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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Happy Holidays from Musical Justice!

Hey gang...

This one's been a tough year, with the internet radio royalty issues calling into question whether we'd be able to afford to continue. But as 2008 comes into view on the horizon, I think it's going to be a great year with a lot of new listeners, new ideas and new music.

Posts have been a bit sparse around here lately and I'm not sure how much I'll be posting to close out the year... not a lot of news these days. Don't be surprised if a stray post pops up, but don't be surprised if it's radio silence until January 2nd either.

Finally, thanks to everyone out there that stops by the blog or listens to the stations. You are the reason I do this and I hope that you'll continue to enjoy the music we share here.

All the best to you, your friends and family for this holiday season. I hope that 2008 is a peaceful and rewarding one for all of us.

Happy holidays,
Jeff

Monday, December 10, 2007

MJTV: Bishop Allen - Click, Click, Click, Click

Cool, clever new clip for the latest earworm that has burrowed into my brain...



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Rocky Votolato - Tour Dates

European dates for the Seattle indie folkie...

February:
Mon 02/11/08 Berlin, GER Bassy
Tue 02/12/08 Cologne, GER Metropolis Cinema
Wed 02/13/08 Munster, GER Gleis 22
Thu 02/14/08 Bremen, GER Romer
Fri 02/15/08 Erlangen, GER E-Werk
Sat 02/16/08 Munich, GER Orangehouse
Sun 02/17/08 Vienna, AUT B72
Mon 02/18/08 Zurich, SWI Hafenkneipe
Tue 02/19/08 Karlsruhe, GER Nun Cafe
Wed 02/20/08 Paris, FRA Main D'Oeuvre
Thu 02/21/08 Antwerp, BEL Trix
Fri 02/22/08 Giessen, GER Muk
Sat 02/23/08 Braunschweig, GER Cafe Nexus
Sun 02/24/08 Rotterdam, NET Rotown

Rocky Votolato's website
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Dean & Britta - Tour Dates

Tour dates for the Luna alums...

February:
Thu 02/07/08 Boston, MA Remis Aud. @ Museum Of Fine Arts
Fri 02/08/08 Montreal, QC Cabaret Du Musee Juste Pour Rire
Sat 02/09/08 Toronto, ON The Mod Club Theatre
Sun 02/10/08 Chicago, IL Lakeshore Theater
Mon 02/11/08 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
Thu 02/14/08 Vancouver, BC Richard's On Richards Cabaret
Fri 02/15/08 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
Sat 02/16/08 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
Mon 02/18/08 San Francisco, CA Yoshi's SF
Tue 02/19/08 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Wed 02/20/08 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
Fri 02/22/08 Marfa, TX Ballroom
Sat 02/23/08 Austin, TX Cactus Cafe
Mon 02/25/08 Decatur, GA Eddie's Attic
Tue 02/26/08 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
Wed 02/27/08 Washington, DC Black Cat
Thu 02/28/08 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's
Fri 02/29/08 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg

March:
Sat 03/01/08 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

Dean & Britta's website
Dean & Britta @ Myspace

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Super Furry Animals - Tour Dates

Dates in support of Hey Venus!

January:
23 - Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's
25 - Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
26 - Philadelphia, PA Starlight Ballroom
27 - Washington, DC 9:30 Club
29 - Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
30 - Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
31 - New Orleans, LA The Republic

February:
1 - Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
2 - Austin, TX Emo's
5 - Tucson, AZ Club Congress
6 - Solona Beach, CA Belly Up
8 - Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
9 - San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
11 - Portland, OR Doug Fir
12 - Seattle, WA Neumo's
15 - Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
16 - Chicago, IL Metro
17 - Detroit, MI Magic Stick
18 - Buffalo, NY Tralf Music Hall
20 - Toronto, ONT Mod Club
21 - Montreal, QUE Cabaret Music Hall
22 - Ithaca, NY Cornell University
23 - Boston, NY The Paradise
25 - New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

Super Furry Animals' website
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Thursday, December 06, 2007

MJTV: Ryan Adams and the Cardinals - Follow The Lights

The title track of Ryan Adams' latest EP...



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Queens of the Stone Age - Tour Dates

QOTSA adds a slew of European dates...

December:
Sat 12/15/07 La Jolla, CA RIMAC Arena
Mon 12/17/07 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Tue 12/18/07 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
Thu 12/20/07 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
Fri 12/21/07 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre

February:
Tue 02/05/08 Dublin, IRE Ambassador Theatre
Wed 02/06/08 Dublin, IRE Ambassador Theatre
Sat 02/09/08 Edinburgh, UK Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Sun 02/10/08 Leeds, UK Leeds University
Mon 02/11/08 London, UK Carling Apollo Hammersmith
Tue 02/12/08 Southampton, UK Guildhall
Thu 02/14/08 Nantes, FRA La Trocardiere
Fri 02/15/08 Madrid, SPA Riviera
Sat 02/16/08 Barcelona, SPA Razzmatazz
Mon 02/18/08 Bologna, ITA Estragon
Tue 02/19/08 Winterthur, SWI Eulachhalle Winterthur
Wed 02/20/08 Munich, GER Tonhalle
Thu 02/21/08 Vienna, AUT Gasometer
Sat 02/23/08 Hamburg, GER Grosse Freiheit 36
Sun 02/24/08 Copenhagen, DEN KB Hallen
Mon 02/25/08 Stockholm, SWE Annexet
Tue 02/26/08 Oslo, NOR Oslo Spektrum Arena ANS
Thu 02/28/08 Amsterdam, NET Heineken Music Hall
Fri 02/29/08 Paris, FRA Zenith Paris

March:
Sat 03/01/08 Luxembourg, LUX Den Atelier
Sun 03/02/08 Merksem, BEL Lotto Arena
Sat 03/29/08 Sydney, AUS Centennial Park
Sun 03/30/08 Gold Coast, AUS Avica Resort

April:
Sat 04/05/08 Melbourne, AUS Melbourne Showground
Sun 04/06/08 Perth, AUS The Esplanade

QotSA's Website
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Billy Bragg - Tour Dates

The UK punk folkie heads down under...

January:
Fri 01/18/08 Auckland, NZ Mt Smart Stadium
Sun 01/20/08 Gold Coast, AUS Parklands
Fri 01/25/08 Sydney, AUS Olympic Park Showgrounds
Mon 01/28/08 Melbourne, AUS Flemington Racecourse

February:
Fri 02/01/08 Adelaide, AUS RA&HS Showgrounds
Sun 02/03/08 Perth, AUS Claremont Showgrounds

Billy Bragg's website
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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Money Shot: Q Praises 'Bible', NME Brags About Its' Ignorance and Lily Allen Calls Self 'Fat & Ugly' and No One Argues...

Lily Allen calls herself 'short, fat and ugly' (NME)
MS: "I felt like, 'Oh God, I'm short, fat, ugly...and I hate all these people who flaunt their beauty'.

"Ever since a kid I've felt like I'm possibly the uncoolest, naffest person ever to walk the earth. But I feel great at the moment. I actually don't have one bad thing to say about anything."


I abhor racism, and apologise - for speaking to NME (Morrissey @ The Guardian)
MS: I do not mean to be rude to Tim Jonze, but when I first caught sight of him I assumed that someone had brought their child along to the interview. The runny nose told the whole story. Conor had assured that Tim was their best writer. Talking behind his hands and in endless fidget, Tim accepted every answer I gave him with a schoolgirl giggle, and repeatedly asked me if I was shocked at how little he actually knew about music. I told him that, yes, I was shocked. It was difficult for me to believe that the best writer from the "new" NME had never heard of the song Drive-in Saturday; I explained that it was by David Bowie, and Tim replied "oh, I don't know anything about David Bowie." I wondered how it could be so - how the quality of music journalism in England could have fallen so low that the prime 'new' NME writer knew nothing of David Bowie, an artist to whom most relevant British artists are indebted, and one who singlehandedly changed British culture - musically and otherwise.


Q's Best-Of 2007 List Worships Neon Bible (Stereogum)
MS: 10 Rufus Wainwright - Release the Stars
09 The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America 08 The Shins - Wincing the Night Away
07 Kings of Leon - Because of the Times 06 Bruce Springsteen - Magic
05 The Good, The Bad & The Queen - The Good, The Bad & The Queen
04 Radiohead - In Rainbows
03 Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
02 The White Stripes - Icky Thump
01 Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Tour Dates

The E Street Band's on the road through mid '08...

