RIP: Don Kirshner, Brill Building publisher, The Monkees producer

RIP: Don Kirshner, Brill Building publisher, The Monkees producer

From Rolling Stone:

Don Kirshner, the music industry impresario who established the Brill Building group of songwriters in the Sixties and later hosted a weekly live music television program called Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, has died at the age of 77.

Kirshner began his career as jingle writer, but eventually found himself working behind the scenes as the head of the publishing company Aldon. At Aldon, Kirshner brought together the group of songwriters — including Neil Sedaka, Carole King, Gerry Coffin, Burt Bacharach, Neil Diamond and Laura Nyro — who would become known as the Brill Building.

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Dr. Dre announces release date for OK Computer

“4/20, baby. 4/20, I’m coming,” said Dr. Dre.

He’s referring to his long-awaited release, OK Computer, an album featuring four discs intended to be played simultaneously on four different stereo systems.

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Supergrass singer Gaz Coombes is halfway done with his solo debut (or halfway undone, depending on how you look at it)

So, I’m readin’ Spinner the other day, right? And they’re all-like, “even though Britpop legends Supergrass have only been done for like nine months after 17 years together… blah, blah, blah, frontman Gaz Coombes is already hard at work on his debut solo album.” Or something like that. Anyway, so I’m like, “whoa, really? Who’s this guy think he is?” And I keep on readin’.

And you’ll never believe this guy Coombes. He’s like “telling all” here! Apparently, the record is being co-produced (whatever that means) by Sam Williams, who was twiddlin’ the knobs or whatever-ya-call-it for that first Supergrass album I Should Coco, and features Coombes playing all the instruments by his precious, lonesome self. Then he starts in with the artsy-fartsy particulars and all that. “It’s going well actually,” he says. “I’ve got five or six completed and totally mixed, so half the album’s totally finished, and the other half is written and just in the process of recording bits and bobs and finished vocals. It’s sounding great, I’m really chuffed.” Get a load of this guy! It’s like he’s freakin’ talking to Barbara Waters or some shit, right? And like, what the heck does “chuffed” mean anyway?! This guy’s somethin’ else.

So, yeah. I’m readin’ on, and Coombes is just talkin’ up a storm about all his motivations and this and that, saying how instead of feeling the urge to take a break after Supergrass split up, he “just really wanted to make [an album]” and gabbing on about how he had “a really productive couple of months, after the split. There’s a lot of songs that came from frustration, that feeling of ants in your pants, just a lot of energy blasted out.” Eee-ee-eew! Gross, right?! Like, what’s this sick-o’s problem, am I right?!

But then I’m thinkin’ to myself: like, what is this shit gonna sound like? Is it one of those things that’s all ‘different’ and ‘ambitious’? Cuz I don’t like music with a buncha bells and whistles and clicks and pops and all that, you know. But swear to god, just as I’m sittin’ there thinkin’ this stuff, there’s Coombes explaining it all! “It’s upbeat in many places, mixed with driving beats, in a cinematic, sort of psychedelic way. Will it scare Supergrass fans? I really don’t know… a lot of the drums are different odd cut up beats and weird things which I love. I need to do those things, get them out quick and spontaneous. That was the idea, spontaneous quick expression of my basement world.”

So, that’s basically the last freakin’ straw for me. I’m all like, “Jeez, check out the ‘artiste’ over here, right?” And I close the freakin’ browser tab or whatever-ya-call-it and I’m swearin’ up a storm about this Coombes guy, you know, cuz I’m hot under the collar. And, well… long story short, that was the first time I was ever “escorted” out of the public library.

• Supergrass:
• Gaz Coombes on Twitter:

of Montreal coming to YOUR city to say “thanks!”

Hey, all you music fans! of Montreal is going back on tour to entertain you with their top-of-the-line stage show, life-like props, unexpected covers, and totally danceable music! The band has announced a four-week North American tour that kicks off in our nation’s capital and will see the band visit the individual homes of every US citizen who bought the band’s latest release on Polyvinyl, False Priest (TMT Review), so that lead-singer Kevin Barnes and co. can offer up individual thanks to each fan.

