Bri Blahg… Music News Round Up. Tuesday August 4, 2009

4 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@brianblahg)

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Why You'll Only Get One Free Beer At Gaslight Anthem Show

Billboard.com has a piece on advertising being sold for the booklet in Mariah Carey’s forthcoming new album. If it works look for others to follow suit. Once upon a time artists avoided even a whiff of selling out to corporations. Friends that ship sailed a long time ago. (By the way this blog gladly accepts all forms of advertising.)

Michael Jackson’s mother was awarded custody of his children. I actually heard a local news anchor refer to the youngest as “Blanket” last night. WTF. You’ll remember that was the kid Jacko draped over a balcony a few years back. The child was covered by a blanket. Don’t call the kid “Blanket.”

The Who’s Roger Daltrey is plotting his first U.S. solo tour in 24 years. Roger I love you, just remember to go light on the solo stuff. Daltrey has approximately one good solo song (“After The Fire”) and it was written by Pete Townshend. Sigh.

No doubt you remember when Radiohead asked fans to name their own price for a download of “In Rainbows.” And we all know William Shatner has codified this practice in the travel industry. Now hippy electronica band Lotus is bringing the practice to concerts. Prices start at $1.00. My guess is most people will pay…. a dollar.

The “Decider” blog reports that Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will perform Born To Run start to finish during their September 20th show at Chicago’s United Center. This I would pay more than a buck to see.

Not long before his death Heath Ledger directed a video for Modest Mouse. Pitchfork says it’ll debut tomorrow. Download proceeds to charity.

The Gaslight Anthem were bumped from All Points West in Jersey City over the weekend because of rain delays. Now Brooklyn Vegan says you’ll get free beer if you bring your APW ticket stub to a show in September. Ok, more to the point it’s a free beer. If it were more than one it might turn into the worst baseball promotion of all time: The 1974 Cleveland Indians 10 Cent Beer Night. So notorious was this event that it has it’s own Wiki. That’s probably because it was Bat Night too.

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