Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The HOTTNESS that is Nikki Sixx

Man, Halloween 2006 is all about the hottness! There is no such thing as complete hottness unless Nikki Sixx is around. The Mötley Crüe bass man is teaming up with Kelly Gray, the former CEO savior of St. John (fab knits for ladies) for their own posh line of men’s clothing, "which merges the distinctive worlds of fashion and rock." Their Holiday 2006 collection will include stylish items that range from $100 t-shirts to $1,200 jackets. Neiman-Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom will be carrying the line in their stores nationwide. The duo is also dating, go fig. Thanks Coutorture!

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Plinko RIP?

Bob Barker, the 17-time Emmy Award-winning American television game show host,
announced today that he will finally retire in June 2007. Barker has hosted CBS's The Price Is Right since September 4, 1972, making it the longest-running daytime game show in television history. On December 31, 2006, Bob Barker will celebrate the anniversary of his 50th year on national television.

The Hotness That Is LMJ



Happy Birthday to U2's Larry Mullen Jr., who turns 45 today!
*Thanks to Alyssa for reminding me!

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Halloween Mix Tape


Ok, I know cassette tapes are ancient, but I still love the occasional mix! Whether you choose to do it up on tape, CD-R, or in mp3 format, just make a mix for chrissakes. Here's one ... all in the spirit of Halloween!


Everyday Is Halloween: Ministry
A Forest: The Cure
Love Like Blood: Killing Joke
Insanity: Oingo Boingo
Frankenstein: The New York Dolls
Zombie Dance: The Cramps
Curse of Millhaven: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Happy Death Men: Echo & the Bunnymen
Halloween: Siouxsie and the Banshees
Rosegarden Funeral of Sores: Bauhaus
Graveyard: Public Image Limited
Death Valley '69: Sonic Youth
Lucretia My Reflection: Sisters of Mercy
Something In My House: Dead or Alive
Release the Bats: The Birthday Party
Testure: Skinny Puppy
Sparks: Faith and the Muse
Nothing: Rosetta Stone
Fatherland: Die Krupps
Crosses: Viva Death
Theme for Thought: Virgin Prunes

HOTT like Kylie!

Australia's Rogue Traders is this week's featured artist on the All Music Guide's "Artist Spotlight," courtesy of moi. Their sophomore effort, Here Come the Drums, is incredibly foxy and fun, it's no wonder that the first single "Voodoo Child" slaughtered the UK Top 10 earlier this summer. Check out other sultry dance cuts such as "Watching You" and "We're Coming Home," for one cannot help falling for vocalist Natalie Bassingthwaighte. The former Neighbours alumna makes her debut here, adding a bit of sass to the Rogue Traders with her flirty vocals and overall intoxicating enthusiasm. Kylie Minogue had the American mainstream at hello with her 2001 club hit "Can't Get You Out of My Head," so it's only a matter of time until Stateside music fans get hip to the dance energy of Rogue Traders.

Dog Halloween

Because I love dogs, ok?





Monday, October 30, 2006

Because They Were Fooking Great

I feel like posting this video because I miss the daylights out of Curve.

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Sentimentalist

Here's to the Detroit Tigers for bringin' some class back to the Motor City. It was a great season run and an exciting time for both the Detroit Tigers organization and the city of Detroit. But is Detroit really that great, after all? Hey, at least we're not living in St. Louis.

Rock & Roll Never Forgets

R.E.M., Van Halen, the Stooges and Patti Smith are just some of the few artists on the ballot for the 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Scheduled for March 12, 2007 at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the ballot also includes the Dave Clark Five, Chic, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Joe Tex and the Ronettes. Five of the nine artists will be chosen for the official list of inductees and announced in January. To be eligible for induction, the 2007 class had to release their first single no later than 1981.


For R.E.M. fans, it might be too good to be true should Patti Smith and the Athens, GA foursome be inducted the very same year. After all, Patti Smith and Michael Stipe are like, BFFs, and stuff.

