Thursday, January 31, 2008

Cheap Thrills: Liam Finn - Second Chance

A free legal download of the first single from Neil's son's debut I'll Be Lightning (courtesy of Yep Roc)...

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The Money Shot: Why Rock Radio Sucks, Winehouse Has Months to Live and The Best Ass In The History of Rock?

The latest headlines...

The Strokes' 'Is This It' cover model revealed (NME)
MS: “I walked out of the shower and I was completely naked,” she recalls. “I was walking around the house – he was like, put this glove on. I walked over, boom, that was the shot.”

Is Rock Radio Slowly Going Post-Modern? (Idolator)
MS: Now, all that remains is pretty much straightforward guitar rock. Jack Johnson or Eddie Vedder might sneak an acoustic guitar in there now and then, and Linkin Park still throw drum machines and rapping into their tunes, but big, compressed power chords rule Alternative and Active stations alike. And if Billboard's Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock singles charts feature half of the same songs, as they frequently do these days, how long will it be until Billboard realizes they only need one chart, or radio brass realize they only need one kind of rock station.

Amy Winehouse 'has months to live' says husband (NME)
MS: “Every day I fear the prison chaplain is going to walk into my cell and break the news that Amy is dead.”

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MJTV: Iron & Wine - Flightless Bird

Live version of the closing track from The Shepard's Dog...

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Tour Dates - Louis XIV

Adding some headlining dates in March & April...

1 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
4 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
5 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
6 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
8 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
9 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
10 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
13 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
14 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues

4 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
6 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar
7 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
8 - Austin, TX - Emo's
10 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
12 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
14 - New York, NY - The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
15 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
16 - Albany, NY - Jack Rabbit Slim's
18 - Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rossa
19 - Toronto, Ontario - Mod Club
25 - Denver, CO - Marquee Theatre
29 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
30 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre

3 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
4 - Los Angeles, CA -Avalon
5 - Phoenix, AZ - Brickhouse Theater
10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues

Louis XIV's website
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Tour Dates - Mike Doughty

The Golden Delicious tour rolls into March...

Thu 01/31/08 Tampa, FL Orpheum

Fri 02/01/08 Orlando, FL The Social
Fri 02/08/08 Great Barrington, MA Club Helsinki

Wed 03/12/08 Northampton, MA Pearl Street
Thu 03/13/08 Rochester, NY German House Theatre
Fri 03/14/08 Montreal, QC Les Saints
Sat 03/15/08 Toronto, ON The Mod Club Theatre
Sun 03/16/08 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
Tue 03/18/08 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Wed 03/19/08 Indianapolis, IN The Music Mill
Thu 03/20/08 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
Fri 03/21/08 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
Sat 03/22/08 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Tue 03/25/08 Omaha, NE Slowdown
Wed 03/26/08 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club
Thu 03/27/08 Saint Louis, MO The Gargoyle

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Money Shot: Man Sets Fire To Radio Career, Monkeys Lead NME Pack, & Fighting With Johnny Rotten...

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Man Upset About Music Sets Fire To Radio Station (NBC 5)
MS: Feinstein told investigators that he was "very unhappy" about the changes to his playlist, said Austin Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Nye. The songs were intended for an Internet broadcast that occurs when the station is off the air.

"He had a dream of a career in radio and was very disappointed about where it had led him," Nye said.

John Lydon in family feud (Music News)
MS: "Doctors later told us he has a bad heart. He had been on blood pressure tablets for 25 years and had high cholesterol. "John said to me, 'How can a fit man die of a heart attack?' He was really aggressive and implied it was my fault. I ended up putting the phone down on him. My John was not a fit man, he was ill. His mind was going too. I think John is trying to cut me out now. It's just too awful for words."

Arctic Monkeys get record seven NME nominations (Reuters)
MS: The Arctic Monkeys are contesting the best British band, best live band, best album, best track, best video and best video album artwork categories, while lead singer Alex Turner is nominated for the "best dressed" award.

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Tour Dates - The Gutter Twins

Extensive worldwide dates for Dulli and Lanegan, starting of course on Valentine's Day...

Thu 02/14/08 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Tue 02/19/08 Paris, FRA La Maroquinerie
Thu 02/21/08 London, UK Koko
Sat 02/23/08 Amsterdam, NET Melkweg

Sat 03/01/08 San Francisco, CA Bimbo's 365 Club
Mon 03/03/08 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
Tue 03/04/08 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market
Fri 03/07/08 Chicago, IL Metro / Smart Bar
Sat 03/08/08 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Sun 03/09/08 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Tue 03/11/08 Newport, KY Southgate House
Wed 03/12/08 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Fri 03/14/08 Toronto, ON The Mod Club Theatre
Sat 03/15/08 Montreal, QC Cabaret Du Musee Juste Pour Rire
Tue 03/18/08 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Wed 03/19/08 New York, NY Webster Hall
Thu 03/20/08 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Fri 03/21/08 Atlanta, GA Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
Sat 03/22/08 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
Wed 03/26/08 Austin, TX Antone's
Thu 03/27/08 Dallas, TX House Of Blues - Cambridge Room
Sat 03/29/08 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre

Wed 04/02/08 Los Angeles, CA The Avalon
Sat 04/05/08 Dublin, IRE Ambassador Theatre
Sun 04/06/08 Belfast, UK The Limelight
Mon 04/07/08 Glasgow, UK Oran Mor
Tue 04/08/08 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy
Wed 04/09/08 Birmingham, UK Glee Club
Fri 04/11/08 Brussels, BEL Ancienne Belgique
Sat 04/12/08 Rotterdam, NET Motel Mozaique
Mon 04/14/08 Copenhagen, DEN VEGA House Of Music
Tue 04/15/08 Stockholm, SWE Debaser Medis
Wed 04/16/08 Oslo, NOR Rockefeller Music Hall
Fri 04/18/08 Hamburg, GER Logo
Sat 04/19/08 Berlin, GER Postbanhof Berlin
Sun 04/20/08 Vienna, AS Szene Vienna
Mon 04/21/08 Zurich, SWI Mascotte
Wed 04/23/08 Rome, ITA Alpheus
Thu 04/24/08 Milan, ITA Musicdrome
Sat 04/26/08 Barcelona, SPA Razzmatazz
Sun 04/27/08 Madrid, SPA Sala Heineken
Mon 04/28/08 Bilbao, SPA Kafe Antzokia

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Tour Dates - The Automatic

The first UK dates since the big change at keyboards...

Fri 03/28/08 Monmouth, UK Blake Centre
Sat 03/29/08 Wrexham, UK Central Station
Sun 03/30/08 Caernarforn, UK Caernarfon Galeria
Mon 03/31/08 Brecon, UK Brycheiniog Theatre

Wed 04/02/08 Exeter, UK Cavern Club
Thu 04/03/08 Gloucester, UK Gloucester Arts Centre
Sat 04/05/08 Northampton, UK Soundhaus
Sun 04/06/08 Stoke, UK The Sugarmill
Mon 04/07/08 York, UK Fibbers
Tue 04/08/08 Liverpool, UK Carling Academy Liverpool
Thu 04/10/08 Dundee, UK The Doghouse
Fri 04/11/08 Inverness, UK The Raigmore
Sat 04/12/08 Aberdeen, UK Drummonds
Mon 04/14/08 Leeds, UK The Cockpit
Tue 04/15/08 Hull, UK Wellington Club
Wed 04/16/08 Tamworth, UK Palace
Fri 04/18/08 Middlesborough, UK The Cornerhouse
Sat 04/19/08 Leicester, UK Princess Charlotte
Sun 04/20/08 Norwich, UK Norwich Arts Centre
Mon 04/21/08 Herts, UK Club 85
Wed 04/23/08 Brighton, UK Audio
Thu 04/24/08 South-On-Sea, UK Chinnery's
Sat 04/26/08 Portsmouth, UK Wedgewood Rooms
Mon 04/28/08 Plymouth, UK White Rabbit
Tue 04/29/08 Cardiff, UK The Point

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Tour Dates - Gore Gore Girls

The Girls go to Europe...

