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The BPA – I Think We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

May 31st, 2009


The Lost Tapes

In perhaps some of the most creative marketing of 2009, big beat pioneer Norman Cook–best known as “funk soul brother” Fatboy Slim–nears his 20th pseudonym with his return in the form of The Brighton Port Authority. An open-invitation collective of icons and budding newcomers, The BPA are a fictitious ’70s supergroup led by Cook and Brighton, England-based producer Simon Thornton, their rumored “existence” recently solidified by the “discovery” of tapes of mythical jam sessions featuring the likes of Iggy Pop, Martha Wainwright, David Byrne, and an impressive list of tomorrow’s stars (though tomorrow is probably today). Read more…

By John Tron Posted in Reviews ,

The Golden Animals – Free Your Mind And Win A Pony

May 28th, 2009

Door Jammed
Door Jammed
The Golden Animals, consisting of Tommy Eisner on guitar and vocals and Linda Beecroft on drums and vocals, do not write songs as much as they channel them.
The duoís latest recording, <i>Free Your Mind and Win a Pony</i>, conjures aural flashbacks of both early Grateful Dead and recent White Stripes, but itís the Doors who haunt this album. When Eisnerís rumbling voice sings “Ainít the world unfriendly when youíre out on your own?” itís eerily reminiscent of “People Are Strange.”
Many tracks have a bluesy feel but veer off into psychedelia. Motion is the albumís major theme, as is evident in titles like “Turn You Around,” “Ride Easy” and “I Want You to Come.” In opener “The Steady Roller,” insistent, train-like drums propel the song forward while Eisner intones about haunted train cars and castle mazes. By the final cut, “Darkness & Light,” the duo gives full rein to its psychedelic impulses, throwing in backward masking and tambourine shaking over a woozy, oscillating background hum.
According to their record companyís Web site, Eisner and Beecroft met in Brooklyn and recorded the EP <i>Do the Roar</i> in 2006 before departing Gotham for the Southern California desert. “Iíll take you in my car, girl / Iíll ride you ëround the whole world,” Eisner boasts in fuzzed out stomper, “My, My, My,” but even a pony will help you “leave behind whatís lost and lonely” in “Try on Me.”
Slide guitar crops up frequently, such as in “Follow Me Down,” where the smeared notes contrast with Eisnerís quivering bass, but mostly sounds reminiscent of the Doorsí “Moonlight Drive.”
At the moment, the Golden Animals appear to be in thrall to Jim Morrisonís undeniable charisma. Perhaps in the future the duo will venture further, exploring the Doorsí forays into Kurt Weill, flamenco guitar and Latin rhythms.

The Golden Animals, consisting of Tommy Eisner on guitar and vocals and Linda Beecroft on drums and vocals, do not write songs as much as they channel them. Read more…

By Raymond Simon Posted in Reviews

NIN Offer VIP Packages to Save A Life

May 28th, 2009

Trent Reznor and Radiohead may have a fictitious battle at the forefront of the ‘pay what you want for our album’ ideal going on, but on top of the NIN super deluxe editions of albums, Trent Reznor has gone on to allow taping of his own shows and now, saving lives.

For those who follow Reznor on Twitter, the man himself has put out a special VIP offer to raise money for Eric De La Cruz who is in need of a heart transplant.

These offers were made available May 20. Six days and $858,000 later, the NIN/JA shows can no longer accomodate additional VIP’s as demand was too great. However, NIN is still accepting $10 donations for the aid of Eric. 100% of the funds raised in this offer will be donated to Eric De La Cruz’s cause. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Gallows at SXSW March 21, 2009

May 27th, 2009

Somewhere within the hollowed-out dead streets and crumbled skyline of a future apocalypse, the men in Gallows might find themselves still standing, dukes up and ready for more. That fierceness, impenetrable bravado and an attitude brimming with disgust was available to the pub masses on a balmy late afternoon at SXSW 2009. Read more…

By Seano Barry Posted in Editorials

Pete Yorn Album with Scarlett Johansson, and 4th Album Are Set for Release

May 27th, 2009

Folksy-pop singer-songwriter, Pete Yorn is releasing an album with famous actress Scarlett Johansson, entitled Break Up due out on September 8th via Atco/Rhino. The debut single, “Relator” is streaming now on iTunes and at www.thebreakupalbum.com.

Yorn has another album, Back and Fourth coming out in stores, June 23rd via Columbia Records. Yorn relocated from Los Angeles to Omaha, Nebraska and formed a backing band with Joey Waronker (Beck), Nate Wolcott (Bright Eyes, The Faint, Rilo Kiley), Jonny Polonsky, Joe Karnes (John Cale) and Orenda Fink (Azure Ray). Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) and Frank Black (The Pixies) are the producers.

Currently, Yorn is touring as the opening act for Coldplay until June 4th.

Break Up Track List:

Relator
Wear and Tear
I Don’t Know What To Do
Search Your Heart
Blackie’s Dead
I Am The Cosmos
Shampoo
Clean
Someday

Back and Fourth Track List:

Don’t Wanna Cry
Paradise Cove
Close
Social Development
Shotgun
Last Summer
Thinking of You
Country
Four Years
Long Time
Read more…

By Jennika Ingram Posted in News

Destroyer Announces Album Release Date and Tour

May 26th, 2009

Destroyer EP, Bay of Pigs is set for release on August 18, 2009. Destroyer’s North American Tour begins in Atlanta on July 27, 2009. They are also performing at the XX Merge 20th Anniversary Music Festival in North Carolina, July 22 – 26, 2009. This album marks Destroyer’s introduction into the ambient disco market with their 13:37 minute song for which the album is entitled. The song was recorded with John Collins and David Carswell at their JCDC Studio in downtown Vancouver. The other side is 7:50, with a song called Ravers. It was created solely with an analogue synthesizer, and recorded by Ted Bois. More information is available at: http://www.mergerecords.com.

