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The Walkmen at BAM earlier this month (more by David Andrako)
The Walkmen

The Walkmen pushed the release of their new album, Heaven, from its original to June 5 release date to today (5/29) via Fat Possum/Bella Union. The album features guest vocals from Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold on "No One Ever Sleeps" and was produced by Phil Ek, who has also worked with Fleet Foxes. You can stream the album in full at NPR and purchase it on iTunes. Four individual tracks are streaming below, along with the cover art and tracklist.

The Walkmen, who played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry earlier this month have just squeezed another NYC show into their ongoing spring/summer tour. The newly added date is a small one for them and it goes down at Bowery Ballroom on June 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/1) at noon and a 150 tickets are available at Other Music starting today (5/29), with a purchase of Heaven. 50 of those tickets are being reserved for web orders, and are free with a purchase of the new album.

If you can't make it to the Bowery Ballroom show, it will be streamed online via Spotify with video shot by the Blogotheque folks. The Walkmen will also play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon the night before their Bowery show (June 5).

Updated dates are listed below, along with the song streams, cover art and tracklist...

Continue reading "The Walkmen released 'Heaven'; add NYC show to tour (dates) which will be streamed online, playing Jimmy Fallon"

"Amazed Afghan Whigs asked me to sit in tonight with them on @latenightjimmy" - Questlove

Afghan Whigs

The Afghan Whigs, who were just announced on the Austin City Limits fest lineup released a new song to their website and play their first full show in 13 years tonight at Bowery Ballroom (5/23). Last night they performed the new song, which is actually a cover of Marie "Queenie" Lyons' "See and Don't See" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. You can watch their performance of that and the web-exclusive "I'm Her Slave" and a couple classic Whigs videos, below.

Continue reading "The Afghan Whigs released a new song, play NYC TONIGHT, played Fallon last night (videos)"

photos by Craig Barritt

Paul Weller

Paul Weller is in town for two shows at the Best Buy Theater tonight (5/18) and Saturday (5/19) to which tickets are still available. Last night, Weller played an invite-only show at the Paul Varvatos store (aka the old CBGBs space) and his 15 or so song set ran his entire career, from Jam classics "Eton Rifles" and "Art School" through songs off Weller's new album, Sonik Kicks.

Weller also stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and performed the Jam's "That's Entertainment." You can watch that below, and check out a few more pictures (mostly red carpet) and setlist from the Varvatos show.

Continue reading "Paul Weller played John Varvatos store (pics, setlist) and Jimmy Fallon (video), playing Best Buy Theater this weekend"

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today in NYC
* SWEET Relief
* Alex Battles @ Sycamore
* The Band tribute @ BB King's
* Sam Amidon @ Rockwood Music Hall
* The Beach Boys @ Beacon Theatre
* Dead Confederate, The Doorbells @ Mercury Lounge
* Comic Book Club Live @ Pianos
* Bear In Heaven, Blouse, Doldrums @ Bowery Ballroom
* Chairlift, Laurel Halo, The Ice Choir @ Webster Hall
* Races, Sean Bones, Right On Dynamite @ The Rock Shop
* Nels Cline, Tim Berne & Jim Black @ Shapeshifter Lab
* Hundred Waters, North Highlands, Vensaire @ Glasslands
* Rachel Dratch, James McNew, Jon Glaser, Leo Allen @ UCBEast
* Jason Urick, Doe Paoro, Future Shuttle, Ital @ Cameo Gallery
* Florence & The Machine, Blood Orange @ Radio City Music Hall
* Ofir Ganon, Adam Schatz & Thomas Whites' OPTIONCOPTER @ The Stone
* Reckless Sons, The Henry Millers, New York Rivals @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Fool's Gold @ Roseland Ballroom
* Nike7UP, Alpha Couple, Glass Hands, Zanolini, Smhoak Mosheen @ Death By Audio
* McKenzie Eddy and Vado, Ski Beatz, The Canary, The Heirs, Sean O'Connell @ Mercury Lounge
* Arrington de Dionyso, Melinda Ray Allen, Weasel Walter, Paul Flaherty, Steve Swell, C. Spencer Yeh, Grasshopper, Eartheater @ Zebulon
* Occupy benefit w/ DJ Logic, Immortal Technique, Taj Weekes and Adowa, Nanci Griffith, Pete and Maura Kenedy and the Clap Brothers, Michael Moore, Tom Chapin, Dave Dreiwitz, David Amram, Kevin Twigg, David Amram, Matt Pless, Mike Ruthy, Jennie Arnau, Joel Rafael, Rejectionist Front, Aliza Hava, Ace Reporter, Los Cintron, Fear Nuttin Band, George Martinez & The Global Block Collective, Richard Barone, My Pet Dragon, Greg Smith & The Broken English @ City Winery

