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"You Were a Kindness": The National's Heartfelt New Single PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 September 2010 15:28

According to the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine, "You Were a Kindness" is the next single to be released by The National, even though it was not featured on their 2010 album release, High Violet.

"This gloomy piano track pulls you so deep into the fog of a bad breakup that you'll want to call one of your exes and apologise for everything." Indeed, it's easy to visualise baritone Matt Berninger reaching for his phone and, accompanied by bar piano, singing into his beer glass, "You made a slow disaster out of me... Why would you shatter somebody like me?"

In August, The National unveiled this haunting new track “You Were a Kindness” on Minnesota Public Radio’s “The Current.” (Click here to listen.)

Formed in 1999, the Ohio-raised, Brooklyn-based band consists of vocalist Matt Berninger fronting two pairs of brothers: Aaron (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 September 2010 19:31
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Parenthood hasn't mellowed Sleater-Kinney's Tucker PDF Print E-mail

Parenthood hasn't mellowed Sleater-Kinney's TuckerNEW YORK (Billboard) - The prevailing cultural attitude, at least for the middle-class, Caucasian, Western world, seems to be that the moment a woman gives birth, her taste in culture dies. "Mom blogs" peddle mewling folk singers, and your infant suddenly determines not only your musical preferences, but your outlook on life.

Corin Tucker, who co-founded the critically adored rock band Sleater-Kinney in the '90s and helped lead the trio through an accolade-laden career, admits that being a parent -- she has two children -- has changed some of her views. But she makes it clear that her debut solo album, "1,000 Years," out October 5 on Kill Rock Stars, is not "mom rock."

"I joked at one point that I was bringing sexy back to moms," Tucker says from her home in Portland, Oregon. "But this album is from a different place; I'm older and more comfortable now. I can take the time to work on the music and the craft, and I'm not so impulsive."

Tucker says that she looked to icons like Joan Jett and Patti Smith for inspiration. "Patti is in her 60s and she is still making vital music," she says. "It doesn't have to be about being a sexy 25-year-old. You can still make an intense, driving record."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 September 2010 11:21
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Carl Barat moves on with solo album, fatherhood PDF Print E-mail

Carl Barat moves on with solo album, fatherhood(Reuters) - Carl Barat is a busy but a happy man these days.

The British singer and guitarist, who is about to become a father, will release his self-titled debut solo album on October 4.

There is also a book of memoirs out on September 30, and icing on the cake, Barat reunited with his former Libertines bandmates and fellow frontman Pete Doherty for two triumphant and highly emotional gigs at the Leeds and Reading festivals last month.

Barat told Reuters in an interview he was in favor of a third Libertines album following the comeback gigs but that right now his agenda was: "My album, my tour and my baby."

"I am very happy, nervous and excited. It's time for a change. It's time to move on," the 32-year old Barat said, as he confirmed he would have a boy in December.

Barat was in Paris to promote his 10-track solo album that also features collaborations with musicians like The Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon or Andrew Wyatt of Swedish electro-pop band Miike Snow.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 September 2010 11:23
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Flamingo Offers Flowers to Killers' Victims PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 September 2010 13:12

Flamingo Offers Flowers to Killers' VictimsThe Killers' Brandon Flowers is set to release his debut solo album Flamingo in the UK on Monday, September 6th, and in the US on September 14th. The album has already been preceded by Flowers’ first self-penned solo single "Crossfire" which is currently #6 on the US Alternative Songs' Chart and reached #8 in its first week on the UK Singles Chart, where it features on both the A playlist for BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2.

On their website, Spin magazine showcases exclusive 45-second preview clips of all 10 album tracks (click here), together with an interview with Brandon Flowers published earlier last month.

The theme of Flamingo is inspired by Flowers’ hometown, Las Vegas, known as "Sin City". He named the album after Flamingo Road, in the heart of Vegas, where he had his first job and met his wife, Tana. Sam’s Town, the casino which inspired the title of The Killers’ 2006 album release, is also situated on Flamingo Road.

The songs on Flowers’ debut solo album were originally penned for his band, The Killers, “on a cheap Yamaha keyboard on the bus” during their Day and Age tour. Within the album there are other references to Flowers’ experiences in Las Vegas. He says the opening track, “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas”, is “an anthem to the iconic sign” that welcomes visitors to the city.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 September 2010 12:51
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Pearl Jam to mark 20 years at Young's charity gig PDF Print E-mail

Pearl Jam to mark 20 years at Young's charity gigNEW YORK (Billboard) - Pearl Jam fans, save the date: guitarist Stone Gossard says the closest thing to a 20th birthday gig for the band will be a slot on the bill of Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit in northern California on October 23 and 24.

"The only thing we've got going on in October is Bridge School, which is really special," Gossard told Billboard while in New York to support the new album by his side-band, Brad. "So that's our 20th anniversary, which is fitting. It's perfect: not too blown up. It's not about us, it about all those kids that are on stage with you and about Neil Young and his commitment, his influence."

It will be Pearl Jam's eighth Bridge appearance. The group first played the benefit, which supports Young's school for children with severe physical disabilities, back in 1992.

The Bridge School dates, which will likely be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, begin the day after Pearl Jam's exact anniversary. The band, then called Mookie Blaylock, played its first show in Seattle's tiny Off Ramp club on October 22.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 August 2010 13:35
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R.E.M.'s fifteenth studio album Collapse Into Now features vocals by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, American singer-songwriter Patti Smith, and Canadian-born electronic musician Peaches.

In October, R.E.M.'s manager Bertis Downs told BBC Radio 6 Music that the band's new album will be called Collapse Into Now. Yesterday, multi-instrumentalist Mike Mills revealed on SPIN that the new album, due to be released early next year, has a more "expansive" sound than 2008's Accelerate and includes some special guests.

The twelve-track release is produced by Garret "Jacknife" Lee, who produced Accelerate and whose credits also include studio albums for Snow Patrol, U2, Block Party, Weezer, and Editors. The album includes "All the Best," "Walk It Back," and the record's closing song "Blue," which features vocals from Patti Smith. The band has yet to announce a full tracklisting. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder sings on "It Happened Today," and Peaches is the vocalist on a track which has the word "alligator" in its title and features guitarist Lenny Kaye, best known as a member of the Patti Smith Group.

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