Archive for December, 2003

190 Million Strong

December 30th, 2003

The Neilsen Soundscan figures are out. This year, over 190 million CDs from the Top 200 of 2003 were sold. 50 Cent was at the top of the list with almost 6.5 million in sales, while the most disappointing album on the chart was Madonna’s American Life. It was the least popular album of her twenty year career. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

‘Cool Music’ for a Good Cause

December 30th, 2003

January 20th will see the release of a compilation album that will benefit the Jimmy Fund, a Boston cancer research organization. Hot Stove, Cool Music will feature tracks donated by Paul Westerberg, Dropkick Murphys, American Hi-Fi, and the Allman Brothers Band.

The album will also feature a live Denver performance of Pearl Jam’s controversial song “Bu$hleaguer”. This was the last performance of this song on Pearl Jam’s Riot Act tour after a few fans were offended by the political content. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Rock Walk for Randy

December 29th, 2003

Randy Rhoads will be inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame on March 18, nearly 22 years to the day after his tragic death in 1982. Rhoads died in a plane crash at the age of 25. The ceremony will be held on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
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By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Cris Kirkwood Shot in Traffic Dispute

December 29th, 2003

Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets was shot in the abdomen last Friday after getting into an argument over a parking space. Kirkwood had a verbal argument with the woman attempting to pull into his parking spot, and then followed her to a nearby post office where a security guard shot him in self-defense.

Kirkwood is currently hospitalized outside of Phoenix, Arizona and the altercation is being investigated by the FBI, as the post office is a federal building. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

After 34 Years….The Who

December 28th, 2003

Thirty-four years after being banned from the Isle of Wight festival in the UK for destroying equipment onstage, The Who have been invited back. The festival will be for three days this June and will also include David Bowie and the Stereophonics.

Tickets are still available for the upcoming show, but if you’re interested to see what happened in 1970, The Who’s performance was released on DVD last year. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Jane’s Addiction Cancels Tour

December 27th, 2003

It’s not going to be a happy new year for Jane’s Addiction fans. Perry Farrell & Co. are exhausted, according to The group has cancelled the remainder of their tour, including their New Year’s Eve bash with Marilyn Manson and The Used at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The 2004 dates have not yet been rescheduled, but those having to make new plans for December 31st will receive refunds. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Well, We Can Always Move to Canada

December 25th, 2003

Earlier this month, copyright regulators in Canada deemed peer-to-peer downloading of copyrighted material legal, but uploading illegal.

The decision is finding critics among, not surprisingly, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (much like our RIAA).

Under current Canadian laws, consumers pay taxes on certain media that could be used to make personal copies of material, such as blank cassettes and CDs. MP3 players have since been added to this list and consumers can expect to pay anywhere from $2 to $25 depending on the player’s capacity. The courts may rule on fees for actual computer hard drives, although the Canadian Private Copying Collective does not believe it will occur. Read more…

By Adam Baker Posted in News

Sonic Youth to Release DVD

December 25th, 2003

Sonic Youth is preparing to release their first official DVD, set to be a retrospective of their time on the Geffen label. Videos and artist commentary included.

Also coming out will be a reissue of their 1990 Goo album. The two-discs will contain B-sides, “oddities”, and the original 8-track demos.

Lastly, the latest in their series of experimental LPs is due out next year. This one will feature a live recording from Sonic Youth’s performance at the 2001 All Tomorrow’s Parties concert and an unheard studio session. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Ryan Adams – Llor N Kcor

December 18th, 2003

Kcor Anera (Translation: Arena Rock)

Ryan Adams’ music serves two distinct purposes:

1] To fill large venues

2] To make thirteen-year-old girls squeal

It is Arena Rock, pure and simple. It’s like Guns N Roses minus the spandex, big hair, and Axle’s screechy voice. This is the kind of catchy-riffed music heard at sports games… football halftime, hockey bleachers, etc. It’s loud. It’s fast. It’ll make you want to get drunk. The band is the same “guitar + bass + drums + singer” equation, which most of the time is at least acceptable, when musicians switch effects on their guitars, changing the time signature of the pieces, etc. Adams does none of this. The music has too much feedback and one drumbeat looped throughout the entire album music; it could have been ripped off from a beer or car commercial. The songs all sound the same, which could be construed as a good flow to the record, but doesn’t quite work for him since nothing dynamic happens through the duration of the piece. As for Adams’ voice, he’s trying to utilize a range he just doesn’t have, which can make him sound like Chris Isaac with the stomach flu.
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By Elizabeth Halvorsen Posted in Reviews

Winning Days Ahead for The Vines

December 16th, 2003

Despite extreme band feuding at the end of their last tour, The Vines have regrouped and are set to release their sophmore album, Winning Days on March 8. The first single off the album is due February 23.

Band tensions boiled over onstage during a gig in Boston when a fight broke out between singer Craig Nicholls and bassist Patrick Matthews. Retreating to the seclusion of Bearsville Studios in upstate New York with producer Rob Schnapf seems to have been theraputic for the band, as they reportedly only fought one day during their three month stay.

Patrick Matthews says what we can expect from the new album:

“The harder songs are harder and the softer songs are maybe the ones which have improved more. It’s more psychedelic than the first record. Just like Highly Evolved there’s a few snotty punk ones and then there are the slow songs which have the real mellotron sound on it.” Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News