Archive for November, 2008

Kings of Leon – Only By the Night

November 28th, 2008

The Right Man for the Job

Kings of Leon is a family rock band from Tennessee comprised of three brothers (Cable, Jared, and Nathan Followill) and one cousin (Matthew Followill). Upon first listen, it is easy to imagine a group of men in their fifties attempting to recapture their youth through music that is reminiscent of 1980s hard rock. So it comes as a surprise that the oldest member of the band has yet to reach age 30. Read more…

By Camille Thien Posted in Reviews

Monkey – Journey to the West

November 25th, 2008

The Good, the Bad and the Monkey

Damon Albarn has never been afraid of taking risks. He went from being the front man of a globally successful Britpop band, to pioneering a completely virtual electro band, to establishing an indie supergroup with The Good, the Bad & the Queen. Now he has pushed himself into somewhat of a void: the pop opera. Read more…

By Tom Gayton Posted in Reviews

Diplo Re-Tools ”Good Time” by Brazilian Girls and Gives it Away

November 24th, 2008

World-renowned DJ and remix master Diplo has implemented his handiwork on “Good Time” from the third album from Brazilian Girls, New York City.

While the track will be available on the Good Time EP, Diplo and the good people that work with him have given us the opportunity to share the track with all those willing to give it a spin here. Please feel free to download and enjoy! Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Chris Martin Hints at a Coldplay Breakup

November 19th, 2008

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has suggested that a split may be in the cards by the end of next year for his band of ten years.

Martin told a British daily that bands should call it quits before becoming too old:

“I’m 31 now and I don’t think that bands should keep going past 33,” he said. “So, we’re trying to pack in as much as possible. Up until the end of next year, we’ll just go for it in every sense.

“I don’t believe in time off. We’ve still got most of our hair, we can still fit into our musical trousers and we’ve got to make the most of that.” Read more…

By Tim Kelly Posted in News

KCRW Names Music Director, Host

November 19th, 2008

A statement made by the SoCal station read:

“KCRW announces the appointment of Jason Bentley as Music Director and host of “Morning Becomes Eclectic”, effective December 1. Bentley will leave his current evening time slot to take over KCRW’s signature music program from 9am to noon PST, Monday through Friday.”

Bentley has been affiliated with station since working the phones in high school. He’s worked his way up through the ranks over the course of 16 years.

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By Tim Kelly Posted in News

Cut Copy Announce Tour Dates

November 19th, 2008

Cut Copy announced their final 17 tour dates in support of last April’s In Ghost Colours.

These will be the final shows for the band before returning to the studio to put together another record.

North American tour dates are as follows:

FRI 3/6 AUSTIN, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ
SAT 3/7 DALLAS, TX @ Granada Theater
MON 3/9 POMONA, CA @ The Glass House
TUE 3/10 LOS ANGELES, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
WED 3/11 LOS ANGELES, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
THUR 3/12 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ The Fillmore
FRI 3/13 LAS VEGAS, NV @ House of Blues
SUN 3/15 DENVER, CO @ Bluebird Theater
TUE 3/17 ST. LOUIS, MO @ The Gargoyle
WED 3/18 CHICAGO, IL @ Vic Theater
FRI 3/20 TORONTO, ON @ Circa
SAT 3/21 NEW YORK, NY @ Terminal 5
SUN 3/22 BOSTON, MA @ House Of Blues
MON 3/23 WASHINGTON, DC @ The 9:30 club
TUE 3/24 CARBORRO, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
THUR 3/26 ATLANTA, GA @ Masquerade
FRI 3/27 ORLANDO, FL @ Club Firestone
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By Tim Kelly Posted in News

Stephen Colbert to Release Holiday Album

November 19th, 2008

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!L features original songs written by David Javerbaum (executive producer, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and composer Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne).

The songs on Colbert Christmas were produced by Schlesinger and Steven M. Gold. Theme music and score also by Schlesinger and Gold. The bonus features on the DVD include a book burning Yule log, video advent calendar, alternate endings and more.

Tracklisting for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All! EP are as follows:
1. “Another Christmas Song” – Stephen Colbert
2. “Have I Got A Present For You” – Toby Keith
3. “The Little Dealer Boy” – Stephen Colbert and Willie Nelson
4. “Can I Interest You In Hannukah” – Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart
5. “Nutmeg” – Stephen Colbert and John Legend
6. “Please Be Patient” – Feist
7. “There Are Much Worse Things to Believe In” – Stephen Colbert and Elvis Costello
8. “(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love And Understanding” – Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello, Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend and Willie Nelson

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!L will be available on November 25. Read more…

By Tim Kelly Posted in News

Panic at the Disco – Pretty. Odd.

November 18th, 2008

Sophmore Album Takes ‘Odd’ Approach

Those expecting Panic at the Disco to deliver another “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” are in for a surprise. The band takes a markedly different approach on their sophomore album, Pretty. Odd. Gone are bitter lines from an angry teenage boy backed by synthesizer, replaced by insightful, often poetic, and frequently gleefully nonsensical lyrics from content adult musicians. Panic at the Disco’s two albums have little in common beyond Brendon Urie’s distinctive voice, and he’s now sharing vocal duties with the rest of his band. Read more…

By Kelsey Adelson Posted in Reviews

Ying Yang Twins – Chemically Imbalanced

November 16th, 2008

Double Trouble

The Ying Yang Twins became successful in the early part of this decade due to their unusual vocal tactics, such as whistling or whispering, over a Mr. Collipark beat. Take out the attention-grabbing banter and all that is left is Southern-fried garbage that clogs the ears. But instead of adopting another oral accent as a gimmick, the Ying Yang Twins turn the focus of Chemically Imbalanced on its producers: Mr. Collipark and Wyclef Jean. In a battle of the beats scenario, listeners learn during “Intro” that the album is basically split between the two: Collipark mainly produces the first half, while the latter half is primarily overseen by Jean. Who wins? Read more…

By Brad Ludwick Posted in Reviews

Prodigy – HNIC Part 2

November 15th, 2008

Mobbin’ Deep

Still spittin’ bars while sittin’ behind them, Prodigy doesn’t let his prison sentence bring his style of East Coast hip-hop from making its way onto disc. H.N.I.C. Pt. 2 is 14 tracks of gangsta rap from half of Mobb Deep.
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By Terence Calacsan Posted in Reviews