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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...

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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...

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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
Silversun Pickups @ Myspace

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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

Ryan Adams' website
Ryan Adams @ Myspace

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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

Editors' website
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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

Springsteen's website
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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...

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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)...

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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

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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
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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

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

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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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MJTV: PJ Harvey - The Piano

Uh... naked collage?



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Richard Buckner - Tour Dates

Buckner adds some December dates...

December:
Sat 12/01/07 New York, NY B.B. King's Blues Club
Sat 12/08/07 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
Sat 12/08/07 State College, PA State Theatre
Wed 12/12/07 Somerville, MA Johnny D's Restaurant & Music Club
Thu 12/13/07 Arlington, VA IOTA Club & Cafe

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

MJTV: The Shins - Sleeping Lessons (live)

Live rehearsal footage from Sub Pop of the band at the Crystal Ballroom...



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Gallows - Tour Dates

Gallows' lead Frank Carter tops the NME Cool list and they're heading stateside early next year...

November:
Thu 11/15/07 Munich, GER Zenith
Fri 11/16/07 Milan, ITA Live Club
Sat 11/17/07 Pratteln, SWI Z7
Mon 11/19/07 Portsmouth, UK Portsmouth Guildhall
Wed 11/21/07 Birmingham, UK Carling Academy Birmingham
Thu 11/22/07 Cardiff, UK Cardiff International Arena
Fri 11/23/07 Newcastle, UK Carling Academy Newcastle
Sat 11/24/07 Glasgow, UK Carling Academy Glasgow
Sun 11/25/07 Leeds, UK University Union
Tue 11/27/07 Manchester, UK Carling Apollo Manchester
Wed 11/28/07 London, UK Carling Brixton Academy

January:
Wed 01/09/08 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Thu 01/10/08 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
Fri 01/11/08 Orlando, FL The Social
Sat 01/12/08 Gainesville, FL Common Grounds
Mon 01/14/08 Houston, TX Meridian
Tue 01/15/08 Austin, TX Emo's
Wed 01/16/08 Dallas, TX The Door In Dallas

Gallows' website
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MJTV: Radiohead - Reckoner (live in studio)

Live version of the In Rainbows track snipped from the Radiohead webcast...



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The Kooks - Tour Dates

Holiday dates in the U.S. for the Brighton band...

November:
Sat 11/24/07 London, UK Union Chapel

December:
Thu 12/06/07 Everett, WA Comcast Arena / Everett Events Ctr.
Sun 12/09/07 Nashville, TN TBA
Tue 12/11/07 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
Wed 12/12/07 Chicago, IL Sam's Wine & Spirits
Fri 12/14/07 Boulder, CO TBA
Sat 12/15/07 La Jolla, CA RIMAC Arena
Sun 12/16/07 San Francisco, CA Bimbo's 365 Club

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Tour Dates

Another batch of 2008 dates added to Bruce's calendar...

November:
Wed 11/14/07 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
Thu 11/15/07 Albany, NY Times Union Center
Sun 11/18/07 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
Mon 11/19/07 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
Sun 11/25/07 Madrid, SPA Palacio de Deportes
Mon 11/26/07 Bilbao, SPA Bilbao Exhibition Centre
Wed 11/28/07 Milan, ITA DatchForum
Fri 11/30/07 Arnhem, NET Gelredome

December:
Sun 12/02/07 Mannheim, GER SAP Arena
Tue 12/04/07 Oslo, NOR Oslo Spektrum Arena ANS
Sat 12/08/07 Copenhagen, DEN Forum
Mon 12/10/07 Stockholm, SWE Stockholm Globe Arena
Wed 12/12/07 Antwerp, 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

March:
Thu 03/06/08 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
Fri 03/07/08 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
Sun 03/16/08 Saint Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

April:
Mon 04/07/08 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Fri 04/25/08 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena

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VHS or Beta - Tour Dates

Road dates in support of Bring On The Comets...

