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Koko Taylor, Chicago’s long-reigning Queen of the Blues, died Wednesday afternoon at age 80, the result of complications from surgery on May 19 to correct a gastrointestinal bleed.Koko Taylor, Chicago’s long-reigning Queen of the Blues, died Wednesday... more
This is awesome! A phish fan streamed last nights Phish show live with his iPhone.
Kanye West has built himself a team of musical superheroes by his creation of G.O.O.D Music, and they are looking to bust out this year. Find out all the details after the jump.Kanye West has built himself a team of musical superheroes by his creation of G.O.O.D... more
The Hippies had “Woodstock”, the Mods had Quadrophenia and the Punks had The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle. We get They Call It Acid: The Story Of Acid House Culture (http://www.theycallitacid.com/).
The feature length documentary, directed by Gordon Mason, takes you to the root of the scene—from Chicago and Detroit, to Ibiza, London and North England. The film is narrated by Robert Owens (one of the most distinctive voices of house music), with a soundtrack compiled by DJ “Evil” Eddie Richards (one of the UK’s foremost pioneers of the house music sound) and also includes a plethora of interviews with both the originators (A Guy Called Gerald, Larry Heard, Marshall Jefferson, Carl Cox, Derrick May, Danny Rampling, Evil Eddie Richards, Jesse Saunders and Pete Tong to name a few) and followers of the scene. Even better, Gordon Mason dug up a whole bunch of unique film footage from many of the first illegal clubs and parties as well as never-before-seen footage of police raids as they clamped down on the scene. via Lost In A Supermarket.The Hippies had “Woodstock”, the Mods had Quadrophenia and the Punks had... more
The most heart breaking part of the aptly titled Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart is when Jay Bennett leaves the band and performs a solo concert featuring his Tweedy-less compositions. If you were to ask Bennett, he was the McCartney to Jeff Tweedy's Lennon. But Tweedy clearly didn't agree. And judging by the live performance, most viewers probably didn't either. This, coupled with the recent news that Bennett had sued Tweedy over Wilco royalties makes the announcement of Mr. Bennett's death at the age of 45 all the more tragic. As of press, the cause of death is not known.The most heart breaking part of the aptly titled Wilco documentary I Am Trying to... more
It may be called Giants Stadium. But for Bruce Springsteen fans, it's the house that ``The Boss'' has rocked to capacity over the years.It may be called Giants Stadium. But for Bruce Springsteen fans, it's the house... more
Green Day has the most popular CD in the country, but you won't be able to find it at your local Wal-Mart.
The band says the giant superstore chain refused to stock its latest CD, "21st Century Breakdown," because Wal-Mart wanted the album edited for language and content, and they refused.
"Wal-Mart's become the biggest retail outlet in the country, but they won't carry our record because they wanted us to censor it," frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said in a recent interviewGreen Day has the most popular CD in the country, but you won't be able to find... more
Dark Night Of The Soul is the album and the songs were written by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse (Mark Linkous), though the myriad singers featured on each track also had a big hand in composing and producing the work. The album was initially going to be packaged with a book of photos taken by David Lynch. But now there's word that the music may never be officially released at all.
An unnamed spokesperson for Danger Mouse says that "due to an ongoing dispute with EMI" the book of photographs will "now come with a blank, recordable CD-R. All copies will be clearly labeled: 'For legal reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'" When contacted, EMI declined to comment and wouldn't confirm whether the label is even involved in the project.
You can order the book, sans music, from the official Dark Night Of The Soul Web site. In the meantime, you can hear the entire album on NPR Music as an Exclusive First Listen.Dark Night Of The Soul is the album and the songs were written by Danger Mouse and... more
"If you follow copyright issues, you're no doubt aware of Danger Mouse. He's the DJ who got quite a lot of attention a few years back for creating one of the very first mainstream mashups -- mixing the Beatle's The White Album with Jay-Z's The Black Album to create the rather unique The Grey Album. Of course, one of the main reasons why the album became so well known was because EMI sent cease-and-desist letters to everyone who posted copies of the album, and then to anyone who posted that they were going to participate in the "Grey Tuesday" protest. The whole thing seemed pretty silly. It's not as if anyone listening to The Grey Album would find it a substitute for either of the other albums.
