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… Don’t Mess With Jemima, Dr. Jack White, And A Diddy Lockdown. Music News Round Up 10/19/09

19 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

You Got Beat Up By A Girl! You Got Beat Up By A Girl!

Don’t mess with ex-Be Your Own Pet front woman Jemima Pearl. A heckler found out the hard way. If he was flicking lit cigarettes at her he had it coming. (Scroll down a bit for her side of the story)

Jack White Delivers University Lecture

Jack White was also made an honorary member of Ireland’s Trinity College Philosophical Society, joining the likes of Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde. Next… The UN right?

MGMT Work On New Record, Take Up Hobby

They’ve been surfing.

Tegan And Sara Ready Sixth Album

Death Cab’s Chris Walla is lending a hand.

Magic Numbers Offer Up Free Track

Catch up with what the pair of brothers and sisters have been up to.

Bonus Coverage. Here’s a piece we did on the band a couple of years back for our TV show:

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Wavves Reschedule Drug Shows

Remember when the asshole from Wavves took way too many drugs and mumbled through a festival appearance in Spain, and then canceled the UK tour? Yeah well they’re ready to try again. Good luck with that.

Bonus Coverage. In case you missed our confab at SXSW. Strange to say the least:

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Bri Blahg… Spitting And Slapping. Music News Round-Up 9/28/09

28 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Please Help Scotland Yard Gospel Choir


Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

The Chicago band was in a horrific van accident last week. They need your help. We’ll keep you posted on the hospitalized member’s conditions as updates become available.

Lady Sov Spits At Doorman, Fined

Is there anything worse you can do to a person than spitting on them? Really I’d rather be kicked in the nuts.

And The Moon Landings Were Faked Too

The album that made Kiss’ career, “Alive” was said to have been recorded at Detroit’s Cobo Hall. There may be some crowd noise on there from Cobo, but trust me, that was a studio creation (as are more live albums than you care to know). Anyway Kiss recreated the recreated “Alive” over the weekend in Detroit and Billboard was there.

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Bri Blahg… Music News Round Up: Wednesday August 26, 2009

26 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)


Kings Of Leon @ Lollapalooza by Gary Orr

The Kings Of Leon are prepping a live DVD and remix album for the fall. Justin Timberlake, Lykke Li, and Mark Ronson will be among the contributors. Hmmm. I guess I’ll wait to hear them. Well, except for the contribution from Linkin Park. I’m pretty sure that’ll suck.

Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy guested on three songs at last night’s Nine Inch Nails show. Kanye was there.

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Bri Blahg… Pitchfork Festival Preview

14 07 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)


The Jesus Lizard

The Pitchfork Music Festival is this weekend at Chicago’s Union Park. As I write Saturday and Sunday are sold out, with just a scant smattering of tickets remaining for Friday.


The only reason I can think of for Friday not being clean is fear…. and for good reason. Malnourished hipsters can only foresee their own death at the hands of the reformed Jesus Lizard. There’s not a front man in music like David Yow. The manic Texan comes off like a Pentecostal preacher assigned to build a church in hell. The fact that they’re one of my favorite bands is not something I want to think about too much. On either side of the Lizard Friday on old people night is another fave of mine Yo La Tengo and the enigmatic Built To Spill. The way the schedule works out we should be able to see all three. Bully for us.

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And this week’s craziest-interview award goes to …

23 03 2009

See for yourself, yos:

Wavves’ Nathan Williams drunkenly beats a piñata @ SXSW, 3/20

21 03 2009

So everyone on the planet has heard of Wavves by now, right? *Insert eye roll* Nathan Williams, alias WAVVES, has been a buzz child within the blogosphere for the past several months. He’s an overnight superstar in the underground indie world, having only played his first show on Halloween 2008, according to Spin Magazine.

photo by Jillian Mapes

I should not have been surprised by Wavves’ behavior because of his instant fame, but somehow I was. The San Diego lo-fi surf rocker, who seems to have a Kurt Cobain complex, took the stage at the French Legation Museum on Thursday afternoon two and a half hours late, demanded that his posse bring him more whiskey and fumbled with the chord progressions in his own songs. Wavves delved into his biggest track, “So Bored,” second, and I realized how appropriate a song title it is, given my mood at the time. Seriously, it was snooze-ville, mostly because it was Wavves sans-drummer, which is typically Williams’ live style. Wavves sounds much better on his full-length, titled Wavvvess, which he told me in a post-show interview was recorded on Garage Band by himself because he’s a “musical control freak.”

After playing three tracks, Williams looked up and drunkenly asked if he had time for one more. He had played three two-minute songs and asked if he had time for one more. Are you serious?, I thought. He begrudgingly made his way through a new track. Seriously, why is the indie rock community embracing such pretentious figures?

photo by Jillian Mapes

As surprising as his performance was, it was just the tip of the iceberg. Following the show, Wavves made his way down to the valley at the French Legation Museum where a hand-made piñata was waiting. A clearly intoxicated Wavves, who was chasing his whiskey with a can of Sprite, was blindfolded (much to his dismay) and started whacking away. He beat that thing to death and threw down the murder weapon — an orange stick. Bad things happen when people give drunk hipsters wooden objects for violent purposes, and that’s all I can say about that.

So then Palestra Music Department producer Nick Jones and I waited…and waited for Wavves to ready himself for our interview. We eventually sat down with him in an ice cream truck, during which the drunken 22-year-old blew cigarette smoke into the camera and commented on his favorite “Seinfeld” episode. We were ecstatic with the outrageous results, to say the least. Keep an eye out for our on-camera with Wavves coming soon — you will not be disappointed by the hijinks. — Jillian Mapes