December:
Sat 12/08/07 Copenhagen, DEN Forum
Mon 12/10/07 Stockholm, SWE Stockholm Globe Arena
Wed 12/12/07 Merksem, BEL Sportpaleis Antwerpen
Thu 12/13/07 Cologne, GER Cologne Arena
Sat 12/15/07 Belfast, UK Odyssey Arena
Mon 12/17/07 Paris, FRA Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
Wed 12/19/07 London, UK O2 Arena

February:
Thu 02/28/08 Hartford, CT Hartford Civic Center Coliseum
Sun 03/02/08 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Mon 03/03/08 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
Thu 03/06/08 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
Fri 03/07/08 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
Mon 03/10/08 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Fri 03/14/08 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha
Sun 03/16/08 Saint Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Mon 03/17/08 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
Thu 03/20/08 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
Sat 03/22/08 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
Mon 03/24/08 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
Fri 03/28/08 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
Sat 03/29/08 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
Mon 03/31/08 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place

April:
Fri 04/04/08 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
Sat 04/05/08 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion At San Jose
Mon 04/07/08 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Tue 04/08/08 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Sun 04/13/08 Dallas, TX TBA
Mon 04/14/08 Houston, TX TBA
Fri 04/18/08 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
Sat 04/19/08 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
Mon 04/21/08 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
Fri 04/25/08 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Sun 04/27/08 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Bobcats Arena
Mon 04/28/08 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Wed 04/30/08 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena

May:
Thu 05/22/08 Dublin, IRE RDS Arena
Fri 05/23/08 Dublin, IRE RDS Arena
Sun 05/25/08 Dublin, IRE RDS Arena
Wed 05/28/08 Manchester, UK Old Trafford Stadium
Fri 05/30/08 London, UK Emirates Stadium

June:
Sat 06/14/08 Cardiff, UK Millennium Stadium
Mon 06/16/08 Dusseldorf, GER LTU Arena
Wed 06/18/08 Amsterdam, NET Amsterdam Arena
Sat 06/21/08 Hamburg, GER HSH Nordbank Arena
Wed 06/25/08 Milan, ITA San Siro
Fri 06/27/08 Paris, FRA Parc Des Princes
Sun 06/29/08 Copenhagen, DEN Parken National Stadium Denmark

July:
Fri 07/04/08 Goteborg, SWE Ullevi Stadium
Sat 07/05/08 Goteborg, SWE Ullevi Stadium
Mon 07/07/08 Oslo, NOR Vallehovin Stadium
Fri 07/11/08 Helsinki, FIN Olympic Stadium
Sat 07/19/08 Barcelona, SPA Camp Nou
Sun 07/20/08 Barcelona, SPA Camp Nou

Springsteen's website
Springsteen @ Myspace

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Radiohead - Tour Dates

More detail on the In Rainbows tour...

June:
Sat 06/07/08 Dublin, IRE Malahide Castle
Mon 06/09/08 Paris, FRA Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
Tue 06/10/08 Paris, FRA Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
Thu 06/12/08 Barcelona, SPA Barcelona Forum
Sat 06/14/08 Nimes, FRA Arenes
Wed 06/18/08 Milan, ITA Arena Civico
Fri 06/20/08 Neuhausen o.E., GER Southside Festival
Sun 06/22/08 Scheessel, GER Hurricane Festival
Tue 06/24/08 London, UK Victoria Park
Wed 06/25/08 London, UK Victoria Park
Fri 06/27/08 Glasgow, UK Glasgow Green
Sun 06/29/08 Manchester, UK Lancashire County Cricket Ground

July:
Tue 07/01/08 Amsterdam, NET Westerpark
Thu 07/03/08 Roskilde, DEN Festival Grounds
Tue 07/08/08 Berlin, GER Wuhlheide

Radiohead's website

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The Money Shot: Record Companies Trying To Shake Down AM/FM and Ticket Resellers and Your Illegal MP3 Blog Might Be Illegal...

Today's headlines...

MP3 Blogs Offer File Sharing Even the RIAA Could Love (Wired)
MS: The RIAA declined to comment for this story, but the publisher of one MP3 aggregator, who asked to remain anonymous, says music labels have been extremely cooperative. This blogger monitors more than 3,000 music blogs daily, providing links to files that have been uploaded to various music lockers. And no, the blogger has never been asked by a label to take a link down.

"Actually, we've been contacted by labels, promo agencies and even musicians and bands to help promote them. Which we've done, free of charge," the blogger wrote by email.


Reverse payola: Group pushing radio stations to pay performers (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
MS: "The giant record companies have not adapted to the times and have seen their revenues shrinking because they didn't make music available on a digital basis. Instead of adapting their business model, they've spent the last few years suing college kids and grandmothers'' over illegal downloads of online music. "Now they see radio stations as an opportunity to make up the losses that are the result of really bad business decisions on their part."


Music group seeks share in concert ticket re-sales (Reuters)
MS: "What they are saying here is no different to (saying) that if you had a used Ford car you should pay Ford a tax when you sold it," he told Reuters. "If I have a Harry Potter book to re-sell, do I pay J.K. Rowling twice?"


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MJTV: Hot Chip - Ready For The Floor

Trippy vid for the lead track from the upcoming Made In The Dark...



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Morrissey - Tour Dates

Adding a string of London dates early next year...

January:
Wed 01/16/08 Clermont, FRA Cooperative De Mai
Fri 01/18/08 Strasbourg, FRA La Laiterie
Sat 01/19/08 Lille, FRA Aeronef
Mon 01/21/08 London, UK Roundhouse
Tue 01/22/08 London, UK Roundhouse
Wed 01/23/08 London, UK Roundhouse
Fri 01/25/08 London, UK Roundhouse
Sat 01/26/08 London, UK Roundhouse
Sun 01/27/08 London, UK Roundhouse

Morrissey's webpage
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Jason Isbell - Tour Dates

New dates for the singer/guitarist...

December:
Thu 12/27/07 Huntsville, AL Crossroads
Fri 12/28/07 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
Sat 12/29/07 Chattanooga, TN Rhythm & Brews
Sun 12/30/07 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
Mon 12/31/07 Charleston, SC Music Farm

January:
Wed 01/16/08 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
Thu 01/17/08 Little Rock, AR Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack
Fri 01/18/08 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
Sat 01/19/08 Austin, TX Antone's
Tue 01/22/08 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
Wed 01/23/08 San Diego, CA The Casbah
Sat 01/26/08 San Francisco, CA Slim's
Wed 01/30/08 Portland, OR Mission Theater
Thu 01/31/08 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern

February:
Fri 02/01/08 Boise, ID Neurolux
Sat 02/02/08 Park City, UT Suede
Mon 02/04/08 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
Wed 02/06/08 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Thu 02/07/08 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Fri 02/08/08 Chicago, IL Double Door
Sat 02/09/08 Indianapolis, IN The Music Mill
Wed 02/20/08 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Fri 02/22/08 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Thu 02/28/08 Knoxville, TN Blue Cats

March:
Sat 03/01/08 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Money Shot: Little Steven Takes Kids to School, Cat Power Conjures While U2 Tries to Blot Out Dublin Sun...

More headlines...

Wonder Woman (The New Yorker)
MS: But “The Covers Record” consisted almost entirely of songs by other people, and, with one exception (the folk song “Salty Dog,” in which Matt Sweeney played the guitar), Marshall sang and played—the piano and the guitar—unaccompanied. Something, probably cigarettes, had rubbed some texture into her voice, and she had learned how to manipulate her breathy middle range. She had found the place, between an incantation and a whisper, where her voice wanted to settle, and revealed herself to be a conjurer, like Nina Simone and Patti Smith: someone who could bring a song home, not through force but by teasing and delaying words, and by resisting standard line readings. Marshall is expert at singing painful lines as if she can’t feel a thing, and at crying out seemingly benign lines as if she’s being lanced.


E Street band's 'Little Steven' develops rock curriculum for schools (NME)
MS: Entitled 'Little Steven's Rock and Roll High School', the course will provide free materials, including teacher guidelines, lesson plans, DVDs and CDs, to help teachers to bring rock and roll history to life in their classrooms in middle schools and high schools.


Building plans give U2 hometown blues (The Guardian)
MS: "Our biggest concern is that the U2 Tower will stick out of the skyline from parts of Georgian Dublin like Merrion Square. It could potentially be an incongruous blot on the skyline on the south side of the city,"


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Suzanne Vega - Tour Dates

The Manhatten singer-songwriter-blogger on the road...

December:
Tue 12/04/07 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live!
Wed 12/05/07 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater 1894
Fri 12/07/07 Albany, NY The Egg
Sat 12/08/07 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Sun 12/09/07 Portland, ME State Street Church

January:
Sat 01/19/08 Singapore, SIN The Esplanade
Tue 01/22/08 Osaka, JPN Club Quattro
Wed 01/23/08 Nagoya, JPN Club Quattro
Thu 01/24/08 Tokyo, JPN Tokyo International Forum
Sun 01/27/08 Gold Coast, AUS Jupiter Casino
Wed 01/30/08 Pyrmont, AUS Star City Lyric Theatre

February:
Fri 02/01/08 Melbourne, AUS Crown Entertainment Complex
Tue 02/05/08 Perth, AUS Burswood Theatre

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James McMurtry - Tour Dates

New '08 dates for the Texas singer-songwriter...

