Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Holy music news/releases, Batman!

Check out the music news/releases today. Fucking huge:

  • First off, Proof died. This really sucks. He was a really great rapper.

  • Details on Spoon's new projects, including a brand new full length next year.

  • A Rolling Stones concert you may have heard about somewhere.

  • A new Bright Eyes release AND a new Dashboard Confessional release? Emo-tastic! Been a while, huh, guys?

  • Talk about a while! Producer extraordinaire T Bone Burnett is finally, after 14 years, releasing new material.

  • Thom Yorke said this to NME: "The fact that poor Arctic Monkeys are getting so much attention is purely based on the fact that the mainstream music business is such a bunch of fucking retards as far as I'm concerned." FUCK YAH!

  • All these records came out today, including: Pretty Girls Make Graves, Calexico, Field Music, Built to Spill and the FADER-approved Tom Ze. Get your download on, homie, we major.
  • 3 Comments:

    Blogger Scott said...

    OK, Thom's right in general, but don't forget that the big story about the Arctic Monkeys was that fans themselves stirred the hype by passing their demos around on the Internet. Then again, maybe this couldn't have happened if the mainstream music business--and especially the cretins in the British music press--hadn't already shown them the basics. The only thing I really want to say about the Arctic Monkeys' merits is that I'd probably enjoy them as an energetic opening band, but they wouldn't hold my attention as headliners.

    Democracy: The process by which the people eerily ask their masters for just the fucking that's in store for them.

    4/11/2006 4:16 PM  
    Blogger Konflict of Interest said...

    It's great that the Arctic Monkeys got big without really having to compromise themselves. It's great they've proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, right after Radiohead and Wilco and Fiona Apple, et al, that the internet is the best place for any artists' music and so on.

    However, all their popularity shows me is that its not mammoth label cluster conglomorates, hounding and whoring publicity companies, Clear Channel or any other big business type that makes most music suck nowadays, its THE DUMB-AS-FUCK MUSIC LISTENERS THEMSELVES.

    This disproves to me once and for all that artists and fans are all innocent and pure and big music business is nothing but corrupt, ultra-capitalistic opportunists.

    You're right about the Monkeys as an opening band, though. I could have fun if they blazed through six or seven three minute songs in about half an hour. In fact, I consume dancepunk and all trendy indie like I consume hip hop: best served single by single, because when you buy the album it has, at very most, five good songs on it. The rest is just ad nauseum.

    4/12/2006 12:20 PM  
    Blogger Scott said...

    Yea--nothing worse than the unremarkable opening band (however good or bad) that has to labor through 600 original songs.

    4/12/2006 6:54 PM  

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