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Flaming Lips

A group of bands have teamed up to honor the late Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse by recording a tribute album, Last Box of Sparklers, which they're currently raising money for on Indiegogo. Those involved include The Flaming Lips, Phantogram, Mark Lanegan, David Lowery (of Camper Van Beethoven), Mercury Rev, Califone, Margot and the Nuclear So-And-So's, The Joy Formidable, Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), Portgual. The Man and more. The Flaming Lips have just revealed their cover of "Sad and Beautiful World," which you can hear (via Pitchfork), along with the full list of contributors and the Indiegogo campaign video, below.

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Paul Weller @ The Apollo Theater - 7/25/2013
Paul Weller @ The Apollo Theater - 7/25/2013

"Most people my age, their musical life ended in the '80s," Weller says. "They stick with what they know. But my tastes are much broader. And I don't want to stop learning."

"Sonik Kicks" shows what he studied. The music kaleidoscopes through a swirl of sound, referring to the exploration of '60s psychedelia without rehashing its cliches. Along with period allusions to Syd Barrett and Traffic, the songs take influence from German oompahs, Jamaican dub, flamenco, jazz and '70s Kraut-rock.

The absorption of that last influence reflects how Weller picks up his styles. "I read a review of my album (in 2008) '22 Dreams,' where the reviewer said it made him think of Neu," a 1970s German prog band, Weller says.

"I never heard them. So I checked it out and really loved their stuff," he says. "It's the same as when I was a kid. You read about things or hear about them on the radio, and get turned on to it." [NY Daily News]


The eternally cool Paul Weller kicked off his three-night NYC run last night (7/25) at legendary Harlem venue The Apollo. Setlist included The Style Council's breezy "My Ever Changing Moods," and a few Jam songs ("That's Entertainment," "A Town Called Malice" and "Start!"). Full setlist and pictures from the show are in this post.

Tonight (7/26), Weller plays Webster Hall (tickets) and Saturday (7/27) he'll hit Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold out). More pics from his Apollo show (including some of opener Matthew Ryan) below...

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Color Me Obsessed

Color Me Obsessed, a film about The Replacements, will be screening at a number of film festivals and other venues this year and next year. The film was produced by Gorman Bechard (of What We Were Thinking Films) and features interviews with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Tommy Ramone, members of Husker Du, Robert Christgau, Jim Derogatis, Ira Robbins, Tom Arnold, and others. The film will premiere in NYC on November 16 and 17 at Bowery Electric.

We're excited to announce that, along with Bowery Electric, we're presenting MATS CITY, a Replacements tribute show that will take place at Bowery Electric after each screening. The show, which will be hosted by Matt Pinfield features a number of guests including Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem), Jesse Malin, Steve Wynn, Ted Leo, Chuck Ragan, Charlie Mars, Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), Matthew Ryan, Willie Nile, Tommy Ramone, Alejandro Escovedo, Dave Pulkingham, Walter Lure, Kevn Kinney, Don DiLego, Joe D'Urso, Danny Sage, and Nicole Atkins, and many more to be announced. Those singers will be backed by a band which includes Todd Youth, Matt Romano, and Johnny T. Tickets for the 11/16 and the 11/17 shows are on sale now (ticket options include movie only and show only, and both). A portion of the proceeds will go to Musicians On Call. Note that exact lineups for each date are TBA. Some performers may only be playing one day.

A list of cities the film will screen in and teaser video below...

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