Monday, January 29, 2007

Monday MP3s @ MacKenzieLand

Page France - "Hat and Rabbit"
* ...and the Family Telephone is out May 8, album deux for Suicide Squeeze.

Albert Hammond Jr. - "In Transit"
* Strokes guitarist issues his second album, Yours to Keep in March.

The Eames Era - "Both Hands Full" & "Last To Know"
* The Baton Rouge collective reflects on the horrors of Hurricane Katrina for Heroes + Sheroes, self-released in April.

Richard Swift - "Kisses for the Misses"
* California singer/songwriter dreams it all up again for Dressed Up for the Letdown on Secretly Canadian on February 12.

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Take Them On, On Your Own ... Four Times

Two years since the release of their Americana-flavored set, Howl, San Francisco's Black Rebel Motorcycle Club return with Baby 81. Due May 1st on RCA Records, Baby 81 seems to get back to the balls-to-the-wall rawk of BRMC's first two albums (2000's B.R.M.C. and 2003's Take Them On, On Your Own), and thank goodness for that! The album title is also named after an infant admitted to the hospital in the wake of 2004’s tsunami who was claimed by nine different mothers until it found its way back to its own family. "Weapon of Choice" will be the album's first single.

Tracklisting for Baby 81:
1. Took Out A Loan
2. Berlin
3. Weapon Of Choice
4. Window
5. Cold Wind
6. It’s Not What You Wanted
7. 666 Conducer
8. All You Do Is Talk
9. Lien On Your Dreams
10. Need Some Air
11. Killing The Light
12. American X
13. Am I Only

In the meantime, check out drummer Nick Jago's song, "Speak Easy Love," courtesy of Marathon Studio's MySpace page. And no, Jago has NOT left BRMC.


Get Sassy!

If you were a teenage girl, coming of age in a modern world during those weird days we call the 1990s, then you were probably consulting the pages of Sassy magazine. For me, Sassy provided me with the real deal while Seventeen, YM, and 'Teen played it a little safe. Don't get me wrong, I loved all those magazines, but Sassy had the extra oomph of cool. From 1988 to 1994, Sassy's message was front and center: being who you are is cool enough! Raise your hand if you still own that beloved Kurt & Courtney issue from April 1992?

Sassy fans, unite! Marisa Meltzer and Kara Jesella know how much Sassy ruled, and have written a book about it. HOORAY! This April, How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time will be released via Faber and Faber. For more bad assness, check out their MySpace page!


Monday, January 15, 2007

Monday MP3s @ MacKenzieLand

The Ghosts - "Penny Falls"
* The Ghosts debut, Blue Birds Blood, out on Catbird now!

The One Am Radio - "In The Time We've Got"
* The band's fourth album, This Too Will Pass, is out on Dangerbird in February.

Of Montreal - "Gronlandic Edit"
* Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? out next Tuesday on Polyvinyl.

Arcade Fire - "Black Mirror"
* Their long-awaited second album, Neon Bible, is out on Merge in March.

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Leaders of Men: Joy Division on MOJO, and Anton Corbijn's Control

In their February issue, MOJO takes a look at the long-awaited Joy Division biopic, Control, while writer Jon Savage does another stunning job capturing the guilted mind of late frontman Ian Curtis. Scheduled to debut at the Berlinale movie festival in Berlin next month, Control is based on Touching From a Distance, a haunting memoir of Curtis' short life as told by his widow, Deborah Curtis.

In a recent article in NME, bassist Peter Hook had a few choice thoughts on director Anton Corbijn. Hook suggested that Corbijn was being a bit too controlling over the film's soundtrack, dictating how the film's music should sound to Hook, drummer Stephen Morris, and vocalist/guitarist Bernard Sumner, and ultimately disrespecting the band. On January 9th, Corbijn responded to Hook's blasphemous claims via the official Joy Division MySpace page.

well i am stunned and elated at the same time by the reactions i read on hooky's remarks. it is great to see that all of you are so passionate yourselves about the film. the very misleading headline "New Order have criticised the makers of Joy Division film 'Control'" has brought out the best in you all but please be aware that there is NO argument whatsoever between new order and myself or hooky and me. peter might have been in a bit of a mood when he said what he said and boy, does he know how to make headlines, but please don't be upset with either him or me for no reason. yes, i am in control of CONTROL as any director worth his celluloid should be in charge of his film but i am not telling the band, that i moved to the UK for in 1979, how to write songs. please.

i wouldn't dare. what we are doing is making some incidental music for particular parts of the film and yes, i am in the studio with the new order guys when they are doing this. new order saw a rough cut of the film prior to writing the score and THEY ALL LOVED IT which would be a much better headline ! CONTROL is a beautiful film for anyone who loves hooky, and beyond. the movie meanwhile looks set to come out in september 2007.


For more info on Control, click here.


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Editors: "Open Your Arms"

Gorgeous promo vid for "Open Your Arms." Directed by Alex Candlin and filmed at Manchester Apollo, May 11, 2006.

Word on the street is that Editors will be issuing a new album early this summer!


Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Tuesday's Jibber Jabber

It's heeeeeere! Apple's iPhone! Isn't it gorgeous? [Endgadget]

Bill O'Reilly vs. Stephen Colbert = GENIUS! [AP]

If you love drinking tea, don't drink milk. [Reuters]

Bob Seger plus the Motor City = 4EVA. [NPR]

Geraldo Rivera hates Keith Olbermann. [Boing Boing]

People are leaving Michigan. Duh. [Detroit Free Press]

Hey Mac users! Make your own Widget. [Downloadsquad] ...Echo and the Bunnymen did!

