Entries from June 2009

Doolittle, the concert (20th Anniversary)

June 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Doolittle, the concert (20th Anniversary)

“We wanted to do something special for Doolittle’s 20th anniversary,” Pixies singer/guitarist Black Francis explained in a press release, “and we thought this was a good opportunity to play all of the songs from that album, something we don’t normally do at a regular gig.” Guess I’ll be flying to London or Paris for their […]

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Jens Lekman, Get Well Soon

June 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Jens Lekman, Get Well Soon

So, apparently Jens got the swine. I fully expect some amazing songs to come out of this experience.

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I Dig Zooey

June 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on I Dig Zooey

The Shirt

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Glastonbury 2009 in Photos

June 29th, 2009 · 3 Comments

wow. As young lads, my friends and I used to read reports from Glastonbury in SELECT, NME, et al. and drool at the photos, stories, and the line-ups. We always said we’d go next year but sadly never did. I’ve lived in the UK twice now and have still yet to make it to Pilton […]

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NY Times visualize Michael Jackson’s Billboard Rankings

June 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on NY Times visualize Michael Jackson’s Billboard Rankings

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MAKTHAVERSKAN

June 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on MAKTHAVERSKAN

Via Swedesplease comes word of the swedish garage/postpunk sounding band, Makthaverskan. Swedesplease has the mp3. Check it out.

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M83 in Palm Pre ad

June 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on M83 in Palm Pre ad

no comment. (via)

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Pony Pony Run Run

June 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Pony Pony Run Run

Le French and their je ne sais quoi…

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Lily Allen: F&#* You

June 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on Lily Allen: F&#* You

I love that there is an official video for her single, Fuck You. (you have to log in to YouTube to see it)

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MP3: Polvo “Beggars Bowl”

June 19th, 2009 · Comments Off on MP3: Polvo “Beggars Bowl”

The first thing that struck me when I listened to the first new Polvo song in a decade was how heavy it is. The band has always rocked, don’t get me wrong. But it was in an slightly unconventional, tunneling Sonic Youth way. The guitars are still spindly and difficult, flexing all the math-rock muscles […]

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VIDEO: Beck and friends cover Velvet Underground’s “Sunday Morning” for Record Club

June 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Beck’s off to a good start on the aforementioned record club plan. He definitely gives “Sunday Morning” his stamp, as it recalls the aching fragility and vulnerability of Sea Change. It’s tough to compare it to the original, however, as just about anybody would fall short, but it’s a damn fine effort. Beck.com is already […]

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VIDEO: Phoenix “1901” live on The Late Show with David Letterman 06.19.2009

June 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

After a pretty flawless performance on SNL a few weeks ago, it seemed unlikely the chat show sound gods would allow Phoenix to pull off another great performance, but they proved last night on Letterman that their luck has not run out. “1901” is an insanely infectious single, and, hell, the whole record is ace. […]

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Beck’s record club idea: classic albums re-recorded, no rehearsals

June 18th, 2009 · Comments Off on Beck’s record club idea: classic albums re-recorded, no rehearsals

Word hit the street yesterday via Nasty Little Man regarding Beck’s forthcoming website overhaul. Normally, when an artist redesigns his website, it’s not exactly newsworthy, but with Beck’s redesign comes a twist on the old record club boondoggle. Prince has tried several times to market his music via pricey subscription tiers but has always come […]

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Three decades of Sonic Youth

June 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones on 30 Years of Sonic Youth. The band’s 16th and best album in years and years, The Eternal, is out now on Matador. Seems that 2009 might be Sonic Youth’s year. Haven’t seen this much buzz about them since I was in high school. Fender has even commissioned two signature […]

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Jesus Lizard reissues due in September via Touch and Go

June 16th, 2009 · Comments Off on Jesus Lizard reissues due in September via Touch and Go

From the blog by the bassist of the mighty Jesus Lizard comes news that Touch and Go will reissue the band’s inimitable first four albums as well as the Pure EP on September 22, 2009. B-sides and bonus tracks will be included on each release, which have all been remastered and “sound noticeably better than […]

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Chris Knox suffers stroke

June 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Sad news. Indie legend Chris Knox has suffered a stroke. He is recovering in a hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. If you don’t know who he is, read up here, but, suffice it to say, he’s a bad ass songwriter and performer.

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Half of New Order hook up with Blur’s Alex James to form Bad Lieutenant

June 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I wasn’t too broken up about New Order’s acrimonious demise in 2007, since the last few records weren’t exactly up to par, but the split seems to be permanent this time. In fact, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris have started a new band with touring New Order guitarist Phil Cunningham (who replaced Morris’ wife Gillian […]

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As Blur rehearses, my inner teenage girl explodes

June 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments

A smattering of clips have surfaced showing Blur rehearsing for its comeback concert at Hyde Park (and the smaller warm up club gigs, of course). Things are sounding awfully good, even in this rough footage leaked to build excitement around the band’s obligatory compilation, Midlife: A Beginners Guide To Blur. Here’s to hoping those rumored […]

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Try some Cotton Candy

June 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments

So, I was just browsing for records recently at Lunchbox Records in Charlotte, NC (an awesome record store, by the way) when I happened across a 7″ by a band called Cotton Candy. The clerk had written “Mark Robinson” on a sticker above the price tag, which is why I picked it up. Well, because […]

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VIDEO: Depeche Mode “Peace”

June 12th, 2009 · Comments Off on VIDEO: Depeche Mode “Peace”

Depeche Mode has dabbled in grandiose gestures throughout its career, so it’s not surprising that the second single from Sounds of the Universe is a bit heavy-handed. The video for “Peace” isn’t as preachy you might think; it’s more of an internal struggle than a political statement, despite the military backdrop. The song itself flirts […]

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