Bri Blahg… Music News Round Up 9/8/2009. Your Wallet Better Be Ready

8 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

As I write I’m listening to my new favorite band The Spits. The fact that they’ve been around since the turn of the century means that I’ve wasted many years not listening to them. Bloody hell! If you like The Ramones, Wire, Devo, and The Rezillos then you’ve found your new favorite band too.

Beatles Remasters Out

The Beatles "Abbey Road" Remaster

Back in the 80’s The Beatles were, as I remember it, alone. Every other major artist had seen their catalogs reissued on CD. The Beatles held out until 1987, and with great fanfare released their hallowed albums in digital form. As the years have gone by and mastering technology improved many generations, The Beatles again waited. Today is the day. The newly remastered Beatles have been released along with Beatles Rock Band.

Meanwhile Paul McCartney blames EMI for The Beatles not being available for legal download. Sounds like it will happen soon.

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Bri Blahg… Music News Round Up: Tuesday August 25, 2009

25 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

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Arctic Monkeys "Humbug"

As I write today I’ve fired up the new Arctic Monkeys record “Humbug” . Taking a quick peek at the Amazon reviews I’d say some are put off by their new, more downcast and heavier direction. I like the first track “My Propeller.” Slower, but still with some good groove. Maybe I dig it more than their old stuff because I’m not very good “On The Dance Floor.”

The LA County Coroner has ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide. It seems this doctor was bound and determined to get Jacko to go to sleep one way or another. I know we’d like to believe doctors always have our best interests at heart, and usually they do. My grandmother had a Doctor Feelgood. He kept her in pills even after she overdosed several times. Eventually he went down for doing this to multiple patients.

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Bri Blahg… August 19th Music News Round Up

19 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

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The Cribs... Now With More Johnny Marr

I was gone a few days and the music news piled up a bit.

By hiring a kid to play drums in his band, Billy Corgan has assured himself he won’t get any back sass. Predictable.

Jay-Z has released the track list for his September album. Hard to believe this will be his 11th.

Rock Band Beatles will have 19 songs from which to choose.

Death Row Records is branching out into movies. The story of a ficticous pro basketball player who sees two bullets end his career sounds intriguing.

I’m sad to report record producer Jim Dickinson has died. He was 67. Dickinson produced a lot of great albums, and two sons who form the core of The North Mississippi All Stars. Dickinson worked with The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and Bob Dylan, and lent his talents to personal favorites Big Star, The Replacements, Mudhoney, and Lucero.

Tommy Lee managed to burn himself so severely with sparklers that he’ll miss some shows. Brilliant.

Kiss has become the latest to sign a Wal Mart exclusive.

The first of the bands playing CMJ have been announced. My favorite of course is Pissed Jeans.

Katy Perry weighs in on the Lady Gaga is a man deal. Yawn.

Finally… Built To Spill announce details on their new album.

Thanks to Brooklyn Vegan you can hear a new track from The Cribs. There’s also a picture of the band with new member Johnny Marr. Guess he’s not in Modest Mouse anymore. At any rate The Cribs are worth your attention.