August 2004

New iMac – All Screen, No Box

Apple Computer has unveiled its new iMac desktop computer design, which integrates all disk drives and processors into a flat display less than two inches thick.

Apple’s newest iMac “Now we have the world’s thinnest desktop computer,” Phil Schiller, head of worldwide product marketing, said in a keynote presentation at the annual Apple Expo in Paris Tuesday.

Shipping from mid-September, Apple said the computer would be available in versions with a 17-inch and a 20-inch display, with a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Apple said in July the launch of the new iMac would be delayed until September.

Retail prices will start at $1,299 for the 17-inch model. The more expensive and slightly thicker 20-inch model will cost $1,899.

The model will take over from the current iMac, which created a buzz of its own when launched a few years ago with its minimalist design featuring a thin display perched on a stainless steel pole above a white hemispherical base.

The new iMac, designed by the same team that developed the iPod portable music player, works on G5 microprocessors.

The new model is equipped with internal Bluetooth so peripherals like cell phones can communicate with the iMac without cords.

Options include the wireless keyboard and mouse, as well as AirPort Express, which lets users connect to the Internet, stream music and print remotely.

Source CNN.com.

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Fall Tour Dates Set By Interpol

New York rock act Interpol will kick off a North American tour Oct. 11 in Boston with Secret Machines, On Air Library! and an additional band to be announced. Five European shows and an Oct. 1 appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” will precede the fall run, which wraps with a Nov. 11-12 hometown stand at Hammerstein Ballroom.

Interpol will be touring in support of its sophomore Matador album, “Antics,” due Sept. 28. First single “Slow Hands” will be released Sept. 13 internationally, backed by remixes from Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and Spoon’s Britt Daniel. Tracks from the album can previewed on Interpol’s official Web site.

Secret Machines will be out behind their acclaimed Reprise debut, “Now Hear Is Nowhere,” which reached No. 33 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.

Here are Interpol’s North American tour dates:

Oct. 11: Boston (Avalon)
Oct. 12: Montreal (Metropolis)
Oct. 13: Toronto (Docks)
Oct. 15: Detroit (State Theater)
Oct. 16: Columbus, Ohio (Newport Music Hall)
Oct. 17: Chicago (Riviera Theatre)
Oct. 19: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
Oct. 22: Seattle (Paramount Theatre)
Oct. 23: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
Oct. 24: Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom)
Oct. 25: San Francisco (Warfield Theatre)
Oct. 27-28: Los Angeles (Wiltern)
Oct. 29: San Diego (Soma)
Oct. 30: Tempe, Ariz. (Marquee Theatre)
Nov. 1: Dallas (Gypsy Ballroom)
Nov. 2: Austin, Texas (Stubbs)
Nov. 4: Atlanta (Coca Cola Roxy Theatre)
Nov. 5: Asheville, N.C. (Orange Peel)
Nov. 7: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Nov. 8: Providence, R.I. (Lupo’s)
Nov. 9: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Nov. 11-12: New York (Hammerstein Ballroom)

Source billboard.com.

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Eminem To Release Fourth Album – Encore – On Nov.16

Eminem will release his fourth album, to be called “Encore,” on Nov. 16, his Interscope Records label said Monday.

The set will be the follow-up to 2002’s “The Eminem Show,” which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 9.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Interscope said its global sales stand at more than 19 million copies.

Because of Internet piracy, that album officially went on sale in the United States on a Sunday, nine days ahead of its originally scheduled street date.

The 2002 soundtrack to his hit film “8 Mile” also reached No. 1 on The Billboard 200. It spawned the hit “Lose Yourself,” which spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and yielded an Oscar for Eminem and his two co-writers. Interscope said its global sales stand at almost nine million copies.

Although he released a new album with his group D-12 this spring, Eminem has kept a low profile over the past year. He recently announced plans to launch a hip-hop music channel with Sirius Satellite Radio, on which he will host shows with acts from his Shady Records imprint. The channel is expected to go live in the fall.

Source yahoo.com.

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Tankian, Morello Assemble ‘Axis’ Compilation

The July 17 concert at Hollywood’s Avalon, spearheaded by System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian and Audioslave’s Tom Morello as part of their non-profit Axis of Justice political organization, will be released on CD and DVD Nov. 2 via Columbia.

The 14-track “Axis of Justice: Concert Series Volume I” also sports a cover of the Elvis Costello-popularized “(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” by Tool’s Maynard James Keenan and Audioslave’s Chris Cornell, taped on the 2003 Lollapalooza tour.

A number of intriguing guest spots crowd the CD, including a jam with Tankian on piano, Audioslave’s Brad Wilk on drums and Red Hot Chili Peppers principal Flea on bass; a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Chimes of Freedom” featuring those artists plus Morello and Pete Yorn on guitar; and a version of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” with vocals by Keenan and keyboards by Jonny Polonsky.

Morello also performs two cuts, “Until the End” and “Union Song,” under his Nightwatchman moniker. As previously reported, the artist will perform tonight (Aug. 31) at the Knitting Factory and tomorrow (Sept. 1) at a labor rally as part of protests against the Republican National Convention in New York.

The accompanying DVD sports July 17 concert highlights plus clips from prior Axis benefits, interviews with filmmaker Michael Moore and actress/radio host Janeane Garofalo and audio extracts from the Axis of Justice radio show.

Here is the track list for “Concert Series Volume I,” in no order:

“Intro,” Ahmed Ahmed
“Speak on it,” Knowledge, Serj Tankian
“Until the End,” the Nightwatchman
“Union Song,” the Nightwatchman
“I Feel Good Again,” Pete Yorn
“Piano Improvisation,” Serj Tankian
“Charades,” Serj Tankian
“Free Jam,” Serj Tankian, Brad Wilk, Flea
“Chimes of Freedom,” Tom Morello, Serj Tankian, Pete Yorn, Flea, Brad Wilk
“Alice in My Fantasies,” Tom Morello, Serj Tankian, Pete Yorn, Flea, Brad Wilk
“What’s Golden,” Jurassic 5
“Freedom,” Jurassic 5
“Where the Streets Have No Name,” Tom Morello, Serj Tankian, Pete Yorn, Flea, Brad Wilk, Tim Walker, Maynard James Keenan, Jonny Polonsky
“(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,” Chris Cornell, Maynard James Keenan

Source billboard.com.

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O.A.R/ Guster/ Howie Day/ Matt Nathanson 7/26/2004: Roseland Theater – Portland, OR

O.A.R. has done something special in its six plus years of existence. They have gone from a local college bar band in Columbus, Ohio into a touring machine playing to packed or near-packed theaters across the country almost nightly, and they have done it their way. On this night in Portland, Oregon, they would share the bill with Guster, Howie Day and Matt Nathanson for an evening of roots flavored music.

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Drive By Truckers: The Dirty South

The Drive By Trucker’s sixth album is a sweaty collection, capturing true down and out Alabama living, where people have no choice but to lead a life of crime. Tales of tragedy, incest, hardship, struggle, blood, sweat and tears ramify the aura of this narrative release, led by five southerners who lived to tell the tales of “The Dirty South.”

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