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RIP Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Sky Saxon...

Sky Saxon

No one is pushing too hard on Sky Saxon anymore. The leader of '60s garage band the Seeds died overnight in Austin, where he recently relocated. He had been in critical condition in the ICU at St. David's South Austin Hospital, Saxon's publicist Jennifer Marchand said.

Saxon, born Richard Marsh, is credited with being a founder of the Flower Power movement in rock. "Pushin' Too Hard" was his only song to ever make the Top 40, but Saxon leaves behind a large body of work and an important legacy to American pop music. He's been described as one of the progenitors of garage rock and psychedelia, and like Roky Erickson and the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, is frequently cited as an important proto-punk influence.

Despite largely disappearing from the pop radar screen by the end of the '60s, Saxon stayed involved in music and art the rest of his life. Perhaps the most ironic thing about his passing is that he had booked a long tour for this fall with fellow Nuggets A-listers Electric Prunes and Love. [Houston Press]

That tour included an August 5th show at Maxwell's and one on August 9th at BB King's. RIP. All of those dates are below, with some videos...

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NXSE 2009

NXNE has announced its lineup for the 15th edition of the festival, taking over Toronto from June 17 - 21, 2009.

NXNE will be taking over Toronto with live performances, films, and conference sessions in neighbourhoods all over the city. The hub of this invasion is Yonge-Dundas Square, where a huge shot of adrenaline will slam straight into the heart of downtown with four days of free concerts on the NXNE Mainstage, featuring performances by Black Lips, Burning Brides, Wintersleep, The Sonics, Youth Brigade, The Cool Kids, GZA and more.

A one day music and film/no conferences ticket to the festival costs $25, while a 5-day pass runs $50. All details, with schedule, below...

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by Ryan Barkan

Miller Chili or mojitos anyone?
DodosMatt and Kim

AC DCPhone wars 2009 - Verizon vs. AT&T. It is always a battle when these two giants square off with their :60 second spots in tow to prove which company provides the best cellular service and coverage. In recent years, Verizon has enlisted the likes of AC/DC and The Killers. Included in the deal with the Aussie rockers was the right to exclusively offer the band's music digitally. On the other side, AT&T has hammered home their phone offerings and 5-bar messages with a spot including a track from Lupe Fiasco featuring Jill Scott, "Daydreamin", one with Mates Of State, and an Amos Lee commercial, among others. Both have recently gone to the licensing well again to soundtrack new technology and coverage, but with different strategies.

Verizon's new "Hub" decided to go the synergy route, using one of the most popular mainstream tunes of the last year, Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours", in multiple spots showcasing the company's new phone technology.

AT&T meanwhile went with different tunes for each of the new 5-bar spots, matching songs with each commercial's creative direction. In "Backpackers", the sentimental "Falling in Love in a Coffeeshop" by Landon Pigg tells the story of two lovers who met on a brief European backpacking trip. However, because of the quality of the service and technology, they not only can stay in touch with great coverage but end up together again with a touching beachfront reunion. Another boxing themed spot brings to mind Rocky with "Gonna Fly Now." Eighties rockers Journey power this commercial for the symphony. Lastly, an inspirational spot based on Venice, CA, store Tom's Shoes. The store has one premise -- each pair of shoes bought equals one free pair for a child in need. The commercial uses an instrumental version of James Blunt's "Same Mistake." Watch that spot here.

Other Notable Commercial Licensing News:

An instant classic commercial from Heineken -- the beer company celebrates responsible drinking (title is called "Let A Stranger Drive You Home") with the help from Biz Markie's "Just A Friend". Watch the spot below.

Beer maker Miller went with San Fran's The Dodos as the music for their new Miller Chill commercial. Watch it below.

"Daylight," a track by Matt & Kim, provides the vibe in a new commercial for Bacardi Mojitos. See it below.

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Capitol Hill Block Party

The 2009 Capitol Hill Block Party takes over Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood July 24-25. The Block Party is an annual music festival that draws upon and showcases the best indie and underground rock in the US, with a special focus on its Northwest artists. Launched 12 years ago, the Block Party has evolved into Seattle's most anticipated outdoor party. With over 40 bands on 3 stages, great food, and plenty of cheap beer, this is by far the best party of the summer.
Initial lineup (including Jesus Lizard) and more info below...

