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Friday, Jun 25, 2010

As a tween, my middle-school’s playing field was located next to the local “Alternative School”. The oft-repeated joke amongst my ska-punk loving classmates was that rather than signifying that it was a special institution for kids expelled from the mainstream education system, the “Alternative” adjective meant that everyone who went there was “forced to listen to Bush all day long”.


Bush, the big-in-the-U.S.A. British rock band fronted by Gavin Rossdale, pretty much disappeared from the radio within the next couple of years, but at the time they were the epitome of the post-grunge “alternative” rock bands that—to my friends’ jaded 12-year-old minds at least—seemed to ape old-fashioned cock-rock more than it did Kurt Cobain. (I’ll always wonder what the old crew thought of Rossdale’s 2008 more-saccharine-than-“Glycerine” solo track “Love Remains the Same”?)


Well now Bush is back, reforming for their first shows in eight years and a new album, Everything Always Now. The first single, “Afterlife”, is currently streaming on their website (though it looks like you’ll have to make the potentially humiliating step of declaring your love for Bush on Facebook to listen to it). The sound is a little different, but mainly because this song seems to be influenced by current rock-radio mainstays like Nickelback and Lifehouse. All you “Greedy Fly” lovers out there feel free to check it out at the link below…


“Afterlife” [streaming]


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Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010

Clinic has announced that their sixth album, titled Bubblegum, will be released on Domino October 4 (UK) and October 5 (US). Domino has also provided a brief medley of the album.



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Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010

For almost five decades, Herbie Hancock has provided listeners with a wide variety of traditional and experimental jazz records. With 46 studio albums, 12 Grammy Awards (including the award for Best Album for 2008’s River: The Joni Letters) and one Oscar under his belt, there is very little the iconic pianist and composer has left to accomplish.


Therefore, it is always interesting to see what route Hancock plans on taking with each project. Since his 1962 debut, Takin’ Off, he has written and recorded everything from jazz standards to electronic and hip-hop based instrumentals.


For his newest record, The Imagine Project, Hancock decided to go a route similar to that of his last two albums. For 2005’s Possibilities, he recruited John Mayer, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon and Trey Anastasio, among others, to cover a range of popular R&B and rock hits. In 2008, he invited singers like Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner and Norah Jones to cover songs by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell on River: The Joni Letters.


On 22 June, Hancock’s Imagine sees him collaborating with more contemporary artists, including John Legend, Pink and Dave Matthews. On the record’s opening track, a cover of John Lennon’s Imagine, Pink, India.Arie, Jeff Beck and Seal join Hancock for a jazzed up version of the 1971 tune. Matthews shows up later to help out on another Lennon-penned tune, 1966’s “Tomorrow Never Knows”, off the Beatles’ Revolver.


The album is currently streaming on NPR.


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Thursday, Jun 17, 2010

Even though the Boo Radleys all went home some years ago and the name Brave Captain seems to be retired permanently, that doesn’t mean that Britpop stalwart Martin Carr hasn’t slowed down. Hot off the heels of his first proper “solo” album, Ye Gods and Little Fishes, Carr still regularly writes and records songs relegated to being online MP3s only. He’s no stranger to digital distribution—under his Brave Captain moniker, he released the entire album Distractions for free.


“Parliament of Owls” is his latest foray, seven minutes of psychedelics that doesn’t get too tie-dyed on you.



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Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010

Some mornings you wake up to great news that can carry you for the rest of the day until your landlord shows up and demands this month’s rent. Today just happened to be such a day. 


As of 10 a.m. EST, pre-sales of the forthcoming Arcade Fire tour have gone live through their website.  For those who have been able to listen to the new singles (available for a spin here and on their website), it sounds like another exceptional album.  The Suburbs’ title track permeates with dystopian melancholy, while ‘Month of May’ channels a powerful punk core and is infused with their recognizable sense of urgency. They kick-off their tour next week in Quebec before hitting the summer festival circuit in North America and Europe, with a few scattered shows with Spoon in between.


Arcade Fire - The Suburbs cover art

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs cover art


Tour dates:


7-June Sherbrooke QC – Theater Granada
8-June Sherbrooke QC – Theater Granada
30-June Rättvik, Sweden – Dalhalla
2-July Tromøy, Norway – Hove Festival
4-July Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
9-July County Kildare, Ireland – Oxegen Festival
12-July Quebec, Canada – Quebec City Summer Festival
13-July Ottawa, Canada – Ottawa Bluesfest
31-July   Montreal, QC – Osheaga
1-Aug   Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavillion
2-Aug   Philadelphia, PA – Mann Centre for the Performing Arts (w/ Spoon)
4-Aug   New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (w/ Spoon)
6-Aug   Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion (w/ Spoon)
8-Aug   Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
9-Aug   Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11-Aug   Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/ Spoon)
14-Aug   Toronto, ON – Olympic Island
27-Aug Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
27-Aug Reading, UK – Reading Festival
29-Aug Saint Cloud, France – Rock En Seine
2-Sept   Bologna, Italy – I-Day Festival


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