by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)
Remember the plane crash that nearly claimed the life of Blink 182′s Travis Barker? Another survivor of that horrible accident was DJ AM. AM was found dead over the weekend. It appears drug related. Blink played a show just after learning the news with heavy hearts. I shouldn’t speculate, but psychologists say survivor guilt is very real. Not everyone lived through that plane crash.
Noel Gallagher has quit Oasis. Yawn. Word is the brothers Gallagher had a fist fight. Why would this fight be different from any other. Well we all have our breaking point. My over/under on how long he’s out of the band: 37 days. Here then is video of Noel’s final moments in Oasis.
The more I read about Muse’s forthcoming album “Uprising” the more I think it’s their Rush “2112.” Damn I love You Tube! Somebody dredged up Rush performing part of the album live in 1976!
Rob Zombie sure is busy. A movie, album and tour all this fall.
Damn it seems like just yesterday I was seeing Dave Grohl’s new band Foo Fighters opening for Mike Watt at The Agora in Cleveland. Grohl and Eddie Vedder were in Watt’s band that tour actually. (Vedder and his then wife Beth had a very strange group that played before The Foos. Hovercraft were Pink Floyd’s “Saucer Full Of Secrets” played at half speed.) 15 years down the road now and RCA is ready with a Greatest Hits album. There are two new tracks included, both produced by Butch Vig (Nirvana’s “Nevermind” etc member of Garbage). Holy shit, I just found some excellent You Tube video of that Watt tour!
Outside Lands happened over the weekend in San Francisco. Spin was there and has a neato photo essay. There’s one picture of Alison Mosshart of The Dead Weather where I swear she looks like a junkie Katie Holmes…. Meanwhile Jack Black of Tenacious D is a dead ringer for the dude on the cover of The Dwarves album “Blood Guts, and P*#$y”:
Spin also had people at Virgin Mobile Free Fest. They may be the only people with money left to cover everything.
I know we just got a new Radiohead song, but Thom Yourke reportedly has a couple of solo tunes coming soon too.
So Chris Brown’s idea for cleaning up his image as a girlfriend abusing asshole was to go on Larry King dressed as a member of The Wheaton College Men’s Glee Club circa 1956. I’m sure Larry loved it.
I’ll tell you what I’m doing this afternoon; getting an advance listen to the new Cribs album that’s what. I’ll post some thoughts asap. (Update: if you’re outside the UK they only let you listen to :30 second excerpts. Blah! I love what I’m hearing though. The album is more live sounding than “Man’s Needs,” and more pop too. No it’s a good thing. This band has a way with melody why should they pretend otherwise. We’ll have to wait a week for the whole thing.)
Security was no match for The Black Lips inviting fans onstage at The Leeds Festival. As a matter of fact NME has extensive coverage of both Leeds and Reading. Bully!
40 years after his death, police in the UK have reopened the case of Rolling Stone Brian Jones. There are those convinced he was murdered. A few years back I read a crappy book by his then Swedish girlfriend. If I remember correctly she all but implicated the band.
Very cool! Neil Finn is back with another “Seven Worlds Collide” project! I loved the first one.
Based in Columbus, OH we’re used to hearing all about Times New Viking. Brooklyn Vegan has the latest on their fall exploits.