Bri Blahg… It’s All Smooth Jazz All The Time With Weezer and Kenny G. Music News Round Up 11/3/09

3 11 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Let’s Start With A Reason To Die In Your Sleep

Weezer with Kenny G?

New Releases From Weezer, Slayer, Nirvana Today

Check it out, and what the hell, be different, actually buy a stinking album instead of stealing it.

Site Selling Beatles Downloads, Shopping For Lawyers

I’m pretty sure they haven’t secured the rights… especially to sell them for a quarter a song.

Love Those Unintended Consequences

Just like narcotics, if people want illegal downloads, someone is going to pop up to fulfill their demand. A new study says the closure of Pirate Bay led to a 300 percent increase in….. wait for it….. illegal download sites.

It’s A Shitty Time To Be Lil Wayne

Last week it was the gun rap. Now he’s being sued.

Pearl Jam Raze Spectrum

The Spectrum in Philadelphia got a raucous send off Saturday courtesy Pearl Jam.

Bonus Coverage. Halloween Hijinx:

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Bri Blahg… Lil Wayne Pleads, Kanye Wigs, Google Profits, and The World Goes Round. Music News Round Up 10/23/09

23 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Strokes Can’t Agree On New Album Direction

So says Julian Casablancas.

Lil Wayne Enters Guilty Plea

It’s official now. Rather than the eight months reported yesterday, he now hopes it won’t be worse than a year for a New York gun rap.

Talib Says Kanye Has Always Been Kooky

Rap Radar has an amusing panel discussion with Talib Kweli about taking a new artist named Kanye West out on the road. Funny Stuff. I couldn’t get their video to embed so slide on over here.

Keys Unveils New Single AT NYU Forum

The singer/songwriter was speaking to music students at New York University and gave them the first taste.

Bonus Coverage. No video of the new song, but there’s this:

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Bri Blahg… 9/4/09 Music News: Man Retires From Silicon Valley, Joins Stooges

4 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

NIN Hollywood Show Features Gary Numan

Argh! Nine Inch Nails keep pulling up inspired guests on their farewell tour and I’m not there to dig it. Wednesday in LA it was industrial music pioneer and ace pilot Gary Numan. “Cars” was an obvious choice. Even better was “Metal.” Numan I fear is largely forgotten, but for Reznor he is a huge influence. Check out Numan’s “Metal”:

So I Was Sitting In The Parking Lot Of A Dentist Office

That’s what Stooges guitar player James Williamson told Rolling Stone of Iggy’s invitation to rejoin the band. He was getting ready to see the dentist when Iggy rang him up.

Williamson left music in 1974, and eventually ended up in a shitty little no future business called personal computers. It almost sounds like a movie:

“I was about to take an early retirement from my job in Silicon Valley, so I figured ‘What the hell, let’s do it.”

Williamson replaces Ron Asheton who died of a heart attack this past winter. James was in the band for their 1973 smokin’ shoot out “Raw Power.”