This Week's Podcast: Episode 12 of The Kiko Jones Experience

Here's the playlist for this week. Subscribe for free and get the podcast on your iTunes as soon as it's uploaded. Check out the sidebar on the right and enjoy!

1. TALK SHOW “Hello Hello" [self-titled album] (Atlantic)
2. 311 “Transistor” from the album Transistor (Volcano)

3. HARD-FI “Seven Nation Army” from the Cash Machine EP (Warner Bros UK)

4. THE WORKING TITLE “This Is Not Glorious” from the album About-Face (TWT)
5. U2 “I Will Follow” from the album Boy (Island)
6. ELIANE ELIAS “Falling In Love With Love” from the album Timeless (Savoy)

7. THURSTON MOORE “Patti Smith Math Scratch” from the album Psychic Hearts (DGC)

8. VAN HALEN “D.O.A.” from the album II (Warner Bros)

9. STEEL PULSE “Ku Klux Klan” from the album Handsworth Revolution
10. STEELY DAN “Bodhisattva” Countdown to Ecstacy (ABC)

11. RUSTY ANDERSON “Hurt Myself” from the album Undressing Underwater (Surf Dog/Warner Bros)

12. SEAM “Hey Latasha” from the album Are You Driving Me Crazy? (Touch and Go)

13. ROBERT DOWNEY JR. “Details” The Futurist (Sony Classical)
14. MICHAEL PENN “Cover Up” from the album Resigned (57/Epic)

15. IKE “Memory” from the album Parallel Universe (Bisbee Roadkill)

Plant Nixes Zeppelin Reunion Tour, Album Rumors

According to his own website, vocalist Robert Plant "has no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years," putting the kibosh on the rampant speculation surrounding an impending Led Zeppelin tour and new album. Meanwhile there has been much talk of guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones--who have been rehearsing along with drummer Jason Bonham, son of original Zep skinsman John Bonham--taking a page out of the Queen playbook and replacing Plant with another vocalist, if he were to opt out of touring, which he seems to have formally done at this point. The band's future plans have been the focus of much talk ever since the resounding success of their one-off reunion last December in London.

But the mighty Zep do have an upcoming release on the horizon: a 10-disc box set including all nine studio albums and the odds and sodds disc Coda in lavish, detailed "mini-LP replica sleeves with artwork from the original U.K. vinyl releases," with a Nov. 4th street date, according to Billboard.

Wal-Mart to Customers: Your Downloads No Good Anymore

Ah, when twin evil empires unite: if you downloaded music from Wal-Mart's digital music store before August 2007--and even as recently as February of this year--you won't be able to play them come October 9th, due to these files bearing Microsoft's DRM (digital rights management) protection format, the development and support of which they have since abandoned. This is in turn led the retail giant to switch up its file formatting this past February, thus the fiasco at hand.

No schadenfraude on our part over here, but hey, we're Macheads for a reason, you know.

KInks Reunion?

Ray Davies has told the BBC he'd like to stage a Kinks reunion as long as they could squeeze in a few new songs. Stay tuned.

Oasis / Ryan Adams Tour Dates

The next arm of this co-headlining jaunt is as follows:

Dec. 3: Oakland, CA
Dec. 4: Los Angeles
Dec. 6: Las Vegas
Dec. 8: Denver
Dec. 10: Minneapolis
Dec. 12: Chicago
Dec. 13: Auburn Hills, MI
Dec. 15: London, Ontario
Dec. 17: New York
Dec. 19: Camden, NJ
Dec. 20: Fairfax, VA

Both acts have upcoming releases which they will be promoting: the brit-pop quintet's Dig Out Your Soul arrives on Oct. 7th; Adams' latest with the Cardinals, Cardinology, has an Oct. 28 release date.

Meanwhile, a few of Oasis'
current European dates have been cancelled due to guitarist Noel Gallagher having suffered broken ribs in an on-stage altercation with a rowdy fan a few weeks ago.