November:
Wed 11/14/07 Grantham, PA Larsen Student Union
Thu 11/15/07 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
Fri 11/16/07 New York, NY Blender Theatre At Gramercy
Sat 11/17/07 Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues
Mon 11/19/07 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Tue 11/20/07 Montreal, QC Lambi
Wed 11/21/07 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
Fri 11/23/07 Chicago, IL Abbey Pub
Sat 11/24/07 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
Tue 11/27/07 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
Wed 11/28/07 Vancouver, BC Richard's On Richards Cabaret
Thu 11/29/07 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Fri 11/30/07 Sacramento, CA Harlow's Night Club

December:
Sat 12/01/07 San Francisco, CA Slim's
Sun 12/02/07 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Mon 12/03/07 San Diego, CA The Casbah
Tue 12/04/07 Tucson, AZ Plush
Thu 12/06/07 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
Fri 12/07/07 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
Sat 12/08/07 Saint Louis, MO Gargoyle @ Washington Univ.
Tue 12/11/07 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
Thu 12/13/07 Bloomington, IN Bluebird Nightclub
Sat 12/15/07 Troy, NY Revolution Hall

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MJTV: The Killers (and friends) - Helter Skelter

Live performance of the Beatles' classic with The Vines, Louis XIV and Howling Belles. This is supposed to be a "fan club only" vid, so watch it now and don't be surprised if it gets pulled!



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The Money Shot - Playing with the Pipettes, Marah's W.I.P. & Thom Blows Off Macca...

The latest headlines...

That Thing They Do: From the other Brighton, the Pipettes Play with the Sugar Pop of the 60's(Boston Globe)
MS: "We think about the show as a whole, and we ask ourselves, 'What could make this more ridiculous?' " she says with a laugh, adding, "We really make an effort."


Marah Feeling Complete With 'Angels' (Billboard)
MS: Bielanko is feeling introspective these days, as the band preps this release and continues rehearsing for a tour. "This time, what was eye opening is that even five records in, we haven't reached what we can do. It still feels like a work in progress," he explains.


Radiohead frontman turned down Paul McCartney duet (NME)
MS: "My daughter was putting an album together and she put us in touch. I asked Thom to do a duet, but he said he couldn't because he only felt happy working on his own and Radiohead's material."


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MJTV: The Futureheads - Broke Up The Time

The first bit from the upcoming Futureheads release...



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Foo Fighters - Tour Dates

Updated with the first few 2008 dates...

November:
Wed 11/14/07 Nottingham, UK Ice Arena
Sat 11/17/07 London, UK O2 Arena
Sun 11/18/07 London, UK O2 Arena

January:
Wed 01/23/08 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Fri 01/25/08 Memphis, TN FedExForum
Sat 01/26/08 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium

February:
Mon 02/18/08 Worcester, MA DCU Center
Thu 02/21/08 Philadelphia, PA The Wachovia Spectrum
Sun 02/24/08 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Electric Six - Tour Dates

Adding some UK dates in '08...

November:
Tue 11/13/07 Philadelphia, PA The Khyber
Wed 11/14/07 Cambridge, MA Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub
Thu 11/15/07 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Fri 11/16/07 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Sat 11/17/07 Washington, DC Black Cat
Sun 11/18/07 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Tue 11/20/07 Savannah, GA Savannah Smiles
Wed 11/21/07 Atlanta, GA The EARL
Fri 11/23/07 Orlando, FL The Social
Sat 11/24/07 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
Mon 11/26/07 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
Tue 11/27/07 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
Wed 11/28/07 Houston, TX Engine Room
Thu 11/29/07 Austin, TX Emo's
Fri 11/30/07 Dallas, TX House Of Blues

December:
Sat 12/01/07 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
Mon 12/03/07 Saint Louis, MO Creepy Crawl
Tue 12/04/07 Little Rock, AR Revolution
Wed 12/05/07 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
Thu 12/06/07 Indianapolis, IN Birdy's
Fri 12/07/07 Covington, KY Mad Hatter
Sat 12/08/07 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop

