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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I Predict Hit & Run?

According to the Kaiser Chiefs website, lead singer Ricky Wilson narrowly escaped becoming road kill...
He's the luckiest man alive, because he is still alive, it sounds daft, but a 'Ricky trademark jump' has probably saved his life. The jump meant he was flipped over the top of the car, hitting the windscreen, rather than getting trapped under it. He was crossing on a green pedestrian light. Whether it was a joyrider, wreckless driving or drunk driving we still don't know. Police are investigating - we'd like to thank the witnesses that have come forward so far.

The Money Shot: Reinventing The Strokes

The Independent interviews the band...
That The Strokes really care about their music has been well documented, but there's an ulterior motive to Casablancas' perfectionism that is less known: "I want to get better at my music so that I don't have to justify myself to journalists anymore," he says. Casablancas finds interviews excruciating. "Doing press is like talking to a bunch of bad psychiatrists," he chuckles. "It's so draining when every time you're talking to someone you know what you're saying is being judged."

Ticketmaster = Ticketscalper??

You decide... Here's the NY Times article.
Late this year the company plans to begin auctioning the best seats to concerts through ticketmaster.com.

With no official price ceiling on such tickets, Ticketmaster will be able to compete with brokers and scalpers for the highest price a market will bear.

"The tickets are worth what they're worth," said John Pleasants, Ticketmaster's president and chief executive. "If somebody wants to charge $50 for a ticket, but it's actually worth $1,000 on eBay, the ticket's worth $1,000. I think more and more, our clients — the promoters, the clients in the buildings and the bands themselves — are saying to themselves, `Maybe that money should be coming to me instead of Bob the Broker.' "

Coming Attractions: The Black Keys' Magic Potion

Billboard reports on the upcoming release from Radiohead's opening act...
Akron, Ohio-based rock duo the Black Keys have signed with Nonesuch Records. The group's label debut, "Magic Potion," will be released Sept. 12. As previously reported, the 12-track set will feature such songs as "Your Touch," "The Flame" and "It's Just Got To Be."

The Money Shot: E-Music Don't Need No Stinkin' DRM

Interesting article on the #2 internet music retailer...
"It's really not a philosophical decision; it's a practical one," says Pakman. "Early on, the belief was that we had to sell music in the only universally compatible format that existed. TiVo was just about to come out with MP3 playback on their machine and we didn't know if that was going to be big. There were a bunch of MP3 players on the market, including the iPod, and that market was growing. There were MP3 car stereos happening. There weren't any phones, but you can see that's where it was going. Everyone was putting MP3 in their device, so why not sell in a format that works in all those places?"

Sunday, May 21, 2006

TiVo Alert

A U2 repeat on Conan and the US late night debut for Gnarls Barkley top this week's listings...

Monday - U2 (Conan)
Tuesday - James Blunt (Letterman)
Wednesday - Gnarls Barkley (Conan)
Thursday - The Flaming Lips (Leno)
Friday - Gomez (Late Late Show)

Friday, May 19, 2006

The Worldwide Alternative in Rock

We've been using the slogan "Because Life's Too Short for Music That Sucks!" for more than 5 years. We won't be getting rid of it completely, but listeners are going to be hearing a new one in the very near future...

Musical Justice -- The Worldwide Alternative in Rock. TM

Thoughts? Like it? Hate it? Wanna buy a t-shirt? :)

Other suggestions?

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

R.E.M. joins fight to stop the end of the world as we know it...

Another reason to love/respect the gents in R.E.M...

R.E.M. is among a group of artists and musicians who have created their own petition requesting legislation they say would ensure that the Internet would remain a level playing field. More than 650,000 people have signed a petition supporting the legislation, while telecommunications companies push for a measure that would leave control in the hands of the Federal Communications Commission.

