Just as Chicago adds another prime all-ages venue with Subterranean adopting the policy this year, Washington DC is having a bit of trouble with their own scene. Check out this spirited defense of all ages venues from Sunday's Washington Post.
From time to time people getting ready to invest large sums of money on an idea would be well served to run the idea past a couple of actual human beings. You know.....the type that exists outside of their little world of investment-speak. While the creators of Spiral Frog were spewing words like "added value", "forward thinking", and "ad-supported content".....the rest of the world was thinking something more along the lines of "Are you fucking kidding me?".
Lilly Allen will be stopping at the Metro February 8th as a part of a short tour that includes all of 7 cities.
The entire tour:
February 5 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Music Box
February 6 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
February 8 - Chicago, IL - Metro
February 10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
February 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
February 16 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
February 18 - Boston, MA - Axis
Our team of deeply embedded covert operatives has chosen this day of wind-blown Chicago hellsleet to tempt us with some of the joys of the coming summer. The annual Pitchfork Music Festival will be held on July 14th and 15th 2007, and it will once again take place in Chicago's Union Park.
So.....to round out the current summer festival calendar:
Intonation Music Festival: ??? Pitchfork Music Festival: July 14-15, 2007 Wicker Park Summerfest: July 28-29, 2007 Lollapalooza: August 3-5, 2007
So get your plane tickets, hipsters.....and let the wrangling for the best colored wristbands begin.
Later today: Reviews of last weekend's Tomorrow Never Knows Festival, including The Ponys, Benjee Ferree, The French Kicks, Headlights, Skybox and Eagle Seagull.
I've always had a certain respect for those that think big, so I read this item with serious amusement. Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay is apparently fed up with those pesky international copyright laws. What's a respectable pirate to do? Hire high-dollar skullcrackers to lobby governments? Mount an expensive PR campaign? Nah. The folks at The Pirate Bay have decided that it makes far more sense to buy their own country. Apparently there is an island off the coast of England that is technically considered a "micronation", and they are aiming to buy it up and base their company there. I'm just guessing here, but I don't suspect they'll be signing the nation on to any international trade agreements.
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the label-free business model of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in advance of their second album being released. Hypebot also weighs in on the matter. It's hard not to see this becoming the model of choice for just about every band with a brain. While CYHSY is a very small example of this, even large acts can outsource the traditional label functions i.e. publicity, marketing, distribution for less money.
02-08 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
02-09 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
02-10 Chicago, IL - Congress Theater
02-11 St. Louis, MO - The Pagent
02-12 Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
02-13 Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
02-15 Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
02-16 Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue
02-20 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater
02-21 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
02-25 London, England - The Astoria
Now that the 2006 has grudgingly gave way to 2007, it's time to pass along a list of our favorite albums of the year. It was an odd year for music. To my eye it was the first year that the iPod effect was in full effect. Music fans have become accustomed to walking around with 10,000 songs in their pocket, so it shouldn't be a surprise that musicians' listening habits followed suit, and that it might show in their recordings. More than ever before, 2006 was a year of great singles, but there was a dearth of great albums.
There were a few disappointments. First among these was the new offering by The Hold Steady. The chore of topping Separation Sunday was an unenviable one, and the band certainly didn't do a bad job of it. But "Boys and Girls in America" is short on the literate subtlety of it's predecessor, and without that you're left with fist-pumping bar band music played through the prism of grown up punk rockers. This, mind you, is not a bad thing......it just doesn't approach the genius of Separation Sunday. "Silent Shout" by The Knife was clearly one of the most critically revered albums of the year, and the band provided one of the most surreal musical experiences I've had at their CMJ show in October. But the record itself has yet to grow on me after endless listens, and to my ear it resembles an old formula with a new coat of paint. Mind you, I'm certainly in the minority on this one.
That said, I certainly found a massive amount of music to enjoy this year.....and to that end, here's a few of the records that I enjoyed the most.
1. Califone-Roots and Crowns 2. M. Ward-Post-War 3. Sparklehorse-Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain 4. Bonnie “Prince” Billy-The Letting Go 5. TV on the Radio-Return to Cookie Mountain 6. Grizzly Bear-Yellow House 7. Tom Waits-Orphans 8. O’Death-Head Home 9. Johann Johannsson-IBM 1401: A User’s Manual 10. Cat Power-The Greatest
Honorable Mentions—Silversun Pickups-Carnavas, Girl Talk-Night Ripper, Calexico-Garden Ruin, Sparrow House-Falls, Emily Haines-Knives Don't Have Your Back