February:
Mon 02/18/08 Leeds, UK Rio's
Tue 02/19/08 London, UK Carling Academy Islington
Wed 02/20/08 Liverpool, UK Carling Academy Liverpool
Thu 02/21/08 Newcastle, UK Carling Academy Newcastle
Fri 02/22/08 Inverness, UK Ironworks
Sun 02/24/08 Oxford, UK Oxford Academy
Mon 02/25/08 Bristol, UK Carling Bristol Academy
Wed 02/27/08 Birmingham, UK Carling Academy Birmingham
Thu 02/28/08 Doncaster, UK The Woolpack

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The Money Shot: Why You Can't Get Tickets, Chuck Prophet = Tom Petty?, People Like DRM-free MP3's (DUH!) and Sufjan's Christmas Contest...

The latest headlines...

Is The Ticket Biz Out of Line (Washington Post)
MS: Similar gripes have been ricocheting across the country for months, driven by soaring prices and increasingly aggressive efforts by resellers to sweep up tickets. Fans who strike out on the initial sale of seats to popular shows have found themselves confronting heart-stopping prices on hundreds of reseller sites -- often only minutes after promoters have posted "sold out" signs. Markups of as much as 10 times the face value are not uncommon for popular concerts, sporting events and Broadway shows.


Sufjan Stevens launches Christmas song exchange (NME)
MS: "Sufjan Sufjan's song becomes your song. You can hoard it for yourself, sell it to a major soft drink corporation, use it in your daughter's first Christmas video, or share it for free on your website. No one except Sufjan and you will hear his song, unless you decide otherwise. You get the song and all legal rights to it. We get the same rights to your song."


10 Things You Didn't Know About Chuck Prophet (Harp)
MS: 9) I get compared to Tom Petty a lot. It used to really bug me, but I’ve since made peace with the comparison. To be honest, as long as people aren’t implying that I look like a product of Florida incest, I consider it a great compliment.


DRM-free music boosts online album sales (Mac World)
MS: “The MP3 format is also good for the music industry as a whole. As physical sales on the high street and online continue to drop, it is vital that labels find a way to increase digital album sales to make up the shortfall. In order for music industry revenues to flourish again, all four majors need to get on board and make music available to the consumer in the format of their choice,”



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David Gray - Tour Dates

More stateside dates for the English folk rocker...

November:
Tue 11/13/07 London, UK Roundhouse
Wed 11/14/07 London, UK Roundhouse
Sat 11/17/07 Dublin, IRE National Stadium
Sun 11/18/07 Killarney, IRE INEC

December:
Sun 12/02/07 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Tue 12/04/07 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Wed 12/05/07 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
Fri 12/07/07 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
Sun 12/09/07 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Thu 12/13/07 San Francisco, CA TBA
Fri 12/14/07 Portland, OR Roseland Annex

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Monday, November 12, 2007

The Money Shot: Thurston Moore's Ringtone, MP3 Blogs Killing Music?, Top 100 Rock Movies and Let the Radio Boycott of Lyle Lovett Begin...

The latest headlines...

Lovett will go to bat for radio royalties (Reuters)
MS: Lovett, whose sound crosses over traditional music barriers, is expected to testify in support of the royalty for the MusicFirst (Fairness in Radio Starting Today) Coalition, which is comprised of artists groups including the American Federation of Musicians, the Recording Industry Assn. of America, SoundExchange, the Recording Artists Coalition and the American Association of Independent Music.


Guest List: Thurston Moore (Pitchfork)
MS: I think my ringtone is called "science fiction" [laughs]. Which is kind of cool because when you're playing a CD in a car and the science fiction ringtone goes off, it sounds good with every track. Sometimes it'll be going and I'm like, "Wow, that's so cool that they put that in their song," and I'm like, "Oh, it's my fucking phone."


