December 21, 2004

John Lennon: Acoustic

There are some albums you always hope will see the light of the CD case. As for a John Lennon acoustic album? Well, we’ll take what we can get from the legend on his first acoustic album aptly titled Acoustic.

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The Slip Get SIRIUS

On Friday, December 10th, The Slip played a set at the SIRIUS Satellite Radio studios in NYC. This exclusive, one hour long, in-studio set will first be aired on Christmas Eve (12/24) at noon and 9pm on SIRUS Channel 17. Following these airings, songs from the set will be in rotation on a number of channels, only on SIRIUS.

In more band news, The Slip’s NYE show at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River has Sold Out. Tickets are still available, however, for Lupo’s @ the Strand on December 29th in Providence with John Brown’s Body. This show is a food/coat drive. The RI Food Bank is taking donations, so the band encourages fans to bring 3 cans of food and/or a jacket to get a free signed poster. On Tuesday, December 28th, The Slip will be at Southpaw in Brooklyn with local rockers Dirty on Purpose.

The Slip won The 2004 Heineken USA / ASCAP Foundation Grant for Best Pop/Rock Song in Boston for “Children of December” – more info can be found at

The Slip has launched a download portal with DiscLogic. The Slip’s two-CD set “Instant Live: The Paradise, Boston, MA 10/2/04” (which was made available the night of the show) is now available in Newbury Comics stores and through their online store

Finally, The Slip’s Brad Barr will be performing solo at the NYC Knitting Factory on January 13th in the Tap Bar.

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New Season of Chappelle’s Show Delayed

Work on the hugely anticipated new season of Dave Chappelle’s sketch show is behind schedule due to its 31-year-old ringleader’s illness and lack of new material from his writing staff, according to the New York Post.

The new season was supposed to premiere Feb. 16. It will now begin airing sometime in late April or May, per the Post.

Chappelle has reportedly been laid up with a nasty flu bug, adding to delays brought on by the lack of written material so far for season three. The Emmy-nominated comedy is currently on hiatus for the holidays and will resume production in January.

Last week, Paramount pushed back the season 2 DVD release–which had been slated to hit stores Feb. 8 to coincide with the new TV season–presumably due to the production slowdown. No new release date for the DVD has been set yet.


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SnoCore Tour To Feature Helmet & Chevelle

Chevelle will headline the tenth annual Winterfresh SnoCore tour, topping a line-up that includes Helmet, Crossfade, Future Leaders of the World and Strata. The thirty-two-city tour kicks off on January 22nd in Vail, Colorado, and draws to a close two months later with a March 13th date in Orlando.

Chevelle’s Loeffler brothers — drummer Sam, guitarist Joe and singer Pete — have been touring in support of their latest LP, This Type of Thinking Could Do Us In, which debuted at the top of the charts and features the Ritalin anthem “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along),” an inside joke about a hyperactive pal.

“The song is based on our friend’s first endeavor into the whole drug thing,” says Sam. “He was all jacked up all the time, and we laughed at him — that’s really what the song is about. I think people want it to be serious, like we’re making a statement about how the drugs they prescribe cause all these problems, but it’s really not.”

Winterfresh SnoCore tour dates:

1/22: Vail, CO, 8150
1/23: Salt Lake City, In the Venue
1/24: Las Vegas, the Joint
1/25: Phoenix, Marquee Theatre
1/27: San Diego, Soma
1/28: Anaheim, CA, the Grove
1/29: Los Angeles, House of Blues
1/31: San Francisco, Fillmore
2/1: Reno, NV, New Oasis
2/3: Seattle, Moore Theatre
2/4: Spokane, WA, Big Easy
2/5: Boise, ID, Big Easy
2/7: Denver, Ogden Theatre
2/8: Wichita, KA, Cotillion Ballroom
2/10: Minneapolis, Quest
2/11: Milwaukee, Rave
2/12: Chicago, Congress Theatre
2/14: St. Louis, Pageant
2/15: Cincinnati, Bogart’s
2/16: Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall
2/18: Detroit, State Theater
2/19: Toronto, TBA
2/21: Cleveland, House of Blues
2/22: Albany, Northern Lights
2/23: Burlington, VT, Higher Ground
2/25: New York, Spirit
2/26: Providence, RI, Lupo’s
2/27: Worchester, MA, Palladium
3/1: Hartford, CT, Webster Theatre
3/2: Philadelphia, Trocadero
3/4: Sayreville, NY, Starland Ballroom
3/5: Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
3/6: Poughkeepsie, NY, Mid-Hudson Civic Center
3/8: Baltimore, Sonor
3/9: Norfolk, VA, NorVa
3/10: Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues
3/12: Fort Lauderdale, FL, Revolution
3/13: Orlando, FL, House of Blues


