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Friday, May 18, 2012

Kingblind is traveling


Hello all, Kingblind is traveling. we will return on May 31st.. see you then!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

LISA STANSFIELD, STEVE COOGAN CAST IN ‘NORTHERN SOUL’ FLICK…


Tony Wilson goes Northern Soul? Cool. Hollywood Reporter:

British comedian and actor Steve Coogan is set to return to big screen music roles after signing to star in Elaine Constantine’s Northern Soul.

Coogan, who starred as Factory Records founder Tony Wilson in 24 Hour Party People, has agreed to star in Constantine’s film, which is about the 1970s underground music movement that took Northern England by storm. Coogan joins a cast already boasting James Lance, Christian McKay and Roisin Murphy.

Constantine and producer Debbie Gray also previously cast Elliot James Langridge and Josh Whitehouse as the leads while British singer Lisa Stansfield also appears.

The film details the tale of a nightclub-based music movement, which developed in bleak industrial North-West England, as the tail-end of mod culture delved ever deeper into black American soul music.

R.I.P. DONNA SUMMER, QUEEN OF DISCO…


The queen is dead.

Donna Summer, the “Queen of Disco” and one of the most successful recording artists of the 1970s and 1980s, died Thursday (May 17) at the age of 63, sources tell TMZ. The singer had cancer and was in Florida at the time of her death, according to the site.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Animal Collective: ‘We wrote our new album as a rock band’


Animal Collective have spoken about the making of their new album ‘Centipede Hz’ and revealed that they wrote their new record “as a rock band in a room”.

The Baltimore electro-psychedelic band will release the album, which is the 10th LP of their career, in September via Domino Records.

‘Centipede Hz’ is the band’s first full-length studio album since their 2009 effort ‘Merriweather Post Pavillion’ and follows the release in 2010 of the band’s “visual album” ‘ODDSAC’.

Speaking on BBC Radio 1 last night (May 14), Brian Weitz said that the band had “gone back to their roots” on the new record and moved away from the sample-heavy direction of ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’.

Asked how it differed from their previous albums, Weitz said: “We all moved back to Baltimore, the last few records we’ve written apart and by sending each other stuff. This time we all wanted to write in the same room together. We went back to our roots and we got a little practice space in this barn on Josh’s [Dibb – fellow band member] mum’s property and it was like being a garage band again.”

He continued: “‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ was a very sample-heavy record, we made it piece by piece in the studio, we constructed it. This one we wrote as a rock band in a room and we wanted to record it that way.”

Weitz then said that the band had enjoyed all the success that their previous effort had brought with it, but that he wasn’t sure if he and his bandmates would be comfortable if Animal Collective got any more high profile.

He said of this: “The reaction to ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ wasn’t out of hand, but as the shows and festivals got bigger and we got media attention, that was something we’ll have to come to grips with. I don’t know we’d be comfortable getting any bigger than that. It wasn’t a burden though.”

Animal Collective will precede the release of their new album with a two-track single next month. The tracks, which are titled ‘Gotham’ and ‘Honeycomb’, will be released on June 26 via digital download and on 7” vinyl. It is unknown whether either track will feature on ‘Centipede Hz’, but you can hear them both by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

WATCH: ‘FREDDIE MERCURY, THE UNTOLD STORY’ – HOUR-LONG DOC ON THE MAN…

This is the first major documentary profiling the life of Freddie Mercury, telling the story of his early life in Zanzibar and India, his early days in England, his life in Queen, his solo projects and collaboration with Montserrat Caballe, and his illness and death.

There are two full versions of the documentary, but it was also edited and adapted for TV Broadcast, aswell as a short trailer, released on the Italian and Dutch ‘Guide Me Home’ CD single. Essentially the two full documentaries are the same, but there are differences, as they feature different narration (the re-released documentary has narration by actor Sean Pertwee) and have a slightly different selection of interviews.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

WATCH: BRIAN ENO’S HOUR-LONG LECTURE ON THE COLLISION COURSE OF ART THROUGH THE 20TH CENTURY

OFF! Launch New Album With Explosive L.A. Show


There was no entourage in sight when the four members of OFF! arrived onstage last night at the Whisky a Go Go, for a party to celebrate their first official LP, OFF!, released yesterday on Vice Records. Each player took turns checking his gear – singer Keith Morris unfurled a set list almost longer than himself, and guitarist Dimitri Coats plugged in with a snarling blast of noise. Hardcore and DIY were back on the Sunset Strip.