The 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Movies of All Time (Blender)
MS: 45. Smells like a documentary
Hype! (1996)
Soundgarden and Pearl Jam are among the subjects of this documentary filmed at the height of the “Seattle Sound.” Recalling a time when threadbare flannel was the acme of poser fashion, what could have been an embarrassing testament to rock arrogance instead becomes a funny cautionary tale about perils of, well, hype. Ends with the prophetic title “Your Town Is Next.”
Best musical moment: Nirvana perform “Smells Like Teen Spirit” live for the first time. (35:00)
Did you know? Mudhoney singer Mark Arm, interviewed in the film, is one of many to lay claim to the term “grunge.”


If you love music, stop taking it for free (The Guardian)
MS: "MP3 blogs have greatly decreased the sale of our singles," he writes. "They didn't exist when we released [the Rapture's] House of Jealous Lovers and we sold 20,000 copies quickly. Now there are thousands of blogs and we sell, on average, 2,000 to 5,000 copies of a 12-inch single."


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Black Kids - Tour Dates

The red-hot buzz band heats up the UK in December...

November:
11-15 Atlanta, GA - Star Bar
11-16 Athens, GA - Flicker Theater
11-21 Tampa, FL - New World Brewery
11-24 Miami, FL - Circa 28
11-27 Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
11-28 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder

December:
12-05 London, England - King's College
12-06 London, England - ULU
12-07 London, England - Adventures Close to Home @ Barfly
12-08 London, England - Young & Lost @ Astoria 2
12-09 London, England - Transparent @ Nambucca

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MJTV: Matthew Ryan - Guilty

Hard to believe that it's been ten years since I first heard Matthew. I just found out about this video. Even now, this song's still a stunner...



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The Money Shot: Death to DRM, Zutons Say "Kaisers Suck", Horses Say "Bloggers Suck", Researchers Discover Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

The latest headlines...

Southern Comfort: An Interview with Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell (Popmatters)
MS: Speaking of the ubiquitous presence of the hyper-critical indie bloggers Bridwell says: “To me it’s just sad. I just don’t like it. I think it’s a sick, sad little fucking aspect, that I don’t know if society as a whole has gotten into, or maybe it’s just the indie community, where people need gossip and they need fucking rumors and they need information and they need it fast. New York as a whole is a bit scary in that way where you come in and everyone seems like they write a blog. Everything’s so amplified there. It’s not a good feeling to me. I just try not to worry about that stuff and just know that the things I like are playing shows.”


Music DRM 'dead by next summer' (The Register)
MS: "By next summer all four major labels will have removed DRM from MP3s," he predicted.


The Zutons attack Kaiser Chiefs (NME)
MS: Speaking about the differences between Mark Ronson's covers of 'Valerie' and Kaiser Chiefs' 'Oh My God', drummer Sean Payne said: "We're better musicians than him [Wilson] to be honest".

Payne picked up on the fact Wilson admitted he forgot how to sing his version of 'Oh My God' and ended up singing Ronson's version instead.


Alarming Study Reveals Rampant Drug, Alcohol Use in Pop Music (Bloomberg)
MS: As a result, the study revealed, impressionable teens are getting the impression that drugs and alcohol are fun. Among the survey's straight-faced revelations are that substance abuse is ``commonly associated with partying (54 percent), sex (46 percent), violence (29 percent) and/or humor (24 percent) in songs that impressionable teenagers listen to.

The report did not disclose what substances, if any, the researchers were on when they were drawing their conclusions.


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MJTV: Tegan & Sara - The Con

We had a live acoustic video before, but this is the official one...



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Stereophonics - Tour Dates

Kelly Jones and the Welch rockers hit the UK hard for the rest of November...

