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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Bri Blahg… 9/2 Music News Round Up: Charlie Watts Quits Eminem’s Small Penis Or Why Punctuation Is Important

2 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Watts Leaves Stones Under Own Power

Can you have The Rolling Stones without Charlie Watts? Spin reports that after 47 years Watts is walking away from the kit. According to the magazine’s website Charlie Drayton from Keith’s solo band The X-Pensive Winos will replace. Drayton’s a good drummer, but perhaps it’s time for The Stones to hang ’em up. I’m sure the band has an excellent pension.

Cripes The Stones were something though weren’t they?

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Bri Blahg… August 13, 2009 Music News Round Up

13 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)


By far the biggest story of the day is the death of Les Paul. It is impossible to overstate his importance to modern music. Paul was 94. Just below we posted some stuff we shot last fall for Rolling Stone. Guitar heavyweights like Slash and Billy Gibbons gathered in Cleveland late last year to pay tribute to the man himself.

“It Might Get Loud” is the documentary on a the Yalta like summit featuring Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White. reports that in the film Page played some new material he’s been working on. The trailer is pretty cool. I found it on You Tube, but people had gunked it all up so go here instead.

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Noel Gallagher likes Alberta Cross

25 06 2009

We talked with Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross about their new recordings, touring with Oasis, and playing with Neil Young this summer.

“Lucy Rider”

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Bri Blahg… Bonnaroo Morning Day 3… Receding Hairlines and Never Made Tampon Commercials

13 06 2009

 Day three… Morning…. Sunshine! We are ever alert for nasty weather though. Last night a storm was looking to make a direct hit on the ‘Roo before inexplicably turning ever so slightly southward. Who says God hates hippies. The Good Lord should have smited (or is that smooted, smitted, or smothered, diced and covered) Crystal Castles instead. We’ll get to that later. (Oh Ecstasy you are a powerful drug. You can make a tent filled with 4,000 19 year olds believe a band is good)

Spent a few minutes with Portugal The Man front man John Gourley. I figured he was tired of talking about growing up in an Alaskan Cabin, his dad running the Iditorod, and having Sarah Palin as his mayor. Turns out the band’s next album is all about his wilderness boy upbringing. Gourley says the record will certainly shock fans for it’s poppier direction. I’d trust them though, they’re a band on the rise. What I couldn’t get out of young John was why he chose to call the record “The Satanic Satanists.” Perhaps they’re looking for a lifetime ban from Palin’s Alaska. Near as I could tell it’s just a bit of fun. (True story Portugal The Man and Slayer share publicists… hmmmmm) Video coming to most of these stations soon.

Speaking of bands with new albums coming, Alberta Cross have finished theirs. We talked for just a few minutes as I did not want to be the asshole that kept them from seeing The Reverend Al Green. (I was the asshole who kept myself from seeing Al Green as it turns out.) Front man Petter Stakee admitted that his material is a bit downcast. It’s also quite beautiful and he has nothing to apologize for. Big things are happening for Alberta Cross. They’re signed to ATO, opened shows for Oasis earlier this year at Noel Gallagher’s personal request, and are playing Hyde Park in London with Neil Young in a few weeks. Not bad work if you can get it.

A busy interview afternoon behind me, I picked up the camera. We have a bit of live Ani DiFranco video. Ani seemed in good spirits even though she used the “F” word a lot. She’s just never struck me as an “F” word person, but there you go. Byrne’s band was of course tight and he had white clad dancers ripped straight from a 1985 workout video. They looked like extras from a never made feminine hygiene product commercial. I’m sure someone wanted to have one with dancers, but there’s no way that gets off the drawing board in 1985.

Of course The ‘Roo has been abuzz about The Phish shows. The first of two was last night on the main stage and together with Thunder Dan Hoffman we captured video and stills. The rule for video here is the first 60 seconds of the first two songs, and still photos for the first three songs only. For Phish that could be an hour. They kicked off the show with…. ok I’ll come clean, the only Phish song I like “Chalk Dust Torture” (I also love “Truckin'” by The Dead… yeah I’m one of those.) Hey the people were pleased, the band was pleased, and it isn’t all about me. In 2009 there are ways for fellas like Phish to ward off the obvious effects of aging. They have chosen none of those, and presented themselves in all their paunchy, balding glory. The drummer I think was even wearing a mu mu. I have tremendous respect for Phish and mean no disrespect. It seems more like Bonnaroo to have them here.

Racing to That Tent (or was it This Tent) I was just in time to snap some stills of rock’s second all time greatest band from France, Phoenix. Number one of course were Sub Pop recording artists Les Thugs. After Phoenix it’s a short list. Lots of energy from the alt pop sensations. The spirit of Bonnaroo is so positive that even a band of French guys can put aside their haughty contempt and feel the love. Kisses in the air.

Crystal Castles was my next assignment though none of my photos turned out. They were using a seizure inducing strobe light, hoping no doubt to kill their fans. Sorry kids I don’t get what all the stink is about. And I’m guessing that once you come around from all the Ecstasy you ate last night you’ll feel the same.

No more time for negativity though. I have Elvis Perkins, Robyn Hitchcock and more to shoot this afternoon.