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Live Earth Aussie Style – Sneaky Eskimo Ghost Wolf House

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 8May07

Australia is one of 7 continents that will host the 7 Live Earth Concerts on 07/07/2007 that will last for 24 hours total. Today, Live Earth announced the beginnings of a lineup for Sydney, Australia, which is actually where the entire concert series kicks off :

Live Earth Lineup For Aussie Stadium

Crowded House – reunited and going on a world tour!
John Butler Trio
Toni Collette and the Finish
Ghostwriters (former Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst)
Eskimo Joe
Paul Kelly
Sneaky Sound System
Blue King Brown
Jack Johnson

On a side note, Missy Higgins‘ “On a Clear Night” debuted at No. 1 this week on the Australian Recording Industry album chart.

Billboard has info on the concert’s broadcast on cable tv, radio, and webcast.

And, the official Live Earth MSN website should have plenty of info as well, including how to get tickets.

The 7 concerts conclude at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. i wonder if it is physically possible to see the entire concert from start to finish, or even attend all 7 in the 24 hour period? well, with the unlimited powers of the world wide web to bend time and space, we will be able to tune in to the entire 24 hours of entertainment without leaving our favorite chair….

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Smashing Pumpkins Gets Robbed, Leaked, Hexed!

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 8May07

Smashing Pumpkins‘ rehearsal space at the Music Garage was robbed! Apparently the brilliant theives were not after guitars, amps and items of resale value, but rather were overzealous fans or professional leaksters who wanted memorabilia connected to the band’s upcoming release. Consequently, the photos were uploaded and linked on the Smashing Pumpkins fansite, Netphoria, which has been removed by the webmaster, and the criminals were locked away in a secure jail cell. The album in question, which will henceforth be called Evidence A, is called Zeitgeist and will be released on July 7th. That’s 07/07/07, exactly seven years since their last release! Unfortunately, it is only their 6th album. i almost wish they would release something before then, just to make it all 7’s….

Statement on the Music Garage Incident

As many of you are aware there was an incident here yesterday where an individual posted stolen pictures from the Smashing Pumpkins when they were rehearsing at the Music Garage. What this person did amounts to theft and band takes this very seriously as does Netphoria. I know everyone here is hungry for more information on the new album but this is not the way to go about it. Nobody here should condone or be supportive of the actions this individual took. It is unfortunate that the person choose Netphoria to leak these stolen works, Netphoria has always been a free and open forum without hard censorship but obviously in a case like this a line was crossed and I will not tolerate actions like this which is why numerous posts and threads were deleted last night. The band requested the stolen pictures be removed and I believe they are well within their right to do so. Anyone posting these pictures on the board, posting links to them or including them in your signature will be banned as a result. Despite this ugly event there may be some good to come out of it, some lines of communication have been opened and hopefully Netphoria & the Pumpkins will be able to offer something for the fans here, stay tuned….

Zeitgeist Tracklist:

01 Doomsday Clock
02 7 Shades of Black
03 Orchid
04 That’s the Way
05 Tarantula
06 Starz
07 United States
08 Never Lost
09 Bring the Light
10 Come On (Let’s Go)
11 For God and Country
12 Pomp and Circumstance

Smashing Pumpkins dates:

05-22 Paris, France – Grand Rex
05-24 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – Den Atelier
05-26 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
05-28 Landgraaf, Netherlands – Megaland (Pinkpop Festival)
05-31 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
06-02 Nürburgring, Germany – Nürburgring Race Track (Rock am Ring)
06-03 Nuremburg, Germany – Zeppelinfeld (Rock im Park)
06-06 Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
06-09 Lisbon, Portugal – Lisbon Festival
06-12 Madrid, Spain – Pepe World Festival
06-15 Nickelsdorf, Austria – Nova Rock Festival
06-16 Venice, Italy – Heineken Jammin’ Festival
06-17 Interlaken, Switzerland – Greenfield Festival
07-07 East Rutherford, NJ – Giants Stadium (Live Earth Festival) The Day Of ZEITGEISTs Release!
08-05 Baltimore, MD – Pimlico Park (Virgin Festival)
08-24 Leeds, England – Leeds Festival
08-26 Reading, England – Reading Festival
09-01 Istanbul, Turkey – Rock n Coke Festival
09-08 Montreal, Quebec – Osheaga Festival
09-09 Toronto, Ontario – Virgin Festival

More Links

By the by, Smashing Pumpkins recommends the band The Subways on their my$pace page:
Find The Subways my$pace page: Right Here.

