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Monday, December 12, 2005

On the Road with... David Gray

Tour dates according to Billboard...

Gray will be out in support of his latest ATO/RCA album, "Life in Slow Motion," which debuted at No. 16 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 230,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Last week, the artist unveiled an "iTunes Originals" download via Apple's iTunes Music Store, featuring six exclusive tracks recorded in a San Francisco studio and two previously unreleased live selections taped at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club.

Here are David Gray's tour dates:

March 1: Atlanta (Fox Theatre)
March 2: Cincinnati (Taft Theatre)
March 3: Cleveland (Palace Theatre)
March 5: Milwaukee (Riverside Theatre)
March 6: Indianapolis (Murat Theatre)
March 7: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
March 9: Houston (Verizon Wireless Theatre)
March 10: Dallas (Nokia Theatre)
March 11: Austin, Texas (Backyard)
March 13: Denver (Lecture Hall)
March 14: Salt Lake City (Kingsbury Hall)
March 16: Portland, Ore. (Theatre of the Clouds)
March 19: Oakland, Calif. (Paramount Theatre)
March 20: San Diego (Copley Symphony Hall)
March 21: Los Angeles (Gibson Amphitheatre)

The Money Shot: The Hives

The world according to Howlin' Pelle...

The Money Shot: It almost seems like the rest of the day I'm keeping it down more than trying to turn it on. I feel like the 23 hours of the day that I'm not on stage are when I'm pretending. If I were to be like that all the time it would never work socially. I've always had way too much energy. I was a hyperactive kid.

Coming Attractions: Arctic Monkeys

Just in from NME...

Arctic Monkeys have confirmed the tracklisting and artwork for their debut album 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not'. The record is released on January 30, and features the Number One single 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor', and forthcoming single 'When The Sun Goes Down'.

The tracklisting runs:

'The View From The Afternoon'
'I Bet You Look
Good On The Dancefloor'
'Fake Tales Of San Francisco'
'Dancing Shoes'
'You Probably Couldn't See For The Lights But You Were Looking Straight At Me'
'Still Take You Home'
'Riot Van'
'Red Light Indicates Doors Are
Secured'
'Mardy Bum'
'Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But...'
'When
The Sun Goes Down'
'From Ritz To The Rubble'
'A Certain Romance'

Poor Man's Speedball

Looks like the Kaiser Chiefs are having fun on the road with the Foo Fighters.

The Money Shot: "It's been so good, we went straight offstage and Dave gave us a load of Jägerbombs. You ever had a Jägerbomb before? It's great. It's a shot of Jägermeister (strong 70-proof (35%) liqueur flavored with herbs from Germany) and a shot of Red Bull. The poor man's speedball, that's what they call it."

On the Road with... Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Tour dates as reported by livedaily.com

December 2005
15 - Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Cafe (two shows)

February
2006
5 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
7 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
8 - Chicago, IL - Metro
9 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
10 - Columbus, OH - Newport
11 - Slippery Rock, PA - Slippery Rock University
13 - Cleveland, OH - Odeon
14 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix
15 - Montreal, Quebec - Tulipe
17 - Boston, MA - Avalon
18 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
19 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
20 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
22 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
23 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
24 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
25 - St. Louis, MO - Mississippi Nights
27 - Atlanta, GA - Variety
28 - Tampa, FL - The Social

March 2006
1 - Orlando, FL - The State
2 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
5 - New Orleans, LA - Parish
6 - Houston, TX - Meridian
7 - Austin, TX - Parish
8 - Dallas, TX - Trees
10 - Phoenix, AZ - Clubhouse
11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
13 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre
15 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Auditorium
16 - Sacramento, CA - Empire
18 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
19 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
20 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore

On the Road with... Cat Power

The latest on Cat Power from Pitchfork...

Marshall returns January 24 with The Greatest, her Matador-stamped seventh long-player (if you count that covers disc), and has announced a nine-date jaunt to further assert her sublime superlative-ness. In her corner, a backing ensemble known as the Memphis Rhythm Band, featuring such heavy hitters as guitarist Mabon "Teenie" Hodges and bassist Leroy "Flick" Hodges from the legendary Hi Rhythm band, drummer Steve Potts from the MGs, and guitarist Doug Easley, producer/engineer for everybody from Sonic Youth and Guided by Voices to the Gories and the Box Tops. In the other corner? That dread spectre of stage fright which has notoriously plagued the singer/songwriter. And rumble they shall!