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Max and the Kids

Ever heard of the Max's Kansas City Project? Named in honor of Max's Kansas City founder Mickey Ruskin, the non-profit organization has been working with the arts and youth communities since its inception in 1996. This December, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of punk rock, the Max's Kansas City Project will host a charitable auction with Gibson/Baldwin and the Indie Program for "A PUNK ROCK EXHIBITION." All proceeds will benefit the project's Emergency Relief and Resource Fund for artists in crisis, and Damage Control, the group's teen empowerment program. Surprise guests TBA.

DETAILS:

Where: Gibson/Baldwin Showrooms
421 West 54th Street (the Historic Hit Factory Recording Studios)
When: Thursday, December 14
What: Auction (6:30-8:30), Party (8:30-11:30)
How: Auction & Party ($75), Party only ($40)

U2 at Church

Throughout their 30-year career, U2 has sifted through various images of religion. It's not any big secret. Bono, the Edge, and Larry Mullen Jr. had their own Bible study group in the pre-U2 days. Their second album, October, is loaded with Christian images, and during its recording, critics hailed U2 as a Christian band, something that U2 has always denied. Bono got to hang out with Pope John Paul II before his passing in 2005. They're just a rock & roll band, right?


Today, a few churches are turning to U2. USA Today reports that the U2 Eucharist, is a "traditional Episcopal liturgy" that refers to some of U2's best-selling songs such as "Beautiful Day" and "Pride (In the Name of Love)" as hymns. The concept involves combining U2 songs with related religious montages. Reverend Paige Blair, a parish priest in York Harbor, Maine, incorporated some of U2's lyrics during a sermon in July 2005. Since then, she's gone on to assist 150 churches with their own U2 Eucharists, and the idea is spreading like wildfire across 15 states and seven countries. They're not worshipping Bono, but choosing to use him and the band's work as an example of spreading the word.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Can You Hear a Roar?

Ok, tonight's do or die. Here's to a great game from the Tigers! Do it up, you guys! Bring it back to the Motor City!


PS... GO STATE! BEAT INDIANA!

Libertunes, yo!

I know there's a handful of us who love love love the free downloads at MySpace and others who keep up with what Steve Jobs has to offer at iTunes. Well, people, stop what yer doin' cuz Libertunes is 'bout to ruin the image and style of yer downloadin'. As of October 27, 2006, the independently run Libertunes.com will begin it's fight in offering free downloads to all that want 'em. The catch: Libertunes puts the power back in the hands of the artist. The hella user-friendly display is for us music fans, and 100% of the royalties is for the artist.

Here's the deal: if a band is selling their music through popular sites such as iTunes, they're only getting pennies from the 99 cents per download, with the bulk of the profit going to the third party. Instead, Libertunes cuts out the middle man. It's about the band and the fan, 'nuff said. Unsigned bands, independent bands, unite. Libertunes wants to be your friend, too.

The other thing that's cool is that Libertunes will feature bands on tour. If you want a cut of the show you saw, Libertunes will provide bar coded vouchers from that show, which can be customized with artwork and printed in any quantity at no cost. Fans can purchase the voucher, put it in their pocket, purse, wallet or whatever, and when they get home, use the voucher to download the album with artwork and liner notes included.

Well-known musicians and industry figures including Korn's Jonathan Davis, Epitaph records CEO Brett Gurewitz and composer Clint Mansell will be on hand to review some of Libertunes' top-selling artists. Isotope software has already signed on for special promotions with Libertunes. Stay tuned... the CD might be dead soon.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

C'mon Tigers... win a game for us!


People are decorating their houses, fer chrissakes! SO BEST!
Thanks to Todd for taking this picture!

Birthday Time!

Thanks to the Music Slut for posting this! I had to post this since I'm such an Anglophile!

What Was The #1 UK Single The Day You Were Born?

Mine is: Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" ... I can live with that!

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The Loudest Band in New York?

