Wednesday, February 28, 2007
When discussing the post (this one)
someone on the message board said:
"and that blogger is a kook for saying things have disappointed since gold.
- oh... maybe he's a virgin... that could be it."
Well anyway, it's official and here's the tracklisting.
Ryan's ninth full-length proper, Easy Tiger, enters the physical universe June 5 via Lost Highway.
Possibly named for a line Mr. Adams often gets in bed, Easy Tiger's not-yet-sequenced baker's dozen is reprinted below for your speculative pleasure. Will "Goodnight Rose" be a rollicking alt-country romper? Will "Oh My God, Whatever, Etc." involve cheap beat boxes and witch impersonations? Lord we hope so.
Easy Tiger (track order not finalized):
The Sun Also Sets
Tears of Gold
I Taught Myself How to Grow Old
Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.
Pearls on a String
Stream: Ryan Adams: A New Day on Ryan Minus Adams Dot Com
Now it's open to the public, Google has created a lovely puppet theatre to tell you why to switch. Click on the movie below.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
In giving it a "D-" they report
"The Cost tries to recapture the stately slow burn of For the Birds, but ultimately suffers the same fate of the poppin’ fresh dough that was Leaders of the Free World, Elbow’s fall from grace. Ironic that these two groups were once posited as rougher, more masculine alternatives to Travis. Fran and ’em never sounded this soggy, and The Cost is basically Wonder Bread dragged all the way across the pond. Talk about the last laugh of the laughter."
I can't comment, I haven't heard any of the album yet. Hopefully Stylus got it wrong.
Here's a review of their gig in December 2005.
and of a Glen Hansard solo gig I was at.
So am I, and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the new album.
I just received a pre-release copy of the new Explosions In The Sky record to review for Alternative Ulster magazine and it's beyond incredible! It's released on 5th March so try to get your hands on a copy. Here's my review...
To say that ‘All Of A Sudden…’ has been eagerly anticipated is a drastic understatement. Explosions In The Sky’s last offering ‘The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place’ has been one of the most critically acclaimed post-rock records ever, raising these all but unheard of Texans to Mogwai and Godspeed! You Black Emperor heights. With ‘All Of A Sudden…’ EITS have confirmed that they are more than up to matching their contemporaries.
READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW
Sunday, February 25, 2007
"Country rock hellraiser/lunatic genius Ryan Adams has always put out albums at an incredible rate - three in 2005, one of them a double- while having an equal number rejected by his record company. Material has surfaced on bootleg albums but now our man has discovered technology and gone on a blitz of unheralded creativity. At www.ryan-adams.com you can listen to 13 - yes 13- albums of all new material under a variety of guises, like the hilarious rapper DJ Reggie and an angry punk rocker in a band called the Shits, as well as full length live sets. Simultaneously , Adams appears to be mocking the whole idea, perhaps having seen Prince's hilariously complicated member site (npgmusicclub.com) where after navigating yourself through a maze of pages, you can hear exclusive tracks - all of which are rubbish. Adams is an extremist, but it makes you realise how miserly most bands are about streaming their music online.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Glitter in the Gutter is much more of a band feel, what's the reason behind that?
I wanted to create a bunch of bigger songs that would be fun to play with the whole band. The songs felt better for that. It's about keeping on and the things we do to stay alive. About power and passion and anger and keeping your attitude. It's a fighting record.
Was that a conscious decision that you would write songs with your drummer?
Previously i used to write a lot along, you know in a room, just me and my acoustic guitar. I'd always liked to bounce ideas of people but with this record I enjoyed having my drummer there and playing the electric guitar which i loved. I really wanted to push my songwriting to a new level. I wanted bigger choruses with more hooks, I wanted something better, brighter and more optimistic. I recorded most of it in New York and then went to LA to finish off the vocals.
You're a New Yorker through and through. Did the move to LA influence the record much?
Yes and no, all the songs were written before going out there. I was thinking of moving over there but it was a really lonely time. I didn't know anybody and was just going from air conditioned car to air conditioned studio and back and forth. I was getting annoyed with the commercialization of New York with a Starbucks on every corner but I think I'll stay there for now. I'll go back to what I know.
