WTF? Your Favorite Album Covers... With More Tacos

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (+ Taco)It's Monday.  You know what you're missing?  A blog dedicated to bringing you classic album covers with tacos photoshop'ed on them.  Yeah, some people have too much time on their hands.

While Unknown Pleasures is good, I think my favorite might be Sonic Youth's Goo.

Cee-Lo's Fuck You/Shawshank Redemption Video Mash-up

A couple of days ago Cee-Lo released a lyric-video (need a youtube account to view) to his new song, "Fuck You".  While that was great on it's own there was no need to write an Excellent Online post about it since it was pretty much covered on every blog in the known universe.  But now the fine folks at the Dallas Observer took it one step further and overlayed the song into some of your favorite movie scenes.  They used the track in Shawshank Redemption, Dirty Dancing, and Say Anything.  Shawshank is one of my favorite movies of all time and so it made me laugh out loud (aka LOL), watch it below.


Bez Goes To Jail

A couple of  weeks ago we mentioned that Bez was convicted of assult because he choked his girlfriend because he though she stole his money.  NME is reporting that he rejected to perform unpaid work (aka community service?) and instead took a four week sentence in prision.

Elbow Are Recording A New Album About Their Childhood, "Lippy Kids"

Elbow have been on a pretty amazing streak of great albums.  Actually, I can't think of a "bad" Elbow album and their shows are getting better and better every time I see them live.  Naturally, I cannot wait for their next record which is slotted for next year.  BBC 6 Music interviewed Guy Garvey, the lead singer, and he said that the working title for the album is, "Lippy Kids".

The album is about 75% complete and they are all currently excited about the the record so far:  "We're all buzzing off it. You have periods of nervousness and then you have periods of elation. And we're all buzzing off it at the minute."

Man Commits Suicide At Swell Season Gig

Around 10pm last Thursday, right after the Swell Season played, "When Your Mind's Made Up", a man jumped off the roof and fell to his death about three feed from lead singer Glen Hansard.  Glen walked over to the man, not knowing what happened, and then quickly left the stage.  A doctor in the audience attempted CPR but was unsuccessful.  The band has issued a statement regarding the tragedy:  "The band, crew and all involved with them are shocked and saddened by the unfortunate events of last night. Their hearts go out to the victim and his friends and family."

Phil Selway (Radiohead Drummer) Streams Tracks From His Upcoming Solo Album

Phil Selway is the drummer for Radiohead and he's going to release a solo album very soon called, "Familial".  You can stream four songs from the upcoming release over at soundcloud (via MusicSlut).

The BBC reviewed the album and say it's a rather mellow (that's me paraphrasing, I'm not a writer), "In fact, even the most fervent of Radiohead fans might lack the patience to get excited about this humble collection. But therein lies its charm."



The Orb Set to Release A New Album With Pink Floyd's David Gilmour (Sort of)

This is kind of an odd one.  Last year on David Gilmour confirmed that he was working with the Orb.  Actually, he was just working with 1/2 of the Orb, Youth.  A fan-run blog about David Gilmour has recently elaborated on the project.  They say that David is NOT working with the Orb.  He merely went into the studio and jammed with Youth to work on one track.  The Orb then took that jam session and used the material across an entire album called, Metallic Spheres, which will be released in October as, "The Orb featuring David Gilmour".

What's funny about this is that NME picks up the story and pastes the headline, "The Orb to release new album featuring Pink Floyd's David Gilmour."  And they link to the fan-run blog which clearly states, "David is not working with the Orb on a new album..."

The Orb will always be special for me.  After the shoegazing days of the early nineties, I picked up "U.F.Orb" and was blown away by the 15 minute long ambient tracks.  They were the "band" that introduced me to electronic music and opened my eyes to a world of great music without drone-y guitars.

Justin Bieber Slowed Down Sounds Like Sigur Ros

Justin Bieber is the new teen fad and over at reddit, someone posted a link to one of this songs playing at 1/8th the speed of the original and it oddly sounds like Sigur Ros.

I know what you're thinking.  If you slow down Justin Bieber and it actually sounds like Sigur Ros, then speeding up Sigur Ros must sound like Justin Bieber right?  Not quite.

Radio and RIAA Want to Force Devices To Include FM Radios. Why Won't They Die Yet?

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the RIAA are lobbying Congress to mandate that FM receivers should be put into cell phones, PDA's and other portable devices. 

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the group of device makers and they'll have to add support for all these FM receivers has a slight problem with it.  CEA president Gary Shapirio:  "The backroom scheme of the NAB and RIAA to have Congress mandate broadcast radios in portable devices, including mobile phones, is the height of absurdity."

At first I was outraged because this is silly but I have since learned that several devices (iphone, google's nexus one) already have an FM receiver but they just aren't enabled.  So that's cool, no additional cost.  But c'mon, do we really need the government propping up the dying radio stations?  (speaking as someone who listens to Pandora and NPR)

Peter Hook Brings Unknown Pleasures to the US

Peter hook is the legendary bassist for Joy Division and New Order.  On the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis' death, he performed Joy Division's album, Unknown Pleasures, in full.  This December he will bring the tour to the US on a quick nine date US jaunt that starts in Washington DC on December 1st and wraps up in Los Angeles on December 11th. 

Personally I'm a little torn about this.  On one hand, I have never seen Joy Division live and this will probably be the closest chance I get (and no, the cover band, Joy Revision, doesn't count).  On the other hand, I'm not sure if this is memorializing the legendary singer or is it just continuing to cash in.