Bri Blahg… Boss Has Senior Moment… Kanye Invited This Time… Music News Round Up 11/16/09

16 11 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Grizzly Bear In Bus Wreck. They’re Fine

The accident in Germany did force them to miss a gig in Munich with Wilco. Thank God though, everyone is fine.

Bruce Says Hey Ohio… In Michigan

Thanks to Spinal Tap Ohio seems to be the default location for musicians who can’t remember where they are. Friday Bruce Springsteen made several Buckeye State references during a show in…. Auburn Hills, Michigan. We’re based in Columbus so I can tell you that Ohio references in Michigan this close to the Ohio State/Michigan game is a gaffe you don’t want to make.

Bonus Coverage. Here it is:

Kanye Resurfaces In London

I’ll assume Jay Z and Beyonce knew he was coming.

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Bri Blahg… Bruce Slates More Album Shows, Tom Waits On Twitter… Music News Round Up 11/5/09

5 11 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Well That Didn’t Take Long, EMI Sues Blue Beat Over Beatles Downloads

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Beatles For Sale... "Abbey Road" on Blue Beat

 

Yesterday we reported on a site called Blue Beat selling Beatles downloads for a quarter. My spidey sense was heightened. How could they legally sell Beatles songs when all involved parties couldn’t even come to an agreement with Apple. Today EMI sued Blue Beat, but the songs remain available as I write. In fact Blue Beat claims ownership of the recordings they’re selling. How? Read on and shake your head.

Springsteen Announces More Album Shows

“Wild, Willing”/”River” shows coming.

No Doubt Sues Video Game Maker

Activision's Band Hero

It’s over their Avatars in Activision’s forthcoming “Band Hero.”

Bloc Party Front Man Solo

Kele Okereke is cooking it up while the band is on hiatus.

Devo Slam Through “Men” In LA

Damn… I wish I was there.

Tom Waits On Twitter

In Low Side Of The Road Waits didn’t seem to have much use for computers. That said, Waits has just opened a Twitter account.

Decemberist Readies Children’s Book

I think my girls would like “The Demise Of Whitney Rackam.”





Bri Blahg… Gall Stones, And Rolling Stones… Music News Round Up 10/27/09

27 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Springsteen Cousin/Road Crew Member Dies Suddenly

Last night’s show in K.C. canceled after the death of Lenny Sullivan. The 36 year old was Bruce’s cousin and assistant tour manager.

Ailing Clapton Drops Out Of Rock Hall Show

Gall stones have sent the legend to the bench. Springsteen was to appear too, but with Sullivan’s death his appearance may be in jeopardy as well.

It’s Not Funny, It’s Sad

They’re calling it Weezer and Weezy… “I Can’t Stop Partying” is Lil Wayne with Weezer , a track from Ratitude, which drops today. I don’t know what Rivers Cuomo is trying to prove. Is it a cynical grab at Top 40 airplay ala Chris Cornell and Timbaland, a passive aggressive swipe at their record company, or just a big joke? My problem with the whole enterprise is that the only people compromising are Weezer. From Lil Wayne, to Kenny G, to Jermaine Dupri… this is the kind of crap these people churn out. Weezer are the ones purposely embracing plastic, two dimensional, hit radio garbage regardless of their motivations.

Bonus Coverage. This is the saddest day for middle aged musicians since Sammy Hagar recorded “Mas Tequila.”

Morrissey Upgraded To Lonely And Miserable

Doctors say Mozz is doing better after fainting on stage over the weekend. Morrissey you see does not “pass out” he faints.

Bonus Coverage. The first thing they do in a revolution is “hang the dj’s:”

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Bri Blahg… Them Crooked Vultures To Drop Album, Lil Wayne To Drop Trow. Music News Round Up 10/22/09

22 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Them Crooked Vultures Ready To Drop Record

A single comes next week, the album on November 17th. This entire process has been handled perfectly. The band has avoided empty hype and just played shows.

There’s No Cough Syrup In Prison

In New York City they don’t fuck around when it comes to guns. Ask Plaxico Burress about that. Looking at hard time for his weapons rap it appears Lil Wayne is ready to plea out and do eight months. It’ll help his career I’m sure. If I were the prosecutor I would make a deal forcing Wayne to agree never to release “Rebirth.”

What, Bruce Wasn’t Available?

For opening the new Jets/Giants stadium the wish list of performers was probably two deep. Since Bruce couldn’t do it, it has to be  Bon Jovi. Stupid Jersey people.

Bonus Coverage. Best band from New Jersey that’s not Bruce? Smithereens!

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Bri Blahg… Smile Jim, Flaming Lips’ Great Gig In The Sky, Hello Lima… Music News Round Up 10/16/09

16 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Lizard King Poses For Fan Picture…. In 1997

Jim Morrison's 1997 Encore

I know your mileage will vary on this one…. I’m a natural born skeptic myself…. That said it’s pretty creepy.

Bonus Coverage:

Flaming Lips To Do Dark Side With Henry Rollins

The follow up to The Flaming Lips new and very Floydish “Embryonic” is ambitious to say the least. The band is planning to cover Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” with guests Henry Rollins and Peaches.

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Bri Blahg… Phish Hit Road, Boss Closes Stadium, Kanye Heads To India. Music News Round Up 10/12/09

12 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Boss Closes Down The Joint

The “joint” would be Giants Stadium. Bruce and The E Street band crammed “Born In The USA” into their three plus hour set Friday night. It’s the final ever show there as the old albatross faces the wrecking ball soon.

Bonus Coverage. A fan request for The Stones “The Last Time:”

First Song From Beck/Gainsbourg Project Out

Spin has a link to the Beck and Charlotte Gainsbourg free download.

Phish Announce Fall Tour

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Trey Anastasio Of Phish At Bonnaroo 2009 by Brian Phillips

It’s mainly East and Midwest at this point.

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Bri Blahg… Frilly Sleeves, Snake Handlers, and The Case Of The Missing $199. Music News Round Up 9/29/09

29 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Is Thom Yorke Funky? We’re About To Find Out

Billboard says Flea has been enlisted to play in The Radiohead man’s solo band. First gigs are next week in LA.

The Quest For The Holy Umlaut

Jack Black and Ozzy are among the stars in an upcoming metal based video game. Also appearing, Lemmy and Rob Halford from Judas Priest.

Bonus Coverage. Have you ever seen Rob Halford pre bondage motorcycle gear? Now you have:

Nice sleeves right?

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