Dear God, A Place to Bury Strangers have ripped my heart out. The New York City foursome create a maddening rock mix that should reel in Interpol and Joy Division enthusiasts while building on the moodier threads of classic shoegazing (My Bloody Valentine of course). Don't mistake the electronic shudders of "To Fix the Gash In Your Head" and the glassy layers of "Missing You" as just another stylish psych rock trip à la Serena Maneesh and 120 Days. A Place to Bury Strangers makes indie rock dark again, and thank goodness for that!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

This Modern Love Part Deux

Hipsters 'round the world can relax because their favorite band, Bloc Party, is busy putting the last bit of polish on their new album! The anxiously anticipated A Weekend in the City is slated for a February 6, 2007 release date on Vice Records. The album was recorded this past year at Grous Lodge in Dublin with producer Jacknife Lee (U2, Christina Aguilera, Pink).

A Weekend in the City paints a stylish, punky soundscape of every day life--the emotion behind the happiness and monotony of each move we make while in search of understanding why humans do the things they do. Many colors of love, tension, anxiety, and melancholy are quite fluid and apparent throughout, and the album's artwork courtesy of German photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg captures this. Luxemburg's "Towering Inferno" photograph was also used as the cover art for The Streets album, Original Pirate Material.


A Weekend in the City tracklisting:
Song For Clay (Disappear Here)
Hunting For Witches
Waiting For the 7:18
The Prayer
Uniform
On
Where Is Home?
Kreuzberg
I Still Remember
Sunday
SRXT

Detroit Pride




Thanks to Alyssa for sending this picture of her brother Tony, who's rootin' for the Tigs in Milwaukee.


Also, you know you want a Detroit Dirtgate t-shirt! Cheers to Brandon and Jason for calling it like it is...it was gravy people, not pine tar!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Nothin' but a t-shirt on...

Lindsay Lohan, Michelle Trachtenberg, Courtney Love, Rachel Bilson, Zooey Deschanel, and other fashionista celebs have donned the simple-chic tees designed by Nation Ltd. Founded by Jen Menchaca in 2004, the budding t-shirt empire offers the PERFECT tee: comfortable and tailored to you, and well-suited for the home or the office. Vogue hearts Nation, too. The celebrated fashion bible gave Nation the #3 spot in their Top 10 tees list featured in their November issue! Not only did they beat the likes of Velvet, Petit Bateau, and C&C California, but Nation was the youngest company to be included! Congratulations George and Jen!

Get Hip

Mustafa Ozkent's Genclik Ile Elele is fantastic! So is the album cover! Seriously, is there anything cooler than this? Get your funk on, it's out October 31.

Thanks MSU

PHEW! My Michigan State Spartans finally pulled off a win this weekend! I can breathe now. For those who don't know, the Spartans bounced back from their 38-3 lag in the third quarter to beat the Wildcats, 41-38, the greatest comeback in Division I-A history. Now, the reason why I'm writing this particular entry has absolutely nothing to do with Northwestern, but everything to do with the University of Michigan.

While I perused the produce section at Kroger yesterday, in my green MSU hoodie, one of the employees stopped me to congratulate me on the MSU win. The guy was also wearing a U of M baseball cap. He is also the umpteenth Michigan fan this year to tell me he cheers for MSU. WHAT? A Michigan fan cheers for Michigan State? Uh, hello, is that nice or what? What's funny is how competitive us Spartan fans are when it comes to the University of Michigan. My boyfriend is a University of Michigan graduate, and he's always maintained that a lot of U of M fans cheer for MSU, except for when we face them on game day. That makes sense obviously. He says that even the thousands of fans who gather at the Big House year after year also roar with excitement in support of MSU when Big 10 scores are flashed on the screen. What happens at Spartan Stadium when the U of M score flashes on the screen? Regardless of who they're playing, Spartan fans boo the University of Michigan. We boo LOUDLY! As a student, I booed U of M every chance I got. I still do the same as an alumna.

Yeah, U of M considers Ohio State to be their BIG rival, but they consider MSU a friendly rivalry. For Michigan State fans, such a game is anything BUT friendly. I, like thousands of MSU fans, look forward to the yearly matchup. Remember 2001? Remember when we beat the Wolverines in the last second, and how beautiful that moment was?

