Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Holy Lolla!

Yeah I just read through the lineup for this years Lollapalooza festival in Chicago's Grant Park (Aug 3rd-5th) and it's quite impressive to say the least! I mean it's substantially more expensive ($165 for early purchases, and $195 for later purchases) than the Pitchfork Festival, but it might be worth checking out! Especially for those friends of mine from Chi-town! The lineup includes:

Pearl Jam, Daft Punk, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Muse, Iggy & the Stooges, Modest Mouse, Interpol, My Morning Jacket, Satellite Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Snow Patrol, the Roots, Patti Smith, Kings of Leon, the Black Keys, Regina Spektor, Spoon, Lupe Fiasco, TV on the Radio, Pete Yorn, G. Love & Special Sauce, Paolo Nutini, Amy Winehouse, LCD Soundsystem, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Silverchair, Femi Kuti, Yo La Tengo, the Hold Steady, Jack's Mannequin, Stephen Marley, Sound Tribe Sector 9, M.I.A., Slightly Stoopid, Blonde Redhead, Sparklehorse, Sean Lennon, !!!, Blue October, Son Volt, Motion City Soundtrack, Polyphonic Spree, Peter Bjorn & John, Silversun Pickups, CSS, the Rapture, the Wailers, Roky Erickson, Tapes n Tapes, Heartless Bastards, the View, the Cribs, the Fratellis, Ghostland Observatory, Tokyo Police Club, Rhymefest, Soulive, Cold War Kids, Annuals, Fields, Electric Six, Jim Noir, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Sam Roberts Band, Black Angels, Charlie Musselwhite, Aqueduct, Juliette & the Licks, Dios, Viva Voce, David Vandervelde, Los Campesinos!, Chin Up Chin Up, Ryan Shaw, Colour Revolt, Satin Peaches, Illinois, Arckid, Mickey Avalon, The 1900s, Bang Bang Bang, Bound Stems, High Class Elite, Carey Ott, Matt Roan.

I can't believe some of the random acts they managed to get!


Mogwai - Covering the Pixies!

Well, it's sort of official...Mogwai will be covering Gouge Away on the upcoming tribute to the Pixies "Dig For Fire: A Pixies Tribute". There is no more interesting track that the 'gwai could have chosen to also happens to be one of my favorite Pixies tracks too! You can read more about this from the Pixies myspace blog below:

"I first started talking to Stuart from Mogwai in 2004 when he emailed to let me know they were opening for the Pixies in Paris, and if I could make sure it was posted on Being a huge fan of theirs, I replied back and we emailed back and forth a bit. Later, Mogwai were part of the Cure's Curiosa festival that I was catching at Randalls Island in NYC. I emailed him again, and over the years we've kept in touch here and there.

When I started thinking about bands I wanted on this Pixies tribute, Mogwai almost immediately came to mind, as I know they are huge Pixies fans. I emailed Stuart, asking him if they'd be interested. Keep in mind, they were pretty much the first band I approached for this project, and I still had no idea if bands I liked would even want to cover Pixies tracks at this point. Stuart replied with a big YES, and said they wanted to do 'Gouge Away.'

Since posting the list of bands for this tribute, the emails and messages we get all seem to be asking 'what track is Mogwai gonna do?', so here you go.

Gouge Away

Sean T. Rayburn
PixiesMusic/American Laundromat Records"

The list of bands to be included on the tribute is outstanding! Read below for the full list:
Bedroom Walls, British Sea Power, Bunnies, Charles Douglas, David Miller, Dylan In The Movies, Elk City
Fashion Victims, Joe Harvard Band, John Strohm, Joy Zipper, Julie Peel, Knife and Fork (featuring Eric Drew Feldman), Mogwai, Morning Theft, OK Go, PC Munoz, The Commons, The Rosebuds, They Might Be Giants

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Sorry for the lack of updates!

Yeah...I've been incredibly busy recently with personal stuff and a TON of work, and oh yeah a few of my friends just turned 30! Anyway I've actually been quite a busy guy in my absence from the posting world. I've been getting a bunch of demo's recently and I figured I'd drop some love as a way to kick start myself blogging! So here goes:

Beautiful Lunar Landscape - "Alone in this Dark Romantic Night"

For the uninitiated out there, Beautiful Lunar Landscape is a six-piece band hailing from the Bordeaux region of France, who manage to put out some of the best "post-rock"
I've heard recently! Think Slint, which should be easier now considering they're playing live again, but with a tinge of Tanakh-esque orchestration and a steady diet of Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky. I don't mean to compare them, but more to explain their sound.

I fell in love with these guys last year after hearing a couple of songs on their myspace page, and Benjamin so kindly sent me out a copy to review. They have just released (now a few weeks ago) their 2nd demo EP "Alone in this Dark Romantic Night". The EP contains four tracks that expand on the sound from their first EP that I reviewed back in
June of 2006, including female vocals on some of the tracks (
"Alone in this Dark Romantic Night" & "Crystallized Facing This Empty Screen, I Wish the Film Could Never End")!

I can't recommend checking these guys out enough, as I said before I'm still hoping for a US tour at some point, but all of you reading from Europe please be on the lookout for one of their shows...from the footage they have on their
myspace page they are not to be missed! Because there are only four tracks on the disc, I'm only going to post one song.

Alone in this Dark Romantic Night

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