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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hillside 2011 Announces Line-up

For twenty eight years the Hillside Festival in Guelph, Ontario has been a favourite for Canadian festival goers. Looks like 2011 will continue the streak as the line-up for this year’s event looks positively stellar. Running from July 22nd to 24th the annual event will be returning to the Guelph Lake Conservation Area with a host of delectable talent.

THE WOODEN SKY live at Hillside Festival from Stedfast Media on Vimeo.

Impressive and diverse some of those appearing include: Shad, Braids, the Rural Alberta Advantage, Little Scream, Dan Mangan, Mother Mother, Hollerado, Karkwa, Kevin Drew with the Beauties, Grimes, Old Man Luedecke, Lost In The Trees, Doug Paisley, Snailhouse, Gobble Gobble and One Hundred Dollars .

So make a weekend of it. Go camping, eat some great food, and share some time with like minded individuals. Tickets for the event go on sale at starting May 7th. If you're in Ontario, you can also buy tickets from Ground Floor Music (Guelph), Soundscapes (Toronto) or Encore Records (Kitchener). You can also pick them up from the Hillside Office in Guelph, but only on May 7th.

Stay tuned tuned to Hillside's website for the details to be finalized.

You can see all the artists currently scheduled for the fest below, and watch for more to be announced soon .

Hillside 2011 Line-up:

Chali 2na
Charlotte Cornfield
Common Grackle
Etran Finatawa
The Fugitives - Spoken word
Hannah Georgas
Ganga Giri
Graveyard Train
Hooded Fang
Emmanuel Jal
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Kevin Drew and The Beauties
Seun Kuti
Little Miss Higgins
Little Scream
Lost In The Trees
Dan Mangan
The Midway State
Modern Field Recordings
Mother Mother
North Mississippi Allstars
Old Man Luedecke
One Hundred Dollars
Gobble Gobble
Pat Jordache
Doug Paisley
Paper Lions
The Recipe - Spoken word
Rundown Royalty
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Serena Ryder
Shannon Kingsbury Band
The Stanfields
Sweet Thing
Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy
These United States
Les Tireux d'Roches
Jude Vadala
Chris Velan
The Woodshed Orchestra and Shlomo

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

UPDATE: Ride, Rise, Roar with David Byrne

As promised, an update to David Byrne news from earlier this year... Information today that the former Talking Heads front man, accomplished solo artist and damned fine author’s concert film Ride, Rise, Roar will soon be available to the masses. The release features a spectacular Vancouver show; Loaded with behind-the-scenes footage, including auditions, rehearsals and interviews with Byrne's players and crew are featured. The result is an in-depth look at the unique combination of modern dance and pop music that was produced on the extensive Everything That Happens Will Happen Today* 2008 and 2009 tour. (*The record that Byrne collaborated with Brian Eno.)

Ride, Rise, Roar will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 31st via Eagle Rock Entertainment. More information about the film can be found here while a trailer for the film is available below.

Ride Rise Roar Trailer from Hillman Curtis on Vimeo.

Friday, April 15, 2011

• “I love the smell of them. I love that people actually care for and know about the music they are selling.”

“I think it’s high time the mentors, big brothers, big sisters, parents, Guardians, and neighborhood ne’er do wells, start taking younger people That look up to them To a real record store and show them what an important part of life music really is. I trust no one who hasn’t time for music. What a shame to Leave a child, or worse, a generation orphaned from one of life’s great beauties. And to the record stores, artists, labels, dj’s, and journalists; we’re all in this together. Show respect for the tangible music that you’ve dedicated your careers and lives to, and help It from becoming nothing more than disposable digital data.”

- Jack White
Thank you Neko Case for the byline and Jack White for the inspirational words today.  Did I mention that tomorrow (April 16th) is Record Store Day? Hmmmm, thought so... Not to beat you over the head with this one too much but this is something important. As Jack White so eloquently expressed above, independent record stores are retail treasures and need to be appreciated as such. Get out to one tomorrow and pick up a record or eight. Buy one for your niece, nephew, son, daughter, BFF and kitteh. Chances are there will be cake too; Or a band like the Head and the Heart (featured below) playing in the store. (Man I wish I lived closer to Seattle.)

The Head And The Heart - Lost In My Mind (not the video) from Sub Pop Records on Vimeo.

Be sure to let me know what you got in the comments below.

Have fun! And Happy Record Store Day!