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New M.I.A. Track From Kala

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 3May07

M.I.A. has been working on her second studio album Kala which won’t be released until August 21st. It features beat production by Diplo, Mr. Bangladesh, Timbaland, Switch, Danja Handz, and Three 6 Mafia. Not too long ago, Zane Lowe of BBC radio had exclusive airplay of the first single, “Boys”. Many are already familiar with “Bird Flu” which has seen a lot of online trading, and maybe “XR2” which has also been on M.I.A.’s mayaspace. i rounded up the songs that have been floating around the internet to give you a taste of what’s to come, including the latest, “Hit That”. Tracks are provided in part by Analog Giant and FADER mag.

Hit That” with production by Mr. Bangladesh
Boyz” from Zane Lowe’s radio show
XR2” is only available on her Mayaspace…

As for “Bird Flu”, M.I.A. describes the fella who invented the Bird Flu Dance for her :


Bird Flu Video

M.I.A. will be playing 3 festivals in N.Am. this summer :

Sasquatch! Music Festival in George, WA, May 26th
Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois, August 3rd
Virgin Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, September 8th

For a thorough bio on this lovely londoner lady, check out The Fader article.

Posted in dancehall, dj, festivals, free, hip hop, mp3, music, new release, news, shows, UK | 2 Comments »

Big Brother Is Trying To Outlaw Fun, Dancing Is Revolutionary

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 2May07

While the RIAA and CRB are working diligently to eliminate public access to music and radio online, politicians and police are dredging up ways to prevent people from making music and dancing.

I’m about to show you the different ways that NYC groups are working to open the possibilities for live music and dance events in a city that is clamping down on music venues. Here you will find fun parties to go to, a review of the Mayday celebration, and the historical significance of how our access to social gatherings is being eroded.

The current prohibition atmosphere of certain major cities from SF to NYC, the actions of the RIAA and CRB towards university students and webcasters during the last few years, and the FCC’s increased licensing “laws” and gestapo raids on micro-powered radio broadcasters a few years before that, mirror the conflicted relationship between legislative bodies and community supported channels of entertainment in nearly every medium, in every modern nation. Today, the headlines are focused on the censorship of live music and the act of dancing to live music, but the struggle remains the same as the days of prohibition. Here is what made headlines today….

NYC Cabaret Laws Are Destroying The Music Scene

New York City has been severely deprived of live entertainment because of tight restrictions that make it difficult to obtain and maintain cabaret licenses. Similar in spirit to crackhouse laws in the Southern states and the Criminal Justice Act created by the UK Parliament in 1994 to prevent large music festivals and the public performance of music with a repeating sequence of beats.
Big Brother is trying to outlaw fun. And what’s worse, is that it’s being done with laws that are incredibly prejudiced – these laws were written and passed to prevent interracial socializing (cabaret laws), to profile music enthusiasts as drug users (crackhouse laws), and to limit the free assembly of low-income people (any law that forces you to get a permit to use public land). Basically, these laws are designed to keep the people complacent through homogenized outlets of safe entertainment, and restrict the channels that provide an opportunity for revolt. Even though most of these channels are not trying to revolt against anything, they are trying to provide opportunities to relax and have a good time. Different people prefer different forms of relaxation, but all should have equal access to methods that are widely enjoyed, no? Not all will feel relaxed at the opera, or a Gwen Stefani concert, but I think all people should be encouraged to enjoy the performance of music and dancing.

