Monday, December 25, 2006

James Brown (1933-2006)

RIP "The Godfather of Soul" James Brown.


Friday, December 22, 2006

U2's "Window in the Skies"

Second and final single from the band's U218 collection.
Everyone's here. It gives me chills.


MacKenzieLand: Top 10 Albums of 2006

1. White WhaleWWI
[Featuring members of the Get Up Kids, Butterglory, The Higher Burning Fire, and Boys Life, the Lawrence, KS quintet is everything indie rock is searching for.]

2. The Twilight Singers - Powder Burns
[Yeah he's sober now, but Greg Dulli still kills.]

3. Joanna Newsom Ys
[I tried to ignore her, but Newsom is lovely.]

4. Mew - And the Glass Handed Kites
[Gorgeous sonic goodness that'll make Lush fans squeal.]

5. Tap TapLanzafame
[Reading, England's answer to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.]

6. Morrissey - Ringleader of the Tormentors
[Just one listen to "Life Is a Pigsty" and you'll understand why this Moz album rules.]

7. Band of Horses - Everything All the Time
[A Sub Pop gem featuring former members of Carissa's Wierd.]

8. Margot & the Nuclear So and So's - The Dust of Retreat
[A New York City scape lush in poetry and romance. Thank you Richard Edwards.]

9. Christina AguileraBack to Basics
[Lady is a vamp. 'Nuff said.]

10. I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness - Fear Is on Our Side
[Sounds like early '90s synth rock without the kitsch. Second coming of 24 Gone?]

Honorable mentions:
Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra of Bubbles
Isobel Campbell - Milk White Sheets
Russian Circles - Enter
The Long Winters - Putting The Days To Bed
Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
Nelly Furtado - Loose
Elbow - Leaders of the Free World
Black Heart Procession - The Spell
Deftones – Saturday Night Wrist
Jim Noir – Tower of Love
Dani Siciliano - Slappers
Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
The Rosewood Thieves - From the Decker House EP
The Walkmen - Pussy Cats

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MacKenzieLand: Top 20 Singles of 2006

1. Nelly Furtado - "Maneater" [Video]

2. Amy Winehouse - "Rehab" [Video]

3. Jay Z - "Show Me What You Got" [Video]

4. Rogue Traders - "Voodoo Child" [Video]

5. Justin Timberlake - "SexyBack" [Video]

6. Echo and the Bunnymen - "Scissors in the Sand" [Video: Paradiso Main Hall 2005]

7. Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone - "Ridin'" [Video]

8. Lily Allen - "LDN" [Video]

9. Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland - "Promiscuous" [Video]

10. Ellen Allien and Apparat - "Way Out" [Video]

11. Battle - "Tendency" [Video]

12. Love Is All - "Busy Doing Nothing" [Video: SXSW 2006]

13. Rihanna - "S.O.S. (Rescue Me)" [Video]

14. Muse - "Knights of Cydonia" [Video]

15. Serena Maneesh - "Drain Cosmetics" [Video]

16. Editors - "All Sparks" [Video]

17. Green Day and U2 - "The Saints Are Coming" [Video: Live in New Orleans]

18. At the Lake - "I Made My Excuses and Left"

19. South - "Up Close and Personal" [Video: Filmed in NYC's Times Square, featuring Casey from Margot and the Nucear So and So's]

20. I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - "According to Plan" [Video]

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Tuesday's Jibber Jabber

Before you walk down the aisle, check this list or be doomed. [New York Times]

You vs. Coca-Cola. Scary, scary shizz. [Healthbolt]

It's a sad day in cartoon land. RIP Joseph Barbera. [CNN]

OMG! Sing with Justin Timberlake at the 2007 Grammy Awards! [Yahoo!]

Canadians and Brits read blogs more than Americans do. Go fig. [Netscape]

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but a USB drive with diamonds is forever! [Boing Boing]

Need help googling MP3s? [Clipmarks]

Get a personalized bobblehead! [WhoopAss]

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Monday, December 18, 2006

MP3 Monday @ MacKenzieLand

Brooklyn Vegan has been fawning over Takka Takka for months now, and I'm starting to gush over 'em too. The Noo Yawk quartet warms out holiday hearts with this little tribute to our favorite reindeer, Rudolph. Both the Talk Faster EP and their long-awaited full-length, We Feel Safer at Night, arrive in early 2007!

