Thursday, July 29, 2010

I Know You're Feeling In Control

Pete Yorn's new self-titled album comes out September 28. Download a Petty-esque freebie from it called Precious Stone. All you need to do is tweet it! No Twitter for you? Stream it via SoundCloud below.

Pete Yorn by Oedipus

MP3: Pete Yorn - Precious Stone

I'll Know It When I See It

I was going to post last week about Bleu's new Kickstarter project for his upcoming album Four, but he hit his goal within a day or two and then some! Congrats, Bleu. Still you have some great rewards if you participate in the project prior to the release of the album, including having the opportunity to write a song with Bleu! Go here for all the details.

Bruce at Not Lame posted his thoughts on the need for Kickstarter and more at his new social media project Rock and Roll Tribe. Read it here.

Preview Four at SoundCloud

Friday, July 23, 2010

The King of Rebels Hit the Jackpot

Bruce at Not Lame is nothing but a big tease! In his email alert today he recommended the new album from Oranjuly (more on that great album soon) because of its undeniable Jellyfishy qualities. He couldn't leave it at that. He had to throw this into it:

I will have some big news for Jellyfish fans in the next few months. It's a project that will be coming together the rest of the year and will see the light of day on the front half side of 2011!

What is it? Well, that is still under wraps but I will let you know as soon as I am able to share that with you.
Curses to you, Bruce. The last time you teased us so was when Not Lame released the Jellyfish Fan Club box set. What is possibly left to do?!? I'm sure they won't reunite, but dammit with such a tease like this it keeps such a ridiculous dream alive.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Peace, Remember Peace Is How We Make It

If you just can't get enough of Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, you are so in luck! Live at the Greek Theatre 2008 is coming out next Tuesday on CD and DVD. Fun drinking game: take a swig every time Ringo flashes the peace sign. Good luck making it through more than two or three tunes! pre-orders: CD, DVD

And don't forget he's touring now! Here's your chance to get your peace fingers in the next DVD likely to be released in 2012. Check out the remaining dates here

I Don't Want to Lose You Now

429 Records is quickly making a name for itself by signing 90s rock dinosaurs veterans like BoDeans, Tonic, and now Gin Blossoms. Look, I came of age musically in the late 80s and early 90s so this is stellar news to me. I remember the very first time I heard Hey Jealousy. Man, talk about perfect Too Poppy music.

Now all I need to do is wait until No Chocolate Cake is released on September 28. Learn more and preview the tunes here. Pre-order here. Reminisce here.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Take These Melodies With Your Hands

Guster is releasing their long-awaited new album. Guster has titled the masterpiece Easy Wonderful. Guster is releasing Easy Wonderful October 5. Guster is offering a free MP3 of Bad, Bad World just for going here. Guster is touring:

10/01/10 - Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium
10/02/10 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
10/08/10 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/09/10 - Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant
10/10/10 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
10/12/10 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
10/13/10 - Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
10/15/10 - Madison, WI @ Overture Center for the Arts - Capitol
10/16/10 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/22/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/23/10 - Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
10/25/10 - Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
10/27/10 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
10/28/10 - Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center
10/29/10 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
10/30/10 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Guster loves us. Me gusta, Guster.

MP3: Guster - Bad, Bad World

The Chance of a Lifetime

We previously reported Guided By Voices' original lineup was regrouping for a one-off gig at a Matador Records anniversary party. That was just a tease! Check out the list of dates on the full-fledged tour this fall!

30 – Austin, Texas @ East Side Drive

3 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Pearl Theatre at Palms Hotel
4 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Wiltern
5 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Warfield %
7 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom %
9 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox So Do %
12 – Minneapolis Minn. @ First Avenue %
13 – Chicago, Ill. @ The Vic %
15 – Newport, Ky. (Cincinnati) @ Southgate House
16 – Columbus, Ohio @ Outlands Live
21 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
22 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle
23 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Buckhead Theater

5 – Boston, Mass. @ Paradise #
6 – Philadelphia, Penn. @ Trocadero #
7 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5 #

% w/ Times New Viking
# w/ Blitzen Trapper
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September 28. Mark it, Posies fans. Yep, brand new album: Blood/Candy!

