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February 23, 2009 |

By TK Burton | Music | February 23, 2009 |

Welcome back. We’ve got a slightly abbreviated Music News this week, as Felicia is drunk in a ditch in Vegas somewhere. Seriously, if you find her, please toss her in a cab. Anyway, here’s another collection of tours, album news, and religious rapture. Drink it up.

nin2.jpgIf this isn’t foreshadowing the headliners of Lollapalooza this summer, then I don’t know what is. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor announced on the band’s official website that they will be going on tour with the original line-up of Jane’s Addiction this summer and then taking an open-ended break. Reznor states, “I’ve been thinking for some time now it’s time to make NIN disappear for a while.” Knowing NIN’s history I wouldn’t take this as a ‘good-bye forever,’ but maybe just a ‘see you in a while.’ Other than the summer tour, you can also catch NIN at Bonnaroo and The Sasquatch Festival over Memorial Day weekend.

simon.jpgIn more Simon and Garfunkel news, in the wake of their successful set at NYC’s Beacon Theater a couple of weeks ago, the old bastards are considering a tour. I’m incredibly conflicted about this: On the one hand, Simon and Garfunkel may well be the best singer/songwriter duo that I know of, and they apparently still bring the house down. Attending a concert would be something to check off a “must do” list. On the other hand, I’ve no doubt that tickets would cost a frabagajillion dollars apiece, as is usually the case when the old fuddy duddies do these damn reunion tours. No doubt they’d play Fenway Park and if I was lucky I might… might… be able to sit on the sidewalk of Landsdowne Street and hope to catch a melody on the wind. We’ll see.

bizkit.jpgRolling Stone is reporting Limp Bizkit is reuniting and asks, “Is the Rock World Ready for the Return of Limp Bizkit?” Ummmm…all I have to say about this is I’m pretty sure the rock world wants nothing to do with Fred Durst and his shitty music. I think I’d prefer a return of Montezuma’s Revenge over this. (ed. note: I still find Three Dollar Bill Y’all to be mildly amusing, but otherwise, Felicia is spot on. I’d kind of hoped they would disappear forever into the toilet of obscurity —TK)

Faith_21_web.jpgThank God someone did this so that I wouldn’t have to put myself through it. First of all: Were you aware of the existence of the Dove Awards, the award ceremony that commemorates the year’s best Christian music? Second: Were you aware that they’ve been around for 40 years? That’s 40 years of missed mocking opportunity! Third: Have you accepted Christ as your Lord and Wingman? I’ve no objection to the theory of Christian music — I’ve got every album by The Innocence Mission, and I adore them. But so much of it is ridiculous, Jesus Camp-esque crazycrazycrazy that it’s hard to take seriously. In any event, here’s a rundown of the ten (fucking TEN!) nominees for best song, replete with videos. In an effort to save my soul, here’s the lovely Innocence Mission.

Oopsies! Sorry, my bad. Lamb of God, Innocence Mission — easy to mix up. Anyway, this is the video:


thestreets.jpgArtist/Producer wunderkind The Streets (née Mike Skinner) is back in the studio, which is another good news / bad news kind of announcement. A Grand Don’t Come For Free and Original Pirate Material are good-to-phenomenal records. On the other hand, The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living was a bit inconsistent, and Everything Is Borrowed was, in my humble opinion, a bucket of shit. So the news that he’s working on a new album is met with a mix of excitement and trepidation. Anyway, here’s “When You Wasn’t Famous.”


Here’s your Monday Afternoon Mixtape. Sorry, this week’s is a little short since I was too busy lying on the beach last week to get it mobilized.

Felicia: Gearing up for my Vegas trip I’m listening to “D.A.N.C.E.” by French electro-duo Justice. I’ve been in the party mode for a week now, mentally checked out of regular everyday life and pretty much useless at work. This song helped me into that party induced haze. Wish me luck, and hopefully I’ll be back…

Caspar: I’ve been listening to Dark Was The Night, a frankly phenomenal charity album featuring the likes of Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, and The National. Issued in support of the Red Hot Organization (an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS) it is absolutely brimming with wonderful songs, and has a lively take on old-timey songs and new material. My favourite track is the muscular and spare opener, “Knotty Pine”, by Dirty Projectors and David Byrne. Buy it!

TK: I’ve been steadily getting addicted to P.O.S.. His new album, Never Better, is a rapid-fire, hip hop masterpiece, and adds more weight to my contention that the nation’s best hip hop is currently coming out of Minneapolis. I know, I can’t believe that either. Regardless, there’s no question that Rhymesayers is one of the baddest labels out there right now. While I’m tempted to give you the percussionist assault that is”The Basics (Alright),” instead I’m going to go with “Low Light, Low Life”, a collaboration with a couple of other Rhymesavers and Doomtree Collective artists.

Chris P.: “Evil Summer” by Iran from Dissolver: Messy guitars falling apart at the seams and infinitely smirking early 90s-esque vocals make for the perfect summer song to get you through the middle of winter. Bonus: the band’s gutiarist is Kyp Malone, also a member of the oft-lauded TV on the Radio, even though this song sounds nothing like his pristine art-rock counterpart outfit.

Christian H.: Marvin Gaye, “Flying High” from What’s Going On. Gaye was a rare beast, emotive yet calm and sincere, and “Flying High” is one of the best songs from one of the most important R&B albums of all time, thanks mostly to the evocative purity of Gaye’s vocal and lyrical abilities.

Jez: The Best Kissers in the World, Yellow Brick Roadkill. Back in 1996, when I was new to the internet, I was doing all kinds of searches on The Best Kissers in the World (TBKITW), trying to find out when a new album was coming out. 1993’s Been There was pretty good. There were good songs on there to be sure, but a lot of it sounded so…unfinished. I met a guy on the internet even more infatuated with them than me and he told me that they had an album called Yellow Brick Roadkill, but that the record label (MCA) had decided not to release it. He even contacted the record company, offering to pay for an advance copy to no avail!

Recently, I went out looking for the above album once again, and thanks to the blogosphere, found a dude who DID obtain an advance copy, and allowed me to grab it from him. I’ve only listened to it a few times, but so far, I find it a more solid effort than Been There, even with the quirky “One of These Daze” at the end. Fans who followed Gerald Collier, the lead singer and songwriter of the band, will note the song “I Fucked Up Again” was somewhat incorporated into the first song off his I Had to Laugh Like Hell, “Whored Out Again”. After just these few listens, there’s no reason to think that MCA wouldn’t have had success with these tunes on rock radio in 1996. These are as good or better than anything released by The Toadies or Lit. If anyone has the album artwork for this, please be as so kind to contact me in the comments section.

Finally, in chart news, Taylor Swift, that demonspawn whelped from the loins of Satan, is back on top of the albums sales charts — clearly her infant blood sacrifice to Beelzebub has paid off. Also, yet another week passes during which I own none of the top ten albums. Oh, and a quick FYI — Britney Spears’ Circus has, thankfully, been scheduled for a planet-wide mindwipe later this week.


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