Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hear Neko Case's new song - for a good cause

Anti- is doing an incredibly cool promotion of Neko Case's latest song, "People Got A Lotta Nerve," from her upcoming release, Middle Cyclone. For every blog that posts Neko Case's new song, Anti- will donate $5 to the Best Friends Animal Society. Here's the song. As far as the song, it hasn't won me over...yet, but I said the same thing with 'Star Witness' from her excellent Fox Confessor Brings The Flood album.

Listen to her song here:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fiction Family spins stories

Once upon a time, the unlikely collaboration between Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman and Nickel Creek wunderkind Sean Watkins was tentatively named "The Original Sean Jon." We can only assume Mr. Diddy was not amused -- or that Watkins and Foreman came to their senses -- but in any case, the long-gestating project recently saw its official release under the nom d'art of Fiction Family. The vibe is low-key, thoughtful, singer-songwriter acoustic rock, but these two are restless enough souls to throw in all sorts of twists on what was essentially a homemade two-man album passed between them for a couple of years before completion. Available via the FF Web site or iTunes, and take note that the boys are out playing shows now through Feb. 7.

Monday, January 12, 2009

January Retrospective Features Depeche Mode & Tears For Fears

Fresh on the heels of news about a new Depeche Mode album in '09, we're featuring DM and Tears For Fears in an all-80s retrospective this January on the Daily Vault. If moody British electro-pop is your thing, you won't want to miss this.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Music: The Universal Language

Yes, Where The Hell Is Matt was brilliant. But so is this variation on the theme of music/dance as a universal, unifying force. "Stand By Me" has never sounded better. Do yourself a favor and watch the whole thing:

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year's roundup

A trio of items for the first roundup of 2009:
  • Rock musicians including Jon Langford (The Mekons), Jordan Pundik (New Found Glory), Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio) and Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit) will feature their visual art at "Side Show - Art by Musicians and Music Inspired Art," an art show presented by Alternative Press magazine and debuting January 2 at Philadelphia gallery T & P Fine Art. In addition to 20 notable punk, metal and indie musicians, the show features paintings, illustrations and photos by several graphic artists who work with, or are inspired by, those musicians. For more information visit T & P's MySpace.

  • On March 17, Coheed And Cambria will release Neverender, The Children of the Fence boxset, a release chronicling last October's historic four-night event featuring the band performing each of their four albums in their entirety on four consecutive nights. The shows took place October 22-25 2008 at New York’s Terminal 5 and was the first time that Coheed had performed the saga that connects the albums in order. Nearly 11,000 of their most passionate fans flew in from all over the world and lined up all day in the rain to get the best spots on the floor for Neverender’s New York dates, prompting three other sold-out Neverender stands in LA, Chicago, and London. The box set documents the New York stand (as well as clips from all three other cities) in one massive package that will include four live DVDs, four live audio CDs, one documentary DVD, a 10x10 hardcover 48-page photo book and a 7-1/2” custom metal dragonfly. A condensed two-disc DVD will also be made available. Pre-sales for the box began on Friday, Dec 12. Fans who pre-order it will get their names included on a “Children of the Fence” page inside the book, and the first 3,000 copies will be signed by the band.

  • In 1972, Rick Wakeman, the keyboard player with the supergroup Yes, released the iconic album The Six Wives of Henry VIII. album was a massive success all over the world and to date has sold more than 15 million copies on vinyl and CD. Amazingly, the music has never been performed in its entirety -- but that is about to change. On May 1 and 2, The Six Wives of Henry VIII will be performed in spectacular style on Hampton Court Palace's West Front, to a limited audience of 5000 for each performance. On stage performing with Wakeman will be an expanded band, The English Chamber Choir, an orchestra and a guest narrator. In addition to The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Rick has also composed three additional pieces to perform that evening; Tudor Overture, Defender of the Faith and Tudor Rock. The whole event will be a 'mock rock Tudor experience' from the outset with a variety of ticket packages available.