Monthly Archives: January 2009

CHANNEL GUIDE Wed – Thurs

 

Compiled by Blurt Staff

 

206 digital, satellite and hi-def channels and nothin’ on?
Not likely. Here are BLURT’s top music television picks of the day. The time is
followed by the network/cable/satellite channel, then the name of the program
and/or featured artist(s). All times are EST.

 

 

 

TIME (EST) / CHANNEL
/ PROGRAM / ARTIST(S)

 

Wednesday, January
28:

 

11:00 VH1 Classic Albums: Phil Collins Face Value

4:00 VH1 Classic Concerts:Pink Floyd live Dark Side of the
Mon

6:00 Sundance: Spectacle – Elvis Costello With… the Police

7:00 Sundance: Spectacle – Elvis Costello With…Rufus
Wainwright

8:00 Sundance: Spectacle – Elvis Costello With…Kris
Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Norah Jones, John Mellencamp

9:00 Sundance: Spectacle – Elvis Costello With… Renee
Fleming

10:00 Sundance: Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man

11:30 CBS David Letterman: Menwe

11:35 NBC Jay Leno: Neville Brothers

12:05 ABC Jimmy Kimmel: Disturbed

12:35 NBC Conan O’Brien: Cold War Kids

1:35 NBC Carson
Daly: Katy Perry

 

 

Thursday, January 29:

 

7:30 AM: Sundance: Robyn Hitchcock Sex, Food, Death &
Insects

11:00 VH1 Classic Albums: Sex Pistols Never Mind the
Bollocks

5:00 VH1 Classic: Brucs Springsteen Live In NYC

7:00 VH1 Classic: Mudcrutch

9:00 VH1 Classic: Backbeat (Beatles biopic)

11:00 VH1 Classic: BBC Electric Proms – Paul McCartney

11:30 CBS David Letterman: Graham Nash

11:35 NBC Jay Leno: Franz Ferdinand

12:05 ABC Jimmy Kimmel: Kraak & Smaak

12:05 Sundance: Spectacle – Elvis Costello With… Renee
Fleming

12:35 NBC Conan O’Brien: Mike Birbiglia

 

20th Annual GLAAD Noms Announced

 

Musicians in the
running include Sam Sparro, Magnetic Fields, Jay Brannan, k.d. lang, Hercules
and Love Affair.

 

By Fred Mills

 

“How our lives are portrayed in the media doesn’t make a bit
of difference, it makes all the difference.”

 

So says Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) president
Neil G. Giuliano, and in this post-Bush milieu, his words couldn’t be any
truer. It’s no coincidence that one of the finest – if not THE finest – current
films is Milk, the Harvey Milk biopic
starring Sean Penn in the title role, and since there has to be a yin for every
yang we’ve got the horrendous passing of Proposition 8 in California. Which
taken into the context of Giuliano’s comment, of course, means that we as a
nation espousing tolerance and equality still have a helluva long way to go.

 

This week the annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominees were
announced – “Fair. Accurate. Inclusive. And Impossibly Glam.” goes their
tagline – and just a glance at the entire list of nominees, from Outstanding
Film (Milk is there, of course, but
were you expecting Nick and Norah’s
Infinite Playlist
?) to Outstanding Drama Series (likewise, there’s The L Word, but you gotta admit
including True Blood is awfully cool,
too) to the scores of other categories in the entertainment business and
electronic/print media, is akin to viewing a microcosm of who we, as Americans,
are culturally.

 

The Awards ceremony will be held March 28 in New York – this will be
the 20th year GLAAD has presented its awards, and the categories
continue to expand as the organization recognizes those people and institutions
that are going above and beyond.

 

Big props, incidentally, to Billy Elliot: The Musical book and lyrics by Lee Hall, music by Elton John (Outstanding New York Theater:
Broadway & Off Broadway category); “Gay in Wasilla” by Julie
Bolcer, Advocate.com (Outstanding Digital Journalism Award – take THAT, Sarah
Palin); “I Don’t Judge” IKEA (Outstanding Advertising – Electronic);
and “Will You Marry Me?” Absolut Vodka (Outstanding Advertising –
Print).

