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by John Garratt

1 Oct 2010


The heavily influential band Wire has been offering a series of “legal” live bootlegs from their website here. And in an effort to peak your interest, they’ve included a free download from a 1988 show in London. The song is “The Queen of Ur and the King of Um” originally from the album A Bell Is a Cup… Until It Is Struck.

In other Wire news, the band plans to release their new album later this year (digital download) and early next year (all other formats). All information including scheduled release dates and a tentative running order of the songs can be found in Wire’s online newsletter. Go to their website www.pinkflag.com to sign up for it.

Does anybody know what Bruce Gilbert is up to these days?

by Steve Horowitz

1 Oct 2010


If Norma Jean Baker were still alive, she would be well into her 80s today. But even though Marilyn Monroe has been dead for more than 45 years, her performances live on and keep her eternally young. This is one of her most famous roles, as Lorelei Lee singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in Howard Hawks’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She is bubbly, coy, sophisticated, and innocent in turns as she dances through the number. Her body moves with clock-like syncopation clad in a pink wrapper, but Marilyn’s smile gives everything away. She expresses pure glee, and one cannot help but smile back at her insouciance. No wonder so many people continue to worship her. No wonder so many artists continue to pay tribute to her work. The Queen is gone, but she’s not forgotten.

by Timothy Gabriele

30 Sep 2010


The Google is connected to the government…Continuing in the vein of M.I.A’s cryptically revolutionary statements, miss Maya has crafted a new video that speaks of connections, without actually saying anything about them. Confoundingly enough, this short (less than a minute) video even has its own website.  However, MIA’s well-publicized baggage aside, this brief piece plays a bit like an early Cabaret Voltaire sound audio-terrorist sound collage, subversive sonically.

by Sarah Zupko

30 Sep 2010


Photo: Sequoia Emmanuelle

San Francisco’s Beats Antique craft a delicious, multi-cultural, genre-defying musical gumbo that feels truly omnivorous. The ensemble is comprised of producers David Satori and Tommy Cappel—who have trekked worldwide sampling the world’s cultures—and producer/belly dancer (yes, you read that right) Zoe Jakes. Beat Antique’s new album is Blind Threshold and it draws broadly from hip-hop, dub step, Balkan brass, dance, Middle Eastern textures and more. Today we present the online premiere of the first single, “There Ya Go”, featuring John Popper of Blues Traveler. If you like what you hear, catch the group at one of their upcoming shows, listed after the jump.

by William Carl Ferleman

30 Sep 2010


Trent Reznor, of Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels, plans to develop a dystopic, science fiction television series based on Nine Inch Nails’ rather Orwellian LP Year Zero (2007). Reznor recently composed the score for the film The Social Network, but this latest news seems more fitting and purposeful; it is more aligned with Reznor’s personal artistic vision. 

Also, Reznor has, in fact, professed that Year Zero was more of a score instead of a conventional record. That said, this project should be a true challenge:  it is one thing to compose a score for a film and quite another to translate a score into a decent, compelling TV series. And if the pathetic trailer to the album and the tired and trite “Survivalism” video are indicative of anything that might occur visually in this series, Reznor is a lost soul indeed.

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