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Aloe Blacc – Shine Through

May 31st, 2007


Summer Rediscovered

Everyone has an antidote to quell any seasonal affective disorder. This winter, Aloe Blacc’s Shine Through was a great relief. Read more…

By Phillina Batiller Posted in Reviews

iTunes Unleashes DRM Free Downloads

May 31st, 2007

As of Wednesday, May 30, iTunes has begun distributing DRM-free downloads at $1.29 per song. The new unrestricted tracks will be of better audio quality and playable on mp3 players other than the iPod. This initial launch has only seen artists from EMI Group PLC including Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney. Apple commander in chief Steve Jobs has projected more than half of the store’s 5 million plus songs to be available in the unrestricted format by the end of the year. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Ween’s Friends

May 31st, 2007

Through its own Chocodog label, Ween will release a 5-song EP titled The Friends as an appetizer to their upcoming and still-to-be-titled album. Deaner explained on the band’s website, “It is the ultimate party record, filled with good beats and good times. Perfect for your barbecue or doing bong hits or whatever it is that you guys do.”

Also in the Ween world along with the band’s sporadic summer tour schedule, Gener and Deaner will perform at Bonnaroo on June 16. A week later, they’ll be in Asbury Park, NJ for the Paul Green School of Rock festival sharing the stage with Bad Brains and The Bouncing Souls. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

CBS Acquires Last.fm

May 31st, 2007

In an all-cash deal that left all present management stay in place, CBS acquired the UK-based Last.fm for $280 million. The social network was launched 5 years ago and has become a popular repository attracting more than 15 million active users. The deal also sees the site remain a separate entity. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Martin Scorsese’s Shine A Light

May 31st, 2007

Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones documentary, Shine A Light will hit US theaters September 21. Centering mostly around their 2006 Beacon Theater shows, the film includes a Jack White guest performance on “Loving Cup” and Christina Aguilera taking vocal duty on “Live With Me.” Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

May 31st, 2007


FIRE!

The term sophomore slump has never been less applicable than it is to The Arcade Fire’s second release Neon Bible. The band’s debut Funeral gave the indie rock community a much-needed jolt of fresh, lively, technically fit music. The singles from Funeral were inescapable at in-crowd parties and references to the record appeared in many music publications. However, certain tracks from Neon Bible have surpassed the Funeral singles, no doubt climbing to the top of many iTunes play counts.
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By Brendan Welsh Posted in Reviews

Maroon 5 Top US Charts

May 30th, 2007

Maroon 5 debuted at number one this week on the US Billboard Charts with It Won’t Be Soon Before Long.

Their sophomore LP, the first for the group in four years, moved 429,000 copies in its first week. Last week’s number one record, Linkin Park’s Minutes to Midnight, dropped to number two with 198,000 copies sold.

The top 3 was rounded out by Ozzy Osbourne, who scored a personal best with 152,000 copies of his new album Black Rain sold.

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By Robert Huff Posted in News

The Divine Comedy Begin New LP

May 30th, 2007

A new album is in the works for The Divine Comedy.

The band has been working on the follow-up to 2006’s Victory for the Comic Muse with help from Thomas Walsh and XTC’s Andy Partridge.

Though no release date is set, Walsh reports that the working title is 11 Modern Antiquities.

Tracks will include:

‘Take Me Away’
‘Cluster Bomb’
‘Here’
‘Your Friend’
‘Limerance’
‘The Canon And The Bell’
‘My Genius’
‘Your Friend’
‘Song For You’
‘At The Sea’
‘Landsdowne Valley’

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By Robert Huff Posted in News

Cream Reunite?

May 28th, 2007

Cream bassist Jack Bruce has confirmed that a reunion is in the works, but disclosed no specific date for the event. While representatives for Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker haven’t confirmed a reunion, Bruce has stated that it won’t be for Live Earth on July 7. If all goes ahead, it will be their first reunion since 2005 where tensions appeared to not have dwindled in their 37-year split. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

New Liars

May 28th, 2007

Right behind their acclaimed Drum’s Not Dead, The Liars are hitting shelves again with a self-titled release August 28. Of the album’s status quo feel, Angus Andrew explained, “I’d never felt like a songwriter ‘til this album. If you told me last year Liars would release a record like this, I would have laughed. If you said I’d be playing guitar solos, I’d have called you a liar. We never know what we’re making ‘til it’s made… this time I’m a bit shocked.”

Liars will play out like this:

Plaster Casts Of Everything
Houseclouds
Leather Prowler
Sailing To Byzantium
What Would They Know
Cycle Time
Freak Out
Pure Unevil
Clear Island
The Dumb In The Rain
Protection Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News