“We subscribe to the ‘evolve or perish’ philosophy,” co-founder Jon Auer says in a statement. "We directed ourselves to new places with this recording and tried not to travel down familiar paths when it could be avoided. Expect the unexpected.”
Hmm. Intrigued. Anxious. Nervous. Can't wait.

Plastic Paperbacks
The Glitter Prize
Licenses To Hide
So Caroline
Take Care Of Yourself
Cleopatra Street
For The Ashes
Accidental Architecture
She’s Coming Down Again!
Notion 99
Holiday Hours

Check out Spain tour dates here. As they used to say in the news biz, we'll have more as this story unfolds.

The Day, It Will Abide

Man, it's been a tough year for us Big Star fans.

Andy Hummel, 59 years young
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

We've Been on This Shift Too Long

Fables Of The Reconstruction 25th AnniversaryR.E.M.'s follow-up to Accelerate is ready to be mixed. The new album is expected out sometime next spring. Read more here.

In other news, the 25th (!!!) Anniversary edition of Fables of the Reconstruction was released today in a couple different formats:

iTunes MP3 2-CD set vinyl set

Every Temptation and Device

Crowded House's Intriguer is finally out in the US today. Check out a few solid reviews: AV Club, Popdose, PopMatters. Sounds like yet another well-respected piece of work from Neil Finn and company.

iTunes MP3

Monday, July 12, 2010

I Mean We All Live In America

The Charlatans are officially releasing their new album Who We Touch in the states on September 14, about a week after its release in the UK. Youth produced the album:
“We told Youth we wanted to the record to have the sound of a European winter, ” said Tim, “with that fresh, crisp sound you get from some British records, but also something fearless that was quite far-reaching, to challenge ourselves – a real journey.”
September 2010
07 - The Loft, Atlanta GA
08 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC
09 - Black Cat, Washington DC
10 - Royale, Boston MA
11 - Maxwell's, Hoboken NJ
13 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
14 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
15 - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia PA
16 - Cabaret Musee Juste Pour Rire, Montreal QC
17 - Lee's Palace, Toronto ONT
18 - Double Door, Chicago IL
20 - Bimbo's 365 Club, San Francisco CA
21 - The Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa CA
22 - El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles CA


Wednesday, July 07, 2010

I Still Have Faith

The band Live split up last year and even though it was originally meant to be temporary so individual members could do their own thing, it sounds acrimoniously permanent according to Wikipedia. Many of the problems stem from former frontman Ed Kowalczyk, who has always been a bit polarizing because of he constantly walks that fine line between sincerity ("we will all learn to appreciate the beauty of gray") and insufferableness ("can you hear the dolphin's cry"). I'll let you read about it for yourself.

Ed's solo album Alive (get it?) was officially released today and has inspired to declare it "the biggest, boldest music" from Ed since the unquestionable classic Throwing Copper. I gave up on Live a few albums ago and after testing the waters with the video for Grace I'm not sure I'm ready to dive back in.

Any thoughts? Recommended?

iTunes MP3

Everybody's Got a Broken Heart

NPR is currently streaming the new album by Admiral Radley, the new band featuring members of Grandaddy and Earlimart. So far me likey! Ghosts of Syllables and I Left U Cuz I Luft U are particularly lovely.

Enjoy the stream until the album's release next Tuesday, July 13! Then buy it.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

U Hate It

Liz Phair unexpectedly released a new album called Funstyle this weekend on her website, which has already earned a "WTF" and a "batshit weird" rush to judgment from Pitchfork. I haven't had a chance to hear it for myself, but if they think it's batshit weird, it must be pretty out there.

To go from commercially overproduced in 2005 to head-scratching DIY today might be the epitome of an overreaction. Regardless, her self-titled album remains one of my favorite summer albums despite the fact that it pissed off a lot of phans from the early days.

Funstyle is available via download for $5.99.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Will They Hate Me For All The Choices I've Made?

Metric has a new song and video for some new vampire flick. It's called Eclipse (All Yours) and it's a relatively generic representation of their music. Pick up Fantasies for much better tunage.

"Eclipse (All Yours)"

METRIC | MySpace Music Videos

via Stereogum