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Radiohead might trash new album

25th Sep 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

As reported in SPIN

Radiohead finished recording songs for their follow-up to 2007’s In Rainbows, but that doesn’t mean it’s ready to be released. Drummer Phil Selway said the Oxford quintet will return to the studio early next week to “take stock” of their new material — and possibly “throw it all out.” “Maybe we need to go back to the drawing board,” he told the Canadian Press. “It’s all up in the air at the moment.” Selway, who explained that the band has “been working on material on and off for a year,” added that while the songwriting process for In Rainbows was shaped by extensive touring and live experimentation with the songs, the new album “was quite the opposite.”

Fucking teases… maybe “throw it all out” is British for “give it to us for free.”  But knowing Thom Yorke, he’s a perfectionist.  I bet they’ll scrap it and start over.

Sigh.

~Dan – np: Medeski Martin & WoodThe Dropper 

Jónsi’s “Boy Lilikoi” video

25th Mar 10 (Thu) Leave a comment

The new video for Jónsi Birgisson‘s “Boy Lilikoi” is featured over at SPIN

Debut album, Go, comes out April 6th.  North American Tour starts April 6th as well.  For more info, go to http://www.jonsi.com/

~Dan – np: Dave HollandPathways 

dredg & Salmon Rushdie

12th Oct 09 (Mon) Leave a comment

One of my favorite rock bands around right now is dredg.  I’ve seen them twice this year, and their 2009 album The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion is at this time the easiest pick for album of the year for me.  Easiest.  It’s fantastic.  The aforementioned album is a concept album inspired by Salmon Rushdie‘s “Imagine There’s No Heaven: A Letter to the Sixth Billionth Citizen.”

Well, SPIN just put out an article with a review, live videos, and music downloads from a joint performance by dredg & Salmon Rushdie at Manhattan’s Housing Works’ Bookstore Café (click the picture below).

dredg and Samlon Rushdie

The videos included are Salmon reading his essay and then dredg performing “The Pariah,” “The Ornament,” and”Information.”  Also available for download on the site are mp3’s of three dredg songs:

DOWNLOAD (free music):

~Dan – np: Foo FightersFoo Fighters

REVIEW: Sunny Day Real Estate @ Crystal Ballroom MFNW (Portland, OR – 9/18/09)

19th Sep 09 (Sat) 8 comments

(photo: Rebecca Blissett, from Vancouver show)

I saw Sunny Day Real Estate in Oct 2000 on the Rising Tide Tour (Bogart’s in Cincinnati), which would ultimately be their last.  I had a few chances to see Jeremy Enigk solo or The Fire Theft, but the shows never meshed with my schedule.  Seeing as I count the 2000 SDRE show as one of my favorite shows of all -time (Top 25 at least), I was soooooo stoked when it was announced that they were getting back together for a tour.

This was only my second time at McMennamin’s Crystal Ballroom.  The room was packed with tons of Music Fest Northwest (MFNW) people; so I’m hoping the hardcore SDRE fans got in.  The venue was set-up like most Portland venues with the odd barrier between the drinkers and the youngins’.  This was one of the rare shows of late where I don’t think I saw anyone younger than 25.

The opener, The Jealous Sound, were pretty good.  I listened to them on MySpace before the show and they seemed like a pretty good power pop/rock band.  At the show, the sound was a little muddled, but I could still get a good feel for their groove.  Maybe like a slightly less hooky Heatmiser?  I don’t know… they’re definitely worth checking out.

No cameras were supposed to be allowed in the venue last night (I asked).  Yet, when I get in (without my camera), I see a few people with cameras.  Damn me for asking. :(  Anyway, Rebecca Blissett’s photos from Vancouver will suffice as my pictorial show of the reunited SDRE…

SDRE’s set went by blisteringly fast.  They played a solid hour plus before leaving for a short break before their 3 song encore.  Jeremy’s voice was on top of its game, yet as indecipherable as usual.  I think he ranks up their with Karin Bergquist of Over the Rhine as misheard lyric contributor. :)  The rest of the band seemed really tight.  The “muddliness” of the opener’s set seemed to be cleared up.  And while Sunny Day haven’t been a cohesive unit for 8-9 years, they sure seemed like one tonight.  It seems like they didn’t miss a beat at all.

Setlist: 80+ mins

  • Friday
  • Seven *a fave of the night*
  • Red Elephant
  • Song About An Angel
  • Grendel
  • Shadows
  • Inscarabaid
  • 47
  • Theo B
  • 10 [new song]
  • 48
  • Sometimes
  • Encore: In Circles *a fave of the night*
  • Spade & Parade
  • J’Nuh *a fave of the night*

They only played material from their first two discs at this show (they have played at least “Guitar & Video Games” off of How It Feels to Be Something On on this tour), which was kind of odd.  And I know, this may be heresy, but I really love their last album the best (2000’s The Rising Tide).  It’s probably just a factor of when I got into them as a band.  So, as far as the only downside, that was it.  But the fact that they wrote a new song as recent as a week or so ago… well, that bodes well for future album(s) & tour(s).

Sunny Day Real Estate’s Diary & LP2 (aka Pink) have been remastered and re-released by Sub Pop in 2009 (click pictures for info).  No word on a remaster of How It Feels to Be Something On, though… hmm…

The Appropriate Linkage:

SDRE on Jimmy Fallon (9/29/09)

~Dan – np: Pearl JamBackspacer

no free download or torrent available here

 

SDRE Reunion Tourdates

09-17 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
09-18 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (MusicFest NW)
09-20 Murray, UT – Murray Theater
09-21 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
09-23 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09-24 Chicago, IL – Metro
09-25 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
09-27 New York, NY – Terminal Five
09-28 Boston, MA – House of Blues
09-30 Washington, D.C. – 930 Club
10-01 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
10-03 Atlanta, GA – CW Center Stage
10-05 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10-06 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live – Ballroom
10-07 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
10-09 Tempe, AZ – Marquee
10-10 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10-11 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater
10-13 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
10-15 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
10-16 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater

Pearl Jam’s Backspacer (artwork)

29th Jul 09 (Wed) 2 comments

So, Pearl Jam‘s upcoming album art for Backspacer doesn’t make me wanna make some guacamole, but it is pretty cool… here are all nine (9) pieces of the Backspacer art:

Pearl Jam‘s Backspacer



(click each for larger)

There is a “find the album art on the internet” contest as a  SPIN exclusive over HERE.  The album comes out on September 20, 2009.  No pre-order available, yet…

~Dan – np: Jon Madof’s RashanimThe Gathering
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