Blonde Redhead is a New York indie-rock trio consisting of Kazu Makino (female) and Italian twins Simone and Amedeo Pace (males). With a sound often compared to that of Deerhoof and Sonic Youth, Blonde Redhead has been developing an ethereal style of their own since 1993, working with the likes of Guy Picciotto (Fugazi) and Alan Moulder (mixer of the illustrious Smashing Pumpkins, U2, and NIN). But more importantly, they're a bitchin' drink!
Blonde Redhead Martini:
Ingredients-- - 3/4 oz Vanilla Stoli - 1/4 oz Chambord - 1 1/2 oz dry champagne - 1 1/2 oz 7-up - Splash of lemon juice
Fill martini shaker with ice, add Vanilla Stoli and Chambord; shake. Pour into a sugar-rimmed martini glass, top off with Champagne, 7-Up, and a splash of lemon juice. Garnish with wedge of pink grapefruit. Get trashed on sugar-booze.
Chicago trio Dianogah have always been distinct in that, instead of the usual bass/drums/guitar lineup, they're anchored by bassists Jason Harvey and Jay Ryan and drummer Kip McCabe. Hard to believe it's been five long years since they released the stellar Millions of Brazilians (Southern), but thankfully the wait is over, as they've recently announced a comeback of sorts with a new album.
Harvey confirmed last week that the upcoming, as-yet untitled LP consists of 12 new songs and "features guest appearances by Andrew Bird, Mark Greenberg, Stephanie Morris, and Billy Smith." Although the LP is slated for a May release, Harvey insists an exact release date is still up-in-the-air.
The band has two upcoming dates, one next weekend in Milwaukee and a record release party at Chicago's famed Hideout May 31 that will include Bird, Greenberg, Morris, and Smith all playing their respective parts.
Millions Of Tourdates: 02.09.08 - Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club* 05.31.08 - Chicago, IL The Hideout#
It's not all songs about anti-consumerism and torturing someone in your basement for Michael Gira anymore! Oh no! After the demise of his abrasive and often disturbing New York rock group Swans, Mr. Gira chose to eschew the heavy rock sound with which his name had become synonymous and focus on crafting more quietly menacing albums both on his own and with his art-folk project The Angels of Light.
Michael Gira currently resides in the Catskill Mountains, where he is much less frightening but busier than ever before. In between writing books I wouldn't want my mom to read, discovering Devendra Banhart, and founding Young God Records, Gira has also managed to book a solo European tour this February. After fleeing the frigid climes of northern New York state, Michael Gira will bring his darkly beautiful brand of Americana to Italy and the Iberian peninsula. Surely there's time for a side trip to Andorra, Mr. Gira?
Michael Stipe: All right guys, we need to pick some hip openers for this upcoming tour so people realize we’re still a relevant band.
Mike Mills: But, Michael, our last album came out in 2004, and all three of us are in our early-‘50s or late-‘40s. We’re no spring chickens here!
Peter Buck: He’s right, you know.
Stipe: Sigh. Fine, I guess you’re both right. Sometimes it’s just hard for me to admit that we’re not as cool as we were during the ‘90s.
Buck: No worries, man, the fans are still out there.
Mills: I think you’re onto something though, Michael. We need to book some up-and-comers for this tour, if we ever want to land a new generation of fans.
Buck: What about that National band?
Stipe: National? What kind of a band name is that?
Mills: No, they’re pretty good actually. I read about them on one of those blogging websites. Apparently they’re originally from the Midwest, they have self-deprecating lyrics, and they love The Boss.
Stipe: Well, any band that loves Bruce is fine by me. Let’s give ‘em a call!
Buck: Hey, do you guys think we should try and get a cool sponsor for this tour as well? I hear those youngsters really like that PBR drink... what about PBR Presents: R.E.M. Summer 2008?
Mills: Yeah, Peter, you took it a bit too far there. Let's just add Modest Mouse too and call it a day. I need a steam anyway.
See The National live out their boyhood fantasies by opening for R.E.M. at the following dates: 02.22.08 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn Next Festival 02.23.08 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) 05.23.08 – Vancouver, BC – Deer Lake Park & 05.29.08 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl & 05.31.08 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theater & 06.03.08 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre & 06.06.08 – Chicago, IL – United Center & 06.08.08 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre & 06.10.08 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre & 06.11.08 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion & 06.13.08 – Boston, MA – Tweeter Center & 06.14.06 – Long Island, NY – Jones Beach & 06.18.08 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center & 06.21.08 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre &
We're living in a post-9/11 world. Anyhoo, Beck's Odelay was reissued this week as a 2CD set, with remixes, B-sides, and much more (TMT News). What we or any other media outlet failed to report, however, was that this "Deluxe Reissue" also came complete with a brand spankin' new, incorrect lyric sheet!
According to Beck's publicity company:
The first pressing of the recent Odelay Deluxe Reissue was found to have gone out with unproofed lyrics that were taken from a lyrics website as place holders for layout purposes.
Beck apologizes for this unfortunate oversight and is making arrangements for the corrected lyrics to be available gratis via Beck.com. Subsequent pressings of the Odelay Deluxe will also include the corrected lyrics.
Of course, Beck's way too cool to actually apologize himself on his webpage or on his MySpace. But wait -- is it even his fault? Was he doing the layout for the Odelay reissue? Was he supposed to give the final green light or something?
Either way, I like the new lyrics better. "GOT A DEVIL'S HAIRCUT! IN MY MINE!"