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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on October 30 at 12:29 PM

Meet the Beatles: The Beatles go digital, coming soon to a video game near you.

Neil Young Cancels Show: LA show called off out of respect for picketing union workers from the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).

This Trial is Doomed: Phil Spector's retrial has been haulted due to juror injury.

If You're Thinking of Getting Me a Christmas Present: The Get Up Kids' Four Minute Mile to be re-issued on pretty blue vinyl in December.

I'll Be There: Jermaine promises Jackson 5 reunion (with Michael!) for 2009.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Moritz von Oswald Suffers Stroke

posted by on October 29 at 4:27 PM

According to this comments thread at Resident Advisor, Basic Channel/Chain Reaction/Burial Mix dub-techno pioneer Moritz von Oswald has suffered a stroke on a plane headed to Ireland for the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival, which he was headlining. Von Oswald is currently being treated in a Dublin hospital. We wish him all the best. Updates as they happen.

Basic Channel’s “Phylyps Trak”

Today's Music News

posted by on October 29 at 11:30 AM

Not Going to Prison After All: Shocker! Barenaked Lady frontman escapes jail time and felony charges.

RIP Terrin Durfey: The bassist for Boilermaker (who more recently played with Pinback and the Jade Shader) has died.

Best Special Edition Packaging Ever?: The "Mega Deluxe" packaging of the Flaming Lips' Christmas on Mars will come with popcorn!

Springsteen Cancels Halloween: And blames his "catastrophic success."

Cambodia Gets Their Rock Opera: After a long-standing ban of performing arts, the country's first rock opera opens next month.

Daddy's Girl: Britney Spears will be under her father's control, indefinitely.

Christie's Goes Punk: Rare punk rock memorabilia is featured in the famous auction.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on October 28 at 12:05 PM

Good Thing I Got to See Him Last Week: Ted Leo cancels the remainder of his tour.

Tick Tick Lawsuit: The Hives get sued over a guitar riff.

Led Zeppelin Cautiously Carries On Without Robert Plant: "We don't want to be our own tribute band."

A Barenaked Lady Will Get His Day in Court: Steven Page was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, which could earn him up to 15 years in prison.

New, Free Music!: Akimbo is currently streaming their new album Jersey Shores.

New, Free TV Show!: Watch The Aquabats' Super Show (created by the same dudes who do Yo Gabba Gabba!).


Friday, October 24, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on October 24 at 11:10 AM

Unfun All Over Again: My least favorite Jawbreaker record will be re-mastered and re-released with some rare extras. And it won't be sold exclusively at Hot Topic.

My Comical Romance: There might be a movie based on the comic book co-created by My Chemical Romance singer Gerad Way.

Wu-Tang's Coming: They've announced winter tour dates, including a stop in Seattle.

Daniel Johnston Also Announces Tour Dates: But he's staying far, far away from Seattle.

What Does a 13-Year-Old OJ Simpson Trial Have to Do With the Current Phil Spector Trial?: Apparently OJ's past is haunting the courtroom.

It's the Economy, Stupid: This year's CMJ festival feels the hit of America being broke.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on October 23 at 12:00 PM

Against Me! Uninjured in Bus Accident: Singer Tom Gabel talks about the crash in his blog: "I always sleep with my pants on just in case something like this happens."

Beastie Boys Working on Next Record: According to them it's "very wordy."

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Thanks to Axl Rose, everyone in America gets a free soda. And Chinese Democracy gets its official release date.

Now It's Time to Party Like It's His Birthday... Or Something: An agreement has finally been made in 50 Cent's custody trial.

Because You Haven't Heard Enough About Him This Week: Lil Wayne is the proud father of a healthy baby boy.

BaROCK Obama: Haha! See what I did there? Whatever. Superchunk will play shows in hometown while urging fans to vote, and Mission of Burma plan to auction off rare merch to benefit MoveOn.org.

