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… Dylan Sells Out To Bankers, Diddy Is The Banker, Kanye Does The Chicken Fit. Music News Round Up 9/30/09

30 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Dude Palo Alto ’73

You ever heard of Wolfgang’s Vault? Nah me neither. If you’re a hardcore Dead Head you probably have. With legal issues straightened out a trove of good (Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Ramones, etc) bad (Chicago, Hall and Oates) and Weird (Twisted Sister?) are hitting the virtual market.

Bonus Coverage. I’ll be honest, up until a couple of years ago I wasn’t much for The Dead. Then I saw Phil Lesh at Bonnaroo (no there were no drugs) and something clicked. Am I hardcore? No I wouldn’t say that, but I’m digging the stuff I bought for the Ipod… The Skull and Bones record etc. One of my favorites is their take on Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried”:

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Bri Blahg… Spitting And Slapping. Music News Round-Up 9/28/09

28 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Please Help Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

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Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

The Chicago band was in a horrific van accident last week. They need your help. We’ll keep you posted on the hospitalized member’s conditions as updates become available.

Lady Sov Spits At Doorman, Fined

Is there anything worse you can do to a person than spitting on them? Really I’d rather be kicked in the nuts.

And The Moon Landings Were Faked Too

The album that made Kiss’ career, “Alive” was said to have been recorded at Detroit’s Cobo Hall. There may be some crowd noise on there from Cobo, but trust me, that was a studio creation (as are more live albums than you care to know). Anyway Kiss recreated the recreated “Alive” over the weekend in Detroit and Billboard was there.

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Not all hype is unwarranted: Janelle Monae @ SXSW, 3/21

27 03 2009

So Janelle Monae is pretty sick, right? Right. She only played three songs and still, I was completely blown away by her performance Saturday at the Rockville CA (which is actually a half-decent new Web show from the 1.5 episodes I’ve watched) party at the SXSW East Tent. I think it was mostly because I was half-confused by her. Her image is one concept, her music is another completely different concept. Equestrian-inspired outfits with saddle shoes and sizable bouffant, futuristic alt-R&B operas (titled The Chase Suite, which is set in the future world of Metropolis). As a former Outkast collaborator, Diddy associate and Grammy nominee, Monae is pioneering what’s next in the world of musical fusion — over-the-top concepts executed by ultra-stylized characters.

photo by Jillian Mapes

Monae’s stage production is just that — a production. Her look is just so, and when her perfect bubble of hair and cleanly ironed shirt get fussed up from her energetic dance moves (understatement of the century), she goes backstage between songs to collect herself. This sounds tedious and totally annoying, but it’s actually not — it adds anticipation to the set.

While Monae proved her offbeat vision and persona on her opening song, she reigned in the weirdness on her second song – a soulful cover of the Nat King Cole standard “Smile.” The song showed off Monae’s singing chops, proving that as “weird” as Monae can be, she can also compete with singers like Whitney and Mariah (overstatement, perhaps, but the girl can sing). Monae’s guitar player lightly strummed along, which was the perfect accompaniment for her impressive vocals.

photo by Jillian Mapes

Monae delved right back into her futuristic M.O. after “Smile,” but it was a welcome change to see her musical dimensions on a classic track. She ended her set by crowd-surfing, with her stiffened legs sticking straight into the air. Never did I think I’d see someone crowd-surfing while wearing saddle shoes.

Check Monae’s video for “Many Moons” and be confused in the best way possible. — Jillian Mapes