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Thursday, September 20, 2007

New Tour Dates from...

Foo Fighters
September 2007
20 - New York, NY - Fillmore

October 2007
2 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
4 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
5 - Charlotte, NC - Cricket Arena
6 - Atlantic City, NJ - The Borgata
8 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Wachovia Arena
9 - Glen Falls, NY - Glen Falls Civic Center


Queens of the Stone Age
09-20 Tallahassee, FL - The Moon %
09-21 Jacksonville, FL - Plush %
09-22 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle %
09-24 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel %
09-25 Norfolk, VA - The NorVa %
09-26 Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live %
09-28 Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Music Hall %
09-29 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory %
10-09 Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
10-12 Boston, MA - Orpheum #^
10-13 New York, NY - Theatre at Madison Square Garden #^
10-15 Toronto, Ontario - Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts ^
10-16 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis ^
10-17 Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights #^
10-20 Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion #^
10-22 Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room #^
10-23 Detroit, MI - Fillmore #^
10-24 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave #^
10-25 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre #^
10-27 Las Vegas, NV - Vegoose Festival
10-29 Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theater
11-16 Dortmund, Germany - Westfalenhalle 2
11-17 Stuttgart, Germany - Messe Congress B
11-18 Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
11-19 Nuremburg, Germany - Lowensaal
11-21 Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit 36
11-23 Brighton, England - Brighton Dome
11-24 Liverpool, England - Carling Academy
11-25 Nottingham, England - Rock City
11-26 London, England - Brixton Carling Academy
11-28 Glasgow, Scotland - Carling Academy
11-29 Newcastle, England - Carling Academy
12-01 Bristol, England - Carling Academy
12-02 Manchester, England - Apollo
12-03 Birmingham, England - Carling Academy
12-04 Reading, England - Rivermead

% with Dax Riggs
# with Biffy Clyro
^ with the Black Angels


Modest Mouse
October 2007
31 - Spokane, WA - Big Easy Concert House

November 2007
1 - Spokane, WA - Big Easy Concert House
2 - Calgary, Alberta - MacEwan Ballroom @ University of Calgary
3 - Edmonton, Alberta - Edmonton Events Centre
5 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Odeon Event Centre
6 - Regina, Saskatchewan - Conexus Arts Centre
7 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Burton Cummings Theater
9 - Des Moines, IA - Val-Air Ballroom
10 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theater
11 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
12 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Egyptian Room
14 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
15 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
16 - Norman, OK - Lloyd Noble Center
17 - Albuquerque, NM - Kiva Auditorium

December 2007
2 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
3 - Minneapolis, MN - The Orpheum Theater
11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
12 - El Paso, TX - Abraham Chavez Theatre
15 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues


The Ponys
10-02 Columbia, MO - The Blue Note *
10-08 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater *
10-10 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
10-11 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
10-12 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre *
10-13 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre *
10-14 Buffalo, NY - Soundlab
10-15 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre *
10-16 Montreal, Quebec - Le National *
10-17 Boston, MA - The Roxy *
10-18 Providence, RI - The Living Room *
10-19 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory *
10-20 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom *
10-22 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
10-23 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
10-24 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel *
10-25 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle *
10-26 Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom *
11-02 Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
11-03 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
11-04 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
11-06 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
11-07 Vancouver, British Columbia - Richard's on Richards
11-08 Portland, OR - Dante's Live
11-09 San Francisco, CA - 12 Galaxies
11-10 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
11-14 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
11-15 Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
11-16 Memphis, TN - Hi Tone
* with Spoon


Chin Up Chin Up
09-20 Cologne, Germany - Blue Shell *
09-21 Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof *
09-22 Wurzburg, Germany - Cairo *
09-23 Karlsruhe, Germany - Jubez *
10-24 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium ^
11-02 Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
11-03 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
11-04 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
11-06 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
11-07 Vancouver, British Columbia - Richard's on Richards
11-08 Portland, OR - Dante's Live
11-09 San Francisco, CA - 12 Galaxies
11-10 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
11-14 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
11-15 Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
11-16 Memphis, TN - Hi Tone
* with Kevin Devine
^ with the Thermals


Smashing Pumpkins
September 2007
18 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theater
19 - San Diego, CA - SDSU Open Air Theatre
21 - Ridgefield, WA - Amphitheater at Clark County
22 - Seattle, WA - Qwest Field
24 - Vancouver, British Columbia - PNE Forum
26 - Boise, ID - Qwest Arena
28 - Orem, UT - McKay Center
30 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre

October 2007
2 - St. Paul, MN - Wilkins Auditorium
4 - Normal, IL - Braden Auditorium
6 - Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
7 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theater
9 - Pittsburgh, PA - AJ Palumbo Center
11 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
13 - Boston, MA - Orpheum
15-16 - Boston, MA - Orpheum
19 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
21-23 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
25 - Memphis, TN - Mud Island Amphitheatre
27 - New Orleans, LA - City Park/Voodoo Music Experience
28 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
30-31 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theater


Jens Lekman
09-20 Gothenburg, Sweden - Nevertiti $
09-21 Hässleholm, Sweden - Markan $
09-22 Malmö, Sweden - Inkonst (early show)
09-22 Malmö, Sweden - Inkonst $
09-26 Gävle, Sweden - Spegeln $
09-27 Linkoeping, Sweden - Herrgarn $
09-28 Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbanan (early show)
09-28 Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbanan $
09-29 Moscow, Russia - IKRA Club
10-02 Skelleftea, Sweden - Pinkerton
10-03 Umeå, Sweden - Scharinska
10-04 Norrköping, Sweden - Hugo Konsert Republik
10-05 Helsingborg, Sweden - The Tivoli
10-06 Jönköping, Sweden - Bongo Bar
10-23 Bloomington, IN - Jake's #
10-25 Washington, DC - Black Cat #
10-26 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church #
10-27 New York, NY - Webster Hall #
10-29 Boston, MA - Paradise #
11-01 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom #
11-02 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium #^
11-03 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club #^
11-06 Seattle, WA - Nectar #
11-07 Portland, OR - Someday Lounge #
11-09 San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club #
11-10 West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour #
11-13 Dallas, TX - Granada
11-14 Austin, TX - Parish
11-15 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
11-16 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
11-27 Manchester, England - Sacred Trinity Church
11-28 Leeds, England - Holy Trinity Church
11-29 Sheffield, England - The Plug %
11-30 Manchester, England - Academy 2 %
12-01 Glasgow, Scotland - QMU %
12-03 Gateshead, England - The Sage 2 %
12-04 Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms %
12-05 Bristol, England - Academy %
12-07 Oxford, England - Academy %
12-08 Brighton, England - Concorde 2 %
12-09 London, England - Shepherds Bush Empire %
12-11 London, England - The Luminaire
12-12 Dublin, Ireland - Whelan's

$ with Todd Barry
# with Viktor Sjöberg (closing set)
^ with Dave Fischoff
% with Josh Rouse


Josh Rouse
September 2007
18 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
21 - Bothell, WA - North Shore PAC
22 - Bellingham, WA - Night Light
24 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Plaza Nightclub
25 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
27 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
28 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
29 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress
30 - Albuquerque, NM - The Golden West Saloon

October 2007
2 - Austin, TX - The Parish
3 - Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay Theatre
4 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
5-6 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
23 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
25 - Chicago, IL - Park West
26 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
27 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
28 - Madison, WI - The Annex
29 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
30 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace

November 2007
1 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
2-3 - New York, NY - Grammercy Theatre


Klaxons
September 2007
23 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
24 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden (w/ Bjork)
26 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre
28 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
30 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox

October 2007
1 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
4 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
5 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
6 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
8 - Washington - DC - 9:30 Club
9 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
10 - Toronto, Ontario - Opera House
12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
14 - Mexico City, Mexico - Vive Guervo Salon


Chuck Prophet
October 2007
21 - San Francisco, CA - Make Out Room
25 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
26 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
27 - Chicago, IL - Schuba's Tavern
28 - Lafayette, IN - Lafayette Brewing Company
30 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

November 2007
1 - Lexington, KY - The Dame
2 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
3 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
4 - Charleston, WV - Mountain Stage Radio
5 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
7 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
8 - New York, NY - Joe's Pub
9 - Philadelphia, PA - Tin Angel
10 - Arlington, VA - IOTA Club & Cafe
11 - Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head Tavern
13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
14 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
15 - Lake Worth, FL - Bamboo Room
16 - Tampa, FL - Skipper's Smokehouse
17 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theater
30 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern

December 2007
1 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
7 - Santa Rosa, CA - Last Day Saloon
8 - Winters, CA - The Palms

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Money Shot: 9.17.07

Today's headlines...

Dave Grohl finally opens up about Courtney Love (NME)
MS: "There are a lot of people that I've been angry with in my life, but the one that's most noted is Courtney. So it's pretty obvious to me that those correlations are gonna pop up every now and again."