When you recorded the Heat it seemed to be very much in post-9/11 America. What's the change between then and now in relation to the record?
Well now in America people aren't so afraid and they're not just staying indoors and ordering in some fast food. I think the mood has changed. I think people are fed up with our awful government, and people are a lot more optimistic now, feeling better about themselves. I think that's felt on the record, I didn't want to write songs about crying into my beer glass or slitting my wrists.
The next presidential race is heating up already, who are you going for?
I don't know man, I'm not sure how good any of them are. I mean Hilary has got herself up and running and she's good but there are some things about her I'm not so sure. The Democrats are going to have to mobilise themselves properly otherwise it'll just be another Republican win and that'll be bad for everyone. I really hope [former mayor of New York] Rudy Giuliani doesn't get in. He's a real tough fascist. I got in trouble with him for putting up some posters in the City for my gigs, and again for having a drink just outside a gig. Man, he hasn't said he'll run yet but it would be bad if he did.
Would you lend your musical support to promote anyone?
I don't think there's anyone I feel that strongly about yet.
There's an incredible line up of guest appearances on this record. How did that come about?
After The Fine Art Bruce Springsteen invited me to do a week of benefit shows with him and that was really fantastic. I sang with him on some songs and his band played some of my songs and we sung them together. It was great and he said 'listen, if something else comes up give me a call', and so I sent him a demo of 'Broken Radio', it just seemed like his type of song. He called and said that he would love to sing it as a duet, so I went over to his place and and worked on it.
As a songwriter I'd met a lot of other people along the way at shows and Jacob Dylan (Wallflowers) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) were around so I got them in to play a little.
Tell me a bit about the track 'Lucinda'.
It's for Lucinda Williams. If anyone deserves a song written about them, it's her. She's just such a great figure in music, such a wonderful talent with an amazing voice, one of the true poet outlaws of our age. I met her a while back and wanted to write a song about her.
You've had 5 Star reviews in Rolling Stone and Uncut magazine for your previous records. Is it frustrating that you're not selling out stadiums by now?
The press can help you or hinder you but they don't sell albums. It's nice to get some good reviews and it's nice for some recognition but I think I need to keep on touring and building up a fan base. I can put food on the table and I don't have to work a job that some of my friends do, 9-5 which I would hate. I'm glad that I'm able to do what I love.
Do you feel the weight of the previous records on your shoulders when you start to write a new album?
When I'm staring at a blank sheet of paper with a Dictaphone and my guitar and nothing in my head then yes, I do think how can I do it all again. But then when the songs start to flow and the album comes alive the I forget about them and concentrate on making something new.
What song are you most proud of in Glitter in the Gutter?
Oh man, all of them I guess. No I change my mind all the time. I really like Black Haired Girl and Don't Let them Take You Down.
What was going on when you wrote that song?
I was going through a bad time, my record company in America was going broke and I had lawyers fighting with them and I was going broke and I was sick and tired with it all. So I just tried to encourage myself by writing that song. I grew up in Queens and my mother died when I was young and my father left so music has been really good to me and given me so much.
JESSE MALIN – GLITTER IN THE GUTTER
(One Little Indian)
Release: 26 February 2007
Buy from Amazon.co.uk
The title is based on the famous Oscar Wilde quote, “We're all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars”. On his third album, Malin again finds finds heroism in modern urban life with a message of optimism and defiance. His natural flair for story telling and strong song writing has won him a legion of fans including Bruce Springsteen who duets on the fantastic slow burning “Broken Radio”.
Famous names guest on the album but Jesse is firmly his own man. Glitter, the toughest rocking of his three solo albums, is rammed full with hooks, choruses and strong melodies as evidenced by the first track “Don't Let Them Take You Down”. On occasion Jesse is guilty of flirting with the pop boundaries but by and large this great collection rock'n'roll songs will leave you feeling alive and invigorated.
Download: Don't Let Them Take You Down, Tomorrow Tonight, Love Streams
For fans of: Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen,
Listen to samples from the album
Thursday, February 22, 2007
First up, a review of a recent Sufjan Stevens show
and a great article on one of my favourite bands, The Shins:
"It’s 5:38 a.m. in Portland, Ore., and I’m staring into the abyss. I’m lying on my back, eyes wide open, in my bed at the Hotel Lucia. Pretty soon the sounds of a city waking up will penetrate these thin walls and the light of day will filter in through the insufficient blinds until all hope of a restful night’s sleep has vanished."