 

 

Oh, and also to:

 

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST

Jay Brannan, goddamned
Hercules & Love Affair, Hercules & Love Affair
k.d. lang, Watershed
The Magnetic Fields, Distortion
Sam Sparro, Sam Sparro

 

 

Check
‘em out at their MySpace pages and hear some tunes; they’re all amazing
musicians, and we salute ‘em. This has been a public service announcement –
with rainbow-hued guitars – from BLURT.

 

Jay
Brannan: www.myspace.com/jaybrannan

Hercules
and Love Affair: www.myspace.com/herculesandloveaffair

k.d.
lang: www.myspace.com/kdlangmusic

Magnetic
Fields: www.myspace.com/themagneticfields

Sam
Sparro: www.myspace.com/samsparro

 

 

Check out the Hercules and Love Affair vid for “You Belong”:

 

 

 

 

Blurt's "Exclusive" Kelly Clarkson Pics!

 

 

Nobody in our office
wrote that headline, honest.

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

With the entire friggin’ planet reeling from the news that the
video for Kelly Clarkson’s hit song “My Life Would Suck With You” had been
taken down at YouTube – it was posted to the video sharing site last night but
quickly removed per the request of her record label, since plans are for it to
officially debut tonight during American
Idol
– BLURT staffers gathered ‘round the boardroom table and anxiously
debated whether this type of juicy controversy would be sufficient to write up
a, you know, snarky news item.

 

A few hours later we sobered up, rubbed our eyes and said,
collectively, “Naaaah….

 

But we do have a coupla stills from the shoot that the label
leaked to the press prior to the brou-ha-ha….

 

 

 

Don’t you feel better now? Somebody buy us a drink, please.

 

Simmons Launches Label, Disses Idolator

 

KISS icon also tries
to pick a fight with Idolator (or vice versa, depending on how you look at it)…

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

Word arrives via the trusty RSS feed that KISS
bassist and media entrepreneur Gene Simmons is now donning a new hat: label
mogul.

 

 

That’s right, he’s starting up Simmons Records via a
distribution deal with Universal, and there’s a twist: he’s going to be
concentrating on bands from Canada, additionally signing up to be the keynote
speaker a the Canadian Music Week music conference being held March 11-14.

 

Writes Simmons at his official website, “If
you’re reading this and you’re in a Canadian band (only!!!)…and you believe
you’re the next Elvis or Beatles (don’t we all…)…go to SIMMONSRECORDS.COM and
we will tell you how YOU can submit your electronic demo. This is serious. We
are signing 3 new acts the first year. We intend on launching them from Canada and then
worldwide. Hopeful artists must also include a video with their demo, as this
is the 21st century and that stuff is important.”

 

Hey, any way a band can get a leg up these days is okay with us. Interested
artists can go to the Simmons site for instructions on how to submit music,
videos, etc. for his consideration.

 

We might add, however that most credible indies these days are releasing way
more than a paltry three records a year. Simmons might want to consider casting
his net a tad wider. It’s not like the multi-millionaire will take much of a
hit if the label loses a bundle of money, eh?

 

Meanwhile, as word of the Simmons enterprise began spreading, our friends at
Idolator.com weighed in:

 

“Gene Simmons was scratching his head
over how to make money off recorded music in late 2007, but in 2009, he’s figured
out a plan: Embrace the idea of Canadian content wholeheartedly. No, really:
The Kiss bassist has launched Simmons Records, a label that will “make
sure that the next generation of world stars [emanates] from Canada.”
And nowhere else! (At least not yet.)

