• Punk World Mourns Another and the Fiery Furnaces Ignite for a Cause

    Punk World Mourns Another So-cal drummer Derrick Plourde, a member of several seminal punk and pop punk acts including Lagwagon and the Ataris, passed away on Wednesday. Though the cause of death has not been officially released, the Ataris website says Plourde died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The lead singer of the Ataris, Kris Roe, wrote an alternatively touching and silly eulogy to Plourde. "Make sure that when you see Keith Moon and John Bonham up there," Roe writes, "that you give them plenty of shit and make them laugh like no one else could do." For more info on Derrick Plourde, click here Fiery Furnaces Ignite for a Cause Jumping on the cause-havin'-bandwagon are the Fiery Furnaces: they've taken up the fight against fur (and hurting puppies).

  • The Books

    Sounds like: A chip off the Chi-town post-post indie rock, electro-acoustic block, shot through with quirky samples and snippets of conversation and set on a bed of strings. The Books are guitarist Nick Zammuto and violinist Paul De Jong, who combine guitar, violin, cello and banjo with sounds culled from their vast sample library, such as a chopped-up spelling bee, the voice of a Japanese flight attendant, and a speech by Winston Churchill. Their upcoming album, Lost and Safe, is out April 19th on Tomlab, a German ambient experimental electronic music label. The Books work mainly in aleatoric music-music in which composition or method of performance is determined by elements of chance or unpredictability (some other examples being John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen). They live and make music (and maintain an annoyingly low profile) in North Adams, Massachusetts.

  • Check out the new Gorillaz video, "Feel Good Inc."!

    Before their new album, Demon Days hits stores on May 9th, the Gorillaz and their cartoon alter egos will be gracing the small screen in the video for the upcoming single, "Feel Good Inc." The inner world of the video ain't so Feel Good, Though-it's a smokestack laden, post-industrial landscape inundated with gray. The song features De La Soul, in their non-animated form, projected on a movie screen behind the 2-D Gorillaz. To check out "Feel Good Inc." click here

  • Guitar Wolf Bassist Dead at 38

    For those wolves and wolf-sympathizers, there will be much howling at the moon in honor of Guitar Wolf bassist Billy. Billy died of a heart attack in Tokyo yesterday. Guitar Wolf, a Japanese punk-rock trio known for exclusively wearing leather and claiming to be descended from actual wolves, just wrapped up a North American tour. The band formed in the late '80s and drew an American audience when Missile Me! was released on Matador Records in 1996. Bass Wolf Billy is survived by Guitar Wolf Seiji and Drum Wolf Toru.

  • Be Your Own Pet

    Calling the Nashville-based band Be Your Own Pet "sophomoric" isn't actually an insult--these punk rockin', expletive-spewing kid wonders just graduated from their sophomore year of high school, and no member of BYOP is over 17. Bleach-blond lead singer Jemina Pearl will have to fend off the Debbie Harry comparisons with a stick; and guitarist Jonas Stein bashes out the chords like he's amping a crowd at CBGBs circa 1977. With lyrics like "You've got me on a leash / A damn damn leash / And it's hard enough to be myself," look for BYOP to kick-start the new angry teen's rallying cry. The quartet met at the Nashville School of the Arts. In addition to Abegg, the band members include drummer Jamin Orrall, guitarist Jonas Stein and bassist Nathan Vasquez. As Nashville is a music town, it's not surprising that all four band members have impressive musical pedigrees.

  • Palomar

    Sounds Like: Lush harmonies and pleasing guitars make for a pretty indie-pop package that's irresistible. Palomar sounds like a more thoughtful, esoteric version of their now-defunct-Kindercore almost-labelmates Dressy Bessy (Kindercore went under before they could ever release an album from Palomar). On the final track of their most recent EP, Palomar 3.5, the band covers basic twee territory with lines about carefree days when you, "let it go," because, "spring is in town now." Breezy lyrics aside, Palomar dig in with tracks like "Washington," which recalls Dig Me Out-era Sleater Kinney. Fun Facts: The name Palomar comes from a book band member Rachel Warren read called Black Holes and Time Warps.

  • Interpol

    If, by some improbable twist of fate, you ever get the chance to join Interpol, it might seriously be worth considering. The hours may be a bit harsh--it's a reverse 9 to 5, not including band meetings and tailor appointments--but there's probably no better gig going at the moment: The wine is free and free-flowing, the girlfriends are beautiful, and there's a good chance Robert Smith will play poker with you in the back of your tour bus (he'll win, but it's only a $20 buy-in). Plus, there are endless little dishes of gelato. It is only a few hours after Interpol's performance of "Evil" (from their sophomore album, Antics) on The Late Show With David Letterman, and to celebrate, their label, Matador, has shuttled them to the schmancy downtown Manhattan restaurant Otto.

  • Silent Disco at Glastonbury

    For those old-timers who chanted "Disco Sucks" ad nauseam at the dawn of the '80s, technology has finally granted your wish. England's Glastonbury Festival has announced a revolution in club land--the silent disco. The honchos behind the festival have been battling with local noise restrictions, so they decided to give ravers headphones as not to disturb the surrounding residents. The new technology was pioneered by the Dutch and allows partiers to set the volume of their headsets to their preferred level of groove. The Glastonbury Festival runs from June 24--26.

  • Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band

    Featuring the Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band The New Haven Women's Liberation Rock Band Le Tigre In the liner notes to the first Chicago Women's Liberation Band release, 1972's Mountain Moving Day, the sisters in the band state, "We wanted to make music that would embody the radical, feminist, humanitarian vision we shared." Much like the Chicago Women's Liberation Movement--a collective of women with utopian, socially progressive, feminist aims--the recently released compilation Papa, Don't Lay That Shit On Me has lofty liberal goals which it achieves, but musical goals which fall slightly short. Papa Don't Lay That Shit On Me is a pastiche of female outrage in several genres, including tracks from folk and blues outfits like the original Chicago Women's Liberation Band, its sister-in-crime the New Haven Women's Liberation Band, electronic neo-feminist mainstays Le Tigre, and sp

  • Paul Westerberg Rises Again and the House is Less Crowded

    Paul Westerberg High A new generation of misanthropes can learn what it's like to be depressed, drunk, and freezing one's ass off in Minneapolis--Paul Westerberg of the Replacements is coming out with a greatest hits compilation May 17th. For those consummate Replacements obsessives who think Westerberg was never very good on his own, don't fear: Rykodisc is reissuing the first four Replacements releases from the Twin/Tone label this fall, including the amazingly titled Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take out the Trash. Get your cigarettes and disaffection ready for another rocking onslaught from Westerberg in all his incarnations. House is Empty Crowded House drummer Paul Hester was found dead of an apparent suicide in Melbourne this weekend.

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