November:
Mon 11/12/07 Birmingham, UK The NEC Arena
Tue 11/13/07 Nottingham, UK Nottingham Arena
Thu 11/15/07 London, UK Wembley Arena
Fri 11/16/07 London, UK Wembley Arena
Sun 11/18/07 Cardiff, UK Cardiff International Arena
Mon 11/19/07 Cardiff, UK Cardiff International Arena
Tue 11/20/07 Cardiff, UK Cardiff International Arena
Thu 11/22/07 Newcastle, UK Metro Radio Arena
Sat 11/24/07 Aberdeen, UK Aberdeen Exhibition & Conf. Centre
Sun 11/25/07 Glasgow, UK S.E.C.C.
Tue 11/27/07 Belfast, UK Odyssey Arena
Wed 11/28/07 Killarney, IRE INEC
Thu 11/29/07 Dublin, IRE RDS Main Hall

February:
Tue 02/05/08 Nagoya, JPN Club Quattro
Wed 02/06/08 Osaka, JPN Club Quattro
Fri 02/08/08 Tokyo, JPN Shibuya Ax

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Tokyo Police Club - Tour Dates

Canadian band heads back north for their winter tour...

December:
Sat 12/15/07 Cambridge, MA Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub

January:
Sat 01/19/08 Saint Catharines, ON Isaac's Pub
Tue 01/22/08 Ottawa, ON Observatory
Wed 01/23/08 Oakville, ON Connexion
Thu 01/24/08 North Bay, ON The Wall
Fri 01/25/08 Hamilton, ON Quarters
Sat 01/26/08 Toronto, ON Nathan Phillips Square
Wed 01/30/08 Kingston, ON The Ale House

February:
Fri 02/01/08 London, ON Forwell Hall
Sat 02/02/08 Guelph, ON Sleeman Centre

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

MJTV: Klaxons - Golden Skans (live)

A live acoustic performance by the Mercury Prize winners...



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Spoon - Tour Dates

Spoon joins the bill on several radio station holiday shows...

November:
Fri 11/09/07 Orlando, FL Club Firestone
Sat 11/10/07 Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan Park
Mon 11/12/07 Universal City, CA Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk
Wed 11/21/07 Bilbao, SPA Santana 27
Thu 11/22/07 Valencia, SPA Sala Cormoran
Fri 11/23/07 Madrid, SPA Joy Eslava
Sat 11/24/07 Barcelona, SPA Razzmatazz

December:
Mon 12/03/07 Columbus, OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
Thu 12/06/07 Everett, WA Comcast Arena / Everett Events Ctr.
Fri 12/07/07 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Sat 12/15/07 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Mon 12/31/07 Chicago, IL Metro / Smart Bar

February:
Wed 02/06/08 Tokyo, JPN Unit Nightclub

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MJTV: Art Brut - Direct Hit

The latest from Art Brut is a PG-13 version of Caligula...



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Friday, November 09, 2007

Ingrid Michaelson - Tour Dates

I bet that she does "The Way I Am"... you probably know it as "That Sweater Song" from the Old Navy ad...

November:
9 - Chicago, IL - Schuba's Tavern
10 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel Club Lounge
13 - Cortland, NY - SUNY Cortland
16 - New York, NY - Knitting Factory
17 - Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java

December:
7 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
11 - Chicago, IL - Martyrs
12 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig
14 - Portland, OR - KINK 101.9 FM Benefit Show
16 - Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Cafe
19 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

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The Money Shot: Radiohead Call Bullshit on Sales Reports, Novoselic Blogs, The Killers Suck Up 2 Elton & Honestly, Are U Stealing Music at Work?

More headlines...

Krist Novoselic's SW Debut: Smells Like (Put Word Here) Spirit (Seattle Weekly)
MS: I don’t do a lot of Nirvana interviews. I could do a documentary interview about the band everyday, forever! For better or worse, the digital revolution is the great leveler. You don’t need the volume of knowledge regarding shutter speeds, light conditions for film stock or other expensive aspects of celluloid.


Most companies fail to block music threat (Reuters)
MS: Two-thirds of IT managers polled said they do not block employees from taking music off the Web, even though they named it as the biggest threat.


