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2009/12/27

8am hour

Tragically Hip "Locked in the Trunk of a Car"
Sundays "Wild Horses"
Talking Heads "Burning Down the House"
REM "Radio Free Europe"
Eurythmics "Sex Crime"
James "Laid"
Cars "Just What I Needed"
Cocteau Twins "Blue Bell Knoll"
U2 "Angel of Harlem"
Porno For Pyros "Pets"
World Party "Ship of Fools"
Radiohead "Fake Plastic Trees" (acoustic version)
Cure "Lullaby"

9am hour

XTC "Mayor of Simpleton"
Depeche Mode "Enjoy the Silence"
Beck "Where it's At"
Ride "Vapour Trail"
Stone Roses "I Wanna Be Adored"
Sneaker Pimps "6 Underground"
Godfathers "Birth, School, Work, Death"
Clash "Rock the Casbah"
Social Distortion "Ring of Fire"
Buffalo Tom "Sodajerk"
Big Audio Dynamite II "Rush"
Elvis Costello "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding"
U2 "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
Go Go's "Our Lips Are Sealed"

10 am hour

Cure "Boys Don't Cry"
Talk Talk "It's My Life"
Sugarcubes "Coldsweat"
Mono "Life in Mono"
Bad Religion "Infected"
Afghan Whigs "Rebirth of the Cool"
Charlatans U.K. "the Only One I Know"
Lush "Deluxe"
Stereo Mc's "Connected"
Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog"
999 "Homicide"
REM "So. Central Rain"
Psychedelic Furs "Love My Way"
Temple of the Dog "Times of Trouble"

11 am hour

Ben Folds Five "Brick"
Depeche Mode "Personal Jesus"
Garbage "Vow"
Nirvana "Breed"
Pixies "Debaser"
OMD "Enola Gay"
24 Gone "Girl of Colours"
Front 242 "Headhunter"
Inspiral Carpets "Commercial Rain"
K's Choice "Not an Addict"
Echo & the Bunnymen "Lips Like Sugar"
Smiths "There is a Light That Never Goes Out"

2009/12/21

By now you've probably heard some rumblings of how Rage Against the Machine "Killing in the Name" is the number one "Christmas single" in the U.K., beating out some Simon Cowell manufactured karaoke tripe.

The story is a bit involved because if you don't follow the chart system in the U.K. (and most people in North America don't) you may not understand what a Christmas single is, and why it's such a big deal over there.

Luckily I found a website that lays it all down for you way better than I ever could. The article has three parts to it, so start with part one, then move on to part two, then finally part three.

It's also pretty cool to see how a grass roots movement could stop crappy music, if only for a moment in time...

2009/12/20

8am hour

Grapes of Wrath "I Am Here"
Depeche Mode "People Are People"
Talking Heads "This Must Be the Place"
Big Audio Dynamite "the Bottom Line"
Lenny Kravitz "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
Jane's Addiction "Jane Says"
Police "Walking on the Moon"
REM "Can't Get There From Here"
Folk Implosion "Natural One"
Peter Murphy "Keep Me From Harm"
Siouxsie & the Banshees "Kiss Them For Me"
Stooges "No Fun"

9am hour

Cracker "Low"
Midnight Oil "Forgotten Years"
Pixies "Here Comes Your Man"
Matthew Sweet "Sick of Myself"
INXS "Need You Tonight"
Jam "Town Called Malice"
Beck "the New Pollution"
David Bowie "Modern Love"
Velvet Underground "Rock N' Roll"
Generation X "Dancing With Myself"
Morrissey "Moonriver"
Echo & the Bunnymen "Killing Moon"
Erasure "A Little Respect"

10am hour

James "Born of Frustration"
Catherine Wheel "Black Metallic"
Sonic Youth "Sugar Kane"
Shamen "Move Any Mountain"
U2 "Bullet the Blue Sky" (live version)
Cure "Just Like Heaven"
Ramones "Teenage Lobotomy"
Talking Heads "And She Was"
Cars "My Best Friend's Girl"
English Beat "Best Friend"
Bing Crosby/David Bowie "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy"
Radiohead "Karma Police"
Smashing Pumpkins "Rhinocerous"
Garbage "I Think I'm Paranoid"

