Bri Blahg… Do You Say No To Slash? Kings Of Leon’s Pants And Beatles Flash. Music News Round Up 11/4/09

4 11 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)


Who Could Say No To This Face?


Ouch… Jack White Says No To Slash

I think it would have been cool.

I Thought He Was On A Hindu Retreat

Kanye’s working on a new record apparently.

Kings Of Leon… Fashion Gods

They’ve launched their own clothing line. Hmmmm. Seems kind of lame to me.

Still No Legal Downloads, But….

EMI is releasing limited edition Beatles flash drives.

Them Crooked Vultures Drop Free-Be

It’s a song from their upcoming debut album.

Mayer Plots Long Tour

It’s 41 dates long.

Woodie Says Stones May Tour Next Year

We’ll see.

I’d Call The Band “Litigation”

Because a judge ruled yesterday that you can’t call it Sublime.

Rhianna Is Talking

The singer is talking about the Chris Brown assault.

Sonic Youth Add Tour Dates

They’re make ups for when Lee Rinaldo broke his wrist.

Devandra Expands North American Tour

Not by that much, but there you go.

Araya To Go Under Knife, Slayer Tour Canceled

I wonder if it will be “surgery with no anesthesia?”

Bonus Coverage:

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Bri Blahg… Iggy, Jung, and Richard Nixon On The Piano. Music News Round Up 10/14/09

14 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

The Olympics Of Cool

Even if the luge and team short track speed skating aren’t your thing, the music lineup for next February’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver is top notch and surprisingly adventurous.

Weezer Offers Up Ratitude Samples On Itunes

So says Rolling Stone

My New Dream. Renew My Vows With Kim Gordon Officiating

Sonic Youth made their bizarre appearance on Gossip Girl this week. Full disclosure. I’ve never watched Gossip Girl and have no stinking clue what the show is about. I rather like my life that way. It seems there was a wedding and Kim Gordon played an internet certified minister. After the ceremony the band played an unplugged version of “Star Power.” When my wife and I are ready to get all squishy and renew our vows, I want Kim Gordon to do ours too. (editor’s note. Bri has trouble separating fantasy from reality. We’re pretty certain Kim Gordon is not actually an ordained minister.) They’ve done a nice job scrubbing the scene from You Tube, but you can watch it here.

Bonus Coverage. “Star Power” as God intended:

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Bri Blahg: Pavement Reuniting! Kanye, Coldplay Pay, Blah Blah Blah Pavement Reuniting! Music News Round Up 9/16/09

16 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Pavement Are Reuniting? Yes!

That’s what Brooklyn Vegan says. Hard to believe they split a decade ago already.

Bonus Coverage. Pavement’s Cut Your Hair… Yes it was their biggest “hit.” It’s also a corker:

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Bri Blahg… Ellen Replaces Paula, Nothing Replaces Jay Z, Billy Corgan Is God: Music News Round-Up 9/10/09

10 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Your Home Girl, Ellen D

Replacing Paula Abdul on American Idol? Ellen Degeneres. You know what, not a bad choice. I’m still not going to watch mind you. We’ll miss you Paula you cream crackers nuts basket case of love.

Another Day In The Jay Z Echo Chamber

Hey I’m a man of the people, and I’m detecting that the people can’t get enough Jay Z coverage. Everyone is obsessed with Jay Z. I learned that when there was all that hubub about him attending a Grizzly Bear show last month for crying out loud. Last night he played New York’s Blender Theater and Rolling Stone was there.

Bonus Coverage. Video Already Up On You Tube:

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Bri Blahg… 9/4/09 Music News: Man Retires From Silicon Valley, Joins Stooges

4 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

NIN Hollywood Show Features Gary Numan

Argh! Nine Inch Nails keep pulling up inspired guests on their farewell tour and I’m not there to dig it. Wednesday in LA it was industrial music pioneer and ace pilot Gary Numan. “Cars” was an obvious choice. Even better was “Metal.” Numan I fear is largely forgotten, but for Reznor he is a huge influence. Check out Numan’s “Metal”:

So I Was Sitting In The Parking Lot Of A Dentist Office

That’s what Stooges guitar player James Williamson told Rolling Stone of Iggy’s invitation to rejoin the band. He was getting ready to see the dentist when Iggy rang him up.

Williamson left music in 1974, and eventually ended up in a shitty little no future business called personal computers. It almost sounds like a movie:

“I was about to take an early retirement from my job in Silicon Valley, so I figured ‘What the hell, let’s do it.”

Williamson replaces Ron Asheton who died of a heart attack this past winter. James was in the band for their 1973 smokin’ shoot out “Raw Power.”

Bri Blahg… Friday August 14, 2009 Music News Round-Up

14 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

With the injuries and illnesses piling up, Aerosmith canceled their U.S. tour says Billboard.

On the heels of yesterday’s Radiohead leak, it looks as though an e.p. could be coming.

Death Cab and Son Volt leaders are teaming for a film soundtrack.

Madonna is a crypto-satanist. Tell me something I don’t know.

Sub Pop is doing a 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana’s Bleach. I wonder if the band still owes Jason Everman money for fronting the studio costs?

I successfully avoided even knowing what Gossip Girl was about. I imagined it wasn’t worth the effort. I may have to rethink. Sonic Youth are going to be on. Nah I still don’t care.

Via La La Pitchfork has another new Flaming Lips song.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Bonnaroo programming …

10 06 2009

Yeah yeah, we promised Bonnaroo updates leading up to the Big Day on Thursday, but we couldn’t help but take a break from all that exhaustive festival planning/packing to catch Sonic Youth play a tiny gig at New York’s SoHo Apple Store tonight . The event was held in conjunction with the release of the group’s 15th (wow! and Thurston Moore hasn’t aged a day!) studio album, “The Eternal,” and was performed for supposedly a limited number of free ticket holders and other guests, but it seemed as though any random passersby could have walked right in.

Anyway, point being, it didn’t look like this, which was what happened when Jonas Brothers Mania invaded the small space. Rather, it was a small enough crowd that the set felt intimate, yet in true Sonic Youth form, the seminal rockers still tore, wound and shred loudly through choice new cuts like the “la-la-la”-lilted “Leaky Lifeboat,” the Lee Ranaldo-sung “What We Know” and the most-excellent “Anti-Orgasm,” which angrily spiraled to its guitar-fueled climax before releasing its pent-up energy to wind back down.

While the 30-minute preview of new tunes (and encore of “Daydream Nation’s” “Hey Joni”) was only a small sampling, it’s clear by spending time with the rest of the songs on the new album that Sonic Youth, now back to a five-piece with the addition of former Pavement bassist Mark Ibold, is back with a diversity and fierceness that was noticeably lacking on 2006’s so-so “Rather Ripped.” Check the album if you haven’t already, and be sure to find them on the road this summer.