Speaking of Musicians Supporting Obama:Jay-Z's hosting a pro-Obama rally of his own.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Someone Left their Staind in the Parking Lot

posted by on October 22 at 3:28 PM

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People sometimes lose music. People sometimes leave music behind. See Air Supply in Cal Anderson Park, Velvet Underground in a Fremont bathroom, 2Pac in a drugstore, and Laura Branigan on top of a gas pump.

Music that is outdated or presented in an outdated format, such as cassette, may become less special to people. It has lost its pressing gusto and sadly, at times, is expendable. Even though 2Pac is the rap risen Jesus / Makaveli, the cassette renders him less vital, less impressive, less cutting edge thug.

So yesterday, in the Safeway parking lot on 15th and E. John, I was not surprised to find a Staind CD lying exposed in the dirt. The CD was without a case. It was wet, muddy, and ruined. A leaf sat on it like a leech. I raised it to my shirt, and even though Staind sucks beyond all comprehension, I dried it and left it in plain view for someone to reclaim. The CD suckled from my dryness, ashamed, and badly wanted to be played again.

At one point, someone loved this CD. At one point it was new. In the video for “It’s Been a While”, Staind singer Aaron Lewis is tortured and pained. He’s paind. He writes a letter, has tatts, and smokes cigarettes in a tortured and cool way. He smokes cigarettes in that ‘I’ve sold millions of albums but I’m tortured’ type of way.

At one point, this CD that was left cold and naked in the Seattle rain made someone as cool and tortured as Aaron Lewis. It’s been a while, since someone played this CD. It’s been a while, since the CD could stand on its own two feet again.

Someone, find it, let it suckle from your dryness. Let it be tortured for you.

Today's Music News

posted by on October 22 at 11:50 AM

Admit it, You're Curious: Hear the new Guns N' Roses single "Chinese Democracy". I don't want to ruin it for you, but it does contain the line: "It would take a lot more time than you've got for masturbation." Unless I'm hearing that incorrectly. Please say I'm hearing that incorrectly.

Guess Who's Back, Back Again: Eminem works on new record with Dr. Dre.

Hack the Planet!: The Miley Cyrus (she sorta counts as music, right?) hacker is A) a 19-year-old computer whiz and B) possibly in a fuckload of trouble.

New Waylon Jennings Recordings Uncovered: His son, Shooter, has released a collection of songs that were years before his father's death.

Reunited: Original Jane's Addiction line-up supposedly playing a "secret gig" tonight in LA.

From Good to Bad in Less Than a Week: Lil Wayne may have been the MVP at BET's hiphop awards, but now things aren't lookin' so great in his gun trial.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on October 21 at 11:15 AM

Axl Should Just Be Thankful Anyone Gives a Shit: The alleged Chinese Democracy leaker says he's innocent.

Scarlett Johansson to Host Nobel Peace Prize Concert: With Feist, Diana Ross and Norway's Marit Larsen.

Muse Release New Old Song: A rare track from 2003 is available for free at the band's website.

Blame Scandinavian Perfectionism: New Annie record won't be available until 2009.

An Update on the World's Most Boring Trial: The jury is still undecided in the Britney Spears zzzzzzzzz.......

And now, here's a quick list of some of today's new releases:

Lake - Oh, the Places We Will Go
AC/DC - Black Ice
Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
The Sea and Cake - Car Alarm
RTX - JJ Got Live RaTX


Monday, October 20, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on October 20 at 12:12 PM

iLike and TuneCore, Working Together to Help Artists: "For a flat fee, TuneCore will help artists distribute their digital music to a collection of music stores that the company has forged deals with including Rhapsody, Amazon MP3, and iTunes."

LCD Soundsystem: Starting a "classic rock" band?

Lil Wayne Is a Winner/Expecting a Boy: His first son is due any day now. The rapper was also named lyricist of the year at this weekend's BET hiphop awards.

Ozzfest Isn't Dead Yet: The festival will be "back to business as usual" in 2009, Ozzy will probably headline, and it won't be free.

Also, Radiohead's In Rainbows impressive sales numbers have been released:

* In Rainbows has sold three million copies thus far, a figure that includes downloads from Radiohead.com, physical CDs, a deluxe 2-CD/vinyl box set, as well as sales via iTunes and other digital retailers.