December:
Fri 12/14/07 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
Sat 12/15/07 Houston, TX The Continental Club
Fri 12/21/07 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
Sat 12/22/07 Denton, TX Dan's Silver Leaf
Fri 12/28/07 Chicago, IL Martyrs'
Sat 12/29/07 Chicago, IL Martyrs'

January:
Wed 01/16/08 Fort Worth, TX White Elephant Saloon
Thu 01/17/08 Fayetteville, AR George's Majestic Lounge
Fri 01/18/08 Saint Louis, MO Blueberry Hill's Duck Room
Sat 01/19/08 Champaign, IL High Dive
Sun 01/20/08 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Tue 01/22/08 Chattanooga, TN Rhythm & Brews
Wed 01/23/08 Huntsville, AL Crossroads
Thu 01/24/08 Tuscaloosa, AL Chuck's Fish
Fri 01/25/08 Oxford, MS Proud Larry's
Sat 01/26/08 Lafayette, LA Blue Moon Saloon & Guest House

James McMurtry's website
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The Money Shot: Play It Again (and Again) Sam, Uncut Loves 'North American Scum', & Getting Drunk on Maximo Park...

Today's headlines...

Maximo Park launch their own beer (NME)
MS: "So many amazing things have happened for our band in a short space of time and to have our image emblazoned on a Brown label is another addition to that list.

"It would be great for our band to be as synonymous with Newcastle as the mighty Brown Ale, and it's both amusing and an honour to be able to deface the label in this manner!"


Uncut Names LCD Soundsytem As 2007's Finest (Stereogum)
MS: 10 Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future
09 Radiohead - In Rainbows
08 The White Stripes - Icky Thump
07 The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America
06 Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
05 Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
04 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
03 PJ Harvey - White Chalk
02 Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
01 LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver


Radio’s Newest Strategy: Play a Hit, Again and Again (NY Times)
MS: “There’s a very limited window. If they’re going to listen 15 minutes a day, you want to make sure they hear their favorite song in that 15 minutes. It’s really the fast-paced life style that we all live.”


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MJTV: The Maccabees - Toothpaste Kisses

The next single from Colour It In...



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Band of Horses - Tour Dates

A bunch of new dates for the Seattle band...

December:
Fri 12/28/07 Atlanta, GA The EARL
Sat 12/29/07 Atlanta, GA The EARL
Mon 12/31/07 Atlanta, GA The EARL

January:
Sun 01/20/08 Charleston, SC Music Farm
Mon 01/21/08 Norfolk, VA NorVa
Tue 01/22/08 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore - TLA
Wed 01/23/08 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Thu 01/24/08 State College, PA State Theatre
Fri 01/25/08 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Sat 01/26/08 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
Sun 01/27/08 Newport, KY Southgate House
Tue 01/29/08 Nashville, TN Exit / In
Wed 01/30/08 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
Thu 01/31/08 Saint Louis, MO Gargoyle @ Washington Univ.

February:
Fri 02/01/08 Norman, OK Meecham Auditorium
Sat 02/02/08 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
Sun 02/03/08 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
Mon 02/04/08 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
Wed 02/06/08 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
Thu 02/07/08 Tallahassee, FL The Beta Bar
Sat 02/09/08 Orlando, FL The Social
Sun 02/10/08 Orlando, FL The Social
Tue 02/12/08 Mount Pleasant, SC Village Tavern
Wed 02/20/08 Dublin, IRE Button Factory
Thu 02/21/08 Glasgow, UK ABC
Sat 02/23/08 Birmingham, UK Carling Academy Birmingham
Sun 02/24/08 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy
Mon 02/25/08 Bristol, UK Thekla

Band of Horses' website
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The Walkmen - Tour Dates

Rumours of a new record early in 2008...

January:
Wed 01/16/08 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel Club Lounge
Thu 01/17/08 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
Fri 01/18/08 Milwaukee, WI Turner's Ballroom
Sat 01/19/08 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Sun 01/20/08 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
Mon 01/21/08 Saint Louis, MO Blueberry Hill's Duck Room
Tue 01/22/08 Columbus, OH The Basement
Wed 01/23/08 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's

The Walkmen website
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Monday, December 03, 2007

The Money Shot: Alejandro's Pain, Mick Jones Isn't Punk and Arctic Monkeys = Death Ramps

Clash Legend Mick Jones on His Crazy Fans, His New Album, and Why He Didn't Download ‘In Rainbows’ (New York Magazine)
MS: Do you worry that fans are going to come to your shows expecting to hear punk?

Oh no, I hope not. I hope that if they liked what Tony and I did in the past, hopefully they will be interested in what we’re doing now. It’s really different. We’re older guys. We’ve got lives and stuff. What we write about is how things affect our lives as we are now. We’re not trying to be like young guys prancing around like idiots.


Arctic Monkeys release new songs secretly (NME)
MS: The vinyl, limited to 250 copies, is being sold via Domino's website though the label are not confirming who is behind it, explaining: "Unfortunately, we're not allowed to tell you the true identity of The Death Ramps but needless to say they're a band with A Certain Romance (wink, wink)."


Success the Hard Way: Alejandro Escovedo (Read Express)
MS: "As a songwriter, there's this room. No one enters but me. It's lonely, sometimes painful. The songs you get that are completely illuminated and transcend that room are rare," says Escovedo. "They're a great joy. But I don't want to live there anymore. I want to direct the songwriting away from me."


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MJTV: The Raveonettes - Dead Sound

First video from Lust, Lust, Lust



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The Von Bondies - Tour Dates

Upcoming dates in support of the forthcoming Love, Hate & Then There's You...

January:
Wed 01/09/08 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
Thu 01/10/08 Indianapolis, IN The Music Mill
Fri 01/11/08 Chicago, IL Abbey Pub
Sat 01/12/08 Columbus, OH The Basement
Sun 01/13/08 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel Club Lounge
Tue 01/15/08 London, ON Call The Office
Wed 01/16/08 Toronto, ON El Mocambo
Thu 01/17/08 Montreal, QC Cafe Campus
Fri 01/18/08 Burlington, VT Club Metronome
Tue 01/22/08 Allston, MA Great Scott
Wed 01/23/08 New York, NY Blender Theatre At Gramercy
Thu 01/24/08 Philadelphia, PA Grape Street
Fri 01/25/08 Vienna, VA Jammin' Java

February:
Fri 02/01/08 Bielefeld, GER Forum Bielefeld
Sun 02/03/08 Hamburg, GER Molotow
Tue 02/05/08 Copenhagen, DEN VEGA House Of Music
Wed 02/06/08 Oslo, NOR John Dee
Thu 02/07/08 Stockholm, SWE Debaser Medis
Sun 02/10/08 Paris, FRA Le Nouveau Casino
Mon 02/11/08 Milan, ITA Musicdrome
Tue 02/12/08 Zurich, SWI Rohrstofflager
Wed 02/13/08 Amsterdam, NET Melkweg
Sat 02/16/08 Belfast, UK Spring & Airbrake
Sun 02/17/08 Dublin, IRE The Village
Tue 02/19/08 Manchester, UK Night & Day
Wed 02/20/08 Glasgow, UK Stereo
Thu 02/21/08 Leeds, UK The Cockpit
Sat 02/23/08 Nottingham, UK Bodega Social Club
Sun 02/24/08 Bristol, UK Thekla
Mon 02/25/08 Birmingham, UK Carling Academy Birmingham
Tue 02/26/08 London, UK Scala

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Patti Smith - Tour Dates

The legendary New York rock queen closes out 2007 with 3 straight hometown gigs at the Bowery Ballroom...

December:
Fri 12/28/07 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Sat 12/29/07 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Sun 12/30/07 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Mon 12/31/07 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

January:
Fri 01/18/08 New York, NY Metropolitan Museum of Art

Patti Smith's website
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Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Money Shot: Morrissey's NME Shit, Lily Allen's Crap and M.I.A. says "Dance or U get the F-ck Out!"

The latest headlines...

Lily Allen: 'I'm not quitting music' (NME)
MS: "I talk crap all the time and they [tabloid newspapers] all know it," she said. "So how come this time they didn't get it? Silly people. I am having the best time of my life."


Morrissey to Sue NME Over Immigration Remarks (Pitchfork)
MS: "Although I don't have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears. So the price is enormous. If you travel to Germany, it's still absolutely Germany. If you travel to Sweden, it still has a Swedish identity.

"But travel to England and you have no idea where you are."


M.I.A. Interview (The List)
MS: I wanted to get out of people’s view: to go and spend time learning about myself and trying to be better. Not really technically better, but I just wanted to be better as a human being. And it’s really hard to do that when you make club music. There’s no such thing as a better human being in club music! It’s like, you either dance . . . or you get the fuck out! And I don’t want to be talking about ‘big titties’ and ‘fucking hos’. Dance music needs to be expanded, in terms of subject matter and substance, and that’s what I was trying to do.


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MJTV: Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place (Thumbs Down Version)

Another cool, low-budget video involving bike helmets...



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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Radiohead - Tour Dates

Almost certainly there will be dates in support of In Rainbows before these mid-2008 shows, but they haven't been announced yet...