MP3: Are You My Friend?

The Muggabears' quirky kind of noise pop is freaking great! Check out their latest EP, Teenage Cop, and it'll remind you that indie rock is still freaking great. Think Unwound, Pavement, Polvo, and Eric's Trip for a second generation.

MP3s: Sister Now, I'm Coming True

The Besnard Lakes is the latest addition to the Jagjaguwar roster, and one of Montreal's finest. Their February debut release, The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse, comes hot on the heels of their MIMI (Montreal International Music Initiative) award for Best Rock Group. Frontman Jace Lasek has also produced albums for the likes of Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, and Land of Talk.

MP3: And You Lied To Me

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A Journey From A to B: Badly Drawn Boy Tour Dates

Mancunian songsmith Damon Gough, a.k.a. Badly Drawn Boy, is taking to the road this spring in support of his fifth outing, 2006's Born the in U.K. It wasn't until I heard the lovely aches of "Silent Sigh" from About A Boy that I truly understood the understated beauty that is Badly Drawn Boy. His latest jaunt nothing less than lovely, and the Los Angeles agrees, calling it "Wistful, vulnerable, not averse to facing the dark side, Born in the UK is welcome because it restores some focus and direction to the one thing Gough has never lacked: heart."

03 Philadelphia PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
05 Somerville MA @ Somerville Theatre
06 Washington DC @ 9.30 Club
07 New York NY @ Webster Hall
09 Detroit MI @ Majestic Theatre
10 Chicago IL @ Metro
11 Minneapolis MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
13 Nashville TN @ Exit/In
14 Atlanta GA @ The Loft
16 Austin TX @ Stubbs Bar-B-Q (outdoors-SXSW)
18 Boulder CO @ Fox Theatre
19 Salt Lake City UT @ Urban Lounge
21 San Diego CA @ House of Blues
22 Los Angeles CA @ El Rey Theatre
23 San Francisco CA @ Great American Music Hall
25 Portland OR @ Aladdin Theatre
26 Seattle WA @ Neumo's
27 Vancouver BC @ Richards on Richards

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Ahmet Ertegun (1923-2006)

Music industry mogul Ahmet Ertegun died Thursday from head injuries sustained during a fall at a Rolling Stones concert in October. Best known for founding Atlantic Records in 1947, and nurturing the careers of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones, the 83-year-old Ertegun was involved in the biz through his last days. This is a sad time for everyone working in music and entertainment. Check CNN and the New York Times for additional coverage.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Here comes another shameless plug! Latest scribing from yours truly.

Joanna Newsom - Ys [Metro Times]
Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist [Metro Times]
The Long Blondes - Someone To Drive You Home [All Music Guide]
*Also appearing in this week's "Artist Spotlight" on AMG!

Thanks for reading. xo

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

We Heart Thom Yorke

Earlier this summer Thom Yorke collected his best ticks, bleeps, werps, and pops for his XL Recordings debut, The Eraser. Via his blog, Yorke announced yesterday that "The Clock" (remixed by Surgeon) and "Analyse" (by Various) will be available for free download for the next seven days. From Monday, December 11th to Monday, December 18th, get ur freak on with some phat new mixes from Mr. Radiohead.

Via Thom's site:

For anyone who has heard The Eraser, there are some remixes coming.


I got excited. I've been listening through. I mean. There's some freaky shit.
They may start appearing soon. Gradually. Briefly. Just a taste. And then gone.

First there is Surgeon's Rmx of The Clock.
This was the one that made me think, we got to start getting these out
I was chuffed he wanted to do it as think he is a MASTER.
He has turned it into something really hard. And disco.
Well what i call disco anyhow.
It made me very proud.

I hope it gets played in a club somewhere.
Not that i get out much nowadays.

Peace to us all during the festive season.


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Holiday Mix Tape

I love mix tapes, er... mix CDs... mp3 mixes. I blogged about Halloween, so here I am again, bloggin' about rad holiday songs. If that makes me a total twenty-something destined for yuppiehood, so be it. So, now that that's settled, it's time for some holiday mix action. Whether or not you dig the O.C.'s jukebox of indie rock faves or prefer a collection of timeless standards, 'tis the season of Comfort & Joy, fools.

