Bri Blahg… Tyler In Trouble? Jacko’s Doctor Wants Paid, More Blackroc Leaks. Music News Round Up 11/18/09

18 11 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Aerosmith Fear For Tyler

As I suspected, band members are very concerned that their (former?) singer is using again. I’ll say this, the Toxic Twin is one passive-aggressive dude.

Jacko’s Alleged Doctor Feelgood Says He May Sue AEG

Doctor Conrad Murray says the producers of Michael Jackson’s ill fated “This Is It” Tour owe him 300 Large. I wonder if he’s on medication for his huge clanging balls.

More Blackroc Tracks Leaked

Pitchfork has the details. If you’re not up on this one…. it’s The Black Keys and a host of hip hop collaborators. The stuff I’ve heard is quite good.

How’s The Record Business Working Out For Ya?

It really isn’t news anymore. The old line record business is a hulking, smoldering wreck. Just ask the geniuses who bought up EMI. Don’t be confused though… Just because lumbering dinosaurs like EMI are sinking into the tar pits, doesn’t mean the music business as a whole is dead. Quite to the contrary, a new, more lucrative model for artists is emerging.

Bonus Coverage. This one goes out to you EMI:

Velvets To Appear At Library

Well it ain’t Max’s Kansas City, but it does sound interesting. Velvet Underground members Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, and Doug Yule (he replaced John Cale) will be part of a panel discussion on the band and their music at The New York Public Library.

Bonus Coverage. $26 In My Hand:

Jay Z, Will And Jada Pinkett Smith Fund Fela Musical

I’m not much for musical theater myself, but this Broadway production about Nigerian Afro Beat legend Fela Kuti sounds interesting. Some big names financed the project.

“Teacher Don’t Teach Me No Nonsense:”

Faces To Tour Without Rod Stewart

Looks that way anyway. You need Rod Stewart for this don’t you?

New Brian Jonestown Massacre Coming? It Would Seem

You can sample “Who Killed Sgt. Pepper” here. It’s mind bending as you might expect.

Rogue Wave Finish New Record

The album, produced in Oxford, Mississippi with Dennis Herring will be out next March. If it’s as good as their last one I’m in. Good band.

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Bri Blahg… Giant Heat Stroked Lollapalooza Wrap Up

10 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

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And that’s it. Lollapalooza 2009 is history. We saw a little of everything this weekend. I swear it was down right chilly Friday. It was raining I know that. Saturday and Sunday were different stories. We got a good lather going by the end of the weekend. Lollapalooza adjusted though. Yesterday the Chicago Fire Department brought in a truck with a giant fan on top to spray mist. This ain’t a bad town if the fire department has a damn misting truck. I’m going to roll through some highlights here. I’m one man though and there’s so much I missed. I saw quite a lot too.

Friday

I raced to the BMI stage just in time to catch a wisp of April Smith. She’s somethin’, and a mean dresser too. Smith was kind enough to take us on a tour of the site seeing as how we just got there and all. April received as much as she gave in the form of Lobster Corn Dogs.

After watching nine year old Yuto Miyazawa play “Paranoid” by Sabbath on the Kidzapalooza stage a late Portland, Oregon band Hockey tried to make it work on The Playstation Stage. Unfortunately the power went out and they couldn’t get through their first number. The men were good sports in the media area later and told us about how Bruce Springsteen doesn’t pay attention when you meet him.

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Bri Blahg… Another Bri Pod Countdown

2 07 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

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Several months ago I started writing columns about what my Ipod played for me on the way to work in the morning. Self absorption? Perhaps…. Still people occasionally ask me to write more. Here then is another installment in our occasional “Bri Pod” series.

1. The Beatles “Two Of Us”

A few weeks back this song came up in a conversation I was having with members of White Rabbits about obscure (being a relative term here) Beatles songs. A lot of their stuff sounds a bit dated, but this simple folk pop tune holds up quite nicely. For all the elegant simplicity of this track, “Let It Be” was the most laborious of The Beatles career as you can read here.

7 more tunes after the jump…

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