Laurel Halo and Ice Choir open for Chairlift tonight at Webster Hall.

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RIP Maurice Sendak

The Beach Boys, who play their first of two Beacon Theater shows tonight, appeared on Fallon last night for three songs, including the Brian Wilson-penned classics, "In My Room" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice" in addition to their new single, "That's Why God Made The Radio," off the upcoming album of the same name. They were also interviewed by Fallon. Videos of the interview and performances are below.

What else?

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Afghan Whigs

After the reunited Afghan Whigs announced they were coming back for ATP, followed by the news that they'd be playing Lollpalooza this year after a string of European dates, the band announced a big October 5th NYC show at Terminal 5 to which tickets are still available.

But the band just announced that their first show in 13 years will happen at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, May 23, one night after they appear on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 11 at noon though a "Fanclub presale" starts Wednesday at 10am (password: whigsnyc). Joseph Arthur opens.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Afghan Whigs playing Fallon & Bowery Ballroom! (soon!)"

MCA

as you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now. but i wanna say thank you to all our
friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support.
i'm glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him.
thank you.
That picture and message was posted to the Beastie Boys blog by Adam Horovitz on Sunday evening, two days after the band heartbreakingly confirmed MCA's death.

The high profile and on-stage tributes continued on Friday night and throughout the weekend. You saw what Coldplay, BADBADNOTGOOD & Bomb The Music Industry! did, as well as the message that Thom Yorke posted, and tributes by Madison Square Garden, the Mets, Rusko, A-Trak, the Mets and more. Check out even more below...

Continue reading "Ad-Rock posted a 'thank you' on Beastie Boys blog; SNL, Fallon, Social Distortion, Diplo & even Train paid tribute to MCA too"

Polica @ Brooklyn Bowl (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Polica

Twin Cities StarTribune sums it up nicely:

[Polica] properly seized the moment, which came to them last-minute after Tom Waits had to cancel. Fallon somewhat wise-acrely emphasized the "ç" in the band's name during his introduction. And the band somewhat boldly made "Leading to Death" its wise song selection. not one of the tracks from its album touted as a single, but one that has been a clear highlight in its live sets this spring. Maybe the smartest move of them all, though, was by Ivascu, who did not miss achance to mouth the words, "Hi Mom!," into the cameras after the commercial break when Fallon came back to bid adieu (alas, not part of the clip below).

Members of Poliça wound up watching hosting a TV viewing party over at the Knitting Factory's Brooklyn offshoot, where manager Nate Vernon was DJ-ing. Coincidentally or not, Nate's brother Justin Vernon also had a big TV taping on Wednesday night: He and his Bon Iver brethren were back in Austin, Texas, taping an episode of "Austin City Limits." You can read about that one here. Or, even better, you can click here for the hilarious "Bon Iver Erotica" spoof that's now going around,

Watch Polica on Fallon below...

Continue reading "Polica played Fallon (instead of Tom Waits & while Bon Iver was taping Austin City Limits) - video"

photos by Jonathan McPhail

Refused

Refused headlined Terminal 5 last night (10/22). It was the first of a pair of quickly-sold-out shows at the big NYC venue, AND the band's first show on the East Coast since their split more than a decade ago. Though we didn't grab the full setlist, we can tell you it included a pair of Sick of It All covers, "Clobbering Time" and "Injustice System", with Sick Of It All's Lou Koller helping them on vocals! No video of that yet, but watch Refused playing "New Noise" with more pictures from the show below.