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi
Merry Christmas Baby - Bruce Springsteen & the E. Street Band
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2
Christmas in Hollis - Run DMC
Last Christmas - Wham!
The Christmas Party - The Walkmen
Donna & Blitzen - Badly Drawn Boy
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon
Baby It's Cold Outside - Dean Martin
The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
Christmas With You is the Best - The Long Winters
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) - Nat King Cole
Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
Misty Mountain Hop - Fleming & John
Wonderful Christmas Time - Wings
Do They Know It's Christmas - Band-Aid

Also, to spread the holiday cheer, the Little Ones have created a special Holiday screen saver as their Christmas gift to you! Once it's installed, your countdown to Christmas Day is ON! Plus, there's a crap ton of holiday trivia and fun facts! But the best prezzie of all is that on Christmas Eve, fans will be able to access a free download of an exclusive track from the Little Ones. It will only be available for those who download the screen saver and accessible for ONE day--December 24th!


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M. Ward Tour Dates

J'adore M. Ward. The Portland, OR singer/songwriter hits the road next month for a few intimate solo shows. Be there or be square because these select dates are in support of his new EP and single, To Go Home, which is out in February! Tickets goon sale Friday, December 15th! More pre-sale info is available at M. Ward's official site.

26 New York NY @ Town Hall
27 Toronto ONT @ Mod Club
29 Chicago IL @ Park West

02 Los Angeles CA @ El Rey
04 San Francisco CA @ Bimbos 365

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Tuesday's Jibber Jabber

We already know what happened to the Electric Car, but Scion's eBox car is here to save us from America's gas guzzling prices! [Endgadget]

iTunes UK says Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" is most downloaded song for 2006. [The Guardian]

America got Daniel Powter's "Bad Day." [The Music Slut]

'Shrooms, a possible treatment for OCD? [BBC]

Threadless tees are all the rage! [NPR]

The NBA gets back to the real deal: using the original leather basketball! [AllSports]

Uh, are you kidding me right now? Soy turns people gay? Uh, ok.
[Right Wing Watch]

The "High Fidelity" musical apparently blows. [Reuters]

iTunes sales falling? [The Register]

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Live Wire Birthday

Happy Birthday to my favorite hair metal rocker, Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx, who turns 48 today.

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Organ Break Up

Vancouver indie rock band the Organ have decided to call it a day after a tumultuous year on the road. An announcement was made today via the band's MySpace page and official site.

"The Organ are breaking up. We want to thank our friends, fans, and family for all the support you gave to us. Thank you. Shelby, Jenny, Katie, Debora, and Shmoo."

2002's Sinking Hearts EP, and their 2004 full-length player, Grab That Gun, appeared like a promising start for the Organ. It's sad to see them go.

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Lavender Diamond Broke My Heart

The tender-hearted chanteuse, Becky Stark, had dreams of making a record that sounded like Linda Ronstadt. Endearing, sweet, and incredibly gifted, Stark, and her band, Lavender Diamond, are surely on their way to making some of the most thoughtful music the pop/rock genre has seen in decades.

Having already wowed audiences at this year's SXSW, ArthurFest, and CMJ festivals, Lavender Diamond are fresh off the road from touring with the Decemberists this past November. They're also the latest act added to the Matador roster (Rough Trade in Europe), thus their 2005 debut, The Calvary of Light EP will be receiving the royal reissue treatment January 30, 2007!

Lavender Diamond is: Stark on vocals, pianist Steve Gregoropoulos (W.A.C.O.), drummer Ron Regé Jr. (The Swirlies), and guitarist Jeff Rosenberg (Pink and Brown, Tarentel, the Young People). When not playing with her band, Stark and songstress Eleni Mandell perform as the folk duo, The Living Sisters. Stark is also working on a musical variety show with Miranda July and Jim Drain, and has a side-project called The Mystical Unionists with Regé.

You Broke My Heart
Rise in the Springtime

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2007 Grammy Noms!

