A: You get to work with Mickey Rourke AND you get to revive a tired comic book/sci-fi franchise, that's what. (This is all just a roundabout way of saying director Darren Aronofsky is doing the new RoboCop flick.)
Oddly, we think this could be an improvement for the dreadfully mediocre repository of Guns 'n' Roses alumni, as Langdon could bring his decidedly British, David Bowie-influenced vibe to the group. Or not.
[Classic Cheech & Chong. Photo: Billboard.]
After 25 years apart, the dope-smoking, comedy kings of the 1970s are back. "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong will take their pre-"Just Say No" brand of comedy on the road for the aptly-titled What's That Smell? tour. The Grammy Award-winning duo will announce dates and further details of the Live Nation-promoted jaunt at a press conference later today.
WILLIE BOBO Bobo Motion [remastered reissue] (Verve)
ALICE COOPER Along Came a Spider (Steamhammer)
STEVE CROPPER / FELIX CAVALIERE Nudge it Up a Notch (Stax)
SOULFLY Conquer (Roadrunner)
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rock The Net: Musicians For Network Neutrality (Thirsty Ear)
[Gibson Les Paul in action. Photo: Gibson.com]
A rumor has been brewing regarding Gibson Guitars’ interest in following in the footsteps of Apple Computer and opening their own chain of retail stores. Unlike the Apple outlets, Gibson’s would not carry the company’s entire line of products, just the highly-coveted Les Paul and ES-335 models. (However, that could be more than enough to handle: the manufacturer’s online catalog lists 13 different types of currently available Les Pauls.) Orders for specially customized Gibson guitars—which average around the $6,000 mark—would be taken at these locations, as well.
Gibson has been amply criticized of late for charging what many feel is an exorbitant price for the majority of its product line—the median price is $1300; The Les Paul Standard retails for $1900, while the ES-335 has a $2200 sticker price—which has led some to speculate this is the company’s response to the high prices its vintage and not so vintage models fetch on the used market. (Regular, used Les Pauls sell online for $1400-$2000 on average; Gibson’s new guitars have seen a 60% price increase in the last 15 years.) With your average Gibson going for the price of a used car and Custom Shop models (the Jimmy Page, Peter Frampton, etc.) retailing for $5500, what once were musicians' tools are increasingly becoming toys for the wealthy.
Grandpappy told my pappy back in my day, son
A man had to answer for the wicked that he'd done
Take all the rope in Texas
Find a tall oak tree, round up all of them bad boys
Hang them high in the street
For all the people to see
And along with a threatening black man in its video clip (while Keith intones the line "We got too many gangsters doing dirty deeds / too much corruption and crime in the streets") it's just great fun for the whole family! Lynching is cool, man.
According to The Guardian, the three step process would involve “an ‘educational’ letter…sent to customers explaining the account abuse. If a customer was identified a second time, their account would be suspended until an undertaking promising no more illegal use was signed. A third breach would result in cancellation of their internet account.”
They should've done this at least 5 years ago. (Oh, and three chances is one too many, in our book.) No word on whether there will be equivalent US measures. (We hope so.)
We love how artists who have done their stint in the record industry "machine" now enjoy telling us how the internet is the Holy Grail for unknown artists. Yeah, just get on MySpace, build a fanbase, tour the world and live happily ever after. Of course! What are these newbies thinking? The truth is, being on MySpace today is like having your record for sale in every Tower Records in the country 10 years ago: great, but if nobody knows it's there, what's the point?
Yes, you can get the necessary exposure on your own. But do you have the money to pay a publicist, the connections to get a slot on a good tour, the clout to appear on Conan? No? (Oh, that's right: it's the record comapnies--and rich kids--who have the resources to do that. Sorry.) You think plain old internet exposure is gonna make it all happen for you? Well if you do, start planning what to do with your Lotto winnings, 'cause you have the same chances of acheiving both.
Someone needs to ask the Bob Stanleys of the world to assume a new name, release their next album under the same circumstances they advocate for new, unknown acts and then tell us what they think.
