Entries from August 2009

Kitty-pounding wedding singers

August 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Kitty-pounding wedding singers

If you’re marrying a girl with a seemingly limitless dowry, then you just might be able to afford one of the following performers for your reception. The prices are as big as the names, give or take. I remember my friend wanted to get The Magnetic Fields when he and his wife got married almost […]

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STREAM: Tyondai Braxton “Platinum Rows”

August 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on STREAM: Tyondai Braxton “Platinum Rows”

With an impressive pedigree from both his band and his lineage, it’s unsurprising that Tyondai Braxton would score for a large ensemble consisting of everything from kazoos, piccolo, harp, clarinet, double bass, trumpet, xylophone and glock, just to name a few. Braxton’s debut solo album, Central Market, will be out September 15, 2009 via Warp, […]

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Infamous Nirvana show for November release

August 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Infamous Nirvana show for November release

When Nirvana played the Reading Festival at the end of August in 1992, the band hadn’t rehearsed in months, according to Charles R. Cross’ infamous Cobain biography, Heavier Than Heaven. In fact, both drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Kist Novaselic had no idea if Kurt Cobain would even show. So, when a wheelchair appeared on […]

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Shepard Fairey interviews Daniel Ash of Love & Rockets

August 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Shepard Fairey interviews Daniel Ash of Love & Rockets

Daniel Ash from Love & Rockets/Bauhaus discusses the new Love & Rockets tribute album New Tales to Tell with DJ/artist Shepard Fairey at an Urban Outfitters in LA. Ash proclaims his surprising ignorance of all things internet but admits that it’s probably not the wisest move to abstain from the driving force behind the spread […]

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Peter Murphy lends his vampire skills to NIN’s Terminal 5 show

August 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Peter Murphy lends his vampire skills to NIN’s Terminal 5 show

To help Nine Inch Nails “wave goodbye” to its New York City audience at Terminal 5 two nights ago, Peter Murphy dropped slowly from the netherworld upside down on a chain. Like a bat, get it? Anyone who saw Bauhaus at Coachella knows this trick well. And thanks to that fancy series of tubes we […]

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Amy Winehouse joins The Specials on stage at V Festival

August 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on Amy Winehouse joins The Specials on stage at V Festival

Amy Winehouse came out of her semi-permanent vacation in Saint Lucia to perform with the reunited Specials at the V Festival this past weekend. She sang on “You’re Wondering Now” and “Ghost Town” alongside Terry Hall, looking rather sober and surprisingly focused. It was her first public performance in almost a year. Back on track? […]

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VIDEO: Land of Talk “The Man Who Breaks Things (Dark Shuffle)”

August 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on VIDEO: Land of Talk “The Man Who Breaks Things (Dark Shuffle)”

Land of Talk is one of those bands that sneaks up on me and kicks my ass every time. They slip under the radar, and I forget about them completely. Then, a few months later I am reminded how much I like them, and the cycles starts all over again. Luckily for me, the band […]

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Shane MacGowan got a new grill?

August 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on Shane MacGowan got a new grill?

I’m not sure how I missed this news, but legendary Pogues singer Shane MacGowan got himself a new grill. It just seems wrong somehow. Half the man’s appeal was his teetering on the brink of drinking himself to death, slurring his lyrics, and making the rest of humanity feel a lot better about themselves. Nothing […]

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Kind of Bloop

August 20th, 2009 · Comments Off on Kind of Bloop

8-bit sounds meet a jazz classic. Just $5.

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SNIPPET: Them Crooked Vultures “Nobody Loves Me and Neither Do I”

August 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I’m a few days behind on hearing this because I kind of wanted to avoid it, but I finally broke down and listened. “Supergroups” don’t really appeal to me, as they’re usually some masturbatory, just for shits cash cow, but I’ve got to say this fourteen second snippet has me intrigued. I’d buy the record […]

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Pet Sounds, sans instruments

August 14th, 2009 · Comments Off on Pet Sounds, sans instruments

bizarrely listenable. Though, I think the instrumentation really makes that album. I’d like to hear a version sans vocals. (via ToddAwesome, via BoingBoing)

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The Thomas Pynchon indie rock hoax

August 14th, 2009 · 5 Comments

I can’t really remember what the mid-90’s band Lotion sounded like offhand, but I do remember the rumor that reclusive author Thomas Pynchon was allegedly a big fan, which was as random as it was puzzling. Well, it turns out the rumor was little more than some fancy meta-publicity stunt created by the band, though […]

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Julian Plenti “Games for Days” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

August 14th, 2009 · Comments Off on Julian Plenti “Games for Days” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Interpol’s Paul Banks brought his pseudonymous solo project, Julian Plenti, to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and showed more than a little musical muscle. Banks’ voice always sounds better in person than on television for some reason, but his sparse, post-punk sounds tightly wound here. I’ve been warming up to the full-length, which is a […]

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Sub Pop celebrates 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Bleach

August 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

As crazy as it sounds, Nirvana’s Bleach was released twenty years ago this past June, so, of course, there’s a deluxe reissue in the works. And since Nirvana is the band that put Sub Pop on the map, it’s only fitting that the Seattle label celebrate its anniversary in style. The expanded disc and double […]

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The Verve steady as she implodes

August 13th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Verve steady as she implodes

As with any reunion, The Verve’s motives had to be viewed with a few extra grains of salt. This is a band that has notoriously imploded multiple times. So, anyone who didn’t see the dollar signs flashing behind them when they reformed in 2007 just didn’t want to. With news that The Verve has once […]

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VIDEO: Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson “Relator”

August 13th, 2009 · Comments Off on VIDEO: Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson “Relator”

It’s not hard to be a fan of Scarlett Johansson’s …music. She is ridiculously hot sings ok sometimes and other times, not so much. Having read about her collaboration with middle of the road-er Pete Yorn a few months back, I was more puzzled than amused, since Johansson has actually exhibited pretty damn good tastes. […]

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MP3: Cursive covers The Cure

August 12th, 2009 · Comments Off on MP3: Cursive covers The Cure

At a stop in Kentucky yesterday, Cursive played a free in-store at CD Central. Stripping down to acoustic guitar, Tim Kasher pulled out an obscure Cure cover with “The Lovecats” off The Cure’s stop-gap compilation Japanese Whispers from 1983. It’s kind of a shitty recording, but the cover is amusing, if you happen to like […]

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Papercuts – Future Primitive

August 11th, 2009 · Comments Off on Papercuts – Future Primitive

With a name which possibly references a Broadcast song, San Francisco’s Papercuts play a dreamy retro sort of mellow pop “touching on ’80s/’90s Creation and 4AD records, The Zombies, 60’s French pop.” Works for me. (via Stereogab / Aquarius Records)

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Archival Duran Duran interview footage from 1981

August 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Pretty amazing early days interview with Duran Duran. A film crew just randomly spotted the then unknown band in the midst of a photo shoot promoting its debut LP and stopped for a quick interview. The band sounds very earnest about its quest for mainstream dominance. Andy Taylor even goes so far as to proclaim […]

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The Antlers, 8 months late(r)?

August 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I’m rather curious about the timing of The Antlers review that showed up on Pitchfork on August 4th, 2009. Seems like a hell of a delay considering Drawer B posted about them in January after reading about them on Music for Kids Who Can’t Read Good, and even NPR did a feature in March ’09. […]

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