Anyway, maybe it has something to do with the fact that I live in the same neighborhood as the University of Michigan? I don't know. But what I do know is this: despite the ferocious, competitive spirits of us Spartans, I have found some U of M fans to be super cool. I'm not slagging on my beloved MSU either. Those of you who know me best know I absolutely LOVE my alma mater. Michigan State University is truly fantastic: there is not a finer university in the state of Michigan. We know this. But I have to give some props to U of M fans. There are some nice ones out there.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Eating Well

Some know I'm a magazine junkie. I love mags. I read 'em, and I write for some. I also love food and believe it or not, I have come to like cooking. Call me a crazy yuppie, but I've found myself buying food magazines. And I like it! Recently, I picked up the October/November 2006 issue of Eating Well, this rad publication out of Vermont. The award-winning national consumer magazine features articles on high-quality food, recipes, diet tips, and the like. But it's not threatening or annoying. What I particularly like is their weeknight meal suggestions, which also include specific servings in calories, fiber, protein, carbs, and cholesteral.

I used to think cooking was a bore, something that took way too long. Well, with a little newfound patience, I've come to really love cooking. Sunday evening I had the pleasure of preparing Tortellini & Zucchini Soup, courtesy of Eating Well. People, it's AWESOME! I don't mean to get all Food Network on you, but the colors are GREAT! It's a healthy dish that doesn't take too long to prepare. Just wanted to share.

INGREDIENTS:
-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
-2 large carrots, finely chopped
-1 large onion, diced
-2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
-2 14oz. cans vegetable broth
-2 medium zucchini, diced
-9 ounces (about 2 cups) fresh or frozen tortellini (preferably spinach & cheese)
-4 plum tomatoes, diced
-2 tablespoons of red-wine vinegar

DIRECTIONS:
The magazine calls for a Dutch oven, but I just did this in your regular soup pot. Add olive oil and heat for a few seconds, then carrots and onion; stir, cover and cook, stirring here and there, until the onion is soft and brown (6-7 mins.). Add garlic and rosemary, stir and cook, until fragrant. Then add the vegetable broth and zucchini; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook, stirring a bit until the zucchini is soft (3 mins.) Add tortellini and tomatoes and simmer until the tortellini are plump and the tomatoes are beginning to break down (6-10 mins.). Add vinegar and stir just before serving.

* Makes six servings (1 1/2 cups ea.)
- 204 calories
- 8 g of fat
- 10 mg of cholesterol
- 7 g of protein
- 28 g of carbs
- 4 g of fiber
PLUS: Vitamin A, Vitamin C

Friday, October 20, 2006

Christgau to consider all things on NPR!

Thank you dear GirlGroupers for informing me that the Village Voice's one and only Robert Christgau is back! As of yesterday, October 19, the self-described "Dean of American Rock Critics," aired his first piece as a contributing critic for All Things Considered, the favorite NPR newsmag! Christgau will contribute music reviews to All Things Considered a few times each month, while also keeping his spot as a regular guest on NPR's online-only music program, All Songs Considered. Many rock writers and countless fans were left puzzled earlier this year when the Village Voice axed the senior editor after more than thirty years of service. Cheers to NPR for keeping some classic spirit in the air(waves).

GO TIGERS!



It's time to bring the Roar of '84 back to Tiger Town!!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Just Because

Blonde Ambition

Meet the Long Blondes, Sheffield's answer to the Kinks, Siouxsie Sioux, and Karen O. The English five piece make some pretty posh sounding indie rock, and it's pastel-colored perfect! Add a bit of Diana Dors, Nancy Sinatra, and some Pulp (Sheffield's finest!), and you have the foxy angst pop stylings of the Long Blondes. With a cupful of chart-worthy singles to their credit, they inked a deal with Rough Trade in April. Get your hands on "Lust in the Movies" and new single "Once And Never Again" (which also includes the KILLER b-side "Fulwood Babylon"), and get your disco on!