June:
Wed 06/18/08 Milan, ITA Arena Civico
Fri 06/20/08 Neuhausen o.E., GER Southside Festival
Sun 06/22/08 Scheessel, GER Hurricane Festival

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Friday, November 30, 2007

The Money Shot: Craig Finn's Not 19, Harp Picks 50, & 18 F-You's

More headlines...

Harp Puts Okkervil River Atop Its Top 50 CDs Of 2007 (Stereogum)
MS: 10 Jason Isbell - Sirens Of The Ditch
09 Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II
08 Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
07 Radiohead - In Rainbows
06 Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
05 Feist - The Reminder
04 Future Clouds & Radar - Future Clouds & Radar
03 Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
02 Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin
01 Okkervil River - The Stage Names


Modern Rock Goes Back to the Future (Crawdaddy)
MS: “When I write a song about someone who’s say, 19, everyone can relate to it because we’ve all been 19 once,” Finn says. “In other words, we’ve been able to capture a lot of older fans for a rock band because at age 36 you have a certain perspective about what was funny about being 19. And you can’t have that perspective when you are 19. The things that you’re really embarrassed or concerned about back then are kind of funny 20 years later, cause at the time you think you know everything... but you really don’t.”



Fuck this town: 18 kiss-off songs to cities (A.V. Club)
MS: 4. The Bottle Rockets, "Indianapolis"

A million songs have bemoaned the hard-knock life of a small-time touring musician, but The Bottle Rockets capture it on the most tedious level here: a van breakdown that strands them in Indianapolis. Ten days into a tour, the novelty has worn off, and frontman Brian Henneman openly fantasizes about ditching his bandmates for a ride home. The waiting, and Indiana's favorite son, may drive him over the edge: "Who knows what this repair will cost, scared to spend a dime / I'll puke if that jukebox plays John Cougar one more time."

Key line: "Is this hell or Indianapolis?"


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The Cribs - Tour Dates

The UK band becomes one of the first to announce SXSW dates...

March:
8 - Mexico City, Mexico MX Beat Festival
11 - Houston, TX The Proletariat
12 - Dallas, TX The Loft
13 - Austin, TX SXSW Conference and Festival
14 - Austin, TX SXSW Conference and Festival
15 - New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
17 - Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
19 - Washington, DC Black Cat
20 - Brooklyn, NY Williamsburg Hall
21 - Boston, MA - Paradise
22 - Philadelphia, PA North Star
24 - Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
25 - Chicago, IL Double Door
26 - Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
28 - Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
30 - Seattle, WA Chop Suey

April:
2 - Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
3 - San Francisco, CA Pop Scene
4 - Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre

The Cribs' website
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Rufus Wainwright - Tour Dates

Updated dates for Mr. Wainwright...

December:
Sun 12/02/07 Stockholm, SWE Cirkus Djurgarden
Mon 12/03/07 Oslo, NOR Oslo Konserthuset
Wed 12/05/07 Aarhus, DEN Musikhuset
Fri 12/07/07 Lille, FRA Theatre Sebastopol
Thu 12/20/07 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater
Fri 12/21/07 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Sat 12/22/07 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Sat 12/29/07 Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues

January:
Thu 01/03/08 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Music Hall
Fri 01/04/08 Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House
Sat 01/05/08 Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall
Thu 01/10/08 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
Sat 01/12/08 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre
Sun 01/20/08 Nagoya, JPN Diamond Hall
Mon 01/21/08 Osaka, JPN Namba-Hatch
Wed 01/23/08 Tokyo, JPN Tokyo International Forum
Sun 01/27/08 Brisbane, AUS Tivoli Theatre
Tue 01/29/08 Sydney, AUS State Theatre
Wed 01/30/08 Sydney, AUS State Theatre

February:
Fri 02/01/08 Melbourne, AUS Hamer Hall
Sat 02/02/08 Melbourne, AUS Hamer Hall
Mon 02/04/08 Auckland, NZ The Studio
Thu 02/07/08 Adelaide, AUS Norwood Concert Hall
Sat 02/09/08 Perth, AUS Perth Concert Hall

Rufus Wainwright's website
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Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Money Shot: 10 Artists in Pain, 10 Bitter Chicks & 50 Great Records of the Millenium...

The latest headlines...

The 50 Greatest Albums Of The Millennium! (Gigwise)
MS: 3. Arcade Fire – ‘Funeral’ (2005) They may hail from the country that gave us Brian Adams and Celine Dion, but everything about Arcade Fire wreaks of beauty, grandiose brilliance and touching poignancy. Seemingly out of nowhere they delivered an album of startling brilliance, that tugged at the heartstrings of millions.


Revenge is a Bitch: The 10 Most Bitter Female Rock Songs (Cracked)
MS: #1."You Oughta Know" - Alanis Morissette
The list of urban legends on who Morissette is singing about is nearly as long as Carly Simon's. The most notable of those honorees are Bob Saget of Full House, Dave Coulier of Full House, hockey player Doug Gilmour, hockey player Mike Peluso, Matt LeBlanc of Friends and musician Leslie Howe. According to a news story it's commonly accepted that the song is, in fact, referring to Dave Coulier.


Devlin's 10 Things: An artist's pain can bring great music our way (Canada.com)
MS: 7. Elvis Perkins, (from 2007's Ash Wednesday). To some, Elvis Perkins is appealing simply because he's the son of famous people (Psycho actor Anthony Perkins and photographer Berry Berenson). But his effective debut proves there's much more to the puzzle. And how: his father died of AIDS and his mother was on a plane that hit a World Trade Center tower in 2001. When he sings, on the title track, "I've made a death suit for life/For my father's ill-widowed wife," the pain is deep.


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Foo Fighters - Tour Dates

More new dates in January and beyond...

January 2008
16 - Sunrise, FL - Bank Atlantic Center
17 - Orlando, FL - Amway Arena
19 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Arena
20 - Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Civic Center
22 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
23 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
25 - Memphis, TN - FedExForum
26 - Nashville, TN - Municipal Auditorium
28 - Fayetteville, AR - Barnhill Arena
29 - Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Center

February 2008
18 - Worcester, MA - DCU Center
19 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
21 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Spectrum
24 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
25 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
27 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center

March 2008
17 - Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre
19 - Ottawa, Ontario - Scotiabank Place
20 - London, Ontario - John Labatt Centre
22 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
25 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre
27 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Credit Union Centre
28 - Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place
30 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Pacific Coliseum

Foo Fighters' website
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Spoon - Tour Dates

Another band that's making the rounds at the holiday radio gigs...

December 2007
3 - Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
4 - Boston, MA - The Roxy
5 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
6 - Seattle, WA - Comcast Arena
7 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
9 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
13 - Austin, TX - Emo's
15 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
31 - Chicago, IL - Metro

Spoon's website
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The Money Shot: Guitar Hero Is Killing Rock Music, Kanye & Evel Settle, Universal CEO Morris = World's Biggest Tool?

Today's headlines...

Universal's CEO Once Called iPod Users Thieves. Now He's Giving Songs Away. (Wired)
MS: Morris insists there wasn't a thing he or anyone else could have done differently. "There's no one in the record company that's a technologist," Morris explains. "That's a misconception writers make all the time, that the record industry missed this. They didn't. They just didn't know what to do. It's like if you were suddenly asked to operate on your dog to remove his kidney. What would you do?"

Personally, I would hire a vet. But to Morris, even that wasn't an option. "We didn't know who to hire," he says, becoming more agitated. "I wouldn't be able to recognize a good technology person — anyone with a good bullshit story would have gotten past me." Morris' almost willful cluelessness is telling. "He wasn't prepared for a business that was going to be so totally disrupted by technology," says a longtime industry insider who has worked with Morris. "He just doesn't have that kind of mind."


Kanye West settles lawsuit with Evel Knievel (NME)
MS: "I thought he was a wonderful guy and quite a gentleman. We settled the lawsuit amicably. I was very satisfied and so was he."


Is tomorrow's Clapton playing 'Guitar Hero'? (CNET)
MS: "It's going to kill music," said San Diego bass instructor David Hilton. "It seems to me that as long as (Guitar Hero fans) can get really, really good playing this console, (and) it's not really easy to play (a real) instrument," that the guitar is dead.


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MJTV: The Killers - Don't Shoot Me Santa

Now, I appreciate The Killers sharing some holiday fun... but this?



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The Black Lips - Tour Dates

A huge stack of new dates for the Atlanta garage-punk band...

November:
11-30 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse

December:
12-05 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
12-07 Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theater
12-08 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
12-15 Meredith, Australia - Meredith Music Festival
12-18 Sydney, Australia - Oxford Art Factory
12-19 Melbourne, Australia - The Arthouse
12-21 Melbourne, Australia - The Tote

February:
02-01 Denver, CO - Bluebird
02-04 Seattle, WA - Neumos
02-05 Portland, OR - Dante's
02-06 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
02-08 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
02-09 Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
02-10 Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
02-13 San Diego, CA - Casbah
02-14 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
02-22 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
02-23 Austin, TX - Emo's Outside
02-24 Dallas, TX - The Loft
02-25 Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
02-26 Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
02-28 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
02-29 Madison, WI - Memorial Union (University of Wisconsin)

March:
03-01 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
03-02 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
03-04 Columbus, OH - The Basement
03-05 Oberlin, OH - Club Dionysus
03-06 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
03-07 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's
03-08 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
03-10 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03-11 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03-13 Cambridge, MA - Middle East
03-14 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
03-15 Washington, DC - Black Cat
03-16 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03-20 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
03-21 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
03-22 Atlanta, GA - The Earl

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Money Shot: Winehouse Cancels (Again), The National Eats Paste & Delusions of a Home Rockstar...

