Archive for June, 2009

Wilco – Wilco The Album

June 30th, 2009

And You’ll Love Them, Baby

In an industry increasingly dominated by fresh faces and new acts, Wilco is an outlier. Over thirteen rollercoaster years they’ve released six studio albums, amassed a cult following, lost all but two founding members, and traveled the globe. And although they’ve endured more dramatic years than most acts will even see together, one thing remains consistent: their music has always been interesting, compelling, and endearing. Read more…

By Ryan Lewis Posted in Reviews

Vibe Magazine Closing Down

June 30th, 2009

Vibe Magazine, one of America’s leading music magazines, is closing down. According to Media Decoder, Chief of Vibe Media Group, Steve Aaron, wrote a memo to staff blaming suffering advertising sales for the magazine’s inability to stay afloat. The magazine was originally started by musician Quincy Jones in 1993, then called Time Warner Vibe. Later it sold to the Wicks Group in 2006. Circulation reached 818,000 during the second half of 2008. Read more…

By Jennika Ingram Posted in News

Arcade Fire to Work on New Album

June 30th, 2009

Win Butler, the frontman of Arcade Fire, revealed to NME that the band will be working on a follow-up to Neon Bible as soon as they can “bash it out” and that “none of [them] want to take three years making a record.”

Dates for an upcoming tour will be announced soon. Read more…

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News

Pixies Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Doolittle

June 29th, 2009

The Pixies are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the album Doolittle (1989) with an 11 date U.K. and European Tour. They will be performing the album in its entirety, including the B-sides.

10/01 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
10/02 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
10/04 – Glasgow, Scotland – SECC – Hall 4
10/06 – London, England – Brixton Academy
10/07 – London, England – Brixton Academy
10/08 – London, England – Brixton Academy
10/09 – London, England – Brixton Academy
10/11 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderhalle
10/13 – Amsterdam, Holland – Heineken Music Hall
10/14 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National
10/15 – Paris, France – Zenith Read more…

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News

Epitaph FREE Sampler Download

June 29th, 2009

Just like every summer on Warped Tour, Epitaph has released a sampler, but this year is available as a free digital download.

Download it here.

Track Listing:
1. Every Time I Die – “The Marvelous Slut”
2. Set Your Goals – “gaia bleeds (make way for man)”
3. Escape The Fate – “10 Miles Wide”
4. Bring Me The Horizon – “Diamonds Aren’t Forever”
5. The Blackout – “Children of the Night”
6. I Set My Friends On Fire – “Things That Rhyme With Orange”
7. Rancid – “Last One To Die”
8. Bad Religion – “New Dark Ages”
9. New Found Glory – “Don’t Let Her Pull You Down”
10. Sing It Loud – “Come Around”
11. You Me At Six – “Finders Keepers”
12. Farewell – “Devoid (That’s What I Think About It)”
13. The Higher – “It’s Only Natural”
14. Settle – “Affinity For My Hometown”
15. Frank Turner – “Photosynthesis”
16. Thursday – “Friends In The Armed Forces”
17. Vanna – “Safe To Say”
18. Our Last Night – “Escape”
19. Parkway Drive – “Idols And Anchors”
20. The Color of Violence – “Christina, Christina”
21. Leathermouth – “Bodysnatchers 4 Ever”
22. Story Of The Year – “The Antidote” Read more…

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News

Fearless Records FREE Sampler Download

June 29th, 2009

Fearless Records has released a Free Summer Sampler, featuring unreleased songs from Blue Caroline, The Word Alive, and Let’s Get It.

Download it from their MySpace.

Track Listing:
1. Sparks The Rescue – “Autumn”
From The Album Eyes To The Sun
2. Breathe Carolina – “Welcome To Savannah”
From The Album Hello Fascination
*In Stores 08/18/09
3. The Word Alive – “Quit While You’re Ahead”
From the EP Empire
*In Stores 07/21/09
4. Artist Vs Poet – “Assurance Closure”
From the EP Artist Vs Poet
5. Eye Alaska – “Walk Like A Gentleman”
From The Album Genesis Underground
*In Stores 07/07/09
6. A Skylit Drive – “Those Cannons Could Sink A Ship”
From the Album Adelphia
7. Lets Get It – “Do Not Disturb”
From the Ep Digital Spaces
*In Stores 08/04/09 Read more…

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News

Some Words for the King of Pop

June 27th, 2009

I usually refrain from personal commentary on mxdwn. In fact, rarely does any mxdwn writer use the site as a sounding board for personal point-of-view. However, the sad passing of the music industry’s appropriately monikered “King of Pop” Michael Jackson warrants words out of the ordinary. His passing was untimely and unexpected, as the man himself was undergoing a concerted effort to rebuild and relaunch his career, one that had been beset by constant controversy and rampant speculation. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Editorials

Michael Jackson Dead, R.I.P.

June 25th, 2009

According to multiple sources, the King of Pop passed away today, June 25, 2009.

He was pronounced dead by doctors at the UCLA Medical Center after arriving in a deep coma. Jackson is said to have suffered cardiac arrest and was not breathing when paramedics rushed to his place of residence just after 12pm this afternoon. CPR was performed and he was transported to the hospital. Doctors were unable to resuscitate him from his coma.

Read more…

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News, Top Story

Roskilde Festival Dates, Pricing and Lineup

June 25th, 2009

Denmark’s Roskilde Festival has just announced that one-day tickets are now available for the four day event. The festival, which runs from July 2-5, is still selling full festival packages for 265 Euros (est. $369.5) but daily rates are 110 Euros (est. $153.5). The festival has 200 acts slated to perform including Kanye West, Coldplay, Faith No More and Slipknot.
For more information on the festival and its lineup, go to Read more…

By Shervina Takhsh Posted in News

The Dead Weather Announce Festival Date and Album Release

June 25th, 2009

The Death Weather has just announced that they will play a set at Glastonbury Festival in England on June 26. Their set starts at 6:45 p.m. and will be performing songs from their album Horehound. The double vinyl version of Horehound is available for pre-order at
For more information on the band, check out Read more…

By Shervina Takhsh Posted in News