Everybody around the station is in great spirits, thanks to all of you who supported KEXP during our successful Summer Membership Drive. An astounding 3500 listeners pledged during the week. Thank you all.
I’m personally happy that my neighborhood, Ballard, retains its title as reigning Hood-to-Hood Challenge champion (pulling in nearly $60 grand on our own!). I’ll be toasting the rest of you ‘hoods with a frosty cupcake.
You should be happy too, because it’s Tuesday, and you know what that means… new releases!
The ever-reliable Largehearted Boy has the list if what’s out this week, which includes Blue Scholars, who were in our studio this morning and who will be performing around town these next few days to support their release. Other Northwest acts releasing albums today are Ms. Led, Blitzen Trapper, and the Peter Buck project Tuatara. More notable releases are available from Mark Ronson, John Doe, The Dynamites, Chow Nasty, Scissors for Lefty, and Datarock. Here are a few songs from this week’s contenders:
Blue Scholars – Back Home (MP3)
Ms. Led – Waiting’s Overrated (MP3)
Blitzen Trapper – Wild Mountain Nation (MP3)
John Doe – The Golden State (MP3)
Scissors for Lefty – Lay Down Your Weapons (MP3)
Chow Nasty – Ungawa [xxxchange Remix Feat. Ronnie Darko] (MP3)
Datarock – New Rave Anthem [unreleased] (MP3)
Wooden Wand – Spitting At The Cameras (MP3)
Remember this before you throw your first punch: it’s not your record store clerk’s fault that all of those great releases had come out at once! You should really be happy that you have so much to choose from. It’s everyone else who are in a fighting mood!
The pugilistic Lily Allen has once again comes out swinging, this time at former tourmate Fergie. Particularly offensive to Allen is the Black Eyed Peas‘ hit “My Humps,” which she believes sends seven-year-old girls the message that “It’s not about music, it’s about sex.” This is hardly the first feud for Allen, whose “Not Big” disparages a former lover’s shortcomings. See, it’s not just about sex — it’s also about getting even!
Brit rockers Kasabian also crack wise about size, though singer Tom Meighan’s complaint is that Keane frontman Tom Chaplin is too big. Says Meignan, “He lives on a diet of pies and Quavers” (they’re basically the British equivalent of Cheesy Poofs). Chaplin was also dissed by Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno, who claimed that he entered rehab for port addiction. Chaplin, for his part, responded by vowing that he’d be the victor in any drinking contest with the band. About Meighan, he says, “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” adding “He’s just a posh boy.”
Unlike the cheeky Brits, shock-rocker Marilyn Mason uses harsher words than “posh” when he slings arrows. Regarding the song “Mutilation Is the Most Sincere Form of Flattery” from his latest album Eat Me, Drink Me, Manson reveals My Chemical Romance as his direct subject. Manson told The London Paper (via NME), “I’m embarrassed to be me because these people are doing a really sad, pitiful, shallow version of what I’ve done.” To Rock Sound magazine (via Gigwise) MCR singer Gerard Way responded by refusing to respond: “If Elvis Costello said we sucked we would think about it a bit but usually it is comments from someone with a new record to promote so the remarks ring hollow. We still haven’t found someone that has knocked us down that we need to take seriously.”
And speaking of not being on someone’s radar, at the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday, The Fratellis, who were eager to throw punches with Lily Allen and pick fights with U.K. new/tro goths The Horrors earlier, talked all kinds of trash about The Rolling Stones, the festival’s headliners. Not only was bassist Barry Fratelli wearing a t-shirt that read “Who the F*ck Is Mick Jagger,” but frontman Jon Fratelli (yes, they’ve all taken that as a surname) told the crowd that the space partitioned off in the field where the Stones would later perform was “splitting everyone up” and “causing bad Karma.” Later, from a distance in the VIP area, Barry reportedly shouted at Mick Jagger, who was onstage complaining about the high prices for food and drink at the festival, “What are you worried about. You’re a f*’ing millionaire.”
The new hubby of Amy Winehouse, who supposedly inspired much of her Back To Black, has also been the cause of several spats, one with Winehouse herself after the MTV Movie Awards, and one with former buddy Kate Moss. The ironically named Blake Fielder-Civil supposedly hit on Moss backstage at a Rolling Stones show, while Winehouse and Doherty had both stepped away (to where?, one wonders), and the waif-like model-slash-designer “went mental” and had him thrown out of the area.
Jane’s Addiction founders Dave Navarro and Perry Farrell are currently arguing about who broke up the band. Farrell, who was out stumping for Satellite Party, and whose Lollapalooza is right around the corner, reportedly told Launch Radio that he started the new project when Navarro began hosting Rock Star. Says Farrell, “My band broke up basically over reality TV,” adding “rock and roll has never been about kissing ass and a contest.” On his own blog, Navarro points out Farrell’s inconsistencies about the band’s demise, quoting him as saying “I brought Jane’s Addiction to life, it is only fitting that I am the one to bury her” and “I haven’t spoken to them (guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins) since they broke the band up. (They) never called me.” Navarro, though, is willing to drop the debate: “it was four years ago so I think it’s about time to let it go.” Or is he? He continues, “Why respond to this now? Well, I let it alone for a few days but it just keeps getting picked up by different news sources everyday. Damn! Doesn’t anyone write their own stories anymore?” Wait, is he picking a fight with us?
All right, all right — everybody needs to calm down! I suppose, though, that sometimes fighting is good, particularly when it’s for a good cause. Here’s a moving appeal and fantastic video cover of “Working Class Hero” by Green Day, as part of the benefit collection Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.
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