Thu 04/10/08 Zurich, SWI Mascotte
Sat 04/12/08 Milan, ITA Garage
Sun 04/13/08 Torino, ITA United Club
Mon 04/21/08 Paris, FRA La Maroquinerie
Thu 04/24/08 Saint Etienne, FRA Le Fil
Fri 04/25/08 Belfort, FRA Le Poudriere
Sat 04/26/08 Amiens, FRA La Lune des Pirates
Mon 04/28/08 Helsinki, FIN TBA

Thu 05/01/08 Copenhagen, DEN The Rock
Fri 05/02/08 Bergen, NOR Bergenfest
Sat 05/03/08 Haderslev, DEN Manen

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MJTV: Elvis Costello and The Attractions - (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea

From the re-released (again) This Year's Model which was the first Elvis record to feature the Attractions...

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The Money Shot: DBT Almost Broke Up, Blur on Coke & Chris Walla Learns Difference Between 'Detained' and 'Confiscated'

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Drive-By Truckers: The Burrs in Rock 'n' Roll’s Saddle (Popmatters)
MS: We got off the road long enough this past year to actually miss it again. We’d really run ourselves into a wall, playing non-stop for so long. How many of your favorite bands break up and then a few years later realize that if they’d have taken a few months off to step back and realize the big picture, they’d have stayed together? We went through that. Fortunately, we did the right thing ‘cause we were at that point where you’re just so frustrated that you can’t see the forest through the trees. I think taking a break and kinda pulling back some really helped. I also think working on the Bettye LaVette record was a chance for us to work together but it wasn’t a Drive-By Truckers project.

Catching Up With... Chris Walla (Paste)
MS: I learned technically [that it wasn't] “confiscated.” My hard drive was “detained.” Having something “confiscated” is a more serious thing, and having something “seized” is even more serious. That had a measurable, significant effect on the way the record unfolded. In fact, one of the things that it did was that the record that [was sent out to press as an advance] is, in large part, mixes that didn’t make it to the record people will buy in the stores. When that whole thing happened and the drive got hung up, there was a really small window in which I was able to finish mixes. And that event sort of erased that window. That was kind of a big drag because the record, to me, in the form that [the press received], it feels like from about the fourth song to about the tenth song it’s got a really similar color. It doesn’t feel like it’s totally engaging through the whole length of the thing.

Blur's Alex James calls cocaine 'a trail of death' (NME)
MS: "My heart started beating faster when I was met at the airport by heavily armed security guards and escorted to a bomb-proof monster truck," he said, adding, "The cash generated by coke basically has been funding a civil war that's been raging for decades."

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The Money Shot: Too Much To Listen To = Listening To Less?, Moz Is A Bitch To Work For, & Cat Power's Career Choices...

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Cat Power's nine lives (Times Online)
MS: “I was under so many layers of self-hatred,” she recalls, “that I couldn’t open up. It never dawned on me that I was a singer until two years ago. I was on tour, I’m singing and I’m sober, and I’m like, ‘Holy shit, I’m singing, and this is easy and fun.’ Before, it was always so emotional, because it wasn’t where I’d pictured myself being. I pictured myself living in a cold coastal town, no tourists, an alone person. I never wanted to be a singer. I wanted to be a painter, or a dancer, or a baker, or a teacher – or president of the United States.”

22,000 Songs and Nothing to Listen To (Seattle Weekly)
MS: "Less album listening means that people aren't forced to listen to things that don't turn them on right away, and as a result, tastes change less." Yep: Having 6 million songs at hand means that tastes actually change less. It's a common predicament for anyone wanting to expand their tastes, knowing that there's no reason to listen to, say, the end of a song, much less an entire album you don't "get" right away. Even though it ultimately will expand my palette, do I really have the patience to get into heavy metal when I already know I love Spoon?

I was Morrissey's roadie (Times Online)
MS: “What was the first record you ever bought? Moz asks everyone that, I’m told. What would your answer be?”

Being involved in music I have often been asked this question and my policy recently has been honesty. It wasn’t the Velvet Underground, Sex Pistols or the Jesus and Mary Chain, it was Rocket Man, by Elton John. “F*** me, Andrew,” he says. “Don’t tell Moz that, you’ll be right out the door. T. Rex is always good.”

It’s not long before I make another apparent faux pas. We are listening to Indie 103, one of the best alternative rock radio shows in LA. I am asked if I have heard the station’s show by the Sex Pistol Steve Jones. I say I have but also like to listen to Henry Rollins, whose Harmony in my Head show is on the same station. This is met with a frown and then silence. I wonder if I have said something else wrong, then forget it.

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MJTV: Chris Walla - Sing Again

Put on your red hat and sing along with the first single from the Death Cab's guitarist's solo CD Field Manual...

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Cheap Thrills: The Gutter Twins - Idle Hands

A free, legal download from the Greg Dulli/Mark Lanegan project (courtesy of Sub Pop)...

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Tour Dates - Brakes

UK dates for the Brighton band (known as BrakesBrakesBrakes in the US)...

Mon 02/04/08 London, UK Slaughtered Lamb
Wed 02/06/08 Bath, UK Moles Club
Thu 02/07/08 Nottingham, UK The Social
Fri 02/08/08 Glasgow, UK Brel
Sun 02/10/08 Leeds, UK The Faversham
Mon 02/11/08 London, UK Slaughtered Lamb
Tue 02/12/08 Manchester, UK Ruby Lounge
Wed 02/13/08 York, UK Fibbers
Mon 02/18/08 London, UK Slaughtered Lamb

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Tour Dates - Goldfrapp

A handful of UK dates are lined up...

Tue 03/04/08 London, UK Union Chapel

Fri 04/18/08 London, UK Royal Festival Hall

Sat 06/21/08 Bexhill-on-Sea, UK De Le Warr Pavilion
Sun 06/22/08 Birmingham, UK Symphony Hall
Mon 06/23/08 Manchester, UK The Bridgewater Hall
Wed 06/25/08 London, UK Royal Albert Hall
Mon 06/30/08 Glasgow, UK The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Tue 07/01/08 Gateshead, UK The Sage

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

MJTV: The Ting Tings - Great DJ

New video from the buzz band...

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The Money Shot: U2's Manager and Music Labels Decide Your ISP is The Problem While The WSJ Gets Clued In That Digital Is The Future of Music...

Headlines, headlines, headlines...

Music Firms Want EU to Cut Off Pirates (Business Week)
MS: "Up until now, ISPs have allowed copyright theft to run rampant on their networks, causing a massive devaluation of copyrighted music," said John Kennedy, the CEO of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the record industry trade association. "The time for action is now -- from the EU and other governments."

Playing the blame game in the music biz (LA Times)
MS: In a keynote address to several hundred convention delegates, McGuinness, who has managed U2 since the band started, directly attacked the creators and operators of ISPs, saying, "I think the failure of ISPs to engage in the fight against piracy, to date, has been the single biggest failure in the digital music market.

"They are the gatekeepers with the technical means to make a far greater impact on mass copyright violation than the tens of thousands of lawsuits taken out against individual file sharers," he said. "To me, prosecuting the customer is counterintuitive, though I recognize that these prosecutions have an educational and propaganda effect, however small, in showing that stealing music is wrong."

Beyond the Album (Wall Street Journal)
MS: The music industry likes to say the CD can't compete with free, but that's missing the point. The real problem -- as those kids showed EMI so devastatingly -- is that the physical increasingly can't compete with the digital. (Or maybe they didn't care about Coldplay and Robbie Williams.) The music industry's experiments with various new CD formats -- the CD-View Plus, ringle, etc. -- are doomed because they still depend on a plastic disc fewer and fewer people want.

But if the CD is dying, will the album follow?

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Tour Dates - Art Brut

New UK dates for Eddie Argos and the gang...