8 questions for musician Will Butler (Rocky Mountain News)
MS: I see how universally the world is screwed up. It's not just an American creation. I think Canada may be the least guilty nation in the whole world. It's a remarkable place because the whole old world has a lot of baggage with it as well. That's what my eyes were opened up to - the rest of the world is (screwed), too. It's not just the States."


Interview: Lou Reed (Pitchfork)
MS: The myth-- depends on how you look at it, but the myth is sort of better than the truth. The myth is that I made it to get out of a recording contract. OK, but the truth is that I wouldn't do that, because I wouldn't want you to buy a record that I didn't really like, that I was just trying to do a legal thing with. I wouldn't do something like that. The truth is that I really, really, really loved it.


The 25 Biggest Wusses... Ever (Blender)
MS: 1 Mr. Sensitivity - James Taylor
Like pro wrestlers, some musicians have cool nicknames: Jerry Lee Lewis is “The Killer” and Jerry Butler was “The Iceman.” But James Taylor calls himself “Sweet Baby James.” And we know what babies do, right? They cry all the goddamn time. Setting morbid boo-hoo-hooing tales of suicidal friends (“Fire and Rain”) and visits to a mental institution (“Knockin’ Round the Zoo”) to lullaby melodies and soft-rocking acoustic guitar in a series of hits starting in 1970, this lanky, genial North Carolinian perfected what Elvis Costello once called “the ‘Fuck me, I’m sensitive’ school” of music. In the soft, caring, unruffled voice of a marriage counselor, he initiated an era of confessional, listen-to-my-troubles singer-songwriters and turned excessive self-examination into a hallmark of the baby-boom generation.


Music Industry to Bundle Ringtones in "Ringle" CDs (PC World)
MS: A ringle is packaged as a regular audio CD, but only comes with three songs and a ringtone. A ringle CD will include a hit single by an artist, a remix song, an older track from the artist and a ringtone version of the hit. In order to redeem the ringtone you have to pop the CD into a PC for online verification.

TiVo Alert

This week's late night music highlights...

Monday - KT Tunstall (Conan)
Tuesday - Steve Earle (Letterman), Paolo Nutini (Leno)
Wednesday - Against Me! (Letterman), LCD Soundsystem (Leno), Rogue Wave (Conan), Paolo Nutini (Carson Daly)
Thursday - Gogol Bordello (Letterman), Cold War Kids (Leno), Ben Lee (Late Late Show), KT Tunstall (Kimmel)
Friday - The Editors (Leno), Ben Harper (Conan)

New Tour Dates from...

The Hives
September 2007
29 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills(w/ Maroon 5)
30 - Chicago, IL - Smart Bar

October 2007
1 - Saint Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center (w/ Maroon 5)
2 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena (w/ Maroon 5)
3 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
4 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre (w/ Maroon 5)
5 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena (w/ Maroon 5)
7 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena (w/ Maroon 5)
8 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena (w/ Maroon 5)
9 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena (w/ Maroon 5)
12 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena (w/ Maroon 5)
13 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Spectrum (w/ Maroon 5)
14 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
15 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden (w/ Maroon 5)
16 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center (w/ Maroon 5)
17 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
18 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Center (w/ Maroon 5)
19 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
20 - Sunrise, FL - BankAtlantic Center (w/ Maroon 5)
21 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum (w/ Maroon 5)
23 - Orlando, FL - Amway Arena (w/ Maroon 5)
24 - Duluth, GA - Gwinnett Center (w/ Maroon 5)
25 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
26 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center (w/ Maroon 5)
27 - Fort Worth, TX - Ft. Worth Convention Center (w/ Maroon 5)
29 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center (w/ Maroon 5)
30 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
31 - Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena (w/ Maroon 5)

November 2007
1 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
2 - Portland, OR - Memorial Coliseum (w/ Maroon 5)
3 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Pacific Coliseum (w/ Maroon 5)
5 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena (w/ Maroon 5)
6 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion (w/ Maroon 5)
7 - Hollywood, CA - The Avalon
8 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center (w/ Maroon 5)
9 - San Diego, CA - Cox Arena (w/ Maroon 5)


