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July 14, 2009

Moby @ Issue Project Room benefit 4/24 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)

How's it going?
The album just came out and it would be #1 euro charts if not for michael jackson re-releases.
So that's good.
But here's something funny: the best selling itunes track is 'shot in the back of the head'.
Why is that funny?
Because its the track we've been giving away for free for the last 2 months and that we're still givng away for free.
How are you?
Moby [via Bob Lefsetz]
The free track impressed some people, but not Billboard (or more specifically Glenn Coolfer Peoples) who doesn't think people should jump to conclusions about what caused that track to sell well, or even if maybe it sold less than it would have had it not been free (to people that knew about it).

Moby is currently on tour in Europe. This fall, he'll be touring North America behind the new album, Wait for Me (which is out now). That includes a Monday, September 21st show at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on Live Nation and Radio presale July 16th at 10am. General sale starts July 17th at 10am. Two videos from his new record, with all tour dates (with more TBA), below...

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White DenimAs previously mentioned, White Denim has been replaced by Crystal Antlers on the bill of the July 19th JellyNYC Pool Party. They'll join Magnolia Electric Co. and Dirty Projectors at the free show. The Crystal Antlers released their debut record, Tentacles, earlier this year. Full tour dates for the band are below.

White Denim's Fits came out in the UK in June. That record will see a US release on October 20th through Downtown Records (home of Major Lazer, Santigold, Art Brut, Miike Snow, Spank Rock, Amanda Blank, Justice and more).

The band recently toured Europe, which included a July 12th show at London's Heaven...

Freewheeling stoners, [White Denim] refused to heed the usual convention of making songs sound roughly similar to their recorded versions. What they did instead was play two clumps of music that lasted exactly 20 minutes each (plus 10-minute encore), sandwiching 14 songs together with only the briefest break halfway through. They deserve top marks for stamina, if nothing else, particularly drummer Josh Block, who often stood up to pound out his vicious beats. [Guardian UK]
A series of clips from that overseas trip, with Crystal Antlers dates, below...

Continue reading "White Denim sign to Downtown Records, not playing Pool Party (Crystal Antlers are +++ other tour dates)"

July 8, 2009

Dum Dum Girls @ Woodsist Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
Dum Dum Girls

Dum Dum Girls have officially signed to Sub Pop. That all happened so fast. Look for their Sub Pop debut to come out in early 2010. In the meantime there's the Captured Tracks EP, a 7" on Hozac, and EP on Zoo Music. Check eBay for some of it.

More pics from Dum Dum Girls' first show HERE, and live video HERE. Listen to "Jail La La" below...

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July 7, 2009

photos by Faith Ann-Young


L.A.-based band Princeton collaborated with with the Stephen Pelton Dance Theater at their June 5th show at Lincoln Center's Pope Auditorium. The day after that (June 6th) the band played more standard set at Pianos with The Young Republic. Pictures from that Pianos show are in this post.

Coming up, Princeton has a fall North American tour planned in support of their debut record, Cocoon of Love, set to come out September 29th on Kanine Records. That trip stretches from the end of August into September, with tour-mates that include Ice Palace, Ra Ra Riot and Maps and Atlases. In NYC, they'll play with Phil and the Osophers at a Wednesday, September 9th show at Brooklyn's Union Hall. Ticket info to come.

More pictures from Pianos and all tour dates below...

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June 29, 2009

DOWNLOAD: Fruit Bats - My Unusual Friend (new MP3)

Fruit Bats
Fruit Bats

Fruit Bats, the other project of Eric Johnson of The Shins, will be release its fourth album, The Ruminant Band, on August 4th on Sub Pop. In support of that record, the Fruit Bats will tour North America in August and September. The current set of dates are listed below and now on PRESALE. More dates will also be announced soon.

The tour includes a Brooklyn show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday, September 14th. General sale for that show starts Wednesday, July 1st at noon. Openers for that show are Kevin Barker, and Iran, which is one of many bands Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio is a member of (though not always).

Speaking of Kyp, TV on the Radio is keeping him more than busy, AND it was just announced that ANTI will be releasing an album by his solo project Rain Machine!

Anti- Records, home to other musical visionaries such as Tom Waits, Neko Case and Nick Cave, is thrilled to announce the signing of Rain Machine, a startling new musical venture from Kyp Malone. "It's thrilling to hear this side of Kyp," says Anti- president Andy Kaulkin. "The songs are emotionally raw and passionate yet still experimental and full of surprises."...

...Produced by Ian Brennan (Ramblin Jack Elliott, Lucinda Williams, Jonathan Richman), Rain Machine's debut, set for release this fall, offers an enthralling mix of innovative song structure and sound entirely in service of Malone's emotive singing and evocative lyrics. Malone describes the Rain Machine sound as "a nearly full spectrum of frequencies audible to the human ear - a reflection of a variety of emotions and situations real and imagined, some rhythm and some rhyme."... [ANTI]

Check out an MP3 from the new Fruit Bats record above, with album art, track list and tour dates, below...

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June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson O2 concerts

Michael Jackson's planned 50-show run at the O2 Arena in London would have been the highest-grossing single concert engagement. Now it's a major problem for the promoter AEG Live.

More than $85 million worth of tickets have already been sold for the series of performances, which have the now sadly ironic title "This Is It." As much as $30 million has already been spent on production, according to sources close to the situation. So what's at stake for AEG, the world's second-largest concert promoter, can't be overstated.

