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DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - The Gaudy Side of Town (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - Faded High (MP3)

Channy Moon Casselle, Justin Vernon & Dessa (Gayngs) @ First Avenue on Friday
gayngs

Who are Gayngs? A druggy-disco supergroup comprised of the following...

Ryan Olson (Digitata), Zach Coulter (Solid Gold), Adam Hurlburt (Solid Gold), Joe Westerlund, Phil Cook (Megafaun), Brad Cook (Megafaun), Michael Lewis (Happy Apple), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ivan Rosebud (The Rosebuds), Stefon LeRon Alexander (POS), Mike Noyce (Bon Iver), Jake Luck (Leisure Birds), James Buckley (James Bukley Trio, Mystery Palace), Nick Ryan (Leisure Birds), Shön Troth (Solid Gold), Danny Krzykowski, Chaney Moon Cassell (Roma di Luna), Katy Morley, Maggie Wander, Maggie Morrison (Lookbook, Digitata), Joe Mabbott (Passions), Grant Cutler (Lookbook), Xander.
Their debut album, Relayted, came out May 11th on Jagjaguwar. Two songs from it are posted above. Start with the blissed out funk of "Faded High" or just stream the whole thing at 89.3 The Current.

Gayngs played their first ever show on Friday, May 14th at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The show was in Minneapolis, so naturally Prince showed up, and actually almost joined them onstage (there is even photo evidence of the funky one with guitar in hand). Gayngs all wore tuxedos in line with the night's theme, The Last Prom On Earth. The set of pictures in this post are from that show. They continue below with some videos.

The band will play their next live shows this September and October. Those include the just-announced ACL Festival, and a pair of NYC dates. They play Webster Hall on October 3rd and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 4th. Tickets should be on sale this week. All dates below.

A video of the group at work/play, the video for their cover of Godley & Creme's "Cry," some porny teaser trailers (nothing says sexy like a clarinet), more pictures and some videos from their first gig, all dates, and much more, below...

Continue reading "Gayngs (starring Justin Vernon) played a show - sort of with Prince (pics), announced more dates (w/ ACL, 2 in NYC)"

Bruce Springsteen, Prince and Michael Jackson

"A previous article explored why Michael Jackson, musically, is not even in the same league as Prince. Another artist Michael Jackson can never touch is Bruce Springsteen, a far better vocalist, songwriter and singer than Michael Jackson can ever dream to be.

In the early 1980s, Michael Jackson might have sold more than the Boss. But Bruce Springsteen was the critical favorite. Even before his mainstream breakout album Born in the USA, Bruce was on the top of every critic's list. When Born in the USA was released, he not only overshadowed Michael Jackson, but made other stars seem irrelevant. The Boss had more dedicated fans than any artist of the 1980s." [Memphis Celebrity Examiner]

Adding to their itinerary that included five Giants Stadium shows (that venue's last), Bruce Sprinsteen and the E Street Band have announced 25 new 2009 shows including two in November at Madison Square Garden in NYC. All dates below...

Continue reading "Bruce Springsteen - 2009 tour dates (2 nights @ MSG & more) "

Grupo Fantasma

"Grupo Fantasma (in U.S.A.) is an 11 piece latin funk orchestra from Austin, Texas. Formed in 2000 from the merger of two Austin acts, The Blue Noise Band and The Blimp, the band emerged with a sold out show at the former Empanada Parlour on 6th Street in Austin. The band is best known for their exuberant live shows and their recent association with Prince and his 3121 Club in Las Vegas. The band has backed Prince on numerous occasions, including his performance on the ALMA Awards in 2007, and often perform at his afterparty jam sessions." [Wikipedia]
Assuming it is actually still happening, you can add another band to the list of bands playing the Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn this summer. Oddly, Grupo Fantasma are on the same bill as HEALTH. All dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Grupo Fantasma - 2009 tour dates (Williamsburg Waterfront)"