The second NYC show, back on sale, is tonight (4/23). Tonight was also supposed to be when the band appeared on late night TV, but they've announced that "Due to circumstances beyond our control we will not be performing on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show this Monday. They have rescheduled us for July when we're back in the US." The July dates they speak of hit the new Williamsburg Park in Brooklyn, and are with Off!. Off! also have a NYC date scheduled even sooner with The Coathangers (who have other shows scheduled and a new split) and Cerebral Ballzy who supported Refused at Terminal 5 last night (though we missed them).

The West Coast just had their share of Refused who played Coachella twice (check out weekend one and weekend two in pictures) and Pomona, CA and San Francisco (with the Hives who also play NYC this week).

Ceremony open for Refused tonight (4/23) and then head over to Mercury Lounge ( which is 16+ for the evening!) to play a late night show with Violent Bullshit. Tickets are still available for that and for Refused at Terminal 5.

More pictures and video from last night at T5, below...

Continue reading "Refused played Terminal 5 w/ help from SOIA'a Lou Koller (pics, video); will again tonight (but cancelled Fallon)"

the RSD2012 morning line @ Other Music in NYC (via)
Other Music

How did you fare on Record Store Day 2012? What did you pick up? What did you have trouble finding? If you were in Austin, did you stop by Waterloo Records and meet Garbage? (Tim did.) If you were in NYC, did you stop by Other Music? If not, this is what it looked like...

Continue reading "how was Record Store Day? ---- here's pics from Other Music"

Waits

He was supposed to be in NYC on April 24 & 25, but "will reschedule at a later date TBA." Damn

Pulp on Fallon
Pulp

Jarvis is keeping busy. One day after he finished a run of shows at the Whitney Museum, and one day before two shows at Radio City, Pulp appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (last night, 4/9/2012). They performed one song on air, and one off. Watch both below...

Continue reading "Pulp played Like A Friend & Common People on Fallon (video)"

Pegi Young

Pegi Young & The Survivors are currently out on the road supporting a new release entitled "Bracing For Impact". That tour brought Neil's better half and band to Jimmy Fallon the other night, and has them back in NYC for an early show at Rockwood Music Hall tonight (4/9). Watch the Fallon video with a list of all dates, below...

Continue reading "Pegi Young played Fallon, touring (dates include Rockwood Music Hall tonight)"

Tom Waits

His people report: "TOM WAITS is heading to NYC this month to perform on late night television. It remains a mystery as to what gems the iconoclast will chose to perform on those stages...but he will be talking with the hosts as well as playing songs for the very first time live from his latest, Bad As Me, "the best-reviewed major album of 2011," according to metacritic.com."

He plays Letterman on April 24 & Fallon on April 25 (and hopefully somewhere else while he's in town!).

Dan

"For over 40 years, Dr. John has taken the exuberant and raucous sound of New Orleans under his wing, preserving its lore and channeling it through his own style of rhythm and blues. This spring, the good doctor comes to BAM with an extraordinary entourage of musical guests for an artistic residency, offering three distinct perspectives on his formidable career.

In "Locked Down," Dr. John is joined by The Black Keys guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach to premiere hard-hitting tracks from their widely anticipated [released] album (out April 3). Don't miss this one-time chance to hear Dr. John and Auerbach perform their critically-lauded project live." [BAM]

As previously mentioned (and HERE), "Locked Down", also the name of the album that you can stream now in full at Spotify, begins at the Brooklyn Academey of Music TONIGHT, April 5th, and runs through April 7th. Tickets are still available.

John and Dan stopped by Fallon to play a song off the album. If you missed it, watch below...