Thu 01/31/08 Gloucester, UK Gloucester Guildhall

Fri 02/01/08 Bristol, UK Trinity Arts Centre
Sat 02/02/08 Exeter, UK Exeter Phoenix
Sun 02/03/08 Brighton, UK Concorde 2
Tue 02/05/08 London, UK ULU
Wed 02/06/08 London, UK ULU
Thu 02/07/08 Oxford, UK Carling Academy Oxford
Fri 02/08/08 Northampton, UK Soundhaus
Sat 02/09/08 Hartlepool, UK Escobar
Mon 02/11/08 Edinburgh, UK The Hive
Tue 02/12/08 Aberdeen, UK Tunnels
Wed 02/13/08 Dundee, UK Fat Sam's
Thu 02/14/08 Sheffield, UK Fuzz Club
Sat 02/16/08 Bradford, UK St. George's Concert Hall
Sun 02/17/08 York, UK Fibbers
Mon 02/18/08 Hull, UK Wellington Club
Tue 02/19/08 Stoke, UK The Sugarmill
Thu 02/21/08 Barcelona, SPA Apollo
Fri 02/22/08 Madrid, SPA Caracol
Sat 02/23/08 Bilbao, SPA Kafe Antzokia
Wed 02/27/08 Rome, ITA Circolo Degli Artisti
Fri 02/29/08 Turin, ITA Hiroshima Mon Amour

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Tour Dates - Tift Merritt

Dates in support of Another Country, her first release since 2004's Tambourine...

1 - Albany, NY - Linda Norris Theatre
17 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
18 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
19 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
21 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere Music Hall
22 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre
28 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues/Parish Room
29 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
30 - Ashland, KY - Paramount Theater for Mountain Stage

1 - Toronto, Ontario - El Mocambo
2 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
4 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
5 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
6 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
8 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
11 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Plaza
12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
13 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
15 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
17 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
18 - San Diego, CA - Anthology
19 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
21 - Austin, TX - The Parish
22 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues/Cambridge Room
24 - Atlanta, GA - The Five Spot
26 - Wilkesboro, NC - Merlefest

Tift Merritt's website
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MJTV: Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way?

In advance of the forthcoming Love Revolution, here's the classic Kravitz track...

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Cheap Thrills: Chris Walla - Sing Again

A free, legal download from the Death Cab guitarist's solo CD, Field Manual (courtesy of Barsuk Records)...

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The Money Shot: The (Incredibly Detailed) Life & Times of Rivers Cuomo, Why Bloggers Suck, & Apple COULDN'T Be Overhyping iPhone Sales, Could They?

A bunch of new headlines...

Amateur Hour (Time Out Chicago)
MS: “[Bloggers] are pushing what they like, and I think they feel like they’re doing the band a favor,” he says. “I think a lot of clubs might have gotten hurt [by this]. More than once over the past year, there have been bands that have been riding ‘basement critic’ buzz that just didn’t translate into anything.”

iPhones piling up at AT&T stores (Crave @ CNET)
MS: "We believe the data points to a significant amount of iPhone channel inventory...This is negative in two ways: (1) it indicates end-user demand for iPhone is lower than many investors may think based on Apple's sales figure; and (2) it points to slower iPhone sales in the current quarter, since much of this inventory is likely to be drawn down," Sacconaghi wrote in his report.

Let's walk through the theory. Apple said on Tuesday that it sold 3.7 million iPhones in 2007. But AT&T said Thursday that it ended 2007 with around 2 million iPhone customers.

Rivers Cuomo's Memoirs To Span Eight Volumes (Gigwise)
MS: He said: “I’ve quite a lot of material collected now, I’m still working on most every day and I really enjoy it.

“Right now I have eight volumes sketched out.”

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Tour Dates - The Raveonettes

New February dates in Spain, Portugal and France...

Thu 02/07/08 Turin, ITA Spazio 211
Fri 02/08/08 Treviso, ITA New Age
Sat 02/09/08 Ravenna, ITA Charles Bronson
Sun 02/10/08 Milan, ITA Musicdrome
Tue 02/12/08 Rome, ITA Circolo Degli Artisti
Wed 02/13/08 Florence, ITA Auditorium Flog
Fri 02/15/08 London, UK 229
Sun 02/17/08 Madrid, SPA Sala Heineken
Mon 02/18/08 Barcelona, SPA Razzmatazz
Tue 02/19/08 Braga, POR Teatro Circo
Wed 02/20/08 Lisbon, POR Santiago Alquimista
Thu 02/21/08 Angouleme, FRA La Nef
Fri 02/22/08 Saint-Malo, FRA La Route du Rock
Fri 02/29/08 San Diego, CA The Casbah

Sat 03/01/08 Pomona, CA Glass House
Sun 03/02/08 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar
Tue 03/04/08 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Wed 03/05/08 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Fri 03/07/08 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Sat 03/08/08 Vancouver, BC The Plaza Club
Sun 03/09/08 Seattle, WA Neumo's
Wed 03/12/08 thru Sun 03/16/08 Austin, TX SXSW
Mon 03/17/08 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
Tue 03/18/08 Chicago, IL Double Door
Wed 03/19/08 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
Fri 03/21/08 Toronto, ON Opera House Concert Venue
Sat 03/22/08 Montreal, QC Les Saints
Sun 03/23/08 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's
Mon 03/24/08 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Wed 03/26/08 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Thu 03/27/08 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's
Fri 03/28/08 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
Sat 03/29/08 Washington, DC Black Cat

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MJTV: The Hives - Two Timing Touch And Broken Bones (Live)

The amazing Hives live in Germany...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Tour Dates - Over The Rhine

The classy Ohio band adds spring dates...

Wed 01/30/08 Stuart, FL Lyric Theatre

Sat 02/02/08 Orlando, FL Back Booth
Mon 02/04/08 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
Thu 02/07/08 Austin, TX Cactus Cafe
Fri 02/08/08 Austin, TX Cactus Cafe
Sat 02/09/08 Dallas, TX House Of Blues

Fri 03/28/08 Grantham, PA Messiah College

Sat 04/05/08 New Harmony, IN Under The Beams
Wed 04/09/08 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
Fri 04/11/08 Norfolk, VA Attucks Theatre
Sat 04/12/08 Charlottesville, VA Gravity Lounge

Thu 07/03/08 Bushnell, IL Cornerstone Farm
Fri 07/04/08 Bushnell, IL Cornerstone Farm
Tue 07/22/08 Cleveland Heights, OH Cain Park
Wed 07/23/08 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion For The Perf. Arts

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Tour Dates - R.E.M.

The Athens trio hits the road with The National and Modest Mouse in support of Accelerate...

12 - Austin, TX - Stubb's (SXSW)

23 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Deer Lake Park
29 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
31 - Berkeley, CA - The Greek Theatre

3 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
6 - Chicago, IL - United Center
8 - Toronto, Ontario - Molson Amphitheatre
10 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
11 – Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
13 - Mansfield, MA - Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
14 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Theater
18 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts
19 - New York, NY - TBA
21 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre

R.E.M.'s website
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The Money Shot: Navarro Reconsiders Jane's Addiction, UK Digital Sales Slow and The World Is Shocked To Find Out That UB40 Was Still Together...

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UB40 singer Campbell quits group (BBC News)
MS: "Ali Campbell has taken the decision to focus on his solo career and in doing so, could not give his full commitment to UB40. The other band members of UB40 are naturally disappointed and saddened after being together as a band unit and as good friends and a family unit for almost 30 years."

Dave Navarro's Spread Entertainment (
MS: My love for the music out weighs any old baggage that might have been. As I have said in the past... If Van Halen and the Eagles can get over their issues, I don't see why we can't. I just think that if something like that ever happened, it should be shows only with no new label, management, photo shoots, press and all that crap that clouds the experience. Simply a month or two of theater tour dates to celebrate the music.

Digital music growth slows as pirates thrive (Times Online)
MS: Illegal music downloads outnumbered tracks sold by a factor of twenty to one last year, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). As the industry body announced that digital music sales rose by 40 per cent last year, it called on internet service providers to take action to counter illegal filesharing.

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Tour Dates - Lenny Kravitz

Tour dates in support of Love Revolution (due 2/5)...

January 2008
29 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
31 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre

February 2008
1 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom

March 2008
10 - Vancouver, British Columbia - GM Place
11 - Kelowna, British Columbia - Prospera Place
13 - Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place
15 - Calgary, Alberta - Pengrowth Saddledome
17 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre
20 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
22 - London, Ontario - John Labatt Centre
24 - Ottawa, Ontario - Scotiabank Place
25 - Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre

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Tour Dates - We Are Scientists

The indie rockers head to the U.K. in April...

12 - Glasgow Barrowlands
13 - Aberdeen Music Hall
14 - Newcastle Northumbria Uni
15 - Manchester Academy
17 - Sheffield Octagon
18 - Birmingham Carling Academy
19 - Nottingham Rock City
20 - Norwich UEA
22 - Southampton Guildhall
23 - Bristol Carling Academy
24 - Shepherd’s Bush Empire
25 - Shepherd’s Bush Empire

We Are Scientists' website
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Tour Dates - Stars

The Canadian band adds U.S. dates including Coachella...