11am hour

Violent Femmes "Gone Daddy Gone"
Lou Reed "Walk on the Wild Side"
Cowboy Junkies "Sweet Jane"
Cult "Wild Flower"
New Order "Regret"
Bloodhound Gang "the Bad Touch"
Tones on Tail "Go"
Temple of the Dog "Say Hello 2 Heaven"
Inspiral Carpets "Two Worlds Collide"
Love & Rockets "No New Tale to Tell"
Specials "Rudy, a Message to You"
Stooges "Search & Destroy"
Thurl Ravenscroft "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"

2009/12/16

The legendary Patti Smith will be playing a show February 19th at St. Andrew's Hall. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 18th at 10am through livenation.com
Chris Feinstein, bass player for Ryan Adams' band the Cardinals, was found dead in his home in Manhattan. The cause of death is unknown at this time and no other details have been revealed. Feinstein was 42 years old.
Spandau Ballet will be the first band to play in space. Virgin Galactic will start taking tourists into space starting in 2012 and according to this article, Spandau Ballet will be the inflight entertainment. This much is true. :)
Maynard James Keenan's side project, Puscifer, will kick off a North American tour in the spring. The band will be doing two-night stands in each city on the itinerary. Don't miss Puscifer March 23 and 24th at the Royal Oak Music Theater. Tickets for the shows are expected to go on sale early next year. Click here for more info.

2009/12/15

Cold will be releasing a new cd titled Epic in January. Scooter Ward obtained a video camera and has recorded a two-part spiel for fans to enjoy--he talks about the new cd, playing live, and more. Don't miss Cold at the Machine Shop in Flint on February 26th.



Courtney Love has lost custody of her daughter, Francis Bean. Read about the drama here, or why not click here and read some of what Courtney herself has to say about it on her facebook page. Courtney & company are due in court for a hearing about the matter in February.
The Stooges, Genesis, Abba, the Hollies and Jimmy Cliff will all be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March. Iggy Pop told Rolling Stone that it was high time the Stooges finally got the nod, explaining, "It started to feel like Charlie Brown and the football. I had about two hours of a strong emotional reaction after hearing the news. It felt like vindication."

Kiss, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J, and Donna Summer were among the acts that didn't make the cut this year. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place March 15th in New York City.




Sum 41 has posted a new video update from the studio:

Green Day was forced to cancel a show in Australia yesterday after Billie Joe Armstrong fell ill. Food poisoning is the suspected culprit. Here's what the band had to say about the ordeal on their official website:

The Frontier Touring Company regret to advise that a sudden illness has struck down Green Day lead singer Billie-Joe Armstrong (food poisoning is suspected). Although Billie-Joe was determined to perform tonight it became apparent at 4.30pm today that he would be unable to take to the stage - particularly in light of the lengthy 2.5-3 hour show the band traditionally perform.

Tonight’s concert will be rescheduled to tomorrow night – Wednesday 16 December. All tickets remain valid and as allocated and do not need to be exchanged.

If a patron is unable to attend tomorrow night they are advised to seek a refund immediately from their original point of purchase.
Spin Magazine is offering a free download "album" of artists to look out for in 2010. Grab your free download here.

2009/12/13

Our Lady Peace has announced a special Canadian tour. The band will be playing a two night stand in each city on their tour schedule--the first night they'll play Clumsy in its entirety, followed by a second set consisting of songs from their other cds. The next night the band will play Spiritual Machines in its entirety, with a second set of songs from their catalog to follow.

The closest dates to the Windsor/Detroit area are March 15th and 16th at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario. Tickets can be obtained here, and you can read more about this exciting tour here.
New Found Glory is coming to town March 4th at the Royal Oak Music Theater. The band is holding a pre-sale here starting tomorrow. Check the info out now (you need to register beforehand) and get ready to rock!
8am hour

Coldplay "Trouble"
Veruca Salt "Seether"
Tears For Fears "Mad World"
Cult "Rain"
Jane's Addiction "Stop"
Velvet Underground "Sweet Jane"
Morrissey "Suedehead"
La's "There She Goes"
REM "Me In Honey"
Cranberries "Dreams"
Elvis Costello "Everyday I Write the Book"
Police "Every Breath You Take"
Mighty Mighty Bosstones "the Impression that I Get"

9am hour

Church "Reptile"
Billy Idol "White Wedding"
INXS "Never Tear Us Apart"
Flock of Seagulls "Space Age Love Song"
Flaming Lips "She Don't Use Jelly"
Dinosaur Jr. "Feel the Pain"
Belly "Feed the Tree"
Blondie "One Way or Another"
Psychedelic Furs "Heaven"
For Squirrels "Mighty K.C."
U2 "Bad" (live version)
Depeche Mode "Never Let Me Down Again"