Highlights & Stuff:

Best Alternative Music Album
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones
Thom Yorke - The Eraser

Song of the Year
Mary J. Blige – “Be Without You”
Carrie Underwood – “Jesus, Take The Wheel”
Dixie Chicks – “Not Ready To Make Nice”
Corinne Bailey Rae – “Put Your Records On”
James Blunt – “You're Beautiful”

Album of the Year
Dixie Chicks – Taking The Long Way
Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere
John Mayer – Continuum
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium
Justin Timberlake – FutureSex/LoveSounds

Record of the Year
Mary J. Blige – “Be Without You”
James Blunt – “You’re Beautiful”
Dixie Chicks – “Not Ready To Make Nice”
Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”
Corinne Bailey Rae – “Put Your Records On”

My personal favorite: Best Rock Instrumental Performance, which finds the Arctic Monkeys, the Flaming Lips, Peter Frampton, David Gilmour, and Joe Satriani up against one another. Very prog couture.

Ex-Detroiter Jack White and his mates in the Raconteurs have earned two Grammy nominations! Their debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers is nominated for Best Rock Album and the single "Steady, As She Goes" is nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group.

The 49th Annual Grammy Awards take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 11th 2007. For a full list, click on to

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Ready to Visit with Clinic?

They're not real doctors, but they look like it on stage. Liverpool's Clinic takes to the road this spring in support of their fourth album, Visitations. Out in the U.S. on January 23 on Domino, Visitations was solely recorded and produced by Clinic at their own studio, The Cooker. U.K. fans got their hands on the album last week, and the music press is already going mad for Clinic's shape-shifting art-punk madness. NME gave the record an 8 out of 10 calling it, "a stunning return to form," while Time Out London called Clinic, "The Fall of their generation."

Making their first U.S. live appearances since 2004, these are Clinic's only scheduled American performances for 2007. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, December 7th.

02 Los Angeles CA @ Troubadour
03 San Francisco CA @ The Independent (Noise Pop)
06 Washington DC @ Black Cat
07 Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brendas
09 New York NY @ The Gramercy
10 Cambridge MA @ Middle East
11 Montreal QC @ La Sala Rossa
12 Toronto ON @ Lee’s Palace

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Morrissey Just Wants to See the Boy Happy

"I Just Want To See The Boy Happy," the fourth single from Morrissey's 2006 stunner, Ringleader of the Tormentors, hit the U.K. yesterday. The new single is available on Maxi CD, limited edition gatefold 7" vinyl, limited edition picture disc 7" vinyl, AND digital download (via iTunes). All formats will feature previously unreleased b-sides, including live recordings. Live versions of "Speedway" and "Late Night, Maudlin Street?" KILLER!

The U.K. Maxi CD single:
I Just Want To See The Boy Happy
I Want The One I Can't Have (recorded live at The Royal Albert Hall 2002)
I Just Want To See The Boy Happy (enhanced video)

The U.K. limited edition gatefold 7" vinyl single:
I Just Want To See The Boy Happy
Speedway (recorded live at The Royal Albert Hall 2002)

The U.K. limited edition picture disc 7" vinyl single:
I Just Want To See The Boy Happy
Late Night, Maudlin Street (recorded live at The Royal Albert Hall 2002)

MP3: Sweetie Pie Thanks Torr!

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Tuesday's Jibber Jabber

New York City fights fat America and wins! [MSNBC]

Poor kid. A 12-year-old youngster is arrested for opening Xmas gift too early. [The Smoking Gun]

Are you kidding me? A guy smokes crack AND gets attacked by an alligator! [Netscape]

Every girl likes flowers. Give her the six-foot kind. [CNN]

The 10 best books of 2006. [New York Times]

The 10 best gadgets of 2006. [CrunchGear]

Swivel = YouTube for Data. [TechCrunch]

A batshit Xmas in California. [Yahoo!]


Lily Allen Hates NME, Ready to Break America in 2007

I absolutely adore Lily Allen. The cheeky cutie-pie made quite a splash in her native U.K. this year with her own stylish brand of saucy pop, and she's readying herself to do the same in the New Year when her chart-topping debut Alright, Still... finally arrives stateside in January 30th!