01-29 London, England - Koko
01-30 Bristol, England - Thekla Social
01-31 Manchester, England - Academy 3

02-02 Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms
02-03 Sheffield, England - Leadmill
02-04 Brighton, England - Concorde 2
02-06 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
02-07 Hamburg, Germany - Knust
02-08 Brussels, Belgium - AB Box
02-09 Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
02-10 Frankfurt, Germany - Mousonturm
02-11 Cologne, Germany - Gloria
02-12 Berlin, Germany - Kesselhaus
02-13 Vienna, Austria - Flex
02-23 Adelaide, Australia - Laneway Festival
02-24 Melbourne, Australia - Laneway Festival
02-27 Sydney, Australia - Spectrum
02-28 Melbourne, Australia - East Brunswick Club
02-29 Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo

03-01 Brisbane, Australia - Laneway Festival
03-02 Sydney, Australia - Laneway Festival
03-05 Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
03-06 Tokyo, Japan - Liquid Room
03-19 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
03-20 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
03-21 Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
03-22 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
03-24 Birmingham, AL - Workplay
03-25 Nashville, TN - The Belcourt
03-26 Louisville, KY - Bomhard Theatre
03-27 Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
03-28 Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre
03-29 Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
03-30 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
03-31 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

04-01 Buffalo, NY - The Tralf
04-25 Indio, CA - Empire Polo Field

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The Money Shot: Brits Tell Bruce To Keep It Down In There, The Police Are In It For The Art, and Hmmm...I Guess The Album IS Dead (and DVD Killed It)

The latest headlines...

Has digital killed the record store? (Springfield News-Sun)
MS: Competition from other sectors is a more likely explanation, according to Oberholzer-Gee and Strumpf's statistical analysis of file sharing activity in 2002.

"A shift in entertainment spending toward recorded movies alone can largely explain the reduction in sales," they wrote. "The sales of DVDs and VHS tapes increased by over $5 billion between 1999 and 2003. This figure more than offsets the $2.6 billion reduction in album sales since 1999."

In addition, computer game sales rose by 40 percent and mobile phone usage by teenagers tripled during that period.

Boss can make stadium rock (but not too much) (This Is London)
MS: The Rev Stephen Coles, vicar of St Thomas's Church in Finsbury Park, said: "It is very unfair on residents living around the stadium who will have to put up with the noise. I have no faith that a concert will be controlled to the level that it will only be audible within the stadium itself."

Labour councillor Theresa Debono said there were also concerns about increased anti-social behaviour. She said: "If you have thousands of people drinking and stumbling out of a concert it can only mean trouble. There is a feeling residents' views are not being taken into account."

Green councillor Katie Dawson said: "This is not Wembley, it is Islington. It is bonkers to put on concerts without first ensuring the noise will not disturb residents nearby."

Why would rock and roll legends decide to re-form? (Herald Sun)
MS: The Police reunion, a surprise to the band as much as the world who'd watched their acrimonious split, is generating them $160 million for about 114 shows. The tour has sold 1.5 million tickets worldwide. However, the three weren't exactly down to their last few dollars.

Ed Bicknell, one-time manager of Dire Straits and now head of the music division of the powerful William Morris Agency, believes the Police reunion was partly inspired by "getting back together with your mates, the camaraderie''. However, he mentioned a certain seven-figure lure.

"I doubt any of these acts would have got back together had there not been a significant financial pay-off. I can't imagine Sting and Stewart Copeland are doing it out of some kind of 'it's for the art, man' attitude.''

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Cheap Thrills - Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You

Another free, legal download from Cease To Begin (courtesy of Sub Pop)

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MJTV: Louis XIV - Guilt By Association

New video from the San Diego band's latest, Slick Dogs and Ponies...

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Tour Dates - The Gourds

The alt-country Texans announce new spring dates...

Thu 01/31/08 Denton, TX Dan's Silver Leaf

Fri 02/01/08 Fort Worth, TX The Aardvark
Sat 02/02/08 Stephenville, TX Bostock's
Thu 02/07/08 Los Angeles, CA Safari Sam's
Fri 02/08/08 Santa Cruz, CA Moe's Alley
Sat 02/09/08 San Francisco, CA Slim's
Sun 02/10/08 Winters, CA The Palms
Wed 02/13/08 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
Thu 02/14/08 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
Fri 02/15/08 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Sat 02/16/08 Eugene, OR WOW Hall

Sat 03/08/08 Austin, TX Threadgill's World Headquarters
Fri 03/28/08 Athens, GA The Melting Point
Sat 03/29/08 Atlanta, GA Smith's Olde Bar

Sat 04/12/08 Nacogdoches, TX Americana Music Festival
Thu 04/17/08 Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall
Fri 04/18/08 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Sun 04/20/08 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
Wed 04/23/08 Billings, MT Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company
Fri 04/25/08 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre

Thu 05/01/08 Fort Worth, TX MayFest

Sat 06/07/08 Lawrence, KS Wakarusa Festival

Fri 08/01/08 Hailey, ID Northern Rockies Folk Festival

Fri 09/05/08 Falls Church, VA State Theatre

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Tour Dates - The Black Lips

The Lips add European dates...

Fri 02/01/08 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
Mon 02/04/08 Seattle, WA Neumo's
Tue 02/05/08 Portland, OR Dante's
Wed 02/06/08 Eugene, OR WOW Hall
Fri 02/08/08 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Sat 02/09/08 Pomona, CA Glass House
Sun 02/10/08 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar
Wed 02/13/08 San Diego, CA The Casbah
Thu 02/14/08 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Fri 02/22/08 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
Sat 02/23/08 Austin, TX Emo's
Sun 02/24/08 Dallas, TX The Loft
Mon 02/25/08 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
Tue 02/26/08 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
Thu 02/28/08 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
Fri 02/29/08 Madison, WI Memorial Union

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

Fri 04/25/08 Indio, CA Empire Polo Field

Thu 05/01/08 Cardiff, UK The Point
Fri 05/02/08 Swansea, UK Sin City
Sat 05/03/08 Dublin, IRE Crawdaddy
Sun 05/04/08 Glasgow, UK Barrowland
Tue 05/06/08 Sheffield, UK Plug
Wed 05/07/08 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
Thu 05/08/08 Birmingham, UK The Place I Love
Fri 05/09/08 Camber Sands, UK All Tomorrows Party Festival
Sun 05/11/08 Cambridge, UK The Junction
Mon 05/12/08 Oxford, UK Carling Academy Oxford
Tue 05/13/08 Bristol, UK Thekla
Wed 05/14/08 London, UK 100 Club
Thu 05/15/08 Bristol, UK Thekla

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

What is the Davos Question?

We're a little late to the party, but you can find out more here...

Every year, many of the world's top leaders attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss how to make the world a better place.

This year, you get to join them.

First, submit a video answering The Davos Question:

"What one thing do you think that countries, companies or individuals must do to make the world a better place in 2008?"

Then, starting January 1st, watch and rank others' ideas. The highest-rated videos will be screened in Davos (January 23-27), where world leaders will watch your videos and make responses of their own. Your idea could be the start of something big.

To find out more about the World Economic Forum, go here:

Friday, January 25, 2008

MJTV: Against Me! - Stop

The latest video from New Wave...

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MJTV: Nada Surf - I Like What You Say

Quirky, catchy animated video from their new one, Lucky...

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Tour Dates - The Hives

The Swedish garage rockers add European dates...

