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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Raphael Saadiq goes retro in new video

15 07 2009

Today Raphael Saadiq premiered his new video for “Let’s Take a Walk” off his Sony solo debut, “The Way I See It.” Here you’ll find the sultry, old-school groove of the tune combined with ’60s-era beauties synchronized dancing in bathing suits. It hearkens back to a time when music seemed, well, simpler in some ways. The black-and-white touch doesn’t hurt, either. This summer you can catch Saadiq at Outside Lands in San Fransisco Aug. 28 – 30 and Bumbershoot in Seattle Sept. 5 -7. No word yet on if the dancers will be in tow, but we can hope.

Good for the soul like chicken soup, but way more fun

8 07 2009

by Justin Jacobs (@JustinHJacobs)


Well, folks, it’s a full three days after Rothbury’s triumphant close and I’m still recovering.

My attempt to drive home after Bob Dylan’s set ended Sunday night was a bust — with my eyelids as heavy as The Glitch Mob’s basslines, I pulled to the side of the highway somewhere in Michigan around 2 a.m. and fell uncomfortably asleep in the driver’s seat. Lucky me, there weren’t any murderous hitchhikers prowling.

Needless to say, I was a bit late for work on Monday morning. My editor is very forgiving.

After arriving back in the real world, having spent four days doing solely fantastic things — camping, experiencing live music, being with friends, drinking almost-cold beer and whiskey — can seem utterly surreal. As is the case with any festival, half of me feels like Rothbury didn’t really happen.

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