Greg Miller, the president and spokesperson of Dance Parade, told metro :

“Three years ago, there were 300 cabaret licenses,” Miller said. “Every three months the number drops by 15. It’s so hard not only to get a new cabaret license, but to get one renewed because of building codes.”
“there are 148 cabaret licenses and that includes adult entertainment, hotels and restaurants”

What happens when a vibrant city like NYC has trouble finding legal venues to socialize in? Music venues are dropping like flies in the Big Apple – just 2 weeks ago, the closing of the Tonic and subsequent arrests made headlines, while many readers may not have noticed the FOR SALE sign on the building that houses the Knitting Factory. The Knitting Factory is not in immediate danger of closing. Despite a sale of the building, the venue will continue to operate through their 2009 lease. After this date however: “there has been no decision as to the future of the venue.” In NYC, 5 venues a month lose their cabaret licenseWhat is there to do then, in the nightlife capital of the world?

Dancing In The Streets Of New York

What happens when there is no legal venue to party in? The party people take to the streets! The next opportunity to meet up with New York City’s finest revelers for a day of Dancing In The Streets will arrive on May 19th. That’s the day for the first annual Dance Parade with thousands of dancers – including YOU – and top djs Kool Herc, Danny Tenaglia, John Jellybean Benitez. There will also be performances from many dance groups representing different styles, from breakdancing to ballet, with whirling and wild styles. The Dance Parade is organized to raise awareness about the cabaret law as well as NYC’s dance history.

Dance Parade’s president Greg Miller is not new to events in public space. This past Saturday found him at the 9th Annual Blackkat Mayday party, which itself faced permit issues for the first time ever. Instead of the community gathering being held in Tompkins Square Park, the event site for the last 8 years, the organizers had to choose another location when unable to obtain permits required in a timely manner. Jason BK told the metro that the Blackkat artist collective had applied for the permits in January, and had not received permission by May 1st!

9th Annual NYC Blackkat Mayday Party

In the tradition of International Workers’ Day, the crew of artists and musicians known as Blackkat hosted their 9th annual Mayday Party in NYC this past Sunday. Blackkat has organized free and low-cost community events in NYC for over a decade, such as Party 4 Freedom and Justice in 2002, and the Biotour Benefit in 2005. The Indypendent newspaper reported from the 2007 Mayday party, quoting Jason BK, Amok, and Chrome, who supply and maintain the sound for these events- from the speakers to the noise :

“We live in a city where money and getting your name out there is more important than actual content that’s provided,” said Amok, a musician and two year Blackkat collective member. “This is what makes Blackkat so very different, it puts content first always … which is something that other crews unfortunately forget to do.”

In the past, Blackkat has joined forces with other groups including Dance Parade New York, the Madagascar Institute, The Danger, DanceSafe, Renegade Virus and Havoc Sound. Events have included a fundraiser for the 2005 Biotour benefit, numerous festivals and parties in various warehouses such as 3rd Ward and the now closed Lunatarium and 38Nine (in Queens).

“The main point is that it is vital that people come together in a creative community and we hope that these events can be part of that community,” said Chrome. BK added, “They have to be fun to be effective.”

Guest speakers this year included Norman Siegel, a civil rights attorney, and Missy Galore of the NYC Dance Parade. Information tables were hosted by DanceSafe, IndyMedia, Metro In Motion TriState Biodiesel and more. The sound stage was provided by MadAro, Anthony, and Disorient with maestro Daniel.

May Day 2007

Take Action!

resisting the NYC cabaret laws
Dance & get involved with the Dance Parade

Blackkat And Friends

Check out the official Blackkat website, where you can see more pix from the event, download super tight dj mixes by the Blackkat noise bringers, and choose your own adventure from there, it’s a mad mad jungle what this fella get up to when he gets together with some friends! It reminds me of a quote about Spiral Tribe, another music and art based soundsystem unorganization who were participated in events around the UK countryside from dusk til dawn til dusk and dawn again for days. The quote is from Spaces of Democracy :

“Spiral Tribe, with their free and inclusive parties, succeeded in constituting an alternative public space, rather than just a secret one. Though no one could say how many lives were touched in their three year tour of duty”.