More headlines...

Signs of Life 2007 : Best Music (Paste Magazine)
MS: 1. The National - Boxer
2. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
3. Bruce Springsteen - Magic
4. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
5. Feist - The Reminder
6. M.I.A. - Kala
7. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
8. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
9. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
10. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog


The Unscene (Popmatters)
MS: Hidden in plain sight, home recordists make a virtue of their inconspicuousness amid the prefabricated pop manufactured by the culture industry. However, their stories suggest that they are not immune to the lure of ambition or blind to the shining light of attention. When I ask Charlie if he ever thinks about performing his songs live, Charlie says without pause, “Oh, yeah. I’d like to play for people. I don’t want to play anywhere massive like the Pepsi Center, but, you know, I could really see playing somewhere like Red Rocks or the Fillmore.” The scope of his hopes stunned me—Red Rocks is a historic amphitheater that holds nearly 10,000 people, and the Fillmore auditorium in Denver holds 3,600.


Amy Winehouse Scraps All Tour Plans (NME)
MS: "I can't give it my all onstage without my Blake. I'm so sorry but I don't want to do the shows half-heartedly; I love singing. My husband is everything to me and without him it's just not the same."


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Silversun Pickups - Tour Dates

Holiday and radio gigs to close out their breakout year...

November 2007
28 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
29 - Richmond, VA - Toad's Place

December 2007
1 - West Palm Beach, FL - Sound Advice Amphitheatre
2 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheater
4 - Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend
5 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
6 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
9 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheater
12 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
13 - Austin, TX - Emo's
14 - Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Theatre
15 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
16 - Duluth, GA - The Arena at Gwinnett Center

Silversun Pickups' website
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Ryan Adams - Tour Dates

The Easy Tiger tour heads into '08...

January 2008
16 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
18 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
19 - San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
21 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theater
22 - Claremont, CA - Bridges Auditorium
23 - San Rafael, CA - Marin Center
25 - Salem, OR - Elsinore Theater
26 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater
28 - Berkeley, CA - Zellerbach Hall
30 - Los Angeles, CA - UCLA Royce Hall

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The Money Shot: The RIAA's A Joke, Ivy League Pirates, & Better Than An iPod?

The headlines keep coming...

RIAA Piracy Fight Makes It To The Ivy League (Information Week)
MS: Lamy said that lawsuits are the RIAA's "last preference" but necessary "given the continuing prevalence of music theft on college campuses."

"This theft triggers a harmful domino effect throughout the music community -- thousands of regular, working class musicians and others out of work, record stores shuttered, new bands never signed," he said. "When faced with this reality, we have no choice but to hold those individuals responsible for ignoring the law and all the great new legal ways to get affordable, high-quality music."


Rivals to iPod are music to your ears (Chicago Tribune)
MS: There can be good reasons for not picking an iPod. One, other players often include an FM radio; iPods do not. Two, the following devices worked easily on Microsoft Windows, as does the iPod, and each found and organized the music files I have scattered about the Hewlett-Packard laptop I used for this review. Three, price considerations: Some offer exceptional value.


Who else is laughing at the music industry? (CNET)
MS: Simply put, all we want is to be trusted. Get rid of the DRM and for goodness sake, get rid of that disgusting Recording Industry Association of America, and start trusting that consumers are willing to do what's right if you don't force them into a corner and make them do what's wrong. Will there still be piracy? Sure. But believe it or not, a happy consumer won't mind paying $5 to $10 for an album if you let them.


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MJTV: The White Stripes - Conquest

Latest video from Jack & Meg...



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Editors - Tour Dates

U.S. dates for the U.K. foursome...

January:
Tue 01/08/08 Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
Wed 01/09/08 Saint Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
Thu 01/10/08 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
Fri 01/11/08 Atlanta, GA Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
Sat 01/12/08 Nashville, TN Wildhorse Saloon
Mon 01/14/08 Norfolk, VA NorVa
Tue 01/15/08 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Thu 01/17/08 New York, NY Terminal 5
Fri 01/18/08 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Sat 01/19/08 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
Sun 01/20/08 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Tue 01/22/08 Toronto, ON Kool Haus
Wed 01/23/08 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Fri 01/25/08 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
Sat 01/26/08 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
Sun 01/27/08 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
Tue 01/29/08 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
Wed 01/30/08 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe

February:
Fri 02/01/08 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Mon 02/04/08 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market
Tue 02/05/08 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Wed 02/06/08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Fri 02/08/08 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
Sat 02/09/08 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Sun 02/10/08 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
Wed 02/13/08 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
Thu 02/14/08 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
Thu 02/21/08 Dublin, IRE Olympia Theatre
Fri 02/22/08 Belfast, UK Mandela Hall
Tue 02/26/08 Glasgow, UK Carling Academy Glasgow
Thu 02/28/08 Blackpool, UK Empress Ballroom
Fri 02/29/08 Birmingham, UK The NIA

March:
Sun 03/02/08 Doncaster, UK The Dome
Mon 03/03/08 Manchester, UK Carling Apollo Manchester
Wed 03/05/08 London, UK Alexandra Palace
Fri 03/07/08 Plymouth, UK Plymouth Pavilions
Sat 03/08/08 Antwerp, BEL Hof Ter Lo
Mon 03/10/08 Ghent, BEL Vooruit
Wed 03/12/08 Amsterdam, NET Heineken Music Hall

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Ron Sexsmith - Tour Dates

The singer-songwriter heads to Australia next year...

December:
Sun 12/09/07 Niagara Falls, ON Niagara Center of the Arts
Wed 12/12/07 Toronto, ON The Mod Club Theatre

March:
Sat 03/08/08 Port Fairy, AUS Port Fairy Folk Festival
Sun 03/09/08 Port Fairy, AUS Port Fairy Folk Festival
Tue 03/11/08 Adelaide, AUS Fowlers Live
Wed 03/12/08 Surry Hills, AUS The Gaelic
Fri 03/14/08 Katoomba, AUS Blue Mountain Festival
Sat 03/15/08 Eumundi, AUS Joe's Waterhole
Sun 03/16/08 Fortitude Valley, AUS The Zoo
Tue 03/18/08 Canberra, AUS Tilley Devine Cafe
Wed 03/19/08 Richmond, AUS Corner Hotel
Fri 03/21/08 Byron Bay, AUS Belongil Fields

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Money Shot: The Loudness Wars, Radio's Past = Internet's Future? and Amy Winehouse Is Running Out of Rope...

The latest headlines...

Amy Winehouse fans revolt after shambolic gig (NME)
MS: While performing 'Valerie' as part of the show's encore, Winehouse left the stage again, halfway through the song, this time for good, once more leaving a backing singer to fill in until the show ended.


Audio gain in volume signals loss for listeners (Baltimore Sun)
MS: Studio engineers are pushing the envelope on technology that makes recordings sound louder than ever before - ensnaring listeners in an audio arms race dubbed "The Loudness Wars."

"The level of compact discs went up about 20 decibels in 20 years," observed Bob Katz, chief mastering engineer of Digital Domain, a sound studio in Florida.


Internet is the new radio (London Free Press)
MS: "The music industry was very afraid of radio in the '20s," says Rob Bowman, Grammy-winning music historian and professor of ethnomusicology at Toronto's York University. "If you look at 78s from that period, they often have printed on the label, 'Not licensed for radio play.' Radio was an eminently superior medium, and the music industry thought radio was simply giving away their product -- 'Why would people ever buy 78s if they could hear them all day for free?' was the line of reasoning."


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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Tour Dates

A bunch of new dates in 2008...

February 2008
28 - Hartford, CT - HCC Arena

March 2008
2 - Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre
3 - Hamilton, Ontario - Copps Coliseum
6 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
7 - Buffalo, NY - HSBC Arena
10 - Hempstead, NY - Nassau Coliseum
14 - Omaha, NE - Quest Center
16 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Center
17 - Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center
20 - Indianapolis, IN - Canseco Center
22 - Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena
24 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
28 - Portland, OR - The Rose Garden
29 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
31 - Vancouver, British Columbia - GM Place

April 2008
4 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena
5 - San Jose, CA - HPPavillion at San Jose
7, 8 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
13 - Dallas, TX - TBA
14 - Houston, TX - TBA
18 - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Bank Atlantic Center
19 - Orlando, FL - Amway Arena
21 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum
25 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
27 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Bobcat Arena
28 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
30 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena

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John Prine - Tour Dates

New dates for the Hoosier folkie...