10am hour

Tears For Fears "Pale Shelter"
Plimsouls "Million Miles Away"
Lemonheads "It's a Shame About Ray"
The The "Uncertain Smile"
Morrissey "Interesting Drug"
Sloan "Underwhelmed"
White Town "Your Woman"
Charlatans U.K. "the Only One I Know"
Garbage "Vow"
Rancid "Time Bomb"
Buzzcocks "Orgasm Addict"
Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop"
OMD "If You Leave"

11am hour

Clash "Rock the Casbah"
XTC "Generals & Majors"
Talking Heads "Cities"
REM "It's the End of the World as we Know it"
Chemical Brothers w/ Noel Gallagher "Let Forever Be"
U2 "the Electric Co."
Depeche Mode "Policy of Truth"
Cult "Fire Woman"
Elastica "Connection"
Replacements "I'll Be You"
Radiohead "Just"
Ride "Leave Them All Behind"
Housemartins "Happy Hour"
December 13th--Craig Owens @ Pike Room
December 17th--Pop Evil @ the Machine Shop
December 18th--the Night 89x Stole Christmas 12--SOLD OUT!!! featuring 30 seconds to Mars, Flyleaf, Thousand Foot Krutch, the Veer Union, and After Midnight Project @ Fillmore
December 18th--Verve Pipe @ Magic Bag
December 26th--Goober & the Peas @ St. Andrew's Hall
December 26th--Sponge @ Crofoot
December 27th--Mustard Plug @ Magic Stick
December 31st--89x New Year's Ball w/Von Bondies & Hard Lessons @ Hyatt Dearborn
December 31st--Howling Diablos @ Magic Bag
December 31st--Pop Evil @ Crofoot


January 2nd--David Gray @ Caesars Windsor
January 9th--the Anvil Experience (showing of Anvil documentary, then a performance by the band) @ Crofoot
January 14th--Cribs @ Magic Bag
January 16th--Breaking Benjamin/Three Days Grace/Flyleaf @ Joe Louis
January 16th--City & Colour @ Fillmore
January 16th--Kool & the Gang @ Caesars Windsor
January 22nd--Theory of a Deadman @ Headliners in Toledo
January 22nd--Yo La Tengo @ Crofoot
January 28th--Lloyd Cole @ Magic Bag
January 29th--Motion City Soundtrack @ Clutch Cargo's
January 29th--Ben Gibbard/Jay Farrar @ Hill Auditorium
January 30th--Adam Frankin (from Swervedriver) @ PJ's Lager House

February 5th--Shinedown & Puddle of Mudd @ Fillmore
February 6th--Slayer w/ Megadeth @ Cobo
February 12th--John Mayer @ Palace
February 18th--Evan Dando @ Majestic Cafe
February 26th--Cold @ Machine Shop (Flint)

March 4th--New Found Glory @ Royal Oak Music Theater (presale Dec 14, regular tix Dec 18)
March 6th--Flogging Molly @ Fillmore
March 9th--Black Eyed Peas @ Palace
March 13th--Muse w/ Silversun Pickups @ Palace
March 15th & 16th--Our Lady Peace @ Centennial Hall (London, Ontario)
March 17th--Dashboard Confessional @ Palace (opening for Bon Jovi)
March 19th--Alice In Chains @ Fillmore
March 25th--Matthew Good @ the Shelter
March 27th--Tegan & Sara @ Royal Oak Music Theater

June 30th--U2 @ Spartan Stadium in East Lansing

July 30th--Warped Tour @ Comerica Park parking lot

2009/12/12

Velvet Underground reunited for an interview which took place earlier this week at a New York Library. Here's the video:



We're getting closer to the premiere of Maynard James Keenan's wine documentary, Blood Into Wine. The film will debut February 19th in Scottsdale, Arizona. A nationwide screening of the film is expected, however dates are not available yet.

Here's two trailers for Blood Into Wine:



Coldplay will be holding a special "end of the decade clearout sale" starting December 17th. The "sale" is really an auction that runs December 17th through December 31st on ebay. The band will be auctioning off equipment, instruments, merchandise, and other items they've acquired over the past 10 years. All money raised will go to Kids Company, a charity helping out children and young people in London.