Upon the release of NME's Cool List last week, Allen had a few choice words for the veteran music mag. I give mad props to the mouthy Brit for telling it like it is. They nominate a bunch of cool rock women, yet the polished boyish faces of Muse land on the front cover? Psssh. But cheers to NME, too, for giving the #1 spot to the Gossip's Beth Ditto. Talk about a surprise, hello? Ditto's surefire kind of soul is undoubtedly out of this world, and it's great to see the Gossip take top honors. Their latest, Standing the Way of Control is a must have!

But getting back to Miss Lily Allen. Here's what she had to say about NME and how cool they really are. [via her official blog]

Current mood: aggravated

I probably shouldn't be writing this , but I have to get it off my chest . I am not a big fan of the NME , as they sold me down the river when I last talked to them , I did and interview and made a sarcastic joke using the word "gak" which is slang for cocaine . They glorified my joke and used it out of context , then their public relations dept , contacted the tabloids in a shameful attempt to sell more copies . And , I have ever since been known as " Lily Allen , Pint sized potty mouth popstar who once admitted she would celebrate her no 1 single by taking cocaine ! " .

Thanks NME . Now , I have read many articles in the NME , where male band members freely admit to, or associate themselves with the taking of drugs , and I havent seen many of them ending up in the tabloids . Take Klaxons for example, and the ongoing MDMA references. " MDMAZING " I believe was the title of a recent article ( how responsible! ) .

The only reason I can think of , for recieving such a different form of treatment , is because I am a woman . I did recieve a written apology from Conor Mcnicholas ( the editor) . But i vowed never to work with the NME agian . As I thought, if there was one publication I could trust and be frank with , it would be the theirs .

Anyway , I was aproached by them again , with regards to the "Cool List Issue 2006" , five women had made it into the top 10 and , subsequently we (the women) were asked to pose for photos to be the main feature for the cover . As I said before , I vowed not to work with them again , but as the context was so important ie; a a strong female presence in music . I thought i might aswell put aside my differences and do it . Now i don't care for " the cool list " , and I said this to them in the interview , which is probably why they didn't print it . I don't really think the NME are in any position to tell us who is cool and who isn't , personally I don't think a bunch of people sitting in an office drinking tea , inventing musical genres , and watching Nathan Barley DVD's are leading any kind of cool brigade , do you ? But i did find it interesting that they wanted to put five women on the cover , and wanted to name 2006 , our year .

I went to get a copy yesterday , and this is what we ( the women ) got . Another fuckin MUSE cover . I like Muse , infact , Black Holes and Revelations , is one of my favourite albums of this year . But the NME have covered them so much this year already .

Now usually you might expect a call , just out of courtousy telling us we had been pulled off the cover , but we recieved nothing .

This is Conors ( the editors) comments on this issue , He has obviusly put out some press release , stating how supportive the NME is to women in music

Conor McNicholas, the editor of NME, said he was pleased that the Cool List was full of women who had brought "new energy" to the music world.

"This year's Cool List is a testament to the raft of hugely talented women who have taken hold of the music scene in 2006," he said. "From Beth to Lily to Karen, they've brought new energy to a scene dominated by men. They're also living proof that you can still rock a crowd when you're wearing stilettos."

I mean how fucking patronising " you can still rock a crowd wearing stilletos "

Is that all we are , stilleto wearing people , is that all he could say ,that we brought a " new energy" to the music scene . Don't make me sick , wev'e always been here you arrogant prick , this was your chance to actually show you meant it . And instead you put Muse on the cover . Cause you thought that your readers might not buy a magazine with an overweight lesbian and a not particularly attractive looking me , on the front . Wankers .

You should take your heads out of you New Rave arses , and actually think about your responsibilities to youth culture , and to women in general .

Oh and by the way , theres not enough RAVE in New Rave .

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A Sunny Day in December

I've raved about them before, but A Sunny Day in Glasgow is one of my favorite finds for 2006. Their glossy dream pop sound is classic, and if you haven't already checked out the blissful arrangements of their debut EP, do it ASAP! As of December 10, the The Sunniest Day Ever will be officially out of print. If you like Lush, My Bloody Valentine, Mahogany, and the harmonies of Velocity Girl, order one now!

In related news, the band has signed with Notenuf Records. Scribble Mural Comic Journal will be out February 13th! Be sure to check out "The Horn Song," a new song that's currently available via the band's myspace page.

MP3: The Best Summer Ever

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