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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Rhino Records is putting together an Afghan Whigs collection. Greg Dulli and the boys have decided to whip up some new material for the collection. The band is said to be working on four new tracks for the upcoming retrospective cd. You can read more about the Afghan Whigs here.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

A live Radiohead dvd is in the works. The band taped their performance at this summer's Bonnaroo festival, and they are planning to turn that into a dvd. Since the band played a couple of new songs during their Bonnaroo set, Thom Yorke said the dvd will most likely come out after the band's brand new cd. The new cd is expected out early next year.
Two new Portishead songs have been posted on the band's official myspace page. The band is busy working on album number three, which is expected to be released sometime next year.
Depeche Mode has a three disc set coming your way in September. Two of the discs are dvds and the other disc is an audio cd. The dvds will feature a full length live concert that was shot earlier this year in Milan. The audio cd contains a handful of live tracks that were recorded at a couple of different shows from the current tour. Depeche Mode--Live In Milan drops on September 25th.

Depeche Mode is also going to release a greatest hits cd in November. The Best of Volume 1 will feature Depeche Mode hits from the past 25 years and it will also contain one brand new song titled "Martyr." The collection drops on November 14th.
The Clash will release a singles box set in October. The Clash--Singles Box is set to drop on October 31st. The box set will contain 19 singles, along with b-sides, rarities and a 44 page booklet.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Jack White's home in Indian Village is up for sale. The 4 bedroom colonial was built in 1914 for a prominent attorney and was later owned by actress Ann Harding. Now, this piece of Detroit history could be yours for only $930,000! The nearly 6,000 square foot home on Seminole has 4 bedrooms, a library/study, a sunroom, a laundry room with black and white checkered tiling, and--here's the best part--a Secret Garden!!!! You can read up on the rich history of the house and view pictures right here.

Be warned! Apparently you have to be "pre-approved" before they will show the house to you. From the listing: "PLEASE NOTE: This home is shown exclusively by appointment to pre-approved buyers only. Listing agent must be present for all showings. Parties interested in viewing the home should fax pre-approvals or proof of funds to the fax number listed below."
If you grew up in the 80's and enjoyed films from John Hughes (the Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, etc), you are going to be excited about this. A new film titled, Don't You Forget About Me, is in the works. If you've seen the Breakfast Club, I'm sure I don't need to tell you that the 90 minute documentary takes its name from the Simple Minds song that was featured in the classic film. Don't You Forget About Me (the movie) examines teen high school movies from the 70's and especially the 80's, and tries to explain why these movies helped shape a generation. To make it even more interesting, many of the actors that appeared in these films were interviewed for the documentary (alas, it looks as if there will be no Molly Ringwald), and Simple Minds were also included.

Click here to read more about the movie. I think this statement from the movie's website sums up the magic of John Hughes: "Hughes didn't show how high school was, but how high school felt." Indeed. I can't wait to see this documentary. No release date has been set yet, but we'll keep you posted.
Duran Duran will head back into the recording studio to complete work on a new studio cd. The cd is expected to be released in February or March of next year.

In more Duran Duran news, the band is getting ready to enter the virtual world! Each member of the band will have a character in the Second Life virtual world. I'm not well versed in virtual world happenings, however I have been assured that this is a big deal because they will become the first major band to do this. Duran also has plans to play a virtual concert on the web in a couple of months.

Here's the article from Billboard:

Veteran British pop/rock outfit Duran Duran has no desire to slow down. Despite cruising well past its 25th anniversary as a recording entity, the members of the quintet are raring to hit the road again. Speaking from his villa in France, keyboardist Nick Rhodes tells Billboard.com the band will give total support to its forthcoming album, due in February or March via Epic.

"For us we found that since we got back together, not only have the live shows been a great joy for us, but since we notched up another 50 or 60 under our belt, we got back to the stage where it was really a well-oiled machine again," Rhodes says.

"If you don't play live for six months, nine months or a year even, you lose your efficiency," he continues. We promised ourselves that we would keep trying to play shows even when we hadn't got new things to promote."

At deadline, the only live dates on tap are a Sept. 23 in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 29 at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans and Nov. 11 at the Bang! Festival in Miami.In November and December, Duran Duran will apply the finishing touches to the as-yet-untitled new album, which is the follow-up to 2004's "Astronaut" (Epic). The set has sold has two million copies worldwide, according to a spokesperson.

"We have got a couple which definitely sound like contenders [for singles] so far, but I like to get everything finished so that we can take an objective view," Rhodes adds. "I listened to Marvin Gaye recently. It made me realize how beautiful some songs from that period can be. It gave me a few ideas, that's for sure."

