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Patti Smith Tours US With Twelve

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 15June07

In the midst of her European tour, Patti Smith has added US dates in support of her recent release of Twelve. It kicks off in the states on July 31 in Philly. You can listen to “Gimme Shelter” on her mice bass page. Twelve features 12 covers of classics and hits, all done by Patti Smith. For more info about the album and Smith’s band, including special guests like Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima, and RHCP’s Flea, read the full report on liveDaily.

Patti Smith Live in London May 17th 2007:

Patti Smith - Twelve Cover Songs

Patti Smith Tour

July 2007
31 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero

August 2007
2 – Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater
4 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
6 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
8 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
12 – Portland, OR – Bite of Oregon
16 – Santa Monica, CA – Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series

LINKS

Patti Smith official website
Patti Smith mice bass
Patti Smith’s Twelve on Amazon.com – $14.99


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Have A Blast At The Glast!

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 15June07

Glastonbury music festival descends upon the English countryside on Friday June 27th. The full lineup is absolutely insane, I can see how this is the biggest rock festival in the UK. Over 200 bands fill the lineup, and a press release states that over 177,000 people are expected to attend! Since I can’t possibly fit the full lineup here, I’ll give you one serious tease instead. In addition to the many stages already announced, I just discovered today that BBC Radio 1 has added their own stage to the festival. The additional lineup includes Tigerstyle, JME, and Ben Sharpa.

BBC Radio Stage Added To Glastonbury:

Friday 22 June

3:00 Jag (BBC Asian Network)
4:00 Tigerstyle (BBC Asian Network)
5:00 Riff Raff (BBC Radio 1)
6:05 Broke’N’£nglish (BBC 1Xtra)
7:10 Riz MC (BBC Asian Network)
8:15 JME (BBC 1Xtra)
9:20 Breaking The Illusion (BBC Radio Humberside)
10:25 Tor (BBC 1Xtra)

Saturday 23 June

3:00 Ben Sharpa (BBC Radio 1)
4:00 How’s My Pop (BBC Radio Lancashire)
5:00 New Cassettes (BBC Radio Northampton)
6:05 OK Tokyo (BBC Radio Berkshire) Glastonbury Music Festival Lineup
7:10 The Ting Tings (BBC Radio Manchester)
8:15 Headliners (BBC Radio Sheffield)
9:20 The Neon Plastix (BBC Radio Sheffield)
10:25 The Ripps (BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire)

Sunday 24 June

3:00 Cate Le Bon (BBC Radio Wales)
4:00 Sam Isaac (BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester)
5:00 Eugene McGuinness (BBC Radio 1)
6:05 Rose Kemp (BBC Radio Bristol)
7:10 A Silent Film (BBC Radio Oxford)
8:15 Doll & the Kicks (BBC Southern Counties Radio)
9:20 Pint Shot Riot (BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire)
10:25 Radio Luxembourg (BBC Radio Cymru Wales)

More info on the BBC Radio Introducing Stage.

Glastonbury Partial Lineup:

Friday 22nd June 2007

Bjork
Arctic Monkeys
Spiritualized – Acoustic Mainline
Aliens
M.I.A.
Kasabian
The Fratellis
Bloc Party
Amy Winehouse
Gogol Bordello
Arcade Fire
Squarepusher
Rufus Wainwright
Super Furry Animals
Bright Eyes
Modest Mouse
Hot Chip
Maccabees
Mum Ra
Hold Steady
The New Pornographers
Tokyo Police Club
Neds Atomic Dustbin
Tarantism

Saturday 23rd June

Steven Marley with guest Damian Marley
Iration Steppas
Fat Freddy’s Drop
Daddy G
Mad Professor
Vexd
Scotch Egg Band (Drumize)
Shitmatt
Bong Ra

The Killers
The Kooks
Ganga Giri
Paul Weller
Paolo Nutini
Lily Allen Glastonbury Music Festival Adds BBC Radio Stage
Dirty Pretty Things
The Pipettes
Iggy And The Stooges
Editors
Maximo Park
Gruff Rhys
Babyshambles
Klaxons
CSS
The Long Blondes
The Twang
Get Cape Wearcape Fly
Patrick Wolf
You Say Party We Say Die
Holy Fuck
Four Tet with Eat Your Own Ears DJs
!!!
Ozric Tentacles
Bonde Do Role