And if you don't listen to their podcast, why not? It's the best portable radio show around. Get it here.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Buy it from Amazon.co.uk
PR: Richard Wooton Publicity
Okay, we all like songs with feeling. But sometimes they can be too personal. "West", Grammy Award-winning Lucinda Williams' eighth album is so full of pain, hurt and rejection that it feels masochistic to listen to. The death of her mother and end of a long relationship result in a bleak album with no end in sight. The songs too are downbeat, dull, dragging and lazy. If you love Lucinda give "West" a pass.
Download: Are You Alright, Everything Has Changed
For fans of: Loretta Lyn, Emmylou Harris,
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Largehearted boy has a selection of live Ryan Adams mp3s to download from his recent European Tour. Here's the list, click on the link above to go to the download page.
Ryan Adams: 2006-10-11, Oslo [mp3,ogg,flac]"Afraid not Scared" [mp3]@myspaceother music blog posts: @elbo.ws @hype
Ryan Adams: 2006-10-10, Copenhagen [mp3,ogg,flac]"Party Clown" [mp3]
Ryan Adams: 2006-10-07, Assen [mp3,ogg,flac]"Arkham Asylum" [mp3]
Ryan Adams: 2006-10-05, Brussels [mp3,ogg,flac]"Easy Plateau" [mp3]
Ryan Adams: 2006-10-03, Amsterdam [mp3,ogg,flac]"Blue Hotel" [mp3]
Ryan Adams: 2006-09-30, London [mp3,ogg,flac]"Not So Peaceful Valley" [mp3]
Ryan Adams: 2006-09-27, Cambridge [mp3,ogg,flac]"Tears of Gold" [mp3]
Ryan Adams: 2006-09-24, Nottingham [mp3,ogg,flac]"Let It Ride" [mp3]
Ryan Adams: 2006-09-18, London [mp3,ogg,flac]"Funny Face" [mp3]
Ryan Adams: 2006-09-17, Salisbury [mp3,ogg,flac]"Bartering Lines" [mp3]
Wilco Reveal Sky Blue Sky Tracklist
Rejected album titles: Bible Black Bible, Ice Cold Ice, Butt Ugly Butt
On May 15, Nonesuch will give birth to a new ghost: Sky Blue Sky, Wilco's latest album. As expected, it contains the songs "Side With the Seeds", "What Light", "Shake It Off", "Impossible Germany", "Please Be Patient With Me", "On and On and On", and "Walken", which have been floating around the internet for awhile.
Wilco were just announced as one of the acts playing Bonnaroo this year, and they have a few dates in Australia scheduled in April. But other than that, their schedule is wiiide open. Autumn Defense, John Stirrat and Pat Sansone's other band, however, are on the road until late March. So we probably shouldn't expect much live Wilco action before then.
Sky Blue Sky tracklist:
01 Either Way
02 You Are My Face
03 Impossible Germany
04 Sky Blue Sky
05 Side With the Seeds
06 Shake It Off
07 Please Be Patient With Me
08 Hate It Here
09 Leave Me (Like You Found Me)
11 What Light
12 On and On and On
04-16 Brisbane, Australia - Tivoli
04-18 Melbourne, Australia - Palais Theatre
04-21 Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
06-14-17 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
Autumn Defense dates:
02-15 Phoenix, AZ - Modified
02-16 Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
02-17 San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall
02-19 Eugene, OR - Sam Bond's
02-20 Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
02-21 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
02-23 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
02-24 Denver, CO - Soiled Dove
02-26 Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
02-27 Champaign, IL - Canopy Club
02-28 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
03-01 Madison, WI - Café Monmartre
03-03 Chicago, IL - Park West
03-09 Nashville, TN - Slow Bar
03-10 Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's
03-11 Meridian, MS - Opera House
03-13 Atlanta, GA - Earl
03-14 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03-15 Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java
03-16 Philadelphia, PA - Northstar
03-17 Baltimore, MD - Fletcher's
03-19 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
03-20 Cambridge, MA - Middle East
03-21 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
03-22 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
03-23 Montreal, Quebec - Main Hall
03-24 Toronto, Ontario - Horseshoe
Stream: Jeff Tweedy: The Thanks I Get [from the Sunken Treasure: Live in the Pacific Northwest CD]
Wilco - A Magazine Called Sunset (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Demos)
Wilco - Nothing Up My Sleeve (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Demos)
Jeff Tweedy & Jay Bennett - We’re Just Friends (KCRW Guest DJ Spot 5/99)
Wilco - Panthers
Ryan Adams ‘Easy Tiger’ (Lost Highway)
There are some things that still excite me: Brian O'Driscoll scoring a breakaway try, an unexpected present and a new Ryan Adams album. Granted, ever since Gold they've been a bit dissapointing, but he's a unique songwriter. Somehow Easy Tiger has passed me by, but more info when I get it.