Since then, of course, DJ Danger Mouse has gone on to even more mainstream success with his Gnarls Barkley project, a collaboration between Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green. However, it looks like DJ Danger Mouse has another album that he's been working on, in association with Mark Linkous (of Sparklehorse). Yet, due to ongoing legal troubles with EMI, he can't actually release the music. So he's come up with a rather creative solution. Found via Andrew Dubber, the news is that the next album will be released as album artwork with a blank recordable CD.
Yes, a blank CD-R.
There is no music on it. Because if there were music on it, it would get him in more trouble with EMI. Yet, if you have that blank CD and all the artwork, you certainly could (not that they're suggesting you do...) find that music elsewhere and burn it to the CD. The statement from Danger Mouse reads:
Danger Mouse's new project Dark Night Of The Soul consists of an album length piece of music by Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and a host of guest vocalists, along with a collection of original David Lynch photography inspired by and based on the music.
The photographs, which provide a visual narrative for the music, are compiled in a limited edition, hand numbered 100+ page book which will now come with a blank, recordable CD-R. All copies will be clearly labeled: 'For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'
Due to an ongoing dispute with EMI, Danger Mouse is unable to release the recorded music for Dark Night Of The Soul without fear of being sued by EMI.
Danger Mouse remains hugely proud of Dark Night Of The Soul and hopes that people lucky enough to hear the music, by whatever means, are as excited by it as he is.
In some ways, this is reminiscent of what the band Green Day did many years ago, offering up blank CDs with artwork for fans who had downloaded the music from unauthorized sources. Yet, in this case, it's even more interesting since there are no authorized sources at all for the music. It'll be fun to see how EMI reacts. Update: Meanwhile, the folks at NPR alert us to the fact that they're hosting a streaming version of the album for anyone who wants to hear it.""If you follow copyright issues, you're no doubt aware of Danger Mouse.... more
Last night The Shins played the Hollywood Palladium, and they were so amazingly good. They debuted some new material as well as playing some old favorites. To all those who say, "The Shins suck live," they are wrong.Last night The Shins played the Hollywood Palladium, and they were so amazingly good.... more
New York City based indie band Me Talk Pretty is currently featured in a video on the Time.com website in a story about a program at Denny's Restaurant chain. Denny's has tried to spice up their restaurant nightlife by asking over 30 indie bands in various regions to stop by the restaurant after shows for free food and an acoustic jam session for the patrons.
The idea is to draw in a younger crowd during the hours at night after the bars close down. It seems that the idea has been a success judging from customer interviews in the restaurant where Me Talk Pretty had just played. One pair of diners compared it to "dinner and a show" at Denny's. Novel concept. I wonder if Mickey D's will follow suit...?
More info on Denny's program and a list of the bands they are working with at this link:
If you have a band and are interested in participating in this program Denny's has a place for you to submit yourselves for consideration:
Back to Me Talk Pretty. I have known this band since shortly after they formed and Julia (lead singer) and Leon (guitarist) were two of my best friends while I lived in NYC. I previously wrote a review of their first EP "ANA" on Blogcritics here:
and gave them a mention in another story here:
Julia is a recent immigrant from Romania and her accent is where the band gets its name. There is a really interesting story behind their song ANA. It is written about an old Romanian folk tale. If you want to read about that go to my review above.
Me Talk Pretty have worked tirelessly over the last few years to make people aware of themselves and that determination has been paying off. They have been on the Warped Tour in '08 and are going to be again in '09 and now they are featured on time.com. Well done guys, well done and it couldn't have happened to a better group of people.
Me talk Pretty on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/metalkpretty
Me Talk Pretty on twitter: @MeTalkPrettyNYCNew York City based indie band Me Talk Pretty is currently featured in a video on the... more
Michael Jackson's former publicist filed a $44 million lawsuit on Wednesday against the self-styled "King of Pop" for failing to pay her for her services.Michael Jackson's former publicist filed a $44 million lawsuit on Wednesday... more
"The return of the scruffy neighborhood record shop is as unexpected as the revival of vinyl. After CDs first hit the U.S. market in 1983, LPs were deemed largely obsolete. Later, consumers' shift to file-trading and online retail outlets such as iTunes and Amazon.com gutted the storefront music business.
Between 2003 and last year, more than 3,000 record stores closed in the U.S., including such Los Angeles landmarks as Tower Records on the Sunset Strip. Independent shops such as Rhino Westwood and Aron's Records in Hollywood accounted for nearly half the losses, according to the Almighty Institute of Music Retail, a database and marketing firm. Today, there are 185 record stores in the L.A. area, down from 259 at the beginning of 2007.