Rubbing Your Nose In It – Glastonbury 2011 Lineup announced

The lineup for the 2011 installment of the venerable and muddy musical institution, the Glastonbury Festival was unveiled today. In addition to uber popsters U2, the massive mudfest will also feature sets by Morrissey, Big Audio Dynamite, Primal Scream, Hothouse Flowers, Robyn Hitchcock, Suzanne Vega, Billy Bragg and Nick Lowe.

The U.K. festival is set for June 24th -26th and in addition to U2 (who will be directly preceded the first night by Morrissey himself), features headliners Coldplay and Beyonce. Other big-ticket acts on the bill: Elbow, Paul Simon, The Chemical Brothers, Cee-Lo Green, DJ Shadow, Glasvegas, and many, many, muddy more. 

So put your "Wellies" away, unfortunately the festival is long sold out but you can see the whole lineup here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Color Me Obsessed Coming to Toronto

Organizers of Toronto’s NXNE Festival and Conference have announced a screening of Color me Obsessed. Yes, that one… That much ballyhooed flick I blogged earlier about this being the first documentary to unravel the myth of the much loved The Replacements... Labelled “the last best band” by Spin Magazine, this one is not to be missed.  Yes THAT one.

'Obsessed' Director Gorman Bechard was himself a huge fan: “The Replacements should have been the next Rolling Stones,” he says, “and to the people who loved them, I think they were.”

With over 140 interviews with rockers (Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Tommy Ramone, Grant Hart and Greg Norton of Husker Du, all three members of Goo Goo Dolls), journalists (Robert Christgau, Legs McNeil, Ira Robbins, Greg Kot, Jim DeRogatis), and fans, Color me Obsessed is the story of (to many) the greatest rock band of all time: The Replacements.

Not sure of exact dates yet. The NXNE Festival runs later this year from June 13th to the 19th.

Plan to attend! I’ve heard only great things about this one.

I’ll post more information on additional festival goings on as they become available.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Same Band You've Always Known

A month ago the White Stripes announced that they would cease to be but promised audio treasures from their recording vaults would be made available soon. News today then that the White Stripes' final gig recording is set to be released as a live album. Jack and Meg White's last show together took place on July 31, 2007 in Southaven, Mississippi. The album will come out on vinyl and has been given the ubiquitous title 'Live in Mississippi'.

(See below for the full track listing.)

The defunct band is also set to release a new DVD, 'Under Moorhead Lights All Fargo Night'. This release was recorded at Ralph’s Corner Bar in Moorhead, Minnesota on June 13, 2000.

Also, one of the White Stripes' first ever recordings, a cover of Love's 'Signed DC', will also be released on seven-inch vinyl. It also features a B-side: a cover of Otis Redding's 'I’ve Been Loving You Too Long'.

These releases are the first of those promised in the statement the band put out when they announced their split in February. They will only be available via Jack White's subscriberVault fan community scheme.

See Thirdmanrecords for additional details.

The track list of Live In Mississippi is:

01. Stop Breaking Down (Robert Johnson Cover)
02. Let's Build a Home
03. When I Hear My Name
04. Icky Thump
05. Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground/ As Ugly As I Seem
06. The Same Boy You've Always Known
07. Wasting My Time
08. Phonograph Blues (Robert Johnson Cover)
09. Cannon/ John The Revelator
10. Death Letter (Son House)
11. Astro
12. Apple Blossom
13. You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)
14. In the Cold, Cold Night
15. I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother's Heart
16. Hotel Yorba
17. A Martyr For My Love For You
18. Ball And Biscuit
19. 300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues
20. Blue Orchid
21. I'm Slowly Turning Into You
22. Boll Weevil

Under Moorhead Lights All Fargo Night track listing:

01. Let's Shake Hands
02. Screwdriver
03. Wasting My Time
04. Jolene (Dolly Parton cover)
05. Little Bird
06. Apple Blossom
07. You're Pretty Good Looking (for a Girl)
08. Your Southern Can is Mine (Blind Willie McTell cover)
09. Sugar Never Tasted So Good
10. Truth Doesn't Make a Noise
11. I'm Bored (Iggy Pop cover)
12. Cannon/John the Revelator" (traditional cover)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Over the past weekend I happened through the doors of my favourite record store to find a sight most uncommon- A store full of people perusing the shelves and digging through crates to find music. It wasn’t the usual record collecting demographic either. Younger kids, older kids, older women, younger men, hip seniors, hip juniors, skate kids... You get the idea. It was a healthy sized crowd, the likes I of which I have not seen in some time. These were people clearly there to find the music they loved. Could the tide be turning and people are turning back to the simpler pleasures in life like listening to music on something other than an iPod? Maybe. It’s certainly something I would welcome.