Elvis robots. (Thanks Matt!) [AP]

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Lists and More Lists

It's the second week of twenty-o-seven, and we've already seen our fair share of "best of" lists. I recently plugged my fave albums and singles here at MacKenzieLand. The peeps at the Metro Times have done so, and the All Music Guide just posted their esteemed lists, too. Then you have all the biggies: Rolling Stone, SPIN, yadda yadda yadda. The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop poll will be coming 'atcha in less than a month.

But to keep the ball rolling with some of last year's finest, my punk rock pal, Corey Apar, has generously contributed her own list of cool thangs. Check it out!

"11 random thoughts on 2006 because MacKenzie for some reason wanted to hear 'em."

11. Brand New's The Devil and God are Raging in Me, had such potential to be one huge disappointment, but instead was the exact opposite. Dark, anguished, meditative, beautiful--gives me chills every time I listen to it.

10. Single best line of the year comes courtesy of Kansas City's Architects and their album, Revenge. "If dreams were like bombs, I'd be Hezbollah, and no I'm not afraid of that metaphor." Bad ass.

9. Lots of side projects this year, but Heavens and their album, Patent Pending, takes the cake. Anything Matt Skiba touches turns to gold. Enough said.

8. Responsible for one of the catchiest songs of 2006 (don't even try denying it), Cobra Starship's While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets should have been ridiculously bad. But somehow, it wound up being ridiculously good. And not even in that guilty pleasure sort of way.

7. It's unclear who's more full of shit: Tom DeLonge and his Bono transformation or the people who actually claim to love his new band Angels and Airwaves. Them and Cute is What We Aim For I'll just never understand. Then again, I don't want to.

6. Toss up for funnest album of the year: the raucous, singalong punk of the Lawrence Arms' Oh! Calcutta! or the warm AM radio pop vibe of the Format's Dog Problems?

5. The Bouncing Souls have been around since I was four and sound as relevant now as any band starting out. Don't believe me? The Gold Record speaks for itself.

4. Tim Barry usually gets his point across the loud-hard-fast way via Avail. But who knew stripping him down to just six strings, a few cold ones and a bunch of friends could be so damn compelling?

3. One of the most honest and engaging bands out there, miss Lucero live and you miss out. A March gig at Alvin's involved a nonstop crazy moshpit, glass being broken, people bleeding, and the bassist so drunk he could barely stand by the end let alone play. Final songs consisted of frontman Ben Nichols playing solo while his bandmates band-aided audience members. And did I mention half the set was slow songs? So fucking good.

2. Rocky Votolato put out the wonderful Makers in January and was joined onstage at the Magic Stick this fall for a few songs with little bro Cody, as the Blood Brothers were in town next door that same night. Can't beat brotherly love and nice coincidences.

1. The ultimate of 2006: Alkaline Trio and Against Me! toured together. Holy fuck. Caught two of the shows and not only did that mean seeing both bands twice in one weekend (which would have been enough), but then the Trio played over two hours, including the entirety of Goddamnit. Can one's concert-going really peak at age 23? It just did.

If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look at Me: Morrissey Photo Exhibit

If you're a Moz fan-for-life like myself, you know that there's nothing like a Morrissey fan. They're ultimately devoted, passionately and madly in love with Steven Patrick Morrissey, aka Morrissey--the man who's best known for making moping around a thing of style. NYC-based photographer, Ryan McGinley, knows this quite well. He spent the last two years following Moz's maniacal fan base across the US, the UK, and Mexico. His photo exhibition, Irregular Regulars, debuted at Team Gallery, (83 Grand Street, between Wooster & Green, 6-8, NYC) last Thursday, and is scheduled to run through the 10th of February.

Thanks to Morrissey-Solo for the heads up!
*Photo credit: Untitled (Morrissey 17), 2006, color photograph, 14 x 9 inches.


Kevin Shields Speaks to Magnet

My dearest mackenzieland peeps, please check out the latest issue of Magnet! Not only does the gorgeous Chan Marshall grace its "2006 Year in Music" cover, my interview with Kevin Shields is also included! The My Bloody Valentine recluse squashes those nasty rumors of running Creation Records into the ground, and what really went on during the recording of Loveless.

Since the release of that album, Shields has recorded and performed with Primal Scream, played with Patti Smith at 2005's Meltdown Festival, contributed tracks to Lost in Translation, and remixed the Go! Team. Is Shields still the misunderstood genius he was once rumored to be? Here's a bit that didn't make the article.

"I do rub business people the wrong way. I’m not compromising on a lot of issues even though I think I’m easy going … it’s not so much me and that I’m so extreme, it’s that I don’t really have a manager between me and these people. A lot of people have my attitude in bands and stuff, but they’re smart enough to get someone to translate them in a manner that record companies can tolerate.

I just say it the way it comes out and they don’t like that, but that’s what most people think. I think I’m quite common in fact. I don’t think I’m unusual."

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Bowie's Golden Years

Happy Birthday to rock's resident thin white duke, David Bowie, who turns 60 today.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Forty Dollars + Greg Dulli = Kimmel

Just in case you missed it... Joseph Arthur in the hizzaus, too.
Thanks Summer's Kiss!


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Twilight Singers on Kimmel TONIGHT!

Greg Dulli will forever kill me with his unhinged kind of sexy rock & roll! Catch Dulli and his band,the Twilight Singers, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, TONIGHT, Wednesday, January 3. The raucous group of players, which also includes Mark Lanegan (vocals), Scott Ford (bass), Dave Rosser (guitar), Jeff Klein (guitar/piano), and Bobby MacIntyre (drums), will perform a song from their current masterpiece, Powder Burns. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights on ABC at 12:05 AM.

For your added pleasure, check out the band's video for "Live With Me," their Massive Attack cover that appears on their 2006 EP, A Stitch in Time.

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