Props to the Blackkat population for bringing it for more than 10 years! The roots run deep, the branches have touched many, many people.

The Rest Is History…

Blackkat, HavocSound, soFat! Sound, and Renegade Virus joined forces during 2001-2004, hauling speakers, generators, records or synths throughout NYC plus occasional road trips to other parts of the US and Canada. These soundsystem collaborations earned much respect and no money for providing nonstop music at the Annual Blackkat Mayday Party, Swamptek, Autonomous Mutant Festival, Monsters of Love 1-4, renegade outdoor free parties across the NYC/SF/US, and underground warehouse events in NYC and SF, all while supporting and spreading the DIY free party culture and direct action for sustainable technology. Since 2004, Blackkat and Jungle Terror Krew have continued the mischief with Renegade Virus and TBI25 in NYC … while 5lowershop, HavocSound, and soFat! have been raging in SF with S.P.A.Z. and Army of Love – constructing walls of sound and yards of power cable at AMF, Monsters of Love, Unchained Reaction, Fuck Parade, renegade outdoor, indoor, mobile, and underground free parties all over SF/NYC/USA. These non-profit crews have sustained where many other well-funded businesses have come and gone as a result of their experiments in alternative technologies. The consistent message of building a more concious culture is further demonstrated by the work these people have done in the science of sustainable living on this planet and grassroots outreach and education in the community. All the crews mentioned have been in involved with converting all their tour buses and generators to run on straight vegetable oil, teaching workshops in biofuel systems and sustainability skills, mobile microbroadcasting, and a weekly internet broadcast with FM radio rebroadcast in England and Europe.

Thank you for everything you have already done and much luck to all your future projects!

Spiral Tribe vs. the Public Order

Free parties became a big issue in the UK and Europe during the early 90’s when large gatherings of people would assemble with concert speakers and have a free dance party. To outlaw this type of noncommercial music festival (there were no camping fees, or tickets sold, you just had to be able to get there, and feed yourself for the duration), the Parliament of the UK created the Criminal Justice Act in 1994. Ironically, the main focus of this Act was to restrict and prohibit “anti-social” behaviors, including organizing and attending huge gatherings centered around a common interest in popular music. It even included a section based on the type of music considered anti-social – repetitive beats – and used a precise definition of how many bars of music had to pass without a beat looping and/or repeating! Spiral Tribe challenged the Act and held massive outdoor events with live performances of hypnotically repetitive beats. The UK punk band, Crass, contributed their social commentary with a furious double kick drum beat that repeated until you thought your heart might collapse. The wall of speakers that Spiral Tribe carried to these events was the length and height of 3-4 city bus coaches long and tall. When Crass played, the drums would be a barrage of punches shooting out of that wall. 13 members of Spiral Tribe were arrested immediately following the Castlemorton Common Festival in May 1992 for public order offenses. The techno-punk crew seemed to be having a blast doing as much damage to the legal system as possible. The courtroom became a circus. The defendants, and their supporters in the benches, wore Tshirts to their court appearances with the message “Breach The Peace” written in large letters. The message was seen in every photograph and television news coverage of the case. Especially handy if you released a record with the same name, which Spiral Tribe had. They released albums of fantastic techno, with deejays chatting over some tracks. Forward The Revolution blends the steady beat of Native American drumming with the excited heart beat of their drummachines and the Native Am. singing with Simone’s flawless humanoid rapping about the future of the free party system. She defiantly repeats, “You might stop the party, But you can’t stop the future.” At the end of the 4 month long case, it was calculated that this was the longest running and most expensive case in British legal history. Just to stop the music.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading. If you would like to do more in your community to add your strength to the resistance, either contact the people mentioned in this article, or start your own crew – the more the merrier, and the stronger we all are. Feel free to comment and discuss any point mentioned here in the comments section.



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Jarvis Cocker’s Meltdown – UK Fest Lineup

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 2May07

Southbank Centre and Jarvis Cocker announced the official lineup for Jarvis’ Meltdown Festival taking place June 16-24 at Southbank Centre in London.  Jarvis hand selected these bands and multi-media performers for the event.