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by Black Bubblegum

Golden Triangle with the "W" (Photo by Van Ditthavong)
Golden Triangle

To the victor go the spoils and on 3/20 at the Dickies Battle Of The Bands in Austin, the winner was the feisty Golden Triangle and the spoils were TEN Gs of cold hard cash... or at least a really big posterboard check certifying said payment. I (Black Bubblegum) was one of the "judges" (hate that term, everything is relative) at the Battle of The Bands, along with both Randy & Dean of No Age and GZA.

The Dickies Battle was one of ELEVEN shows for Golden Triangle during SXSW, not including their appearance on stage with GZA and Black Lips immediately following their win. Four videos of that performance, which I did not stay for (more on that later), are below.

Golden Triangle are currently (back home?) in NYC, and will open for the very SXSW-busy Garotas Suecas at Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (3/24) and play with The Weakends at Don Pedro's on March 27th. A shade over a month later, April 29th, look for the crew (with shiny new instruments, no doubt) to play The Bell House as part of A Benefit for Rory O'Sullivan with Amazing Baby, White Williams, The Fugs, Acrylics, Further Reductions, Mount Olympus, George Positive, and Spiderfang (tickets here).

Black Lips also played Mess with Texas at SXSW, right after Circle Jerks.

All videos and tour dates below...

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photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Hot Legs @ the SPIN party @ Stubb's in Austin - March 20, 2009
SXSW

AUSTRALIA's THE AGE's SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST BREAKDOWN

Bizarre supergroup: Tinted Windows features members of Hanson, Cheap Trick, Smashing Pumpkins and Fountains of Wayne playing catchy guitar-pop.

The pin-up: Sienna-lookalike Little Boots combines pre-recorded beats with synth and live drummer.

Commercial breakthrough: Cutesy New Yorkers Chairlift are already featured on an iPod ad.

Novelty act: Hot Leg is the new 1980s hair-metal project for Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins.

Critical darlings: UK act Mumford and Sons and their four-part harmonies.

Stadium potential: London goths White Lies attempt to merge U2 and the Killers. Playing Splendour in the Grass.

Crowd favourite: Boston act Passion Pit -- big on hand claps and synths.

Best new band name: Airborne Toxic Event have just signed to Universal and combine Bruce Springsteen and the Hold Steady.

The novelty act played two shows (that I know of) at SXSW this past week. There was the Friday afternoon SPIN party (pictured above), and the 11pm set at Emo's Annex the next night. I caught the latter which satisfied my need to see the leader of the Darkness's new band at least once. I doubt i would go see them again, or even really listen to more than maybe a single, but they were fun, and they shred on guitar.

More pictures Jacob took on Friday, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Black Lips - Starting Over (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Lips - Short Fuse (MP3)

Black Lips

"Having previously conquered Mexico and the Holy Land, in this edition of Music World the Black Lips set out for a six-city tour of the Indian subcontinent.

While bringing punk to the second most populous (and first most insane) nation in the world may seem relatively cut and dry to you, the band quickly find their missionary work complicated by an endless series of unforeseen factors including crowded trains, extremely conservative and homophobic cops, cheap hash, guys in knitted caps, unlabeled pills, weird bathroom practices, the McDonalds Chicken Maharaja, a tour manager so shitty he's like the villain from a Beatles movie, starvation, excellent haircuts, secret whisky, and the half-buried skeleton of what's either a camel or a dinosaur."

That blurb is the description of a video documentary VBS.TV posted about the trip Black Lips took to India in January. Watch the whole thing below. Check out the two MP3's off their new album 200 Million Thousand, out now via VICE.

Now on tour, the Black Lips made a stop at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (3/9), and do it again tonight (3/10) at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. If you go, make sure you don't miss Let's Wrestle who are in NYC for a few shows before touring over to Austin for SXSW.

The latest tour dates, and those India videos, below...

Continue reading "Black Lips - MHOW tonight, Bowery last night, and India this past January (four part video documentary)"

DOWNLOAD: Black Lips - Short Fuse (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Noel Heroux (Hooray For Earth) & DJ Die Young - With Every Heartbeat (Robyn Cover) (MP3)

School of Seven Bells @ LPR in January (more by Natasha Ryan)
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today in NYC
* DANCE
* Thenewno2 @ Mercury Lounge
* The Bad Plus w/ Wendy Lewis @ Bowery Ballroom
* Medeski, Martin & Wood (acoustic) @ 92Y Tribeca
* Ben Harper & The Relentless 7 @ Highline Ballroom
* Fujiya & Miyagi & School of Seven Bells @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Anamanaguchi, Familytime & Valley Lodge (w/ Dave Hill) @ Union Hall

One MP3 there is off the new Black Lips album, 200 Million Thousand, out February 24th on VICE. Black Lips are going on tour includes a March 10th stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Let's Wrestle.