“It’s an intriguing proposition, for sure, as our neighbors to the north have
had many an artist who’s been crazy famous in his homeland but hasn’t quite
reached star status once it ventured beyond the Canadian borders. (For every
Barenaked Ladies, there are a dozen bands that play second fiddle to them on
their cruise.) How Simmons will turn bands from Canada into superstars who eclipse
the likes of Bryan Adams and Celine Dion is as yet unclear, but I’m going to
hazard a guess that lots and lots of merchandising will likely be involved.
(Hey, since clicking the “submit a demo” link at the top of the page
triggers an e-mail to one gene.simmons@umusic.com, maybe I should ask him?)”

 

To which Simmons himself posted a rebuttal to Idolator at his site’s blog:

 

Here’s an amateur who’s achieved
nothing in his life. Read it. You will see the built in bias…the arrogance of
US media.

What are YOU and I going to do about it? We’re going to shame this guy into
submission. We will send him and his ilk back to fish wrapping factory they
escaped from.

How are we going to do it? We’re going to find, develop, nurture and launch new
talent emanating from — CANADA!!!.
That’s right, Baby.

Why here? Because you actually DO have the talent. And now, you have a WAY.

ME. Send us you electronic demos.

Oh, and the asshole who posted the story? He gets no free tix, no backstage
passes, and therefore, he won’t have access to our parties and our girls. All
Naysayers can get in line. It forms over there…to my left.

Oh Ye of Little Faith.

 

To which Idolator replied at their blog:

 

Kiss bassist/serial entrepreneur Gene
Simmons got wind of yesterday’s
post about his all new Canadian-artists-only record label
, and he is not
pleased! He took to the blog of his recently relaunched Simmons Records and went off, calling
the person who penned it (a.k.a. me) “an amateur who’s achieved nothing in
his [
sic!] life” and saying that soon enough, I
and my ilk would soon be sent “back to [the] fish wrapping factory they
escaped from.” (NB: I
am writing this from
my parents’ house, so maybe he has a point.) But then, in a frenzy of whipping
up Canadian nationalism and
not linking to our
site (ahem), his threats got even worse! No access to his girls! As if I didn’t
need enough reasons to quit this business already.

 

Catfight!

 

Some of the replies posted at the Idolator blog are worth the price of
admission, by the way. Among the gems:

 

“Any time, from now on, when Gene
Simmons talks shit, just recall his sex tape, and how the hooker he was with in
it wouldn’t even kiss him…oh, and that he has sex with hookers while listening
to “I Want To Know What Love Is”.”

 

“I love how in his head Canada is just
hopeless until he got there. Somehow he’ll find a way to take credit for
inventing hockey and Molson, which will only add to his list of inventions
(rock music, comic books, merchandise, the Jon Bennet Ramsey murder, etc). He
can also add “not properly researching something before posting it to the
internet” to that list too.”

 

Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow.

 

 

 

Gomez-Phantom Planet-Maroon 5 Summit

 

One
credible band out of three (guess which one) isn’t exactly good odds, but what
the heck… By the way, maybe they should have researched that band name just a
bit more before deciding on it, considering its already-extant connotations and
associations…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

The 14 musicians who make up OPERATION ALOHA had
an amazing opportunity. With a month of free time in between tours, recording
and the general chaos of their schedules, each musician flew to the beautiful
island of Maui, Hawaii to live in a strange compound of tree houses with
friends whom they respect and share common interests with. Captivated by the
magnificence of the island, members of Maroon 5, Gomez and Phantom Planet,
among others, decided to plug in some instruments and see what happens. The end
result is a collection of songs that captures the tranquility, freedom and
spirit of Hawaii.
Their self-released and self-titled debut will be released on May 12th.

 
Allowing themselves to step away from their usual roles and be inspired by bohemian
living and a no-constraints approach to songwriting and recording, OPERATION
ALOHA experiments with a love of blues inspired rock and Hawaiian folk music,
to create a clever collection of songs that draws from the fantasy of escape.

 
From the charming swagger of “Failure” to the emotional depth of
“Phone Booth,” to the slack key coloring of “Ika Pono” and
the organic harmonies on “Elephant Pharmacy,” OPERATION ALOHA is a stunning album of naturalistic pop and a uniquely conceptual work from a
group of talented musicians.
 