12 RODS "Kaboom!"
ZWAN "Ride a Black Swan"
GUSTAVO CERATI "Bocanada"
BIG STAR "Thirteen"
DADA "Time is Your Friend"
RYAN ADAMS "Love is Hell"
HOWLIN' MAGGIE "Alcohol"
THE POLICE "Next to You"
PREFUSE 73 "Perverted Undertone"
RADIOHEAD "There There"
ROBBEN FORD "You Cut Me to the Bone"
ROBI ROSA "Madre Tierra"
CHRIS WHITLEY "Narcotic Prayer"
CHRIS CORNELL "Wave Goodbye"
We did have a couple of disagreements with the folks over there, notably Mike Edison's nauseating hero worship of The White Stripes' "drummer" Meg White ["Open Letter to Harp Magazine", 5- 8/10/07], and their inaccurate and misinformed piece on rock en español/latin alternative ["Kiko vs Harp", 5 - 1/30/08], but regardless, we looked forward to and enjoyed reading every issue. (Yeah, even though it only took us 5 months to figure out it was kaput.)
So, Harp is gone. Yet Spin is still out there. [groan]
(Harp's website is still up. Check it out before is goes dodo.)
In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, James Iha and D'Arcy Wretzky-Brown, both 40, accused Virgin Records America Inc. of not paying them for music downloads and other digitally delivered Smashing Pumpkins music.
Iha and Wretzky-Brown, who were founding members of the Smashing Pumpkins, said in their lawsuit that, five years after the band first broke up in 2000, Virgin entered into a deal with [Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy] Corgan, 41, and began licensing Smashing Pumpkins music through electronic transmissions.
"To date, Virgin continues to engage in the exploitation of electronic transmissions of the band's recordings without plaintiffs' consent," the lawsuit states.
A spokeswoman for Virgin, a unit of privately held EMI Group, declined to comment on the lawsuit because the company had not received it.
Bullock, who died on July 25th, had been diagnosed with cancer last year. He was 52.
It was announced that Jay Leno would leave NBC’s The Tonight Show when his contract expired in 2009. Conan O’Brien would replace him and leave Late Night in the hands of former SNLer Jimmy Fallon. Leno would retire from TV and continue to do standup. Right?
But now, it turns out Leno might not want to leave but they already gave the gig to Conan—do you have enough savings put aside, Fallon?—while ABC, Fox, Sony Television, and who knows who else, are supposedly willing to offer Leno a boatload of cash—$40 million/yr—and a sea of perks. To Jay Leno? Serioulsy?
David Letterman and O’Brien are much more our kinda bag when it comes to talk shows, and despite what the ratings say, Letterman is the king. Period. (It’s quite understandable that Leno would beat Letterman in the ratings: the former runs a much more mainstream, old-fashioned operation, whereas the latter—who we feel is a direct influence on the likes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report—is still considered at this point “a grinning inquisitor who might slice you like lunch meat with his light sword of irony.” No contest. )
In any event, Letterman long gave up the Tonight Show ghost—the moment he jumped ship and went to CBS in 1993 pretty much sealed it—and has given O’Brien his blessing to take the gig once Leno’s gone. We don’t know if O’Brien’s brand of humor will translate to the 11:30 PM crowd, or if, God forbid, he’ll be forced to dull the edges of his humor. Now, that would be a loss.