Network neutrality, also called Internet neutrality, is the idea that the smallest companies and writers have the same access, reach and control as their larger competitors on the Internet. Those seeking to protect the system with federal laws claim that neutrality is what has made the Internet popular, democratic and a haven for free speech.

Cheap Thrills 5.17.06

Today's daily top 10... definitely not all the usual suspects, which is nice...

  1. Rbally uncovers live Nirvana from Music Sources Studios in 1991
  2. Skatterbrain serves up breakfast with Radiohead on KROQ from 2003
  3. I am Fuel discovers Ron Sexsmith via Chris Martin and shares something off his upcoming CD
  4. The Torture Garden presents live Sufjan Stevens from SXSW
  5. I Heart Music re-evaluates his opinion of Feist and serves up some live KEXP tracks
  6. Blogs are For Dogs leaks new Futureheads from their upcoming (June 13th) new CD, News and Tributes...
  7. I Guess I'm Floating remembers Elliot Smith with 9 rare tracks
  8. Silence is a Rhythm Too celebrates the US release (finally) of buzz band Art Brut's debut
  9. When Apes Rule The Earth finds inspiration in the music of Josh Rouse
  10. GrapeJuice Plus digs up Beck's debut single

Thanks to today's contributing bloggers. Please support their blogs! To hear these artists and more, click here.

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.

On The Road With... The Raconteurs

Jack and the boys follow up the release of Broken Boy Soldiers with North American and European tour dates...

05-18 New York, NY - Tower Records
06-07 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater
06-21 London, England - Hyde Park (Wireless Festival)
06-24 Scheesel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06-25 Neuhausen O.E., Germany - Southside Festival
07-01 Werchter, Belgium - Werchter Festival
07-02 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07-03 Malmo, Sweden - Folkets Park
07-05 Kristiansand, Norway - Quart Festival
07-06 Stockholm, Sweden - Münchenbryggeriet (Accelerator)
07-16 Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
07-18 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
07-19 San Diego, CA - Soma
07-21 Los Angeles, Ca - Wiltern Theatre
07-23 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
07-25 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
07-26 Vancouver, British Columbia - Malkin Bowl
07-27 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
08-03 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
08-04 Chicago, IL - Grant Park (Lollapalooza)
08-05 Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theatre
08-06 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues

On the Road With... Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters announce their first acoustic tour and MTV News has the dates...

7/11 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
7/13 - Berkeley, CA @ Berkeley Community Theatre
7/17 - San Diego, CA @ Civic Theater
8/16 - Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
8/21 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
8/22 - Boston, MA @ Wang Center
8/25 - Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre

The Money Shot: Bono

The U2 frontman continues his passionate plea for funds to support his anti-AIDS message in the Independente...

"Right now, people you will never meet, who will never be able to thank you, are depending on you for the life-saving drugs which buying this paper will buy. For hose people, my motivation or our (RED) motivation is irrelevant."

On The Road With... Bloc Party

Pitchfork reports on summer tour dates for the UK band...

06-24 Toronto, Ontario - Olympic Island
06-25 Chicago, IL - Intonation Festival
07-28 Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
07-29 Brooklyn, NY - McCarran Pool
08-01 Anaheim, CA - The Grove
08-03 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
08-04 Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
08-05 San Diego, CA - Street Scene Festival
08-08 Mexico City, Mexico - TBA
08-09 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
08-10 Austin, TX - Stubb's BBQ
08-19 Chelmsford, England - Hylands Park (V Festival)
08-20 Staffordshire, England - Weston Park (V Festival)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Buy These Now 5.16.06

A pretty good week in new releases this week featuring T-Bone Burnett's first solo release in 14 years, Jack White's side project and the follow-up to Snow Patrol's 2004 breakthrough, Final Straw... I'd give this week a "B+"...
  • T-Bone Burnett - True False Identity
  • Tim Easton - Ammunition
  • The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
  • Snow Patrol - Eyes Open
  • The Zutons - Tired of Hanging Around
  • Twilight Singers - Powder Burns

