Bri Blahg… Steven Tyler More Conflicted Than A Teen Girl, Stooges Destroy, Phish To Usher In Several New Years… Music News Round Up 11/11/09

11 11 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Before We Get Into The Serious Stuff…

Did you know there was a band called Metallagher? Yeah me neither. They smash watermelons and play Metallica covers. How did I miss this?

Perry Takes To Twitter, Says Aerosmith Will Continue

They’re replacing Steven Tyler he says. Good luck with that. Perhaps they need to have a band meeting because Joey Kramer seems to be out of the loop.

Bonus Coverage. Then again, over on the Velvet Rope they’re saying Tyler appeared at last night’s Joe Perry Project show:

I may just have to shut up about all this. I feel like I’m being played. Wouldn’t be the first time.

Stooges Play First Show With Williamson

Retired computer engineer James Williamson is once again, after 30 some odd years, the guitar player in The Stooges. The band played their first gig over the weekend in Brazil.

Bonus Coverage. “Search And Destroy!” And don’t bother complaining about Iggy having his shirt off, he doesn’t give a shit what you think.

My Morning Jacket On American Dad


My Morning Jacket On "American Dad"


I’ve never gotten into the show for whatever reason though I’m a big Family Guy…. guy. Perhaps I’ll have to check it out.

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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


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… 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… Music News Round Up 9/8/2009. Your Wallet Better Be Ready

8 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

As I write I’m listening to my new favorite band The Spits. The fact that they’ve been around since the turn of the century means that I’ve wasted many years not listening to them. Bloody hell! If you like The Ramones, Wire, Devo, and The Rezillos then you’ve found your new favorite band too.

Beatles Remasters Out

The Beatles "Abbey Road" Remaster

Back in the 80’s The Beatles were, as I remember it, alone. Every other major artist had seen their catalogs reissued on CD. The Beatles held out until 1987, and with great fanfare released their hallowed albums in digital form. As the years have gone by and mastering technology improved many generations, The Beatles again waited. Today is the day. The newly remastered Beatles have been released along with Beatles Rock Band.

Meanwhile Paul McCartney blames EMI for The Beatles not being available for legal download. Sounds like it will happen soon.

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Bri Blahg… News Round Up Wednesday August 12, 2009

12 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)


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… 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.

Phish Live Friday Night at Bonnaroo 2009

13 06 2009

@DanHoffman24 danced in his Toms and shot some video, and @BrianBlahg shot some stills at Phish’s 1st of two headlining sets at Bonnaroo 2009.



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