Continue reading "Dr. John & Dan Auerbach released an album, played Fallon (video), start 3-night BAM run tonight"

Swervedriver
Swervedriver

As mentioned, Swervedriver play a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (3/31). Tickets are still on sale, and since we last spoke, NYC trio Heaven (whose members have been or are in The Comas, Dean and Britta, Ambulance LTD, The Big Sleep, Adam Franklin's band, Snowden, and Fan-Tan), was added as opener for this show and others.

A full list of dates and video from Swerverdriver's 3/26 appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, below...

Continue reading "Swervedriver played Fallon, on tour w/ Heaven (play Bowery tonight) -- updated dates & video"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Primus

Primus came to town for a pair of intimate shows last week along with an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Here are pictures from the Brooklyn gig at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More of them with video of the TV appearance (on air and web exclusive songs), below...

Continue reading "Primus played Fallon, Gramercy & Music Hall (pics & video)"

photos by Bryan Bruchman

Nada Surf @ Bowery Ballroom
Nada Surf

As you know, Nada Surf's entire January 24th record-release show at Bowery Ballroom streamed live on YouTube. That stream is now permanently archived on YouTube and you can watch it in full below.

If you missed the show, you have plenty of other chances to see the band in the coming months including one at Webster Hall. Their lastest set of dates is listed below.

Also below: video from their appearance on Fallon last night (including a web exclusive), a video of them being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, their brand new video for "When I Was Young", and a whole bunch of pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show (along with shots of openers Palomar and the setlist). Check it all out...

Continue reading "watch Nada Surf on Jimmy Fallon, their new video & their entire Bowery Ballroom show (we have pics too)"

War on Drugs

The War On Drugs played Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (1/10), their TV debut. They performed "Baby Missiles" off of their 2011 LP, Slave Ambient, which was one of our favorite records of 2011. ?uestlove, who DJs Brooklyn Bowl tonight (1/12) joined the band on drums, playing in unison with the band's actual drummer. Check out the video of their performance below.

The War On Drugs will head out on a tour soon, which brings them to NYC on April 6 at MHOW. Tickets are still available. The tour includes some dates with White Rabbits, who just announced their own tour, which hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public Friday (1/13) at noon.

Their tour also includes many dates with Sharon Van Etten who also just played Fallon and has a MHOW show of her own coming up as well (but one at Mercury Lounge even sooner).

Questlove DJs Brooklyn Bowl tonight (1/12).

TWOD video below...

Continue reading "The War on Drugs played Fallon w/ help from Questlove (video)"

I spy a Dessner...
Dessner

Three of last night's big events in NYC:
* Sharon Van Etten & Fred Armisen were on Fallon.
* Van Halen played Cafe Wha?. Jimmy Fallon was in the audience.
* Portlandia Season 2 had a premiere party at The Museum of Natural History. Fred Armisen was (obviously) in attendance.

Watch videos of Sharon and Fred (who also played music) on Fallon, including a Fred Armisen web exclusive, below...

Continue reading "Sharon Van Etten & Fred Armisen, who was partying in a museum, were on Jimmy Fallon who was at Van Halen"

photos, audio & video by Josh Winkler InTheMO

M83 @ M For Montreal
M83

M83 arrived in NYC yesterday to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and continue their NYC adventure TONIGHT (11/22) at Webster Hall and Wednesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both shows are way sold-out. If you don't have a ticket and aren't up for scouring the secondary market for a pair (if you can even find/afford them there), you can at least watch their performance from Fallon last night. Check that out below.

The NYC dates represent the tail-end of M83's North American tour with Active Child, though the M83 will play a solitary show in Los Angeles in middle January (1/13). Maybe Zola Jesus will show up at that one like she did at a recent show.

M83 recently played Fun Fun Fun Fest and since then Chicago, and even more recently, M for Montreal. Pictures and a video from their Montreal appearance, as well as two live tracks recorded at that show, "Intro" and "Teen Angst" (both of which appear here for the first time), are below.

Speaking of M For Montreal, the rest of Bill's coverage is coming soon (M83 included). Meanwhile you can still check out what he saw on night 1 and night 2.