But as mass marketing of LPs faded, some listeners began rediscovering vinyl. It's not just older fans who grew up with the decades-old format who attest to its tangible pleasures -- the arresting artwork, the labor of love that goes into flipping LP sides and the fact that many audiophiles say vinyl sounds better. Younger listeners raised on torrent files can see LPs as a kind of talisman too.
"I've always marveled at every new generation of 15-year-old boys who go to the Doors vinyl section and say, 'Wow, an original Doors LP!' " said Marc Weinstein, founder of Amoeba Music, the three-store chain whose Hollywood branch is among the largest independent retail record stores in the U.S. "Major labels should have capitalized on this years ago."
Slowly they are, by pressing a growing list of vinyl catalog reissues and new albums by marquee artists such as U2. Nielsen SoundScan reported 1.88 million sales of new LPs last year, an 89% increase over 2007. And that figure is almost certainly conservative, as many independent retailers do not report their sales to SoundScan; the service says that more than two-thirds of vinyl albums are sold at indie operations.
Of course, to play a record, you need a turntable -- and the market has responded with low-cost models that are more versatile than their earlier counterparts.""The return of the scruffy neighborhood record shop is as unexpected as the... more
Spoon have announced details for their own music festival to take place later this Summer. SPOONX3 will feature full sets by the band on all three-nights of the festival which is set to be held at Stubb's Amphitheater in Austin, the band's native city, from July 9-11.Spoon have announced details for their own music festival to take place later this... more
Since I began curating this channel I have been looking for good sources of high quality material to present to my readers. I had a lot of stuff just from my own experiences writing about indie rock but I soon realized that material wouldn't last long if I wanted to do new stories on a daily basis.
I found a few good sources for the type of material I want and one of them is the Fame Games radio show. The show is on abc radio and lets listeners rate and review indie music with the winners being on the radio.
Fame Games link: http://www.meermusic.com/default.asp
Personally I think that music videos are the most effective way for a band to get themselves out in front of the widest audience possible due to the nature of video on the internet. On the other hand I want relatively good quality video to put on here and I am finding it.
This band, Finding jimmy Hoffa is one of the current finalists on the Fame Games show and with a sound in the Metallica realm of music I thought they were pretty good once I listened to them.
A Reviewer on Fame Games had this to say about the band:
"If you like your music heavy, tight, powerful and melodic, look no further! Finding Jimmy Hoffa has got it all. I´´More Than Ever´´ might not be for everyone, but for those about to rock, this is a treat! The song also features some thrash elements and while that´s perfectly cool with us, we know that this will limit its crossover potential. But not to worry. There´s much more to life than trying to please everyone. Rock lovers will put this on repeat, to the delight of all their neighbors!"
The band's myspace page is:http://www.myspace.com/findingjimmyhoffabandSince I began curating this channel I have been looking for good sources of high... more
Beck's back, and they'll be releasing 13 unreleased, unheard tunes on a rather swanky sounding deluxe version of their 1994 album, 'One Foot In The Grave'
The special release will also feature three 'out-of-print' 7" tracks when it hits shelves on 1st June.Beck's back, and they'll be releasing 13 unreleased, unheard tunes on a... more
Late last year The Cure had a secret show in Los Angeles and now fans who couldn't attend the gig can view it online. The band have released the entire live show on their MySpace Music page in its entirety.Late last year The Cure had a secret show in Los Angeles and now fans who... more
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Coachella music festival, featuring THE DO LAB STAGE. Includes Lucent Dossier Experience, Mimosa, Jupiter, Dj Wolfie, Random Rab, Braden, Dub Science and on other stages, PAUL MCCARTNEY, THE CURE, HENRY ROLLINS, PUBLIC ENEMY, MIA
(djwolfie.com)Posted by DJ Wolfie. Coachella music festival, featuring THE DO LAB STAGE. Includes... more
With only a couple weeks left till the release of 'Intimacy Remixed', Bloc Party are giving fans the opportunity to create their own remixes. The band have released parts of three tracks off the band's latest album, 'Intimacy'.With only a couple weeks left till the release of 'Intimacy Remixed', Bloc... more
Coachella 09' fulfilled everyone expectations and more...this is a video of "Green Light" with MSTRKRFT mixin' it alongside John Legend. Some heavy heavy muzik for you guys, enjoy.Coachella 09' fulfilled everyone expectations and more...this is a video of... more