December:
Fri 12/07/07 Charleston, WV Charleston Municipal Auditorium
Sat 12/08/07 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Center
Fri 12/14/07 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre
Sun 12/16/07 Nashville, TN Schermerhorn Symphony Center

January:
Sat 01/05/08 New York, NY Carnegie Hall
Sun 01/06/08 Troy, NY Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

February:
Fri 02/08/08 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
Sat 02/09/08 Whitewater, WI Young Auditorium

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The Money Shot: Federici Leaves E Street For Now, Indie Rock Diversity & the RIAA Gets (More) Political...

More headlines...

Hail indie rock, in all its diversity (L.A. Times)
MS: Gogol Bordello. This New York-based band recasts the music of the Roma people within a kitchen-sink blend of rock, ska, reggae and more that they call "gypsy punk." With Israeli, Russian and Roma members, Gogol Bordello's music reflects the immigrant experience as it's unfolded from Ellis Island to the outer boroughs and suburbs of today's America.


Springsteen organ-player leaves band (NME)
MS: Organist Danny Federici played his last show for the time being in Boston with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. Springsteen's organist since the 1960s, Federici was diagnosed with the skin cancer melanoma, and left the group to undergo treatment for the condition.


RIAA, MPAA urge pro-copyright vows from presidential candidates (CNET)
MS: RIAA chief Mitch Bainwol put it this way: "When Americans vote, they are making decisions about the values important to them. And one of those values must be a commitment to creativity. For some, that commitment will be a function of the economic significance of intellectual property. For others, that commitment will be about the power of the ideas our content spreads throughout the world. But the commitment to intellectual property rights, whatever the motivation, is what we must look for."


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Foo Fighters - Tour Dates

The latest update for Grohl and company...

January 2008
23 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
25 - Memphis, TN - FedExForum
26 - Nashville, TN - Municipal Auditorium

February 2008
18 - Worcester, MA - DCU Center
21 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Spectrum
24 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
25 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena

March 2008
17 - Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre
19 - Ottawa, Ontario - Scotiabank Place
20 - London, Ontario - John Labatt Centre
22 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
25 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre
27 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Credit Union Centre
28 - Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place
30 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Pacific Coliseum

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Chris Cornell - Tour Dates

New dates in Mexico and Brazil...

December:
Sat 12/08/07 Buenos Aires, ARG Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Wed 12/12/07 Rio De Janeiro, BRA Citibank Hall
Thu 12/13/07 Sao Paulo, BRA CrediCard Hall
Sun 12/16/07 Mexico City, MEX Vive Cuervo Salon
Tue 12/18/07 Guadalajara, MEX Foro Expo
Wed 12/19/07 Monterrey, MEX Auditorio Coca-Cola

March:
Fri 03/21/08 Johannesburg, SAF New Market Racecourse
Mon 03/24/08 Cape Town, SAF Kenilworth Race Track

Chris Cornell's website
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The Money Shot: J&M Chain Saved By Brotherly Love, The Hypocrisy of Stolen Music & How to Share It Legally (Kinda)...

More headlines...

Excuses for stealing music as varied as the artists (London Free Press)
MS: "Come on, people, it's 99 cents! Plus, this generation has unprecedented access to money -- debit cards, credit cards, you name it, they've got it. And they sit there and say a buck is too much when they've wearing $100 sneakers and holding a $4 mochaccino. Don't tell me it's too expensive. It's never been cheaper to buy music."


Jesus & Mary Chain Readying New Album (Billboard)
MS: When we ended in '98, we hated each other," William Reid says. "A lot of that was down to drink and drugs. Jim's completely sober now, and I don't drink during the shows. But there is a kind of wariness. We're both aware that we could snap at each other," he said with a laugh, "but we're trying to hold it together. We love this band, and we love each other."


Five Ways to Share Music Without Getting Sued (Washington Post)
MS: We do have a few caveats, of course. In most cases you are limited to streaming music to your PC or handset, not downloading it. A couple of sites permit you to upload your own tunes for others to enjoy, but they don't work with DRM-protected music. In other words, there's nothing to stop you from sharing MP3 files that you downloaded illegally (and you know who you are, you naughty little monkeys). But music you purchased from the iTunes store--or ripped from a CD using the iTunes software? No can do.


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MJTV: The Killers - Shadowplay

The latest vid from the Vegas rockers is a Joy Division cover featured on their new rarities release, Sawdust...



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Arcade Fire - Tour Dates

The Neon Bible world tour extends to Japan...

January:
Fri 01/18/08 Auckland, NZ Mt. Smart Stadium
Sun 01/20/08 Gold Coast, AUS Parklands
Fri 01/25/08 Sydney, AUS Olympic Park Showgrounds
Mon 01/28/08 Melbourne, AUS Flemington Racecourse

February:
Fri 02/01/08 Adelaide, AUS RA&HS Showgrounds
Sun 02/03/08 Perth, AUS Claremont Showgrounds
Thu 02/07/08 Osaka, JPN Namba-Hatch
Fri 02/08/08 Nagoya, JPN Diamond Hall
Mon 02/11/08 Tokyo, JPN Studio Coast

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The Magic Numbers - Tour Dates

The London band finishes up '07 with European dates...

November:
Tue 11/27/07 Nantes, FRA Zenith
Wed 11/28/07 Paris, FRA Olympia
Fri 11/30/07 Montpellier, FRA Zenith Montpellier

December:
Sat 12/01/07 Dijon, FRA Zenith
Wed 12/05/07 London, UK Royal Festival Hall
Thu 12/06/07 Wrexham, UK Central Station
Sat 12/08/07 Belfast, UK Mandela Hall
Sun 12/09/07 Galway, IRE Roisin Dubh
Mon 12/10/07 Limerick, IRE Dolans Warehouse / Upstairs
Tue 12/11/07 Dublin, IRE Button Factory
Thu 12/20/07 Helsinki, FIN Tavastia - Klubi

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Monday, November 26, 2007

The Money Shot: Holiday Wishes for Phil Spector, Lily Allen's Pigs, & NIN Gets Soaked With Media's Piss...

Unpacking the headlines from the past few days...

Lily Allen To Quit Music In Three Years (Gigwise)
MS: “I’d like to live in the country and have chickens and pigs.”


Oh No! Christmas Songs Again! (Huffington Post)
MS: Personally, I get a warm feeling when I hear Nat King Cole's "Christmas Song" for the first time each season. By the 50th, not so much. The Phil Spector Christmas album is still my favorite. Putting aside that he killed someone, we thank Phil for a real musical gift.


Copyright Fun (NIN.com)
MS: While I am profoundly perturbed with this stance as content owners continue to stifle all innovation in the face of the digital revolution, it is consistent with what they have done in the past. So... we are challenged at the last second to find a way of bringing this idea to life without getting splashed by the urine as these media companies piss all over each other’s feet. We have a cool and innovative site ready to launch but we're currently scratching our heads as to how to proceed.


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Marah - Tour Dates

Dates in support of the upcoming Angels of Destruction...

December:
Fri 12/07/07 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore - TLA
Sat 12/08/07 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

January:
Sat 01/19/08 Cambridge, MA Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub
Sun 01/20/08 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
Mon 01/21/08 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
Wed 01/23/08 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel Club Lounge
Thu 01/24/08 Columbus, OH Ravari Room
Fri 01/25/08 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
Sat 01/26/08 Minneapolis, MN The 400 Bar
Tue 01/29/08 Saint Louis, MO Blueberry Hill's Duck Room
Wed 01/30/08 Nashville, TN The Basement
Thu 01/31/08 Atlanta, GA Smith's Olde Bar

February:
Wed 02/06/08 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
Thu 02/07/08 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

Marah's website
Marah @ Myspace

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MJTV: Arcade Fire - My Body Is A Cage

This fan vid was given an even-higher profile after getting mentioned by Bruce Springsteen in a recent Spin interview with Win Butler...



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The Cribs - Tour Dates

Dates to close out 2007...

December:
Sat 12/01/07 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Wed 12/12/07 Glasgow, UK S.E.C.C.
Thu 12/13/07 Manchester, UK Manchester Central
Fri 12/14/07 London, UK Alexandra Palace
Sun 12/16/07 Brighton, UK The Brighton Centre
Wed 12/19/07 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
Thu 12/20/07 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
Fri 12/21/07 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club

The Cribs' website
The Cribs @ Myspace

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Rhett Miller - Tour Dates

Solo dates for the Old 97's lead...

December:
Wed 12/19/07 Toronto, ON The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

January:
Fri 01/18/08 Washington, DC Black Cat
Sat 01/19/08 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live

February:
Sat 02/02/08 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club

Rhett Miller's solo website
Rhett Miller @ Myspace

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Andrew Bird - Tour Dates

Updated dates from the Chicago multi-instrumentalist...

November:
11-29 Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
11-30 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre

December:
12-07 Los Angeles, CA - The Orpheum Theatre
12-08 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
12-14 Minneapolis, MN - Guthrie Theater
12-15 Minneapolis, MN - Guthrie Theater

January:
01-08 Sydney, Australia - Sydney Festival
01-10 Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo
01-11 Melbourne, Australia - The Corner Hotel
01-12 Perth, Australia - Oxford Arts Factory

Andrew Bird's website
Andrew Bird @ Myspace

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Back in the Saddle...

