My Bloody Valentine, Lower Dens, Silversun Pickups and more

So the big news this week is that the My Bloody Valentine reissues are finally going to get released.  Good for them that it's finally getting done.  Also good for Kevin Shields that he's finally working on some new material.  It's only been 20 years.

The other link about Rodney on the Roq is kinda random.  My friend Brian asked me if he was still on the air so I looked him up and was happy that he's still being broadcasted on KROQ in Los Angeles.  His show is where I heard a lot of bands for the first time on the radio.  Granted I was getting most of my new music from friends, reading NME, and watching this public access show called Request Video.  But as Brian pointed out those were simpler times.  You'd read about bands in the NME, then Rodney would play them, then you'd make the hour long drive out to some dingy record store in LA to buy the import single for 10 bucks.  That's right, TEN bucks for three or four songs.

Don't get me started on how pissed I was when bands started doing that CD1/CD2 bullshit.  There are a lot of people that long for the good ol' days of record collecting, but I can't stand it.  Going to a good record store and casually walking around and picking up stuff is fun every once in a while.  But when we were kids we were obsessive about it.  And we poured tons of money into it.  So I'm glad that technology has brought us to this point where we can access way more music for less.  I think it opens it up to more people.  More people who can't spend 20 bucks on two CD's with 6 songs each.  Oh yeah, and since it's a double single, the main track is going to be on both CD's.  Plus that main track is already on the album anyway.  So you're really only buying four bsides for 20 bucks.  And if they just phoned it in by throwing on some bullshit remixes then fuck them.  God I love music but it's so frustrating.


Smattering of News That's All Over the Place.

The news was a little light last week as I spent a bunch of time in the hostpital with my wife as she was recovering from giving birth to our son.  YAY!  I'm a father!


Tons of Good Shows Coming Up...

Lots of good tour news last week.  I bought tickets to see Godspeed but got my scheduling messed up because it's on the same day as Coachella.  Damn, would've loved to see Godspeed at Big Sur, CA.  If you ever get a chance to drive up the California coast, do it.  But remember, it's a LONG drive so make sure you plan accordingly.


Godspeed, Avalanches, Stone Roses, Chemical Brothers live film, Adam Ant tour dates? So much stuff this last week.

Lots of stuff this week.  I'm using the "predict a coachella appearance" expression a bit too much for my taste.  There are just a lot of tour dates announced and they all put bands in Southern California in late April.  In any case, lots of good stuff this week, enjoy!


The Avalanches Might Actually Kinda Sorta Maybe Release Their Second Album

'Since I Left You' was released on November 27th, 2000.  We're just a few months shy of a full TEN years between releases and there are reports from the band's webmaster that they might have an album done "soon".  The only thing that remains are some guest vocals by Areil Pink.  Plus they will probably have a very tough time getting the sample clearance, their debut (and only) album had over 3,500 samples!!  So this year might finally see the Avalanches return, but as a friend said to me, "that's really cool news, but for all I know it could be 10 more years for Ariel Pink to do the vocals."  *sigh*

Sample Breakdown of The Avalanches "Frontier Psychiatrist"

Remember that classic track by the Avalanches, "Frontier Psychiatrist"?  Someone analyzed all the samples that they used and it's a pretty impressive amount of tracks:

  1. From the movie Polyester
  2. Maurice Jarre - Overture
  3. Harvey Mandel - Wade in the water
  4. Enoch Light Singers - My way of life
  5. Wayne and Shuster - Frontier Psychiatrist - I was a T.V. addict
  6. Flip Wilson - Cowboys and colored people - Midget - Riot suit
  7. Silvana mangano - El negro zumbon

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Sophomore Album From The Avalanches Coming Soon (Maybe)

It is really hard to believe that it has already been seven years since The Avalanches blew our minds with their debut album, Since I Left You. Well, it seems that their follow-up may actually be on the horizon - Source

Correction: Ash Join Moby's Area2

The Doves, Dieselboy, and Blue Man Group are the latest additions to Moby's Area2 festival. The Doves and Blue Man Group will be added to the main stage while Dieselboy will perform in the dance tent with Carl Cox, John Digweed, DJ Tiesto, the Avalanches, and DJ Dan