Last week, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon featured the first ever television appearance of Liquid Liquid, who performed their classic 1981 deep cuts “Optimo” (non-televised and seen above) and “Cavern”, which was sampled infamously and illegally by Grandmaster Melle Mel’s anti-drug anthem “White Lines” (and allegedly recorded when they were slammed out of their minds on coke). Less unearthly and rhythmically disorienting than the originals (possibly due to the show’s acoustics), the band still nevertheless prove themselves to be insanely adept at their craft.
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If you’re a music fan in San Diego or someone who sets a lot of store in the English rock press, then you’ve been waiting for a follow-up to Dirty Sweet’s superlative 2007 release, ...Of Monarchs and Beggars. The “skuzzy, ass-kicking rawk n’ roll” glorified by the NME is winning hearts and minds all across Europe as the band continues an extensive tour that will take them through May at the Moulin Blues Festival in the Netherlands.
American Spiritual is available now on Acetate Records, and can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon. “You’ve Been Warned” is the first single, a perfect example of the band’s fresh and relevant take on what many dismiss as a throwback genre. The only thing anachronistic about these guys is the stuff in their closets. And if you get a chance to see them live, do it—you’re in for a treat.
Hooray for Earth is a frighteningly innovative NYC band currently penciled in as THE hottest freshman act of the new decade. Their already acclaimed MOMO EP will see proper release via Dovecote Records on June 1st. Upon the EP’s release, the band will hit the road for a tour supporting current buzz kingpins Surfer Blood and Pains of Being Pure at Heart. In the meantime, they’ve dropped a video for leadoff single “Surrounded By Friends”. The video finds HFE frontman Noel Heroux taking a spin through a universe that bears a striking resemblance to that of Mario Kart…had Mario and Luigi shared a bottle of wine and a couple of Vicodin before hitting the road. Oh, and there’s Muppets too.
Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” is a rocket chart single and debuted on iTunes yesterday. Here’s a live take on the tune recorded for ABC back in September of last year. This is one of the rare songs Lambert has recorded that she didn’t pen herself.
Wondering if an iPad as e-reader is worth it? Don’t have a spare $500 to find out? Check out Steve Jobs’ preview of iBooks, the iPad reading app.
Of course, iBooks isn’t the only e-reader app for the iPad out there. Industry giant Amazon already has a Kindle app, and a lot of market share. And iBooks isn’t pre-loaded on Apple’s new doohickey, meaning users have to go to the app store—presenting a possibly major stumbling block in Apple’s e-book marketing plan.
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""If Drivin' N' Cryin' sounded as good in the '80s as we do now, we could have been as big as Cinderella." -- Kevn KinneyREAD the article