Archive for April, 2009

Bjork’s Voltaic

April 30th, 2009

On June 23, Icelandic envelope-pushing chanteuse Bjork will release Voltaic, a multimedia cornucopia of videos, remixes and live tracks from the tour in support of her 2007 effort Volta. This will also be her debut on Nonesuch.

The set will include two different live discs and two DVDs. Disc one will be her live performance in London’s Olympic Studios, Disc two will feature remixes by Ratatat, Spank Rock, Simian Mobile Disco and others, DVD one will be composed of footage from Paris and Reykjavik, and DVD two will be 15 videos (10 of which will be different videos for “Innocence”) including the Michel Gondry-directed “Declare Independence.”

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By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Pepper – Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations

April 30th, 2009

Hey, Is That… Oh, I Guess Not

Before we begin, let’s shine a spotlight on the 300 pound gorilla in the room: Pepper sounds like Sublime, in fact, an awful lot like Sublime. They always have, and five records into their career it seems the three-piece from Hawaii always will. The problem with maintaining such a strong resemblance to a wildly-popular influence is that your band will continuously be compared to its predecessor. In making such comparisons, Pepper’s latest, Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations, doesn’t fare too well. Read more…

By Ryan Lewis Posted in Reviews

Relaxed Camera Policy For NIN/Jane’s Addiction Shows Announced

April 29th, 2009

For those looking to attend the nostalgically epic shows that will comprise the joint tour of Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction, Trent Reznor has announced via the forums at that a relaxed photo/video policy will be in place from 5/7 to 6/12.

Here are examples of will or won’t be allowed:

I have a nice SLR camera and lens and I want to shoot photos. YES.
I have a high-quality camcorder and want to record video / audio. YES.
I have a shoulder-mounted broadcast-quality video camera and want to shoot the show. NO.
I have a flash-based audio recorder with a stereo hand-held mic and want to record the show. YES.
I have a full Pro-Tools rig running off a generator and want to record the show. NO.
I don’t have any recording devices but I’d kind of like to make out with Ilan. NO (probably).

The following will be enforced at the shows:

Photo and video access is granted only for non-commercial private use.
Photo and video access is limited to areas permitted by type of ticket held.
NO access to barricade/photo pit.
NO shoulder mounted video equipment allowed, all cameras must be hand held.
NO equipment with a dimension longer than 20 inches (including cameras, lenses, etc.)
NO equipment bags that violate existing venue bag policies (check with venue)
NO external supports (tripods, monopods, steadicam mounts, mic stands, etc.)
NO video or audio broadcast equipment (microwave, RF, etc.)
NO external power equipment
NO lighting equipment (mounted or secondary)

For more details, click the source link below. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

2009 Block Party in Seattle July 24 & 25 Announces Lineup

April 28th, 2009

The 2009 Capital Hill Block Party celebrating independent music will be hosted this July 24th and 25th in Seattle, Washington. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 1, 2009. Bands include Sonic Youth, The Jesus Lizard, The Gossip, Deerhunter, Black Lips, Earth, The Thermals, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Moondoggies, with over 40 bands total on 3 stages, featuring Northwest artists, especially indie and underground rock. John Richards – KEXP Morning Show Host says, “There is no other local event that truly brings the Seattle music community together…” It remains one of the cheapest festivals with early bird tickets (available May 1 – 15, 2009) priced at $40 for both days or $22 for one day. Tickets can be purchased at Partial profits will be contributed to non-profits Home Alive and The Vera Project. Read more…

By Jennika Ingram Posted in News

Great Northern – Remind Me Where the Light Is

April 28th, 2009

Band Needs Help Finding Northern Light

For a band called Great Northern, they aren’t that great. In their newest album Remind Me Where the Light Is, the duo of Rachel Stolte and Solon Bixler are average rather than outstanding. A cooing girl and sighing boy accompanied by dramatic background music give the impression that they are working to sound like every other indie band, rather than making a distinctive mark on the genre. Read more…

By Kaylyn Study Posted in Reviews

Slayer & Megadeth Join Forces for Canadian Carnage Tour June

April 28th, 2009

Slayer and Megadeth, two of the thrasher/metal giants who are known to have defined the genre, are set to co-headline four shows on the west coast of Canada this June. It’s being dubbed the Canadian Carnage tour. The two bands will perform together for the first time in more than 15 years. Supporting the bands  will be Machine Head with their renowned stage show, and the talents of the Suicide Silence recently awarded “Best New Talent” at the inaugural Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster outlets and online, May 2, 2009. 

Megadeth will likely spotlight some new material from their upcoming studio album due out in September via Roadrunner, while Slayer highlights their recent release of Psychopathy Red sold exclusively through participating independent records stores, and you can find these dealers at

Megadeth/Slayer Co-Bill Tour Dates 2009

06/24 – GM Place – Vancouver, BC
06/26 – Rexall – Edmonton, AB
06/27 – Saddledome – Calgary, AB
06/29 – MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB
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By Jennika Ingram Posted in News

Austin City Limits Music Festival Announces 2009 Lineup

April 28th, 2009

Austin City Limits Music Festival announces 2009 Lineup featuring Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Beastie Boys, and John Legend. Kings of Leon, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Thievery Corporation, Lily Allen, Sonic Youth, Moss Def, the B-52s, The Decemberists, The Dead Weather, The Levon Helm Band, Ghostland Observatory, Arctic Monkeys and Toadies are a few of the 130 bands scheduled to perform. The festival will take place October 2 – 4th, 2009 on 8 stages in Austin, Texas. Finally, regular three-day passes have gone on sale for $185 through their website at, and may go quickly. Top VIP tickets are still available for $850. Read more…

By Jennika Ingram Posted in News

Traditionalists (Secret Chiefs 3) Reveal Paranoid Film Soundtrack

April 27th, 2009

With a history as labyrinthing as it is interesting, Secret Chiefs 3 (this time under the Traditionalists moniker – one of the 7 satellite bands introduced in their Book of Horizons) have never been short on concept, ambition or creativity. With this in mind, Traditionalists are taking the oft-maligned concept of the ’soundtrack to a non-existent film’ and doing it in the style of Giallo cinema music.

