Bri Blahg… Boss Has Senior Moment… Kanye Invited This Time… Music News Round Up 11/16/09

16 11 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Grizzly Bear In Bus Wreck. They’re Fine

The accident in Germany did force them to miss a gig in Munich with Wilco. Thank God though, everyone is fine.

Bruce Says Hey Ohio… In Michigan

Thanks to Spinal Tap Ohio seems to be the default location for musicians who can’t remember where they are. Friday Bruce Springsteen made several Buckeye State references during a show in…. Auburn Hills, Michigan. We’re based in Columbus so I can tell you that Ohio references in Michigan this close to the Ohio State/Michigan game is a gaffe you don’t want to make.

Bonus Coverage. Here it is:

Kanye Resurfaces In London

I’ll assume Jay Z and Beyonce knew he was coming.

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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… Friday Music News Round Up. What A Lovely Way To Say How Much You Love Me

11 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Someone Had To Approve This

We heard from Courtney Hole earlier this week on the matter. Now Dave Grohl and Krist Novelselic have expressed dismay over Kurt Kobain’s avatar singing Bon Jovi songs on Guitar Hero. Someone had to approve this right? See you in court I guess.

Bonus Coverage. In case you missed it, here’s the sad video:

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Bri Blahg… Music News Round Up 9/8/2009. Your Wallet Better Be Ready

8 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

As I write I’m listening to my new favorite band The Spits. The fact that they’ve been around since the turn of the century means that I’ve wasted many years not listening to them. Bloody hell! If you like The Ramones, Wire, Devo, and The Rezillos then you’ve found your new favorite band too.

Beatles Remasters Out

The Beatles "Abbey Road" Remaster

Back in the 80’s The Beatles were, as I remember it, alone. Every other major artist had seen their catalogs reissued on CD. The Beatles held out until 1987, and with great fanfare released their hallowed albums in digital form. As the years have gone by and mastering technology improved many generations, The Beatles again waited. Today is the day. The newly remastered Beatles have been released along with Beatles Rock Band.

Meanwhile Paul McCartney blames EMI for The Beatles not being available for legal download. Sounds like it will happen soon.

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Bri Blahg… Pitchfork Festival Preview

14 07 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

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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.

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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Feist, Ed Droste, Yo La Tengo join Wilco at Coney Island

14 07 2009

By Jill Menze (@jillmenze)

Wilco at Bonnaroo 2009

Wilco at Bonnaroo 2009

Boy oh boy! While we’re gearing up for Siren Fest in Coney Island this weekend, last night the site hosted one helluva set from Wilco at the minor league baseball field Keyspan Park. The breezy, gorgeous night saw the Chicago boys tear through a double-encore, 2.5-hour set with surprise guest appearances from Leslie Feist, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste and the night’s opening act, Yo La Tengo. Let it be known, Coney Island is a bitch to get down to (hi there, nine-hour subway ride!), but to see a show like this again I’d make the trip 20 times over.

Heading into the stadium at the beginning of the night proved more difficult than it should have been, causing us to circle around the venue and miss a good chunk of Yo La Tengo, but the Hoboken, NJ three-piece closed out its set in utterly disorienting fashion with “The Story of Yo La Tengo.”

Wilco took the stage around 8:30 p.m., kicking off with the feel-good “Wilco (The Song),” off its June-released “Wilco (The Album),” followed by the dizzying electronic buzz of “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and “Summerteeth” stand out “A Shot in the Arm.”

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