Hey gang... the flow of information should be starting shortly. Really stacked up around here over the past few days. Anyway, hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Money Shot: Slammin' Slacker, Dissin' Wal-Mart & The 80 Percent Minority...

More headlines...

The 80 Percent Minority (The Age)
MS: "There is general reluctance among radio stations to draw a line in the sand and say we're a female station," Stevens says. "They think they would be missing out on 50 per cent of the market but, based on our research, they would be capturing so much more because women make or influence 80 per cent of consumer purchase decisions. Radio executives think the women's market is just a niche. My answer to that is, 'Yeah, it's the 80 per cent minority.' "


Slackers (Redeye Chicago)
MS: With the Slacker Portable, "a selection of songs from your favorite artists is transferred to the Slacker portable player from your PC. New songs are added every time the player is hooked up. They are stored on the player, so you don't need an Internet connection to listen.

Hey, Dennis ... 1985 called. They want their idea back. So what you have for me is a player that chooses songs -- I can't choose them except for telling the software what music I like in general -- and then downloads them to a portable device that I can take with me anywhere I go?


Band of Horses Turn Down Wal-Mart TV Ad (Pitchfork)
MS: "Some fans, they don't even give a crap," he continued. "They're like, 'Whatever, bands got to get paid.' But at the same time, I was reluctant to do it in the back of my mind, and some fans reminded me there is a reason to feel that way about it. So once I saw our fans were let down by it, I nixed the TV commercial, and said, 'You know what, this isn't for me. Keep your money.'"



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The Chemical Brothers - Tour Dates

The We Are The Night tour heads to Australia in '08...

November:
Wed 11/21/07 Berlin, GER Arena
Thu 11/22/07 Eindhoven, NET Klokgebouw
Fri 11/23/07 Antwerp, BEL Sportpaleis Antwerpen
Sat 11/24/07 Paris, FRA Zenith Paris
Mon 11/26/07 Bratislava, SLV Incheba Hall
Tue 11/27/07 Bologna, ITA Palamalaguti
Wed 11/28/07 Fribourg, SWI Fribourg Fourm
Fri 11/30/07 Barcelona, SPA Espacio Movistar

December:
Sat 12/01/07 Valencia, SPA Feria Muestario International
Sun 12/02/07 Madrid, SPA Pabellon Del Real Madrid
Thu 12/06/07 Manchester, UK Carling Apollo Manchester
Fri 12/07/07 Birmingham, UK NIA Academy
Sat 12/08/07 Glasgow, UK S.E.C.C.
Sun 12/09/07 Liverpool, UK Aintree Racecourse
Wed 12/12/07 Brighton, UK The Brighton Centre
Thu 12/13/07 London, UK Carling Brixton Academy
Fri 12/14/07 London, UK Carling Brixton Academy
Sat 12/15/07 London, UK Carling Brixton Academy

February:
Thu 02/28/08 Auckland, NZ Vector Arena

March:
Wed 03/05/08 Melbourne, AUS Vodafone Arena
Fri 03/07/08 Darling Harbour, AUS Sydney Ent'ment Centre

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Athlete - Tour Dates

Looks like these guys are going to be working hard...

November:
Wed 11/21/07 London, UK Union Chapel
Tue 11/27/07 Madrid, SPA Joy Eslava
Wed 11/28/07 Valencia, SPA Green Space
Thu 11/29/07 Bergara, SPA Sala Jam
Fri 11/30/07 Barcelona, SPA Mephisto

December:
Sun 12/09/07 Hamburg, GER Uebel & Gefahrlich
Mon 12/10/07 Berlin, GER Knaack Klub
Wed 12/12/07 Cologne, GER Prime Club
Thu 12/13/07 Munich, GER 59 to 1
Fri 12/14/07 Leuven, BEL Het Depot

January:
Thu 01/17/08 Exeter, UK Great Hall
Fri 01/18/08 Oxford, UK Oxford Academy
Sat 01/19/08 London, UK Roundhouse
Sun 01/20/08 Cardiff, UK Cardiff University
Tue 01/22/08 Leicester, UK Leicester University
Wed 01/23/08 Wolverhampton, UK Wulfrun Hall
Thu 01/24/08 Warrington, Cheshire, UK Parr Hall
Fri 01/25/08 Hull, UK Hull University
Sun 01/27/08 Aberdeen, UK Music Hall
Mon 01/28/08 Sheffield, UK Plug
Wed 01/30/08 Ipswich, UK Ipswich Regent Theatre
Thu 01/31/08 Bath, UK Bath Pavilion

February:
Fri 02/01/08 Reading, UK Hexagon Centre
Sun 02/03/08 Folkestone, UK Leas Cliff Hall
Mon 02/04/08 Brighton, UK Brighton Dome
Tue 02/05/08 Cambridge, UK Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thu 02/07/08 Derry, UK Nerve Center
Fri 02/08/08 Belfast, UK Mandela Hall
Sat 02/09/08 Dublin, IRE The Village

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Bettye LaVette - Tour Dates

New dates added for the "Great Lady of Soul"...

December:
Tue 12/04/07 Minneapolis, MN Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
Wed 12/05/07 Minneapolis, MN Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
Thu 12/06/07 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Fri 12/07/07 Berwyn, IL FitzGerald's

January:
Sat 01/05/08 Ferndale, MI The Magic Bag
Sat 01/12/08 Cary, NC Herb Young Community Center
Wed 01/23/08 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
Thu 01/24/08 New London, CT Garde Arts Center

February:
Thu 02/07/08 Allston, MA Scullers Jazz Club
Fri 02/08/08 New York, NY Allen Room @ Jazz At Lincoln Center
Sat 02/23/08 Clearwater, FL Seafood And Blues Fest.

March:
Sat 03/15/08 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Hall
Sun 03/16/08 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Hall
Mon 03/17/08 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Hall

April:
Fri 04/04/08 Belgrade, SER National Theatre
Tue 04/08/08 Brussels, BEL Ancienne Belgique

May:
Sat 05/31/08 Hagerstown, MD Blues Festival

Bettye LaVette's website
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Mark Ronson - Tour Dates

Wonder if these dates will include any of his high-profile collaborators (Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse)...

February:
Thu 02/14/08 Plymouth, UK Plymouth Pavilions
Fri 02/15/08 Glasgow, UK Carling Academy Glasgow
Sat 02/16/08 Manchester, UK Carling Apollo Manchester
Sun 02/17/08 Sheffield, UK Octagon Centre
Thu 02/21/08 Brighton, UK Brighton Dome
Fri 02/22/08 London, UK Carling Apollo Hammersmith

Mark Ronson's website
Mark Ronson @ Myspace

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Travis - Tour Dates

A few new dates for the UK band...

November:
Sun 11/18/07 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Tue 11/20/07 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Wed 11/21/07 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Fri 11/23/07 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
Sat 11/24/07 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
Sun 11/25/07 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
Mon 11/26/07 San Diego, CA House Of Blues

December:
Sun 12/30/07 Glasgow, UK Barrowland

Travis' website
Travis @ Myspace

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The Money Shot: Art Brut in Their PJs, Plugging The Plug Awards, Grohl's Broken Heart, & Patting Down Amy Winehouse...

Today's headlines...

And The Nominees Are (PLUG)
MS: Album of the Year:
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (Merge)
Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin (Sub Pop)
Battles - Mirrored (Warp)
Beirut - The Flying Club Cup (Ba Da Bing)
El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead (Definitive Jux)
Justice - † (Downtown / Vice / Ed Banger)
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (Polyvinyl)
Panda Bear - Person Pitch (Paw Tracks)
Radiohead - In Rainbows (self-released)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone)
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
The National - Boxer (Beggars Banquet)


Amy Winehouse's beehive checked for drugs (NME)
MS: Usually the location of choice for storing naughty substances is inside a bra, down some pants, or inside your shoe, maybe (we've heard).


Foo Fighters singer moved by Nirvana home video (NME)
MS: "I watched this thing on YouTube of Kurt's home movies. He's hanging around with his family in a park, sitting by this stream as these little girls run around. And it broke my heart, because I knew when that was, and I knew that he wasn't necessarily happy at the time."


The Hold Steady, Art Brut and 1990s at The Granada (The Pitch)
MS: Like the drive from Minneapolis to Seattle. A three day power drive, gets kind of weird out there, no phone reception. You are out in the middle of nowhere. You have to stop and get food at a casino ... It's like 3 in the afternoon and there are four people there. Everyone walks in their pajamas and people have never heard our accents and have never met anyone from Europe before.

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Money Shot: Oasis Ain't Givin' It Away, The 100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums & The End of Movie Blockbuster Soundtracks...

More headlines...

