By TK & Felicia | Music | April 20, 2009 |
By TK & Felicia | Music | April 20, 2009 |
Bad news for all you music thieves: Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde are going to the clink, If you don’t know who they are, they’re the founders of the massively popular torrent/file sharing website The Pirate Bay. Found guilty in a Swedish court, they’re facing one year in jail and fines of more than three million dollars (they’re appealing the decision). What this means for the future of peer-to-peer file sharing is unknown, but all of you crooked mofos out there — watch out!
The Essence Music Festival will be held in New Orleans over the Fourth of July weekend. Aside from the fact that Beyonce will be one of the headliners, the rest of the line-up sounds pretty amazing. Over the three day festival other performers will include Al Green, Maxwell, Salt-N-Pepa, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Janelle Monae and John Legend. It’s the 15th anniversary for the festival, which will also include empowerment and inspirational seminars.
One of my favorite series of web videos, The Black Cab Sessions, are currently up for a Webby Award (seriously, Webbies - Pajiba will not suffer a snub well. I’m just sayin’). For those who don’t know, the Black Cabs takes talented (if hipsteriffic) bands, puts them in the back of a taxi, and has them record a song in a single take. The results are absolutely awesome. For a taste, here’s their session with Amanda Palmer (Lizzieborden inspired me to pick this one). It’s her, playing the ukulele, and covering Radiohead. Bizarre, adorable, and fantastic. It’s not embeddable, so click here.
More details were released last week regarding The Beatles: Rock Band, which will be released September 9th in conjunction with the remastered versions of all their studio albums. The Limited Editions Premium Bundle version of the game will include replicas of the The Beatles’ original instruments. If you pre-order the game on the official website you’ll be inducted into a pre-order club where you’ll get extras like behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive art. Pre-ordering will begin sometime in May.
File this under “potential nightmare-inducing collaborations.” Kanye West, he of the music award show temper tantrums and South Park skewerings, recently had Brandon Flowers of The Killers and Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars over to his house to jam and collaborate. The possibilities for pretentiousness that might be born of these three makes me slightly nauseous. Kanye’s got real talent, Leto is a complete and total jackass, and Flowers isn’t nearly the innovator he thinks he is. It’ll be doucheageddon. Shudder…
The Breeders released their new video for the single “Fate to Fatal” off their EP with the same name, which we reported here. The EP comes out April 21st, and you can get a free download of the single on Rolling Stone’s website.
Thanks for reading. For being such good little Pajiblets, here’s your Monday Afternoon Playlist:
Felicia: I’m currently listening to Ida Maria’s “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” off her album, Fortress Round My Heart. I haven’t gotten a chance to check out the full album yet, but this single is the first one of the year to really get me excited about music again. It has a touch of punk/new wave and the party tempo is perfect for the impending summer. Of course she’s from Norway, which is another obsession of mine—Scandanavian bands/musicians. They’re really giving Canada a run for their money lately.
Caspar: I’ve been listening to Fever Ray’s eponymous album. Fever Ray is Karin Dreijer Andersson, who may be known to some readers as one half of brother-sister band The Knife. Here, on her atmospheric solo album, The Knife’s more jagged edges have been pared down for an odd, difficult, evocative album that still sounds like nothing else. ‘When I Grow Up’ has a clattery drum and distant-sounding wails, and a lovely synth coda. It’s pretty haunting stuff.
TK: I spent Friday night staggering around my good friend Ervie’s house, and he re-introduced me to The Faces. For those who don’t know, The Faces were Rod Stewart’s old band, a bluesy, countrified band that featured solid grooves and tales of woe turned into songs. The guitars were dirty, the band was too wild to sustain itself, but their record Long Player is a lesser-known classic. This track is the opener, “Bad N’ Ruin.”
ShepRitz: Life Of Agony — How It Would Be. I always felt like part poser when I declare my love for Life of Agony because I am not a metal head. For me, it is not the loud guitars and f’ck-all bad ass image that Life of Agony has portrayed for 20 years, but it is little Keith Caputo’s emotional crooning that made me fall for the band (alas, the catchy head banging guitar hooks don’t hurt). When the dude brings it to the table, he’s amazing. Unfortunately, he rarely captures the recorded vocal output live anymore. But in “How it Would Be,” Caputo’s vocals display why I will always have a soft spot for Life Of Agony…even if he does sound a bit like Cher sometimes, (as Stacey so kindly pointed out and ruined for me).
Boo: I’m listening to Spank Rock’s “Backyard Betty.” Because I need more ass and boobs, ass and boobs in my life.
Chris: “Don’t Bother” by His Mischief from The Perfect Lover: With a healthy proportion of the Pajiba Music staff from Minneapolis (myself included), I feel I had no choice in including the greatest song from the local scene’s best rock release in a long while. Yes, it rips off Spoon, and yes, it’s pretty straightforward alt-rock, but it’s so infectious you just might be forced to be put on bedrest to recover from it.
This week, the top selling album is Unstoppable by Rascal Flatts. That’s so goddamn depressing, I don’t even have a joke for it.