The Big 7-0

Next year influential jazz label Blue Note turns 70. And to commemorate this momentous milestone, an all-star band led by pianist and Blue Note recording artist Bill Charlap--featuring trumpeter Nicholas Payton, tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, alto saxophonist/flutist Steve Wilson, guitarist Peter Bernstein, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lewis Nash--will embark on a world tour performing classic tracks from the label's highly-regarded catalog.

Among the tunes performed will be compositions from
Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter and others.

Macca to Perform Concert in Israel

Some 40 odd years after The Beatles were banned from performing in Israel, Sir Paul McCartney has a concert scheduled for Thursday night in Tel Aviv.

Here's Macca talking about his visit to Israel and other recent concerts:


MySpace Takes on iTunes


News Corp's MySpace, the world's largest social networking site, on Wednesday unveiled a long-expected joint venture with all four major music companies in a bid to compete with Apple Inc's market-leading iTunes store.

Read more here.

New Releases

This week's platters include:

JACKSON BROWNE Time the Conqueror (Inside)
JENNY LEWIS Acid Tongue (Warner Bros)
MOGWAI The Hawk is Howling (Matador)
THE REPLACEMENTS Tim [expanded edition] (Sire/Rhino)
TV ON THE RADIO Dear Science (DGC/Interscope)


We're shocked! Could it be? Clay Aiken, gay? Noooo. What's next: the sun rises in the east?!


This Week's Podcast: Episode 11 of The Kiko Jones Experience

Here's the playlist for this week. Subscribe for free and get the podcast on your iTunes as soon as it's uploaded. Check out the sidebar on the right and enjoy!

1. VHS OR BETA “Night On Fire” from the album Night On Fire (Astralwerks)
2. VAST “Free” from the album Music For People (Elektra)
3. JENNIFER TRYNIN “Happier” from the album Cockamamie (Squint/Warner Bros)
4. PUBLIC ENEMY “She Watch Channel Zero?!” from the album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (Def Jam)
5. THE JEFF BECK GROUP “I Ain't Superstitious” from the album Truth (Epic)
6. BRAD MEHLDAU “When It Rains” from the album Largo (Warner Bros)
7. VAN HUNT “If I Take You Home” from the album On The Jungle Floor (Capitol)
8. THE MAYFIELD FOUR “No One Nothing” from the album Fallout (Sony)
9. LOOSE FUR “Hey Chicken” from the album Born Again In the USA (Drag City)
10. SODA STEREO “Ojo De La Tormenta” from the album Sueño Stereo (BMG Latin)
11. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS “Pruno” from the album No. 4 (Atlantic)
12. TEARS FOR FEARS “Closest Thing To Heaven” from the album Everybody Loves A Happy Ending (TFF/Universal)
13. TV ON THE RADIO “Providence” from the album Return To Cookie Mountain (Interscope)
14. JOSEPH ARTHUR “In The Sun” from the album Come To Where I'm From (Real World)

Metallica, Run DMC to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Hello, Cleveland!

The nine nominees for induction next year--in addition to the aforementioned metal gods Metallica, and pioneering hip-hop trio Run DMC--are guitarist Jeff Beck, singer Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, War, Bobby Womack, and R&B group Chic. Five will be selected and inducted on April 4th, 2009, in Cleveland.

Better luck next time to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bon Jovi (WTF?!) who didn't make the ballot this time out.


Ground-breaking session drummer Earl Palmer, whose numerous and diverse credits include Fats Domino, The Monkees, Little Richard, The Righteous Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Ike and Tina Turner, Neil Young; and who worked for both Phil Spector and Motown, died on Friday, Sept. 19th after a lengthy illness.

He was 84.


Jack White and Alicia Keys to Collaborate on 007 Tune

According to Rolling Stone, R&B soulstress Alicia Keys will sing the theme song to the next James Bond flick, which will be written and produced by The White Stripes/The Raconteurs' singer/guitarist Jack White.