Maximo Park
10-01 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands *$
10-02 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands *$
10-03 Dundee, Scotland - Caird Hall *$
10-05 Doncaster, England - Dome *$
10-06 Manchester, England - Apollo *$
10-07 Cambridge, England - Corn Exchange ^$
10-08 Portsmouth, England - Guildhall ^$
10-10 Wolverhampton, England - Civic Hall ^$
10-11 London, England - Brixton Academy ^$
10-12 London, England - Brixton Academy $
10-13 London, England - Brixton Academy
10-16 Cologne, Germany - Palladium
10-17 Hamburg, Germany - Docks
10-18 Hamburg, Germany - Docks
10-19 Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
10-21 Dresden, Germany - Schlachthof
10-22 Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
10-23 Stuttgart, Germany - Longhorn
10-24 Munich, Germany - Tonhalle
10-26 Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
10-27 Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-son
10-28 Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
11-13 Calgary, Alberta - MacEwan Hall #
11-14 Edmonton, Alberta - Event Center #
11-16 Vancouver, British Columbia - PA Center #
11-17 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre #
11-18 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom #
11-20 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre #
11-21 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre #
11-23 Las Vegas, NV - The Joint #
11-24 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues #
11-25 Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre #
11-26 San Diego, CA - House of Blues #
12-15 Newcastle, England - Metro Radio Arena $

* with Blood Red Shoes
$ with Good Shoes
^ with Theoretical Girl
# with Travis


The Polyphonic Spree
10-12 Atlanta, GA - The Echo Project *
10-14 Detroit, MI - Crofoot *
10-15 Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's *
10-17 Chicago, IL - Vic *
10-18 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre *
10-19 Minneapolis, MN - Pantages *
10-20 Lawrence, KS - The Granada *
10-22 Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre *
10-24 Boise, ID - The Big Easy *
10-25 Seattle, WA - Showbox *
10-26 Portland, OR - Roseland *
10-27 Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre *
10-30 Anaheim, CA - Grove *
10-31 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
11-01 San Diego, CA - Belly Up *
11-02 Los Angeles, CA - Fonda *
11-03 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre *
11-06 Dallas, TX - House of Blues *
11-07 Austin, TX - Emo's *
11-08 Houston, TX - Verizon Theatre *
11-10 Jacksonville, FL - The Talleyrand Music Festival *

* with Rooney


Feist
09-14 Grantham, PA - Messiah College *
09-15 Ann Arbor, MI - Borders Book and Music
09-15 Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theatre *
09-20 Baden Baden, Germany - New Pop Festival #
09-21 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg #
09-23 Nottingham, England - Social #
09-24 London, England - Shepherds Bush Empire #
09-25 Dublin, Ireland - Tripod #
09-26 Glasgow, Scotland - Oran Mor #
09-28 Bristol, England - Trinity Arts Centre #
09-30 Berlin, Germany - Admiralspalast #
10-01 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega #
10-02 Stockholm, Sweden - Cirkus #
10-04 Hamburg, Germany - CCH Saal 2 #
10-05 Cologne, Germany - E-Werk #
10-06 Munich, Germany - Georg-Elser Halle #
10-08 Paris, France - La Cigale
10-10 Paris, France - La Cigale
10-11 Countance, France - Cultural Centre
10-12 Yzeure, France - Cultural Centre
10-13 Bordeaux, France - Salle de Vigean
10-15 Nancy, France - Jazz Pulsation Festival
10-16 Geneva, Switzerland - Grand Casino
10-17 Mulhouse, France - Cultural Centre
10-19 Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royale
11-06 Portland, OR - Schnitzer Auditorium
11-07 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
11-09 San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Center
11-12 Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
11-14 Denver, CO - The Ogden
11-17 Chicago, IL - The Riviera
11-18 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
12-03 Hamilton, Ontario - Hamilton Place
12-04 Kitchener, Ontario - Centre in the Square
12-05 London, Ontario - Centennial Hall
12-18 Toronto, Ontario - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

* with Rogue Wave
# with Bob Wiseman

Saturday, September 15, 2007

MJTV: Johnny Cash - Hurt

Classic video of Cash's reintrepretation of the NIN song and one of the most popular tracks ever on the Musical Justice webcast...

MJTV: Modest Mouse - Missed The Boat

We've had a live late night TV performance video for this song up, but here's the official video...

MJTV: Kanye West - Stronger (live)

Performing the indie-influenced "Stronger" live on the Jimmy Kimmel show with full strings. Don't forget to buy your Kanye this week...

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Money Shot: 9.14.07

Catching up on the news...