Sunday 24th June

The Who
Kaiser Chiefs
Coldcut
Manic Street Preachers
James Morrison
Marley Brothers Present The 30th Anniversary Of Exodus
The Chemical Brothers
Vitalic
Carl Cox
Pendulum Live
The View
The Go! Team
Pete Doherty
Mika
The Rakes
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly
Coldwar Kids
Mark Ronson
The Horrors
Noisettes
Aqualung
Eatstatic
Dub Pistols

For the entire lineup go to the Glastonbury site.
BBC also has a feature-packed page to keep you fully informed right up to the day of the fest itself.
Here is another article that discusses the details necessary to pull off an event of this size, like the £1mil “super fence” built last year to keep out fans who didn’t have tickets. Previous fences were not capable of keeping out thousands of fans who jumped in…

LINKS

JME on mice bass
Ben Sharpa on mice bass
BBC Radio Glastonbury page
Glastonbury Festival website

Related Music News On HearingTest

Tigerstyle
Sharpa, JME, live shows, grime and left field events
M.I.A. Opening For Bjork In France

 

 

 


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Wishing For A White Stripes Webcast? Bonnaroo?

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 15June07

Bonnaroo is being streamed live right now until midnight tonight! AT&T’s Blue Room has a live webcast of the whole show, all weekend long. Here’s what is still coming up-

Tonight’s Bonnaroo Schedule:

06:15 PM Gillian Welch
07:45 PM The Nightwatchman
09:00 PM Lily Allen
10:00 PM The Roots

Times are CST (GMT -6) Bonnaroo Live Webcast
Now before you run over there, let me just say up front that it wanted me to click to upgrade my Windows Media Player. Next it put something in my temp file that had something to do with Windows DRM licensing. Does anybody know what this is about? I am completely not cool with anything that has DRM, so I almost didn’t report this. But I wanted to use this post as an opportunity to get feedback from you. What happens when you try to watch this? Do you know what Windows DRM is on your computer? Does anyone know how to disable it? Any info you have would be much appreciated. For those who could care less about WinDRM and want to get on with the FREE webcast, here is the lineup for the rest of the weekend:

June 16th Lineup
12:45 PM Old Crow Medicine Show
01:45 PM Spearhead
02:15 PM Regina Spektor
03:30 PM The Black Keys
04:15 PM Damien Rice
05:45 PM Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
07:45 PM The Hold Steady
08:15 PM Mago: Billy Martin & John Medeski
09:45 PM TBA
10:15 PM String Cheese Incident

June 17th Lineup
12:30 PM Robert Glasper Trio
01:00 PM John Butler Trio
02:00 PM The Flaming Lips
03:00 PM Bob Weir & Ratdog
04:30 PM Wolfmother
05:30 PM Wilco
07:15 PM The White Stripes
08:45 PM Widespread Panic

White Stripes Live Webcast

Missed Bonnaroo, don’t Live in LA or NYC, but wish you could see The White Stripes perform live? How about from Icky Thump Records on the Strip? Well, you can watch the performance as it is broadcast live from AT&T’s Blue Room. The show starts at 8pm PST on wednesday June 20th. Don’t miss Jack and Meg on stage at Bonnaroo on Sunday the 17th! (That show is also being webcast live in the Blue Room, just go to the Bonnaroo page on Sunday)

WEBCAST LINKS

The White Stripes in the Blue Room.
Bonnaroo Live Webcast
Blue Room Home – pretty cool place for live streams.

More White Stripes Reports

White Stripes news on HearingTest

 

 

 

 

 

 


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100 Days, 100 Nights of Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 15June07

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been rocking out in the Daptone studios again. With Sexy Results! 100 Days, 100 Nights is the third full album from the soulful funksters and will be available as of September 25th on Daptone records.

100 Days, 100 Nights Tracklist:

1. 100 Days, 100 Nights Dap-Kings 100 Days, 100 Nights
2. Nobody’s Baby
3. Tell Me
4. Be Easy
5. When the Other Foot Drops, Uncle
6. Let Them Knock
7. Something’s Changed
8. Humble Me
9. Keep on Looking
10. Answer Me

Over the last few years, different members of the Dap-Kings ensemble have been adding their funk powers to other live acts on tour and in the studio, such as Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Ghostface Killah, Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, They Might Be Giants, Lily Allen, and Amy Winehouse.