Radiohead Deny Reports That 60 Percent Of Fans Paid Nothing For In Rainbows (MTV)
MS: In the statement, Radiohead said the comScore data was "wholly inaccurate" and that it "in no way reflected definitive market intelligence or, indeed, the true success of the project." To date, neither Radiohead nor their U.S. publicist, Steve Martin, have agreed to discuss any of the financial aspects of the download scheme, including how many copies were sold or how much fans paid on average.

Denying that the average non-freeloader fan paid only $6 for the download, as suggested by comScore's report, the group's representatives also stressed in the statement that "as the album could only be downloaded from the band's Web site, it is impossible for outside organizations to have accurate figures on sales."


Killers' new alibi: Lou Reed (Baltimore Sun)
MS: Do you have plans to work with other artists you admire?

If there comes a time. It would be nice to work with somebody new, you know? It seems like nobody gets together enough anymore. It would be nice to do something with Elton John or something.


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MJTV: A Place To Bury Strangers - To Fix The Gash In Your Head

Hazy. Psychedelic. Loud. Live. Cool...



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Marah - Tour Dates

Lining up some 2008 dates in support of the upcoming Angels of Destruction, due January 8th...

November:
Wed 11/14/07 Stockholm, SWE TBA
Thu 11/15/07 Rotterdam, NET Zaal de Gouden Ree
Fri 11/16/07 Barcelona, SPA Apollo
Sun 11/18/07 Bedford, UK Corn Exchange

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
Thu 01/24/08 Columbus, OH Ravari Room
Fri 01/25/08 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern

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The Money Shot: The London Undersound, Okkervil River Are Equal-Opportunity Offenders, Music = Freeware? and Cracker Wants To Sleep On Your Couch...

Even more headlines...

Okkervil River: questioning what's really genuine (Drowned In Sound)
MS: I’ve had conservatives tell me that they can no longer listen to the band because that song offends them, but I’ve also had liberals tell me that they can no longer listen to us because that song is kind of politically ambiguous, that it isn’t enough of a ‘protest’ song. I find that personally gratifying, because I’d feel like I was doing something wrong if I weren’t able to alienate people on both sides of an issue.


Grass-roots tour preserves Cracker's ageless crispness (Des Moines Register)
MS: "You need to go out and tour ... and promote yourself in a grass-roots manner, the way we always did," Lowery explained a couple of weeks ago while at his "second home" (his girlfriend's) in Athens, Ga. "The way we did in Camper Van Beethoven: We were going around playing the punk rock bars in Iowa City and Lincoln, Nebraska, and Lawrence, Kansas, and Austin, Texas. We went out and slept on people's couches."


Music Sharing Plans for London Undersound (PC World)
MS: Each station would have a unique set of tracks specific to that area of the city, making the act of traveling and then the sharing of music part of a social experience, Brewer said. Using their mobiles, people would be able to share tracks via Bluetooth while they're riding the Tube, as well as upload music at Underground stations.



Making music in a world of freeloaders
(CNET)
MS: The pick-your-own price idea isn't novel. Software developers have offered so-called freeware applications for decades. The idea being that the free stuff would entice some people to upgrade to the more feature-rich versions which cost real money. Even though you'd be hard pressed to find many companies that struck it rich going that route, it was, at the very least, good publicity.


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MJTV: Heartless Bastards - Brazen

Cincy band playing one of my favorite venues, the historic Southgate House...



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Peter Bjorn and John - Tour Dates

Swedish indie pop trio back on the road...

November 2007
19 - New York, NY - Joe's Pub
23 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
24 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Loft
25 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
26 - Kansas City, MO - Madrid Theatre
27 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
29 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
30 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall

December 2007
1 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
2 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
3 - Milvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre

January 2008
21 - Montreal, Quebec - Club Soda
22 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix
24 - Costa Mesa, CA - Samueli Theatre
26 - Mexico City, Mexico - Salon 21

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