Thu 02/14/08 Mexico City, MEX TBA
Sat 02/16/08 Guadalajara, MEX TBA
Sun 02/17/08 Mexico City, MEX Vive Cuervo Salon
Tue 02/19/08 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Wed 02/20/08 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Thu 02/21/08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Fri 02/22/08 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Sat 02/23/08 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
Tue 02/26/08 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Thu 02/28/08 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Fri 02/29/08 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre

Sat 03/01/08 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Sun 03/02/08 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
Mon 03/03/08 Toronto, ON Kool Haus
Tue 03/04/08 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Fri 03/07/08 New York, NY Terminal 5
Sat 03/08/08 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Thu 03/27/08 Saarbrucken, GER The Garage
Fri 03/28/08 Bremen, GER Pier 2
Sat 03/29/08 Cologne, GER WDR Rocknaucht @ Palladium

Tue 04/01/08 Budapest, HUN Petofi Csarnok
Wed 04/02/08 Vienna, AS Gasometer
Thu 04/03/08 Munich, GER Tonhalle
Fri 04/04/08 Zurich, SWI X-Tra Limmathaus
Sat 04/05/08 Milan, ITA Rolling Stone
Mon 04/07/08 Barcelona, SPA Sala Apolo
Tue 04/08/08 Madrid, SPA La Riviera
Wed 04/09/08 Lisbon, POR Coliseum
Fri 04/11/08 Bilbao, SPA Santana 27
Sat 04/12/08 Toulouse, FRA Le Bikini
Mon 04/14/08 Norwich, UK Univ. Of East Anglia LCR-Union
Tue 04/15/08 Newcastle, UK Carling Academy Newcastle
Wed 04/16/08 Nottingham, UK Rock City
Thu 04/17/08 Bristol, UK Carling Bristol Academy
Fri 04/18/08 London, UK Carling Academy Brixton
Sat 04/19/08 Bourges, FRA Le Printemps De Bourges Festival
Sun 04/20/08 Paris, FRA Zenith Paris

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Tour Dates - Josh Ritter

More dates for the Historical Conquests tour...

Fri 02/22/08 Victoria, BC Alix Goolden Performance Hall
Sat 02/23/08 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Sun 02/24/08 Kelowna, BC Doc Willoughby's
Tue 02/26/08 Calgary, AB Knox United Church
Wed 02/27/08 Edmonton, AB Myer Horowitz Theatre
Thu 02/28/08 Saskatoon, SK Louis'
Fri 02/29/08 Regina, SK The Exchange

Sat 03/01/08 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Centre
Tue 03/04/08 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
Wed 03/05/08 Montreal, QC La Sala Rosa
Thu 03/06/08 Ottawa, ON Capital Music Hall
Sun 03/09/08 Big Cypress, FL Big Cypress Seminole Reservation

Wed 04/09/08 Athens, OH Ohio University
Thu 04/10/08 Oberlin, OH Oberlin College
Fri 04/11/08 Cleveland, OH Cleveland Museum Of Art
Sat 04/12/08 New York, NY Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fri 07/25/08 Calgary, AB Prince's Island Park
Sat 07/26/08 Calgary, AB Prince's Island Park

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Cheap Thrills: Marah - Angels of Destruction

A free, legal download of the title track from the new Marah release (courtesy of Yep Roc Records)...

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The Money Shot: Police Top Forbes' List, Heath Ledger = Nick Drake and This Just In... Radio Sucks (SHOCK!)

Today's headlines...

Why Things Suck: Radio (Wired)
MS: The biggest barriers to building a radio audience are the polarizing power of music and the plethora of choices on the dial. So, when corporations like Clear Channel started buying up stations in the late '90s, they set about building a lowest-common-denominator product that would be attractive to the most listeners. "There's this idea of the perfect playlist," Walker says. "Find it with research and attract the perfect audience." But it turns out that the most lucrative audience is really just "people who will not change the channel during the ads." The result: watered-down programming designed primarily not to offend.

The Heath Ledger/Nick Drake Connection (Pitchfork)
MS: Ledger created a black-and-white video clip that was shown at a pair of exhibits devoted to Drake last year, according to and reports.

As the report explains, "A representative for Drake's estate described the 'gorgeous' and 'extremely moving' clip as a stark black-and-white composition, consisting mainly of the director turning the camera on himself. In the end, Ledger is seen drowning himself in a bathtub."

The song playing during this is Drake's "Black Eyed Dog", purportedly the last song the English singer ever wrote and allegedly a reference to Winston Churchill's description of depression.

Music's Biggest Cash Kings (Forbes)
MS: Playing live was a big cash generator for all the artists on our list. By far the biggest tour of the year was the Police reunion, as Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland decided to bury the hatchet and hit the road for the first time since 1986. Financially, it was a no-brainer: The trio generated $133.2 million in concert receipts at an average ticket price of $112--and that's face value. In all, the band racked up an impressive $142.4 million in concert tickets and music sales.

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MJTV: Arcade Fire - Black Mirror

The latest video from AF is a trippy affair made trippier by this link ( to a website where you can create your own remix, stripping away and adding different audio layers on the fly... very cool!

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Tour Dates - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The Super Bowl halftime band announces their summer tour dates...

Sun 02/03/08 Glendale, AZ Univ. of Phoenix Stadium

Fri 05/30/08 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Sat 05/31/08 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills

Tue 06/03/08 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Thu 06/05/08 Philadelphia, PA The Wachovia Center
Sun 06/08/08 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
Tue 06/10/08 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
Wed 06/11/08 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
Fri 06/13/08 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
Tue 06/17/08 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
Wed 06/18/08 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Sat 06/21/08 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sun 06/22/08 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Wed 06/25/08 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

Wed 07/02/08 Chicago, IL United Center
Thu 07/03/08 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Tue 07/08/08 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Wed 07/09/08 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amph. At Encore Park
Fri 07/11/08 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat 07/12/08 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Tue 07/15/08 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
Wed 07/16/08 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
Sat 07/19/08 Denver, CO TBA
Sun 07/20/08 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha
Tue 07/22/08 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Wed 07/23/08 Minneapolis, MN Target Center

Thu 08/07/08 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
Sat 08/09/08 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Mon 08/11/08 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
Tue 08/12/08 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Fri 08/15/08 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Sat 08/16/08 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Wed 08/20/08 Glendale, AZ Arena
Sat 08/23/08 San Francisco, CA TBA
Tue 08/26/08 Selma, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wed 08/27/08 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Fri 08/29/08 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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Tour Dates - Feist

The Canadian singer-songwriter adds May and June dates in Europe...

Tue 02/12/08 Vancouver, BC Orpheum
Sat 02/23/08 Adelaide, AUS Fowlers Live
Sun 02/24/08 Melbourne, AUS TBA
Tue 02/26/08 Saint Kilda, AUS Prince Of Wales Hotel
Fri 02/29/08 Sydney, AUS Metro Theatre

Sat 03/01/08 Brisbane, AUS The Zoo
Sun 03/02/08 Sydney, AUS TBA

Tue 05/13/08 Toronto, ON Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
Tue 05/20/08 Edinburgh, UK Queens Hall
Wed 05/21/08 London, UK Royal Albert Hall
Thu 05/22/08 Manchester, NH Palace Theatre
Sat 05/24/08 Amsterdam, NET Paradiso
Sun 05/25/08 Lille, FRA Aeronef
Tue 05/27/08 Milan, ITA Magazzini Generali
Wed 05/28/08 Rome, ITA Piper Club

Sun 06/01/08 Frankfurt, GER Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt
Tue 06/03/08 Paris, FRA Grand Rex
Wed 06/04/08 Paris, FRA Grand Rex
Thu 06/05/08 Lyon, FRA Le Transbo
Sat 06/07/08 Barcelona, SPA Sala Apolo
Sun 06/08/08 Madrid, SPA Sala Heineken
Tue 06/10/08 Oporto, POR Coliseu Do Porto
Wed 06/11/08 Lisbon, POR Aula Magna

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Money Shot: R.E.M.'s Sex Video?, Patterson Proud That DBT's "Demanding", and Apple Sez "iTunes Are To Razor Blades as Macs Are To Razors..or Not"

More headlines...

Apple's Strategy: Rent iTunes to Sell Macs, iPods (PC World)
MS: When asked by an analyst during the earnings conference call if the goals for iTunes rentals was profitability or incremental Apple TV sales, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer responded that the company hoped to run the iTunes Store a little above break even, but selling iPods and Macs was the main strategy.

R.E.M. Shoots Video At NYC Sex Shop, Restaurant (Billboard)
MS: The trio then moved next door to sex toy emporium Babeland around 8 p.m. A pair of cameras captured them playing near the window display at the front of the store to an audience of surprised employees. Babeland co-owner Claire Cavanah says a band representative had called just that afternoon proposing the store as a location for part of the video.

