Charlatans in Not-to-Split Shocker!

Lots of people have been talking about the possible demise of THE CHARLATANS lately, what with Tim Burgess apparantly permanently relocated to the States and the commencement of his first solo album - but Timmy himself shocked the hell out of all of us this week when he posted to the forum on the band's official website to reveal that four songs have been finished for the next Charlatans album, and that fans should be able to hear the tunes "later in the year."

Lock Up Yer Trainers, The Bluetones Are Back!

THE BLUETONES have officially unveiled a release for their new single - it's a double A-side of "Fast Boy" and "Liquid Lips" - now scheduled for UK release on April 21. The band's new album - reportedly to be in a completely new musical direction - will follow the single sometime in May.

Smitten with 60's Pop Gone Awry

Japanese popkids Elekibass kick off their 11 date US tour tomorrow with a show in Tallahassee, Florida. After opening for Of Montreal on their first trip to the states a few years ago, this will be the first time the band headlines a tour over here (on tour with fellow Happy Happy Birthday To Me artists 63 Crayons). Elekibass' cross between "Sgt. Pepper" and the Archies is absolutely infectious during their live shows. You can find the band at Happy Happy Birthday To Me or at a venue near you.

Ladytron - Live

Ladytron in Boston - Pain in Monotone

Since Ladytron are one of the shapers of the "electroclash" sound, and they are also one of the best (mostly because of their love of a thing called "melody"), I surely forgave them for playing up all the electroclash cliches on "Light & Magic" as they still brought the melodies.


Coachella too far? Try Bonnaroo!

Hiding in the summer festival shadows right now is the Bonnaroo Music Festival . This fest is scheduled for June 13-15 and takes place on a farm about 60 miles south of Nashville, TN. While acts are being confirmed everyday, some of those set to perform already include Sonic Youth, Tortoise, The Roots, Ben Harper, Kid Koala, Mix Master Mike and many more. Sorry, no Blur.

Blur added to Coachella Lineup

JR posted a message to the list about Blur being added to the Coachella lineup. And sure enough, I went to and there they are on the Saturday list right betweeen Queens of the Stoneage and Groove Armada. I'm sure a couple of you want to change your vote in the current poll right about now. :)


Interpol, Calla
Berbati's Pan, Portland, OR
Feb 14, 2003

I really wanted to do this review without using the J word. I knew it was going to be a struggle, as I have yet to read a review, or any press at all without it being used gratuitously throughout, but I went into the gig with an open mind.


Geezers Need Excitement

Mike Skinner (aka The Streets) has just scheduled a quick jaunt across the ocean to our shores. The seven city tour includes an appearance on The Tonight Show.

'The Music' Album For Only Seven Bucks

Torr Leonard mentioned that The Music's self-titled debut album will be released in the US on Tuesday, February 25th and will only be 7.99 at Tower Records. Steve Markoff then replied and said you can pre-order it now from Best Buy for a measly 6.99! I love it when new releases are priced so damn cheap!

...And the Official Coachella Lineup

Not much to say really. Just click on the 'read more' link to get the official lineup. Obviously this is subject to change, blah blah blah...

Saturday: Beastie Boys, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Queens of the Stone Age, Groove Armada (live), Blue Man Group, The Donnas, N*E*R*D, Ladytron, Felix Da Housecat, Masters At Work (Little Louie Vega and Kenny "dope" Gonzales), Kinky, Roger Sanchez, Darren Emerson, Talib Kweli, Peanut Butter Wolf/Jaylib (Jaydee & Madlib)/Wildchild, Badly Drawn Boy, The Libertines, Gomez, The Music, Hot Hot Heat, Idlewild, Amon Tobin, Ben Kweller, Joseph Arthur, Particle, Christopher Lawrence, Division Of Laura Lee, South, Stereo Total, The Mooney Suzuki, Nightmares On Wax, Herman Cantanneo, D:Fuse, Spymob.

Sunday: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The White Stripes, Underworld, Jack Johnson, Primal Scream, Blue Man Group, Sonic Youth, Thievery Corporation, Cafe Tacuba, Fischerspooner, Dirty Vegas, Deep Dish, Richie Hawtin, Timo Mass, The Mars Volta, Johnny Marr and The Healers, G. Love and Special Sauce, Rooney, Ben Folds, Tortoise, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, The Polyphonic Spree, Mouse on Mars, El P/Aesop Rock/RJD2/Mr. Lif/Murs, Black Eyed Peas, The Von Bondies, Whirlwind Heat, The Kinison, DJ Irene, 22-20's, DB, Eisley.

Tickets go onsale February 22 at 10am through Ticketmaster. They're going to be 75 bucks each day plus a limited number of 2-day passes for 140 bucks (ouch!). Doors open at noon and the free parking lot opens at 10am. See you there!!!