Here's what they're offering in the NYC area (check your local area listings or the Live Nation website:
Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach
July 30 - Poison with Dokken, Sebastian Bach
Aug 1 - Maroon 5/Counting Crows with Sara Bareilles
Aug 6 - Stone Temple Pilots with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Aug 10 - Judas Priest/Heaven and Hell with Motorhead, Testament
Aug 12 - Boston/REO Speedwagon
Aug 22 - Regeneration 80's Festival: Belinda Carlisle, Human League, Flock of Seagulls, ABC
PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 2 - Opie & Anthony's Traveling Virus: Rich Vos, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal, Bob Kelly, Otto George, Mike Birbiglia, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo
Aug 7 - Maroon 5/Counting Crows with Sara Bareilles
Aug 9 - Judas Priest/Heaven and Hell with Motorhead, Testament
Aug 10 - Boston/Styx
Aug 12 - Ten Dollar Day with Dokken, Sebastian Bach
Aug 22 - Toby Keith with Montgomery Gentry, Carter's Chord, Mica Roberts, Trailer Choir
Aug 6 - Mayhem Festival: Slipknot, Disturbed, Dragonforce, Mastodon, Underoath, Machine Head, Walls of Jericho, Black Tide, Suicide Silence, The Red Chord, Five Finger Death Punch, 36 Crazyfists, Airbourne
According to reports in the UK's Guardian, "It's not an issue of the physical assault, even though it was an unprovoked attack," said Okereke. "It is the fact that race was brought into the matter so readily. Someone as respected and as intelligent as Lydon should know better than to bring race into the equation, or socialise with and encourage those who hold such narrow-minded attitudes." He added: "I am disappointed that someone I held with such high regard turns out to be such a bigot."
Lydon has both denied the attack and accused Okereke of lying, stating "If they need publicity so badly this is the allegation universe they run into." He added, "We are in the middle of a wonderful tour, after 30 years we are achieving a true unity in our audience. They are multi-varied, all ages, all races, creeds and colours. When you are at a festival with bands who are jealous fools, lies and confusion usually follow."
Meanwhile, Gruff Rhys, frontman for Super Furry Animals, is said to have been present during the altercation and confirmed Okerke's version of the events in an interview with MTV News:
“It was horrific. Kele is a very brave man and what he said is exactly what happened.”
Hopefully the incredibly low price is to entice you to buy the album later on when he records it properly, for this recording is, sound quality-wise, half a step up from an Ariel Pink album. (We can tell it’s just you on every instrument, Paul. Oh, and those overlapping songs are quite annoying.) Granted, Westerberg hasn’t exactly been making Tears for Fears-quality recordings, but seriously, these are demos, dude. If he's pulling a Bob Pollard and it turns out this is indeed the final product, well, that would be a bit of a shame. These songs deserve better. (Especially that cover of "I Think I Love You".) But at least we know Westerberg’s still got it. And that he remains the contrarian motherfucker he's always been.
As for the title, the album is only 43 minutes in length, so…
Highlights: Quite a few. Too bad the download is one long nameless track without song titles. Hey, Paul: even Prince had a track listing for his uninterrupted album.
"Blu-ray is the future," Young tells Billboard. "It sounds the best, the navigating system is the best. I've made a lot of CDs and we've made a lot of DVDs, and Blu-ray technology is so far superior to anything else. The fact there aren't many players out there now doesn't meant that much to me, because it is the future, so I would rather focus on what's next. If you were to get a Blu-ray of the 'Archive', you would get the best."
Later this year, 10 discs from 1963-1972 will be the first official offering from Archives. When do they come out, you ask? C'mon, did you think old Neil was going to make it easy for ya?
So what’s the deal here in the US? What’s the back-story on those rockers who hate sports? We’d really like to know. (And if it’s just a case of, “those dudes beat me up when I was in school”, we’ll be quite disappointed.) Any thoughts?
...a daylong venture into blog-rock and electro-pop headlined by [the Jesus and Mary Chain] at the Gibson Amphitheatre, [it] was a largely joyless occasion for pummeling fans with pitches for products as diverse as car insurance, chewing gum and portable hard drives between in-and-out sets on the rotating stage.
Can't see we expected anything different, JAMC and Gang of Four not withstanding.
Tim Walker of Britain's The Independent asks the above question in a scathing piece about the contemporary homogenization of the UK's indie rock scene.
[Thanks to "5"er Robert Julian for the heads up.]