Here's a video Coldplay put together to promote the auction:



Visit coldplay's official website for more details.
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo was discharged from the hospital last night. He's now on his way home (read more about that below) and on the mend. Cuomo is also back sending updates via Twitter, which is even more proof that he's feeling better! Here's the latest update from the band's official website:

...The time has come for freedom! After walking with and without a cane and getting some good hematocrit blood test results on Thursday, Rivers was given the go ahead to be released from the hospital! He elected to take an additional night to rest there, while we prepared a bus for the cross country trip to L.A., to begin today, Friday. "Wait a second," you say - "a bus? Why of all things would he get on a bus now?" Well, one of the strict doctors orders is that Rivers cannot get on an airplane for a month, as the air pressure changes would be bad for his healing punctured lung. So theres only one other quick way to get him home to L.A., and thats a tour bus. I'll be riding with him, making sure hes ok, and we'll have 2 drivers trading off driving and sleeping, so we dont have to stop! Were taking a warmer southerly route to avoid bad weather, and rivers will be using a cozy lower bunk for sleeping - none of that back lounge bedroom stuff for him! It will be cool - weve got seasons 1 and 2 of "Mad Men" to watch, some books to read, a freezer full of organic entrees, and the bus is wired for internet, so work can continue uninterrupted. The only thing were missing is Burt Reynolds in a 1978 Pontiac Trans-Am to run point for us!

2009/12/10

The Lilith Fair will return in 2010. Sarah McLachlan, Tegan & Sara, Metric, Chantal Kreviazuk, Indigo Girls, Colbie Caillat, and more will be playing this year's festival. The list of artists announced so far (more to be revealed soon) can be found here.
Portishead signed with Amnesty International and released a new single, "Chase the Tear." The song is streaming here, and you can get the single here.
Yesterday I posted a link to an article claiming Coldplay was in a rundown church working on a new, more stripped-down sounding cd. Here's the original source which also features how the band is back in the fold with producer Brian Eno.
The dates for next summer's Warped Tour were just announced! Warped 2010 will be coming through town July 30th at Comerica Park. Bands will be announced starting December 18th.
In Transmission with AFI premieres tonight exclusively on buzznet. In Transmission is a web series offering an intimate look into AFI and everything you wanted to know about the band's latest cd, Crash Love. The event kicks off tonight at 7pm here.

2009/12/09

The Flaming Lips are selling a new holiday ornament on their official website. It's a pretty uh, interesting ornament...it's a silver trembling fetus. (Yes, you read that correctly.) Just what you've always wanted to hang on the tree! Click here, because it must be seen to be believed. Oh yeah, and costs 30 bucks!
Back in September of 2008, Travis Barker, DJ AM and 4 others were in a plane that crashed and burned after failing to take off from an airport in Columbia, South Carolina. Barker and DJ AM (who died earlier this year from a drug overdose) were the only 2 survivors. Barker filed a lawsuit against Learjet, Goodyear, and the plane's owners and contractors. According to reports, Barker's lawsuit was settled out of court yesterday. Read more about the case here.
According to this report, the lads in Coldplay are worried they've become a "stadium" band, so their next cd will have a more stripped down feel to it. Coldplay is currently working on the cd in a run down church.
A new cd from Coheed & Cambria is expected in April. According to the band, the cd will be called Year of the Black Rainbow and will be a prequel to the band's earlier cds. Coheed will launch a full scale North American tour to coincide with the cd release, however the tour itinerary isn't available yet.
Here's the latest on Rivers from weezer.com:

Yesterday (Tuesday) Rivers finally made it onto his feet for the first time since the crash, going on 2 hospital hallway walks with the aid of a walker. This is a great sign, and will only lead to increased mobility and more flexability as the days proceed.

Meanwhile the docs say his insides are continuing to improve, but they have told him that while he will likely be released in the next few days, He aint getting on a plane anytime soon - too risky to his lung. So when the time comes that he is discharged, getting him back to L.A. will be an interesting adventure!

Read the rest of the update here.

2009/12/08

Here's an update on Rivers Cuomo from weezer.com


It's been a full day and a half since the terrifying bus accident that hurt Rivers and his assistant Sarah, and everyone in the weezer camp is very grateful for the outpouring of concern and support that has happened since the news broke. Thank you for all your kind thoughts!

The update: Sarah went home today with the rest of the band keeping an eye on her on the flight, starting what will surely be a frustrating and painful 3-4 weeks of recovery. We all wish her the speediest of healing. She's a very tough girl, we know she can do it. Meanwhile in the hospital, Rivers has had a much better day than yesterday. He went from being barely able to talk and open his eyes yesterday to partially sitting up, talking clearly, reading books and checking the internet, plus his color and energy seemed much brighter. And then finally in the evening he was given some good news.