Of course, self-aggrandizement has never been Chan Marshall's game, and let's not forget the aforementioned title track opens with a wistful "Once I was...". So somewhere down in Georgia, a tongue is fondling a cheek, but that's no reason not to catch Chan and her spirited retinue as they aspire to some degree of greatness on these American stages and beyond. And for crissakes, sit down this time around. This means you, Chicago.

Get KO'd:

02-14 New York, NY - Town Hall *
02-18 Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Hall *
02-20 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre *
02-22 Los Angeles, CA - Wilshire Ebell *
02-23 San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts *
02-24 San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts *
02-26 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre *
03-04 London, England - The Barbican *
03-08 Paris, France - Grand Rex *
* with the Memphis Rhythm Band

TiVo Alert

Musical highlights from this week's late night shows...

Monday - Coldplay (Leno), The New Pornographers (Conan), Keane (Carson Daly)
Tuesday - Nada Surf (Late Late Show), Spoon (Carson Daly), Death Cab For Cutie (Kimmel)
Wednesday - Susan Tedeschi (Conan)
Friday - Chris Isaak (Late Late Show), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Conan)

Thursday, December 08, 2005

CBGB Closing on Next Boo-Day

Another update on the NYC club from Billboard...

The new agreement boosts the rent at the world-renowned rock club to a near-market price of $35,000 a month -- up from the old deal's $19,000. It also requires Kristal to leave the dank, dingy space by Oct. 31, 2006 -- although he's already looking for a new location.

The Money Shot: Franz Ferdinand

NME reports that Franz Ferdinand is already working on the next album...

The Money Shot: "I think if you just continue songwriting, that's when it doesn't strike you as pressure," he told XFM. "That's the reason you get a band together, because you want to write tunes. You want to hang around each other's flats and write songs, and when you don't think about it as being a big deal, that's when you write the best songs."

Bruce, U2, Green Day, Franz Ferdinand Get Grammy Nods

The list is here.

There are always some interesting choices... For example, Neil Young's "The Painter" is nominated for male rock vocal along with Springsteen's "Devils and Dust". A couple of the least rockin' tunes of the year. Young also gets a nod for Best Rock album while Bruce is more rightfully slotted in the Contemporary Folk category.

MJ artists getting a nomination include: U2, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Gorillaz, Coldplay, LCD Soundsystem, John Prine, Green Day, Keane, Jack Johnson, The White Stripes, Fiona Apple, Foo Fighters, Audioslave, NIN, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer, Arcade Fire, Beck, and Death Cab for Cutie.

The Money Shot: Iron & Wine

Now Beam, who recently moved to rural Texas, is turning his attention to the follow-up to Our Endless Numbered Days. "It's pretty much written, it's just a matter of finding time to record it," he says in a quiet southern drawl. "I'll probably start at the beginning of the new year. I just moved, so I'm trying to set up this home studio. As soon as I get that up and running, I'll start recording."

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

There is a god... ABBA will never reform

CNN reports that my prayers have been answered...
Bjorn Ulvaeus said on Monday that ABBA had no intention of following in the footsteps of other famous bands that have regrouped in recent years. "We believe that what we did then was pretty good," he told Reuters in a telephone interview during a trip to England. "But after, we felt that the energy was running out towards the end of the 1970s, we decided, why should we do a Rolling Stones or a Queen?" he said.

CBGB to say "Vegas Baby"?

According to the NY Post...
Famed punk-rock club CBGB may be trading in the Bowery for the blackjack table. The New York institution — which will be evicted from its current location on the Bowery sometime in 2006 — is in talks to secure a new home near the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

For more on the move to try to save CBGB in NYC, go here...

http://www.savecbgb.org/

On the Road with... Jeff Tweedy

This just in from Pitchfork...


Now that Jeff Tweedy is done kicking television, it's time for him to hit the stage. Mr. Wilco will embark on a short solo tour in early 2006, which will take him to Canada and down the West Coast.

In addition to this short string of dates, the full Wilco is scheduled to play the Langerado Music Festival in March in Florida. As previously reported, the Flaming Lips, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and a bunch of hippie bands will also perform.

Kick it:

01-31 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
02-02 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
02-03 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
02-04 Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater
02-06 Arcata, CA - Humboldt State University
02-08 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
02-09 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
02-11 San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
02-12 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater
03-12 Sunrise, FL - Langerado Music Festival

Monday, December 05, 2005

Cheap Thrills 12.06.05

Looks like more new Strokes is hitting the 'Net...

