“We do not want, or intend, to become more palatable or ‘rock and roll’ as a result of this change. The Straight Gaze are a psychic extension of us and Yacht will always be fucked-up, transcendent and weird. We hope that’s OK with you.”
And the non-band’s name? “Yes, we are aware that it sounds like ‘Straight Gays.’ This is intentional.”
For the past two years, Yacht has been a two-person act and before that Bechtolt performed alone. The bigger Yacht performs tonight at Empty Bottle.
Here’s a show for the whole family. Scuzz rockers Pierced Arrows play Subterranean tonight. The band is led by Fred and Toody Cole, the husband-wife team that played as Dead Moon. I bet it will be loud.
New Pornographers released the first single, Your Hands (Together), off the upcoming album Together (out May 4). It doesn’t break any new ground for the band but sounds pretty good.
I love the early ’80 guitar on songs like We Still Got the Taste Dancing On Our Tongues.
Update: Wild Beasts also play Friday at Schubas.
Maybe this is too obvious to point out but Lollapalooza’s headliners mostly suck. Can this festival that once championed new music become any more of a clueless, corporate money-making machine?
Lady Gaga? Really? Green Day? Soundgarden?
The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot reports Arcade Fire and Strokes also may headline. It’s hard to say what the reunited Strokes will sound like. The Arcade Fire is the exception and is always amazing live.
Granted, Pitchfork snagged Pavement, and it’s not as though Lolla has been pure with indie spirit in recent years. But the Billboard chart-topping Lady Gaga is antithetical to what I thought Lollapalooza is or used to be about.
Just for the sake of comparison, look at the Sasquatch! headliners for that Memorial Day weekend festival: Pavement, Massive Attack and My Morning Jacket. The full line-up is unbelievable.
To be somewhat fair, we don’t have the full Lolla lineup yet.
And on the bright side: According to Kot, there are a few other non-headlining Lolla bands that we like here at ATYP. That list includes Yeasayer, Dirty Projectors, xx, Hot Chip and Cut Copy. All of this is unofficial so far.
Lady Gaga is expected to be one of the headliners at this year’s Lollapalooza. A scantily clad brunette Lady Gaga did a set at Lolla three years ago.
Some people even took pictures.
Japandroids just released the punky song Art Czar, one of a series of songs written during the Post Nothing sessions that the guys are putting out on 7-inch singles this year. Art Czar will be released in April with a cover of Big Black’s Racer X.
Salon nicely sums up the train wreck that is John Mayer following his recent interview in Playboy. Among the gem quotes: “My dick is sort of like a white supremacist. I’ve got a Benetton heart and a fuckin’ David Duke cock.” WTF?
Anyway, his apology in the video below doesn’t quite wash.
Warner Music Group last week admitted that digital music sales are slowing after the major labels won a hard-fought battle with Apple and other online music retailers to raise prices. In the same week, Warner CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. told BBC he isn’t going to allow his label artists’ music to be streamed for free anymore.
Just as the music industry was beginning to show some life with digital music sales increasing, the pigs at the trough decide it’s not enough. Bronfman is the same guy who took on YouTube, Rock Band and Guitar Hero, saying that he — er, Warner — wasn’t getting enough money.
Ozzy and the boys were Warner artists back in the day. Here’s War Pigs, which I dedicate to Mr. Bronfman and the other pigs at the trough.
Massive Attack’s Heligoland is my top pick for new albums out Tuesday, a big day for strong releases.
I’m a little surprised at my own recommendation because I’ve never been a super huge fan of trip hop, but I can’t stop listening to Heligoland. It’s that good.
I’m still giddy about Pavement headlining Sunday night at this year’s Pitchfork fest. But I have to say that the other headliners are pretty good, too. Modest Mouse plays Friday night and LCD Soundsystem plays Saturday. The festival runs July 16-18 again in Chicago’s Union Park.
I’ve not seen James Murphy in a venue bigger than the Metro. So, I’m eager to see him as a festival headliner. The guy puts on an amazing show. Conversely, when I saw Modest Mouse play one of the mega stages at Lollapalooza three years ago, I remember thinking how much better it would be in a smaller setting.
Neither Murphy’s LCD or Modest Mouse have released a full album since 2007. Murphy is working on a new one and he told NME.com last month that it will be his last as LCD. This year will also be the last LCD tour.
Of course, this is just the beginning of lineup announcements for the festival. In past years, some of the best acts at Pitchfork are those early Saturday performances.
It’s Super Bowl Sunday and time to party like it’s 1986. Well, sort of. That great ’85 Bears team had arguably the best defense of any NFL team before or after. They also made a 7-minute music video that lives in infamy. During today’s Super Bowl, some members of the ’85 Bears will do a 30-second parody of the Super Bowl Shuffle for a cell-phone ad during the first quarter. This should be interesting.
Update: Click here to see the commercial. Ugh.
Full disclosure: These guys are friends of mine. But I’m not steering you wrong here. They have a cool, gritty rock ‘n’ roll sound. And, as readers of this blog know, I have impeccable taste in music.
So come out and support local live music. The show is a mere $5.
Modest Mouse will play Friday night, while LCD Soundsystem and Raekwon appear Saturday.
In addition to Pavement, Sunday’s lineup includes St. Vincent, Lightning Bolt, Sleigh Bells, Here We Go Magic and Cass McCombs.
It appears that an earlier report that his death was being investigated as a homicide was inaccurate.
The Memphis paper also reports that Jay (whose real name was Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr.) was working on an album at the time of his death and that he completed at least six songs. A pair of record companies plan to release some of his early work with two bands, the Reatards and the Lost Sounds.
Beach House’s Daytrotter session is now available for download. Click here to check it out.