Bri Blahg… Helping People, That’s What I Do. Music News Round Up: 9/9/09

9 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

That’s A Good Question Bri

Can you still be gangsta after going on Oprah? In fairness to Jay Z he is promoting his Friday charity concert. To help Jay maintain his hardness, here’s his mugshot courtesy The Smoking Gun:

Jay Z Wishing He Was At A Grizzly Bear Concert

That was snapped by NYPD in 1999 after Jay Z’s arrest on charges he stabbed a record executive. He probably had it coming right.

The Good News Is, I Now Know Who The Hell You Are

Rapper Max B (full disclosure, I had no idea who this guy was until today. See Max B knew exactly what he was doing) had 75 years dropped on his noggin last week for a robbery gone very bad. Bonus irony: It seems Max B had just extricated himself from a bad contract. Don’t worry about Max though, he’s just signed a new long term deal.

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Gig Guide: Monday August 24, 2009

24 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

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Mumpsy's "Posturing"

Orlando, Florida band Mumpsy deserve kudos for the cover of their latest album “Posturing.”

And their 60’s garage pop is just the thing too. The “Posturing Tour” reaches The North Star Bar in Philadelphia Monday.

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Bri Blahg… Music News Round Up Thursday August 20

20 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

As I write I’ve fired up Jay Reatard’s “Watch Me Fall” album. It’s not bad. The faux British accent is a little annoying, but that’s just nitpicking. He’s been listening to a lot of Wire I believe. Not a world changing record, but it’s good clean fun. Strongest track may be the last one “There Is No Sun,” a slab of sad eyed, chime-y power pop. And on now to the news of the day:

Super group Them Crooked Vultures have leaked some studio footage. It’s nigh impossible these days to maintain the mystery in any project, but it seems they’ve done a good job in this case.

Meanwhile Stereogum reports on their second ever live appearance.

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Joe Pug makes it on NBC’s Brian Williams’ iPOD

13 08 2009

By Dan Hoffman @danhoffman24

While at Lollapalooza we had a brief moment to sit down with Chicago singer/songwriter, Joe Pug. We had a chance ask Joe about playing the Newport Folk Festival, having NBC’s Brian Williams as a fan, and what we can expect from his first full length album.





Bri Blahg… News Round Up Wednesday August 12, 2009

12 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

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photo by: Brian Phillips

Say what you will about Phish, their comeback has been going gang busters. Now their first new album in five years has a release date.

Does God hate Aerosmith?

Jacko update: Let the profiteering begin.

Rapper C-Murder going down for A-Murder. Well at least he still has his street cred.

Ron Wood joined Pearl Jam on stage in the UK last night.

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Bri Blahg… Giant Heat Stroked Lollapalooza Wrap Up

10 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

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And that’s it. Lollapalooza 2009 is history. We saw a little of everything this weekend. I swear it was down right chilly Friday. It was raining I know that. Saturday and Sunday were different stories. We got a good lather going by the end of the weekend. Lollapalooza adjusted though. Yesterday the Chicago Fire Department brought in a truck with a giant fan on top to spray mist. This ain’t a bad town if the fire department has a damn misting truck. I’m going to roll through some highlights here. I’m one man though and there’s so much I missed. I saw quite a lot too.

Friday

I raced to the BMI stage just in time to catch a wisp of April Smith. She’s somethin’, and a mean dresser too. Smith was kind enough to take us on a tour of the site seeing as how we just got there and all. April received as much as she gave in the form of Lobster Corn Dogs.

After watching nine year old Yuto Miyazawa play “Paranoid” by Sabbath on the Kidzapalooza stage a late Portland, Oregon band Hockey tried to make it work on The Playstation Stage. Unfortunately the power went out and they couldn’t get through their first number. The men were good sports in the media area later and told us about how Bruce Springsteen doesn’t pay attention when you meet him.

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Natasha Khan’s Bat for Lashes get spooky in Lollapalooza heat

10 08 2009

Natasha Khan talks about recording “Two Suns”, working with Yeasayer, and the effects of performing on a hot afternoon at Lollapalooza.

hit the jump for footage of “Siren Song” and you’ll see what Miss Kahn and I were talking about…

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