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The Money Shot 12.05.05

David Byrne and Pete Doherty on the lam? Read on...

David Byrne In Trouble with The RIAA?
The Money Shot: The RIAA issued me a warning based on a previous radio playlist that featured all Missy [Elliot], all the time. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which was passed by congress in 1998, was a hastily thrown together measure (in my opinion) which aimed to protect the music industry from the impending apocalypse. While some parts of the law seem reasonable, other aspects went somewhat overboard to protect the interests of the industry, before folks even knew what would be developed, invented or what half the terms actually meant.

Mould Says 'No' to Husker Du Reunion
The Money Shot: In the recent reunion-heavy climate, with everyone from the Pixies to Slint to Gang of Four rejoining on the stage, the idea of a Husker Du reunion has graced more than a few tongues. His revisiting of old material seemed to fuel those flames. And still, despite embracing his past successes, Mould is content to laugh off such an endeavor.

Arcade Fire Go To Church For Next CD
The Money Shot: Guitarist Tim Kingsbury told NME.COM: "We're going to start recording. We just bought an old church just south of Montreal and we're turning it into a recording studio. Win (Butler) and Regine (Chassagne) they both sort of had a fantasy of buying a church. "

Hatfield Keeping Her Shirt On
The Money Shot: "I can't compete in today's marketplace anyway," the 38-year-old said. "Mainstream culture is gross. People with the most amazing talent are taking their clothes off to sell their music. I find it disgusting and I'm not a prude. Aretha Franklin never put on a bikini to sell records. Would she have to if she was starting out now?"

Patterson Says New DBT is 'Blessing and a Curse'
The Money Shot: After the last two years of writing a lot slower than I’ve tended to write most of my life, I hit a real super-prolific streak. And I think it’s the result of the pressure of writing a new record, it kind of got me off my ass, and all the stuff that’s happened with having a baby and all of that. Plus at the studio, there’s a lot of downtime where you’re just stuck there. So I wrote a fuck-load. I’ve probably written three albums worth of material.

An Interview with Tommy Ramone
The Money Shot: "We were driving in our van and we pulled into a rest stop. We went in to use the facilities and as we entered the rest stop owner comes up to our road manager and goes, “It’s nice of you taking care of these retarded kids.”

On the Road with We Are Scientists
The Money Shot: The itinerary has them sticking to the northeast, starting at NYC's Bowery Ballroom January 12 and hitting Buffalo, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland and Baltimore before wrapping at Philadelphia's North Star.

Doherty Facing Hard Time
The Money Shot: "I hadn't even told my mum I was back from Arizona and then I got nicked," he continued. "I feel really bad for doing this to her. I'm pretty sure though that I'm going to get in trouble - and I really think I'm going to prison this time.""I can't go back to prison. I can't - I don't think I could take it."

Coming Attractions... The Minus 5
The Money Shot: For the seventh album from his chamber pop collective the Minus 5, the former Young Fresh Fellow has thumbed through his massive rolodex and come up with the kind of guest list indie rock wet dreams are made of: R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, and Glenn Kotche, the Decemberists' Colin Meloy and John Moen, the Posies' Ken Stringfellow, Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger and the Long Winters, singer-songwriter-author John Wesley Harding, alt-country chanteuse Kelly Hogan, and, why not, Ministry's Bill Rieflin and Mott the Hoople’s Morgan Fisher. (Minus 5 indie cred points.)

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Cheap Thrills 12.05.05

Tons of Iron & Wine and Calexico today along with a cool U2/Arcade Fire cover, Tom Vek, Bloc Party and a lot more...

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TiVo Alert

Looks like a good week on TV this week with at least one must-see appearance almost every night...