* The In Rainbows deluxe edition sold 100,000 copies via Radiohead fan service W.A.S.T.E.

* Radiohead made more money prior to In Rainbows' January 2008 physical release than its total take on 2003's Hail To the Thief.

* The physical release of In Rainbows entered both the US and UK charts at #1 in January, despite having been freely available since October 2007.

* In Rainbows was the first Radiohead album available on iTunes, where it went in at #1 in January, selling 30,000 in its first week.


Friday, October 17, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on October 17 at 12:04 PM

R.I.P.: Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops, dead at 72.

R.E.M.: Band announces deluxe edition re-release of 1983 album Murmur.

Jury Duty: Jury is being selected for Phil Spector's murder retrial.

80s Anthem vs. Children's Song: Men At Work being sued for ripping off "Kookaburra."


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Crocodile Show Archive Will Exist in UW Library

posted by on October 14 at 2:44 PM

Live recordings from the Crocodile are going to be archived in the University of Washington Library. In 2001, Croc engineer Jim Anderson began recording bands as they played. Now, in conjunction with the UW Ethnomusicology Department and the head of the UW media department John Vallier, some 3000 hours of shows from the Crocodile are set to be preserved forever. There will be something like a dedicated Mac Mini sealed with a mouse and a pair of headphones. People will be able to go Odegaard Undergrad Library, search up a band or a date, and listen to the show. People won’t be able to download or burn the shows for themselves though. They are working on how to protect and index it all now.

The archive is resting in six cardboard boxes, two hard drives, and 300 data DVD’s. Just short two terabytes of data, it’s roughly 3000 hours worth of recordings. If you listened for eight hours a day, it would take about a year to get all the way through.

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In the beginning, Anderson was only recording the headliners, then he began recording entire shows. It was a feed directly into the board. Evolving the recordings, he set up a pair of Octava MK219 room mics. After the smoking ban, he switched to a pair of Audio Technica AT3030’s, which are medium to large diaphragm condenser mics.

Anderson said:

Basically it’s most of the shows for the last five or six years of the club’s run. The whole show, not just the headliner. I’m excited about it. The archive is a snapshot of the time, a window into pop music and what was going then. All the talking in between songs is recorded. Someone a hundred years from now will be able to get a clearer sociological perspective of our time.

What makes this collection unique is that in archival recordings from other clubs, there’s not a whole lot of the between song banter. I did blanket recordings, and was able to capture everything. Even now, four or five years later, it’s interesting to look back and see what the concerns of the day were. Bands and people talk about politics, sports, events, the environment, equipment issues, technology, and so on. There’s a lot of stuff that gives you the flavor of what people were thinking and talking about at that point in time.

Recording the shows also became a great stage management tool for me. I could look at how the recording was going and see what time the band went on and how long they’d played. It really helped the shows stay on track.

Chances are, if you played at the Croc from 2002 on, you’re in there.

A reception to kick off the archive will happen once everything is set. Stay tuned for details.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on October 9 at 10:44 AM

Repeat offender: Lil’ Kim sued by her label

Catching up to the future: EMI to launch new music service

Sabbath bloody Sabbath: Chinese Democracy gets Sunday release date

Canada does right: Weakerthans win ECHO award

Deliberately false metal: Brujeria tour


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on October 8 at 10:52 AM

I blame the Republicans: My Morning Jacket cancel Obama fundraiser due to injury

Conservatives just wanna rock pt. 1: Foo Fighters upset over McCain’s use of their song

Our generation’s Artimus Pyle: Travis Barker update

Conservatives just wanna rock pt. 2: Ono drops lawsuit against creationist documentary

Thom Yorke and co. continue to stay one step ahead: Billy Bragg, Radiohead, Gang of Four create Featured Artists Coalition

While you’re waiting for Chinese Democracy: Introducing Guns of Destruction


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Blakes Video Shoot: Seattle Bands Unite

posted by on October 7 at 2:57 PM

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The Blakes are in the midst of making a new video. A mega video, written and produced by Chase Jarvis and co-directed by Jarvis and Will Hyde. It was a two-day shoot at multiple locations around Seattle with thirty to fifty-five people on set. They’re in the editing, post production process now and aren’t sure exactly when it will come out. Chase shot with multiple high-end badass cameras and booms and dollies. The kind of cameras you don’t even like to look at they are so high-end. Because if you look at them, you’ll break them, or you’ll slip and fall on one of them and owe nine bazillion dollars.