The Dap-Kings are:

Binky Griptite, Guitar, Emcee
David Guy, Trumpet
Bosco “Bass” Mann, Bass, Bandleader
Neal Sugarman, Tenor Saxophone
Tommy “TNT” Brenneck, Guitar
Fernando “Bugaloo” Velez, Congas, tambourine
Homer “Funky-Foot” Steiweiss, Drums
Ian Hendrickson, Baritone and Tenor Saxophone

Special Guests:

Eric Kalb, Drums
Cochemea “Cheme” Gastelum Baritone Sax
Otis Youngblood, Baritone Saxophone
Todd Simon, Trumpet
Al Street, Guitar

Tour Dates:

6/13 New York, NY – River to River Festival (Sharon Jones with Booker T. & the MG’s)
6/14 Brooklyn, NY – Metrotech Center (Sharon Jones with Booker T. & the MG’s) Daptone Studio In Bushwick
7/14 Brooklyn, NY – American Roots Festival (Kingsborough College)
7/15 Ottawa, Ontario – Ottawa Bluesfest
7/19 Calgary, Alberta – Calgary Folk Festival
7/26 New York, NY – Castle Clinton (River to River Festival)
8/2 Aspen, CO – The Belly Up
8/3 Telluride, CO – Telluride Jazz Festival
8/4 Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Links

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings mice bass
Dap-Kings Artist Page on Daptone
Daptone Records

 

 


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Citysol – Live Music Via Solar Power, Biodiesel

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 15June07

Perhaps you recall, waaaaaaay back at the beginning of April, I reported that Solar One and Brooklyn Vegan had teamed up to organize an FREE weekend-long event for NYC. At the time, they were still looking for volunteers, including bands, to help out. The people of NYC responded and the result is an awareness raising, green energy, arts, and music festival that will be completely powered by solar power and bio-diesel generators! Today Brooklyn Vegan announced the lineup and other goodies one can participate in during the weekend of July13-15th. For example, you can bring your energy bill to the event and switch on the spot to a green plan with ConEdison. In return you receive credit for free beer at the concert! Or, simply bring a mug and get $1 off beer! These folks know the right language to speak when talking about improving the environment!
Here is the digs from Brooklyn Vegan:

Brooklyn Vegan & Solar One present Citysol:

Brooklyn Vegan Presents Citysol

A FREE SHOW on SATURDAY JULY 14 (1pm-10pm) in NYC w/
LES SAVY FAV (!!)
Land Of Talk (previously announced)
O’Death (yeah)
The Besnard Lakes (previously announced)
These Are Powers (ex-Liars)
The Budos Band (funky)
Frankpollis (starring Jackson)
plus a very special performance from OCDJ
(Dance Party until the solar goes out!)

@ Solar One at Stuyvesant Cove Park – located along the East River between 18th and 23rd Streets. Solar One sits in the north end of the park, near the 23rd Street entrance and the Gulf Gas station.

Righteous! There is so much excellent information to discover, it would be difficult to reproduce all of it here, so go over to the BV and check it out:

Brooklyn Vegan Presents Citysol 2007
The Citysol page on the Solar One website

Previous Citysol News On HearingTest:

Citysol Seeks Bands-Aid on HearingTest

 

Citysol and Brooklyn Vegan Free Concert

 


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Klaxons, Kooks, DJ Shadow +More Play Oxjam To End Poverty

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Oxjam, the Oxfam music festival, announced its preliminary lineup today. Oxjam is no ordinary show, it is an umbrella for 3,000 music events that take place in the UK in October. Oxjam is considered a movement – different musicians, artists, promoters and party people come together each year to try to raise money and awareness for Oxfam. Oxfam is a UK charity whose mission is to end poverty worldwide. So, you can see why it would take such a large event to accomplish such a HUGE goal.

The Klaxons are one of the headliners of this year’s event, and their very own James Righton describes Oxjam thus:

For us, Oxjam is the highlight of the festival season because everyone gets to make the noise themselves. The only thing more exciting than putting on your own event to help fight poverty is knowing that you’re part of a movement of thousands of gigs, club nights and events right across the country.