 

 
Operation Aloha Musicians:

Dajon Everett (Gomez)
Ian Ball (Gomez)
James Valentine (Maroon 5)
Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5)
Olly Peacock (Gomez)
Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet)
Christopher Wray-McCann (Photographer)
Charles Danek
Fil Krohnengold (All Spots To Black)
Mathew Chaney
Maureen Wray-McCann
Nadav Kahn (Kahn Brothers)
Saam Gabbay
Will Nash

 

 

I.R.S. Records Finally Goes Digital

 

Legendary label comes
up a unique blend of full-album downloads and single-track cherrypicking.

 

 

By Blurt Staff

 

It’s an impressive back catalog by any measure – that of
I.R.S. Records, which helped bring such artists as R.E.M., the Go-Gos, Let’s
Active and Wall of Voodoo to national prominence. But the label has been
noticeably absent from the digital realm, leaving iPod-rocking fans clutching
their battered vinyl and scratched up CDs, wondering when, if ever, they’d get
to experience the I.R.S. era in a highly compressed audio format. Until now…
read on.

 

 

***

 

 

Beginning
February 10 and continuing until March 17, more than 100 albums and tracks from
the celebrated vault of I.R.S. Records will make their digital release
debuts.  In an extensive, six-week online
catalog campaign by Capitol/EMI, I.R.S. classics by The Fleshtones, Wall of
Voodoo, Concrete Blonde, Oingo Boingo, The dB’s, General Public, Stewart
Copeland,  Robbie Krieger, Tom Verlaine,
and many others will be available for the first time for DRM-free download from
all major digital service providers. Four new Best Of The I.R.S. Years digital collections will also be released,
for The dB’s, Over The Rhine, dada, and Dread Zeppelin.

 

 

Founded
in 1979 by Miles Copeland and Jay Boberg, I.R.S. (International Record
Syndicate) Records established itself as home base for an eclectic and
cutting-edge roster of artists. While launching R.E.M., Concrete Blonde and The
Go-Gos to international stardom, I.R.S. also championed many less-known but
critically-acclaimed acts whose I.R.S. recordings continue to resonate
today. 

 

 

Capitol/EMI’s
digital campaign shines a light on many I.R.S. Records mainstays and future
stars by making more than 100 albums and tracks digitally available for the
first time. These new digital essentials join already available digital titles
from the pioneering label’s archive by R.E.M., The Go-Gos and others.

 

 

Included
in the staggered, six-week launch are 14 tracks by New York garage band The
Fleshtones, three albums and 10 tracks by Los Angeles “Mexican Radio” rockers
Wall of Voodoo, three albums and a new Best
Of the I.R.S. Years
collection from acclaimed power-pop group The dB’s,
eight tracks by Let’s Active, and two albums by alternative rock pioneers
Concrete Blonde.

 

 

Also
included are seven tracks by Lords of the New Church, the post-punk supergroup
featuring Stiv Bators of The Dead Boys, Brian James of The Damned, Dave
Tregunna of Sham 69 and Nicky Turner of The Barracudas, six tracks by new wave
faves Oingo Boingo, three albums by Australian rock / art funk band Hunters
& Collectors, four albums by British reggae singer Pato Banton, three
albums by electronic music pioneer Gary Numan, two albums by the triple
Grammy-winning musician, composer and producer William Orbit, and one album by
Nuclear Assault, the metal band founded by former Anthrax bassist, Dan Lilker.

 

 

I.R.S.
tracks and albums by Stewart Copeland, Robbie Krieger, Jools Holland, General
Public, Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Tom Verlaine, Dread Zeppelin, Havana 3
A.M., Beat Rodeo, Drywall, The Bears, Monks of Doom, Timbuk 3, Over the Rhine,
Lillian Axe, The Truth, Three O’Clock, Balancing Act, Dave Sharp, Animal Logic,
Caterwaul, dada, Wazmo Nariz, Reckless Sleepers, and Shok Paris are also
included in the digital campaign.