Movie Songs No Longer Rule Pop Charts (AP)
MS: "We tried every possible song. Then I was driving to the editing room one day and I had the wedding mix from my wedding in my car. I was listening to stuff on it, it brought back memories, then `In Your Eyes' comes on. `I drive off in my car!'" he gushed, quoting Gabriel's lyrics. "It's a song about instincts! I put the pedal to the floor and we put it in the scene and it worked. Then we had to try to get the song, which is its own crusade and a really difficult thing."


Oasis: 'We'll never do a Radiohead' (NME)
MS: Oasis have quashed rumours that they were planning to release their next album with Radiohead-style pricing, with fans choosing how much to pay for the release. Frontman Liam Gallagher said he would never let an Oasis album be given away for free. Specifically, he said he would allow it to happen "over my dead body".


Blender's 100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever (Stereogum)
MS: 41 Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
40 New Order - Power Corruption & Lies
39 Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
38 The Strokes - Is This It
37 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
36 Elliott Smith - Either/Or
35 Liz Phair - Exile In Guyville
34 Superchunk - On The Mouth
33 The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
32 Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
31 Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand
30 Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot


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Smashing Pumpkins - Tour Dates

The first of what I'd guess will be several Euro dates. Expect an update...

November:
Thu 11/15/07 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
Fri 11/16/07 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
Sun 11/18/07 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre At Grand Prairie

January:
Thu 01/31/08 Vienna, AUT Stadthalle

February:
Fri 02/15/08 Manchester, UK Manchester Evening News Arena
Sat 02/16/08 London, UK O2 Arena

Smashing Pumpkins' website
Smashing Pumpkins @ Myspace

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Money Shot: Beck & White Stripes Hook Up, Another Record Chain Gone, Art Brut's Drinking Games & Gene Simmons Says "College Kids = Crooks"...

The latest headlines...

Interview: The Hold Steady / Art Brut (Pitchfork)
MS: Finn: The bus thing is weird. That's one thing about this tour: I'd say this tour has been very tame for us behavior wise. Because you get in the bus! And usually, the people who are gonna egg you on are the people in that city. We see enough of each other as it is. Galen's not gonna get me all riled up [laughs]. But like my friend from college, from Chicago, will. So that's one of the things, I think. Everyone goes in their own bus. Some of the night there's been drinking after-- I didn't go out last night, but these guys did. And your other band's playing tonight?

Argos: Yeah, the Art Goblins. I was gonna have a day off the drinking, but the Art Goblins is more of a drinking game than a band. [laughs]


Billboard Q&A: Gene Simmons (Billboard)
MS: The record industry doesn't have a f*cking clue how to make money. It's only their fault for letting foxes get into the henhouse and then wondering why there's no eggs or chickens. Every little college kid, every freshly-scrubbed little kid's face should have been sued off the face of the earth. They should have taken their houses and cars and nipped it right there in the beginning. Those kids are putting 100,000 to a million people out of work. How can you pick on them? They've got freckles. That's a crook. He may as well be wearing a bandit's mask.


White Stripes Team With Beck For New Songs (Billboard)
MS: Three 7" colored vinyl singles will hit store shelves Dec. 18, each with the track "Conquest" and a new song co-produced by Beck. The tracks "It's My Fault for Being Famous," "Honey, We Can't Afford to Look This Cheap" and "Cash Grab Complications on the Matter" will appear on the black, white and red version of the records, respectively, with the latter featuring an acoustic Mariachi version of "Conquest."


Music World silenced (Toronto Sun)
MS: "I haven't been in a music store for the past three years," said Richardson, who was with Dargis as she purchased Celine Dion's latest CD. "Why should I pay for it (music), if I can get it for free?" Richardson said.


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Siouxsie Sioux - Tour Dates

The punk Banshee hits the road solo in support of Mantaray...

February:
8 - New York, NY Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
9 - New York, NY Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
12 - San Francisco, CA Fillmore
13 - San Francisco, CA Fillmore
15 - Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre
16 - Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre
18 - Anaheim, CA House of Blues
19 - Anaheim, CA House of Blues
21 - San Diego, CA 4th & B

Siouxsie's website
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The Money Shot: QOTSA offers 'Cocaine' to Rehabbers, Threatening the Arctic Monkeys, & The Threat of Girls With Guitars...

More headlines...

Arctic Monkeys under threat (NME)
MS: Arctic Monkeys' album chart record for having the fastest-selling British debut of all time looks set to be smashed by 2006 'X Factor' winner Leona Lewis. In January 2006 the band's debut album, 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' sold 363,735 in its first week of release. Lewis' debut, 'Spirit', sold 130,000 copies on its release on Monday (November 12), meaning it is on course to set a new record.


Joan Jett still loves rock'n'roll (Times Online)
MS: What riles her is the difficulty she believes still exists in getting rock music made by women to a mainstream audience. “It’s virtually been at a standstill since the Runaways,” she says. “And I can’t figure it out. It baffles me what the threat is to people from girls playing guitars.”


Queens Of The Stone Age thrown out of rehab (NME)
MS: But a spokesman for the band informed NME.COM that when the band opened the show with classic 'Feel Good Hit Of The Summer', staff at the clinic were so unimpressed that they pulled the plugs and had security remove them straight away without negotiation. The song's lyrics famously run: "Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol... c-c-c-c-c-cocaine".


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Interpol - Tour Dates

Interpol hits Australia and South America next year...

November:
Thu 11/15/07 Zurich, SWI Volkshaus
Fri 11/16/07 Munich, GER Tonhalle
Sat 11/17/07 Berlin, GER Columbiahalle
Mon 11/19/07 Cologne, GER Palladium
Tue 11/20/07 Tilburg, NET 013
Wed 11/21/07 Paris, FRA Zenith Paris
Fri 11/23/07 Brussels, BEL Forest National
Sat 11/24/07 Hamburg, GER Docks Konzerte Disco
Sun 11/25/07 Hamburg, GER Docks Konzerte Disco
Mon 11/26/07 Lille, FRA Aeronef
Wed 11/28/07 Blackpool, UK Empress Ballroom
Thu 11/29/07 London, UK Alexandra Palace
Fri 11/30/07 London, UK Alexandra Palace

December:
Sun 12/02/07 Dublin, IRE RDS Main Hall
Mon 12/03/07 Glasgow, UK Carling Academy Glasgow
Tue 12/04/07 Newcastle, UK Carling Academy Newcastle

February:
Thu 02/14/08 Auckland, NZ St. James Theatre
Sun 02/17/08 Perth, AUS Metro City
Tue 02/19/08 South Bank, AUS Brisbane Convention Centre
Thu 02/21/08 Moore Park, AUS Hordern Pavilion
Mon 02/25/08 West Melbourne, AUS Festival Hall
Tue 02/26/08 Adelaide, AUS Thebarton Theatre

March:
Tue 03/11/08 Sao Paulo, BRA Via Funchal Empreenoimentos Ltda.
Thu 03/13/08 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Fundicao Progresso
Sat 03/15/08 Belo Horizonte, BRA Chevrolet Hall

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MJTV: Queens of the Stone Age - Make It Wit Chu

The latest QOTSA vid...



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The Money Shot: Rising L.A. Punk Scene, The RIAA is Subsidizing Foreign Record Labels & Is Ryan Adams Too Prolific?

The latest headlines...

Let It Rip (The New Yorker)
MS: In the early eighties, a loose aggregation of punk-rock bands, including Black Flag and X, were responsible for an explosion of musical activity in the area, and by the end of the decade the hard-rock scene in Hollywood had yielded Guns N’ Roses—along with a fashion for teased hair and tight leather pants, which helped propel the careers of similar but lesser bands. Now the punk-rock phase—which was also a golden age of skateboarding, the primary recreation for L.A. punk rockers—has been reborn in an appealingly communal form, thanks in large part to a local club called The Smell, to a noisy and often brilliant duo called No Age, and to the group’s tight circle of friends.


Tighten up: 21 good albums that could have been great EPs (AV Club)
MS: 14. Ryan Adams, Rock N Roll (2003)
People joke about how Ryan Adams records roughly an album a day, but a lot of that prolific output stems from the fact that Adams has a lot of ideas, and wants to explore as many of them as possible. Rock N Roll was Adams' attempt to pay tribute to radio-ready early-'80s rock and compete with bands like The Strokes and Hot Hot Heat, who were converting some of those same sounds into critical buzz and decent record sales. But Adams never really came up with enough decent songs to follow through fully on a not-bad impulse. He was saving his best material for the Britpop exercise Love Is Hell, a superior record that Adams' label neglected in favor of this more tossed-off effort. Rock N Roll would've been better served at a much shorter length, and with more focus on songs like "Burning Photographs," "Wish You Were Here," and "Do Miss America," which deal with the destructive impact of fast living and intense relationships.


Artists: Radio surely can afford royalty (The Hollywood Reporter)
MS: "When you cut to the chase, RIAA is asking Congress to bail out a business model that failed to adapt to the new digital age," National Association of Broadcasters spokesman Dennis Wharton said.

Wharton said the royalty would only "fund a billion-dollar transference of wealth to foreign-owned record labels that would be unfair, unwise and unwarranted."


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