June 16, 2005

Bonnaroo 2005 – Photo Retrospective, Pt. 1

Part 1 of Adam Foley’s photo retrospective of the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN held on 6/10-6/12/05. Part 1 features Widespread Panic, Bob Weir’s Ratdog, Trey Anastasio, Mouse on Mars, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Josh Ritter and Superjam, feat: Herbie Hancock, Pino Palladino and Questlove.

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New Kanye West Disc Bumped To August

Kanye West’s highly anticipated sophomore album, “Late Registration,” has been shifted from its original July 12 release to Aug. 16 via Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam. The Hype Williams-directed video for first single “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” will premiere tonight (June 15) on BET and Monday on MTV’s “TRL.” The cut is No. 27 this week on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

The “Diamonds” video was shot in Prague and contrasts the elegance implied by commercials for DeBeers diamonds with a depiction of the horrors of the conflict diamond trade that has been at the center of civil war in Sierra Leone.

“I wanted to do whatever I could to learn more and educate people about the problem,” West says of the subject matter. “We came with the concept for the video and, of course, I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to rap on the subject.”

Source billboard.com.

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College Stundents Remix NYC’s MOMA

Just like DJs who take vinyl records or MP3 files to craft their own compositions, art lovers can now “remix” New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), college professor David Gilbert says.

Gilbert’s communication technologies class at Marymount Manhattan College has created unofficial, often irreverent audio guides to nine MoMA paintings. They’re part of a project on how new technology empowers people to break free of traditional media, in this case the museum’s own guide.

Where else could viewers learn that Jackson Pollock’s “Echo Number 25” sounds like eavesdropping on banter between two college students interspersed with a woman’s orgasmic moans?

The guides are available free of charge on Gilbert’s site (http://mod.blogs.com/art_mobs/) and can be stored on digital music players like Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod.

“The traditional barriers between organizations and customers, public and in the case of museums, patrons, is coming down,” said Gilbert. The project is part of a larger media trend of users creating programming at home and making it available to anyone with an Internet connection.

Radio, TV and newspaper businesses have taken notice and are now racing to find ways to offer versions of their own.

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Mars Volta/System Of A Down Tour Dates Unveiled

System Of A Down will launch its previously announced tour with the Mars Volta Aug. 4-5 in Long Beach, Calif. The trek, which will also feature Bad Acid Trip, will run through Sept. 1 in Toronto. Pre-sale information can be found on SOAD’s official Web site.

Here are System Of A Down/Mars Volta tour dates:

Aug. 4-5: Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Arena)
Aug. 6: San Diego (Sports Arena)
Aug. 8: Phoenix (America West Arena)
Aug. 11: Dallas (American Airlines Center)
Aug. 12: San Antonio (SBC Arena)
Aug. 13: Houston (Mitchell Pavilion)
Aug. 15: Pensacola, Fla. (Civic Center)
Aug. 16: Orlando, Fla. (TD Waterhouse Arena)
Aug. 17: Miami (Office Depot Center)
Aug. 19: Atlanta (Gwinnett Arena)
Aug. 21: Hampton, Va. (Hampton Coliseum)
Aug. 22: Baltimore (Baltimore Arena)
Aug. 23: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)
Aug. 26: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
Aug. 29: Montreal (Belle Centre)
Aug. 30: Quebec City, Quebec (Pepsi Coliseum)
Sept. 1: Toronto (Air Canada Centre

Source billboard.com.

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Pixies To Unplug For First Time At Newport Folk

The Pixies will unplug for the first time in their career later this summer at Rhode Island’s Newport Folk Festival. The group will anchor the Aug. 6 bill for the long-running event, which famously saw Bob Dylan abandon acoustic performances in favor of a set that featured electric guitar in 1965.

Also on the Aug. 6 bill are Richard Thompson (performing solo acoustic), the Bela Fleck Acoustic Trio, Patty Griffin, the Del McCoury Band, the Holmes Brothers and Ray LaMontagne.

The following night, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, M. Ward, Kasey Chambers, Buddy Miller, Old Crow Medicine Show and Jim Lauderdale will take the Dunkin Donuts-sponsored main stage.

Among the acts set to perform on the Borders-sponsored second stage throughout the festival are Kaki King, Odetta, Teddy Thompson, Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell, and Jane Siberry. On Aug. 5, Arlo Guthrie and Nanci Griffith will play an affiliated show at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Source billboard.com.

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