By Felicia and TK | Music | August 3, 2009 |
By Felicia and TK | Music | August 3, 2009 |
The Pixies have confirmed a 14-date U.S. tour to promote the 20th anniversary of the Doolittle album. The shows will feature all songs , including B-sides, from the album. Cities included in the short tour stint are Oakland, L.A., Seattle, Denver and NYC. Announcement of this tour also comes one month after the release of their Minotaur box set, which we reported here. Frank Black just rolled through Minneapolis with a solo acoustic set, so I’m a little sad we don’t get any Pixies love.
Ghostface Killah released a new mixtape on Imeem. The 24 track is a combination of remixes of older tracks like “Back Like That” as well as a preview of what’s to come on his forthcoming Wizard of Poetry. The track “Baby” is going to be the first single off of the new album, due out September 29th. In other Wu-Tang related news, the eternally delayed Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II, by Raekwon is… well… still delayed, though rumor has it he might actually make the September 8 drop date. ‘Kwon premiered a new single, “House of Flying Daggers” on NYC’s Hot 97 on Thursday. It’s a sweet track, featuring Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Inspectah Deck. Check it out over at Nah Right.
I know some people have been pissing their pants with joy over the new supergroup Monsters of Folk, comprised of Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), M. Ward (She & Him) and Mike Mogis (music producer). My pants stay dry over Bright Eyes and MMJ individually, but honestly the tracks I’ve heard aren’t half bad. Don’t tell anyone, but I actually really do kind of like what’s going on here. For those of you willing to give it a try, they just posted three songs on their Myspace page, and will be touring North America this fall. “Dear God (sincerely M.O.F.)” has a Flaming Lips feel to it, however the other two songs on their Myspace page differ greatly from it. The full-length album will be released on September 22nd.
To anyone that was worried about the state of Las Vegas-based Panic! At The Disco after they recently split in half, well, fret no more. Also, get a hobby. Remaining band members Spencer Smith and Brendon Urie have signed on Ian Crawford from Cab to play guitar and Dallon Weekes of The Brobecks will be their new bass player. I admit that I find Panic! to be strangely charming, but I’m sort of stunned as to the amount of press their breakup got. But now we don’t have to worry about a crash in eyeliner and hair product sales.
For those who dig Kentucky’s great hip hop act CunninLynguists, they’re doing a pretty cool show at NYC’s Highline Ballroom on August 8th. They’ll perform their 2006 album, A Piece of Strange from start to finish, backed by another Kentucky band, Club Dub. It’s part of the QN5 Megashow, that will also feature Tonedeff (my personal favorite), Pack FM, and Mr. SOS. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend checking it out. Fifteen bucks. Can’t beat that.
Here’s your Monday Afternoon Playlist:
Sean K.: I’ve been back to the well this week listening to a ton of Rush, mostly from their more recent live records (R30 and Rush in Rio). This era was the one and only time I saw them live, and—listening to it even now—it’s still incredible how sharp they sound and how much they still enjoy being on that stage together. I don’t care what anybody says; Rush is one of the best and most influential bands in rock history. This week’s track is “Distant Early Warning.”
John Wiz: David Bowie: “Queen Bitch.” I was out for a ride with my dad earlier in the week and heard a song by Eddie Cochran on the local oldies station called “Three Steps to Heaven.” I knew I’d heard the guitar riff somewhere before…this was it. Fuck me running, I need to listen to Hunky Dory more. This album is the tits, the obvious lead-in to Ziggy Stardust…
Jez: “Belvedere,” by Patterson Hood: Creepiest song I’ve heard in a while, but yet — it’s got a great beat, and I can bug out to it.
TK: I stumbled across Baltimore’s Substantial a few weeks ago, and have been really digging his jazzed-up, smooth flowing hip hop. His 2008 album, Sacrifice is a solid-yet-overlooked release off of QN5 Records. Check out “Resurrection of the House Party” for a taste.
Boo: Dan Auerbach, Keep It Hid: The whole damn album. I did a bit of driving this weekend, and easily listened to the album 20+ times. Easily. And I wasn’t even on drugs. Pinky swear.
Chris P.: “Cyette Phiur” by Irepress: I don’t listen to a lot of metal, and this might not even classify as such, but in the spirit of never discounting a genre, and the fact that this song fucking destroys, I felt I must spread the word of Irepress to the Pajiba Music chaotic devil music lovers. What reels me in about this Massachusetts band, and this song in particular, is that in addition to being incredibly complex and aggressive, their music is also astoundingly beautiful. And when I can get totally amp’d and keep a serene smile on my face, that’s a wonderful thing.