Archive for July, 2008

Eno & Byrne Album to Drop Next Month

July 31st, 2008

For the first time in almost 3 decades David Byrne and Brian Eno will join forces and continue the partnership that yielded masterpieces like Remain in Light, More Songs About Buildings and Food and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. The album that will come of it this time is titled Everything That Happens Will Happen Today and will be available at beginning August 18. A physical release for the album is planned, but no details have been divulged as to when.

David Byrne will also embark on a tour this fall showcasing material that his partnership with Brian Eno has yielded.

Everything That Happens… will happen like this:

My Big Nurse
I Feel My Stuff
Everything That Happens
Life Is Long
The River
Strange Overtones
Wanted For Life
One Fine Day
Poor Boy
The Lighthouse Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

The Hives to Play Live

July 31st, 2008

In support of their newest effort The Black and White Album, your new favourite band The Hives are hitting the road with Eagles of Death Metal. They’ll part ways shortly after so The Hives can head South America way.

Here’s the itinerary:

The Hives & Eagles of Death Metal Co-Headline Dates (Willowz to open):

9/16 – Austin, TX Stubb’s
9/17 – Dallas, TX House of Blues
9/19 – Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
9/20 – San Diego, CA Street Scene
9/21 – Anaheim, CA The Grove
9/22 – Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre
9/23 – San Francisco, CA The Warfield
9/24 – Los Angeles, CA The Mayan
9/25 – Los Angeles, CA The Mayan

The Hives in South America:

9/05 – Brasilia, BRAZIL Porao Do Rock Festival
9/06 – San Paulo, BRAZIL Orloff Festival
9/07 – Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL Circo Voadar
9/09 – Santiago, CHILE Teatro Caupolican
9/13 – Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA Lawn Tennis Club Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Hank III: Damn Right and Rebel Proud

July 31st, 2008

Following the highly ambitious and acclaimed Straight to Hell, Hank III will release Damn Right and Rebel Proud on October 21. The first single will be “Long Hauls and Close Calls,” for which a video has also been produced.

The tracklisting is as follows:

The Grand Ole Opry Ain’t So Grand
Wild & Free
Me and My Friends
6 Pack of Beer
I Wish I Knew
If You Can’t Help Your Own
Candidate for Suicide
H8 Line
Long Hauls and Close Calls
Stoned and Alone
3 Shades of Black
Workin Man Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

U2 – The Joshua Tree: 20th Anniversary Special Edition

July 28th, 2008

A Masterpiece with Unnecessary Bells and Whistles

U2 never beat around the bush in terms of what prize they were eyeing early in their career. They wanted to be the biggest band in the world. Artists with that in mind usually explode with a sea of adulation and ride one pop hook into the sellout horizon. Since time fades everyone into obscurity, the challenge is the length of time the crown is held. In 1987, The Joshua Tree saw U2 as a new pop music King Arthur arriving in Camelot. Two decades later, U2 is still maintaining residency. While bands like Radiohead and the Rolling Stones keep a hold of titles such as “Best” and “Highest Grossing” respectively, no band since this Irish quartet has been truly bigger. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in Reviews

Chiodos On Tour

July 26th, 2008

Hailing from Flint, MI, the post-hardcore band Chiodos has announced their latest tour in continuing support of their 2007 release on Equal Vision Records, Bone Palace Ballet. A special edition of Bone Palace Ballet is due out this fall, which will include new material. It will also feature a 30-minute preview the band’s concert DVD to be released in early 2009.