To back up a bit, Rivers' internal injuries included both a small cut on his spleen and a small puncture in his lung. An internal cut needs to be carefully monitored to see if it is healing up or not. The lung puncture was small so the lung did not fully collapse, and thus no surgery was needed for that, but it also has to be monitored carefully to avoid fluid build up. Today the doctor announced that Rivers blood pressure had stabilized, meaning the spleen was no longer leaking - it was on the mend. And his lung seemed to be gaining strength and holding up, meaning it too looks like it will mend itself with time. All this is great news so far. Plus he was given the go ahead to eat some real food again - a very positive sign!

Tomorrow the doctor says it will be time to see if Rivers can stand up again. If that goes well and his vital signs remain stable and improving, he will get to go home pretty soon! Wish him well - your positive energy and thoughts are working so far!

Now we come to the mystery of Rivers' right leg. He was totally unable to move it after the accident, but doctors were mystified as there were no broken bones and no signs of impact on it. Today after a day of icing and compression, he was able to wiggle his toes again. And he remembered a small detail - he recalled that that same foot was sort of hurting late the night before as he went to bed in the bus - after the Toronto show. That got me thinking...

During the Toronto show, Rivers pulled an act of Raditude that may have been the real culprit - after the Kids/Pokerface performance, during which he appeared up in the ACC's bleachers in a blonde wig, he was supposed to return to the stage via a particular set of stairs to the floor level. But during the song, lots of fans ran over to the closed seating area and danced around Rivers as he sang. Once the song was over, security had a hard time getting the people to return to their seats, and Rivers made his way down to the edge of the seats on an unplanned route, trying to get back to the stage as quickly as possible. When he got to the end, there were no stairs, and with the lights low for song changeover, he couldn't tell he was about 6 feet off the floor level. I was directly below him and reached up hoping he'd grab my hand but in the darkness he couldn't see me, and he launched over the railing onto the floor 6 feet below. He landed good and finished the show with no apparent injury, but I strongly suspect that his Raditude took him through the show, only to reveal that he had sprained his ankle later on.

Another mystery has been solved as well, which was how did Rivers get his injuries when he apparently didn't hit anything? He recalled not bouncing off of anything, but there was one detail he didn't realize - that the bus dropped 8-10 feet into the ditch. He said it felt like he never left his mattress - but the mattress was not tied down, and clearly was not where it should have been when the EMTs found him - it must have taken flight when the bus suddenly dropped, with Rivers riding it face down! Rivers injuries to his back and side mean he must have struck the bus's ceiling, possibly hitting a light fixture or other irregular shape. In the pitch darkness of his back lounge during sleep time, he would not have seen that he was actually airborne for a second - the mattress and Rivers remaining level as the bus around him dropped away - and must not have felt whatever struck him in his side and back due to the shock of the situation.

There is another part of the story that we pieced together later on as well. Rivers' bus was being followed about a quarter mile back by the Jack's Mannequin bus. Their bus driver witnessed the accident, and immediately called who he thought was Rivers' bus driver. But right before this tour started, the man who was supposed to be Rivers bus driver had to excuse himself to go to the hospital and was thus replaced by Johnny Cox, the driver who did his best to keep the bus upright during the crash. Jack's Mannequin's driver hadn't learned that yet. So the original driver, resting at home after his own hospital stay, got this early morning call asking if he was ok, but at first had no idea it was in reference to the crash! The drivers quickly sorted out the confusion and soon everybody was getting the needed calls to return to the scene of the crash, including the highway patrol and 911. Kudos to all the tour drivers, whether they were actually driving or not! Their brotherhood and devotion to safety has solved many a problem and turned a lot of bad road situations around.
Yet another van/band accident to report: today the van carrying Underoath's gear was involved in an accident while en route to Omaha. As it turns out the driver of the van sustained some injuries and is in stable condition. Here's what Underoath had to say about the situation:

Hey guys. Our van carrying all our gear got into a very bad accident. The driver has some injuries, but is stable. However there is no possible way we can make the show tonight.
Please pray for our friend Zack that was driving. He's in pain but he survived which is honestly a miracle if you would have seen the van.

If there were any way we could make the show work, we would but it's not possible. Our sincerest apologies to all who are braving the weather to get to the show. Please drive safely back home. There have been way too many accidents lately. We love you all and will keep you updated.
Don't miss Muse with special guests Silversun Pickups at the Palace on March 13th. Tickets go on sale this Saturday. Pre-sale tickets go on sale tomorrow.

