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… Don’t Mess With Jemima, Dr. Jack White, And A Diddy Lockdown. Music News Round Up 10/19/09

19 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

You Got Beat Up By A Girl! You Got Beat Up By A Girl!

Don’t mess with ex-Be Your Own Pet front woman Jemima Pearl. A heckler found out the hard way. If he was flicking lit cigarettes at her he had it coming. (Scroll down a bit for her side of the story)

Jack White Delivers University Lecture

Jack White was also made an honorary member of Ireland’s Trinity College Philosophical Society, joining the likes of Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde. Next… The UN right?

MGMT Work On New Record, Take Up Hobby

They’ve been surfing.

Tegan And Sara Ready Sixth Album

Death Cab’s Chris Walla is lending a hand.

Magic Numbers Offer Up Free Track

Catch up with what the pair of brothers and sisters have been up to.

Bonus Coverage. Here’s a piece we did on the band a couple of years back for our TV show:

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Wavves Reschedule Drug Shows

Remember when the asshole from Wavves took way too many drugs and mumbled through a festival appearance in Spain, and then canceled the UK tour? Yeah well they’re ready to try again. Good luck with that.

Bonus Coverage. In case you missed our confab at SXSW. Strange to say the least:

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Bri Blahg… Anka Dances On Jacko’s Grave… Music News Round Up Tuesday October 13, 2009

13 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Jacko “This Is It,” Not New, Not Jacko’s, Not Good

Crooner Paul Anka charges that Michael Jackson stole This Is It from him. Further, as you’ll read in the linked TMZ article, Anka gave the tune to Saffire in 1990. There must have been some merit to his accusation because 24 hours after its release the estate cut Anka in for half. It was either that or kill him too. (Editor’s note: Bri’s mind is a weedy, abandoned back yard of rusty, hulking, moldering conspiracy theories. Don’t get him started. Nod and smile. Walk away slowly.)

Bonus Coverage. Did you know Paul Anka wrote “My Way?” Damn how much is that song worth? It’s like owning the patent for air. I’m sure Anka wasn’t too fond of this cover:

Flaming Lips’ Plan For The Economy. The Flaming Lips Store

It’s only going to be open for a day this week out in LA. “Embryonic” drops today.

Bonus Coverage. Sample away thanks to LaLa:

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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… Gibbard And Deschanel Marry. Winehouse Gets Adults To Give Her Money. Music News Round Up 9/21/09

21 09 2009

Ladies And Gentlemen Mr. and Mrs. Emo

Congratulations to the The Gibbards, Ben and Zooey. I hope they’re honeymooning on a Caribbean Cruise. I don’t know why I just think it’s funny imagining Ben Gibbard on a cruise.

Ladies And Gentlemen... The Gibbards!

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Bri Blahg… No Duh, Courtney Cashed Kobain Guitar Hero Check. Music News Round Up 9/18/09

18 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Pearl Jam Streaming “Backspacer”

It’s on their Myspace. I’m going to check it out this weekend. The parts I’ve heard are really solid. Of course we have that whole pesky controversy about Pearl Jam doing the deal with Target… I don’t know, I guess I’m numb at this point. This stuff doesn’t really get me riled up like it used to. If you want to begin foaming at the mouth over it great, but compared to other stuff, it ain’t that big a deal to me.

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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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