That’s right, Oxjam needs your help putting these events together! Each year they put out the call for musicians and promoters to organize events as part of the greater movement. And besides a feeling of accomplishment and the satisfaction that you are making the world a better place to live, you might also get featured on MTV. So, if you are in the UK or plan on being there in October, you might want to join the fun!

OXJAM Partial LINEUP 2007

Klaxons
The Kooks
DJ Shadow

Kasabian
Kaiser Chiefs
Merry Men
the Matadors
The Furze
Yer MoMMa
Lost Without Cause
The Clerks Band
The Bakery Girls
Mirno

That’s a lot of K in a lineup… 40,000 musicians total are expected to be involved, so don’t expect a full lineup from me! :) To find out more about any of these bands, and to see other bands that are involved in Oxjam 2007, go to the Mtv Oxjam page

LINKS

Mtv Oxjam page
NME report
Oxfam website

 


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UK’s Jackalope Music Fest Announces Lineup

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Tales Of The Jackalope announced the lineup for this summer’s event. TOTJ 2007 takes place in the “enigmatic and romantic countryside” of Kimberly Hall in South Norfolk from noon on August 4th until noon the next day.

Tales Of The Jackalope Lineup

DIZZEE RASCAL
THE FALL
2MANYDJS
ESG
UFFIE & FEADZ
THE HOURS
FUCKED UP
RUMBLESTRIPS
FOALS
SHY CHILD
CHRIS CUNNINGHAM
LATE OF THE PIER
ERRORS
DANANANANANYKROYD
XX TEENS
COMANECHI
FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE MUSIC
STRIKEN CITY
CONAN & THE MOCCASINS
EBONY BONES
THE MORE ASSURED
AUTOKRATZ
CHOW CHOW
OX.EAGLE.LION.MAN.
SHAKES
TRIM
DEAD PIXEL
MAMASHAMONE

Get all the info you need at the TOTJ website. Only 3000 people can attend, so don’t sleep!

 


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Aphex Twin, Earth, Julian Cope Play ATP W/ Portishead

Posted by Molli Fire on Saturday, 2June07

Oh that’s it. If I don’t build, buy, or otherwise acquire a teleportation device soon I’ll go mad! It started with the Roadburn Festival, then the upcoming Dour Festival, and now this – the lineup for the All Tomorrow’s Parties curated by Portishead:

All Tomorrow’s Parties NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Lineup

PORTISHEAD

APHEX TWIN »

JULIAN COPE

SPARKLEHORSE »

ONEIDA »

BLACK MOUNTAIN »

CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX

FUZZ AGAINST JUNK

SEASICK STEVE

TEAM BRICK

EARTH »

OK, you all know how I feel about Earth (drone metal pioneers, and DEMI-gods!), but Aphex Twin? He NEVER plays live shows! He is adamant about asking for so much money to play a live show that it ensures he never gets invited to play. I’ve heard that he is nothing but a jerk to work with, but that’s besides the point. This is a truly RARE opportunity to see an amazing pioneer of experimental glitch electronica!

The ATP/Nightmare Before Christmas experimental music event takes place December 7, 8 & 9 at Butlins Holiday Camp at Minehead in the UK. For those not familiar, (and those in the US) think of an oversized playground with a pub on the coast with an experimental music camp out. According to the news on the Portishead site, “Signing up to the mailing list instantly makes you eligible in a draw to win a pair of tickets for ATP”.

All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival website

Aphex Twin, Portishead, Julian Cope And Earth Play ATP December 2007

Julian Cope Reviews Avant-Garde Albums Every Month

Julian Cope has a fascinating collection of music in his Album of the Month series. This month he reviewed Les Rallizes Denudés album Flightless Bird. You can stream the album while reading the review, “Facel Vega from the Heart of Darkness”.
In April, Cope reviewed a truly unique album, Hurqalya by Sacrificial Totem. It is a very limited edition album released by Katabatik in Oakland, CA (only 99 copies were issued, each with hand assembled packaging).