Debut album Someone To Drive You Home is out in the U.K. on November 6th!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Dove Soap Does Something

For those who haven't already seen or heard about this Dove commercial, please check it out. There's been chatter about how great it is (and I love it). Hey, you have to give props to Dove--they tell it like it is when bringing attention to the media's warped ideas of what it means to be a woman. Cheers to them for promoting a healthy self-concept for women. Imagine that! Each of us at some time or another has dealt with various issues pertaining to our self-esteem. Dove has a plan, a thoughtful, smart, and encouraging approach in defining beauty--the Dove Self-Esteem Fund.

words.music.words.music.

Here's some of my latest reviews... yeah... shameful plug, okay?

Sparklehorse - Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
Dani Siciliano - Slappers
Tanya Donelly - This Hungry Life

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Break my social scene

New vid for Broken Social Scene's "Major Label Debut!" Check out the exclusive new features and live footage from the band's last three years on the road.

While I walked down to the beach

Baltimore's Beach House is this week's featured artist on the All Music Guide's "Artist Spotlight," courtesy of yours truly.
Their self-titled debut album for Carpark is so lovely and so gorgeous, it'll make you lose yourself in slumbering daydreams of yesterday. Victoria Legrand's warm vocals are like sands in an hourglass, which slowly waltz along to the speed of the sky. Yeah, you might not be able get enough of Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura, but the hypnotic allure of Beach House will keep your ears and eyes open.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Shins Luv

Clap your hands and say yeah because the new Shins record is almost here! The highly-anticipated third album entitled Wincing the Night Away is set for release on Seattle's favorite, Sub Pop Records, on January 23, 2007. The album was recorded this past summer at Supernatural Sound in Oregon, and produced by the Shins' own James Mercer, and Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, U2, Hole).

Wincing the Night Away tracklisting:
Sleeping Lessons
Australia
Pam Berry
Phantom Limb
Sea Legs
Red Rabbits
Turn on Me
Black Wave
Spilt Needles
Girl Sailor
A Comet Appears

"Phantom Limb" is the album's first single and it will be released as a digital single (with two b-sides) via iTunes on November 14th!

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Absolutely Fabulous

NME says The National Portrait Gallery in London will be opening an exhibition of photographs of the Pet Shop Boys at the end of this month! This fantastic display commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Pet Shop Boys' debut album, Please and the Neil Tennant's and Chris Lowe's new book, Catalogue. This gorgeous photo collection features artwork, videos, stage productions and other visual goodies spanning from 1984 to 2004. A small portion of these pictures, including work by Eric Watson, Pennie Smith and Andy Earl, will be on display at The National Portrait Gallery through February 28, 2007.

Talk Talk Talk

BrooklynVegan and Stereogum have been spreading the love for months, but here I am, slow on the uptake with Land of Talk. Their debut album Applause Cheer Boo Hiss was released earlier this spring on Dependent, and it's fantastic! Frontwoman Elizabeth Powell is like an angrier Annie Hardy with bits of Cat Power, PJ Harvey, and fuzzed out Dinosaur Jr. guitars. They're currently on the road this fall with the Stills and the Dears!

OCTOBER
20 Halifax NS - Halifax Pop Explosion

NOVEMBER
01 New York NY - Pianos (presented by BrooklynVegan)
02 New York NY - The White Rabbit (presented by Gothamist)
03 New York NY - The Mercury Lounge (CMJ)
04 Bennington VT - Bennington College
14 Ottawa ON - The New Capital Music Hall (w/the Dears)
15 Kingston ON - A.J's Hangar (w/the Dears)
16 Toronto ON - Lee's Palace (w/the Dears)
17 Toronto ON - Lee's Palace (w/the Dears)
28 Philadelphia PA - World Cafe Live (w/the Stills)
29 Washington DC - 9:30 Club (w/the Stills)

DECEMBER
01 New York NY - Bowery Ballroom (w/the Stills)
02 New York NY - Bowery Ballroom (w/the Stills)

Saturday, October 14, 2006

YEAH BABY! BLESS YOU BOYS!

The Detroit Tigers sweep the Oakland A's to become the American League champions! WOOOOOOT! WORLD SERIES BABY! I was seven years old when we last went to the World Series, beating the San Diego Padres to WIN! This is so huge for the Detroit Tigers ball club, whose 2003 season was nearly the worst season by any team baseball history. BOO YA! GO TIGERS! GO DETROIT!