2009/12/07

Breaking Benjamin is hitting the road with Three Days Grace and Flyleaf for a winter tour. Don't miss all three bands January 16th at Joe Louis Arena. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 11th at 9am, but the special VIP package pre-sale kicks off tomorrow. Details on the pre-sale can be found here.
Visit this page to obtain free music downloads from Universal Music. Also, click here to get in on the "25 days of free" Christmas music downloads from amazon.com.
Touring can be hazardous. Yesterday Rivers Cuomo was involved in a tour bus accident, and now today we've learned that Every Time I Die had some drama of their own: according to this tweet from leader Keith Buckley, ETID wrecked their tour bus while on the road in Germany. Buckley reports "everyone is ok" and promised that pictures capturing the fiasco would be posted soon...
A new single from the Smashing Pumpkins is streaming here. "A Song For a Son" is the first single from the upcoming 44 track collection Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. Billy Corgan revealed previously that ALL of the songs from the collection will be available as free downloads (no strings attached, no registration required, etc) and the songs will also be released physically (4-11 song limited edition eps will be released). The new single will be available starting tomorrow as a free digital download. For more information on Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, check out Corgan's interview with MTV here.
It looks like Rivers is still in the hospital under observation, and the Raditude tour has been canceled. Here's the latest update from the official Weezer myspace page (click over to see a picture of the tour bus aftermath):

Today at 7:18 AM EST, about 40 miles West of Albany on I-90, the weezer tour bus carrying Rivers and his family and assistants lost control as it hit a patch of black ice. The driver employed every ounce of skill he had in fighting to keep the bus upright, as the vehicle violently fishtailed over the highway. And while the bus did indeed go off the road, plunging about 8-10 vertical feet into a muddy ravine off to the right of the Thruway thus coming to a very abrupt stop, it did not flip or roll, despite having plowed right over a guardrail, flattening it. Kudos to the driver for somehow keeping things as level as they could be - surely this story would have been far more tragic if not for his actions.

Nonetheless the damage was severe, and everyone on the bus was either terrified or injured or both. The bus contained Rivers, his wife and daughter, their nanny, and Rivers' assistant Sarah. Both Sarah and Rivers' wife were pitched out of their upper level bunks onto the floor 5 feet below. Somehow Rivers' wife was uninjured, but Sarah sustained 2 fractured ribs and a fractured lower vertebrae. The baby daughter was in her crib unit and was fine, as was the nanny who was sleeping near the floor in her bunk at the time. However in the back lounge, Rivers was tossed around violently, waking up as he landed back on his mattress. He recalled not hitting anything, but later we learned that he must have, as he cracked 3 ribs and sustained some mostly minor but very painful internal damage, as well as hurting his lower leg somehow.

The interior of the bus was a chaotic mess with broken glass, smashed glasses and plates, food and clothing items strewn everywhere, as well as the refrigerator flying off the wall and many drawers coming right out of their slots, spewing their contents everywhere. On top of it the sliding interior doors were fused shut and the bus's electronics were ruined, so no one could get into the back lounge where Rivers lay immobile and unable to speak due to the pain in his ribcage. To top it off, the front door was jammed shut with 5 feet of heavy wet mud up pressed against it so there was no way to leave the bus.

Finally, using the jaws of life to remove a rear window bar, the local EMTs and firefighters got a ladder across the ravine to the rear bus window, where they could get to Rivers, eventually getting him and Sarah out on stretchers and into an ambulance. Meanwhile they dug frantically in the mud at the front of the bus, clearing the front door so everyone else could come out. To access the rest of the bus from Rivers' lounge, the fused sliding door was destroyed by the firefighters.

The other buses pulled up within 20 minutes of the accident, and already a long line of firetrucks and EMT vehicles were on the scene. I threw on my shoes and walked up just as the jaws of life were being turned on, catching a glimpse of Rivers lying inside on his back surrounded by EMTs. I couldnt believe what was happening in front of me, as Rivers lay so helpless, shivering in the center of the chaos, and meanwhile the sun was coming up and revealing an utterly beautiful light covering of snow on the surrounding trees. I dont know how to describe the wave of awfulness that gripped me as I watched, but adrenalin took over and the next thing I knew I was in the passenger seat of an ambulance transporting Rivers and Sarah to the hospital in Amsterdam, NY, about 10 miles from there. That adrenalin would sustain me all day, as everyone's did, from family to band to crew - everyone pitched in to help however they could all day as things unfolded.

