Entries from May 2007

Rumors of Courtney Love’s live return

May 31st, 2007 · Comments Off on Rumors of Courtney Love’s live return

I heard an NPR piece on Courtney Love a few weeks ago. The woman is over 40 and sounds like a stoned piece of used jet-trash when she talks. I know she’s 100% “punk” and everything and talking like a “suit” is unthinkable, but you’d think she’d be able form a cohesive thought without saying […]

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Hardcover book of Fugazi photographs coming in September

May 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Keep Your Eyes Open – The Fugazi photographs of Glen E. Friedman will be released by Burning Flags Press on September 3, 2007, marking the 20th anniversary of Fugazi’s first-ever show to the day. Friedman is a famed photographer of the early American punk and hardcore scenes. An exhibition of his work just ended May […]

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Prince to play Macy’s in Minneapolis to launch new fragrance

May 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

1,400 fans will get to watch Prince perform in his hometown of Minneapolis at the local Macy’s department store on July 7, as the singer launches his new ‘3121’ fragrance. For a whirlwind tour featuring Prince at local department stores and discount marts, one can purchase the Ultimate Prince Xperience, which, get this, guarantees entry […]

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SELLOUT: Elvis Costello’s Lexus ad

May 31st, 2007 · Comments Off on SELLOUT: Elvis Costello’s Lexus ad

Someone finally posted Costello’s dirty deed on Youtube, so you can judge for yourself whether it’s a complete and shitty sellout or not. It makes me full-body cringe just to watch it. Elvis can love Beethoven just as much without using his own name to sell glorified Toyotas. His […]

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RETRO: Team Dresch “Seven” Mp3

May 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

A mover and a shaker in the mid-90’s queercore movement in the Northwest, Team Dresch released this rocking pop gem (which I used to play constantly on my show at WUSC, despite its saying “fuck”) on the Rock Stars Kill compilation on Kill Rock Stars in 1995, which also featured songs by Mulkiteo Fairies, Boredoms, […]

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Ryan Adams’ top five hair metal songs

May 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on Ryan Adams’ top five hair metal songs

For a mess of a guy like Ryan Adams, there’s not much left in the shock value vault. But his picks for top five best hair metal tunes are puzzling to say the least. Kix? Yikes. But what do you expect from a certain hangover-induced blog entry on Myspace at the crack of dawn? From […]

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The Police “Murder By Numbers” live at Fan Club show in Vancouver 05.27.2007

May 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on The Police “Murder By Numbers” live at Fan Club show in Vancouver 05.27.2007

It’s just a minute or so, but the sound is decent. I fear the songs will err on the looser side, since Sting won’t punch it up as high as he used to, and the band is obviously still working out the kinks. Maybe Sting’s just more discerning about […]

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CBS buys Last.fm

May 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on CBS buys Last.fm

This can’t be good. CBS has purchased Last.fm for $280 million. Says a CBS representative: “We’re emulating what Fox did with MySpace. There are a lot of super-cool, whiz-bang applications they have that I can’t wait to apply to other parts of the business.” Whiz-bang applications? When corporate fruitcakes use terms like that it shows […]

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Satellite Party guitarist writing songs with Steve Perry?

May 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

What? Well, it’s less of a mind-fuck when you find out that Nuno Bettencourt was also the guitarist for the ultra-cheesy 80’s hair metal band Extreme. Granted, Extreme rolled in a higher sphere of cheese than Journey ever did, but the pairing isn’t completely bizarre. The fact that Buttencourt is also in a band with […]

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Arctic Monkeys “505” Mp3

May 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I think this song could make a believer out of anyone on the fence about this band. I imagine there are plenty of people put off by the hype and the accolades, and that’s a shame. The lyrics are just too insanely good to be ignored, and Alex Turner is too fucking young to be […]

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Modest Mouse on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 05.16.2007

May 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on Modest Mouse on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 05.16.2007

Not sure why they decided to play “Missed the Boat”- it’s one of the weakest tracks on We Were Dead before the Ship Even Sank. And it comes across pretty flat and dull live as well, despite the fact that Johnny Marr is playing guitar and singing back-up.

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RETRO: The Darling Buds “It’s All Up to You” video

May 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on RETRO: The Darling Buds “It’s All Up to You” video

I used to be semi-obsessed with Andrea Lewis. And she only got cuter as time went on. This is one of the band’s early singles from 1988 on the Native label. The Darling Buds were pop’s answer to the Jesus and Mary Chain– lots of harmonies, fuzzy guitars, and […]

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First Police reunion show setlist

May 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on First Police reunion show setlist

I can’t complain a bit. Well, no “Peanuts”, but other than that…it’s a flawless set. And according to the veritable stable of credibility, the USA Today, the band made a no frills comeback: “Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers made their reunion a tribute to the muscular but intricate minimalism on which their chemistry was […]

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Joe Jackson might be ready to rock again

May 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on Joe Jackson might be ready to rock again

Joe Jackson has dabbled in every whim of his fancy from classical to new age to jazz to salsa, but it’s the rock on his legendary Look Sharp! record for which he will be remembered best. Why it takes these people so damn long to figure this stuff out astounds me. I know the self-important, […]

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The Cult signs to Roadrunner

May 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on The Cult signs to Roadrunner

The two remaining members of The Cult have signed a deal with Roadrunner records. Score? I guess the stint with The Doors of the 21st Century didn’t pan out for Ian Astbury? Or maybe it did, and this is the prize. Play lame, grave-rolling reunion with dregs of obsolete band and you get to sign […]

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REVIEW: Arctic Monkeys, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Domino

May 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I wanted to wait to listen to this record so as not to judge it too quickly. Admittedly, it took more than a few listens to sink in. At first I thought it suffered from too much sameness, but today is the day it finally clicked. And I think it might even be better than […]

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Vice’s review of Wilco: worst album of the month

May 27th, 2007 · Comments Off on Vice’s review of Wilco: worst album of the month

Agreed. It should have won worst cover of the month, too. As you can see from the picture to the left, it is none too exciting. I’ve always hated Wilco. It bores me into oblivion. I could never bring myself to sit through an entire album without nodding off and drooling. I fully realize Vice […]

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REVIEW: Modest Mouse, We Were Dead before the Ship Even Sank, Epic

May 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Isaac Brock sounds strangely detached from this, his band’s fifth album. At first, I wasn’t sure what the problem was. It sounds convincingly enough like Modest Mouse on the surface. The quirky, off-kilter guitars are as jittery as ever. And Brock’s guttural wail is, perhaps, even testier than usual. So what’s the problem? Well, this […]

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REVIEW: Noisettes, What’s the Time Mr. Wolf?, Universal Motown

May 27th, 2007 · Comments Off on REVIEW: Noisettes, What’s the Time Mr. Wolf?, Universal Motown

Bands don’t often burst out of the gate with this much confidence and finesse. So it follows that bassist/vocalist Shingai Shoniwa and guitarist Dan Smith had already formed a musical bond in the band Sonarfly before starting the Noisettes in late 2003. Meeting up with drummer Jamie Morrison gave the new trio its matching manic […]

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REVIEW: Feist, The Reminder, Cherry Tree/Interscope

May 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on REVIEW: Feist, The Reminder, Cherry Tree/Interscope

Like Cat Power, it’s not so much about the music as it is the voice for Leslie Feist. She has a voice that makes you pay attention. She can pull off simple, saccharine lines like “we could hold each other tight tonight” (“So Sorry”) simply because her inflection makes it mean so much more than […]

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