Entries from April 2007

Touch and Go records starting digital download service

April 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on Touch and Go records starting digital download service

Staunchly independent Chicago label Touch and Go is launching a digital download service some time in June. Pricing will be on par with Apple’s iTunes, at 99 cents per song and $9.99 per album. The site will carry both current and catalog releases. It’s catalog boasts a diverse roster, including Big Black, Don Caballero, The […]

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Paul McCartney all set to ruin another John Lennon Demo

April 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on Paul McCartney all set to ruin another John Lennon Demo

It’s being tagged as the “last great” Beatles song, but it’s nothing of the sort. Yoko Ono gave McCartney a Lennon demo called “Now and Then” in 1994 as part of the Beatles Anthology project. McCartney is just now completing it with help from archived guitar parts by the late George Harrison and current drumming […]

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Courtney Love continues to pick at Kurt Cobain’s bones

April 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on Courtney Love continues to pick at Kurt Cobain’s bones

As the executor of Kurt Cobain’s estate, former Hole frontwoman, Courtney Love, has every legal right to do what she likes with Cobain’s belongings, but her constant pursuit of cash has long since passed the point of tackiness. Love’s latest scheme is to sell Cobain’s personal affects: “My daughter doesn’t need to inherit a giant […]

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Blur to reunite with Graham Coxon

April 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Blur plans to meet up in the studio this summer to decide whether to record an album or call it quits. Estranged guitarist Graham Coxon is on board for the meeting, where the band will decide if it can work together productively, after his acrimonious split with the band in 2002. Bassist Alex James confirmed […]

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Boy George might really want to hurt you

April 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on Boy George might really want to hurt you

If you get handcufed to a hook in Boy George’s London house, you have obviously made more than a few incorrect decisions in your life. The former Culture Club frontman has been arrested for allegations of false imprisonment and assault, involving a 28 year old man, Auden Carleson. Carleson had been invited to George’s house […]

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Bjork live at Coachella, "Earth Intruders"

April 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on Bjork live at Coachella, "Earth Intruders"

Bjork came out to the huge crowd at Coachella in a giant mushroom hat that looked like it had been pelted with dyed easter eggs to sing her new single, “Earth Intruders.” Her seventh studio album, Volta, is out on Atlantic May 7.

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New Interpol single, "The Heinrich Maneuver" Mp3

April 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on New Interpol single, "The Heinrich Maneuver" Mp3

A friend just emailed me the new Interpol single; it’s a rip from KROQ, thus, the high treble. But it still sounds pretty damn good. More jerky, staccato rhythms a la “Obstacle 1″ but much more upbeat than expected, almost in line with “Slow Hands.” Keyboards definitely play a more prominent role. Paul Banks’ lyrics […]

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Dave Navarro’s career swirls slowly down shitter

April 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Not that Jane’s Addiction was ever a bastion of good taste, but at least Dave Navarro had a forum in which to play guitar with a band that didn’t completely suck (on its first two and a half records, anyway). Ever since his brief stint in the Red Hot Chili Peppers, though, Navarro has fancied […]

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Stars shun Spector at trial opening

April 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Stars shun Spector at trial opening

No surprise here. Spector has trashed practically everyone he’s ever worked with. The guy’s a bitter fruitcake, hermetically sealed in his own narcissistic cocoon of insanity, evidenced by his sweet defense of “She kissed the gun” in his trial for the murder of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson. An upcoming biography of Spector by author Mick […]

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Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer goes solo with help from Ben Folds

April 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer goes solo with help from Ben Folds

Ben Folds is apparently a big Dresden Dolls fan. According to Spin.com, Folds randomly emailed the band “cofessing his love” for the duo, and now Amanda Palmer is recording her solo debut in Folds’ Nashville, TN studio. “When I told him I’d gladly squat there to make my solo record, he offered to produce it. I didn’t […]

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Crass’ The Feeding of the 5000 performed in its entirety

April 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Crass’ The Feeding of the 5000 performed in its entirety