Fast forward to now - Sarah was discharged, a 3-4 week period of extreme pain awaiting her as she heals from her injuries the only way possible, with time and gritted teeth. Rivers was transported to a larger area hospital where he remains under observation. He is resting about as comfortably as could be expected now, and we were relieved to hear that surgery is unlikely. Hopefully tomorrow the docs will have more info. You don't fool around with internal injury. Whatever happens, we forsee some gritted teeth in his future too.

We are sorry to say that the rest of the December Raditude Tour has been cancelled - when we can reschedule the dates we will, of course. I have no ticket or refund or whatever info at this time, but stay tuned to this site and the ticketing websites for more info. For now its a waiting game for all of us. Thanks for your kind thoughts and good wishes, we need them!

2009/12/06

The All American Rejects will once again be on the ABC soap One Life to Live tomorrow. The band will be appearing as themselves and will be in a few scenes that take place in a nightclub. You can check out some behind the scenes video of the band on soapnet.
According to this report, Jessica Simpson has a major crush on Billy Corgan.
According to a report on CNN, Rivers Cuomo from Weezer was hospitalized earlier today after being involved in an accident on the band's tour bus. Cuomo reportedly was complaining of rib pain after the accident and was taken to a hospital in Amsterdam, New York. Another passenger was also taken to the hospital. Read the entire account here.
8 am hour

Depeche Mode "Enjoy the Silence"
REM "Drive"
Peter Gabriel "Solsbury Hill"
Cocteau Twins "Lorelei"
Wallflowers "One Headlight"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Taste the Pain"
Social Distortion "Bad Luck"
Love & Rockets "So Alive"
Jesus & Mary Chain "Just Like Honey"
Cure "Friday I'm In Love"
Church "Under the Milky Way"
Tears For Fears "Change"

9am hour

Pretenders "Back on the Chain Gang"
XTC "Senses Working Overtime"
B-52's "Roam"
New Order "Thieves Like Us"
Dandy Warhols "Bohemian Like You"
Hole "Doll Parts"
Smiths "Big Mouth Strikes Again"
Replacements "Alex Chilton"
Nirvana "Polly"
Fugazi "Waiting Room"
Garbage "Queer"
Pixies "Gouge Away"
Heaven 17 "Let Me Go"

10 am hour

Ramones "Sheena is a Punk Rocker"
Clash "Train in Vain"
Depeche Mode "Everything Counts"
Godley & Creme "Cry"
Fastball "the Way"
Radiohead "High & Dry"
Blur "There's No Other Way"
Foo Fighters "I'll Stick Around"
Helmet "Unsung"
Wonderstuff "Don't Let Me Down, Gently"
U2 "Desire"
Swervedriver "Son of Mustang Ford"
Nitzer Ebb "Murderous"
Madness "Our House"

11 am hour

Cure "In Between Days"
Elvis Costello "Pump it Up"
Replacements "Kiss Me on the Bus"
REM "Superman"
Placebo "Pure Morning"
Pogues "If I Should Fall From Grace With God"
Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
Marcy Playground "Sex & Candy"
New Order "Blue Monday"
Police "Roxanne"
Camouflage "the Great Commandment"
Smiths "How Soon is Now?"
Oasis "Whatever"
Iggy Pop "Lust For Life"
Morrissey canceled yet another concert. Last night's show in Indio, California was canceled last night after having "blown out his voice." No word on whether he'll be rescheduling the concert. Meanwhile Moz is expected to appear on Lopez Tonight December 9th.
Check out an audio interview with Ian McKaye:

The Sound of Young America
Phoenix will be playing a special free acoustic show (Live X performance) this Tuesday at 4:30 at Clutch Cargo's. The Live X event is first come/first serve and is limited to the first 50 people in line, so get there early.

Tickets are still available for the band's plugged in show happening later that night.
Spoon's new cd, Tranference, drops January 19th. The first single, "Written in Reverse" is available now digitally.
December 7th--Matisyahu @ St. Andrew's Hall
December 8th--Phoenix @ Clutch Cargo's
December 8th--Dashboard Confessional w/ New Found Glory @ St. Andrew's Hall (this is an acoustic performance by both bands)
December 9th--Rooney @ Majestic Theater
December 10th--El Vez & Los Straitjackets @ Crofoot
December 13th--Craig Owens @ Pike Room
December 17th--Pop Evil @ the Machine Shop
December 18th--the Night 89x Stole Christmas 12--SOLD OUT!!! featuring 30 seconds to Mars, Flyleaf, Thousand Foot Krutch, the Veer Union, and After Midnight Project @ Fillmore
December 18th--Verve Pipe @ Magic Bag
December 26th--Goober & the Peas @ St. Andrew's Hall
December 26th--Sponge @ Crofoot
December 27th--Mustard Plug @ Magic Stick
December 31st--89x New Year's Ball featuring Von Bondies & Hard Lessons @ Hyatt Dearborn
December 31st--Howling Diablos @ Magic Bag

