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If you aren’t familiar with the Plug Independent Music Awards, chances are you’re not alone. I just learned of the awards last year, and am looking forward to taking part in the voting process that is scheduled to begin 11.13.07. Here is a description of the process via a recent press release:
“From now through November 4, the nominees for the year?s best independent music, video, label, festival, website, print and online media, radio, record store and DVD are being selected by the PLUG Advisory Board.
On November 13, the official 2008 Nominees will be announced and fans worldwide will vote to determine the winners. The nominees are announced in the form of an online ballot, which goes live at www.plugawards.com where fans from all over the world can begin casting their votes to determine the winners.
Winners will be announced at the 2008 PLUG Independent Music Award ceremony and concert scheduled for March 6 in New York City.”
Previous performers have included The Flaming Lips, Ted Leo, Silversun Pickups, The National, and many more. Who knows, maybe Sonic Itch Music will be nominated sometime over the coming years?
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I know, enough with the Radiohead news!! I can’t help it, and I don’t post nearly as much as I actually come across the internet in regards to the band. Gigwise.com is suggesting that have information from someone close to the Radiohead camp, that the release day of the download In Raibows saw about 1.2 million downloads. Granted the pay as mush as you wish option probably prompted the growth in sales, but record execs would be happy with just a small portion of that for one day of cd sales.
Read the full story here:Exclusive: Radiohead Sell 1.2million Copies Of ‘In Rainbows’
And for those of you who haven’t downloaded the recording, I would suggest that you do so. It’s good. I haven’t been this excited about a Radiohead album for a long time. I did pay for mine as well, as I like to support the artists.
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I’ve been doing my best to keep up on every move that this band,The Shackeltons, makes in anticipation of the new recording becoming available, and hopefully a tour that will bring them closer for a view. John Richards of KEXP fame, liked the band so much he signed them to his own label Loveless Records and the band soon went into the studio with Sam Jones to cut a self-titled album that should becoming legal sometime in early 2008. This video was shot during a performance at Seattle’s High Dive, and is the work of Sam Jones as well. I hear reports of the live show by these guys to be quite the experience.
Fri, Oct 12 Pittsburgh @ Brillobox
Fri, Oct 19 Planetary’s Skewer CMJ Party @ Pianos 1pm – 6pm
Sat, Oct 30 CMJ @ Cake Shop, 9:00pm
Wed, Dec 5 Harrisburg, PA @ Indie at Abbey
OSLO, Norway (AP) – Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and lay the foundations for counteracting it.
“I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize,” Gore said. “We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.”
Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth,” a documentary on global warming, won an Academy Award this year and he had been widely expected to win the prize.
He said he would donate his share of the $1.5 million that accompanies the prize to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan non-profit organization devoted to conveying the urgency of solving the climate crisis.
I know it’s not really music related, but you might recall the 24 hour 7 continent Live Earth concert that took place on July 7th of this year, established to help bring awareness to the the climate crisis, that was organized by Al Gore. Of course there was some criticism of Al’s effort to bring awareness, that seemed to be adding to the issue with the amount of energy that was needed to put on the event.
The music blog scene is reporting that a Meg White sex tape has hit the internet. This could explain the anxiety Meg has been experiencing, causing the cancellation of the tour. I checked out the video myself, and can’t really say that it is her for sure, and cannot find any other indication that the girl in the video is her. You can see for yourself here, and decided whether or not the girl in the video indeed, is Meg White. I guess we’ll have to see what unfolds over the next couple of days.
WARNING: There is nudity and sex contained in the sex tape (duh), so don’t bitch about it not be suitable for work, or the fact that you are offended by the video. It’s a sex tape! Sex usually involves nakedness.
UPDATE: The general concensous around the internet is that the girl in the video is not Meg White. This isn’t something that I would usually consider reporting about, but considering the latest turn of events with Meg’s illness and the tour cancellation, I felt it somewhat relevant.
UPDATE, UPDATE: Pitchfork has posted this: Here’s a statement from the White Stripes’ publicist: “Some people have a very twisted sense of humor and this prank is in particularly bad taste. The tape circulating on the internet as featuring Meg White is fake. It’s definitely not Meg.”