The lineup:

Sunn O)))
Iggy & the Stooges
Melanie Safka
Roky Erickson
Forced Entertainment
Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra
John Barry & The London Philharmonic Orchestra
Jesus & Mary Chain
Jarvis Cocker plus The Valerie Project
Lost Ladies of Folk
KPM Allstars

There will also be very interesting multi-media entertainment :

Jarvis in conversation with Don Letts
Forest of No Return – Hal Willner presents the Vintage Disney Songbook featuring Jarvis Cocker and very special guests
You’re Gonna Miss Me – A screening of Keven McAlester’s documentary on Roky Erickson

From Southbank Centre:

Experience the unexpected, unusual and eclectic this June in Jarvis Cocker’s Meltdown festival, where the UK pop icon curates his own eight-day festival across the venues and spaces of Southbank Centre. Armed with a sharp wit, an acid tongue and a talent for capturing the moment with razor sharp lyrics, Jarvis Cocker is one of today’s best-loved rock stars. The festival opens with sets from Motorhead and Melanie and ends with a show from Jarvis himself, taking in performances from The Jesus and Mary Chain, Iggy & The Stooges and many more along the way.

jarvis at southbank

If it is Jarvis himself that you are interested in, you’ll be stoked to know that he will be taking a little tour after this festival is complete. He will also be on the South Bank Show on June 10th. He will be discussing his role in Pulp, what is was like dealing with the fame, and his experiences as an “outsider” in music. The show will have video footage from his concert, and Paris where he lives and writes songs currently.
For more information on the Jarvis episode, go to iTV.

Tour Dates

06-23 London, England – Southbank Centre (Meltdown Festival)
07-13 Madrid, Spain – Summercase Festival
07-14 Barcelona, Spain – Summercase Festival
07-15 Suffolk, England – Latitude Festival
08-18 Chelmsford, England – V Festival
08-19 Stafford, England – V Festival

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Beastie Boys Back To Roots On The Mix Up

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 30April07

A new Beastie Boys album hits the streets in June! When i say roots, i’m talking pre-License To Ill punk rock days.  They have revisited this sound for a few songs on a few albums, but this sounds like a full album of raw slam dancing! Mike D reports to NME that the music on The Mix Up is more rockin like what you hear on Check Your Head and Paul’s Boutique. All of the sounds and instruments on The Mix Up are played by the 3 of them.  They put the sampler away for this album!



B for My Name
14th St Break
Suco de Tangerina
The Gala Event
Electric Worm
Freaky Hijiki
Off the Grid
The Rat Cage
The Melee
Dramastically Different
The Cousin of Death
The Kangaroo Rat


This might go quite nicely with the A Cappellas that they have available on their remix page

The BBoys will be performing at the Virgin Festival, Live Earth Concert in London, Electric Picnic, and SONAR Festival in Barcelona.

When asked about what they would be playing at the London Live Earth Concert, Mike D replied –

“By that point we’ll already be playing new songs. But I dunno – you don’t wanna do ‘Jazz Odyssey’ in front of a crowd of 60,000.”

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Boredoms, LesSavyF, Spoon+ At Sled & Shred

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 30April07

Sled Island Festival is a four-night series of shows at different venues in Calgary, Canada. It runs June 27th to the 30th and will feature performances by Cat Power, Spoon, Boredoms, Les Savy Fav, Destroyer, the Walkmen, the Dears, Chad VanGaalen, Hot Little Rocket, and Mother Mother.
i haven’t the patience for websites that make you watch flash, so i did not get very far on their site to get more info. However, pitchf*#k says that the tix cost $180 CDN for entry to the all the headlining acts, while a few of the names mentioned will be performing at auxillary shows that are not included in the festival pass. look at Sled Island Festival for the official word. you just have to sit through each band name approaching you out of the white mist. maybe you should get your game weaponry at the ready before clicking, or play a video game while you wait. GTA anyone?

Boredoms – Super Go!