Monday, February 19, 2007
"Maybe it's the relatively close proximity from his hometown of Moscow, Idaho to the 49th parallel, but Josh Ritter has always seemed to exhibit a special fondness for Canada and judging from the sold-out Horseshoe Tavern on Thursday night, Canada loves him too. Taking a break from recording the follow-up to his splendid 2006 release The Animal Years, Ritter has been touring across North America in a solo acoustic format playing smaller venues than he would normally, much to the delight of those in attendance." READ THE REST HERE
Also The Winnipeg Sun and Georgia Straight talk to Ritter about the roots of his songcraft and the politics of The Animal Years, respectively.
Photos: Josh Ritter, Julie Fader @ The Horseshoe - February 15, 2007
MP3: Josh Ritter - "Girl In The War"
MP3: Josh Ritter - "Thin Blue Flame"
MP3: Josh Ritter - "Chelsea Hotel No 2" (live at the Rivoli, Feb 2005)
MySpace: Josh Ritter
Sunday, February 18, 2007
It is set in Paris, where Stéphane (Gael García Bernal) has returned to live in the almost-forgotten family home he left with his father when his parents divorced. Now his mother has divided the apartment into two flats, allowing him to live in one and rent the other out to two single girls, Stéphanie and Zoe (Charlotte Gainsbourg and Emma De Caunes). His mother has herself moved out to live with her unsuitable boyfriend: a dodgy magician. Stéphane simply moves back into his childhood bedroom, which his mother has kept unchanged with all his old toys and posters and wacky inventions, and it encourages Stéphane in his regressive Walter Mitty-ish tendency to reverie and fantasy.
In his head, Stéphane is the host of a homemade TV show, with stage-set and cameras made of cardboard, a kind of lifestyle-news programme whose sole purpose is to comment on the ongoing bafflement of his life. And poor Stéphane is falling for his beautiful neighbour Stéphanie, who is entranced by this innocent, with his ingenuous imaginative charm and love of arts and crafts, but does not find him attractive. His interior world is brilliantly and vividly dramatised by Gondry, and Gainsbourg's Stéphanie describes it as "kind of retarded, in a way".
In a David Lynch kind of way, you have to pay attention and as the film progresses the boundaries of sleep and reality blur, as is the point. until at the end you're not really sure if it's happening or not. I think it would benefit from another viewing but it's not confusing for it's own sake the way Momento was or Being John Malkovic. I enjoyed it, a film so creative it makes up for all the formulaic hollywood films coming out all the time. There are some wonderful lines and scenes and the characters are very well drawn, especially the co-workers in Stephane's office. If you liked Kauffman's other works you should definately check this out.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Stream it here now, be the first to hear it. There are a few different ways to listen as per usual, Windows and Real, high or low.
Friday, February 16, 2007
(February 15, 2007 - New York, NY) The much talked about collaboration on the NIKE- commissioned hip hop track, "Better Than I've Ever Been" which features Kanye West, Nas and KRS-One, and produced by Rick Rubin, will be available on February 20th on iTunes.
In 1982, the Air Force 1 became the first basketball shoe to feature NIKE Air technology. The comfort and protective qualities of the AF1 changed the game forever and created a platform that launched NIKE's long-running legacy in performance basketball.