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Jimmy Chamberlin ComplexAnnounces January Dates

Former Smashing Pumpkin drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin’s new band, The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex has announced a five city, eight date national showcase tour, performing material from their upcoming Sanctuary release “Life Begins Again”. This is Chamberlin’s first tour since performing in Billy Corgan’s band Zwan.

The band on all tour dates includes Jimmy Chamberlin (drums); Billy Mohler (Bass, Vocals, keyboards and guitar); Sean Woolstenhulme (Guitar, Vocals) and Adam Benjamin (Fender Rhodes).


1/10 Los Angeles, CA Knitting Factory
1/13 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
1/15 Chicago, IL Double Door
1/18 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
1/19 Philadelphia, PA Pontiac Grille
1/20 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
1/24 Los Angeles, CA Knitting Factory

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Bluesman Son Seals Dies At 62

Noted blues guitarist Son Seals died yesterday (Dec. 20) in Chicago of complications from diabetes. He was 62.

Born Frank Seals in Osceola, Ark., he started his musical career by mastering the drums by his early teens, taking over guitar and leading his own band before reaching his 20s. Moving to Chicago in 1971, Seals played regular gigs on the city’s South Side with such legendary artists as Junior Wells and Buddy Guy.

Seals made his recording debut in 1973 with the “The Son Seals Blues Band,” released by Alligator Records, which in 2002 issued a career retrospective, “Deluxe Edition.”

Among many honors, Seals was the winner of W.C. Handy Blues Awards in 1985, 1987 and 2001. He was nominated for a Grammy in 1980 for his participation in the live compilation “Blues Deluxe,” recorded at the Chicagofest event with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor and others.

Seals, who made his last public performance appearance in October in California, is survived by a sister and 14 children. At deadline, funeral arrangements had not yet been announced.


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Paul Westerberg Readies West Coast Tour

Paul Westerberg has confirmed his first tour dates in support of his latest Vagrant album, “Folker.” So far, eight West Coast shows are on tap, beginning Feb. 17 in Vancouver and wrapping Feb. 26 in Anaheim, Calif. According to his official Web site, the artist will be backed by His Only Friends, also known as the Painkillers.

The former Replacements frontman has played a handful of shows in his Minneapolis hometown since the September release of “Folker,” including three last month at the Pantages and an October appearance at a benefit for Soul Asylum’s Karl Mueller, who is battling cancer.

Westerberg told this fall that being home with his six-year-old son has taken precedence over extended time on the road. “It’s slowed down my traveling and it’s made touring or the question of touring more difficult, because he doesn’t like it when I leave and it makes it tough for me,” he explained.

“I’ve gotta find a new word for ‘tour,’ he added. “Will I tour? I don’t know. Will I appear? Yes. I will be appearing places. Whether its television or big shows or little shows, I don’t quite know yet.”

Here are Paul Westerberg and His Only Friends’ tour dates:

Feb. 17: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
Feb. 18: Seattle (Showbox)
Feb. 19: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theatre)
Feb. 21: San Francisco (Great American Music Hall)
Feb. 22-23: Los Angeles (Henry Fonda Theatre)
Feb. 25: Tempe, Ariz. (Marquee Theatre)
Feb. 26: Anaheim (House of Blues)


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