More M83 tour dates, those song streams and videos, and the video of their Los Angeles performance of "Intro" with Zola Jesus. below....

Continue reading "M83 is here, played M For Montreal & Fallon (pics, video & an audio recording)"

Photos by Abbey Braden

Chavez @ ATP NJ
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Tonight's cancelled Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show at Maxwell's has been rescheduled for November 29th. Jon says, ""I am terribly sorry but Russell has fallen ill and been told by his doctor not to play tonight's show. The condition is not serious, and should pass, but right now Russell can not rock'n'roll. Gotta cancel the gig. Sorry for any inconvenience. The date has been rescheduled for Tuesday November 29th. Maxwell's will honor any advance tickets purchased for October 13th. If people needs refunds they can get them wherever they bought the ticket. Ticketfly will send a notice out to on-line buyers."

Speaking of 90's Matador bands, Chavez, who recently played ATP in NJ (and Lit Lounge), appeared on Jimmy Fallon last night (10/12). They played two songs (one on air, one for web). Videos of both, along with more pictures from their ATP set (setlist included), below...

Continue reading "Jon Spencer show rescheduled, Chavez played Fallon (video & another set of pics from their set @ ATP)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Chuck D on stage with Portishead @ ATP
Portishead

Portishead completed their NYC & NJ adventure with a 2nd show at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (10/5), and an appearance on Fallon where they performed two songs. On air they played "Chase The Tear" which they first released in 2009 to help raise money for Amnesty International. Jimmy pointed out that you can get a new release of that single exclusively at the XL Records table at the Brooklyn Flea Brooklyn Flea's Independent Label Market this weekend. They also played 1994 song "Mysterons" at Fallon as a web exclusive. And much to the chagrin of the groaning tourists who were trapped in their seats at the show's taping yesterday, the band actually played "Mysterons" in full twice because apparently something went wrong the first time around. You can watch the version they kept, and what aired on TV, below.

Also in this post is a set of pictures (including the setlist) from Portishead's Sunday set at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park. As mentioned in the post of pictures from their Saturday show, Chuck D joined the band on stage during "Machine Gun" on Sunday. As not mentioned, Simeon from Silver Apples joined them on "We Carry On" to help close the show. Chuck D video HERE. Simeon video below.

Silver Apples plays Public Assembly in Brooklyn TONIGHT (10/6).

Portishead associate Anika plays Glasslands tonight.

Portishead's Adrian Utley visited Criterion Cinema while in town, and is involved in a show happening in NYC on 10/29.

ATP pictures & Fallon videos below...

Continue reading "pics from Portishead's 2nd show @ ATP, both videos from Fallon last night ++++ Silver Apples & Anika tonight"

Portishead

I know you're sick of Radiohead posts, but, well, they keep doing things! (and anyway, more importantly, this post also contains Portishead!). But back to the point.... Radiohead just played two shows at Roseland Ballroom, appeared on SNL, and on The Colbert Report. They're also rumored to play for Occupy Wall Street today at 4 PM, though that might not happen. In addition to all of that, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood will perform on Fallon on Monday (10/3). According to Radiohead At Ease, they'll be performing "Give Up The Ghost."

Speaking of Fallon, his week-long run of Pink Floyd covers (that started with the Shins) continued on Tuesday when Foo Fighters played "In The Flesh" with Roger Waters, on Wednesday when MGMT took on "Lucifer Sam" off of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, with help from Bradford Cox who was dressed as Joey Ramone. Dierks Bentley did "Wish You Were Here" last night (9/29). You can watch all three videos below.

MGMT will also perform at The Guggenheim on November 10 and 11 as part of the 2011 Guggenheim International Gala. The 11/10 show is a private party, but the 11/11 show is a public event. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/14) with a member presale starting Thursday (10/13).

Portishead, who plays and curated ATP NJ this weekend, will appear on Fallon on Wednesday (10/5), two days after Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood do. Portishead play their second of two sold out shows at Hammerstein Ballroom the same night.