Monday - Ryan Adams (Letterman), David Gray (Carson Daly)
Tuesday - Brian Wilson (Leno), Patti Smith (Conan), O.A.R. (Carson Daly)
Wednesday - Antony & The Johnsons (Letterman), Coldplay (Conan)
Thursday - Franz Ferdinand (Late Late Show)
Friday - Amos Lee (Late Late Show), James Blunt (Conan)

Friday, December 02, 2005

Friday's Random 10

It's Friday which means it's time to put the iPod on shuffle and share the first 10 songs played. Here goes...
  1. Life Up Every Stone - John Hiatt
  2. Shoot Out The Lights - Richard & Linda Thompson
  3. C'mon, C'mon, C'mon - Paul Westerberg
  4. Date With Ikea - Pavement
  5. Home To Houston - Steve Earle
  6. Pot of Gold - Arthur Dodge and the Horsefeathers
  7. Middle of Nowhere - Hot Hot Heat
  8. All I Need Is Everything - Over The Rhine
  9. All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople
  10. Black Tambourine - Beck
Please play along with your own lists in the comments.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Money Shot 12.01.05

Because Dave & Oprah aren't the only ones in the headlines...

Thom Yorke says "Fuck Business Leaders!"
The Money Shot: “So the UN are meeting in Montreal to decide what to do after the Kyoto protocol, and already the US administration has buried its witless head in the fucking sand, refusing to take part. You can even see the strings being pulled. This is a true evil."

Clap Your Hands, Arcade Fire and Blog Buzz
The Money Shot: “Like we tend to get really carried away when we love a record, and while that tends to help a lot of bands we think deserve attention, there can also be negative repercussions if we go too nuts.”

Surprise, Surprise... Doherty Arrested
The Money Shot: The Metropolitan Police confirmed that officers had stopped a car driving erratically in the area. The force said "substances" were found and a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs, a category that includes cocaine and heroin.

Coming Attractions... Guster
The Money Shot: Rock act Guster is eyeing a spring 2006 release date for its next Reprise album, "Ganging Up on the Sun." Among the tracks tipped for inclusion are "Hang On," "The Beginning of the End," "C'mon," "One Man Wrecking Machine" and an as-yet-unnamed track featuring vocals from a cashier who works at a food shop near where the band recorded in Woodstock, N.Y.

Meet The Subways
The Money Shot: “We’re going to work hard and make sure that the people who come out to hear our music really have a great time,” Lunn says, admitting to a mix of trepidation and excitement. “We’re coming there to prove ourselves and the only way to do it is to start from square one and build a foundation, build a community. We can hardly wait.”

Coming Attractions... The Eels
The Money Shot: Eels have announced details of a new album and DVD 'Eels With Strings Live At Town Hall'. The album was recorded live at New York's Town Hall on June 30, and follows-up the band's double album 'Blinking Lights And Other Revelations', which was released earlier this year.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' New Feline Concept CD
The Money Shot: During the pair's stay in Chile, O found a cat, and the soon-to-be-beloved pet eventually became the album's conceptual focus."The whole album is pretty much about this cat's journey from Chile to New York," Clean said. "Each track tells the story of the [cat's life]. So it starts with Coco's birth, to when they found Coco, and continues."

Coming Attractions... Minus 5
The Money Shot: Enduring rock collective the Minus 5 will on Feb. 7 release its next studio album, "The Gun Album." The Yep Roc set features core members Scott McCaughey, guitarist John Ramberg and R.E.M. members Peter Buck and Bill Rieflin surrounded by such guests as John Wesley Harding, Kelly Hogan and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy and John Moen.

Cheap Thrills 12.1.05

More catching up. Let the Xmas songs begin in full...

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Cheap Thrills 11.30.05

Knocking the dust off a few MP3s...

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TiVo Alert

Congrats to the Kimmel show for finally breaking their string of weeks without a single decent musical act by having Beck on this Friday. Also, breaking some virgin territory is the Daily Show which will feature a rare musical act... the White Stripes. Will they actually play or is Jon planning to use his hard-hitting interviewing skills to get to the bottom of this whole "Meg and Jack are siblings" thing??

Tuesday - Alanis Morissette (Leno)
Wednesday - The Magic Numbers (Conan), Alanis (Kimmel)
Thursday - Bonnie Raitt (Letterman), Liz Phair (Carson Daly), The White Stripes (The Daily Show)
Friday - The White Stripes (Conan), Beck (Kimmel)

I'm Back!!

Hey gang...

Between the Thanksgiving holiday and a bad sinus infection that I'm still fighting, I haven't been able to spend much time at the computer. But I think I'm on the mend and there's a lot of blogging to do.

Did anyone miss me?

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Cheap Thrills 11.22.05

A cool White Stripes "B" side & lots of Ted Leo...

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The Money Shot 11.22.05

Catching up on the news...