Patterson Hood On "Demanding" Records, And His Fave Classic Rock LPs (Stereogum)
MS: It's the true nature of what we do that the best Rock is sometimes the most challenging. My favorite artists and bands challenge my thinking, my preconceptions and sometimes my patience. If I didn't love contrary I wouldn't have spent nearly 23 years slugging it out with Cooley. I also wouldn't be a Neil Young, Todd Rundgren or Bob Dylan fan.

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MJTV: The Chesterfield Kings - I Don't Understand

A classic track from the Wicked Cool band...

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Tour Dates - Jason Isbell

The Sirens of the Ditch tour extends overseas...

Thu 01/24/08 Long Beach, CA Vault 350
Fri 01/25/08 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland
Sat 01/26/08 San Francisco, CA Slim's
Mon 01/28/08 Sacramento, CA Harlow's Night Club
Wed 01/30/08 Portland, OR Mission Theater
Thu 01/31/08 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern

Fri 02/01/08 Boise, ID Neurolux
Sat 02/02/08 Salt Lake City, UT Club Paladium
Mon 02/04/08 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
Wed 02/06/08 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Thu 02/07/08 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Fri 02/08/08 Chicago, IL Double Door
Sat 02/09/08 Indianapolis, IN The Music Mill
Mon 02/11/08 Newport, KY Southgate House
Tue 02/12/08 Columbus, OH The Basement
Thu 02/14/08 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
Fri 02/15/08 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Sat 02/16/08 Buffalo, NY The Tralf Music Hall
Sun 02/17/08 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
Tue 02/19/08 New Haven, CT Toad's Place
Wed 02/20/08 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Thu 02/21/08 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Fri 02/22/08 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Sat 02/23/08 Charlottesville, VA Satellite Ballroom
Sun 02/24/08 Wilmington, NC Soapbox
Tue 02/26/08 Columbia, SC Headliners Mainstage
Wed 02/27/08 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
Thu 02/28/08 Knoxville, TN The Valarium
Fri 02/29/08 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall

Sat 03/01/08 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
Sat 03/15/08 Orange Beach, AL Amphitheater At The Wharf
Sun 03/16/08 Fort Walton Beach, FL The Swamp
Mon 03/17/08 Panama City, FL Marina Civic Center
Fri 03/28/08 Limerick, IRE Dolans Warehouse / Upstairs
Sat 03/29/08 Cork, IRE Cyprus Avenue
Sun 03/30/08 Galway, IRE Roisin Dubh

Tue 04/01/08 Wexford, IRE Wexford Arts Centre
Thu 04/03/08 Glasgow, UK King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
Fri 04/04/08 Newcastle, UK The Cluny
Sat 04/05/08 Nottingham, UK Rescue Rooms
Mon 04/07/08 London, UK Borderline
Tue 04/08/08 Bristol, UK St. Bonaventure
Thu 04/17/08 s'Hertogenbosch, NET W2 Concertzaal
Fri 04/18/08 Hellendoorn, NET Lantaarn
Sat 04/19/08 Utrecht, NET Muziekcentrum Vredenburg
Sat 04/19/08 Antwerp, BEL Trix

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Cheap Thrills: Hello, Blue Roses - Shadow Falls

A free legal download from the latest Dan Behar project (courtesy of Locust Music).

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MJTV: Feist - I Feel It All

Feist and fireworks. All done in one take a la 1234...

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Tour Dates - Ghostland Observatory

The Austinites hit the road. I'm betting they add hometown dates during SXSW...

Fri 02/29/08 Austin, TX Austin Music Hall

Sat 03/08/08 Big Cypress, FL Big Cypress Seminole Reservation
Thu 03/13/08 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
Fri 03/28/08 New York, NY Webster Hall
Sat 03/29/08 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

Thu 04/03/08 Portland, OR McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Fri 04/04/08 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market
Sat 04/05/08 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market
Thu 04/17/08 San Francisco, CA Mezzanine
Fri 04/18/08 Los Angeles, CA Music Box @ Fonda

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Tour Dates - Eels

International dates to support the Eels' first greatest hits set, Meet The Eels...

Thu 02/14/08 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theatre
Mon 02/18/08 Paris, FRA Le Bataclan
Tue 02/19/08 Cologne, GER Tanzbrunnen
Wed 02/20/08 Berlin, GER Volksbuhne
Thu 02/21/08 Hamburg, GER Kampnagel
Sat 02/23/08 Copenhagen, DEN Royal Theatre
Mon 02/25/08 London, UK Royal Festival Hall
Tue 02/26/08 Birkenhead, UK Town Hall
Wed 02/27/08 Manchester, UK The Bridgewater Hall
Thu 02/28/08 Glasgow, UK The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 03/01/08 Gateshead, UK The Sage
Sun 03/02/08 Brighton, UK Brighton Dome
Mon 03/03/08 Groningen, NET De Oosterpoort
Tue 03/04/08 Brussels, BEL Cirque Royal
Thu 03/06/08 Zurich, SWI Kongresszentrum Spirgarten
Fri 03/07/08 Milan, ITA Conservatorio Guiseppi Verdi
Sat 03/08/08 Rome, ITA Rome Auditorium
Sun 03/09/08 Vicenza, ITA Max Live
Mon 03/10/08 Vienna, AS Wuk
Tue 03/11/08 Munich, GER Muffathalle
Thu 03/13/08 Utrecht, NET Muziekcentrum Vredenburg
Fri 03/14/08 Enschede, NET Muziekcentrum Enschede
Sat 03/15/08 Eindhoven, NET Muziekcentrum Frits Philips
Mon 03/17/08 Dublin, IRE Vicar Street
Tue 03/18/08 Dublin, IRE Vicar Street

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Money Shot: Vedder Gets Screwed, Winehouse Gets A Lesson In Irony and No, Wait.. The Album IS Still Alive...

Latest news...

HMV on song amid music industry discord (The Guardian)
MS: "Our view is that when there is good material and good releases, the music industry will prosper. We felt there was a good line-up this Christmas, we think the line-up is actually going to get better," he said. "We are pretty confident."

As for the prospects for CD sales, which have been falling for years, Fox was equally upbeat.

"I think there is life in the CD yet; 138m were sold last year," he said.

Amy Winehouse Heads to Rehab After Allegedly Being Caught Smoking Crack (Fox News)
MS: Watching the video, it is not clear what Winehouse is smoking, but The Sun says she was "sucking in crack fumes from a glass pipe." The paper says the singer took "hit after hit of the drug after a 19-minute binge in which she snorted powdered ecstasy and cocaine."

'Enchanted' Dominates Oscar Song Category (Billboard)
MS: Songs from the film "Enchanted" dominated the best original song category nominees for the 2008 Academy Awards, which were announced this morning (Jan. 22). Three of the five nods, all with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, went to the film in the form of "Happy Working Song," "So Close" and "That's How You Know."

The other nominees are "Raise It Up" from "August Rush," the music and lyric credits for which are "to be determined," according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and "Falling Slowly" from "Once," with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

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MJTV: Kate Nash - Foundations

Already a hit in the UK and just released in the States...

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Tour Dates - Be Your Own Pet

Tour dates (with the Raveonettes) in support of the upcoming release Get Awkward...

02-20 New York, NY - The Mercury Lounge
02-21 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
02-29 San Diego, CA - The Casbah

03-01 Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
03-02 Costa Mesa, CA - The Detroit Bar
03-04 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
03-05 San Francisco, CA - The Indepdent
03-07 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03-08 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Plaza Niteclub
03-09 Seattle, WA - Neumos

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Tour Dates - Vic Chesnutt

On the road with the Athens-based singer-songwriter...

Sat 03/01/08 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
Sun 03/02/08 Atlanta, GA The EARL
Tue 03/04/08 Brooklyn, NY Williamsburgh Community Center
Wed 03/05/08 Brooklyn, NY Williamsburgh Community Center
Thu 03/06/08 Cambridge, MA Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub
Fri 03/07/08 Cambridge, MA Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub
Sat 03/08/08 Baltimore, MD The 8X10
Sun 03/09/08 Blacksburg, VA Rockitz
Mon 03/10/08 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
Tue 03/11/08 Saint Louis, MO Off Broadway Nightclub
Wed 03/12/08 Chicago, IL Abbey Pub
Thu 03/13/08 Madison, WI Orpheum Stage Door Theatre
Fri 03/14/08 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
Sat 03/15/08 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
Sun 03/16/08 Lincoln, NE Knickerbockers

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Cheap Thrills: Ghostland Observatory - Heavy Heart

A free download of the lead track from the upcoming Ghostland Observatory release Robotique Majestique (courtesy of Trashy Moped)...

