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Marley Goes 21st Century PDF Print E-mail
Music - Music News
Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 02:24

Keeping up with the ever-mutating desires of the mobile set, two albums - a classic and a possible new classic - get special treatment as USB data devices this month. Recorded in exile and released in 1977, Bob Marley's Exodus holds the distinction of being the first "catalog" title to be issued as a memory stick, featuring bonus songs and video from London's Rainbow Theatre. Housed in a special carrying case, the edition of 4,000 copies is part of the album's 30th-anniversary celebration that also sees a new "hardback" version of the CD, a new pressing of the vinyl LP and original tour T-shirt, and a gorgeous 144-page book featuring rare photography and poet Linton Kwesi Johnson.

 
Robyn Hitchcock Nears Ubiquity PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 02:30

Robyn Hitchcock Robyn Hitchcock, one of the three greatest living songwriters (in my humble opinion), is having a good year. With a handful of new reissues, two cool live benefit tributes, the Sundance Channel documentary Sex, Food, Death, & Insects, and an upcoming visit to IFC's Henry Rollins Show, there's not a better time to discover the acid wit and romantic entomology of this psychedelic spiritual son of John Lennon and Syd Barrett. This past December Hitchcock & His Heavy Friends brought down the house in London's Three Kings pub as the band performed Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn in its entirety, raising more than 4,000 pounds for the charitable Doctors Without Borders organization.

 
Red Rocks Plans Stellar Fest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 03:17

In a sea of multi-day music festivals trying to make their mark with the ultimate modern-rock lineup, one upcoming festival rises up - literally - like a mountain above all the others. With sponsorship by the oddly suited actuaries at Esurance, the Monolith Festival will debut the weekend of September 14 in Colorado's Red Rock Amphitheatre, an unforgettable natural environment. Five stages will keep things busy for the 9,000 ticketholders, with the Flaming Lips, Cake, Earl Greyhound, Juliette & the Licks, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Kings of Leon, and Flosstradamus among the 50-plus participants.

 
Hair-Metal Bands Ride the Cover Caravan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 02:21

Tesla CD cover artNow resigned to "classic rock" status, two of the 1980s' biggest arena-rocking bands are back next week with all-new cover collections. Poison passes - thankfully - on the eyeshadow and puckers up with Poison'd on Capitol Records, featuring eight new sessions and other rarities including a take on the Kiss party anthem "Rock & Roll All Nite," from 1987's Less Than Zero soundtrack. The party-people-pleasing set list features Alice Cooper's "I Never Cry," Tom Petty's "I Need to Know," The Cars' "Just What I Needed," and the Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't You See."

 
NME Offers Some White Stripes Wax PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 02:17

Radio On Mark your calendars and beg your local record store to hold you a copy of the June 6 NME magazine, as that week's issue will come with a limited-edition white-wax seven-inch of The White Stripes' new single, "Icky Thump." While the UK retail CD and seven-inch single bear the rare B sides "Catch Hell Blues" and "Baby Brother," respectively, the NME bonus bears an artistic, etched flip side instead of another song.

 
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