Bri Blahg: Pavement Reuniting! Kanye, Coldplay Pay, Blah Blah Blah Pavement Reuniting! Music News Round Up 9/16/09

16 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Pavement Are Reuniting? Yes!

That’s what Brooklyn Vegan says. Hard to believe they split a decade ago already.

Bonus Coverage. Pavement’s Cut Your Hair… Yes it was their biggest “hit.” It’s also a corker:

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Bri Blahg: Kanye On The Cross. Music News Round Up 9/15/09

15 09 2009

Jay Leno Gives Kanye West Time Out

The Jay Leno Show premiered last night on NBC and, yay for Leno, he gets his mitts on Kanye West before he can be nailed to the cross on Oprah. I don’t know about you, but this sort of celebrity sin and contrition hoo haw got old a long time ago. Dull, dull, dull. If I’m Taylor Swift I just ignore him. Kanye is such a diva that it’s the one thing he won’t be able to take.

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Bonus Coverage: President calls Kanye a jackass! I think history has been made here people. Not since Warren G. Harding referred to Al Jolson as a “scaliwag” has a sitting president come out so strongly against one of his day’s biggest celebrities. Let’s see if all those mouth foaming “birthers” are going to welcome Kanye West into the movement.

Birther: “He called you a jackass and he was born in Kenya! Join us!”

More Bonus Coverage: Holy shit I can’t take much more. The View  snapped up Taylor Swift this morning.

Kayne’s biggest concern may no longer be the President’s opinion, but rather 10,000 pitchfork wielding housefraus showing up at his crib. Damn!

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Did someone say Coldplay?!

3 08 2009

By Jillian Mapes (@jumonsmapes)

Coldplay at All Points West; photo by Jillian Mapes

Coldplay at All Points West; photo by Jillian Mapes

From the chaos that was All Points West day three came impressive sets from Coldplay and the Black Keys, for both of which the dirty crowds packed in tight to see. Doors opened late, with two bands (including Gaslight Anthem) being cut from each stage to keep the festival running on time.

As I trailed through the most mud I’ve ever seen in my life, I stumbled onto yet another intense performance from freak-folksters Akron/Family. Each and every time I see the Brooklyn-via-Pennsylvania band perform live, I rave about it for days and days. Reasons why: They’re incredibly energetic, they chant like some ancient African tribe, they’re big on improvisation and they dance/make silly faces. Does it get much better? Nope.

I caught a few songs of We Are Scientists’ set before scurrying off to an interview with Akron/Family, one of which was the band’s semi-big hit off of 2006’s “With Love and Squalor,” “This Scene is Dead.” What lead singer Keith Murray said in the introduction of the song, however, was what really struck me:  “This song goes way back. A lot of you probably learned to drive to this song. That’s how old this song is.” I was 17 for most of 2006 and got my license in mid-2005, so that’s pretty much dead-on. It brought me back a few years and reminded me what the teenage me had loved so much about We Are Scientists – the band’s upbeat energy. Plus Murray has surprisingly gray hair for a 32 year old, so it seemed very dad-like of him to be talking to a bunch of kids in their early 20s about being old.

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