Girl Talk fans @ last night's show @ Hiro Ballroom (more by Paul Birman)
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tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Cake @ Terminal 5
* Zap Mama @ Joe's Pub
* The Radiators @ BB King's
* Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY
* Secret Chiefs 3, Kayo Dot @ Maxwell's
* New York Ukulele Festival @ Baruch College
* Grizzly Bear, Here We Go Magic @ Town Hall
* Mae, Barcelona, Person L @ Gramercy Theatre
* Rooftop Films w/ Javelin @ New Design High School
* Chase the Devil: Gary Lucas & Dean Bowman @ BAMcafe
* X, Steve Soto & The Twisted Hearts @ Bowery Ballroom
* Fursaxa and Mary Lattimore, Paul Metzger @ The Stone
* Awesome Tapes From Africa, Teengirl Fantasy @ 92YTribeca
* Grant Hart, Grass Widow, Querent, Stupid Party @ Cake Shop
* Team Robespierre, A.R.E. Weapons @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Acoustic Cash IX w/ Rosanne Cash & Marc Cohn @ Rubin Museum of Art
* Undiscovered Islands w/ Missy Mazzoli, William Brittelle @ Galapagos
* Willie Mae-Ra-Thon w/ Sex Mob, Burnt Sugar, Secretary @ Public Assembly
* Tyvek, The Gutsies, James Ausfahrt (of Love Is All, Still Flyin) @ Bruar Falls
* Au Revoir Simone, The Antlers, Sophia (from Lights) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Willie Mae-Ra-Thon w/ Wild Yaks, Hexa, Lady Magma, Beluga @ Monster Island
* Rural Alberta Advantage, La Strada, Chris Mills, The Black Hollies @ The Bell House
* Girls Girls Girls, Misstallica, Rodney Speed Experience, Queen Diamond @ Merc
* Wordless Music w/ Wolfgang Voigt's Gas Live, Contact performing Brian Eno's Discreet Music @ Miller Theatre at Columbia
* Ed Schraeder, Height, Dj Dog Dick, The Creepers, Santa Dads, Teenage Souls, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez @ Death By Audio

Stupid Party are now also opening for Grant Hart.

The Rural Alberta Advantage, though not on the label, are headlining an otherwise all Ernest Jenning showcase at The Bell House.

Teengirl Fantasy are back again, and will be again soon. All dates at their MySpace.

The Wordless Music Show tonight is "The U.S. premiere of Wolfgang Voigt's legendary ambient GAS project, with an opening set by Toronto's CONTACT Contemporary Music Ensemble, performing a rare live/chamber version of Brian Eno's complete 1975 classic Discreet Music (CONTACT)."

Many of the same bands that played Andrew WK's show at Santos last night, are at Death By Audio tonight.

Roosevelt Live music series, on Roosevelt Island, hosts its first musical act of the summer with a Bluegrass Festival featuring Alex Battlesof The Whiskey Rebellion on Saturday.

Sunday is the Bang on a Can Marathon. It's one of two NYC shows Tortoise is playing this weekend, and one of three they have total.

Secret Chiefs 3 are also playing Brooklyn on Saturday.

Mutek is happening in Montreal.

BKLYN YARD is open for its second week.

A whole bunch of shows recently went on sale.

Jay Leno's final episode hosting the Tonight show is TONIGHT. Conan O'Brien and James Taylor will be his guests. Prince performed last night. Check out that video below...

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"A week after Miley Cyrus shared with the world her plans to 'ruin' Radiohead after they snubbed the young starlet at the Grammy Awards, the band has responded to the singer's threat... The band wasn't amused by her story. 'When Miley grows up, she'll learn not to have such a sense of entitlement,' the band told the new issue of Us Weekly in a statement." [MTV]

"Dozens of investors who came to federal court in New York to hear Bernard Madoff's admission that he ran a $65 billion Ponzi scheme in which he lied and stole for decades applauded his jailing." [Bloomberg]

"Yet Miley is not the only star that has a beef with the band. Kanye West is another temperamental superstar who was also snubbed by the band. West told audiences at his VH1 Storytellers taping that he too was dissed by the band at the Grammy Awards" [andPOP]

"wish us all a safe journey if you still like us and you're not one of those people i have managed to offend by doing nothing xx" [Thom Yorke]

"We are working on new material" [Ed O'Brien]

"U2 celebrated the number one debut of its new album 'No Line on the Horizon' with an intimate gathering for a few friends Wednesday night." [Boston Globe]

"It's not U2, but 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' will get its own multiple dose of pop royalty this month. Prince will perform on three consecutive nights on the NBC program as he girds for the release of a pair of new albums. The mini-residency will run March 25-27; he also plans to hit the 'Tonight' stage May 28 for Leno's next-to-last night as host of the venerable talk show." [Reuters]

"Five new shows have been added to Michael Jackson's London run, bringing the total to 50, according to Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, promoter of the shows." [Billboard]

"Hundreds of fans have queued through the night to buy the first tickets to Michael Jackson's 'final curtain call' of concerts in London." [CNN]

Continue reading "Radiohead, Miley Cyrus, U2, Prince, Leno & Michael Jackson"

Target shopper (by kate*)
Target shopper

Prince has found an outlet for his latest collection of songs, recorded without a major label, by partnering with Target for a three-disc set, the retail chain said on Monday.

