Friday, April 30, 2010

ON AIR WITH THE DEAD WEATHER

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The Dead Weather is hosting this dope 24 hour vinyl album stream for Sea of Cowards on their official site (http://www.thedeadweather.com/). You can watch here too!

Analog will be going digital for the first time! Fans can tune into Screaming Vinyl Live, a 24-hour listening party for Sea of Cowards. The Dead Weather will be playing the new album on vinyl via a live camera and audio stream. Screaming Vinyl Live kicks off Friday April 30th at 10am PST/1pm EST from locations in both Nashville and Los Angeles and will feature surprise guest DJs.

Also, The Dead Weather are going to premiere their new album Sea of Cowards by performing it live in its entirety! The band will premiere the record at the Third Man Records building in downtown Nashville, the same space where they played their very first show in 2009. This exclusive live performance will stream on May 3rd at 3pm PST/6pm EST on MySpace Music and the band’s Myspace page.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...



Agualung was in L.A. this week, performing at the Bootleg theatre as well as the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. If you missed it, check out his performance on Leno.

Aqualung’s Matt Hales thought he had it all figured out. In 2007, the British singer/songwriter told a London audience that he was retiring. “I’d had enough of it at that point and thought I might just be a teacher or do something else.”

However, the stellar batch of tunes that make up his new Verve album, Magnetic North, came calling and they wouldn’t take no for an answer. “The songs were like ‘Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, C’mon dad, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go,’ Hales laughs. “I’m still ever so slightly reluctant, but I don’t have any choice. I’m like the guy in the park with 12 giant puppies being pulled along; I didn’t want to come out. Well, I made these puppies so I guess I must have secretly wanted to get out there.”

Magnetic North's songs range from the impossibly upbeat and joyous Beck-like opening track “New Friend” and the exuberant “Fingertip” to the bleak sorrow of “Sundowning.”

“The common theme is mature relationships in various degrees of difficulty,” says Hales of the Verve release. “The thing that is common to all these relationships, whether they last or not, is there was a point when the other person was everything.”

Magnetic North includes many guests including Sara Bareilles on the haunting “Remember Us” and “New Friend,” as well as A Fine Frenzy’s Alison Sudol on “Time Moves Slow,” and Kelly Sweet on “Fingertip” and “Sundowning.”

Thursday, April 29, 2010

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH NATALIE MERCHANT

I had followed the career of the 10,000 Maniacs since their first album release with their 1985's "The Wishing Chair". My aunt and uncle introduced me to her, by playing her loudly whenever I would visit their house, and that is where I think I get my love and understanding of music. 10,000 Maniacs had a highly successful and consistent career throughout the 80's and well in to the 90's until frontwoman Natalie Merchant departed from the band and released her first solo album in 1998, and she did not lose her popularity or her fans, and certainly not me.

I never had the opportunity to see her live, whether solo or with the band, until last week while she was on a two-day stop in LA; one night at the Getty Center and a very close engagement at the Public Library, downtown. There were about 300 or so audience members at this very special event, anxiously awaiting to see her perform on her limited tour performing songs from her latest album, "Leave Your Sleep", her first in seven years.

She came out dressed in a plain black skirt and suit coat, with a button up shit, and joked that she looked like a librarian. Fitting, that she was performing....for the library. She, in her expected Natalie Merchant way, explained this lasted double album that she has been working on since 2003. This album is comprised of songs that she has adapted from the works of 58 of her favorite poets, which I think is a great concept, and was beautifully composed and created, both on my speakers and live.

She primarily performed songs off of her latest, but also gave us some nostalgia singing tracks from "Tigerlilly" and "Ophelia". This was truly an amazing experience, one that was definitely worth waiting for.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

ROBYN'S HOOD

Robyn returns to play live in the UK for the first time since June 2008 at London’s famous Heaven club on Thursday June 17th!! This one off gig is in celebration of her brilliant new album ‘Body Talk PT. 1’ – the first of three this year - which is released on June 14th. Pre-sale tickets are available at robyn.com/tickets RIGHT NOW and will go on general sale on Friday April 30 at 9am.

Robyn has a busy summer planned for 2010 with a host of Festival appearances across the world, including Pitchfork Festival, Arvika, Roskilde, Peace & Love, Øya, Spex Live and Popaganda. For complete details check out the Robyn.com Events section.

EMPIRE OF THE SUN ADDS 3 EXCLUSIVE U.S. SHOWS



In support of their album Walking On A Dream, Empire Of The Sun is proud to announce three exclusive North American tour dates in August in addition to Lollapalooza. Released just last year on Astralwerks, Walking On A Dream’s success has remained unstoppable.

· 7 ARIA Award wins in Australia including Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Best Group and Best Pop Release

· Two Brit Award nominations in February

· An appearance on Jay-Z’s latest album

· Double-Platinum status at home in Australia, Gold status in the UK, and a chart hit worldwide


The electro- psychedelic project is led by Luke Steele, the enigmatic wunderkind behind Australia's The Sleepy Jackson. Exotic, lavish, larger-than-life, Walking On A Dream is a bold, visionary and quite brilliant album, which manages to sound exhilaratingly contemporary, audaciously forward-looking, yet also curiously archaic all at once. The singles “Walking On A Dream”, “We Are The People”, “Standing On The Shore” and “Without You” feature a groundbreaking aesthetic of electronic beats, pop melodies and psychedelic overtones.