Edge's 'Music Rising' to Help New Orleans Musicians
The Money Shot: "The devastation wrought by the hurricanes of 2005 to the Gulf Coast region has threatened not only the lives and livelihoods of the region's residents, but the area's rich and spirited culture as well," says the Edge. "Providing replacement instruments through Music Rising will not only help thousands of professional musicians affected by the hurricanes to regain a foothold on their future, but will also ensure that one of the Gulf Coast's greatest assets, its music, rises again." (Music Rising website here.)

Coldplay Scalping Their Own Tickets?
The Money Shot: On Saturday, the band launched a special online auction through Ticketmaster.com, which gives fans the chance to bid on pairs of tickets to the first leg of shows on the band's upcoming North American tour. By Monday, the minimum bid on tickets for several shows was already as high as $400, and no bid was lower than $80 for a pair of tickets.

Courtney In Rehab
The Money Shot: She clearly had a dysfunctional relationship with others in her group, who often came to her when they were feeling weak. "I'd sit at a meeting and I'd say I feel like doing blow today and all of a sudden there'd be a line of people that wanted to do drugs with me and it would be like 'Relapse?' 'Let's call Courtney.'"

Sufjan Stevens: The Ultimate Indie?
The Money Shot: 'Corporations are run on principles of greed, and making the most money possible with the least work possible, and I think that's counterproductive to the health of human beings and society,' says Stevens, a half-confident, half-nervous figure with limpid green eyes who manages to seem distracted and deeply attentive at the same time. 'They create wealth but they destroy cultures and families. The World's Fair was the precursor to theme parks like Disneyworld, and the really sort of cheap, superficial promotional architecture that you see everywhere in the US. I think there's a danger when you start creating a civilisation that isn't meant to last.'

Jeff Tweedy's Not A Control Freak.... Yeah, Riiiiiiiiight.
The Money Shot: I don’t think I ever really had the energy or the interest in really exerting that much control. I mean, I know a lot of people have this idea of that being the case, and there’s certainly elements of truth to that, but one of them is not in being very dictatorial about what I want played.

Coming Attractions - Richard Thompson
The Money Shot: Details are finally coming to light about "RT - The Life and Music of Richard Thompson," which has been in the works for several months. Due Feb. 7 through the U.K.-based independent Free Reed Records and Music label, the five-disc collection set will trace the troubadour's career as a solo artist, with seminal U.K. folk act Fairport Convention, in partnership with ex-wife Linda and in other settings.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Cheap Thrills 11.21.05 (Encore Edition)

But wait... there's more! :)
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Cheap Thrills 11.21.05

The countdown to Turkey Day hits 3 days to go...

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Cheap Thrills 11.17.05

New Coldplay (a B-side), Ryan Adams top the list...
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The Money Shot 11.17.05

Today's news highlights...

Jack and Meg Cracking Up in the U.K.?
The Money Shot: "Penny and I miss America, did you know? Maybe Penny should be Miss America? We miss the Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons, and hundred grand candy bars.""Penny and I are sad that we have to take a break soon," he added. "It takes so long to play the whole world doesn't it? Why haven't we played in India? Why haven't we played more in Indiana? What is indie? What is mainstream? Is it sane to play mainly on the plains or only to the lonely?"

New Flaming Lips Track Hits the Net
The Money Shot: "You don't really know when the good stuff is going to happen, you just kind of have to be doing stuff and hope it turns out good and little by little. We kind of let some of it get out there and let people listen to it and we like getting some feedback. As ridiculous as that seems to go against the idea of an uncompromising artistic approach, you need some objective ideas need to be thrown your way once in a while because you get so caught up in your own world."

Coming Attractions... The Hives!
The Money Shot: The Hives' next album should be out by autumn 2006, the band have said. The group have a number of new songs for the follow-up to 2004's 'Tyrannosaurus Hives', but are resisting playing the tracks live.

Cash on "Walk The Line"
The Money Shot: Sadly, Cash died before he and Phoenix could meet face-to-face. But to the end, the legend appreciated and returned the love that such younger artists had for him."I'm aware that some of them do [admire me]," he said at the time, before acknowledging the crushing loss of his soul mate just three months prior. "My little world has been kind of limited lately, since June's death. I've kind of hung close to home here; yeah, I did hear from Kid Rock through Hank Williams Jr. that he would like to meet me."

Coming Attractions... Belle & Sebastian
The Money Shot: Veteran Scottish rock act Belle & Sebastian will release its new album, "The Life Pursuit," Feb. 6 via Rough Trade in the United Kingdom and Europe. The set will arrive the next day in the United States via Matador.