Fallon videos below...

Continue reading "more Pink Floyd covers on Fallon (videos), Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood & Portishead next week, MGMT @ the Guggenheim"

The Shins at Bowery Ballroom (via wonderboymusic)
The Shins

Mercer's trademark widow's peak was a welcome site as the band immediately launched into two classics; "Caring Is Creepy"... and "Australia" from 2007's Wincing The Night Away. The audience seemed strangely cognizant of Mercer's path as a musician, treating his troubles with departing band members and his elongated Broken Bells hiatus as forgettable. I mean, this guy wrote a song that was played at Heath Leger's funeral! He's a legend!

The newer tracks were met with stifled cheers, but cheers nonetheless... "New Slang" was slightly warped to allow for an electric guitar and a synthesized tambourine, a departure from the original's very organic feel, the words still sting as sharply as they did ten years ago. The surroundings may change, but the core is still compelling. -[BaebleMusic]

The Shins played Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night (9/25) with Faces on Film, a very tiny show compared to The Shins' previous outings at Terminal 5. The band, who played new material and old, dipped into waaay older material when they covered David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes" and Pink Floyd's "Breathe". The latter cover was played again on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night (9/26) as part of Pink Floyd week (which continues tonight). If you missed either show, live vicariously through the videos below.

As discussed, if you somehow don't own every Pink Floyd album (or want another copy), the band is reissuing material which hits record stores today.

Video from Jimmy Fallon and Bowery Ballroom, and the NYC show setlist, below...

Continue reading "The Shins covered Pink Floyd @ Bowery Ballroom & on Fallon (videos & setlist)"

by Klaus Kinski

Pink Floyd

I might be one of the most obsessive Pink Floyd fans who ever lived, and I say that as more of an embarrassing confession than as a statement of pride. I have written about them and their related projects and tours a coupla times now, but every time there is Pink Floyd related news bouncing around the atmosphere I can't help but feel somewhat annoyed at the fact that everything they do is such an obvious and grotesque cash grab. I mean, I still love their records and will be buried with them but, Jesus Christ guys, you use your back catalog like a wet towel, wringing out re-releases and "Best ofs" while expecting us to empty our wallets.

And this pattern started early. I mean, in 1970 EMI released a Best Of record, despite Pink Floyd only having two albums under their belt. Then, BAM, in 1971 another greatest hits record, Relics, hit the shelves and yet the ink on their third album (Atom Heart Mother) had barely dried. 1974 rolled around and saw the re-release of Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets as a double album called A Nice Pair. That same year, ANOTHER greatest hits record hit the shelves, this time entitled Masters of Rock. In 1981, which would have been the perfect year for a retrospective album considering the body of work they had behind them by then, they released A Collection of Great Dance Songs, which is a supremely anemic and vapid attempt at a greatest hits record. Then between 1992 and now, we were given the Shine On 9 CD Boxed Set (1992), The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 30th Anniversary edition (1997), 1967 The First Three Singles (1997), Wish You Were Here 25th Anniversary Edition (2000), Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (2001), Dark Side of the Moon 30th Anniversary SACD Edition (2003), The Final Cut re-release (2004), The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 40th Anniversary edition (2007), and the 14 disc Oh By The Way (2007). Add to that the massive amount of singles, EPs, 7"s, 45s, and other redundancies and you have a veritable shit load of items culled from very few actual sources. Talk about milking it, am I right?

Now we find ourselves in the final quarter of 2011. 2012 is around the corner and Roger Waters and David Gilmour are buddies again, Rick Wright and Syd Barrett RIP, the world economy is in the shitter... what better time to embark on an exhaustive and multi-tiered Pink Floyd re-issue campaign! Starting on September 26th, 2011, Pink Floyd and EMI are orchestrating a re-issue campaign:

encompassing CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, SACD, an array of digital formats, viral marketing, iPhone Apps and a brand-new single-album 'Best Of' collection.