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Several Seattle bands make cameos in the video. Saturday Knights (as seen yesterday), Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, Head Like a Kite, Disjointed Isotopes, and Voltage Periscope to name a few. Jarvis said, “It’s really cool to see all these bands come together. Seattle bands unite instead of divide.”

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The (very) general storyline for the video is that there is a Nazi-ish music taste-maker who decides which bands make it and which bands don't. Bands are brought before him and he decides their life or death on a whim, without listening to the music.

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(pictures: chase jarvis)

Today's Music News

posted by on October 7 at 10:59 AM

I doubt she’s down with secular music anyway: Madonna bans Sarah Palin from her concerts

Barbershop trio: New vocal group featuring Doseone, Patton, and Adebimpe

Irrelevant on so many levels: Weezer breaks wacky world records in new video

MTB unplugged: Minus The Bear go acoustic

Teacher leave them kids alone: School controversy over Machine Head t-shirt


Monday, October 6, 2008

Saturday Knights Release in Australia

posted by on October 6 at 2:25 PM

The Saturday Knights album Mingle is being put out in Australia. Light in the Attic has teamed up with Inertia Music for the distribution. Here is the ever flowing Tilson from the Knights saying hello to the people down under, “It’s a Mingle type situation.” There is a cage match between a Koala bear and a kangaroo. There is also a new color, Mingle Blue. Look for the new Crayola coming to a coloring book near you:


Today's Music News

posted by on October 6 at 12:59 PM

Guaranteed to be as embarrassing as REM’s “Radio Song”: Jay Z teams up with Coldplay

Probably not as embarrassing as the dude from Korn finding Jesus: Santana schedules career change

Less obvious than the Beatles: Did Oasis plagiarize Cliff Richards?

My condolences, fellahs: Pelican robbed in Rome

Pete Wentz does something commendable: Fall Out Boy donate $50,000 to defend gay marriage


Friday, October 3, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on October 3 at 11:57 AM

iTunes royalty rate update: Nevermind

CAN dropped acid and played for 24: Fucked Up schedule 12 hour concert performance

Juicy juice: RTX cancel tour; announce new LP

They’re baaaack: Limp BIzkit returns

The Dirt: Larry Charles talks about pulling the plug on the Motley Crue biopic

Busking for legal fees: Sage Francis raises money for people arrested at RNC


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on October 2 at 11:59 AM

Can’t bands just focus on making music? Pt. 1: NIN offer iPhone video game

There goes the neighborhood: Gary Glitter evicted from London home

Now if only Dylan would do Blood on the Tracks: Van Morrison schedules Astral Weeks concert

Rumor mill: New Rage Against the Machine album?

RIP: Aaron Fuller of Plan 9 in fatal motorcycle accident

Can’t bands just focus on making music? Pt. 2: Forbes reports on new ways for bands to whore themselves online


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on October 1 at 10:39 AM

It’s 1995 all over again: Swing Kids, Unbroken, and Undertow reunion show!

Damn those Bermuda Triangle dates: The Kills’ bus and driver disappear

It’s the college dormitory all over again: Phish reunite

Royalty rates killed the internet radio star: Internet radio gets a new lease on life

Buy vinyl instead: Apple threatens to close iTunes

Send ‘em a cassette and a case of Natty Ice instead: Slayer offers digital downloads to ticket buyers


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on September 30 at 2:01 PM

I hate the future: ”AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack” available exclusively at Wal-Mart

Like a Grammy, but with integrity: Caribou wins Polaris award

Cancelled tour dates pt. 1: Janet Jackson has mystery ailment

Cancelled tour dates pt. 2: Hold Steady guitarist has pancreatitis

Reinventing Against Me!: Tom Gabel releases solo record

Pińa Coladaburg: Kenny Chesney develops premium rum


Monday, September 29, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on September 29 at 10:37 AM

