Bri Blahg… Lil Wayne’s Expanding Brood, Winehouse’s Exploding Boob, And Wavves’ Reatard Rejects… Music News Round Up 11/19/09

19 11 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

(Editor’s note. We apologize. Brian is in a foul mood today. The below reflects his poor attitude. It is so noted in his employee file.)

Looks Like Rod Stewart Will Keep Making His Shitty Nostalga Albums

A law firm just sued “Rod The Mod” for $3.3 Million.

Not Drugs This Time Says Amy Winehouse’s Dad

It’s worse if you can imagine. Mr. Winehouse says his daughter was hospitalized last week after one of her boob implants exploded.

Lil Wayne Guests On Gossip Girl’s Record

Someone named Leighton Meester. I don’t watch Gossip Girl. Apparently she’s on it or something. I don’t care but maybe you do.

Lil Wayne Has Fourth Lil Wayne

Dude… A rubber… Wear one. Lil Wayne has, for the fourth time, fathered an illegitimate child. If you’re scoring with us at home, that’s by four different women, and the second this fall. Sure he has money, but I doubt seriously he’ll be around much for the kids. For one thing he missed the birth due to a “prior engagement.” Asshole.

R.E.M. Begin New Album

You can follow along with video posted on their website.

Bonus Coverage:

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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… Friday Music News Round Up. What A Lovely Way To Say How Much You Love Me

11 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Someone Had To Approve This

We heard from Courtney Hole earlier this week on the matter. Now Dave Grohl and Krist Novelselic have expressed dismay over Kurt Kobain’s avatar singing Bon Jovi songs on Guitar Hero. Someone had to approve this right? See you in court I guess.

Bonus Coverage. In case you missed it, here’s the sad video:

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Bri Blahg Bonnaroo Saturday And Sunday

8 05 2009

It’s part two of our two part peek at The Bonnaroo 2009 schedule.


If Alejandro Escovedo plays “2am Pissed Off” I’ll be ecstatic. It’s perhaps the most harrowing song about substance abuse ever written. It knocks me over every time I hear it. Escovedo starts my day at That Tent Saturday. We saw Elvis Perkins two years ago jamming in the press tent with Cold War Kids. I’ll never forget it. I hope to catch at least the end of his set in This Tent early afternoon. Robyn Hitchock and The Venus 3 follow Perkins. Officially The Venus 3 includes R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. Will he be in the band that day? We’ll see. Regardless I’ve never seen Hitchcock do a bad show. Many will crowd This Tent late afternoon for Of Montreal, but I can’t resist the charms of Jenny Lewis over at That Tent. Choices must be made.

My evening will commence with Wilco on the giant What Stage before ducking out to see Elvis Costello. The bespectled one has played the ‘Roo before, but never alone. He will in That Tent Saturday. The Decemberists and Mars Volta will pull me apart in geographic and stylistic directions. The evening ends with Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band playing their historic first ever Bonnaroo set. Much like Metallica last year, they’ll be playing for a lot of people who aren’t their hardcore fans. I’m sure The Boss will be up for the challenge.


By noon on Sunday exhaustion will start to set in. I’ll be long and hopelessly caked in ‘Roo grit (unless it rains, then it’ll be ‘Roo mud). Thank God for Ted Leo and The Pharmicists. That’s the band to get me going again at 1:30 in The Other Tent. Hopefully we’ll be interviewing Jessica Lea Mayfield sometime Sunday. We keep getting turned down. We’ll be nice Jessica, we’re fans! Whatever happens I am not missing her after Ted Leo at Cafe Where. Between three and six I’ll be all over the map. A bit of Erykah Badu on What Stage, a dash of Andrew Bird, on Which Stage, a smidgen of Okkervil River back in The Other Tent, and I can’t miss outlaw legend Merle Haggard who takes over This Tent at 5pm.

Most likely we’ll hit the road before Phish’s second show, but not before the spine tingling Band Of Horses and the devastating Neko Case at This Tent.

I hope you can join us, but if not we’ll be all over this thing.

Modern Skirts help bring the 40 Watt to Austin

1 04 2009

Jay Gulley of Modern Skirts spent some quality moments with at SXSW. We talked about Mike Mills and Dave Lowery producing tracks on their latest album, and how the band has developed a working democracy.

SXSW Saturday… Southern Gentlemen And Loaded Dice

22 03 2009

When I was a kid dad Phillips took his brood on backpacking excusions into The Olympic Mountains of Washington State. I can still remember his giant red backpack. A mile into these trips he would often have to attach our little packs to it as we whined and complained about the Bataan Death March pace he set. I had to draw on that experience Saturday. Instead of hiking six miles to the Lower Lillian River camp though I was heading to Jovina’s south of downtown for a rousing SXSW wake me up with The Waco Brothers! I think it was a four mile roundtrip. Yes I could have taken a cab, but I’m cheap.

click to watch our interview with Jon Langford

The short hand description of The Waco Brothers is that they are a country band. That’s like calling the Pittsburgh Steelers a “sports team.” It’s true, but doesn’t really do them justice. Everything The Brothers do has twang, but they rock like hell. They’re cowpunks really. That’s not surprising considering the pedigree of band leader Jon Langford. Langford’s first band The Mekons started working country into their material back in the mid 80’s. After the show Langford says he discovered the music after an argument with an American friend. “Country is crap” Langford slurred. The friend argued to the contrary, telling Langford that The Mekons were already a country band even if they didn’t know it. After sending him a mix tape of classic country tunes, the argument was not only over, but The Mekons went on to put out classic records like “Fear & Whiskey” and “The Mekons Honky Tonkin.” Half the audience booed and threw bottles. Being true punks The Mekons laughed and rossined up the bow.

The Waco Brothers set was rousing and the between songs conversation was hillarious. Apologies were offered to any victims of the band’s late night hotel dice games. Better check them dice. Langford at one point announced that two members of the band would be fined for rehearsing. “We were rehearsing other bands’s songs” said Singer/Guitar player Deano Schlabowske thus avoiding a penalty. “Surely you rehearse” I said to Langford after the show. Estimates ranged from between five and 15 years since their last practice.

I bid Langford goodbye and secretly wished that I could be a Waco Brother too. To have that much fun without practicing sounds appealing. Rushing back into town I stopped for three chicken tacos as Jaime’s on Red River and then chatted up James Gulley of Modern Skirts. He was no doubt happy to converse because it got him out of helping set up in the hot sun behind The Side Bar. The band were appearing at The 40 Watt Club showcase. The venerable nightclub that launched R.E.M. showcases young Athens talent every year at SXSW. Modern Skirts are the best of this new crop displaying a grasp of pop and rock history far beyond their years. Mike Mills of R.E.M. is a fan and produced a track on the Skirts’ latest “All Of Us In Our Night.” The Skirts were as advertised, and more rocking than I imagined. Check them out they’re going places.

I’m eventually going places too… eventually. My flight’s delayed and being stuck in Dallas tonight is a real possibility unless I can make a 15 minute connection. The problem is my feet are killing me from all that walking. I think I rip a page from The Waco Brothers playbook, have a couple of beers, and hope that it all turns out ok. Peace.

Brian Phillips