The album will be available at Target stores March 29. The collection has two original studio albums called "LOtUSFLOW3R" and "MPLSoUND" and a third disc titled "Elixer" by his latest protege, the singer Bria Valente.

The three-disc set from Prince, which will sell for $11.98 at Target, is the latest instance of a recording artist partnering with a major retailer to release an album. [Reuters]

In October, AC/DC released their new album exclusively through Walmart.

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Prince will release not one, but three albums in the new year. He's in final negotiations with "a major retailer" to distribute the music in physical form, and a highly interactive website will also provide an opportunity to buy. He's not working with a record label. "The gatekeepers have to change," he said several times throughout the evening.

He's found his way back to the sound of "When Doves Cry." The first disc, tentatively titled "MPLSOUND," is an electro-flavored solo effort recorded at Paisley Park Studios. Prince experimented with Pro Tools and "new ways of recording" on these trippy, experimental pop songs. One features a Q-Tip rap; another calls a "Funky Congregation" to worship and may become a live set piece.

He's ready to revive the Quiet Storm. "We got sick of waiting for Sade to make a new album," he said, introducing Valente's new album, "Elixir." The tracks are chill, with Valente's buttery voice melding with beats by Morris Hayes and Prince's guitar lines. Some are explicitly sexual. "This music is nasty, but it's not dirty," Prince said, explaining how sensual music fits in with his much-discussed faith -- he's a Jehovah's Witness. "There's no profanity. It isn't promoting promiscuity. She's singing about her lover, who could be her partner for life."
[LA Times]

Check out LOTUSFLOW3R.COM (an entire new galaxy awaits).

Prince

Okee doke, New York fans, fams, freaks and purpleheads...it's gonna be your turn to party, sooner than you think. Get your fancy pants pressed now, folks: Prince is coming to town.

When? Friday, October 10th.
Location: Wish I could tell you, but as of yet I have no clue.

What I *can* tell you is that it will be a very small capacity show. We're talking INTIMATE. Like, 250 - 300 people intimate. Also, we have learned that Friday night's show will be a L4OA charity benefit gig for the Urban Planning cause, which is an organization Taja Seville has been involved with. This is all we know right now. When we get more info, we will share it as soon as we can
[Prince.org]

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Weezer's Hootenanny Tour rolled into town Saturday at the Vera Project and Ear Candy was fortunate enough to be one of the 200 fans in attendance.

What's the Hootenanny Tour? Well, it involves Weezer playing six acoustic songs, surrounded by 200 fans all singing along while jamming with the band on their own instruments. provided.

To get access to the show, which was hosted by 1077 The End, fans had to apply to be part of the performance by letting the station know what instrument they planned on bringing along. For those who did not bring instruments, maracas, shakers, finger tambourines and kazoos were

This meant for one hour a few hundred people got to be a part of Weezer and take part in a recording session with the band. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the set was recorded for use on a future Weezer CD.... [seattlepi]

One of the songs Weezer was doing at these West coast-only shows was Radiohead's "Creep". Watch the below video, and do it quick before Prince figures out a way to get all songs he covered first removed from YouTube....

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After word spread that Prince covered Radiohead's "Creep" at the Coachella festival, the tens of thousands who couldn't be there ran to YouTube for a peek. Everyone was quickly denied -- even Radiohead.

All videos of Prince's unique rendition of Radiohead's early hit were quickly taken down, leaving only a message that his label, NPG Records, had removed the clips, claiming a copyright violation. But the posted videos were shot by fans and, obviously, the song isn't Prince's.

In a recent interview, Thom Yorke said he heard about Prince's performance from a text message and thought it was "hilarious." Yorke laughed when his bandmate, guitarist Ed O'Brien, said the blocking had prevented even him from seeing Prince's version of their song.

"Really? He's blocked it?" asked Yorke, who figured it was their song to block or not. "Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment." Yorke added, "Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our ... song." [Billboard]

Jack Johnson is not greater than Prince

"Prince outshines Jack Johnson at Coachella fest" [Hollywood Reporter]

Prince @ the Coachella Music Festival, 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Prince @ Coachella

As you know, Prince played "Creep". Video below....

