So there I was two nights ago. I was embracing my insomnia and listening to music when I forgot about this podcast I had, which I managed to keep forgetting to listen to. It was about 11:30p, so I did what anyone who wants to focus on something does: I went for a walk. I walked from my house to the University of Utah and back down South Temple enjoying how nice the city can look when you only see its form. The lack of detail was good, non-distracting company. The perfect place to be to listen to my favorite musician talk about his upcoming album.
Jack White's new album will finally be released on June 10th. It's his second solo album and there are rumors of another Racountours album along with an infrequent release of music from The Dead Weather. And since he has a new album coming out he has been hitting the interview gauntlet pretty hard. The one must here interview is from NPR's "All Songs Considered" where Jack breaks down some of the new songs, his songwriting, his love of studio spontaneity and his dislike for keeping things around that aren't perfect.
If you've been waiting for some new music from Mr. White and June 10th still seems too far away this interview should tide you over.
Click here and enjoy the interview.
The Strokes, oh the times I've had listening to you. There's that one time 6 friends and myself put $40 into the jukebox at Dick N' Dixies and proceeded to close the bar down singing every song in your catalogue. The patrons hated us. We didn't care. Or the time we invented that holiday, "Strokesgiving" - for those of you who want to know it takes place the Saturday proceeding Thanksgiving. It's basically getting friends together and taking over a jukebox and singing for hours...you get the idea.
There was that time I met a really cute girl in Vegas and we talked about our favorite songs from The Strokes. We totally made out and I got her phone number, but she was from Australia.
So many good times have come to my life from this band's music.
Anyway, they posted the picture today on Facebook today. I can't wait! Give me this now...oh, and you can follow them on Facebook here.
Also, Julian Casablancas is getting ready to launch his second solo album with his new backing band, The Voidz.
The proprietor of two of the most popular bars in Salt Lake (Bar X and Beer Bar), actor and star of "Modern Family", Ty Burrell, loves Salt Lake so much that he wrote us a nice little love letter. As picked up by the Trib via the Huffington Posts "Love Letter" section, Ty wrote about Salt Lake:
"I’m fairly certain that you’re about to explode onto the national scene in the way that some other smaller cities have in the past 10 years," Burrell wrote in the Huffington Post letter. "I will try to keep my jealousies at bay as people move here."
Read the full letter here and swoon away in a bubble bath.
So Salt Lake, don't ever sell yourself short again. Get some hair product and an expensive shirt from Nordstrom Rack because we have a date with a star.
Die Antwoord, might be the greatest invention out of South Africa since the Apartied ended and Mandella was freed, but in a completely different, perhaps absolute opposite way. If you haven't done yourself the favor of watching all their videos, put the kids to sleep and indulge on Youtube. Otherwise, scroll down and get initiated.
Their new album, "Donker Mag" will be released on June 3rd and you can preorder now by clicking here.
1 Dont Fuk Me 2 Ugly Boy 3 Happy Go Sucky Fucky 4 Zars 5 Raging Zef Boner 6 Pompie 7 Cookie Thumper! 8 Girl I Want 2 Eat U 9 Pitbull Terrier 10 Strunk 11 Do Not Fuk Wif Da Kid 12 Rat Trap 666 [ft. DJ Muggs] 13 I Dont Dwank 14 Sex 15 Moon Love 16 Donker Mag
This video for "Pitbull Terrier" is pretty much NSFW, so don't say I didn't warn you.
Since they aren't touring through the SLC here are a list of places your can catch a Greyhound stateside to see Yolandi and Ninja.
5/22 Vancouver, BC 5/23 Quincy, WA 5/24 Eugene, OR 5/25 Portland, OR 5/27 San Francisco, CA 5/29 Los Angeles, CA 5/31 Dallas, TX 6/1 Houston, TX 6/3 Chicago, IL 6/4 Toronto, Ontario 6/6 Montreal, Quebec 6/7 Boston, MA 6/8 Philadelphia, PA 6/10 New York, NY 6/11 Washington, DC 6/12 Charlotte, NC 6/13 Manchester, TN 9/12 Chicago, IL 9/19 Denver, CO
Blame Chuck Klosterman for this trend: unadulterated Coldplay hate. When talking about the band's song "Yellow" from his book, "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs" he is annoyed by the overly-simplistic lyrics from Chris Martin by boiling down Martin's theme to "brilliantly informing us that stars in the sky are, in fact, yellow." White people culture has only been easier to make fun of since then. Sites like Stuff White People Like would be the soft slug version and you can go on from there.
Coldplay is releasing their new album, "Ghost Stories" today and so we are once again reminded that hate is alive and well on the internet. Mr. Agreeable's review on The Quietus of the new album on the site is something. It must have been keyboard agony censoring all the strong and lovely words wielded to express a very defined and direct point of view about the new album.
Take it for what you will. If you hate Coldplay or and love crass rants this review is still a bit of a drag after the first few paragraphs. I did have some favorite lines though:
"'Another’s Arms' begins with an androgynous, anaemic yelp that is quite possibly the whitest moment in all of popular f***ing culture."
"Finally, the f***ing title track itself. Chris wonders if he himself is “just a ghost”. Tell you what, Martin, you woeful f***ing waste of a snail’s time, here’s one way of f***ing finding out - why not run into that f***ing brick wall head first? Twenty times, just to be f***ing sure?"
"No, as f***ing ever, Chris Martin’s here to suck all the f***ing joy out of the room like a giant f***ing Happiness Hoover!"
Perhaps some levity might have made this review more digestible. You may still get a chuckle out of it. Read the fully hateful review here.
I am going to put my headphones on and make up my own mind.
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