Another MP3 up there is a cover of Robyn, not to be confused with Robyn Hitchcock whose new album came out today.

More new albums that came out today HERE. Plus don't forget Dark Was the Night.

Look our for Daptone Records' stuff.

Neil Halstead is going on tour.

Marissa Nadler is going on tour.

Iron & Wine are going on tour.

Wavves is going on tour.

Gang Gang Dance are not still on tour.

J Tillman of Fleet Foxes' new video for "Firstborn" below..

What else?

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warTickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the upcoming Passion Pit show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the upcoming Modeselektor show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the upcoming Black Lips show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the upcoming Black Lips show at Music Hall of Williamsburg too.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the upcoming AC Newman show at Bowery Ballroom.

Head Automatica (Daryl Palumbo) are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 8th. Tickets are still on sale.

Kream KrunchOK Go play Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 8th. Tickets are on Am Ex presale at noon.

The Virgins are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 14th. Tickets are on Am Ex presale at noon.

Tickets are on Am Ex presale (@ noon) for the Ben Kweller show at Town Hall.

Tickets are still on sale for the show Swirlies is playing at Mercury Lounge.

Loudon Wainwright III is playing Blender Gramercy Theatre on February 18th. Tickets are on sale. Every other Wainwright is playing Carnegie Hall tonight/Wednesday December 10th. Tickets are still on sale.

Alex Battles will celebrate Johnny Cash's 77th birthday at Southpaw on February 28th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale Friday @ noon for the Pretenders show coming up at Roseland Ballroom.

Will Sheff plays a free show at Other Music tonight/Wednesday.

Black Lips = "Fueled by Toyota" (more by Leia Jospe)
Black Lips

"NEW YORK - December 8, 2008 -- This spring Black Lips will return with the follow up to the widely successful Good Bad Not Evil with 200 Million Thousand, out February 24th on Vice Music. In addition, MySpace Music, the world's most popular and most trafficked music platforms, will be presenting a spring North American tour beginning March 4th in Carrboro, NC. Teaming up with MySpace Music empowers Black Lips to connect intimately with fans by enabling artists to upload video content, blog, post tour dates, lyrics, and make their music available to fans for stream or download.
The NYC dates are March 9th and 10th at Bowery and Music Hall. They're also playing SXSW. All dates below...

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Black Lips @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Black Lips

Black Lips, Japanese Motors and The Teenagers are playing two Toyota parties during CMJ this year. Japanese Motors are also playing a VICE late night party @ The Studio. PLEASE NOTE the corrected lineups for that... and the Toyota Antics flyer below...

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King Khan and BBQ show

King Khan and BBQ show

King Khan has been making a big splash. His cool friends, over the top guest appearances and entertaining shows with the Shrines (who he just put out a high indie-profile album out on VICE Records with) means the world now knows about Atlanta's musical shock-value showman and that means that next time he comes back to NYC with his old friend BBQ, he/they won't be playing the basement of Cake Shop anymore. In fact, the King Khan & BBQ show will be headlining both Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg over the course of two days in November. Tickets are on sale Wednesday.

The photos in this post by alexdan are from the show the KK & BBQ show recently played at Santos Party House. All tour dates below...

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half of the photos by Leia Jospe

Deerhunter @ McCarren Pool

I was all ready to see the Black Lips when I heard the band begin. That's when I noticed Bradford Cox on the stage and realized that it was Deerhunter playing, and that Black Lips were going to be the headliner of the day. Maybe Black Lips are bigger now, maybe it was because the Black Lips had just come in from Lollapalooza, or maybe it was just good planning on their part. The higher energy Black Lips set was a much more fitting end of the McCarren Pool day. Deerhunter could have even played before King Khan & The Shrines for that reason.

