By TK & Felicia | Music | March 23, 2009 |
By TK & Felicia | Music | March 23, 2009 |
Let’s get the most important part out of the way — I’m fresh off the heels of SXSW, aka PajiBacon, and I want more. So I’m going to take a crack at organizing a mini Pajiba-Con East, and I have the perfect excuse: The Roots Picnic. For those who don’t know, the Roots Picnic takes place at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on June 6th. It’s an all-day concert featuring Santigold, The Black Keys, TV on the Radio, and most importantly — Public Enemy. PE will play their entire It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back album… with The Roots as their house band (The Roots will also play a separate set of their own stuff). We may have to recalibrate the awesomeness scale as a result of this. The catch is that tickets are kind of steep — around $50-60. But it’s absolutely worth it. Anyway, anyone interested in joining me (along with commenters Julie, Nicole and Lizzieborden, so far) email me here. Here’s a little taste:
Get your asses to Philly, June 6th. I command it!
YAY!! The Breeders are releasing an EP on April 21st titled, Fate to Fatal. This comes just one-year after the release of their full length album, Mountain Battles. The EP will contain four tracks, including a cover of the Bob Marley song “Chances Are.” As for live shows, The Breeders will be performing at England’s All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in May.
We talked about the upcoming Nine Inch Nails / Jane’s Addiction tour a couple of weeks ago. Well, now we’ve got two quick updates: First, the tour now has a name, and it’s bloody brilliant: NIN|JA. Get it? Ninja? NIN? JA? Shut up, it took me a minute, OK? Anyway, their website now has a selection of tracks by NIN, JA, as well as the Tom Morello project, Street Sweepers, that you can download for free. The Jane’s tracks are produced by Reznor, and they’re pretty damned good. This just cements Reznor’s place as the coolest motherfucker in music right now.
Get in your Delorean and let’s go back to the future, folks! Whitesnake and Judas Priest are teaming up for a U.S. tour this summer. Only a few dates have been announced so far, including Rock Fest in July in Cadott, WI. So here’s your chance to see David Coverdale live, who has a striking resemblance to one of the female bartenders at my local VFW.
In “News That Makes You Want To Punch a Baby,” The Jonas Brothers are also going on tour. Yup, they’re apparently going to tour the world. They were interviewed in that rag, Rolling Stone, and they explained the name of their upcoming album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, saying, “Lines are something that someone feeds you, vines are the things that get in the way, and trying times — well, that’s obvious.” Oh, cram it, you runty bitch. If you’ve ever had a trying time that didn’t revolve around which fucking hair product to use, I’ll be goddamn stunned. Die. The rancid cherry on this particular shit sundae? Their ticket prices have apparently jumped to almost $90 bucks. Kinda puts The Roots Picnic in perspective, eh?
Metric is streaming their entire new album Fantasies on their website, www.ilovemetric.com, which will be released for purchase in April. If you pre-order the album right now you will get three immediate digital tracks, which include two tracks that are exclusive to the pre-orders. You also will be sent a link to download the full album by March 31st if you pre-order. In my opinion, it’s really refreshing to see so many bands utilizing new marketing techniques and giving the consumer more choices to get their music.
And here’s what we’re listening to right now. Please to enjoy this Monday Afternoon Playlist.
Chris: “Michael” by Telepathe from Dance Mother: Maybe I just like TV On The Radio-related projects a lot more than TV On The Radio. This one’s produced by Dave Sitek, who proved last year that while he couldn’t make Scarlett Johansson’s voice sound good, he could make the reverb-filled racket going on behind her sound majestic. He does the same here, except this time gets more electronic and less baroque, and fills the racket with two gorgeous female voices that prove once and for all that the 80s-revive sound is not just for boys.
Shepritz: Mika Miko — “Take It Serious.” Saw these guys a few years back and fell in love with them instantly. After seeing them again at SXSW a few days ago, I have had this song in my head since. They used to be an all girl punk band from LA (their drummer was a guy @ SXSW), and the dual female vocals play off each other like an intense quick-fire tennis match. The one singer even sings through a telephone. But what is truly amazing is that they capture their live energy on record. Check it out cause it won’t hurt a bit; most of their songs clock in at under 2 minutes.
Christian: David Bowie, “Moonage Daydream” - Possibly my favorite track off of one of the finest records ever made, Ziggy Stardust’s sweet licks graced my ears this week with astounding beauty. A song that manages to rock out and yet carries all the emotional weight of any of today’s sullen indie darlings. Enjoy!
TK: “Ultrasonic Sound” by Hive. This west coast drum and bass act — not much of an act, really; it’s just one guy, Michael Petrie, cranks out some pretty intense stuff. You may have heard this track on the soundtrack to The Matrix — I stumbled upon it on a 1998 compilation CD called Urbal Beats, a collection of random techno, electronica, drum and bass and house music. The Urbal Beats collections can be a bitch to track down, but they’re well worth it. However, Hive (in particular his 1998 album Devious Method) has a small but outstanding body of work. This song, which masterfully builds itself around a sample of a bitchin’ Bad Brains guitar riff (from the track “House of Suffering,” from I Against I), is an uncomplicated, hard-hitting combo of guitar and drums, plus some ghostly effects in the background with occasional spoken vocal samples laid down over it all. It’s trippy stuff.
Kelly Clarkson is once again at the top of the album sales charts, despite a generic album title (All I Ever Wanted) and an idiotic title to the first single (“My Life Would Suck Without You”). But it’s better than Taylor Swift, I guess. Regrettably, after a strong opening last week, Lamb of God’s Wrath has dropped off the top ten.