Concert business executives have estimated that AEG paid Jackson an advance of as much as $10 million. That, plus the production costs, would mean AEG stands to lose as much as $40 million if nonappearance insurance isn't substantial enough to cover this contingency. For AEG, "it's either horrible or really horrible," a concert business executive says....

...AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips told Billboard May 12 that his company was well-insured. "We have one policy in place and we're negotiating for an even larger binder," said Phillips, who couldn't immediately be reached for comment regarding Jackson's death. "We have insured the production costs. In order to get the first part of the insurance in place, [Jackson] had to have a physical, and he passed it with flying colors." AEG CEO Tim Leiweke made similar comments in March at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium... [Billboard]

PREVIOUSLY: Michael Jackson fans gathering outside Apollo Theater

Jermaine Jackson (who Fox News called Randy) just spoke to news reporters. That Fox News video below...

Continue reading "'Fortune At Stake On Michael Jackson London Concerts'"

June 19, 2009

DOWNLOAD: Shunda K - Presents: The Best Eva Written...Outkast mixtape (ZIP)
DOWNLOAD: Shunda K (feat. Jerzy) - "The Message" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Shunda K - "Thee Woman's Perspective" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Shunda K - Kollaborations (ZIP)
DOWNLOAD: Shunda K (w/ Raspberry Cocaine) - "Who's Gona Stop Us Now" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Shunda K (w/ Rosetta Stoned) - "STAND" (MP3)

"I've been da outcast all my damn life. Being gay & being raised in a religious household is not a great match. It's God HISSELF dats blessing me with everything I have from da knowledge to da wisdom, to da woman in my life & my career. Da devil is a liar!!!" -Shunda K

Shunda K with Yo! Majesty @ Highline Ballroom in 2008 (more by Faith-Ann Young)
Yo Majesty

First there were three MCs in Yo! Majesty: Jwl B, Shon B and Shunda K. By the time debut album 'Futuristically Speaking... Never Be Afraid' dropped late last year, Shon B had left the fold. Jwl B and Shunda K then fell out very publicly, suggesting Yo! Majesty was over. Now, this is where it gets complicated. In January, Jwl B did some time in a Florida prison, leaving Shunda K flying solo and claiming her partner-in-rhyme was sacked from the group. Then when Jwl B got out, ignored her and rejoined the tour, Shunda K quit immediately. Shon B returned to take her place. Confused yet? You're not the only one. [NME]
To update that, Shunda K has announced that Domino Records (who released Yo Majesty's album in October 2008) dropped her. And that she's released two collections of songs, Shunda K Presents: The Best Eva Written...Outkast mixtape and Kollaborations, a collection of...collaborations, both for free online. Those two collections, with MP3 singles from each, are linked above. More info is pasted below.

Shunda K has tour dates scheduled around the East Coast and in her homestate of Florida. Those shows include some dates with Peaches, including tonight - Friday, June 19th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with Peaches and Drums of Death (which is sold out).

Her ties to Peaches go beyond touring as well. Peaches appears on Shunda's new Kollaborations disc, and Shunda guests on the Peaches' song "Billionaire" off her new album I Feel Cream. A video of the pair performing that song in LA on June 6th, Yo! Majesty (without Shunda) tour dates (all in Europe), more album info, and all Peaches and Shunda K shows, below...

Continue reading "Shunda K (ex-Yo! Majesty) no longer on Domino, two free LPs (download), and tour dates (MHOW w/ Peaches)"

June 12, 2009

Go To Jail

"A group of DJs allegedly used stolen credit cards to buy their own songs on iTunes and Amazon, boosting their chart ratings and netting them nearly £200,000 in royalties.

The nine musicians are believed to have provided 19 songs, described by police as of 'indeterminate quality', to a distribution company which uploaded them to the music websites.

They then used 1,500 stolen or cloned US and British credit cards to buy almost £500,000-worth of the songs.

As the tunes soared up the charts, more and more people bought them and the DJs even came to the attention of big record producers - until they were arrested yesterday. []

I've wondered about this before - not buying your own music with stolen credit cards, but buying your own music at all to boost yourself into the charts. In this day and age when you only need to sell 30,000 records to be in the Billboard Top 10, it seems reasonable to believe that others have at least considered it.

June 10, 2009

No Service Fee

"Live Nation announced that it is expanding its "No Service Fee" program to every single available ticket in each of its amphitheaters this Wednesday, June 10th, for 24 hours only, exclusively at

Last week's debut of "No Service Fee Wednesday" generated a sales spike 500% higher than the average number of tickets sold on a typical Wednesday, as music fans everywhere took advantage of Live Nation's no service fee offer, which helped more concertgoers get to more shows for less money."

June 5, 2009

by Black Bubblegum

Black Anvil at Lit Lounge (more by Paul Birman)
Black Anvil

First Howl, and now Black Anvil have signed to Relapse Records! Congrats guys! Relapse will re-release the badass Time Insults The Mind. No word on future recording plans.

In the very near future (Sunday, June 7), Black Anvil will join Salome, Woe, and Snake Sustaine at Show No Mercy at Public Assembly. The band is also playing July 11th at Rockstar Bar.

Howl recently signed with Relapse as well, and will play the BV-BBG Northside Showcase on June 14th. Tickets are still available, or you can get in with your Northside badge.

Check out a live Black Anvil video (again) below...

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