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The Baffled King Said No More Hallelujah

By Felicia & TK | Music | July 13, 2009 |

By Felicia & TK | Music | July 13, 2009 |

swellseason.jpgThe Swell Season’s Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova are releasing a second album called Strict Joy on September 29th. This will be the follow-up to their self-titled album from 2006, which was the basis around the movie Once. Material for the new album was most likely abundant, considering the couple had an off-screen romance that ended last year. Here’s hoping my obsession with Hansard I picked up after seeing Once will be recaptured with this new album. Their website also mentions that Lisa Hannigan, best known for her collaborations with Damien Rice, will be opening for them on their string of upcoming tour dates in Ireland. You lucky bastards!

Leonard+Cohen+295701100462.jpgLeonard Cohen’s had it, folks. Finally, much like many of us, he’s gotten sick of the overuse and excessive covering of his phenomenal song, “Hallelujah.” “I think it’s a good song, but too many people sing it, ” Cohen said. The real irony of course is that Cohen’s original version, and Jeff Buckley’s cover (the first one of many) are easily the best ones. It’s also been covered by Kate Voegele, k.d. lang, Rufus Wainwright, not to mention an American Idol winner, for Christ’s sake. I’m with Cohen. Enough. Let’s call a moratorium on “Hallelujah” covers, please.

NINININ.jpgI feel like we talk way too much about Trent Reznor around these parts, but here it goes any damn way. Reznor posted on the official Nine Inch Nails website that they will be doing a small club tour starting August 22nd. The NIN/JA tour with Jane’s Addiciton was supposed to be the end for a while, but Reznor states that he felt rushed during some sets and didn’t want to end that way. He also alludes to the fact that NIN was asked to headline V-Fest in Toronto, which will be officially announced soon.

perez-hilton.jpgDouchegargler extraordinaire Perez Hilton apparently considers himself something of a music afficionado. And so, to the chagrin of legitimate musicians and producers everywhere, he’s forming a record label. “I have an ear, which is really important in the music world — to be able to hear a hit and to be able to know who has a good song or not… I’m more than just an A&R person. I’m also a marketing person. I’m also a manager,” he told EW. Son of a bitch. Hilton is one of the rare people on this earth who I’d love nothing more than to watch him get devoured by rabid badgers.

aerosmith454.jpgIn news that made me laugh during this shitty week news, Aerosmith has postponed a total of five shows on their current tour due to a mystery injury suffered by Steven Tyler. Ok, that’s not the news that made me laugh. The funny shit is that guitarist Brad Whitford will have to wait even longer to rejoin the tour after sustaining an injury by “harshly bumping his head while exiting his Ferrari,” according to Ok, ok so the guy had to have surgery due to this unfortunate incident, but come on! That shit is hilarious!

deadweathers23.jpgJack White’s side project with Alison Mosshart of The Kills, The Dead Weather, is currently streaming their new album titled Horehound on iLike. The official album release is tomorrow, July 14th. From what I heard of it online, me likey very much. It could be one of my favorites of the year. They are also on tour of North America right now, and fuck all things holy because the Minneapolis date seems to be sold out.

Here’s your Monday Afternoon Playlist:

Felicia: I’m currently listening to Gossip’s “Heavy Cross” from their new Rick Rubin produced album Music for Men. Front woman Beth Ditto gets more attention for the way she looks than her band. It’s really unfortunate because Gossip makes legitimately good music.

TK: Just to prove that the most random things can force a song into your head. I was riding my bike down Route 138 today, and suddenly, The Misfits’ “We Are 138” wormed its way into my brain, and now it refuses to leave. That’s OK though — it’s a pretty awesome song. But then, all Danzig-era Misfits songs are awesome songs.

Christian H.: “Never Forget You” by Noisettes. My First exposure to Noisettes was a jarring and endlessly catchy punk blast called “Scratch Your Name”. I remember being surprised by the sound, and the fact that singer Shingai Shoniwa was carrying her shoes for the majority of the video. But recently, I’ve been caught off guard yet again as this band has made the shift to doo-wop, at least for one song, “Never Forget You”, which no matter what I do I can’t get out of my head. Oddly, she’s holding her shoes at some point in the video for this song too. I don’t know why that’s significant to me in any way, but apparently it is.

JezGolden Smog — “Jennifer Save Me” - (format that for me, please) When I found Golden Smog’s “Down by the Old Mainstream”, I thought it was a great album, but what should one expect in 1995 from a band made up of the Jayhawks, Soul Asylum, Wilco, Run Westy Run, and the Honeydogs? I didn’t realize that “Weird Tales” came out until after a year or so after its release, and when I got it, it didn’t get me. Or me it. But lately, the songs are on my “Three Teeth and a Hillbilly Swagger” iPod playlist, along with tunes by Drive-By Truckers, Slobberbone, Wilco, Jayhawks, etc. so they pop up every now and then. The final track from the album, like many others on it, is haunting. Featuring a theramin, I give you “Jennifer Save Me”.

Chris Polley: “Cosmic Love” by Florence And The Machine is a song that sneaks up on you. At first, it just sounds like another (sorry to be obvious) cosmic take on the female-led 80s pop song, but the more you press repeat the more it infests itself into your skull. But the nuances here are so fulfilling and Florence Welch’s voice skyrockets through the mix so slickly that you wouldn’t believe that this is an artist just now on the rise. This sounds like the work of an accomplished professional; can’t wait to hear the rest of the debut full-length.

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