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Countdown to Radiohead, A Hoax

September 30th, 2007

RadioheadLP7.com, a website that began a countdown to September 29, was exposed as a hoax. Many faithful followers were expecting news of the coming album but, as the clock reached the end, were given vintage video by UK two-hit wonder Rick Astley. Radiohead, though said to be in talks with several companies, are still without a record label and their highly-anticipated seventh album is still without a firm release date. Fans can rest assured that it will come into the world in 2008. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Cat Power’s Covers II

September 28th, 2007

Songstress Chan Marshall, better known as Cat Power, has settled on a Jan. 22 release date for Covers II, her second Matador album of material popularized by other artists. This album follows 2000’s The Covers Album, which featured her interpretations of songs by the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Moby Grape and the Velvet Underground. The track list for the new project has yet to be confirmed. The new album will be the follow-up to last year’s The Greatest, which won the 2007 Shortlist prize for creative achievement. Read more…

By Zachary Preston Posted in News

Sammy Hagar Turns 60

September 28th, 2007

Sammy Hagar turns 60 this October. To celebrate, Hagar and his band the Wabos will play a string of six shows at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The shows at the venue are October 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 with the birthday show on October 13, which will also feature ex-Van Halen mate Michael Anthony and as-yet-unannounced guests. Tickets are handed out on a first-come, first-served basis at the club on the day of the show. Afterward, they will embark on an extensive North American tour that runs through July 12, 2008, at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium. Read more…

By Zachary Preston Posted in News

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

September 28th, 2007

This year’s list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees is in. The Beastie Boys, Madonna, Afrika Bambaataa, Chic, Leonard Cohen, the Dave Clark Five, John Mellencamp, Donna Summer, and the Ventures fill out the nine-nominee ballot. Only five will actually be selected for entrance into the Rock Hall of Fame in a voting process involving over 500 voters. The inductees will be announced in January and honored in a ceremony March 10 at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Read more…

By Zachary Preston Posted in News

Phil Spector Given A Mistrial

September 27th, 2007

On September 26, the fabled Phil Spector murder case ended as a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury. In an ordeal that stretches back nearly five years, the end seemed to be nigh for the Wall of Sound innovator after five months of testimony. The first deliberation period saw the foreman report a 10-2 deadlock, but not the way it leaned. A 7-5 stalemate was reported last week after the jury had received revised instructions for their deliberation.

“At this time, I will find that the jury is unable to arrive at a verdict and declare a mistrial in this matter,” Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler stated.

Lana Clarkson, 40, died February 3, 2003 when a gun went off in her mouth while at Spector’s Alhambra mansion around 5 AM. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Scorsese to Direct George Harrison Film

September 27th, 2007

Harrison’s music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that still resonates today,” was said by Martin Scorsese concerning his forthcoming directorial endeavor on the life of the late George Harrison.

The academy award-winning, highly acclaimed director will be collaborating with Olivia Harrison, George’s widow and there’s speculation that Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will take part.

The film will not only cover Harrison’s time with The Beatles, but also his involvement in Handmade Pictures which brought films like Time Bandits and Monty Python’s Life of Brian and his private life.

“It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story,” Oliva Harrison said of the project. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Fruit Tree Reduxe

September 27th, 2007

Fruit Tree is a box set of the studio albums of Nick Drake. It was taken out of print over 7 years ago and, on November 6, will make its return to shelves. This time around the studio albums will be accompanied by a 108-page book filled with track-by-track analysis from the man who discovered Drak, Joe Boyd, engineer John Wood, arranger Robert Kirby and songwriter/music journalist and friend Robin Frederick. Also in tow will be a DVD of A Skin Too Few, a biographical film on the life of the singer/songwriter.

There will also be a one-time vinyl pressing of the set that includes the book and DVD which will be limited to 2,000 units.

The tracklisting is as follows:

Five Leaves Left

Time Has Told Me
River Man
Three Hours
Way To Blue
Day Is Done
Cello Song
The Thoughts Of Mary Jane
Man In A Shed
Fruit Tree
Saturday Sun

Bryter Layter

Introduction
Hazey Jane II
At The Chime Of A City Clock
One Of These Things First
Hazey Jane I
Bryter Layter
Fly
Poor Boy
Northern Sky
Sunday

Pink Moon

Pink Moon
Place To Be
Road
Which Will
Horn
Things Behind The Sun
Know
Parasite
Free Ride
Harvest Breed Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

New Mates of State in the Works

September 26th, 2007

Indie-pop act Mates of State are currently working on the follow-up to 2006’s Bring it Back. The husband and wife duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel claim to be eight songs into the writing process and are aiming for an early 2008 release date. They will be aided and abetted by producers Chris Walla, Jim Eno, and Peter Katis of Death Cab, Spoon, and Interpol fame, respectively.

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By Robert Huff Posted in News

Amazon Launches Digital Music Store

September 26th, 2007

Amazon.com, in a landmark development, has launched it’s own digital music store, offering the largest selection of MP3 downloads with out Digital Rights Management protection on the web. The new site offers over 2 million songs from more than 180,000 artists and over 20,000 labels, all in 256 kilobits, a higher quality than even iTunes. The site also trumps iTunes in the pricing department, with many songs going for 89 cents as opposed to 99 and many albums, including the top 100 best-sellers, going for $8.99 or less.

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By Robert Huff Posted in News

Menomena – Friend and Foe

September 26th, 2007


What Does That Mean?

A band whose name is not a word but rather a meaningless sound has to make interesting music, right? Menomena’s third release Friend and Foe has countless styles and influences making it one of the more original and diverse releases in recent memory. Read more…

By Brendan Welsh Posted in Reviews