 

 

 

I.R.S. RECORDS DIGITAL
CATALOG CAMPAIGN (Capitol/EMI)

**
in title lists below, ALL CAPS = ALBUM; lowercase = track

 

 

WEEK ONE:  February 10

DRYWALL – WORK THE DUMB
ORACLE

Fleshtones – American Beat
’84

Fleshtones – Cold, Cold,
Shoes

Fleshtones – Deep In My Heart

Fleshtones – Girl From Baltimore

Fleshtones – I’ve Gotta
Change My Life

Fleshtones – Let’s See The
Sun

Fleshtones – Ride Your Pony           

Fleshtones – Right Side Of A
Good Thing

Fleshtones – Roman Gods

Fleshtones – Screaming Skull

Fleshtones – Shadow Line

Fleshtones – Stop Fooling
Around

Fleshtones – Theme From “The
Vindicators”

Fleshtones – World Has
Changes

DAVE SHARP – HARD TRAVELLIN’

Wall of Voodoo – Back In
Flesh

Wall of Voodoo – Call
Box (1-2-3)

Wall of Voodoo – Call Of
The West

Wall of Voodoo – Crack
The Bell

Wall of Voodoo – Factory

Wall of Voodoo – Lost
Weekend

Wall of Voodoo – Mexican
Radio

Wall of Voodoo – On
Interstate 15

Wall of Voodoo – Red
Light

Wall of Voodoo –
Tomorrow

WALL OF VOODOO – HAPPY PLANET

WALL OF VOODOO – SEVEN DAYS
IN SAMMYSTOWN

WALL OF VOODOO – UGLY
AMERICANS IN AUSTRALIA 

 

 

WEEK TWO:  February 17

ANIMAL LOGIC – ANIMAL LOGIC
II

CATERWAUL – PIN AND WEB

CATERWAUL – PORTENT HUE

CONCRETE BLONDE – CONCRETE BLONDE

CONCRETE BLONDE – FREE

STEWART COPELAND – THE
EQUALIZER

DADA – AMERICAN HIGHWAY FLOWER

DADA – PUZZLE

GENERAL PUBLIC – HAND TO
MOUTH

General Public – General
Public

General Public – General
Public (12″ Version)

General Public – Hot You’re
Cool

General Public – Never You
Done That

General Public – Tenderness

Lords Of The New Church –
Apocalypso

Lords Of The New Church – Eat
Your Heart Out

Lords Of The New Church –
Holy War

Lords Of The New Church –
Li’l Boys Play With Dolls

Lords Of The New Church –
Livin On Livin

Lords Of The New Church –
Portobello

Lords Of The New Church –
Question Of Temperature

Wazmo Nariz – Checking Out
The Check Out Girl

Oingo Boingo – Ain’t This The
Life

Oingo Boingo – Bachelor Party

Oingo Boingo – I’m So Bad

Oingo Boingo – Only A Lad

Oingo Boingo – Something
Isn’t Right

Oingo Boingo – Violent Love

 

 

WEEK THREE:  February 24

THE BEARS – RISE AND SHINE

THE BEARS – THE BEARS

BELINDA CARLISLE
– BELINDA

DADA – BEST OF THE I.R.S.
YEARS

LILLIAN AXE – POETIC JUSTICE

LILLIAN AXE – PSYCOSCHIZOPHRENIA

NUCLEAR ASSAULT – SOMETHING
WICKED

WILLIAM ORBIT – ORBIT

WILLIAM ORBIT – STRANGE CARGO
3

OVER THE RHINE
– BEST OF THE THE I.R.S. YEARS

OVER THE RHINE – EVE

OVER THE RHINE
– PATIENCE

OVER THE RHINE
– TILL WE HAVE FACES

TIMBUK 3 – BIG SHOT IN THE
DARK

TIMBUK 3 – EDEN ALLEY

TIMBUK 3 – EDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

TIMBUK 3 – GREETINGS FROM
TIMBUK 3

JANE WIEDLIN – JANE WIEDLIN

 

 

WEEK FOUR:  March 3

PATO BANTON – STAY POSITITVE

PATO BANTON – UNIVERSAL LOVE

PATO BANTON – VISIONS OF THE
WORLD

PATO BANTON – WIZE UP

HAVANA 3 A.M. – HAVANA
3 A.M.