Friday, October 13, 2006

RIP CBGB's

On Sunday, October 15, the legendary CBGB's closes it doors after 33 years of raw rock & roll service. Punk priestess Patti Smith and her band--Lenny Kaye, Jay Dee Daugherty and Tony Shanahan--will be the venue's final gig.

MORE INFO

CNN.com
NYTIMES.com

Good things come in small packages

I'm sure this is old news for some of you, but for those who haven't heard the delightful indie rock sweetness of the Little Ones really should check 'em out. What's super awesome is that just after a few months of self-releasing their debut EP, Sing Song, the California five-piece inked a deal with Astralwerks! Next Tuesday, Sing Song will be reissued with a fantastic bonus track entitled "Face the Facts." U.K. support dates with the Boy Least Likely To (Pitchfork sez Rachael Ray is their biggest fan?) are slated for January 2007 and plans for a full-length debut are scheduled for next summer.

If anything, check out the killer artwork courtesy of Jesse LeDoux, who's best known for designing the Shins' 2003 effort Chutes Too Narrow.

GO STATE!

For those of you who know me know I have to do this. Despite how poorly the Spartans are performing this year, I still support my team. I will be there tomorrow to cheer the Spartans on as they face the #1 RANKED OHIO STATE BUCKEYES! EEK!

GO GREEN! GO WHITE! GO STATE!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Roar of '84!




These SO ruled!

GO TIGERS!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Colin Meloy is such a purist

Insound is totally best. Their Save the Album campaign is so classic and right on, it's strong enough to break the man's heart. The thing is, as music goes digital, people will stop buying CDs. It's happening people. We know this. I tried avoiding it for a long time...tried ignoring the power of the iPod, but I caved. I buy mp3s... oh gosh, I cannot believe I'm going to admit this, but I don't go to the record store to physically purchase a record as much as I used to. That's a lie. I rarely do it anymore. Call me lazy, I guess. But I love RECORDS! I love the liner notes and I love the artwork. I love collecting albums! And you know what, buying records should not become a lost art. I have so many memories of saving up my babysitting money so I could buy the new Verve single or Blur on cassette back in the day. Insound is here, trying to save the world in all their indie rawk glory, so let's join 'em in their cause--Devendra Banhart, the Walkmen, the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, Bloc Party and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy have jumped on board and share their album love on the Save the album site via video.

So that's what Insound is doing--as of this month, they're also offering mp3s--but it's not in that way. Buy all the CDs and LPs you want and after checkout Insound will hook you up with mp3s of the albums purchased. No need to shell out 99 cents.
For example, I still haven't bought the new TV on the Radio (slacker) and I checked out an mp3 before adding it to my shopping cart. Insound keep it pure for those of us who are testing our purist ways... FREE BABY!

Goody

There's a new publication coming to a bookstand near you. Wanna do something Good? Straight outta San Diego, Good Magazine is for people who care about the world around 'em--taking a look at capitalism and idealism and what it does to each of us--Good wants to talk about it and make something good out of it! Subscribe for one year (six issues!) and 100% of the $$$ ($20) goes to an organization of your choice. How RAD is that? Give props to groups such as the World Wildlife Foundation, Teach for America, and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF... 12 in all. Choose Good. Do it.

Best Ever


Out October 31!

God Bless You Tube

This just made my day!

Comatised x 4

Good news, people! Songstress Leona Naess is currently putting the finishing touches on her long-awaited fourth album Thirteens. Naess, who got her first record deal at 21, leaves her girlish anxiety behind for her most personal set of songs yet. Upon the release of her 2003 self-titled effort, Naess left MCA, broke up with Ryan Adams (where can I get one of those "My X is a Wanker tees? Anyone know?) and left her 20s behind. Sadly, Naess also endured the unforunate passing of her father, Norwegian businessman Arne Naess, who died while climbing on a farm in South Africa in 2004. Thirteens makes sense of it all--a select list of new tracks are currently streaming on the official Leona Naess site and myspace.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Sedated Times with the former Beautiful People

Oslo's 120 Days make Vice Records cool again. Their self-titled debut album was released yesterday in the U.S. and it's freaking brilliant. Fans of Helio Sequence's second album, Serena Maneesh, and the Longcut are already in the know when it comes to 120 Days. Throw in some Kraftwerk, Suicide, and dare I say it, bits of Ultravox? Side note: Jonas Dahl, Arne Kvalvik, Kjetil Ovesen and Ådne Meisfjord used to call themselves The Beautiful People. Catch 'em this November when they make a quick run through the States.