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MJTV: British Sea Power - Waving Flags

Clip for the first single from Do You Like Rock Music?...

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Tour Dates - Mike Doughty

A handful of dates for the former Soul Coughing frontman in support of his upcoming solo disk, Golden Delicious...

Thu 01/24/08 Baltimore, MD The 8X10
Fri 01/25/08 Virginia Beach, VA Jewish Mother
Sat 01/26/08 Raleigh, NC The Pour House Music Hall
Sun 01/27/08 Athens, GA The Melting Point
Tue 01/29/08 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
Wed 01/30/08 Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder
Thu 01/31/08 Tampa, FL Orpheum

Fri 02/01/08 Orlando, FL The Social

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R.I.P. Heath Ledger

Sad, shocking news from NYC today. Here's an interview from happier days when the talented actor was doing press for the Dylan bio pic I'm Not There...

"I'm lucky in a sense because I have a job where I get to scream and cry," he says. "I get to purge myself in ways that don't really affect me personally.

"When the director yells cut, I just walk out the door and I'm back into my regular life," he says.

Ledger was a music lover who started a record label with Ben Harper, also serving as director for Harper's "Morning Yearning" video. I suspect he'd find that clip a fitting tribute...

The Money Shot: Hating Wilco, Teddy Thompson Wants Your Attention & The Music Industry Wants To Raise Your Taxes...

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Rant: Wilco Is So Easy A Caveman Could Get It (Cinema Blend)
MS: I realized that it was Wilco’s lyrics that had sucked me in, not so long before. Not because I thought Jeff Tweedy’s lyrics were overly well written—in fact, they’re frequently a wad of drivel—but because they are filled with basic imagery that anyone could relate to. They suck you in with universal concepts like love and nostalgic reminders of past times. It is these lyrics (coupled with an inert anger that Yankee Hotel Foxtrot could make people feel special without being overly special), upon closer inspection, that became why I, not so subtly, but rather passionately, began to loathe Wilco.

Digital tax could save the music industry from itself (Chicago Tribune)
MS: The Songwriters Association of Canada is proposing a $5-a-month licensing fee on every wireless and Internet account in the country, in exchange for unlimited access to all recorded music.

The deal would put $1 billion annually in the pockets of artists, publishers and record labels, according to the songwriters group. The money would be distributed to artists based on how frequently their music is swapped on-line; the more downloads, the more money the people responsible for the music would accrue. Big Champagne, a Los Angeles-based Internet monitoring service, says it can track file-swapping accurately enough to ensure that artists big and small would be compensated.

Yet initial reaction to the proposal within the Canadian recording industry has not been overly supportive. Most see the proposal as such a radical transformation that it would jeopardize current businesses, including paid digital music services. The president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association, Graham Henderson, castigated the proposal as a “pipe dream” and a “quick fix,” according to Billboard.

Teddy Thompson: Folk prince is ready to inherit (Telegraph)
MS: "I still do lots of gigs where I'm the support act and people are chatting through my set, but I've got better at grabbing attention. I mean, my parents would play on bills with people like Judas Priest and get booed all the way through. But they stuck it out, got tough."

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MJTV: Bruce Springsteen - Girls In Their Summer Clothes

The latest single from Magic...

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Tour Dates - Portishead

The trip-hop band heads out on it's first extended tour in almost 10 years...

03-26 Porto, Portugal - Coliseum
03-27 Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseum
03-30 Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
03-31 Florence, Italy - Sashall

04-09 Manchester, England - Apollo
04-10 London, England - Hammersmith Apollo
04-11 Edinburgh, Scotland - Corn Exchange
04-13 Wolverhampton, England - Civic

05-05 Paris, France - Zenith
05-29-31 Barcelona, Spain - Parc del Fòrum

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The Money Shot: Bono's Horrific Ass Takes on 'Cloverfield', A Drunk, Ancient Robert Plant Disses Radiohead, RHCP & Hillary's a Slacker?

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Zep ace no fan of new music (The Sun)
MS: “He was drinking with a woman and didn’t like the choice of tunes playing. Radiohead was on and he started complaining. He said, ‘What’s this rhyming c**p?’ The staff were obviously keen to please him so they changed the music. They put on the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who they thought might be more up his street. But he didn’t like their stuff either and said it was like a ‘nursery rhyme.’"

Candidates' Tunes Hit A Few Sour Notes (Washington Post)
MS: Hillary Clinton, for example, whips up supporters at rallies with ear-blasting recordings of Tom Petty's "American Girl" and Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business," among others. The title of the first song suggests a kind of patriotic autobiography. The second is supposed to say something about Clinton's can-do style.

Except that "Takin' Care of Business" is actually about not taking care of business. The '70s-era rock number (which George W. Bush also used in a 2004 campaign video) is from the point of view of a slacker: "People see you having fun/Just a-lying in the sun/Tell them that you like it this way." The lyrics go on to add, "It's the work that we avoid/And we're all self-employed/We love to work at nothing all day."

U2's 3D Concert Film Debuts At Sundance (Billboard)
MS: "It's kind of horrific," to see himself on stage in 3-D, said Bono. "It's bad enough on a small screen. Now you get to see the lard arse 40-foot tall."

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Tour Dates - Tegan & Sara

The twins extend their tour into April & May...

Fri 02/22/08 Brighton, UK Concorde 2
Sat 02/23/08 Leeds, UK Metropolitan University
Sun 02/24/08 Nottingham, UK Trent University
Mon 02/25/08 Wolverhampton, UK Wulfrun Hall
Wed 02/27/08 Dublin, IRE Button Factory
Thu 02/28/08 Belfast, UK The Limelight
Fri 02/29/08 Glasgow, UK Queen Margaret Union

Sun 03/02/08 Cardiff, UK The Point
Wed 03/05/08 London, UK Koko
Fri 03/07/08 Munich, GER Backstage
Sat 03/08/08 Heidelberg, GER Karlstorbahnhof
Sun 03/09/08 Hamburg, GER Fabrik Hamburg
Mon 03/10/08 Cologne, GER Gloria
Wed 03/12/08 Copenhagen, DEN Lille Vega
Thu 03/13/08 Malmo, SWE KB Club
Fri 03/14/08 Stockholm, SWE Nalen
Sat 03/15/08 Goteborg, SWE Sternhammarsalen
Mon 03/17/08 Berlin, GER Postbanhof Berlin
Tue 03/18/08 Brussels, BEL Botanique
Wed 03/19/08 Paris, FRA La Maroquinerie
Thu 03/20/08 Amsterdam, NET Melkweg

Thu 04/17/08 Salem, OR Historic Elsinore Theatre
Sat 04/19/08 Arcata, CA Kate Buchanan Room
Mon 04/21/08 Davis, CA UC Davis Freeborn Hall
Tue 04/22/08 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
Fri 04/25/08 Indio, CA Empire Polo Field
Mon 04/28/08 Tempe, AZ The Marquee Theatre
Tue 04/29/08 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
Wed 04/30/08 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen

Fri 05/02/08 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
Sun 05/04/08 Saint Louis, MO The Pageant
Tue 05/06/08 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
Wed 05/07/08 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
Thu 05/08/08 Indianapolis, IN Murat Egyptian Room
Fri 05/09/08 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
Sat 05/10/08 Pittsburgh, PA Palace Theatre
Mon 05/12/08 New York, NY Terminal 5

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MJTV: The Kills - Cheap and Cheerful

Another video from their upcoming release Midnight Boom...

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Monday, January 21, 2008

The Money Shot: The Next Radiohead is Rhett Miller?, Cuban Says "Album's Dead" (Duh!), Maximo Park's Not In It For The Money...

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The Album Is Dead (Blog Maverick)
MS: Reading last week's Billboard, something interesting popped out at me. The song Low Rider by Flo Rida sold 467,000 units in a single week. There were 27 digital singles that sold more than 100k units in that week. The obvious trend continues that people are ready, willing and able to buy singles of songs they like.