Music industry betting on 'ringle' format (Cnet)
MS: Each ringle is expected to contain three songs--one hit and maybe one remix and an older track--and one ringtone, on a CD with a slip-sleeve cover. The idea is that if consumers in the digital age can download any tracks they want individually, why not let them buy singles in the store as well? It also enables stores to get involved in the ringtone phenomenon.


Kaiser Chiefs Cancel Shows to Work on New Album (Pitchfork)
MS: "We'd like to apologize to fans in America and Canada, especially those who have already bought tickets, but something had to give. We've been extremely busy all year and had no time to focus on the future, we plan to have new material out as soon as possible and we've wanted to record all summer. This needs to happen before our European & UK shows at the end of the year so we can play a few of our new songs live, we're keen to explore new ground, beyond the sound of our first two records, so we're headed back into the studio to begin that process."


Brian Wilson Hoping To Record 'Lucky Old Sun' (Billboard)
MS: Wilson suggests the material is close to the California sunshine-spirit found on seminal Beach Boy albums such as "Pet Sounds" and the now-legendary "Smile." "'Smile' had a happy atmosphere with many little snippets, as did 'Pet Sounds'," he says "But 'That Lucky Old Sun' doesn't have snippets -- it has full songs."


Sympathy for the white devil (The Guardian)
MS: Brown Sugar falls into that spellbinding category: Jagger-Richards songs least likely to be covered by Paul McCartney. This is not merely because the Rolling Stones' 1971 single embodies rock at its most primordial, but because the lyrics are intensely controversial, and to many people, offensive. Yes, despite its throbbing, upbeat tempo and exuberant getaway chorus, Brown Sugar is a song about slave owners having their way with nubile young black women. This is not very nice. It is so not very nice that when the Stones scheduled their 2003 trip to China, the heirs of Mao Zedong, that paragon of cultural sensitivity, singled out Brown Sugar as one of four numbers they were forbidden to play.


With trial date looming, RIAA tries to avoid facing a jury (ARS Technica)
MS: A loss at trial would be even more catastrophic for the RIAA. It would give other defense attorneys a winning template while exposing the weaknesses of the RIAA's arguments. It would also prove costly from a financial standpoint, as the RIAA would have to foot the legal expenses for both itself and the defendant. Most of all, it would set an unwelcomed precedent: over 20,000 lawsuits filed and the RIAA loses the first one to go to a jury.


Fair Use Worth More to Economy Than Copyright, CCIA Says (Information Week)
MS: Much of the unprecedented economic growth of the past 10 years can actually be credited to the doctrine of fair use, as the Internet itself depends on the ability to use content in a limited and nonlicensed manner," CCIA president and CEO Ed Black said in a statement. "To stay on the edge of innovation and productivity, we must keep fair use as one of the cornerstones for creativity, innovation, and, as today's study indicates, an engine for growth for our country."


The Indie City (Slate)
MS: The leafy, artsy neighborhood where I live on the east side of Portland, Ore., is home to many a band, after all, and this squawk—though unusually loud and yelpy—sounded like a typical Pabst- and angst-fueled racket. But one day, as I was running in a park adjacent to the squawk-producing home, I realized how mistaken I'd been: That noise actually belonged to Modest Mouse, the hugely popular indie rock group whose latest album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in March. This was where band frontman Isaac Brock lived. I shrugged, and kept running—not because I dislike Modest Mouse, but because here in Portland, this sort of thing happens all the time. Our drizzly city is home to so many of these celebrated rockers that it's sometimes difficult to breathe, what with all of the indie cred saturating the air. Somehow, Portland has become America's indie rock theme park.


New Pornographers Issue YouTube Challenge (Pitchfork)
MS: Fellow Pornographers Carl Newman and Blaine Thurier have called upon the "YouTube nation" (sigh), setting up a series of weekly assessments in which participants post themselves doing the band's bidding, in exchange for fame and fabulous prizes.

Those challenges? Err...it's a little hard to say. The first test involves coming up with choreography for a New Pornographers song of your choice. The next? We're not convinced they know any better than we do.


White Stripes Cancel Tour Due to Meg's Anxiety (Pitchfork)
MS: "The White Stripes announced today that they are canceling their forthcoming tour due to health issues. Meg White is suffering from acute anxiety and is unable to travel at this time.

"The White Stripes sincerely apologize to their fans. 'We hate to let people down and are very sorry.'

"Fans can obtain refunds for their tickets at point of purchase."

New Tour Dates from...

