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Friday, September 28, 2007

Bits & Pieces ...

Heeeeellllllooooo Brooklyn! Beastie Boys are going to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The creations of Dutch craftsman Yuri Landman. This guy has some crazyass guitar creations.
On his website, the 34-year-old Landman describes himself as a "luthier specialized in experimental electric string-instruments". He builds some of the craziest, coolest guitars (and guitar-like things) we've ever seen. So far, he's built a guitar called the Moonlander for Lee Ranaldo and one called the Moodswinger for Aaron Hemphill. Continue here.



Cat Power will release her next "Covers Record" in January of 2008.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

3's and 7's

Fuck yeah! Now this is a kickass rock video ...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Out Today ...



Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace
Iron and Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
Matt Pond PA - Last Light
Sea Wolf - Leaves in the River

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Austin City Limits TV

TV Schedule:

10-06 - Norah Jones
10-13 - The Decemberists/Explosions in the Sky
10-20 - Femi Kuti
10-27 - Jimmy Reed Highway: Jimmie Vaughan and Friends
11-03 - Wilco
11-10 - Arcade Fire
11-17 - Brad Paisley/Dierks Bentley
11-24 - Van Morrison (Encore)
12-01 - Gretchen Wilson/Miranda Lambert (Encore)
12-08 - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Encore)
12-15 - John Mayer
12-22 - Lucinda Williams/Old Crow Medicine Show
12-29 - Bloc Party/Ghostland Observatory
01-05 - Crowded House/Grupo Fantasma
01-12 - Regina Spektor /Paolo Nutini
01-19 - Roky Erickson/Kings of Leon
01-26 - ACL PRESENTS: The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Best Band You've Never Heard, Vol. III

Rival Schools

This band was here and gone so fast it was easy to miss. They released an EP (Rival Schools United By Onelinedrawing) and a full-length album (United By Fate) in the same year (2001). "United By Fate" is a well-written album and one of my favorites. It's just a bummer when a band this good doesn't last.

A bit of history ...

"Born out of a hearty hardcore pedigree, the members of Rival Schools stepped to the plate with a phenomenal history and the qualities that would point towards an amazing future. Singer and guitarist Walter Schreifels began making waves as the guitarist for '80s hardcore pioneers Gorilla Biscuits and then went on to influence the entire post-hardcore movement with his influential work in Quicksand.

Combing the live intensity of Quicksand with more exploratory guitars and a newly melodic singing approach from Schreifels, Rival School took the urgency of the new metal trend and gave it a solid heart and a thoughtful mind. In an age when music was becoming dominated by completely unbelievable faux rock, the band disposed of clich├ęs and focused on unbiased creativity."

You can listen to some songs here.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Out Today ...

John Coltrane - Interplay BOX SET
Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest of Times
Ministry - The Last Sucker
Thurston Moore - Trees Outside the Academy
QUI - Love's Miracle
Rammstein - Volkerball
Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild: Music for the Motion Picture

Monday, September 17, 2007

ACL Pictures

Although I cut back on my time spent at ACL this year, I still saw some great shows. So, I thought I'd throw up some pictures ...









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Thursday, September 13, 2007

ACL

St. Vincent was just added to the bill and Austinist has an interview with Cold War Kids ...

We notice on your recordings that the vocals are mixed high and the instruments are often sparse. Does this change much in a live setting?

It's similar live. I like vocals to be high in the mix. It's less common now. Lots of bands let vocals get washed up by guitars.

You seem pretty committed to the idea of song as story on Robbers and Cowards. Might that change for your next record?

Words are being written on this very day that are relevant to this question. I think that the stories will still be there for album two. There is a song called "Golden Gate Jumpers," and another called "Dreams Old Men Dream," and both are stories.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

The only Ramones museum in the world is being forced to close by their landlord.

The German-based museum currently occupies a place at Solmsstrasse faces the prospect of closing and not re-opening for an unknown period of time.

The museum contains 300 original band items, including unpublished photographs, signed posters, setlists and original T-shirts and other collectibles.

Museum spokesperson Florian Hayler said: "We would really like to find a place so we could have a bigger and better museum that will grow but at the moment we have nowhere to go."

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

What's Out Today ...


Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True: Deluxe Edition
Ani DiFranco - Canon
Hot Hot Heat - Happiness LTD.
Qui - Love's Miracle

And Qui has a string of dates here, including one in Austin @ Emo's Jr. on October 20.


Also ...
The Buzzcocks are on TV tonight - FUEL channel @ 8pm on "The Daily Habit"

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Here Comes 19th Nervous Breakdown

So I'm sure you've all heard by now, but the White Stripes have pulled out (huh huh) of ACL. The blurb goes ...

"The White Stripes have canceled their Austin City Limits appearances scheduled for this weekend, citing a nervous breakdown on the part of comely drummer Meg White."

Update: Muse has taken over both of their slots (ACL & Stubb's) this weekend. And Muse puts on an incredible live show.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Well ...

There's only one thing I could turn up on the releases today.

Heavy Trash - Going Way Out West with Heavy Trash
  • This is a project with Jon Spencer of Blues Explosion



In other news ... R.I.P. Carter Albrecht (TX musician)