DAVID BOWIE Live in Santa Monica ’72 (Victory) *
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE Something for All of Us (ACS)
LEE RANALDO Countless Centuries Fled Into (Table of the Elements)
MEL TORMÉ The Capitol Rarities (DRG)
U2 Boy / October / War [deluxe reissues] (Island)
* Click on link for full audio stream
We hear variations on this one all the time. (And not just from the young’uns, by the way.) But you know what? We call bullshit: let's put aside for a minute the fact that is the lame cop out of someone who obviously knows what they're doing is wrong, and wonder what happens if the day they come into town you are sick, have to work late, are out of town, or you simply forgot, etc etc etc. Do you send them a check? Of course not. So spare us. What we’d like to know is how you plan on supporting a band that can’t perform live.
As we mentioned before, with rising fuel costs, many acts have had to pull the plug on touring. It’s gotten to the point that quite a few are contemplating leaving the current Warped tour, pushing tour sponsor AT&T to give each band a daily $500 gas card as an incentive to keep them on the road.
Chris Cornell in his Soundgarden days. Photo courtesy of Stereogum.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Following Soundgarden's dissolution, Euphoria Morning (A&M-1999), the solo debut by Chris Cornell was undoubtedly a highly-anticipated affair. And 'round these parts it didn't disappoint. (Those that were expecting something else were clearly not paying attention to a new direction Cornell was hinting at on the final Soundgarden releases. Or his songwriting on the Temple of the Dog album, for that matter.) After his three-album stint in Audioslave, alongside the instrumental members of Rage Against the Machine, Cornell chose to reward those of us patiently waiting for a followup to Euphoria with last year's Carry On, a lackluster release, which included an uninspired cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" that would portend even more dire musical consequences.
Many an eyebrow was arched when Cornell announced he had teamed up with r&b producer Timbaland for album number three. (Timbaland's widely reported assertion that the album would make the former Soundgarden frontman the "first rock star in the [urban night] clubs" didn't help things, either.) Well, if first single "Long Gone" is any indication, our worst fears have come to fruition. The man who once belted "Outshined" and "The Day I Tried to Live" has been transformed into...Seal. (Nothing against Seal, but c'mon.)
Now, we're not arguing against an artist's desires to explore new things and possibly reinvent themselves, or even refusing to wean ourselves off the nostalgia train, but...man, this is disappointing. Listen to "Long Gone" here and decide for yourself.
By the way, Cornell is touring with Linkin Park this summer--is he trying to go through with a deathwish or just looking to squander all the accumulated goodwill that's come his way over the years?--and it should be interesting to see if he'll be playing this newfangled material for that crowd. And what they would make of it.
So, how was it? The New York Times' Jon Pareles was there and called it "a sunny day at the beach full of ringing rock guitars and forecasts of doom: for romances, for lives, for nations, for mankind and, closer to home, for Siren in its current form." (Oh yeah, the festival might have to leave its current location.) Here's more.
On September 23rd, Rhino will release expanded reissues of the band's final four albums, which were originally on Sire Records.
Emo is short for emocore, a contraction of emotional hardcore. The idea behind it was to combine aggresive music (hardcore) with soaring, anthemic melodies and introspective, well-written lyrics (hence the emotional part). Seattle's Sunny Day Real Estate (1992-95, reformed in 97, broke up in 2001) best defines the term and is, for many, the sub-genre's most important band.
Like punk, emo became a big deal in recent times. But something funny happened on the way to the bank: Imagine if the history of rock music--particularly punk--were revised and rewritten, with The Ramones and The Sex Pistols excised from the canon and replaced with Blink 182 instead. This is the paralell that can be drawn to current emo. SDRE is not even mentioned these days, while third rate, watered-down posers get to be pseudo avatars. You could say that emo went form being The Cure-on-steroids to Air Supply with distorted-guitars, spiky hairdos, and some of the whiniest, lamest lyrical content heard in recent times.
The deluxe editions, which were overseen by the band's guitarist/keyboardist Dave Evans aka The Edge, will be released on July 22nd.