OFF! performed an urgent, modern take on that explosive legacy, rooted in Morris’ history as the founding singer of Black Flag and his decades leading the Circle Jerks. He was joined onstage by a tight unit of veteran punk and hard rock players – Coats (formerly of the Burning Brides), drummer Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket From the Crypt, Earthless) and bassist Steven McDonald (Redd Kross).

“We’re playing a bunch of new songs tonight. No Black Flag, no Circle Jerks – no,” Morris told the sold-out crowd to some playful groans. “Don’t be afraid to tell your parents that you listen to us. They’re not going to punish you for that.”

Wearing a Burning Brides T-shirt, and with dreadlocks to his kneecaps, Morris recalled many nights at the Whisky a Go Go, beginning with his first show at age 16 to see bluesman Freddie King. He also told of nights drinking beer in a nearby parking lot with Gun Club frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce. “We would get obliterated, and we would think of the most wonderful things to pull off over there. One night we set the dumpster on fire.”

The Whisky was once home to the original Los Angeles punk rock scene of the Seventies and Eighties, and OFF!’s quick, 45-minute set was designed to bring a little taste of that energy back to the club. “It was a big deal for Keith to come here,” Coats told Rolling Stone last night. “This was the old stomping grounds of the old guard, the knights of the round punk table.”

The set opened with “Panic Attack,” the first of many tightly wound songs of barely a minute or less, as a moshpit swirling with spiky Mohawks and punk-rock lifers erupted on the floor. For “I Don’t Belong,” from 2010′s “The First Four EPs” collection, Morris held his mic over the audience as fans shouted along to the enraged lyrics. “I Got News for You” was the first of four new songs performed last night.

In the crowd were guitarist Greg Hetson (of Bad Religion and the Circle Jerks) and Nick Oliveri, former bassist-singer of Queens of the Stone Age. They are just a few of the band’s high-profile fans – the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis has been leading his own OFF! media blitz, wearing an OFF! cap or T-shirt at interviews, photo sessions, video shoots and most recently to his band’s induction last month into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

After the show, McDonald was pleased. “The room has got a lot of spirit and mojo and it was fun,” McDonald told Rolling Stone. He first came to the Whisky as a 12-year-old to see the Weirdos in 1979, while his parents waited across the street in their Toyota Corona. “It was a good night.”

OFF! will tour Europe in June, with a U.S. tour in July with the reunited Swedish hardcore act Refused.

For Coats, whose beaten Marshall amplifier cabinet was just a little bit more shredded when it was over, the record release party was another great night for the band, whose new album is already getting rave reviews. “This music makes you feel like you’re 18 years old,” Coats said. “It’s incredible the connection we have. We’re bookends. We come from the KISS Army, and we are not afraid to shake our hair left and right to tell a story.” :)

Beastie Boys’ Billboard Hits: Group’s Albums Rock Hot 200 As Sales Jump 1,235% In One Week


Beastie Boys’ album sales have skyrocketed in the wake of Adam “MCA” Yauch’s passing. The group has seven albums on the Billboard Hot 200, according to industry rankings website.

Licensed to Ill was the first rap album to top the Billboard charts, and it’s back in the top 20 at No. 18. The 1986 debut LP for Adam “MCA” Yauch, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond moved 18,000 copies this past week.

Other Boys albums on the charts this week: Solid Gold Hits at No. 51, Paul’s Boutique at No. 56, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two at No. 107, Ill Communication at No. 109, Check Your Head at No. 124 and Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science No. 141.

Altogether, 55,000 Beastie Boy albums were sold over the week — a 1,235% increase over the previous week’s 4,000 units.

The band was unfortunately hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit a day before Yauch’s passed away on May 4. If successful, the record label suing the group over samples used on some of the Boys’ albums may stand to benefit from these sales.

Of course, a surge in album sales following an artist’s death is not unheard of. In the week after Whitney Houston’s passing, 101,000 copies of her records and 195,000 digital sales of “I Will Always Love You” were sold. It was also widely reported that Houston’s death would make Dolly Parton a fortune, as Parton wrote the aforementioned superhit.

Billboard estimated that Michael Jackson’s music made $1 billion in the year after his 2009 death. The earnings were divided between his music sales, music publishing rights and film and TV projects.

Jack White Wants To Play First Vinyl Record In Outer Space


Rocker Jack White has an out of this world music idea – he wants to play the first ever vinyl record in space.