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photos by Ryan Muir

Prince @ Coachella

The main stage at Coachella Saturday night went Kraftwerk --> Portishead --> Prince. That single four hour period makes me wish I wasn't just watching Coachella from my computer.

The Prince portion of the show already has a discussion going. Now here's the rest of the pictures (Morris Day & Sheila E included). Video and setlist (Radiohead cover included) below too.....

Continue reading "Prince @ Coachella, Indio, CA - pics, video & setlist"

Prince @ the Coachella Music Festival - April 26, 2008
Prince @ Coachella

You are the coolest place on earth right now!" Prince declared to a sea of tens of thousands.

Prince, who had been sought out to perform at Coachella since the festival was founded nine years ago, told the crowd that when he agreed to perform, he informed the organizers that he would not only play, but party too.

True to his word, Prince then launched his band -- complete with a horn section and background singers -- into "Jungle Love." Morris Day came out to sing his song, while Prince strolled around the stage with his guitar.

For the beginning of the show, Prince preferred to let his guitar do the talking. He also welcomed the singer and drummer Sheila E, who took the lead for a song and then joined Prince in an extended jam.

Finally, Prince satisfied the crowd with a celebratory performance of "1999." His classic "Little Red Corvette" soon followed. [AP]

The rest of Ryan Muir's photos from the evening are HERE.

Check out the rest of our Coachella coverage HERE.

Check out video of Prince on Leno, HERE.

Check out video of Radiohead on Conan, HERE.

Continue reading "Prince played Coachella (pictures), covered Radiohead"

Prince at Coachella

Tonight is Prince's headlining performance at Coachella (April 25, 2008). Last night he played the Late Show with Jay Leno....

Continue reading "Prince on Jay Leno (video) (Coachella tonight)"

Coachella, April 25-27 in Indio, CA

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The entire three-day festival lineup with set times can be found HERE.

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Coachella is not denying it anymore. Tickets are still on sale. (thx Jason).

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No word on which day he will crash the party, but Prince will be added to the lineup for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which runs April 25-27 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, sources tell me.* No confirmation from the artist's websites, which seem to be down (or under construction) at the moment. But this certainly adds some meat to the the festival's slightly protein-starved roster.

Correction: Coachella co-producers AEG Live have responded to this post. Brandon K. Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, writes in an email: "Paul Tollett, the head of our Goldenvoice division and our partner in the festival, just called to tell me that the LA Times put on their blog that Prince was playing Coachella. This is absolutely not true... Regardless of what the Times was told, there is no commitment from Prince to play Coachella." Stay tuned.... this is the Purple One we're talking about, so anything could happen.

Goldfrapp and Aphex Twin were recently announced as additions to the lineup, as well as Serj Tankian, Redd Kross, Kate Nash and Adele. [LA Times]

alternate post title: Kanye West sings tribute to his mama

Prince gave Alicia Keys an award
Prince @ The Grammys

Daft Punk's official post-Grammy press photo below...

Continue reading "Daft Punk (seriously) & Kanye West played the Grammys"

Stevie Wonder @ Madison Square Garden

Repetitious images captured Stevie Wonder's Madison Square Garden concert on Saturday because photographers were allowed only minutes to take pictures of Mr. Wonder, who performed with his daughter, Aisha Morris, and others. [NY Times]
"Stevie Wonder fans got more than they bargained for last night (Nov. 17), as Tony Bennett and Prince made surprise appearances during the R&B legend's sold-out show at New York's Madison Square Garden." [Billboard]

"...Yes, Prince came out to play guitar during "Superstition" but they pretty much buried his guitar in the mix until he took a solo which was short and nothing special. And honestly for what Prince has been doing lately to his fans on the internet i really hope people post pictures and videos of him from tonite all over the place. Tony Bennett on the other hand was great as he always is..." [Anonymous]

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Lawyers for Prince have ordered several of the superstar's biggest fan sites to remove any image that bears his likeness, prompting fans to form a group to fight the demands.

Three websites, housequake.com, princefams.com and prince.org have come together to form 'Prince Fans United' in response to the situation, which even sees demands to remove images of fans' own tattoos. [NME]

Prince Perfume

Prince has been busy lately. He played a special, but cut-short show in his hometown. His halftime show was just nominated for two Emmys, and he has a new album out (7/24) which he gave away for free in the UK to help promote the 21 shows he is playing in London, and which he did not release on the Starbucks label. Stream it @ MSN, and oh yeah - perfume too???