So the question arises, why don't artists serialize the release of songs ? Why not create a "season" of release of songs, much like the fall TV season and promise fans that Flo Rida is going to release a new single every week or 2 weeks for the next 10 weeks ?

Sure, its not easy to come up with a great song every 2 weeks. But isnt that exactly the same problem you have with an album ? Maybe thats not the "creative process" for certain artists. That's a problem for them.

What we do know is that music fans will spend 99c and that its easier to ask them for 99c a week than it is to get 9.99 at one time from them for 10 songs.

Maximo Park: 'Rivals put money ahead of art' (NME)
MS: "There's too many people trying to be like something else to fit in and make money,” he told the Daily Record. “I was never in a band to make money, I was in it to do the best for myself and to play alongside other people who have the same ideas.”

Rhett Miller at the Black Cat Tonight (Georgetown Voice)
MS: I have not signed another record deal for my solo stuff, and my manager is talking to some major labels that are interested. I’m just not sure if I believe in it anymore. I just don’t really see why I couldn’t record an album myself and put it up on my website and then that’s it. You know you don’t get paid for this stuff, that’s not how musicians have gotten paid in years unless you’re a superstar. So why not? Why not just leave them out of the loop?

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MJTV: Peaches - Boys Wanna Be Her

The best song Joan Jett never wrote...

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Tour Dates - The Futureheads

Extending the UK dates into March...

Tue 01/22/08 Liverpool, UK Stanley Theatre @ Liverpool Univ.
Wed 01/23/08 Preston, UK 53 Degrees
Thu 01/24/08 Glasgow, UK Strathclyde University
Sat 01/26/08 Sheffield, UK Foundry
Sun 01/27/08 Leeds, UK University Union
Mon 01/28/08 Norwich, UK Waterfront
Tue 01/29/08 Bournemouth, UK Old Fire Station
Thu 01/31/08 Sligo, IRE The Clarence

Fri 02/22/08 Manchester, UK Night & Day
Sat 02/23/08 Northampton, UK Soundhaus
Mon 02/25/08 Exeter, UK Exeter Phoenix
Wed 02/27/08 Tamworth, UK Palace

Sat 03/01/08 Barrow-In-Furness, UK Canteen Media & Arts Centre
Sun 03/02/08 Edinburgh, UK Liquid Room
Mon 03/03/08 Newcastle, UK Northumbria University
Wed 03/05/08 Portsmouth, UK Wedgewood Rooms
Thu 03/06/08 Oxford, UK Carling Academy Oxford
Fri 03/07/08 Stoke, UK The Sugarmill

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The Money Shot: "Rock Band" Is the New Ringtone, Moz's Misery & Billy Bragg's Hangin' With The Queen (WTF?)

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A very royal connection (Sydney Morning Herald)
MS: "That was the Queen's reaction actually when she looked at me," Bragg says. " 'Bloody hell, what are you doing here?' I didn't realise I was going to shake her hand. I knew she was coming to the gig but, to be perfectly honest with you, it's funny enough writing new lyrics to Ode To Joy and 600 people singing them with an orchestra. That in itself is funny enough but when you're doing that and you can see down in the royal box the Queen following your words in her program, it's pretty wacky. Then they say, by the way, she got her private secretary to ring up [asking], 'Can you sign a copy of the score?' It's just mad. It's too funny. One of those 'how daft can it get?' moments."

Morrissey: Heaven knows why he's miserable (The Telegraph)
MS: "Oh, you silly old man. You silly old man in your misguided trousers. The song you just sang, it sounds exactly like the last one. I know that you say how age has no meaning, but here is your audience now and they're screaming: 'Get off the stage!'?"

MTV: 'Rock Band' sells 2.5 million songs (CNET)
MS: Players of the rock music simulator have downloaded more than 2.5 million songs at about $2 each in the eight weeks since the game went on sale, MTV said on Thursday.

The numbers were well ahead of MTV's own expectations and underscored the potential of video games as a new source of revenue for a music industry grappling with falling CD sales.

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Tour Dates - They Might Be Giants

Another batch of dates in support of The Else...

February 2008
2 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
27 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
28 - Bloomington, IN - Bluebird Nightclub
29 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre

March 2008
1 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
2 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
4 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
5 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q
6 - Houston, TX - Meridian
7 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
8 - Jackson, MS - Hal & Mal's
9 - Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay Theatre
11 - Saint Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
12 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
13 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
14 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live
16 - Charlottesville, VA - Satellite Ballroom
28 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
29 - Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall
30 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

April 2008
18 - Roscoe, NY - Big Twig Studio

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MJTV: The National - Apartment Song

Another great track from Boxer...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

MJTV: The Polyphonic Spree - We Crawl

The Spree performs sans robes in this track from The Fragile Army...

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Tour Dates - Gogol Bordello

UK and European dates for the Gypsy Punks...

Fri 03/28/08 Newcastle, UK Carling Academy Newcastle
Sat 03/29/08 Leeds, UK Metropolitan University
Sun 03/30/08 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy

Tue 04/01/08 Bristol, UK Carling Bristol Academy
Wed 04/02/08 London, UK Carling Academy Brixton
Fri 04/04/08 Berlin, GER Postbahnhof
Sat 04/05/08 Wroclaw, POL TBA
Sun 04/06/08 Leipzig, GER Conne Island
Tue 04/08/08 Budapest, HUN Petofi Hall
Wed 04/09/08 Bratislava, SLA Divadielko V Podzemi
Thu 04/10/08 Zagreb, CRO Tvornica
Fri 04/11/08 Ljubljana, SLO Kino Siska
Sat 04/12/08 Florence, ITA Saschall
Mon 04/14/08 Bologna, ITA Estragon
Tue 04/15/08 Rome, ITA TBA
Wed 04/16/08 Turin, ITA Teatro Della Concordia
Fri 04/18/08 Strasbourg, FRA Artefact Festival
Sat 04/19/08 Bourges, FRA Le Printemps De Bourges Festival
Mon 04/21/08 Tilburg, NET 013
Tue 04/22/08 Birmingham, UK Carling Academy Birmingham
Wed 04/23/08 Oxford, UK Carling Academy Oxford

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SXSW '08... The list so far

No list yet on the SXSW website, but here are over 70 artists that have announced their appearances so far...

A Place to Bury Strangers, Black Crowes, Black Hollies, The Black Keys, Black Mountain, Black Tie Dynasty, Blitzen Trapper, Blue Mountain, Bodies of Water, Bowerbirds, The Breeders, British Sea Power, Bun B, Carbon/Silicon, Cheveu, The Cool Kids, The Crash That Took Me, The Cribs, Cut Copy, Daniel Lanois, David Banner, Deadstring Brothers, Delta Spirit, Dizzee Rascal, The Dodos, Does it Offend You, Yeah?, The Donnas, Film School, Firewater, Fishboy, Glen Reynolds, Ha Ha Tonka, Jandek, Jens Lekman, Justin Townes Earle, Ketchup Mania, The Kills, Kimya Dawson, Kitty, Daisy, and Lewis, Liam Finn, Lightspeed Champion, The Lovely Sparrows, Lykke Li, Mala Rodriguez, Man Man, Mark Pickerel, Muscles, N.E.R.D., Nada Surf, Nortec, Operator Please, The Panics, Phosphorescent, PPT, Q-Tip, The Raveonettes, R.E.M., Run Run Run, Scissors For Lefty, Shelby Lynne, Simian Mobile Disco, Social Studies, Sons & Daughters, Space City Gamelan, Tapes n Tapes, Vampire Weekend, The Von Bondies, Waco Brothers, Was (Not Was), Watershed, Weird Weeds, X, Yeasayer

Tour Dates - X

The original four get back together for their 31st anniversary tour...

TBA - Austin, TX - SXSW
19 - Chicago, IL - Metro
21 - Madison, WI - Barrymore
22 - Minneapolis, MN Caboose
25 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
26 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up
28 - Boise, ID - Big Easy
29 - Portland, OR - Crystal
30, 31 - Seattle, WA - Showbox

9 - San Diego, CA - Belly-Up
10 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre

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MJTV: Matthew Ryan - MRVSS Sampler

A DIY sampler for the forthcoming Matthew Ryan Vs. The Silver State due 4/1/08. Matthew's one of our favs around here and a good example of why Musical Justice exists. Check it out...

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