By Felicia | Music | August 10, 2009 |
By Felicia | Music | August 10, 2009 |
We reported a few months ago that concert promoter Michael Lang wanted to stage a free concert in New York to honor the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. Money issues have put that idea to rest. He could not get the amount of funding or sponsorship needed to cover the $8-$10 million dollar cost. You can still check out Ang Lee’s movie Taking Woodstock on August 28th, which is based on Elliot Tiber’s experience running a motel with his parents during the festival.
You’d have to be a complete moron not to know Cee-Lo heads up the highly successful Gnarls Barkley. But I fondly remember the good old days of “Beautiful Skin” and “They Don’t Dance No Mo’.” For one night only Goodie Mob will reunite in Atlanta on September 19th. Cee-Lo is quoted as saying, “The Goodie Mob Reunion is something we have collectively talked about doing for a long time. The people have called for it, and with the state of the union the way it is, the time is right.” I’m not sure what a Goodie Mob reunion can do for the state of our union, but more power to them I suppose.
I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while but I keep forgetting. Is that supposed to be a sign? All I know is that everytime a song by Discovery comes on the radio I get excited, and that’s a rarity. Discovery is the side project of Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) and Wes Miles (Ra Ra Riot). They released their album titled LP last month. It’s a departure from both bands’ styles, which is a good thing as far as VW is concerned. I’ve been outspoken about how overrated I think VW is, but I hope they bring some fresh stuff with their upcoming album. The songs I’ve heard from Discovery are synth heavy, which is probably the reason why I like them so much. I am addicted to synthesizers, and I’m proud of it.
Paul Banks, lead singer of Interpol, released his first solo album under the name Julian Plenti last week. The album is called Julian Plenti is…Skyscraper and is getting mediocre reviews from media outlets. After being insanely addicted to Interpol’s second album Antics I found myself apathetic towards their third album Our Love to Admire. I feel the same way about Banks’ first single, “Games For Days,” but it may grow on me over time.
If you aren’t in a supergroup these days, you’re a nobody. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) debuted their supergroup Them Crooked Vultures at a Lollapalooza afterparty last night. From the sounds of it this has been a vision of Grohl’s for quite a few years now, and they have been recording together for a while. An album is most likely in the works, as well as a possible tour. If anyone caught the show, please leave a comment with your thoughts.
Here’s your Monday Morning Playlist:
TK: One of my favorite bizarre-o albums will forever be Bombay The Hard Way: Guns, Cars and Sitars, the first in a series of albums of Bollywood music, remixed by Dan “The Automator” Nakamura (of Lovage, Handsome Boy Modeling School and countless other projects). The track I’m digging right now is “The Good, The Bad and The Chutney.” Brilliant title, better track.
Christian: I have taken a lot of time in my life to make random lists. Best this, worst that, on and on. But the lists that I find most elusive to me, the ones that are hardest to nail down, are lists involving my favorite things. Where I take out the critical perspective and just write about what affects me personally. In particular, my lists of favorite albums and favorite songs are very tricky. They change with the seasons; almost every year, a new album or song is added, and something is dropped. But recently, I’ve made an addition to one of those lists that is not of the present, but of the past. It’s not some great new track from some hot new artist, but rather a song from a band that has long since disbanded. I’ve decided to add Ben Folds Five’s “Hospital Song” to my list of favorites because of its heartbreaking regret, it’s softly passionate longing. It’s short, but achingly, unfailingly beautiful. I don’t know if it’s my all-time favorite; such a thing may not even exist. But it’s sure close.
Sean: “Save Our City,” Ludo. I’ve been digging back into Ludo’s older stuff for a few days. While their self-titled album is quite a bit more rough than You’re Awful, I Love You, it’s still witty and pretty well-written. Broken Bride, however, is just 100% awesome. It’s a well-produced concept EP, has a totally geeky story, and is short enough not to scare off the casual listener. “Save Our City” is certainly one of the best songs ever about a zombie war.
Chris: “Nut In Your Eye” is a hilariously awful name for a song, but this band Alcoholic Faith Mission, whose latest album 421 Wythe Avenue I recently listened to on a whim, is ridiculously good at rending them heartstrings. The whole record is full of this kind of weepy, dusty melancholy that’s addictive on a cold summer morning, but this song in particular hits a home run in nearly every musical department. Gut-wrenching intertwining male/female vocals, agitated yet beautiful instrumentation, and an outro synth bass line that just knocks it outta the park. Absolutely golden.
Liz: I just bought tickets to see Emilie Autumn in October, so I’ve been listening to her album Opheliac pretty much non-stop. It’s completely awesome: where else are you gonna find an artist who plays violin and harpsichord and sings like anything from a soprano to a frigging growly industrial chick? And the title track on the album features all of that.
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