January 2nd--David Gray @ Caesars Windsor
January 9th--the Anvil Experience (showing of Anvil documentary, then a performance by the band) @ Crofoot
January 14th--Cribs @ Magic Bag
January 16th--City & Colour @ Fillmore
January 16th--Kool & the Gang @ Caesars Windsor
January 22nd--Theory of a Deadman @ Headliners in Toledo
January 22nd--Yo La Tengo @ Crofoot
January 28th--Lloyd Cole @ Magic Bag
January 29th--Motion City Soundtrack @ Clutch Cargo's
January 29th--Ben Gibbard/Jay Farrar @ Hill Auditorium

February 5th--Shinedown & Puddle of Mudd @ Fillmore
February 6th--Slayer w/ Megadeth @ Cobo
February 12th--John Mayer @ Palace
February 18th--Evan Dando @ Majestic Cafe

March 4th--New Found Glory @ Royal Oak Music Theater (presale Dec 14, regular tix Dec 18)
March 6th--Flogging Molly @ Fillmore
March 9th--Black Eyed Peas @ TBA
March 17th--Dashboard Confessional @ Palace (opening for Bon Jovi)
March 19th--Alice In Chains @ Fillmore
March 25th--Matthew Good @ the Shelter
March 27th--Tegan & Sara @ Royal Oak Music Theater

June 30th--U2 @ Spartan Stadium in East Lansing

2009/12/02

Live decided to call it quits this week. What's more interesting however, is the behind the scenes drama in the band. Check out Chad Taylor's account of the band's personal downward spiral, including Ed Kowlalczyk's alleged demand for a $100,000 "lead singer" bonus. Yikes. Selling the drama, indeed!

*Thanks to Cal for the scoop!
A newly recorded version of Green Day's hit single, "21 Guns" will debut on the net tomorrow. The new version of the song features the cast of American Idiot (the musical) and was produced by Billie Joe Armstrong. The single will be available everywhere digitally on December 22nd, and a video is expected to be released by the end of the month. Read more about the single here.
Editors are finally getting ready to release their new cd in North America. This Light & On This Evening was released in October in the U.K, and it will finally see light of day here on January 19th. The band will kick off a tour to support the cd early next year, however there's no Detroit date. Here's the itinerary in case you feel like road tripping:

Feb 05 || Seattle, WA || Showbox at the Market
Feb 06 || Vancouver, BC || Commodore Ballroom
Feb 08 || San Francisco, CA || The Warfield Theatre
Feb 09 || San Diego, CA || House of Blues
Feb 11 || Los Angeles, CA || The Wiltern
Feb 13 || Denver, CO || Ogden Theatre
Feb 15 || Chicago, IL || Victoria Theatre
Feb 16 || Toronto, ON || Phoenix Concert Theatre
Feb 18 || Boston, MA || House of Blues
Feb 19 || New York, NY || Terminal 5
Feb 20 || Philadelphia, PA || Trocadero
Feb 21 || Washington, DC || 9:30 Club

All tickets will be on-sale 12/12

2009/12/01

According to NME, Shane McGowan from the Pogues and his girlfriend Victoria will appear on a new tv series in the U.K. later this month. The program is called Victoria and Shane Grow Their Own, and it's all about the growing vegetables. Let's hope this makes it onto youtube...
Goldfrapp's new cd, Head First, is due out in March. According to the band's official website, "Rocket" will be the name of the first single from the cd. The band also recently composed the score to Nowhere Boy, the documentary about John Lennon's teenage years. The film opens in the U.K. on December 25th, however so far there isn't a North American release date.
Here's the video to "Happy Birthday Guadalupe" from the Killers. And yes, it does feature Luke Perry. The single is out now...

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will release a new cd titled Beat the Devil's Tattoo on March 9th. The band's fifth studio cd features new drummer Leah Shapiro. Check out the tracklisting here. BRMC launches a North American tour in February, however so far the tour itinerary doesn't include a Detroit date.