Bri Blahg… Cornell Finds His Balls Again. Music News Round Up 10/8/09

8 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Yauch 1 Cancer 0

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch says he’s feeling good. This past summer he was diagnosed with cancer.

Fallon To Reunite Jawbox

It’s too early to judge Jimmy Fallon’s show as a whole, but the one thing I like is his often adventurous musical bookings. December 8th Fallon welcomes D.C. hardcore legends Jawbox for their first live appearance in over a decade.

It’s Seattle 1991 Again

Jerry Cantrell and Chris Cornell both jumped on stage with Pearl Jam Tuesday in L.A. Over the years that was the recurring rumor… Temple Of The Dog reunions… Never happened until this week, at least for a moment. Perhaps this is a sign that Cornell is ready to stop screwing around with the likes of Timbaland. One can hope.

Bonus Coverage. Video of both:

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Bri Blahg… 8/5 Music News Round Up

5 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@brianblahg)


Them Crooked Vultures

John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl, and Josh Homme have a band. They’ll debut this weekend in Chicago says Billboard. I’ve always admired how Jones and Robert Plant have sought out musical adventures in their post Led Zeppelin years. It would be easy to just do the same stuff over and over again like Jimmy Page. Save your hate mail until after you listen to Coverdale-Page and The Firm. Yeah see. You know I’m right.

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Bri Blahg… Pop Thinking And Thin Slicing

23 07 2009

by Brian Phillips (@brianblahg)


I recently read a couple of books by pop thinker Malcolm Gladwell. (“Pop Thinker” Wha?) Pop thinker, meaning, Gladwell thinks a lot about things, writes about them, and sells a ton of books about his thoughts. Thus he’s a “pop thinker.” Besides I didn’t coin the term leave me alone. Anyway one of the Gladwell books I read was called “Blink.” He wrote of the power of what he called “thin slicing.” That is trusting our unconscious impressions, and initial reactions to help us make solid decisions. Since I’m not a Marine Captain, or a surgeon, or Fed Chair Ben Bernanke, I’ll use some of his ideas here to quickly review a bunch of new albums. I’ll attempt to tap into the great gurgling pool of subconscious rather than my usual listening to the album over and over again until I’ve either fallen in love with the record or am looking for a drill for which to insert into my ear canals.

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Jay-Z to replace Beastie Boys as All Points West headliner

23 07 2009



While we’re sending our best wishes to Beastie Boys’ Adam Yaucht, who recently announced he has cancer and the group has cancelled all tour dates, we’re pleased to hear rapper Jay-Z is filling in for the hip-hop group at next week’s All Points West festival and not some other Coldplay-esque (cause hey, Coldplay is playing!) band.

Jay-Z’s Friday night performance marks the rapper’s first US festival date, and puts him alongside a stellar weekend-long lineup of My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the National, Echo & the Bunnymen, Tool, Trail of Dead and Arctic Monkeys, among many others at New Jersey’s gorgeous Liberty State Park. Check the full lineup here, jigga what!

Bri Blahg… Beastie’s Yauch Ill, Tour Canceled.

20 07 2009


Brooklyn Vegan reports that Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys is battling cancer. Their entire upcoming tour has been canceled. Thoughts and prayers with him and the Beasties camp.

New Jenny Lewis video “See Fernando”

9 07 2009

by Nick Jones (@NickJones82)

This is a perfect video for the song (directed by Alan Tanner). Reminds me a bit of the Beastie’s “Sabotage” video, which I recently overheard someone saying, “Nobody makes kick ass videos like that anymore!”… well, apparently Jenny Lewis does. Well done.

via (@stereogum)

hit the jump to see Jenny on the Golden Girls…

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Best o’ Bonnaroo

16 06 2009

By Jill Menze (@JillMenze)

With this being my first Bonnaroo and all, I obviously have no prior event to compare it to. What I do know, though, is that everyone I’ve talked to who has attended in years past also had a blast this weekend, so I suppose that says something about the success of this installment.


What Stage, Bonnaroo 2009

I can’t say I saw a band or artist play a sub par set, aside from my own mood or disposition causing me to enjoy something less than I should have, and only that happened maybe twice (sorry, Animal Collective and Band of Horses). Performances by reliable favorites like Wilco, Jenny Lewis and Bruce Springsteen were solid and filled with surprises, while catching my first live shows from old favs like the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy were as good as if not better than what I always expected. Then there were new acts like Phoenix and Dirty Projectors, who proved why they’re so buzzed-about to begin with, the latter converting me to a fan (live, at least) after I showed up ready to criticize.

Outside of the music, just being on the Bonnaroo festival grounds is an experience unto itself. It was great to see good friends, meet new ones and be a part of a collective vibe (however substance-enhanced) that was so chill, friendly and relaxed. It was a weekend I won’t be forgetting any time soon, and here are some of the highlights:

Best & Worst after the jump…

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