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Wailing Souls Reunite, CD + Shows

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 25April07

YardFlex has gotten word of a Wailing Souls Reunion! Apparently, all four members have agreed to make music together again, Winston ‘Pipe’ Matthews, Lloyd ‘Bread’ McDonald, Rudolph ‘Garth’ Dennis and George ‘Buddy’. It has been 22 years since the band last performed or recorded, despite record labels continuing to release CDs and DVDs of their work.

Wailing Souls are scheduled to play 2 huge reggae events this summer in California, US :
Reggae On The River August 3-5 2007
Hollywood Bowl’s annual reggae night in Los Angeles
Sunday, August 12, 2007, 7:00 PM Hollywood Bowl 2301 N. Highland Avenue Hollywood, CA (323) 850-2000

Many news sites have reported that a new cd of the Wailing Souls’ classic hits has just been released:

Adding to their over 26 classic albums is a new collection of the groups hits on CD with special mixes released on Greensleeves Records titled Wailing Souls: Most Wanted – Classic Cuts 1978-1984.

Wailing Souls


Listen to Wailing Souls

Firehouse Rock
Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fell

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Ottawa Hosts 10 Days Of Music – Hot Lineup!

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 18April07

April 18, Ottawa – Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest organizers today announced the EXTENSIVE lineup for the 10 day event in July!

Bob Dylan
George Thorogood
Gary U.S. Bonds
Manu Chao
Sarah Harmer
Burnside Style
Steve Marriner
The White Stripes
Joel Plaskett
The Flatlanders
Faber Drive
George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars
The Steve Miller Band
Blue Rodeo
James Hunter
The Cat Empire
Kanye West
Henry Butler
The Rhythm Council
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Ruthie Foster
Janiva Magness
Diunna Greenleaf
Leo Kottke
Jonny Lang
Elmer Ferrer
Randy Newman
The Robert Cray Band
Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings
Patrick Watson
Sam Roberts
Candye Kane
Papa Mali
Kid Koala
Toumani Diabaté
The Mighty Popo
John Rae & The River
Hawksley Workman
Bob Schneider
Spiral Beach
Final Fantasy
Alejandro Escovedo
Todd Snider
Ndidi Onukwulu
Ten Years After
Tokyo Police Club
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Steve Forbert
Deadstring Brothers
Detroit Women
Femi Kuti
Soul Jazz Orchestra
Mute Math
City and Colour
Shout Out Out Out Out
Buddy Guy
Fiona Boyes
Los Lobos
Chris Duarte
Xavier Rudd
Lucky Peterson
Larry McCray
Jim Bryson
Danny Michel
John Mooney
Watermelon Slim
David Maxwell
Samuel Jackson
the bird and the bee
Matt Anderson
Dave Gunning
Dorit Chrysler
Stephen Fearing
Tom Wilson
Colin Linden
Rick Fines
some of the best gospel acts on the planet such as :
Richie Righteous
The Canton Spirituals
Da T.R.U.T.H.
The Toronto Mass Choir
Soul Influence
Chorale de la Prophétie
Patricia Shirley
Ryan Lewis
plus Solid Gold Features:
the Solid Gold Dance Party—featuring Thelma Houston, The Village People, Taste Of Honey, Peaches And Herb, The Trammps, Anita Ward, France Jolie and the Solid Gold Dance Party Dancers & Band, plus many more performers will gather in Ottawa for the 14th annual Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest presented by the Ottawa Citizen


The whole event begins Thursday, July 5 and runs continuously through Sunday, July 15. A day-by-day list of performers is available at:

You can find all the info you need at

The main person missing from this lineup, in my opinion, is G Love & the Special Sauce… now why aren’t you playing at this G? Well, this lineup has more happy music than blues anyway. Just goes to show, life in Canada is good. Even their bluesfests don’t sing the blues…





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Ornette Coleman Wins Pulitzer + Europe Tour 2007