The former The White Stripes star is currently working on a secret science project with his Third Man Records label, but detailed his plans to iconic astronaut Buzz Aldrin during a chat for Interview Magazine.

He told Aldrin, “We have a secret project at Third Man where we want to have the first vinyl record played in outer space. We want to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player… and figure out a way to drop the needle with all that turbulence up there and ensure that it will still play.”

Aldrin replied, “There’s no turbulence up there if you get up high enough. But I know the guy who is Ceo of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. Maybe you should talk to him. Richard is always interested in doing unusual things.”

White isn’t the only celebrity to be bitten by the space bug – in March (12), Ashton Kutcher paid a reported $200,000 (£125,000) for a spot onboard a future Virgin Galactic spaceflight.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Watch Spiritualized on “Letterman”

Last night, Spiritualized appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman”, where they performed “Hey Jane” off of Sweet Heart Sweet Light. Jason Pierce wore sunglasses, naturally, and the band included a pair of backup singers.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sleigh Bells Announce Summer Tour


Sleigh Bells will continue touring in support of Reign of Terror this summer, with a newly announced July tour of North America. (They’re on the road with Red Hot Chili Peppers now.) The new dates include a stop at Pitchfork Music Festival as well as a show with Hot Chip and James Murphy at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Washington, DC.
Watch the video for “Comeback Kid” after the dates, and check out the tour poster.
05-07 Boston, MA – TD Bank North Garden $
05-10 Washington, DC – Verizon Center $
05-11 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center $
05-12 Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
06-01 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
06-02 London, England – Field Day Festival
07-02 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground *%
07-03 Boston, MA – House of Blues *%
07-05 Montreal, Quebec – Corona %
07-06 Ottawa, Ontario – Lebreton Flats Park (Ottawa Blues Festival)
07-07 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom *%
07-09 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues *%
07-10 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection * %
07-12 Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club %
07-13 Louisville, KY – Forecastle Fest
07-14 Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Festival
07-16 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage %
07-17 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater *%
07-18 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls *%
07-19 Philadelphia, PA – Making Time 12th Anniversary HYPER-RAGER !
07-22 Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion #@

$ with Red Hot Chili Peppers
* with Class Actress
% with Jel
! with Dave P & Sammy Slice, Making Time DJs
# with Hot Chip
@ with James Murphy (DJ set)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Father John Misty: Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (Music Video)


Music video for father john misty. featuring aubrey plaza, alexi wasser, and josh tillman. directed by noel paul

Friday, May 4, 2012

Adam Yauch, founding member of the Beastie Boys, has died


Adam Yauch, a member of the seminal hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys, has died. He was 47 years old.

The Brooklyn-born musician known to fans as MCA was first treated for cancerous growths in his parotid gland and a lymph node in 2009 and subsequently underwent surgery and radiation therapy, which forced the delay of the Beastie Boys’ most recent album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. His illness has also kept the group off the road, and Yauch missed the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two weeks ago.

Yauch first met his musical comrade-in-arms Michael Diamond (a.k.a. Mike D) when he was still in high school; inspired by the manic punk energy of bands like Black Flag, the pair conceived the Beastie Boys as a noisy hardcore band. The group originally featured friends John Berry and Kate Schellenbach (the latter of whom later formed Luscious Jackson). The Polly Wog Stew EP gained them some attention, as did gigs opening for the likes of Bad Brains and the Misfits.

Berry departed the band and was replaced by Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock). Around the same time, the crew put together a song called “Cookie Puss,” which was based around a recorded prank phone call to Carvel. The song became an accidental sensation in New York’s underground dance scene, and the Beastie Boys began to build a reputation for blending humor and hip-hop in their sound.

The Boys signed to a nascent Def Jam Records after meeting co-founder Rick Rubin, and when Schellenbach departed due to creative differences, the Beastie Boys the world came to know were born. In 1986, they released the crossover smash Licensed to Ill, which became the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard album chart, and featured the breakthrough MTV hit “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party).”

The Beastie Boys soon developed a reputation for being not unlike their personae in the “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)” video, but they gradually shed their bad-boy image and became sonic students of the game. From 1989′s Paul’s Boutique on, the Beastie Boys stood as one of the most innovative crews in all of popular music. Thanks to producers the Dust Brothers, Boutiquetook sampling to a whole new level, while 1992′s Check Your Head found them searching for the perfect balance between their hardcore roots and their next-level vision. That ideal was found on 1994′s Ill Communication, featuring the band’s breakthrough “Sabotage.”