Anyway, I thought that listening to/watching Deerhunter was going to be a semi-boring way to stand out in the sun on a Sunday afternoon, but my mood changed a few songs in. At that point I really got into it and wasn't really thinking about my surroundings anymore. Moving closer and closer helped. That way it got louder and louder. They played a new song that "hasn't even leaked yet" and there was a guest appearance by Cole of the Black Lips (who also plays with Bradford as Ghetto Cross), and various onstage cameos by King Khan. The guests really helped the energy too.

King Khan (a true ham) then ended up creating the most (unfortunately) memorable part of the show. Right as Deerhunter were playing their final notes - right after Bradford and gang were making their dramtic-guiars-pushed-against-the-amps-and-over-our-heads-and-we-all-fall-down exit, King Khan pulls down his pants and slowly meanders across the stage with a flower stuck in his crack for all to see and photograph and photograph.... More pics (NSFW, NSFLUNCH, NSATALLREALLY) below...

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photos by Leia Jospe

King Khan and the Shrines @ McCarren Pool

In a way, Sunday's free King Khan & the Shrines / Deerhunter (they didn't headline) / Black Lips show was also a King Khan show in three parts. Part one was the very entertaining performance by King Khan & The Shrines. Part two was King Khan on stage with Deerhunter whose final notes were overshadowed by King Khan's bare ass with a flower stuck in it. Part three was King Khan on stage with Black Lips which included a one-song guest appearance by The King Khan & BBQ Show (who are playing Santos Monday night) and a grand finale with the entire Atlanta crew on stage throwing toilet paper, ripping apart pillows and just generally being silly. The photos in this most are basically limited to act one...

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photos by Zach Dilgard

Black Lips @ Lollapalooza

Black Keys
Black Keys @ Lollapalooza

4:12 p.m.: The Black Keys draw a large crowd for their late-afternoon set, rewarding the growing throng with an array of scuzzy, blues-rock tunes ("Strange Times," "Girl Is On My Mind," "10 AM Automatic"). Unfortunately, sound issues on the northernmost stage rob the Akron, Ohio duo of much of its power (Dan Auerbach's guitar and vocals are significantly muted if you drift more than 100 yards from the stage). Moving closer to the stage helps the sound somewhat. "I thought it would be better up here," says Jon Schreur, 30, of Saugatuck, Mich. "From back there you couldn't even hear his voice. It reminded me of two years ago when Built to Spill played on this stage and it sounded terrible. And I love Built to Spill." (AD) [Chicago Tribune]
Black Lips
Black Lips @ Lollapalooza
12:20 p.m.: It takes less than a minute for the Black Lips to knock over its first microphone. The scuzzy quartet, which seems to take its fashion advice from auto mechanics and dock workers, is a blur of screeching feedback, slapdash drums and sweat (witness a revved-up "Bad Kids"). But despite its chaotic stage presence, the Lips prove surprisingly tuneful throughout ("We try and keep that melody in there," says drummer Joe Bradley after the set). This is especially true of "Dirty Hands," a 1950s sock-hop throwback that sounds like the band's ragged take on a prom song. (AD) [Chicago Tribune]
Black Lips and Black Keys both played Lollapalooza on Friday August 2nd (so did Holy Fuck, Jeff Tweedy, Rogue Wave and Radiohead). The Black Keys play McCarren Pool in Brooklyn on August 7th (with Tapes n Tapes and Love as Laughter) (not free). Black Lips play McCarren Pool in Brooklyn on August 3rd (TODAY) (with Deerhunter and King Khan & The Shrines) (FREE). More pictures of both Black bands from Lolla, below...

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photos by Leia Jospe

Titus Andronicus @ Market Hotel

Titus Andronicus @ Market Hotel

Before there was Black Lips, there was Titus Andronicus....at Market Hotel on Thursday night (June 5, 2008).

Market Hotel was a full house for Titus Andronicus, even though they were the first of three second of four bands that night. Named after the bloodiest of all Shakespearean plays, Titus Andronicus have aptly christened themselves with a name that references a story of revenge. The crowd consisted of mostly of twenty-somethings happy to hear their own private thoughts howled from the stage. Despite the recurring themes of hate and self-loathing, the show had a surprisingly upbeat vibe to it - people were smiling. Their high intensity, crowd-pleasing shows prove that Titus Andronicus is a band that is ready to headline on its own. [Trendwhore]
One down, four more NYC shows to go for Titus before July 13th. More Market Hotel pictures below....