Sacrificial Totem – Hurqalya:
Julian Cope Reviews Sacrificial Totem Ambient Black Metal Album

How Cope came across the album is a total mystery, but it seems he was quite moved by the sonic journey it involved him in. One of the more tame statements from his review:

For Sacrificial Totem’s cataclysmic raging across our speaker systems are enormous weather-sized sonic tempests that exhibit more life force than even the most ardent proto-metal or No Wave freerock, and their calamitous sound is a key to clearing away all the slack, all the kack and all the psychic plaque that the extraneous and unnecessary moves of the Modern world build up around our senses, divorcing us from the sheer ecstasy of the exterior by numbing us up with sweet sticky melodies and rhymes of unrealistic hope

I’ve been an on again off again fan of Cope’s since I was 19, but this review makes him my journalistic mentor. I love the way some can weave a review of black metal. If you don’t recognize his name right off the bat, you may have heard him uttering chants of doom on the Sunn O))) White Album….

Sacrificial Totem artist page on Katabatik.org

The second track on this mix is from the Hurqalya album:

click to play the mix. It is a KPFA radio dj set of all Katabatik artists, the full tracklist is on Katabatik’s Sounds page. You can download the mp3 from their site.

 

 


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Sunn O))) New Release + Tour W/ Wolf Eyes, Wolves in the Throneroom, Merzbow

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 30May07

Sunn O))) has announced more tour dates on their artist page at Southern Lord Records! I guess the Pacific Rim and Roadburn festival were good to them, because after they play the Sonar Festival in Barcelona, they will be playing one show in the UK and then heading home to the US for some west coast shows with label mates and mentors, Earth.

Dang I wish I could have been at that Roadburn, but I would be happy to catch their performance in Belgium with Wolf Eyes. One of my very favorite Sunn O))) performances ever was with Wolf Eyes at the Lobot in Oakland. Both bands have been a huge musical influence on me. My bandmate in T113 grew up in Ann Arbor and was friends with Nate of Wolf Eyes, thus sharing some of the same musical influences and ideas. My mate first introduced me to Wolf Eyes’ brilliant chaotic noise and I was hooked. I think an ideal show for our band T113 would be with Sunn O))), Wolf Eyes and Merzbow in Japan (where they truly appreciate noise as an artform). This festival in Belgium comes awfully close! Who wants to fly T113 out to the Dour Festival to perform as well?

Also on this upcoming tour, Sunn O))) will playing shows with Wolves in the Throneroom, whom I have also mentioned as a fantastic metal band. If you get the chance, definitely catch them live. They are TIGHT, and play furiously passionate metal. T113 has played shows with them, and Wolves has honored us on a few occasions by playing on our soundsystem, including at the Autonomous Mutant Festival. In fact one of my fave live performances as T113 was with Wolves in the Throneroom at Overload in Oakland. My mic wasn’t working, but my mate and I played a killer set that included a doom metal cover of Ledbelly’s “In The Pines”. The guys of Wolves in the Throneroom are such down to earth and sweet people in addition to playing stellar, dark music. Not theatrical, like Sunn O))) but intense nonetheless.

Tour

Jun 16, 2007 Sonar Festival Barcelona
Jun 18, 2007 Meltdown Festival London, UK w/Chrome Hoof
Jul 2, 2007 Casbah San Diego, CA Earth, Weedeater & Wolves in the Throne Room
Jul 3, 2007 El Ray Los Angeles, LA Earth, Weedeater & Wolves in the Throne Room
Jul 4, 2007 Independant San Francisco, CA Earth, Weedeater & Wolves in the Throne Room
Jul 6, 2007 Mt Tabor Portland, OR Earth, Weedeater & Wolves in the Throne Room
Jul 7, 2007 El Corazon Seattle, WA Earth, Weedeater & Wolves in the Throne Room
Jul 14, 2007 SuperSonic Festival Birmingham UK Om, Mogwai, Miasma, etc
Jul 15, 2007 Dour Festival Belgium Wilco, Merzbow, Wolf Eyes

Sunn O))) - Oracle Cover Art

Sunn O))) has also announced that they will be releasing a 12″ vinyl record called Oracle in the US this summer. The 2 singles that would comprise the 2 sides of the record are:
1. “Belülrol Pusztít” – 16:01
2. “Orakulum” – 18:37

The jackhammer on the A side is provided by Joe Preston (Thrones).
It will be accompanied by a bonus disc:

“Helio)))sophist” – 48:17

You should be able to acquire your copy at any of the US shows. Southern Lord has not yet announced whether they will carry it in the online store, so expect a super limited edition.