Interview with DBT's Jason Isbell
The Money Shot: Luckily for Isbell, the other members of the band accepted him, not just as the new guitar player but also a songwriter alongside Hood and co-founder Mike Cooley. "If I came in with a song that sounded like fucking Bauhaus, as long as it was a good song, they probably wouldn't mind, though Cooley would probably give me shit," Isbell said. He also found that the band had established a tight rapport. "If there's a song that's not strong enough for a Truckers' record, the person who wrote it will usually be the one to cut it. I think it's just a matter of the chemistry we have in the band."

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Cheap Thrills 11.16.05

Awesome acoustic Tweedy songs top the day's list...
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The Money Shot 11.16.05

All the news I feel like blogging...

Laura Veirs: To Tour or Not To Tour?
The Money Shot:"It's a job, and I can feel it wearing on me," she said from the Arizona desert. "Touring is kind of fun but tough. We just got through with a 12-hour drive. It's not good on your body, and there's all this sitting around waiting. When I go home, I do yoga and eat well, but then I get back out here and I'm immediately smoking and drinking again. It's a very topsy-turvy existence."

Not Content to Bash Coldplay, The Darkness Takes a Pop at Doherty
The Money Shot: "I'd say firstly (Pete) doesn't do rock music, and secondly, he only sells records because people are curious as to what a junkie sounds like," Hawkins told Orange World. "I think that's really wrong and really irresponsible...I think he's a talentless waste of fucking skin!"

Road Trippin' with Supergrass
The Money Shot: U.K. rock quartet Supergrass will return to North America for a 15-date tour that begins Feb. 6 in Toronto. The trek will be in support of the group's latest Capitol album, "Road to Rouen," which debuted in August at No. 9 on the U.K. album chart.

Jem's a Whore?
The Money Shot: "I'm like prostituting myself," Jem joked. "No, I think it used to be a sort of dodgy thing to do, but I mean as far as I'm concerned, as long as it's done creatively ... I don't want my music on like a dodgy food ad or something, but I think that I'm really flattered and its catch is huge. I did write the album to be heard."

Coming Attractions - Morrissey
The Money Shot: The singer, has been mixing the follow up to 'You Are The Quarry' in Rome with producer Tony Visconti and has set a release date of March 20, 2006 for the LP.As previously reported, a single will precede the LP in early February.

Road Trippin' with the Decemberists' Colin Meloy
The Money Shot: For the second January in a row, Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy will embark on a solo tour as his bandmates recuperate from another busy year on the road. The hardy Meloy will play nine cities on the trek, starting January 18 with a West Coast run that includes the Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

and finally, because sometimes dreams come true...

Destiny's Child Plays Final Show
The Money Shot: The trio also gave its first and apparently last public performance of the new single "Stand Up for Love." Asked by Kimmel if the split would be permanent, Rowland seemed to leave the door open for a future reunion. "You never know," she replied.

Music That Sucks 11.16.05

In stores just in time for the holidays! Personally, I'd rather get a truckload of coal in my stocking on Xmas day than any of this dreck...
  • Journey - Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour (Journey live? Because my wish for Journey dead is yet to come true...)
  • Santana - A&E Live by Request (More toothless, 'Smooth' lite rock from a legend who's cashin' in...)
  • Loggins and Messina - Sittin' in Again at the Santa Barbara Bowl (I think I liked them better when they were broken up...)
  • Various Artists - This Is Mullet Rock (Just guessin' but somehow I don't think this is going to include anything from those early but unfortunate U2 bad-hair days...)
  • Jimmy Buffett - Live at Fenway Park (OK everybody... Close your eyes & picture your frat-boy boss drunk, wearing a flip-flops and a Hawaiian shirt and "rockin' out" to "Cheeseburger In Paradise."... Nuff said.)
  • Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi - Platinum Deluxe Edition (Features an interview entitled "Mariah Carey In Her Own Words"... ooooh, somebody call Mensa!)
  • Carrie Underwood - Some Hearts (File next to Justin Guarini?)
  • Rod Stewart - The Great American Songbook Box Set (All four CDs together in one box... uh, because four of shit is still SHIT?)

