"... arriving at a fresh vision through elegant pastiche." Uh.....yeah...whatever. Pitchfork will always be Pitchfork. Anyway, Tapes 'n Tapes new record "Loon" got an 8.3 from Pitchfork in a review written by Sam Ubl. They also added them to the much coveted "Best New Music" list.
It's getting to the point where all i have to do is change the date on this story. Babyshambles singer/dope fiend Pete Doherty was arrested yet again , this time for pinching someone's car and....gasp....possession of drugs. He has somehow avoided being sent to prison so far, but I see some conjugal visits from Kate Moss in his near future.
If you haven't heard about Ryan Adams legendary output, the guy is always glad to talk about it. Over and over. And then again. The volume of his released work alone is staggering, but there has been another 12 or 13 million other tunes that he "wrote backstage on a napkin", etc. But amongst those who care about such things, one piece of unreleased work "48 Hours" has taken on nearly legendary status. It was recorded shortly after his sophmore effort "Gold", and it was helmed by Ethan Johns who produced Adams' masterpiece "Heartbreaker". For reasons not explained, "48 Hours" was shelved in favor of "Demolition" (which does include a few tracks from the session), and Adams' career began a slow downward spiral that hit bottom with the truly awful "Rock n' Roll".
More interestingly the blog also promises to bring Adam's "Destroyer Sessions" to light, a 13 track collaboration with Gillan Welch and David Rawlings that predates Heartbreaker.
UPDATE: Our man The Aquarium Drunkard has added the entire 21 track "Suicide Handbook", which has many early versions of songs that ended up on "Gold". He also has posted an early recording by Whiskeytown called "Those Weren't The Days".
Well, the bastards aren't going to win any spelling bees, but they still have some balls. In a note posted on their website Friday the band...uh, respecfully declined to attend their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Props where props are due.......the See You In The Pit blog is a yearly MP3 blog that previews band that will be playing at South By Southwest. And that is helpful as hell. Click over and check them out.
Wristbands for the 2006 South By Southwest conference went on sale this morning, and based on the donewating.com SXSW blog , it looks as if they'll be sold out shortly. The wristbands are the cheaper alternative to the $500 badges, coming in at $130-150, but badgeholders get in first.
UPDATE: They are now sold out. Damn, that didn't even last a day. Looks like it's eBay and Craigslist bitches!
In an almost humorous example of the warp-speed life cycle of a next-big-thing (nobody>buzz band>media wet-dream>nobody), Test Icicles has broken up. The entire US tour, as you might suspect, is cancelled. Read the whole story from NME here. Not exatcly an abundance of heartbreak out there...