The tour, which unfortunately can’t visit each and every fan personally, will be stopping in over 20 American cities so that all the loyal of Montreal devotees can watch the band they helped turn into one of last year’s critical favorites. “We’ll have some new props and things, but those ones are secret. Maybe I’ll come out and do a Muddy Waters cover or something,” Barnes told Spin magazine, before elaborating that fans can expect old tunes (such as those featured on the recent Ambivalent Stumbling Hysterical Dispatches retrospective digital box set), new tunes (such as those to be featured on a new EP the band is working on), and cleverly-picked cover songs on the new tour.


04.02.10 - Halifax, NS - Halifax Multi Purpose Centre
04.28.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
04.29.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
04.30.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
05.01.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise
05.02.10 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
05.03.10 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix
05.04.10 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
05.05.10 - Chicago, IL - The Vic
05.06.10 - Omaha, NE - The Slowdown
05.07.10 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
05.08.10 - Denver, CO - The Ogden Theatre
05.09.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
05.11.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market
05.12.10 - Portland, OR - Roseland
05.13.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
05.14.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
05.15.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
05.17.10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
05.18.10 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall
05.19.10 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
05.20.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Buckhead Theatre

• of Montreal:
• Polyvinyl:

Panda Bear finalizes Tomboy release date, but I’m so cool that I’m waiting for the Tomboy follow-up announcement

I step out for lunch, run an errand, and Panda Bear suddenly decides to drop the release date for Tomboy. What a world! Anyway, it’s official now: the new album, Panda Bear’s fourth solo full-length, is scheduled for release on April 19 via AC’s Paw Tracks label. You’ve probably heard several tracks already through the series of vinyl singles released last year by Domino, Paw Tracks, and FatCat (another is forthcoming on Kompakt), but boy, you’ve never heard the songs like this before! Actually, you really haven’t — each song has been remixed with help from Sonic Boom.

Sit tight for more details. We’ll have ‘em soon.

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• Paw Tracks:

[Photo: Brian DeRan]

La Sera give the people what they want, assuming the people want a new single, a new album, and an extended tour

Katy Goodman (a.k.a. Kickball Katy a.k.a. the bassist for Vivian Girls) knows what the people want. See, what they want is more music from her dream-pop project La Sera, and that’s exactly what they’re going to get when Goodman releases the Devils Hearts Grow Gold 7-inch on January 18 (check out the track now over at the Chocolate Grinder) and a self-titled album on February 15. What the people also want is to be able to see La Sera live. And, what do you know, they’re going to get that, too, as La Sera’s winter tour has been extended all the way into the spring. What more could the people ask for? Nothing.

Devils Hearts Grow Gold tracklist:

01. Devils Hearts Grow Gold
02. Dedicated to the One I Love

La Sera dates:

01.17.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
02.01.11 - London, UK - Madame Jojos
02.02.11 - Gent, Belgium - Charlatan
02.03.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02.04.11 - Hamburg, Germany - TBD
02.05.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Magstraede
02.08.11 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver
02.11.11 - Berlin, Germany - Monarch
02.12.11 - Cologne, Germany - King Georg
02.15.11 - Dijon, France - La Vapeur
02.16.11 - Lyon, France - Sonic
02.18.11 - Paris, France - Club Folamour
02.19.11 - Bristol, UK - Start the Bus
02.20.11 - London, UK - The Lexington
03.02.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom !
03.03.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House !
03.04.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s !
03.05.11 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel !
03.07.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 !
03.08.11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle !
03.10.11 - Nashville, TN - The Basement !
03.11.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl !
03.12.11 - Orlando, FL - The Social ^ !
03.13.11 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum ^ !
03.15.11 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish @ HOB !

* w/ Screaming Females
! w/ Tennis
^ w/ Dum Dum Girls

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• Hardly Art:

[Photo: Brady Hall]



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