As it turns out, sources tell us that Rubin not being present, let alone interacting in the studio with the artists he’s “producing” is one badly-kept secret in the music biz. (We’re assuming Johnny Cash didn’t stand for this.) Basically, his production modus operandi consists of having one of his engineers work with the artist in the studio, messenger the day’s results to Rubin’s home, where he will take a listen, jot down some instructions and messenger the music back to the studio for fine tuning. Um, really? Scores of people can do that, probably as effective as or even more so than Rubin. But. Uh-huh. Yup, here it comes: it’s the Rubin name that generates press (in most cases, immediate critical acquiescence); raises profiles; and hopefully, for all involved, plenty of sales and associated revenue.
Be that as it may, his methodology has slightly tarnished his rep in our book, regardless of the results. Your mileage may vary.
Proceeds will go to cover Shneider's medical bills, who died of cancer on July 2nd. Donations can also be made at www.natashashneider.org
Sandwiched between Colon's lauded The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (Fania-1975)--featuring Blades and the departing Hector Lavoe--and the seminal Colon/Blades landmark LP Siembra (Fania-1978), Metiendo Mano is regarded by many as a solid precursor of bigger things to come, but plays "lean and mean, and thus light on its feet, like a welterweight boxer."
Among the stellar tracks on the album, are "Segun el Color", "Plantacion Adentro", "La Mora", and our personal fave "Pablo Pueblo" which our ears fell in love with from the very first time.
Here's Colon and Blades at a 1998 Amnesty International concert in Venezuela performing a rousing version of "Pablo Pueblo", which--as Blades states on stage--was written some 30 years prior. [Metiendo Mano album cover courtesy of allmusic.com]
(By the way, yesterday was Blades' big 6-0, so Feliz Cumpleaños, señor.)
Want proof? You shall have it:
Rick Springfield - What's Victoria's Secret?
A brief Q&A session with Colbert was followed by a live-in-the-studio performance of the band's "Tom Sawyer". Sweet.
We still love this album, as well as Vernon and the guys, but why would anybody part with that kind of loot for a version whose only rarity is the bulky cardboard packaging? Who the hell paid $1,025 (plus shipping, of course) for a standard issue release of which hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of copies are still out there? Man...this is why the terrorists hate us.
(Our thanks to "5"er Harold Martinez for his technical assistance.)
"...if you are finding that the relentless drum machinery of contemporary bubblegum and the tedious samples of hip-hop are not enough, try dipping into something more fanciful from the era when kind of being able to play your instrument was something you did not need to hide."
Yo, A-Rod: you got played, son.
"I Have Seen the Future of Rock and Roll and it is not The Hold Steady"
THE HOLD STEADY Stay Positive (Vagrant) *
JOHN MELLENCAMP Life, Death, Love and Freedom (Hear Music) *
NaS -untitled- (DefJam)
UNKLE End Titles: Stories for Film (Surrender All)
VARIOUS ARTISTS Passing Strange [Original Broadway Cast] (Ghostlight)
* Click on link for full-length stream
1. ALLMAN BROTHERS "Melissa" from the album Eat a Peach (Capricorn)
2. THE BLACK CROWES "Gone" from the album Amorica (American)
3. CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL "Up Around the Bend"
4. EARTH WIND & FIRE "Can't Hide Love" from the album Gratitude (Columbia)
5. EVERLY BROTHERS "Bye Bye Love" from the album The Everly Brothers (Cadence)
6. ISLEY BROTHERS "It's Your Thing" from the album It's Our Thing (T-Neck)
7. THE KINKS "Picture Book" from the album The Village Green Preservation Society (Reprise)
8. OASIS "Some Might Say" from the album What's the Story, Morning Glory? (Epic)
9. SPACEHOG "In the Meantime" from the album Resident Alien (Elektra)
10. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS "Interstate Love Song" from the album Purple (Atlantic)
11. VAN HALEN "Dance the Night Away" from the album II (Warner Bros.)
12. THE WEBB BROTHERS "All the Cocaine in the World" from the album Maroon (Warner Bros.)
Now, we hadn't seen Big since it was first released 20 years ago, and didn't really care for it then. But this recent viewing left us shocked by how uncomfortable it is to watch. According to WikiPedia, it "was received with almost unanimous critical acclaim, and is considered by many critics the gold standard of movies in which a child is trapped in an adult's body. Many critics praised Tom Hanks for his 'believable' and 'adorable' performance." (Among them, Siskel & Ebert, who gave it their trademark "two thumbs up.") We beg to differ.