July North American Tour:

07/27 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
07/28 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
07/29 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
07/30 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
07/31 – Boston, MA – Paradise
08/02 – Sackville, NB, Canada – Sackville United Church

Bay of Pigs Tracks:

Bay Of Pigs – 13:37
Ravers – 7:50
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By Jennika Ingram Posted in News

Project Jenny, Project Jan – XOXOXOXOXO/The Colors EP

May 26th, 2009


Not Enough Songs about Buildings and Food

Remember the last Star Trek movie? No, not J.J. Abrams’ sexy revisionist take that is 2009’s first summer blockbuster—we’re speaking of 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis, where the Next Generation-era crew meet Shinzon, a human cloned from Captain Jean-Luc Picard with imperfect structure and motives. It’s a character like this that helps us form parallel descriptors of the fledgling career of Brooklyn musical duo Project Jenny, Project Jan. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews

R.I.P. Jay Bennett, Ex-Wilco Member

May 25th, 2009

Early in the morning of May 24, Jay Bennett, a former member of the band Wilco, passed away in his sleep at his home in Urbana, Illinois, to unknown causes at the age of 45. An autopsy is being performed to confirm more details. Edward Burch, a friend of Bennett’s and a musical collaborator, spoke with the Chicago Sun-Times and announced that the family is unavailable for further comment at this time.

A “multi-instrumentalist” for Wilco, Bennett worked on Being There, Summerteeth, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, in addition to their projects with Billy Bragg, Mermaid Avenue, and Mermaid Avenue, Volume 2. Jeff Tweedy of Wilco released a statement from their tour in Spain stating, “We are all deeply saddened by this tragedy. We will miss Jay as we remember him - as a truly unique and gifted himan being and one who made welcome and significant contributions to the band’s songs and evolution. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends in this very difficult time.”

Bennett’s death comes soon after he filed a breach of contract suit against Tweedy for alleged lack of compensation received after the production and distribution of the film I am Trying to Break Your Heart, in which he appeared. Although the court documents state that there were multiple attempts on the part of Bennett to obtain this payment, it was announced at around the same time Bennett revealed on his MySpace blog that he needed hip replacement surgery, but he was concerned about his lack of health insurance. “I began the arduous, or more accurately, extremely time consuming and endlessly frustrating, process of finding a surgeon and hospital that would perhaps ‘cut me a deal,’ be willing to bargain/barter a bit, or at least allow me to make installment payments. As it turns out, this /is/ possible, but also difficult to arrange, if you can not come up with a sizable down payment as a show good faith, etc. I have been saving as much money as possible ever since I made this new commitment to my health, my future, and my quality of life.”

Subsequent to leaving Wilco due to differences with Tweedy, Bennett released five albums: The Palace at 4am (2002 – which Burch worked on), Bigger Than Blue (2004), The Beloved Enemy (2004), The Magnificent Defeat, and Whatever Happened I Apologize (2008). Bennett’s latest album was released digitally on rockproper.com and is still available here. In addition, he produced Blues Traveler’s album !Bastardos! and played as a studio artist on many albums .

Bennett was born in the Chicago suburb of Rolling Meadows. He earned degrees in secondary education, math and political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bennett also founded the band Titanic Love Affair that released three albums in the early 1990s before being dropped from their label. He was completing work on his latest album Kicking at the Perfumed Air in his personal studio, Pieholden Suites at the time of his death.

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News

Eric Melvin Quits the Gimme Gimmes

May 25th, 2009

Citing irreconcilable differences, Melvin quit Me First and the Gimmes Gimmes, according to the Fat Wreck Chords site on May 22. The band will be continuing their tour dates with Useless ID with their original line up, including Fat Mike.

Tour Dates:
05/28/09 – Saarbruecken, Germany – Garage
05/29/09 – Huenxe, Germany – Ruhrpott Rodeo/Festival
05/30/09 – Landgraaf, Netherlands – Pinkpop Festival
05/31/09 – Bremen, Germany – Schlachthof
06/01/09 – Brussels, Belgium – AB
06/03/09 – Paris, France – Trabendo
06/04/09 – Sheffield, UK – Academy
06/05/09 – Liverpool, UK – Academy
06/06/09 – Bristol, UK – Academy
06/07/09 – London, UK at KOKO Read more…

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News

Beastie Boys Album Completed!

May 25th, 2009

The Beastie Boys have announced the completion of their latest album, Hot Sauce Committee, in an email to their fans on May 25. More details about the making of the album will be revealed on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” this evening. This album looks to be more “wordy” and political than their 2007 release The Mix-up.

Tour Dates:
06/12/2009 – Bonnaroo Music Festival – Manchester, TN
07/31/2009 – All Points West Festival – Jersey City, NJ
08/02/2009 – Osheaga Music & Arts Festival – Montreal, CA
08/08/2009 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL
08/30/2009 – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival – San Francisco, CA
09/24/2009 – Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, CA
10/02/2009 – Austin City Limits Festival – Austin, TX Read more…

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News