Links

Sunn O)))

Wolf Eyes

Wolves in the Throneroom

Merzbow

 

Related posts on HT:

Sunn O))) and Wolf Eyes Play Sonar Fest
Growing Wolf Eyes On Thrones Touring Europe
Boris and Sunn O))) tour Pacific Rim 2007
Sunn O))) Adds Roadburn Festival To Tour
No Fun Noise Fest Tortures NYC 4th Year In A Row

 

 

 

 

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Ivan Neville, Erykah Badu, Brian Wilson +More Play Cali Festival

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 24May07

The freshly released Reggae Festival Guide 2007 announces this non-reggae festival which I think many California readers would enjoy. The lineup includes the smoking hot Ivan Neville and Leo Nocentelli as part of the New Orleans Social Club. And on that note, Ivan Neville was AMAZING amazing amAzing last night at the MOG Anniversary party! He had 3 keyboards in a stack and looked like his was dribbling some mean bball the way his hands were bouncing. The entire band brought the N’arlins funk and heat to a starved SF scene. It was excellent, too bad if you missed it, definitely jump at any opportunity to see Ivan Neville, Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter Junior, and Renard Poche. Like at this festival in Sonoma for example:
I don’t want to leave out any important details, so here is the script, straight from the guide:
Neville, Badu, Wilson Play Health And Harmony Festival In CA

Health and Harmony Festival

June 8, 9, 10, 2007
Sonoma County Fairgrounds

As the earth spins toward the summer solstice, people naturally feel a need to come together outside and celebrate – it’s hardwired into our instincts. Last year’s Festival was the largest and most successful ever, and just to make sure this year is even better, the Festival organizers have gone into partnership with the institution that defined concert production nationwide, Northern California’s own Live Nation (formerly Bill Graham Presents). Said Festival Director Scott McKeown, “Combining the strengths of both organizations allows us to bring to the North Bay a world-class music and lifestyle festival as has never before been seen in Northern California.” It’s an unbeatable combination.

For the first time in the festival’s substantial history, Friday will offer a full day of music and events: three days, three nights, and three Main Stages full of fun and music.

Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys), soul diva Erykah Badu, conscious hip-hop revolutionaries The Roots, Rickie Lee Jones, New Orleans Social Club (featuring Ivan Neville and the legendary Leo Nocentelli among others), and the cream of the jam band and acoustic world, including moe., Umphrey’s McGee, the Waybacks, Hot Buttered Rum, Animal Liberation Orchestra, the Mike Stern Allstars (featuring Victor Wooten of the Flecktones and Dennis Chambers along with Miles Davis guitarist Stern), Vernon Bush, New Monsoon, Common, and Sound Tribe Sector 9 lead the musical entertainment.

As always, there will be further music late at night with the “Harmony After Dark Zone,” featuring Jai Uttal, One at Last, Sheila Chandra, and Shimsai among many others. The “After Dark Zone” will be in three different venues for one modest price. Along with that, the Techno Tribal Dance, with Stanton Warrior, Shpongle, Ganga Girl, and Rabbit in the Moon among others, will go late with the very best of trance dance culture,

Of course, music is only one aspect of the 29th Harmony Festival, which will bring together many different facets of leading-edge information and approaches to healthier, more satisfying lifestyles with an amazing array of distinguished speakers, including Amy Goodman, Arianna Huffington, Edwin Black, Van Jones, and Rabbi Michael Lerner.

This year’s Festival theme is “Promoting Global Cooling.” Every conscious person is aware of the current planetary crisis, and forums, speakers, and exhibits will provide much valuable information; but the theme has a double meaning as it seeks to present an alternative, calmer worldview that seeks to cool down the currently over-heated and divisive partisan atmosphere in which these matters are being considered. Harmony means many things here, in musical, political, and spiritual terms, and the Festival is a holistic gathering that presents the most compelling advances in personal and social transformation, health, healing, ecology, art, activism, food, politics – in fact, the whole life package. It is a Party with a Purpose.