On what authority I am unaware, but Punknews.org is claiming that Crass frontman Steve Ignorant is planning a night of “love, music, film, performance, and anger” as he and a full band are set to perform Crass’ classic The Feeding of the 5000 album over two nights this November 24th and 25th at London’s Shepard’s Bush […]

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Interpol readies Our Love to Admire

April 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Billboard has had an advance listen to Interpol’s forthcoming third LP, entitled Our Love to Admire, which is due out July 10th via Capitol. The first single is “The Heinrich Maneuver”, which Billboard characterizes as “a peppy kiss-off to an ex-love now residing on the opposite coast.” Other tracks find the band on “familiar footing” […]

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Joy Division film to premiere at Cannes

April 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment

‘Control’, the biographical film based on the life of Ian Curtis, will be screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, according to NME. Directed by long-time Joy Division collaborater Anton Corbijn, the film chronicles the final years of the doomed singer, who committed suicide on May 18, 1980. The script is based on the book […]

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Amy Winehouse "Rehab" on Leno, talks collaboration with Jay-Z

April 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Amy Winehouse "Rehab" on Leno, talks collaboration with Jay-Z

Amy Winehouse looked like an absolute monster on Leno the other night with her hair beehived into oblivion. The missing tooth only added to her trashy vamped-up persona. She seemed sort of out of it, spacing out with a completely blank stare, occasionally throwing in some doo-wop dancing, but […]

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Prince humiliates Paris Hilton?

April 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Prince humiliates Paris Hilton?

Paris Hilton showed up for Prince’s set at Club 3121 at the Rio in Las Vegas on April 20th. Prince noticed the heiress in the audience and decided to mock the wannabe pop singer by inviting her onstage to sing: “A ‘delighted’ Hilton scampered onto the stage and the ‘Purple Rain’ singer handed the wanna-be-pop […]

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Spinal Tap to reunite for Live Earth concert

April 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on Spinal Tap to reunite for Live Earth concert

As much of a waste of time and, well, yes, energy, as the Live Earth concerts will be, at least Spinal Tap is playing, lending the appropriate amount of satire and irony to the giant photo op. The reunited mock-metal trio will play in London’s Wembley Arena with original Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner in […]

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REVIEW: Nine Inch Nails, Year Zero, Interscope

April 24th, 2007 · Comments Off on REVIEW: Nine Inch Nails, Year Zero, Interscope

A complacent, general snobbery has shunned Trent Reznor’s brand of industrial angst for years now, having relegated the sound over to the black-clad fruitcakes that show up at Korn shows. It’s difficult to straddle fame and integrity for any length of time, and Reznor’s allowed too many people to have a say in his business […]

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Coyote Bones: free record if you bring an owl to its show; yes, an owl

April 24th, 2007 · Comments Off on Coyote Bones: free record if you bring an owl to its show; yes, an owl

Jet By Day frontman David Matysiak has moved to Omaha, Nebraska, so, invariably, he has hooked up with that scene’s incestuous pool of talent and formed Coyote Bones. The band’s debut record is coming out on CoCo Art, an upstart art/music/film collective that Matysiak started himself. Coyote Bones’ debut, Gentleman on the Rocks, features help […]

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SELLOUT: The Jam shills for Cadillac

April 24th, 2007 · Comments Off on SELLOUT: The Jam shills for Cadillac

I wonder what Paul Weller in his heyday with The Jam would have said if someone had told him he’d one day sell out to Cadillac. I know it’s ubiquitous for bands to allow their songs to be licensed for commercials these days, but that doesn’t give it any more credibility. It’s still a complete […]

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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead not breaking up any time soon

April 24th, 2007 · Comments Off on …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead not breaking up any time soon

Conrad Keely has posted another lengthy screed on trailofdead.com, discussing his dramatic move from Austin to New York City and his band’s future: “Are we breaking up anytime soon? No. Sorry to disappoint you. That means, for all those people who’ve asked for our autographs, they won’t be worth anything for a long time yet, […]

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