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by Jason Gross

18 Sep 2009

If you’re infuriated by Bob Lefsetz, you’re not alone.  When this industry insider and now writer moons about his favorite classic rock albums, he can be pretty moving.  But when he does his all-caps rants, I just wonder why I’m wasting my time reading his childish, ill-informed B.S..  If you want to hear an ol’ guy rant ‘the music industry is dead’ 100’s of times and then show how little he knows about rap, country, metal or several other non-rock genres, then he’s your man.

If you’re a little saner and you’d rather hear someone more thoughtful and intelligence try to dissect the latest music biz news and shenanigans, then you’d be much better off with Roy Trakin.  A nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn (he was once half of the jokey Yid-rap duo M.O.T.) who’s called the other coast home for a while now, he’s senior editor at trade magazine Hits (going back to the mid-80’s).  His weekly ‘Trakin Care of Business’ column comes out on Thursday nights/Friday mornings and is definitely worth reading as he delves not only into new releases but also industry issues, TV, films and other pop culture tidbits.  You may not always agree with him (I don’t) but unlike Bobby L, you never feel like you’ve wasted your time reading him- he obviously puts a lot of time and effort into his columns and always has at least a few interesting insights into his subjects.

Please do yourself a favor and check out his work at Hits.  You can also get his ‘daily dose of Boomerangst’ at Sonic Boomers.

by Katharine Wray

18 Sep 2009

Check out these elementary kids singing the classic song, “Fame”. Last night, this chorus performed on VH1’s Divas—not bad for a group of kids from Staten Island.

by Jesse Steele

18 Sep 2009

What does a director famous for his awkward, dry comedies do when he has squeezed all of the sarcastic strangeness out of real life actors?  Apparently, he turns to animation. In his new stop-motion film, Fantastic Mr. Fox (based on the Roald Dahl children’s book of the same name), director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited) enlists the help of some of his old favorites, including Rushmore screen mates Bill Murray and Jason Bateman, to give voice to his woodland creatures. Although the failure of Tim Burton’s new film 9 to live up to its fantastic trailer should serve as a word of caution to film-goers looking into the genre of “animated film with a wonderful trailer by a notoriously strange director”, I for one am hoping this film rings true to the high tone the hilarious trailer sets.

by Allison Taich

18 Sep 2009

While I am not the first to say this, I would like to extend a warm welcome back to the Meat Puppets. On 12 May 2009 the grunge-era rockers made a triumphant return to rock music with the release of their critically acclaimed album Sewn Together. Marking the second album since the band reunited in 2007, Sewn Together has been described as clever and more polished than past works. In an interview with Larry Rodgers of the Arizona Republic, Meat Puppets bassist, vocalist, lyricist and producer Cris Kirkwood said: “Sewn Together (which followed 2007’s Rise to your Knees) represents Curt and I getting beyond the fact that we’re just back together. I think the singing is better than ever.”

To celebrate the newish album the band has released a brand-new music video for the single “Rotten Shame”. They have also been touring more vigorously than ever before. In attempts to connect with fans, both new and old, the band has been accepting set-list requests for their live shows at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Tour dates after the jump.

by Katharine Wray

18 Sep 2009

Real Ones
All For the Neighborhood
(Rebel Group)
Releasing: 22 September

From Shining to Sondre Lerche to Datarock, Norway has become a source of interesting new music. Now, add Real Ones to that list. This Scandinavian band, together since they were teens, makes music to smile to. Perhaps the long winters in Norway are what inspire all this creativity.

SONG LIST
01 Hello
02 Every Dog Has His Day
03 Outlaw
04 The Neighbourhood
05 I Will Not Let You Down
06 Lonesome Town
07 Tomorrow
08 Miles and Miles
09 Six In The Morning
10 When You Can’t Think Straight
11 Come On Over

Real Ones

Every Dog Has His Day [MP3]

     

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