Monday, April 27, 2015

Blur playing Jimmy Fallon this week -- NYC show while here? ++ watch them perform two songs on 'Jools Holland'

Blur's new album, The Magic Whip, is out this week and the band will be here in NYC to play The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night (4/30). That will mark the band's first US appearance since Coachella 2013 and their last NYC appearance in much, much longer. (Their last tour here was 2003.) Seems a long way to travel for just one or two songs on TV...might there be a show while in New York?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blonde Redhead announce 2015 tour (2 NYC shows included)


NYC indie vets Blonde Redhead will tour this June into July, hitting their hometown twice. The first is a Northside Festival show happening at Brooklyn's Warsaw on June 13, and ten days later they play Webster Hall on June 23. Tickets for Warsaw and Webster go on sale Friday (4/17) at noon and 10 AM respectively, and you can also try to get into the Warsaw show with a Northside badge.

Blonde Redhead's most recent album was LP #9, "Barragán", which dropped last year.

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Blonde Redhead -- 2015 Tour Dates:
Jun 13, 2015 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
Jun 16, 2015 - Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Jun 17, 2015 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Jun 21, 2015 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Jun 23, 2015 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Jun 24, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Jun 25, 2015 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat DC
Jun 27, 2015 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
Jun 30, 2015 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
Jul 1, 2015 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Jul 2, 2015 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Jul 24, 2015 - Chicago, IL Subterranean

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

FRANCES BEAN COBAIN: I LIKE OASIS AND BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE MORE THAN NIRVANA


Let’s get to this before the British press does.

Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, is interviewed by Rolling Stone in a new piece to promote the upcoming HBO documentary Montage of Heck, and while the entire thing is an extremely fascinating read — and comes highly recommended — one tidbit certainly jumped out at us.

Her taste in music, especially pertaining to Nirvana.

Here’s an excerpt from the Q&A:

Rolling Stone: Do you remember the first time you heard a Nirvana record — and knowing that was your father? I’ve talked to Sean Lennon about this. He had a few more years with his dad that you did. But for him, the records were a road into understanding his father after he was gone.

Frances Bean Cobain: I don’t really like Nirvana that much [grins]. Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I’m more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre [laughs]. The grunge scene is not what I’m interested in. But “Territorial Pissings” [on Nevermind] is a fucking great song. And “Dumb” [on In Utero] — I cry every time I hear that song. It’s a stripped-down version of Kurt’s perception of himself — of himself on drugs, off drugs, feeling inadequate to be titled the voice of a generation.

That noise you heard were the Gallagher brothers high-fiving each other, and the bloke from Mercury Rev jumping up.

Of course, the irony in all this is that Noel Gallagher, as legend has it, penned the lyrics to “Live Forever” as a retort to Nirvana’s “I Hate Myself and Want to Die,” though the High Flying Bird leader has professed all along to be a massive fan of Cobain.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

GOOD NEWS, BILL HICKS FANS: A MASSIVE BOX SET IS ON ITS WAY


The comedy world is tragically filled with amazing talents who left us far too soon. And among them is the phenomenal Bill Hicks, a comedian and sociopolitical commentator of the highest order, who succumb to pancreatic cancer at age 32. But over the course of just a decade and a half, Hicks blew his “Evening at the Improv” peers out of the water with his incisive criticism of political theater and utter disdain for pop culture banality, producing a wealth of material that would seem ahead of its time even today.

Although much of his stand-up is preserved in comedy specials, album releases, and a handful of documentaries, a massive collection compiling every single performance Hicks ever recorded will soon be released. Comedy Dynamics has been working with the Hicks estate for this definitive box set, which is scheduled for a digital release April 28 and a physical set in August.

Comedy Dynamics president Brian Volk-Weiss told The Houston Chronicle, “Our goal is to have everything. It’s designed give a Hicks fan or novice no reason to have to look anywhere else.”

Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts: "Blaster"


8.5

This is the first album from Scott Weiland since his divorce from Stone Temple Pilots. There's been a lot of hype behind "Blaster" for that reason, but more significantly, guitarist Jeremy Brown passed away the day before its release. He was not only an accomplished musician, but the driving force behind the sound of this album. It's filled with heavy riffs and an assortment of versatile guitar effects. Half the record sounds like something STP would release, but the other half is more like The Smiths or Echo & the Bunnymen. "Blaster" is not as artistically self-indulgent as Weiland's previous solo efforts, although both albums were thoroughly awesome. It's more concise as to a specific 'rock and roll' direction, almost like a garage rock band from the 1970's recorded through hi-fi modern production gear. Scott Weiland is known to slink and slide into different characters and alter his voice depending on what era of his career you're listening to. For this album, Marc Bolan seems to be the dominant influence. It's feel-good music with an addictive touch of lyrical pop hooks, somewhat like a T Rex album and Weiland admits this by including a stellar cover version of "20th Century Boy". The band proves to be more than competent and sadly due to the loss of Jeremy Brown, The Wildabouts may be remembered as a one-off, one record band that could have done so much more. It definitely has that raw sound, the sound of a band finding itself on its debut recording. The Wildabouts aren't overreaching or trying to reinvent the wheel, but they establish a unique sound and hard hitting rocker of an album for the Weiland fans. Don't expect a 1990's grunge album or a throwback to Weiland's other former bandmates- Velvet Revolver, but expect a refreshed and renewed Scott Weiland starting over via classic and indie rock influences. I don't know where this album will place on the charts, but I think it will stand out as a highlight in Weiland's discography as an ambitious attempt to recharge his career and a successful one at that.

notable trax: "Hotel Rio", "Circles"

Black Gold Entertainment Launch Party: Ghostface Killah & Inspectah Deck at Emporium, April 23rd


Making a rare New York appearance on Long Island tonight, Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck of Wu-tang Clan perform at Patchogue Emporium. Ghostface Killah just released "36 Seasons", his most diverse album to date. He has been performing with backing soul band- The Revelations. Black Gold Entertainment is throwing this party and it's going to be off the hook!