Here’s the thing: we're fans of neither one of these people—our partiality to The Raconteurs is in large part due to Brendan Benson, whose solo albums we own—but with music fans and tastes so segregated these days, it’s, at the very least, a positive thing to see people from two different styles of music collaborating. There’s a very good chance we won’t like whatever they end up concocting, but hey…

Also, Keys—WARNING! Red blooded, heterosexual male alert!—is hot and can actually sing AND play an instrument, so while we may not want to partake of what she has to offer musically, better her than the dozens of Britney Spears-type pop tarts out there, any day.


New Releases

Among this week's debuts are:

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM Gift of Screws (Reprise)
GEORGE CLINTON George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love (Shanachie)
THE CURE Hypnagogic States EP (Geffen)
LEONA NAESS Thirteens (Verve Forecast)
TINDERSTICKS The Hungry Saw (Constellation)

No Rest for the Weary (or the dead)

Legendary bluesman Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown was uprooted by Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans to the town of Orange on the Texas Gulf Coast, where he died a few days later—after a prolonged battle with lung cancer—on September 10th, 2005. This past week he was uprooted again by another hurricane—his was one of dozens of caskets pulled from the ground by the effects of Hurricane Ike on a local burial ground, Hollywood Cemetery, where he was interred.



Longtime Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright has died after a short battle with cancer. He was 65 years old.

Wright's best known composition was The Dark Side of the Moon's "The Great Gig in the Sky". How sadly apropos today.

This Week's Podcast: Episode 10 of The Kiko Jones Experience (special all-covers edition)

Here's the playlist for this week. Subscribe for free and get the podcast on your iTunes as soon as it's uploaded. Check out the sidebar on the right and enjoy!

“World Shut Your Mouth” from the Crooked Teeth EP (Atlantic)
2. THE CARDIGANS “Iron Man" from the album First Band On The Moon (Mercury)
“Déjate Caer” from the Vale Callampa EP (Universal Latino)

“Gold Star For Robot Boy” from the The Perfect Size EP (Houston Party)

“A Love Supreme" from the album Echu Mingua (Nonesuch)

"High & Dry" from the album Twentysomething (Verve)

"Frankly, Mr. Shankly" from the album The Smiths Is Dead (Epic)

8. SR-71
"My Brave Face" from the album Listen To What The Man Said: Popular Artists Pay Tribute To The Music Of Paul McCartney (Oglio)
9. fIREHOSE "Walking the Cow" from the album Flyin' the Flannel (Columbia)
"Magical Mystery Tour" from the album Greatest Hits (Epic)

"Be Thankful For What You Got" from the Little Honda EP (Matador)

"Castles Made of Sand/Little Wing" from the album Pure (Windam Hill)

"Six Months in a Leaky Boat" from the Sharkbite Sessions EP
14. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE "Better Things" from the album This Is Where I Belong: The Songs of Ray Davies and the Kinks (Rykodisc)

Peter Buck's Guitar Stolen from Stage

Sadly, Peter's signature Rickenbacker guitar was stolen from the stage immediately following tonight's performance in Helsinki, Finland. This is Peter's infamous signature Rick, which has been the staple of Peter's arsenal both live and in the studio since the band released Chronictown in 1982. Needless to say, this instrument means a great deal to Peter and to R.E.M. It is our sincere hope that whoever is responsible for the loss, or whoever has information which can help recover the guitar, will come forward to receive a generous reward, no questions asked. Email information to fanclub@remtour.com or phone (001) 706 353-6689.

Listen to the B(r)and

With bands recording and performing more and more with doppelgangers and substitutes these days, Marc Caro of the Chicago Tribune looks at the increasingly thin line between band and brand.

Quote of the Day

"[Amy] Winehouse's pseudo-inebriated singing is more like a caricature of Amos 'n' Andy meets one of Billie Holiday on heroin."

- Daphne A. Brooks, associate professor of English and African-American studies at Princeton University

Mettalica Album Hits #1

Death Magnetic hit the top of the charts this week, despite a Friday release. (Albums in North America are released on a Tuesday.) Billboard has more.


Brotherly Love

[Last week was my younger brother's birthday. Despite both of us being singers/guitarists/songwriters, we've never collaborated musically, aside from sharing a stage a few times here and there, over the years.