M.I.A.
September 2007
14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
15 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival

October 2007
18-19 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
26 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Music Experience Festival
27 - Las Vegas, NV - Vegoose Festival
29 - Miami, FL - Studio A
31 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage Atlanta

November 2007
2 - Houston, TX - Club V
3 - Austin, TX - Hogg Auditorium at University of Texas
4 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
9 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
11 - San Diego, CA - Canes
14 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
15 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
16 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
20 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
21 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
23 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
24 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre


Foo Fighters
September 2007
15 - Carson, CA - Home Depot Center/KROQ LA Invasion
20 - New York, NY - Fillmore

October 2007
2 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
4 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
6 - Atlantic City, NJ - The Borgata


Black Francis
Mon 10/01/07 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Tue 10/02/07 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Wed 10/03/07 Vancouver, BC Richard's On Richards
Thu 10/04/07 Vancouver, BC Richard's On Richards
Fri 10/05/07 Eugene, OR W.O.W. Hall
Sun 10/07/07 Sacramento, CA Harlow's Night Club
Mon 10/08/07 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
Tue 10/09/07 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord
Wed 10/10/07 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord
Thu 10/11/07 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord
Sat 10/13/07 Santa Barbara, CA Soho Restaurant & Music Club
Sun 10/14/07 San Luis Obispo, CA Downtown Brewing Company
Mon 10/15/07 Los Angeles, CA Safari Sam's
Tue 10/16/07 Los Angeles, CA Safari Sam's


The Cure
Sat 10/06/07 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat 10/20/07 Mexico City, MEX Palacio De Los Deportes
Sun 10/21/07 Mexico City, MEX Palacio De Los Deportes
Mon 10/22/07 Mexico City, MEX Palacio De Los Deportes
Fri 05/09/08 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center
Sat 05/10/08 Philadelphia, PA The Wachovia Spectrum
Mon 05/12/08 Boston, MA Agganis Arena
Wed 05/14/08 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Thu 05/15/08 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Sat 05/17/08 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
Mon 05/19/08 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
Wed 05/21/08 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri 05/23/08 West Valley City, UT The E Center
Sun 05/25/08 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Mon 05/26/08 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
Thu 05/29/08 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
Sat 05/31/08 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Tue 06/03/08 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
Wed 06/04/08 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
Fri 06/06/08 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Sun 06/08/08 Austin, TX Austin Music Hall
Mon 06/09/08 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Wed 06/11/08 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
Fri 06/13/08 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
Sun 06/15/08 Duluth, GA The Arena At Gwinnett Center
Mon 06/16/08 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Bobcats Arena
Wed 06/18/08 Cleveland, OH TBA
Fri 06/20/08 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena


The Walkmen
09-14 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10-11 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
10-12 Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan
10-13 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *
11-10 San Diego, CA - Casbah
11-11 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11-13 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11-15 Portland, OR - Doug Fir
11-16 Vancouver, British Columbia - Richard's on Richards
11-17 Seattle, WA - Neumos


Band of Horses
10-14 Atlanta, GA - Park Tavern
10-20 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Sub Pop/Hardly Art CMJ showcase) *
10-30 Charlottesville, VA - Satellite Ballroom
11-01 Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
11-02 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11-03 Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
11-04 New York, NY - Terminal 5
11-06 New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
11-07 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
11-08 Montreal, Quebec - La Tulipe
11-09 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
11-10 Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
11-12 Chicago, IL - Metro
11-14 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11-15 Fargo, ND - Aquarium (Dempsey's Upstairs)
11-17 Bozeman, MT - Filling Station
11-18 Boise, ID - Neurolux/Crazy
11-19 Seattle, WA - Showbox
11-20 Seattle, WA - Showbox
11-21 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11-24 Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
11-26 Pomona, CA - Glass House

* with Le Loup, Foals, the Brunettes


Neil Young
Thu 10/18/07 Boise, ID Velma V. Morrison Center
Sat 10/20/07 Spokane, WA I.N.B. Performing Arts Center
Mon 10/22/07 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
Tue 10/23/07 Seattle, WA WaMu Theater
Sat 10/27/07 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun 10/28/07 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Tue 10/30/07 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
Mon 11/05/07 Denver, CO Wells Fargo Theatre
Thu 11/08/07 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium
Sat 11/10/07 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Mon 11/12/07 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
Tue 11/13/07 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
Thu 11/15/07 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
Sun 11/18/07 Saint Louis, MO Fox Theatre
Mon 11/26/07 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Tue 11/27/07 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Sun 12/02/07 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
Mon 12/03/07 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
Wed 12/05/07 Wallingford, CT Chevrolet Theatre
Sun 12/09/07 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
Wed 12/12/07 New York, NY United Palace
Thu 12/13/07 New York, NY United Palace


Sonic Youth
October 2007
5 - Austin, TX - Stubb's BBQ
6 - Marfa, TX - Thunderbird Hotel
7 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues


Thurston Moore (solo)
September 2007
24 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
26 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
27 - Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts
28 - Princeton, NJ - Princeton University
29 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
30 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's

October 2007
24 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's
25 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
26 - Arcata, CA - Humboldt State University
29 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
30 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
31 - Visalia, CA - Howie & Son's Pizza

Still on the air...

