Entries from March 2007

RETRO: Cake Like "Lorraine’s Car" live

March 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on RETRO: Cake Like "Lorraine’s Car" live

Kerri Kenny of Reno 911, Viva Variety, and The State (all Comedy Central comedies) fame used to front an experimental, all-girl trio called Cake Like, whose debut came out on John Zorn’s Avant label back in 1995. Kenny and her two bandmates (Nina Hellman, guitar and Jodi Seifert, drums) […]

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RETRO: Unwound "Petals Like Brick" live

March 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I don’t know where this was recorded or when, but this live version of “Petals Like Brick” off 1995’s The Future of What is incredible. My all-time favorite Unwound song. Just about every spring they would put out a new record, and each time I would travel either to […]

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Paul Weller spits on portait of Sting at Cancer benefit

March 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on Paul Weller spits on portait of Sting at Cancer benefit

Apparently, I had Paul Weller all wrong. He hasn’t lost his edge, despite years of boring, watered down soul records. At the Teenage Cancer Trust concert on March 28th, Weller saw a portrait of Sting hanging in the corridor at Royal Albert Hall in London and decided to spit on it. Accoring to NME, he […]

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Tags: gossip · news

What kind of Monstrance buggery is this?

March 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on What kind of Monstrance buggery is this?

Andy Partridge has teamed up with original XTC keyboard player Barry Andrews and drummer Martyn Barker to form Monstrance– an improvisational trio. Its self-titled debut, a double CD set, is performed comletely live and, obviously, improvised and available in two forms, orange, and a very limited pressing of blue. However, due to its extreme rarity, […]

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Tags: commentary · new release

Of Montreal already working on follow-up

March 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Impressive, in-depth piece on Of Montreal mastermind and resident freak Kevin Barnes over at Australia’s Wireless Bollinger. In it he discusses how anti-depressants saved his life but screwed up his marriage (thus, creating the thematic groundwork for Hissing Fauna…), his affinity for Syd Barret’s pop complexities, and his work on the next Of Montreal record, […]

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Tags: interview · news

Camera Obscura, Tears for Affairs

March 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on Camera Obscura, Tears for Affairs

Just because.

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Tags: video

The Jesus Lizard prepare live DVD for June release

March 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on The Jesus Lizard prepare live DVD for June release

A vintage 1994 performance by The Jesus Lizard at the Rat in Boston is very exciting, indeed. There are few frontmen as blissfully insane as David Yow. I love how perfectly this Michael Azerrad quote from his book, Our Band Could Be Your Life describes Yow’s vocals: “on the Jesus Lizard albums (Steve) Albini recorded, […]

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The Smashing Pumpkins announce "comeback" show

March 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on The Smashing Pumpkins announce "comeback" show

What? Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlain count as The Smashing Pumpkins? Since when? Oh, since Billy Corgan’s solo album tanked. A full reunion didn’t seem so important, then, I guess. Granted, Billy Corgan was inarguably the creative force in that band, but there were two other players…James Iha and what’s her drugs…D’Arcy? This is exactly […]

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Tags: gossip

Bloc Party retaliates to Oasis slur

March 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on Bloc Party retaliates to Oasis slur

Never the wittiest man in the music business, Oasis’ Noel Gallager has slandered Bloc Party as “a band off University Challenge” (a long-running, British television quiz show). Coming from Noel, that’s actually not too bad, considering he wished members of Blur to be smited with Aids back in 1995. But Bloc Party isn’t taking this […]

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REVIEW: Amy Winehouse, Back to Black, Universal

March 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on REVIEW: Amy Winehouse, Back to Black, Universal

It does seem like there’s a rash of foul-mouthed British pop singers storming our shores lately. Well, ok, two. That’s not quite a storm. But Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse have kicked up enough press in the wakes of their respective US releases of proven overseas hits to make it seem like one.

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Tags: album-review

The slow death of the compact disc makes the indies more powerful

March 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on The slow death of the compact disc makes the indies more powerful

Tower Records went under because it ripped off customers, overcharging by embarrassing margins that anyone with half a clue knew better than to pay. Most mall record store chains have died similar deaths for similar reasons, but that doesn’t mean the CD is dead. Yet. Slate’s piece today calls the constant CD doomsaying an anomoly, asking […]

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Mute Math, a video in reverse

March 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on Mute Math, a video in reverse

The singer apparently learned to sing the song backwards. Reminds me of the old Gondry directed Cibo Matto video for Sugar water.

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Uh-oh, emo is losing its grip on America’s disenfranchised mallrats

March 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on Uh-oh, emo is losing its grip on America’s disenfranchised mallrats

According to Punknews, heart on sleeve bedwetters, Thursday, are parting ways with Island records. Amicably, of course: “Everyone at IDJ has treated the band with respect and we are leaving on good terms with all our friendships still intact.” Right, right. This is all code for “we didn’t sell as many records as our shitty […]

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Modest Mouse debuts at #1

March 27th, 2007 · Comments Off on Modest Mouse debuts at #1

We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank sold 133,000 copies, topping Joss Stone and some American Idol nonsense. It’s kind of hard to wrap my head around the fact that Modest Mouse is as big as it is. With The Shins, The Arcade Fire, and Modest Mouse all selling well, the Top 200 album […]

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Tags: news

Luna "Black Champagne" live

March 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment

After hearing the new Dean and Britta single (“Words You Used to Say”) a bagillion times this weekend on Sirius’ Left of Center, I had a hankering for some Luna. Turns out my friend Brian McGee recorded a show of theirs back in 2002 in Atlanta, GA, and, of […]

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REVIEW: Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, Polyvinyl

March 27th, 2007 · Comments Off on REVIEW: Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, Polyvinyl

I’ve never really understood the psyche rock tag when applied to Of Montreal. Kevin Barnes is such a succinct songwriter. His arrangements are meticulously composed and arranged, and he incorporates so many styles in his complicated pop tunes that downgrading any of it to psyche rock would be an injustice that’s not only inaccurate but […]

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Murder By Death’s In Bocca Al Lupo available on quadruple gatefold 10" vinyl

March 27th, 2007 · Comments Off on Murder By Death’s In Bocca Al Lupo available on quadruple gatefold 10" vinyl

This band knows how to put together some merchandise. When I first saw it in 2003, I was astounded by the selection (especially for a band that, at the time, only had one record under a different name). Everything from pint glasses and shot glasses down to hoodies and patches, you know, for the emo kids. Who would have […]

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Tags: new release

Sinead O’Connor signs with Koch

March 27th, 2007 · Comments Off on Sinead O’Connor signs with Koch

Boderline personality disorder poster woman, Sinead O’Connor has a new double album headed your way on June 26th via Koch, who has reportedly signed O’Connor for “multi-products”, whatever the hell that means. O’Connor promises her new set, entitled Theology, has “no message…no preaching.” Off to a good start, I suppose. On the bad side, she […]

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Tags: news

Scott Weiland is the American Pete Doherty

March 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment

There’s been an arrest in the Weiland family, but this time it’s not for drugs. I know, I know. I, too, was hoping for that long overdue overdose. Anyway, Ex-Stone Temple Pilots and current Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland had his clothes torched by his wife after they had a “brawl” at a luxury hotel […]

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Tags: gossip · news

Amy Winehouse "Back to Black" video

March 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Amy Winehouse "Back to Black" video

This video isn’t out yet in the US. It’s the title track off Winehouse’s second album, which just debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, making her the highest debuting British female artist in the history of the chart, which is sort of hard to believe. […]

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Tags: news · touring · video