James Murphy covers David Bowie's "Golden Years"


James Murphy has unveiled the latest track from his While We're Young score, an instrumental cover of David Bowie's 'Golden Years'.

Listen to the former LCD Soundsystem frontman's version of the 1976 track below. Murphy's soundtrack to the new Noah Baumbach movie will also feature songs from Haim and Paul McCartney as well as music by Murphy himself. Murphy recently revealed 'We Used To Dance', which can be heard HERE.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Jeremy Brown of The Wildabouts died on the eve of Scott Weiland's record release tonight. RIP Jeremy Brown


Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts guitarist Jeremy Brown has passed away. Weiland posted the following on his Facebook tonight:

We received a call today about my friend Jeremy Brown that has shaken me to the core. We were all concerned this afternoon when Jeremy didn’t show up for a long-scheduled rehearsal for tonight’s album release show at School Night. An hour later, Jeremy’s family called us to say that he had passed away. I am in shock right now, everyone that knows him is devastated. It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words. He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I’ve ever known. A true genius. It’s impossible to explain how much he will be missed and what a hole this will leave in our hearts. A post on Facebook feels so trite and small compared to the love that I have for him and for the talent that has passed on but I felt it was necessary to at least start here. Please keep his family in your thoughts.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Ride confirm reunion and announce 2015 tour, NYC Terminal 5 June 4th


Shoegazers Ride have announced their return, confirming a series of live dates for 2015.

The band will reunite in May for a UK tour that includes dates in London, Manchester and Glasgow, plus shows in Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto and New York. Ride will also make festival appearances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona on May 29 and London's Field Day on June 7.

In this week's issue of NME, on newsstands and available digitally now, Ride's Andy Bell said: "It's going to be really cool. As we were all still friends, we always thought when the time was right we'd do it. And now the time is right."

"People bought our records first time round," frontman Mark Gardener added, "but our music has grown in significance since we've been away... We want to give the people what they want. We'd be idiots to go out and play a new album, but that's not to say we wouldn't make new music."

Gardener confirmed that while "there are no plans as such" for a new LP, he's "sure there will be writing because that's what undoubtedly happen when we rehearse".

Ride formed in Oxford in 1988, releasing four albums – 'Nowhere' (1990), 'Going Blank Again' (1992), 'Carnival Of Light' (1994) and 'Tarantula' (1996) – before their split in 1996. They reformed briefly in 2001 for a Channel 4 documentary and 'Best Of' release.

Bell was a member of Beady Eye with Liam Gallagher until the band's recent split.

Ride's tour dates in full:

Glasgow Barrowland (May 22)
Manchester Albert Hall (23)
London Roundhouse (24)
Amsterdam Paradiso (26)
Paris Olympia (27)
Barcelona Primavera Festival (29)
Toronto DanForth Music Hall (June 2)
London Field Day (7)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Blur announces first new album in 12 years!!! - "The Magic Whip"


Blur will return on April 27th with The Magic Whip, the band’s first new album in 12 years. The Magic Whip marks the band’s eighth album to date and first since 2002’s Think Tank.

Additionally, Blur will reunite for a performance at London’s Hyde Park on June 20th as part of the British Summer Time festival.

The news is especially surviving given Damon Albarn’s recent proclamation that he was “in the process of reactivating” Gorillaz for a new studio album in 2016.

As recently as July 2014, Albarn downplayed the prospects of a new Blur album, explaining that a recording session in Hong Kong ended prematurely due to the weather. “Sometimes, if you can’t do it all at once, it dissipates really and I don’t know what I’d sing about now with that record,” Albarn explained. “There’s some great tunes on there, but it may just be one of those records that never comes out.”

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An Evening with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at Webster Hall, May 7th

A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble: "The Wizards Of Oz" (Double CD) - March 16th


After two years of extensive crate-digging and foraging the Amorphous Androgynous return with the latest installment in their award winning series ‘A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Exploding In Your Mind) – The Wizards Of Oz, released through Monstrous Bubble Recordings and Australia’s iconic Festival Records on 16th March 2015.

‘The Wizards Of Oz’ is devoted exclusively to the rich heritage of cosmic space music of our Antipodean brothers and sisters and in common with previous volumes traces the lineage from the sixties to the present day with sonic delights from every decade in between.

Across the double CD there is a 2 hour DJ mix of 34 tracks where we are treated to everything from Kiwi Krautrock to Aboriginal space jazz to OZ dream pop to cOZmic funkrok: CYBOTRON / TAME IMPALA / KANGURU / RUSSELL MORRIS / GEOFF KROZIER & THE GENERATOR / HIROSHI & CLAUDIA / MADDER LAKE / ROB THOMSETT / MANDU / DOUG JEREBINE / POND / SONS OF THE VEGETAL MOTHER / RAILROAD GIN & AIR are just a few of the delights contained therein.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Zappa Plays Zappa at The Paramount, July 24th


Zappa Plays Zappa will honor the 40th anniversary of Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention's 1975 albumOne Size Fits All by performing the LP in its entirety during a North American tour next year. The Dweezil Zappa-led group, which will also be celebrating its own 10 year anniversary, will perform for the first time on Long Island at The Paramount on July 24th.

One Size Fits All ended up being the final album from The Mothers of Invention when it was released in 1975. The record features a number of Zappa classics, including the groundbreaking, time signature-shifting opener "Inca Roads," and both instrumental and vocal versions of "Sofa" (Sofa No. 1" and "Sofa No. 2," respectively).