B.O.B.: "Haterz Everywhere"
DOWNLOAD: B.O.B., "HI MY NAME IS B.O.B. MIXTAPE" (zipped mp3s)
In the age of interweb insta-tainment, it's somehow refreshing that a song that's been kicking around for 18 months can suddenly jump up and smack the rap charts in the grill.
Tony the Bookie: “5 Classic Songs I Want To Hear Covered by Local Bands”1_“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Drug Rug2_“Leader of the Pack” by Elizabeth Butters with Indian Style3_“Perfect Day” by Ryan Lee Crosby4_“My Funny Valentine” by Keys to the Streets of Fear5_“I Shall Be Released” by Faces on Film
The official announcement will be made this morning in conjunction with the big E3 convention in LA, but the Times has leaked that a new GNR tune called "Shackler's Revenge" will be the big hook on the new MTV/Harmonix release of Rock Band 2, coming this fall. Not only that, the venerable Times has allowed itself to get caught up in the game of, "no, really, this time it REALLY MEANS they're gonna release Chinese Democracy.
Two -heads are better than one. Also, we don't like to make too much of covers, but listening to Cee-Lo tackle Mr. Yorke's high notes on "Reckoner," and thinking also of Yorke's own soul turn on "Nude," we're not entirely sure that Radiohead didn't make a better R&B album than Danger Mouse this time around.
Is it just me, or has the classic rock color guard been going into over-drive with the Top 100 All-time 500 Greatest Guitar Songs Riffs Lists of Awesome Bob Dylan Awesomeness moves lately? Don't get me wrong, I loved I'm Not There as much as the next guy who came of cultural age in the post-1984 classic-rock-is-everything rockist landscape,but I mean, come on.
Eddie Vedder and Liam FinnAt the Opera HouseFriday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 7:30 pmTickets are $77.50Tickets go on-sale Friday, July 11, 2008 at 1:00 pm Gnarls Barkley and Hercules & Love AffairAt the Wilbur TheatreWednesday, August 8, 2008 at 8:00 pmTickets are $25.00Tickets go on-sale Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 10:00 am
John Flax of the Perennials: “Top Five Summer ’08 Barbecue Boombox Picks”
1_Various Artists, Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal2_Sam Cooke, Live at the Harlem Square Club, 19633_Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours4_The Misfits, Static Age5_Various Artists, An England Story, From Dancehall to Grime: 25 Years of the MC in the UK 1983–2008
First impressions of the new Bloc Party single: sounds like a gahhh-rage remix of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer." The music's just OK, but the video -- like whoa. Every election needs an overblown, paranoid music-video allegory replete with nukes, Planet of the Apes apes, and grainy Pentagon footage .
DOWNLOAD: Passion Pit, "Sleepyhead" (mp3)
The Hold Steady, the Apes, the Fatal Flying Guiloteens, and . . . PASSION PIT? Hellz yeah -- your/our fave upstart Boston band just signed to Frenchkiss, who'll release the band's new EP, Chuck of Change, in September. Hype machine begins in August, when the Pit take on the traditional hipster-converting residency at Piano's.
Your average man on the street in Texas might disagree, but here at the Phoenix we think Times New Viking are pretty much the bees knees. We just named them Ohio's best new band -- mostly to give us something to argue about over Fourth of July weekend -- and coincidentally they were gonna be in town, so we took the cameras.
[While the rest of the staff is busy duncecapping-and-kazooing its way through the usual July 4 activities, Phoenix rap critic Chris Faraone has left the country and is doing lots of drugs. We rejoin him at Montreal's Jazz Fest, already in progress.]
GZA's Liquid Swords: drunk, or just human?