Will we see Bruce’s nipple?: The Boss scheduled to play the Super Bowl

Easily converted to a voodoo doll: Katy Perry sells toys in her likeness

Get well soon: Travis Barker released from hospital

No thanks: Howard Stern to remake Rock’n’Roll High School

The indie Chinese Democracy: Kevin Shields plans new My Bloody Valentine album

Coming soon to Conan O’Brien’s desktop: New Dillinger Escape Plan album in the works


Friday, September 26, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on September 26 at 11:48 AM

Now officially one hit wonders: Junior Senior call it quits

Keeping up with 50 Cent: Ludacris’ pool house burns down

Bad luck in the men’s room: George Michael busted for drug possession in public lavatory

Weekly report from the British press about Led Zep reunion: It’s happening!

Pavement is forever: Brighten The Corners gets deluxe treatment

”Failing to drive in a marked lane”: Bury Your Dead flip van


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

New Music Venue in West Seattle

posted by on September 24 at 12:32 PM

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The Admiral Theatre will open in October as a 400-seat venue in West Seattle. 2343 California Ave SW. One of the building’s two theatres has been renovated for music with lighting, a sound system, and an extended stage. A liquor license has been applied for as well.

The first show is Saturday, October 11th with Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, the Hands, and Panda and Angel. Animals at Night will Dj between sets and KEXP’s Troy Nelson will host.

Other than the Skylark and Easy Street Records, are there any other places for live music in West Seattle?

Dinah Brein is in charge of Admiral's booking. If you want to play there, send a link to her – here.

The Admiral Theatre opened in 1919 as the Portola Theatre, they showed silent movies in the single room that is now the lobby. In 1942, the present theater was added and re-designed with a nautical theme by the same architect who created the ornate Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles. The theatre is built around a nautical theme and has etched glass (with Seahorses) hanging in the lobby. In the 1940's the exterior of the theatre sported a real ship's mast complete with Crow's Nest.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mogwai Tour Canceled, Martin Bulloch Hospitalized

posted by on September 23 at 2:14 PM

Bulloch says, via Mogwai's website:

I was taken into hospital last night almost immediately after the show at ATP. I've been having some problems with my pacemaker for the duration of the tour and it unfortunately culminated in me being sent to the emergency room. The doctors there initially thought i would have to have corrective surgery at a larger hospital nearer NYC but i have been given the all clear to travel home on the understanding that i go straight to my cardiologist on arrival back in Scotland.

Tbh, i'm really bummed about having to go home and feel for the folk who had bought tickets for our upcoming shows but i can honestly say it would be almost impossible for me to carry on at this point as my pacemaker has broken skin and the surrounding area has become infected.

The rest of the US and Canadian tour dates have been canceled, but the Japan and European dates will go on as planned. The canceled shows will be rescheduled for 2009.

(ht punknews.org)


Monday, September 22, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on September 22 at 11:15 AM

The world’s greatest guitar player is a dick sometimes: Brent Hinds from Mastadon sucker punches King Khan

Buy a lottery ticket, Travis: Travis Barker and DJ AM survive plane crash

Don’t waste your time: Major labels excited by new physical album format

The old tomato: Led Zeppelin puts the heat on Robert Plant

No really, I love the RIAA: The trade organization goes after trash-talking blogger

RIP: Drummer Earl Palmer passes at 84

Nine More Artists Nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

posted by on September 22 at 10:41 AM

Via Reuters:

Hip Hop group Run-DMC, heavy metal band Metallica and musician/songwriter Bobby Womack are among nine nominees announced on Monday vying for five spots in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Guitarist Jeff Beck, disco and R&B band Chic, rock and roll singer Wanda Jackson, doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials, rock band The Stooges, and the California funk band War were also nominated.

Artists become eligible for the Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first single or album and are represented in an exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Five of the nine nominees will be chosen by about 500 music industry folk, and the winners will be inducted April 4th.