Sorry about the radio silence here on the blog. The last couple weeks we've been reviewing the recent small broadcaster agreement offered up by Sound Exchange in place of the new royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board. There are a lot of impacts on stations like ours that play a lot of indie music, but the good news is that it looks like Musical Justice is going to stay on the air. I'd like to thank everyone who called, faxed, wrote or e-mailed their Congress person in support. I don't think that the battle for equality for internet radio is going to stop, because we still have higher royalties than satellite or terrestrial radio. But I'm happy to say that we should be able to keep going and growing, at least through 2010.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

R.I.P. Luciano Pavarotti

The tenor's voice is silenced.

Pavarotti, who seemed equally at ease singing with soprano Joan Sutherland as with the Spice Girls, scoffed at accusations that he was sacrificing his art in favor of commercialism.

"The word commercial is exactly what we want," he said, after appearing in the widely publicized "Three Tenors" concerts. "We've reached 1.5 billion people with opera. If you want to use the word commercial, or something more derogatory, we don't care. Use whatever you want."


Check out these videos in tribute...

With Bono & The Edge


With James Brown:


With Bon Jovi


With Barry White


With the Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan


With Elton John


With Lou Reed


...and finally, his own trancendant version of Nessum Dorma

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

New Tour Dates from...

The Pipettes
Tue 10/02/07 Chicago, IL Park West
Wed 10/03/07 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
Thu 10/04/07 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Fri 10/05/07 Toronto, ON Opera House
Sat 10/06/07 Montreal, QC Petit Campus At Cafe Campus
Mon 10/08/07 New York, NY Fillmore New York At Irving Plaza
Tue 10/09/07 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club / Lounge
Wed 10/10/07 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Thu 10/11/07 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
Sat 10/13/07 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel Club Lounge
Mon 10/15/07 Nashville, TN Exit / In
Tue 10/16/07 Atlanta, GA Vinyl At Center Stage
Wed 10/17/07 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
Thu 10/18/07 New Orleans, LA Parish At House Of Blues
Fri 10/19/07 Austin, TX The Parish Room
Sat 10/20/07 San Antonio, TX Jigger's
Sun 10/21/07 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
Tue 10/23/07 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
Thu 10/25/07 Los Angeles, CA The Avalon
Mon 10/29/07 San Francisco, CA Bimbo's 365 Club
Wed 10/31/07 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
Thu 11/01/07 Seattle, WA Crocodile Cafe
Fri 11/02/07 Vancouver, BC TBA
Tue 12/11/07 Tokyo, JPN Liquid Room
Wed 12/12/07 Nagoya, JPN Diamond Hall
Thu 12/13/07 Osaka, JPN Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
Sun 12/30/07 Marion Bay, AUS Falls Festival
Mon 12/31/07 Lorne, AUS Falls Festival
Sat 01/05/08 Perth, AUS Southbound Festival


Patrick Wolf
Philadelphia, PA Fillmore (September 30)
Washington, DC Black Cat (October 1)
New York, NY Webster Hall (3)
Boston, MA Paradise (4)
Montreal, Quebec Cabaret du Musée Juste Pour Rire (5)
Toronto, Ontario Lee's Palace (6)
Detroit, MI Saint Andrew's Hall (8)
Chicago, IL Metro (9)
Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom (11)
Vancouver, British Columbia The Plaza (12)
Seattle, WA Neumos (13)
San Francisco, CA Mezzanine (15)
Los Angeles, CA El Rey (16)


They Might Be Giants
September 2007
12 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
13 - State College, PA - The State Theatre
14 - Louisville, KY - Kentucky Center For The Arts
15 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
17 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
18 - Iowa City, IA - Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom
20 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
21- Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
22 - Boise, ID - Egyptian Theatre
23 - Missoula, MT - University Center Ballroom
25 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
26 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
27 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
28 - Sacramento, CA - Empire
29 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
30 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore

