Bri Blahg… Them Crooked Vultures Hammer The Clods

10 11 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Them Crooked Vultures debut drops November 17

A couple of decades back the old Polydor record label signed a band called Kingdom Come. When clever FM dj’s of the day played Kingdom Come’s single “Get It On” they sometimes wouldn’t say who the band was, or broadly hint that it was Led Zeppelin in disguise. The phones would ring off the wall. “Dude was that new Led Zepp?” Listening to the song now it all seems ridiculous. Yes they sounded like Led Zeppelin, but only in a two-dimensional, cardboard cutout way. What they lacked of course were chops, good songs, and any sense of mystery and magic. They were a cheap tribute band body snatching wasteoids who never left the parking lot of life’s proverbial War Memorial Coliseum.

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Bri Blahg… Them Crooked Vultures Streaming, Wale Dropping, American Idiots Dancing… Music News Round Up 10/10/09

10 11 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Them Crooked Vultures Streaming Album

The debut drops one week from today, but the tracks have been individually placed on You Tube.

Bonus Coverage. Track 2 “Mind Eraser, No Chaser”:

Sure Beats Cats And Phantom

Green Day’s “American Idiot” is coming to Broadway.

Bonus Coverage. I guess I’m just a lousy Philistine because this just looks dumb to me:

In Related News, Coming Soon, The Kinks Choral Collection

And you can’t improve “Waterloo Sunset” with a choir either. It’s perfect the way it is. The good news is, some of the Kinks have been kicking around the studio with Ray Davies, but not brother Dave as yet.

Also Out Today

Wale and Dashboard Confessional highlight a slow release day. I predict the Wale record will do quite well.

Lil Wayne’s Bad Fall Keeps Getting Worse

Let’s see… he’s going to prison, can’t finish his record, and, over his objections Tha Carter documentary is coming.

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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)

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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… See You At The Movies… Not. Music News Round Up 10/28/09

28 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

This Is It Premieres

The stars turned out in LA. Will I rush out and see it? During football season and The World Series? Not bloody likely.

Or I Could Go To The Killers Movie

Not bloody likely either.

Things Work Out For The Best Says John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones has broken his silence on the aborted Led Zeppelin reunion and says he’s much happier in Them Crooked Vultures regardless.

Bonus Coverage. Likely your last look at Led Zepp:

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Bri Blahg… Them Crooked Vultures To Drop Album, Lil Wayne To Drop Trow. Music News Round Up 10/22/09

22 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Them Crooked Vultures Ready To Drop Record

A single comes next week, the album on November 17th. This entire process has been handled perfectly. The band has avoided empty hype and just played shows.

There’s No Cough Syrup In Prison

In New York City they don’t fuck around when it comes to guns. Ask Plaxico Burress about that. Looking at hard time for his weapons rap it appears Lil Wayne is ready to plea out and do eight months. It’ll help his career I’m sure. If I were the prosecutor I would make a deal forcing Wayne to agree never to release “Rebirth.”

What, Bruce Wasn’t Available?

For opening the new Jets/Giants stadium the wish list of performers was probably two deep. Since Bruce couldn’t do it, it has to be  Bon Jovi. Stupid Jersey people.

Bonus Coverage. Best band from New Jersey that’s not Bruce? Smithereens!

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Bri Blahg… Helping People, That’s What I Do. Music News Round Up: 9/9/09

9 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

That’s A Good Question Bri

Can you still be gangsta after going on Oprah? In fairness to Jay Z he is promoting his Friday charity concert. To help Jay maintain his hardness, here’s his mugshot courtesy The Smoking Gun:

Jay Z Wishing He Was At A Grizzly Bear Concert

That was snapped by NYPD in 1999 after Jay Z’s arrest on charges he stabbed a record executive. He probably had it coming right.

The Good News Is, I Now Know Who The Hell You Are

Rapper Max B (full disclosure, I had no idea who this guy was until today. See Max B knew exactly what he was doing) had 75 years dropped on his noggin last week for a robbery gone very bad. Bonus irony: It seems Max B had just extricated himself from a bad contract. Don’t worry about Max though, he’s just signed a new long term deal.

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Bri Blahg: Music News Round Up For Tuesday September 1, 2009

1 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Rolling Stone leads with news Them Crooked Vultures have been added to the Austin City Limits bill. If you haven’t been paying attention, that’s the supergroup featuring Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl, and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.

Sublime are going the Alice In Chains route, replacing a long dead singer and hitting the road. First up is The Smoke Out Festival hosted by Cheech And Chong. Your mileage may vary on Sublime playing a drug themed festival when their singer died from a drug overdose. Cheech and Chong got a lot of mileage out of those stoner movies they made back in the 70’s and 80’s. I love the cheesy announcer guy on this trailer:

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