Read the full story here.

Who do you think the five should be?


Friday, September 19, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on September 19 at 10:23 AM

Brilliant career: Belle & Sebastian release album of BBC sessions

The mixing engineer for And Justice For All still has some explaining to do: Mastering engineer disowns new Metallica album

Accountants instead of music fans: Universal Records’ revenues up

B-sides and rarities: New Mozart compositions found

RIP: Bassist of Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower dies

Snivlem: Melvins news


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mayor Offers Tax Cut to Smallish Live Music Venues

posted by on September 17 at 12:19 PM

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels announced incentives to boost live music venues in the city this morning in a press conference at Neumos. Prefacing the initiatives with an anecdote about Travel & Leisure magazine rating Seattle seventh in the country for quality live music experiences, Nickels expressed a desire to elevate our ranking.

To accomplish this, he proposed to waive the current 5-percent admissions tax on ticket sales for venues that meet the following qualifications:

1) capacity under 1,000
2) host/present live music on average at least three times weekly
3) hire at least 16 musicians weekly on average
4) have committed fewer than four violations of any one or more civil or criminal laws regarding health, noise, licensing, taxing or permitting in the last year.

The tax cut, which would take effect January 1, 2009, theoretically will create a more beneficial environment for new clubs to open and for existing clubs to “hire more musicians,” the mayor said. The ultimate goal, as Neumos co-owner Steven Severin stated at the press conference, is to “put more money in the pockets of local musicians.” He roughly estimated that the admissions tax can cost his club around $2,500 $3,500 a month from gross ticket sales. Severin also noted that this move may not necessarily translate into lower cover charges, as many variables factor into those prices.

Further, Nickels announced the inauguration of the music venue assistance program, which allows local businesses a single entry point to city government. The guidebook, overseen by Office of Film and Music head James Keblas, provides resources to help entrepreneurs attain success in the live-music industry. It can be accessed at www.seattle.gov/music/nightlife.

Representatives from Tula’s and Triple Door, as well as a Brazilian musician named Jovino Santos-Neto, the last of whom—somewhat oddly—waxed abstract and poetic about the power of music, supported the measure. Becca Minkoff of Triple Door asserted that the tax exemption will enable her business to take more risks and attract bigger acts.

One reporter asked Nickels if this measure was intended to counter the negative response to the city’s crackdown on some nightclubs. He replied that the reprimanded clubs were not live music venues and said that the city periodically needs to takes these actions to ensure a safe yet vibrant nightlife.

The Seattle Nightlife and Music Association (SNMA) approved of Nickels’ small-business-friendly initiative. SNMA President/Havana owner Quentin Ertel remarked, “This is a great step in the right direction. It shows that the Mayor is on the side of small business, but more importantly it shows that he is on the side of music."


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

RE: Death of the Record Collection

posted by on September 16 at 3:11 PM

And despite the fact that record collections are being sold, deserted, becoming too expensive to own, Sony has announced that they plan on bringing vinyl back.

Via Punknews.org:

After focusing on CD and digital releases for the past few years, Sony/Legacy has announced plans to begin releasing vinyl again. Beginning this month, the long-running major label will begin reissuing Columbia, Epic, and RCA releases.

The first batch of releases includes mainstream arists like Boston, Blue Oyster Cult, Jefferson Starship and Cheap Trick, but also Lou Reed's classic, Berlin, and Social Distortion's 1990 album, Social Distortion.

Good luck with that, Sony.

Today's Music News

posted by on September 16 at 11:43 AM

The Cure are unhappy…: …with iTunes

Even less music on MTV: Goodbye TRL

Not above criticism: Kanye rerecords new single after negative feedback

I hate the future: Mudvayne’s new album is also a digital concert ticket

Our band could be your life pt. 2: Bob Mould to publish memoir

Good news for sludge fans: New 16 album!