Granted, calling it "the gold standard of movies in which a child is trapped in an adult's body" is surely damning it with faint praise, albeit unintentionally. But the major problem here is Hanks, who plays Josh as a 6-year old, and not the teenager his character is supposed to be. (Then 14-year old Jared Rushton, who plays Josh's best friend Billy, also goes the 1st grader route in his role. Of course, this is probably how the script was written.) This--and the unconvincing manner in which the adults interacting with this man-child conduct themselves--makes the suspension of disbelief inherent in taking in the movie even harder to embrace.
Sure, one can make the argument that 13-year olds from 20 years ago may not have been as 'with it' as their current counterparts. Except that the high school freshmen depicted 4 years prior in Sixteen Candles, for example, put that theory to bed immediately: Anthony Michael Hall's Farmer Ted and his co-horts may have been inexperienced, insecure dorks, but they carried on like kids their age and would surely be apalled by any of their contemporaries acting in the excrutiatingly infantile way Josh and Billy do in Big. (For one, Josh has no idea the clear insinuations made by Susan--an adult co-worker played by Elizabeth Perkins--when she comes home with him after an office party are sexual advances. Any chance Farmer Ted or his buddies wouldn't get it? Exactly.)
This is a movie made by people who had very-little to no idea what it is to be a teenager. Or maybe they were going for a faux 1950s vibe. In any event, ugh.
THE BASEBALL PROJECT Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails (Yep Roc)
BECK Modern Guilt (DGC)
BILLY JOEL The Stranger [deluxe reissue] (Columbia)
THE MELVINS Nude with Boots (Ipecac) *
WILLIE NELSON & WYNTON MARSALIS Two Men With The Blues (Columbia) *
* Click on link to hear full-album stream
Equally comfortable with the avant garde as he is with Beatlesque pop, this vocalist/guitarist/drummer/producer's resume includes his work with the likes of David Bowie, King Crimson, Talking Heads and Frank Zappa. This playlist is just a smattering of his prodigious solo output--Belew has over a dozen albums of his own--which we highly recommend checking out. Enjoy!
1. "Lone Rhinoceros" from the album Lone Rhino
2. "Adidas in Heat" from the album Lone Rhino
3. "I'm Down" from the album Twang Bar King
4. "Twang Bar King" from the album Twang Bar King
5. "Guernica" from the album Desire Caught by the Tail
6. "Bad Days" from the album Mr. Music Head
7. "1967" from the album Mr. Music Head
8. "Young Lions" from from the album Young Lions
9. "Big Blue Sun" from the album Inner Revolution
10. "I See You" from the album Here
11. "Writing on the Wall" from the album Side One
12. "Madness" from the album Side One
The show, which will air on the Sundance channel here in the US, has already been refered to by its host as "a wonderful and surprising experience." No broadcast schedule has been announced yet.
10-27 Manchester, England
10-28 Birmingham, England
10-30/31 London, England
11-02 Cardiff, Wales
11-03 Glasgow, Scotland
11-05 Offenbach, Germany
11-06 Cologne, Germany
11-09 Stuttgart, Germany
11-10 Winterthur, Switzerland
11-11 Paris, France
11-16 Vienna, Austria
11-18 Munich, Germany
11-19 Berlin, Germany
Here they are:
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
The Bank Job
In Bruges (which Teethwriter, also raves about)
Oh, and his pick for worst is...
A caveat: because of the restrictions inherent in this sort of exercise, less favored albums may appear in lieu of more cherished ones due to the former having little competition in their respective year, whereas the latter may have had some fine rivals for our attention to contend with.
So, here they are. What about yours?