When I heard the Finn Brothers album by Tim and Neill Finn--of Split Enz / Crowded House fame--I was inspired to get together with my bro and write and record some tunes. Things got a bit hectic, I got busy with other projects and ultimately kinda forgot about it.

But coming across this performance of "Wiser Time"--from my favorite Black Crowes album Amorica--by siblings Chris and Rich Robinson on The Late Show with David Letterman, brought it all back again.

Happy Birthday, man. I love you, dude. Let's get some tunes together, dammit!- KJ]


Ryan Adams - "New York, New York"

Alice in Chains to Enter Studio in October

'90s Seattle heavyweights Alice in Chains will begin recording a new studio album--their first since 1995--next month. The band--guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez, and new vocalist William DuVall--convened in Los Angeles in late July/early August to rehearse and go over new material for an upcoming studio release.

After a decade-long hiatus, Alice in Chains re-formed in 2006 with DuVall taking over for the late Layne Stayley, who passed away in 2002.

The Old Cult Canon

The Onion's AV Club has "16 cult films that paved the way for the new cult canon" with brief scenes from each one of the forebearing flicks. Among them, Werner Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God, a personal favorite of ours. Pretty cool.

Sonic Youth Sign with Matador

A one-off album deal has been signed between Sonic Youth and Matador Records, with a 2009 release date. The band completed their agreement with DGC/Universal with their 2006 album Rather Ripped. Sonic Youth's upcoming 16th album will be released by Matador worldwide, except Japan.

Free Legal MP3s!

Here's a list of sites where you can legally download music for free. Yes, free. And legal. Don't say we never gave you nothin' (or in this case, where to find it)!

Courtesy of The Download Squad:

Unsigned Band Web
Soundclick's music page
Garage Band
Indie Rock Cafe
The Internet Archive
Fat Wreck Chords, Hellcat Records, Subpop, and Epitaph
Free Children's Music.
Classic Cat
Spinner (AOL Music)


New Releases

Making their debut this week are:

CALEXICO Carried to Dust (Quarterstick)
LL COOL J Exit 13 (Def Jam)
JULES SHEAR More (Funzalo)


Very Close to the Edge

So, it looks like Yes' 40th anniversary tour will go on as planned, despite lead singer Jon Anderson being sidelined with respiratory problems for at least 6 months: the band has followed in the footsteps of Journey and Judas Priest before them and hired the vocalist from Canadian Yes tribute band, Close to the Edge.

Now, we understand the show must go on and all that, but at first we thought, 'this is a bit much' until we heard this guy (see below). Yikes! Gotta get tickets. Sorry, Jon.

[Thanks to Mighty High frontman Woody High for the heads up.]


This Week's Podcast: Episode 9 of The Kiko Jones Experience

Here's the playlist for this week. Subscribe for free and get the podcast on your iTunes as soon as it's uploaded. Check out the sidebar on the right and enjoy!

1. DOUG GILLARD “Valpolicella” from the album Salamander (Pink Frost/Big Takeover)
2. CROWDED HOUSE “Silent House” from the album Time On Earth (ATO)
3. ALICE IN CHAINS “Rooster” from the album Dirt (Columbia)
4. FRANK GAMBALE “The Final Frontier” from the album The Great Explorers (JVC)
5. BO DIDDLEY “Gun Slinger” from the album Bo Diddley is a Gunslinger (Chess)
6. BRYAN FERRY “Boys And Girls” from the album Boys and Girls (Virgin)
7. DAVID TORN “Bowling With Margo” from the Lars and the Real Girl soundtrack (Milan)
8. CURTIS MAYFIELD “Kung Fu” from the album Sweet Exorcist (Curtom)
9. DAVID POE “So Beautiful” from the album Love is Red (7 Twenty)
10. IRON & WINE “Woman King” from the Woman King EP (Sub Pop)
11. LED ZEPPELIN “The Ocean” from the album Houses Of The Holy (Atlantic)
12. GIGOLO AUNTS “Mr. Tomorrow” from the album Pacific Ocean Blues (Q Division)
13. HORACE SILVER “The Dragon Lady” from the album Silver's Serenade (Verve)
14. HOLE “Rock Star” from the album Live Through This (DGC)

Noel Gallagher Attacked on Stage

Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was assaulted onstage Sunday night by an unidentified man who forcibly pushed him to the ground and then went for frontman Liam Gallagher before being restrained by security and members of the band's crew. You would think, after the tragic Dimebag Darrell incident, this sort of thing would be more under control. Jeez.