Buy These Now 11.16.05

Here's your weekly shopping list... Go get the Springsteen disc now. I saw some of the 1975 concert footage on the big screen Monday night & it was truly amazing to see Bruce tear it up like he was the missing link between the garage bands of the 60's and the punks of the late 70's. If you've always judged him based on the icon that he's become, watch this and then picture yourself seeing a performance like that at your favorite small hole-in-the-wall venue and you'll start to understand how he became "The Boss" in the first place.

Between the Springsteen reissue, the live Wilco & Green Day CDs and the U2 DVD, I gotta give this bountiful week an "A+".
  • Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run: 30th Anniversary Edition
  • Bright Eyes - Motion Sickness: Live Recordings
  • Green Day - Bullet in a Bible
  • Wilco - Kicking Television - Live in Chicago
  • Various Artists - MySpace Records Vol. 1 (featuring Weezer, Dashboard Confessional, Against Me! and others)
  • Original Soundtrack - Cry Wolf (featuring Bloc Party, Cake, Low and others)
  • Original Soundtrack - Walk the Line (the Johnny Cash biopic)
  • Original Soundtrack - Screaming Masterpiece (featuring the Icelandic music scene including Björk & Sigur Rós)
  • Original Soundtrack - The O.C. Mix 5 (including the Kaiser Chiefs, LCD Soundsystem, Gorillaz)
  • Guided by Voices - The Electrifying Conclusion: The Final Concert, New Year's Eve 2004 (DVD)
  • U2 - Vertigo// 2005: Live from Chicago (DVD)

Sony BMG Recall

We covered this here and here. The NY Times reports that Sony BMG's trying to get in front of this by recalling the CDs, but will it be enough? I don't think so...

For some critics, the recall will not be enough.

"This is only one of the many things Sony must do to be accountable for the damage it's inflicted on its customers," said Jason Schultz, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group in California.

On Monday, the foundation issued an open letter to Sony BMG executives demanding, among other things, refunds for customers who bought the CD's and did not wish to make an exchange, and compensation for time spent removing the software and any potential damage to computers.

The group, which has been involved in lawsuits over the protection of digital rights, gave the company, which is jointly owned by the Sony Corporation and Bertelsmann, a deadline of Friday morning to respond with some indication that it was "in the process of implementing these measures."

Mr. Schultz said: "People paid Sony for music, not an invasion of their computers. Sony must right the wrong it has committed. Recalling the CD's is a beginning step in the process, but there is a whole lot more mess to clean up."

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Cheap Thrills 11.15.05

If you don't have those Replacements songs, get 'em!
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Monday, November 14, 2005

The Money Shot 11.14.05

Everything you needed to know...

The Darkness Takes on Coldplay
The Money Shot: "During Band Aid, Chris swanned in, stayed for about 20 minutes... we were there for two days and worked our behinds off."Hawkins told The Sun, "He obviously didn't care. I got the sense he was just doing it to raise his profile."

Beck Does The Robot
The Money Shot:"They have such an unbelievably fluid range of motions, so Beck and I just had to work out an elaborately choreographed number for them. I think it took the programmers in Japan about three weeks to program the routine into each robot."

Road Trippin' with Bob Mould
The Money Shot: His latest effort, Body Of Song, showcases his wide-ranging musical resume and he's been supporting it with a full band on the road this summer and fall. Next up, however, is a solo tour that will take him from Morgantown, W.Va., November 10 to Brooklyn, N.Y., December 3, with a dozen U.S. cities on the schedule.

Steve Earle's New Addiction
The Money Shot: "I'd been touring Australia and discovered the strongest heroin I'd ever taken. So when I got to New Zealand I went down K-Road and my usual MO was to find a prostitute, as they could always hook you up with what you wanted. But there was nothing available and it was a total shock to my system."

Death Cab Breakups
The Money Shot: After a couple more records I don't know what we're going to do. I guess I'm just going to have to keep breaking up with people. But I kind of want to hold on to this one I've got right now. So if it's really a record for each breakup, maybe that means we've only got three more albums and then we're done.

Road Trippin' with The Strokes
The Money Shot: As the Jan. 3 release of their third RCA album, "First Impressions of Earth", draws near, the Strokes are about to set off on a worldwide promo tour that will feature secret club shows in several cities. The outing will begin Monday (Nov. 14) in Tokyo and proceed to Sydney, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin, Milan and Madrid through mid-December.

Pearl Jam Gets Aggressive
The Money Shot: "It's easily the best stuff we've done but also some of the hardest stuff. It's very aggressive, because again, it's kind of a product of what it's like to be an American these days. It's pretty aggressive, especially when you turn it loud."