Cheap Thrills 5.15.06

Today's top selections... Be sure to check out the live Springsteen gig that's destined to become a classic...
  1. The Late Greats shares live Beck from VH1 (and Part 2 is here)
  2. Kwaya Na Kisser unfreezes live Arctic Monkeys from a January show
  3. Strange Reaction dusts off Ramones' demos from 1975
  4. I Am Fuel has a great new Springsteen live show from BBC2
  5. Indiebloglive celebrates the release of the new Raconteurs cd with a live track
  6. Special Things takes a Walk on the Wild Side with The Strokes

Thanks to today's contributing bloggers. Please support their blogs! To hear these artists and more, click here.

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.

Look out! We're taking over the world...

This UK article says that internet radio has surpassed AM/FM radio over there. Is it true in the United States too? I'd think that a higher percentage of our listenership is done over car radios and that satellite radio also has an impact. But maybe someday soon, you'll be able to listen to Musical Justice over the air too and then it's all over for the big boys! ;)
Nearly one in four (24 per cent) listens online compared with 21 per cent who tune in to analogue broadcasts. Seventeen per cent use digital (Dab) radio and nine per cent get the programmes via their TV. The remaining 29 per cent represent the proportion of Virgin regulars who do not tune in at all on a given day.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

The Money Shot: Pretty Girls Make Graves

Harp Magazine gets the band to talk about it's new CD, Elan Vital...
“People may say it’s not punk to use trumpets or accordions, but if you’re doing something different or something you think might be frowned upon by a lot of people, that’s upholding a punk mentality,” says Zollo. “I feel like it’s more punk to go to a show in a suit than it is to have a Mohawk and a skateboard,” says Clark. “Punk was a way of life, now it’s a genre.”

Coming Attractions: Thom Yorke Solo

NME and Billboard discuss the surprise announcement of a Thom Yorke solo CD at a Radiohead fan site ...
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's debut solo album, "The Eraser," will be released in July via XL Recordings. The set was produced and arranged by longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich. "Inevitably it is more beats and electronics, but it [is] songs," Yorke says of the project in an email to members of Radiohead's W.A.S.T.E. fan organization.

TiVo Alert

Looks like a good week in quantity AND quality this week, including the first U.S. late night appearance of the Raconteurs on Thursday...

Monday - T-Bone Burnett (Leno), Ben Lee (Kimmel)
Tuesday - Goo Goo Dolls (Leno), KT Tunstall (Carson Daly), Dresden Dolls (Kimmel)
Wednesday - People in Planes (Conan)
Thursday - Eagles of Death Metal (Letterman), The Raconteurs (Conan), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Carson Daly), Willie Nelson (The Daily Show)
Friday - The Eels (Carson Daly)

Saturday, May 13, 2006

The Money Shot: The Futureheads

The band's new release "News and Tributes" is slotted for June 13th...
"Some people wanted us to make the same record," says Barry Hyde. "We've been playing some songs off our first record for five years. You have enough of it. In rehearsals for this record, we'd stop songs that sounded too typical, like things we'd done before, and try to do something else."

Coming Attractions: OutKast

New OutKast before the end of the summer... has anyone found a copy of the single yet?
After numerous delays, the OutKast film "Idlewild" is now slated to arrive Aug. 25 in U.S. theaters, three days after the release of its LaFace soundtrack. The first single from the album, "Mighty O," leaked online earlier this week. The cut features OutKast's take on Cab Calloway's famous scatting from "Minnie the Moocher."

New World Party Video


I love World Party and I was really glad to see Karl Wallinger playing live again at SXSW this year. Back around 1997, I saw them on their last real U.S. tour and I can honestly say that the only performer that's ever impressed me more with the sheer range and intensity of his musical talents was Prince... and Prince is a much better dancer... ;)

Anyway, after suffering some health issues which nearly took his life, Wallinger's back with the U.S. release of "Dumbing Up". You can see the video for the first single "What Does It Mean Now?" here...

http://www.mp3.com/world-party/artists/5053/summary.html?q=world%20party

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Cheap Thrills 5.11.06

Cool new Radiohead, live tracks from the Boss, Pearl Jam, Beth Orton...

