Bri Blahg… See You At The Movies… Not. Music News Round Up 10/28/09

28 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

This Is It Premieres

The stars turned out in LA. Will I rush out and see it? During football season and The World Series? Not bloody likely.

Or I Could Go To The Killers Movie

Not bloody likely either.

Things Work Out For The Best Says John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones has broken his silence on the aborted Led Zeppelin reunion and says he’s much happier in Them Crooked Vultures regardless.

Bonus Coverage. Likely your last look at Led Zepp:

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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… Kanye Stabs Self, U2ube, There’s A Pearl Jam App For That… Music News Round Up 10/20/09

20 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Okay…….

Kanye West briefly posted a disturbing Spike Jonze directed short yesterday, and then took it down.

Bonus Coverage. Obviously we don’t have the video, so instead enjoy this instructional film:

Who Says You Tube Doesn’t Have Any Money

This weekend You Tube will stream U2’s Rose Bowl show free. Who wants to take bets on their server crashing.

Pearl Jam Bootleg App

Bootleg is a strong word since the band has teamed with Verizon for the new Blackberry do-hicky. You’ll get three live tracks from every remaining show on the tour.

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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… Jarvis Cocker’s Dry Snapped Branch

1 06 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

I can’t explain it. Every time I hear a song by UK alt glam band Pulp I like it a lot… and yet I don’t own one of their albums. That will change soon after all the fun I’ve been having with front man Jarvis Cocker’s latest solo title “Further Complications.” I believe this is one of funniest records I’ve ever heard.

On “Complications” Cocker, who recently split with his wife, unflinchingly and rather humorously confronts the life of a sexually frustrated middle aged rocker. “Angela” has Cocker pining for a nearly 23 year old woman. He croons:

“I feel the sap rising tonight/a dry stick at the end of a branch/and an overzealous hand/he can’t glue it back/snapped off by Angela”

Throughout the record Cocker knows he’s trapped between his mountainous libido and inevitable erosion. Standing in the sand and pebbles he watches the girls go by:

“Trapped in a body that is failing me” (“Leftovers”)

And accepting his fate:

“I will never get to touch you/so I wrote this song instead/thinking about you lying on my bed/it’s gonna get inside your head/and it’s the best that I can do/this is the closest that I can get” (Fuckingsong”)

The music is tough, crunchy, and he plays it loose. It’s The Stooges without the swagger, Bowie sans make up and designer clothing and an album I cannot stop listening to.