The legendary band, who are still one of the most successful and iconic artists of all time, recently signed an agreement with EMI which has allowed the development of a multi-format programme of packages, many containing archive material that has been collated during an extensive process between EMI and Pink Floyd for a range of media formats.

The aptly titled WHY? PINK FLOYD re-release project is almost preposterous in scope. And by everything you read up until this point, I bet you think I am poo-pooing this project. In a certain sense, I am. I mean, all of these studio albums have been reissued more than once. How many copies of Dark Side do I really need? Certainly this aspect of the campaign interests me very little (if at all). It's the stuff deeper in the guts of this thing that has me dorking myself to death. Here's a breakdown of how they've got these sets organized.
DISCOVERY EDITIONS and BOX SET (Available 9/27/11)
This release is broken into two tiers. The first tier Discovery Edition is all 14 studio albums remastered from the ground up, all available for purchase individually. The second tier Discovery Edition is a box set that features all 14 records and a 60-page booklet housed as one massive package (hehehe).

EXPERIENCE EDITIONS
The Experience Editions are more modest and seem to be the most appealing to me. Available for individual purchase will be Wish You Were Here (11/8/11), Dark Side of the Moon (9/27/11), and The Wall (2/28/12) ONLY . These sets will include a newly remastered album CD, a CD containing additional material pertaining to the album, and an expanded (and pretty beautiful) CD booklet.

IMMERSION EDITIONS
The Immersion Editions serve to separate the nerds from the super nerds. Available for individual purchase will be Wish You Were Here (11/8/11), Dark Side of the Moon (9/27/11), and The Wall (2/28/12) ONLY. Lavishly packaged in a sturdy 29cm square box, the sets contain remastered, previously unreleased and audio-visual material, plus much additional content - reproduced memorabilia, brand new graphics, art prints, collectors' items, lavish booklets and several more CDs remastered as 5.1, Quadrophinic, Stereo, etc... it's a doozie!

BEST OF
The Best of Pink Floyd: A Foot In The Door (11/8/11). An expanded and remastered greatest hits album. As far as this remaster campaign goes, this CD is the equivalent of Wayne and Garth standing in front of the green screen in Wayne's World I saying "I'm in Delaware."

VINYL EDITIONS
The Vinyl Editions are records dude. Available for individual purchase will be Wish You Were Here (11/8/11), Dark Side of the Moon (9/27/11), and The Wall (2/28/12) ONLY. Features the 2011 remastered version on 180 gram heavyweight Vinyl. Original packaging including stickers and posters plus free 320kbps download and exclusive new poster.

So while some of this stuff is a rehash, I am still very stoked about some of these releases. So stoked in fact that I am going to give two lucky BV readers a shirt, a poster, and a newly remastered 2 CD set of Dark Side of the Moon, just for reading this far! Directions on how to enter the contest are below!

And you know who else is stoked about this new remaster campaign? Funnyman Jimmy Fallon, that's who! Each episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon from September 26th through September 30th (a whole week!) will be dedicated to Pink Floyd. From what I've heard the schedule is as follows:

- Monday 9/26 - The Shins perform Breathe from Dark Side of the Moon. Nick Mason will be the interviewed.
- Tuesday 9/27 - Roger Waters will join Foo Fighters will perform In the Flesh from The Wall. Waters will also be interviewed.
- Wednesday 9/28 - MGMT will perform early Floyd classic Lucifer Sam.
- Thursday 9/29 - Dierks Bentley will perform Wish You Were Here.
- Friday 9/30 - Pearl Jam (!) will do Mother from The Wall.
Fallon airs at 12:30am on NBC.

In other old geezers from awesome classic rock bands news... don't forget that tonight at Nassau Coliseum The Who's Roger Daltrey performs the rock opera Tommy in its entirety as well as other Who classic cuts. Tickets are still available and, I swear to Cod, if I had a car, I'd be all over that shit. Fiddle about.

Continue reading "Pink Floyd probably breaks record release record, gets people covering them on Fallon for a week"