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photos by Leia Jospe

Black Lips @ Market Hotel

Black Lips @ Market Hotel

Thursday night's show at Market Hotel was Black Lips' fifth NYC-area show in a week. It was supposed to take place at Ridgewood Temple. It was packed and hot and it ended a little early. More pics and video below....

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Black Lips @ MAxwells

---> 2NITE BLACK LIPS SHOW IS -MOVING- TO MARKET HOTEL!!
---> SHOW IS NOT @ RIDGEWOOD TEMPLE!!

new location: MARKET HOTEL - 1142 MYRTLE AVE @ BDWY - BKLYN - JMZ TRAIN TO MYRTLE - 8PM - $10 - 2NITE JUNE 5TH

here's what happened: due to recent fights at the venue's weekend parties, the 83rd Precinct & the NYS Liquor Commission have suddenly, temporarily banned -all- alcohol from the Ridgewood Temple - we can't sell it (we had applied & paid for a license) and you can't bring it in yourself. We went to pick up our license to sell today and this is the news we got! Faced with the prospect of a completely dry Black Lips show (that wouldn't work now, would it?), we've decided to relocate the show. Sorry, this all happened with no notice! S'OK THO - THIS SHOW WILL BE AWESOME & MARKET HOTEL IS TERRIFIC!!

---2NITE---> BLACK LIPS . Gringo Star . TITUS ANDRONICUS . So So Glos @ MARKET HOTEL

The above photo was taken by Leia Jospe the other night @ Maxwell's.

Titus @ Andronicus @ Bowery Ballroom - May 19, 2008 (Pilot Viruet)
Titus Andronicus

On May 16th they had four upcoming NYC shows and they already played two of them, but they added three more (for a new total of five upcoming NYC shows). All tour dates below........

Continue reading "tonight with Black Lips & other Titus Andronicus shows "

words by Nick Masi, photos by Leia Jospe

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

A day after their three day run opening for The Raconteurs at Terminal 5, Black Lips headlined the significantly smaller Maxwell's across the river in Hoboken, NJ (June 2, 2008). They played only a few new songs - the rest of the set consisted mostly of tracks from their older albums and covers, one dedicated to the late Bo Diddley and another by their friends (and sorta-labelmate) King Khan & BBQ....

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Jack White & Jack Lawrence @ Terminal 5, Saturday night (Play Vicious)
Raconteurs @ Terminal 5

Brendan Benson, Nick Zinner, Jack Lawrence & White - also Saturday (roxxan23)
Raconteurs @ Terminal 5

The Raconteurs played Terminal 5 in NYC on Friday and Saturday AND Sunday.

Are people actually saying that Saturday night show was just OK??? It was absolutely ripping and jack white is one of the best guitarists alive. The guy was going crazy on stage. He was more into the show than anyone else in the place. The venue sucked, but who cares, no lines for beer. [Anonymous]
Black Lips opened all three nights. More pictures, and Saturday night's Raconteurs setlist, below....

Continue reading "The Raconteurs' 3-night run @ Terminal 5 is over (pics)"

Battles @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
Battles @ Sasquatch

today in NYC & NJ
* Kaki King @ Baruch College
* Dead Confederate is playing Pianos
* Murphy's Law @ Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ
* The Submarines & Headlights are playing Union Hall
* an indie pop dance party @ Cake Shop w/ Austin's The Carrots
* Abigail Washburn, Sparrow Quartet, Béla Fleck/Mirah/SI @ Castle Clinton

Ashanti is playing a free MySpace Secret Show at Knitting Factory on on June 2nd ("Limited number of guaranteed-entry wristbands available at 5pm day of show.")

Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux are playing Radio City Music Hall! (presale password=LENNON).

Speaking of tribute bands, Girls Girls Girls (the all girl tribute to Motley Crue) are playing Knitting Factory Friday night May 30th.

Previously on Lost ("the (only) TV recap rock band, writes and records weekly songs reflecting on each episode.") will be performing (Season 4 of Lost) at Knitting Factory on Sunday June 1st.

Dilinger Four are playing Highline Ballroom and Club Exit.

Most of this summer's free McCarren Pool show lineup was announced. Get out your hula hoops.

Black Lips are playing one of the free shows in addition to five other NYC-area shows this Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Thursday. Check out their new video for "It Feels Alright" below...

Too bad Flaming Lips aren't on the schedule because that would be even wilder than Ted Leo was.

Speaking of free Ted Leo shows and Castle Clinton.

What else?

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