The Giallo cinema score is predominantly resigned to obscure Italian B-movies, some of the masters of film music have tackled the craft like Ennio Morricone, Pierro Piccione and Bruna Nicolai.

Titled Le Mani Destre Recise Degli Ultimi Uomini, the album will ship during the third week in May. The completely instrumental score will also utilize the Secret Chiefs 3 stock of musical manpower (Trey Spruance, Ches Smith, Timb Harris, Shahzad Ismaily, William Winant, et al.).

The album can be preordered at the source link below.

Here’s the tracklisting:

Faith’s Broken Mirror
Sophia’s Theme
What’s Wrong with Cytherea?
Mourning In Ekstasis
He Hates Us
Psychism 1: Cytherea’s Possession
Love Spell
Agenda 21
Subcutaneous Solution
Abyss of Psychic Enchantments
Subdermal Sequence (Nano-Correction)
RFID Slaverider
Dionysian Dithyramb (Eros-seed of the Egregore)
Perfectly Reasonable
Psychism 2: Fear is the Great Teacher
Abolish Believers by Abolishing Belief
Funeral for What Might Have Been (Sophia’s Theme)
Codex Alimentarius
Putting Forth the Hand to Take
Psychism 3: Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind
Hypnotopia (Obey your Passion)
Nano-correction / Human Migrations / Faith Realizes
Chapel by the Sea (a Heart That is Broken and Humbled…)
The Strength to Sever
Baby Hedone (Harvest of the Egregore)
Zombievision 2012
The Great Die Off (He Mocks Us All)
Cytherea’s Awakening / Martyrdom at Romiou Point / Return to the Foam
To Love God is Sweeter than Life (Sophia’s Theme) Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

”Do You Realize??” What the New Official Song of Oklahoma is?

April 27th, 2009

After Yoshimi standout “Do You Realize??” was voted Oklahoma’s official rock and roll song, attempts were made to overturn the song’s landslide victory. These were resolved by Oklahoma governor Brad Henry releasing the following statement:

Office of Governor Brad Henry
State of Oklahoma
State Capitol – Oklahoma
City OK 73105

Gov Henry Overrides House, Honors People’s Choice of Lips Oklahoma City — Gov. Brad Henry will sign an executive order Tuesday, April 28th, naming the Flaming Lips song, “Do You Realize??,” as the official rock song of Oklahoma.

In a statewide Internet vote held late last year, that song was the choice of 51 percent of more than 21,000 votes cast. Senate Joint Resolution 24 sought to codify that vote, but was narrowly defeated.

For more than 20 years, Oklahoma’s own Flaming Lips have produced creative, fun and provocative rock music,” Gov. Henry said. “The music of the Flaming Lips has earned Grammys, glowing critical acclaim and fans all over the world. A truly iconic rock ‘n’ roll band, they are proud ambassadors of their home state. They were clearly the people’s choice, and I intend to honor that vote.

The signing of the executive order will be held at 2 p.m. April 28th at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.

In response, The Flaming Lips issued their own statement:

“As many people around the world know, The Flaming Lips are proud to be from Oklahoma. We want everyone to understand that only a minority of the representatives voted against this law. The facts are that “Do You Realize??”, won over 50% of the popular vote in the original poll, passed unanimously in the Senate, and won over a majority of the Representatives in the House (48 were for the law passing, 39 against ­ 14 were absent from the vote ­ you need 51 to pass the law). Regardless of what the minority in the House of Representatives wish, the Flaming Lips remain proud ambassadors of the state. We are honored that the majority of the people who voted, hoped to have “Do You Realize??” be The Oklahoma State Rock Song. Perhaps there is still a way it can be.” Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

De La Soul Return with Nike Workout Track

April 27th, 2009

In a continuing tradition that has seen Nike work with LCD Soundsystem, Aesop Rock and A-Trak, the shoe goliath is now going old school. De La Soul will release a 45-minute workout in conjunction with Nike on April 28 (tomorrow).

“We’d worked with Nike before, designing kicks and playing some of their marathons,” says Kelvin Mercer, aka Posdnuos. “We were excited when they approached us because we’re the first actual band to do one of these tracks. The set we did is an actual album, with eight or nine songs, not one long DJ set. We recorded the songs and took them to Nike for feedback, and then brought in Flostradamous to mix it all together. I’ve dabbled in running before, but I got back in to it and would run to test it out,” he says. “Nike also has a team of runners on staff who listen to it and give us their opinion.”

This project marks De La’s first new output since The Grind Date in 2004. The group are also planning to revive the DA.I.S.Y age as they celebrate the 20th birthday of their first masterpiece, 3 Feet High and Rising. Plans for another full length LP are also in the works. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News