January 2005

Tommy Stinson: Rebelliously Creative (INTERVIEW)

As bassist for 80s garage post punkers, The Replacements, Tommy Stinson helped forge the path for everyone from Wilco to Nirvana. Now he’s busy once again, this time with Guns ‘N Roses and another solo album – Village Gorilla Head

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Mountain Biking: Under The Tuscan Sun

Mountain biking in Tuscany is unsurpassed – with narrow lanes, abandoned villas and centuries-old church ruins overgrown with grapevines. And after a day of riding, nothing tastes better than a fresh meal and an excellent bottle of village wine.

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Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails To Headline Coachella

Coldplay and Nine Inch Nails will headline the sixth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 30-May 1 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. The fest will also feature reunion performances by pioneering rock acts Gang Of Four, the Cocteau Twins and Bauhaus, as well as the first live appearance since late 2002 from Weezer.

The first day’s bill will also feature rock acts Wilco (who were originally confirmed last year but forced to cancel while frontman Jeff Tweedy underwent treatment for painkiller addiction), Snow Patrol, Keane, Bloc Party, the Raveonettes, Mercury Rev, Fantomas, Ambulance LTD, the Kills, Secret Machines, Spoon, Razorlight, Radio 4 and Eisley, plus, as first reported here, Doves and Rilo Kiley.

Electronica and hip-hop will be represented on day one by the Chemical Brothers, Sage Francis, Armin Van Buuren, Boom Bip, Jean Grae, Swayzak, M83, Josh Wink, Four Tet and MF Doom, plus the customary DJ set from Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell (as DJ Peretz).

Beyond Nine Inch Nails, New Order, Bright Eyes, the Prodigy, Roni Size, the Faint and the rarely reunited hip-hop duo Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli) are the top attractions on day two. The Arcade Fire, Junkie XL, the Bravery, the Futureheads, Matmos, Kasabian, Autolux and the Fiery Furnaces will also be on hand.

Tickets for Coachella will go on sale Saturday (Feb. 5) via Ticketmaster.

Source billboard.com.

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Lou Reed & Ray Davies Join Tibet House Lineup

Lou Reed, the Kinks’ Ray Davies and vocalist Antony have joined the lineup for the 15th annual Tibet House benefit concert, to be held Feb. 9 at New York’s Carnegie Hall. They join a bill that already includes the Black Keys, Patti Smith, Trey Anastasio, Nellie McKay, Chocolate Genius, the Drepung Gomang Monks and longtime artistic director/Tibet House VP, composer Philip Glass.

In other news, Reed has unveiled plans for a 21-date European tour, kicking off April 14 in Oporto, Portugal, and wrapping May 13 in Helsinki. The artist has also split with longtime label Reprise and signed a worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary. His final release for Reprise was the 2004 live set “Animal Serenade,” which featured material from his 2003 Edgar Allen Poe-inspired studio album “The Raven.”

Source billboard.com.

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Cake & Gomez Tapped For College Tour

The second annual Virgin College Mega Tour (VCMT) will feature Cake as the headliner, with support from British rock quintet Gomez, Billboard.com has learned. The trek is set to begin in early April, with an official announcement expected on Monday (Jan. 31).

Presented by Dentyne Fire & Dentyne Ice, the 20-market tour also feature a daytime village on college campuses that will include an “emerging artist” stage, karaoke booth, contest give-a-ways and the latest games, new product demonstrations and gadgets for the college market.

Last year’s inaugural tour boasted Michelle Branch in the headline spot, with support from Rooney and Joe Firstman, as well as Gavin DeGraw on select dates.

On Monday, Cake will begin a European tour in Dublin that will end Feb. 15 in Tourcoing, France. The band is supporting its latest Columbia album, “Pressure Chief,” which debuted in October at No. 17 on The Billboard 200.

Gomez has just two other dates on its schedule: tomorrow (Jan. 29) in London and March 28 at the East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival in Byron Bay, Australia. The band’s last Hut/Virgin album, “Split the Difference,” opened in June at No. 11 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers tally.

Here are Cake’s confirmed tour dates:

Jan. 31: Dublin (Vicar Street)
Feb. 1: Glasgow (Garage)
Feb. 2: Manchester, England (Academy)
Feb. 4: London (Astoria)
Feb. 5: Brugge, Belgium (TBD)
Feb. 7: Copenhagen (Vega Musikkenshus)
Feb. 8: Dusseldorf (Zakk)
Feb. 9: Darmstadt, Germany (Central Station)
Feb. 10: Munich (Muffathalle)
Feb. 12: Zurich (X-Tra Limmathaus)
Feb. 13: Dijon, France (La Vapeur)
Feb. 15: Tourcoing, France (Le Grand Mix)

Source billboard.com.