  1. Girlpants debuts some new live Radiohead: Radiohead - 4 Minute Warning/15 Step/Nude
  2. Indoor Fireworks remembers some live Pearl Jam from 2003: Pearl Jam - Can't Keep/Fatal/Immortality/Parting Ways/Off He Goes/Black (all live)
  3. Ickmusic's got live Bruce from the London show of the current tour: Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band - Intro/Oh Mary Don’t You Weep/John Henry/Johnny 99/Old Dan Tucker/Eyes on the Prize/Jesse James/Cadillac Ranch/Mystery Train/Long Black Veil/Erie Canal/My Oklahoma Home/How Can I Keep from Singing/Mrs. McGrath/Intro/How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?/Jacob’s Ladder/We Shall Overcome/Open All Night/Pay Me My Money Down/My City of Ruins/Buffalo Gals/You Can Look (But You Better not Touch)/When the Saints Go Marching In
  4. The Late Greats digs up some live Calexico: Calexico - Cruel/Deep Down/Roka/Yours and Mine
  5. French blog Interpretations Diverses shares un peu de Sonic Youth: Sonic Youth - Incinerate/Pink Steam
  6. Kwaya Na Kisser delivers Emmylou Harris outtakes: Emmylou Harris - All My Tears/Goodbye/Every Grain Of Sand/Orphan Girl/May This Be Love/Waltz Across/Texas Tonight/Never Be Gold/Sweet Old World/Deeper Well/Still Water/How Will I Ever Be Simple Again/Wrecking Ball
  7. Touch That Dial's anti-work theme includes Elvis Costello, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Futureheads and more...
  8. Captain's Dead shares live Great Lake Swimmers: Great Lake Swimmers - Moving Shaking/Merge A Vessel A Harbour/The Man With No Skin/Let's Trade Skins/I Will Never See The Sun/This is Not Like Home/Various Stages/Moving Pictures Silent Films/Innocent When You Dream
  9. The Late Greats scores again with live Beth Orton: Beth Orton - Heartland Truckstop/Conceived/Heart of Soul/Rectify
  10. Cable and Tweed's got duets, duets, duets including Bono & Frank Sinatra, Elvis Costello & Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash, Bjork & PJ Harvey, Beck & Thom Yorke and several others

Thanks to today's contributing bloggers. Please support their blogs! To hear these artists and more, click here.

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.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Swapping Music Via the USPS?

Boston.com discusses the new website, lala.com, which is currently in beta test...
''It seems to be perfectly legal," Gibson said, for the same reason that retailers can buy and sell used books and CDs. ''If you are the owner of a particular physical copy of a CD or a book or anything that's copyrighted, you have the right to dispose of that CD or book any way you wish."

The Money Shot: One Pissed Flea

Flea speaks out on the leaking of the new Red Hot Chili Peppers CD to the Internet... ironically, at redhotchilipeppers.com...
"yes, we worked for a year and a half to make the epic record of our lives and it is sad to me for the business reasons of course i think we are selling something really cool and we put all we had into it, 28 songs, 2 hours of the best that we can offer and i think it is a fair deal for everyone and for people to just steal a poor sound quality version of it for free because some asshole stole it and put it on the internet is sad to me."

TiVo Alert

Not much going on this week on late night TV, although Conan's trip to Chicago finishes the week with a bang by nabbing Wilco...

Monday - El zippo...
Tuesday - The Little Willies (Letterman), Cheap Trick (Conan)
Wednesday - Chris Isaak (Late Late Show)
Thursday - Nada... Crickets...
Friday - Wilco (Conan)