I am sure the organizers of Record Store Day would like to think so too. In just less than two weeks time on April 16th Record Store Day 2011 takes place across the globe. And wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone took a little bit of time from their busy schedules to peruse the racks at their favourite record store? Even better this one is just full of amazing limited releases as you can see from the list below.

List of Record Store Day 2011 Releases

Adele: "Rolling in the Deep" 10" [Columbia]
Akron/Family: "bmbz" 12" [Dead Oceans]
Arthur Russell: World of Echo [Rough Trade] [reissue]
Bad Brains: "Pay to Cum" 7" and God of Love [ROIR] [reissues]
Beth Ditto: Beth Ditto 12" EP [Columbia]
The Beach Boys: "Good Vibrations" b/w "Heroes and Villains" [Capitol]
Beady Eye: 7" vinyl box set [Dangerbird]
Bear in Heaven/Lindstrøm: Remix of Lindstrøm and Christabelle's "Lovesick" b/w "Lovesick Teenagers" Remix 12" [Hometapes]
Bibio/Clark: "Willenhall" b/w "Baskerville Grinch" 12" [Warp]
Big Star: Third [Omnivore] [reissue]
The Black Angels: Another Nice Pair and Phosgene Nightmare [Light in the Attic/Blue Horizon]
Black Twig Pickers/Glenn Jones: Split [Thrill Jockey]
Blitzen Trapper: "Maybe Baby" and "Soul Singer" 7" [Sub Pop]
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: "Gotta Get That Feeling" b/w "Racing in the Street" 7" [Columbia]
Built to Spill: "Ripple" 7" [WBR]
Busdriver: "ATM" 7" [Polyvinyl]
Caribou: Swim Remixes [Merge]
Charlotte Gainsbourg/Villagers: "Memoir" b/w "Becoming a Jackal" [Domino]
Cults: "Abducted" b/w "Go Outside (Remix)" 7" [ITNO/Columbia]
Daedelus: Tailor-Made [Ninja Tune]
Daft Punk: Tron 10" [Walt Disney Records]
Damien Jurado: Live at Landlocked [Secretly Canadian]
Danger Mouse/Daniele Luppi: "Two Against One" b/w "Black" [Third Man]
Death Cab for Cutie: Atlantic Records Presents: Death Cab for Cutie In Living Stereo! 7" [Atlantic]
The Decemberists: Live at Bull Moose EP [Rough Trade/Capitol]
Deerhoof: Friend Opportunity [Polyvinyl] [reissue]
Deerhoof/Xiu Xiu: Split 7" [Polyvinyl]
Deerhunter: "Memory Boy" 7" [4AD]
Dennis Coffey: Steinski Remixes [Strut]
The Dodos: "So Cold" 7" [French Kiss]
DOM: "Things Change" b/w "Jesus" 10" [Astralwerks]
Duran Duran: Girl Panic! [S-Curve]
Esben and the Witch: Chorea EP [Matador]
Fela Kuti and the Africa 70: Monday Morning in Lagos Parts 1 & 2 [Knitting Factory/MRI] [reissue]
The Flaming Lips: Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002 [Warner Bros.] [box set]
Fleet Foxes: "Helplessness Blues" b/w "Grown Ocean" 12" [Sub Pop]
Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma Alt Takes [Warp]
Foo Fighters: Medium Rare [Roswell/RCA]
Franz Ferdinand: Covers EP [Domino]
Fucked Up: David's Town [Matador]
Gorillaz: The Fall [Virgin/Parlophone]
The Go! Team: "Apollo Throwdown" b/w "Voice Yr Choice" 12"
Green Day/Husker Du: "I Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely" 7" [WBR]
Grinderman: Palaces of Montezuma and Evil [Anti-]
Howe Gelb: "Sno Angel" b/w "Melted Wires" [Fort Lowell]
Javelin: Canyon Candy [Luaka Bop]
Jenny and Johnny and Gram Parson and Emmylou Harris: Love Hurts 7"
The Joy Formidable: "Whirring" b/w "Chwyrlio" 7" [Atlantic]
Justin Townes Earle: "Move Over Mama" b/w "Racing in the Streets" [Bloodshot]
Karen Elson: "Vicious" b/w "In Trouble With the Lord" 7" [Third Man]
Kate Bush: Hounds of Love [Audio Fidelity] [reissue]
The Kills: "Satellite" 10" featuring mixes by Mad Professor [Domino]
Kings of Leon: Holy Roller Novocaine [RCA] [reissue]
Kode 9 and the Spaceape: "Otherman" b/w "Love Is the Drug [ft Cha Cha]" 12" [Hyperdub]
Lady Gaga: "Born This Way" [Intersope]