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Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker & Jack Bruce Return As Cream

Classic rock trio Cream is reuniting for a four-show run at London’s Royal Albert Hall this spring. The May 2-3, 5-6 shows will constitute guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker’s first on-stage appearances together since Cream’s 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the run will go on sale Monday (Jan. 31). Cream’s final shows were held at Albert Hall in 1968.

“Live, Cream was a great, hardworking band — Eric was supreme and Ginger the most musical drummer alive — and those original live albums were very good, probably the best records of their kind up to that point,” Bruce told Billboard in 1997, prior to the release of the boxed set “Those Were the Days.” “But our studio recordings were probably more important, although there you can tell that each one of us had a different idea of what Cream should be.”

Clapton is up for two Grammys at the 47th annual ceremony on Feb. 13: best traditional blues album for his Duck/Reprise set “Me and Mr. Johnson,” and best pop collaboration with vocals for his rendition of the Beatles’ “Something” with Paul McCartney, released on the live album “Concert for George.”

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My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Franz Ferdinand Donate Rarities For Tsunami CD

Wilco, Franz Ferdinand, Hot Hot Heat and Interpol are among the artists that have contributed rare or previously unreleased tracks to a double-disc compilation that will raise funds for Asian tsunami relief.

The 26-track set sprang from a partnership with Filter magazine and Urban Outfitters, which will on Feb. 28 begin exclusively selling the album at its retail outlets and Web site. The UNICEF Tsunami Relief Fund will receive 100% of the proceeds from sales of the collection.

Among the notable inclusions here are Interpol’s “Slow Hands” remixed by Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Franz Ferdinand’s “Matinee” remixed by Headman and previously unreleased tracks from Hot Hot Heat (“Apt. 101”), Rilo Kiley (“American Wife”), Clinic (“Fingers”) and Earlimart (“Lullaby”).

Live tracks have been turned in by Wilco (“Jesus, Etc.”), My Morning Jacket (“The Bear”), the Futureheads (“Piece of Crap”) and French Kicks (“The Trial of the Century”), while the Queens Of The Stone Age track “Hangin’ Tree” is presented in an early version recorded as part of the Desert Sessions series.

In related news, Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard will join with Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painter leader Mark Kozelek, Jonathan Richman and Crooked Fingers’ Eric Bachmann tomorrow (Jan. 28) for a tsunami relief benefit at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall.

Here is the track list for the Urban Outfitters CD:

Disc one:
“Love Song,” Death Cab For Cutie
“Slow Hands” (Britt Daniel mix), Interpol
“We Are Nowhere and It’s Now,” Bright Eyes
“Hangin’ Tree,” Desert Sessions 7/8
“Jesus, Etc.” (live), Wilco
“Apt. 101,” Hot Hot Heat
“The Trial of the Century” (live), French Kicks
“Piece of Crap” (live), Futureheads
“The Bear” (live), My Morning Jacket
“Heaviest Heart,” Magnet
“American Wife,” Rilo Kiley
“Fugitive Motel” (RDJ2 mix), Elbow
“Fingers,” Clinic
“In a Funny Way,” Mercury Rev

Disc two:
“Matinee” (Headman remix), Franz Ferdinand
“Huddle Formation” (radio session), the Go! Team
“Nacher Anthem,” Grandaddy
“Take My Temperature,” Kaiser Chiefs
“Lullaby,” Earlimart
“I Disappear,” the Faint
“Barnowl,” Caribou
“Lost at Sea” (remix), Eisley
“Everyday,” Dios
“Isabel,” Juana Molina
“The Song the Sinner Sings,” Adam Arcuragi
“A Guitar and a Heart,” M83

Source billboard.com.

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Bright Eyes 0/23/2005: Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT

In the beginning stages of a lengthy three-month tour that stretches from Toronto to Australia, Oberst and his band took the stage following openers Coco Rosie and Tilly and the Wall. Representing his great record label, Saddle Creek, and backed by a six-person band of relatively fresh faced musicians, Bright Eyes appeared as a band of “gifted kids.”

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Trey Anastasio & Mike Gordon & The Duo Added To Bonnaroo

Although Phish is only a memory, group members Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon have signed on for separate appearances at the fourth Bonnaroo festival, to be held June 10-12 in Manchester, Tenn. Anastasio and his solo band will perform what is billed as a “very special late night show” on a date to be announced, while Gordon will play a set with New York improvisational act the Benevento/Russo Duo.

Other newly confirmed additions to the Bonnaroo lineup are Mouse On Mars, Tea Leaf Green and the Old Crow Medicine Show. Organizers promise additional “major acts” to be added in the weeks ahead.

The Dave Matthews Band, Modest Mouse, Joss Stone, Toots and the Maytals, the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule lead the list of previously announced performers for Bonnaroo, tickets for which go on-sale tomorrow (Jan. 29) via the event’s official Web site.

This year’s on-sale is a month earlier than the three previous years, which organizers say is a reaction to market conditions. “We felt this would be a year to get out there early,” says Jonathan Mayers of promoter Superfly Presents.

Source billboard.com.

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