In the meantime, online gamers will get the chance to catch the band in cyberspace. Beginning next month, each Duran Duran member will immerse their own character, or avatar, in the Second Life virtual world, becoming the first major band to do so. "When I first saw the Second Life site," says Rhodes, "It was a real epiphany for me." The group is aiming to perform their first virtual concert in the coming months.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Read an interview with Thom Yorke here.
Rhino Records to the reissue rescue once again! The first five cds from the Pogues will be reissued in the U.S. with bonus tracks. Red Roses For Me, Rum Sodomy & the Lash, If I Should Fall From Grace With God, Peace & Love and Hell's Ditch will be reissued on September 19th. All the cds will be expanded, so you'll get the original cd along with bonus tracks, extended mixes, and new liner notes.
Art of Noise is getting the boxed set treatment. On August 22 a four cd set called And What Have You Done With My Body will be released. The boxed set is a must have for fans since most of the songs (41 of the 56 tracks) have not been previously released.

Here's the tracklisting according to pitchfork:

Disc One: The Very Start of Noise
01 Beat Box (One Made Earlier)
02 Once Upon a Lime
03 War (Demo 2)
04 Close to the Edge
05 Confession
06 Moments in Love
07 Signs of Relief
08 Who's Afraid of the Scale
09 So What Happens Now (Take 2)
10 The Subject Has Moved Left
11 It's Not Fair
12 Close to the Edge (Ruff Mix)
13 A Time for Fear (Who's Afraid?)
14 Moments in Bed

Disc Two: Found Sounds and Field Trips

01 Moments in Love (12" B Side Idea)
02 Tears Out of a Stone
03 Samba #2
04 The Chain of Chance
05 Fairlight-in-the-Being
06 Diversions 3
07 Close (to Being Compiled)
08 Diversions 5
09 Damn It All!
10 Structure
11 The Angel Reel: Hymn 1 (Take 2)
12 The Angel Reel: Hymn 3
13 The Angel Reel: Fairground
14 And What Have You Done with My Body, God?
15 Klimax
16 Who Knew?

Disc Three: Who's Afraid of... Goodbye

01 War (Demo 4)
02 The Focus of Satisfaction
03 Moments in Love (7" Master Rejected)
04 It Stopped
05 The Uncertainty of Syrup
06 The Long Hello
07 The Vacuum Divine
08 The Ambassador's Reel: Beat Box
09 The Ambassador's Reel: Medley
10 The Ambassador's Reel: Oobly
11 Goodbye Art of Noise

Disc Four: Extended Play

01 Battle
02 Beat Box
03 The Army Now
04 Donna
05 Moments in Love
06 Bright Noise
07 Flesh in Armour
08 Comes and Goes
09 Moment in Love
10 Diversion Eight, Diversion Two, Closest, Close-Up, Close (to the Edit), Closed
11 Moments in Love (from Battle to Beaten)
12 Love Beat
13 In Case We Sneezed
14 A Time to Hear (Who's Listening)
15 (Do) Donna (Do)

Thursday, August 3, 2006

Nope, it's not a joke. Johnny Marr has joined Modest Mouse. He's a real member and everything! Here's the report from Rolling Stone magazine:

We’ve known for a while that Modest Mouse leader Isaac Brock and former Smiths guitarist/genius Johnny Marr were collaborating on MM’s next record. But guess what? Marr is now officially a full-on member of Modest Mouse, Brock recently told us. According to Brock, Marr’s membership is so unequivocal, he will tour with MM in support of their next record, tentatively titled We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank and tentatively due this fall. “He made a cautious commitment to write and record with us, and then the tighter we got, he was like, ‘okay, let’s tour too,’” Brock said. “Then he was pretty much a member of the band - not pretty much. He’s a full blown member of the band. It’s really...nice.”

Some backstory: When it came time to start work on the follow-up to 2004’s indie-rock marvel Good News for People Who Love Bad News, Brock found himself sans guitarist and enlisted Marr to help write and record. “I took a long shot really,” says Brock. “I was like, ‘You know, I really like that guy’s guitar playing. There’s no chance in hell he’s going to say yes, but why not give him a call?’ So I did.” Maybe Morrissey should borrow Brock’s little black book? “Eventually it all came together, and it was a really good fit, which I think actually surprised all of us,” Brock recalled. Finally, Marr, Brock and co. went down to Sweet Tea studios in Mississippi (the same joint where Good News was recorded) to lay down tracks for We Were Dead, which Brock describes as a nautical balalaika carnival romp. So what’s the gist? Get ready to have your mind blown by Modest Marr’s crazy-dark sailors-and-gypsies whimsy.