The band, who at the time of the brief scuffle were performing "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?" at Toronto's Virgin Festival, returned to the stage some 5 minutes after the fracas and played "Don't Look Back in Anger". Nice.

Footage from the show below (the assault is at the 1:30 mark):

Is 'My Name is Earl' Scientology Propaganda?

We're not fans of the show, but it seems we somehow missed out on this theory that's been making the rounds for a while now. Last year, James Donaghy, in an article titled "My Name is L. Ron Hubbard" published in The Guardian, wrote about the connection between Scientology and the My Name is Earl's cast and message. For one, its creator Greg Garcia, stars Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee, as well as recurring guests Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi--Beck's brother in law--are all Scientologists. (Garcia has since denied being a Scientologist by stating he "born and raised Catholic." Hmm...) As for its influence on the show, Donaghy writes,

"A practice central to Scientology is auditing, where a trained counsellor gets the subject to unburden themselves of past traumatic events (engrams) and, crucially, bad things they have done in their past. The confessions are recorded in preclear (PC) folders and kept permanently by the Church...So what, we might wonder, could be in Jason Lee's PC folder? And is this finally PC gone mad?

Then there's the concept of the "overt-motivator sequence". Crudely, this is what happens when a person does something bad then subconsciously causes something bad to happen to themself. It all sounds eerily like "Do bad things and it will come back to haunt you", Earl's karmic mantra. The entire series premise, in fact. So when Earl crosses something off his list of bad acts is he just clearing out his preclear closet? Maybe we're unwittingly witnessing an overt motivator sequence?"

Not us.

Britney Wins Three VMAs (yawn)

Does anyone care anymore about Ms. Spears or MTV's passé awards show at this point? Seriously.

The Eviction Notice Has Arrived

After 12 years, the, um, rock opera--nah, musical--Rent had its last curtain call on Sunday September 7th. Based on Puccini's La Boheme and written by the late Jonathan Larson--who did not live to see its formal opening--it is the seventh-longest running Broadway show in history. Rent won a Tony award for "Best Musical" and featured Jesse L. Martin of Law and Order fame, and actor/musician Adam Pascal (School of Rock) among its original cast.

It's supposed to be a Gen-X touchstone, but we never cared for it. (We saw the movie on cable once. Corniest. Thing. Ever.) Regardless, we thought we'd give its closing a mention.


Heart Lashes Out at McCain Camp Over “Barrracuda”

Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, the core of veteran Pacific Northwest rockers Heart, have issued a cease-and-desist notice to the McCain/Palin campaign for using their ‘70s classic “Barracuda” twice during the Republican National Convention. "I think it's completely unfair to be so misrepresented," Nancy Wilson told Entertainment Weekly. "I feel completely fucked over."

In a joint statement, the sisters remarked how "Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image...[It] was written in the late '70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women...There's irony in Republican strategists' choice to make use of it there."

Like Van Halen, whose “Right Now” was also used by the McCain campaign during the RNC, the Wilson sisters state they were not asked in advance about using the song and would not have granted such permission, regardless.

So, here’s our question: is that it? The usage has already been made. What recourse is there besides preventing future use of a given song? And even if that is sidestepped by the offending party, can the songwriter/publisher sue? And on what grounds?

Any entertainment lawyers out there?