Costello, Toussaint Team on New CD
The Money Shot: Elvis Costello is slated to head into the studio the week of Thanksgiving to begin a collaboration with songwriter/arranger/pianist Allen Toussaint. Joe Henry will produce the album for Verve Records. Henry likens the project to Costello's 1998 pairing with Burt Bacharach, "Painted from Memory".

More Mould... Surprise! He Wants His Music to be Heard
The Money Shot: At 44, Mould celebrated a career milestone of sorts when his new single "Circles" received airplay on the indie rock-friendly, teen-loving hit Fox television series "The O.C." "It feels good," Mould said. "Did you ever have 20 million people listen to your music?"

Coming Soon... David Bowie DVD
The Money Shot: Serious Moonlight, which will hit stores March 13, captures a performance at the Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, during Bowie's 1983 Serious Moonlight World Tour in support of that year's Let's Dance. The DVD features the original film as well as an extended version of the the tour documentary Ricochet.

Springsteen Comes Clean on O.C.
The Money Shot: "My obsessive/compulsive nature, which crippled me through much of the rest of my life, does come in handy once in a while," said a chuckling Springsteen. "And it came in handy at that moment. I wanted something unique that you couldn't hear in the live show."

Why The Dandy Warhols Love Their Record Label
The Money Shot: "It's really hard to interface with a big, fat, bloated, desperate, irresponsible company, so you've got to really focus on finding two people, three people there that will work for you. You find the people that understand — find the least stupid people and you fucking go into business with them. The company itself is going to be frustrating. They're all a joke. Every big label is just, like, bad and fucked up."

Hey Hey! We're The Arctic Monkeys...
The Money Shot: "Our greatest achievement?" muses ex-tiler Cook, fiddling absent-mindedly with the zip of his flimsy anorak. "Gettin' this far without 'avin' a fist fight. Seriously. It's a miracle."

Road Trippin' with Sigur Ros
The Money Shot: Experimental outfit Sigur Ros has a new U.S. tour on the books for February. The Icelandic group, which is touring Europe through the end of November, will land in Portland, Maine, February 6 and proceed across a dozen states throughout the month.

Liz Disses Critics
The Money Shot: But the 38-year-old contends that the critics were misguided when they lauded her for Guyville's so-called confessional songwriting. "I'm actually more honest and confessional in my material now," she said. "In my early [work] I was a lot more clever about disguising [the meanings] with metaphors, and I think that was really exciting to those brainiacs."

Coming Soon... Josh Rouse
The Money Shot: Josh Rouse is pleased to announce that he will release the Bedroom Classics, Vol. 2 EP on November 15 exclusively via iTunes! (Perhaps you’re one of the lucky fans to nab a super rare copy of the Bedroom Classics, Vol. 1 EP — only 750 printed and going for over $200 bucks on eBay.) According to Josh, “Bedroom Classics, Vol. 2 consists of 5 tracks, some instrumental and some with my voice. I’m excited about it, it’s really moody and different from anything I’ve put out.”

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TiVo Alert

This week in late night appearances by Musical Justice artists... the Jimmy Kimmel shutout reaches 5 weeks (unless you count an visit this week by William Shatner, but since he's not performing music that's close but no cigar!). Nothing too exciting except for Patti Smith this week.

Monday - Brian Wilson (Leno)
Tuesday - Melissa Etherridge (Leno), Patti Smith (Late Late Show)
Wednesday - get some sleep!
Thursday - Amos Lee (Late Late Show)
Friday - Sheryl Crow (Leno), Alanis Morissette (Conan)

Cheap Thrills 11.14.05 (part 2)

More great stuff... priceless (but very rude) Mojo, a great Death Cab cover, live Franz, Ryan Adams/Elton John duets. Check 'em out!
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Cheap Thrills 11.14.05 (part 1)

Getting back in the swing of things here. So much stuff that I'm splitting this into a couple of posts...


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Disclaimer: These links are intended to help promote artists that Musical Justice plays. In the event that you sample an artist here and like 'em, please support those acts by buying legal copies of their music and going to see their live appearances. None of the MP3 are actually provided or hosted by us. We don't guarantee their quality and whenever you download things, you are assuming the risk that you might download viruses, spyware or other nasties. In the event that you are one of the artists listed above and you would like us to remove any links, please contact us and we will do so ASAP.