Empire Of The Sun’s debut live shows were a talking point across the globe and you can view a snippet of them here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ja0-lHgE8

“Luke Steele promised to deliver a show that was larger than life, and indeed he did.” –Cairns Post (Australia)

“…brilliantly did the unthinkable by bringing real, rich art to a dance party.” Sydney Morning Herald

“Hot pink square guitars and men in full laboratory jumpsuits were what I spotted on stage, and I knew we were in for something special. Sure enough, when Luke Steele hit the stage his world of dreams exploded with him and I witnessed one of the most stunning debut live performances ever. Beautiful lights, otherworldly video projections, and Luke with his spiky headware and flanked by four costumed dancers, taking to the stage. Pitch perfect, he ran through Empire of the Sun's debut album with costume changes, heavy beats, and a world of intergalactic colour and light filling the stage. The dancers changed costumes almost every song. I pondered to a friend if this was the work of a genius art director but no, this is what is inside Luke Steele's head. Empire of the Sun put so much into their maiden voyage into live performance, and it blew me away.” Zan Rowe, Triple J


Empire Of The Sun US Our Dates:

August 7 Chicago Lollapalooza – Grant Park- Perry’s World Stage

August 8 Toronto Sound Academy - on sale 4/30 @ 10am

August 9 New York, NY Terminal 5 - on sale 4/30 @ 12pm
August 11 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre - on sale 5/1 @ 10am

JUST A LITTLE BIT

Kids Of 88 bring the new wave electro sleeze with "Just A Little Bit"-- the latest from the duo who's music can only be described as a cross between a late 80's police drama intro theme and a sophisticated super hussy.



McCarthy rules vocals, programming and "complaining too much". While partner-in-heartbreaking Arts, plays synths, programming and "not complaining enough".

The twosome describe their music as a "whimful combination of dirt spitting kicks and feathering grit. An overdose of nightlife; the lubricated moan of spilt vodka. The hard realization of concrete and the happiness of blurry vision. An alleyway gangbang between Grandmaster Flash and The Knack."

The rest of New Zealand know Kids Of 88 better as architects of the Platinum selling debut single "My House," and follow up single "Just A Little Bit" which is a top 3 seller at iTunes. And the rest of the world? A UK Ltd Ed 7” of "My House" already released through Dryden Street / East City Records, official remixes for Ke$ha & Cobra Starship , and Zane Lowe recently playing new demo "Ribbons Of Light" on his UK Radio 1 Evening Session have certainly paved the way for arresting first impressions.

Having already become intimate with the chart-conquering "My House," new single "Just A Little Bit" is currently sinking it's fangs into your brainstem. Fans can also expect an album mid-July.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

HOLE IN ONE



Hole aka Courtney Love was in Los Angeles on Thursday & Friday of last week. I had some friend at the show and it sounded as if she scored. Apparently she was AMAZING! She looked good, sounded great and even acted somewhat normal. The only disappointment was that she played like a 45 minute set, which sucks since it's been years since she has performed.

Check out some footage from her show @ the Fonda in Hollywood. Also, her new album "Nobody's Daughter" is out TODAY! It's this week's Bleep of the Week!

NEW ARTIST ALERT!

Newly signed WARP band The Hundred in the Hands will soon drop their debut album. Their EP of new material THIS DESERT is coming out May 18 and they just released a 12” single of their acclaimed first single “Dressed in Dresden” with remixes by some interesting folks (techno wunderkind Kyle Hall, UK producer team Various Productions and Maxime).

This guy-girl duo from Brooklyn makes a driving, worldly kind of post-punk with electronic leanings and a distinct French pop influence.

Listen to the music:
http://warp.net/records/the-hundred-in-the-hands

Monday, April 26, 2010

KINGS OF CONVENIECE HIT THE ROAD

Norway's Kings Of Convenience will embark on their first North American tour in 5 years, in support of their acclaimed album, Declaration Of Dependence. Renowned for their captivating live shows, the duo of Erlend Øye and Eirik Gambek Boe play a unique brand of atmospheric acoustic pop, mixing gorgeous harmonies, gentle bossa nova inflections and incisive lyrics into an unforgettable night of music.

6/1 Philadelphia PA - Theatre of Living Arts

6/2 Boston MA - Paradise Rock Club

6/4 Brooklyn NY - Warsaw

6/5 New York NY - Webster Hall

6/6 Washington DC - 9.30 Club

6/8 Toronto ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre

6/9 Pontiac MI - Crofoot Ballroom

6/10 Chicago IL - Metro

NEW M.I.A.


M.I.A. Born Free

M.I.A. is back with a brand new video that is definitely making a statement. It's a bit violent, but a typical M.I.A. video... A group of individuals are being targeted because of their red hair. At one point, a young girl gets blown away while others are being beat & shot when they are told to run. I think it definitely is sending a message about the discrimination we have seen over people with red hair these days. CRaZY!