JOOLS HOLLAND – WORLD OF HIS OWN

HUNTERS & COLLECTORS –
FATE

HUNTERS & COLLECTORS –
HUMAN FRAILTY

HUNTERS & COLLECTORS –
LIVING DAYLIGHT

THREE O’CLOCK – ARRIVE
WITHOUT TRAVELING

THREE O’CLOCK – EVER AFTER

THE TRUTH – JUMP

THE TRUTH – PLAYGROUND

THE TRUTH – WEAPONS OF LOVE

 

 

WEEK FIVE:  March 10

THE DB’S – BEST OF THE I.R.S.
YEARS

THE DB’S – REPERCUSSION

THE DB’S – SOUND OF MUSIC

THE DB’S – STANDS FOR
DECIBELS

DREAD ZEPPELIN – BEST OF THE
I.R.S. YEARS

MONKS OF DOOM – COSMODEMONIC
TELEGRAPH

MONKS OF DOOM – FORGERY

GARY NUMAN – NEW ANGER

GARY NUMAN – OUTLAND

GARY NUMAN – SKIN MECHANIC

 

 

WEEK SIX:  March 17

BALANCING ACT – CURTAINS

BALANCING ACT – THREE SQUARES

BEAT RODEO – HOME IN THE
HEART

BEAT RODEO – STAYING OUT LATE
WITH BEAT RODEO

ROBBIE KRIEGER – NO HABLA

Let’s Active – Blue Line

Let’s Active – Crows on a
Phone Line

Let’s Active – Easy Does It

Let’s Active – Everyword
Means No

Let’s Active – Make Up With
Me

Let’s Active – Ring True

Let’s Active – Room With A View

Let’s Active – Waters Part

RECKLESS SLEEPERS – BIG BOSS
SOUNDS

SHOK PARIS – CONCRETE KILLERS

SHOK PARIS – STEEL AND STARLIGHT

TOM VERLAINE – FLASH LIGHT

 

 

 

 

Telefon Tel Aviv’s Cooper Found Dead

 

 

Had been missing since
last Wednesday; his band’s new album was released last Tuesday.

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

 

Sad news in the indie world today: Charles Wesley Cooper III of Telefon
Tel Aviv, who had been missing from where he’d been staying at a residence in Chicago since around
midnight January 21, was found dead last night. An autopsy is being conducted
today to determine the cause of death and no other details have been released
as of this writing.

 

According to CBS2Chicago.com, Cooper, 31, originally from Louisiana, was staying
with a friend when he and his girlfriend got into an argument. He subsequently
left and no one had heard from him since. Reports indicate that Cooper had
threatened suicide in the past but did not do so last week.

 

 

At Telefon Tel Aviv’s MySpace blog, Cooper’s collaborator in
the duo Joshua Eustis posted the following:

 

 

 

Hello, Everyone.

It breaks my heart to inform you all that Charlie Cooper, my better half in
Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on January 22nd.

We have been friends since high school, and began making records together a
decade ago.  We have been so fortunate to tour the world together, while
at the same time having a massive amount of laughs at one another’s expense.

Aside from Charlie’s singular genius and musical gifts, I can tell you that he
was a total sweetheart of a guy, and a loving friend and confidant to people
everywhere.  His musicianship was surpassed only by his greater gift to
the world – his warmth, his generosity, his unquenchable humor, and his undying
loyalty to those whom he loved.  In the spirit of honorable mention,
however, I should mention that he had a shoe collection that was marvelous,
knowledge of hip-hop that was profound, and knowledge of wine that was subtle.

He is survived by a sister, a neice, a nephew, his mother, his stepfather, me,
and more adoring friends than the Universe has dark matter.  As such, his
family and I ask for your discretion and consideration of our privacy during
these extremely turbulent waters.

