Archive

Archive for April, 2007

Touch & Go Goes Digital

April 30th, 2007

Chicago indie label Touch & Go is primed and ready to launch its very own digital store. Along with boasting the label’s current roster (!!!, Black Heart Procession, TV on the Radio, Blonde Redhead, etc.), the digital store will be the only cyber-venue to purchase albums from Steve Albini bands like Big Black, Rapeman and Shellac. Prices are set to compete with the current digital benchmark at 99 cents a track and $9.99 an album.

Upcoming releases from Touch & Go include the new Shellac album, Excellent Italian Greyhound on June 5th and Pinback’s forthcoming Autumn of the Seraphs this summer. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Return of the Macca

April 30th, 2007

Following 2005’s Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Paul McCartney has revealed the track list for his forthcoming Memory Almost Full. Set to drop on June 5th, the 13-track set will be brought to the world by Hear Music, the Starbuck’s owned record label.

“Dance Tonight” will be the first single accompanied by a Michel Gondry-directed video starring Natalie Portman and Mackenzie Crook. The ex-Beatle has yet to announce a supporting tour.

Memory Almost Full will play out like this:

Dance Tonight
Ever Present Past
See Your Sunshine
Only Mama Knows
You Tell Me
Mister Bellamy
Gratitude
Vintage Clothes
That Was Me
Feet In The Clouds
House Of Wax
End of the End
Nod Your Head
Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Tunstall to Get Drastic Fantastic This Fall

April 30th, 2007

Scottish singer KT Tunstall has taken aim for a September release for the follow-up to 2006’s platinum Eye of the Telescope titled Drastic Fantastic.

“The second album sort of feels like the next half of a book rather than a totally different book,” explained Tunstall. “I’m really excited about that because the first album was made in the middle of the country, so I’m now looking at making an album in London. I think the city will always find its way under the door of the studio and imbed itself in what you’re doing.”

Currently on Tunstall’s gig plate are a spot in WBOS’s Earthfest on May 26th in Boston, an outdoor performance for the Today show in NYC’s Rockefeller Center July 13th and sharing the stage with The Police, Kanye West, and Smashing Pumpkins for Live Earth at Giants Stadium July 7th. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Shortlist Prize Finalists Announced

April 30th, 2007

After a year off, The Shorlist Music Prize has returned to acknowledge those quality albums of 2006 that have not sold 500,000 units or more.

With listmakers including KT Tunstall, Panic! At the Disco, Franz Ferdinand, Sufjan Stevens and members of Flaming Lips, The Killers and Snow Patrol, the 10 finalists were chosen from a nomination pool of 61. Independent lables brought 9 of the 10 finalists into the world marking the largest indie sector representation in the award’s half-dozen year history.

Without further ado, the finalists are as follows:

Joanna Newsom
Band of Horses
Tom Waits
Hot Chip
Beirut
Regina Spektor
Spank Rock
Cat Power
Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Girl Talk Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Bono, New Order, Depeche Mode Do Cannes

April 29th, 2007

U2 frontman Bono, dance music pioneers New Order and dark synth-poppers Depeche Mode are set to attend the premiere and after party for the premiere of Control at the Cannes International Film Festival. Control is the biopic centering around the late Ian Curtis, the frontman for Joy Division. The project marks the feature film debut for Anton Corbijn. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Coheed Begin New Album

April 29th, 2007

Coheed and Cambria are primed and ready to enter the studio for the rumored final chapter of the Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon story. With the working title, No World Tomorrow, the production will be helmed by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Stone Sour, Rush).

Coheed and Cambria will also be one of the headliners for the Warped Tour.

Their summer itinerary is as follows:

06/29 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
06/30 – Ventura, CA – Seaside Park
07/01 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/03 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Thunderbird Stadium
07/05 – Edmonton, Alberta – Northlands Park
07/07 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairgrounds
07/08 – Denver, CO – Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium
07/11 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavillion
07/12 – Las Cruces, NM – N.M.S.U Practice Field
07/13 – Selma, TX – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/14 – Dallas, TX – Smirnoff Music Center
07/15 – Houston, TX – Reliant Arena
07/18 – Atlanta, GA – Hi Fi Amphitheatre
07/19 – Green Cove Springs, FL – Reynolds Park Yatch Center
07/20 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park
07/21 – Miami, FL – Bicentennial Park
07/22 – Orlando, FL – Tinker Field
07/23 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/24 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach
07/25 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/26 – Scranton, PA – Montage Mountain Performing Arts
07/27 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
07/28 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07/29 – Minneapolis, MN – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
07/31 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheater
08/01 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
08/02 – Cleveland, OH – Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
08/03 – Camden, NJ – Tweeter Center
08/04 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Colliseum
08/05 – Englishtown, NJ – Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
08/07 – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center
08/08 – Burgesttstown, PA – Post Gazette Pavillion
08/09 – Mansfield, MA – Tweeter Center
08/10 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
08/11 – Oro-Medonte, ON – Burl’s Creek Park
08/12 – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau
08/14 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
08/15 – Bonner Springs, KS – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
08/17 – Nampa, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheater
08/18 – George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
08/19 – St. Helens, OR – Columbia Meadows
08/22 – Fresno, CA – Selland Arena
08/23 – Marysville, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
08/24 – Chula Vista, CA – Coors Amphitheater
08/25 – Carson, CA – Home Depot Center Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Mike D Disscusses New Beasties Album

April 29th, 2007

Mike D from the seminal rap trio Beastie Boys has revealed a return to the recording methods of Check Your Head and Ill Communication for the group’s forthcoming album, The Mix Up.

D explained, “We play instruments on the whole album, as opposed to sampling. There’s more rock on there. If you know us you can trace the influences and they’re no completely surprising. Someone who listens to us casually might think ‘What the hell are these guys doing?’” Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Pipettes Come Stateside

April 28th, 2007

British girl-group The Pipettes will be making their North American debut this June with a new EP and tour.

Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me will be released June 5th on Cherrytree Records and feature two tracks not included on their UK debut.

Speaking of which, We Are the Pipettes will hit stateside shelves itself on August 28th.

Read more…

By Robert Huff Posted in News

Animal Collective Ready New LP

April 28th, 2007

Brooklyn folkies Animal Collective are completing work on their sixth album, the first for Domino Records.

According to Collective member Josh Dibb, the new record includes “more brain stabs” and is “made up of jams we’ve been playing live already.”

Title and tracklisting have yet to be decided, but the album is set to arrive in September and the band will hit the road at the end of May.

Read more…

By Robert Huff Posted in News

US Virgin Fest Lineup Continues to Grow

April 28th, 2007

Amy Winehouse and Wu-Tang Clan are now among the artists confirmed for the US Virgin Festival this summer.

They’ll be joining headliners The Police, Smashing Pumpkins, and Beastie Boys, as well as other acts like LCD Soundsystem and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The concert will take place the weekend of August 4th at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD. Tickets go on sale May 5th.

Read more…

By Robert Huff Posted in News