I have removed the link, so you’ll have to find it somewhere else.2 comments
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The buzz surrounding the young group from Port Angeles, WA is getting louder, and when they put the van in park here in Austin during their current tour supporting the recently released Hair, I decided it might be a good time to see what these guys were all about. I really didn’t know what to expect from the band as I had only listened to a few songs on their myspace page, but that short visit had me thinking about a time long ago in rock-n-roll when most of you weren’t even born yet, but holds some fond musical memories for myself. You don’t often come across 18 year-old guys fresh out of high school who seem to have enough fondness for the rock music and culture from the 70′s to emulate it in their music and their style. That is until you see The Lonely H.
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I caught the guys performance at End of an Ear records, a stripped down, acoustic performance that included a cover by the legendary The Band, but the plugged-in live performance at Emo’s was obviously their comfort zone and the stage that they prefer to occupy. Their sound draws deep from a lot of heavies from the hard rock 70′s era, Queen, Led Zepplin, and Thin Lizzy, just to name a few.Their performance style is straight out of the arena rock scene that those bands ruled, with guitar solos, flared jeans, mustaches and of course, the hair. These guys aren’t a rip off band by any means, they manage to draw from these influences and spin them into their own personal modern version of this far away time, while quietly reminding some of us how much we owe to the legends that helped paved the way for the burgeoning rock scene that we enjoy today. Some of you aren’t old enough to remember some of these bands, and probably won’t ever take the time to discover the greatness of Led Zepplin’s III or Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak, but these guys obviously have and they understand.
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Tony Wilson passed this earth on Friday 8.10 and strangely enough, I was in a club that night when one of my favorite Joy Division songs started playing over the stereo system and I couldn’t help but think how great the song still sounded this many years after its original release, and how much of an impact those guys have had over the years. In addition to managing Joy Division/New Order and The Happy Mondays, the scene that he created with those bands and his other contributions such as the Factory Label and the “In The City” music festival have had a lasting impact that is still very evident in the current modern music scene. I just recently watched 24 Hour Party People, which is loosely based on the scene that he was a part of and responsible for creating, and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in some entertaining and partially historical representation of his contributions to that popular Manchester scene in the 80′s.
Tony unfortunately succumbed to deteriorating health conditions as a result of his battle with cancer of the kidneys, and I’m sure that I am in one in many that are saying, “Mr Manchester” will be missed.
Mp3â–ºâ–ºJoy Divisions ‘Shadow Play’
Trailer for 24 Hour Party People
Interview with Tony WilsonNo comments
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I remember seeing Ben Kweller in a band called Radish years ago here in Austin, Tx. and have maintained an interest in the man as a solo artist since. Ben just recently posted a bulletin on his myspace page that reveals some juicy information regarding Ben, the band, and future plans. Ben realizes that there are some parts of the country that are in need of a little Kweller love, hence a tour has been scheduled to quell those desires. Ben has also set up a unique tour kick off event that will take place over three days at Southpaw in Brooklyn with which he will play a different album from start to finish on each of those dates. See a trend happening here? July 30th ‘Sha Sha’ , July 31st ‘On My Way’, and August 1st ‘Ben Kweller’. You can buy a three day pass for $50 and in addition to saving a few bucks, you’ll get to share some cold ones with Ben and the boys compliments of Ben himself. Summer should be good in Brooklyn this year.
Looking forward the his ACL appearance this year sans bloody nose.
check his myspace page for complete details: Ben Kweller
mp3s from ‘On My Way’
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Once again the growth and development monster of Austin is threatening to gobble up one of our institutions that contribute to giving the city it’s unique character. Isn’t that why people want to move into our fine city in droves, the character?? That’s why I moved here. Armadillo World Headquarters and Liberty Lunch (small tear for our fallen venue) just don’t exist anymore, and Antones, The Backyard, and The Hole in the Wall just aren’t the same as a result of development and/or changes in ownership. The 5th street watering-hole The Mean Eyed Cat is facing the same dilemma and needs your help to survive.
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KEXP, Seattle’s listener supported radio, deliverer of great new modern music, and avid supporter of many of our local musicians: the Black Angels, Spoon, Tacks the Boy Disaster, Ghostland Observatory, Shane Bartell, Daniel Johnston, just to name a few, needs your support right now. KEXP relies on your financial support to continue bringing you the best in new and interesting music, via radio or online @ www.kexp.org, and right now is the time to let them know that you appreciate what they do for us and music today.
If you haven’t checked these guys out, I highly recommend them as a source of great music from all sorts of genres. Great shows, a huge archive of in-studio performances that you can stream when you want, access past shows by date, dj, or show name, and all brought to you free of the mighty corporate hand that has corrupted most radio stations out there. Please visit them soon and help keep them in our musical hearts for a long time coming. GO HERE FOR KEXP