1969 – THE BEATLES Abbey Road [Apple]
1970 – PAUL McCARTNEY McCartney [Apple]
1971 – TODD RUNDGREN Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren [Bearsville]
1972 – YES Close to the Edge [Atlantic]
1973 – PINK FLOYD Dark Side of the Moon [Harvest]
1974 – KING CRIMSON Red [EG]
1975 – LED ZEPPELIN Physical Grafitti [SwanSong]
1976 – PETER FRAMPTON Frampton Comes Alive! [A&M]
1977 – SEX PISTOLS Nevermind the Bollocks… [Warner Bros]
1978 – VAN HALEN self-titled [Warner Bros]
1979 – THE POLICE Regatta de Blanc [A&M]
1980 – THE PRETENDERS self-titled [Sire]
1981 – KING CRIMSON Discipline [Warner Bros]
1982 – RALPH TOWNER Blue Sun [ECM]
1983 – YES 90125 [Atco]
1984 – THE SMITHS Hatful of Hollow [Rough Trade]
1985 – SCRITTI POLITTI Cupid and Psyche ‘85 [Warner Bros]
1986 – PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED Album [Elektra]
1987 – GUNS N' ROSES Appetite For Destruction [Geffen]
1988 – LIVING COLOUR Vivid [Epic]
1989 – XTC Oranges and Lemons [Geffen]
1990 – JANE’S ADDICTION Ritual de lo Habitual [Warner Bros]
1991 – NIRVANA Nevermind [DGC]
1992 – PAUL WELLER self-titled [Go!]
1993 – SODA STEREO Dynamo [Sony US Latin]
1994 – SOUNDGARDEN Superunknown [A&M]
1995 – FOO FIGHTERS self-titled [Roswell/Capitol]
1996 – THE POSIES Amazing Disgrace [DGC]
1997 – RADIOHEAD OK Computer [Parlophone]
1998 – BECK Mutations [DGC]
1999 – THE FLAMING LIPS The Soft Bulletin [Warner Bros]
2000 – AIMEE MANN Bachelor No.2 [Superego]
2001 – JON BRION Meaningless [Straight to Cut Out]
2002 – BECK Sea Change [DGC]
2003 – NADA SURF Let Go [Barsuk]
2004 – MATTHEW SWEET Kimi Ga Suki [RCAM]
2005 – FREELOADER Cantina Claqueur [JSS]
2006 – THE RACONTEURS Broken Boy Soldiers [Third Man/V2]
2007 – IRON & WINE The Shepherd's Dog [SubPop]
2008 – AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB The Golden Age [Merge]
2009 – PEARL JAM Backspacer [Monkeywrench/Island]
A memorial concert is planned for August 16th in Los Angeles. Shneider was 52.
The good news: album sales were down 15% last year at this same time so it’s 4 % better. Whoopeee! Um, yeah.
But Wald ultimately places Johnson among his contemporaries as a “musician’s musician” whose sales and influence didn’t extend much beyond the Delta. The audience that elevated Johnson to the upper pantheon of musical titans was nowhere in evidence while he was alive, or at any point soon after his death. Escaping the Delta is less a Johnson biography than a primer on blues music between the two World Wars."
Dig in, boys and girls.
to raise money for his senator, Barack Obama, who is scheduled to make an appearance at the show. Tweedy first played a benefit for the presidential hopeful in December 2007.
So, what's Wilco up to? Well they hit the road later this month and here are the dates:
7-25 Fairbanks, AK
7-26 Anchorage, AK
8-01 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
(Wilco performance and Jeff Tweedy solo set)
8-04 Indianapolis, IN
8-06 Jacksonville, FL
8-07 Charleston, SC
8-08 Cary, NC
8-09 Baltimore, MD
8-10 Wilmington, DE
8-12 Lenox, MA
8-13 Brooklyn, NY
8-16 Jackson Hole, WY
8-18 Salt Lake City, UT
8-20 Boise, ID
8-21 Spokane, WA
8-23 Bend, OR
8-24 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
8-29 Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic Festival