Monday, May 07, 2012

Despite Your Grand Attempts

Ben Folds Five is getting back together for the first time in 13 years and working on a new album. Holy hell where has the time gone? BFF is also doing the fan-funded thing through PledgeMusic. Not surprisingly they've already met their goal and now some of the excess will be going to charity. The signed CDs and vinyl are gone but there are other price-points to net yourself some BFF exclusives.

Check out the new tune Do It Anyway below, which I'm guessing was their response to people telling them the song isn't that great. "Dude, the new tune is underwhelming." "Fuck it, we'll do it anyway." Ouch. New album tentatively scheduled for release in August.

Times Could Be Much Worse

Don't be fooled. Passion Pit's catchy seemingly cheery new tune Take A Walk is anything but...

New album Gossamer is out July 24. In the meantime check out Manners and my favorite from it Moth's Wings, which I think I heard for the first time in an episode of Big Love. That's kinda weird.

So Please Just Go Do What You Please

TooPoppy favorite Jon Auer of the Posies, Big Star, and some must-have solo artist fame has a new project - Dynamo Royale. This is with his band mate/partner Tiz Aramini.

What makes this interesting is he's reaching out via social funding site Kickstarter.  For as little as $1 you get sincere thanks and a listing on their forthcoming website. For $10 you get that plus what you really want - a digital download of the album.  For $1,250 you get all that plus rights to their first born.  Okay, not really, but you do get some really cool stuff.  They are less than $500 away from their goal of $8,000.  Make it happen people.  Album is due October 2013.  Personal plea from Jon and Tiz below.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Now In the World of Light

Quiet Beatle my ass. George Harrison has had quite a week...
George Harrison: Living in the Material World is now available in a Multi-Touch edition that brings the book alive with audio from Harrison himself, as well as from Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and others. Available exclusively on the iBookstore, this elegant, fully immersive book also includes image galleries and videos from both the Scorsese film and the Harrison archive, giving readers an unparalleled reading experience on iPad.
Also available...
EARLY TAKES Volume 1, a musical companion piece to the George Harrison documentary, features 10 previously unreleased recordings from Harrison... 
And finally...
The critically-acclaimed Martin Scorsese documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, which premiered on HBO last October, is available on home video May 1.
Get the film here or here. Finally.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

I'd Like To Play Guitar And Be A Beatle

Jellyfish Live at Bogart's
Well well well...what do we have here?  A new Jellyfish album?  Okay, it's a new album of old stuff, but I'll take anything I can get when it comes to Jellyfish.

This is the first official album of a live concert.  Sure, there are a couple bootlegs out there, but this is on the up & up.

You can preorder Jellyfish Live at the Bogart's from Omnivore records right now for only $15.99 on CD or $29.98 on a double LP (that's Long Play on vinyl for you youngsters out there).