed its Twitter profile picture to a stop sign with “STOP SOPA” written on it and singer-songwriter Butch Walker posted “SOPA” in a tweet with a link to a photo showing a brick wall with a one-way arrow painted on it.

“You know what they say, once you go black… #SOPA,” the Roots’ Questlove tweeted while
Canadian singer Lindi Ortega tweeted a little more bluntly, “Censor the internet??? What is this f-kery all about?”

Disturbed singer David Draiman posted a letter on his position through his Twitter account. “Now with the SOPA and PIPA bills, they seek to extend governmental control to be able to censor free speech and expression on one of the last bastions of that nation; the internet,” Draiman said.

“Don’t get me wrong, I am all for legislation that holds thieves and pirate-ers accountable for their illegal acts; stealing music, movies or any other type of art from artists, without proper compensation is criminal and such acts should come with punishments that fit the crime; including fines, and the suspension/elimination of internet privileges and such.

“I sincerely hope that the legislation is re-written to clamp down on piracy without restricting the freedoms that this country was founded on.”

Meanwhile over 30 music companies have been identified as supporters of SOPA/PIPA, including BMI, CBS Corporation, EMI Music Publishing, MCA Records, Universal Music Group Inc.


JOHNNY RAMONE’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY GETS A (VERY) POSTHUMOUS RELEASE…


What will surely be a cantankerous, well-recollected read. Full story at Rolling Stone

Johnny Ramone’s last words will finally reach fans when his memoir is released this spring. Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone covers the Ramones guitarist’s rise to fame with the innovative New York punks, as well as his childhood memories and health battles (he died from prostate cancer in 2004)…