Monday, September 15, 2008

Today's Music News

posted by on September 15 at 1:20 AM

Ain’t singin’ for Pepsi: Jack White song in Coke ad/Bond Movie

Singin’ for Prada: New Antony and the Johnsons

Weaning off the milkshake: Kelis cleared of charges

Music biz for the new millennium pt. 1: New legislation for P2P users

Music biz for the new millennium pt. 2: Yahoo’s new music section

Your weekly Radiohead update: New album soon


Friday, September 12, 2008

More Comments on the Croc From Seattle's Music Scene

posted by on September 12 at 11:59 AM

We still don't know who's officially booking the venue (set for an early 2009 opening), but as construction continues, the news of the Crocodile's return remains a point of discussion and excitement for many in the music scene. Earlier this week I posted the thoughts of a few local musicians, and since more responses have continued to come in, here's part two of what the local rockstars have had to say about the Crocodile's absence, and it's return:

"I’d be really pleased to have it back. I think it's always been a classic venue in Seattle and for good reason--it's a great place to see a show and quite possibly the best sounding. I always enjoyed playing there and most people I know were sad to see it go." -Jon Auer, the Posies

"Yeah, I really missed the Crocodile. It was always such a staple. I've played there, and gone to shows there probably more than any other club in town. While the venue has been missed, I don't think the music community suffered much, though. We are a pretty resilient little town and it's been great to see more clubs opening, and other alternative venues popping up. I'm really excited about it's return! It's been so sad to walk by or drive by and see the old green sign, but with no flurry of activity going on. I've heard its gonna be a new and improved Crocodile, but either way, I will welcome it back with open arms." -Shane Tutmarc, Shane Tutmarc and the Traveling Mercies, Dolour

"I think what I miss about the Crocodile is the people and atmosphere, not so much the actual venue. Of course the sound there was incredible (thanks to JIM) but the venue itself was annoying in some ways. The bar was so far from the showroom that if you weren't the headliner, a lot of the times the bar would be full and the showroom empty." -Garrett Lunceford, Ships, the Catch, Wild Orchid Children

"I haven't heard much about the re-opening as far as who's actually doing it, but I do know that we miss and love the Croc. The venue is vital to Seattle as a city and it's growing music scene. All of us in Slender Means have been playing shows at the Croc for almost 15 years. This news makes us very happy. I just hope it stays unchanged inside and they don't do what they did to the Rendevous. I miss the Rendezvous as a junkie, crackhead bar personally. So I say yes, bring the Croc back unchanged!!!" -Dave Martin, Slender Means

"Seattle is just not the same without the Crocodile. Easily my favorite revenue in the city and has been the home to the best shows I have played in the last five years. Talk about the reopen and remodel have made me excited that this could be the center of a new up and coming music scene." -Matthew Shaw, With Friends Like These

"I did miss the crocodile. It was a great venue with an amazing group of people working there, not to mention the nicest security staff. They would even escort underage band members to the bathroom. I'm not sure if the music community suffered by it's absence but a new and improved Crocodile could have a great impact on Seattle's music community. It did in the past and could easily do it again." -Davey Brozowski, Black Whales

"Coming from someone that missed the opportunity to perform at the Crocodile prior to it's closure, I'm excited and happy to hear of it's return under new management. It is never good to lose a venue, especially one as infamous and credible as the Crocodile, and I think it's absence definitely left a hole in the Seattle music community. It will be interesting to see how the new renditions to the club affect its popularity and attendance. Hopefully people will support it as much as they did when it was under old management." -Erik Walters, the Globes

Keep checking back for more updates on the Crocodile--when we have news, you'll have news.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Kanye West Is Free

posted by on September 11 at 4:30 PM

As included in this morning's Music News post, Kanye was arrested today for smashing a paparazzi's camera.

He's now out on $20,000 bail.

I bet we'll soon see some epic blog posts about it. Don't break your Mac Book Air, Kanye!

Metallica are #1

posted by on September 11 at 3:44 PM

Looks like all that group therapy did the band well in the long run, Metallica's new single "The Day That Never Comes" is the number one rock single on mainstream radio.


Metallica - "The Day That Never Comes"
I dunno, despite any successful reviews and music nerd friends of mine geeking out over Metallica's return, the line "Love is a four-letter word" still makes me giggle too hard to appreciate the guitar solo.

