Bri Blahg… Lil Wayne’s Guns, Motorhead, and Chinese Pop Stars. Music News Round Up 10/21/09

21 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Metallica Aid Search For Missing Fan

She’s a 20 year old Virginia Tech undergrad, last seen at a Metallica concert over the weekend.

Rock Band Beatles Pump Up Video Game Sales

Over a half a million sold.

DNA Hearing In Lil Wayne Gun Case

This is some serious shit for the cough syrup swilling, blunt huffing Atlanta rapper. Just ask Plaxico Burress how they deal with gun pocession in New York City.

Pavement Gather Bands For ATP UK

Quasi, Faust, and The Fall! I love The Fall.

Bonus Coverage. Mr. Pharmacist!

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Bri Blahg… Andy Partridge’s Wonderfully Warped Son

21 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

I’ve always been fascinated with the whole nature versus nurture argument, particuarly in the realm of creativity. XTC’s Andy Partridge is a brilliant songwriter. Turns out his 22 year old son Harry has chosen to express himself in cartoons. His latest work for the BBC is this Rock Band parody. You’ll note he takes a good natured jab at dad’s band at the end of the bit.

Bonus Coverage. In case you’re not familiar with XTC’s music, here’s “Towers Of London:”

Bri Blahg… Kanye Stabs Self, U2ube, There’s A Pearl Jam App For That… Music News Round Up 10/20/09

20 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)


Kanye West briefly posted a disturbing Spike Jonze directed short yesterday, and then took it down.

Bonus Coverage. Obviously we don’t have the video, so instead enjoy this instructional film:

Who Says You Tube Doesn’t Have Any Money

This weekend You Tube will stream U2’s Rose Bowl show free. Who wants to take bets on their server crashing.

Pearl Jam Bootleg App

Bootleg is a strong word since the band has teamed with Verizon for the new Blackberry do-hicky. You’ll get three live tracks from every remaining show on the tour.

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Bri Blahg… August 19th Music News Round Up

19 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)


The Cribs... Now With More Johnny Marr

I was gone a few days and the music news piled up a bit.

By hiring a kid to play drums in his band, Billy Corgan has assured himself he won’t get any back sass. Predictable.

Jay-Z has released the track list for his September album. Hard to believe this will be his 11th.

Rock Band Beatles will have 19 songs from which to choose.

Death Row Records is branching out into movies. The story of a ficticous pro basketball player who sees two bullets end his career sounds intriguing.

I’m sad to report record producer Jim Dickinson has died. He was 67. Dickinson produced a lot of great albums, and two sons who form the core of The North Mississippi All Stars. Dickinson worked with The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and Bob Dylan, and lent his talents to personal favorites Big Star, The Replacements, Mudhoney, and Lucero.

Tommy Lee managed to burn himself so severely with sparklers that he’ll miss some shows. Brilliant.

Kiss has become the latest to sign a Wal Mart exclusive.

The first of the bands playing CMJ have been announced. My favorite of course is Pissed Jeans.

Katy Perry weighs in on the Lady Gaga is a man deal. Yawn.

Finally… Built To Spill announce details on their new album.

Thanks to Brooklyn Vegan you can hear a new track from The Cribs. There’s also a picture of the band with new member Johnny Marr. Guess he’s not in Modest Mouse anymore. At any rate The Cribs are worth your attention.

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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