Yours in Music,

Joshua Eustis

 

 

BLURT would like to extend our sincerest condolences to
Eustis and to Cooper’s family. We have a review of the band’s new album, Immolate Yourself, set to run this week
– it’s an astonishing album by any measure, a tribute to Eustis and Cooper’s composing
and performing gifts. “Few are the bands that go full bore into an ’80s sound,
apropos of nothing but their own nostalgic appreciation,” writes reviewer Robert
Ham. “One of these rare groups is Telefon Tel Aviv, a duo that mines the
surprisingly deep reserves of technopop groups like Heaven 17, Visage and OMD
to construct their own punchy electronically enhanced sound.”

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Mike Greenberg]

 

 

 

Willowz’ Follin Serves Up Solo Sizzle

 

Don’t worry, Willowz
fans – the band ain’t breakin’ up. They’re prepping their fourth album, to be
recorded with producer Stuart Sikes.

 

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

 

 

Willowz guitarist/vocalist Richie James Follin has assembled
an all star cast for his first solo album, Battle: Dan Horne from Beachwood Sparks and
Mezzanine Owls played pedal steel and acoustic bass,  Juan Paul Caballero
from Dios Malos played electric bass, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and Band of
Horses played guitar, organ, and piano. Luke Paquin of Hot Hot Heat played
guitar, Loren Humphrey on drums, Christof Certik from Winter Flowers played
mandolin and Jennifer Argenti on the violin.

On Independence Day 2008, Dan Horne threw a BBQ at his home/ studio and
everyone showed up to put down their contribution to the record.  With
free range chicken and ribs sizzling on the BBQ, Battle was made. Starting out as a solo
project Battle rapidly became a common ground for
artistic creation. Follin has stripped away any imposing force and created a
sound that captures the collectives mood. A mood that is free to move without
guidelines. A mood that is felt and shared by all.

 
In the era of “singer songwriter on every block”, RJF takes it a step
into the future with a nod to the past. The process takes place in Los Angeles, CA.
A recording studio in a ranch style house in Echo Park
was the backdrop complete with vintage equipment such as plate reverbs and true
echoplex audiophilia. A sort of “anti technology” approach not
typical in the southern California
region with studios in every bedroom, this record nearly adheres to a more
campgroundesque-lets-all-play-together at a gathering and hope someone
documented the songs. By day’s end, Horne had recorded 12 songs for Battle.

 

The album will be available at www.richiejamesfollin.com  and through iTunes starting April 7. Those
who purchase the album through richiejamesfollin.com will also have the option of CD and vinyl. The site will also be offering a
year subscription where people can get the downloads and other additional
tracks throughout the year made available only through the website. This will
also include a DVD with live footage.

 
Track listing:

1. ROAST
2. PRIZE
3. BATTLE
4. HOST
5. CALLING
6. CIRCLE
7. WORDS
8. REASON
9. COLT
10. COMING
11. ROSE
12. TRANSLATE
 

 

 

 

 

NME Award Nominations Announced

 

 

 

Among the artists
expecting to rack up: Oasis, Alex Turner, Radiohead, MGMT, Kings of Leon.

 

By Fred Mills

 

It may seem slightly after the fact (or beside the point),
but last night the so-called “Shockwaves NME Awards 2009” nominees were
announced
– among them, Oasis, who received nods in 7 categories (notably, both
“Best Band” and “Worst Band”). Also receiving multiple nominations: the Arctic
Monkeys/Last Shadow Puppets’ Alex Turner, Radiohead, MGMT and – just to prove
that the British still have inscrutable taste in American bands – Kings of Leon.

 

The full list is below. The NME further reports that the
Godlike Genius award goes to the Cure this year. The awards ceremony will take
place Feb. 25 in London,
while the Big Gig concert will be the following night at the O2 arena featuring
the Cure, Franz Ferdinand, Crystal Castles and White Lies.

 

 Fans can cast ballots
at www.nme.com/awards.