October 2007
2 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
3 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon Hollywood
4 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
5 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
6 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
7 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Brewing Co.
14 - New York, NY - Columbia University (Target Children's Book Festival)
18 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
19 - Boston, MA - The Roxy
20 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre
24 - Richmond, VA - Toad's Place
25 - Norfolk, VA - NorVa Theater
26 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre
27 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
28 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
30 - Greenville, SC - The Handlebar
31 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm

November 2007
1 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
2 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
3 - Nashville, TN - Exit / In
4 - Memphis, TN - Newby's
6 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
7 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
8 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
9 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
10 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
13 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection
14 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
15 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theater
16 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
23 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
24 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore at the TLA


PJ Harvey
October 2007
10 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
15 - Los Angels, CA - The Orpheum

The Money Shot: 9.5.07

Catching up on some reading...

R.E.M. Reluctant To Pin Down New Album Direction (Billboard)
MS: Mills says that he, Stipe and Peter Buck "made an agreement we weren't going to say what it is or not because we don't want to have expectations out there in any direction. But, of course, you can go on YouTube and listen to some of the Dublin shows and get a pretty good idea of where we're going."


Klaxons Win U.K.'s 2007 Mercury Prize (Billboard)
MS: The members of the Klaxons were clearly exhausted after their victory, with James Righton admitting later that he shed some tears on the podium. When asked how it felt beating out Winehouse, group members Jamie Reynolds later told the press, "Her record is a retro record, ours is the most forward thinking record of the year. We are moving forward."


Rock stars face young death, say doctors (NME)
MS: The findings are based on 1,050 American and European musicians and singers who were active between 1956 and 1999. The average age of death was 42 for US musicians, and 35 for European musicians.


How the internet can make you a pop star for almost nothing (Daily News)
MS: Maybe it would be worth having a stab at recording, releasing and promoting a single from the relative comfort of my bedroom, in just one month.

With so many bands chasing our decreasing attention span, how easy would it be to achieve some measure of success?

People assume, after reading about Sandi Thom and the Arctic Monkeys, that by simply setting up a MySpace page - as they did before they found widespread success - they can magically shoot into the charts.

So can it be done? It has to be worth a try, doesn't it?


No one wants to pay for music anymore (The Guardian)
MS: This leaves the record companies stranded. They're selling things people don't buy any more. I wish I could feel sad for the record companies but I can't. Their product was poor value - all filler and no killer.


Doing It Right, Again: The Go! Team's Ian Parton on why more of the same ain't no bad thing (Drowned In Sound)
MS: Our songs haven’t really been used in ads. I’ve turned down maybe 95 per cent of offers we’ve had, where I can say no I will basically. It’s just frustrating when people bang on about these adverts, I’m like, “Fuck off, man”. It’s used on TV and stuff and I can’t stop that. Like, it’s on some bullshit makeover programme or something, and there’s nothing you can do... But sometimes it’s cool, like on the Winter Olympics when you’ve got people motoring down luge tracks. That’s pretty hot.


Why Did Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake Commit Suicide? (New York Magazine)
MS: But then Blake, triggered by nothing in particular, spent 45 minutes talking about his relationship with Beck, about how the two grew close after working together on the album cover but ultimately had a falling-out because Beck was a practicing Scientologist, and Scientologists, Blake was confident, used networks of spies to watch over anyone they perceived as a threat to the church.


Underdog Amazon Set To Challenge iTunes (NY Post)
MS: Unlike Apple, which charges 99 cents for songs with DRM and $1.29 for unprotected tracks, Amazon is expected to have at least two prices for individual songs: 99 cents for new and popular MP3s, and 89 cents for music from emerging artists and back catalog tracks.


Bloc Party looks out for Beyonce—and stays far away from Madonna (Chicago Tribune)
MS: Madonna coming into our dressing room because she's a super-huge fan. Our tour manager is this guy from Scotland that doesn't know much about popular culture and popular music. So when she came in, he alerted security and security dragged her out. They had her head in a headlock, and they were putting her out of the dressing room. It was really surreal, and everyone stopped speaking. And the only thing we could hear is Madonna cursing and saying she's gonna kill these guys.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

MJTV: Frank Zappa on Crossfire (1986)

Amazing video of Frank Zappa in 1986: "The biggest threat to America today is not communism; it's moving America towards a fascist theocracy and everything that has happened during the Reagan administration. Is steering us right down that pipe..."

Hard to believe it was said over 20 years ago...