Tour dates:

8/10 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
8/16 – Poplar Grove, IL – Chubby Rain House
8/29 – Toledo, OH – Toledo Civic Theatre
8/30 – Lexington, KY – Downtown Arts Center
8/31 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
9/12 – Anchorage, AK – Club Millennium
9/13 – Fairbanks, AK – Chena Convention Center
9/22 – Louisville, KY – Club Oasis
9/23 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
9/25 – Johnson City, NY – Magic City Music Hall
9/26 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
9/27 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s at The Strand
9/28 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
9/30 – Richmond, VA – The National
10/1 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
10/2 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
11/21 РMonterey, MX РCaf̩ Iguana
11/22 – Mexico City, MX – Hard Rock Live
11/23 – Mexico City, MX – Hard Rock Live
Read more…

By Zachary Preston Posted in News

Kate Nash – Made of Bricks

July 25th, 2008

Cheeky Sense of Humour

As if torn from the pages of her diary, songs of snide and funny reflections on the absurdity of relationships are cleverly written by the young Kate Nash on debut Made of Bricks. The British musical ingénue has managed to take a tired genre of piano pop and transform it with a modern swagger. Rather than pining for romance, Nash’s sarcastic observations contain realist subtleties against light piano parts and synthesized samples. Read more…

By M. Burns Posted in Reviews

Cut Copy and The Presets Hook Up for Tour

July 23rd, 2008

In support of their respective acclaimed realeses In Ghost Colours and Apocalypso, Modular Presents labelmates Cut Copy and The Presets will hit the road for a co-headlining tour.

Things will be under way from early September to early October in the following cities:

9/13 – Monolith Festival – Denver, CO
9/15 – The Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
9/16 – Fine Line Music Cafe- Minneaplis, MN
9/17 – Metro – Chicago, IL
9/19 Sound Academy – Toronto, Ontario
9/20 – Club Soda – Montreal, Quebec
9/21 – Webster Hall – New York City, NY
9/22 – Webster Hall – New York City, NY
9/23 – Paradise – Boston, MA
9/25 – The Trocadero Theater – Philadelphia, PA
9/26 9:30 Club – Washington D.C.
9/27 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/29 – Emo’s Alternative Lounge – Austin, TX
9/30 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
10/3 – The Glass House – Pomona, CA
10/5 – Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA
10/7 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
10/8 – Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
10/9 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, B.C Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Sonicbloom – Paradigm Lift

July 22nd, 2008

Sonic Boom

Let he who has not sinned cast the first JanSport. Before the alternative hip-hop fans, often called backpackers by the hip-hop community, receive a thrashing, be warned that alternative hip-hop is on the move. Similar to OutKast and underground rapper Aesop Rock, hip-hop fans are opting for jazz-laced beats, complex and intelligent lyrics, brimmed knitted caps, and ethnically diverse MCs. California Bay Area’s Sonicbloom combines the melodic phrasing of André 3000 and the playfulness and lyrical style of fellow Nor Cal wordsmiths The Gift of Gab and Aesop Rock with Paradigm Lift. Read more…

By Terence Calacsan Posted in Reviews

Monkey Score to See Physical Release

July 22nd, 2008

Damon Albarn’s score for his Gorillaz-inspired opera, Monkey: Journey to the West will be found on shelves in the coming months. Meanwhile, the opera will be staged in London July 23.

There will be 22 songs on the CD to be released by XL Recordings. There will also be a vinyl boxed set will also be available from Village Factory Ltd. The release date hasn’t been set.

With Monkey coming to fruition, Albarn and his collaborater, Jamie Hewlett aren’t resting on laurels. They’ve begun work on Carousel, a project they believe will be more difficult than Journey to the West and may end up as a film, or album, or both. “Damon’s written around 70 songs for it, and I’ve got great plans for the visuals, but right now, at this moment, it’s still just a really good idea,” Hewlett said of the project. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Ben Kweller – Ben Kweller

July 21st, 2008

Cute As Ever

Young artists sometimes get more credit than their talent warrants just because they are cute and marketable. For Ben Kweller, being dangled in front of record execs with his band Radish at the tender age of fifteen did nothing to help his songwriting ability. His self-titled third record still reflects his boyish innocence and immaturity. Read more…

By Brendan Welsh Posted in Reviews