Embraced and revered by the basketball community the Air Force 1's impact was felt way beyond its hard court roots. The shoe had something unique about it and was embraced as quickly off the court as it was on. In 2006, NIKE commemorated the Air Force 1's 25th anniversary. As part of these celebrations, NIKE commissioned a stellar cast of artists to record an original track that pays homage to the perseverance of the AF1 and the community that has championed it.
A remix of the track by DJ Premier and featuring the addition of Rakim, titled "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been DJ Premier Remix)" will also be available on iTunes for purchase. The tracks will be sold individually and all NIKE and artist proceeds from the sale of the track will be donated to the "NIKE Youth Sport for Change Fund," to support youth programs that use sport as a catalyst for change.
Tracks to go on sale February 20th on iTunes.
Track 1: "Better Than I've Ever Been" featuring Kanye West, Nas & KRS-One & produced by Rick Rubin
Track 2: "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been DJ Premier Remix)" featuring Kanye West, Nas, KRS-One & Rakim, remixed by DJ Premier
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
The Google Operating System blog have published a how-to backup your blogger blog. It provides step by step instructions to protect you from apocalyptic blogger chrashes.
Read the post here
On another note, I got a copy of the new Lucinda Williams record, WEST today. So there'll be a review of that soon.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Release: 19 February
PR: HERMANA PR
Reviewer: Andrew Williamson
File this under rockabilly/folk/progressive. A nice story - think of the kitchen of a shared house. Our main characters Tervor and Hannah-Lou Moss battle their nerves and tentatively play each other new material of unrequited love. Niether realise the other is their muse. They agree to a couple of gigs and soon rope in an entourage of like minded folk players. The result is their debut: Indigo Moss. Despite their clear London accents, the music is pure bluegrass americana folk. It's charming and simple but after a few tracks I found it grating on me. Each song sounds similar to the previous, the harmonica shrieks and the vocal melodies all consist of the same few notes, sung in a nasal, throaty manner. Not the best.
Download: Swimming, Start Over Again
For fans of: Piney Gir, Velvet Underground, It's Joe and Danny
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
I'm procrastinating and I found a fun online game. It's a well worn theme, like the old catapult games but still fun. The game is bowman and the concept is very simple. You are a bowman (or archer to use the proper name)with a CPU or human opponent. You have to judge the power and angles to hit your opponent. First person to score a direct hit wins. Simple and fun, give it a go by clicking on the picture.
Monday, February 05, 2007
You can stream the album here:
For Windows media
And for realplayer here
Virgin Records is re-releasing Meds, the newest album by London-based alternative rock trio PLACEBO on January 23, 2007, the label announced. The album was originally released in the U.S. earlier in 2006 through the Astralwerks label.
The Virgin Records edition of Meds, described by the band as a back-to-basics project with the elemental feeling of a first album, will add three songs not on the Astralwerks release, "Lazarus," "UNEEDMEMORETHANINEEDU," and a cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill." R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe duets on the track "Broken Promise," and Alison Mosshart of The Kills is a guest on the title track.
Placebo- Meds (She Wants Revenge Remix)
Saturday, February 03, 2007
02/20/07 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
02/22/07 West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
02/23/07 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
02/24/07 Santa Cruz @ The Attic
03/02/07 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
03/03/07 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
03/04/07 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
03/06/07 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
03/07/07 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave at the Eagles Club
03/08/07 Madison, WI @ The Annex
03/09/07 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
03/10/07 Columbia, MI @ Mojo's
03/12/07 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
03/14/07 Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room & Ballroom
03/19/07 New Orleans, LA @ The Republic
03/20/07 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
03/21/07 Orlando, FL @ The Social
03/22/07 St. Augustine, FL @ Cafe 11
03/23/07 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
03/24/07 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
03/26/07 Mt. Pleasant, SC @ Village Tavern
03/27/07 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
03/28/07 Washington D.C. @ Nightclub 9:30
03/29/07 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
03/30/07 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
03/31/07 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Night Club
04/02/07 Montreal, Quebec @ La Sala Rossa
04/03/07 Ottawa, Ontario @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
04/04/07 Toronto, Ontario @ The Mod Club
04/06/07 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/07/07 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Thursday, February 01, 2007
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