For more information visit: www.harmonyfestival.com

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Chemical Brothers Added To Electric Picnic + Updates

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 23May07

A few Chemical Brothers announcements to keep you up to date:

1. The Chemical Brothers have just been added to the Electric Picnic Lineup
2. Due to a delay with album artwork, the release of their upcoming album, We Are The Night, has been postponed until July 2nd. not too bad, and definitely worth it, check out the resulting cover art:

The Chemical Brothers’ We Are The Night:
Chemical Brothers - We Are The Night - Cover Art

3. You can listen to “Do It Again” the first single off the album, or watch the single’s video on their album page. “Do It Again” will be officially released on June 4th.
4. The high energy electronic ensemble are in the midst of a European-Japanese tour, however, some dates will find them dj’ing rather than playing live.

Chemical Brothers 2007 Tour Dates

May
29 Club 013 Tilburg, Holland
31 The Roundhouse, London
June
09 Rockness Festival
13 Belgrade Arena
15 Ac Ideroscalo est, Milan
16 Stadio Pallacorda, Rome
24 Glastonbury (Other Stage)
29 Music Halle, Amsterdam
30 Werchter Festival
July
02 Phillipshalle Dusseldorf
03 Zenith, Munich
04 Arena, Vienna
06 Montreux Jazz Festival
07 Zenith, Paris
08 Rockhal, Luxembourg
13 Summercase, Madrid
14 Summercase, Barcelona
27 Pentaport Rock Festival, Korea
29 Naeba @ Fuji Rock, Japan
August
09 Sziget Festival, Budapest
10 T Mobile Arena, Prague
11 Sonnemondsterne, Saalburg
25 Creamfields, Knowsley
September
07 Bestival, Isle of Wight
09 Trafalgar Square
October
10 Maximum B1, Moscow
11 Maximum B1, Moscow
12 Yubileniy, St Petersburg
20 Sala Polivalenta, Bucharest

 

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M.I.A. Cancels Fest When US Denies Her Visa

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 22May07

While there has not been any updates or changes to M.I.A.’s webpage or blog, NME.com reports that the US government has again denied her the visas necessary to step foot on american soil. This means she will be forced to cancel her appearance at the Sasquatch festival this weekend, but if she can finagle the proper paperwork in time, she will still make it to Lollapalooza, Virgin Festival, and Austin City Limits Festival. Keep your fingers crossed, but don’t hold your breath.
With the NYPD spying on hip hop artists, I don’t doubt that the customs department is aware of M.I.A.’s lyrics for “Bird Flu”:

BIG on the underground
what’s the point of knocking me down?
everybody knows

I’m already good on the ground

most of us stay strong
shit don’t really bound us
then I go on my own
making bombs with rubber bands

I have my hard down
so I need a man for romance
streets are making em hard
so they selfish little roamers
jumpin’ girl to girl
make us meat like burgers
when I get fat
I’ll pop me out some leaders

A protocol to be a Rocawear model?
it didn’t really drop that way
my legs hit the hurdle

A protocol to be a rocker on a label?
it didn’t really drop that way
our beats were too evil

but I put away paper for later so I’m stable
a better something better come
so I could get cable
ghetto pops, food drops
I store them in my stable
I cook em up , pop em down
eat me it off ya a table

The village got on the phone
said the street is comin’ to town
they wanna check my papers
see what I carry around
credentials are boring
I burnt them at the burial ground
don’t order me about
I’m an outlaw from the badland

put away shots for later
so I’m stable
live in trees chew on feet
watch lost on cable
bird flu gonna get you
made it in my stable
from the crap you drop
on my crop when they pay you.

 

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Super Scout Niblett Strikes Again! Just Listen!

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 16May07

Emma Louise “Scout” Niblett should be gearing up for her performance at the upcoming Meltdown Fest (curated by Jarvis Cocker), or perhaps in the studio with Steve Albini, recording her upcoming full-length album. Instead, the Portland, Oregon based lady decided to take a detour and drop an egg. That’s right, an egg. A Dinosaur Egg! You can listen to her new song, “dinosaur egg”, over on her murdoch$pace page along with “just do it” and a cover of Cars’ “just what i needed”. The 3 songs comprise her new EP which Too Pure Records will send out on its own starting May 21st.

In the meantime, those within a few hours of GMT can catch Niblett in the midst of her tour leading up to Meltdown in London on June 20th, where she opens for Iggy and the Stooges! Dang that tour looks like too much fun! Is she also a judge for the Cannabis Cup while she’s out there?

