I stumbled upon Stars with their last album, Set Yourself On Fire, which I totally loved. Then eventually I got into their older stuff through Jeff. I think my favorite album of theirs has to be Nightsongs, which is a sweet little electronic love song.
Do You Trust Your Friends? is their new album, coming out on May 22nd. Technically it’s not a new album, it’s a remix album. They got all of their Arts & Crafts friends together and had a big remix party! The album starts out with a Final Fantasy remix of ‘Your Ex-Lover Is Dead’, stripping it down to a really bare, stringed arranged version, which is completely beautiful. I’ve been listening to the Most Serene Republic remix of Ageless Beauty since last year, in fact it was one of my favorite songs of last year. The other ‘friends’ on the album are Jason Collett, The Dears, Apostle of Hustle, Metric The Stills and other cool people I don’t know. If you liked Stars at all in the past, you should definitely pick this up.
Your Ex-Lover Is Dead (Final Fantasy Remix) – Stars
Tonight is the opening of Six-String Masterpieces at Le Luz de Jesus Gallery in Hollywood. A bunch of big name musicians and artists have painted guitars in a tribute to “Dimebag” Darrell, who was murdered on stage about 3 years ago. They’re also auctioning off the guitars in support of Little Kids Rock, a music education program aimed at teaching the importance of music in public schools.
Among the people who’ve painted guitars are Billy Corgan, Mark Mothersbaugh, Derek Hess, Dave Grohl, Kirk Hammett, Tommy Lee, Chino Moreno, James Hetfield, Jerry Cantrell, Dave Navarro, Rob Zombie, Ace Frehley, Slash, Marilyn Manson, Mark Ryden, Ozzy Osbourne, Les Claypool, Mody, Tom Morello, Kelly Clarkson (WHAT!?!), Ryan McGinness, Joe Satriani, Dalek, and Sammy Hagar.
Ted Nugent also painted a guitar that says, “In the wind, he’s still alive!” and “American Blood Brotherz!”… which I’m going to take off the wall and smash.
Le Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Show starts at 7 PM.
Click here for the list of auction items!
I’ve loved Travis since basically forever. I was that sensitive kid in high school wondering “why does it always rain on me?” and cutting my hair into a faux hawk because Fran Healy, the lead singer of Travis, had it that way. I want to interject here, that Fran Healy totally, and completely started the faux hawk. He was rocking it WAY before everyone, and I copied him way before it was the cool thing to do… we’re talking 10 years ago.
Anywho, The Boy with No Name is an excellent album so far. It’s a return to form for the band, after their last album, 12 Memories. This new album seems much happier again, moving away from the dark political feel of the last one. It might be partially because Nigel Godrich came back to produce for them again, injecting his bit of genius into the mix. I’ve only listened to it about 3 times through… but so far, so good.
P.S. I read this on Wikipedia and thought it was really rad.
“When Travis took the stage to perform [Why Does It Always Rain On Me?”] at the 1999 Glastonbury Festival, after being dry for several hours, it began to rain as soon as the first line was sung.”
I wish I would have been there for that, I’m sure it was such an incredible experience.
On my way to work this morning I put on Patrick Wolf’s new album, The Magic Position, and thinking about how much I atually like it. I tried listening to his older stuff, but wasn’t as taken with them as I have with this one. Then I started thinking about whether or not he was touring right now, that he would be really great to see live. I get to work, and start browsing my links, and go to Stereogum.
There I see this headline:
Patrick Wolf Announces His Final Show
The asshole has decided that he won’t perform anymore after November.
I guess the stress of being famous and having an amazing album has become too much for him.
You can read what he wrote regarding the issue after the jump… I seriously hope it’s fake.
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For the past two days I’ve basically listened to Rufus Wainwright’s new album, Release The Stars, and nothing else. I’m pretty sure, after listening to the album about 20 times, that it’s my favorite Rufus Wainwright album. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s 33, or that he’s survived a drug addiction, but something feels different about this album. It feels more fleshed out, more mature.
But the album is still full of Rufus-isms, singing about love, devotion, sex, and fame. The tracks are also very worldly, ranging from German parks and palaces (Tiergarten & Sanssouci, most likely influenced by his boyfriend Jorn Weisbrodt), to Tulsa, Oklahoma and Paris.
I think my two favorite songs are, ‘Nobody’s Off the Hook’ and ‘Release the Stars’. ‘Nobody’s Off the Hook’ reminds me of Jeff, and makes me smile every time I hear it. I know I’ve listened to it more than any of the others. ‘Release the Stars’, the title track, is the album ender. It’s an amazing song about Hollywood and the stars who live here. What makes it so great is the tremendous build up, with piano and organs wailing, horns blaring and strings rising and falling, and soul singers harmonizing with and bolstering Rufus’ hypnotic voice.
Release The Stars comes out May 15th on Geffen Records.
Thursday night I headed over to the Mt. Eerie show at Family. I parked, walk in right at 7 when the show starts… and there are like 7 people in the bookstore. Mega lame. Finally, my friend Mark shows up and people trickle in, and the shows starts about 30-45 minutes later. It was a completely amazing show.
He sat down on a speaker with just his acoustic guitar and started playing. This will sound kind of cheesy, but he controlled his voice like a second instrument. He played about 16 songs, some new, some that I didn’t recognize. Overall, it was a really amazing experience.
I just got the new LCD Soundsystem CD, Sound of Silver, and I’m liking it WAY more than his last one. I’ve listened to it about 5 times through so far, and I think it’s a lot more structured and concise then his last one. The album sounds like a hybrid of Underworld/New Order/other 80’s synth pop and 70’s disco.
The beats throughout the album are pretty repetitive, but his voice carries the songs completely. This is especially true on the last song, ‘New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down’. His voice sounds fragile and heartfelt… it’s just damn good. My other favorites are ‘Someone Great’ and ‘All My Friends’.
Well done, James Murphy.
P.S. His website says he’s playing in LA on April 29th, the day after Coachella, but the venue is TBD.
I was browsing around Gorilla vs. Bear earlier when I came across a link to a guy named Clutchy Hopkins. At first it seemed like one of those overly weird bands/artists that I pass on because of their overt weirdness. But I decided to give him a listen to see what it was all about.
Shit. This guy is so good.
He’s got a crazy blend of jazz/funk/hip hop that just sounds so perfect.
You can listen to 12 of his songs on his Stage.FM site in order to get a good feel of what he’s all about.
His official site says that he has some records at the Amoeba on Sunset, so I’m going to have to check that out tomorrow.