The three Beastie Boys had divergent interests as the group evolved, and Yauch’s passion turned to film early in his career (later, he also became involved in Buddhism and Tibetan causes). Working under the pseudonym Nathanial Hornblower, Yauch directed many of the band’s music videos, including “So What’cha Want,” “Intergalactic,” and the more recent “Make Some Noise.” He also founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, a studio and distribution arm that was first developed to put out his high school basketball documentary Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot and also has put out films like Kelly Reichardt’s acclaimed drama Wendy and Lucy and the beloved Banksy stunt flick Exit Through the Gift Shop.

When Ad-Rock and Mike D accepted the Beastie Boys’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two weeks ago, they read a letter from Yauch thanking both his bandmates and the group’s fans: “I’d like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike,” he wrote. “They walked the globe with me. It’s also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours.”

Yauch is survived by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter, Losel.


Elvis Costello and The Beastie Boys – Radio Radio

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom Soundtrack: Check Out the Tracklist and a Piece of the Score


A new Wes Anderson film almost always means three things: Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and a solid soundtrack. And yes, all three of those things are true about Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson’s latest film, which hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles May 25, with a wider release in June.

Here’s the description from the film’s website: “Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness.” It also stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton.

The soundtrack is out May 22 via ABKCO and available for pre-order on Amazon. It features music by Hank Williams, Françoise Hardy, Leonard Bernstein, and Benjamin Britten, as well as a new suite by Alexandre Desplat, who worked with Anderson on his last film, Fantastic Mr. Fox. also, check out the tracklist and film trailer below.

Moonrise Kingdom:
01 Leonard Bernstein & the New York Philharmonic – “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34: Themes A-F”
02 Peter Jarvis and His Drum Corps – “Camp Ivanhoe Cadence Medley”
03 English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten – “‘Playful Pizzicato’ from Simple Symphony, Op. 4″
04 Hank Williams – “Kaw-Liga”
05 Trevor Anthony, Owen Brannigan, David Pinto, Darian Angadi, Stephen Alexander, Caroline Clack, Marie-Therese Pinto, Eileen O’Donovan, Chorus of Animals, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar – “Noye’s Fludde, Op. 59: ‘Noye, Noye, Take Thou Thy Company’”
06 Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 1: A Veiled Mist”
07 Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 2: Smoke/Fire”
08 Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 3: The Salt Air”
09 Choir of Downside School, Purley, Emanuel School Wandsworth, Boys’ Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2: ‘On the Ground, Sleep Sound’”
10 Hank Williams – “Long Gone Lonesome Blues”
11 Leonard Bernstein & the New York Philharmonic – “Le Carnaval des Animaux: ‘Volière’”
12 Françoise Hardy – “Le Temps de l’Amour”
13 Alexandra Rubner, Christopher Manien – “An die Musik”
14 Hank Williams – “Ramblin’ Man”
15 Choir of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard, Benjamin Britten – “Songs From Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: ‘Old Abram Brown’”
16 Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe Parts 4-6: Thunder, Lightning, and Rain”
17 David Pinto, Darian Angadi, Stephen Alexander, Owen Brannigan, Sheila Rex, Caroline Clack, Marie-Therese Pinto, Eileen O’Donovan, Patricia Garrod, Margaret Hawes, Kathleen Petch, Gillian Saunders, Trevor Anthony, Chorus of Animals, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar – “Noye’s Fludde, Op. 59: ‘The Spacious Firmament on High’”
18 Trevor Anthony, Chorus of Animals, Sheila Rex, David Pinto, Darian Angadi, Stephen Alexander, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar – “Noye’s Fludde, Op. 59: ‘Noye, Take Thy Wife Anone’”
19 Leonard Bernstein & The New York Philharmonic – “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 Fugue: Allegro Motto”
20 Choir of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard, Benjamin Britten – “Songs From Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: ‘Cuckoo!’”
21 Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 7: After The Storm”

Jack White Hits Number One in US and UK


Yahoo! Music reports that Jack White’s Blunderbuss has sold 138,000 copies in its first week, making its Billboard 200 debut at number one. This is the first top seller in Jack White’s career– the White Stripes, Dead Weather, and Raconteurs never reached the honor. The album’s sales surpassed Adele, Nicki Minaj, Lionel Ritchie, Gotye, the Wanted, and One Direction, among others, in the top 10. He also topped the UK’s charts, according to Billboard.