Scout Niblett TOUR DATES

May 21 bush hall london
May 22 komedia brighton
May 23 thekla bristol
May 24 korova liverpool
May 25 king tuts glasgow
May 27 dot to dot festival nottingham
May 30 la chappelle de boondael brussel
May 31 paradiso amsterdam
Jun 3 cafe zapata berlin
Jun 4 salon des amateurs dusseldorf
Jun 5 point ephemere paris
Jun 20 meltdown festival london

LINKS

Scout Niblett website
Too Pure Records
Meltdown Fest website
more info on HT about the Meltdown Fest

The Lovely Niblett, performing “dinosaur egg” live:

 

 

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Interpol Announces Tour Dates

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 16May07

Interpol announced tour dates today, sharing the stage in Germany with Pearl Jam :

Interpol Tour 2007

05-19 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (KROQ Weenie Roast)
05-27 George, WA – The Gorge (Sasquatch!)
05-31 Dallas, TX – The Palladium
06-02 Atlanta, GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre (99X Big Day Out)
06-03 Chicago, IL – Metro
06-07 Toronto, Ontario – The Guverment
06-09 San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre (Live 105 BFD 07)
06-10 San Diego, CA – Devore Stadium (94/9 Independence Jam)
06-21 Dusseldorf, Germany – ISS Dome *with Pearl Jam*
06-23 Scheesel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06-24 Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
06-25 Dresden, Germany – Dresden Alter Schlachthof
06-27 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
06-28 Arendal, Norway – Hove Festival
06-29 Stockholm, Sweden – Accelerator
07-01 Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
07-05 Lisbon, Portugal – Super Bock Super Rock
07-07 Naas, Ireland – Punchestown Racecourse (Oxegen)
07-08 Balado, Scotland – T in the Park
07-19 Rochester, NY – Harro East Ballroom
07-20 Atlantic City, NJ – Music Box @ Borgata
07-21 Norfolk, VA – Norva
07-23 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
07-24 Pittsburgh, PA – Byham
07-25 Columbus, OH – The LC Amphitheatre
07-27 Grand Rapids, Michigan – Orbit Room
07-28 Detroit, MI – MI State
07-30 Milwaukee, WI – Rave
07-31 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptain
08-01 St. Louis, MO – Pageant
08-03 Covington, KY – Madison Theatre
08-04 Chicago, IL – Grant Park (Lollapalooza)
08-05 Baltimore, MD – Pimlico Race Course (V Festival)
08-11 Tokyo, Japan – Summersonic Festival
08-12 Osaka, Japan – Summersonic Festival
08-24 Reading, England – Reading Festival
08-25 Leeds, England – Leeds England
09-08-09 Montreal, Quebec – Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

According to SA’s recent MOG post, the Holland show sold out in 10 minutes!


And of course, their upcoming album, Our Love to Admire will be released by Capitol on July 10th.

 

 

 

 

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M.I.A. Arctic Monkeys, Pumpkins Play Montreal Fest

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 11May07

The Canadian music festival, Osheaga, has yet another fantastic lineup for yet another fantastic looking music festival…. This one will be September 8-9th in Montreal.

Osheaga Lineup

From the Osheaga website :

The lineup for Osheaga 2007 is bulking up! NYC indie heroes Interpol will be joining the Osheaga festival line-up in its second year; British sensations Arctic Monkeys add a dose of chaos to the Osheaga mix; Irish troubadour Damien Rice returns to Montreal after pouring out his heart and soul for two (and soon to be three) sold out audiences in his last visits; M.I.A. (a.k.a. Maya Arulpragasam) hailing from the British Isles via the island of Sri Lanka brings da riddims to make ya move and will find herself right at home in the Osheaga island nation; hometown sweetheart Martha Wainwright makes her much anticipated return to Montreal; Texas noise stars Explosions in the Sky are back to light things up; Editors, the Birmingham indie quartet add to the European flavour of the festival; and Montreal up-and-comers Miracle Fortress and Pas Chic Chic show that this town knows how to rock – indie style!

Starting today, you can even purchase tix for single days – September 8th or 9th.

About the venue :

The Parc Jean Drapeau is a veritable open-air art gallery, in which works of public art and Architecture may be admired including: Alexander Calder’s “Man”, Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome, and Sebasitien’s “Puerta de la Amistad” among others.

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