 

 

 

 

 Best British
Band supported by Shockwaves

Bloc Party
The Last Shadow Puppets
Muse
Oasis
Radiohead

Best International Band supported by 4music
Crystal Castles
The Killers
Kings Of Leon
MGMT
Vampire Weekend

Best Solo Artist
Ladyhawke
Laura Marling
Lightspeed Champion
Jay-Z
Pete Doherty

Best New Band supported by Bench
Glasvegas
Late Of The Pier
MGMT
Vampire Weekend
White Lies

Best Live Band supported by Red Stripe
The Killers
Kings Of Leon
Muse
Oasis
Radiohead

Best Album supported by HMV
Bloc Party – ‘Intimacy’
Glasvegas – ‘Glasvegas’
The Killers – ‘Day & Age’
Kings Of Leon – ‘Only By The Night’
Oasis – ‘Dig Out Your Soul’

Best Track supported by NME Radio
Kings Of Leon – ‘Sex On Fire’
The Last Shadow Puppets – ‘The Age Of The Understatement’
MGMT – ‘Time To Pretend’
The Ting Tings – ‘That’s Not My Name’
Vampire Weekend – ‘A-Punk’

Best Video supported by NME TV
The Last Shadow Puppets – ‘My Mistakes Were Made For You’
Late Of The Pier – ‘Heartbreak’
Oasis – ‘The Shock Of The Lightning’
Radiohead – ‘House Of Cards’
Vampire Weekend – ‘A-Punk’

Best Live Event
Glastonbury
Isle Of Wight
Reading and Leeds
T In The Park
V Festival

Best TV Show
Gavin & Stacey
The IT Crowd
The Mighty Boosh
Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Skins

Best Film
The Dark Knight
Juno
Quantum Of Solace
Twilight
Wall-E

Best Dancefloor Filler
Bloc Party – ‘Mercury’
Crystal Castles – ‘Courtship Dating’
Dizzee Rascal & Calvin Harris – ‘Dance Wiv Me’
Friendly Fires – ‘Paris’
Late Of The Pier – ‘Bathroom Gurgle’

Best DVD
Arctic Monkeys – ‘At The Apollo’
Foo Fighters – ‘Live At Wembley Stadium’
Kaiser Chiefs – ‘Live At Elland Road’
Muse – ‘HAARP’
The Rolling Stones – ‘Shine A Light’

Hero Of The Year
Alex Turner
Barack Obama
Brandon Flowers
Noel Fielding
Noel Gallagher

Villain Of The Year
Amy Winehouse
George Bush
Gordon Brown
John McCain
Pete Doherty

Best Dressed
Alex Turner
Alexa Chung
Brandon Flowers
Noel Fielding
Noel Gallagher

Worst Dressed
Amy Winehouse
Brandon Flowers
Johnny Borrell
Katy Perry
Pete Doherty

Worst Album
Britney Spears – ‘Circus’
Coldplay – ‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends’
Jonas Brothers – ‘A Little Bit Longer’
Razorlight – ‘Slipway Fires’
Scouting For Girls – ‘Scouting For Girls’

Worst Band
Fall Out Boy
Jonas Brothers
Oasis
Scouting for Girls
Tokio Hotel

Sexiest Male
Carl Barat
Keith Murray
Matt Bellamy
Miles Kane
Pete Doherty

Sexiest Female
Alison Mosshart
Hayley Williams
Kate Jackson
Lykke Li
Stephanie Dosen

Best Website
Bebo
Facebook
Last FM
MySpace
YouTube

Best Venue
Brixton Academy
Manchester Apollo
London Astoria
Glasgow Barrowlands
London O2 Arena

Best Album Artwork
The Cure – ‘4:13 Dream’
Guillemots – ‘Red’
The Killers – ‘Day & Age’
Muse – ‘HAARP’
We Are Scientists – ‘Brain Thrust Mastery’

Best Band Blog
Foals
Lightspeed Champion
Little Boots
Noel Gallagher/Oasis
Radiohead