Lower Dens: "Deer Knives" b/w "Tangiers" [Sub Pop]
The Luyas/Twin Sister: Split 7" [Dead Oceans]
Mastodon: Live at the Aragon [Warner]
Mastodon/ZZ Top: "Just Got Paid" 7" [Warner]
Mates of State: Team Boo [Polyvinyl] [Reissue]
Matt and Kim: "Block After Block" [Fader]
Midlake/Will Self: "Am I Going Insane?" 12" [LateNightTales]
Mitchell and Manley: Norcal Values [Thrill Jockey]
Mumford and Sons/Laura Marling: Dharohar Project [Glassnote]
My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges, It Still Moves, and Z [ATO] [reissue]
Nada Surf: "The Moon is Calling" 7" [Barsuk]
Neurosis: Neurosis [Savior]
The New Pornographers: "Moves" [Matador]
New York Dolls: "Fool for You Baby" / "Pills" 7" [Savoy]
Nirvana: Hormoaning EP [Geffen] [reissue]
OFF!: Live at Generation Records [Vice]
of Montreal: "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal" 12" [Polynvinyl]
Omar Rodriguez Lopez: Telesterion [Rodriguez Lopez Productions]
Opeth: "The Throat of Winter" 7" [Roadrunner]
Os Mutantes: Everything Is Possible [Luaka Bop]
Oval/Liturgy: Split [Thrill Jockey]
Owen: O, Evelyn [Polyvinyl]
Panda Bear: Tomboy limited edition LP [Paw Tracks]
Pearl Jam: "Immortality" b/w "Rearviewmirror" 7" [Legacy] [reissue]
Peter Bjorn and John: "Dig a Little Deeper" b/w "What I Could Do If I Wanted" 7" [Columbia]
Pinback: Information Retrieved A [Temporary Residence]
Polvo: Celebrate the New Dark Age [Merge]
Prurient: "Many Jewels Surround the Crown" 7" [Hydra Head]
Queen: "Keep Yourself Alive" and "Son and Daughter" [Hollywood]
R.E.M.: R.E.M. Three: First Three Singles from Collapse Into Now [Warner Bros.]
Radiohead: "The Butcher" b/w "Supercollider" 12" [self-released]
The Red Krayola: "Hurricane Fighter Plane" [Snapper Music]
Regina Spektor: Four From Far [Sire]
The Rolling Stones: Brown Sugar 7" [UMe]
Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: Class Mythology EP [Pax-Am]
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: Broom [Polyvinyl]
Sonic Youth: Whore's Moaning 12" [Geffen] [reissue]
Suede: "The Drowners" and "To the Birds" [Demon] [reissue]
Superchunk: Where the Strings Come in Reissue [Merge]
Superchunk and Coliseum: Misfits covers 7" [Merge/Temporary Residence]
Syd Barrett: An Introduction To... [Capitol]
Television: Live at the Old Waldorf [Rhino]
Thirteenth Floor Elevators: "Wait for My Love" 7" [Snapper Music]
Urge Overkill: "Effigy" b/w "Smokehouse" 7" [Urge Overkill]
The Velvet Underground: Foggy Notion [Sundazed]
Vivian Girls: "I Heard You Say" b/w "I Won't be Long" [Polyvinyl]
The Wake: "On Our Honeymoon" and "Crush the Flowers" 7"s [Captured Tracks]
Wavves: "Thorns" b/w "TV Luv Song" 7" [Ghost Ramp / Trash Talk Collective]
The White Stripes: "Let's Shake Hands" and "Lafayette Blues" 7"s [Third Man]
Wild Flag: "Future Crimes" b/w "Glass Tambourine" 7" [Merge]
Yeasayer: End Blood [Secretly Canadian]
Various Artists: Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theater Vol. 1 [Light in the Attic]
Various Artists: No One Got Hurt [Bloodshot]
Various Artists: Kill Rock Stars [Kill Rock Stars] [reissue]
Various Artists: Mute Vorwarts [Mute]
Various Artists: Rhymesayers Vinyl Picture Disc [Rhymesayers]
Various Artists: Sing for Your Meat: Tribute to Guided by Voices [No More Fake Labels]
Various Artists: Sacred Bones Presents: Todo Muerte Vol 1. [Sacred Bones]
Various Artists: Local Customs: Pressed at Boddie [Numero Group]

* Handy dandy downloadable PDF with full Record Store Day release listings.
No it won’t be responsible for world peace or solve global economic woes but it just might remind people how important great, tangible music in their lives really is.


Record Store Day Promo 2011 from zach christy on Vimeo.