Tickets to Metallica's Dec 1st Key Arena show go on sale this Saturday.

Today's Music News

posted by on September 11 at 10:59 AM

Perhaps the anger management courses would have been a good idea: Kanye West arrested

No!: Yes recruit new singer

Make some noise: Noise rockers advocate for Obama

Pigs: OiNK administrator charged with conspiracy to defraud

Not from New Mexico: New Mexican Disaster Squad break up


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What Some Local Rockstars Are Saying About the Crocodile...

posted by on September 10 at 1:26 PM

crocwindow.jpgCrocodile's back window by Todd Sackmann, from the Stranger Flickr Pool

Yesterday I wrote about how I think the music scene has been fine without the Crocodile (which doesn't mean I'm not happy to see it re-open, mind you). But that's easy for me to say, as I'm not a musician, and I never had to try to get a show in a city that lost a very local-music-friendly venue. So I asked some local musicians about it--after all, they were probably some of the first people in the community to really feel the loss.

Here are what some of them had to say about the result of the Crocodile's absence, and the venue's return:

“Music survived without the Crocodile. There are nostalgic reasons for me to be excited for its return, our first show in Seattle was there, I got back together with my girlfriend there, our krautrock version of the Mickey Mouse Club Theme song at Disney cover night, etc., but only time will tell if the new Crocodile will be an improvement to the scene. Maybe they should call it Neucroc's.” -John Totten, The Quiet Ones

“I've very much missed the Crocodile, it was by far my favorite place to see shows in town and I don't think anything has really come to filling that void. There's just nothing comparable in my opinion, a place that books good national touring bands and little-known but rad local bands in equal measure. I have not been at as many shows (or in Seattle) as much since the Crocodile closed as I was before, so I can't speak to how the other clubs have picked up the slack in making sure that local music has a regular soapbox, but it was a friendly space and I think it nurtured bands in a unique way. I'm totally excited for it to re-open. I doubt it will be exactly the same, though, if they maintain what made the old place so great it doesn't really matter what else changes.” –Robin Pecknold, the Fleet Foxes

“Along with the historical significance of the venue (heh, all 20 years) the Crocodile was a great mid-sized venue that will be great to have back. I think other venues have picked up the slack and done a great job in the Croc's absence, but having one more venue in the city with a mid to large capacity is always a good thing! Especially with it's great sound system.” –Andrew Toms, Sleepy Eyes of Death

“There's been an obvious hole in the music culture in this town since it closed down, and I find myself going to shows less, which bums me out. The Croc is associated in my mind with many of the reasons I decided to move to Seattle. I was thankful that we got to headline it once before it was closed. I rarely get excited about that sort of thing, but it felt like a rite of passage in some way, given the history of the room and caliber of bands who have played there over the years. So yes, I'm excited. I'm excited to hear Jim's mixing skills again [that room really was (is?) the best sounding room to see a show in Seattle, except for maybe the Triple Door, but that's a whole different kind of experience].” –Eric Elbogen, Say Hi

“There are so many places for bands in Seattle to play, I don't think people suffered, but things just became more displaced. Most of the bands playing the Croc were not yet ready to graduate to Neumos or the Showbox, so instead of just going to one club you had to scramble around town to the Sunset or High Dive or Nectar or Chop Suey or the Comet. (And for a city without a subway system or decent buses that is kind of a pain.) While I think it was unfair to assume that another club would pick up all the Croc slack it was nice to see people have a chance to check out all the other venues in town. The Crocodile is one of my favorite places to play (other being the Sunset) and I can't wait until they open back up again.” –Jay Cox, the Sea Navy

Poll: How Do You Feel About the Return of the Croc?

posted by on September 10 at 10:10 AM

You've had a night to digest the big news about the Crocodile re-opening its doors in December (and, it's been confirmed, the goddamn view-blocking post will not be coming with it).

So I want to know, Seattle music scene:

How do you feel about the return of the Crocodile?

Today's Music News

posted by on September 10 at 10:09 AM

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