Glorious Noise’s Todd Totale checks out the Chicago stop of the Metal Masters tour (Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell, Motorhead, Testament), and in the process, remembers why he fell in love with the genre in the first place:

…[M]y internal debate ended the moment I realized that it wasn’t my own need to relive my youth; it was the need to be a part of a collective experience. It’s hard to explain that unity that you feel with metal, but it’s there and it’s worth experiencing if you can free yourself to the point of letting go.

Call it the years of stoically standing at a critical distance at any nameless rock club, holding court with fellow snobs drinking bottles of Pabst Blue Ribbon and chain-smoking American Spirit cigarettes. There is none of that judgment at a metal show; regardless of what you look like or what’s advertised on your black t-shirt, you are family and, as such, you are treated with remarkable reverence.

In short: I missed losing myself to the riff, throwing up devil horns when lyrically required, and obediently yelling back at the lead singer whenever I was directed to ‘make some fucking noise!’ There is nothing more liberating than giving in to your id, checking all pretenses at the gate and banging your head. Metal. Fucking. Rules

Yes. It. Fucking. Does.

Movie Shorts: The Wrestler; Milk

- Just like he did for Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen has specifically written a song for the upcoming Darren Aronofsky film, The Wrestler. Here's more.

- Check out the trailer for Milk, the Gus Van Sant biopic of slain San Francisco politician and gay rights activist Harvey Milk, starring Sean Penn and Josh Brolin.

And while we're on a gay-related topic...

The Gayest Albums Ever (seriously)

Here's a twist on the old album list: Out magazine's "100 Greatest Gayest Albums (of all time)".

If we told you their top 10 includes David Bowie, Elton John, Madonna, Judy Garland (but no Rufus Wainwright), Indigo Girls, and The Smiths (twice!) would you be surprised? And yes, Rent is in there. (No Streisand, though.)


Why in heaven's name does The New York Times have an oral history of teen drama Beverly Hills 90210?!

Oh, the Drama

28 years ago today, Yes were to perform at Madison Square Garden, during their tour in support of the album Drama, which was not the first one of theirs we heard, but the first one we bought with our own money. Meanwhile, we were at JFK boarding a flight out of the US. [sigh]



Former Replacements drummer Steve Foley passed away in Minneapolis on Aug. 23rd from an accidental prescription drug overdose. Foley, who played on the band's last tour--for their final album All Shook Down--replaced original drummer Chris Mars in 1990. He later joined fellow former Replacement Tommy Stinson in the short-lived band Bash and Pop.

He was 49 years old.

New Releases

This week's debuts include:

Shall Noise Upon (Headless Heroes)
RODNEY CROWELL Sex and Gasoline (Yep Roc)
GIANT SAND Provisions (Yep Roc)
TERRENCE HOWARD Shine Through It (Columbia)
That Lucky Sun (Capitol)


This Week's Podcast: Episode 8 of The Kiko Jones Experience

Here's the playlist for this week. Subscribe for free and get the podcast on your iTunes as soon as it's uploaded. Check out the sidebar on the right and enjoy!

1. NEVILLE BROTHERS "Yellow Moon" from the album Yellow Moon (A&M)
2. PAUL WELLER "He's The Keeper" from the album Heliocentric (Island)
3. YES "Long Distance Runaround / The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" from the album Fragile (Atlantic)
4. WILCO "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" from the album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch)
5. THE SMITHEREENS "Drown In My Own Tears" from the album Green Thoughts (Capitol)
6. JAWBOX "Excandescent" [self-titled album] (Atlantic)
7. THE ROLLINS BAND "Earache My Eye" from the album Insert Band Here [Live From Australia 1990] (Buddha)
8. TALKING HEADS "Mr. Jones" from the album Naked (Warner Bros.)
9. CHARLIE HADEN "Bird Food" from the album American Dream (Verve)
10. THE SHAZAM "Gettin' Higher" from the album Tomorrow the World (NotLame)
11. FINN’S MOTEL "Equilibrium" from the album Escape Velocity (Scat)
12. LUSK "Backworlds" from the album Free Mars (Volcano)
13. ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE EGYPTIANS "Flesh Number One (Beatle Dennis)" from the album Globe of Frogs (A&M)