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 16April07

Alto-sax legend and free-jazz pioneer, Ornette Coleman received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize In Music for Sound Grammar.
Coleman is widely recognized as the pioneer of the free-jazz style with his major-label debut album in 1959, The Shape Of Jazz To Come on Atlantic Recordings. Nearly 50 years later, he recorded the album that would win the prestigous prize : his 2006 release, Sound Grammar. According to it’s review in All About Jazz in September 2006 :

Sound Grammar, a live set recorded in Germany in October 2005, features a quartet with his son Denardo on drums and two bassists—Gregory Cohen (picking); and Tony Falanga (bowing). The two-bass dynamic creates a texture that feels viscous and frictional at the same time, a perfect backdrop for the saxophonist’s piercingly resonant tone, which finds the “sound of expressed reality.”


Sound Grammar is Coleman’s first release in 10 years and surpasses studio recordings made at the peak of his career, in 1996. It is the first jazz album to be awarded a Pulitzer, and Coleman is only the second jazz artist to be awarded. Wynton Marsalis received one in 1997 for an oratory piece called “Blood on the Fields”, about slavery.

This is Ornette’s year! The esteemed musician was also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievment Award, and Sound Grammar was a nominee for Grammy’s “Best Jazz Instrumental Album” in 2007.

Coleman and his quartet will be touring Europe plus a few US stops this summer. Dates are listed at the end of this post.

The webpage for the Pulitzer Prize In Music has more info on the award as well as the names of nominees for the category.

Ornette Coleman website

Bio on All About Jazz


June 17, 2007
Bonnaroo, Tennessee, USA

July 6, 2007
Kongsberg, Norway
July 9, 2007
Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
July 11, 2007
Perugia, Italy
July 13, 2007
Pescara, Italy
July 15, 2007
North Sea (Rotterdam), The Netherlands
July 18, 2007
Warsaw, Poland
July 20, 2007 Vitoria, Spain

September 23, 2007
Monterey, California, USA
September 26, 2007
Los Angeles, California, USA

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BB King, Etta James, Al Green – Blues Tour 2007

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 16April07

BB King has organized a Blues Festival tour in the US this summer. the legendary blues guitarist/singer will be joined by the incredible Al Green, and the lovely Etta James! the Blues Festival will hit 16 cities between the end of July and beginning of Septembre. King is also currently touring until the end of the year on his 60th Anniversary tour.

Etta James

in addition to these three blues legends, Joan Osbourne, James Hunter, and Robert Randolph will each perform a different show along the tour.

July 2007
24 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel/Casino Arena
26 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
29 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

3 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
4 – Atlantic City, NJ – Trump Taj Mahal/Mark Etess Arena
7 – New York, NY – Theater at Madison Square Garden
11 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Concert Pavilion
12 – Newport, RI – Fort Adams State Park
26 – Grand Prairie, TX – Nokia Theatre
28-29 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Pavilion
30 – Saint Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair Grandstand

September 2007
1 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
5 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
7 – San Jacinto, CA – Soboba Casino Arena
8 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion
9 – Murphys, CA – Kautz Ironstone Ironstone Vineyards Theatre

for more information :

tour info

BB King’s website (not updated)

Etta James’ website

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Up Next : ISIS Concert Review +More

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 11April07

in a blatant effort to captivate your subconcious attention….

i thoroughly enjoyed the ISIS/Jesu/Zozobra concert in sf this past friday. i have some decent photos and a review that i am almost finished editing. i will be posting all of it here within the next 24 hours.

i wish i could have it up already, but i’ve been swamped with projects lately. all of these posts lately have been work related for me, hence the mainstream acts getting so much attention. i will soon have more time to publish “under the radar” metal music. so stay tuned, i’m just kindling this blog fire at the moment.

more upcoming features for HT :

more original writing – reviews, background & history of music categories and bands
a google calendar keeping track of everything posted – album releases, tours, festivals, etc.
more dancehall related posts, more jungle and soundclash too
HT is going to get it’s own website!  i am going to move this blog over to my own url and server soon.  i hope to keep this address as well, not sure how that works yet.

thanks for reading, feel free to leave comments here about any of this.  any feedback i get now might find its way into the design of the new site…


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