NOVEMBER
4 Chicago IL - Subterranean
5 Minneapolis MN - 7th Street
8 Seattle WA - Chop Suey
9 Portland OR - Holocene
10 San Francisco CA - Mezzanine
13 Los Angeles CA - Spaceland

WOXY Undead

Yeah, it's true. WOXY.com is back! As of 10:10am EST today, everyone's favorite independent radio station on the web resumed broadcasting. Mucho thanks to Bill Nguyen and everyone at lala.com for givin' it back!

Rebirth of the Cool

Today's the day, bitches! The Twilight Singers release the iTunes exclusive EP, A Stitch in Time. Do yourself a favor and go to iTunes NOW to download these five little rawk nuggets. In true Greg Dulli fashion, he has a few people along for the ride: his Gutter Twin pal Mark Lanegan shows up as does Joseph Arthur and Dulli's former Afghan Whigs bandmate, Rick McCollum. Album opener "Live With Me" is a Massive Attack cover, which SPIN Magazine is currently praising on their "Songs You Need To Download Now!" at this very moment.

A STITCH IN TIME:
1. Live With Me (featuring Mark Lanegan)
2. Sublime (featuring Joseph Arthur)
3. Flashback (featuring Mark Lanegan)
4. They Ride
5. The Lure Would Prove Too Much

Word has it that Dulli and Lanegan are finally teaming up to record an album under their famed moniker the Gutter Twins. The Afghan Whigs' forthcoming retrospective on Rhino is still in the works, too. John Curley, Greg Dulli, Rick McCollum and Michael Horrigan recently traveled to Memphis, TN to record at Ardent with longtime Whigs collaborator, Jeff Powell for Unbreakable. Release date: TBA.

Catch the Twilight Singers on the road this fall for their second run of North American shows this year. Tour opens October 24th in San Francisco and Stars Of Track & Field and Jeff Klein are also on the bill.

OCTOBER
24 San Francisco CA - Great American Music Hall
25 West Hollywood CA - House of Blues Sunset Strip
27 Tucson AZ - Club Congress
28 Albuquerque NM - Launchpad
30 Omaha NE - Sokol Underground
31 St Louis MO - Mississippi Nights

NOVEMBER
01 Chicago IL - Double Door
02 Chicago IL - Double Door
03 Newport KY - Southgate House
04 Nashville TN - Mercy Lounge
06 Orlando FL - The Social
07 St Petersburg FL - The State Theatre
08 Atlanta GA - The Loft
09 Athens GA - 40 Watt Club
10 Carrboro NC - Cat's Cradle
11 Norfolk VA - The NorVa
13 Philadelphia PA - Theatre of Living Arts
14 Boston MA - Paradise Rock Club
15 Washington DC - Black Cat
16 Brooklyn NY - Warsaw

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Doll Parts

Dudes, you must get hip to Kamibashi! Kamibashi Dolls that is. Chicago expat Kristen Daniels founded the company in 2003 with her husband Chris after spending the last decade teaching university English in Japan. In 2005, the Daniels duo landed in Asheville, NC and made Kamibashi their full-time gig. The fine Asian textile is also the namesake of their famous String Doll Gang, which are individually handmade in Thailand from just one continuous piece of string.

Each little doll has its own unique power. For example, Sid fights off anyone with bad taste in music. Monster Man helps you see the beauty inside the not-so-beautiful, and Scarface takes away the pain in return for friendship. See? Kamibashi pay it forward!

Run to the Sun

Hailing from Philadelphia-via-Montreal, meet A Sunny Day in Glasgow, the dream-pop brainchild of Ben Daniels. Daniels, who also plays in King Kong Ding Dong, is joined by his two sisters Robin and Lauren for one of the year's best kept secrets. Had Velocity Girl's Sarah Shannon teamed up with My Bloody Valentine and Lush for a game of ring around the roses with Jesus & Mary Chain at the boards and Kate Bush as their den Mum, who checked in here and there with tea and cakes in hand, it might sound a little like A Sunny Day in Glasgow. Seriously, I've had the hypnotic noise of "C'mon" on repeat for days!

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Happy Birthday John Lennon

Today, John Lennon was born 66 years ago in Liverpool. Happy Birthday to a legend.

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Here's some good news for Modest Mouse fans

Modest Mouse is hittin' the road in support of their forthcoming album, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. Produced once again by Dennis Herring and recorded in Sweet Tea studios in Oxford, Miss. and Audio Alchemy in Portland, Ore., the early 2007 release is the band's long awaited follow-up to 2004's Good News for People Who Love Bad News. Fire up, Noo Yawkers and L.A. peeps! Modest Mouse is coming to your town this November!

LOS ANGELES
November 5 Avalon
November 6 The Wiltern
November 7 The Grove of Anaheim
November 9 The Grove of Anaheim

NEW YORK

November 13 Nokia Theatre
November 14 Webster Hall
November 15 Webster Hall
November 17 Bowery Ballroom
November 18 Bowery Ballroom

Get yer Juju on... Siouxsie Sioux strikes back

Siouxsie Sioux is slated to release a new album through the brand-new Universal Music imprint W14 in 2007! Does this mean a solo Siouxsie Sioux record is in store? No more Creatures with her hubby and drummer extraordinaire, Budgie? Regardless, it's GREAT to see Siouxsie making new music.

According to the official Creatures site, Miss Sioux is currently in the studio working new material. She has a handful of collaborations in mind, which should be highly entertaining, right? Word has it that she has reconnected with John Williams, a former A&R bloke for Polydor who assisted Siouxsie & the Banshees with 1988's Peepshow and the Creatures' Boomerang record.

In other news, the Banshees' stunning collection Voices on the Air: The Peel Sessions is released October 23rd in the U.K.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Message in a Bottle

Guitarist Andy Summers sold over 75 million records with the Police. Before U2 became "U2," the Police was the biggest band in the world. In August 1983, they just sorta said goodbye. With 40-plus years in the biz, Summers has also played alongside Soft Machine, the Animals, Robert Fripp, and Zoot Money on top of having a successful solo career. This month, the guitarist celebrates his tenure as a musician and his life as a family man with One Train Later, his memoir published by St. Martin's Press. He talks about escaping his rural hometown for London in the early 1960s, hanging out with Eric Clapton, and the Police's final gig a Shea Stadium in August 1983. Watch for my interview with Summers in Amplifier this winter!

Friday, October 06, 2006

She's a Beauty


Hey ladies and gents, do you know essie®? If not, you do now! Ms. Essie Weingarten, a native of Queens NY, and a 1981 graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, rules the nail polish world!
I haven't been this excited about painting my nails since using Wet 'n' Wild as a wee lass. Anyway, what started out as a small $10,000 investment has turned in to a $150 million empire for Weingarten. She makes your nails feel like a million bucks... I'm serious. Hilary Rodham Clinton, Madonna and Britney Spears have all donned the essie® polish. I am wearing the rich red color After Sex right now! With colors such as Bootleg, Scarlett O'Hara, Clutch Me If You Can, and Russian Roulette, essie® has glamour figured out.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Ginger Rogers Would Be Proud

So yeah, I found this new band out of England (of course) and they’re called Blood Red Shoes. The shouty rock duo consists of the gorgeous Laura-Mary Carter on vocals and guitar and the pre-pubescent looking Steven Ansell, who also sings and plays drums. Think Ikara Colt, the Duke Spirit, and Huggy Bear. Ginger Rogers, you say? Well, supposedly the dancing vixen kicked her heels too many times when practing that she bled all over her white shoes, hence the band naming themselves after such a tale.

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